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DRESS
: Calypso
We are here in sunny Jamaica and it is probably one of my favorite places we have ever visited! I’ve loved every second of our trip so far. I wore this Calypso dress on our final night at Trident hotel for a romantic date night with David, and then wore it the next day to the beach. I’m seriously in love with it because of the versatility. It’s so easy to go from day (or beach) to night! I especially love flowy dresses at the beach. It is for sure my number one thing I make sure I get before a beach vacation. The Batinly Dress has pockets (why do I love dresses with pockets so much?!) and it is the softest fabric ever, and doubles as two dresses! This makes packing so easy! Anything to make packing easier:)

There is soo much we want to do here in Port Antonio and not nearly enough time to do it all! If you ever get the chance to come to Port Antonio then here are some must see/do’s!

1. Raft down the Rio Grande on Bamboo raft! It is a two hour raft ride for $72 and it is unreal!! So amazing. They also stop half way in the jungle and you get an autentic Jamaican meal, home cooked on a wood fire by the famous Belinda!
2. Blue Lagoon. It is the bluest water! You can take boat rides around the lagoon and they take you to private islands and beaches .. it is around $40 depending on how low you can get them to go:)
3. Reach Falls. They are the prettiest water falls with caves, falls, and a spot you can cliff jump. Lots of little pools of blue water surrounded by jungle! Its pretty awesome. $10 per person for a guided tour to the falls.
4. Eat at Woody’s Burger joint. To be honest the burgers are just okay, but the atmosphere is really fun and Woody is the nicest man ever! They have ping pong and its a really cool place.
5. Trident Hotel. The grounds are unreal and the villas are AMAZING!! You have your own private pool/hot tub with lounge chairs and an amazing view! The bathtub is also killer – outside, maybe you saw it here!
6. Frenchman’s cove. The prettiest green cove with swings, jungle, beach, white sand, etc. If you aren’t staying there, it is $10 a person, but it’s a private beach with wi-fi:) So worth it. We spent an entire day there and it was so quiet and relaxing! Atticus fell asleep while we swung and watched the waves.
7. Dunn’s Falls. A little further away but they are definitely worth it! So so pretty!
8. Piggy’s Restaurant. They have everything but pork, ironically. And it is so tasty!!
9. Geejam. They also have amazing grounds with a beautiful beach. You can rent kayaks, paddle boards, surf boards, etc.
10. Boston Beach. Teal water and white sand! And of course it has a swing and awesome little cliffs for exploring and pretty lookouts.
Hope you all have a good week! xo
 

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  1. Hi Amber, I LOVE your blog! Your style, travel and family photos are always so inspiring. I am planning a trip to Jamaica and would like to spend half the time with my fam at an all inclusive resort in Ochos Rios and half in the Port Antonio area with my boyfriend. I was wondering if you think renting a car is a necessity to accomplish your must-dos in the area or if you were able to get around through taxi or other transportation? Thank you!

  2. I am going to Jamaica Saturday for 4 days than the cayman islands for 4 days you have me so excited !!!!!

  3. I absolutely love your post! Hopefully, I’ll be able to travel around the world like you do. Seems like so much fun

    1. Thanks so much Cathy!! Traveling is definitely a big passion of mine!! I hope you get to travel sometime in the future too!! Thanks for reading! XO

  4. Beautiful photos! I love that dress too, pockets! It looks like you guys are having the best time. 🙂

    classicallycarissa.com

    1. We had an amazing time!! And YES, this dress was on repeat the whole vacation, I just love it too much!! Thanks for reading love!! 🙂

  5. Love this post! How do you get your pictures to all be the same width? I love that your portraits and landscapes are all the same!

    1. Thank you Amy!! As far as my pictures, I resize all the images so they are the same size 🙂 I love the look of it so much better that way!

    1. It really was so gorgeous!! And thank you!! That is so sweet of you! That is a great idea for a post!! I will keep that in mind 🙂 XOXO

  6. Hi Amber! I am absolutely in love with your blog, hair, fashion, and just your life in general! You are gorgeous and have the most adorable family ever. Real life goals! I would love to see you post a make up look on your YouTube channel! I am also curious about your extensions- brand, color, length, weight, ect!

    Thank you! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  7. Hey Amber, ever since I found your blog, I’ve been totally obsessed with it, and probably check it two times a day because it makes me so happy. I loved this post and when you come back from vacation can you do an updated fitness post and health/food post? 🙂 xxxx

    1. Hi Jessica!! I am so glad you are following along! And I am even more happy that you enjoy reading it 🙂 Those are great suggestions, thanks so much!! XO

  8. I am a sucker for anything black and timeless…that dress just does it for me! Love it!

    Okay, all these swings are forcing me to add Jamaica to my short list!

    Xoxox

    1. I totally agree!! A good black dress of any sort, and I am sold 🙂 And yes! Add it to your list!! Jamaica is a must! xo

    1. It is such a beautiful place!! You will definitely have to take a trip there sometime 🙂 Thanks for reading Shelby!! xo

  9. Hi!:)
    I don’t have any special request on anything i just wanted to message you and tell how glad iam to find you on my instagram! You are an amazing women and oh so beautiful too

    1. Thanks so much for that!! I am so glad you found me on insta as well!! Thanks for being so sweet! 🙂

  10. Hey! I love all your one pieces you’ve been wearing on your Instagram feed. Could you provide links for them or ones similar? Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much!! As I post my Jamaica pictures on my blog, I will provide links for the swimsuits 🙂 Check out today’s post! I linked one of my favorite one pieces by Trina Turk!! xo

    1. Thanks so much Shayna!! I am right there with you! It is one of those dresses that just has it ALL 🙂 And thank you!! We had a wonderful time in Jamaica!!

  11. Love this! How on earth do you stay so fit?! Even when you were pregnant! Would love to know what healthy meals you eat. That’s one thing I struggle with, just not really knowing what to eat. Hope you guys are having a great time! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Whitney!! I try to eat healthy but that’s definitely my weak spot, so I try to be super active. I’m always out exploring or playing with Atticus as well as working out at the gym several times a week! As far as healthy foods, here is a YouTube tutorial I did on some healthy snacks 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ3SVYzbs1s
      I definitely want to make more tutorials with healthy meals and such so stay tuned!! And thank you so much! We had a wonderful time in Jamaica!! xo

  12. Dear Amber,

    I had to come back for a question. Could you share with us which lens you and your husband use for your Canon? And do you use any additional filter on the lens? Your husband is an amazing photographer.

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Janina!! We use a 2.8 lens on our camera with UV filters 🙂 As well as Lightroom to edit all the photos. And thank you so much!! I will pass that compliment along! He is amazing at it!! Thanks for your comment!!

  13. Hi Amber,

    I am born and raised Jamaican and I am super excited that you got to come visit my home 🙂 . Portland is one of my favourite parishes. I do hope you enjoyed your stay and that you will return soon to see some more of our beautiful island. Your photos are lovely and I love the dress and the glasses!

    1. Hi Stephanie!! Wow really?! What a beautiful place to grow up!! We absolutely LOVED our visit there! Portland had so many fun things to do/see!! Hopefully we will be back soon 🙂 Thanks for sweet comment, I am glad you liked the post!! xo

    1. Oh my goodness!! Thank you! That is so sweet of you! We had an amazing time!! xo

  14. I would have told you to skip Dunn’s Falls and go to The Blue Hole in Ocho Rios. Soooo beautiful and so fun! Not very touristy and the guides were phenomenal! Look it up on YouTube and be sure to go next time. Once you go to Jamaica, you will ALWAYS want to go back.

    1. Oh darn it!! I guess that just gives me an excuse to go back again 🙂 We loved it there!! Thanks for the suggestion love!! xo

  15. This is such a gorgeous dress! I love how flowy it is – perfect for the beach (which is so pretty!) Haha I’m very jealous that you’re there, and I hope you’re having a wonderful time! 🙂

    xx
    Kendra | It’s a Bug’s Life

    1. I am glad you like it!! Flowy dresses and the beach just go together 🙂 We had an amazing time! A definite must-see vacation spot 🙂 XO

    1. Thanks so much Christina!! And I know what you mean! It was a nice change of pace from the cold in NYC! Thanks for reading love!! 🙂

  16. Love the photos! Please do a post on all of the adorable swimsuits from your trip! Dying over them!!!!

    1. Thank you Emily!! I am so glad you like them!! As I put up all my posts from Jamaica, I will link them there 🙂 Check out my latest post (Frenchman’s Cove), I have one of my favorite one pieces from Nordstrom on there!! XO

  17. Hello Amber! I always love your photos and tutorials and I’m planning on buying a new camera soon, may I ask what type of camera do you use? The colors, resolution and quality of your images are amazing.

    1. Thank you so much!! That is always nice to hear!! And yes, I use a canon 5d mark iii 🙂

    1. It really was a dream!! You should definitely visit someday! Thanks for following along Rachel!! 🙂 XO

  18. Those photos are simply wonderful. Jamaica looks like paradise. I definitely have to go there someday. I absolutely love the swing on the beach. Every beach should have one. 🙂

    1. It really was a dream!! You should put it on your vacation list for sure 🙂 I agree, I LOVED the swing and so did my baby!!

    1. It was such a cute little beach!! The swing was a perfect touch! I am so glad you like the dress, it will be a must for my future beach vacations!! Thanks for reading!! xo

    1. Oh wow you’re too kind!! I am so glad you like it! It’s a perfect beach dress!! And YAY! Enjoy your vacation whenever it is 🙂

    1. It was a dream vacation for sure!! I hope you go someday 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet comment, and for following along! xo

  19. wow these are soooo beautiful!! i would so love to be escaping cold weather in jamaica right now!! how amazing! and you look gorgeous as always! love your photos. they have such a neat film quality to them!

    1. I know it!! NYC is freezing! A beach vacation is always a good idea 🙂 And thank you so much!! You’re too nice! That is always so nice to hear! xo

    1. Great idea!! I will try to work that in for my future travels 🙂 I am glad you liked it!

    1. Thanks Ashlee!! We had an amazing time! Tropical vacations are always a good idea in my book 🙂 XO

  20. I couldnt agree with you more, a flowy dress is the only thing that makes any sense at the beach, my husband always teases me when I wear dresses to beach, he always says “where is the party?” haha silly husbands gotta love them! Have a great day!

    XO JNESS

    1. Haha I love it! Guys just don’t understand 🙂 Dresses really are a must on the beach! I am so glad you agree! Thanks for following along!! xo

    1. Wow thank you!! That is quite the compliment! SO kind of you! And thank you!! We had a wonderful time 🙂

  21. Wow, what a beautiful place, Amber! I love it <3
    You look amazing, hope you and your lovely little family are having a nice time! xo

    PamelaYaquelin

    1. It really was so gorgeous!! We loved it so much! And thank you so much!! So very kind of you! Thanks for reading Pam!! 🙂

  22. What an amazing place to be. I would die to be their right now since where i live, its winter and super cold. Love your hair!! ♡♡

    1. Thanks so much!! And yes, it really was so nice and beautiful there!! Way better than being in cold NYC, but we are glad to be back regardless 🙂

    1. Aww well thank you!! That is so nice of you!! And it was a beautiful vacation spot! We loved it!! 🙂

  23. Hi Amber, the pictures are adorable! I just have a tiny question;
    Does the dress have white stripes? or you are wearing it with a white bra? I’m just curious.

    Best!
    Sardis.

    1. Thank you so much!! And that’s a good question because no, it doesn’t have white straps 🙂 That is my swimsuit underneath!! Thanks for asking! XO

  24. Amber – I really want to say thanks for being such an inspiration. I think it’s amazing you were able to complete your dream of moving to NYC while at the same time having a happy and healthy baby. More importantly I really admire how you guys LIVE your lives with your baby.

    You include him in everything, you aren’t the couple that just trap yourself in your home for the first year, obsessed with baby routines (where things can still go wrong, babyhood is a crapshoot) and keep yourselves locked up. You get out, you experience, you live. It’s so refreshing to see a couple that, IMO, is doing it right. Congrats on being so young and figuring that out so fast lol.

    Can’t wait to see more!

    1. Yes!!! I completely agree – Amber, you are an incredible inspiration!

    2. Yes, I so agree with this too! I recently got married young and with kids being in the future you really inspire me that life DOES go on, babies are just a new addition to it! So thank you! 🙂

      P.S. Love these pics, makes me feel like the snow outside my window is not actually real haha.

      Beth @ full on joy

    3. WOW!! Thank you for making my day!! We try not to put our life on hold because we have a baby, but it definitely changes our routine around 🙂 It is totally doable if you put in the effort I have learned! I just wanted to say thank you so much for taking the time to write such a sincere and sweet comment!! I really appreciate the positivity, and it means the world to me!! LOTS OF LOVE!!!

    1. Thank you love!! So sweet of you!! And haha I know what you mean!! Something about swinging on the beach is just DREAMY! You will have to take a trip out there 🙂 XOXO

    1. Thanks so much!! That is exactly why I love it!! It’s so versatile! And we had an amazing time, thank you!!