Thank you everyone who took the time out to pledge and help Syiim reach its goal on Kickstarter. As goods are purchased and swimsuits are being sewn, there is a heart-felt appreciation that each and every one of you helped to make this happen with your selfless and considerate support. Syiim thanks YOU!
As you all know Syiim is a company that finds unique ways to give back! A runway show isn’t complete without accessories, and I think you’ll be happy to know that through the small purchase of a few accessories for the show, Syiim swimwear is giving back!
Items such as hats, bangles, earrings and bags have to be purchased or burrowed to help create a complete look for the runway. For Syiim swimwear the decision was made, that the majority of our accessories will not only accentuate the line, but will also support a good cause. Below is a brief list of how our debut collection is giving back:
- Hats- Straw hats provide income to the local Jamaican market as they are purchased at the craft market and then decorated or hand dyed to collaborate with the collection
- Bangles- Apart from the wooden bangles that are being dyed in house, we’re also accessorizing with clay bangles that are carved with positive messages and whose proceeds provide Africans with clean drinking water.
- Bags- The handmade straw bags in the collection are either from the local Jamaican craft market or are made by refugee ladies from a little village in the western interior of Madura, a small island in Indonesia. These ladies live with no electricity, no running water, and no paved roads. Each family must carry their own water to their home. Syiim’s purchase of these bags helped to provided income to this community.
Whether you’re at the beach or laying out by the pool it’s a good idea to protect your skin and lips with SPF protection. Before heading out under the sun and UV rays it’s a good idea to work on some sunscreen and lip balm. And what better way to do it than using a product that is made of the highest quality natural and organic ingredients and free of harsh chemicals.
After much searching we found LAVANILA. A brand dedicated to providing high-end products that are 100% good for you. Their products contain no petrochemicals, Phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, sulphates or parabens. They have a Sun Care SPF collection that features a sunscreen body cream, face cream and lip balm. Unlike traditional sunscreens that use harsh chemicals, LAVANILA products are infused with superior components of minerals, anti-oxidants and shea butter that not only protects but also soothes and hydrates. Their Healthy Lip Screen SPF30 is a must-have for daily use, and is our new addition to our bags! It contains a superior complex of vitamins and essential organic oils to provide powerful protection. We only wish it came as a stick!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today we share a fun recipe with you for what is now known as the famous Beer-garita! We’re not sure who was the first person to think of combining ice-cold beer and tequila, perhaps a tipsy fellow made an accidental spill of one onto the other, or a nearly finished glass of margarita was reused to have a beer, whichever it may be the Beer-garita has made its way around to Mexican pubs and restaurants and have become a popular drink on menus. The combination of the two may sound a bit odd but if you’re a fan of tequila or tangy drinks, you’ll find this cocktail delightful! Unlike the Sangria, another favorite of ours, to whip up a good Beer-garita is quick and easy! Follow the below instructions and enjoy!
- 8 oz. tequila
- (2) – 12 oz. beers. ( use a light beer or corona )
- 2 oz. orange juice
- 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
- 8 wedges Lime
- 1/2 Cup salt
- a Pitcher half full of ice cubes
- Fill pitcher half way up with ice.
- Slowly pour beer over the ice. It will foam up so a slow pour is essential.
- Add tequila, orange juice and frozen lime aid.
- Stir well to blend all ingredients.
- Pour salt out on to a small plate.
- Take a lime wedge and rub it around the rim of the glasses.
- Dip glasses upside down into the salt plate to coat the rim.
- Pour drink into glass and garnish with a wedge of lime!
Makes 4 cocktails
With less than six weeks to go, I am gearing up by developing last-minute design ideas and putting finishing touches on the rest of the line for our debut at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) this summer! CFW offers the opportunity for designers to showcase their talents and to network with local and international people within the fashion industry. Although I have participated in runway shows before, I have never participated in something of this calibre. Though overwhelming as it may be at times, I have to admit I am also very excited to show my work on such a big stage. My collection at CFW 2012 will be fun and very exciting. We will display 18 swimwear pieces along with accessories and beach wear that make up our Exhibela collection. Included in that collection is one of pieces from the Eco-Syiim group, that is made from environmentally friendly fabric.
This is just the beginning of a beautiful line, and I hope to use the CFW platform to grow the fan base of Syiim and display the fun, quality product we have to offer. If you’re not a fan of Syiim, I hope to make you one soon. If you already are, look out for us at Caribbean Fashion Week this June. Follow us on our blog and Facebook page for updates and giveaways to celebrate the launch!
This is Cuba! A photographer’s dream. A culture junkie’s fix. This picture perfect island is located in Central America between Bahamas and Jamaica, some 90 miles south of Miami. Considered the largest Caribbean Island, Cuba has dramatic mountainous landscapes, dozens of miles of the world’s finest beaches with crystal clear waters and blinding white sand. It is a beautiful paradise with an amazing variety of flora and fauna as well as cultural and historical sites and activities. Despite the restrictions American citizens face with travel to the island, with everything Cuba has to offer it’s easy to see why tourism there is booming and attracting millions of visitors from different corners of the world every year.
Cuba is divided into 14 provinces, the most popular being Guantanamo, Ciudad de La Habana, La Habana, Santiago de Cuba and Matanzas. Cuba can be visited all year-round. The island enjoys a hot sub-tropical climate with average temperatures of 22-25 Celsius degrees in summer. There are two main seasons: the dry season runs from November through April, and the rainy season is between May and October.
Cuba is a melting pot of different cultures and races that reflect influences of the Spanish culture and African traditions. People in Cuba are warm-hearted and friendly, lively and expressive, and eager to share their culture with tourists who visit. Cubans thoroughly enjoy popular forms of music and dance, including salsa and the cha-cha-cha which originated in Cuba. Cubans are also very enthusiastic about sports and other activities, baseball and boxing being amongst the most popular.
Attractions and Activities
Whether it’s your first visit or not, you will always find new adventures and activities to explore. Cuba has a lot to offer and provide the ideal vacations whether it be for singles, couples or families. If you’re in search of turquoise seas, pristine, glistening beaches, white sandy beaches, and a full contingent of water sports, including diving, snorkeling, sailing, cruising or fishing, Cuba is one of the best Caribbean treasures to explore.
Havana is Cuba’s vibrant capital and the leading cultural centre, boasting colonial style architecture and old hotels. Havana dazzles tourists with its beautiful sights, landmarks, museums and parks and is also the top getaways for shopping and eating in Cuba. Top attractions in Havana include the Decorative Arts National Museum, Cafe Cantante Mi Habana, and the Jose Marti Monument and Colon Cemetery, which artistic values make it one of the most important cemeteries in the world.
Manufactured very similar to the old and traditional art of cigar making, Cuban cigars are surely to taste one of life’s most generous luxuries. There are factories in Havana where visitors can see cigars still rolled by hand. Havana cigars are tightly rolled bundles of dried tobacco, one end of which is always ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the smoker’s mouth and lungs. This key aspect is the difference between a quality product and a knock-off, so avoid buying them from people off the street.
For the art history lovers, Cuban museums are filled with a lot of culture and history and exhibit striking collections of fine arts, natural sciences, antique weapons, etc. The best known museums are Museum of the City (Museo de la Ciudad) and National Fine Arts Museum (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes), the former boasting several exhibits relating to archaeology, paintings and furniture of historic value, and the latter, the largest collection of Cuban plastic art and others.
Cuban Beaches are simply some of the best in the world. Most beaches are home to high-end beach resorts with pools, game rooms and fitness centers and an excess of land and water sports. Some of the best beaches include Verdadero Beach, where paradise meets adventure. It has fine restaurants, bars, museums, amusement parks night clubs and cabarets. Playa Sirena is the ideal for water enthusiasts, including incredible scuba diving and snorkeling experiences, swimming, fishing, kayaking and windsurfing. There are two cays that feature good deep wall dives with a variety of soft and hard corals and a multitude of marine habitats. Apart from water sports, other activities you can engage in are jungle hiking in the rainforest, mountain biking, yacht cruising, canopy viewing, birding, river tubing, caving and much more.
More than you’d Expect
Despite the general assumption that Cuba is stuck in time, accommodation options in Cuba vary, giving you choice from all-inclusive hotels, honeymoon hotels, golf hotels, historic hotels, business and events hotels, family hotels, self-catering hotels, countryside hotels, city centre hotels and much more. Nearly all hotels feature the ultimate in convenience, service and luxury.
Hotel Santa Isabel is a boutique hotel, perfectly located in Old Havana, and is considered the most elite hotel in Havana. This fabulous hotel features 17 standard rooms with colonial-style furniture and with modern amenities, like air-conditioning, private balcony or terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas (the cities most enticing square), Jacuzzi, mini bar, room service, telephone and cable TV, and 9 major spacious and welcoming suites. The five-star hotel features an excellent restaurant with fine culinary options and rooftop private patio.
Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & Spa is an ideal example of beach resort offering maximum comfort for an unparalleled experience. This all-inclusive adult-only resort is located Verdadero beach and is ideal for weddings & honeymoons combo trips. Housing 434 elegantly appointed rooms in different categories featuring cozy ambience, and equipped with modern amenities and facilities. The resort boasts fine varied dining options, round-the-clock activities, private cocktail party, and 24-hour service. Recreation facilities include land sports and water sports.
Cuba also has popular chain hotels that such as the Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort & Spa. A five-star all-suite hotel boasting the utmost in elegance and the highest level of luxury in romantic surroundings for couples, this resort hosts 404 chic decorated suites, 5 restaurants serving an international menu, Caribbean, Italian and Seafood cuisine, 5 bars, three elegantly designed swimming pools, 4 jacuzzis, fully equipped fitness centre, sauna and steam room, several whirlpools, night club, as well as European Spa and beauty salon.
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’, Cuba is a Caribbean treasure waiting to be explored.