turks and caicos - part 1

Ok, so it's probably about time that I blogged about our international fashion extravaganza in the Turks and Caicos, right?

 on the beach in Mudjin Harbor, Middle Caicos

on the beach in Mudjin Harbor, Middle Caicos

On the second week of March, my husband Cody and I took our two best friends, Jill and Colvin, down to the TCI for a 10 day holiday and fashion shoot fest.  Some of you may know, but this wasn't just a working vacation for me. I was going home!  I am incredibly lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful place.  But I am even luckier now to have these wonderful people in my life that I can share a trip like this with. 

Of course, as soon as we got to Providenciales, all we wanted to do was drink beer on the beach. My mom organized a sunset sail for the first evening with family and friends on the good ship, Atabeyra (more on her later). 

The next day was spent in relaxation and planning.  Our friends Marsha and Richard generously leant us their bungalow in exchange for some pet-sitting.  Jill and Colvin immediately fell in love with the island's local "breed" of dog: Potcakes

 Charlie

Charlie

P.S. Did you know you can donate and even ADOPT to help a Potcake in need? For more information, visit these websites:

After a day of rest and relaxation, we decided that it was time to get to work.  Well, Jill and I did.  Cody and Colvin sat by the pool and drank rum punch. 

Our first shoot was in my parent's garden.  Kati Foster of KatDog Couture made a fabulous piece that was inspired by and orchid blossom just for our trip! We thought that we should start the week off with that one. 

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I have to say, I always knew that Jill was a badass, but she frequently likes to remind me.  Who else could I get to model in rubber, embroidery, and faux fur on a Caribbean island in sweltering mid-day sun and still look this gorgeous? This shoot was a challenge for me too, as I was shooting in very bright light in a place with very little shade. I think we pulled it off spectacularly.  And of course, Kati's garment looks like a tropical dream! 

This shoot had some amusing consequences. Jill has been threatening for years to cut off her long hair. After this shoot, she decided that she couldn't deal with it in the heat for another 8 days, handed my mom a pair of scissors, and said "cut!"

 Jill's ponytail

Jill's ponytail

R.I.P. long flaxen locks, hello edgy bob!

Once the hair was gone, Jill was free to focus on modeling (she really did have a lot of hair).  

We quickly decided that one shoot a day was already extremely ambitious for a "working holiday," and retired to the bungalow to join our husbands. 

The next day, we decided to "chain smoke" a bunch of bathing suit shots in our pool with some of Goddessa Jewels' lovely pieces.  Stay tuned for more in Part 2!