Virgin Islands Summer Vacay 2012 [part 1]

by West Parsons on July 13, 2012 · 16 comments

in my hair, peek into my world

Most may know I’m a native of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. This year I went down to the VI during St. John’s (USVI) Independence celebration. It’s a month long party on the island ending with a parade on the 4th of July in Cruz Bay, St. John. I brought along one of the bffs, Creed. You may remember her from our last vacay shenanigans to Chilligan’s Island  lol.

My Hair
Before traveling it took a good while to commit to a hair style. The weather is hot, humid, windy and I refused to have to do my hair daily. I waivered between jumbo box braids, cornrows, a twist-out or mini-braids/twists. I decided on mini-braids (see Instagram post) since the style needed to last 2 full weeks, be low-maintenance and allow me to go from the beach to a night out with no fuss.

Though my braids were not a mini as they could be, they were a great choice! Thanks to Honestly Erica for the inspiration.  I took about 6 hours total to install them.

As I completed each braid I was literally dreading the take-down lol. I removed them on the last day of my vacay and it wasn’t as bad as I expected.  It took about 4.5 hours to remove and no tools were used.

Anywho! Here are the pics I promised I would share!

On our first full day we headed straight for Trunk Bay. The water is ridiculously crystal clear and full of wildlife lol! I purchased this fringed suit from ASOS here.

Creed, the future yoga instructor, tried to do a headstand — #EpicFail lol.

We left the beach for a sunset cocktail cruise on the Caneel Bay Resort boat where we coasted the island with Captain Dorn for about 2 hours  listening to steelpan band. But first we perused the grounds and grabbed a drink from the beach bar — one of thee best pina colada’s ever! So good I’m finally buying myself a blender lol.

The dress was purchased from Marshall’s and you can find a similar crossbody bag  here.

Apparently, I thought I was on the Titanic — But notice how the boat has already docked? LOL!

This happens to be the face I make when I don’t want anyone to take a pic of me, yet I’ll still pose for the pic — #PassiveAgressiveMuch? lol

This was just the first day.  I have a number of other pics I will be sharing from our trip to St. Thomas and Jost Van Dyke. Stay tuned dolls!

READ MORE: Virgin Islands Summer Vacay [part 2]


KayJay at Refined & Polished July 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

The pictures are great! Look at you with a drink! Virgin???

westNDNbeauty July 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Don’t get to excited. No alcohol involved. That would have ruined my whole drink. lol

Wranchetta July 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Great pictures. You know how to do it up.

westNDNbeauty December 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Thanks 🙂

AmeeraNakisha July 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

That beach looks like HEAVEN!!!

Extra cute pics!

westNDNbeauty December 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Yess! Probably the best on the island.

Sheila July 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Your island is so beautiful. I hear it’s prettier than the U.S Virgin Islands, I wish I was there.

westNDNbeauty July 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Thanks, but so far, the pics posted is of the US Virgin Islands 🙂

yacoomba July 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Great pics! You all look like you’ve had a blast on vacay :-). Good for you taking a much needed break!

Elle July 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

I need to be there right now! Great pictures and I love your hair!

westNDNbeauty December 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Thank you :0)

Ingrid July 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Thanks for sharing and suggesting the vacay hairstyle. I often think of mini braids, but also dread the thought of the take out process. Your first day seemed very very much enjoyed. After looking at your pics I now am even more anxious for the next week to go by so I can be on MY vacation.


westNDNbeauty December 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Hope you enjoyed your vacay! Where did ya go?

HonestlyErica July 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Thanks for the shout out! These pictures are beautiful. Your hair and outfits…cute!

westNDNbeauty July 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

No prob doll! 🙂 Thanks!

Wranchetta February 16, 2015 at 11:33 pm

Looks like fun! Beautiful pictures.