The Virgin Islands, My Hair, and the Bump!

Hola Chicas!

I'm baaack :-) And I definitely missed you guys!

Our USVI Saint Thomas/Saint John Babymoon adventure proved to be even more beautiful and enjoyable then I ever could've imagined.

Let's start with the hair:

We arrived in St. Thomas on Wednesday night (March 10th). My hair was in a braid-n-curl (done on dry hair) and I was feeling divalicious as I kicked through the airport. Shiny, defined, bouncy...perfect!

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, that perfectly defined braid-n-curl turned into a frizzy, poofy mess within minutes of my feet hitting the tar mat in Saint Thomas. It was at this point that I realized I was going to have to draw on my more creative styles. I hate wash and gos because of the maintenance factor. So, after I unpacked and settled into our condo, I completed a set of microtwists on my dry hair, using a little Deva Set it Free and Deva Mister Right. I ended up wearing the twists for half of the vacation! It allowed for versatility (up, down, half up/half down, under my floppy hat), efficiency (it took me no time to get ready for the day), and kept me from yanking my hair out! The humidity in Saint Thomas was no joke, but my twists handled it like a pro. The dry twists also reduced the scalpiness, and added the much needed volume I was seeking from the wet mini twists.


Yep, I came all the way to Saint Thomas and met a CurlyNikki.com reader from St. Croix! Hi Cheri... I'm totally coming back!

After several days of twist updos adorned with flowers, my halo became increasingly frizzy. I took down my beloved hairstyle, co-washed, and found my self at a lost. I definitely didn't want to re-twist... a bun would be too ho hum... and if I did a wash and go, I'd find myself back in the bathroom the next day (pissed) doing it all over again. So, I decided to learn to flat twist on the fly! I thought back to a pic I found last year, and your recommendations, and decided to try two low buns, with a twist (on sopping wet hair)! Here is the result:



The Wildlife:

Ummm... yeah... so there were countless roosters on the island, and they crowed morning, noon, and night! I mean it was literally incessant... I heard from a few that the roosters are inbred, and are easily confused, lol. They're not so good at discerning sunrise from noon!


Our condo was surrounded by a family of about 8 iguanas. It was neat when we saw one... pretty cool and picture worthy when we saw two...but got kinda freaky and weird when we saw seven at once! The guys in the apt below ours named them!


The Beach:

OMG. The water was crystal clear, and the views STUNNING! We visited Megans Bay and Coki's Point on Saint Thomas and Cinnamon Bay on Saint John. Simply gorgeous!

Baby bump exposed! I'm 17 weeks :)

Hubby found a starfish! I named him Patrick :)


The Proposal:

We shared our babymoon with my husband's childhood friend and fellow Kappa Alpha Psi brother Eric 'Nookie' Young! He decided that Saint Thomas was the perfect back drop for him to propose to his sweetheart. I helped him pick out the ring ;-)


Oh, and she's a curly too! She said YES!

Views:


This is minutes after arriving in St. Thomas... my hair is in a puff and I'm looking down off of our condo's balcony. Loving the view!
My hubby's a chef and he made mango omelets with mangos grown by a really cool local we met at Coki beach.

About to enjoy breakfast on the balcony!
On the ferry to Saint John!
Cinnamon Bay in Saint John... it was hot as sin!

Our rental... an American car (steering wheel on the left side), that was driven on the left side of the road. Hubby did most of the driving, but I was the nighttime designated (so friggin' sober) driver. It took some getting used to, but we got the hang of it!


The Bling:

The hubs caught me on the phone while at Cuzzins (an excellent restaurant downtown Saint Thomas).
Notice that it looks bedazzled? Well it is, but those aren't rhinestones... they're 100% genuine swarovski crystals and they sparkle like diamonds!
My iphone was graciously blinged out by Tori of Posh. Life Bling! She has adorned phones belonging to Mo'Nique, Keri Hilson, and Paris Hilton! She definitely hooked me up, and I'm glad to join the ranks :-) If you're liking it, you can get the look too!



Later Gators,
Nik

110 Weigh in!:
Shones said...

Fabulous pics! It's obvious you had a spectacular vacation. The pic of you in the floppy hat with the ocean in the background looks like an advertisement for the Virgin Islands -- gorgeous. Ah, this makes me want to go to the beach...

LuvMeLuvMyFro said...

So beautiful! All the pics, your hair of course, and the little pudgy belly! LOL! Glad you had a safe trip!

Davina916 said...

Beautiful pics!

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great time...the pics are awesome!

Vee

LadyCook said...

Great pics.! ...and of course, your hair was fab the whole time! =)

beautywithcurls said...

Heyyy Nikki, Thanks 4 The Shout Out :-D....It Was Fun Having You Here, Can't Wait For You 2 Visit Again, Next Time St.Croix...Remember We're A Flatter Island, Lol. I'm Mad I Didn't Get 2 Witness The Proposal, Oh Well..I'm Glad She Said Yes! Your Hair Was Picture Perfect In Every Shot!!

Anonymous said...

YAY!! Nik is back! Glad you had a great babymoon. I have been to St. Thomas and it is BEAUTIFUL!!! Loving the pics and the hair was fierce gurl!! Is that a baby bump I see?? You look so cute mama! Thanks for sharing the pics and again welcome back!

NaturalNixon

lisa said...

You look wonderful. :) I love the twists and the two buns, super cute. The virgin islands also looks so inviting I think I need to book a trip. lol. Babymoon is the sweetest expression ever. I'm sure your little one is super excited about meeting his/her very cool mama in a few months.

Queen said...

Love these!!!! Yay to Nookie…. You’re a doll and I love ya.

Dinner soon….

Crystal said...

Awwww, the pics are beautiful Nikki. I'm so excited for you and the husband and the future little one! Glad the babymoon was fun!

KeetaRay said...

Love the pics!! Thanks so much for sharing!! You look beautiful and so does the island. Good job on all your hairstyles, too :)

P.S. LOVING that phone! I recently added "bling" to my blackberry, too. :)

A. said...

aww... Looks like you had a blast. Babybump is BARELY BUMP! My fiance is a Nupe too.

I'm gonna have to try that flat twist, low bun.

Anonymous said...

...a babymoon (drooling)... I'm so green with envy!!! (on St Patrick's Day) I am 31 weeks and did not take the time to go on a babymoon and now regretting it. ;) It looked like you had a AWESOME TIME!!! Beautiful pics, beautiful hair and beautiful place!

Tia said...

Looks like you had an awesome time. Welcome home! Your hair look great the entire time :)

Heavenly Hummingbird said...

THIS WAS GREAT!!!! I FELT LIKE I WAS THERE FOR A MOMENT.....REALLY NICE PICS!!! CONGRATS AGAIN.

FemmeFox said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a wonderful trip.

Ms. Harmony said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your vacay/babymoon. You look fab with your baby bump and the twist n bun was very cute!

Anonymous said...

So glad you had a safe trip.. Beautiful photos and your hair was on point you looked amazing!!!!..:-)ANTIONETTE35

South Loop Social Light said...

Congrats again on the baby bump!!! Great pics.

The Misses Says... said...

I am jealous...and yeah about the baby. I am thrilled your joining mommiehood.

MissCurly said...

Gorgeous hair, gorgeous beach, and cute lil beach outfits. You look so cute with your lil bump awww congrats again. Looks like you guys had a great time!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Your baby bump is adorable. Awwww...the joys of motherhood.

Ash said...

Wow, those pics made me let out a big "Le Sigh" here at my desk at work :( But I'm so glad that you enjoyed your vacation!

BNatural said...

CONGRATULATIONS DARLING! all the best!

Alexis said...

Congrats!!!! Being a mommy is the greatest blessing. My beautiful baby girl will be 1 on the 28th and she's rocking her curly TWA already.

Babymoons are the best...smart girl for doing it early.

caracara said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Enjoy this special season in your life.

Ms. Barbara said...

Congrats on the baby! I hope she has beautiful hair just like yours! Nice pictures and welcome back!

Nichelle said...

AWE! Thank You for sharing your vacation photos. Looks like you guys had a good time. You looked Fabo!

Jamie said...

Aww, you look so prety lady :-) I can't wait til the babies here.

MissCherie said...

Beautiful pix! I luv this site. Congrats to you and the daddy-to-be! :)

Adrianesmile said...

Great pictures NikkI! Thanks for sharing your vacation and your hair looked GREAT :-)

JennikaDe'Nae said...

We took a cruise for our honeymoon, and spent a day in the USVI. But I SO want to go back and spend some time there. That place is amazing. Love the pics and your hair!

BohoStreet said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. Very personal trip you had and I appreciate the time you took to share. I left like I was there. The egg looked goooood! You look good preggers!!!!

Noma said...

You're looking good mama.

Imani said...

I must have missed the baby announcement! Congrats! It looks like y'all had a fabulous time :D

LifeisPichey said...

I remember when I went to St. Thomas! I went to all of the same places (and have just about the same pics as well)! Great memories!!

Anonymous said...

From: Mary in Md
Thank you so much for sharing your vacation with us. I got married in Jamaica two years ago in June. My then husband-to-be had told me that it was a dry heat and I shouldn't worry about my hair. Lol. When we came through customs, I looked a hot mess. And, this is before I knew ANYTHING about styling natural hair. Thankfully, the resort had a stylist that was able to do the blow-dry and curl. If I knew then what I know now, I would have rocked a fierce natural style. Oh, well. My husband is just glad I didn't call the wedding off. I was pretty hot about my hair. Congrats on the baby and keep the posts coming. You do an absolutely fabulous job with curlynikki.com.

Hair and Beyond said...

Wow super great pics, that water reminds me of our Key West vaca last year, drooling.

Congrats on the baby!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Nikki! Glad you had a fun and safe babymoon. Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful pictures with us. Your hair and outfits looked so cute! You're definitely going to be a "yummy mommy."

BohoStreet said...

I have those same shades in purple.

Syl said...

MY baby (that's right,I said MY) is going to be so beautiful!!! You and Gene are such a good looking couple. Anywho, I'm mad I couldn't make the trip. The pics are so amazing!! And if it's not completely obvious already, I can't wait for bean's arrival!!! Love you!!

--baby bean's aunt

Mae said...

Just wanted to say congrats future mom! You look like you had a fabulous vacation : ) The hair looked great too chica!

bambiix2 said...

thanks for sharing the lovely pics nikki

mood_indigo said...

Congrats again! You look so cute. The hair was on and the pics look awesome. Glad you had a great time. Now get back to work! :-)

Moniero said...

Everything looked beautiful...Congrats on the little one. :-)

southern curl said...

Thanks for sharing and happy that you had a great Babymoon!!

im2ryl4u said...

Glad to have ya back! The pics, and of course, the hair...are beautiful! ;-) TheRYL1

eveofanewera said...

What lovely photos! Thanks for sharing!

Just another tip, when I wear my hair in twists are in need of a wash (after about 2 weeks), I leave them in and co-wash them with conditioner mixed with a little baking soda. Then rinse, with water and a little cider vinegar. I then, let the twists dry completely - sometimes roller set the ends - and rock a twist-out for the next week or so.

luvmylocs said...

great pics and thanks for sharing your vacay with us!!! your hair looked great as always!

SheRise said...

Awww.....loved it!!! Lookin forward to my cruise to the Bahamas...which was originally an aniv trip and is now a Babymoon :o) must be in the water. U looked so tropical and Boho Chic!!! Looooooove the flowers n twist....where were the virgin pina coladas?!!! Lol!

knatural said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. Your pics are great and of course, you look fabulous! Now I know what style I'll be wearing for my upcoming cruise. Thanks for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

Aww. Look at the sexy mama bikini photo. So cute. I hope you and your family had a great time. Great photos.

SCRUG_A_LICIOUS said...

WOW!lOOKS like your are having fun!!!YOur hair looks goergeous you look like an island girl! Happy about the baby!!!Love the pics with you and your hubbY!!

Maria said...

bump? Nikki, my stomach is bigger than yours and I'm not pregnant LOL
You look beautiful!!!! Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Nikki, is it a coincidence that you named that starfish Patrick or have you been brushing up on your SpongeBob SquarePants characters already? LOL

Melinda said...

Nikki you r sooo cute girl with your little "baby bump"! Y'all had soo much fun, I could just feel the island glow through the pictures! My husband is a Kappa too!! R u a greek? Great pictures of the animals too, Thank you for sharing with us. GOD BLESS. PEACE.

LBell said...

Dang...where have I been? CONGRATULATIONS ON THE UPCOMING BLESSED EVENT! :D Glad you had a great time on the babymoon too! You and your husband make such a cute couple.

CurlyKye said...

Lovin it all Nik!!! You, your hair, your baby bump, your relationship with your hubby, the pics! All awesome!

Anonymous said...

Hey wow those pics are amazing and congrats on your new addition to your beautiful family.

You said your husband is a kappa then why is he putting up the alpha's hand symbol? (just a thought)

But great pictures =)

Stacy said...

Beautiful photos! Congratulations!!!!

Jennae @ Green Your Decor said...

I am from St. Thomas, and these photos and your stories make me miss home soooo bad! Everything except the roosters crowing...lol. I'm glad you had a great time!

mothereartha said...

lol and agreeing w/ maria! beautiful pics. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

awww, you all look awesome, happy and relaxed. can we expect a two-bun tutorial? please?? I really like the look. and i heart your baby bump and the diva hat :-).

xoxo, Monika /Berlin

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki. Glad you guys are back and had a fab time! Congrats on the baby!! You look super cute (as always). Great pics of the scenery as well. My hubby and I are going on a 7 day cruise to St.Thomas and St. Maarten in August (Yes, I like it scorching hot!!). I've been looking for a big floppy hat like that and can't find one big enough. If you don't mind where did you get your floppy hat?

Alexis W.

Anonymous said...

OMG I wish I had known you were in St.Thomas last week b/c i was in St. Croix at the same time, got there on Wednesday too! As always your hair looked beautiful and you came up with very creative styles to combat the weather! Good to see you had fun

RecoveringFromThePast said...

Congrats on the baby!!!

Lilith_Eve said...

Congratulations! I'm incredibly jealous :) It looks like you all had a fabulous time. And this is the first time I've ever heard of a babymoon. Definitely on my todo list, well once I get married and pregnant *grin*

curlyq145 said...

Love the pics and hair! Gorgeous!!! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

Charoy said...

Beautiful pics! I'm glad you had a great time. Congrats on becoming a mother soon :)

beautywithcurls said...

Yes The Roosters Can Be Annoying Here But Eventually They Shut Up Or It May Be That We Just Don't Notice Them Most Of The Time, LOL....

Olivia said...

congrats! you'll be a wonderful mommy :)

lawsmd said...

Thanks for sharing some pictures. You look amazing! I loved your hair in the twists. Hoping you a smooth 23 weeks.

Andrea said...

Beautiful pictures Nikki!! And your baby bump is so cute!!! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures and congratulations on the baby. You look so cute!!!

Anonymous said...

DEFINITELY NEED THE VIDEO ON THE MICRO TWISTS!!! Too cute. Congrats to you and your hubby on the baby and to your husband's friend on his engagement.... I mean it Nikki - video before the summer's over, please and thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great vacation Nikki. What did you eat at Cuzzins? When I visited St. Thomas I enjoyed every minute of my time at Cuzzins. The food was really good.

BeautifullyFree said...

Beautiful pics an CONGRATS to your hubby's friend on the engagement!!! Your hair styles seem to have held up well to me...looked like u were glowing darling :0) anyway i'm sure u enjoyed your trip welcome back...and is your hubby's friend fiance's curly head story on here?

Alaina said...

So lovely! I've been to the islands twice, and I love it. I want to go back. Girl, you look so darling! And I hope you're going to do some kind of post on those totally cute rompers/playsuits you were wearing, 'cus I could so get into them for Spring!

Loved this post :)

ameenah said...

beautiful pics, your hair was very cute! glad you had a great time a even happier your back!!!

CURLYNIKKI said...

thank you ladies!!!

Let's see...

I got the floppy hat from Target for like twelve dollars... it was perfect and I swear I had the cutest and biggest one on the beach!

The rompers also came from Target...20 a piece, and super comfortable! Plus, they gave my little belly space. My skinny jeans are getting tight in the waist, so I'm using a pony tail holder to close them, lol. Most of the time if you see me, my pants are probably unbuttoned...maybe unzipped. That's the beauty of big over sized shirts, lol.

@ Anon, Hubby is a Kappa (I knew him before he pledged!), but he just happened to be throwing up the 'rock on' sign in that pic. Definitely not an Alpha, lol!

And I promise to make some styling tutorials. My hair is still in that same flat twist bun style, only now, I pulled the hair in the back into one, low side bun. Super cute, and a great lazy style!

Maria and mothereartha, that pic doesn't display my bump in the best light, lol! From the front it just looks a little pudgy, but from the side, you can see it! Maria I still feel it's your fault I'm preggo... you asked me about it just a few months before it actually happened ;)

Also, I've started to feel the baby move! Right now it just feels like popcorn :) I'm going for the sex ultrasound in 2 mondays! I'll definitely keep you gorgeous gals posted.

Later Gators,
Nik

new2locs said...

Congrat's Nik on the baby!!! OMG you went to my spot St. Thomas & Cuzzin's has the best food did you have their Rum Cake if not you certainly missed a treat because it just melts in your mouth!

Noveechops59 said...

Look at you sunnin and funnin. Your
hair looks pretty as always. I am
glad your friend said yes to the
Marriage proposal I am sitting up
here tearing up. How Beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!

BigHair77 said...

Oh how awesome!!!!! y husband and I got married at Secret Harbour's beach on St. Thomas (almost) two years ago on April 26, 2008. And, yes, I was a curly bride! That heat ain't no joke what so ever, but that is the beauty of wearing your hair natural--it still looks good. We went to St. Johns and some of the BVIs for parts of our honeymoon and really loved it! Next time, I want to go to St. Croix!

I haven't been on your site in a few weeks, so I must have missed somethings, but since you wrote "babymoon" let me say congrats! That is awesome. I'm expecting too--I wish we could do the VIs right now, but it's not in the budget. Oh well, we're definitely going back for our 5th anniversary!

Congrats again and as always, your hair looked gorgeous!

jamaicanmecurly said...

Congrats Nikki! Your hair looks BEAUTIFUL. Thanks for sharing the pics.

I just BC'd and I can't wait to see how my hair reacts when I go home to Miami/Jamaica... where the humidity rules the world (kinda like St. Thomas!).

You looked amazing, as always! Glad you had a great vacation, but I know all the CN readers are glad you're back too!

Anonymous said...

I bet that was a struggle, the humidity! But thank you posting pics :) it looks like you guys had a good time in the Islands. And congratulations!

--brittn44
theCurlyGirly

Anonymous said...

from Molovefive9

I visit your site every day. Out of all the blogs that I visit, I can say you are the only who posts something daily.

The bling pic....you look like Megan Goode

Congrats and continued blessings

CurlyChronicles said...

That was sooo much fun to view/read, you look like ya had sooo much fun.

I gotta admit, my jaw kinda dropped when I saw baby bump :) you look like a baby yourself! but people tell me the same damn thing so let me be quiet lol...congratulations! :D

Egypt is my destination :D

DNelly said...

I was born in the St. Thomas but all my family lives in the British Virgin Islands. I'm so happy that you got a chance to visit and enjoy yourself! Wonderful pictures and fabulous hair! luv ya Nikki!

Dinelle

CocoEuro said...

Thanks for sharing your pics!!! Looks like a blast!!!!!

Jia said...

Congratulations Nikki, you look great and as usual your hair is fabulous.

yvette7566 said...

you are only 3 weeks behind me... congrats and God bless you.

svrbrownsuga said...

NIK I am so happy that u enjoyed your vacation with the hubs! U both look great! Your bump is so adorable u look so cute Nik :D

Tiffalicious said...

You look Beautiful!!! Congrat Curly Mommy Nikki & Hubby! your vacation looks so much fun! happy your back safe. oh! & ur hair is so shiny & soft looking i love it!

D_luv said...

It must have been such a happy time on vacation with ur baby bump, fab hair, love, and even a marriage proposal -- happy for everyone. Congrats!

NJCurly said...

Hi Nikki and welcome back home! The pictures and your hair are beautiful! I have a bet going that you are carrying a boy! I'm never wrong! Keep us in the loop on the sex ultrasound as well as your gorgeous hair!

Blogger said...

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Later,

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Babycakes Couture said...

Congrats Nikki!!!!
You look so beautiful! You guys look like you had a great time. Love the hair and the rompers...so cute ;)

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momo7 said...

You look amazing!!!! Girl, u r werkin' that baby bump! You are going to be a great mom! Your hair looks so cute. It held up extremely well in that weather. Gosh, the trip looks so magical. Your hub's friend's proposal pic w/ his now fiance is so adorable. You are blessed to have a chef hubby!!! That is absolutely awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awww gurl, Im glad you had a wonderful time. I just had a baby girl, and let me tell you, definitely make some provisions for the hair. I should have gotten my hair twisted up, but neglected to do so and now I have been wearing puffs for the last two weeks! Don't be like me! Get it twisted or braided, at least for the first month.

Robyn's Nest said...

With this being your 100th comment, you already know, we are loving this post!!!

So glad to see that you guys had a great vacation and you know I am loving the baby bump...so cute!!!

Congratulations Again!!!

glamazini said...

Awesome post! I am from St. Thomas and go home often w/ my hubby, it was wonderful to see the photos. BTW, I met your aunt at the St. Louis Highly Textured & Company natural hair gathering last weekend. YAY VIRGIN ISLANDS!!!

NaturallyCurlyDee said...

Awww it looked like you had so much fun chica!! Thanks for sharing the experience!! The pictures made me feel like i was on vacation too :)

Stefanie said...

Gorgeous pics! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Beads, Braids, & Beyond! said...

CONGRATS!!!!! All of the pictures are beautiful. I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!! :D

Anonymous said...

OMG I just learned about your blog site from the afroveda website where I decided to try some products. My name is Kim and I am a newly natural living on the gorgeous island of ST. Thomas! Your post is a great advertisement package for our island(s). I enjoyed your hair story and its nice to know that someone who knows about hair spoke about the humidity, heat, and how hard it is to keep natural hair styles on this hot island. I am learning and trying to find the best way to keep my daughters and my hair frizz free, and moisturized in this climate. Great blog, much neeeded info and thanks for the plug for the island(s). I do feel like I live in paradise (well most of the time LOL). I will forward this blog spot to my friends. Stay blessed and please do visit us again.

Anonymous said...

How do you dry your hair when you want twists? Do you use a blowdryer and get it completely dry, air dry, or what?

iHEARTmyhair said...

omg Nikki... I LOVE your post they are so awesome and fun. I see you are expecting CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! I need to buy you a latte soon.

rashauna said...

My Home!!! I miss the beach. I'm so jealous.

MelMelBee said...

I came back to this post today....My family is from St. Croix and it is my absolute favorite place to visit. Looking at the water makes me want to pack now and get on a plane to avoid this very cold frigid weather in Philly!!!

Kenisha said...

I am from St. Croix!! Big up to the VI!! Glad you had a great time. Hope to hear about the baby soon.

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