Everything Under The Sun….

Since we have completed my weeklong initiation of speed blogging, I don’t think it’s necessary anymore to title everything “Day Such and Such in the Life of a Blogger”–I think we have gotten to know each other quite well and have moved past that point. Now we can just continue on to normal blog titles so that being said…..I want to rave to you all about what an AMAZING weekend we just had in NY. We couldn’t have asked for better summer weather….it was just stellar! I hope you all had just as wonderful of a time as I did…..

My Saturday Morning Recharge–
One of my favorite things is that surprise feeling of seeing packages arrive for me at the front door. I know that I purchased them for myself–“From me, To me”, but sometimes with the busy life I have, I totally forget that I purchased something and I can trick my poor overworked brain into thinking of these packages as gifts!! And that is what happened this Saturday….as I groggily came downstairs to make some Keurig coffee for myself, I looked out my front door and spotted a fat package sitting on my doorstop. OOOhhhhh….what is it!




Surprise….what awaits me on a Saturday???


As I’ve mentioned in prior blogs, activewear is becoming more and more fashionable so you can really play around with mixing it into your regular weekend wear. Super cool new sport bras from V.S.
 Awesome fashion leggings that can be for workout and dressed up to hang out in also from V.S.

 Love these special details on the leggings–sheer mesh and cool sports piping details.


An Afternoon of Sheer Bliss…
After playing around with my new clothes and enjoying a morning omelette and smoothie….time to chill out
Once I am home in suburbia for the weekend, I have no desire to ever leave my house. Just give me sun, sunscreen, a cocktail, a good book, some good tunes, and I am good to go.


And now we are ready to get the party started. Dave and I are BIG fans of Bombay Sapphire martinis, but they MUST be made with blue cheese stuffed olives which have to be self-made in order to be awesome. This is a bit of a challenge, but once you have tasted them, you will NEVER go back!
The final thing of beauty!!

Introductions Necessary…
I haven’t really had a chance to introduce you to the rest of the household. That would include the below characters who will probably be making regular appearances in this blog experience so here they are…

Miss Scarlet…..she is actually the true diva of this household. She thinks she is a human being and can regularly be found in my closet checking out my collection of handbags, shoes, etc.

This is Einstein and he is the brains of this household. He also has the athletic prowess of a “big cat” and likes to bring his “fake” mice finds to us to present his skill and his true devotion. He’s also a bit of a little charmer…
Sunday: Our Big Day Out on the Water….
So we have been trying to make this day work and we finally got the perfect weather and the planets aligned that we were all around on the same day and today we are going out on a 6 hour boat tour around Manhattan. Our good friend Paul Sprieser and his wife Kerri who run Bella Charters have invited us to share their experiences on the water. This boat cruise is truly unique as Paul works as a Captain on the New York Waterways and has a lot of insight into touring around the city. We are actually going to go north around the tip of Manhattan through Sputten Duyvil Bridge (translation: Devil’s Spit) in the Harlem area (never ever heard of it in my entire existence here in NY). It is a bridge that rotates upon request to the bridge operator and lets boats in through the small channel into the Harlem River–again–never done this before!! Here’s the day’s events!!!
What swimsuit to take??? And this is the edited down finalists….From left to right around the top starting with the plaid suit–The Bikini Lab plaid suit, The Bikini Lab zig zag neon top with V.S. strappy bottom, Athleta mix and match pieces, V.S. x’s strappy bikini, V.S. calypso style turquoise suit, O.P. for Walmart polka dots. From high to low, every retailer out there has great swimsuits at all price points!


Fun snacks and drinks for the boat. “Drink Me” sangria should set the tone for the day!
Here’s the boat!! It’s a 40 ft. baby with about 650 sq. feet of living space. Not too shabby!!


Our awesome captain, Paul and his other half, Kerri, his wife!!
She is our hostess and cruise director!


If you’ve been watching my FB posts, this will look familiar to you all. I don’t think I’ve taken a better photo!! I’m just so darn happy. Sun, water, city background, cocktail in hand….



Scrabble cheese nips–spell “BOAT” for 32 points.


Chef Paul commandeering the grill.


And if you own and live on a boat, these nail decorations are a necessity–of course!!! Love the nautical stripes and anchor–how adorbes!!! This the teenage girls handiwork on our boat.


And here they are, Kaitlyn & Madeleine having a blast on the boat. I love Kaitlyn’s cute lace trim shorts and how did she know I love aviator sunglasses? Super on trend.



Approaching the GW Bridge


 Approaching the Sputten Duyvil Rotating bridge….crazy town!!


Passing thru Sputten Duyvil



 Kids diving off the rocks in Harlem. It’s a citified version of watching divers in Hawaii. Kind of surreal


Paul teaching me about navigating the boat
Paul seems to think I’m ready to be at the helm????



I had no idea we had such talent on board. Kaitlyn has an uncanny ability to make balloon critters. I love my palm tree monkey. Her little brother Ryan is showing off her alien creation, and I have seen her final creation of Minnie Mouse!


Beautiful lunch of grilled veggies, salad, chicken and london broil. Thanks Chef Paul and Kerrie!!


Sea planes landing on the water in NYC on the East River…..


 Wave runners out on the water all day….


Beautiful view of the southern end of Manhattan
A gorgeous sunset trying to happen over the city



…and a gorgeous sunset behind Ellis Island
 The moon just starting to show up…the sign of a full day on the water



Not easy to leave this beautiful night view but we gotta get some sleep to be ready for the week ahead.


What an incredible weekend and I’ll be looking forward to another weekend out on that boat!! In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming about owning and captaining my own yacht!! 







Tina Trevino
Tina Trevino
Tina Trevino, Partner & Director of Community Relations for Latin Biz Today is President & CEO of Tocaya Design under which she does design consulting for major apparel companies as well as designs, manufactures and markets her women’s lifestyle brand, Tocaya. With 25 years of industry experience most recently as Design Director of KBL Group Intl. Ltd., she has managed large creative design teams. Trevino provides insight on upcoming fashion trends for each season collaborating with designers, merchants and product development teams to help develop brand appropriate apparel. She specializes in sweaters, knits and wovens. Having previously worked with private label brands for stores like Kohl’s, NY & Co, White House|Black Market, and Ann Taylor to name a few as well as brands like Lee jeans, Wendy Williams, Brooke Shields Timeless, Torn by Ronny Kobo, and Whitney Port, she has the ability to build brands from the design and merchandising process all the way through fitting, production, and marketing.