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B Y A W I L D R O S E . . . .
It's been scarily nearly two years since I visited my families roots. The closest I will get to what my family know as home and the island of Barbados has kept a tender hold on my heart strings since visiting.
We started on the South coast but moved up to the West side of the island to stay in what I can only describe as real Barbados. Full of locals and the entire atmosphere and vibe was much more slow paced and restful on this side of the island. No surf to be had on the west coast, we enjoyed snorkelling and identifying some of the world most deadliest fish - stone fish and the cutest puffer fish just a few metres from the beach. We explored in caves, visited botanical gardens and dined on the best beaches.
Just Grilling restaurant was the tastiest local food to eat and we found ourselves there on numerous occasions. Jerk chicken with rice and a light caesar salad was a repeat offender.....
If you like a slow relaxing life, Barbados is for you. If you want to stay in real Barbados, Four Seasons Europia is perfect. You each get a small home all to yourselves with a veranda to sit out on an dine with your loved one. The only way to describe staying at the Europia - it's like staying at home. It felt like home. It felt right. It was quiet and a place I will truly never forget. The night chirping of the brown tree frogs were a welcome meditational song to send you off to sleep.
Barbados is filled with incredible animals, stunning clear waters, magnificent marine life, I am still a little bit in love with the way the island made me feel. At night, when the rain started the ground would come to life with cane toads jumping about after hiding from the constant 30˚c blistering heat. One moment you would be soaked and a moment later heat has returned. I fashioned a bird bath out of a fallen palm tree which all the birds enjoyed. You will find crabs in land, far from the sea living in the ground? As well as slugs bigger than a big banana and huge shells accommodating the giant snails you find everywhere. Monkeys can be seen as well as mango trees and coconut trees all over the island.
Lying in a hammock may well be one of my favourite things to do. Wonderful memories and I may have to return one day - I am sure I will.
These coconut fell in the night after a storm. When we woke up, a cable had fallen onto the tree still sparking, setting the palm tree alight.
Derived from the Ocean Blues Beach Blanket, I decided to expand on this idea and go wilder, bigger and roam further. The Oahu Roam Blanket is larger and makes a stunning edition to your wild outdoor adventures. Lightweight, fast drying and versatile, this is first and foremost and outdoor dry weather picnic blanket.
Catch some shade and make a large beach shelter to find refuge from that summer sun. Style into a tipi and take playtime everywhere you go, or simply wine and dine with the your loved one and take a seat and watch the sunset.
Hand made and dyed using the Japanese technique of Shibori. Each blanket is made with natural muslin cotton, dyed in a rich navy blue and finished with a pom pom black trim.
I think I will be pinching myself until the day I stand on the islands, but the next travel destination is one I am super excited about. After years of saving, years of waiting I can finally say - I am going to Hawaii.
We are headed of to the Island's of Hawaii for one month to really live and experience Hawaiian life. For many years, ever since my first viewing of Blue Crush (come on we have all seen it) I have wanted to go to Hawaii. That was when I really discovered Hawaii, this secret paradise that I had never really heard of. Suddenly, Hawaii was on the map. Being raised from a family born in the West Indies, tropical sea water runs through my veins and my love of surfing has meant that this part of the world has always been somehwere I have wanted to go more and more year after year.
We plan to island hop and explore some the well known go to shops and surf spots as well as discover our own secret spots and magical places across three islands, Oahu, Big Island and Maui, ending our trip with an afternoon in LA.
I can't wait to have my first Haliewai bowl and sit on the beaches of the North Shore, hang outside of the Billabong house, maybe I will some famous instagram faces over there too. One thing is for sure I will be recording this increbile trip every step of the way. See it first on here and via my instagram @roseeadsdesign.
Have YOU been? Where do you recommend? Is there somewhere we must see? Comment below. I would love to know. Now, if you will excuse me, I will just get back to pinching myself now...... pinch..... pinch........... camera's at the ready.
After years of planning and millions of thoughts, hundreds of hours of time, sleepless nights (this keeps me awake at night!) I can give an official release date of my salty living essentials shop launch. Live on the 01.01.18, I bring you my first collection of products inspired by female surf culture and lifestyle - The Aloha Collection. 2018 and is the beginning of a long awaited journey for me. It's a good feeling, nearly as good as sliding around on a board in the with the sunrise.... Aloha
A long weekend in this stunning converted barn meant I found time to relax and draw nearly every day. Spoilt with an enormous log fire and more space than you could ever need, I had sunshine everyday, great food and great company.
The light on this bamboo chair - I wish I could have kept it for myself.
The most delicious vegan eats - Dates, pistachios and coconut raw triangles. I could have eaten this twice over bought from a local bakery.
Sunday morning walks to the stone beaches in the November sun.
I found myself amongst old friends and new ones this weekend. Life gets so busy but I am truly blessed where I live to be spoilt by a stunning coastline. We sailed across to a little island and with our supplies on Friday for some wild camping for two nights. The rain avoided us three times and we ate and drank a good food and finished the evening with toasted mallows over the campfire. All six of us mesmerised by the fire, I found myself staring endlessly into its warm autumnal burning embers under the clear starry night sky.
Unbelievably, I stumbled upon eight handmade tribal staffs which we circled around our campfire decorated with wood pigeon feathers. We exchanged stories about life, work, books and one of my favourite topics - travel. Tucking up with a warm sleeping bag and the best of the best company, my hubby to be, I woke up to sunrise, birdsong, fresh air and a smile on my face.
Dishing out the grub and below sunset before twilight.
That fire ......
I have dreamed and searched high and low for a beach blanket like this but couldn't find one. So I took it upon myself to design and make it instead.
Made with a light cream natural cotton, paired with a shibori navy dye. No two blankets are the same, finished with a black Pom Pom edge. Shop now - click shop in my navigation bar at the top of the page or click the button below. I hope you love it as much as I do.
A few shots of a glorious local river close to my hometown. The light and shade amongst the roots makes my heart melt a little bit. Took my boys for a drive and got a bit and went wild swimming amongst the tiniest fish and swans. Summer isn't over till it's over. Starting to get colder mornings now though. Summer won't you stay a little longer...
It's August. It's a very cold 15°C at home here in the UK - which is not normal. So lately I have been craving some heat and dreaming of all that free time I had in Florida sitting under palm trees. Not forgetting Biarittz snapping pics of the beach and the local surfers. Take me back - or fast forward to a sunny day please. Here's some of my hand drawn typography paired with my photography. I think it makes a sweet sticky combination.... so you can buy this as a print soon. Click shop to grab one. Good vibes and prey for Summer to return to us.
I kept a travel diary whilst away with Animal UK on our research trip for WMNS SS19 Collection. To read my interview with marketing below click the link. Some of my work from my notebook that wasn't used in the article you can see below. Biarritz is a surf mecca - needless to say I will return next year for more travel, design and inspiration.
ROSE EADS | SURFER | DESIGNER | ILLUSTRATOR | PHOTOGRAPHER