Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat @ Moon Palace Jamaica + My 1st Vlog

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Moon Place Jamaica Welcome Mixer

Hey y’all. So remember I told you guys that I was headed to Jamaica for the Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat? Well I’m back and I had an amazing time. And of course I have to give y’all a full recap. The Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Influencer Empowerment Retreat was held August 3rd-6th at Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios. Tropic Isle Living invited 25 influencers to beautiful Jamaica to learn more about the brand and to empower our impact on the natural hair & beauty communities. I was honored to be a part of the group.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Welcome Mixer

The retreat kicked off with a Welcome Mixer which included words of wisdom from Kiana Woodson (Brand Manager), Sabrina Boissiere (Event Producer), Lois Reid-Hines (CEO & Co-Founder) and Stephanie Scott (First And Last PR).

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat

With @CoolCalmCurly and @HeyCurlie

We mingled and took photos. Then enjoyed the resort for the rest of the evening.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Port Royal

The next morning we took a bus ride to Port Royal in Kingston and headed out on the water with Loose Cannon Tours for a yacht party in celebration of Jamaican Independence Weekend. The destination was Maiden Cay for a photo shoot.

Dark Skin Orange Swimsuit Vacation In Jamaica

SWIMSUIT | COVER UP | SUNGLASSES | EARRINGS | WAIST BEADSTropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Jamaica Yacht Party

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Yacht Party

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Maiden Cay

We ate, drank, and enjoyed each others company. And had an amazing time taking photos on the private island. It was truly an experience to remember.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat JBCO Farm Visit

HEADWRAP

On day 3 we headed out for a tour of one of the Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Farms. We learned about how Jamaican Black Castor Oil is produced. From growing the trees, roasting and planting the seeds and producing the oil.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat JBCO Farm Visit

We were even able to plant our own seeds.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Jamaican Black Castor Oil Farm Visit

The visit was very educational and we had fun although it was hot as hell lol. It was great to find out how JBCO is produced. Bless the farmers as it is such a tedious task.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Moon Palace Jamaica Beach

SIMILAR SWIMSUIT

After the farm visit I grabbed some lunch and hung out on the beach for a bit. Then I went to pull myself together for the All White Farewell Dinner.

What To Wear To Dinner En Blanc

DRESS | LIPSTICK

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat All White Dinner Party

Dinner was delicious. We ate drank and danced the night away. And also had a lantern lighting ceremony to release our fears and negative energy.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat All White Dinner Party

My Grandfather passed while I was away. All of the ladies were so supportive which is exactly what I needed when receiving such news while so far away from my family. I was able to find a little peace before I had to go home and deal with the storm.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat All White Dinner Party

It truly was amazing being surrounded by such beautiful spirits.

Moon Palace Jamaica Review

The Moon Palace Jamaica was beautiful. And the food was on point. The traditional Jamaican breakfast was my favorite meal and I ate a variation of it every chance I got.

Moon Palace Jamaica Breakfast

The ackee & salt fish was cooked perfect every time, and everything was so fresh.

Moon Palace Jamaica Traditional Jamaican Breakfast

This was my first time trying bammy and I fell in love! Festival and Sweet Plantains will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m so greedy lol.

Moon Palace Jamaica Ice Cream

I made multiple trips to the ice cream station as well. The rum raisin was delicious, along with this vanilla and almond combo.

Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat Moon Palace Jamaica

The Tropic Isle Living It Starts With Us Retreat was an amazing experience. I feel blessed to be a part of something so big. As if all of these pictures weren’t enough, I filmed my very 1st vlog y’all! Check it out to get a behind the scenes peek at the fun!

Erica

When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.

6 Comments

  1. 08.13.2018 / 4:35 pm

    Congrats on your first Vlog! Blog and vlog were enjoyable.

    • Erica
      Author
      08.13.2018 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much. I appreciate the feedback! xo

  2. Stephanie
    08.17.2018 / 4:57 pm

    Great to see you getting a great opportunity such as this one. What an awesome experience to travel out of the country especially when it’s on someone else’s dime LOL 🙂

    • Erica
      Author
      08.18.2018 / 4:32 am

      Thank you ❤️

  3. 08.18.2018 / 11:16 pm

    Your trip looked so fun. It’s nice to see black influencers get this type of getaway & treatment. I use the red pimento Tropic Isle oil that you reviewed a while back. I’m so sorry about the loss of your grandfather.

    • Erica
      Author
      08.20.2018 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much for your condolences. It was definitely fun times. I feel so proud to have been able to experience this ❤️

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