Carnival is here! Carnival is here!! Carnival is HERE!!! Trinidad Carnival 2017 is here and I am Ready for the Road!!!
In case you missed it from my exuberant introduction, and my many (sometimes irrelevant) mentions of it in the recent past, Carnival is without a doubt my most favorite time of the year! I love everything about it – the soca music, the fetes, the steel pan music, and the overall good vibes that blanket the country for the weeks/days leading up to the big parade. But above all else, I love the costume…the gorgeous, delicate, bedazzled, kaleidoscopic masterpiece I get to dance through the streets in on Carnival Tuesday.
Every July/August I spend countless hours scrutinizing the offerings of TRIBE Carnival, the band I play with. I study it all, from the color combinations to the bra design; from the amount of plumage to the details in the gem work; from the belt sizes to the amount of accessories. Then, I consult with my Carnival Crew (featured in header photo), as well as my Costume Consigliere (my mother of all people). And, after many days (sometimes weeks) of analysis, a decision is made.
Truth be told, I make the process more tedious than it needs to be. However, when you put in all that legwork in the beginning, you avoid disappointment on costume collection day. And this year (very much like last year) that was exactly the case – no disappointment. Just unadulterated elation!
I am in complete love with my selection – the stunning, show-stopping, bejeweled, pink and orange Winterberry, designed by Gail Cabral!
After months of impatient waiting, I finally have my precious baby in hand and I couldn’t happier about it if it had been my wedding dress! I’ve tried it on way too many times and maybe need to lock it away, but extreme measures aside, I’m so excited to share this quick peek of it with you!
Bonus: The Goodie Bag!
Apart from our costumes we get this tres chic beach bag with beach towel and of course, the adorable mason jar cups that will hold all those free drinks we get on Monday and Tuesday!
I am so excited to hit the road next week and I can’t wait to share my Trinidad Carnival adventures on the blog for the very first time. Stay tuned for all the epic-ness to come!