About Last Night At The Monkeypod Kitchen in Hawaii

img_6997Last Night after work we decided to go out to eat. Everyone was off at 6pm, it was early enough to go home freshen up and have a family date night.  I have been wanting to try this restaurant out because I heard how great their Mai Tai’s are. Food gets me excited but a great drink gets me more excited.

A few people I’ve met shared with me that MonkeyPod Kitchen by Merriman in Ko’Olina Center would be a spot that I would like. I guess I give off a bougie vibe or something but I enjoy a great ambience when I go out to eat. The only time I don’t look for a fancy decor is when I’m going out to eat seafood (crabs, crawfish, shrimp) then I want it to be clean but comfortable so I can go in. So everyone who suggested Monkeypod Kitchen was correct. The entre Ko’Olina Center look like me, from living to shopping to eating and having drinks.

We met up with Michael Co-Workers who also was in the mood for delicious and food and great Mai-Tai’s. We sat at the bar until our table was ready. Of course I ordered what I came for, the signature Monkeypod Mai Tai. It’s old lahaina light and dark rums, lime, house-made macadamia nut orgeat, orange curracao, with their delicious honey-lilikoi foam.

Once we moved to the table I continued with the Mai Tai’s and because I was HANGRY I ordered the following; Lobster Deviled Eggs, Fish & Lobster Pasta, and All Natural CAB Ribeye Steak.

We had a great time, beautiful weather to sit out on the patio just drinking, eating, laughing and more drinking, the last table to leave for the evening. Our chariot await so off we go on our golf cart back to the house. We will definitely return to The Monkeypod Kitchen.

 

 

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So Glad The Rain Storm In Oahu Hawaii Is Over

img_5784The torrential  rain storm is over here in Oahu, Hawaii and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m sure all the beautiful trees needed it but I didn’t. I need the warm weather and the beautiful beach Hawaii is known for. Not some crazy ass rain that triggered this widespread flooding, scary thunderstorms and lighting that injured 3 people. Plus, all the rain did was leave us in Ewa Beach without power for 2 days. That’s not cute at all.

So tonight I’m going to sleep real good. I was worried that I was going to oversleep both days. I kept waking up to check my phone. Yes, I did set my alarm but I didn’t feel comfortable to realized on my phone alarm due to the fact that it had a very low battery. I also plan to love on my hair, wash and condition it real good, then pin curl and blow dry my hair so on Saturday for the “Shop & Play” at The Cosmetics Company Store I will look fabulous.

What kind of summer weather are you having?

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Beauty Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

This Island Girl Is Having A Sexy Monday In Hawaii

 

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Today, I’m off and the beach is calling me, I can hear the waves from my house. Guess what, I plan on enjoying hours in that warm turquoise water and that flawless butter pecan sand. This is one of the best part about living here in Hawaii, having the beach and being able to just love on it all day.

Last week was busy for me so I didn’t spend a lot of time at the beach like I normally do but today I had nothing schedule, and I didn’t schedule anything because I needed that ME TIME.

 

Living in Hawaii I promised myself that I was going to be selfish with my time. I vow to put myself first and all I wanted to do today was be free and just do what I wanted to do and basically that was drink prosecco, create content, and just enjoy myself.

See for yourself…

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Beauty Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

We Moved From The Mainland To Hawaii

img_2882Yes, you read the title correctly. The Gomez-Duplessis is now residing in Honolulu Hawaii on the island of Oahu in Ewa Beach. I know it’s still so surreal to us that we’re here and not on vacation, that we will now be calling Hawaii home.

Everything happened very fast, God gave me the directions and from my bed I was able to set everything up. As you know I have Lupus, RA, Lyme, and Asthma. My lungs has been my biggest challenge the last few years and very swiftly they started shutting down. I was on that damn breathing machine so much was going through my 2 inhalers very fast. Couldn’t leave my house had to stay in one room being isolated from everyone was the worse.

Having double pneumonia and hearing the doctors saying stroke and I’m now on a stretcher, shirt being open and wires placed everywhere was the icing on the cake for me but more for my husband. Hearing him say “WE NEED YOU” and seeing his eyes I knew it was getting bad. Right after he started talking about moving to Arizona.  But nothing bit for him, but he did get a bite from a company that said “we would love to relocate you to Hawaii”. Then it happened, he was offered the position and I was on the computer, doing a lot of virtual house tours, and calling shipping companies for the car and furniture. Then having open house going on and packing like it all happened in 1 month basically.

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We have never been to Hawaii, so we didn’t know what to expect. But God made this transition so easy that I know it was the right move for us. Now, getting here was our only challenge. The weather in NY was horrible so our flight was first delayed for many hours than finally cancelled. It took us 2 days to get to our new home but we made it safe and we now have all 9 of our luggages that was sent to LAX.

I can’t wait to share pictures with you and I think I want to start doing video blogs. I just don’t know how to edit them. So, this is my first video so please don’t be to hard on me. Yes, I will still work doing what what I do best and that’s makeup. I actually start working on June 11th. I did lots of digital interviews and calls last month so life will be back to normal just in PARADISE…ALOHA

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

How I Shipped My Car From Connecticut To Hawaii

img_1916My road dog, Queen B is leaving me today. She Ready…For Paradise!

We decided that we could ship only one car to Hawaii and sell the other. Because Queen B is so fly…I won! I have a mature Lincoln MKZ but girlfriend is still clean, she’s spotless, she still drive excellent and shit, she still sexy that I could not part from her in Hawaii. I have my eyes set on the Lincoln Continental, have you seen her? #iDie

Today we had Cargo Management Group, Inc based out of Massachusetts  come out to pick up Queen B to take her on a long drive to Long Beach, California.

So what I learned about how all this shipping cars and furniture work is that it’s more than one company involved. The next company to receive the car will be Matson Ocean Shipping,  a transportation services company who’s headquartered is  in Honolulu, Hawaii. We were given a tracking number so that we can check to see where Queen B is at all time. I’ll be checking on her often. I’ll keep y’all posted on how Matson Ocean Shipping treats my girl. Before I gave over my keys I took tons of pics and also my mileage to be sure that everything is in place when she arrives to Hawaii.

They ask that we only have 1/4 of gas in the car because any more than that could add a lot of extra weight to your vehicle that could cause problems for the shipper at a weigh station. They also ask for you to remove any valuables in the car because they won’t be responsible for anything stolen. I wish companies would be held accountable as long as they have the key they should be held responsible. So, I just took everything out.

The driver from Cargo Management Group, Inc also, taking pics

I will be in Hawaii in 8 days so I’ll keep you posted on my reunion with Queen B and I’ll let you know how the service was with both companies, Cargo Management Group, Inc and Matson shipping.

Oh, I have my eyes set on the Lincoln Continental, have you seen her? #iDie

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

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Put On Purple Today With Me For Lupus

img_2168Today, May 17th is Put On Purple day to help raise awareness to Lupus. You can rock any of your favorite items as long as it’s PURPLE.

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Be a part of this growing community that’s making a difference. As a Lupus Warrior we need so many more voices to help get our message out. Lupus is a horrible disease, we’re dying from it everyday. We need the right medicine and doctors who know’s about Lupus.

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Continue to wear purple the rest of the month of May. I will be rocking my purple Converse sneaker and purple Alex And Ani bracelet. Let me know how you will be showing your support. Tag on your social media pages your pics using #PutOnPurple

 

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

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Celebrity Makeup Artist And Beauty Blogger Moving From The Mainland To Hawaii

 

img_1666Today is a big day for the Gomez-Duplessis Family. We have shippers coming through all day to give us estimates for our move to Hawaii. This is the most expensive part of the move and the most stressful part as well. But at the end it’s going to all be worth it. Because I’m getting my health back. This is really the reason why we’re moving. My Lupus, RA and Asthma is kicking my ass up here so I need to be in a warmer climate with better air quality.

We decided to go with Hawaii Moving Pros to ship our furniture. Our Moving Coordinator from Hawaii Moving Pros has been very efficient and accessible throughout the entire planning.

So, how do you pack a 5 bedroom home and make it fit a pod for a studio/1 bedroom home? You need lots of alcohol and you cry, shit you need an entire bottle of alcohol. Let me tell you, this is so hard purging and deciding on what to ship to Hawaii. It’s not the same feeling when we lost the entire home to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans but it’s high on the emotion list. I tell you what, because of this move I’ve learned that we’re hoarders, no really. I think because of Hurricane Katrina that I try to keep everything pertaining to the kids, my husband and all of my achievements and awards. The great thing is I can just google myself to see things that I’ve done. So, when I look at it that way, it makes it easier to throw away things away about myself. 

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My Soul Sista Buddha, we don’t know yet if she’s able to travel with us due to her size.

I have managed to do a lot online with setting up the family lifestyle for success. Things like digital interviews with Field Executives for Estée Lauder, virtual tours of the house with Angela our Leasing Professional, getting eRenterPlan Insurance, and setting up cable/wifi service with Spectrum. The next thing we have set up is for Queen B, my car to be picked up this week.

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I’m a fan of Z Gallerie home decor and stylish chic furniture store so I have a lot of great pieces from there especially wall art and large wall mirrors. I’m not ready yet to part from any of my things from Z Gallerie but unfortunately I have to. Because it’s costing me so much to ship my really big pieces. So, on Saturday, I’m giving them away to a few families from Columbia who just moved to Connecticut. So I know they will appreciate these fab pieces but it’s going to be hard to part from them.

I’m not shipping any of our outdoor living set up either. In Hawaii we will have a nice yard to start all over with so thinking about that project make it easier to say goodbye. I’ll be able to plant exotic flowers and have more trees and even a beach to enjoy daily.

So, if anyone from the mainland wants to know how we managed to move to Hawaii just shoot me a comment and I’ll answer them for you. I’ll continue to share about our Pro’s vs Con’s of moving to Hawaii and I’ll link the companies that we used along with feedback. This is going to be a great chapter in my book.

ALOHA

 

Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

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