MiaParres

Hi.

Welcome to my Design Diary! I am so excited to connect with you & share my design & lifestyle adventures!

We're Moving!

We are OFFICIALLY moving!!

Moving to the Cayman Islands seems like a pretty easy decision, doesn’t it?

Initially, it was a YES. Just like the moment Sandro and I met each other, YES, YES, MORE YES.

But we really had to sit down and think about all of the important things that would completely change in our lives.

1)   Our Family & Friends. We are MASSIVE family people. We both see our families every week, every day even. We both come from very big, blended, wild and fabulous families. I would say a typical weekend for us is hang out with sibs, dinner with one set of parents, work outs, some fun activity with friends and then dinner with another set of parents. So moving to a tiny little island (confession: that I literally had to look up on a map) seemed to knock the wind right out of me. (I have a few explosive cry sessions when I imagined not hugging my mum and dad every week, one being last night). Is it going to feel like the first day of school all over again? I hope they like us!

Here's a little peek (in case you're just like me, I need maps!), we're hanging out just below Cuba! 

Here's a little peek (in case you're just like me, I need maps!), we're hanging out just below Cuba! 

2)   Our Future. We have been saving, and saving, and saving some more. We both want to have a family, buy a house, and be financially comfortable in a market that is very unpredictable. The only thing that seemed predictable about our future is each other. So now is the time to take a risk.

3)   Our Careers. 2015 and 2016 were big years for both of us in our careers. I was personally really getting my stride in the design world, working with the most amazing team at Sarah Richardson Design, and in the world of television had been good to me with two shows on HGTV Canada, The Expandables and Home To Win, both of which I was blessed with incredible co-hosts, designers and unbelievable crew and producers. I was beginning to work with my agent, booking some amazing campaigns, really blossoming. For me, my career is a big part of who I am as an adult and who I want to be for the rest of my life.

4)   Each Other.  As cheesy as this may sound, we knew from the first moment we met we were going to be together forever. Home to both of us is wherever we are, together. So that really gave us the freedom (no kids, no mortgage, no contracts) to pick up and move our home to the Cayman Islands.

Living room Insp, from Pinterest 

Living room Insp, from Pinterest 

The most important question on my mind: Where will I get my manicures? (haha, kidding. Kind of.)

Just kidding. Obviously there are a lot of other things on my mind before that. But seriously, does an island this size have all the amenities I have become accustomed to as a city gal? Don’t get me wrong, I love horseback riding, glam-ping (glamorous camping), wearing cut off jeans, flip flops and the occasional pick up truck…But I am also a woman of refined tastes: lactose-free-flat-white-unsweetened-almond-milk, dry cleaning, match my sports bra to my runners, personal trainer, shop-till-i-drop, and avid paloe enthusiast. They have all of that there, right?

Lots on our mind, and I am very excited to share our story, our decisions (both the easy breezy and tough ones), our designs (our new home!), our new careers, and of course how we balance our city slicker ways with the laid back island lifestyle.

All of this, and I’ve never even visited the Cayman Islands (until a week ago, which I will share more about in my next post!!!! Serendipitous.). Now we are moving there. What am I 19 all over again? Moving to New York City, London, England, Vancouver without ever setting foot there? Cool. No problem! Let’s do this!

We’re both all in, and this is our journey.

Sunshine Dreams

Sunshine Dreams

Coastal Casual

Coastal Casual