Top 10 Things We Love This Month – February 2017

1. Start training for the marathon

The Cayman Islands Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, is months away but it’s never too early to start training. In Cayman, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to take part in 5K and 10K runs throughout the year and then there’s the Wednesday Night Running Club where you can meet and run with like-minded individuals, most of whom are happy to give tips and technique advice to newbie runners. With year-round gorgeous weather and flat roads, why not start building up your stamina and mileage now?

2. Spa at Seafire

Treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering at the spa at the recently opened Kimpton Seafire on Seven Mile Beach. Many of the treatments are inspired by the Caribbean Sea and its majestic reefs and feature natural and nutrient-filled ingredients.

Guests can relax and enjoy soothing facials, luxurious massages and refreshing body treatments, as well as pedicures and manicures from the team of professionals at Cayman’s newest hotel spa. For an extra treat, why not book a room for the night? You can “Spa & Stay,” Kimpton-style.

3. Maybelline Dream Velvet

There are so many makeup products out there and believe it or not, what you see on TV may not accurately reflect the results you’ll get. That being said, we love Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation. It comes in a tube and is best applied with the custom made sponge (sold separately) or even a makeup sponge you already possess. Dampen the sponge and then apply the foundation evenly across your face. We swear by this stuff.

4. Flowers for yourself

February – specifically Valentine’s Day – is a time for flowers. Bouquets are delivered to offices and homes to celebrate love in all its many forms. Even if you don’t have a significant other, why not order flowers for yourself? In fact, make February your month to treat yourself to some blooms. Their color and scent can lift any mood and brighten the room. With florists and markets making them even more affordable than ever, this can be your floral February.

5. Premier [1er] Crew @ Icoa

Why is the pleasure of ordering and drinking wine sometimes overshadowed by nerves and insecurity? Diners worry about their lack of knowledge and coming across as ignorant, which turns what should be an enjoyable experience into one fraught with concern. If the mystery of Merlot has got your knickers in a twist, heading to the brand new wine bar – Premier [1er] Crew @ Icoa in Seven Mile Shops – will put your mind at ease.

We suggest trying their wine tasting evening this month, where only $50 will open your eyes and palate to the possibilities.

6. Heart Fund

Every year, the Cayman Heart Fund organizes a glittering gala that celebrates life. Money is raised for a great cause, then guests in black tie or themed costumes take to the dance floor as the Sea N’ B band rocks the night away. This year, the theme is ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Roll and it should be a doozy, as 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the charity. The date is Feb. 10 and the location is the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. Dress is black tie, red or definitely get your ‘60s garb out of the closet. For tickets, call 916-6324 or email info@caymanheartfund.com.

7. Cayman Scents

Dishes created from scratch with fresh ingredients always taste superior to prepackaged foods. The same concept is embraced by Cayman Scents, where handcrafted bath and body products make your home a more wonderful place to be.

Soaps, lotions, scrubs, body sprays and more turn your bath or shower into an indulgent experience. The company’s collection of natural and soy candles, as well as sachets and room diffusers, have made it a firm favorite of locals and tourists. Pick up an armful at the store on Seven Mile next to Wendy’s, or the Camana Bay Market on Wednesdays. www.caymanscents.com.

8. Healthy hummus

For as much as we eat it, hummus may as well be a food group. And, while we agree you never mess with a classic, we have made an exception for Hope Hummus Thai Coconut Curry. This creamy dip is a spin on the original, thanks to unexpected ingredients like Thai yellow curry spice, shredded coconut and fresh jalapeños. We are adding it to rice bowls, salads and spreading it liberally on crackers for a spicy (and 100 percent natural) kick to our meals. Check the label; every ingredient is edible on its own. Winning! Available at Kirk Market.

9. Miracle mist

Coola Face SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray has answered our prayers.

This “farm to face” certified organic facial mist is a mini-treatment in a bottle. It “sets” a full face of makeup until it is nearly bullet-proof in the heat; contains anti-inflammatory aloe, cucumber and green tea (bye-bye red cheeks!); and also includes skin super-ingredient Hyaluronic Acid, which softens and tones while you wear it. To boot, the sorcerous mixture sprays on matte and shrinks pores, so our faces stay shine free and fresh all day. Available at Le Visage.

10. Red Sky at Night

Every year, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation organizes Red Sky at Night in the grounds of the Harquail Theatre. This year, it is scheduled for Feb. 25. As guests walk through the gardens, they are treated to live performances from dancers, actors and storytellers. Local visual artists and craftspeople also have their works on display, all to the sounds of melodic steel drums, fiddles and drums. Come for the culture, stay for the food, and be a part of the magic.