Vows - The Wedding Dress

MoriLee by Madeline Gardner dresses and tux.

The bridal gown is as essential as the officiant and the couple's presence at the altar. And let's face it, before she thinks of the flavours of her wedding cake, she imagines the details on the dress she'll wear up the aisle; that empire waist or mermaid-silhouetted gown that hugs her curves and hi ... Read More

Jade Princess . (PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK BAKER) Opposites Attract
Let me immediately 'fess up to being obsessed with my '2 Opposites' Collection handbag. It's one of ... Read More

The Finale On A Rolle!
Mission Catwalk made good on the promise to mine its previous four seasons for its 'most talented' ... Read More

There's something magical about GoldenEye, and the recent dinner hosted by celebrity chef Mario Bata ... Read More

My Kingston - Sean Latty

Sunday, November 22, 2015    

Sean Latty

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? I am a country boy from Clarendon, so we would come to town to visit an aunt, and she would take us swimming and also treat us to patties, which were not available in James Hill, Clarendon. To this day I still enjoy a good Tastee or Juici patty. You have just completed dinner with 18 students from Tivoli Gardens, Kingston Technical, and Charlie Smith high schools as part of the Jamaica Observer's Applaud It! series. What are the three things you'd w ... Read More

Cocktails With - Michelle Anderson

Sunday, November 22, 2015    

Michelle Anderson

Wife, mother of three and director of distribution and retail channels at Digicel, Michelle Anderson is a busy woman. Her company has just launched its Christmas promotion, which will make one customer a millionaire every week for six weeks. Plus, there's Digicel Play. It's the perfect time, we reckon, to catch up over a glass of wine at her favourite spot, Uncorked, Sovereign North. What exactly does your job entail? As director of distribution and retail channels, my role is focused on drivi ... Read More

Of Paramount Importance

Friday, November 20, 2015    

Hugh Graham (back row, third left), Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited managing director and
PNP councillor for the Lluidas Vale divison of St Catherine, raises a hearty applause with his
guests of honour, students of Graham’s Lluidas Vale constituency. They are (front row, from left)
Nickealia Lee, Ewarton High School fourth-form student; Kenniel Small, Jose Marti Technical
High School fourth-form student; Tessian McDougal, Dinthill Technical High School fifth-form
student; her upper-sixth-form colleague Latia Geohagen; Zalika O’Connor, St Jago High School
fifth-form student; Trudy-Ann McIntosh, Holy Childhood High School upper-sixth-form student;
Akieem Henderson, Calabar High School fifth-form student; and (back row, from left) Nandrea
Walker, Charlemont High School sixth-form student; her lower-sixth-form colleague and St
Catherine Junior Councillor Sasha-Gaye Nelson; Paul Jackson, Ewarton High School fifth-form
student; Garfield Winkle, Kellits High School eleventh-grader; and Yahwayne Harris, St Jago High
School fourth-form student. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

When Paramount Trading Managing Director and Lluidas Vale PNP Councillor Hugh Graham heard about the Applaud It! initiative, he was immediately intrigued. Planning for the luncheon would take careful consideration, however. Being the councillor of the Lluidas Vale division in St Catherine, Graham decided to "give back to the community". A group of 12 students were selected for the luncheon held at Jade Garden Restaurant yesterday. When posed with the question "What is your biggest dream, and ... Read More

Mission Catwalk: All Stars - Chan's Dark Paradise

Friday, November 20, 2015    

The chiffon caftan modelled
by Alicia Burke.
The chiffon caftan

Whether she's planning a trip to Saint Tropez or roaming the cobbled streets of Florence, Italy, the woman who wears Ryan Chan's designs is sure to make a statement. Though it was somewhat unconventional the way Chan referenced spring and summer -- sticking to his gothic aesthetic with black lace and sombre hues, unlike the usual floral and gloriously bright range of colours -- the point came across quite clearly: She is fabulous and her clothes are chic. THE DESIGN CHALLENGE: The designers we ... Read More

VIDEO: Scotiabank Inspires Excellence

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

Sharing stories of inspiration, Scotiabank CEO and President Jacqueline Sharp addresses a keen audience. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON

Applaud It! -- now in its second week -- is an initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful players of industry to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience exposing them to social and dining skills. This veritable master class afforded Jacqueline Sharp, CEO and president, Scotiabank, the opportunity to host a group of 20 students from Denham Town High School, St Michael's Primary School and Dunrobin Primary ... Read More

VIDEO: JPS JamAsian Fusion

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

Students (from left) Rachel Clarke, Michaela Salkey, Kimone Smith, Shizu Payne and Aldane Walters (back) watch and listen attentively as sushi chef at Roe Kei
Asonuma and chef/patron Michiko Asonuma demonstrate the use of the chopsticks. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

An invitation to break bread with the top brass of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) as part of the Jamaica Observer's Applaud It! series - a week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills; a veritable master class - continued last week with Kelly Tomblin. The president & CEO of JPS exposed stud ... Read More

Triumph Through Trial and Error

With Cherryl Hanson-Simpson | Thursday, November 19, 2015    

Many of the accomplishments that I can list in my life have come after making several attempts that at first produced only undesirable outcomes. I have become so accustomed to frustrations and setbacks that I have simply accepted these occurrences as part of the process of achievement. After years of counselling people who were trying to achieve their financial goals, I realised that disappointment with the slow pace of progress is one of the reasons why many give up on their dreams. They think ... Read More

VIDEO: Think Big!

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

Business Access TV managing director Garth Walker (centre) addresses his guests. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

"I knew I wanted to become an entrepreneur but wasn't always this focused" shared Business Access TV Managing Director Garth Walker over lunch at Jade Garden Restaurant, Sovereign Centre with eight students from his alma mater Jamaica College and their teacher Patrice Harris-Henry. "In fact, it took me some time to settle down and understand the value of a good education," he continued. "I completed sixth form not at JC but at Priory -- but it was only during my Master's degree programme when I ... Read More

Be Brave, Be Fearless!

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

FLOW Managing
Director Garry
Sinclair addresses
his guests while
Applaud It!
NMW (left) and
Holy Trinity High
student Faithe
Burton listen
keenly. (PHOTOS:

Applaud It! -- A week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills -- a veritable master class. If there's one managing director who is at ease with the next generation of leaders it's FLOW's Garry Sinclair. Indeed he's an absolute pro! Last year at the inaugural staging of Applaud It! Sinclair had s ... Read More

NyamJam - Jamaican Food & Music Festival Part 1

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

(L) NMW peels the mango for the
mahi mahi ceviche.
José Enrique halves an

THE mood was mellow last Saturday afternoon as the NyamJam Food & Music Festival kicked off at the James Bond Beach with live cooking demonstrations at the pop up kitchen. First out were James Beard award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini and his able sous, Marley Coffee founder Rohan Marley, who, you guessed it, brought along the coffee. The two, in-between whipping, stirring and sharing delightful anecdotes, kept their audience fully engaged. Iuzzini and Marley were followed by the celebr ... Read More



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