Newly-weds Tangui and Erlene share their first
kiss as husband and wife.

On Saturday, April 4, Trinidad and Tobago native and High Commission Second Secretary Erlene Kowlessar wed her prince charming, French national Tangui Morvan, on the lush lawns of the Trident Castle in Port Antonio, Portland. VOWS shares the story of love at first sight. The couple -- who were int ... Read More

Miss Jamaica World 2014
Laurie-Ann Chin strut the
evening’s runway in a gingham
halter dress and Cinderella Hats
fascinator. Spring Into Fashion
Just in time for spring, local fashion designers presented their take on the season's trends at the ... Read More

Keisha Golding Cocktails with — Keisha Golding
The charming and unfailingly polite Keisha Golding, senior director, global talent acquisitons at Ga ... Read More

This foyer lighting creates a warm glow against the gold-coloured wall. At nights, the golden light illuminates the entire foyer and creates a welcoming feel to
the home. Live-in' Designs
I am not a trained interior decorator. Well, not formally, anyway. However, if being trained comes f ... Read More

Cayman Couture

Sunday, May 03, 2015    

Cayman Islands Fashion Week was back for its fifth go last weekend in Grand Cayman and welcomed the island's hottest pop cultural export of the moment -- Caymanian actress Grace Gealey, who stars on American TV's breakout hit hip-hop drama Empire -- to add currency to the couture celebration. Billed 'Fashion Rocks', the marquee event hosted at the Lions Centre in Red Bay, Grand Cayman, featured 13 collections from Caribbean talent such as New York-based Guyanese Roger Gary and 2012 Miss Trinida ... Read More

 My Kingston — Matthew Samuda

Sunday, May 03, 2015    

Matthew Samuda

G2K President Matthew Samuda is in the UK to observe the British elections. We catch up in-between cups of tea... What have you observed so far? The level of organisation of the political parties here (UK) is a far cry from ours at home. As harsh as the rhetoric is between candidates, the process is quite civilised. The debates are issue-based, whereas in Jamaica in many seats the contest is one of popularity. You are the new G2K president. What new, fresh and innovative concepts will you be ... Read More

Linking Chelsea

Sunday, May 03, 2015    


It continues to get better for Rock-born jewellery designer Matthew 'Mateo' Harris, and your Style Observer is only too happy to continue the lusty applause. If preparation and hard work afford success, then we might witness another first in the USA. Until then we share, courtesy of Mateo, the cover of Elle magazine in which the former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton in an exclusive interview speaks to motherhood, women's rights, the pressures she feels as a woman in a leadership role and, of co ... Read More

VOWS - And... Action!

Friday, May 01, 2015    

Peter & Katherine Abrikian

Director, playwright and part-time drama educator at the American International School of Kingston Peter Abrikian married development specialist Katherine Chen in an elegant ceremony at the Sunken Gardens of Hope Gardens on Saturday, April 18 with family and friends looking on. Officiated by Reverend Dr Paul Sorrentino and Gordon Russell, the late-afternoon nuptials saw the groom -- in a Spencer's Tailoring-bought powder blue suit -- making his way to the altar, hand in hand with his parents Da ... Read More

Cecil's Restaurant & Lounge — An establishment of excellence

Dwight Scott | Thursday, April 30, 2015    

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of
St Catherine Dwight Scott with waitress Cavine Brown.

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of St Catherine, entrepreneur Dwight Scott, unveils another culinary gem: Cecil's Restaurant & Lounge. The 30-year-old formula at Cecil's Restaurant is without a doubt one that works. Little surprise, really, with its predominantly Asian fusion-inspired cuisine (Jamaicans love Chinese food!), excellent local fare and exceptional customer service. Those into something different, however, will enjoy the seafood offerings or dry-aged ... Read More

Errol Hanna The Lionfish King

Jon Baker | Thursday, April 30, 2015    

Father and son Errol
and Brett Hanna at
the Cliff Hanger Bar.

Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of Portland Jon Baker unearths another spectacular culinary gem... Errol Hanna, more affectionately known as Tony, and his son Brett run this cliff-top restaurant high up above the sea on the north coast, about 20 minutes' drive out of Port Antonio. Heading west past Long Bay, you reach one of Jamaica's wildest and most desolate coastlines, the road winding along high above the crashing waves. As you arrive in the area known as Ross Craig, a kind of ... Read More

BRANDED - Rojah Thomas

Thursday, April 30, 2015    

Tru-Juice Brand Manager Rojah Thomas displays the new packaging for the
freshly squeezed orange juice.

Thursday Life (TL): How did you land this job? Rojah Thomas (RT): Well, the story isn't very interesting, sadly. I saw the advertisement in the newspaper and, having been an admirer of the brand for a number of years, decided to apply. Three interviews later I landed the job. The final interview was a little unorthodox, I must confess. I went in, clad in a Tru-Juice designer shirt that I had gotten made. I could see the shock on the interviewers' faces, my then boss Devene Hunter-Baker, and Ma ... Read More


Thursday, April 30, 2015    

Shelly manning the till.

School is almost out and university students in Kingston are buckling down for final exams with study groups and all-night study sessions. With the intense focus and stamina required at this time of year, one clever former student has decided that it's high time the University of Technology gets a coffee shop/café on campus. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is not a first-time entrepreneur, but her latest venture -- Shelly's -- is the first time the world champion has forayed into food. Tucked ... Read More

Green Pastures, Smurf Café and Sunset Resort & Villas

Andrea and Axel Wichterich | Thursday, April 30, 2015    

(L) Merina Patrick, the lady behind
the excellent restaurant.
(R) Ann-Marie Stewart (left) and
Jacqueline Coke, the
charming waitresses at Green

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judges for the parish of St Elizabeth Andrea and Axel Wichterich share a few more of their parish gems. This restaurant has no sign at the door, but once you go you know. To know is to have found a secret in a cosy, super-clean dining room. What's on the menu is traditional Jamaican food - the type that you trek to the country for - like oxtail that's served twice a week with butter beans, thyme and vegetables in abundance. It's without a doubt one of t ... Read More

To Own, or Not To Own?

With Cherryl Hanson-Simpson | Thursday, April 30, 2015    

To Own, or Not To Own?

Purchasing a home is one of the most important spending decisions that people will make in their lifetime. While having a piece of property with your name on the title may be a cherished dream that you would like to achieve, it can also be an intimidating and uncertain financial move to make. If you are trying to choose between buying your own home and continuing to pay a landlord, you can't just compare the cost of renting with your expected mortgage payment. Let's take a look at some of the v ... Read More



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