Cocktails with...Lamar Harris
We bumped into legal eagle Lamar Harris last Thursday at Prime Asset Management's movie premiere of Argo, the movie that stars and is directed by Ben Affleck, at Palace Cineplex. Harris, the manager of investment banking at Stocks and Securities Limited, is currently called to the Floridian and Jamaican bar. Articulate, attractive and utterly charming, Harris lets us in to her headspace over sips of vino after the movie.
What are you sipping?
A glass of white wine.
How has your day been?
A little hectic, but blessed.
What perfume are you spraying?
Coco Noir by Chanel.
What are your fashion must-haves?
A well-fitted pair of dark rinse blue jeans, a crisp tailored white shirt and statement heels.
What's in your clutch?
My BlackBerry, lip balm, Nars lipgloss, Revlon lipstick, Starburst gum, and my car keys.
Are you a Ben Affleck fan? What did you think of Argo?
I'm definitely a fan. He's surely made a serious turnaround from the days of such second-rate films as Gigli, Paycheck and Surviving Christmas. His more recent movies such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town and now Argo have certainly reminded me of his talent, not only as an actor but also a screenwriter and director. Argo is certainly a movie for the times, almost commentary in nature given what's happening in the world with Syria, Iran and Benghazi.
What are your favourite genres of films?
I'm really into movies which challenge the faculties. Whether it's a good crime drama or an action flick, with an excellent storyline, either is fine with me. At the end of it all, the movie must make me think.
What five words best describe Lamar Harris?
Christian, direct, driven, loyal, and loving.
Who is your style idol?
Sarah Jessica Parker. I love that she takes risks and enjoys fashion by blending sexy, classy and funky.
As a woman in the finance profession, do you think it's still a man's world?
It definitely is still a man's world, but we've come a very long way from the days of the 1990s. Women such as Minna Israel, Rita Humphries-Lewin, Anya Schnoor, to name a few, have all been wonderful trailblazers for young women hoping to break into finance. The fact that the head of the IMF, one of the world's most powerful monetary institutions, is a woman -- Christine Lagarde -- speaks volumes about the gender shift.
Who does your hair?
Who does your nails?
Karen at Manor Collection.
Flats or stilettos?
Both. I am a confessed shoe junkie. They both have their outfit, time and place.
Jeans or an LBD?
Like shoes, there are times when jeans are just right, but every woman must own one or two little black dresses as they are essential to any wardrobe.
Who would get your vote if the 2016 US elections was a run-off between Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton?
Hillary, of course... she's clearly way more intelligent and experienced than Palin on both foreign policy and domestic issues.
What would you propose as business solutions to take Jamaica out of its economic quagmire?
While most economists would say the focus has to be on the usual suspects, such as manufacturing or lowering interest rates to drive investments, we have to acknowledge the changing world as it relates to the business of sports and music. Brand Jamaica has certainly carved out a name for itself and, as a country, we have to capitalise on the mileage from our success abroad. Of course, the approach has to be multi-pronged in conjunction with policies that will increase employment of the disenfranchised, but we must have the strength of leadership to steward us through it all.
What's your idea of the perfect date?
The perfect date for me can be simple as staying at home and watching a movie. It's the company that makes it perfect.
What's your idea of the perfect man?
He has to be a Christian and all things will follow; his faith will dictate his character. But ideally he should be ambitious and smart.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself striving to fulfil the purpose God has planned for me, whatever that may be. I hope that includes being happily married with a few little ones running the house amok, juggling my wifely duties and what I'm hoping will be a sound legal career.