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An Award-winning Affair

Global Directories Marketing Manager, Communications Tshani Jaja (left) and her mother, certified management consultant Dr Nsombi Jaja

The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, now 18, is all grown up. The conversation has expanded to facilitate the cross-pollination of culinary talent and the ambitious expansion of the Jamaican template further afield in the Cayman Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. Like a proud parent, the forma ... Read More

Jorge Puente Trending for #SWJ2016 BRAD Allen
Saint International model Brad Allen immortalises a recent visit to Spain, with resident fashion mag ... Read More

The Praetorian Award was presented to Kingston Bookshop by Main Event Client Services Operations Manager — Administration Kim-Natalie Moodie (left) and Jamaica Observer Head of Advertising, Marketing and Communications Natalie Chin. Kingston Bookshop Director of Information Technology & Special Projects Shauna Fuller-Clarke collected the award on behalf of the bookstore.Collin Reid Chamber Notes
The Grand Jamaican Suite of New Kingston landmark, the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel welcomed the festive re ... Read More

Rio de Janeiro, BrazilJoe Routon My Kingston — Jordan Lyle May 22
JORDAN LYLE Rock-born, Los Angeles-based art director at Gentleman Scholar What are your earliest ... Read More

Cocktails With... Karen Clarke May 22

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

An Elegant Affair CEO Karen ClarkeObserver

At 50, Karen Clarke, the sought-after event planner and chief executive officer at An Elegant Affair seems absolutely fearless. Helming a Youth View Awards (YVAs) that continues to make significant strides, year after year, with its provision of a platform that recognises the best of The Rock’s music industry and social media culture — Clarke went all out for her birthday milestone with Ocho Rios-based celebrations that charted a three-day timeline. There was the catamaran cruise of ... Read More

SO Gardening - May 22

With Betty Ashley | Saturday, May 21, 2016    


Dear Orchid Doc: I have a fellow who comes to my home to spray my orchids, maybe twice per month; he brings his own chemicals. Now the question I would like to ask is this: if he is spraying for insects twice per month, why are my orchids infested with mites? Could it be that he is not really using insecticide? Venise Dear Venise: Thank you for your letter. This is a question I have received a few times in different versions. The fact that you are spraying frequently does not necessarily ... Read More

#Revolve5x5 @ The Round

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

#revolvearoundtheworld model and influencer Alexis RTen

It’s the first time in Jamaica for REVOLVE co-founder Michael Mente and VP of Brand Marketing Raissa Gerona. The good news is that it won’t be their last. “Expectations were high,” Mente shares with SO. “There were quite a few options but Round Hill Hotel & Villas landed at the top of our list… it was perfect and actually exceeded our expectations with its perfect mix of modern luxury and history.” The cashmere-chic property — an exclusive e ... Read More

Cruising Attitude in Cuba

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Jonas Gustavsson

Chanel mastermind Karl Lagerfeld caused quite the stir, last Tuesday, in Cuban capital Havana, where he invaded its core in chariots of Buicks, Oldsmobiles, and Cadillacs brimming with celebrity friends such as Oscar winner Tilda Swinton and supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Providing sweeping views of the label’s massive 2017 resort collection, which co-starred Saint International model Tami Williams in two looks, the historic Paseo del Prado was repurposed as a runway in a groundbreaking exerc ... Read More


Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Jamaica’s cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas was the destination of choice for REVOLVE’S first #REVOLVEaroundtheworld trip for 2016. The lush grounds and beach were perfect too, for the brand’s launch of its new swimwear collection. There were, as you can imagine, no shortage of volunteers for this experience. Those who made the final cut were: Hailey Clauson - Sports Illustrated model Alexis Ren - Model Rocky Barnes - Model/Blogger Natasha Oakley - Blogger ... Read More

A Decade Of Motherhood

Sunday, May 08, 2016    

Clockwise, from left: Samantha Spells; Nathan Williams; Emile L Yearwood: Zachary Williams; Abbigail Taylor; Graeme Hull; Jomo McMayo; Nicholas DeBellis; Toshiro Jones; Ajani Campbell; Naomi Garrick; Paula-Anne Porter-Jones; Natalie Azan-DeBellis; Andrena McMayo; Lesly-Ann Walker; Christine Taylor; Michelle Williams; Jacquiann Lawton; Melisa Bender; and Ruth Bryan.Michael Gordon

WHAT better way to continue our 10th anniversary celebrations of Page 2 than with 10 mothers and their children, some already 10 and the others about to usher in birthday #10. Mother: Naomi Garrick Child: Ajani Campbell (10 years) Reflections on motherhood & Page 2 turning 10: Like Page 2, my son Ajani has just celebrated his 10th birthday — an amazing milestone and achievement. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed by so quickly, it’s a reminder to slow down an ... Read More

Spotted! - Luke, Sky and daughter Zyah

Sunday, May 08, 2016    

Nicole ‘Sky’ Flynn and daughter Zyah

Luke Flynn remembers his mom: Arnella Flynn I’ve heard it said that a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love. Nothing can ever prepare you for all the challenges that come with raising children. When you become a parent, you truly understand how to love beyond yourself, I think a good definition of mother would be: someone who selflessly does anything and everything for the best of their child. There are simply no words that can describe the ... Read More

Let’s Lévé!

Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Tobago has long been one of those destinations kind of like Grenada — frequented by the discerning set. Getting there this time sans PJ was cause for initial concern, but with CAL flights to and from Tobago literally every 20 minutes from Piarco International airport, and a driver patiently awaiting my arrival, I was soon en route to Villa Being, Arnos Vale. Indeed, a place so under the radar that, rave review from the venerable Forbes magazine aside (it was called “the most fabulou ... Read More

Spotted — Sharon Clark-Rowley

Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Sharon Clark-Rowley reacts to a comment from Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor, Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-WhyteKyle Keens-Dumas

Who? Sharon Clark-Rowley, wife of the prime minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr Keith Christopher Rowley. Where? Villa Being, Tobago on Friday, April 22 at Lévé — Luxury Meets Lifestyle at the Tobago Jazz Experience. Forget the fact that her arrival is akin to that of a flotilla and that she’s on the arm of the prime minister of Trinidad & Tobago, who happens to be her husband of three decades, Sharon makes a profound statement all on her own. I ... Read More

Me Ting is Mine  

Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Design by Claudia PegusKyle Keens-Dumas

“Finding inspiration for a collection is a very tedious and thought-provoking process. “One must search the soul for instances and memories that touch, that resonate… a moment… “It came in 2015… the illness, death and disposal of my mother’s ashes. To Moruga I went to bid farewell and to take her back to where ‘She Ting Was She Own’. “That trip to Moruga was one of nostalgia. It brought back childhood memories of picking and eatin ... Read More



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