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‘RING’ Leaders

(Back row, from left): Ring Di Alarm! collective assembled. (Back row, from left) Joel Burke, Nile Saulter, Storm Saulter, Kyle Chin,
Michael ‘Ras Tingle’ Tingling. (Front row, from left): Racquel Jones, Ricardo ‘Flames’ Orgill, Patasha McLean, Michelle Serieux and Chris

Welcome the next wave of Jamaican independent film-making — the film short. Fitting their artistic and creative sensibilities into the medium of film shorts, six of The Rock's directors — collaborating under the New Caribbean Cinema banner — channelled their distinct storytelling ... Read More

Sandals royal plantation ‘Rock’-ing THE VOTE
Caught between The Rock and a comfy place, Travel + Leisure has released its annual reader determine ... Read More

Laurie-Ann Chin Cocktails With — Laurie-Ann Chin
Laurie-Ann Chin The reigning Miss Jamaica World and founder of the paediatric cancer charity Girls ... Read More

Alexandre DaCosta My Kingston — Alexandre DaCosta
Alexandre DaCosta Head of Strings and Professor of Violin at Edith Cowan University YOA Orchestra ... Read More

AW14 Trends by MAC

Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Members of the MAC team enjoy a photo-call with the region's beauty and fashion editors. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAC)

The much-anticipated MAC Autumn/ Winter presentation took place on Wednesday, August 6, at the LMNT Gallery in Miami. With the enterprising Gisel Calvillo, MAC PRO senior artist in from Europe and armed with the latest runway looks, fashion and beauty editors from the Caribbean and South America were eager to get the first look at the TRENDS ahead of the AW14 catwalks. Calvillo shared that for Autumn/Winter 2014 make-up has become something of a beautiful paradox: it's about artistry to achieve ... Read More

Three Sixty Degrees By Rachael B

Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Art by Rachael Barrett
Skirt by Nina Ricci.
Top from Peps boutique in Saint Tropez.
Shoes Manolo Blahnik Resort Collection
Silver cuff by Alexis Bittar

Art and brand consultant Rachael Barrett is getting ready to jet off again. Thankfully not before we catch up over ice cold glasses of healthy juices and mouthfuls of frozen cranberries... Once Upon A Time... In university I knew I wanted to either be a writer or a stylist, working in fashion or some artistic capacity, or a fantastic fusion of both! The concept of being a curator was not something I was familiar with as a career path, and even styling I only really became familiar with when I ... Read More

Luxe Hideaways

Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Laucala Private Island, Fiji

No better time, we reckon — with August almost over — to take a peek at where the global fabulocracy rests their weary heads. Soo thrilled that one of our favourite chill destinations, notably Round Hill Hotel & Villas, is included in the list of 10. Hotel du Cap, Antibes, France A château set in 22 acres of pines on the southern tip of Cap d'Antibes near Monte Carlo, du Cap was immortalised by F Scott Fitzgerald in Tender is the Night. The Kennedy family summered here i ... Read More

Conquering my Evil Genie in Mykonos

By Pondi Road | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

We never did get around to renting a boat to sail around the island.

Do places contain negative energies for some people? The last time I was in Mykonos, the mythical beauty of the white and blue notwithstanding, was the time of my last very painful break-up of a relationship that had gone on near-happily for five years. It was the kind of break-up that had me drinking Champagne in the Jacuzzi of the hotel room alone to finish the seven- day romantic trip that ended up with me spending five days alone. The sun was bright, but I only saw dark clouds. A year la ... Read More

SO at the BVLGARI, Milano

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

The 400 sqm private gardens of BVLGARI Hotel, Milan complete with a Dom Pérignon bar

September signals the start of a month of glorious travel ostensibly for fashion. Think: New York, London, Milan and Paris. Indeed, how to get there and where to stay is as important as copping front-row seats. We start this week in Milan, where we scored an exclusive interview with Uma Thurman courtesy of Campari. The hotel is as understated and, indeed, as glamorous as the actress. The luxe five-star property, which does not like to disclose names because of the super-private nature of the re ... Read More

Spotted — Karrueche Tran

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Tran, who was vacationing on The Rock last week and hosted Fiction Fantasy co-director Dave Annakie’s birthday, told SO: ‘I would want three kids at the most, depending on how things go, we’ll see.’ (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

Karrueche Tran Fashion Designer, Model, Aspiring Actress, R&B star Chris Brown's Girlfriend Where? On vacay at Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, Kingston 'Jamaica' Me Crazy. It's my first time here. I love the food and hot weather. I love ackee and salt fish, which I grew up eating. Yesterday, I had beef patties and coco bread which were really good. We are going on a yacht to Maiden Cay today, and I'm really excited. On boyfriend Chris Brown's recent Twitter post that he's ready to start a ... Read More

My Kingston - Christopher Hutchinson

Sunday, August 31, 2014    


Christopher Hutchinson Film and Theatre Actor, Lead in the Ring Di Alarm short film, Parish Bull What are your earliest memories of Kingston? My earliest memory of Kingston is being downtown in the market with my mom and she told me to hold on to her 'frock tail' so I would not get lost in the crowd. What is the most memorable meal you have enjoyed in Kingston? A meal would not cut it for me. It was a cake because I am a sugar junkie! I was living in Woodford Park with my grandmother, who ... Read More

Cocktails With - Racquel Jones and Patasha McLean

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Racquel Jones and Patasha McLean

Racquel Jones and Patasha McLean light up the screen in the recently released Ring Di Alarm film anthology; McLean as a small-time drug dealing do-gooder in director Nile Saulter's Coast, Jones as a scorned wife out for vengeance in auteur Storm Saulter's Watching Him Kissing Her based on her original poem. Suitably impressed by their debut acting turns, we meet the starlets — who have a shared history as students at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts and contestan ... Read More

Gardening - August 31

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Nobile Dendrobium

Dear Orchid Doc: The roots of my shade Vandas are extremely long. Can I. trim them? — Dimples Dear Dimples, If the roots of your shade Vanda are extremely long, try to trim just the older dead ends instead of cutting off the healthier rots. Most people I have come across prefer the plant for its ability to grow long roots. Simply hang it a little higher. Dear Orchid Doc: Please explain the two names on my orchid plant. There is a multiplication sign between the names. What exactly d ... Read More



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