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A Star Is Born

A Star is Born

Santa gifted an early Christmas treat to Saint International model Tami Williams -- the December cover of French ELLE. In the midst of the holiday season, the gamine, fast-rising model is tickled pink with what is undoubtedly a major accomplishment, and considering Williams only just celebrated her ... Read More

Once guests have found their spaces and set up their tables, it is time for dinner. This is announced by “The Wave”, the waving of white cloth napkins to signify
that the public space has been “occupied” and it is time to eat. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENSEN EDDINS) Dîner en Blanc
While Miami Beach is a city defined by white sand beaches, a sea of people dressed in white - 1,200 ... Read More

Standing in front of Phillip Thomas’s oil and on one million Jamaican dollars on canvas piece IMF...(u***d) was Jamaica Biennial
2014 Project Manager Nicole Smythe-Johnson who surveyed the bustling museum space. Jamaica Biennial 2014...
Critiquing any biennial is always a challenge. Designed as massive temporary exhibitions of work, th ... Read More

Cocktails With Renée Cox
The award-winning provocateur Renée Cox popped into the island, last week, for her Jamaica Bi ... Read More

My Kingston — Kimani Beckford  

Sunday, December 21, 2014    

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? My earliest memory of Kingston was my first field trip while attending Garvey Maceo High School. I visited the Olympia Gallery on a class trip; I was living in Scott's Pass at the time. Growing up in Clarendon and visiting Kingston for the very first time, I had city shock like many other rural youngsters, but it was all worth it. What's the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston? Lots of memories but last Father's Day when I took my ... Read More

A 'Conversations' Starter

Sunday, December 21, 2014    

Celeb chef and newly christened TV host Charles Mattocks got into the makeshift boob tube frame with (from left) Jo Jo’s co-owner Anna Chin, Island Grill CEO Thalia
Lyn and ace caterer Lorraine Fung. The three women are featured subjects in episodes of his upcoming TV show, Conversations in the Kitchen with Charles Mattocks

COUNT Charles Mattocks as one happy camper. The celebrity chef, who has made appearances on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Talk and Dr Oz, is booking his own date on the small screen as a producer and host of his self-titled culinary lifestyle show, Conversations In The Kitchen With Charles Mattocks, that is tentatively slated to debut in January on local television. Last Thursday evening, Mattocks teased a select audience of corporate executives and members of the media to a screening of an episo ... Read More

Golden Opportunities

Sunday, January 04, 2015    

Fashion Editorial — ESSENCE
Pulse model Gaye McDonald was in January’s ESSENCE
in an eight-page fashion editorial titled ‘Clean Slate’. The
model also sported accessories by fine jewellery line
Mateo Bijoux by the Rock-born Matthew Harris.

SO taps into our collective memory banks to reflect on the moments that defined and shaped the year that was. Be it Rock-born models making history and crossing uncharted frontiers; celebrity and powerbroker-filled red-carpet events that set flashbulbs and social media platforms ablaze; or influential fashion shoots and projects, mounted by the Lifestyle and Social Content desk at this paper, that stimulated the imaginations of readers, while encouraging them to assume their rightful place as ec ... Read More

Make it stop!

Sunday, January 04, 2015    

It's a brand-new year and not only are we so over 2014, the year that was, but we are also exhausted by gauche behaviour and the flogging of dead horses. Let's kick-start 2015 with a proverbial cleanse. Make it stop, already! FASHION & BEAUTY Overdone brows We don't get the current trend for Sharpie-style brows. Why? No, really: Why?? Cat's ears Quite silly on anyone who's not a pop star or who's over 12. Fake designer bags The jig is up. Who are you fooling? We can see the fraying th ... Read More

Gardening - Jan 4

Sunday, January 04, 2015    

Epidendrum orchids

Dear Orchid Doc: How do you multiply epidendrums? I live in Mandeville and the temperature is just right for them but they are so expensive, I would like to increase the amount that I have. Bobette of Christiana Dear Bobette: Epidendrums multiply quickly, so during the growing season (end of January to end of April), separate the younger ones from the mother plant and start another pot. The baby should always be planted in a baby pot. Until it grows you repot accordingly. Another method I ... Read More


Monday, January 05, 2015    

Racquel Brown, health
claim adjudicator

If you've been loving matching solid, colour block or print separates this past festive season, then you're our new BFFs! The coordinates trend has been burning up the fashion sphere coming in 2015 with midriff-baring sets, bodycon curve-huggers and flouncy looser silhouettes. All Woman: Fashion goes twinsies! (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY, LIONEL ROOKWOOD, AND RORY DALEY) Olly Mo's House Party Fiction Fantasy Finale Frenchmen's Climax MAPPING COORDINATES --> Read More

Bring To A 'Climax'

Monday, January 05, 2015    

resident and
Nicole Allum
was out in
a cute print

We're zooming in on more party guests who made the New Year's Day-hosted Frenchmen Climax event a rollicking good time at at The Fairways, Caymanas Golf Club. See who made the Monday Social cut. (PHOTOS: RORY DALEY & KARL McLARTY) Bring To A 'Climax' --> Read More

Checking IN

Monday, January 05, 2015    

Attorneys-at-law Vanessa Blair (left) and Jessica Folkes with
Christopher Telfer, director, Zen Events Ltd.

The recent marriage of Matthew Clarke orthopaedic surgeon at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Florida to financial consultant Alisha Buddle (as seen in Vows) held at the Hyatt Ziva in Montego Bay attracted a guest list as fabulous as the exquisite fairytale setting created by Paulette Henry of Blooming Designs. AW Fashion takes the spotlight away from the handsome couple to shed light on a few of the stylish guests. (Photos: Aceion Cunningham) Read More

One More Time

Thursday, January 08, 2015    

Happy New Year-labelled top hat and tiara resting on their
crowns, VINCI Construction cost controller Pascale Grisard and
her educator hubby Jehan posed for snapshots in the instaphoto

As our social lights dim on the hot-ticket Frenchmen's Climax New Year's Day event, Thursday Social offers our swan song to the all-things fabulous Fairways, Caymanas Golf Club-hosted event-- that is, until January 1, 2016! (PHOTOS: KARL McLARTY & RORY DALEY) One More Time --> Read More


Sunday, January 18, 2015    

How fabulous is Saint International model Kai Newman? French ELLE-worthy for sure. SO shares the story behind the 16-page shoot... Style Observer (SO): How did you land this job? Kai Newman (KN): After the show season in September where I walked in London, New York, Paris and Milan, I had quite a few requests for editorials but I can't remember one for French ELLE. I knew I'd worked with the casting director before. My agency, Elite in Paris, was in contact with my mother agent Deiwght Peters. ... Read More



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