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Fitting the BILL

The guest list for the Seamlessly Stitched dinner, hosted by its founder Novia McDonald-Whyte and fashion designer Bill Edwards (seated, left), and held two Thursdays ago, included (seated, from second right) Garco Construction Services Managing Director & founder Rohan Grant; and tTech Sales & Marketing Director Christopher Reckord. Also, making the cut were (from left, standing ) Round Hill Hotel & Villas massage therapist Richard Nelson; Jus Great Manufacturing Managing Director Desmond Williams; RJR Communications Group account executive Adrian St Louis; entrepreneur Cliff McDonald; IBM Business Development Manager, Public Sector Pat Tomlinson; Barrett’s Cambio Managing Director Carol Barrett; Round Hill Hotel & Villas Managing Director Josef Forstmayr; Telicon Amber Division General Manager Lyndon Cameron; Petrojam Marketing Representaive Roland Gregory; and University of the West Indies, Mona Head of the Department of Government Dr Lloyd Waller. Not pictured is Carreras Security Manager Dwight Blackwood.

With this Thursday’s The Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out event coming into view, the Seamlessly Stitched series, a 2016 countdown which sees designers and their clients gathering over dinner for a behind-the-scenes look at the local fashion and retail industries, returned two Thursdays ago. ... Read More

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for our #TSOBestie, internationally acclaimed jewellery design ... Read More

Eddie Grams Spotted — Zuri Marley
Who... Zuri Marley Bob Marley’s granddaughter. Daughter of Carleene Samuels and David &lsqu ... Read More

Celene Sarah Gordon, deputy project manager, Caribbean Mobile InnCovation Project (CMIP) Entrepreneur (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Cocktails With — Celene Sarah Gordon
After a casual reconnection over baguettes and croissants at Eleni’s, Celene Sarah Gordon, dur ... Read More

My Kingston — Pat Tomlinson

Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Pat Tomlinson (Photo: Karl McLarty)

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? I am a country boy who looked forward to coming to Kingston for the holidays. My siblings, cousins and I would hang around our aunt’s house and backyard because there wasn’t much to do when we were kids. I remember one Boxing Day we went to Hope Gardens and when the festivities were done in the night, we couldn’t get onto a JOS bus to travel back home because of the crowd. We decided to walk all the way from Hope Gardens on Old Hop ... Read More

Gardening - October 23

With Betty Ashley | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Cattleya aclandiae

Dear Orchid Doc: The roots of my orchids, which are in the greenhouse, are all green. Should I be worried? Janette Dear Janette:  Your orchids are getting too much water and little opportunity to dry. The green roots are in the embryonic stage of algae/fungus which is an overnight killer. Use Physan, which is a fungicide/ algaecide /bactericide. Mix and spray directly on the affected area, once per week for at least three weeks, and avoid wetting orchids when they are still wet. Dear ... Read More

Video: Bits & Peace-Is

Sunday, October 16, 2016    

Upon unboxing, wrists subsequently revealed selected semi-precious stone and crystal bracelets from Peace-Is of Bianca’s Mantra collection. From left, Vaz; McIntosh; Kellond; Clarke; the designer/co-host; Campbell; and Peterkin.

The recent news that Rock-born, globetrotting Mateo New York jewellery designer Matthew Harris’s minimalist and modern art-inspired work will retail at the newly opened Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC, has certainly been the most recent placement of Jamaican goldsmithery in the international design spotlight. Returning closer to our shores, the artistry and craftsmanship of Harris’s compatriot Bianca Bartley’s Peace-Is of Bianca h ... Read More

Irie Living

Sunday, October 16, 2016    

When you enter the vibrant, comfortable Long Mountain residence of author Pauline “Irie” Edie, it’s clear that the decor is a physical representation of her effervescent energy and a visual indication of her bohemian spirit, and she is straight up in declaring that fact. “What you see here is a reflection of me. Whatever is in here is what I would wear.” What you see and feel upon entry to the open-concept townhouse is relaxation combined with a tropical profusi ... Read More

Jamrocking The Runway!

Sunday, October 09, 2016    

Tami Williams

What may have been dismissed as a strange experiment or gimmick a few seasons back, matured into a full-formed, ‘see-now, buy-now’ model during the unveiling of the Spring/Summer 2017 collections,l which saw the traditional six-month waiting game relegated to the history books of fashion retail. The immediacy of this new format saw pre-produced pieces being purchased moments after their debut in New York City, London, Milan, and Paris, officially heralding the era of the shoppable ru ... Read More

Cocktails with... Tosh Alexander

Sunday, October 09, 2016    

Back home since March after residencies in New York and Florida, Tosh Alexander is in a good place with an EP titled Worth The Wait in tow. The songbird accepts our invitation to sip and to gab about renewal, as well as the influences behind her drive and pursuits. What’s your favourite sip? I enjoy having a glass of Riesling every now and then. What tunes do you find yoursef humming while in the shower? It’s normally my 90s R&B playlist. Or Jhene Aiko; her music gets pl ... Read More

My Kingston - Nari Williams-Singh

Sunday, October 09, 2016    

Nari Williams-Singh
Director General,
Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? My earliest memories of Kingston are times spent with my parents and extended family. In particular, the fun had at both sets of grandparents’ homes after school and on holidays. What’s the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston? Steak or lamb, done medium, at Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel. Always a great dining experience! What would you do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day? As a nation we must address the in ... Read More

Gardening - Oct 9

Sunday, October 09, 2016    

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Dear Orchid Doc: What am I to do with my orchids to preserve them during the passing of a Hurricane? Nurse Dear Nurse: I will share with you my first ‘orchid’ Hurricane experience. I uprooted most of my orchids, to shelter them inside my garage. After the hurricane, the ones outside looked much happier than those that I had uprooted. That was the last time I uprooted them. Many like myself have been lucky so far. Dear Orchid Doc: I am a reader who is a resident in New York. ... Read More

Socking it to them!

Sunday, October 02, 2016    

Savannah Baker

OK, before you get those knickers in a twist, take a deep breath and try to move past the fact that yes, it’s Sunday and you’ve just watched Super Soul Sunday! SO sat down with Savannah Baker, the tousled-haired ‘island gyal’ who’s determined to make footwear cool even if she has to, you know, thread a lot more needles… First things first… “I started making these frilly socks for myself,” Baker says matter-of-factly, “whilst g ... Read More

Stitched Together

Sunday, October 02, 2016    

<InfoBold>Nasha-Monique Douglas 
Red Stripe Beer Senior Brand Manager</InfoBold> <LeadInSub>When did you start wearing Safidah?</LeadInSub>“I went to a pop-up shop in December 2014 and bought a few pieces but I needed to come by to get something altered, and that’s how I got sucked into this vortex. I don’t think I’ve bought clothes outside of gym clothes since meeting Angella. Clothes for me are emotional, I’m not a size 4 but I always want to look good. I’ve always had the struggle of getting things off-the-rack that were perfectly tailored for me.”<LeadInSub>What keeps you coming back?</LeadInSub>“I love her fabrics and her attention to detail. That’s the big thing for me.”
Douglas (left) pictured with Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out Founder & Seamlessly Stitched co-host Novia McDonald-Whyte.

For the second in a series of Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out salon dinners, aptly labelled Seamlessly Stitched, SO headed to the off-the-Boulevard atelier of Angella Scott’s, last Tuesday, where the Safidah designer and founder in the company of her muses - all swathed in her African waxprint designs — broke bread in the name of fashion, its bigger industry, and the Jamaican economy. Fuzion Food Service Executive Chef Christian Sweeney – a Lasco Distributors brand ambassador ... Read More



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