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The couple enjoy an intimate moment. (Marcia E Roberts Photography) Vows: Perfect Love
Eight years of courtship culminated on December 17, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral when chief in ... Read More

Portrait artist Jeffrey Perry sketches the likeness of Nayana Williams, CEO of Lifespan Company Limited. (JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Award worthy
The Rock’s corporate movers and shakers, joined by their support team, were out in their styli ... Read More

Martin’s 17-track debut album Big Deal, which he calls “more lovers’ rock and sexy music”, also features collabs with Busy Signal and Tanto Blacks.  
‘Deal’ With it
With the South Beach-channelling chic new poolside at the Spanish Court Hotel doubling as visual int ... Read More

Cocktails With... Catherine Goodall

Sunday, February 19, 2017    


Lasco Marketing Manager, Beverages — and Page 2 fave — Catherine Goodall is at the Spanish Court Hotel launch and listening party of reggae balladeer Christopher Martin’s long-awaited debut album Big Deal. The ever-gracious branding and marketing specialist is a fixture on the lifestyle and entertainment scene and the perfect candidate to volley with at Wednesday’s music event. What is your favourite post-work sip? If it’s a weeknight it’s chamomile tea. If ... Read More

Ciao, Roma...

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

The approach to the Colisseum (Photos: Ernesto Ruscio)

… It had been too long. Returning, however, this time for the exclusive reveal of the stories behind the Campari Red Diaries 2017 and the short film Killer in Red, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Hollywood actor Clive Owen, rekindles old flames. SO touches down at the Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino airport in torrential rain. Immigration and Customs are a breeze, as is finding a taxi. Soon we are bobbing and weaving through traffic. The taxi drivers in Rome could pass muster in ... Read More

‘Big’ Talk With Chris

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Christopher Martin: I am not playing. This is the year for working! (JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Reality TV alum and all-round cool guy Christopher Martin fills SO in on Big Deals, music inspiration and ditching jeans in 2017. Is your Big Deal album title a deliberate tie-in with your KFC brand spokesman role? No, Big Deal is a slogan for everybody. It is about self-empowerment and self-love. It just so happens that KFC has a meal called Big Deal so there goes the synergy and alignment. It is a wonderful joint venture between myself and KFC. But as the name suggests, it’s how I ... Read More

Gardening — February 19

Betty Ashley | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Cymbidium orchids

Dear Orchid Doc: There is a problem that I have with my orchid greenhouse, and recently a few of my friends have been having the same complaint. The concrete floor is always getting algae which invariably begin to affect the orchids. We have tried every fungicide there is in the store, but we just cannot get rid of the algae. Orchid lovers of St. Elizabeth Dear Orchid lovers of St. Elizabeth: The first thing that jumps out at me is the concrete flooring. Instead of concrete, most people use ... Read More

My Kingston — Bilal Alkhateeb

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Bilal Alkhateeb,

BILAL ALKHATEEB,  hairstylist What are your earliest memories in Kingston? I have so many great memories from my early days in Kingston. I fell in love with Jamaican music; the weather change was amazing. but the most memorable was learning patois and understanding the Jamaican accent. What is the most memorable meal you have enjoyed in Jamaica? Jamaica has so much amazing food! I love oxtail and fried chicken and rice and peas. My most memorable meal, however, was my introduction to ... Read More

Tory Burch Styles

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

As a contemporary nod to the luxury vacays American socialites took in mid-century Jamaica, New York City fashion label Tory Burch recreated this spirit of nonchalance for their Resort 2017 lookbook, starring Saint International model Tami Williams, shot on location at Round Hill Hotel & Villas. SO enters a jet-setting world of high glamour, Rock-style. Read More

Hair’s To The Grammys

Saturday, February 18, 2017    

Katy Perry showed off her new platinum bob, which she paired with iridescent eye make-up. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The 59th annual Grammys Awards, which took place on Sunday, February 12, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, attracted hundreds of celebrities from every genre of music. Awards were handed out in various categories from music in film to the coveted Best R&B performance and Best R&B song. Your Under the Dryer hair team found inspiration not only from the fabulous gowns that graced the red carpet but the hairstyles too.   Read More

Thai Sushi, Anyone?

Thursday, February 16, 2017    

Mystic roll with salmon, truffle oil, escallion and avocado. (ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

In Japanese culture sushi is considered an art form because its appearance is just as important as its taste. True sushi lovers are always on the lookout for great-tasting sushi but also enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into constructing this delicacy. Mystic Thai piqued our curiousity as on our last visit we were invited to their Tuesday sushi night. We reckon there had to be something different about their sushi. Naturally, we were interested in the taste, ingredients and construct but we ... Read More

Chefs to Watch for 2017 - Hedonism II, Negril

Thursday, February 16, 2017    

Davey Thomas, lead cook, Pastafari Italian Restaurant, Hedonism II Resort (HEDO 11)

highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. This week’s featured chefs are from Hedonism II, Negril Davey Thomas Lead cook, Pastafari Italian Restaurant, Hedonism II Resort At age six, Davey Thomas would study the ingredients as his mother cooked. Then he would try and replicate her cooking to see how his compared. All that practice still did not lead him to a six-burner stove. Actually, he took what ... Read More

A ‘Pop Up’ Culinary Adventure

Thursday, February 16, 2017    

From left: Timothy Skyers, Charissa Henry, Mishonie Swack, Brian Lumley, Allison Porter-Smalling, Andre Sewell, Alexa Von Strolley, Reshma Vaswani, Haleem Card, Rebecca Karram, Simon Levy and Alistair Porter ready to dine. (Antonio Graham)

One week after Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2015 Caterer of the Year Alexa Von Strolley gave Kingston its latest culinary destination, she, along with eight of her culinary peers, cooked up a storm at Kayter Pop-Up Gourmet Kitchen located at 18 Ballater Avenue. The result: a scrumptious spread of the not-so-traditional. Thursday Food naturally left with the recipes and reckon that like us, you might wish to try a few. Bon Appétit! Camembert and Smoked Gouda Fondue with Truf ... Read More



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