Vows: The Love of A Lifetime

Duen shares the dance floor with his older sister and mentor Juanita Reid. (Dacx Productions)

When Sagicor Bank Personal Banking Officer Ruchelle Chin met Data Operations Engineer Duen Reid, neither of them knew that a customer experience would result in their exchange of vows on November 5, 2016. Vows takes you back to the beginning. THE INITIAL ENCOUNTER, AS TOLD BY RUCHELLE In Decembe ... Read More

Jamaica Medical Foundation Chairman of Fundraising Cedric McDonald was dapper in Max Brown. (Kenyon Hemans) An evening of wine, fashion and art
The Jamaica Medical Foundation (JMF) hosted guests, Thursday last, at the Worthington at Spanish Cou ... Read More

Pantry-Coke recommends investing in sturdy, shatterproof decorations which can be reused each year. Over a number of years, she has collected a wide range of Christmas ornaments during her travels and now has a large assortment of Christmas balls, pine cones, snowflakes, finial drops, icicles, stars and even artificial poinsettia leaves.  Each year, she acquires a few new ornaments and then mixes and matches with existing pieces from her collection depending on her theme for the year. (Garfield Robinson) Oh, Christmas Tree
What do you do when you’re a busy furniture/accessories retailer and it’s the craziest t ... Read More

Karl Brown for Khalil’s Hatitude (Kenyon Hemans) AW Fashion: Khalil’s Hatitude
With the second staging of the Diamond Mile slated for Saturday, December 10, you’ll understan ... Read More

In Her Own Words

Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Portrait of Esther in black and white (© Esther Anderson 1966).

During the Sixties and the Seventies, I documented our culture through music, dance and photography, while exploring my own representation as an actress in Hollywood and London with artists like Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Sammy Davis Jr. I also placed myself behind the camera as a film-maker, launching my first film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. My collaboration with Bob is the crystallisation of two young rebel souls into one through total art: love, music, photography, cinema, archite ... Read More

My Kingston - Geoffrey Chong

Sunday, December 04, 2016    


What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Running around carefree with the other kids in the neighbourhood, playing football, marbles, hide & seek, and those other things we grew up doing, before cellphones and the Internet. And, of course, always looking forward to hearing the ice-cream truck coming around the block!   What’s the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston?   I have a love for almost any food, but if I had to narrow it down to the mos ... Read More

Film Chat

Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Sophie, a short film written by Dominique Holmes and film director Alexandra Hsu.The two, who met on the set of a feature film in Singapore, collaborated on the script and have had a working relationship ever since. They are currently collaborating on a new project. (Photos: Dominique Holmes)

When I was young, I was very shy, and perhaps as a result I developed an early interest in drawing. I was developing a visual language — a way to communicate without speaking. By the time I was about 13, I was no longer shy but I had a real interest in pursuing art. I took courses in painting outside of school and worked on my visual portfolio. I was lucky enough to get into a boarding school with a strong art department. I was terribly homesick that first year away, but I threw myself int ... Read More

The Making of Sugar

BY SHARON LEACH | Sunday, December 04, 2016    

At the hotel set, Michelle Serieux consults with her talented young star Shantol Jackson and the incomparable actress Carol Lawes who plays Maisie Lewars (background). (Photos: Jeff Crossley)

Dream a little dream… As a writer, it’s fair to say that I traffic in telling stories. The world is of infinite interest to me because at any given moment there are hundreds of dramas unfolding all around. The way my brain is wired, I like to home in on these dramas, interpret them and recycle and reinvent them for use in stories that I will tell in the future. This requires, first and foremost, the ability to understand human nature, which comes from not only years of living but a ... Read More

Spotted! - Kaye Kelly

Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Visual artist and florist Kaye Kelly adjusts a succulent in her repurposed driftwood with the help of her assistant Anthony Edwards.Michael Gordon

Who… Kaye Kelly Where… at MoDA Market Her services include… artscaping — landscaping and art from small pieces to backyard buildouts and upcycling — turning the old and discarded into beautiful pieces. I like to add… new life and value to the old and unwanted. The more… I have always been a nature lover, but I was made fun of for hugging trees. I tried to stifle these feelings and feign indifference… it was futile. When my children ... Read More

Cocktails With... Liane V

Sunday, December 04, 2016    


Recording artiste, and social media sensation Liane V (for Valenzuela) values family, a positive attitude, and the perfect activewear ensemble. The all-American girl, who has 2.6 million followers on Instagram at last count, was on The Rock for the OCEAN Style FashionShowcase series in Montego Bay, where we made her acquaintance. Your favourite sip… Pink lemonade. What does strength look like? Independence. Being an independent person who is comfortable with themselves and not ... Read More

Gardening — December 4

With Betty Ashley | Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Enobi Stripe Dendrobium

Dear Orchid Doc: I’ve had a Schomburgkia for several years but it has never bloomed. I got a piece of a blooming plant at the time. During my usual reading of your column, I saw your response to a reader who’s also having blooming issues. My orchid is on a mango tree as opposed to being in a pot. Aside from insects, do you think having it on a tree is the reason it hasn’t bloomed all these years (more than 10 yrs)? It keeps growing, though, and it’s big and beautifu ... Read More

Santa’s Claws

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Add some pizazz to your plain white nails with a christmas tree!

As Christmas bells begin to ring, and staff parties and festivities approach, beauties flock the sources in search of what-to and what-not-to wear. But, instead of wanting to coordinate your entire outfit with the season and risk looking too costumed, why not simply opt for themed nails? Whether you choose to paint a winter wonderland on your fingers, or you prefer more subtle designs, Under the Dryer brings you 10 fancy manicure options to help dress up your nails for the season’s meeting ... Read More

FLOW Applauds Cumberland High School

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

(Front row, from left) FLOW Foundation Community Programme Manager Courtney Bell; FLOW Foundation Executive Assistant Shelly-Ann O’Connor; Cumberland High School Work Experience Coordinator Raxine Green; (back row, from left) Cumberland High School Principal Michael Brydson; Cumberland High School clothing and textiles teacher Jodi-Ann Wilson-Thompson; dancehall entertainer Jeffrey ‘Agent Sasco’ Campbell; Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor — Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte; FLOW Foundation Director Troy Cockings; FLOW Jamaica Managing Director Garfield Sinclair; caterer extraordinaire Jacqui Tyson; FLOW Jamaica Director of Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Management Kayon Wallace and 12 students from Cumberland High School give a resounding round of applause for the Jamaica Observer’s Applaud IT! initiative.

“Where you are now and the grades you are getting do not determine where you are destined to be,” FLOW Jamaica Managing Director Garfield Sinclair told the students of Cumberland High School at the final sitting of the Jamaica Observer’s 2016 Applaud It! initiative last Thursday afternoon. Inside the Devonshire at Devon House, accompanied by executive members of his team and the FLOW Foundation, Sinclair told the students to never allow anyone or anything to deter them from the ... Read More

TASTE OF TRYALL: Out of Many, One Cuisine

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

Sugar cane chicken (Aceion Cunningham)

The manicured lawns of the luxurious Tryall Club in Hanover were transformed Friday last, November 25, into an exquisite culinary enclave as part of the Taste of Tryall. The annual culinary celebration, now in its seventh year, requested of its chefs the creation of dishes under the theme ‘Out of Many, One Cuisine’. More than 50 of Tryall’s villa chefs accepted the challenge. A wide range of dishes incorporating cultural elements of Greek, Asian, Italian and American were in ... Read More



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