Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Vows: Our Cinderella Story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Our-Cinderella-Story_77242 A love story 12 years in the making got its picture-perfect ending when high school sweethearts, Diedra Francis, banker at Sagicor Life Limited, and businessman and software developer Desmond Campbell wed on September 24, 2016 at the St Catherine De-La Vega Cathedral. Vows brings you the magical moments.<br /> <br /> The initial encounters, as told by Diedra..<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As a child, I would often go on field trips with the churches I occasionally visited. I once went on an excursion to Cranbrook Flower Forest, St Ann, at the age of 10, with a church group I was visiting. Desmond was also there, but we were not formally introduced. I knew of him long before he knew me &mdash; as an avid viewer of Television Jamaica&rsquo;s School Challenge Quiz, I would often watch him play matches for his high school.<br /> <br /> Desmond attended, then worked right afterwards at St Jago High School &mdash;the alma mater of many of my friends. I often visited the school&rsquo;s compound and admired him from afar during his football matches and would frequently hear my friends in conversation about the &ldquo;really smart lab technician&rdquo; who held tutoring classes and was really good at math and chemistry. Little did I know this was the same person. <br /> <br /> On January 17, 2004 &mdash; his birthday &mdash; we finally formally met when I visited his church in Spanish Town. I popped my shoe, he offered his; we started talking and an instant connection was made. It felt like I knew him all along (which technically, I did). &ldquo;<br /> <br /> One week later, on January 24, the couple decided to make things official. That date has been significant ever since. Conversations of marriage were raised at an early stage in their relationship which resulted in negative responses from persons who believed they were too young to consider such a commitment. However, the couple made a vow to one day get married and prove their naysayers wrong. Fast-forward to 2016; they both decided it was time to seal the deal.<br /> <br /> The wedding<br /> <br /> The St Jago De la Vega Cathedral, Spanish Town was the appropriate venue for the Cinderella-themed ceremony. The brick walls and Victorian-style architecture was the perfect touch to the minimally decorated space. The bridesmaids made their entrance to Pachelbel&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Canon in D Major dressed in floor-length wrap dresses, each in unique pastel colours from Lauderdale Bridal Boutique. They were escorted by the dapper groomsmen, who complemented them in fossil grey suits and pastel neckties, also from Lauderdale Bridal Boutique. Church bells rang, and guests stood looking on with love as Joan Pryce walked her youngest daughter up the aisle to the strains of Wagner&rsquo;s Here Comes The Bride. Diedra was gorgeous in a fit and flare strapless lace gown made with love by her mother. At the altar, Desmond was eagerly awaiting his bride decked in an all-white three-piece suit with a white necktie from Lauderdale Bridal Boutique. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Collin Reid.<br /> <br /> The reception..<br /> <br /> ...was held inside the ballroom of Pollyanna Caterers. The bridal party danced their way inside to the Matrimoney Riddim Medley and were soon followed by the newly-weds who made their entrance to Wayne Marshall&rsquo;s Good Ole Wife. It was now over to the evening&rsquo;s master of ceremonies, Damani Blake, who welcomed guests and asked them to be seated. What followed was a surprise to all, not least of all the groom. Diedra stepped to the centre of the room to sing Sarah Bareilles&rsquo; I Choose You as a tribute to her husband. There were few dry eyes. Formalities continued with the cutting of the wedding cake and the couple&rsquo;s first dance as husband and wife to Celine Dion&rsquo;s The Power of Love. Post-dinner &mdash; a sumptuous three-course meal &mdash; the after-party continued at the bride&rsquo;s home.<br /> <br /> The honeymoon<br /> <br /> After spending their wedding night at the Port Royal Grand Marina, the couple continued their honeymoon at Couples Negril. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374469/234457_62954_repro_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM AW Fashion: Resurrected trends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--Resurrected-trends_76971 The asymmetric one-shoulder style was dominant in this year&rsquo;s Fall/Winter collections and was seen on the catwalk of major design labels like Ralph Lauren, Celine and Valentino. Also making a comeback were the turtleneck, floral on floral and sequins as seen at Moschino, Giamba and Valentino.<br /> <br /> Nothing&rsquo;s Really New!<br /> <br /> One shoulder - the toga, worn by the Romans and Grecians thousands of years BC, reappeared in the &lsquo;40s as a style detail in glamorous ball gowns and has never gone away.<br /> <br /> Turtleneck &mdash; the turtleneck worn centuries ago as a protective gear, first became popular in the early &lsquo;50s with athletes, however; it would be the film industry with icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe who would immortalise it.<br /> <br /> Floral on floral &mdash; and we&rsquo;re not referencing sofas or cushions! Did you know that floral was once considered a luxury, used as a symbol of dominance in a hierarchy? Floral printed garments became popular in Europe and America during the 17th century and were worn by the wealthy, however, the Industrial Revolution and its advent of mass production made floral available to all. Floral returned with a bang with the Hippy movement of the &lsquo;60s. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sequins &mdash; long before the discovery of plastic, this shiny trend was a hit in Rome and Greece &mdash; holes were drilled into coins and attached to garments to demonstrate wealth. Ecologists also discovered that Egyptians too, had worn this style. A mummified King Tut was found adorned in garments made of the circular coins, which is said to have been worn to ward off evil spirits with its glare. The sparkly trend made its way well into the &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s finding favour with designers like Bob Mackie and Bill Blass. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13379048/234366_62785_repro_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM Fitting the BILL http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Fitting-the-BILL_77802 With this Thursday&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> In a gendered twist, the napkin was passed to the men for the final do, where fashion designer Bill Edwards joined Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor, Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte for hosting duties. Guests flanked the New Levels Decor-designed table setting to dine on a meal prepared by M-10&rsquo;s award-winning chef/patron Claudette Tenn and her team, and sweet treats from p&acirc;tissier Nadine Burie.<br /> <br /> SO<br /> <br /> pulls out a Chiavari chair.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374430/235473_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM #TSOBestie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-TSOBestie_77923 It&rsquo;s been a whirlwind of a year for our #TSOBestie, internationally acclaimed jewellery designer Matthew &lsquo;Mateo&rsquo; Harris, who joins us once again on Thursday, October 27, for TSO. Indeed, just when we figured things could not get any better &mdash; he&rsquo;s the black designer of choice at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American culture. Mateo&rsquo;s collection will be carried at premier Parisian luxury retailer, Colette. &ldquo;The brand continues to see strategic growth in the luxury world,&rdquo; said Mateo, who has also taken the opportunity to rebrand. &ldquo;The name was officially changed to Mateo New York Inc.&rdquo; Until our next sit-down, SO shares Mateo&rsquo;s impressive press. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374396/235741_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Spotted &mdash; Zuri Marley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Zuri-Marley_77835 Who... Zuri Marley<br /> <br /> Bob Marley&rsquo;s granddaughter.<br /> <br /> Daughter of Carleene Samuels and David &lsquo;Ziggy&rsquo; Marley <br /> <br /> Where... In Vogue and Nylon magazines<br /> <br /> Current status... student at New York University, musician, actress, creative mastermind<br /> <br /> Aspirations... to inspire people to do, whatever they want to do regardless of social norms or status. We all have to break through something, so hopefully we can fight together!<br /> <br /> My signature look is... influenced by dancehall fashion. When I perform I really pull from the golden age of the dancehall queen!<br /> <br /> Style Tip: Add texture! Minimalism doesn&rsquo;t have to be boring; play with your silhouettes and add pieces that have some texture or shape that will elevate your minimalism. It&rsquo;s not expensive, either; this can be done using things you may already have in your closet or hand-me-downs and vintage pieces!<br /> <br /> My fave places to shop are... thrift stores. It&rsquo;s way cheaper and you can find pieces that no one else will have. I have a collection of vintage dresses that I don&rsquo;t wear because I&rsquo;d rather put them on display.<br /> <br /> My must-have make-up items are... a full coverage foundation, blush and a beautiful eye gloss. I love a good glow!<br /> <br /> What works best in my hair is... water, there&rsquo;s nothing better. Other than hydration, I&rsquo;d say the Jane Carter Solution scalp serum when my hair is straight. I still haven&rsquo;t found the perfect products for my hair when it&rsquo;s curly (any recommendations?) but I always lay my edges with ecostyler gel or some other edge control product! I also wear a lot of wigs and usually rock a black wig cap, I find it to be tr&Atilde;&uml;s chic!<br /> <br /> What I miss most when I am not in Jamaica is... the food! Let&rsquo;s be real &mdash; I used to eat, like, four patties at once back home. I&rsquo;m simply addicted to them. Also you can&rsquo;t get a Hellshire fried fish abroad &mdash; nothing compares. Also, I miss having access to a dub club! Dub music is so important to me; you can feel so much history and heart when you listen to a good mix!<br /> <br /> My favourite Marley song is... I&rsquo;ve been enjoying Bad Card lately, but maybe one of my all-time favourites is Conscious Party by the Melody Makers!<br /> <br /> Five years from now Zuri Marley will be ... working hard as hell!<br /> <br /> Being a Jamaican has taught me... you can make something out of nothing.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374382/235632_62995_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Cocktails With &mdash; Celene Sarah Gordon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Celene-Sarah-Gordon_77837 After a casual reconnection over baguettes and croissants at Eleni&rsquo;s, Celene Sarah Gordon, during a more in-depth convo at Spanish Court Hotel, shares deets on her job as deputy project manager, Caribbean Mobile InnCovation Project (CMIP) Entrepreneur, and sheds light on her relaxed, culturally-chic-with-a-touch-of-sophistication sense of style. The conversation is so enlightening that, before long, we are on our third lemon margarita, never mind that it is her favourite sip...<br /> <br /> What tune were you humming this morning in the shower?<br /> <br /> African Pride by Buju Banton.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You are part of a most enviable cabal, notably the World Bank. Is this a dream come true? <br /> <br /> Quite a tick in the box for me! It&rsquo;s great to know that I assist in a small way to determine the rate of growth of our economic landscape and the direction our country may sway through the innovations of our most creative and ingenious people.<br /> <br /> The CMIP is designed to strengthen the Caribbean mobile innovation ecosystem and enable sustainable and competitive mobile enterprises to grow through activities that will target early-stage innovators and guide them to market-readiness.<br /> <br /> It is a two-tiered partnership approach to support growth-oriented mobile app businesses in the Caribbean. Administered by a University of the West Indies (UWI) consortium led by UWI Consulting Inc and also comprising the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) and the Mona Business Support Services (MBSS), the CMIP is a part of the Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), funded by the Government of Canada and executed by InfoDev/World Bank, spanning 14 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.<br /> <br /> What would you say played a major role in you landing this job? <br /> <br /> I had the opportunity, at first in 2011-2013, working as operations analyst at the World Bank Jamaica country office, headed at the time by Country Manager Giorgio Valentini. I had recently graduated with my bachelor&rsquo;s in IR and thought it was a natural progression to be with a multinational organisation, and had the luck of interviewing for the post. <br /> <br /> Landing this job was a result of having that early experience with the organisation and being able to articulate my value as beneficial to the success of this project. <br /> <br /> I work with a most inspiring young project manager, Bianca Welds. She really has a way of gracefully pulling out the best in her team and getting the job done. Learning from her, and recently being positioned as her deputy have been blessings in so many ways. She is the real star here.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What would be the advice to your younger self?<br /> <br /> Focus is key, patience is a virtue and consistency always yields a result. Choose wisely now the results you wish to yield.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How does one manage creativity and ego when working as a team on a project? <br /> <br /> Ego is usually as a result of the self-confidence of individuals in what they have to offer; the danger is when that ego is not respectful of the equal opinion and thoughts of others in the confines of the project space. Inspiring respect and encouraging tolerance through healthy conversations, collaboration, brainstorming sessions and other project management tools and techniques will serve well in managing the pair. I&rsquo;ve watched this demonstrated by Bianca so often. Works every time!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How does one balance marriage and ambition? <br /> <br /> Hopefully the ambitions are also married, seeking to go in the same direction and using differing viewpoints as a polishing guide for each other. So, for me, making my husband happy is as much my ambition as being a great boss and employee. Ambition is a wonderful attribute but it can also be a dividing factor in marriage; applying selflessness here is how getting back to balance can be achieved. It is very important that both partners be each other&rsquo;s biggest fans, as well. This way it&rsquo;s an easy balance. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where is your go-to spot to unwind? <br /> <br /> Aunt May&rsquo;s at Hellshire Beach, better done in the late pm when the sea breeze is a tad nippy and the water is moonlit. Oh, and this time it has to be the ice-cold Red Stripe with the fish and festival.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The words that best describe you are...<br /> <br /> Resourceful<br /> <br /> Problem-solver<br /> <br /> Ambitious<br /> <br /> Warm<br /> <br /> Fearfully and wonderfully made<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What is your personal philosophy?<br /> <br /> Never short-change yourself. The sky is my perspective, not my limit. God is boss. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374547/235572__w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM My Kingston &mdash; Pat Tomlinson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---PAT-TOMLINSON_77841 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? <br /> <br /> 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&rsquo;s house and backyard because there wasn&rsquo;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&rsquo;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 Hope Road, eventually making it down Mountain View Avenue to our home in east Kingston. We had a good time, but I&rsquo;m not sure it&rsquo;s a walk I&rsquo;d take today!<br /> <br /> What do you miss when you are not in Kingston?<br /> <br /> I miss the gym, hanging out with the gang after work on a Friday, and dinner at my mother-in-law&rsquo;s.<br /> <br /> What would be top of your agenda, were you to become the mayor of Kingston?<br /> <br /> Very simply, to continue working with the councillors, other ministries and communities to clean up the city for a safer environment: 1) getting rid of mosquito breeding sites, 2) keeping drains and gullies clean to prevent flooding, and 3) helping to clean up communities and by so doing, giving people pride in the place where they live. The threat of mosquito-borne diseases seems to get worse with each outbreak, and we have seen the devastation that flooding can cause.<br /> <br /> IBM&rsquo;s focus in the next five to 10 years, we&rsquo;re told, will be becoming more of a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. That big data, cognitive systems and cloud computing will influence and transform the way companies do business. Why is this considered the way forward?<br /> <br /> The price of computer hardware and storage for data has reduced tremendously over the years. Coupled with relatively cheap and readily available high-speed data transmission (via the Internet) from the telecoms providers, we have seen the emergence of cloud computing. With cloud computing, a business or end user can purchase computing resources like their other utilities (electricity, water, phone, cable, etc). You simply pay monthly or annually for what is needed or used, without having to make the investment in those systems in your own organisation or data centre. With cognitive computing, we are going to the next level of enabling the user. We are helping computers learn to think like humans. With their vast amount of data and processing power, they will be able to gain insights much quicker than we do, and make those &ldquo;thoughts&rdquo; available to help improve our decisions and related outcomes. Imagine having deep expertise in your line of business that you can tap into at any time, irrespective of the size of your company. <br /> <br /> IBM is considered the computer classroom. Indeed, most IT consultants started their journey there. What has kept you at IBM and in the classroom?<br /> <br /> There are some core values we share as IBMers:<br /> <br /> &bull; Dedication to every client&rsquo;s success. <br /> <br /> &bull; Innovation that matters &mdash; for our company and for the world. <br /> <br /> &bull; Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships. <br /> <br /> I am still excited to be part of an organisation that is forward-thinking with its innovations (receiving 7,355 patents in the USA in 2015: number 1 for 23 years running) while remaining passionate about our clients&rsquo; success. The people are great, and readily collaborate across borders to deliver the best of IBM to solve our clients&rsquo; challenges. <br /> <br /> Which are the most technologically advanced countries? <br /> <br /> There are a number of works done by different organisations to rank countries with regard to technology readiness. The World Economic Forum Global Information Technology report gets a lot of attention because of its comprehensive assessment. The 2015 and 2016 reports list Singapore, Finland and Sweden at the top of the list of countries assessed. Jamaica was ranked 82nd of 143 countries in the 2015 report and 83rd of 139 countries in the 2016 report.<br /> <br /> How long will it take for us to catch up? <br /> <br /> As a country, we continue to make improvements in government and the private sector, and are keeping pace globally. However, we need to move aggressively up the chart to improve our global competitiveness. Our leaders understand this and, across administrations, plans are in place to deliver improvement. I am not worried about being number one at this stage. However, as said before, we have to outpace our competitors.<br /> <br /> You are seated around our seamlessly stitched dinner table paying homage to designer Bill Edwards. How is this experience for you? <br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s magical, a wonderful feeling to be a client and friend. Bill represents a Jamaican success story of my generation. To watch the progress he has made while keeping the loyalty of his early clients over so many years is testimony to the fact that he understands the market and its direction. Deep inside, Bill desires to make men look good; it is not just about making money. And this is also evidenced by the variety of his clientele. I am heartened that he not only designs, but manufactures locally, playing his part to grow the Jamaican economy.<br /> <br /> What (unsolicited) tech advice would you give to Bill and, by extension, the fashion industry? <br /> <br /> At the basic level, there is opportunity to further engage and collaborate with clients and prospects online. This is a great way for direct feedback and suggestions that can be filtered and analysed for improvements or new products/designs. There is also the opportunity to market to a &ldquo;segment of one&rdquo;. With all the available information that is collected on individuals, sales campaigns can be generated that target individuals, as opposed to the scatter-shot, hit-or-miss approach aimed at a broad segment of the market.<br /> <br /> Finally, at this year&rsquo;s Met Gala, the model Karolina Kurkova wore a dress by IBM Watson, in collaboration with high-fashion label Marchesa. This is opening up a new world for designers!<br /> <br /> How would you best describe your style? <br /> <br /> I tend to keep things simple and conservative, but classy. I don&rsquo;t get taken up with the latest fads because I like timeless attire. I like to invest in great quality that I can wear next year and still feel current.<br /> <br /> What has been your most intriguing fashion destination and why?<br /> <br /> As you might guess, I shop online a lot so you can call that my favourite destination now! I go to New York every year, and I enjoy shopping there. I&rsquo;ve visited Montreal a couple of times and enjoyed the shopping because of their European connection and bargains. I&rsquo;ve also been to London and that has been, by far, my best experience. I got to see quite a few of my favourite European designers.<br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s your personal life philosophy?<br /> <br /> Fill your mind with the life you want to live. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, &ldquo;A man is what he thinks about all day long.&rdquo; William James said, &ldquo;The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.&rdquo; Watch your thoughts; they become your reality! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374545/235595_62825_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Out in Support Of A Cause http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Out-in-Support-Of-A-Cause_77968 Despite intermittent rainfall last Thursday, Kingston Bridal Week, ahead of its fifth anniversary launch, reintroduced its black-tie charity dinner at The Worthington, Spanish Court, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica and the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica, both of which aim to educate Jamaicans on the various diseases while helping the less fortunate to afford treatment for themselves. <br /> <br /> The evening&rsquo;s proceedings were hosted by media personality Yendi Phillipps, who encouraged guests&rsquo; participation in both foundations by way of not only cash donations, but also their time. The evening&rsquo;s programme saw an introduction to the recently launched Sickle Cell Support Foundation by Vice-President of Marketing Natalie Roach, who informed that &ldquo;one in every 150 babies that are born is positive with sickle cell&rdquo;. Also on the card last Thursday was an address by Commander John McFarlane, chairman of the Kidney Support Foundation, who shared about the first kidney transplant done in the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> Former Miss Jamaica 2011 Shakira Martin, who succumbed to sickle cell earlier this year, was remembered in a moving tribute by Caribbean Institute for Health research nurse Annabelle Nunes, who is also afflicted with the disease and is tireless in her efforts to bring awareness about sickle cell in the region. Meanwhile, guest speaker Mariame McIntosh-Robinson, CEO of First Global Bank Ltd, addressed the attendees on her experiences with the lifestyle illness myasthenia gravis, and gave a four-point checklist to decreasing stress levels and ensuring healthy mental and physical lifestyles.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376064/235801_63068_repro_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Gardening - October 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---October-23_77844 Dear Orchid Doc:<br /> <br /> The roots of my orchids, which are in the greenhouse, are all green. Should I be worried?<br /> <br /> Janette <br /> <br /> Dear Janette:<br /> <br />  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.<br /> <br /> Dear Orchid Doc:<br /> <br /> What do I do with my orchids once the bloom is finished?<br /> <br /> Mitsy<br /> <br /> Dear Mitsy:<br /> <br /> When the bloom is finished you can either cut it off, in the case of a Dendrobium or Vanda. With the Phalaenopsis, wait to see if there might be another bloom, which is usually smaller than the first. Fertilise as usual, and most importantly, whenever plants are inside they are usually not sprayed with a fungicide. Hence, they tend to rot, especially when in a planter pot which gathers water. Either empty the water every day or get rid of the planter, and take the plant back outside. They really do prefer the outdoors.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Betty Stephenson Ashley<br /> <br /> Betty&rsquo;s Farm Garden Supplies<br /> <br /> 161 Constant Spring Road,<br /> <br /> Kingston 8, Jamaica .<br /> <br /> Cell # 876-3224585, 8700191<br /> <br /> 876-931-8804, 876-755-2204<br /> <br /> Fax 876-931-8805<br /> <br /> bettystephensonashley@gmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375435/235615_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Collection MoDa Turns Five! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Collection-MoDa-Turns-Five_77691 Incessant rains did little to dampen the enthusiasm Tuesday evening as The Collection MoDa team, with presenting partners Jamaica Yellow Pages, launched their fifth staging with cocktails, canap&Atilde;&copy;s, beats by Duzigordon, Arii Lopez and The Wixard and Yellow Pages Cookie Pops courtesy of Suelan Chung at The Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel. <br /> <br /> Kingston Industrial Garage Sales and Marketing Manager Judith Denton steered the evening&rsquo;s proceedings, which included a five-year review of the achievements of The Collection MoDa series by its founder and Kerrymanwomanhome proprietor Kerry-Ann Clarke who commended her team for their efforts in making her dream a reality and in helping to motivate the Caribbean creative industry. &ldquo;When The Collection MoDa was born in 2011, it was through the need of a solid platform for creative talents to hone their skills and showcase their work,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;By year 10,&rdquo; she continued, &ldquo;our ambition is to have visibility in most, if not all Caricom markets.&rdquo; Marketing Manager of the Jamaica Yellow Pages Ayanna Kirton, in her address, shared &ldquo;we aim to invest in our cultural and creative industries because we want artists and artisans to not just be discovered because being discovered and learning about the roots of your creativity is great from a word-of-mouth perspective but we also want to have a comprehensive listing of all of Jamaica&rsquo;s talent&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Jamaica Yellow Pages have signed an initial three-year partnership with The Collection MoDa which Kirton sees as &ldquo; just the beginning of an amazing relationship&rdquo;. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371689/235284__w300.jpg Local News Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM Beyond jerk... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Beyond-jerk---_77097 ...was how executive chef at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel Mark Cole introduced guests on Tuesday, October 11, to the evening&rsquo;s menu. The occasion was a dinner party hosted by Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett and Kevin Hendrickson, managing director of the Courtleigh Group of Companies, at The Courtleigh Corporate Centre Penthouse, for six UK journalists and food enthusiasts. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Tonight we&rsquo;re going to have fun with food,&rdquo; said Cole, the man whose fare wowed the palate of President of the United States Barack Obama on his visit to Kingston, Jamaica. &ldquo;We are going to prove that our culture of cuisine is more than jerk chicken or pork.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The fun started with a unique twist &mdash; the amuse-bouche, served on the streets of Kingston, in the form of a &lsquo;street food vibes&rsquo; &mdash; that included roast yam and salt fish bruschetta, barbecue pulled pork on hardough bread and peppered shrimp washed down with coconut jelly vodka shots. Bistro tables covered with burlap and strapped with wild canes and candles placed on breadfruit leaves helped set the mood. From the streets of Kingston to the Jamaican mahogany table, guests removed their napkin rings wrapped with raffia and rosemary and were immediately enthralled by the Ann-Marie Wyss-designed tablescape of large bursts of tropical flowers in Dutch pots: mixed orchids, yellow and orange heliconias, shampoo ginger, red and pink ginger lilies, sunflowers, green ice, monstera leaves, guineps, ackee, coffee beans and cigars. The culture of gastronomy in Jamaica incorporates floral and fauna too, displayed in the ubiquitous Dutch pot &mdash; a must in every kitchen. The pineapples were illuminated with LED lights. Other features that certainly did not go unnoticed were the entrance table with more flowers placed in a coal pot and cylindrical vases filled with Scotch bonnet pepper on side tables. <br /> <br /> The first course, jackfruit escoveitch salmon and pepperpot soup, raised eyebrows. Here we had Otaheiti apple and jackfruit, two underused exotic fruits, taking centre stage and used in the traditional escoveitch form with a pur&Atilde;&copy;ed pepperpot cappuccino.<br /> <br /> Thursday Life verdict: Deliciously nourishing and creative. <br /> <br /> Taster # 2: Deboned oxtail with broad beans and mint sauce served with Irish potato biscuit. What new twist could Cole and his team give this beloved meat? &ldquo;De-bon-e-app&Atilde;&copy;tit!&rdquo; of course &mdash; and this is what they did. The deboned oxtails were served with broad beans and a mint sauce with a side of Irish potato biscuit.<br /> <br /> Thursday Life verdict: Genius! <br /> <br /> Taster # 3: An average &ldquo;in d week&rdquo; got a mega dose of oomph. Coconut curry chicken terrine, red peas and chicken terrine in a coconut curry sauce with Jamaican succotash in an herbed breadfruit cup.<br /> <br /> Thursday Life<br /> <br /> verdict: Who would have<br /> <br /> thunk it? Curry chicken just moved from ordinary to extraordinary! <br /> <br /> Taster # 4:The Lobster Pot: Wow! What a presentation! Braised lobster tail simmered in coconut reduction drizzled with jerk b&Atilde;&copy;arnaise with a side of pumpkin rice.<br /> <br /> Thursday Life verdict: The silence said it all! <br /> <br /> Taster # 5: The palate cleanser aptly dubbed sweet and spicy &mdash; a careful infusion of melon, Scotch bonnet pepper and ginger sorbet drizzled with a pineapple syrup.<br /> <br /> Thursday Life verdict: For the subtlety of the ginger, hint of Scotch bonnet and melon, two thumbs up! <br /> <br /> Taster # 6: Pettitoes and Yam &mdash; pig trotters stuffed with caramelised June plum glazed with jerk sorrel sauce with a side of yellow yam au gratin.<br /> <br /> Thursday Life verdict: A must for lovers of trenton. <br /> <br /> Dessert: Flavoured sugar balloon with ackee ice cream; crispy fried bread pudding in a Tia Maria reduction and sugarcane fondue.<br /> <br /> Thursday Life verdict: The coup de foudre was the sugarcane fondue which, hopefully, The Jamaica Pegasus will perfect and incorporate into its signature menu offerings. <br /> <br /> Thursday Life looks forward to the immortalisation of the evening in a coffee book complete with the recipes. Kudos to the entire team and to Minister Bartlett and by extension the government&rsquo;s commitment to gastronomic tourism, with its propensity to make a visitor&rsquo;s trip unique. The foodie experience at the dinner party, in the words of the minister, &ldquo;represents a new frontier for our tourism industry, and we are pleased to welcome new visitors and are hoping to attract even more who are seeking unique cultural experiences&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Cheers to many more! <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368452/234409_62338_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Gourmet goodies on wheels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gourmet-goodies-on-wheels_77508 There&rsquo;s nothing quite like a recce complete with good food, drinks and a great vibe. Last Friday was that kind of vibe and more as the team from Jamaica Food & Drink Festival, all set to roll out an even more fabulous second staging, afforded friends, family and sponsors gourmet goodies on wheels. That&rsquo;s right! The trucks rolled out in the parking lot of The Worthington at the Spanish Court Hotel and feast we did on healthy bites from Veggie Meals on Wheels, comfort-laden sandwiches from House of Loaves, watermelon-flavoured popcorn and fried chicken from Corner Bistro, jumbo hot dogs from CB <br /> <br /> Foods Bad Dawg Sausages, and delightful pastries from Levy&rsquo;s Goodies.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368466/234936_62408_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:00 AM Chef Bradley Kilgore for Jamaica Food & Drink Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chef-Bradley-Kilgore-for-Jamaica-Food---Drink-Festival &mdash; at Picante, Saturday, October 29 <br /> <br /> When this Best New Chef in America, an accolade ascribed by Food & Wine Magazine, is not at the helm of his internationally acclaimed restaurant Alter in Wynwood or the culinary director for the Adrienne Arsht Center, where he recently opened his signature restaurant Brava by Brad Kilgore, you can find Kilgore working as a mentor for a food truck staffed by underprivileged teenagers in Wynwood. <br /> <br /> In an uncanny twist of fate Brad Kilgore, rising chef and restaurateur, got wind of a little known Food Festival in its second year of being. His expressed interest in participating in the Jamaica Food and Drink Festival was derived partially because of his love for the Jamaican culture and, more tangibly, from his professional ties.  His sous chef, Leah Jones, is Jamaican &hellip; and the rest, as they say, is history. <br /> <br /> The story, of course, does not end there, as Kilgore is yet to showcase the stuff his numerous accolades are made from;  he will do at the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival event, Picante on October 28.  Picante is a celebration of exotic spices and seasonings, unlikely blends that conjure up unexpected but oh so delicious, melt-in-your-mouth flavours. Consider Thai curries from regions in Asia, cocktail sauces and chutneys, grilled pimento-flavoured meats, Mexican concoctions with a side of ghost pepper, Scotch bonnet-infused desserts, &hellip; all washed down with our favourite rums.  The first gourmet spicy food fest celebrating exotic spice blends will certainly be one for the books!<br /> <br /> Picante&hellip; Come for Brad Kilgore&rsquo;s Chili Marinated Pork Tenderloin, Green Papaya Slaw, Thai Peanut Emulsion and Local Fruit &ldquo;Umemboshi&rdquo;, but stay for the 11 other chefs who will channel their creative juices to satisfy your quest for &lsquo;heat&rsquo; on a plate:<br /> <br /> Picante Chefs<br /> <br /> Alexa Von Strolley<br /> <br /> Tamarind Intercontinental<br /> <br /> Suzanne Couch<br /> <br /> Fromage Gourmet Market<br /> <br /> Anna Kay Tomlinson<br /> <br /> Smoked Marlin<br /> <br /> Christina Simonitsch<br /> <br /> International Chef Brad Kilgore<br /> <br /> National Baking Co. featuring Christian Sweeney<br /> <br /> GASPRO featuring Banyan Caterers<br /> <br /> Nadine Hoballah-Burie<br /> <br /> Dawn Mitchell<br /> <br /> 2016  Culinary Director for the Adrienne Arsht Center where he recently opened his signature restaurant Brava by Brad Kilgore.<br /> <br /> 2016  Named Best New Chef in America by Food & Wine Magazine<br /> <br /> 2016 Semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard awards in the category Best New Restaurant, and Chef Kilgore in the category Rising Star Chef of the Year.<br /> <br /> 2015 Alter received 4 stars from the Miami Herald making it the only restaurant to obtain this rating in 2015<br /> <br /> 2015 Alter was named Restaurant of the Year by Eater and Chef Kilgore Chef of the Year by the same publication. <br /> <br /> 2015 Chef Kilgore opened Alter in the art-focused Wynwood district of Miami offering Progressive American cuisine, highlighting indigenous Floridian ingredients as well as a 5 and a 7 Chef&rsquo;s table tasting menu experience.<br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s on the menu?<br /> <br /> ENTR&Eacute;ES <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Arepa De Pabell&oacute;n&rdquo; Achiote Shredded Beef, Black Beans, Fried Plantains, Rice, Fried Egg, Chimichurri<br /> <br /> Arepa La Catira&rdquo; Shredded Curried Chicken, Ghost Pepper and Avocado Crema Coleslaw with Tomatoes<br /> <br /> Dynamite Shrimps cooked with Thai Spices and Chilli with a Touch of Honey served on a Bed of Spaghetti Pesto Pasta<br /> <br /> Pepper Shrimp, Lobster and Scallop Koftas served with Cocktail Sauce, Pineapple Passion and Pepper Jelly Glaze and Cilantro Basil Mayo<br /> <br /> Lamb Chops Trois Poivre served atop Carrot Tarragon Puree and Apple Mint Pea Puree with a Pomegranate Reduction<br /> <br /> Chili Marinated Pork Tenderloin, Green Papaya Slaw, Thai Peanut Emulsion, Local Fruit &ldquo;Umemboshi&rdquo;,<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Memba Mi Tell Yuh&rdquo; Succulent &ldquo;Off Di Bone&rdquo; Bites of Miss T&rsquo;s Famous Oxtail, combining flavours of Jamaica and New Orleans. Sop up di Savoury Juices with Herb Grotto Bread.<br /> <br /> Candied Pork Belly with Crispy Coconut Rice and Plantain Papaya Salad<br /> <br /> Adult Cracker Jack with Jerk Bacon<br /> <br /> Pulled Spicy Jerk Chicken Vol-au-Vent with Plantain Puree, Pickled Shallots and Scotch Bonnet Oil<br /> <br /> Samosas with Assorted Spicy Condiments<br /> <br /> Spicy Black Bean, Pulled Pork and Sausage Panade made with National Hardough Bread, served with Grilled Corn off the Cob, Guacamole and Chipotle Cream <br /> <br /> DESSERTS<br /> <br /> Sweet and Spicy National Hardough French Toast Sticks served with Scotch Bonnet Guava Drizzle and Fresh Cream <br /> <br /> Mini Chocolate Tarts and Salty Caramel Coulis with Chocolate Ganache<br /> <br /> Mini Lemon/Basil Tarts with Strawberry Coulis<br /> <br /> Mini Spicy Chocolate Mousse (Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Ganache Infused with Spices, Dark Chocolate Mousse with a Glossy Shiny Glaze)<br /> <br /> Mini &Eacute;clairs (Coffee/Rum Cream with A Madagascar Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream)<br /> <br /> Raspberry Mousse with Litchi <br /> <br /> Spicy Honeyed June Plum Cr&ecirc;pes<br /> <br /> Hot Chocolate Mocha Mousse Shots<br /> <br /> Picante Pecan Praline Cheesecake<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13369621/filename_w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM A Southern Style Roast http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Southern-Style-Roast_77388 Charlie McKenna is no neophyte when it comes to tantalising the palates with succulent cuts of pork. In fact, the &lsquo;southerner&rsquo;, who owns and operates Lillie&rsquo;s Q &mdash; a restaurant in Chicago he named after his grandmother Lillie and his father, Quito &mdash; has been experimenting with various ways of satisfying discerning foodies for a number of years, and indeed has awards to prove his expertise in Southern-style cooking. McKenna was in Montego Bay last week as guest chef at the second in the series of Copperwood Pork&rsquo;s &lsquo;Making The Cut&rsquo; to not only exchange &ldquo;his pork notes&rdquo; with local chefs, but to look at theirs too.<br /> <br /> The kitchen, without a doubt, continues to be where all cultures meet, and your Thursday Life team got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at McKenna&rsquo;s Southern-Style Roast preparation and presentation. Don&rsquo;t even get us started on the mouthfuls of delicious pork. We&rsquo;ll let the photos do the talking. Yes, Tina Hamilton and Haleem Card! <br /> <br /> 1 Remove the thawed pig head from the packaged box (already cut in halves down the middle and thoroughly cleaned).<br /> <br /> 2 The pig head is set in a roasting pan cut side down.<br /> <br /> 3 After the pig head is set in the roasting pan, sprigs of parsley are added to the pig head to add flavour. <br /> <br /> 4 Pieces of aluminium foil are used to tightly wrap around the pig ear.<br /> <br /> 5 Sprinkle salt and black pepper over the pig head and tuck crushed garlic and thyme around head.<br /> <br /> 6 Pour four bottles of CK Mondavi Chardonnay and one bottle of Jack Daniel&rsquo;s Whiskey.<br /> <br /> 7 Pour stock (made of pork bones) over pig head in roasting pan. Pour enough stock to cover the head halfway; the cheeks should remain above water so it can steam.<br /> <br /> 8 Add chopped onions.<br /> <br /> 9 Use aluminium foil paper to cover roasting pans.<br /> <br /> 10 Place the roasting pan on the stove to boil, then transfer roasting pan to the oven.<br /> <br /> 11 Slow roast pig head in the oven (315 degrees) until it is partially cooked &mdash; about 2 hours.<br /> <br /> 12 After 2 hours, remove the aluminium foil from roasting pan, leaving pig ears covered.<br /> <br /> 13 Continue roasting until most of stock has evaporated (pig skin should be deep, mahogany colour) and meat is almost falling from bones when poked with a fork, (about 3 hours or longer).<br /> <br /> 14 Let the pig head rest, loosely covered with foil, for at least 15 minutes before serving. While waiting, use thyme to glaze the pig head with vegetable oil.<br /> <br /> 15 Rest the pig head on a bed of lettuce on a warm platter.<br /> <br /> 16 To serve, cut off the ear and set it aside. Using a sharp knife, lift off the crisp skin in one piece. Cut the skin, including the ear, into small pieces using a knife.<br /> <br /> 17 Serve hot and enjoy! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368553/234740_62378_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Clinton vs Trump (Wine) Debate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Clinton-vs-Trump--Wine--Debate_77511 I t&rsquo;s two-and-a-half weeks before the USA presidential elections and the gloves are fully off. Cable TV has been beaming US politics directly into our living rooms for years, but this year&rsquo;s spectacle seems to top the entertainment charts. You might wonder what wine has to do with this election. From what I read in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Forbes and Grape Collective, there happens to be a Clinton wine, and a Trump wine and many across America have been conducting their own wine debates.<br /> <br /> Clinton Vineyards<br /> <br /> While having no connection to the Clinton family, it&rsquo;s said that the property was &lsquo;loosely&rsquo; named after George Clinton, who was New York&rsquo;s first governor and Thomas Jefferson&rsquo;s vice-president. The winery&rsquo;s website says that &ldquo;the Clinton Vineyards was established in 1976 by Ben Feder, a Bronx-born book designer and artist who fell in love with New York state&rsquo;s mid-Hudson Valley and began building his dream in 1974. Inspired by the beautiful wineries and vineyards of the French countryside, where he had spent time as an art student under the GI Bill after World War II, Feder recreated this sublime experience in Dutchess County. He modelled the 100-acre Clinton Vineyards in the tradition of European vineyard estates and chose to specialise in growing a grape that produces white and sparkling wines. The latter is made in the classic French m&Atilde;&copy;thode champenoise, learned by Feder at the famed House of Bollinger. The first release, the 1977 Seyval Blanc, garnered strong praise from<br /> <br /> The New York Times, resulting in an enthusiastic &ldquo;sell-out&rdquo;. Ben Feder died in 2009, but his wife Phyllis Feder continues to maintain her husband&rsquo;s legacy.<br /> <br /> Phyllis Feder is a great supporter and friend of the Clinton family. In 1993, Clinton Vineyards was served at Bill Clinton&rsquo;s first inaugural dinner. (Interestingly, both wines were included in Chelsea Clinton&rsquo;s wedding in 2010, prior to the sale of the Kluge Estate to Trump). The vineyard holds regular fund-raisers for Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s campaign. The 2015 Seyval Blanc (made from the hybrid Seyval blanc grape, which grows well in cooler climes) draws similarities to a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc for its citrus notes and vibrant fruit aromas.<br /> <br /> Trump Winery<br /> <br /> The winery was created in 1999 by Patricia Kluge in Virginia, very close to Jefferson&rsquo;s Monticello. Kluge, who was married to and is now divorced from billionaire Metromedia boss John Kluge (once America&rsquo;s richest man), invested heavily in the property and the wines did very well with critics. In her divorce from Kluge, she didn&rsquo;t collect a large settlement, but ended up with the estate and later spent much of her fortune on creating the winery. The winery at first received great critical success. Forbes describes the circumstances that led to the sale to Trump as such: &ldquo;Perhaps intoxicated by her success, Kluge decided to expand aggressively. Over the past five years (2007-2011) she took out $65 million in loans, according to public records. The money went into expanding wine production and building a super-luxury subdivision called Vineyard Estates, which was to include 24 multimillion-dollar homes with pools, outdoor kitchens, tennis courts, horse trails &ndash; and even space for private vineyards. That&rsquo;s when the housing crisis hit. Vineyard Estates failed to draw buyers. Property values plunged.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The Trump Winery is owned by Donald Trump&rsquo;s son Eric and has been part of the Trump family since 2011 when it was bought out of the foreclosure. <br /> <br /> In August, Grape Collective pitted the Trump 2009 Blanc de Blanc against the Clinton Vineyards Seyval Blanc Naturel. Sixty people participated in the blind tasting and the winner was the Trump Blanc de Blanc. The vote was 63 per cent for Trump and 37 per cent for Clinton Vineyards.<br /> <br /> Recently the team at the Robb Report put the Trump Winery&rsquo;s 2015 Chardonnay against Clinton Vineyard&rsquo;s Victory White 2015 Seyval Blanc in a blind tasting, and the results proved to be as close as polls predict this year&rsquo;s election to be. In the end, Clinton led with just four more votes than Trump.<br /> <br /> Christopher Reckord &ndash; Information Technology Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to [creckord@gmail.com]creckord@gmail.com &lt;mailto:creckord@gmail.com&gt;. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope @chrisreckord and on Twitter:@Reckord.&lt;/mailto:creckord@gmail.com&gt;<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368342/234942_62311_repro_w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Of Corks and Forks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Of-Corks-and-Forks_77433 Fine cuisine paired with exquisite wine was the staple of Wednesday night, October 5, in Godfrey Lands, Manchester, where product development consultant and caterer Debe-Ann Lange-Chen, in association with Victoria Mutual Wealth Management and Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) Wines, hosted a cocktail party for close friends and associates.<br /> <br /> The event, dubbed &lsquo;Corks and Forks&rsquo;, also served to introduce newly minted wealth advisor with the VM Wealth team, Sarah Myers.<br /> <br /> Hosted on Lange-Chen&rsquo;s patio, the cocktail party was not without the sumptuous and tantalising fare that is associated with her events. Guests enjoyed smoked marlin pasta salad with black olives and green peppers; salmon croquette with imperial sauce; steamed fish in black bean sauce; manicotti stuffed with home-made seasoned sausage drizzled with marinara sauce and dusted with Parmesan cheese; black caviar egg pie served with Melba toast; and jerk sausage with a cinnamon sweet potato ball and beer sauerkraut, among other delectable fare. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368506/234818_62342_repro_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM AW Fashion: Fashion finds a way&hellip; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--Fashion-finds-a-way- THE journey starts at the crack of dawn. The photographer is awake and calls the make-up artist (MUA) and the designer. The MUA is up with the lark, but the designer is still groggy from her slumber as she was finishing up pieces at 4:00am.<br /> <br /> Next on the list is the model for the day. The photographer is the alarm clock for everyone.<br /> <br /> Off on our journey we go for the first part of the shoot with Shannon, having scouted locations from beforehand. Our first stop is at the train station in Williamsfield, then Mandeville in the parish of Manchester.<br /> <br /> We then head back to Kingston for the second part with Chavelle in Arnett Gardens. Here we meet the peanut man &lsquo;Pickins&rsquo;. In the evening hours, after school, the neighbourhood children are our audience. <br /> <br /> Here are the creations. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13359002/ZZ684A773D_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, October 17, 2016 2:50 AM AW Fashion: A Cohesive Thread http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--A-Cohesive-Thread What is fashion if not wearable art? From clothing designs to the runway, art has played a significant role in every major fashion house the world over. The multi-disciplinary crossover forms an unbreakable bond, from window displays to fabric prints, and there are moments when designers become artists and artists become designers.<br /> <br /> As with fine art, photography, music, architecture and film, all these art forms must co-exist. Fashion shows are dependent on music to enhance the movements of the models and to set the tone for the shows&rsquo; proceedings. Photography and film &ndash; music is closely interconnected with film &ndash; create visual stories that spark our interest, and this in turn helps to create brand awareness. Architecture as well as fine art merges with fashion to create elaborate fashion shows and amazing photo shoots. Viewers are not only drawn to high-quality photos but also to those that tell a story, and this story helps to sell fashion merchandise. One simply cannot exist without the other. <br /> <br /> Paint Jamaica, a street art movement launched by Marianna Farag in 2014 to uplift communities in need, has become one of the must-see sites on our island. Its murals tell stories of empowerment and self-worth, painted by talented individuals across the globe and here on The Rock that have attracted viewers from all demographics to 41 Fleet Street. The once stigmatised community has become the new playground for several photographers, models, fashion designers and stylists alike.<br /> <br /> All Woman Fashion shares with you a seamless blend of art and fashion. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358991/ZZ3EF360DC_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, October 17, 2016 2:42 AM Video: Bits & Peace-Is http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Bits---Peace-Is_77176 The recent news that Rock-born, globetrotting Mateo New York jewellery designer Matthew Harris&rsquo;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. <br /> <br /> Returning closer to our shores, the artistry and craftsmanship of Harris&rsquo;s compatriot Bianca Bartley&rsquo;s Peace-Is of Bianca has secured for her work a formidable following of collectors, who in their own right are reputed as influential tastemakers. It is this type of pedigree that ultimately made her selection as the latest Seamlessly Stitched co-host a no-brainer. <br /> <br /> And so it was that six muses wearing varied necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings gathered, last Tuesday, around the Pussbackfoot frontwoman Aiesha Panton&rsquo;s tablescape, bookended by co-hosts Bartley and Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor &mdash; Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte, at the South Avenue boutique, to take a temperature gauge of the Rock&rsquo;s jewellery industry. This between bites of restaurateur/caterer Claudette Tenn&rsquo;s M-10 Wednesday gourmet offerings and sips of Mo&Atilde;&laquo;t & Chandon Imperial bubbly and the vino blends of Apothic White and Apothic Red from distribution house, J Wray & Nephew. <br /> <br /> SO learns more about these sustained client connections of Peace-Is of Bianca, for starters, and as we wrap, the designer hands out crystal and semi-precious stone bracelets from her Mantra collection with her pairing thoughts in tow. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13355639/234358_61478_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:00 AM Irie Living http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Irie-Living_76230 When you enter the vibrant, comfortable Long Mountain residence of author Pauline &ldquo;Irie&rdquo; Edie, it&rsquo;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.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;What you see here is a reflection of me. Whatever is in here is what I would wear.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What you see and feel upon entry to the open-concept townhouse is relaxation combined with a tropical profusion of colours. The great room wall hue is that of a &ldquo;good ripe Bombay&rdquo; mango. Over that, an extensive collection of art reflects its owner&rsquo;s travels.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I travel, I like to bring back stuff to remind me of the places I have been.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Cuba, Spain, Chile, Jamaica, Greece are all represented, giving a gallery-type vibe.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s art therapy in this passion as well. Pauline shares that her collection is also an escape.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Art is one of the best ways, after a gloomy, messed up day, [to] lose myself and be taken back to that pleasant experience. It&rsquo;s a holistic experience for me. When I travel, it&rsquo;s always an enjoyable, pleasurable experience.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In her welcoming sitting area, the accessories of throw cushions and candles are in colours drawn from the lovely art.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I look at something that I love, it speaks about who I am. Everything you see on my walls is a reflection of me. I&rsquo;m a colourful person, so you realise all my art has colours in it.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> This confident lady not only knows what she likes but also sticks with what she likes. <br /> <br /> After 10 years in her breezy mountain-top home with resplendent city and harbour views, a moderate repair job of termite damage grew into a complete renovation. As the troubled area was freshened, she realised the paint was brighter even though she retained the original palette. So updating throughout was necessary and, along the way, there were additions of some decade-long wishlist items.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Once you fix one thing and paint, other places look dull, so I decided to redo the whole thing.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Although upgrading her solid surface counters in the kitchen wasn&rsquo;t on the horizon, a visit to a local home centre changed that.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I knew I wanted granite and, fortunately and gratefully, I was at the stage where I could make the purchase. I decided to spend the money. I saw this slab named &ldquo;Genesis&rdquo;, and it was perfect, like it is the beginning. It&rsquo;s like a new home.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The gorgeous stone and new island is enhanced with the unique, edginess of a metal, mosaic backsplash. The original cabinets and hardware were retained but darkened for more contrast.<br /> <br /> The kitchen is the important epicentre for Irie&rsquo;s regular monthly social gatherings &ndash; at least for the food preparations, with party themes that range from oyster to Prosecco nights with dear friends. <br /> <br /> The expansive deck with its light canvas awning and Brazilian greenheart wood flooring is the star entertainment space. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I do a lot of entertaining. My friends love my home. My home is a very peaceful place, so when my friends come here, it is zen.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> With views spanning from Red Hills to the airport, there is a twinkling cityscape to enjoy at nights. Irie laughs and says her preference for white wine and champagne&rsquo;s Italian cousin is well known to intimates as the libation of choice in her incredible outdoor space. When asked about the use of the outdoor space, she chuckles.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ninety per cent of the time I live outside. I&rsquo;m an outdoor kind of girl.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Her passion for intense saturation of colour extends to her landscaping. Fortunate to have a corner lot, she has planted some thirteen Poui trees along the street. They bestow their golden glory magnificently, albeit with a short display. She wisely has chosen hardy plants for the area, which can be dry and windy. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Poui is my absolute favourite, it is just amazing when all of them bloom. I love plants, but I plant hardy plants, such as Poui and Sago Palm, that can withstand the drought.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Back inside, she calls her TV area her &ldquo;rec room&rdquo;. A framed article she penned on an exotic trip joins the gallery. The huge L-shaped sofa is accessorised with colourful pieces from Spaces. In fact, all her renovation purchases were made locally. &ldquo;I wanted the renovation to be done and done quickly. I knew what I had in mind, and... I just went out and saw stuff and got them.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The powder room was refurbished with a custom-made cabinet and a beautiful hammered metal vessel. The original tiles were kept, but the paint colour was intensified to make the art pop. Here, a framed set of originals by cartoonist Clovis, denote Irie&rsquo;s incredible career as an author. She has several books to her credit, and the art here is illustrations from one of the publications &ndash; a volume on the history of ganja.<br /> <br /> The guest bedroom is adorable, with a vivid quilt that balances the inky intensity of a deep purple wall. Antiques include a wrought iron bed painted in light green and a seaman&rsquo;s trunk. The bed was Irie&rsquo;s first furniture purchase, and its charm followed her from her previous apartment to her hilltop abode. <br /> <br /> The master, too, has intense choices with deep chocolate on the walls, but the richness is warm rather than heavy, lightened by the accompaniment of blues from the art and bedding.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s my sweetheart bedroom. I love it,&rdquo; says Irie. &ldquo;That bedroom is my solace. When I go up there, I forget about the world. I am home. My books are there; I read a lot and just reflect. If I had a bed only in there, I would be fine.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> When asked where she got her aesthetic sensibilities, she shares: &ldquo;I work in administration for a real estate development company, but I think my style evolves from my personality.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> She goes even deeper to elaborate on how her employer showed her the way to homeownership.<br /> <br /> Even as her company was the developer of the neighbourhood where she now resides, she never imagined that she could afford the down payment and mortgage. It was after work one evening that her boss showed her, on a drink napkin, how her book commissions could add up to the first deposit needed. Furthermore, he advised that she would need to make sacrifices in her expenditures, such as weekly salon visits and her well-known generosity towards friends.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I sacrificed for a year and a half to build up my deposit. I am grateful for that. I also have to put a plug in for my mom as she gave me her National Housing Trust (NHT) benefit. I have already paid it back. That&rsquo;s my story, and I am so grateful. As a single person, I am grateful to have my home.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Irie&rsquo;s special spirit is epitomised by her wonderful home which, like every visual expression she makes, is fuelled by her life philosophy.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am one of the lucky ones. I&rsquo;m the eternal optimist. I don&rsquo;t plan every detail of my life; I let my life take me where it wants. I say, &lsquo;Lord, this is in your hands&rsquo;. Whatever the consequences are, I will deal with it. Every day is a new day for renewal. Every day is a new day for living, loving, laughing and just enjoying life.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358238/irie_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 16, 2016 2:00 AM Video - Lunch & Convo With Brian Lumley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Lunch---Convo-With-Brian-Lumley_76807 It&rsquo;s been a while &mdash; 10 months, to be exact &mdash; since Chef Brian Lumley left our shores for Doha, Qatar. He has, during this time, been in development mode for Aspire Katara Hospitality, under whose umbrella will fall a Caribbean-themed restaurant that will form part of the &lsquo;Marina Project&rsquo; located at the most prominent location in Qatar, notably West Bay, overlooking the Pearl Island and The Persian Gulf, complete with eight over-the-water bungalows. The 200-seat restaurant slated for a summer 2017 opening will see Lumley as its consulting head chef. A typical day for Lumley commences at 11:00 am and ends at 9:00 pm. First order of business is meeting with management and colleagues, then on to a test kitchen where Caribbean and Latin American dishes are experimented with, in the hopes of creating something new and different. <br /> <br /> Herein lies the pressure. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a dry spot,&rdquo; says Lumley, &ldquo;so the food must wow.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> To this end, hours are spent in the test kitchen, but this is a unique opportunity for Lumley to elevate Jamaican and, by extension, Caribbean cuisine. &ldquo;Qataris follow the religion of Islam and shun alcohol and pork. They enjoy Indian, Turkish and Lebanese cuisine. Our food [Jamaican] is therefore familiar, as it is flavourful. What&rsquo;s new and impresses their palates are our spices &mdash; our pimento, Scotch bonnet pepper, jerk &mdash; and ackee. I shipped some, but we also get supplies from the United Kingdom,&rdquo; explains Lumley.<br /> <br /> When asked about the pressure of coming up with innovative plates, Lumley&rsquo;s response is, &ldquo;I am under pressure but it&rsquo;s the type of pressure I thrive on.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> There was, thankfully, no pressure Monday afternoon at the Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies&rsquo; idyllic McCook&rsquo;s Pen compound. Indeed, Lumley found the lush landscaped property, blue skies and mild temperature decidedly relaxing, and a welcome change from the arid Qatar landscape. It was inspiring enough for him to make the change from serving Qatar royalty to serving Christopher Levy, president and CEO of one of the most advanced and diversified agricultural producers in any developing nation today, and a few of his executives.<br /> <br /> Lumley&rsquo;s three-course lunch demonstrated just how much he has embraced the various cultures into which he has immersed himself. Cream of pumpkin and sweet potato chicken soup with garlic croutons was the first course. The hearty yet light starter raised expectations, which were not dashed with the entree &mdash; deboned chicken thighs stuffed with callaloo rice with a cilantro onion salad, green hummus and beetroot creamy potatoes.<br /> <br /> Here&rsquo;s how Lumley described lunch. &ldquo;Who doesn&rsquo;t love pumpkin soup? Today&rsquo;s is a balance of flavours. When the pumpkin was not where I wanted it I added a little bit of honey, then the sweet potato. There were no bones in your Best Dressed Chicken entree because the bones were used in the soup. Maximum use was made of each ingredient. Simple, but certainly not simplistic! A lot of work went on behind the scenes. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The entree was the deboned Best Dressed Chicken thigh. I added Scotch bonnet pepper, cilantro and parsley to the hummus to increase the taste profile. Grapeseed oil is a neutral oil, unlike olive oil that adds a different taste to the palate. It&rsquo;s light and refreshing, so I used it to blend before I separated the green oil and added the sediments. The sediments are what I used to add colour to the hummus, and here&rsquo;s a great tip: blend it with ice and it comes out refreshingly smooth and full of flavour. It&rsquo;s perfect with grilled meats!<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The jerk chicken was grilled, stuffed with callaloo rice and served with beetroot mash potatoes. Beetroot is consumed a lot in Qatar, so I incorporated it in the entr&Atilde;&copy;e as an homage of sorts to the Middle East. It&rsquo;s my first time doing beetroot mash. I used two separate ones, so when combined in piping bags; they become a nice rich colour. Indeed, beetroot gives a beautiful colour when mixed with potatoes or anything white, plus it&rsquo;s excellent for the blood.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Lumley&rsquo;s last words: &ldquo;The experience that I&rsquo;m gaining starting a kitchen from scratch, working with architects from Italy and interior designers from Switzerland, is invaluable. As is attending board meetings with different companies and being in a room with everyone hazarding a guess as to who this youngster is!&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Invaluable, indeed, we concur, in between mouthfuls of dessert &mdash; assorted macaroons with dulce de leche ice cream and exotic fruits. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13352418/233792_61059_repro_w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:00 AM 5 Days &mdash; 8 Glorious Culinary Experiences http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/5-Days---8-Glorious-Culinary-Experiences-_76505 The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival is not only back, but based on the number of sponsors seated around the New Levels Decor summer-chic inspired tasting table inside the Rio Bueno meeting room of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Thursday last &mdash; it is considerably bigger! &ldquo;We had companies coming to us this year and tickets are already sold,&rdquo; shared CB Foods Brand Manager Alicia Bogues, the dynamic force behind the festival. &ldquo;We are, &ldquo;she continued, &ldquo;determined to put Kingston on the culinary map and are thankful to have the Jamaica Tourist Board as one of our sponsors... our chefs, you will agree after this taste session, are up to the task.&rdquo; It was no idle boast! With 20 sponsors to impress, the Festival&rsquo;s coterie of culinary players, notably Gariel Ferguson, Oji Jaja, Jacqui Tyson, Alexx Antaeus, Alexa Von Strolley and Nadine Hoballah-Burie, were ready to throw down! <br /> <br /> Gariel Ferguson was the first out of the kitchen and raised the bar so high with his low and slow-smoked Premium Copperwood Pork Ribs with crispy pork belly and powdered bacon that Thursday Life feared for the other presenters. Those fears were soon allayed, however, with Oji Jaja&rsquo;s cumin shaved duck salad, which was fresh and light in taste, not to mention exquisitely plated.<br /> <br /> Never one to cower in the shadows, Jacqui Tyson demonstrated her prowess with her handling of the fried pork chops stuffed with smoked gouda and bacon with a jalapeno and Scotch bonnet relish. The result: warm caressing pops of distinctive flavours.<br /> <br /> Chef/patron Alex Antaeus presented fresh, grilled-just-right octopus on a stick that disappeared within a second and a flavourful Greek pizza presented on a stick. Alexa Von Strolley amped things up with two tasty sandwiches &mdash; Arepa de Pabellon with achiote shredded beef, black beans, fried plantains, rice, fried egg and chimichurri with shredded curried chicken, ghost pepper, avocado crema coleslaw and tomatoes. <br /> <br /> This outstanding sneak taste climaxed with sweet treats courtesy of the 2015/2016 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards pastry chef of the year Nadine Hoballah-Burie, whose spicy chocolate mousse and raspberry mousse with lychee-infused rose water left little doubt as to her forte of executing decadence with a light hand and balancing flavours.<br /> <br /> With the inclusion of two new categories this year notably Vintage &mdash; a celebration of Robert Mondavi Winery&rsquo;s 50th anniversary &mdash; and Picante, the five-day, eight-event, delectable culinary adventure slated for Wednesday, October 26 - Sunday, October 30 is a must-do. <br /> <br /> Of note is that the Rousseau sisters, Suzanne and Michelle, will once again host Brunch at The Gallery on Sunday, October 30. Be warned: Only a few tickets are left. Get yours today<br /> <br /> @www.jafoodanddrink.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13351322/233344_61014_repro_w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:00 AM Kingston 8 Acquires Its Own Cellar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Kingston-8-Acquires-Its-Own-Cellar_76785 Kingston has a new spot to relax, unwind, enjoy great food and wine and yes, spirits too. Cellar 8, the brainchild of entrepreneur Wendy Facey and JN Finance&rsquo;s GM Aditi Dhiman is further bolstered by marketing consultant Nasma Chin and Hillel Academy Prep nurse Jenny Pragnell to round out the foursome that has brought this chic space to the market. <br /> <br /> Neatly tucked away in the &lsquo;Upper Manor Park&rsquo; plaza, the multi-level Cellar 8 is a three-in-one location offering patrons a bistro, a premium spirits bar and a wine bar. The current drink menu offers seven wines by the glass (four whites and reds) and the Spirits by the Q list offers Tanqueray, Absolut, Glenfiddich, White Overproof, Appleton V/X, Johnny Walker and Hennessey. The menu selections, courtesy of UTech/Culinary Institute of America/Johnson & Wales trained Chef Ramesh Maragh, include a variety of salads, pasta, pizza, sliders and a developing suite of entrees. <br /> <br /> Feedback has been generally positive, especially from patrons living in and around the Stony Hill, Manor Park, Norbrook and Constant Spring areas. Here is what I was told this week: &ldquo;&hellip; Finally, somewhere to chill out close to home&rdquo; ; &ldquo;liking it so far, hope they iron out the kinks quickly&rdquo;; &ldquo;&hellip; was hoping to see a better wine selection, I also hope they train and bring the staff up to speed quickly ..&rdquo;; &ldquo;&hellip; I don&rsquo;t think they should have opened until they were absolutely ready; I am tired of lame excuses about opening in order to iron out the kinks&rdquo;, &ldquo;&hellip;.love the decor, it&rsquo;s comfy, but service needs to step up fast, fast&rdquo;, &ldquo;.. the place looks fabulous, but if it&rsquo;s a wine bar, they are very lacking in wine selections&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Wine-centric locations in Jamaica are growing, probably led by Kingston&rsquo;s increasing wine appreciation. The city that consumes the most wine in the world is Paris. In a recent study by France&rsquo;s INSEEC Business School it was determined that Parisians consume 697 million bottles of wine each year, or 51.7 litres per capita. That roughly translates to a glass of wine five nights a week per person; that&rsquo;s doable. Additional research from the Wine Institute has revealed that 14 of the globe&rsquo;s top 15 nations for wine consumption are in Europe, along with Uruguay. Vatican City is at the very top of the wine-drinking league, with an average resident consuming an impressive 54.26 litres a year. <br /> <br /> The Kingston Metropolitan Area (technically comprises Kingston and the suburban section of St Andrew) is approximately 155 sq km (60 sq miles) with just about one million people compared to Paris proper, which is only 105 sq km (40 sq miles) with 2.3 million people, Vatican City is 0.44 sq km (0.17 sq miles) with 1,000 people, so I think we have an amazing opportunity, don&rsquo;t you? <br /> <br /> Christopher Reckord - Information Technology Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to creckord@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope @chrisreckord and on Twitter: @Reckord http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13351466/233723_61002_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:00 AM Vows - An Undying Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---An-Undying-Love_76080 Seven years of courtship and reverence culminated at the altar on August 20, 2016 at the Webster Memorial United Church as GraceKennedy Money Services research assistant Diandra Harriott and Alex Hayden, student minister, The United Theological College of the West Indies, were joined in holy matrimony at the location where they first met. <br /> <br /> The initial encounter as told by Diandra<br /> <br /> As teenagers we both grew up in the same church. I&rsquo;ve always had a crush on him, but I was often afraid to express my feelings due to the nature of the environment we were in. One Friday evening, our paths finally crossed at our weekly youth fellowship gathering. We exchanged pleasantries and began speaking occasionally. When I was appointed youth president for the regional level of United Churches in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and he was appointed the youth president for the national level, we had to maintain constant contact with each other, which significantly helped to foster our relationship. Our first official date was my graduation ball in 2009; from then, sparks flew, and the rest, as they say, is history. <br /> <br /> The proposal... <br /> <br /> With each passing year Alex and Diandra became more enamoured with each other, and seven years later on Diandra&rsquo;s birthday &ndash; April 02, 2015, Alex popped the question. In the groom&rsquo;s own words, Diandra was &ldquo;of a very competitive nature,&rdquo; so he decided to organise the proposal with a group of mutual friends in the form of an evening treasure hunt. Diandra was too focused on her desire to win the competition to notice any suspicious activities. The group of friends split into gender-respective teams and scoured the plains of Kingston in search of the hidden treasures that Alex and his friends had hidden across the parish. After a long day of hunting, with the girls&rsquo; team in the lead, they arrived at the final spot &ndash; Morgan&rsquo;s Harbour Hotel in Port Royal. &ldquo;The evening&rsquo;s final clue was an anchor. As we all scoured the property for the last piece of the puzzle, Diandra suddenly stumbled upon a rusty anchor by the hotel&rsquo;s dock. She searched its surroundings for her reward and discovered a small treasure chest; as she opened the chest in pursuit of what it might hold, she began to complain about the empty box. While she ranted, I got down behind her on one knee with her &lsquo;prize&rsquo; in my hand. When she turned around and saw me, with tears in her eyes, she screamed, &ldquo; Yes!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The ceremony<br /> <br /> On August 20, 2016 friends and family from across Jamaica and from overseas filled the pews of the church where the couple first met &mdash; Webster Memorial United Church. The elegant touch of flowers and pink and teal drapery was added by decorator Everard Harriott. The bridesmaids made their way up the aisle to the strains of Christina Perri&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> A Thousand Years dressed in teal one-shoulder floor-length gowns from Cochen Designs. They were escorted by the groomsmen wearing black three-piece suits complemented by teal neckties designed by Delroy Hazel. All guests stood looking on with misty eyes as Gary Harriott walked his eldest daughter up the aisle to the strains of<br /> <br /> When God Made You by Natalie Grant. Diandra was stunning in a white one-shoulder fit and flare taffeta gown from Bliss Bridal Boutique. Her silver chandelier earrings and white bird-cage veil framed her face perfectly and on her feet were a pair of teal-laced black and white converse sneakers. At the altar eagerly awaiting his bride, stood a dapper Alex, dressed in a black three-piece suit complemented by a polka dot pink and black bow tie also designed by Delroy Hazel, sporting a pair of black and white converse sneakers. The ceremony was officiated by both Reverend Christopher Mason and Reverend Astor Carlyle. After the exchange of vows, as they signed their documents, the church was filled with the melodious voice of LaDonnia Walsh who delivered a musical tribute of her own in honour of the couple&rsquo;s union. To symbolise the joining of their families, the couple also performed the traditional blending of the sands ceremony.<br /> <br /> The reception <br /> <br /> The reception took place in the Margaret Gartshore Hall at the St Andrew High School for Girls. The hall was dotted with white tables that were complemented by the black, teal and pink draperies, also courtesy of Everard Harriott. The newly-weds and their bridal party made their entrance with an exciting dancehall and R & B dance performance. A sumptuous supper followed ahead of the cutting of the three-tiered fondant-iced cookie and cream-flavoured wedding cake made by Jacqueline Whyte-Scott. The couple and their guests partied to the tunes spun by DJ Damion Newell until the wee hours of Sunday morning.<br /> <br /> The honeymoon<br /> <br /> The newly-weds spent their honeymoon at the Meli&Atilde;&iexcl; Braco Village in Trelawny and at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13339873/232508_60083_repro_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, October 10, 2016 12:00 AM AW Fshion: Styled To Distress! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fshion--Styled-To-Distress-_75742 We&rsquo;re just as stylish and as innovative here on The Rock as those in New York, London, Milan and Paris. And yes, we&rsquo;ve noticed the new streetwear trend of distressed Tees. Leading the charge locally is LaTroy Vincent, the man behind the Chop Shop label, who told All Woman Fashion (AWF) in a recent interview that the T-shirts are an extension of who he is. &ldquo;They are easy, fun and comfortable,&rdquo; he explained, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m also heavily influenced by Hip-Hop&rsquo;s laid-back but fashionable culture,&rdquo; Vincent said.<br /> <br /> Vincent&rsquo;s influence can be traced to his grandfather Tony and father Charles Paul Vincent, both established tailors whose atelier once stood on Galloway Road off Maxfield Avenue. &ldquo;I used to hate the idea of wearing a suit &ndash; albeit an exquisitely tailored one, as it was so hot&rdquo;. LaTroy shares with AWF. This rebellious streak led him to use the scissors as a weapon against the established look; employing it not to lash out at the convention, but to create the unconventional. &ldquo;I would recycle old T-shirts and create designs that could breathe and felt more relatable.&rdquo; This he has turned into a line of fashion &ndash; Chop Shop, which has found favour amongst his tight circle of friends who see it as an opportunity for him to capitalise on his innovation. He plans to honour his father&rsquo;s legacy by sitting at the sewing machine he once loathed with his grandfather... to continue the legacy.<br /> <br /> Order your distressed T-shirt at : malakhi1876@gmail.com<br /> <br /> (Photos courtesy of LaTroy Vincent)<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13342573/232392_60236_repro_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, October 10, 2016 12:00 AM