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: Fallen For You http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Fallen-For-You_74979 Laura Butler, Miss Jamaica World franchise holder, and Marcus Hayle, manager-airline relations and analytics at Dallas-Fort Worth airport, met in December 2013 at the annual Pulse International Christmas party. Three years later they exchanged vows at Hanover Grange, Tryall Club. All Woman Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Aw Fashion :Denim Choker Revolution http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Aw-Fashion--Denim-Choker-Revolution_74752 The ‘90s fashion trend of the choker has resurfaced and reached such a level of prevalence that it has been ‘man-ified’, ‘tripled up’ and ‘mommy-and-me’d’. Fashion designer and store owner Devarine ‘Fashionenira’ McLean adds her own twist to this latest craze with her crafty collection of hand-made denim chokers. “Chokers are trending right now, and as a retailer I always try to keep up and add my flavour to the movement; I’ve always had the idea of denim chokers in mind but didn’t get the motivation until Kim Kardashian made it a thing,” shared the designer with All Woman Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT enbois By Maxim http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/enbois-By-Maxim_74506 What started as a creative pastime soon turned into a lucrative business with a purpose when 23-year-old Florida native Maxim Thuriere— born of a French father and Haitian mother – commenced crafting and selling jewellery at his alma mater, the University of South Florida in early 2015. Within a year Thuriere has managed to gain the nod of approval from Reggae/Dancehall artistes Chronixx, Popcaan, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, and Stephen Marley for his sleek, earthy styles, some performers even collaborating with the young artist. Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT At The Seams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/At-The-Seams_74888 TUESDAY evening last in our bustling capital city and13 fashionistas, representing diverse success stories in music, politics, law, fitness, banking, and business, have reached post-work consensus to detour to the LMR commercial complex on Lady Musgrave Road. Fashion's Night Out Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston – Hugh Findletar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Hugh-Findletar-_73872 Milan-based portraitist, glass artist, floral artist, food artist, and jewellery designer. Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT TSO Rock Fab 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/TSO-Rock-Fab-10_74792 Hundreds stepped out in style for the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out launch that took place on Saturday, September 10 at The Hive in Portmore. They came, we lensed, and shared the images in last week’s The Rock Fab Issue. Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With... Isabel Dalley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With----Isabel-Dalley_73593 What is your favourite drink? Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT SO Gardening – Sept 25 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening---Sept-25_73765 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Black Rapunzel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Black-Rapunzel_74272 The struggles of natural hair can seem unbearable to some, but for Asha Zulu Mandela, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Guinness World record holder for “World’s Longest Locks” —measuring 55 ft long and weighing 25-30 lb when dry, and 50 lb when wet— it’s nothing short of a blessing. Over 30 years ago the Trinidadian native decided to grow dreadlocks , despite her mother’s disapproval. After moving to the United States she settled in Brooklyn and worked as a nanny where she realised that processed hair no longer fit her new lifestyle. She ditched the relaxer, went natural and never looked back. Under the Dryer sat with the hair phenomenon Mandela to find out what it is really like having 55 ft-long dreads. Lifestyle Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT AFTER 12: Wine and Cheese delights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Wine-and-Cheese-delights_74912 International Proxy Parents (IPP) staged a fund-raising wine and cheese party at the St Andrew home of the Chilean ambassador to Jamaica Wednesday night. Local Lifestyle Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT 30,000 Champagne Flutes poured! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/30-000-Champagne-Flutes-poured_74534 Regular TV viewers would have been watching keenly this past Sunday for results when the Emmy Awards were announced for some of their favourite TV shows. Our focus today — you guessed it — the menu and the copious amounts of wines and Champagne poured later on that night at the Governor’s Ball. Local Food Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Michelin Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Michelin-Man_74652 Exposing its hotel destinations to the wonders of Spanish cuisine has been a worthy preoccupation of Grupo Iberostar for a few years now. It was The Rock, which would next be added to the hospitality group’s series #IBEROSTARChefOnTour with a kitchen-enthusiast Fernando Arellano, the 2-Michelin starred executive chef and patron of Castell Son Claret restaurant Zaranda in Mallorca. Sitting through seven courses, Thursday Life dined, and sipped on paired wine portfolios and varietals from Spain, last Saturday evening, at the Cornwall buffet restaurant at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, in the Second City. Our verdict? An experience that we were delighted to be part of. Our single regret: so few local chefs and caterers were in attendance. Why? They like us would have fully grasped the importance of simplicity! Interpret this to mean not overwhelming — but the delivery of clean plates of fresh interesting pairings like the tiger prawn with mango remoulade and ginger or the white garlic lobster, grapes and summer truffle and the masterfully paired veal tongue, glaced warm leek and potato salad — a feel good pop in the mouth of what could be best described as a refined goulash. The dessert — The four seasons of the Majorcan almond — an explosion of nutty sweet pleasure that brought the seven course dinner to a perfect end. Mention must also be made of the flawless service. Thursday Life eagerly looks forward to the next gastronomic affair which according to the property’s affable manging director will be early next year. Feast your eyes on the tannic pours and gastronomic keystrokes enjoyed by gourmands and oenophiles as we made the right notes... Local Food Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The London Eye! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-London-Eye-_74487 From The Big Apple to The Old Smoke, fashion month crossed The Pond last week, where Union Jack fashion maestros have committed femininity trends to their Spring and Autumn-Winter 2017 dockets. Tuesday Fashion looks through the lens of myriad runway shutterbugs as Saint International models leave impressions at London Fashion Week, which closes today. Plus, we spotted Pulse model Alicia Burke at Ralph Lauren. Local Lifestyle Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Latin American Women’s Club Turn 50 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Latin-American-Women-s-Club-Turn-50_74510 Friday last, September 16, The Latin American Women’s Club, supported by The Embassy of Mexico, celebrated 50 years of philanthropic endeavours in Jamaica with a dinner and dance inside the well-appointed Valencia Room of the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston. The evening’s formalities — which included a welcome and address by the Club’s founder and President Maria Pinchin — were handled with aplomb by Paul Bitter. Local Lifestyle Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT VOWS: To Have & To Hold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/To-Have---To-Hold_73753 Their jobs played a decisive role in the romance between Althea Bryan, managing director of Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours Ltd, and Orlando Dawkins of Jamaica Tours Ltd. The scenic tours that they planned for their respective clients foreshadowed the journey they would eventually make to the altar on August 13, 2016. Vows fills you in. All Woman Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT All Woman: Fashion - TSO edition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/All-Woman--Fashion---TSO-edition_73989 Scoping the scene of the Rock Fab Issue launch party devised by the annual Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out camp, AWF wasn’t at all surprised to see the fabulous guests having a ball in their equally fabulous duds. From Louis Vuttion to Carlton Brown, the crowd was no bore. Feast your eyes on a few of Jamaica’s hottest looks of the night. All Woman Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT A September to remember: The Rock Fab Issue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Rock-Fab-Issue_74084 The Fashion's Night Out Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT A September to remember: The Rock Fab Issue - Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Rock-Fab-Issue-part-2-_74085 Local Lifestyle Sun, 18 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Ruling ‘Passion’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Ruling--Passion-_73212 Crossing the Atlantic, and over unto our fair Caribbean isle, the Pasqua brand confident in the welcoming palate of The Rock’s oenophiles, partnered with its Jamaican distributor Select Brands 1876 Wines arm to showcase its Verona-based portfolio via a wine-pairing dinner, on September 6, at Uncorked in Sovereign North. A three-course dinner executed by Uncorked’s new executive chef Damion Stewart — previously of CRU Bar & Kitchen and the CPJ Deli — and preceded by cocktails, gave invitees a solid window to familiarise themselves with the myriad bouquets of the winemaker’s offerings. Guided by Pasqua Vineyards Export Manager and legacy Cecilia Pasqua, with the on-site support of Select Brands execs, Thursday Life discovers the ‘passion’ behind this Italian family’s traditions. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Cooking With Kaci http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cooking-With-Kaci_73444 The Cooking with Kaci series stopped by the Audi Showroom Thursday last where, with the evening’s co-host Harbour Wines & Spirits, it staged a successful cooking event. “Mainland Say Cheese” Brand Ambassador Kaci Fennell-Shirley welcomed all to an evening of delectable wine and cheese pairings. Audi Head of Business Damien Kerr and Group General Manager of ATL Automotive Matthew Cripps also welcomed guests to the Oxford Road showroom and encouraged them to enjoy the magnificent cars ready to be taken home. Cripps elicited laughter from those in attendance as he spoke of his first passion — notably cars, and his second — cheese and wine. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sunsplash Jamaican Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sunsplash-Jamaican-Cuisine_73543 If you are passing through Brown’s Town, St Ann, be sure to check out new restaurant Sunsplash. A mere three months old, the Jamaican and soul food restaurant with a full line bakery and ice cream parlour has become the town’s hotspot, cultivating constant traffic as well as nods of approval as a result of both the food and warm welcome. From all appearances, at Sunsplash, the customer always comes first. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Eleni’s Rising Star http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Eleni-s-Rising-Star_73883 It’s difficult to concentrate on anything save the selection of breads and pastries at Eleni’s, but a pause as we waited to pay our bill and a sweep of the establishment gave Thursday Life the opportunity to meet Diandra Dixon, or “ Seventeen” as she is affectionately called at Eleni’s Bakery as a result of her age. The former University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica student — she completed a one-year Baking Technology course — with a passion for baking, stemming from watching countless shows on the Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Tasting Sassicaia — one of the most soughtafter fine wines in the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Tasting-Sassicaia_73766 It proved somewhat of a challenge - incredibly - to convene a group of busy wine lovers to enjoy with chef/patron Pierluigi ‘PG’ Ricci of the multi-award-winning Italian restaurant Toscanini, a bottle of one of his prized possessions. Acccording to the wine press: “one of the greatest wines in the world;” “Sassicaia, the most collectible Italian wine”; “one of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon wines”; “one of the most sought-after fine wines in the world” - and these are merely a few quotes on the celebrated Italian red wine. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Ripping the Runway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ripping-the-Runway_73992 Rock belles Tami Williams for Saint International and Alicia Burke for Pulse International have been ripping the runways of New York Fashion Week strutting for such notables as Michael Kors, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera and Brandon Maxwell. Tami Williams, along with Selah Marley, the daughter of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, have also been featured in Vogue Magazine’s 100 ways to wear Gucci. Plus, Saint International model Korey Rowe makes a splash for Yardley. Local News Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rocking NYFW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Rocking-NYFW_73754 As we in Jamaica are preparing for the fabulous and ever- growing Take Style Out (TSO) slated for Thursday, October 6, our Rock stars – notably Alicia Burke, Barbra-Lee Grant, Tami Williams, Kai Newman, Jeneil Williams, Aneita Moore, Shena Moulton and Jalon Wilson are rocking the New York Fashion Week runways. Feast your eyes. Local Lifestyle Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT