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 The Hair of the Party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Hair-of-the-Party_17773055 The oh-so stylish attendees of the all-inclusive Heroes' Weekend party, 'XVII', held last week Friday in upper St Andrew, kicked off the holiday-party season's hair trends with a bang -- from mohawks to faux-hawks, big curls, vibrant hair colour and quirky hair accessories, our list of trends to watch cater to all hair types and style inclinations. Get inspired and let your hair be your best accessory this party season. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT BLONDE AMBITION http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/BLONDE-AMBITION_17773065 We love publicist Trizan Chung Ying's double-blonde 'do so much we just had to help you get it. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Au Revoir From Opa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Au-Revoir-From-Opa-_17794165 The Ambassador of Brazil to Jamaica, Antonio F Da Costa eSilva and Opa! Director Alexx Antaeus hosted a dinner party featuring delectable Greek fare to bid farewell, over excellent food and wine, to Her Excellency Godelieve Van Den Bergh, Belgium's Ambassador to Jamaica. The Ambassador's two-year tenure on The Rock concludes at the end of this month. Saturday Social RSVP'd and brings you the highlights. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT ‘The Queen’ Holds Court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-The-Queen--Holds-Court_17795342 THE life of music legend Marcia Griffiths would make a heck of a page-turning biography that would include possible insider stories about working with Bob Marley as a one-part of the I-Threee, the how-to's of creating duet magic with Beres Hammond, behind-the-scenes tales of Studio One, travelling the world, and life lessons learned after a 50-year music journey. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - The Wright Love Story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---The-Wright-Love-Storyy_17754903 "Now I've got you in my space All Woman Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Frenchmen delights! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Frenchmen-delights--_17788460 Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean sea, the premier event of the annual Heroes' weekend, Frenchmen, was held on the pristine white sands of Pearly Beach, St Ann. Cabanas, elevated multi-level sponsor booths, delectable delights, an LED DJ set-up, make-up courtesy of Paul Marsh and many Johnnie Walker and Red Stripe offerings, were the order of the day. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT An Au Revoir @ Opa! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/An-Au-Revoir---Opa--_17782927 'Opa!' is what Greeks exclaim in a time of celebration or when expressing joy and gratitude. It's a term that would perhaps aptly reference the two-year tenure of Ambassador of Belgium to Jamaica, Godelieve Van Den Bergh. The ambassador's tour of duty comes to an end in October, at which time she'll return to Brussels. To honour the departing ambassador, Antonio F Da Costa eSilva, Brazil's Ambassador to Jamaica, and producer/restaurateur Alexx Antaeus hosted a farewell dinner party Monday last at the latter's celebrated Greek eatery, Opa! Greek Restaurant and SkyLounge. The table resembled that of a United Nations delegation (think: Brazil, Russia, United States, Chile, Greece and Jamaica). Local Food Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Food Reminiscing on Diwali http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Food-Reminiscing-on-Diwali_17760750 Today, thousands of persons of Indian descent across the region will be lighting small clay lamps filled with oil, candles and artificial chain lights in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light. Houses and public spaces are decorated with small earthen lamps called diyas, signifying the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali focuses on embracing one's inner light, to dispel physical and mental darkness. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Jamaica - The Bartender Competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Taste-of-Jamaica---The-Bartender-Competition_17784065 I was asked to be the head judge for the bartender competition section in the recently held Best Dressed Chicken Taste of Jamaica - A culinary competition put on by the Culinary Federation of Jamaica. Overall, the event had just over 250 participants working in teams or individually vying for a range of titles including the following: Chef/Junior of the Year; Junior Apprentice Chef of the Year; Pastry Chef of the Year and Bartender of the Year. This event also serves as part of the selection process for the Jamaican team to enter the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition to be held in Miami in June 2015. Local Food Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Success Breeds Success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Success-Breeds-Success_17783852 Last week we discussed the importance of throwing aside your reservations when it comes to creating independent sources of income. As the saying goes, "Fortune favours the bold;" so if you need to earn more to pay bills and achieve your goals, you have to become courageous in trying to make money. Local Business Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT On A 'Mission' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/On-A--Mission-_17708027 Drama, dresses and diva tantrums are back for the fourth season of executive producer and host Keneea Linton-George's hit reality designer competition show, Mission Catwalk, subtitled this year -- 'The High Fashion Edition'. Local Lifestyle Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Spotted! - Malcolm Gladwell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted----Malcolm-Gladwell_17755229 THE British-born, Canadian-raised (of Jamaican-British parentage) Malcolm Gladwellwrites for The New Yorker magazine and is a New York Times best-selling author. Gladwell's books include The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What The Dog Saw, (an anthology of his New Yorker pieces), and his latest which enjoyed a 2013 release -- David and Goliath. The New York City-based Gladwell is also an award-winning journalist, speaker and marathoner. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Gladwell Engagement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Gladwell-Engagement_17765502 From early Monday afternoon into late evening could aptly be engraved as positively stimulating. The University of the West Indies, Mona hosted 'Malcolm Gladwell: A Conversation'. Yes, THE Malcolm Gladwell. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Let's Party! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Let-s-Party--_17767288 Debonair charmer. Business mogul. Party-hearty promoter. Man about town. Many labels can be ascribed to Kamal Bankay, but last Thursday, the one most fitting was 'birthday celebrant' as the Dream Entertainment director-cum-DJ celebrated his 35th year of life with a rollicking do at Ribbiz Lounge, where he is one-third of a business partnership with Brian 'Ribbi' Chung and Don Creary. SO gives you party access. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Jeremy Whittaker http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jeremy-Whittaker-_17753568 Congratulations on the release of your debut feature film Destiny. When did the idea for the movie originate? Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Sher Bridgeman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Sher-Bridgeman_17767712 A broken ankle is not about to put the kibosh on Sher Bridgeman sliding on a pair of fab golden stilettos. Meeting us for Friday afternoon cocktails at the lounge at the Spanish Court Hotel, the assistant vice-president of business development at Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Limited doffs the sandals in favour of heels for her close-up moment with our lens. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Australians cheer Flanagan's Booker Prize win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Australians-cheer-Flanagan-s-Booker-Prize-win_17767328 LONDON (AP) — Australian literature-lovers cheered last Wednesday after Richard Flanagan won the prestigious Booker Prize with a visceral story of wartime brutality and its aftermath - a novel the head of the judging team said was as powerful as a kick in the stomach. Local Arts Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Time for Him at Totally Male Club Spa Salon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Time-for-Him-at-Totally-Male-Club-Spa-Salon_17748851 It's Heroes' Weekend and we're dedicating this issue to the male heroes in our lives. Follow us to Totally Male Club Spa Salon, the experts on all barber and spa services for men. Local Lifestyle Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT And... Action! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/And----Action--_17752957 A potent mix of music stars, thespians, film-makers, sports personalities, and naturally, supportive friends and family was out for the premiere of director Jeremy Whittaker's debut feature film Destiny at the Carib 5 cinema on Monday evening. We're back on the red carpet with more highlights. Local Lifestyle Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Soulful Wrap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Soulful-Wrap_17748749 The musical feast at Soul in the Sun Music Festival continued on Saturday night with delightful and energetic performances from Richie Stephens, Regina Belle, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Jeffrey Osbourne. The silky, smooth deliveries had patrons inside the Rose Hall Aqueduct on their feet rocking to the hits of the '80s and '90s. The festival closed with a 'cooling down' beach party at the Seawind Beach Club on Sunday with DJs Turbo, Squeeze and 'The Captain' Collin Hines guiding the musical journey and bringing a fitting end to the birth of a new music festival in the second city. Page 2 was on call for the delivery. Local Lifestyle Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - Sea of Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Sea-of-Love_17703662 Love doesn't ask why All Woman Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT For Good Food, Great Taste & Good Health http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/For-Good-Food--Great-Taste---Good-Health_17748171 The less-than-auspicious start of Badia Spices in a non-descript store in Miami, by Cuban immigrants who mixed their herbs and spices by hand, has made way 30 years later to Badia Spices, an internationally acclaimed brand whose products are used by professional chefs and cooks worldwide. Local Food Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: The ‘House’ Wins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The--House--Wins_17746832 As good as ice cream gets at Kingston landmark Devon House, the historic property is far more than home to dairy-divine licks. Think beyond scoops of Bordeaux cherry, butter almond, Devon Stout or strawberry swirl, and the trip to the Waterloo Road address affords one a six-fold culinary exercise worth taking. Local Food Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Wine — There are lots of apps for that http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Wine----There-are-lots-of-apps-for-that_17739650 Most wine lovers have been in a situation where they are out for dinner or visiting friends, taste a really great wine, write down the info on a piece of paper which can never be found later. Thankfully there are several technology solutions out there. For starters, how about using your smartphone to snap a photo of the wine's label? Local Food Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Rocking Brand Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Rocking-Brand-Jamaica_17729267 The dress code on invites to the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) 46th Annual Awards banquet held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last Thursday evening prompted guests to opt for local designers. Many heeded the fashion dictate, hitting the red carpet in support of Brand Jamaica in Rock-styled threads from Sandra Kennedy, Lubica, Carlton Brown, Spokes Apparel, drennaLUNA, Kaysian Bourke, Neah Lis, and a host of burgeoning names to watch. Local Lifestyle Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT