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 Sitting pretty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sitting-pretty_16478309 It's Easter Sunday, and as is customary — dare we say, obligatory — congregants will be observed (and hopefully lensed) taking their Sunday Best from ready-to-wear, run-of-the-mill to couture-level proportions in the name of fashion, healthy rivalry and the good Lord. Hovering about this heightened sartorial parade are the veritable stars of the show, the chapeaux that have been purchased expressly for this unmissable annual outing, unfurled like birds of paradise to sit, perched atop their heady pedestals with hushed reverence. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Escape to silver hill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/ESCAPE-TO-SILVER-HILL Be warned: Getting up to Silver Hill requires stamina — lots of it — and a reliable vehicle. Inhale as the climb continues past Greenwich and The Gap Café and exhale at Café EITS. Exercise a tad more patience — not that much of a challenge, really, as the ascent is spectacular and the rainforest postcard-perfect. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:44:57 GMT Sparkling water villas — A Taste Of Flippie Chic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sparkling-water-villas---A-Taste-Of-Flippie-Chic_16478493 The south coast is thankfully (and we're clutching our pearls to boot), no longer backpack capital. Flippie-chic has crept into the lexicon and where to stay has got a whole lot more stylishly complex. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Brunch In The Mountains http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Brunch-In-The-Mountains_16473765 Although she is an education officer at the Ministry of Education Betsy Davis — aunt of the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt — finds ultimate satisfaction in organic farming and whipping up creative meals. For brunch at Silver Hill last Sunday, Davis was the resident busy bee in the kitchen, chopping, dicing, tossing, steaming and mixing it up for a spread at the table replete with garden-fresh veggie combos and idiosyncratic flavoured dishes. Ahead of pulling up a seat around the table, the bubbly Davis joined SO on the deck to nibble on freshly picked apricots and share her menu. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT 20 Successful Habits I Learned Working For Two Billionaires — Part 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/20-Successful-Habits-I-Learned-Working-For-Two-Billionaires---Part-1-_16474088 I have spent decades being "educated" — in college, graduate school, numerous professional certifications, and now a PhD program. All of that schooling and training helped shape the person I am today, but at no point in my life has there been a more profound education than my time working for Enver Yucel and Oprah Winfrey — Turkish and American, respectively. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT ELLE's Women in Music Issue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/ELLE-s-Women-in-Music-Issue-_16486398 ELLE has released several pictures from its 7th annual Women in Music issue. The issue features various musicians including pop diva Cher and country crooner Kasey Musgraves. The magazine will hit newsstands this Tuesday but is available for digital download now. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston_16426131 Dr Ewart Brown Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails with http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-with-_16478271 It's a balmy Tuesday evening and Best Dressed Brand and Promotions Officer Nikolette Williams has put off her boot-camp training session to meet us for cocktails and convo in air-conditioned comfort at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel's Blend Bar + Lounge. Naturally, she's doffed the sweats and is cocktail-chic for the photo op that awaits, and primed to talk brand awareness, loving Beyoncé, and what's next on her plate. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gardening http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/GARDENING Dear Orchid Doc: Local Arts Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Professor Mervyn Morris named Jamaica's poet laureate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Professor-Mervyn-Morris-named-Jamaica-s-poet-laureate_16490348 HONOUR Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT IT'S A STICK-UP! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-p-IT-S-A-STICK-UP---p---_16468822 Our faithful Under The Dryer readers know only too well that prints, patterns and florals are synonymous with this time of year. After all, it's a given in the fabulous world of fashion and trend-watching. But this season the pattern du jour has been declared to be not only a print, and not just of the animal variety -- but specifically, leopard. Spring/Summer 2014 runways were awash in this feline staple and not just in the traditional colour combo of yellow and black, but you'll be seeing this print in unusual and exciting colour combinations which have given a modern refresh to this variety of animal print. With this in mind, we sat with make-up guru Racquel Jenkins Moss-Solomon at her Pinnacle Pointe command centre, where she distilled this trend into fun lip foci using tattoo lip stickers. Jenkins Moss-Solomon recommends packing a strip or two with you during this party-heavy carnival season, to keep your beauty looks current and edgy. With such a collective interest in these fun lip accessories lately, your Get The Look team suggests you start stocking up from now, to keep yourself ahead of the pack. Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT CHOCO-MANIA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/CHOCO-MANIA_16492506 It's the big Easter weekend and we've had chocolate on the mind for some time now (blame it on an overactive dopamine release). We're about to up the ante with a full sensory explosion, thanks to our friends at Adam & Eve Spa & Salon, who've added chocolate-infused facial and body treatments for cacao enthusiasts at their well-appointed facility. Following in the pedicured footsteps of Madonna and Victoria Beckham, the genetically blessed Cortia Bingham, the spa's brand ambassador, takes us on a visual tour that will surely ignite the Willy Wonka in you! Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT WHAT A BACCHANAL! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/WHAT-A-BACCHANAL-_16473292 Trinidadian soca artiste Destra's energetic presence last Friday at Mas Camp was the perfect end to a series that gave the soca set a reason, each week, to keep the carnival flag flying high. This Digicel-hosted wrap night saw the National Stadium-adjacent venue being filled to capacity by socaphiles from all walks of life as they showed appreciation for the performance set and euphoric string of deejay selections. As we continue our countdown to the Bacchanal Jamaica Road March on April 27, your Saturday Social street team shines the spotlight on the finale that was. Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT C'mon, Get 'Happy' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/C-mon--Get--Happy-_16477627 The song Make Someone Happy, from the 1960 Broadway musical Do Re Mi, served as the theme of the Jamaica Theological Seminary's (JTS') concert -- a fund-raising effort held under the patronage of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen -- at the University Chapel, UWI, Mona, last Sunday evening. Proceeds of the concert will aid the JTS in constructing a much-needed learning facility for students with disabilities. Classical soloist Ana Strachan, guitarist Samuele Vivian and The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica took patrons on a special musical journey through the French countryside, over the Ponte Vecchio in the Tuscan capital, and back to The Rock, down the Martha Brae. Strachan, known for her extraordinary vocal range, performed crowd-pleasing selections as O mio babbino caro from the Italian opera Buoso Donati, and Frank Loesser's tongue-twisting Can't Stop Talking About Him from the 1950 movie Let's Dance. Meanwhile, Vivian, a lecturer in the School of Music at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, with his version of Bob Marley's Redemption Song, thrilled the audience with the sweet melodies of his strings. Saturday Social reports from the front pew. Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Partying @ TRIPLE CENTURY http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Partying-at-TRIPLE-CENTURY_16486431 Your Saturday Social team shares highlights from the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum sponsored Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Live Draft and After Party which took place at Chris Gayle's Triple Century Sports Bar. Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Paul Brunson: 20 Successful Habits I learned working for two billionaires http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Paul-Brunson--20-Successful-Habits-I-learned-working-for-two-billionaires KINGSTON, Jamaica – I have spent decades being “educated” — in college, graduate school, numerous professional certifications, and now a PhD programme, says Paul Brunson. All of that schooling and training helped shape the person I am today, but at no point in my life has there been a more profound education than my time working for Enver Yucel and Oprah Winfrey — Turkish and American, respectively. Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:35:10 GMT Welcome back to Australia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Welcome-back-to-Australia_16486396 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been at each other's sides throughout their royal tour, but Kate left Prince William to meet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott by himself on Thursday afternoon. Prince William greeted the PM in the drawing room of Admiralty House, the official residence of the Governor-General in Sydney. Mr. Abbott told the Duke of Cambridge about the great spirit of the Rural Fire Service and mentioned his own work with the volunteer brigade during their meeting. Prince William had visited Winmalee in the Blue Mountains earlier in the day. Winmalee was the scene of terrible devastation by bushfires last October and the duke remarked to Mr Abbott how stoic the survivors who'd told him their stories had been. William said of his trip to the Blue Mountains: 'It was a very good day. There were some incredible stories.' Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - Straight To The Heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Straight-To-The-Heart_16450372 It was a deliberately slow, but rewarding, march towards love for Brian Kong and Candice Newman. The lovebirds, who tied the knot last month in a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel's Starlight Terrace, however finally found their destiny in each other. All Woman Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Making Financial Sacrifices http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Making-Financial-Sacrifices_16477750 At this time of year, many people all around the world commemorate Easter, when they focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Christian faith, Jesus' ultimate sacrifice of His life brought salvation to a weary and sinful world. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chefs on Show -- Cooking with Wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chefs-on-Show----Cooking-with-Wine_16469189 Last week a group of us descended on the lawns on The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel to support the "Chefs on Show" event aimed at funding our national culinary team's attendance at this year's Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition. A number of chefs including the reigning chef of the year, Brian Lumley, along with Mark Cole, Dennis McIntosh, Jacqui Tyson, Theo Smith, Anthony Walters, David Kay and Lorraine Fung, to name a few, were on hand to serve up some delicious dishes. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: 'Game Day Dog' at Tracks & Records http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Game-Day-Dog--at-Tracks---Records_16466338 The upper deck dining room of Tracks & Records rolled out the welcome carpet last Tuesday evening to the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel, introducing their adventurous palates to the sports bar's just-launched delicious range of hot dogs. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Culinary Super 'Nova' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Culinary-Super--Nova-_16445266 As one of the capital city's finer dining establishments, Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel takes no shortcuts to culinary excellence: it's either top-flight fare or a no-go. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chefs on Show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chefs-on-Show_16454672 There was good food, great wine and a marvellous time had by all at the third annual Chefs on Show, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last Wednesday. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT It's A Wrap! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/It-s-A-Wrap--_16469398 With our first season of Two Sisters and a Meal coming to a close last Sunday, April, 13,we could think of no better way to celebrate the exciting exploration of our lovely island home than by putting together our personal list of Most Memorable Moments of Season 1. Thank you for joining us on this remarkable journey, showcasing our people, our food and our culture. We'll be back for a second season with more fabulous stories later this year on TVJ. Without further ado we list now our Top 10: Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT How Posh stays fit at 40 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/How-Posh-stays-fit-at-40-_16463880 She turns on April 17, but Victoria Beckham's latest eccentric health and exercise regimen reveal that her appetite for reinvention is greater than ever. Local Lifestyle Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT