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 - A December To Remember http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---A-December-To-Remember_18122412 TWO Saturdays ago, inside the vaulted, wood truss-ceilinged nave of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the St Ann's Bay-based Roman Catholic church -- complete with bell tower, Romanesque arches, and bearded with ivy -- Christopher Mark Goulbourne, general manager at business development and marketing consultancy firm, Monumental Partners, took the French-manicured hand of his belle of almost eight years, Tara Melissa Fraser, regional manager at the iconic patty brand Tastee, in holy matrimony. All Woman Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:00:00 GMT Festive Styling @ Mayberry's Holiday Soiree http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Festive-Styling---Mayberry-s-Holiday-Soiree-_18123896 Mayberry Investments Ltd hosted its black and white holiday soiree last week Wednesday evening at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Local Lifestyle Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT A Star Is Born http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Star-Is-Born_18125456 Santa gifted an early Christmas treat to Saint International model Tami Williams -- the December cover of French ELLE. In the midst of the holiday season, the gamine, fast-rising model is tickled pink with what is undoubtedly a major accomplishment, and considering Williams only just celebrated her 16th birthday in August, it's the icing on the cake of what has been a breakthrough year that saw her strutting international catwalks for top-tier designers at the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion collections in New York, London, Milan and Paris back in September and October. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Dîner en Blanc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/D-ner-en-Blanc_18123839 While Miami Beach is a city defined by white sand beaches, a sea of people dressed in white - 1,200 of them - was certainly an unexpected sight, last week, when the global culinary movement, Dîner en Blanc, landed in Miami for the first time. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Jamaica Biennial 2014... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jamaica-Biennial-2014----_18123835 Critiquing any biennial is always a challenge. Designed as massive temporary exhibitions of work, the scale and variety of work is a lot to absorb and assess in a single visit. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Cocktails With Renée Cox http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With-Renee_18123090 The award-winning provocateur Renée Cox popped into the island, last week, for her Jamaica Biennial 2014 solo exhibition Sacred Geometry, which is now on view at the new Second City extension of the National Gallery of Jamaica, National Gallery West. The Rock-born New York photographer, curator, performance artist and political activist enjoyed a languid respite in the historic eastern capital of Port Antonio, where SO engaged her, over spicy sips of ginger beer, on matters concerning her second love (her first being French-born banker hubby Nicolas Chareton); social engagement; and her unapologetic affinity for the lush, off-the-beaten-track tourist magnet that is Portie. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston — Kimani Beckford   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Kimani-Beckford_18123135 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT A 'Conversations' Starter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A--Conversations--Starter_18123904 COUNT Charles Mattocks as one happy camper. The celebrity chef, who has made appearances on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Talk and Dr Oz, is booking his own date on the small screen as a producer and host of his self-titled culinary lifestyle show, Conversations In The Kitchen With Charles Mattocks, that is tentatively slated to debut in January on local television. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT 'Tis the Season For Hair Tips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Tis-the-Season-For-Hair-Tips-_18117249 It's the season for events galore and regular visits to the hairdresser; little surprise really that conversation at a recent Girls' Night Out inside the Regency Bar & Lounge led from one subject to the next, and then there was hair talk - getting your hair event-ready. Local Lifestyle Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Kreesha Wows http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Kreesha-Wows-_18108891 Kreesha's dazzling smile gets your full attention but so too, does her bouncy, healthy mane and her flawless make-up; and don't get us started on those perfectly arched brows. Your UTD team had to sit the Canadian-Jamaican who's signed by Nick Cannon's Ncredible Entertainment label down to get the beauty deets... Local Lifestyle Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Lessons From Tao http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Lessons-From-Tao-_18123846 Practitioners of yoga had what could be described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas on Tuesday as Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world's oldest yoga instructor at 96 years of age, conducted a master class. Yogi enthusiasts in attendance -- totally oblivious to the heavy rains outside of the confines of the Hanover Room -- drew inspiration from the French-Indian yogi, dancer, oenophilist, former model and actress as she - drawing from her life experiences -- offered hope and shared words of wisdom, at all times conveying her mantra "There is nothing you cannot do". Local Lifestyle Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Which wine for Christmas dinner? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Which-wine-for-Christmas-dinner-_18109295 Have you ever had that food and wine experience where the wine and food actually made each order taste better? It is magical when it happens, but unfortunately that hardly happens by chance, especially with Christmas dinners. Local Lifestyle Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Nick's Tastee http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Nick-s-Tastee_18114383 "It's delicious," shares American entertainer Nick Cannon as he enjoys his first taste of the iconic Tastee patty. "I've heard a lot about the patty and it's as good as I've been told." Local Lifestyle Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Jessica In The Kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jessica-In-The-Kitchen_18112959 Thursday Life readers have asked for more of award-winning Jessica Hylton's vegetarian and vegan recipes. We share more... Local Lifestyle Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Reigning 'Supreme' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Reigning--Supreme--_18120140 We're nibbling on tasty bites from culinary artist Oji Jaja and sipping party-hearty libations at Supreme Ventures client appreciation Christmas do, hosted Wednesday night at the in-demand @twenty three bar housed in the ground floor space of J Wray & Nephew's corporate offices on Dominica Drive in New Kingston. Friday Social takes up the mantle! Local Lifestyle Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Opa! adds Santorini Skylounge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Opa--adds-Santorini-Skylounge_18114240 ?The much-buzzed about Opa! Greek Restaurant has added a skylounge aptly named Santorini. The comfy lounge adjacent to the restaurant was created, according to its affable owner Alexx Antaeus, for life's celebrations in a down-to-earth atmosphere of fun. Local Food Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Eatable! The Best Dressed Chicken 2015 Calendar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Eatable--The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-2015-Calendar_18114261 The Best Dressed Chicken 2015 calendar is out today, and it certainly is a perfect accompaniment to a year of living deliciously. Local Lifestyle Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT AB3: All Blue Beach Bonfire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AB3--All-Blue-Beach-Bonfire_18117663 National Commercial Bank (NCB) boss Patrick Hylton invited valued clients to join him and members of his executive team last Sunday for a day of fun and relaxation at Pearly Beach, Ocho Rios. Local Lifestyle Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Holiday Reality Check for Kids http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Holiday-Reality-Check-for-Kids-_18109065 It's often been said that the Christmas holiday period is best enjoyed by children (or those who are young at heart!) Most youngsters look forward to a visit from Santa Claus, who travels around the world on one special night, rewarding all the good kids with the presents they wished for. Local Lifestyle Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT The 'Business' of Fashion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The--Business--of-Fashion_18083709 Sunday last, the annual Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards 2013 created a fashionable buzz inside The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel lobby as members of The Rock's business community strolled the scarlet carpeting in veritable trend watch of onyx-dominant attire; seasonally unexpected pops of colour; leather and brocade fabrications; ethereally draped, and mullet silhouettes; and decolletage-centric detailing. Local Lifestyle Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Vows - Party Hard for Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Party-Hard-for-Love_18086143 How they met Local Lifestyle Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT The Architectural LEGACY of Our Time http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Architectural-LEGACY-of-Our-Time_18095394 A few weeks ago I was in Paris for meetings which honestly were not going very well. After three days of torturous miscommunication and bad vibes, I left halfway through the workday one day with my tail between my legs. Dear God, get me out of this. Battered and bruised, I felt I had lost my mojo. The depression was particularly acute because I could never imagine that I would ever be sad in Paris. After all, one only need slip down a side street, look around at the well- balanced architecture, order a glass of wine or savour some sweet pastry to be made whole. Yes, it seems perfectly acceptable to be miserable in dreary weather London, but Paris? No way! I stepped out of the offices in the 4th arrondissement and hailed a taxi, "N' import ou. ¤50. Conduissez!" Does not matter where. ¤50 Just drive!" And so it began. My Wednesday afternoon aimless journey around the city. When the meter was around ¤40, my African cab driver asked if I had seen the new Vuitton Contemporary Arts Museum. I had certainly heard of it while was being built. The city had been all abuzz when it was first commissioned 10 years ago, but I had not realised that it had opened. How fortuitous to be in town just a few weeks after it had opened! And so off we were to the outskirts of the city: the Bois de Boulogne Park. Sixty-seven euros later, we arrived at this spectacular glass spaceship that seemed about to take flight. Local Lifestyle Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Nasha’s GNO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Nasha-s-GNO_18097503 Heaven rains were ignored Tuesday evening as some 20 plus friends and associates of Nasha-Monique Douglas, brand manager, Heineken, stepped out in fab style for Girls' Night Out — "a gathering created" according to Douglas -- "to celebrate all of the amazing women in my life and out of the need for positive female interaction... Jamaica is lacking in mentorship and networking opportunities specific to women. Local Lifestyle Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT The Other Side Of... Tour Life http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Other-Side-Of----Tour-Life_18095331 Jodi Stewart heads Down Under with hubby Sean Paul and soon discovers that life is not all 'suite'... Local Lifestyle Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Desmond Austin Marcus Mitchell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston_18095300 You have quite an interesting background... Local Lifestyle Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT