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 greatest show on earth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-greatest-show-on-earth_18480027 The centuries-old tradition of playing mas dispatched the clarion call to the global contingent of bacchanalists for the annual pilgrimage to Trinidad and Tobago to pay homage to the soca genre and all the rapturous frenzy that accompanies it. Dwayne Watkins, wedding and lifestyle photog extraordinaire -- with his TeamDWP Studios associate shutterbug Steven McFarlane in tow -- returns to capture the explosion of rhythmic movement and multicoloured displays at the Dirty Dozen J'Ouvert as well as the Carnival Monday experience inside Limin' Professionalz: The Syndicate band, and the Carnival Tuesday hurrah alongside YUMA revellers. SO 'chips' through the bustling landscape of capital city Port of Spain, hanging on to the lyrical coat-tails of the current season's chart-toppers. Local Lifestyle Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With — Sharmadean Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Sharmadean-Reid_18478885 We caught up with Jamaican/Londoner, WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid, who was briefly in town for New York Fashion Week and All-Star Weekend at Nike's Inside Access Studio, where she was the only female on a panel featuring top athletes and designers. Local Lifestyle Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Gardening — Feb 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---Feb-28 Dear Orchid Doc: Help! My orchids are sick. The underside of the dendrobium leaves are dark brown and it won't rub off. Can you tell me what to do, please? Local Lifestyle Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:03 GMT DARK & LOVELY http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/DARK---LOVELY_18470550 Allison's gorgeous skin tone lends itself to hues of deep red, plum and violet. Local Lifestyle Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Diageo West Coast Execs On The Rock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Diageo-West-Coast-Execs-On-The-Rock_18467350 With Red Stripe Managing Director Cedric Blair as their host a great time was had by the team of Diageo WestLAC execs during their visit to Kingston. Local Lifestyle Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT The Bread Necessity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Bread-Necessity-_18464882 Allison Moss-Solomon, public relations brand manager at J Wray and Nephew, is craving bread. On the return leg of the round-the-island bus tour of St Lucia, she hints, cajoles, beseeches, and even takes to calling her export director colleague Mark Nelson 'uncle', to secure a stop to satiate the yen for freshly made baked goods. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT ‘Senty’s’ seafood offerings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-SENTY-S--SEAFOOD-OFFERINGS_18467165 The parish of St Elizabeth (fondly known as 'Saint E', 'Senty' and 'St Bess') is named after Lady Elizabeth Modyford and was once the largest parish in Jamaica, which later was divided into Manchester and Westmoreland. Local Food Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SOCA FLOWER http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SOCA-FLOWER_18466859 If you are searching for an unusual Carnival look, then this one is definitely for you. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT On His Mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-On-His-Mark_18465631 Touted by colleagues as one who can throw down in the kitchen, J Wray & Nephew export trade director Mark Nelson was expectedly gung-ho when Thursday Life suggested we venture into Gros Islet for a taste of traditional food. It could not have been better scripted as last Sunday was St Lucia's Independence Day. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Winners' Circle - February 19 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Winners--Circle---February-19_18460647 Smart Eggs Brand Manager Tina Hamilton (centre) presented gift bags each stocked with a drinking mug, a water bottle and a T-shirt to (from left) Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries senior secretary Everette Barton; Sagicor Life Jamaica's associate actuary Shayna Stennett-Jones (collecting for her husband, Delta Supply Company Limited's inventory clerk Phillip Jones); Envision Solutions Limited's customer service representative Patricia Mason; Imperial Optical's optical dispenser Tracy-Ann Evans-Passley; Jamaica Library Service secretary Georgia Brown; and Jetaway Travel Service Limited's travel agent Pamela Fenton Reese, at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. The five women (not including recipient Shayna Stennett-Jones) were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to answer the question - What's the Smart Eggs tag line? The correct response was: 'Eat Smart, Live Smart!' In addition to their gift bags, the winners will receive a Smart Eggs gift certificate on Thursday, February 26 2015. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Giving Up On Your Goal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Giving-Up-On-Your-Goal_18466813 Kimberly rolled over and looked at her bedside clock with dismay. The jarring alarm had jolted her from a blissful dream and she reluctantly swung her legs onto the floor. It was getting increasingly difficult for her to rise each morning and she longed to stay in bed for one more hour. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Goût de France/ Good France comes to Kingston, Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Go-t-de-France--Good-France-comes-to-Kingston--Jamaica_18466859 The Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel has established The Regency Room as not only one of Kingston's chicest spaces, but also one that offers an exceptional dining experience. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Let Them Eat (Cassava) Cake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Let-Them-Eat--Cassava--Cake_18466790 There's a pervasive familiarity with the cassava by-product, bammy, in Jamaica. But did you know there were fruit variations running the gamut from mango, banana, apple and raisin, to chocolate-covered cassava cakes that are quite popular in St Lucia? Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT #SOBEWFF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SOBEWFF_18466781 This past weekend saw the 14th annual staging of the largest food and beverage event of its kind just 90 minutes flying time from Kingston, Jamaica. The 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF), presented by Food & Wine, consisted of more than 75 different events spanning four days to ensure that there was something for everyone. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT BRANDED - Guinness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/BRANDED---Guinness_18467103 There's a lot of strategic planning and creativity behind ensuring that consumers choose a Diageo beverage over the competitors'. It's a methodology that Brand Manager Andrew Anguin must perfect to stay ahead. The newly appointed brand manager for Stouts shares with Branded some on-the-job insights. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Campari Crazy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Campari-Crazy_18467187 It's a red-hot love affair between St Lucia and Campari. Despite a population of under 200,000 residents, statistical data has revealed that the Caribbean island has the most consumption of the Italian-created aperitif anywhere in the world. But why? Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Vows http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows_18413381 Don't know much about History, All Woman Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Art & Style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Art--amp--Style_18419823 The international gastronomic society -- Chaîne des Rôtisseurs -- brought to Kingston's waterfront an afternoon of fine art, fine dining and fine wine at Sunday brunch, aptly titled "A Trilogy of Art". All Woman Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Spotted! - Matthew 'Mateo' Harris http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted-_18420151 We could not have scripted it better! The setting was exquisite -- Round Hill Hotel & Villas' annual Sugar Cane Ball. And he certainly looked the part: tall, dark and shockingly handsome! Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Glitz & Glam at the Sugar Cane Ball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Glitz---Glam-at-the-Sugar-Cane-Ball_18411219 On the day of romance last Saturday, the Hanover Charities Sugar Cane Ball hosted its 58th annual iteration, thematically christened 'A Red Carpet Affair: A Valentine's of Glitz and Glam' at the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Kai's 'RIVER' Runs Deep http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Kia-s--RIVER--Runs-Deep_18352002 THERE's no stopping Kai Newman. The teen model phenom's career is in overdrive as she continues to land advertising campaigns for major fashion brands (Tommy Hilfiger, check; Kenneth Cole, check), all while sashaying down designer runways at the just-concluded New York Fashion Week. Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With — Josina Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Josina-Jackson_18420110 We're enjoying cocktails at the Liguanea Club with certified Supreme Court mediator Josina Jackson, who, prior to her career switch, worked for years in the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. There's more to learn about; for starters, what she's drinking and how she got the name Josina... Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ready For De Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ready-For-De-Road_18420300 MAKE-UP artist Antoinette Bailey takes us on a Carnival Road March; first things first, though, we've got to get ready for de road... Local Lifestyle Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT A Very Special Valentine's http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Very-Special-Valentine-s_18414017 Desron Graham, bank manager at the NCB Boulevard Branch, celebrated his 40th birthday in fine style, on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, at the picturesque Oasis on the Oxford in New Kingston. Local Lifestyle Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT '50 Shades' for Charity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-50-Shades--for-Charity_18400060 The Optimist Club of North St Andrew hosted patrons at a grand Valentine premiere of this season's most talked-about romantic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey last Thursday at Palace Amusement's Carib 5 cinema in aid of the club's charities. Helen G Events rolled out the red carpet welcoming guests and fans of the movie to indulge in GraceKennedy libations and nibble on Pastry Passion red velvet cupcakes. Saturday Social shares the highlights. Local Lifestyle Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT