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 Making Explorations at The National Gallery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Making-Explorations-at-The-National-Gallery_19220874 The capital's hallowed art space -- the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston -- was a visually arresting backdrop last Sunday for the all-female artist exhibition titled Explorations 3 Seven Women Artists. Local Lifestyle Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Shore Enough http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Shore-Enough-_19221564 Cresting high tide at the famous 'Makka' beach in Southhaven, Yallahs in Saint Thomas, the Jamaican leg of the Makka Pro International Surfing Contest was a showdown of gnarly, whitewater prowess for the 32 local and international surfers competing last weekend in open, junior, women and amateur categories. Engineered by Jamaica Surfing Association President Billy Wilmot, the two-day event saw spectators making a beeline to the pebble-strewn coastline to soak up all tube-riding carves, drop-ins and cut-backs nestled between a picturesque canopy of bright azure, and a blanket of foamy aquamarine. SO exchanges shaka signs with the glorious beach life... Local Lifestyle Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails - Victoria Rowell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails---Victoria-Rowell_19221303 Actress Victoria Rowell shares a similar firecracker spirit fans might recall of her character Drucilla Winters in the long-running hit CBS soap opera The Young and The Restless. A classically trained dancer with the American Ballet Theater, Rowell has lightning-quick smarts and isn't afraid to ham it up -- turning a glass lamp shade into a pretend oversized goblet for our photo shoot. She is candid, too, and unhesitatingly opens up to us as we sit for convo around the table in the Jamaica Observer's boardroom last Monday afternoon. On The Rock for matters both business (a soap opera concept is being shopped around) and personal (she's trying to locate the Jamaican father she never knew), she is ready to talk -- without any alcoholic lubrication as she's not a drinker -- and we're primed to listen. Local Lifestyle Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT MY KINGSTON - Nicholas and Dominic Chung http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MY-KINGSTON---Nicholas--left--and-Dominic-Chung_19221267 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Calling All Heroes: Atticus Finch and Bill Cosby Need Not Apply http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Calling-All-Heroes---Atticus-Finch-and-Bill-Cosby-Need-Not-Apply_19221620 Never has the cause of racism been advanced as it has in post-racial America. Yes, well, how uppity of us to think that black lives mattered in this post-racial age, what with the first black president of the United States of America being elected, not once but twice. How simple-minded of us to have thought that an event of such moment would have explained the meaning of that immortal prayer by so-called reformed felon Rodney King, himself an icon of the state of race relations after the 1992 LA riots: Can't we all just get along? Local Lifestyle Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Country Store Living http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Country-Store-Living There' s a quaint appeal about Count r y Store located in Richmond, Llandovery , St Ann. It's the k ind of lure that forced Thursday Life, a few Sundays ago, to pull over . Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:28:09 GMT Blue Ridge - Trays of Tasty Fare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Blue-Ridge---Trays-of-Tasty-Fare-_19221261 It was a no-brainer, really: the searing heat in Kingston vs a drive to Salt Hill to lunch at a new restaurant. Reservations confirmed for noon and directions in hand, we cut it close and have 45 minutes to get there. Local Food Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Investing in Jamaica - A Diaspora Perspective http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Investing-in-Jamaica---A-Diaspora-Perspective_19220875 I often receive emails from people living in the Diaspora who express their commitment to this country, and share their concerns for it. Recently, an overseas reader asked me to recommend some investment solutions that would be appropriate for Jamaicans living overseas. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Keep Walking... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Keep-Walking---_19219846 The Tryall Club mixologists Keron Hayles (left) and Delroy Glenn were kept busy last Friday evening at the Johnnie Walker Golf Classic Welcome Reception which was held at the Tryall Club House. Thursday Life naturally refused to leave without the recipes. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT BRANDED - Krystle Graham-Haynes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/BRANDED---Krystle-Graham-Haynes_19221025 Thursday Life (TL):How did you land this job? Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Summer Sips... Part 4 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Summer-Sips----Part-4_19220872 Will this heat ever end? Not anytime soon, but my list of top picks for the summer wines will end this week with a few from Select Brands. I reached out to Tania McConnell and Debra Taylor of the Select Brands management team and I also spoke to Gillian Ferguson, general manager of Uncorked, who has an exclusive list of wines from the Select Brands portfolio, to get a feel of what was a hit for the summer. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Who will cop the coveted title Chef of The Year? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Who-will-cop-the-coveted-title-Chef-of-The-Year- Chef Jason Peru — Lamb loin with green pea purée, pumpkin Local Food Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:47:28 GMT Heading DOWN… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Heading-DOWN- We made a few stops on our way to Papine. The first was at One Love, where we raised a toast with co-owner Hoover Harris and another to farmer Alvin Mais, who lost his entire crop of vegetables but, thankfully, still has a roof over his head. Like Mais, we look forward to rain, which will allow this enterprising farmer to pick up the pieces. Local Food Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:39:40 GMT And The Caribbean's Next Top Model Is...? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/And-The-Caribbean-s-Next-Top-Model-Is----_19221057 For now, it's all quite hush-hush. Scores of model aspirants from the 14 parishes of Jamaica feigned indifference to the scorching heat for a midday go-see at the Formal Gardens of Devon House last Saturday in an attempt to secure a spot on the Caribbean's premier model competition and reality show. Already in its sophomore season, the Caribbean's Next Top Model (CNTM) competition aims to scout close to 30 models from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and the Cayman Islands. The reality show, slated for a second-season premiere in October, will boast title sponsors and cable and communications giant Flow. Thursday Social shares highlights from the event. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Winners' Circle - July 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Winners--Circle---July-30-_19220999 Associated Manufacturers Limited Group Marketing Director Sean Garbutt (second right) presented Walkerswood gift packages of Hot & Spicy Jerk Seasoning, West Indian Curry Paste, Sorrell Chutney, Las' Lick Jerk Sauce, One Stop Sauce, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce, Jonkanoo Pepper Sauce and Hot Mustard Pepper Sauce to (from left) Allison Roberts, underwriter at GK General; Sylviana Johnson, immigration officer at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, and Julett Grant, administrative assistant at the Registrar General's Department at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. The women were three of the six winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first readers to accurately answer the question: What is the name of Walkerswood's new sauce, and where do we have a current promotion with this sauce? The correct response is the Walkerswood Spicy Guava BBQ Sauce at all Island Grill outlets. Missing from the presentation was Dr Juliet Lee. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Vows - Right by Your Side http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Right-by-Your-Side_19219918 I found a dream that I can speak to; All Woman Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Trending: Minimalism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Trending--Minimalism_19219598 Whether it's for closet therapy or a wardrobe rejuvenation, we look to the fashion capitals each season for inspiration and hot new trends. Black, white, and blush are the dominant shades of summer, and for those of us who must have colour, pastel hues and exuberant colour schemes are making a case for the months leading up to Fall. In addition, luxurious fabric themes that include chic chiffons and lusty lace form the perfect frame for these polished designs. With a keen eye for worldly trends, and the determination to compete with the giants, our local designers prove we can do it too. With figure-flattering looks from the runway, and designs to rival the best of the best, AW Fashion wraps our CFW runway recall. Local Lifestyle Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: The Star in Our Midst http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Star-in-Our-Midst_19220326 ONE of our most treasured annual rituals is attending the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) pre-dawn Easter Sunday concert. For the last decade, it has been our stand-in for church services celebrating the Resurrection. It's always a rousing and festive occasion, between the spiritually inspired dance performances and the charismatic choir leaning in to their full gospel sound. Audiences leave bopping, smiling and elated. NDTC gets you in a celebratory mood. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston — Bari Moncrieffe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Bari-Moncrieffe_19220209 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Tamara Noel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Tamara-Noel_19220318 It's the eve of opening night for the National Dance Theatre Company's 53rd season, and principal dancer Tamara Noel is meeting us for Thursday afternoon cocktails at the Spanish Court Hotel. A 13-year veteran with the iconic dance company, Noel, whose day job is a production services executive with Carlong Publishing, settles into the hotel's Red Room to wax poetic about her love of dance and reveal what's in store for the company's season. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sweet, Sweet, Spa Retreat! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sweet--Sweet--Spa-Retreat_19219704 Fresh from a recent trade visit to Las Vegas where she was introduced to the latest in beauty products, The Face Place proprietor Marie Hall-Smith naturally brought back a few new cosmetic products for her customers. One of our favourite go-to R&R abodes now offers the Eco-fin paraffin treatment; an exclusive line of Lalicious body butters, scrubs and creams; and a burst of new colours from the essie Summer 2015 polish & gel collection. Your Under the Dryer glam squad presents another week of fabulous summer must-haves. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT ECO-FIN: The New Wave http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/ECO-FIN--The-New-Wave_19220631 The age-old methods of paraffin treatments are so last century. The Face Place introduces a new eco-friendly way to soothe your joints and enhance your skin's natural moisture. eco-fin is better than paraffin, and offers rich blend of palm, soy, jojoba and organic coconut oils, shea butter, vitamin E and essential oils. By applying the hot gloves, the eco-fin wax delivers rich moisturizers that leave the skin soft and supple. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Now or Neon! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Now-or-Neon_19220630 Whether you are with the trends with pastel hues or fierce and feisty with traditional pops of colours, a fresh manicure, will always do the trick. In fact, a manicure at least twice each month is exactly what the doctor orders, and you dare not miss your appointment. Inspired by hot summer days that transition into fun-filled nights, essie's Summer 2015 collection presents six polish and six gel shades that are here to rule the season. We demonstrate with saltwater happy. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT SO Gardening - July 26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening---July-26_19219747 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Hanover - Brunch By Rhona at Bumper’s Nest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Taste-of-Hanover-Bumper-s-Nest_19219979 Thursday Life took up residence in Hanover last weekend where we enjoyed gourmet fare in the luxurious setting of Bumper's Nest at the Tryall Club and also on the beach at Pachie's, the Culinary Gem for the parish. Join us as we eat our way across our beloved island, parish by parish. Local Food Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT