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 Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at dad’s death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Nicole-Kidman-reveals-heartbreak-at-dad-s-death_17654273 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers. Local Lifestyle Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ed Sullivan statue stolen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ed-Sullivan-statue-stolen_17657065 LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating the theft of a solid bronze statue of Ed Sullivan from an outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Local Lifestyle Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT MORGAN: ‘Can’t believe’ Wal-mart blaming him http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MORGAN---Can-t-believe--Wal-mart-blaming-him_17657126 NEWARK, NJ (AP) — Tracy Morgan is responding to allegations made by Wal-Mart in his lawsuit over a highway crash earlier this year that killed one of his friends. Local Lifestyle Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT At the call of Calabar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/At-the-call-of-Calabar-_17641917 Here, Sir! Here, Sir! Here, Sir! Local Lifestyle Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - It Was Destiny En Route to the Altar… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/It-Was-Destiny-En-Route-to-the-Altar-_17510698 Collette Hinds and Robert Kelly were the kind of high school classmates who, despite seeing each other every day, lived in two different worlds: Kelly, as the captain of the Manning Cup team, was a popular kid in school, while Hinds considered herself to have been “too much of a nerd” to be noticed by him, shares Hinds with Vows. All Woman Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Discount Happy! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Discount-Happy_17616049 What started as a litmus test to boost the slowed post-back-to-school sales of The Rock's retailers is now an official must-shop calendar event. Six years in, and a name change later (ditching the original Jamaica Observer Celebrates Fashion's Night Out moniker for the re-titled Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out), the economic-lifting initiative that this newspaper's Senior Associate Editor - Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte introduced to our shores -- backed by Observer Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart and his director daughter Jaime Stewart-McConnell and then Managing Director Ed Khoury -- after she keenly observed major customer traffic being generated in the Big Apple's department stores in 2009 during an overseas trip that coincided with the Fashion's Night Out launch of the one-night-only sales bonanza event masterminded by American Vogue editor Anna Wintour to counter the recession impacting cash registers at retail stores at the time in the Land of the Free. Local Lifestyle Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Last Call In Paris http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Last-Call-In-Paris-_17615836 Four fashion capitals, four weeks of high drama down the runway. The month-long global marathon of designer showcases for the Spring/Summer 2015 season that began earlier this month in New York before hopscotching to London, shifting to Milan, has made its traditional curtain call in Paris. Local Lifestyle Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Toya Taylor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Toya-Taylor_17614040 Always one to step out ever so fashionably on the social scene, Toya Taylor is her own walking style statement. It's none too surprising for us to learn then that the spunky, cute-as-a-button advertising sales executive is venturing into the fashion designing realm. We meet for drinks at Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel's Regency Bar and Lounge -- a preferred watering hole of hers -- to get the deets. Local Lifestyle Sun, 28 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Yukio Ueno http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Yukio-Ueno-_17613894 What's your favourite place in Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gardening - Sept 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening_17599108 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bargain Make-up! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Bargain-Make-up_17594275 Looking for new, good-quality make-up that won't break the bank? Your search ends October 2nd - look no further than beauty supply stores participating in Take Style Out to get everything you need to feel beautiful at a discounted price. Local Lifestyle Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Hair in a Bundle! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Hair-in-a-Bundle-_17599238 Take Style Out (TSO) has got you covered from head to toe -- everything you need to get glammed up will be discounted at participating locations islandwide on Thursday, October 2nd -- leaving you with enough cash to go out the Friday after in your brand-new attire. Ahead of the big night, Under the Dryer's got the scoop on where you can find the finest quality, 100% virgin hair on sale during our one-night-only event in both Kingston and Montego Bay! Local Lifestyle Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - A Chance at Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---A-Chance-at-Love_17559204 What are the odds of meeting your future husband in the middle of a crowded dance floor? Pretty good, is the response of newly-weds Shakara Foster-Brown, physiotherapist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, and Courtney Brown, operations engineer at Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd. Their chance encounter at a party in 2008 led them to the altar. Vows shares the love story. All Woman Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaican Creating culinary waves in berlin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jamaican-Creating-culinary-waves-in-berlin_17584676 Berlin is the shameless city of deviance and decadence. There is no such thing as a closed door. The art scene is original, courageous and edgy. The music scene is cosmopolitan and complete — all genres and subgenres are over — represented. The club scene is frenetic. Whereas New York is undoubtedly the world's 24-hour city, Berlin is 48 hours and far more eclectic. Local Lifestyle Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chef McIntosh Does 'Good' in Sydney, Nova Scotia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chef-McIntosh_17584679 After winning the “Master Chef Cook-Off Challenge" in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 2013, Chef Dennis McIntosh was invited back by the Right Some Good team, this time as guest chef for the pop-up dinner at Inverary Resort in Baddock, which took place on Thursday, September 4 and was attended by some 200 guests. Food Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT There Will Be Soup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/There-Will-Be-Soup-_17605657 As sure as Saturday follows Friday, there will be soup in the Gopaul household as the week-closing meal. It’s a time-honoured ritual my beloved grandaunt Leonie Gopaul — more akin really, to being a second mother — has kept going as a culinary tradition as her own mother (my late great-grandmother) Lillian Gopaul raised her brood of six sons and six daughters on Saturday soup in George’s Plain, Westmoreland. Food Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Société Mondiale du Vin — The Argentine Tasting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Soci-t--Mondiale-du-Vin---The-Argentine-Tasting On Saturday, September 13, the Société Mondiale du Vin — Jamaique hosted a Tasting of Argentina's finest wines at the residence of His Excellency Ariel Fernandez, Argentina's Ambassador to Jamaica and his charming wife Helene Hagen-Larsen. Local Lifestyle Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:49:25 GMT Financial Fears http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Financial-Fears-_17599097 Fear has been described in the acronym False Evidence Appearing Real, indicating that very often the thing you fear is not factual, but just based on some perception in your mind. Sometimes you may even be embarrassed about some of the strange thoughts that secretly cause you to be fearful. Local Business Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Countdown to TSO - Sabritru http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Countdown-to-TSO---Sabritru_17581127 Head downtown on Thursday to Sabritru Location: 32-34 Orange Street Local Lifestyle Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: From the Runway to the Office http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/From-the-Runway-to-the-Office_17557812 WE'RE smack in the middle of fashion month — Ciao Milan/Paris And a mere two weeks before Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out on Thursday, October 2. Local Lifestyle Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Phillip Thomas — an artist in residence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Phillip-Thomas---an-artist-in-residence_17573304 In his oil paintings and mixed-media works, artist Phillip Thomas combines the imagery and tradition of the old masters with contemporary textures and patterns to create a new iconography. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Moroccan Hipsters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Moroccan-Hipsters_17573083 The New York Times sees shades of Matisse and Koons. ArtNet is convinced he's the next David LaChapelle. But Hassan Hajjaj, the Moroccan stylist and photographer, started out simply wanting to capture the essence of his home country in ways his buddies back in London would appreciate. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT VIDEO: The Destination Experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Destination-Experience_17571449 Three years after taking the reins as party ambassadors for the Jamaican leg of the well-received Global Party, entrepreneur siblings Kirk and Michele-Anne Hamilton are on to their next big social and business magnet venture — The Destination Experience. Scheduled for the luxe getaway Golden Eye (where A-listers Jay-Z and Bey, Mary-Kate Olsen and Naomi Campbell have all rested their weary celeb heads) on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, the event is envisaged as a leisurely networking opportunity for "influencers, business leaders and tastemakers" by Kirk Hamilton. Take this to mean a birthing place for conceptual businesses and building a Rolodex for speed-dial contacts. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Kirk-Anthony Hamilton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Kirk-Anthony-Hamilton_17577672 What is your earliest recollection of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Kwayera Archer-Cunningham http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Kwayera-Archer-Cunningham_17572416 We were introduced to the charming Kwayera Archer-Cunningham at the upper St Andrew-hosted launch reception of The Destination Experience last Wednesday evening. Archer-Cunningham resigned from her position as an executive consultant of executive leaders, non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations in the United States in June to return to Jamaica, the home of her parents, to jump-start her company, Global Ase, which looks to replicate the 25-year-long work she did in America. We sidle up to the always-smiling Archer-Cunningham to explore her devotion to social work. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT