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: The Love of A Lifetime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--The-Love-of-A-Lifetime_81421 When Sagicor Bank Personal Banking Officer Ruchelle Chin met Data Operations Engineer Duen Reid, neither of them knew that a customer experience would result in their exchange of vows on November 5, 2016. Vows takes you back to the beginning. All Woman Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT An evening of wine, fashion and art http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/An-evening-of-wine--fashion-and-art_82368 The Jamaica Medical Foundation (JMF) hosted guests, Thursday last, at the Worthington at Spanish Court Hotel at an evening of fashion, wine and art, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Kidney Kids Foundation and the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica. Local Lifestyle Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Oh, Christmas Tree http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Oh--Christmas-Tree_82209 What do you do when you’re a busy furniture/accessories retailer and it’s the craziest time of year for your business, but you also love Christmas and everything that goes with it? Well, if you’re Janelle Pantry-Coke, the always-fashionable interior decorator and managing director of Spaces Ltd, you learn to mix organisation with generous doses of style and creativity to make sure you have a beautiful Christmas tree every year. Local Lifestyle Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT AW Fashion: Khalil’s Hatitude http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--Khalil-s-Hatitude_81945 With the second staging of the Diamond Mile slated for Saturday, December 10, you’ll understand our absolute joy upon spotting the headwear of self-taught milliner Karl Brown for Khalil’s Hatitude on the runway at La Hot Couture fashion showcase. The collection, worn by the elite models of Saint International, featured an eclectic fusion of colours and styles. “I am inspired by shades and elements of nature,” Brown told All Woman Fashion (AWF), “and I bring my pieces to life using fabrics reminiscent of these.” Though not formally trained — perhaps that’s why his collection piques such interest — the designer was inspired six years ago by a woman whom he spotted at his church’s convention in Chicago, USA. “She was wearing,” he explained, “the most gorgeous hat ever.” They would meet a few days later at a booth where she sold hats. “I offered to accessorise one of them... 10 minutes later, it was sold!” All Woman Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT In Her Own Words http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/In-Her-Own-Words_82174 During the Sixties and the Seventies, I documented our culture through music, dance and photography, while exploring my own representation as an actress in Hollywood and London with artists like Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Sammy Davis Jr. I also placed myself behind the camera as a film-maker, launching my first film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. My collaboration with Bob is the crystallisation of two young rebel souls into one through total art: love, music, photography, cinema, architecture, Ethiopianism and political resistance. We were both radical and uncompromising. Our best creation was our commitment to helping spread reggae music and the Rastafarian message of peace and love to the world. Marley is to me one of the recipients of Jamaican social history, like Paul Bogle and Marcus Garvey. Bob and the Wailers were able to synthesise the struggle of the sufferers in Jamaica. Local Lifestyle Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Geoffrey Chong http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston-Geoffrey-Chong-Sunday-December-04_82120 Local Lifestyle Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Film Chat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Film-Chat_82167 When I was young, I was very shy, and perhaps as a result I developed an early interest in drawing. I was developing a visual language — a way to communicate without speaking. By the time I was about 13, I was no longer shy but I had a real interest in pursuing art. I took courses in painting outside of school and worked on my visual portfolio. I was lucky enough to get into a boarding school with a strong art department. I was terribly homesick that first year away, but I threw myself into learning and practising and visiting museums and galleries. Local Lifestyle Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT The Making of Sugar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Making-of-Sugar_82259 Dream a little dream… Local Lifestyle Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Spotted! - Kaye Kelly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted-_82059 Who… Kaye Kelly Local Lifestyle Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With... Liane V http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With----Liane-V-Sunday-December-4_81928 Recording artiste, and social media sensation Liane V (for Valenzuela) values family, a positive attitude, and the perfect activewear ensemble. The all-American girl, who has 2.6 million followers on Local Lifestyle Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gardening — December 4 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---December-4_81905 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Santa’s Claws http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Santa-s-Claws-_81979 As Christmas bells begin to ring, and staff parties and festivities approach, beauties flock the sources in search of what-to and what-not-to wear. But, instead of wanting to coordinate your entire outfit with the season and risk looking too costumed, why not simply opt for themed nails? Whether you choose to paint a winter wonderland on your fingers, or you prefer more subtle designs, Under the Dryer brings you 10 fancy manicure options to help dress up your nails for the season’s meetings and greetings. Local Lifestyle Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT FLOW Applauds Cumberland High School http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/FLOW-Applauds-Cumberland-High-School_81636 “Where you are now and the grades you are getting do not determine where you are destined to be,” FLOW Jamaica Managing Director Garfield Sinclair told the students of Cumberland High School at the final sitting of the Jamaica Observer’s 2016 Applaud It! initiative last Thursday afternoon. Inside the Devonshire at Devon House, accompanied by executive members of his team and the FLOW Foundation, Sinclair told the students to never allow anyone or anything to deter them from their dreams. Sinclair, in-between courses, moved effortlessly around the table asking the students about their career goals, eliciting smiles as he told of his school days, of ‘skulling’ school to watch Kung Fu movies, of being caned and being a less-than-average student. “That is where I was then... this is where I am now! The key is maintaining your passion and never giving up, despite the fact that you might not be getting the best grades, or that you might not be the best student; this is not your destiny!” His candour hit home. Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT TASTE OF TRYALL: Out of Many, One Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/TASTE-OF-TRYALL--Out-of-Many--One-Cuisine_82010 The manicured lawns of the luxurious Tryall Club in Hanover were transformed Friday last, November 25, into an exquisite culinary enclave as part of the Taste of Tryall. Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Supreme Ventures Applauds the Men of Jamaica College http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Supreme-Ventures-Applauds-the-Men-of-Jamaica-College_81385 Tuesday, November 29, was memorable for 10 Jamaica College students, all members of the highly-acclaimed robotics club, who participated in a working luncheon which was hosted by Ian Levy, deputy chairman of Supreme Ventures, and four members of the company’s executive. The boys made full use of the three-hour face-to-face, which began with Levy explaining how fortunate they were to be at the school. “The fact that you attend JC,” he said, “puts you ahead of everyone else. Why? Because we were taught that we were leaders, we were lectured more than we were taught so we always believed that we were going to be somebody.” Levy continued, “Going to school then and now is much different, but there are still a lot of opportunities particularly available for Jamaica College students. I want to encourage you to stay in Jamaica, and think of this island as your future.” Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT ’Tis the season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Tis-the-season_81899 Some call it the silly season; some call it the happiest time of the year. Some paraphrase Shakespeare; referring to the season as ‘the best of times and the worst of times’. Call it whatever you want, the Christmas season is upon us, bringing with it all the emotions, entertainment and extra pounds. Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Vows: Crazy in Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Crazy-in-Love_80210 Promobiz Limited Senior Sales and Marketing Executive Marsha Morris and Dayne Bucknor, Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica manager, would have never guessed that a mutual friend’s matchmaking efforts would result in them walking down the aisle, two years later. Vows< takes you to the altar. All Woman Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Four O|f A K|ind! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Four-O-f-A-K-ind-_81649 With a selection of four champers from GraceKennedy’s Harbour Wines & Spirits’ bubbly portfolio, the 2016 Jamaica Observer Salut! festivities wrapped this year’s week-long celebration of fine wines and Champagne at OAK Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge. The Hillcrest Avenue wine-and-dine hotspot did not disappoint, either; the well-stocked wine rack at the entrance was enough to have winos feeling at home. Wine connoiseur and consultant Marilyn Bennett was on hand to break down the notes and aromas and provide insight into the selections. Local Lifestyle Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Through The Windows Of Lee’s http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Through-The-Windows-Of-Lee-s_81353 No, your eyes are not deceiving you and no, the Christmas windows at Lee’s Fifth Avenue Tropical Plaza and Sovereign Centre have not been transported from New York to Jamaica. What is true, however, is that they do look good and serve the purpose of luring you in. All Woman Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT MODA MAGIC: The Host http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MODA-MAGIC--The-Host_81482 When MoDA Market founder Kerry Ann Clarke mentioned that Harriette Cole was to guest host the event’s fifth anniversary celebration, eyebrows were raised. When the opportunity came to interview her, the challenge was simply where to start. An hour-and-a-half on the phone made the task that much more arduous. Cole is a multi-dimensional, walking series of accomplishments and living proof that a sound education, experience and a sense of self will keep you relevant at any chapter of your life. Local Lifestyle Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT MoDA Magic: The Collection MoDA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MoDA-Magic--The-Collection-MoDA_81479 With a heptad of familiar designers on the marquee, The Collection MoDA returned to Kingston — two Thursdays ago at the Spanish Court Hotel’s Worthington extension — with a runway update that remained true to a resort aesthetic. Local Lifestyle Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT COCKTAILS WITH... Krystal Tomlinson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/COCKTAILS-WITH----Krystal-Tomlinson-SUNDAY-NOVEMBER-27-------_78722 Digicel Foundation Public Relations & Engagement Manager, and Five Dollar Forum Founder Krystal Tomlinson spends most of her waking hours in the spotlight. We go behind the persona to rap with the host of Television Jamaica ’s Entertainment Prime & Nyammings. Local Lifestyle Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Gerard Fontaine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Gerard-Fontaine_81049 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gardening - November 27 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening----Sunday-November-27_81159 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Your True Shade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Your-True-Shade_81260 Foundation is an essential part of any beauty regimen, and finding the right shade can be tricky at best and a cakey mess at worst. Your True Shade Cosmetics CEO and UTech lecturer Dianne Plummer has solved the problem of erroneous shading with her chemical engineering skills, resulting in her new locally manufactured line of products. Under The Dryer gets an insight. Local Lifestyle Sat, 26 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT