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 stroke of serendipity! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---A-stroke-of-serendipity-_18629711 ser*en*dip*i*ty All Woman Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Tukula's Artwork On Fabric http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Tukula-s-Artwork-On-Fabric_18645502 Californian-born Tukula Ntama had no idea where her trip to Jamaica over 30 years ago would take her. Local Lifestyle Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Melanie Schwapp... My Favourite Things http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Few-of-My-Favourite-Things_18639915 I love old things. I adore antiques. I believe that this love is directly tied to my love of Jamaica, and to the fact that so much of our history and achievements are reflected in things of old. It could also be related to my vivid imagination as an author, for there is nothing that gives me greater pleasure than looking at an antique and imagining the lives lived on and around it. Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT T Nevada Powe... My Favourite Things http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Few-of-My-Favourite-Things_1863991 As an amateur foodie, my Shun (rhymes with moon) knife is never far from reach. Inspired by the ancient blade-making traditions in Japan, this is a handcrafted blade of unparalleled sharpness. Whether the task is watermelon or ribeye, I find my inner Samurai with this sword. Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:54:23 GMT Yes, He Can http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Yes--He-Can_18639393 Eyes are peeled and invites would be golden tickets for the ultimate selfie. When the annoucement that Barack Obama was due to visit The Rock came last week, instant clamouring began in society circles to shore up even the most fleeting of chances to share audience with the charismatic and first black President of the United States. Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT The Turn Up:  My Favourite ways to stay ‘fly’ (sung to the tune of any Kanye song) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Turn-Up----My-Favourite-ways-to-stay--fly---sung-to-the-tune-of-any-Kanye-song-_18639758 Accessorising: Jackets, shoes and the right accessories can transform your outfit and make something plain turn exciting. Prada for shoes and Y-3 for sneakers. The right glasses have a similar effect. I found these Christian Dior frames hiding at an outlet store and had them fitted with tinted lenses. (I wear my sunglasses at night). Cologne is appropriate sometimes. Green Irish Tweed by Creed is my favourite. My friend Ali introduced me to it many years ago. I haven't switched (sweet up). Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Josef Forstmayr... My Favourite Things http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Josef-Forstmayr-Managing-Director--Round-Hill-Hotel---Villas-_18639976 My four most favourite things are items/habits which I practise EVERY DAY and are total routine...without any of these, I would probably be antsy! They are: Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Art Consultant Rachael Barret... My Favourite Things http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Art-Consultant-Rachael-Barrett-_18639957 Modern design given a Caribbean flair. This is a classic B33 Marcel Breuer chair, tubular steel with leather, from the late-1920s. I'm a big fan of modern design and since returning to Jamaica have been looking at ways I can update my modern antiques with an element of Caribbean style. This chair I've restored and given a soft touch with a handmade cushion made by local designer Tishelle Designs. Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Savage Beauty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Savage-Beauty_18639995 Mission Catwalk Executive Producer Keneea Linton-George shares a favourite moment... Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston — Jason Pitter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Jason-Pitter_18559097 You're the first Black Queen's Counsel in Northern England. Does this have any personal significance for you? Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With — Jasmine Rand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---March-29--2015_18636898 Attorney-at-law and human rights activist Jasmine Rand is back on The Rock. Between acting as legal counsel for the families of slain black American teenagers Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in the United States, and representing the local family of Mario Deane, who was beaten and killed in his jail cell in Montego Bay, Rand is also doggedly passionate about the pursuit of justice. She's at the Nanook-hosted launch of Rastafarian designer Mamayashi's collection, Black Star Blue Moon, on the invite of her documentarian friend Donisha Prendergast. Introductions made, we inveigle Rand to join us for sips of white wine and convo. Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Gardening — March 29, 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---March-29--2015_18629391 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/These-Are-A-Few-Of-My-Favourite-Things----_18647989 Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favourite things... Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Table Talk Food Awards — The Cayman Edition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Table-Talk-Food-Awards---The-Cayman-Edition_18636730 Seventeen years ago, the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards sought to make a statement that food in Jamaica was worthy of recognition. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A grand old Italian Wine tasting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-grand-old-Italian-Wine-tasting_18629220 The Grand Old House, built in 1908, is one of the most significant historic buildings in the Cayman Islands. It was converted into a restaurant in 1969, after years of continuous transformation and repurposing from being used as a Sunday School for local children, a hospital for soldiers wounded in World War II, a beauty parlour, and as a shelter for island residents during storms and hurricanes. Today, the Grand Old House is one of Cayman's top restaurants and one of the leading destinations for wine lovers in Grand Cayman, with its numerous wine awards for its large wine collection and impressive wine list. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Branded! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Branded--Branded-_18631447 Brand Managers Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT A Best Dressed EVENING http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Best-Dressed-EVENING Dinner hosted by The Best Dressed Chicken team last week Wednesday afforded the company’s president and CEO Christopher Levy and his cadre of executives Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:39:43 GMT Protecting Your Investments http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Protecting-Your-Investments_18629371 When you invest, you hope that your money will generate an income for you or that it will grow in value and allow you to realise a profit in the future. However, there is a possibility that your desired investing outcome may not materialise; you could instead receive an unfavourable result. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ladies Lunch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ladies-Lunch_18629403 One of life's sweetest pleasures is spending an afternoon around a table sharing a delicious meal in the company of "sister friends". There is a special magic when women commune with each other; a common bond of sisterhood among all women, although we sometimes forget that it is there. We women have our own "medicine" that is very different from the "medicine" men apply to rejuvenate themselves. A ladies' lunch is a great way to take a moment to reconnect to our feminine energy, and savour life with the women we hold dear. When we gather together we heal ourselves and we heal each other. Our feminine gatherings Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT One Down, 399 To Go… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/One-Down--399-To-Go-_18626357 WITH The Best Dressed team of Marketing Manager Avadaugn Sinclair, Business Development Manager — Further Processed Karis-Ann Gordon and Export Manager Trevin Nairne and our Food Awards Cayman judges, we are determined to chow through as many of the 400 restaurants as possible. LUCA was where we would first break bread with our Cayman judges. Local Food Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Winners Circle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Winners-Circle_18629543 Pepsi Cola Jamaica Marketing Manager Mitchell Watson (centre) presented gift packages stocked with six bottles of Pepsi, a Pepsi cap, a key ring, a wave rag, a pen, a T-shirt, a water bottle and a speaker to (from left) Jamaica Constabulary Force constable Domonic Gardner; Seafreight Jamaica Limited import clerk Alcina Blackwood; IIBRe Limited assistant manager - operations, Kameelia Rochester; Supreme Court executive secretary Maxine Golding; Kingston School of Nursing office manager Vanessa Hamilton-Mendez, and Jamaica National Building Society Creative Unit production assistant Shelly-Gail Folkes at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. They were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to correctly answer the question - When was Pepsi first created and by whom? The correct response was 1898 by pharmacist Caleb Bradham. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR) Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Vows - From this moment on... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---From-this-moment-on---_18587167 On January 24, Courtleigh Hotel restaurant operation assistant Stacey-Ann Burke wed her long-time beau, Royal Caribbean International restaurant manager André Anthony Lawrence, at a charming ceremony at the Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle in Kingston. Local Lifestyle Mon, 23 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT The Business of Art & Fashion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Business-of-Art---Fashion_18587329 We recently got wind that billionaire entrepreneur and hotelier-turned-deejay Paris Hilton was on The Rock for a little R&R with her supermodel bestie Naomi Campbell. Naturally, the heiress couldn't resist a little retail therapy, which landed her in the GoldenEye Resort's gift shop. Local Lifestyle Mon, 23 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Opera Opulence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Opera-Opulence_18587265 It's never a case of ordinary with Theresa Roberts. The art enthusiast -- back home for a winter vacation from London's cold temps -- has a calculated vision for celebrating the arts, whether it's the work of Jamaican artists that line the walls of her and private equity lawyer Andrew Roberts' Hanover Grange mansion at Tryall Club; or acting as a facilitator to host art gallery showings across the Pond for The Rock's next generation of visual artists. Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Taste of France http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Taste-of-France_18598888 The Regency Room at Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel played its adventurous part in a globe-spanning epicurean movement, last Thursday, billed The Goût de France/Good France project. Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT