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 Couple of Forevers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---A-Couple-of-Forevers_18247098 How They Met... Local Lifestyle Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT The Perfect Clutch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Perfect-Clutch_18258732 Eric George 654 — that's the name given by Ericka Donaldson for her impressive collection of handbags, each made by her in under three hours with material sourced between LP Azar and Ping's fabric. Local Lifestyle Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Those Who Went Before http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Those-Who-Went-Before-_18251922 SO Miss Universe Jamaica Winners Jan 25 Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT To Kaci, With Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/To-Kaci--With-Love-_18256576 She's wooing international pageant press watchers, second-place to the Philippines in Internet polled fan votes, and looking to shake things up and snag The Rock's first Miss Universe crown. As 22-year old gamine beauty Kaci Fennell hits the stage at the Florida International University Arena in Doral, Miami for tonight's Miss Universe live NBC broadcast (to be simultaneously telecast locally on TVJ) and aims to one-up 2010's first runner-up Yendi Phillipps, we at SO were long taken with the Audrey Hepburn-loving Fennell (note her too-cute pixie-cut ode) before she entertained star-making dreams. Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Up! Up! & Up! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Up--Up----Up-_18268017 It's difficult to imagine how Rock-born Jeneil Williams, the stunning blue-black supermodel attached to IMG models and discovered by Pulse International, can possibly top the L'Oréal campaign ad in which she's currently featured. For Williams, however, it's just the beginning...she wants more. Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With — Nichole Brackett Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Nichole-Brackett-Walters_18251970 Nichole Brackett Walters, group marketing manager at the National Commercial Bank, is always on the go, and being a wife, mum and part-time lecturer, her clock never stops. She prides herself on being a strategic marketer with the insane ability to get things done. She's taking time out to say cheers! Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Gardening — Jan 25, 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---Jan-25--2015_18241709 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston — Ramon Pitter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Ramon-Pitter_18251971 Ramon Pitter Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT So Queen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/So-Queen_18272907 Today's the day and we're naturally rooting for our queen. SO caught up with her 48 hours before the grand finale. Local Lifestyle Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Katherine's canvas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Katherine-s-canvas_18189741 Your Get The Look glam squad ran into the lovely visual artist Katherine Silvera-Sunley last month at the opening reception of the 2014 Jamaica Biennial where we were immediately taken with her bohemian coif. The variety-loving Silvera-Sunley, who specialises in installations, mixed media and drawing, and describes her idiosyncratic style as Expressive Afropunk, breaks down the textural palette that makes up her fun, oxymoronic mane. Local Lifestyle Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT ‘MANE’-TAINING FAB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-MANE--TAINING-FAB_18253613 Anika Smith – “Halle Berry is a personal style icon. She's very chic, classic and demure. I try to emulate that when I'm getting glammed up.”   Local Lifestyle Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Forever Young http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Forever-Young-_18273428 Fast-rising Saint International model and Opa! Greek Restaurant customer relations exec Kimberlyn Martin ushered in her 22nd birthday — compliments of her Grecian restaurateur-music producer beau Alexx Antaeus -- with a birthday bash Thursday night at the happening Hope Road-based Santorini Sky Lounge, adjacent to its sister eatery Opa! Local Lifestyle Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Forging A New Mobile Frontier http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Forging-A-New-Mobile-Frontier-_18268893 Advanced Integrated Systems Chairman and CEO Douglas Halsall invited financial institution and government officials to his upper St Andrew home Thursday night to formally announce his long-gestating venture into a mobile money arrangement with his American partner Steve Novak, chairman and CEO of the Silicon Valley-startup Quisk and National Commercial Bank. The venture, currently testing its pilot phase, will allow users when efficiently streamlined, to carry out transactions with their mobile phones which will act akin to a debit or credit card. Local Lifestyle Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT In Step For A Cause http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/In-Step-For-A-Cause-_18268939 Saturday Social wraps the week with a few more moments from the successful staging of the LIME Foundation 6K which took place Sunday last at Fort Clarence Beach. The 6K Run/Walk will benefit victims of paediatric cancer and their families. The Bustamante Hospital for Children is the main beneficiary of the Foundations's Run/Walk Local Lifestyle Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Flavours Of Pepperpot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Flavours-Of-Pepperpot The Pepperpot Restaurant at Half Moon, A Rock Resort, MoBay was opened in December 2013 to ensure that visitors to the luxe resort were able to enjoy exquisite Jamaican fare. Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:16:53 GMT VIDEO: Finding Fine Flavours at CRU Bar & Kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Finding-Fine-Flavours-at-CRU-Bar---Kitchen_18239688 A late lunch invitation from newly appointed marketing executive Kevin Bourke to sample the tweaked fare of CRU Bar and Kitchen came last Monday afternoon. Our piqued interest found Jamaica Observer Lifestyle and Social Content Associate Editor Novia McDonald-Whyte; Advertising, Marketing and Communications Manager Natalie Chin-Watkins, and lifestyle reporter Omar Tomlinson joining Bourke and his colleagues, Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) marketing assistant Jillian Levy and CPJ's in-residence sous-chef Damion Stewart around the table for a six-course meal presentation. Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Two Sisters & A Roots Shaman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Two-Sisters-and-A-Roots-Shaman_18242920 If you were unfortunate enough to have the "chicken gun yuh down" recently, you already know how painful and inconvenient the dreaded CHIKV can be. The year came to a close with a bang as the "chicken" almost took over the island. Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT New Year's Resolution #3: Reduce Debt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/New-Year-s-Resolution--3--Reduce-Debt_18242964 If 2014 ended with your finances in a precarious position, then perhaps you have pledged to improve your money situation this year. Since many people don't keep the resolutions they make at the beginning of a year, what can you do to ensure that you realise your 2015 money goals? Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT What Do Readers Want?... Value for Money http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/What-Do-Readers-Want-----Value-for-Money_18243278 It is always very important to find out what your readers want to see you write about, and so I value the random voluntary feedback "on the road". I was also very interested in results from a recent study by a leading research provider to the US wine industry on what wine drinkers in that country want to see in wine columns and in magazine articles. Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT BRANDED - Kevon Spence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/BRANDED_18251965 We're kicking things up several notches, readers, all in a quest to keep you informed on all things fab in our amazing food and beverage business. Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT McKay Security Awards Ceremony http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/McKay-Security-Awards-Ceremony_18239595 It's the season of awards and recognition for outstanding performance in Beauty, Film, Music and Sports. So it comes as no surprise that McKay Security Limited, sponsors of the Caymanas Track Limited's New Year's Day race meet, followed suit with an inaugural awards ceremony for their over-10-years staffers in the Blue Mountain Suite at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Sunday, where special guests and awardees dined on scrumptious local fare catered by the Knutsford Court Hotel. Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Recipie Corner - Jan 22 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Recipie-Corner_18239745 Award-winning food blogger Jessica Hylton shares lunch today. " I thought a lunch theme would be nice; three dishes that could be made at home and brought to work for lunch". Thursday Life is in full agreement Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT 'We Are The Champions' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-We-Are-The-Champions-_18239279 The sporting fraternity and its devotees filed into The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Friday to applaud the the accomplishments of The Rock's world-famous athletic canon. Tuesday Social takes you behind the scenes of the 2014 RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards. Local Lifestyle Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Vows - The Time of My Life http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---The-Time-of-My-Life_18216009 ...I have loved you for a thousand years; I'll love you for a thousand more. -- A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Local Lifestyle Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT 'A Man For All Seasons' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-A-Man-For-All-Seasons-_18219386 The just-capped festive season represented a strong showing from the traditionally neglected menswear corner of the fashion pantheon. It seems The Rock's younger gents of the younger generation of gents are determined to match their international brethen for top spots in the sartorial game. All Woman: Fashion honour rolls the men who raised the bar and resurrected a-sense-of-occasion dressing. Local Lifestyle Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT