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 — Heart to Heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Heart-to-Heart_17343411 The eight-year transcontinental romance between London-based school principal Michael O'Grady and RJR Communications Group director of communications and multimedia Yvonne Wilks had its happy ending on Saturday, August 9 when the lovebirds tied the knot in a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Webster Memorial United Church. Vows takes you to the chapel of love. All Woman Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sounding The 'Alarm' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sounding-The--Alarm-_17355789 New Caribbean Cinema's premiere of its anthology of film shorts lensed by six of The Rock's directing talents, drew a fashionable crowd out on the town last Wednesday evening at the Carib Cinema. AW Fashion hit the red carpet and freeze-framed our fave on-trend looks. Local Lifestyle Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Remembering Robin Williams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Remembering-Robin-Williams-_17350749 Hollywood, and the entertainment-loving world far and wide outside the confines of Los Angeles, took a collective gasp of shock when news outlets reported the suicide of Academy Award-winning actor and beloved comedian last Monday. Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Robin in Paradise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Robin-in-Paradise-_17363224 Word finally came on Monday, July 3, 2006 that we'd be able to spend a day on set with actor Robin Williams at the exclusive boutique hotel Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, managed at that time by Jaime Stewart. Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT A 'Journey' Worth Taking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A--Journey--Worth-Taking_17364097 It was a night at the cinema for charity supporters out for The Women's Leadership Initiative-hosted premiere of the comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey at the Palace Cineplex last Thursday evening. Based on the best-selling novel by Richard Morais, the engrossing motion picture stars Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon and is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. The lushly scenic drama which held viewers enraptured with its shots of mouthwatering French and Indian cuisine, and compelling performances that kept the cinema hooked. Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT 'Golding' Girl http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Golding--Girl-_17363233 It's been a year since we met the leggy Tasmin Golding at the luxe Corinthia Hotel, London during Fashion Week. She was at that time in serious Fine Art Painting mode at the University of the Arts Wimbledon College but blessed with great genes and an enviable height of 5'11", it was hard not to cast a furtive glance at the runway. No surprise really that she was bitten by the fashion bug and made the finals of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model. "It was an experience," she tells SO, "that took me completely out of my comfort zone and quickly changed my life forever... I travelled all over the world from NYC to Dubai working on shoots, walked quite a few catwalks and met many influential people in the industry." Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Oneal Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Oneal-Johnson_17355543 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Avril Leonce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Avril-Leonce_17355605 We spot the vivacious banker Avril Leonce catching up with business associates and friends last Tuesday evening at the Courtleigh Hotel & Suites in New Kingston. She is, too, in the mood for a chat. Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Tasmin the visual artist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Tasmin-the-visual-artist_17355560 My artistic focus was negotiating female subjectivity and representation within the surrealist practices. During my art education I was particularly fascinated by self-portraiture in terms of the psychology of feminine self-identity, spectatorship and narcissism in works I created and also by Frida Kahlo. I think my interest in female representation has a lot to do with my obsession with fashion and fashion photography. Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Gardening - August 17 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening-_17336542 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT An Emancipendence Marketplace http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/An-Emancipendence-Marketplace_17327238 What better way to spend Independence Day than shopping for products made in Jamaica ostensibly to pamper your hair and body? Local Lifestyle Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT A 'Ringing' Endorsement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A--Ringing--Endorsement_17357828 The Carib multiplex was abuzz with excitement Wednesday evening as cinephiles, supporters of the local arts and the curious were out for the hot-ticket movie premiere of the anthology Ring Di Alarm -- a seven-part film lensed by Rock auteurs associated with the New Caribbean Cinema collective. Local Lifestyle Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Instant relaxation at Fern Tree Spa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Fern-Tree-Spa_17292533 Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon - A Rock Resort Local Lifestyle Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Tuesday Night With The Rotarians http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Tuesday-Night-With-The-Rotarians_17348856 The 24-year-old Rotary Club of New Kingston — led by President Lloyd Butler — welcomed its members and guests to an after-work cocktail media lyme at The Courtleigh Hotel's bar Tuesday evening. Local Lifestyle Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT RESERVEDnyc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/RESERVEDnyc_17355405 Ocean Style Magazine: RESERVEDnyc -- Chefs Of The Caribbean Local Lifestyle Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - Now & Forever http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Now---Forever_17327208 SHANI Nailah Duncan said 'I do' to Kwame Jeffrey Falconer in a lavish wedding ceremony at Ocean's Edge, Rose Hall, Montego Bay. All Woman Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Kimonos with sides of Fun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Kimonos-with-sides-of-Fun_17332291 Chef Larkland Green fancies himself an entertainer. Expertly handled live food preparation around the flat iron grill may have won him the title of supervisor of the Japanese-themed Kimonos Oriental Cuisine at Sandals Grande Riviera, but at his core, Green is keen on making the experience of dining memorable beyond just the food that goes between diners' chopsticks, or fork. Local Lifestyle Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Sandals Grande Riviera http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Taste-of-Sandals-Grande-Riviera_17332320 The dynamic duo of Sandals Grande Riviera Executive Sous-Chef Alberto Atiles and his pastry chef colleague Tenetia Anderson cherrypicked menu items from the Ocho Rios all-inclusive hotel's menu for us to sample during Thursday Life's recent out-of-town jaunt. The pair generously shared not only plates of their culinary creations, but recipes too. Why not give them a try? Local Food Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Managing Money Challenges With Your Spouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Managing-Money-Challenges-With-Your-Spouse-_17334575 When two persons join forces in a marriage or co-habiting union, one of the important aspects that will determine the success of their relationship is how well they manage money together. While money can't buy love, it can definitely solidify and secure the foundation of a family bond. Local Business Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Wine is complicated — Most people can't tell a Premier Grand Cru from plonk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Wine-is-complicated---Most-people-can-t-tell-a-Premier-Grand-Cru-from-plonk_17334781 I was introduced to the wine world about 16 years ago, and in my quest to hone my wine knowledge I have tasted wines with the world's top sommeliers and wine producers, attended a wide range of wine courses, acquiring certifications including passing the Level 1 Master Sommelier Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam. I have visited scores of wineries in Europe, North and South America, and after four years associated with a wine bar and reading a number of research papers and articles about the science of wine tasting, I will admit that the topic of wine and wine tasting is a very complicated one. Local Lifestyle Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT RESERVEDnyc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/RESERVEDnyc-_17343706 Last-week Thursday Ocean Style Magazine presented: Chefs Of The Caribbean. The culinary experience, which took place at a midtown loft at 267th Fifth Avenue, featured noted chefs from the region as well as New York. Guests enjoyed sumptuous fare and were also given the opportunity to interact with each chef. Local Lifestyle Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Otis On the Rocks! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Otis-On-the-Rocks--_17343941 Members of the J Wray & Nephew team have been on the road this week with SKYY International Mixologist Otis Steven Florence. Thursday Life caught up with Florence Monday evening at the J Wray & Nephew Dominica Drive bar over three very smooth cocktails, the aptly named Dominica Drive, Button Down and Emancipation Park Swizzle. Naturally we left with the recipes. Local Lifestyle Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT In Party Mode http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/In-Party-Mode_17306902 From the daringly provocative to the demure, wardrobe choices of ladies out for the three-day SPF Weekend of parties in Ocho Rios were a veritable mix and match of retail labels and style-making moments. AW Fashion has a photo call from the opening BNM: Eye Candy party, shore-side snapshots from Fiction Beach the following night, and the SPF:Soirée closer. Local Lifestyle Mon, 11 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Sade Buckeridge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Sade-Buckeridge_17319576 Sade Buckeridge turns heads. With her half-shaved head, edgy sense of style and confident deportment, it's difficult not to pick the Fetish Secrets proprietor out of a crowd. We repeatedly bumped into the adult toy and novelty shop entrepreneur at a series of parties during the Ocho Rios-venued, Appleton Estate-sponsored SPF parties last weekend. A mid-week drink date back in Kingston is finalised at Macau Bar, and as expected, she arrives stylish and chic in a white cotton Zara jumpsuit and Christian Louboutin heels to talk SPF partying and lessons learnt being in the adult retail business. Local Lifestyle Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Spotted! - Arthur Wylie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted-Arthur-Wylie_17317814 SO spots Arthur Wylie in chill mode at the luxe Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston. Wylie, who is the founder and CEO of Arthur Wylie Enterprises, became a millionaire at the age of 26. His ventures started out of his dorm. Naturally our interest is piqued... Local Lifestyle Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT