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: Our Cinderella Story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Our-Cinderella-Story_77242 A love story 12 years in the making got its picture-perfect ending when high school sweethearts, Diedra Francis, banker at Sagicor Life Limited, and businessman and software developer Desmond Campbell wed on September 24, 2016 at the St Catherine De-La Vega Cathedral. Vows brings you the magical moments. All Woman Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT AW Fashion: Resurrected trends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--Resurrected-trends_76971 The asymmetric one-shoulder style was dominant in this year’s Fall/Winter collections and was seen on the catwalk of major design labels like Ralph Lauren, Celine and Valentino. Also making a comeback were the turtleneck, floral on floral and sequins as seen at Moschino, Giamba and Valentino. All Woman Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fitting the BILL http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Fitting-the-BILL_77802 With this Thursday’s Local Lifestyle Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT #TSOBestie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-TSOBestie_77923 It’s been a whirlwind of a year for our #TSOBestie, internationally acclaimed jewellery designer Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris, who joins us once again on Thursday, October 27, for TSO. Indeed, just when we figured things could not get any better — he’s the black designer of choice at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American culture. Mateo’s collection will be carried at premier Parisian luxury retailer, Colette. “The brand continues to see strategic growth in the luxury world,” said Mateo, who has also taken the opportunity to rebrand. “The name was officially changed to Mateo New York Inc.” Until our next sit-down, SO shares Mateo’s impressive press. Local Lifestyle Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Spotted — Zuri Marley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Zuri-Marley_77835 Who... Zuri Marley Local Lifestyle Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With — Celene Sarah Gordon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Celene-Sarah-Gordon_77837 After a casual reconnection over baguettes and croissants at Eleni’s, Celene Sarah Gordon, during a more in-depth convo at Spanish Court Hotel, shares deets on her job as deputy project manager, Caribbean Mobile InnCovation Project (CMIP) Entrepreneur, and sheds light on her relaxed, culturally-chic-with-a-touch-of-sophistication sense of style. The conversation is so enlightening that, before long, we are on our third lemon margarita, never mind that it is her favourite sip... Local Lifestyle Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston — Pat Tomlinson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---PAT-TOMLINSON_77841 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Out in Support Of A Cause http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Out-in-Support-Of-A-Cause_77968 Despite intermittent rainfall last Thursday, Kingston Bridal Week, ahead of its fifth anniversary launch, reintroduced its black-tie charity dinner at The Worthington, Spanish Court, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica and the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica, both of which aim to educate Jamaicans on the various diseases while helping the less fortunate to afford treatment for themselves. Local News Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gardening - October 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---October-23_77844 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Collection MoDa Turns Five! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Collection-MoDa-Turns-Five_77691 Incessant rains did little to dampen the enthusiasm Tuesday evening as The Collection MoDa team, with presenting partners Jamaica Yellow Pages, launched their fifth staging with cocktails, canapés, beats by Duzigordon, Arii Lopez and The Wixard and Yellow Pages Cookie Pops courtesy of Suelan Chung at The Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Beyond jerk... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Beyond-jerk---_77097 ...was how executive chef at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel Mark Cole introduced guests on Tuesday, October 11, to the evening’s menu. The occasion was a dinner party hosted by Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett and Kevin Hendrickson, managing director of the Courtleigh Group of Companies, at The Courtleigh Corporate Centre Penthouse, for six UK journalists and food enthusiasts. Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gourmet goodies on wheels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gourmet-goodies-on-wheels_77508 There’s nothing quite like a recce complete with good food, drinks and a great vibe. Last Friday was that kind of vibe and more as the team from Jamaica Food & Drink Festival, all set to roll out an even more fabulous second staging, afforded friends, family and sponsors gourmet goodies on wheels. That’s right! The trucks rolled out in the parking lot of The Worthington at the Spanish Court Hotel and feast we did on healthy bites from Veggie Meals on Wheels, comfort-laden sandwiches from House of Loaves, watermelon-flavoured popcorn and fried chicken from Corner Bistro, jumbo hot dogs from CB Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Chef Bradley Kilgore for Jamaica Food & Drink Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chef-Bradley-Kilgore-for-Jamaica-Food---Drink-Festival — at Picante, Saturday, October 29 Local Food Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:32 GMT A Southern Style Roast http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Southern-Style-Roast_77388 Charlie McKenna is no neophyte when it comes to tantalising the palates with succulent cuts of pork. In fact, the ‘southerner’, who owns and operates Lillie’s Q — a restaurant in Chicago he named after his grandmother Lillie and his father, Quito — has been experimenting with various ways of satisfying discerning foodies for a number of years, and indeed has awards to prove his expertise in Southern-style cooking. McKenna was in Montego Bay last week as guest chef at the second in the series of Copperwood Pork’s ‘Making The Cut’ to not only exchange “his pork notes” with local chefs, but to look at theirs too. Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Clinton vs Trump (Wine) Debate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Clinton-vs-Trump--Wine--Debate_77511 I t’s two-and-a-half weeks before the USA presidential elections and the gloves are fully off. Cable TV has been beaming US politics directly into our living rooms for years, but this year’s spectacle seems to top the entertainment charts. You might wonder what wine has to do with this election. From what I read in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Forbes and Grape Collective, there happens to be a Clinton wine, and a Trump wine and many across America have been conducting their own wine debates. Local Food Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Of Corks and Forks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Of-Corks-and-Forks_77433 Fine cuisine paired with exquisite wine was the staple of Wednesday night, October 5, in Godfrey Lands, Manchester, where product development consultant and caterer Debe-Ann Lange-Chen, in association with Victoria Mutual Wealth Management and Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) Wines, hosted a cocktail party for close friends and associates. Local News Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT AW Fashion: Fashion finds a way… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--Fashion-finds-a-way- THE journey starts at the crack of dawn. The photographer is awake and calls the make-up artist (MUA) and the designer. The MUA is up with the lark, but the designer is still groggy from her slumber as she was finishing up pieces at 4:00am. All Woman Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:50:58 GMT AW Fashion: A Cohesive Thread http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--A-Cohesive-Thread What is fashion if not wearable art? From clothing designs to the runway, art has played a significant role in every major fashion house the world over. The multi-disciplinary crossover forms an unbreakable bond, from window displays to fabric prints, and there are moments when designers become artists and artists become designers. All Woman Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:42:25 GMT Video: Bits & Peace-Is http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Bits---Peace-Is_77176 The recent news that Rock-born, globetrotting Mateo New York jewellery designer Matthew Harris’s minimalist and modern art-inspired work will retail at the newly opened Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC, has certainly been the most recent placement of Jamaican goldsmithery in the international design spotlight. Local Lifestyle Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Irie Living http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Irie-Living_76230 When you enter the vibrant, comfortable Long Mountain residence of author Pauline “Irie” Edie, it’s clear that the decor is a physical representation of her effervescent energy and a visual indication of her bohemian spirit, and she is straight up in declaring that fact. Local Lifestyle Sun, 16 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Video - Lunch & Convo With Brian Lumley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Lunch---Convo-With-Brian-Lumley_76807 It’s been a while — 10 months, to be exact — since Chef Brian Lumley left our shores for Doha, Qatar. He has, during this time, been in development mode for Aspire Katara Hospitality, under whose umbrella will fall a Caribbean-themed restaurant that will form part of the ‘Marina Project’ located at the most prominent location in Qatar, notably West Bay, overlooking the Pearl Island and The Persian Gulf, complete with eight over-the-water bungalows. The 200-seat restaurant slated for a summer 2017 opening will see Lumley as its consulting head chef. A typical day for Lumley commences at 11:00 am and ends at 9:00 pm. First order of business is meeting with management and colleagues, then on to a test kitchen where Caribbean and Latin American dishes are experimented with, in the hopes of creating something new and different. Local Food Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT 5 Days — 8 Glorious Culinary Experiences http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/5-Days---8-Glorious-Culinary-Experiences-_76505 The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival is not only back, but based on the number of sponsors seated around the New Levels Decor summer-chic inspired tasting table inside the Rio Bueno meeting room of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Thursday last — it is considerably bigger! “We had companies coming to us this year and tickets are already sold,” shared CB Foods Brand Manager Alicia Bogues, the dynamic force behind the festival. “We are, “she continued, “determined to put Kingston on the culinary map and are thankful to have the Jamaica Tourist Board as one of our sponsors... our chefs, you will agree after this taste session, are up to the task.” It was no idle boast! With 20 sponsors to impress, the Festival’s coterie of culinary players, notably Gariel Ferguson, Oji Jaja, Jacqui Tyson, Alexx Antaeus, Alexa Von Strolley and Nadine Hoballah-Burie, were ready to throw down! Local Food Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Kingston 8 Acquires Its Own Cellar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Kingston-8-Acquires-Its-Own-Cellar_76785 Kingston has a new spot to relax, unwind, enjoy great food and wine and yes, spirits too. Cellar 8, the brainchild of entrepreneur Wendy Facey and JN Finance’s GM Aditi Dhiman is further bolstered by marketing consultant Nasma Chin and Hillel Academy Prep nurse Jenny Pragnell to round out the foursome that has brought this chic space to the market. Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Vows - An Undying Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---An-Undying-Love_76080 Seven years of courtship and reverence culminated at the altar on August 20, 2016 at the Webster Memorial United Church as GraceKennedy Money Services research assistant Diandra Harriott and Alex Hayden, student minister, The United Theological College of the West Indies, were joined in holy matrimony at the location where they first met. All Woman Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT AW Fshion: Styled To Distress! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fshion--Styled-To-Distress-_75742 We’re just as stylish and as innovative here on The Rock as those in New York, London, Milan and Paris. And yes, we’ve noticed the new streetwear trend of distressed Tees. Leading the charge locally is LaTroy Vincent, the man behind the Chop Shop label, who told All Woman Fashion (AWF) in a recent interview that the T-shirts are an extension of who he is. “They are easy, fun and comfortable,” he explained, “I’m also heavily influenced by Hip-Hop’s laid-back but fashionable culture,” Vincent said. All Woman Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT