Vows - Cheers To Marie & Paul

Cheers To Marie & Paul

We're raising Champagne toasts to Marie Simone Hall-Smith managing director of the Face Place and her entrepreneur husband Paul Hugh Smith who celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary last week Wednesday. VOWS had the distinct pleasure of sharing in their spectacular nuptials which took place on ... Read More

Peter & Katherine Abrikian
Director, playwright and part-time drama educator at the American International School of Kingston P ... Read More

Fashion blogger Tamu
McPherson stepped out
for her SO interview in
Stella McCartney trousers
and Theory shirt. VIDEO: Tamu’s bird’s-eye view
All the Pretty Birds fashion blogger Tamu McPherson spent the Easter holidays in Jamaica and SO spen ... Read More

Nicole 'Sky'
Grey at CFW for
Cedella Marley. HARAMBE by Marley for CFW
Bob and Rita Marley's daughter Cedella is on our style radar this week. Why? The fashion designer, m ... Read More

Ribbie Turns Another Page

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Rocking a fuchsia high-top fade, birthday celebrant and Ribbiz Ultra Lounge co-principal Brian
Chung (centre) pointed to his KukUp Kreations-designed martini glass and J Wray & Nephew
white rum bottle cake alongside business partners Kamal Bankay (left) and Don Creary.

Always one given to colourful hair experimentations, Brian 'Ribbie' Chung was rocking a fuschia-coloured, high-top fade for his 'fiftysometing' birthday party last Thursday night at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge, the Barbican Centre watering hole/eatery he co-owns with business partners, Don Creary and Kamal Bankay. Packed wall-to-wall inside the social hotspot was a teeming crowd of well-wishers that ran the gamut from family to business associates. With the four-man deejay roster of Smoke, Narity, Audl ... Read More

MY KINGSTON — Kenneth Moore

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Kenneth Moore

What were your first impressions of Kingston? My first time visiting was five years ago on a business trip. I immediately felt it was a cool country with cool people. I remember we went to Tracks and Records and we got to see all the Usain Bolt paraphernalia and I thought it was dope. What was the most memorable meal you enjoyed in Kingston? Eating fish and festivals on the beach at Hellshire. I actually got away from work for the day which is something I don't normally do. What would you do ... Read More

Cocktail with — Tamia Francis

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Multitasking is now second nature to Tamia Francis. Mother to two young girls, she's also a fashion designer of her eponymous label, co-founder of the popular LIVE Stush social media site, and co-principal of a five-year old marketing company that is a growing extension of Stush. There's much on her plate but Francis says she would have it no other way. We make fast friends with the laser-focused Francis amid the fashionable belles out last Saturday for L'Oréal's relaunch event hosted at ... Read More

SO Gardening April 26

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Assorted Vanda orchids

Dear Orchid Doc: I would like to know why my Dendrobiums are only shooting short spikes. Marjorie Dear Marjorie: One reason could be the species, another could be too much fertiliser. Dear Orchid Doc: What would make the Vanda leaves close and wrinkle? They have always looked extremely healthy. K of MoBay Dear K of Mobay: If your orchids have always done well, then I suggest you check for root problems, especially if they are wilting. Another reason is that maybe you have not been wate ... Read More


Sunday, April 26, 2015    

SO is pleased to share with the kind permission of Marie Claire in the pages of the Style Observer images from their May 2015 Global Beauty Issue - Global Beauty Jamaica - 11 of our Rock belles. GLOBAL Beauty JA --> Read More

Ready, Set, Click

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Judge Peter Ferguson (centre) indicated the use of light in a submitted smartphone entry as
Digicel marketing director Peter Lloyd (left) and Jamaica Observer photographer Michael Gordon
readied to offer their critiques. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

Digicel marketing director Peter Lloyd, photographer Peter Ferguson and Jamaica Observer photographer Michael Gordon gathered at F&B Downtown Café on Tuesday afternoon for their first judging session of the six-week-long Jamaica Observer/Digicel #FAInstaFare smartphone photo competition. Open to users of the Digicel network, the smartphone competition is a newly added marketing component leading up to this year's staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards to be held on Th ... Read More

Old Harbour Delivers With Kaluga Kafe

Dwight Scott | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Guava cheesecake with strawberry coulis and praline

Celebrating their one-year anniversary last week, the Old Harbour-based Kaluga Kafe is a worthwhile dining destination to enjoy authentic Jamaican delicacies as well as Asian-inspired and Euro-centric fare. Located a few minutes from the iconic clock in the town's centre, the eatery brings a taste of cosmopolitan flavour to the town. Kaluga Kafe — owned by Adrian Samuda with Akeeli Dixon ably fulfilling his duties as executive chef — offers a comfortable rustic ambience with varnis ... Read More

Heavenly Food in a Heavenly Location

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Perfect escoveitched
fish served with
golden brown bammy.

Our latest culinary adventure takes us to an old wharf settlement approximately three kilometres east of Falmouth and just beyond the mouth of the Martha Brae River, popularly known today as “Rock”. Established by the British in the mid-1700s as a port in the Martha Brae Harbour (later to be called Falmouth Harbour), The Rock, as it was known back then, was the port from which ships would service plantations along the river and also deliver cargo as far up as the town of Martha Bra ... Read More

Maintaining your health

With Cherryl Hanson-Simpson | Thursday, April 23, 2015    


Last week we looked at the connection between wealth and wellness, noting that ill health can jeopardise your finances. Sickness can decrease your work output, deplete your savings and destroy your plans for the future. You need to have good health to pursue great wealth. Since wealth can be defined as a "plentiful source of a particular desirable thing", you could say that good health is a form of prosperity in itself. Whether you have an income shortfall or you have significant net worth, you ... Read More

Marketing Malbec

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

(L) Bodega Santa Ana Area
Manager Diego Angel
Miranda happened to be
close by, so he stopped by to
chat about his wines that are
in Jamaica. He poured his
Santa Ana Malbec, a fresh
approachable pleasant wine
that went surprisingly well
with the Chinese food we
(R) Andres Lugo, Caribbean area manager for
regional wine, also stopped by for a few sips.
He is in Jamaica for a few days conducting
meetings and training with clients.

A few weeks ago I received a few messages asking me what the party plan was for Malbec World Day. You see, back in 2011 an organisation called Wines of Argentina (WoA), which has the responsibility for marketing the Argentine wine brand around the world conceptualised Malbec World Day on April 17, as a way to promote Argentina's newly recognised flagship grape varietal -- Malbec. In recent years, with the involvement of the local wine importers and the Argentine Embassy, we were able to host gr ... Read More



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