Phillip Thomas — an artist in residence

N Train presented in 2008, copped the Aaron Matalon award for Thomas.

In his oil paintings and mixed-media works, artist Phillip Thomas combines the imagery and tradition of the old masters with contemporary textures and patterns to create a new iconography. As a starting point for those cross-cultural conversations, Thomas looks to the model of the French academies ... Read More

(L-R) Afrikan Boy, 2013 and Mr M Mazouz, 2013 Moroccan Hipsters
The New York Times sees shades of Matisse and Koons. ArtNet is convinced he's the next David LaChape ... Read More

A peek at
nature’s beauty
at GoldenEye. VIDEO: The Destination Experience
Three years after taking the reins as party ambassadors for the Jamaican leg of the well-received Gl ... Read More

Hamilton (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) My Kingston - Kirk-Anthony Hamilton
What is your earliest recollection of Kingston? I remember Kingston as a child, maybe four years ol ... Read More

Cocktails With - Kwayera Archer-Cunningham

Sunday, September 21, 2014    

Kwayera Archer-Cunningham (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

We were introduced to the charming Kwayera Archer-Cunningham at the upper St Andrew-hosted launch reception of The Destination Experience last Wednesday evening. Archer-Cunningham resigned from her position as an executive consultant of executive leaders, non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations in the United States in June to return to Jamaica, the home of her parents, to jump-start her company, Global Ase, which looks to replicate the 25-year-long work she did in America. We ... Read More

Hair looking fab – Now onto the face

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Ka-el Clarke, marketing consultant at Triple Century Sports

Salon Phoenix's on-request make-up artist Shadeen James shows us how. Ka-el Clarke, marketing consultant at Triple Century Sports Face 1. Prime face with Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion 2. Buff Mary Kay Foundation in Bronze 2 using a flat-top brush or a Beauty Blender. 3. Set face with Ben Nye Natural set for oil control. 4. Powder face with IMAN Oil-Blotting Powder in Light Medium. Cheeks 1. Use Ben Nye Banana Powder to highlight under the eyes. 2. Contour cheeks using MAC Mineralize Sk ... Read More

New Hair, New You

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Boho Braids 
- Allawney McIntyre, senior marketing coordinator at Jamaica Beverages Ltd.

Say goodbye to your go-to high-bun style or part-down-the-side bob and find inspiration for your styling routine straight off the New York Fashion Week runways. From sleek, pulled-back styles to messy buns and effortless waves, our fashion week style watch has been fawning over the models' hair just as much as their designer shoes. No need for the designer shoe price tag here, however -- all you need is a curling and flat iron, some elastic bands and a few bobby pins to look like you spent hours ... Read More

VIDEO: For The 'Taste'

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Culinary Federation of Jamaica President Dennis
McIntosh greeted our photog alongside caterer
Lorraine Fung (centre) and Best Dressed Chicken
marketing manager Avadaugn Sinclair.

Rock-based food company execs mingled alongside Kingston's top hotel chefs Wednesday evening on the Legacy Terrace of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel for the media launch of the Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition and Expo, slated to be held on October 18 and 19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Saturday Social gives you a taste of the buzz-worthy event. PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD Read More

VIDEO: Getting Ready For TSO

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

(L-R) Kathryn Silvera, advertising
and marketing manager at
Chas E Ramson
TSO Must-Have: Fabulous
gown from Flirt Boutique. Kaylia Williams, radio
broadcaster on Hot 102FM
TSO Must-Have: New shoes
and handbag from Alter Ego. Dennis McIntosh, president,
Culinary Federation of
TSO Must-Have: New toys for
my kitchen.

The excitement is palpable as sale-watchers are already making note of must-have pieces on their shopping list for the night of islandwide savings for the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO)'s one-night-only event on Thursday, October 2. We checked in with foodies supporting the Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition and Expo media launch reception at the Legacy Terrace of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday, as well as fashionable folk at the Jamaica Observer-sponsored Destination Experien ... Read More

'Tee-Off' With Errol McKenzie

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

A beaming Errol McKenzie, surrounded by members of his Sagicor family, proudly displayed the Clovis Brown cartoon gifted to him.

ERROL McKenzie's 39 years of dedicated service to Sagicor was honoured by his colleagues in a From Thought To Finish-catered send-off party Thursday evening, hosted by Sagicor President and CEO Richard Byles and his wife, Jacinth. Affectionately called "Big Mac" by his colleagues, McKenzie, an avid golfer and member of the Jamaica Golf Association management committee, leaves his position as executive vice-president, employee benefits after a fulfilling career spanning nearly four decades. In ... Read More

Vows - Destination: Love

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Mr and Mrs Samson Tirfagnehu are joined by members of their immediate family.

How They Met... True love is often said to prevail through all challenges, bringing together two destined hearts regardless of race, religion or cultural background. So starts the globe-trotting love story of New York-born Samson Tirfagnehu and his Jamaican belle, Jodi-Kay Watson, as they shared with Vows how their decade-long courtship withstood the test of distance and time. When Jodi-Kay Watson answered a knock on her dormitory door in 2004 on her first day at Florida International Universi ... Read More

Gardening Sept - 21

Saturday, September 20, 2014    


Dear Orchid Doc: The older canes of my Dendrobiums are growing small plants. Can I take them off and plant them? — JB Dear JB, When you see your older Dendrobium canes growing lots of plantlets (keikis), oftentimes it means the orchid isn't getting enough light, and might be close to death. There's an adage that says: "When plantain want dead, it shoot." Pot these plantlets when they develop strong roots. Dear Orchid Doc: How do I know when to repot my orchids? — Morris Dea ... Read More

Saturday at Linstead Market

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

A bustling market day. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

Immortalised in the popular Jamaican folk song, Linstead Market is home to a colourful cast of vendor personalities, with stalls stocked with a distinct array of farm-fresh produce and veggies as Thursday Life went a-calling last weekend. Get your shopping list ready as we venture to the iconic St Catherine space to see a Saturday market day in action. The Linstead Market of today is markededly different from the one of the past. While not aesthetic perfection, in the 40-plus years that octogen ... Read More

Jerk Pork LINSTEAD Style

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Aspiring chef Patrick Morris sticks a fork into a jerk pig’s tail on the grill. The 20-year-old works kerbside in the heart of Linstead right alongside the town's bus and route taxi bay. (AT RIGHT) What's on the grill? Jerk pork, liver and pig's tail as well as aluminium foil-wrapped jerk sausages. The price? $300 for a quarter-pound, $600 for half-pound and $1,200 for a pound.

After calling it a day at the Linstead Market, the unmistakable, wafting scent of pork finds our nostrils as we make our way back to our vehicle parked in the heart of the bustling town. There is sudden cause to make a sharp detour to investigate. Within a couple paces, we find the baby-faced Patrick Morris around the grill, succulent pieces of brown pork, aluminium foilwrapped jerk sausages, as well as pig's tails and cow liver being seared over a fenced flame. The 20-year-old, who harbours d ... Read More



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