Vows - A stroke of serendipity!


ser*en*dip*i*ty noun 1. the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Picture it: Four years ago, in January 2011, Din Duggan and Ramona Guy were introduced by a mutual friend. Unbeknownst to them, this was the start of something wonderful. Fast-forward to March ... Read More

Tukula Ntama
draped in one of her
Ntama Art designs. Tukula's Artwork On Fabric
Californian-born Tukula Ntama had no idea where her trip to Jamaica over 30 years ago would take her ... Read More

a baby
many a
tear wiped,
many a story told
in this beautiful
rocking chair. Melanie Schwapp... My Favourite Things
I love old things. I adore antiques. I believe that this love is directly tied to my love of Jamaica ... Read More

I have no idea why, but I started wearing hats
regularly about 20 years ago and have amassed an
active collection of sombreros, fedoras, bowlers, and
Stantons, etc. The fashion of wearing hats has come
and gone about three times since I started wearing
them, but like the Northern Star I have remained
committed and constant. Fashion will come and go,
but Powe will always be wearing his hat! T Nevada Powe... My Favourite Things
As an amateur foodie, my Shun (rhymes with moon) knife is never far from reach. Inspired by the anci ... Read More

Yes, He Can

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

The First Family recently joined thousands of Americans to march across the Edmund
Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, commemorating the 1965 march led by Dr Martin
Luther King, who was looking to secure equal voting rights for people of colour.

Eyes are peeled and invites would be golden tickets for the ultimate selfie. When the annoucement that Barack Obama was due to visit The Rock came last week, instant clamouring began in society circles to shore up even the most fleeting of chances to share audience with the charismatic and first black President of the United States. Here's what we know: Obama, currently in his second term as the 44th president of the North American republic, is due to arrive on April 9 for official state matter ... Read More

The Turn Up:  My Favourite ways to stay ‘fly’ (sung to the tune of any Kanye song)

Mark McIntosh Private Equity Investor and Wallenford Coffee Boss | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

my favourite

Accessorising: Jackets, shoes and the right accessories can transform your outfit and make something plain turn exciting. Prada for shoes and Y-3 for sneakers. The right glasses have a similar effect. I found these Christian Dior frames hiding at an outlet store and had them fitted with tinted lenses. (I wear my sunglasses at night). Cologne is appropriate sometimes. Green Irish Tweed by Creed is my favourite. My friend Ali introduced me to it many years ago. I haven't switched (sweet up). ... Read More

Josef Forstmayr... My Favourite Things

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Josef Forstmayr

My four most favourite things are items/habits which I practise EVERY DAY and are total routine...without any of these, I would probably be antsy! They are: The gym at Round Hill (or anywhere else I visit!) We designed and built the MOST beautiful indoor (airconditioned/cardio and weights) pavilions and the outdoor fitness and yoga pavilion at RH. I have to admit, it was always my dream to work out in such a beautiful setting with ocean views, surrounded by tropical rainforests! Just fantastic ... Read More

Art Consultant Rachael Barret... My Favourite Things

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Murano glass

Modern design given a Caribbean flair. This is a classic B33 Marcel Breuer chair, tubular steel with leather, from the late-1920s. I'm a big fan of modern design and since returning to Jamaica have been looking at ways I can update my modern antiques with an element of Caribbean style. This chair I've restored and given a soft touch with a handmade cushion made by local designer Tishelle Designs. Murano glass. The art of glassmaking on the Venetian island of Murano is centuries old and I love ... Read More

Savage Beauty

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Alexander McQueen “No 13”,
Spring/Summer 1999.

Mission Catwalk Executive Producer Keneea Linton-George shares a favourite moment... It may have been coincidental being in London on the opening weekend of the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition, but attending was no coincidence. Securing tickets for the first day of the exhibition was near impossible, even for some of London's top concierge service, but we were relentless in our pursuit. Being able to intimately view the work of one of the most talented designers of my generation was ... Read More

My Kingston — Jason Pitter

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

You're the first Black Queen's Counsel in Northern England. Does this have any personal significance for you? Once it sank in I realised it was a massive personal achievement for which I feel hugely honoured and privileged. But from the wider perspective, given we are in 2015, it's a pity that I am the first. That means there remains a lot more to be done and I have a significant responsibility in terms of encouraging and assisting those who will follow after me. What was it about a legal car ... Read More

Cocktails With — Jasmine Rand

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Jasmine Rand

Attorney-at-law and human rights activist Jasmine Rand is back on The Rock. Between acting as legal counsel for the families of slain black American teenagers Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in the United States, and representing the local family of Mario Deane, who was beaten and killed in his jail cell in Montego Bay, Rand is also doggedly passionate about the pursuit of justice. She's at the Nanook-hosted launch of Rastafarian designer Mamayashi's collection, Black Star Blue Moon, on the inv ... Read More

Gardening — March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015    


Dear Orchid Doc: I enjoy your beautiful orchids, and the information you give each week is so helpful. Please give me some basics on growing healthy Phalaenopsis, especially the correct medium and location to grow them in. Can I take my orchids to you for advice on how to get them growing properly? Regards Elenor Dear Elenor Thank you for your kind words. The first thing you should do is observe the area where you live. Is it very hot like Portmore? Or is it very damp like Stony Hill? Ar ... Read More

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things...

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Jamaican Guango Table
Love the way our Jamaican guango
stands up to the elements and ages into
the most beautiful weathered grey.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favourite things... We pay our own tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music by sharing with SO readers a few favourites of author Melanie Schwapp, financier Nevada Powe, art consultant Rachael Barrett, Round Hill Hotel & Villas MD Josef Forstmayr, Mission Catwalk executive producer Keneea Linton-George and private equity inv ... Read More

VIDEO: Table Talk Food Awards — The Cayman Edition

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

The view from Osetra Bay
World Cuisine & Ultra Lounge

Seventeen years ago, the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards sought to make a statement that food in Jamaica was worthy of recognition. Our statement then, as it is now, was that there is a world of creativity and excellence in food. Back then, there was one important element missing -- there was no vehicle to applaud the efforts of the hundreds of thousands of people who work in the food industry in Jamaica. That belief has fuelled the drive to amplify the Food Awards experience each year ... Read More



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