Launching Pad

TSO conceptualiser Novia McDonald-Whyte (centre) readies to cut the Selena Wong-created TSO cake with (from left) TSO special guest
and global fashion influencer Shala Monroque, Spanish Court Guest Services Manager Zarna Drummond, Jamaica Observer Managing
Director Danville Walker, Observer Head of Advertising, Marketing and Communications Natalie Chin, TSO special guest and Trinidadian
fashion designer Meiling Esau, Jamaica Public Service Head of Marketing Tishan Lee, TSO special guest and fine jewellery designer
Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris, Island Car Rentals tour coordinator Sashae Moulton, and Jamaica Yellow Pages Marketing Manager Ayanna

The paparazzi-dotted TSO launch wielded its allure, midweek, at the boutique Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Out and about were the style set, retailers, and National Commerical Bank, Jamaica Yellow Pages, JPS eStore, Island Car Rentals, Business Access TV, Diageo, Select Brands and Caribbean A ... Read More

Jetting in from Trinidad, St Lucia and New York, respectively,
courtesy of Caribbean Airlines, as special guests for the Jamaica
Observer Takes Style Out sales event, the trio of (from left) fashion
designer Meiling Esau, global fashion influencer Shala Monroque
and fine jewellery artisan Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris plugged last
Thursday’s big day. Retail Roundtable
There's nothing quite like a leisurely lunch before a spot of retail therapy and last week Tuesday a ... Read More

Veteran reggae singer Tinga Stewart and his singer wife
Andrea ‘Princess Jahmeli’ checked out the window display at
Collectibles Shoes. Here's To Happy Shopping!
Not wanting to miss out on tempting discounts offered by retailers at the Jamaica Observer Takes Sty ... Read More

Phalaenopsis SO Gardening Oct 4
Dear Orchid Doc: My orchids have been getting sooty mould for some time now. I have used a mixture ... Read More

Cocktails With — Jaye-Ann O’Connor

Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Jaye-Ann O'Connor

Jaye-Ann O'Connor shifts effortlessly from a studied mirror-check -- her frosted lip focus still impressively evading the obligatory touch-up — to fingering covetable jewellery à la Mateo New York, on Wednesday evening, at the Valencia Room of the Spanish Court Hotel. The fashion designer is self-styled in a rocker-meets-deb mash-up customary of any metropolitan chicster worth her salt. It's the 2015 Take Style Out launch, after all, and the dress code dictates an 'All The Way Up' a ... Read More

My Kingston — Michael Roofe

Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Michael Roofe

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? The trips to Hope Gardens with my parents and siblings. In my young mind I was impressed by the lush surroundings and the maze. Yet another area of Kingston that is indelibly etched in my mind is the Palisadoes Peninsula, which was fringed with the azure tinted waters. It was a popular beach in those early years. What would be your recommendations to a first-time visitor to Kingston? Visit Devon House, which is an architectural pearl in the middle ... Read More

Water woes

Sunday, October 04, 2015    

Water woes

Nature does require Her time of preservation. -- Shakespeare, 1 Henry, IV, 1 AND what nature is preserving right now is water, at least in certain places. Nature does exactly what it wants to do, and there is not a darn thing that we can do about it except hope and pray that it works in our favour. At this time, nature has decided to hold back the rain in certain areas of the world. California is experiencing the worst drought in centuries with rivers and lakes literally disappearing. We are ... Read More

Hair's What's Hot!

Saturday, October 03, 2015    

Marketing Consultant Shelly Curran credits
sought-after hairstylist Lisa Hutchinson for
her edgy side-swept bob. Curran
recommends the OXX System hair products
to keep her mane in check. Below: The ‘do
from the side.

Your Under the Dryer trend spotters were on the lookout for hair and beauty trends at the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out Launch event held in the Valencia Meeting Room at the Spanish Court Hotel on Wednesday. A few of the ladies shared their beauty secrets, find out how you can get the look. Marketing Consultant Shelly Curran credits sought-after hairstylist Lisa Hutchinson for her edgy side-swept bob. Curran recommends the OXX System hair products to keep her mane in check. Fashion designer ... Read More

Go Bold!

Saturday, October 03, 2015    

Bold Lipstick in French Roast for make-up artist Shana Banard.

Go-to make-up artist Racquel Jenkins launched her new line of lipsticks, Bold, on Monday at Signatures Boutique -- a participating store in the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out retail calendar event -- located at the Lee Gore Business Centre on Waterloo Road. "It's been in the pipeline for three years," shared Jenkins Moss-Solomon in between demonstrations Monday evening. "It struck me that it was something I could do after spending an entire day with a friend in search of a lipstick that would ... Read More

Trini Designer Claims Mission Catwalk First Win!

Friday, October 02, 2015    

Chan’s winning
design modelled
by Sydia Blake.

Twenty eight year old Ryan Chan from Trinidad and Tobago got off to a seamless start last week Saturday, September 26, copping the first win of this season's Mission Catwalk . Self-taught fashion and jewelry designer, Ryan Chan who presents his designs as 'Edgy Punk'has been designing for 15 years and is inspired by music and nature. He designs for international pageants and designs costumes for Carnival brands in Trinidad & Tobago, Miami and Cayman. Ryan was first seen on season two of Mis ... Read More

Made of More

Friday, October 02, 2015    

The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship Caribbean team having some fun at the end of a job well done. From
left: Gregory Everett, Sharon McLean-Jarrett, Melissa von Frankenberg, Kerri Richards, Lisa Lake, Lisandra
Rickards, Donnelle Christian, Deon Green, and Shadwayne Gordon

The Made of More Entrepreneurs' Challenge, presented by Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship - Caribbean (BCoEC) and the Arthur Guinness Project, has come to a successful end with five entrepreneurs securing a total of US$130,000 in financing to grow their businesses. This business pitch competition started two months ago. And, after two rounds of elimination, eight entrepreneurs made it to the final round, where they presented their elevator pitches to a panel of seven judges and in front of an ... Read More

A Merritone moment

Friday, October 02, 2015    

Restaurateur Michaell Hall (left) and Trevor Figueroa
enjoying the vibes

The legendary Merritone Music disco launched the 25th annniversary of its Family Reunion at Waterfalls in Kingston last Thursday night. The reunion will feature a series of events scheduled for October 11-19, starting with a service of thanksgiving at Webster Memorial United Church on Half-Way-Tree Road beginning at 9:45 am. Merritone's loyal supporters and friends of the Blake brothers turned out at last Thursday's event. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER GARFIELD ROBINSON was there. A Merritone moment ... Read More

More Than A Festival

Thursday, October 01, 2015    

Pork belly braised in orange juice, honey and
cinnamon, topped with deep-fried pig’s ear
tossed in five-spice sugar, all atop a caramelised
apple purée and pickled red cabbage.

A four-member taste team comprising sponsors of the upcoming Jamaica Food & Drink Festival -- Drink-Nyam-Jam made themselves comfortable in the Blend Bar & Lounge of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday, spread their napkins and, armed with the appropriate silverware readied to taste and give feedback on the offerings of award-winning caterers Alexa Von Strolley and Lorraine Fung and executive chefs Mark Cole, Gary Bowes and Shea Stewart -- six of 20 confirmed chefs and culinary personal ... Read More

Campari campaign star takes stand for Hillary

Thursday, October 01, 2015 5:15 PM    

Kate Hudson

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Hollywood actress and entrepreneur Kate Hudson is the star of the 2016 Campari Calendar. Indeed, the charismatic actress will take to the stage in this year’s Campari Calendar as two separate candidates in The BitterSweet Campaign. The timely BitterSweet campaign theme capitalises on the nature of any election, asking people to take a stand, express an opinion and vote for a side. Hudson, it would appear, has taken a stand! In an exclusive telephone interview wit ... Read More



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