Vows: Our Cinderella Story

Diedra serenades her husband with Sarah Barailles’  I Choose You.

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 mom ... Read More

Celine Fall/Winter 2016/2017put to the left of IMG_0134 AW Fashion: Resurrected trends
The asymmetric one-shoulder style was dominant in this year’s Fall/Winter collections and was ... Read More

The guest list for the Seamlessly Stitched dinner, hosted by its founder Novia McDonald-Whyte and fashion designer Bill Edwards (seated, left), and held two Thursdays ago, included (seated, from second right) Garco Construction Services Managing Director & founder Rohan Grant; and tTech Sales & Marketing Director Christopher Reckord. Also, making the cut were (from left, standing ) Round Hill Hotel & Villas massage therapist Richard Nelson; Jus Great Manufacturing Managing Director Desmond Williams; RJR Communications Group account executive Adrian St Louis; entrepreneur Cliff McDonald; IBM Business Development Manager, Public Sector Pat Tomlinson; Barrett’s Cambio Managing Director Carol Barrett; Round Hill Hotel & Villas Managing Director Josef Forstmayr; Telicon Amber Division General Manager Lyndon Cameron; Petrojam Marketing Representaive Roland Gregory; and University of the West Indies, Mona Head of the Department of Government Dr Lloyd Waller. Not pictured is Carreras Security Manager Dwight Blackwood. Fitting the BILL
With this Thursday’s The Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out event coming into view, the Seamle ... Read More

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for our #TSOBestie, internationally acclaimed jewellery design ... Read More

Spotted — Zuri Marley

Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Eddie Grams

Who... Zuri Marley Bob Marley’s granddaughter. Daughter of Carleene Samuels and David ‘Ziggy’ Marley Where... In Vogue and Nylon magazines Current status... student at New York University, musician, actress, creative mastermind Aspirations... to inspire people to do, whatever they want to do regardless of social norms or status. We all have to break through something, so hopefully we can fight together! My signature look is... influenced by dancehall fashion. When I pe ... Read More

Cocktails With — Celene Sarah Gordon

Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Celene Sarah Gordon, deputy project manager, Caribbean Mobile InnCovation Project (CMIP) Entrepreneur (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

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... What tune ... Read More

My Kingston — Pat Tomlinson

Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Pat Tomlinson (Photo: Karl McLarty)

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? I am a country boy who looked forward to coming to Kingston for the holidays. My siblings, cousins and I would hang around our aunt’s house and backyard because there wasn’t much to do when we were kids. I remember one Boxing Day we went to Hope Gardens and when the festivities were done in the night, we couldn’t get onto a JOS bus to travel back home because of the crowd. We decided to walk all the way from Hope Gardens on Old Hop ... Read More

Out in Support Of A Cause

Sunday, October 23, 2016    

(From left:) Health coach Nyasha Heaven, her husband Johann, chief investments officer at Proven Wealth Limited, Jamaica Observer Head of Marketing, Advertising and Communications Natalie Chin and Kingston Bridal Week Director Sean Lyn. (Antonio Graham)

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. The evening’s proceedings were hosted by me ... Read More

Gardening - October 23

With Betty Ashley | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Cattleya aclandiae

Dear Orchid Doc: The roots of my orchids, which are in the greenhouse, are all green. Should I be worried? Janette Dear Janette:  Your orchids are getting too much water and little opportunity to dry. The green roots are in the embryonic stage of algae/fungus which is an overnight killer. Use Physan, which is a fungicide/ algaecide /bactericide. Mix and spray directly on the affected area, once per week for at least three weeks, and avoid wetting orchids when they are still wet. Dear ... Read More

Collection MoDa Turns Five!

Friday, October 21, 2016    

The Collection MoDa team — (from left:)  MoDa Creative Director Fidge Fletcher,  MoDa Head Volunteer Stephanie Whyte, MoDa Founder Kerry-Ann Clarke, MoDa Curator Aiesha Panton, MoDa Magazine Editor Leisha Wong and MoDa Task Director Shauna-Gaye Hart.Garfield Robinson

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. Kingston Industrial Garage Sales and Marketing Manager Judith Denton steered the evening’s proceedings, which included a five-year review ... Read More

Beyond jerk...

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

A toast to a wonderful dinner — (from left) <TextBoldItalic>Cosmopolitan</TextBoldItalic> women’s magazine Beauty Editor Victoria Jowett; The Courtleigh Group of Companies Director of Projects Kate Hendrickson; 50 Connect: Over 50s Online Community Managing Director Anthony Page; The Courtleigh Group of Companies Managing Director Kevin Hendrickson; The Courtleigh Hotels Group Director of Marketing and Sales Nicola Madden-Greig; <TextBoldItalic>MSN</TextBoldItalic> freelance writer Jenn Selby; Jamaica Pegasus Director of Sales Prudence Simpson; and Jamaica Tourist Board Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing Marcia McLaughlin; (from right) Novia McDonald-Whyte, <InfoBold>Jamaica Observer </InfoBold>Senior Associate Editor — Lifestyle and Social Content; Jamaica Tourist Board Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook; <TextBoldItalic>Amuse Magazine</TextBoldItalic> Editorial Director Stuart Brumfitt; The Courtleigh Group of Companies Director of Projects Melissa Hendrickson; Memeber of Parliament and Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett; <TextBoldItalic>Good Things</TextBoldItalic> magazine Fashion Editor Charlotte Ellis; <InfoBold>Jamaica Observer </InfoBold>wine consultant and IT consultant Christopher Reckord; Toyota Jamaica Branch Manager Mick McGrane; and PR Consultant Michael Grande (Karl McLarty)

...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. “Tonight we’re going to have fun with food,” said Cole, the man whose fare wowed the palate of Presi ... Read More

Gourmet goodies on wheels

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

The Veggie Meals on Wheels team of Alfred Brissett and  Asheeba Anson. (Karl McLarty)

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 sandwic ... Read More

Chef Bradley Kilgore for Jamaica Food & Drink Festival

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

Chef Bradley Kilgore
for Jamaica Food
& Drink Festival
— Taste his chilimarinated
tenderloin, green
papaya slaw, Thai
peanut emulsion and
Umemboshi at Picante,
Saturday, October 29.

— at Picante, Saturday, October 29 When this Best New Chef in America, an accolade ascribed by Food & Wine Magazine, is not at the helm of his internationally acclaimed restaurant Alter in Wynwood or the culinary director for the Adrienne Arsht Center, where he recently opened his signature restaurant Brava by Brad Kilgore, you can find Kilgore working as a mentor for a food truck staffed by underprivileged teenagers in Wynwood. In an uncanny twist of fate Brad Kilgore, rising chef ... Read More

A Southern Style Roast

Thursday, October 20, 2016    

After the pig head is set in the roasting pan, sprigs of parsley are added to add flavour. (Aceion Cunningham)

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 a ... Read More



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