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Publisher and Founding Editor Janette N. Brin NYC Fashion & Entertainment Editor R. Anthony Morrison
Beauty Editor Brandy Gomez-Duplessis Contributing Writers Sherina Russell-Garcia, Edith Webber, Donella Dias, Tessa Johnson, Alicea James, Data Damato, Melissa Jannes Contributing Photographers Kevon Richardson Norman Allen Bâ€™jon Lamari Bass Art Design & Layout Carmen Virginia GrisolĂa Marketing & Distribution J Marketing Group www.jmktgroup.com
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NTENTS Editor’s Page 4. Caribbean POSHgirl POWER Brunch
Editors #POSHGIRL Picks 6. Editors #POSHGIRL Picks Style 7. POSH Style Bar: On Trend Celebration Look
8 JJ Biography of Style 10 One Stop Shop Accessories to have in Your Wardrobe
12 St.Kitts Style FASHION 16 Style Weekend St.Kitts A Fashion Phenomenon
23 Summer Sizzle BVI 34 VI Model of the Year 37 Model Feature
42 Leading Natural Hair Products 44 The Best Beauty Products of 2015 You Need to Discover Today
45 Battle of the Brushes 46 Top Beauty Trends You Should actually be Doing
47 Donella Dias: Skincare Beauty Tips
Features 48 Kenya Eugene: Born to Sing 52 Woman of the Cloth: Creed
Costume Designer Antoinette Messam
55 Yvette Thomas-Henry: A Woman for all Seasons
56 Miss Tricia Campbell 58 Tiffany Evans: The Face of Grenada
News and Culture 61 “Don’t Count Me Out”: Jermaine Edwards
beauty 38 10 Makeup Tips Every Woman Should Know
39 Great Pamper Yourself Face Products
40 Best Skincare Products of 2015
62 Cuba Awakening 64 The Evolution of Soca Music 67 Escape to the Quite Island of Eleuthera
68 #MyKitts 70 A Taste of Sugar Mass
Janette N. Brin Publisher and Founding Editor Photographed by Kevon Richardson Location: Tortola, BVI
“Ever thought small island, big dreams and maybe you couldn’t accomplish it all. Well Caribbean women are boss -- doing everything from fashion to film. Join me at the first annual Caribbean POSHgirl POWER Brunch: BVI. Follow us at @caribbeanposh to learn more.”
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EDITORS#POSHGIRLPICKS t FELL IN LOVE
t add a bit of caribbean to your living room all year round with these lovely pillows made with Batik fabrics. #mystkitts
with the color pattern of this dress. Isn’t it lovely? Locally made in St.Kitts, dresses like this can be found at Carrabelle Batik.
u Romain Virgo and RCity
I’m constantly repeating these two selections right now.
p D.A.D.I. and fiona compton This past
fall I visited the lovely island of St.Kitts for Style Weekend St.Kitts. The Caribbean is filled with so many talented designers, these are just two examples of reasons to shop Caribbean #shopCaribbean q Victoria´S Secret Proud Sponsor of the 2015 Victoria´s Secret Fashion Show, BeachWave is putting the fun into curling your hair. t M.A.C. is indeed Beauty cause I
just adore these shades of pink.
u bvi timepiece A Virgin Island time treasure is this BVI timepiece exclusively from
p Definitely planning on attending more fashion events this year. Summer Sizzle BVI 2016 is indeed on the list.
POSHSTYLE BAR By Tessa Johnson
The New Year is upon us and so are the celebration soirees with friends and colleagues. Here are two looks to revamp your festive look and keep you ahead of the trend
Suit It Up – It’s not your average suit but menswear for women continue to be on trend for the holiday season. We’ve given some chic alternatives and some shine to revamp your style. HM x Balmain Collection Satin Joggers - $99USD
Simply Be - Elvi Gold Sequin Mesh Jumper - $60.00USD
a 70s revival– Tap into your inner disco diva and revive your style with this 70s look.
Aldo - Gold Pump - $120.00USD
H&M - Dress - $69.99USD
Aldo - Clutch - $40.00USD
H&M - Vintage Cuff - $9.99USD
HM & Balmain Collection Geometric Cuff - $59.99USD
Aldo - Metallic Sandal $90.00USD
This sleeveless blazer pairs well with the sequin jumper and satin jogger. Add a geometric cuff for a bit of edge and a few gold finishing touches and you’re good to go!
Aldo - Jeweled Clutch $55.00USD
This gold choker maxi dress is a great holiday option and pairs well with the metallic sandal and jewel/vintage accessories.
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HM x Balmain Collection Sleeveless Blazer $129USD
AYISSI NGA Joseph-Marie aka JJ DU STYLE is a fashion designer who creates very chic street wear. The French/Cameroonian designer, whose father was a tailor, has decided to follow the footsteps of pioneer Cameroonian fashion designers such as Imane Ayissi and Martial Topolo by creating his own clothing line called ‹WAZAL› which was launched in 2005. In 2006, he launched his first designs, which are worn by some celebrities such as SINGUILA, Alpeco, WAYNE BECKFORD, ROMARIC Koffi and Lalcko. His brand «WAZAL» is a blend of “WAZA”, the name of a natural park in the extreme north of Cameroon and the letter “L” which stands for Lion, the Cameroonian symbol. The natural park symbolizes respect, while the lion symbolizes power. WAZAL COUTURE fashion universe expresses more of casual wear in a constant search of innovations, new styles and creativity. In the mixture of many various colors, and various prints, he adds and blends other materials such as pure cotton, denim jean, wax, leather, fur, synthetic just to name a few. He went through a professional training in VANESSA RUIZ fashion school in Paris and he later on specialized in creating tuxedo jackets. The first was thus created in 2013 under the declination «Tete fly.» In 2013, he was part of the guests of the Ambassador of Cameroon to Paris for the exhibition of the feast of the Cameroonian youth and the Fashion Night Lounge at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where he presented his three concepts: WazalRock, fly Tété and Africafutur. These concepts are based on criteria, which since the beginning symbolized his career: Daring, Respect and Creation. Wazal cuts and designs are impressive and modern; moreover it follows the latest trends today. Ayissi’s collection of tuxedo jackets called fly sucked 2015, inspired by a Cameroonian slang, “tété” means wealthy (bourgeois) chic. Combining all of these concepts, wazal points out more on the African elegance in chic street style.
SMOKING Jacket fly Tété Black Leather
Materials: lambskin leather and red lace
SMOKING Jacket fly Tété military camouflage Contents: Military Camouflage and lambskin
SMOKING Jacket fly Tété blue color: black Materials: fleece and jeans on backwards
T-Shirt Tété reason New York Material: Milano.
Blend of cotton printed digital New York Harem pants black jogging together Materials: fleece and lamb leather
T-Shirt Military Camouflage pattern Tété
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By Tessa Johnson
As seen on the runways in various forms whether if it was fringe or an oversized knit. Capes are an essential this season and perfect as a transitional piece from winter to spring. 1. River Island Blocked Sleeveless Cape $63.00USD – ASOS, www.asos.com 2. Monki Fine Knit Poncho - $54.00USD – ASOS, www.asos.com 3. Poncho – 34.99USD – H&M, www.hm.com
THE statement necklace You can dress it up or down. A statement necklace either jeweled bib or fringe. It’s the perfect accessory to add the finishing touch to any attire. 1. ASOS Double Jewelled Bib Necklace – 36.00 USD –ASOS, www.asos.com ASOS 2. Statement Fringe Necklace $27.00USD – ASOS, www.asos.com
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THE hat It’s no longer considered your mother’s Sunday’s best. There is something ladylike about a wide brimmed hat. Paired with the right Duster or suit serves the right amount of sophistication.
1.Burgundy leather strapped hat -$25.00USD, Aldo Accessories, www. aldoshoes.com 2. Black linked-chained hat $30.00USD, Aldo Accessories, www. aldoshoes.com
THE gloves It can be leather or printed. Whatever is your fancy, gloves are a great addition to your wardrobe. Be dramatic with a full length or be chic with this leopard and leather print mix. 1. Leopard Print Cashmere Lined Gloves – approx. $160USD, Leather Gloves Online, www.leatherglovesonline.com 2. 16-Button Length Silk Lined Gloves – approx. $238USD, Leather Gloves Online, www.leatherglovesonline.com
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Location: Salt Plage, Saint Kitts Models: Winnielle Pereira and Destinee Guilbert Photgraper: Ricki Richardson MUA: Phylicia Pereira Assistance: Bâ€™Jon Lamari Bass
Outfit 1 SK Fashion Plus(House of Style)
Outfit 2 Paradise Prints â€“ St. Lucia Designer: Fiona Compton
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I was so truly privileged to be part of one of the most elite event that I have participated in for a very long time. In partnership with the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Style Weekend St. Kitts is the brainchild of Ms. Winnielle Pereira who brought beauty, style and fashion to an unprecedented height on the island. She has valuable global experience in the fashion industry and is dedicated to a theme of roots, culture and couture. And I? I was treated like a VIP royalty from start to finish. As I walked into the airport immigration area I was immediately welcomed in style. A gentleman from the Tourism Authority held up a sign with my name printed on it as if I were a real celebrity. Whisked off to the locale of a major sponsor of the fashion weekend, namely the fabulous St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino â€“ I continued the already jaw dropping experience of seeing a most
beautiful island to experience this gorgeous facility – one that was to be my home away from home. At every turn of the corner more amazement greeted me – not to mention the ultra friendly and helpful staff that took great pride in the resort and their jobs. It was so easy to settle into my room designed with West Indian accents and breathtaking views included. After a brief rest, I prepared for the most wondrous welcome party. ou can imagine how the VIP treatment continued as the stretch limo bus pulled up to take us to our next destination…the energy and excitement generated by the fashion designers, models, sponsors, media and well wishers was nothing short of stupendous. The cocktail reception was held at the iconic and enchanting Aqua Ballahoo Restaurant nestled in the heart of Basseterre, and featured great music at the upscale event leading up to the next day’s fashion show.
Prior to the show on the 2nd day, a wonderful guide who knew all the ins and outs of the St. Kitts area shepherded me around the island. I learned about the mountain range of St. Kitts being in the middle of the area unlike most other islands, and that there were many sugar estates – in fact most villages had one. Replete with history, depicting the era of the Carib Indians, the British, and the French settlers, our tour continued to the Caribelle Batik – one of the most breathtaking botanical gardens in the Caribbean that I have ever seen. The cultural garden features local women creating Batik items. We also visited Brimstone Hill Fortress made completely of stone, and viewed a memorial to Sir Thomas Warner, the first governor of St. Kitts. caribbean posh The FASHION issue 2016
Next came what we came for: the unforgettably classy and premiere fashion event that evening. Fashion lines from style greats such as Gold Standard Clothing, Paradise Prints (St Lucia), Yuvershand, Christian Boucaud (Trinidad & Tobago), Kaishah Peters (St. Maarten), Shirrine Gilon, Sanara Bussue (St. Kitts), Rifka Maycock, Deron Attzs (Trinidad & Tobago), and Rosanna Browne. The host was Ms. Naeeman Hazelle. The grand finale saw the founder and CEO of Style Weekend St. Kitts, Ms. Wionniella Pereira, wearing a beautiful piece by Charlah Hobson of House of Panache – Anguilla.
If you follow Caribbean fashion you will know that St. Kitts is loaded with talented designers and artisans whom I had the joy of seeing in action.
Day 3 and I am still agog with all the excitement. Anticipation was high and I enjoyed my trip to the Exotic Beach Fete & Shopping Experience at Carambola Beach Club. This was the perfect opportunity for the general public to purchase their favourite pieces from the designers and to party into the evening with radio host Andre Phipps, aka â€œThe Magic Manâ€?, and co-host of his radio show, Jonnelle. Jewelry,
shoes, clothing, handbags, body products and paintings were available for purchase. The day also featured a fashion showcase, giveaways, and music by KC5 and Tombstone International. The aim of this first ever Style Weekend St. Kitts event was to unite fashion and culture. This posh upscale event certainly accomplished that and much more in an exotic and seductive spot located in the Caribbean. We at POSH will remember this phenomenal three-day experience for a long time. Canâ€™t wait for the next one!
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What or who inspired you to start Summer Sizzle BVI?
Who are your top Caribbean Models and why?
About 9 years ago, I organized a birthday get away to the BVI for a friend who is a top fashion editor. She had about 40 guests including fashion editors, TV producers, Public Relations mavens, doctors and lawyers. I organized their entire trip including parties and daily excursions around the islands. We were on Jost Van Dyke when one of the guest suggested that this should be an annual event. This made me pause a thought as I have so many production resources in fashion. After that trip I started thinking about combining my two passions - Travel and Fashion which lead to the creation of Summer Sizzle BVI. The initial concept was to do a fashion show on the island which the event has since grown into a platform for top emerging fashion designers from the region and around the world. The Caribbean is a popular travel destination, so it was a no brainer.
Tami Williams, Jamaica Karly Loyce, Martinique Lineisy Montero, Dominican Republic It is great to see our Caribbean faces representing such global influential brands.
What makes Summer Sizzle BVI special? Summer Sizzle BVI is not simply a fashion show. It is a fully realized lifestyle concept which provides four days of complete immersion into a fashionable way of life â€“ a runway fashion gala of course is included along with decadent parties, sailing excursion and island tours. All the while set against the beautiful backdrop of the BVI, showcasing our islands and making it an international fashion scene.
What were your highlights from NYFW 2016? Ralph Lauren, Tracy Reese, Cesar Galindo, Prabal Gurung, Givenchy, Carolina Herrera and Diane Von Furstenberg
What do we have to look forward to come Summer Sizzle BVI 2016? As mentioned Summer Sizzle BVI 2016 will be even more spectacular. The aim is to continue building the event into a destination of choice each summer. Attracting more famous designers, more top models, more celebrities, more fashion retailers and more beauty brands, facilitating workshops, more media â€“ just more. Summer Sizzle BVI is the next Caribbean fashion mecca.
What do you love the most about your BVI? The BVI is an amazing destination with breathtaking scenery. The people are warm and welcoming and the nature and culture are unspoiled. I just love our beaches and sailing our turquoise waters.
How long have you be producing the show? Summer Sizzle BVI is 7 years old. It is my baby so it takes energy and focus to produce but I am already working on its 8th year which promises to be even bigger and better.
How did you get into the fashion industry? I began producing several shows including the Miss World BVI Pageant during that time I met several top fashion influencers. I also worked in fashion merchandising management and other productions in the USA and the Caribbean. Once I decided to devote myself to Summer Sizzle BVI, these connections were instrumental in offering advice, making recommendations, and facilitating opportunities. I built relationships and network.
Givenchy, Tracy Reese, Balmain, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, LaQuan Smith
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Who are you top designers right now and why?
Michael Alan Stein
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Behind The Scenes
Shakeira & Jamal
The second annual VI Model of the Year Competition was held on St. Croix US Virgin Islands, April , 2015. Produced by St. Croix native Jason Gardener of JG Management USVI and co-produced by Sandi Bass of Sandi Bass International. The spectacular three day event played host to top industry professionals including, RED Models NYC, Funny Faces Models NYC, Frontier Booking International NYC and Posche Models Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida. During the three-day event, 23 models ranging from ages 7-25, both male and female competed in a 7 judged competition for the agents. On Friday April 10th the models put on their best red fashions for our Exclusive Meet & Greet RED party, Saturday April 11th was the first judged segment. The One-on-One with the agents as well as an industry seminar on The Business of Modeling. Finally on Sunday April 12th the main competition. The model competed in the following
competitions; Jeans, Swimwear, Runway, TV Commercials, Fashion Print and High Fashion. In the end the six winners were, Jayla Newton VI Child Model of the Year, Javier Edward VI Child Male Model of the Year, Brenee’ Soldiew VI Junior Model of the Year, D’Quan Daniel VI Junior Male Model of the Year, Shakeira Inglis VI Model of the Year and Jamal Cruickshank VI Male Model of the Year. As part of their prize all six models traveled to New York City July 7-18, 2015 to sign their modeling contracts, test shoot, attend modeling and acting workshops, saw Aladdin on Broadway, site seeing and lots of shopping. Two of the finalist who did exceptionally well in the competition also traveled with us to NYC and got offered to be represented by Funny Faces as well. Venessia Burgos who was second place in the child female division and Xavier Fuertes who was second place in the junior male division.
Shakeira Inglis – VI Model of the Year 2015 20 year old, St. Croix Native, Signed with RED Model Management NYC. Shakeira is now living in NYC working with her agency. Jamal Cruickshank – VI Male Model of the Year 2015 25 years old, born on the island of St. Vincent and raised in St. Croix USVI. Jamal signed with RED Model Management. Jamal is now living in NYC working with his agency.
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JG Management is gearing up for their third annual VI Model of the Year 2016 that will take place on St. Croix April 8-10, 2016. For more information contact Jason Gardener 340.244.5544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org website www. jgmanagementusvi.com
Brenee’ Soldiew – VI Junior Model of the Year 2015 13-year old 8th grader at The Elena L. Christian Junior High School. Signed with Funny Faces Models NYC and will be returning summer 2016 to start working.
Javier Edward – VI Child Male Model of the Year 2015 10-year old 5th grader at The Ricardo Richards Elementary School. He signed with Funny faces Models NYC and will return summer 2016 to start working.
D’Quan Daniel VI Junior Male Model of the Year 2015 16-year old 11th grader at The St. Croix Educational Complex. He signed with Funny Faces Models NYC and will be returning summer 2016 to start working.
Venessia Burgos – 2nd Place VI Child Model of the Year 2015 8-year old 3rd grader at The Alfredo Andrews Elementary School. She got an offer to be represented by Funny Faces Models NYC next summer 2016.
Jayla Newton – VI Child Model of the Year 2015 9-year old 4th grader at The Ricardo Richards Elementary School. She signed with Funny Faces Models NYC and will be returning summer 2016 to start working.
Xavier Fuertes – 2nd Place VI Junior Male Model of the Year 17-year old 12th grader at The Charlotte Amalie High School St. Thomas. He got an offer to be represented by Funny Faces Models NYC next summer 2016.
The Royal Heiress photo shoot is based on a young Princess of African heritage living in New York, who is the heiress to the throne. The jewelry she wears pays homage to her ancestors and they in turn protect her.
Look 1 Herring Fish Bone by Royal Oases
Look 3 Red dress by Lena SantanaÂ Lotus Leaf set by Royal Oases Shoes by Steve Madden
Model: Charli Fletccher Agency: Oxygen Models Jewelry Designer: Royal Oases Â by Shekera Mercer Clothes Designer: Joyce Leslie & Lena Santana Mua: A.Love
Look 2 Pharoah skirt and top by designer Joyce Leslie Isis Chain by Royal Oases Shoes by Steve Madden
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POSHbeauty BAR by Ilse McDonnell
The do’s and don’ts of makeup can seem endless; simply google “makeup tips” and millions pop up from makeup artists and beauty experts from around the world! The good news? There’s really no such thing as “rules” in makeup. The bad? I may have just fibbed a bit. While it’s true makeup is an art form and many use it for self-expression, most of us love it for its ability to help us look polished, glam and perhaps conceal a night of no sleep or the blemish du jour. But like most things, makeup has basic guidelines that make all the difference in putting together the best foundation (pun intended) for a makeup routine you know and trust. So take notes beauties, because you’re about to read the definitive list of makeup tips you should know! 1. Blending is key with makeup. Whether it’s your foundation, eye shadow, blush or bronzer, nobody likes harsh lines. The best makeup is one that appears smooth and effortless.
2. Concealing your under-eye circles is all about layering! After you apply a hydrating eye cream and tap a corrector (normally a peach or salmon shade) to eliminate any blue or purple-based dark circles, you should then apply concealer in an upside down triangle to brighten and help reflect the natural shadow light casts on your under-eye area. Finish with a finely milled setting powder to make sure your concealer doesn’t budge. 3. Find your perfect foundation color by applying the three closest shades to your skin tone down the center of your face. Blend with your fingers and whichever disappears is the right shade for you.
4. Learn what your skin type is and customize your makeup to it. The same foundation your dry friend adores won’t work the same for your oily/ combination skin. 5. Apply a bit of highlight to your brow bone to give the illusion of an instant face lift. Go a step further and add it to the inner corner of your eyes for a wide awake look and your cupid’s bow for fuller lips. 6. If done properly, bronzer can be your best friend. By applying bronzer in the shape of the number “3” (top along your hairline, middle right under your cheekbones and bottom swept across your jaw line) you’ll create the appearance of a slimmer face. 7. Fill your lips with a lip liner to ensure your lipstick stays on longer. It also adds dimension to your lipstick shade. 8. Set your eyeliner with a shadow of a similar shade to make it last all day. 9. Don’t skimp on good makeup brushes; they make even the cheapest makeup look high-end. Just remember the most expensive brushes are not always the best. 10. Last but not least (and perhaps the most important tip) has nothing to do with makeup but rather what you do before you start your routinethat’s right, it’s all about finding the right skincare! Prepping your skin with proper products that suit your skin type will help your makeup wear better all day long and work as the best base.
by Ilse McDonnell
When a little R&R is overdue and a trip to the spa is out of the question, these at-home treatments and products will help soothe and refresh your skin quicker than you can get into your comfy pj’s and hit play on that Scandal binge session you›ve been dying to start.
Sheet Masks (prices vary)
Sheet masks are Hollywood’s latest trend and for good reason! Award season brought sheet mask selfie overload and stars were raving about their instant results! Perfect for a quick skin prep before makeup application or a girl’s night in, these masks give the skin a surge of essential nutrients and are the perfect, inexpensive addition to your skincare routine.
Clarisonic Smart Profile Face and Body $265
Want a head to toe luxurious spa experience at-home? Meet the Clarisonic Smart Profile! With its smart technology and ability to cleanse the face 11 times better than hands alone, your skin is left looking radiant and feeling petal soft. Dry skin is exfoliated and with consistent use can help even out skin tone and improve texture as well.
PMD Personal Microderm with Hand and Foot Kit $159
Aluminum-oxide crystals (the same used at the dermatologists office) help rejuvenate the skin and exfoliate dead cells. With longterm use, PMD can help diminish hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and reveal healthy skin.
If collagen and elastin production is what you’re after than Tria is for you! Fine lines and wrinkles are targeted with laser technology to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. Sweep across areas of most concern for just a few minutes daily and see results in 12 weeks.
Harsh weather conditions and long days can take a serious toll on our skin! In just 20 minutes this athome spa treatment will have your skin feeling soothed, hydrated and prepped for future skincare. Use it one to two times per week for supple skin.
Under-Eye Masks (prices vary)
Just like sheet masks, under-eye masks help tired eyes appear awake and refreshed instantly. Their concentrated treatment helps depuff, brighten and refine skin’s texture.
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Tria Beauty Age-Defying Laser $495
Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer Solutions $139
When Beyoncé penned her now famous lyric “I woke up like this” we can’t help but think she was talking about her skincare routine. Okay, to be fair there’s little evidence backing our theory but there is major truth in the fact that the products you apply before bedtime have a lot to do with your complexion in the morning. After all, we all want youthful, glowing skin but it may not always be the easiest task sorting through the countless products claiming results. Lucky for you we’ve gathered the top skincare products of 2015 that actually work and will have you looking flawless in no time.
by Ilse McDonnell
BEST CLEANSER FOR NORMAL TO DRY SKIN
BEST DAYTIME MOISTURIZER
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser $12.99
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ $60
BEST CLEANSER FOR NORMAL TO OILY SKIN
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser $12.99
BEST NIGHTTIME MOISTURIZER
Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex $93
BEST DAY SERUM
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment $162
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay $25
BEST NIGHT SERUM
Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum $90
BEST SCRUB FOR DRY SKIN
Fresh Sugar Face Polish $62
BEST SCRUB FOR NORMAL TO COMBINATION/OILY SKIN
Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish $30 BEST CLEANSING OIL
Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil $48
BEST FACE OIL
BEST UNDER-EYE CREAM
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil $90
Sunday Riley Start Over Active Eye Cream $85
Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion $32
SkinMedica Retinol Complex $75-90 (depending on dosage) BEST UNDER-EYE SERUM
Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum $85
BEST ACNE SPOT TREATMENT
Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength $6.49 BEST EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover $15
By Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Going natural can be the hardest thing for anyone. The big chop is when you’re transitioning your hair by cutting off your relaxed or permed ends to natural hair. Once you make the decision to stop chemically altering your hair, you need to decide what natural organic hair products you’re going to use. Training your hair and learning your hair natural curl pattern will take a minute. While you grow your hair whether it’s loose waves are springy tight coils, hair products is the essentials aspects to good hair care. When going natural with your hair is best to use the best hair products to maintaining your natural hair. Pure organic and essentials oils are best for natural hair shaft and hydrating those coils. To find out which natural products are truly great I selected products I swear by. 1. Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair 2. Hair Rules
3. Shea Moisture 4. Mane Choice 5. Wild Growth Oil 6. Yarok Organic Hair Products 7. Miss Jessie’s 8. Eden Natural Hair Products 9. Ouidad The Curl Experts 10. Shea Terra Organics 11. Design Essentials Natural Hair 12. Moroccan Oil Hair Products
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1. GlamGlow SuperCleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser (Photo credit: http://www.thefashionpalate. com/)
The base of any good skin care routine must be an effective cleanser. This “mud to foam” wash begins as a thick creamy cleanser that transforms into milky, pore purging foam, dissolving makeup and oil. For the best results, two cleanses should be done to first remove surface makeup, then again to remove impurities from the skin. For even better results, use with a facial cleansing brush. Every day, dozens, if not hundreds of new products are introduced to the swaths of men and women searching for the holy grail of beauty. Many keep it simple, boasting organic origin and minimal sustainably sourced ingredients while some draw us in with the lure of the newest cutting edge technologies scientifically proven to plump, polish, smooth and tighten. No matter what end of the spectrum you fall into, the following products provide what we are all looking for: results!
2. Borghese Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil (Photo credit: http://www.justinasgems.com/)
A big misconception in skin care is that oils cause breakouts. While this can be true for thick, occlusive oils such as mineral, it is a myth when it comes to natural, plant based oils. Borghese has formulated a blend of nourishing oils that melt readily into skin, without leaving behind a residue. Along with leaving skin supple and radiant, the oil blend delivers a dose of antioxidants to hard working cells, resulting in a stronger barrier against moisture loss. For best results, always apply your oils in an upward sweeping motion, against gravity. 4
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3. Revision Skincare D.E.J. Face Cream An active moisturizer is the cherry on top of every good skincare routine. Cleansers and toners are applied to ready the skin for optimal penetration of moisturizers by clearing out pores and restoring pH levels. When moisturizer is applied is when the magic happens! Revision Skincare has introduced the perfect synergy of science and nature with their D.E.J. cream. When tested in house, within three months 97% of the participants saw an improvement in their skins smoothness and illumination. For best results, use every day, morning and night! Products can’t work to their full potential by sitting on a shelf.
4. Melanopeel Mandelic Acid Peel Gel Matrix (30%) Exfoliation is extremely important to keep cell turnover routine, reducing buildup. Safely formulated peel blends have been developed to give customers professional results in their own bathrooms. Applied anytime between once a month to once a week, mandelic acid, derived from bitter almonds, breaks up hyperpigmentation, and diminishes breakouts. For best results, speak with an esthetician or dermatologist with help choosing the best blend for your skin. Other options include salicylic, lactic and alpha hydroxyl.
By Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Now that you’ve done a big makeup haul at Sephora, all of your makeup is laid out across your bed, now what. To get a flawless look, to strobe, to contour and highlight your going to need makeup brushes. But where do you start, brushes can be expensive. Here is a list of some of the best makeup brushes out there.
1. MOTD Cosmetics Makeup Brushes- Luxury makeup brushes
6. Make Up For Ever Brushes- High Performance Makeup Brushes
2. Sephora Collection Makeup Brushes- Pro Makeup Brushes
7. Sigma Beauty Brushes - Professional Makeup Brushes
3. MORPHE Brushes- Variety of Luxury Brushes
8. ARTIS Brushes- Elite Makeup Brushes
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As we all know, a trend can work either way. It can be a life changing, time saving “how didn’t I know this?!” moment, or a haunting photo you were tagged in that will resurface years later leaving you saying “What was I thinking?!” Now more than ever, with new cosmetic breakthroughs happening every day, how are we supposed to know what’s going to keep our social media free of embarrassing photos? A good rule of thumb is any trend that leans toward natural looks (maybe with some wellplaced color) and graceful aging is the way to go. Timeless beauty includes clear, healthy skin and complimentary, well placed makeup. Although the glitter, gems, feathers, and other beauty accessories that belong on an arts & crafts table are fun, they aren’t doing you any favors.
This exciting new non-invasive treatment uses ultrasound technology to boost collagen production in any area of concern. With no down time or needles, patients can see a difference in the skins’ appearance initially, but the real magic is the collagen stimulated gradually over 2-3 months. This keeps your looking naturally vibrant, healthy, and not stretched or plastic.
Thick, manicured eyebrows always come full circle and make their way back to the runways and (to us lucky ones!) our faces. Getting your eyebrows maintained by a professional every 4-8 weeks is the best way to keep your shape and keeping yourself from getting carried away with the endless cycle of “are they even?!” If you’re one of the many of us struggling for a nice defined brow but are lacking in the hair department, using a high pigmented powder with an angled brush can effortlessly fill in your sparse spots.
The best way to ensure you’re looking polished and classic is the perfect balance of makeup and skincare. Using key products to accentuate your favorite features, this sought-after trend highlights good beauty hygiene and proper moisturizing. Using just a few products, for example, concealer, lip & cheek stain and mascara, brightens darkness, perks up tired eyes and creates a natural blush on the cheeks.
Statement Lip Color The best way to boost your mood, confidence and take a fun risk is lip color. From lush crimson reds to pastel purples, swiping on some lipstick can easily transform your look. Keeping the rest of your look light (see above!) with your look-at-me lips is a posh and on-trend face that is easy and effortless. Don’t be afraid to give an “intimidating” color a test run. You may not like the outcome, but hold your receipts, lipstick IS exchangeable! Always remember makeup is meant to enhance your beauty, not mask your face. Be brave, step out of your comfort zone! All it takes is a swipe of cleanser if your look becomes a “don’t”.
Professional Freelance Makeup Artist Donella Dias, hailing from the twin island federation of St. Kitts-Nevis, has been doing makeup for well over 6 years. Most of clients are from pageantry. Her most recent work is seen on the reigning Miss Caribbean Culture Akiesha Fergus. Her dream is to study an advanced Makeup Course in Canada to work on those big Hollywood movie sets. Donella shared some of her daily beauty tips: We all want to put our best face forward. The one thing I’ve learned while doing makeup over the years is “healthy skin equals flawless makeup”. One thing I have put into my daily beauty regime to get healthy glowing skin is by applying Aloe Vera to my skin after I’ve cleansed, moisturized and toned. Aloe Vera is one of the oldest and well known plants for beauty and medicinal benefits, In my experience with using this plant it has been proven to moisturize my face, as I’m a acne prone baby it treats my acne, it fights against skin aging and it also treats sun burn. After putting on my makeup I always make sure that my skin is hydrated one of my products at the moment is the Pixie Glow Mist, I use this on the go as a quick refresher or if my finished makeup looks a little too matte to add some shimmer to my face. caribbean posh The FASHION issue 2016 47
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Kenya Eugene has been compared to Whitney Houston not just in voice but in gorgeous looks; Adele’s sultry notes are also comparable, and if you are an aficionado of old school, try Celine Dion or Anita Baker on for size. Kenya Eugene can fit into any one of their shoes easily and well. Not only that extraordinary voice of hers, but her emotional lyrics as well. She writes what is in her heart and calls her music “Heart Music.”
Eugene’s first album called If I Could is out right now – an emotion filled album about her journey to find love. She is also working on another album to be released in early 2016. This album will be more on the sultry side and should express a more up-tempo in the song selections and a sense of Eugene’s control and non-vulnerability. She explained that, “This upcoming project shows exceptional growth.”
Raised by West Indian parents from St. Lucia, her humble St. Croix upbringing came with several constants: sharing everything with family (often there was not much to share), and music – always music around the house. “I always knew that I wanted to be a singer, even being reminded by my Head Start teacher that at the age four, I had told her the same thing. In high school, I knew that I could not live with myself if I couldn’t do what I love for a living.”
A stint in New York cemented modeling as her second passion. The Virgin Island songstress is also a star on the runway. Noticing her beautiful skin ---her regiment learned from those days, is to keep skin care as simple as possible. She shared with us that she drinks a lot of water and tries not to use products with too many chemical ingredients in them. “I dilute peppermint soap with lots of water and use that to wash my face at night. After cleansing, I apply a mixture of 100% Shea Butter and 100% Vitamin E oil. I also use Bentonite clay on my face several times a month. Aside from that, I try to minimize wearing makeup.”
Her sense of pride to be from the Virgin Islands and her pride in music comes from seeing her people excelling in their career fields. She states that, “One must be exceptional in order to be recognized on an international level, especially coming from small islands.” As you can imagine, music reverberates in her everyday life and she likes to listen to current artists like Sia, K Michelle, Lauryn Hill, Sara Bareilles, and Jill Scott. She listens to a lot of reggae as well, in particular Junior Gong and Dezarie. Her other passions that help influence her expression through music is her love of helping others, her family members, and her close friends. Her song with Pressure, the reggae artist, came about because he happened to be on St. Thomas at the time, “So I sent him the song and we got into the studio the same week. Pressure is a team player and fun spirited to work with. We had an amazing time putting it and the music video together.”
Bravo to her for sharing her beauty secrets, and by the way, she uses very little additional product. She loves MAC Cosmetics anything since it works well with her skin. And of course, an island girl can’t be too choosy about shopping either. Her favorite local shops would have to be: Just Me Fashion, Soul to Soul Shoe Boutique, and Bella Vera Boutique. As to shopping malls, she does tend to go crazy sometimes! BCBG Max Azria, H&M, Charlotte Russe, Urban Outfitters, and American Apparel are a few of her top picks. Career wise, 2016 looks very promising for Kenya and the island girl’s New Year’s resolution would be: “To spread Heart Music to the world.” We wish her the best of successes for her new albums and many more fans for her enormous talent.
By Tessa Johnson
It was quite the challenge to pin down an interview with Jamaican born costume designer Antoinette Messam. She’s the process of starting a new project and just from our email communications alone I can tell her schedule is pretty hectic. “It is a little crazy in my world right now to be honest. I am doing a movie called Colossal starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis and we go to camera next weekend.”
With an impressive resume to date Messam has worked with the best in the entertainment and film industry like Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx. She most recently completed her work on Director, Ryan Coogler’s Creed starring Fantastic Four’s Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. I finally got a chance to speak with the in demand costume designer to hear about her journey.
I’ve read that you call yourself a “Woman of the Cloth”, can you elaborate a bit on that? I felt it was a term that described all of who I am. I love fabrics, have designed clothing and enjoy creating characters. My grandfather was a well-respected tailor in Jamaica and my mother had her own dress shop in Montego Bay where she did custom work for clients. It’s in my genetics I think, thus why I call myself a “Woman of the Cloth “
I read earlier in your career you spent some time in Asia, can you tell a bit about that experience and how it’s shaped your career? I worked a short time for a shoe company that designed inexpensive to mid-range shoe lines. I worked on textile and textile dying. Although it was a great opportunity it was not for me, I wanted to be hands on and that experience showed me that.
What made you want to become a fashion stylist/costume designer? I became a fashion stylist because I used to style myself as a model and a photographer told me I was good at it and should do it for a living. I then assisted established stylists for a few years before I branched out on my own. I wanted a steady paycheck as a single mother and [a costume designer] suggested being a buyer in the film business, [they] recommended I design the TV series CATWALK2 because MTV was the network and they wanted a stylist to design the clothes. These careers came to me in an unorthodox way, I was blessed to have people who believed in me and saw some talent.
When putting together a presentation for an interview or concept/ inspiration for characters I pull research from anywhere I can. My library of books and magazines which is so old school, but still works for me. Every project is different and the places you go to for inspiration also changes with each project.
As a West Indian/Black woman in the creative industry was there time when you experienced obstacles in progressing in the industry? Yes in the beginning of my career I thought it best to get an agent to represent me. Someone pitching and promoting me using my resume.
I see you are bi-coastal, did you find at some point in your career you had to expand your horizons to gain more opportunities? Yes. I decided to make the move when my son became an adult. I started to feel that I was working on what movies came to Toronto which limited my options. I wanted to go where the project was going. Creed is a prime example of that, [I am a] big fan of Ryan Coogler and wanted to work on the [movie].
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As a fashion stylist/ costume designer where do you draw your inspiration from when pitching to a client?
I find at times people outside of the industry are not as familiar with the role of a costume designer. Are you able to provide us with quick snap shot of what your day looks like? First I have to read the script and then have discussions with the director, producers, and sometimes writers to determine the overall visual look of the film, television movie, series or pilot. Then pre-production starts with research and requirements for cast and sourcing. As head of the department I have to staff my show, breakdown the script, work on a preliminary budget, and have design boards for inspiration to show my director, producers and staff. Then the fun begins designing the show based on my creative. This can be purchased clothing or custom designs based on what is required. Every project is different.
I was perusing your portfolio and saw that you recently did work on the movie Creed, can you tell me how that came about?
My son and I watched the movie Fruitvale Station together and it moved both of us. I became of fan of Director, Ryan Coogler after that. When I heard about Creed I was fortunate to have a mutual friend connect me with the production designer who I spoke to about the project. Afterwards I asked my agent to please get in touch with the producers and put me forward for the movie. It did not come easy but after several interviews I got the job.
The journey of an entrepreneur is never an easy one sometimes the thing you are meant to achieve will take on you on various paths. As Antoinette Messamâ€™ life demonstrates the pay off in the end is worth it.
What comes to mind after having interviewed this vivacious, confident, and hard working woman is that the word “first,” is hardly enough of a term to affix in describing this talented business woman. To be sure, this U.S.V.I. native was named the first black female General Manager at Four Seasons - and for sure - a standing ovation is in order. There are very few female GM’s in the hospitality industry per se, and even fewer who have balanced it all while being a wife and mother. When POSH asked her about her accomplishments, she clearly indicated that it was about personal sacrifice and being the first black female. “I am keenly aware that women in general, are able to achieve any accomplishment they set their minds to if they are intentional about their goals, put in the time and dedication needed to achieve it, and are provided the opportunities afforded to our male counterparts. I am thrilled to inspire other young, black females to dream big and work hard to get to where they aspire to be.” The hospitality industry has long been dominated by males because of the 24/7 nature of the hotel industry. Add to that the experience requirement - this means a relocation demand in order to be promoted - must also be met. Given the nature of having a family it is understandable that the challenge of being a General Manager is huge – for both men and women. Thomas-Henry’s two sons are now in college, thus her female leadership at the executive level has now been fully recognized. She sets clear visions for not only herself, but for her team at Four Seasons. Understanding that it takes a strong team to deliver results and perform to the highest standards is not a simple formula; it takes having confidence and the ability to make hard decisions and the willingness to take risks. Some very special career moments helped prepare ThomasHenry for her role. She was very fortunate to have had great mentors – really smart and savvy business professionals - that have given her the opportunities to work in some incredible hotels and that have allowed her to create her own style of management and her own personal brand. “One of the most significant opportunities that prepared me, was filling in as acting GM of Four Seasons New York for eight months. I considered that my PhD in refining my preparedness, pride, and confidence for my current position. I know that all stakeholders have to be considered in balancing what is important to all. The fundamental values of my company align with my personal values; those items are truly priceless,” she said.
A part of her background came from a St. Croix upbringing by a single mother who raised five kids while working two jobs; then going to school at night until she received her bachelor’s degree and went on to teach at an elementary school. Learning the lessons of hard work, getting an education, the importance of strong family bonds, and being the best one can be, have been invaluable in her career as well as personal relationships. Her advice to VI and Caribbean youths is: “Take school seriously; it is the spring board for whatever dreams you have. It is also the first real test of discipline we have as young people. Pay attention to those teachers who take a personal interest in you. I still keep in touch with my 4th grade teacher, Ms. Soto.” Thomas-Henry is clearly a first class woman who loves Zumba, reads voraciously, loves to travel the globe, gives back to make a difference, and is oh so very proud of being from the islands and from where so many successful U.S. Virgin Islanders are making a mark in their communities as well as around the world. Our hats are off to this role model and mentor.
by Sherina Russell-Garcia
Caribbean people have always made their mark on the world… and fashion is no exception.
Native to Jamaica, Miss Tricia Campbell has been creating waves as one of America’s foremost in demand plus-size models. While admitting that she appreciates being part of the trend, travelling and representing plus-size women worldwide she told Caribbean POSH that: “being a woman of colour was a big obstacle that I never allowed to stop me when pursuing my dreams. Hearing the word no so frequently is something you have to battle in the industry.
Also having to fall in love with myself more was a big obstacle. I used to think I was not tall enough, thin enough or good enough. But once I fell in love with myself, more doors started to open for me” she said. An in demand motivational speaker whose desire is to encourage more young women to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams, Campbell always wanted to model from very early. Reminiscing she noted that fate guided her to modelling: “ever since I was a little girl I wanted to model. My mom was very well-known in Jamaica.
She always wore heels and I would watch her model. I began modelling in boutiques and then moved to New York City. When I got there, I didn’t believe that modelling was profitable, so I enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology and got a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design.” In summer 2015 she returned to roots making a guest appearance for Jamaican designer Kerry Kay at the region’s premiere fashion event Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston Jamaica. “I thoroughly enjoyed walking for Kerry Kay. I definitely enjoyed being home and being wellreceived in my country as a plus-size model” Campbell said. Her advice for plus-size models include: “learn your craft! Know the different categories and find which best fits you. There are so many different types of modelling form fit to runway, editorial, showroom and print. Or you can create a category as many plus-size bloggers have today.” “Some pros of plus-size modelling would be the excitement and the fun of travelling and meeting new people. I get to wear great fashion, encourage women and ultimately give back to the community. Some cons would be maintaining the same size. Working in this industry you have to have a thick skin and absorb criticism; you hear no often and that’s something you have to get used to. You also have to be put together everywhere you go! Even in the grocery store I have to look my best because people are watching” she revealed. Campbell who body-doubles for popular American media mogul Ms. Oprah Winfrey is also a fashion role model with clients looking to her to discover the latest trends. “In the United States, over 14 million women are considered plus size. It is a lucrative multi-billion dollar industry. We are the majority and because of it there are significantly more options for plussized women that ever before. “Being a body stand in for Oprah is exciting, refreshing and inspiring! I get to work intimately with Oprah on the cover of her magazine “O Magazine”. One of my favourite covers to work on was the December 2014 issue of Oprah’s Favourite Things. I get to wear beautiful gowns, jewellery, and diamonds and help make sure the entire scene is set up, from lighting to posing. I can’t share too much about what I do, but believe me, it’s incredible-I mean its Oprah and I will say, she’s so sweet, genuine and personable” Campbell said. “One of my first professors told me to trust my instincts and to never burn bridges. You form
relationships whether good or bad, and they always come around in this tight-knit industry. I was also given the advice to never let my light be dimmed. But I would say one of the best nuggets of success that my illustrator professor told me was that I can never wear too many lashes” she advised. Campbell was always a model staple on the now defunct Black Entertainment Television (BET) Rip the Runway Show. “I enjoyed the experience. I loved how BET merged music and fashion and always highlighted the plus-sized woman every year. Also, “working with top brands like House of Dereon gave me the opportunity to work with amazing individuals such as Beyonce and Tina Knowles, Jessica Simpson and many other notables intimately-they really are hands-on and care about their brands” she gushed. “For the past few years, I have been working with international Fashion, Entertainment and Digital firm The Fount Group to build and grow my brand, and it is my ultimate goal to be a lifestyle brand. Stay tuned and connect with me on social media to see what runway I will be on next! For collaborations please contact The Fount Group’s creative director Ms. Chauncea Carothers at chauncea@TheFountGroup.com “Campbell said.
Tiffany Evans is The Face of Grenada 2015 and what a gorgeous face it is! You can add passionate, outspoken and optimistic to that face since her outlook on life is so vibrant. Perhaps it is because she was raised in the La Borie and The Bocas areas of St. George, specifically Mt. Moritz. Those like Tiffany who come from there, are affectionately known as “Mung-Mungs,” who take great pride in their community.
she is hoping to also inspire other young women throughout Grenada to take advantage of the opportunities that come along with winning such as a prized scholarship package to attend university. While The Face of Grenada competition was founded just two years ago, Ms. Evans is keen on inspiring young women throughout Grenada to know that they matter and that they have a purpose – regardless of what color they are.
During my interview of Tiffany, I discovered that she is an educated young lady having started at Sunnyside Private School and successfully transitioned to St. Joseph’s Convent St. George. Along the way she completed a two-year Natural Science degree at T.A. Marryshow Community College, and is presently enrolled at St. George’s University pursuing a degree in Biology with the hope of entering the medical or marine biology field.
The contest’s acronym is FOG, but be aware - it is anything but foggy. “It is a brand that aims at holistic development of young women while bringing awareness to various issues facing our society,” explained Tiffany. She certainly has developed a lot more confidence in herself and a lot of doors have opened for her. She is recognized wherever she goes and that is a part of the fun of being that special face. Believing in true beauty is what she is all about – what is on the inside – as she explained to me. “Someone is most beautiful when they are happy and content with themselves. Beauty is not only what’s on the outside but what’s on the inside as well. Many of us have tunnel vision when it comes to how beauty is viewed; the colour of your skin does not define your beauty.”
Her competitive and passionate spirit drove her to enter The Face of Grenada along with 21 other contestants. The theme was also a magnet for her since this year’s pageant was “Promoting Marine Protected Areas and healthy Coastal Ecosystems” - and if that wasn’t more appropriate for her, I can’t imagine what would be. By being successful,
The slogan of the FOG competition – “Beauty with a Purpose” - is twofold: to pair fashion with environmental awareness. The interviews, photo-shoots, magazine and newspaper features are heady and exciting, but what is equally as important for Tiffany is the sense of accomplishment that can take place for others and what she can do to generate the holistic development of other young women while focusing on societal issues. One of her main concerns is that she feels young women on Grenada lack the availability to explore a variety of career avenues. Employment is limited and therefore there is a real need for more opportunities. A lot of doors have been opened to her and she wishes to pass that on.
This 21-year old woman is as gorgeous as her island home, intelligent and wise beyond her years. She feels that etiquette is important in order for all to be equipped with the proper skills to function effectively in society. I am sure that she is the real thing and will inspire others in a true heartfelt way for a long time to come.
Photographer(s): Reginald Joseph, Shoulan Carter Piece 1: Carib Belle - Halter Linen dress. Piece 2: From the ‘MIRAJ’ collection - Abstract/ Tropical Print Beach Cover-up Fashion/Styling: Neisha La Touche of Silhouette by Neisha La Touche
I asked this lovely person to tell me a bit about Grenada and what sets it apart from other Caribbean islands and she spoke in glowing terms about the beauty and lushness and the ever so welcoming people. “The island is pure and unspoiled and I believe that is what sets us apart from many other Caribbean islands. I love that I can walk out the door, jump on a bus and head to the beach. The low crime rate is an added bonus. It is an amazing feeling not to have to worry.”
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About Face of Grenada (FOG): The FOG competition strives towards arts promotion, cultural diversity, community involvement, and local and regional outreach. FOG founded by Roxanne E. Graham, has been endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Grenada and comprises of a team of fashion & photography experts as well as Environmental and Conservation professionals.
by Sherina Russell-Garcia
Early in his life, he decided against following in his father’s footsteps as a pastor. However, the international artiste discovered that the magnetic pull to minister through music was too strong to ignore. In a frank interview with Caribbean POSH, award-winning gospel artiste and producer Jermaine Edwards who hails from Jamaica admitted: “I was born into music and it was a natural progression. I didn’t take it seriously. I used to do praise and worship at church and my father said I should take it seriously.” “Music was something I was doing as a toddler in my father’s church. I started teaching the choir and in 1997, a group was formed. I started writing some songs, and someone saw my musical gift of writing and encouraged me,” Edwards revealed. The powerful proverbial pen along with his melodious voice and down-to-earthed ness would assist him on his journey to bringing many to Christ. Talking about the joy of winning souls Edwards said: “it is exciting. I get to travel the world and experience different cultures, while being part of the calling of what God wants me to do. Music allows me to impact people’s lives, which gives me a sense of fulfillment.”
What inspires me is my relationship with God. I try to learn from life and from everything that happens, reading the Bible, because a word from God reveals His Plan for us based on His revelation,” he said. The lyrics from his title track “Don’t Count Me Out” are heart-warming guaranteed to refresh the spirit especially in difficult times:
Stressing that God is in “always in our corner” in life, the song’s chorus below can be likened to being in a boxing ring, and not giving up. Don’t count me out yet I am still running I fell down but I got up fighting, my eyes are on God’s Kingdom always and I won’t stop until I finish his race.” Proud of his latest production, Edwards said that all his albums represent his path on the road of life. Other past albums include Island Worship-A Jamaican Experience (2004), A Closer Walk- Island Worship 2 (2006), Destiny (2009) and Hideaway 2011. “My five albums show my life as a progressive one, where I learn from life, learn from my daughters, and try to see what God is trying to say to me.” “Today we have more accessibility to sin, than when I was a child. Back then we did not have porn on the phone, laptop, and girls wearing less clothing we were less exposed. This is contradictory to how God created the world” he said. Unfazed by fame, fortune and popularity, Edwards said: “if you want to make an impact in the gospel industry you can’t focus on entertainment but on becoming someone persons listen to and to have their spirit lifted.” His award-winning third album Destiny which won five accolades for the song “Make You Smile” from the Caribbean Marlin Gospel Awards has great significance to him. “A US Navy Officer from Atlanta told me on Face Book that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and heard the music from my Destiny’s album which helped him. So many people who listen to my music have a closer walk with God and this makes everything worthwhile,” he said.
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Celebrating the release of his fifth 15-track album “Don’t Count Me Out”, produced by him and mastered by American gospel icon Kirk Franklin engineer Herb Powers he says writing “makes you humble. Most of my songs are about my life that causes everyone to listen. Not everybody goes through what I go through, but some persons identify through my music with what is going in their lives, and sometimes tell me that I am writing about their lives.
“In my life I had so many low seasons, a lot of failure without reasons. Many people tried so many times to tear me down never prayed I tried to pick me up off the ground. They said I wasn’t gonna make it very far. Look in my life and I got so many scars, wasn’t easy but I really worked hard always having Father God in my heart.”
It may be less than half an hour flight from Miami, but for people like Michal McClure, the trip to Cuba is like stepping back in time 50 years. In 1963, after graduating Purdue University, McClure got to spend a summer in the USSR right at the fever pitch peak of Fidel Castro’s 40 day tour of the Soviet Union. McClure always wanted to visit Cuba but he had to wait until 2011 to finally make the trip. He was able to travel freely and independently, and the result was an amazing collection of photos — many of which have not previously been published or exhibited.
Students, called the Young Pioneers, marched in the May Day Parade on Red Square. The Young Pioneer organization, promoting the principles of the Communist Party, provided students with the opportunity to attend summer camps run by the government and participate in group events. The Young Pioneer organization was also set up in Cuba and the symbolic red neckerchief is seen today in Cuba as part of the country’s school uniforms
His new book, CUBA: Awakening from the Past, captures contemporary Cuba’s slow and cautious transition from complete government control to modest free-market practices. McClure includes his own breathtaking color photos as well as a few pictures taken by other photographers, including Perfecto Romero, Che Guevara’s personal photographer during the Cuban revolution.
The Cuban government allows entrepreneurs to open small private businesses but prevents them from building wealth. It imposes a fixed monthly tax as well as a tax based on sales and forbids them from adding stores in different locations. A bicycle taxi, one of 250 allowed small private businesses, carries a passenger down a wide street in front of a magnificent structure reminiscent of 19th century Europe.
McClure focuses on the lives of common people going about their everyday life with descriptions and narrative that tell more of the story, comparing and contrasting the conditions found in the old Soviet system and Cuba today. The 11” x 11” book begins with narrative and photos of Russia in 1963, the year that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev welcomed Fidel Castro to the Soviet Union as a revolutionary hero and to showcase the power and success of the communist way of life.
A private farmer sells his produce from a wagon at his own price instead a government fixed price.
A young couple dance to live music wearing popular American t-shirts and distressed blue jeans. Various scenes like this one in Trinidad show sparsely populated cobblestone streets lined with vividly colored homes and buildings, most of them in need of a fresh coat of paint. McClure’s commentary notes that oil-rich Venezuela gave aid to Cuba until its socialist government was weakened by the drop in oil prices. The lack of outside support and the failure of two socialist governments were clearly incentives for Cuba to experiment with free enterprise. McClure writes: “The most important role for the U.S. is to break this historic circle of conflict between the two countries by creating an environment where the Cuban people and the government officials experience the benefits of capitalism and democracy. For the Cubans I know, they are ready for this new and better tomorrow.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Michal McClure studied physics, mathematics, and Russian at Purdue University. After working briefly as a physicist, he continued his Russian studies in the Soviet Union through Indiana University’s graduate language program. Later he completed a M.S. in physics at the University of Toledo and a M.B.A. at Purdue. He was a management consultant, investment banker, and entrepreneur before following his passion for photography. Photos from his first book, Hawaiian Cowboys: A Photographic Journal, have appeared in a number of American and Canadian publications and in exhibits in Santa Fe, Oaxaca, Honolulu, Carmel, California, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He and his wife, Ilse, live in Carmel, California.
What People Are Saying “The book’s commentary is fascinating and the photographs are simply superb. A true work of art.” Robert Cochran - Emmy award winning executive producer, and co-creator of the TV Series "24."
Cuba: Awakening from the Past Michal McClure Hardcover, 11” x 11” Printed by Hemlock Printers, Ltd., Canada 108 pages, 49 photographs, 3 illustrations Price: $35 ISBN 978-0-692-45980-5 For more information visit http://cubaawakening.com/
“I read your beautiful and thought-provoking book about Cuba cover-to-cover last night. It is one of the most interesting books I have seen on Cuba. Your juxtaposition of life in Russia and life in Cuba is a fascinating approach. They are so intertwined and so often ignored these days with Cuba awakening.” Reid Callanan, Director, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
by Alicea James
THE EARLY DAYS OF SOCA MUSIC Whether you’re ‘Rolling It’ with Allison Hinds, wondering ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ with The Baha Men, feting ‘Like a Boss’ with Machel Montana or ‘Tempted to touch’ with Rupee, the infectious power of Soca music is undeniable. Along with the distinctive rhythm, you can’t help but become entranced by the cheeky lyrics that would seem inappropriate if replicated in any other genre. Despite its mass popularity today many are unaware of its remarkable history which dates back to the 1970s in Trinidad and Tobago.
The popularity of Soca music is due in part to Trinidadian, Lord Shorty (Garfield Blackman) who became known as the ‘Father of Soca.’ Lord Shorty’s creation of this unique composition began with the experimentation of African and East Indian rhythms fused with traditional calypso; he also integrated instruments such as the dholak, tabla and dhantal. This creation was inspired by the fear that reggae music was taking the place of Calypso so he wanted to reinvent the genre. Lord Shorty initially called the beat ‘sokah’ but later changed it to ‘soca’ proclaiming it the soul of calypso; supposedly taking the letters ‘so’ from the word soul and ‘ca’ from calypso. The singer’s 1973 hit song ‘Indrani’ is considered the first Soca recording. In 1978 Soca was catapulted to new levels with the release of Lord Kitchener’s song, ‘Sugar Bum Bum,’ the sexually suggestive lyrics and lively melody made it a hit with the Caribbean people, however the rest of the world was unaware of this type of music until the 1980s. In 1983 the artist, Arrow released his hit song ‘Hot Hot Hot’ and the international market took note; since then there was no looking back for Soca. Songs such as ‘Follow the Leader’ by Nigel and Marvin, ‘Turn Me On’ by Kevin Lyttle and ‘Differentology’ by Bunji Garlin easily crossed over into mainstream catapulting these Caribbean artists to international stardom. Others who have experienced fame thanks to their involvement in Soca include, Destra Garcia, Kes the Band, Faye Ann Lyons, Benjai, Berbice, Keety General, Iwer George and Nadia Batson.
SOCA MUSIC TODAY Today, Soca music and its related events are celebrated in almost every Caribbean island, and even countries outside of the Caribbean. Each year, thousands of people from around the world including celebs visit these islands clad in their sequined ensembles as they gyrate and let go of their inhibi-
tions. Pop superstar Rihanna returns home to Barbados yearly to take part in the country’s ‘crop over’ carnival; instagram personality, Amber Rose was recently spotted in Trinidad and Tobago enjoying the revelries while other celebrities such as actress Vivica Fox, actor Lance Gross, TV host Terrence J, actress Wendy Raquel Williams and reality show star, Claudia Jordan have all experienced carnival on the islands. As Soca music continues to dominate mainstream, there are some noticeable variations since its origin. The energetic melodies and raunchy lyrics still exist, but many artists are also experimenting with synthesizers, and samplers along with the use of guitars, steel drums, horns, trumpets, trombones and keyboards. You may also notice the emergence of various sub-cultures –despite it being a subculture in itself. There are two main types of Soca music today; Power Soca which is very fast paced and includes a lot of wining, waving and jumping, and Groovy Soca which is slower and seem to have more of an international appeal. Other types of Soca include Chutney Soca which uses East Indian chutney music, and Ragga Soca which fuses dancehall with Soca. As the genre continues to evolve there is no telling where Soca music will be in the next 10 or 20 years, but one thing is for sure; it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So get on the Soca train it’s an experience you will never forget!
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There comes a time that exploring an island that isn’t so popular for tourists is one of the best vacations or getaways we can ask for. When it comes to finding that perfect getaway spot where you have both quiet and privacy, Eleuthera is on the top of the list in the Caribbean. The island of Eleuthera belongs to the Bahamas, and is located 50 miles east of Nassau. It is long and thin – at 110 miles long and in places, a little more than 1 mile wide. With a population of about 8,000 people, Eleuthera is quiet, private, and untouched in its natural Caribbean state. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect on my first trip to Eleuthera. During the short flight from Nassau to Eleuthera, I knew I was in for an extraordinary experience as I lookead down to the majestic island surrounded by aquamarine Caribbean water. The most important aspect of traveling to an island for a peaceful and private getaway is choosing the perfect lodging accommodations. Since Eleuthera is still widely unheard of to the general population, there aren’t many hotels, and there probably never will be to keep its private island feel. However, there are several condominiums and vacation homes available to rent by the week. Pulling up to my condominium felt like a dream come true – my own private home in paradise. Located on Queen’s Highway in Governor’s Harbour, The Buttonwood Reserve consists of eight modern, ocean villa style condominiums built atop a 45-foot ridge. The spacious condominiums at Buttonwood Reserve offer 1,200 square feet of interior living space, 400 square feet of ocean-view decks and a golf cart garage. The master bedrooms feature magnificent panoramic views of the Caribbean, king-sized bed, and are equipped with an en-suite full bath. Master bedrooms also have a private door leading to the deck with stunning views, perfect for honeymooners or couples seeking a romantic getaway. There are an endless amount of beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, but there is no other beach in the world as beautiful as Eleuthera’s very own Lighthouse Beach. Both of the two
most beautiful Bahamas beaches, Lighthouse Beach and adjacent Lighthouse Bay are located at the southern most tip of Eleuthera. Also known as Lighthouse Point Eleuthera. Lighthouse Point Bay’s majestic rocks and cliffs sit atop pink sands and crystal blue waters that appear to be too beautiful to be real. Climb up the rocks for the best views or lay on the sand at the shoreline to soak in this tropical oasis. If you’ve never been to Eleuthera, it’s definitely time to make a trip! The Queen’s Highway is Eleuthera’s only paved road, which you can drive on for miles without seeing another car. Drift away to an island of rolling green hills, sleepy villages, and 60 miles of deserted beaches.
As my LIAT flight approached the island of St. Kitts, it was quite a mystical site. The larger of the 2 Caribbean islands, St.Kitts makes up the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. From its lush green rainforest to captivating beaches, nightlife, and plenty of great shopping – St.Kitts has it all including my heart.
1. My home for the weekend was the St.Kitts Marriott Resort. OMG! I love this place -absolutely heaven on earth! Spectacular rooms and views, the hotel definitely considered the history of St.Kitts and the Caribbean in its design. 2. Located on the grounds of the historic Romney Manor is Caribelle Batik. The first stop on my St.Kitts tour. Like so many places on the island, a lot of history can be discovered here. Once owned by Sam Jefferson II, the great great great grandfather of 3rd US President Thomas Jefferson, the great house was renamed Romney Manor after an acquisition is the 17th Century. Today its one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the Caribbean, and home of Caribelle Batik. Style lovers adore Caribelle Batik for the unique fabrics, clothing, and
artwork made by this ancient Indonesian method known as Batik. It was such a cultural experience watching the local artist demonstrate the technique. 3. Next stop was Bridgestone Hill Fortress. On arrival at the top, I felt like I was on top of the world. As the win blew across my face all I could think about is what it might have been like for people who laid these stones. Such amazing views looking over all the old sugar plantations that St.Kitts is also famously known for. I was impressed by the great upkeep of this magnification piece of Caribbean history. Visitors can walk all around the fort and get a great sense of what it was like many years ago.
4. Not far from the Marriott is where all the nightlife happens at this place known as “The Strip”. A beachfront location, The Strip is a line of various bars all known for its own flavor of music, food, and drinks.
6. I had the chance to stop by the notable Port Zante as a ship was just departing. The locals could still be found hanging out at the bars and perusing the shops – but I couldn’t leave St.Kitts without some monkey business. In addition to the great shops, Port Zante is a great place to be entertained by trained vervet monkeys.
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5. Driving through the various little towns was continuous history and lots of character. I was able to snap a shot of this neighborhood bar – “Lovers Bar”. It seemed so fitting to be located in a country whose charm is just after your heart.
From the views of Frigate Bay to the wonders of Brimstone Hill Fortress – St. Kitts is truly a seductive spot in the Caribbean. St. Kitts Carnival also known as Sugar Mass is perhaps the most seductive time of year. Local photographer B’jon Lamari Bass captures troupes Ultra, Solid SKB, and Fhunn Vybs as they amplified the mass in vibrate costumes. The People partied like their lives depend on it as I’m told they commonly do in St. Kitts.
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Published on Feb 3, 2016