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Editor’s Page 6 POSHgirl Pick
POSH FASHION 8 A POSH Holiday: Plush, Pink, + Rose Gold … 10 Caribbean celebs killing the style game 12 Designer Romeo Hunte 13 Meet VI designer/artist Corinne Basabe of Red
14 NYFW SS19 Negris Lebrum 16 NYFW SS19 Harlem Fashion Week 18 20 Great Online Holiday finds for him
POSH BEAUTY 20 Beauty Products for Your Man! 21 Brow shaping Tips 23 6 Must Haves from Fenty Beauty 24 How to achieve the perfect summer glow all year 26 New Lip Color Loves 28 Lip Service from Spring to Summer 29 Nail it this Year 30 Say Good Morning with these in shower Face Mask 31 The Most Flawless Concealers
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POSH FEATURES 36 Caribbean Women in Music 39 Only All-Female Self-Contained Reggae Band 40 Yvette Thomas Henry 41 Spotted in the Jamaican Gleaner 42 Jaye Applewhite 44 #WalkingIntoForever 46 Kristin Frazer: 10 Years Milestone 50 With Love from Guyana 52 Athaliah Samuel: Designer + Model
POSH LIFESTYLE 54 Shana Rajahram the Caribbean’s Bartender of the Year 55 The Caribbean Craft Distillery you need to visit now 56 Scary Movies and Psychosis 57 Depression 58 Celebrity Make Up Artist living with Lupus 61 How to Build a Thriving Career 62 Gizelle Riley has a blue print 64 Strong Female Entrepreneurs from the Caribbean 68 Marvel’s First Afro-Latino Spiderman 70 Asim Nkosi 71 Must Downloads
Janette N. Brin Publisher and Founding Editor Photographed by Kevon Richardson Location: Tortola, BVI
Trust in God and he will see you through. Irma and Maria changed lives forever. Women like my twin sister, Linette evacuated to the U.S. out of concern for her two young children. My sister in law, April did the same with her three children. Both women were faced with the decision of splitting up their families. Both husbands stayed behind to maintain employment and oversee their family investments. There were also women that I know that sent their children to stay with friends. No doubt very hard decisions to make, all out of love and concern for your children’s well-being. The ever changing world changing the dynamics of what most would consider traditional. The school situation in the affected Caribbean islands still even more than a year after are still extremely poor. A year and change later as we approach the second holiday season since Irma and Maria -- families are struggling with the question – “is it time to return back home?” Decision can indeed be hard to make when children are involved. It is even tougher when it comes to choosing between where you should be and where you want to be. Not to mention the bigger question of what is right for the children. Ladies, moms – those of you out there facing this or similar situations -- there is no right or wrong answer. Everyone’s situation though similar is still different. The best advice is to discuss it as a family and weigh the advantages versus the disadvantages. Trust in God and he will see you through. It’s now November and we’ve made it through the most nerve wrecking part of the Hurricane Season. For this I’m so grateful. The build back continues in regions affected by Irma and Maria. And we’ve been working on this latest issue Caribbean POSH -what seems like forever now. A long time coming and we are extremely pleased to have the Virgin Island’s own Kristin Frazer on the cover. Like so many young female entrepreneurs – Kristin represents resilience. 2018 being the 10-year anniversary of Trefle Swimwear, Kristin celebrated it with the launch of her ZION Collection. With the year still not done, the womaneur has already geared up for the next venture. POSHgirls be on the lookout as the holiday season will welcome her Trefle Home Collection. Much of Kristin’s success comes from surrounding herself with positive energy and simply not being afraid to go after her dreams.
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As we celebrate the holiday season, be reminded that we all have much to be thankful for. Finding the right answer or achieving success will never be a walk in the park. If we’ve learned anything from the most memorable hurricane to date is that sometimes life does require a restart button and we have to break away from the norm – into what could be an uncomfortable situation. Moms, Mom-Entrepreneurs, and Girl bosses alike – we are magic beings and all we have to do is claim our power.
Jan’s favourites as seen on
Making the natural hair journey has been the most fun for me. I’ve tried a number of AMAZING PROTECTIVE STYLES from braids to wig units. Having fun with my look is just great and something I recommend for all women. There are so many natural hair and skin products on the market. Aunt Jackie’s tops my list with really fun products …
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CURL LA LA really smells and feels. I run it through with my fingers after a towel dry and the end result is that it gives my curls bounce!
SEAL IT UP from AUNT JACKIE’S FLAXSEED LINE is just heavenly on my scalp and does exactly as its name in sealing in moisture – plus I absolutely love the fact that it has avocado in it which is said to prevent and repair damage, add shine, and soften the hair. It’s my favourite!
OH SO CLEAN! Lets just say it leaves my evolution unit looking and feeling like brand new.
NEUTROGENA OILFREE ACNE WASH PINK GRAPEFRUIT FACIAL CLEANSER My dermatologist recommended this product and it’s become a must for me. It helps to get the makeup off without over drying my skin. It’s salicylic acid-based to treat everything from blackheads to breakouts, plus vitamin C to balance out T-zone oil. The light citrusy scent also helps in providing a mood boost in the a.m.
I love FIJI WATER! A bottle is always on my desk, at my bed side, or with me when I go to work out. FIJI ranks high as one of the best natural artesian waters. However, have you ever wondered what does ‘artesian’ really mean? Well it is water that comes from the earth, artesian water is said to be the kind of water that the human body has been intended to have. It contains minerals in just the right proportion for drinking. Some of these minerals include: • Calcium: Well known for ensuring strong teeth and bones. • Silica: Artesian water gets its refreshing taste from this mineral. It is also beneficial for dental and joint health. • Fluoride: The water has trace elements of fluoride that is beneficial for ensuring good dental health. However, it is not as high as in tap water to cause other potential health hazards. • Electrolytes: The natural electrolytes found in this water is beneficial in the regulation of blood pH balance. Bicarbonate is one of the main electrolytes that help with maintaining the blood pH levels. It prevents the blood from becoming too acidic, which further prevents you from feeling fatigued. FIJI is known to have significantly more electrolytes than other brands.
I LOVE TO SMELL GOOD! You know you have the right scent when a man walks by and compliments you on how good you smell. POSHgirls you must try MY NEW FRAGRANCE POSHgirl –The fragrance opens with a vibrant Caribbean Coconut and a sweet Mango. It’s delicate geranium petals are charmed with soft melon and raspberry notes, while a base of lily and roses round off the scent for a sexy feminine touch. This scent is everything! It is empowering, inspiring, and celebrative of today’s Caribbean Woman. AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.CARIBBEANPOSH.COM
This Holiday season, ditch
Cushnie et Ochs was co-founded in 2008 by Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie, a Jamaican designer. Their brand has since become a fixture of the current generation of fashion, recognized and respected worldwide. Their Fall Winter and Pre Fall 2018 collections featured shades of pink, including a subdued metallic mauve and a high-velocity shade of magenta. The mauve dresses feature a refined yet relaxed fit, and Cushnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of pure silk lends an air of extravagance. In contrast, the
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your red and green cocktail dresses. Sizzling shades of pink and white will be all anyone wants to wear, in lush fabrics and striking silhouettes. These Ready To Wear looks were memorable and striking walking down the FW 2018 runways, and would be perfect for any holiday party. To top it all off, they were created by Caribbean talent, featured in the collections of Carly Cushnie, Stella Nolasco and Luis Antonio.
magenta jumpsuit is dramatic and graphic as it is, featuring a nearly skintight silhouette in addition to its bold hue, and is well suited to its matte fabric finish. Pairing either style with a metallic heel and simple clutch makes for an elegant and impactful holiday party style.
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Stella Nolasco is the foremost fashion designer of Puerto Rico, known for dressing celebrities and socialites alike. Her FW 2018 runway show featured a strong political message, with models carrying signs pertaining to Puerto Rico and the United State’s relationship. The clearly handmade political signage was in contrast with the artfully crafted clothing, giving the show yet another layer of depth and importance. Her cocktail looks featured sheer pale pink fabrics and an abundance of rose gold sequins. The sequined bodycon featured long sleeves and a plunging v-neck, but what makes the look striking is the accompanying satin teal booties. Meanwhile, the sequined pants channel retro flare but stay relevant by doing a wide leg throughout. The sheer blouse features an elegant ruff made of gossamer roses, and would look fantastic tucked in or left out, as shown.
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Luis Antonio is another established Puerto Rican designer, from San Juan. His recent collections have been all about extravagance, featuring baroque embossed fabrics and intricate embroidery, and layers of ruffles and feathers that create extreme volume within the silhouettes. While his past two collections have run the gamut from body-con mini dresses to long-sleeved jumpsuits, the innate feminine grace that is at the core of Antonio’s designs remains unwaveringly present. His designs stand on their own even at the most grandiose and fanciful of events, and are perfect for the most outrageous of outfit-wearers. The pale pink lace and lilac feather hemmed dress could be considered dazzling enough, but Antonio adds jeweled embellishments to the bodice to make it even more so. Slightly less theatrical but equally show-stopping is his silver and white embossed jumpsuit. The classic sweetheart neckline caps a sleeveless bustier top, the tightness of which plays off of the volume of the flared pant legs. The ensemble is brought to the next level of flamboyance and femininity by the triple layered ruffle encasing the waist and trailing down the length of the left leg. In terms of styling, keep everything else simple. If the event is worthy, these looks are it.
Caribbean celebrities indisputably have
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an important place in pop culture, but at this moment, they’re outshining everyone. Cardi B, Rihanna, Winnie Harlow, Lala Anthony and J Lo are dominating their respective industries, covering music, fashion and beauty. And they’re not just conquering; they’re conquering with style. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a few of these Caribbean babes’ latest and greatest looks, and included styling tips along the way. After all, who wouldn’t want to look more like Rihanna?
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, born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, is of mixed Caribbean heritage. The singer’s mother is Trinidadian and her father is of Dominican descent. We all love her for her wild and unapologetic personality, and of course, her much lauded musical career. In just this past year, the it artist was awarded over 18 awards, including the American Music Award for Favorite Rap Song, Billboard Music Award’s Top Female Rapper, and the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. As if that weren’t enough, she is also a fearless dresser. The above head-to-toe Moschino look was for her surprise 26th birthday party. We love the artistic ‘DIY’ theme, featuring heavy pink and black strokes that look as though they’ve been done with a massive marker. Although fabulous, this look is definitely over-the-top. To try this at home, we suggest toning it down— find one element that you want to feature and keep the rest of the look simple. In particular, those tights would look great under any LBD!
is turning into quite the Mogul these days. After founding her wildly successful beauty line, Fenty Beauty, last year, the multi-talented singer forged again into new territory, creating Savage x Fenty, which has since taken the lingerie industry by storm. What we love about Rihanna’s incredible success is that it comes from such a positive place. She makes women feel seen. Her initial launch of Fenty Beauty foundation included 40 shades, for women of all skin tones, many of whom had been ignored by the industry. Her lingerie line is size inclusive, modeled by women of many different shapes, sizes and ethnicities. It’s no surprise that she has been incredibly successful across all fronts. Even more impressively, she has built this empire while continuing to be a force in the Fashion industry. The singer regularly makes headlines for her glamorous and distinct looks, including the pink mini dress she’s pictured in above. Riri was in Australia at an event celebrating the one-year anniversary of Fenty Beauty. She stepped out in this Dolce & Gabbana bodycon, channeling an early 2000s party girl look that feels fresh and fierce. She accessorized with silver bling to match the dress’ trim, including a silver handbag, bright silver tiny sunglasses, and an oversized set of hoop earrings and matching diamond cross necklace. We’re all for the return of the mini dress, and it feels even more on-trend in pastel hues like this baby pink.
Winnie Harlow is the it model currently taking
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the fashion industry by storm. Canadian-born, the 22-year old supermodel is proud of her Jamaican heritage. Harlow has walked in countless fashion shows, taking the Fashion Month circuit in stride, and was booked to walk in the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a self-professed dream of hers. Importantly, she is an advocate for people (like herself) with the skin condition Vitiligo, helping people around the world to appreciate their beauty. Of course, as one of the world’s top models, Winnie has a pretty incredible wardrobe. Although her signature daytime looks lean more towards athleisure, Winnie always makes a statement. We love her in this head-to-toe Fendi ensemble, which she wore after walking the Fendi runway during Paris Fashion Week. Although logo mania is definitely trending, it might be a little much to wear this IRL. To try this look yourself, we’d recommend you get a jumpsuit in a solid color, and leave the icons to your accessories. Layer on a belt, sunnies, bag and shoes all by the same designer and you’re ready to channel Winnie.
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has been an A-list celebrity for decades, starring in blockbuster films and topping music industry charts. The Puerto Rican beauty is as much a mega celebrity today as ever, still releasing music and looking fabulous. She vacationed on the island of Capri last summer, making a posh trip even more so by wearing all Italian designers. We love this white lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana on her. Paired with nude heels and a denim tote, J Lo’s best accessory was her Amalfi-Coast glow (and, of course, her matching man— Alex Rodriguez looks great in white too!). Jennifer’s look pulls together romantic lace, a feminine fitted bodice, and a flattering tea length skirt. Her denim bag and oversized sunnies take the look to a daytime place, but swapping those for a black leather clutch and matching heels would make this a white-hot evening look as well.
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Another Caribbean celeb who is forging her own path. The TV personality is also a New York Times best-selling author, businesswoman, producer and actress. She has campaigned for a number of causes, including supporting the March of Dime’s Blanket Challenge to ask political candidates to make the health of moms and babies a priority, as well as supporting female entrepreneurs by partnering with T-Mobile’s Funded in America. She’s a power-mom and a daring dresser. Her look above was all about edge. Lala’s sleeveless hoodie was part of a much-anticipated collaboration between the historic Italian design house Gucci and the Harlem classic couturier, Dapper Dan. Paired with denim cut-offs, the look would have been casual had Lala not also worn show-stopping red velvet thigh high stiletto boots. Dressing up urban styles with glam elements is something Lala is a pro at. To pull off a look like this, we’d recommend sticking a bit more muted and monochrome— black thigh-highs with an athleisure set would be an unforgettable date-night look.
By R. ANTHONY MORRISON
Romeo Hunte presented his first Read-to-
Wear collection during New York Fashion Week Men’s on July 11th. Hunte’s runway show took place at PHD, Dream Hotel, 16th St. NYC for this collection Hunte’s inspiration came from two influences; street-style, and swimwear. Hunte brought these two elements together and created a collection that roots in both the classic and the modern day edginess that is NYC. The collection featured light textured overcoats, jackets and Neoprene wetsuits in blue, red, and yellow. The fabrics included mink fur, denim, camouflage, cotton and French terry.
Hunte’s Spring 19 Ready-To-Wear collection is exciting, and vibrant. the collection’s style has an edge to it. The parings and combinations of textures are very much in tune with the urban street style aesthetic Denim, and neon topped off with a clear hood is just one of the ways Hunte brings a new take to one of his coats sent down the runway. Models walked the runway in vibrant hoodies of blue, and one in worn under a nicely cut camo jacket. Romeo Hunte designs have been work by celebrities like; Victor Cruz, Evan Turner, Trevor Jackson, Zendaya, Beyoncé, Halle Berry, who appreciate high-quality craftsmanship. Additional accessories were provided by Swarovski, Look Mate London Socks, Kopenhagen Fur, and Teva.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BOUTIQUE?
I came up with my boutique to take my art from the arena of art exhibits or an art scene to make it a normal everyday functional thing the way African art was not seen as art originally. It had a function. At this in my Caribbean my art needs to express who I am culturally. The Boutique celebrates art and culture. It’s very disappointing to me that who I am as a Virgin Islands is so hidden. Most people are familiar with Jamaica and other islands like the Bahamas but know little about the Virgin Islands. People should be more familiar with the Virgin Islands because it is part of the United States. For me globalization shouldn’t just go in one direction with islanders absorbing everything from the mainland. Our culture needs to be respected and celebrated as well in the states. For me, it’s not only our beaches and views, but our language, food, music and folktales that the world needs to associate with the Virgin Islands. I am waiting for the day that the world Fungi is used interchangeably with the word polenta, or for there to be a demand for people to learn to speak like Virgin Islanders or a demand for Quadrille lessons. Before there was rap we had calypso. Young people can embrace both as a means of selfexpression. Would love to see Calypso workshops in Harlem for young people. We are amazing, absolutely amazing and I intend to let the world know just how interesting we are via images on objects.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING IN NYC?
Most recently 10 years. Before that I lived in Berkeley, California for 15 years. Before California I lived in St. John.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO ART?
I was always artistic. I had friends who noticed and enjoyed me to pursue painting. I enjoy abstract painting, folk art, colour field paintings, graffiti, and cartoons. Many of my paintings were created using a Japanese fish printing method called Gyotaku. I strayed from the method by outlining many of them to synthesize printing and drawing.
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I am from St. John. My mother was St. Johannian and Father was Cruzan. I actually attended the Julius Sprauve School in St. John (Kindergarten), TuTu School (5th Grade), and Antilles School (6-10th grade). Following that I bounced between New York and the Virgin Islands, sometimes living with my mother and sometimes with my father.
WHICH VIRGIN ISLAND ARE YOU FROM?
Designer Travis Hamilton presented his
collection during NYFW SS19. The collection this season was a celebration of colors and patterns that included Hamilton’s signature black pieces. While last season’s palette put the emphasis on Lebrum’s signature black hues, this season was all about warmth and hue. The exquisitely done black pieces were perfectly complemented by the colorful textures and patterns that included stripes and superbly tailored pieces done in vibrant reds. Some of the pieces seemed to give a nod to decades past decades with pants suites and separates that seemed reminiscent of the 60s/70s style elements. Negris LeBrum was inspired from a love story that began during 1940’s, between a young beautiful French Creole woman and a handsome man. Although their love was forbidden by societal difficulties, these individuals were brought together by a force that was bigger than the both of them and through fashion their love story is being told to the world.
There’s a lot going on in Harlem these
days, particularly when it comes to fashion. Once again during NYFW up and coming fashion designers had the opportunity to present collections at Harlem Fashion Week. Among the featured designers were; Adama Paris, Alhassan Toure and Banni Peru. Harlem Fashion Week was hosted at the Museum of the City Of New York on 5th Ave. at 104th street in Manhattan. This 5th annual event was attended my audiences excited to see the shows and get a look at what the vendors had on offer. Among high profile companies such as Sephora; there were also brands launching their new products such as new lipstick line - The Sexiest Beauty. Harlem Fashion Week has also been involved with raising funds for charities working to improve the lives of people in the community and the diaspora. In addition to the runway shows fundraising events are also part of the Harlem Fashion Week schedule. The proceeds from the events go to support two charities: Uptown Dance Academy, located in Harlem, and the Senegalese American Bilingual School, located in Senegal, West Africa. Designer Paris Adama from Senegal opened the show that featured 20 designers. Guests were able to check out all the different vendors during the show intermissions. There was certainly plenty to engage the senses at Harlem Fashion Week. We can’t wait for next season
The holidays are right around the corner. Of course, with the cheer and fun comes the additional stress of picking the perfect gift for that special man in your life. It might be a father, a brother, or a significant other. That doesn't mean that the gifts will be any easier to pick.
19. Vintage Stripe Collar V-Neck Pullover Sweatshirt In keeping with the sweatshirt trend, this vintage item is a great choice for a gift. It is hand knitted and has a striped V-neck that exudes a vintage feel. A one-of-a-kind item, it has ribbing at the neckline, cuffs, and the hem. It would look fashionable worn over a long sleeve tee or a plaid button down.
To make things easier for you, we have decided to compile a list of our top 20 online holiday finds for that special man. Get ready to make him happy, from the comfort of your sofa. 1. Proraso Men's Grooming Wood and Spice Cologne
Grooming is a part of the everyday ritual of the modern man. That is why a cologne designed to provide the finishing touches to his grooming ritual is a great gift. Proraso's Men's Grooming cologne combines Proraso's signature wood and spice fragrance. It has bold notes that combine tremendously well with spicy hints of saffron and cumin.
2. The Rail Mesa Chelsea Boot Your man's wardrobe can never be over-full with a pair of Chelsea boots. As far as Chelsea boots go, the Rail Mesa Chelsea boot is an excellent choice. These boots have deep goring panels and a minimalist upper sole crafted for optimum versatility. It also has a cushioned footed created to provide HIM with optimum comfort. A great choice for a gift! SOURCE: FOOTLOCKER
6. Adidas BR8 - Mens Track Top The Adidas BR8 - Men's Track Top is a tribute to the retro suit from 1988. Made from French terry, it has bold blocks of color that make sure that your man always stands out. A Trefoil logo situated on the chest is a completion of the age-old heritage look. Ribbed cuffs and a stand-up collar also offer complete protection from the elements.
3. Air Freshener Cuff Links by Cufflinks, Inc. Because you’ve got a man with a cool sense of humor and the style to match. Let him know just how much you love his unique sense of style with a memorable gift air freshener cuff links by cufflinks, inc. that combine tremendously well with spicy hints of saffron and cumin. 4. Mercer Leather Belt
Thinking of gifting him a leather belt? Why don't you check out this leather belt from Mercer? Its original leather construction makes it a durable choice. Designed to make the wearer effortlessly stylish, it also has a sleek buckle that provides extra shine. Just find out his pant size and order one size up.
8. The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum UNICEF What could you possibly get for your CEO bae? How about the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum UNICEF? It’s a striking timepiece that interprets one of the most contemporary and useful complications—the world time function— in an innovative way. Available with either Latin or Chinese characters on the dial, each model is limited to 500 pieces. 5. Nike LeBron 16 Everybody loves LeBron James. Even more, men love his signature shoes from Nike. Released a few weeks ago, the Nike LeBron 26 is as functional as it is stylish. It has an Air Max cushioning system that provides impact protection and offers a smooth feel. With this, your man can feel right at home on the courts and in the streets.
10. RALPH LAUREN Classic Fit Plaid Cotton Shirt
9. Ralph Lauren Hampton Relaxed Straight Jeans
11. Atley calfskin wingtip
A shirt to remember you by? The Ralph Lauren Classic cotton shirt is the answer. It can be worn tucked into trousers and on top of jeans. It is an oxford shirt that offers a sophisticated, relaxed look. The collar has a button-down point and a buttoned placket. Of course, don't forget the iconic horse symbol on the breast pocket. A good choice for him!
Jeans are the perfect gift. As long as they are stylish, your man will get the best possible use out of them. This pair of jeans are extra roomy in the upper legs, while it offers a straight grip for an easy, relaxed fit. It looks good on all body types and has a two-way stretch technology for maximum comfort.
Dress shoes are guaranteed to make any man smile. Classy and retro at the same time, this wingtip from Polo's collections is a smart investment. An almond shaped-front and a serrated edge trim deliver that extra bit of style. It also has a padded leather insole and a leather outsole to deliver the most comfortable feel. These shoes come with a shoebox as well as a dust bag.
12. Invicta Men's 'Pro Diver' Quartz Stainless Steel and Silicone Casual Watch There is nothing more attractive than a man with a timeless timepiece. The Invicta 'Pro Driver' is a budget-friendly piece that will complete any look. It has a black chronograph that offers 60sec, 30 min, and 1/10 sec readings. Date display and push down crown are other exciting features of this watch. Best of all, it is water-resistant. The perfect gift for the all-action man. 17. No Bounds Sport House of Marley Bluetooth Speaker
13. Remington PG525 Head to Toe Lithium Powered Body Groomer Kit 14. L'bel BLEU Intense for Men (Eau de Toilette)
15. McKleinUSA Attache Case
Sometimes, smell travels faster than sound, especially when he is using the L'Bel BLEU intense. It is a perfume that has a scent you are guaranteed to fall in love with rapidly. L'Bel's Intense has unique notes that reminds one of the seashores. This amazing scent is combined with an intense combo of sage, aromatic botanicals, and ginger.
Every man needs an attache case. Where else are they going to keep their most important documents while on the move? This attache case comes with a 3-digit combination lock for added security. Its main compartment is roomy enough to hold multiple files. Best of all, it has an organizer section designed to keep phones, notepads, business cards and more.
20. FILA Disruptor II Sneaker With its collaborations with different celebrities, FILA has always proven to be a trendy brand. These sneakers from FILA give off a throwback vibe that is ridiculously cool. It looks chunky, but it is extremely lightweight. It also has a cushioned removable insole for optimum comfort. Its chunky rubber outsole is guaranteed to put that extra spring in his step.
18. Lifewit Men's Vintage Leather Laptop Bag He is always going to need a place to stow a laptop while on the move. This vintage leather bag certainly gets the job done. Made from horse leather, it showcases a wild and retro style, reminiscent of the old days. Additionally, it can be worn across the shoulder, slung around the back or carried like a briefcase. Versatile and elegant!
16. Calvin Klein Cotton Stretch 3-Pack Boxer Briefs Depending on how close you are to him, a simple underwear pack might just be the perfect gift. If you decide to go the underwear route, this selection from Calvin Klein is an excellent option. It is entirely made of cotton and stretch fabric. This guaranteed maximum comfort. Its material is also durable to ensure that it always retains its shape. Besides, nothing says "You're important to me" like the Calvin Klein logo.
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We all know how much our men love to groom. Shaving has become an essential part of a man's daily ritual. Let him take care of his facial hair in style with this grooming kit from Remington. This kit is so much more than facial hair. It has a variety of combs and trimmers perfect for other body parts. A thoughtful gift to say the least!
House of Marley is a forward thinking brand for true music lovers. That is why the 360-degree Sound +Sustainable design of this Bluetooth speaker makes thee ideal present for a man who knows a thing or two about sound. The speaker is wireless and waterproof (IP67) making it ideal for beach days and more.
Who said that men are not into properly caring for their skin and smelling De-Lish? Many popular skincare brands now have a collection just for men. So now they have their own products they can enjoy. Here are 5 items that I like using on my celebrity clients like; John Legend, Mario Lopez, Samuel Jackson, Robert Redford and many more when getting them groomed.
1. Baxter Of California Sulfate Free Daily Face WashÂ 2. Beau Brummell The Gentlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facials Mask 3. Hercules Man Eau de Parfum MYKONOS 4. Muni Muni Pre Shave Oil 5. Itiba Beard Balm
5. SHISEIDO EYEBROW AND EYELINER COMPACT $30.00
3. SEPHORA COLLECTION EYEBROW EDITOR COMPLETE BROW KIT $19.00
1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW POMADE $18.00
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4. STILA STAY ALL DAY WATERPROOF BROW COLOR $20.00
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by MUA DonellaD
So the summer is finally here! It’s not only
the time of the year to lay in the sun all day but also your change to...glow up! The secret of summer glow up is in ‘nomakeup’ makeup products. However, there are still few tricks for achieving perfect summer glow up look. So Let’s get started!
Hydration is Key Before even thinking about what foundation you want to wear, don’t forget to hydrate your skin; one of my favourite moisturizers to achieve my summer glow is the Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. Find a lightweight summer foundation Put down the heavy full coverage, matte foundations and find a light weight foundation that has a dewy finish, remember to colour correct and dab a bit of concealer to cover up skin imperfections, also remember to add some loose finishing powder to reduce shine where necessary. One of my favourite foundations to use during the summer time is the SmashBox Camera Ready BB Water. MY GLOW UP TRICK: I LOVE ADDING A BIG OF MY ICONIC LONDON PREP-SET-GLOW TO MY BB WATER FOR A SUPER SUMMER GLOW UP!
Throw out the Contour Sticks and add some Radiance Applying a bronzer is officially the first of any summer glow up look. You can opt for a blendable bronzer, that way you can contour it better. Matte bronzers will make your face look warm, On the other hand, choosing a shiny bronzer will make your face look sun-kissed and glowy. One of my favourite bronzers to date is the Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer.
Orange Cheek Vibes Add a bit of color to your cheeks, one of my favourite blushes to use during the summer time is the Milani Baked Blush in the shade Carollina. Add some Highlighter When choosing a highlighter, make sure not to pick one that is too “glittery”. In the hot summer weather, you can quickly look too shiny from your makeup and also the heat. Choose a
loose or pressed highlighter to add to your cheekbones, nose bridge, forehead and lower eyelid. Two of my favourite highlighters to use during the summer time are the Melt Cosmetics Highlight in the shade Nova and the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in the shade Conceited. MY GLOW UP TRICK: TO INTENSIFY YOUR CHEEK HIGHLIGHT, WET YOUR BRUSH WITH MAC FIX PLUS MIST BEFORE YOU APPLY YOUR HIGHLIGHT.
Pick Neutral Lipstick/ Lip gloss Shiny or matte – it is for you to choose. In the summer everything is allowed! Go with nude shades, or light pink, peachy colors. If you want to combine this daily glow up makeup for night events, then add red or magenta lipstick. Some of my favourite, Fenty Glow Gloss bomb, Too Faced Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic, ColouredRaine Satin Lipstick in Serene, Maybelline Colour Sensation Lipstick in Born with it. Lock Makeup with Powder If you have oily skin like I do, then this step is NOT avoidable for you. You should set your makeup with a lightweight loose powder. Be sure to concentrate on your T-zone, but don’t overdo it with the powder remember a little shine is allowed. One of my favourite loose powders is the BlackUp Cosmetics Anti-Shine Loose Powder. The Finale- Lock it all in! As a final touch, you can lock in your makeup with a setting spray or mist. Again, if you have oily skin, this step is also NOT avoidable. This will keep your makeup locked in one place, while it will still give you a beautiful summer glow up. One of my favourite setting sprays to keep my summer glow all day is the Boscia White Charcoal Setting Spray, and on days when I know I wont’ be out for too long I set my makeup wit the Pixi Beauty Rose Glow Mist.
by BRANDY GOMEZDUPLESSIS
It’s that time of year again where women will be rocking
overly shaped and chisel face trying to get that perfect beat face like the gorgeous queen of contour, Kim Kardashian. So how do you accentuate your best feature? How do you highlight, shade, and blend to get that Instagram look?
Selecting the right format is important when your achieving a flawless application and the desired intensity. • A client with dry skin will prefer stick or cream textures for the best results • A client who prefer a natural everyday contour will opt for a powder. • A client would like a beat face and want to be slayed will choose to layer cream and powder formats.
It’s soft and buildable Need to be used with a brush 4
Cream Contour Palette It gives sheet to full coverage Most skin-like and very blendable Can be blended with a beauty blender, a brush or your fingers Stick Contour Gives precision placements
1 1. KKW Beauty Creme Contour Sticks 2. Absolute New York Strobing & Shading Palette
Very easy for beginners
3. Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit
Can be blended with a beauty blender, a brush or your fingers
4. Viseart Corrector, Contour, Camouflage HD Palette 5. E.L.F. Cosmetics Cream Contour Palette
6. Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour & Highlight V-Shape Duo Stick 7. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit 8. Black UP Contouring Stick
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Powder Contour Palette Many makeup wearers are comfortable with this texture
by BRANDY GOMEZDUPLESSIS
Some people are foodies who are obsessed with delicious foods. I’m a lipstick addict that is obsessed with delicious lip colors. With so many new makeup brands hitting the shelves, it’s hard to keep up with what’s new and what’s a MUST HAVE. Here are 6 new lippies that you should add to your makeup bag. 6
1. Entitled Beauty Liquid Lipsticks in Orchid 2. BUXOM Shimmer Shock Lipsticks 3. Absolute New York Perfect Pair Lip Duo in Candied Apple 4. L’OREAL Paris X BALMAIN Paris Lipstick Collection 5. PAT MCGRATH Labs Matte Trance Lipstick 6. GIVENCHY Le Rouge Sculpt Two-Tone Lipstick in 02 Violine
Looking for the best spring and summer
color will be easy this year. A new luxurious mineral makeup line, Entitled Beauty has created one of the best lip shades for you. Owned by Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy GomezDuplessis and Beauty Expert Johnny Luoma. Entitled Beauty cosmetics is; Mineral base, Cruelty Free and Parabens Free. What’s different about Entitled Beauty? The brand is not just healthy on the skin; the products are all highly pigmented. Their bold liquid lipsticks are creamy matte and long wearing, and the ‘glamxurious’ lip glosses are infused with collagen peptides to give you a natural plump lip without the tingling sensation. So, let your lips do all the talking this summer.
SPRING COLORS GLAMXURIOUS LIP GLOSSES 1. Grace 2. DE-LISH 3. Sunstone 4. Opal
SUMMER COLORS GLAMXURIOUS LIP GLOSSES
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1. Sassy 2. Espresso 3. #OMG 4. Vanity
SPRING COLORS BOLD LIQUID LIPSTICKS
SUMMER COLORS BOLD LIQUID LIPSTICKS
2. Costa Rica
3. Princess Peach
4. Mayan Chocolate
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Say goodbye to the basic French manicures because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like a freshly polished manicure. Here are some inspiring nail art looks that you will make you want to experiment. A lot of these colors and styles were either seen during New York fashion week, magazines, and even TV shows. This further proof that nail art is here to stay. by BRANDY GOMEZDUPLESSIS
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Mornings are the hardest time ever to really give your skin the attention it really need with skincare. But once in the shower this is the best time to do a quick skincare prep. Due to timing, In Shower Masks is the perfect time to wash your face, and wake up your skin leaving it radiant and brighter before heading out. Here are In-Shower Masks that you should check out.
1. BLITHE Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey Splash Mask 2. PERRICONE MD PRE:EMPT SERIES Refreshing Shower Mask 3. MAKE P:REM In-Shower Face Mask 4. Clean & Clear Exfoliating 60-Second Shower Face Mask CARIBBEAN POSH
5. FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION IN-SHOWER PURIFYING MASK
by BRANDY GOMEZ-DUPLESSIS
Concealer is a secret weapon that can shape a face and make you look flawless when applied correctly. Once you determine what type of coverage your looking for you can now decide if you want to conceal or correct. Do you want a creamy or liquid concealer?
1. LAURA MERCIER Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer
Here are 7 of my favorites that I hope you will find to be a new fav for you. Get ready to blur away your imperfections.
2. JOSIE MARAN Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon
3 3. BLACK UP Radiance Concealer
4. STILA Aqua Glow Serum Concealer
5. Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil
7. KKW Liquid Concealer 6. FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Match Stix Matte Skinstick
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*Tip: The best way to apply concealer is with a damp BEAUTY BLENDER micro.mini
Coconut is the new trend in beauty products.
A strange fact but a true one at that. Resurfacing over the past couple of years, the use of extracts from coconut has become prevalent in the beauty industry. Coconut oil especially does not look like going out of importance any time soon. Research and scientific studies have proven that coconut oil is nourishing and great for all parts of the body especially the hair. When it comes to hair care, one can never be too careful about the chemicals involved. However, it is certain that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong with coconut in the mix.
A little coconut oil can go a long way in revitalizing your hair. Lauric acid, a nutrient derived from coconut oil extracts goes all the way into your hair shaft resulting in an overall improvement in the health of your hair. Caribbean women have been known to battle with frizzy hair especially in humid climates. Thick, curly hair is also prone to thermal damage in hot conditions. However, just a dash of coconut oil can help curb hair frizziness. There should be no doubt now about the effectiveness of coconut and its extracts in hair products. Nowadays, there are
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Coconut oil is packed with a great mix of fatty acids together with vitamins. These nutrients work hand in hand to moisturize, nourish, and strengthen your hair. Coconut oil has antioxidants, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Coconut extracts have been proven time and time again to be proficient in improving the health of your scalp, fighting infections and protecting your hair from the elements. For Caribbean women with kinky, textured hair, coconut and its extracts have proven to be a godsend. The intricate and delicate balance of nature and technology has resulted in a variety of coconut infused products that are just delightful for hair growth. Coconut extracts have been known to increase the volume of hair growth. Coconut oil especially helps to prevent hair damage and loss as a result of combing and brushing. It is now an essential part of most leave-in conditioners as well as intensive conditioners.
so many hair products that have been infused with coconut. Check the bottle of your favorite hair products; you would be surprised by the sheer volume of hair products that have been infused with coconut. Below is a list of ten coconut infused hair products and why we love them. 1. OUAI SMOOTH SHAMPOO
Ouai tops the list of our favorite brands. The reason behind this is the absolute creativity and industrialist that its propounder Jen Atkin exhibits. Jen Atkin knows an awful lot about beautiful hair, and she uses that to her advantage. Ouai Smooth Shampoo is favored by top celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen. Perfect for hair hydration, Ouai Shampoo is infused with coconut water to increase its hydration properties. It also cleanses hair strands excellently, increasing moisture levels to leave you with that mega-smooth hair that you crave.
2. SHEA MOISTURE 100% VIRGIN COCONUT OIL LEAVE-IN TREATMENT
Hydrating your hair constantly is needed if you desire a naturally curly look. This leave-in treatment which contains coconut oil helps to soften your strands. We love this natural hair product because it is excellent for hair entanglement. Another positive that this natural hair product holds is that it helps in curbing hair frizziness. 3. HERBIVORE COCONUT + SEA SALT BEACH WAVE HAIR MIST
Need a hair mist spray to hydrate your hair; we prefer Herbivore’s coconut + sea salt combination. This sea salt spray is formulated with aloe water. Aloe water is a highly active super hydrating agent, effective enough to give you those effortless “just-woke-up” curls. This natural hair product contains coconut as well as vanilla oil to give your hair a refreshing feeling. 4. BRIOGEO SCALP REVIVAL CHARCOAL AND COCONUT OIL MICRO-EXFOLIATING SHAMPOO
Boosting your scalp and hair is made possible and effortless with this natural hair product. Infused with coconut oil and
tured hair. For dense hair, Ouidad’s Curl Immersion Coconut cleansing conditioner is also perfect. Infused with coconut oil, Ouidad’s product has other natural extracts such as avocado, rosemary, grapeseed, and sage oils to reduce the build-up of dirt and dust in your calls. It is also gentle, ensuring that your hair is not subjected to harsh conditions. 7. DEVACURL SUPERCREAM COCONUT CURL STYLER
DevaCurl’s curl styler is infused with coconut oil to soften your hair. We are particularly in love with this natural hair product because it leaves behind a rare stunning sheen after application. This offering from DevaCurl is perfect for protective styles such as twist-outs and Bantu Knots. It is guaranteed to add a particular definition and bounciness to your natural curls. 8. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE CREME DE COCO SHAMPOO
The scent of this shampoo is heavenly. Bumble and Bumble’s Creme de Coco shampoo is exquisitely crafted to remind followers of the tropics. Coconut scented, it is complete with natural extracts such as kukui but oil and murumuru butter.
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charcoal, it helps make your hair and scalp resistant to debris and dirt. A favorite of ours, this product is great for dry scalp. The coconut oil contained in it helps to stop your hair from flaking. Briogeo’s natural hair product is infused with peppermint, tree oil, and spearmint to provide you with a tingly after-sensation. We love this coconut-infused hair product because it is the perfect combo to reduce scalp itchiness and irritation. 5. OGX WEIGHTLESS HYDRATION COCONUT WATER
Hydration and moisturization in one fell swoop. OGX’ s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water is the perfect remedy for “thirsty” hair. Just a few droplets of this coconut water hair supplement is enough to curb hair dryness. It is also devoid of sulfate to make sure that your hair has a smooth and ravishing shine. 6. OUIDAD CURL IMMERSION COCONUT CLEANSING CONDITIONER
Ouidad’s cleansing conditioner is perfect for kinky and tex-
A heavenly scent and high moisturizing attributes, what more could you want in shampoo? 9. KÉRASTASE AURA BOTANICA ESSENCE D’ÉCLAT HAIR OIL
Kérastase’s luxury hair oil gives kinky hair a natural sheen that is quite unmatched. Most users complain about hair oil being sticky. However, Kérastase Aura Botanica Essence d’Eclat is not. The natural hair product is formulated using natural moisturizers including Samoan coconut, jojoba oil and Moroccan argan as opposed to sulfates and parabens. The fact that it is 96 percent natural also makes sure that it doesn’t weigh your hair down. 10. SEPHORA COLLECTION COCONUT DRY SHAMPOO
Sephora’s shampoo is infused with coconut and with good reason too. It perks up your strands absorbing oil without making your curls and hair dry. Its refreshing tropic-scent makes it a must to keep your hair looking nourished and healthy.
Caribbean and African women are blessed with strong, kinky and textured hair. While this attribute might be a blessing in some quarters, it can be a bother for some women. At the end of it all, most Caribbean women would want to begin the day spending as little time as possible styling their hair. This sounds great. However, there is a little downside of running the risk of your kinky hair sticking out bizarrely over the course of the day. Caribbean women are endowed with thick hair that can be styled and shaped into some of the most breathtaking hairstyles you would ever see. Most women from other cultures are jealous of Caribbean hair. As most Caribbean women would testify, their hair comes with a whole bag of responsibilities and care.
Caribbean hair has a natural dryness and brittleness that can be dangerous if not taken care of quickly and continuously. The kinky hair which Caribbean women boast is a blessing, for the most part. However, it can quickly turn into a burden if left unattended. Environmental factors such as humidity and temperature sometimes have adverse effects on kinky Caribbean hair. This is where protective styles come into the picture. Protective hairstyles are a mixture of the most elaborate and stylish braids and locs that you would
ever see. Protective hairstyles are usually done to limit the impact and inherent stress of environmental conditions on kinky hair. These styles have been around for a very long time although they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t popular in mainstream media. In the past, it was extremely rare to see black celebrities rocking protective styles. Most of them preferred to have their hair straightened. Locs, braids, and twists, all of which are protective hairstyles, were practically non-existent outside of smaller black communities. That has changed in recent years. Music superstar Rihanna often rocks protective styles. A picture of the Bahamian beauty sporting Bantu knots went viral last year. Other stars such as Ciara, Solange, and Beyonce have been hopping on the protective style trend over the past one or two years. Among natural hair enthusiasts, protective styles have the added benefit of providing a multitude of options for women to conceal their hair on different levels. Protective styles usually include twists, updos, wigs, and braids. However, they are not limited to those methods of styling. One thing that is certain is that no matter how you decide to rock a protective hairstyle, your hair will be protected from the elements. This is because the ends of your hair will be tucked away and protected from the damaging effect of the environment. Another advantage of rocking protective hairstyles is the fact that the moisture of your priceless hair will be main-
tained. Dryness and brittleness of hair can become a thing of the past with a protective hairstyle. Most Caribbean and African women have issues with hair shrinkage and reduction in hair length. Protective styles can also help to curb reduction in hair length. Similarly, protective hairstyles have a stylish, elegant look that is just unbeatable. Most protective hairstyles can be styled in different ways. This ensures that you have versatility and stylishness that is unmatched by other hairstyles. At the same time, sporting a protective hairstyle means that you also have to add an element of natural hair care to your repertoire. It is advisable to nourish your scalp and hair with natural oils and hydrating balms. These should be done before styling your hair. Another tip to protecting your natural hair is to let it dry overnight. It is also advisable to go to bed with a satin scarf to safeguard your kinky hair from the high humidity conditions in the night. Below is a list of protective hairstyles that have become extremely popular in the black community over the past year: 1. Havana Twists Speaking of graceful and stylish protective hairstyles, Havana twists fit the bill perfectly. Havana twists are fashioned by a variety of turns and twists in your hair. It is complete with beautiful, chunky twists that can be achieved using natural hair along with hair extensions. If you desire thinner Havana
twists, you can apply maximum tension while twisting your hair. However, bigger and fuller twists can be achieved by pulling your hair with minimal tension. Overall, Havana twists are a perfect solution for thick hair.
While most styles lose their beauty in over a month, adequate hair care can stretch Ghana braids to six or seven weeks. Ghana Braids can also be styled and packed in different ways. They can be worn loose, in a bun or a ponytail.
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2. Faux Locs Faux Locs have gained a whole lot of popularity over the past couple of years. Perhaps this is due to the versatility that this hairstyle offers. Faux Locs can be temporary as well as permanent. Faux locs offer your hair total protection as it involves wrapping human hair, synthetic hair or yarn protecting your hair from the elements. Similarly, you can also select from a vast range of colors giving you a thousand ways to wear faux locs.
5. Box Braids Box Braids are beautiful, protective, and versatile. They can be twisted to only one side or worn loose on a casual day. They can be thrown back in a ponytail or woven into a bun. With box braids, there’s almost no way you can’t style your hair. They are gorgeous to look at, boasting an aesthetic appeal that is unparalleled. Box braids can be made dramatic by parting them into bigger sections. This also helps to reduce the amount of time spent with a hair stylist.
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3. Bantu Knots Favored by Rihanna, Bantu Knots are one of the most traditional protective hairstyles out there. They look beautiful and are very effective when it comes to protecting kinky and textured hair. In the same vein, Bantu knots are not a factor of your hair length. You can sport Bantu knots even if your hair length is short. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkr31bMlADC/?utm_source=ig_ share_sheet&igshid=wfpaw4koh8ic
4. Ghana Braids These are perhaps the most popular of the different protective hairstyles out there. Ghana braids have their origin in Africa. The main advantage of this hairstyle is that it is a long-lasting braid.
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6. Crochet Braids Crochet braids top the list of protective styles which are an alternative to basic sew-in weaves. Crochet braids are beautiful even when they are old. As crochet braids unravel, they look curly and beautiful as long as you keep them well hydrated and nourished with natural oils. Hair fuzziness will also be kept minimal ensuring that you can keep rocking your look for an extended period. Crochet braids exude an adorable 90s vibe. They also produce bouncy ringlets in your hair that help you secure your locks.
7. Multi-Size Bun Buns are not a new concept. However, combining large and small braids into the same do is a fresh look. Styling your hair into a ponytail with multi-size buns also affords you the added versatility of wearing your hair in a coil. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkVqFM5jGrX/?utm_source=ig_ share_sheet&igshid=37nz6y7u91fm
8. Short Twists The beauty of short twists is that they allow for the excessive use of hair accessories. Hair cuffs are an in-thing right now, and they combine effortlessly with short twists. Adorn your short twists with cornrow cuffs, and your look completely upgrades itself. Add that to the fact that short twists have an almost superhuman longevity and you have yourself a winning hairstyle. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BdF3EtaDJ9V/?utm_source=ig_ share_sheet&igshid=jubsweq06bqx
9. Twist Updo Twist Updos are eye-catching and comfortable. What more could you want in a protective hairstyle for your natural hair? Twist updos ensure that your hair doesn’t get in your face. They are the perfect business-casual natural protective style. Summarily, protective styles for natural kinky hair affords a whole world of varieties and opportunities to express your stylish fantasies while making sure that your beautiful, natural hair transitions healthily. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkQ9gxuH-0X/?utm_source=ig_ share_sheet&igshid=t7w7i9417s2l
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The Caribbean boasts s
ome of the most talented and beautiful female singers in the world. Historically, the music scene has been dominated by men. Even in other communities asides the Caribbean, men have always been frontrunners. In recent years, the whole scene of the music world has changed drastically. Women are now one of the biggest names in music stars. Female music stars such as Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna have become trendsetters and household names in the world of music. Today, in every sector of entertainment you can see women from the Caribbean making huge waves. In the movie industry, a few Caribbean women made waves as vital cast members in the successful blockbuster Black Panther. Music is not exempted. Caribbean women bring a sense of flavor and style to the music scene that is just unmatched. Foreigners initially fell in love with the Caribbean following the exploits of music legend Bob Marley. Right now, there are a plethora of female artists from the Caribbean doing great feats in the music world. The beautiful thing about the shining stars of female Caribbean women is that they are doing it big in different genres. These women deserve all of the attention and accolades that they are getting right now. From dancehall music to Cuban Jazz, Blues, Pop, and Reggae, there is no shortage of the best female talents from the Caribbean leaving an indelible mark on the global music scene.
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Rihanna was born in Barbados, and she has definitely reminded the world of the talent that the Caribbean nation has to offer. She is the current creative director of the womenswear section of Puma. She has also made waves with her make-up and lingerie line.
Spice Is there a Caribbean dancehall artist that is bigger than Spice. Singer, songwriter and dancer extraordinaire, she began her career with a stint at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to study music and drama. She started to generate history with her unique brand of Dancehall music touring the world with Baby Cham. She has since gone on to release hit song after hit song seemingly without fail. Spice is as beautiful as most Caribbean women are. She is the perfect embodiment of beauty, thickness, and Caribbean flavor. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/ BkvRxzAgH96/?utm_source=ig_share_ sheet&igshid=15qwc3zxqh8lc
An exposè into the exploits of Caribbean women making it big would not be complete without mentioning the name of Rihanna Fenty. Born Robyn Fenty, Rihanna is perhaps one of the top three biggest female music stars in the world. Since coming to life following the success of her hit song “Umbrella” a decade ago, she has had an immeasurable impact on the music world. She has won over ten American music awards in addition to multiple Billboard Music Awards. No superstar is perhaps complete without a Grammy award, and Rihanna has quite a few of those. Rihanna’s influence on music has transcended chart and award-winning albums. She has revolutionized the fashion scene at the same time. From dropping jaws with raunchy stage and red carpets outfits to being named a Fashion Icon of The Year, Rihanna has done it all.
Lylah Barbadian beauty Rihanna is not the only Caribbean beauty doing the community proud in the music scene. Lylah is another female singer who is doing it big. Her rare warm voice has wowed audiences time and time again. She dropped a successful album in “With or Without You” delivering a unique mixture of French-language R&B together with Afropop music.
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Caribbean women have been doing the world proud since the dawn of time. From being trailblazers in natural skin care and swimwear designs down to making waves in the world of music. They are making the Caribbean community proud.
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Another exciting export of Caribbean music is Tessanne Amanda Chin. An explosive talent from Jamaica, she made her name after winning the fifth season of The Voice. Tutored by Adam Levine, Tessanne Amanda Chin showed the world the explosive talent of Caribbean women. Since her huge success, she has opened for huge music acts including Peabo Bryson, Gladys Knight, and Patti LaBelle. She also toured the world for three years with Jimmy Cliff. Following her victory at The Voice, she debuted her first single “Tumbling Down” marking her first entry into mainstream music. Since then, she has outdone herself becoming a shining beacon of Caribbean music.
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Meet multi-talented all female self-contained reggae band Adahzeh. The ladies, namely keyboardist Karissa, bassist Chevy Palm, vocalist Gabby, guitarist Tara and drummer Tash. The reggae band are on a mission to spread love, respect and empowerment in their music, and throughout their journey across the world. Adahzeh has been together for five solid years and has performed on countless world class stages including the Ostroda Reggae Festival in Canada, the South By South Music Festival in Texas, the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay Jamaica as well as Rebel Salute also in Jamaica just to name a few. The latest single “This Love” was produced by Missa Palmer & Teflon Zin Fence Records. “This Love” is out on all platforms via 21st Hapilos Digital
“The most powerful thing you can do as a woman in music is be authentic.”
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Virgin Island Native YVETTE THOMASHENRY APPOINTED REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT OF FOUR SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS
Four Seasons veteran brings decades of diverse hotel experience to role
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
recently announced the promotion of Yvette Thomas-Henry to Regional Vice President of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Thomas-Henry will remain General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. In her new role, Thomas-Henry will be responsible for the operations at Four Seasons Resort Nevis, a AAA Five-Diamond resort, as well as Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel. Thomas-Henry’s career with Four Seasons spans over a decade, including senior management roles in New York, Washington D.C. and Atlanta. During her tenure in Atlanta, the hotel has continued to thrive as the only AAA FiveDiamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel in the city—an accolade it’s held since opening in 1997. After two record setting years, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is currently finishing a multi-million-dollar renovation in preparation for Super Bowl LIII, which will take place in Atlanta in February 2019. Since her arrival in Atlanta in 2015, Thomas-Henry has actively engaged in the greater Atlanta community, with a variety of organizations. She sits on several boards, including the Midtown Alliance, the Alliance Theater at the Woodruff Arts Center, The National Black Arts Festival and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
Fashion icon and actress Grace Jones, after she was conferred with the Order of Jamaica, at the 2018 National Honours and Awards ceremony, held at King's House in St Andrew. Photo by Lionel Rookwood. #HeroesDay2018
Thomas-Henry also sits on the executive committee of the Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association and is a member of their Women in Leadership Steering Committee.
Born in St. Thomas, USVI and raised in St. Croix, Thomas-Henry was encouraged by her mother to be the best at whatever she did. After earning her Bachelor of Arts from Pace University, Thomas-Henry went on to receive a Master of Science from Audrey Cohen College in New York. Throughout her career, Thomas-Henry has developed a sharp eye for detail and a dedication to the community she calls home. Under her leadership at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, the hotel’s community outreach team, made up of hotel employees, has logged over 500 hours of service for local organisations across the city.
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“I feel honoured and privileged to take on this role with Four Seasons where I will help to create a lasting legacy for the hotels and resorts I will oversee,” said Thomas-Henry. “Atlanta, Nevis and St. Louis are dynamic destinations full of art, entertainment, culture and business and I look forward working with these talented teams to push the boundaries and achieve even more success.”
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke was conferred with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class at the National Honours and Awards ceremony held at King's House in St Andrew. Clarke was acknowledged for her contribution to safeguarding the interests of members of the Jamaican diaspora in the United States. Photo by Lionel Rookwood. #HeroesDay2018
"A bride should look and feel refreshingly beautiful, gorgeous, effortless, and natural – this is my inspiration and what I want my dresses to reflect".
WHERE IN BARBADOS ARE YOU FROM AND HOW HAS YOUR UPBRINGING OR MAYBE EXPERIENCES COMING UP IN BARBADOS MAYBE INFLUENCE YOUR PASSION FOR FASHION?
I’m originally from Redman’s Village, St. Thomas, Barbados. Growing up, to be honest I cannot say I had a passion for fashion in the traditional sense of the word, nor had I been interested in fashion, or weddings when growing up. My passion for bridal fashion is very new. It’s not something that I thought about growing up. Growing up most of the wedding dresses I saw I disliked, I always found them to be ugly, they looked heavy, there were toooooo white, they looked stiff and uncomfortable, and sometimes ill-fitting. What I always had a passion for is creating
things with my hands. I have two sisters, and growing up we were all creative and loved arts and crafts. My mom has always encouraged our creativity in the arts and craft. Growing up, each summer she made sure that we learned/developed a new skill in this area, one summer it was jewellery making, another summer it was weaving and basketry, then pottery, ceramics, crochet …the list goes on. One summer we did sewing, I was about 13 years. Each summer was something new and fun to learn. But that’s as far as our creative talent went, it didn’t escape the summer. Once school started back, it was back to the books. Creative skills and talents were not nurtured as possible/successful careers and as I got older the dreaded question was often asked “What you wanna be when you grow up?” And sadly
there were only a few ‘correct’ answers - doctor, lawyer, engineer….you get the idea. So I chose to pursue a career in Civil Engineering. Can I just add here that my sister Kaye showed me it was ok to NOT pursue a traditional career. She was accepted into various universities for Engineering and Medicine. But instead she chose to pursue a career in fashion design. When she started her studies I was in Canada studying civil engineering. I always thought she was so brave to go the non-traditional route. When I returned home after my studies she was studying at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Then She graduated designer of the year. And then Adidas quickly grabbed her up. It’s funny though, we never really talk about fashion. Her sense of style is very different to mine.
HOW DID YOU TRANSITION FROM ENGINEERING TO WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER? WHAT DID THAT LOOK LIKE?
For years I found myself wondering ‘What the f**k am I doing with my life?’ I found myself drifting along in a career that didn’t excite me, crying on Mondays, and praying everyday for the weekend to hurry come. To top it off, my bank account looked like crap, and it didn’t look like it would be improving anytime soon. I knew I wanted to quit my job and find something more creative and fulfilling, but I had no idea what I wanted to do!! Luckily, I was temporarily placed on part-time, and that’s when I started a side hustle, making flower headbands and body chains, it was summer time in Barbados and they sold amazingly well! This was my first taste of entrepreneurship, and it felt gooood! It felt sooooo amazing to be creative! I wanted more! So, I began to think about what my passions were and what I could do that would allow me to quit my job! I knew I loved all things weddings and lifestyle (I had a Pinterest obsession to prove it!). This lead me to discovering my passion in weddings, specifically luxury outdoor weddings and gorgeous destination weddings. So I decided to use the flower headbands to transition into bridal wear and accessories. This lead me to designing and creating custom-designed luxury wedding dresses. I was loving what I was doing!! And on my 29th birthday I quit my job after a year of having my business as a side hustle. OMG quitting felt so gooood, it was the best birthday gift ever
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU LEARN TO DESIGN GOWNS?
I started back in 2015, I had no previous experience in designing or creating high end gowns. To be honest it’s a natural talent, combined with the passion for gown design and the obsession to learn. Naturally I have my design style, and design point of view. I know what I like and what I dislike when it comes to design and style. When it comes to design I trust my gut, and go with what feels right and is in alignment with my style and brand. I’m entirely self-taught. I’m not formally trained nor do I a fashion degree nor fashion back ground. I’m constantly learning and improving, there’s always something new to learn!
CAN YOU ELABORATE ON HOW YOU CREATE AND PERHAPS HOW YOU MAYBE DRAW ON YOUR SKILL AS CIVIL ENGINEER?
WHERE DOES YOUR LOVE OF WEDDING GOWNS IN PARTICULAR COME FROM?
It comes from my obsession with luxury outdoor weddings and gorgeous destination weddings and my desire to see gowns that are perfect for these settings. Gowns that are light, airy, beautiful, romantic, feminine, stunning, magical and effortless. I wanted to create gowns that reflect these weddings that I’m obsessed with, and that lead to an obsession for gowns.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A JAYE APPLEWAITE BRIDE? SHE IS ...
She has an overall vision for her wedding style, she knows how she wants to look and feel – beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, feminine, sexy, and effortless. And she wants the perfect dress that will reflect all her desires.
TELL US ABOUT THE THEME OF YOUR MOST RECENT COLLECTION
I’m actually planning on creating a new collection, to be launched at the ‘Caribbean POSHgirl POWER Brunch’. My last collection however, was entitled ‘Blurred Dreams’. It was my first collection and the quote for it was “I love that blurry place between dreams and reality, it’s where the magic happens’. It was based on me realising my dreams and passions and then pursuing them. And being bold and unapologetic in my pursuit of my dreams, and creating magic for myself.
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When I create it all starts with my inspiration. I’m obsessed with luxury outdoor weddings and gorgeous destination weddings, I love the beautiful floral designs, the gorgeous decor and unique personal elements of modern weddings. I especially love outdoor weddings. And this is where my passion lies, as well as my inspiration. When I see images of outdoor weddings, I am inspired by the naturally beautiful setting, luxury, lush florals, gorgeous décor, relaxed chilled atmosphere, a sense of freedom, pure enjoyment, dancing under the stars, free to love and free to enjoy. I absolutely love the way I feel when I look at images of these types of weddings. It’s all so inspiring, and for me that’s how weddings should look and feel, and that’s also how a bride should feel. A bride should look and feel refreshingly beautiful, gorgeous, effortless, and natural – this is my inspiration and what I want my dresses to reflect. I like my dresses to be beautiful, light, airy, effortless, romantic, feminine, sexy, and this all forms the basis of design and creative process. When I design and create, the physical process starts with the selection of fabrics. I select fabrics that I know will achieve the look I am going for, I love soft flowing fabrics, sparkling delicate fabrics, and gorgeous floral laces, and my imagination runs wild as I imagine them moving, sparkling and falling on the body. Working with lace is a huge part of my creative process, the lace is all cut out individually and hand applied on the dresses to form a flattering and unique design. There is a lot
of thought and design that goes into the placement of the lace. Followed by the multiple hours that then go into sewing the lace and beads in place. I’ve always been creative, it’s always been a part of me, I have been creative long before I even knew what Civil Engineering was. My creative process is organic, free, and beautiful and inspiring, and constantly evolving. As a creative person, I’ve always loved design, and creating things with my hands. I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of turning an image in my mind into reality and then watch as the design and creative process evolves. That’s what design is for me - to imagine something and then create it, and allow the creative process to evolve. My skills as an engineer are more technical, and rigid. I do not use my engineering skills in my creative process. However, what I can say is that my experiences from school (high school, and university) and working in a professional career have taught me a few things that I apply in my business such as data management, time management, contract writing, report writing, human resources, management, etc.
Bride: Dr. Sonita Alexander Groom: Raymond Walker Wedding date: August 18, 2018 Wedding hashtag: #walkingintoforever
The bride and her girls got ready at the stunning Crane Resort / Hotel. Her bridal style was beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x201C;hair, makeup, dress â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all said modern day princess. The bride was classic, timeless, elegant in a stunning A-line lace and tulle dress custom designed by Jaye Applewaite. Her hair was beautifully styled in an elegant bun with a crystal tiara and veil also by Jaye Applewaite. Her makeup was flawless, light and refreshingly beautiful. The dress featured a striking halter neckline, layers of soft delicate silk and beaded lace appliques cascading down the cathedral length train. The dress was embellished with intricate beadwork in sparkling glass beads and crystals. It was all smiles and laughter as the bride got ready with her best friends including her childhood friend Rihanna. The bridesmaids all looked stunning in form fitting royal blue dresses.
The venue was Halton Plantation, a beautiful property with a picturesque, that was perfect for the bride and her father to roll up in a vintage red GM car. The groom looked handsome in his royal blue and black suit with white inner shit and black bowtie. The groomsmen all looked sharp in their suits as well.
The food was delicious from the cocktail hour to dinner and dessert. The cocktail hour saw delicious spring rolls and cold refreshing coconuts being enjoyed by everyone. Dinner was delicious traditional Bajan buffet food – rice, steamed vegetable, sweet potato pie, chicken, fish ham, whole roasted pig, …
Ceremony: The bride entering the wedding ceremony looking like a true modern-day fairy tale princess. She looked absolutely stunning and radiant in her wedding dress!
Reception: The bride and groom entered the reception with pyrotechnics, and the entire bridal party including the bride and groom all performed a dance routine when they entered the reception.
The dress for this shoot was a backless one-shoulder dress featuring gorgeous lace appliques and flowing silk cathedral length train.
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For the reception the bride changed up her look! She wore a sparkling lace dress which featured an a-symmetrical neckline, and sex slit at the Prior to the wedding, the bride and groom had a pre-wedding photo-shoot. It was an avia- back. she also changed her lipstick to a stunning red shade - Riri Woo tion theme, as the groom works in aviation and is very passionate about it.
KRISTIN FRAZER INTERVIEWED by JANETTE N. BRIN for CARIBBEAN POSH
Over the last few days
I’ve been reflecting on how long I’ve been following Kristin as a designer – recalling one of her early fashion shows. This cover story has been a long time coming. The day is now here and I leave the house around the 6:00AM hour. I need to make a quick stop to pick up some snacks before making the journey to the eastern side of Tortola. We are meeting Kristin at her favorite luxury beach resort, Surfsong. Located on Beef Island just less than three minutes from the airport – the private beach front property is definitely one of the BVI’s best kept secrets. It presents such an exclusive feel as you enter the gates. Kristin holds this property dear to her having hosted the launch of her anniversary line here among a number of other promotional events over the years. We are actually pretty lucky to be able to use the property. Surfsong is one of few resort properties that sustained minimum damage. However, they were closing that coming week to begin their hurricane renovations. One thing to note is that the beauty of this place could never be erased. So Kristin is bright and early actually first on location along with her favorite make-up artist Akeema Crabbe. Excitement is in the ear as more friends arrive – Alton Bertie is there to capture behind the scenes along with my longtime friend, photographer and videographer Norman Allen who is doing Kristin’s cover shoot. Everything comes together like clockwork. Of course, Kristin is wearing some select pieces from her ZION collection. The natural esthetics of Surfsong serve as a perfect backdrop to highlight the naturalistic prints. The sounds of surf and swaying palms in the background made the conversation ever so enlightening and interesting:
A: It is always unique for me to spend time here at Surfsong. I have had multiple photo shoots here that played an integral part on my brand, so of course the current collection - some seen here for the first time - had to include the Surfsong location again.
Q: IT HAS BEEN A TEN-YEAR JOURNEY FOR YOU. THE FIRST EVER TRÈFLE SWIMSUIT WAS BIRTHED HERE. WHAT PART HAS IT PLAYED IN THE COLLECTIONS?
A: I recall that first suit and it is imbedded in my memory. It was hard to find models, so since I was a size 4 then I designed a detailed one-piece that was dark brown and khaki in colour. I had shells in my hair and did my best to “strike a pose”. The growth and passion of my career and the company is shown over the course of 10 years via my website…and I still have that first suit!
Q: WHAT WAS THE OMG MOMENT FOR YOU? MOST ENTREPRENEURS HAVE AN OMG MOMENT IN THEIR CAREERS. WHAT WAS YOURS?
A: One that really set the tone and pushed me to go beyond was when I had the opportunity to do a custom swimsuit for Beyoncé. I was very short on time so I recruited my mother and cousin Beth to assist. We were in clovers (which by the way is trèfle in French) because we didn’t know how we could do it in the time we had, but we did!!! I realized if I can do that, I could do anything; since then endless possibilities opened up for me and my company that I named Trèfle – it is now a premiere celebrity swimwear brand.
Q: WHO ARE SOME OTHER COOL PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORN TRÈFLE?
A: Chrisette Michele was the face for my Botanical Garden collection and that was a huge deal for me. I was excited to launch my plus size swim suits and thought it would be awesome to get someone that was beautiful both on the outside and within - someone with lots of curves and a personality to match! Of course Beyoncé and her daughter Blue Ivy, as well as most recently, we expanded and collaborated with a U.S. company, Otterbox, who now has my 2017 and 2018 collection of prints on their fashion symmetry series phone cases that are sleek and durable in design of which over 50,000 people are wearing or have worn today! I think that’s pretty exciting!
It seems that Trèfle will fulfill that vision and continue the work that inspired Kristin’s eye for fashion, design, and living – all that was instilled in her by her mother and grandmother. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Don’t be intimidated by the word “No” – in the past I allowed it to set me back, but no longer All is in God’s time once you put in the work!
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHERS WHO WANT TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURS?
A: There are five elements that I would recommend: You must have a plan Do NOT except others to do for you what you must do for yourself. Research, refine and revolutionize your passion and thoughts into your reality and everything will start falling into place. Have a bucket list to achieve – for me it was getting to a celebrity like Beyoncé Don’t be afraid to ask a question through the media, internet or phone call if you must Don’t be intimidated by the word “No” – in the past I allowed it to set me back, but no longer All is in God’s time once you put in the work!
Q: TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THE ORIGINAL PRINT OF THE SUIT FABRICS. HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?
A: Beyoncé wore the first suit I designed with a print that was “not my own” - but with some tweaking and editing and working with my friend who is an artist, I began doing my own. I wanted my friend’s design which was hand painted for me to be my first
signature print and since then, I’ve made the brand more reflective of my persona through the use and combination of moodboards, trends, colour, design and either drawn art or computer engineered prints through the team. The cell phone cases are one example. I’m happy to have spread my wings into the main label Trèfle, my kids line Trèfle284, home line Trèflehome and more.
Q: WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CLOVERS AND TRÈFLE?
A: My grandmother, Ms. Anthony, began Clover’s in 1962. She sold all sorts of things from notions to fabrics to shoes to home goods. I worked there in her store when I was in high school. Between my mother and grandmother who made clothing and designed interiors, we, along with a good friend of mine tweaked Clover’s and came up with my own retail version known as Trèfle. I wanted to continue my family’s legacy in any way I can. This I think is also one of the reasons that I decided to launch a NPO called 284 Foundation. This is the charitable arm of Trèfle284 and the warm spirit of my grandmother lives on through this foundation because there was never a day that my grandmother didn’t help a child with what they needed in the BVI or abroad. I love the philanthropic energy that she brought which was so natural. I cherish those moments and am happy to carry on the legacy of my brand through her.
Through her passion for Caribbean fashion and lifestyle, 26-year-old Michelle Andrea Ford of Georgetown, Guyana expands on her architectural and interior design background to also feature inspiring artists and designers, write fashion and interior design inspirations. She has also created a Caribbean designer directory for anyone wanting to buy/support Caribbean designers. There you can find some of her most admired creative talents from around the Caribbean. Michelle’s top 2 designer crushes right now include Anya Ayoung-Chee and KTReed. Inspired
by all the creative talents around her, Michelle is currently exploring fashion design herself. The architecture major who graduated from University of South Florida in 2016 says “I am creating pieces that I want to wear and be seen in, in the hopes that there are other women in the world that would want to wear them as well. I would say that I do lean more towards a resort wear aesthetic but I also have a few pieces that can be worn to work.” Michelle is inspired by both prints and colours but sometimes a silhouette or a specific type of garment jumps out at her. I’m
Meet the blogger behind with love from Guyana a Caribbean fashion and lifestyle blog that is a platform for Caribbean fashion designers. A blog that showcases Caribbean girl bosses through feature interviews. sure fellow designers can relate. However, she draws from her architecture schooling – “that everything we are doing has been done before but we can make it different through our execution and injecting ourselves or personalities into that. Street style and trendy women always stand out to me. If you see something that I’ve made in a solid colour, it was probably about the silhouette and fit. If you see something in a print, it was because I knew I wouldn’t be able to take my mind off of that fabric if I left the store.”
Being a creative spirit, Michelle sees herself 5 to 10 years from now having a career that is successful but also satisfies her creatively whether it is through interior design, fashion design, or architecture. She would love to be able to teach and help shape minds while practicing some sort of design.
BE SURE TO FOLLOW MICHELLE ON INSTAGRAM! PHOTOGRAPHER CREDIT: MICHAEL FERNANDES.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER?
I started designing at the age of 8 or 9 years old. I have probably always seen myself designing but didn’t know how to go professionally at that age. However, after constant start and stop with destiny through the years I decided when I was asked to headline Cayman island fashion week, that I wanted to launch my design career there and then.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL MAKES YOUR BRAND UNIQUE?
INTERVIEWED by JANETTE N. BRIN for CARIBBEAN POSH
Most of my designs can be worn with skirts, trousers etc. and yet you can end up at the beach or pool lime without fail. My style in designing is usually simple and sexy just like my tag lines says “simple sexy styles”, and I did that on purpose as the aesthetic to fit and style any woman. Ever since I started the brand I’ve been in love with head wraps. I’ve always loved that as my accent piece and a piece that could be multipurpose. How would you define "Afrodesiack”? Afrodesiack is a brand for every woman. I don’t design for only petite women. We aren’t all the same height and or size. Although on runway and in print you’ll see smaller ladies, the clientele is of every size and that I’m super proud of. Whether it be swimwear, Monday wear, ready to wear or formal. I remain “caribbeanesque”. That’s simply keeping some sort of Caribbean vibe to my design. Either through colour, trend or design.
YOUR WHAT SOME MAY CALL A "JAIN OF ALL TRADES", WHAT WOULD MOST BE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU?
Lol, I actually see myself as same. Life has not been easy, and I was forced through hardship to learn quickly and to be good at everything. So at 10 I learnt how to do hair from sitting in a salon. I was a backup dancer, I am a runway coach, National Director, I sometimes do to make up, to playing sport etc. mostly self-taught and passionate about them all. I really thank God for all my gifts. I think I have wide span talents but that one trait people don’t know is I cannot bake. Well I tried with a box cake and it came out good, but nothing from scratch. I can cook very well. I even cook for full dinner party etc. but me bake? I am not even bothering, buy bread and cake lol. I also think most would be surprised to learn I have never been on a vacation. I’m always working. Even when I’m in zone out time, I’m planning my next move.
HOW HAS THE MISS WORLD AND CARIBBEAN NEXT TOP MODEL EXPERIENCE IMPACTED YOUR CAREER? Miss World has been a seriously tough journey. I have done 98% of things I’ve been doing on my own. I got help from the directors at the time, a small team of local designers, my family and community and that’s it. I’ve never been invited to not one government special event or any other local event or awarded for anything either. I don’t get endorsements or whatever else the title does for others. Since 2015 I was laid off from an establishment a week after general elections and since then even with qualifications and experience cannot get a job of my choice, and my resume has my title included and nothing happens. I just simply made up my mind to be self-employed and plunged full time into finishing my degree and that I have
An Afrodesiack woman is one who loves herself. She is comfortable in her own skin and even if she does not feel it before, wearing a piece brings that feeling out. You don’t need to have on the teeny tiniest piece to feel sexy, but if that’s your personality, I match that though design very well. An Afrodesiack woman can find something to suit her mood and still feel sexy. I believe in simplicity in elegance. So the afrodesiack woman exude that with a hint of culture through kaftans and head wraps.
WHERE CAN PERSONS FIND AFRODESIACK?
Afrodesiack can be found on Facebook, Instagram and what’s app (1-868-3314887) to order. I’m currently working on website and boutique. The brand is also set to be renamed but in due time. I believe in God’s timing for everything. I am just thankful to all who support or have supported the brand and me personally. Forever grateful!
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TELL US ABOUT YOUR APPROACH TO DESIGN, THE FABRICS, THE PRINTS, WHO IS THE AFRODESIACK WOMAN?
done with pride. As the only child for my parents to graduate from school his far and I’m still at it. I know my journey with the title probably was the most brutal and embarrassing but I’ve now learnt how to muster those moments to uplift others who may be weak in confidence and selfesteem. However, having the title works well outside of Trinidad and Tobago. And that’s ok too. As far as Caribbean’s Next Top Model, after the show my mind-set was to always go international. I didn’t win the show. Probably was the most memorable (so embarrassing lol) but memories and friendships built are everlasting. To be honest though I have high respect and love for all from production team to models, I have never been lazy and being a black model from the ghetto was enough for me to push beyond all boundaries. I know people expect failure and I’m not going to make them right in words or thought.
Shana views mixology as an art form and a skill in being able to choose high quality spirits and liqueurs, and add spices, fruits and even vegetables to create unique drinks. She knows that just a small ingredient can drastically enhance the taste and in competitions that’s what gets the prize. By 2017, Shana had risen through the ranks of local bartenders to afford a place on the Trinidad Hotels Restaurants & Tourism Association (THRTA)’s National Culinary Team as the Alternate Bartender – which meant she would represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Taste of the Caribbean competition. There was strenuous preparation and creativity that went into perfecting a winning cocktail recipe, but her hopes and dreams were dashed when her application for a US visa was denied. Shana didn’t wallow in self pity; she grew stronger and applied herself. Her cocktail recipe called, ‘Shrimp in Play Whe’ was represented by a replacement bartender and afforded her the title of the Best Vodka Drink! BY NADIA ALI
Shana Rajahram is the Caribbean Bartender
of the Year 2018 as awarded by the Taste of the Caribbean competition organized by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA). This ‘Bartenderess’ is a fierce female who has shown that women can conquer a world traditionally seen as part of the male domain, by showing her award winning bartending or more specifically her mixologist prowess! As part of the Trinidad Hotels Restaurants & Tourism Association (THRTA)’s National Culinary Team, she took part in the 2018 contest that was at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami from 22nd June to the 26th June. The Taste of the Caribbean is an intense competition for countries of the Caribbean, namely Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname, and the Turks and Caicos to showcase their culinary skills. Each country selects its team consisting of chefs and mixologist. Shana Rajahram was Trinidad & Tobago’s mixologist this year who won gold and the title of Caribbean Bartender of the Year. Shana started in the business as a waitress at ‘The Rise’ which is a local restaurant in Chaguanas, Trinidad. In 2014, Shana along with many of her fellow employees took the opportunity to attend a free bartending course offered by a local drinks company. She enjoyed the course which also ran its own competitions which she entered. The more she learned, the more she enjoyed it and found herself taking it to a whole other level. By 2015, Shana had acquired the confidence, craft and skills to enter the Grand Mariner Challenge which looks to inspire and challenge bartenders to create innovative cocktails using their orange-flavored liqueur. Much to her pleasant surprise, her ability to create and push the limit for a unique drink called ‘The Grand Bitter Sweet’ won the first prize! Suddenly, Shana found her mixologist skills in high demand. The phone started ringing off the hook with alcohol companies requesting her unique skills at events and festivities. She had gone from waitress to bartender to a fully blown mixologist!
Her ability to modify and prevail in a difficult situation was reflected in a drink she created in celebration of International Women’s Day in 2018, The drink was called ‘Lady Farinosa’ named after a flower that grows in the desert. She said the drink was symbolic of women today who like the flower have to adapt and overcome many difficult conditions. Shana is the Caribbean’s Gold Bartender, a female who has shaken up the industry and smashed the perception that cocktails are a man’s game. She exudes a fierce yet spicy personality on her way to create, concoct and conquer the world with one unique cocktail at a time. credit: CHTA (http://chtataste.com/taste/photogallery2018) Shana Rajahram Photo Courtesy CHTA
“For the strong spirited.”
BY MADELEINE ROSE
The Caribbean is nothing but short of amazing distilleries. Because of this we’re always on the search of the latest and greatest craft liquors to bring to our readers. This month we stumbled upon the beautiful Virgin Island Craft Distillers, located in St Thomas. Co-founded by two brothers, the company is a true family affair. John Brugos was initially invited to the island to work as a chef, and shortly after invited his entrepreneur brother, Joe, to join him. The pair has lived on the island for some years now and continue to produce unique local spirits at their distillery. Even the devastation of 2017’s Hurricane Irma couldn’t stop them from distilling, they were back up and running only 126 days after the category 5 storm hit St Thomas. And don’t worry - they made sure the rum barrels were safe from harm! For now, these spirits are for sale in stores and restaurants in Jost Van Dyke, BVI; St. John, VI; and St. Thomas, VI. Which makes for an awesome excuse for a weekend getaway to the For the Pirate: VI Craft Distiller’s dark rum is inspired by Sir Francis Drake’s adventurous spirit. As he was born a peasant, and later knighted by the Queen, this rum is crafted to appeal to a wide range of palates, from pirates to royalty! This warm smoky rum, is perfect for the holidays with hints of spices, citrus, and caramel. The distillers recommend trying this in a classic Dark and Stormy or their signature Lead Coffin cocktail.
Virgin Islands! As they are a small distillery, tours are conducted by appointment only - book your private tasting by emailing info@ vicraftdistillers.com or by calling 855.440.3362.
For the Rebels at Heart: 3 Queen Gin was inspired by Mary, Agnes, and Mathilda, leaders of the 1878 labor revolt, also remembered as the Fireburn in St. Croix. This small batch spirit was crafted as a way to continue to toast to the three queens’ legacy, and to encourage others to stand up for what they believe in. The juniper based gin has hints of vanilla, fennel, and anise, the perfect flavors for tropical holiday sipping. Try it in Queen Mary’s Lemonade!
For the Fisherman: Blue Marlin Vodka boasts a fresh flavor “as memorable as your biggest catch.” Inspired by deep sea fishing, and the thrill of catching a fisherman’s most sought after prize, the Blue Marlin vodka is said to similarly satisfy any Vodka connoisseur’s thirst. It’s smooth, fresh flavor profile, reminiscent of the Carribean breeze, pairs perfectly in a passionfruit cocktail.
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Follow VI Craft Distillers on Instagram at @vicraftdistillers to stay in the loop on their next craft batches!
The Brugos brother say, “We do this because of our passion for craft and our desire to share with the world the spirit of the place we call home.” Read on for more details on their three latest spirits that offer something for everyone, from pirates to fishermen, and vodka drinkers to rum aficionados! (Hint hint, these would make perfect holiday gifts!)
can take the simplest of forms which includes hearing a voice to the most complex of forms such as seeing people or things that are not actually there (NIMH » What is Psychosis? ) This jarring symptom of mental illness is already difficult to navigate without having scary movies not only remind you of your psychosis, but also douse fuel to an already lit fire.
by KATRINA MCINTOSH
Flickering lights. Creaking wood. Who’s lurking behind those shadowed doors? These are all sounds that make horror movies (and thrillers) so fun. The suspense of what’s about to happen next. The spilled popcorn scenes we love. We except me.
It was during a conversation with my horror movies loving friends that I realized, these movies didn’t make me laugh. In fact, their horrific scenes often stayed with me way longer than the movies’ length. It followed me home. Hid under my bed. Knocked on my door when no one was home. These movies meant for thrill and excitement actually made my mental distress worse by igniting my psychosis. Psychosis… it’s really a big way of saying hallucinations both visual and auditory that persons with mental distress often experience. Psychosis can also include delusions, confused and disturbed thoughts and a lack of insight and self-awareness. It
This is not to say that all those with psychosis symptoms will be triggered by horror movies. Nor is it to say that persons experiencing mental distress should abstain from such movies. But it is meant to provide some helpful tips for those who do experience this symptom. 1. Be honest. The first key always starts with honesty. It is important to be honest with yourself if you realize a movie or scenes from a movie could be potentially harmful to your mental illness. Acknowledging this factor doesn’t make you abnormal or weak. In fact it takes mental strength to engage in this form of self-care. 2. Talk to your psychiatrist. If you realize that your psychosis has been triggered by a movie scene, it’s good to talk to your psychiatrist about this. This will help them better be able to treat with any distress you may be experiencing. 3. Find a trusted loved one. Isn’t it funny how we may sometimes be afraid to tell our loved ones the way in which our mental illness may be showcasing itself? We sometimes fear judgment and thus we stay silent. Finding a loved one that we can be honest with allows for our symptoms to no longer be sources of shame but a real illness that requires help just like any other. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it wasn’t scary for me to admit to my partner that my psychosis was causing me to hear voices and see shadows that I knew was clearly not there. But the process brought understanding to the situation and I was shown a great deal of empathy. 4. Unplug. In our attempt at being honest, it’s also important to recognize when these movies just aren’t good for us. When I first started to realize my psychosis was being fed by scary movies, I tried to be brave. Told myself that I could will it away, but every movie I watched made the voices louder, the shadows more visible until I had to realize that my spirit was willing, my flesh was indeed weak. 5. Call it for what it is. There’s an easy assumption in Caribbean culture to attribute psychosis to religious ties. The number of times you’ve probably been told to pray it your symptoms away. But psychosis is not a demon. It is a very real manifested symptom of our mental illness and as such we must deal with it not strictly from a prayer angle but from a scientifically sound basis and ensure that we seek the proper care required. WORKS CITED “What Is Psychosis?” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/ topics/schizophrenia/raise/what-is-psychosis.shtml. About the Author: Katrina McIntosh is the Senior Writer of the MindWise Project and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a specialization in Counselling. She is the author of the published work Letters to the Broken, Healing and Healed where she employed the art of poetic prose to address accounts of abuse, gender-based violence, feminism and suicide. Her work is committed to guiding her readers through the phases of the healing experience. She continued these conversations by producing weekly blogs on her self-produced website and has become relevant in our current social and economic climate
“ARE YOU DEPRESSED?” “Who me? I doh believe in dat. I does go tuh church and ah not claiming dat!” I cannot tell you how many times I get this response from persons who I am almost certain have signs and symptoms of depression. We do not talk about depression often. When we do talk about depression, it is usually laced with shame, guilt and a downplay of its real impact. The reality is, depression is incredibly common and I do believe it is under diagnosed and under-treated. In the United States alone there are over 3 million cases of depression annually. The Caribbean, region consists of 26 countries and territories. Just recently the region have been ravaged by natural disasters from he earthquake on Haiti to the more recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria. I mention these natural disasters because they do come into play when we look at the increased incidences of anxiety and depression among residents who have experienced these. In all of our communities, mental wellness is not given the attention that it deserves.
by DR. LESLIE ANN WILLIAMS
The National Institute of Mental Health has a comprehensive list for signs and symptoms:
What is Depression? Depression is a mood disorder. It is very common and very serious leading to fatality sometimes. The symptoms associated with depression affect how you think, feel, sleep and carry out your activities of daily living. In order to be diagnosed with depression, symptoms need to be present for at least two weeks. There are several different types of depression 1. 2. 3. 4.
Major Depressive Disorder/Persistent Depressive Disorder Postpartum Depression Seasonal Affective Disorder Psychotic Depression
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Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism Irritability Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities Decreased energy or fatigue Moving or talking more slowly Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping Appetite and/or weight changes Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
It is very important that we are honest with ourselves and realize that there is help for depression. It is not always a matter of will power or being “strong”. I would say it takes great strength to seek out help. In order to be treated, a diagnosis needs to be made. Once a diagnosis is secured, treatment can include medications, talk therapy or a combination of the two. It is important to note that each individual is unique and so their treatment will vary. In addition to pharmacotherapies, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is all part of the therapy. So exercising which release endorphins and mood elevating chemicals is important. People who are depressed should not isolate themselves; so maintaining a healthy network of supporters is advised. So whether we believe it exists or we claim it, depression is real and treatable. FOR MORE HEALTH TOPICS, FOLLOW DR. WILLIAMS @DRLESLIEANNMD ON FB AND IG.
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In medical school, we learned an acronym for the signs and symptoms of depression called SIGECAPS. These stood for
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by BRANDY GOMEZ-DUPLESSIS
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Do you have Lupus
or know of someone living with Lupus? And I’m not speaking of numerous celebrities living with the disease like; Toni Braxton, Nick Cannon, Selena, Oletha Adams, Seal, and even the late Michael Jackson What is Lupus? Lupus (SLE) can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. Symptoms vary but can include fatigue, joint pain, rash, and fever. These can periodically get worse (flare-up) and then improve. While there’s no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids. Early symptoms can include; • • • • • • • • • •
Fatigue Fever Hair Loss Rash Pulmonary Problems Kidney Problems Swollen Joints Gastrointestinal Problems Thyroid Problems Dry Mouth and Eyes
1. CT scan every 3 months 2. Swelling of the feet from sitting for 2 hours 3. Getting blood work done every 2 weeks 4. Blood clot due to lupus 5. My arms brusie after every blood work
So, after reading that and you still don’t understand what Lupus is, I am here to help you understand what living with Lupus is like. • Do you do laundry at home and need a nap afterwards? • Do you walk upstairs and need a nap afterwards? • Do you check the mail at your house/apartment and need a nap afterwards? • Do you load the dishwasher and need a nap after? • Do the winter weather make you feel like today is your last day of living? • Do the summer sun make you feel like your body is on fire? • Do your body swell up so bad that it looks like your body instantly gained weight? • Do it hurt to wear a bra or carry your handbag on your shoulder? • Do you wake up to seeing hair on your pillow? • Did you ever lose your perfectly arched brows and beautiful full lashes? • Do you get bad headaches daily? • Do you feel exhausted after sleeping for 8hrs? • Do you have extreme joint pains so bad for hours & days straight?
Makeup Artist BrandygomezDuplessis with Brad Pitt
• Do having on bright lights trigger 2-3 bad days of body pains • Do being around others that’s sick with a cold leaves you extremely sick for 2-3 weeks? • Do sharing food, drinks, and makeup, with family friends leaves you sick, have body pains or joints problems for 2-3 days? These are some things that a person living with Lupus deal with, I know I do. WHO USUALLY GETS LUPUS? African American women are three times more likely to get lupus than white women. It’s also more common in Hispanic/ Latino, Asian, and American Indian women. Both African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos tend to develop lupus at a younger age and have more symptoms at diagnosis (including kidney problems).
WHAT ARE TRIGGERS? 1. Sunlight. Ultraviolet, or UV, light from the sun damages your cells. 2. Infections. Usually when you get sick, your immune system fights off the virus and then stops. 3. Medications. Certain drugs can make your immune system overreact and cause what’s called drug-induced lupus. 4. Toxins 5. Stress In November 2017, my business partner Johnny Luoma and myself we launched Entitled Beauty cosmetics. One of the first things we knew what we wanted for Entitled Beauty was healthy products due to my health challenge. Having an auto immune disease like Lupus I must be very careful about the ingredients I put on my skin. So, we decided to go with a luxurious mineral based makeup line, that was Paraben Free and Cruelty Free giving our customers the highest-grade ingredients possible.
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2 As a makeup artist living with lupus, I often turn to mineral makeup. My must-have items include color correctors to help with discoloration and hyper-pigmentation; a primer with a brightener to bring radiance to my dull skin; mineral mascara, which is good for sensitive eyes; and foundation and moisturizer that’s loaded with SPF. My focus is always finding great skin-care products that will not cause inflammation of the skin. Here are 8 beauty items that as a Lupus Warrior I can wear on my skin and it doesn’t trigger anything.
1. FIRST AID BEAUTY Hello Fab Coconut Micellar Makeup Melter 2. HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer
3. LAURA MERCIER Mineral Powder 4. ALGENIST Splash Hydrating Setting Mist 5. TARTE Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara 6. STILA Stay All Day Foundation + Concealer
7. ENTITLED BEAUTY Spotlight Highlighters 8. CAUDALIE Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Women if you ever start feeling like your body is off, start with writing everything down including details and dates. Then make an appointment to see a doctor, bring your notes and be firm with and what’s going on with your body. And if your doctor brush you off go to another…Take Care Of Yourselves. 3
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Have you ever seen someone buried alive? I’ve witnessed too many funerals in my relatively
short life. Most of them took place between 9am and 5pm, with the occasional late night or weekend ceremony to break the monotony. Fortunately, I had the support of other colleagues, since we were usually together in the office to witness the gradual decay of someone’s lust for life. We would busy ourselves with emails and spreadsheets to avoid feeling sad. If that didn’t do the trick people drank coffee to pick them up or alcohol to calm them down. They sold us on a dream with the promise that hard work would eventually pay off. While we could look around the office and see some who survived receiving the deferred payments, I couldn’t help but wonder what condition I would be in if my soul and struggling bank account even made it to the proverbial promised office land, flowing with printer ink and money. There must be a better way to do this thing called work, because 40+ hours per week is too much time to spend being miserable. Here’s the good news: You can enjoy a meaningful career that leads to more time, money and freedom! Let’s take a quick look at how you can get started today. Even if the ultimate goal is to become a successful entrepreneur one day, most of us will spend a substantial amount of time building or bumbling through a career inside another company. For now I’ll avoid the debate about which lifestyle choice is superior. The advice I’m about to share is worth serious consideration either way.
Be intentional. The fastest road to career success requires you to be very focused on what you’re trying to accomplish through each task and season. Take actions that move you closer to the life you desire. The question isn’t, what job should I be doing to earn a certain amount of money, power
Discipline over passion. There are loads of passionate people. That number will fluctuate with everything from the weather to interest rates. Your ability to consistently rule your emotions and execute what is necessary regardless of how you feel will quickly inch you to the front. With time this discipline can turn you into a demanded expert in your field. As you probably know, specialists get paid more and treated better than professionals who have a general idea about many subjects. Go deep. The last item I’ll offer for now is gratitude. Ambition is a greedy beast. You’ll find that no matter how much success you achieve the desire for more keeps surfacing. This thirst for progress is what drives us to keep improving. As a private banker to what many would consider successful people, I can tell you that no money, job, or business will make you happy unless you develop a deep sense of gratitude. Be grateful for what you have and for the ability to continue working for more. Be content, but not complacent. Let these tips help you push past average, and grab hold of amazing.
DALAN VANTERPOOL (@DALANV | DALANV.COM) Dalan is a private banker and host of Focus The Fire podcast (focusthefire. com) sharing essential career advice for ambitious young professionals.
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Don’t stop for applause. I recently let a friend persuade me to run a 5K race on an early Sunday morning. To be clear, at the time of writing, I neither enjoy running nor early mornings. With zero training and minimal experience running for longer than three minutes, I managed to finish the race within a respectable time. Reflecting on the race, I realised how much it felt like so many of our careers. We find ourselves running in the middle of a herd of people and immediately start comparing ourselves to others. This breeds insecurity, and we need validation to keep going. We want to pause frequently and wait for applause. Fair enough, but if you stop every 500 meters for recognition, the people who keep moving will certainly run past you and your ego. Take joy in the fact you even have the opportunity to struggle for a better life and don’t let your self-worth fluctuate based on how many people are clapping along the way.
or importance? The better question is what skill do I want to master right now? How can I turn whatever I’m doing into practice for that skill? This simple mind shift lets you snatch control of the situation and be your own boss even if no one knows. By focusing on skills rather than titles you can get value out of a position that’s not your dream job. To be a real boss in this world you first have to master being boss of your own mind. Work from the inside out. It is better to be well done than rare, and that takes time.
What if you could get clarity on your purpose and attract the right people to your business? Sounds like a dream come true, right? Jamaican-born mediamaven Gizelle Riley makes that a reality for trailblazing women across the globe with her signature coaching programme Shine Blueprint. With over a decade of communication expertise behind her name, this eclectic bella is living in her purpose as a digital brand coach -- empowering women to find their voice, shine online and monetize their gifts. ‘Women are magic. It’s important that we claim our power. Once we discover our zone of genius we can do anything. This includes living a purposeful life, having an outstanding brand and running a successful business. It’s time to sow our seeds of greatness and pull the trigger on our dreams.’ Gizelle has one of those warm and infectious personalities that instantly captivate you. You also quickly realize that she’s a soulful woman with business acumen critical for this digital age. She believes that women can attract the right opportunities on a personal and professional level with effective storytelling.
Know your ideal client. Your brand story isn’t all about you -- it’s about who you intend to serve.
We recently had a chat with this internationally published ladypreneur where she shared the importance of having a brand story as well as storytelling tips aspiring bossbabes can use for their online branding.
A great story is memorable, connects people, builds loyalty, and stands out. Before you hit ‘publish’ on your next post, here are some things to keep in mind in order to share a relatable brand story:
‘Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room’ - Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos
Be authentic. People can tell if something is fabricated. Dive deep and be real. Everyone has a story. Your unique tale will make an impact to the right people if each message highlights your core values. A way to determine what these are is by writing a list of words that offer a good account of what you value -- words like honesty, fairness, strategy, excitement and high-quality are a few examples.
Whether you work at a nine-to-five, run your own business or have side hustles, the one thing you need to keep in mind is this -- you are your business. So, why not control the narrative? Your brand story is the most important tool in your marketing arsenal. It is the WHY of what you do that displays both your values and authority to the world. It’s the reason why environmentalists will likely purchase a Toyota Prius and why people who value prestige and technological innovation go crazy for Apple products. The values of each company and authority in their niche are so clear that it attracts their ideal clients. Stories matter because people tend to make purchases and pursue professional associations based on emotions -- it’s called the KNOW-LIKE-TRUST factor. Sharing a relatable brand journey that touches people enforces your vision and helps cultivate loyal followers which may then be converted into mutually beneficial partnerships and clients. It also builds your confidence as a brand as well as credibility and consistency in your messaging because you know exactly what you stand for and who you serve. You’re being Googled Social media has changed the landscape for brand storytelling. It requires us to be more open, authentic yet strategic in our communications. Every status update adds to your personal brand.
Know your ideal client. Your brand story isn’t all about you -- it’s about who you intend to serve. Create an avatar of your ideal client and conduct research to identify their purchasing behaviour and personality. When you become intimately acquainted with your target audience you’ll be able to craft targeted messages that resonate with them. Highlight your value. Let people know the worth of what you’re offering. Oftentimes this means telling people the transformation or benefits they will have when they engage with your brand. Say for instance you’re an event planner, you can share testimonials from happy clients in some of your storytelling campaigns. Your brand story is like an onion -- it has layers. It’s the collection of experiences that make you an epic and authentic human. However, crafting one does not need to be a daunting experience. It could be anything from the mundane to the amazing...it’s all there inside of you. Get to know Gizelle Riley and learn more about her storytelling coaching programme Shine Blueprint at gizelleriley.com
In the Caribbean, working is not a foreign concept. Perhaps it is something in the water we drink. It is in our very nature to work hard. There is nothing more beautiful than the results of a job well done. This emphasis on working is not limited to men. The women of the Caribbean are renowned for their positive attitude towards entrepreneurship and an honest day’s labor. All over the Caribbean, there are global beauty lines, cosmetic products businesses, and so on. Thankfully, millions around the globe now recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of Caribbean women. This is due in part to the fantastic achievements of five women: Rihanna, LaLa Anthony, Nicki Minaj, Spice, and Garcelle Beauvais.
1. Rihanna Rihanna is a symbol of Caribbean excellence. At just thirty years of age, she is one of the world’s most powerful celebrities. There is no doubt that you are familiar with the musical genius that is Rihanna. A pop icon; she has released multiple platinum albums, won numerous Grammy awards and has sold up to 200 million albums worldwide. Today, she is worth over 160 million dollars. This is due to her success in different fields. Throughout a glittering career, she has worked as a fashion designer, a model, and an actress. For the past couple of years, she has had significant success as the creative director for sportswear giants Puma’s women line. Her signature Fenty Creeper shoes were a huge hit all over the world. With Puma, she has released collection after collection. It doesn’t get better than that, right? Well, being the strong entrepreneur that she is, Rihanna doesn’t rest on her oars. She gained even more success after opening up her makeup line named Fenty Beauty. Launched with luxury giant LVMH, Fenty Beauty made significant waves by becoming the first makeup line with an all-inclusive foundation range. Fenty Beauty has continued to promote diversity and strength among people of color. Earlier this year, model Slick Woods thanked Rihanna for changing the game and “reminding every little black girl she is and came from royalty and that all women are beautiful in their own damn way.” All in all, Rihanna embodies the strong entrepreneurial spirit of Caribbean women. What more would you expect from the first black woman to be the face of Dior?
3. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is another Caribbean woman who is doing the community proud. On the professional and entrepreneurial side of things, Nicki Minaj is doing it big. For the past six or seven years, Nicki Minaj has been dominating the world. Whether through her Pink Friday album which has been certified quadruple platinum or via her signature M.A.C lipstick, the chances are high that you have heard of Nicki.
2. La La Anthony Another Caribbean woman who comes to mind when speaking of strong female entrepreneurs is La La Anthony. Since the age of sixteen, she has been making waves, and she doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon. Producer, radio host, VJ, actress, writer, director, wife, mother, is there anything La La can’t do well? She is one of the highest rated VJs in the history of MTV and is a star on STARZ television’s highest-rated television show “Power.” La La’s tireless work ethic has been channeled into a legendary media career. She has perfectly mastered the art of being a mother to her son and wowing on television. La La is also the brain behind the makeup line Motives For La. Recently, she joined the illustrious list of women who have produced a show on Broadway. The show featured actress Lupita Nyong’o and had a 10,000 girls campaign designed to bring thousands of young women to see the show.
Nicki Minaj has proven herself to be a woman of great vision. Right from the jump, she has been building a brand for herself. Her outrageous outfits, bold alter-egos, and colorful wigs were all calculated moves to grow her brand. She might be the queen of rap, but her Trinidadian roots have certainly played a part in her entrepreneurial success. While speaking to The Guardian recently, the “Anaconda” rapper was quoted as saying, “Everything I do, I do with business in my head. If you’re not savvy, this business will eat you alive. A lot of people see it as a big party. And when that party is up, what are you going to do?” Nicki has been involved in endorsements and accompanying commercials for global brands such as Adidas and Pepsi. She has worked with Beats Electronics and Mattel. She even ventured into reality television successfully with a stint as a judge on “American Idol.” Fans of the rap queen would remember the success of Nicki’s Pink Friday fragrance. It would interest you to know that Nicki was involved actively in the creation of the fragrance from start to finish. According to those close to her, Nicki knew that her perfume was a reflection of her brand and wanted it to capture her style. If that isn’t a sign of a strong female entrepreneurial spirit, we don’t know what is. There are rumors of a clothing line in the works with K-Mart. A collection which the rap star is looking to make as affordable and stylish as possible. Surely everything the Queen does is stylish including her Beats! Show, Queen Radio where she dishes her favorite cuts from her essentials playlist and engages in unfiltered banter with her Barbz. Nevertheless, today Nicki Minaj is worth over $75 million and a true Caribbean queen.
Does La La ever sleep? A few years ago, she launched an entertainment company which she tagged Krossover Productions. The 39-year-old Puerto Rican beauty is also the leading designer and creator of the fashion line 5th & Mercer. A brand which by the way is known for its edgy and bold clothing choices. Plus, there is her La La Anthony denim line that can be found at Lord & Taylor. Best of all, in 2013 she won the Beauty Inventor title. La La lives and breathes the freedom and success of strong female, Caribbean entrepreneurship.
4. Spice Moving close to home, Jamaican born and bred singer, Spice, is another symbol of strong female entrepreneurship at its finest. Grace Hamilton aka Spice is one of the few women that has been able to break into the dancehall scene on a global scale. In 2013, her single “So mi like it” became a worldwide hit after its music video went viral. The video garnered over 80 million views on YouTube becoming the most viewed music video belonging to a Jamaican female artist. Spice is hugely popular around the world, and she has used that to her advantage. Away from music, she opened a sports bar in her hometown. Her bold, confident brand includes an endorsement with Sperone Moscato Jamaica, a wine company. Right from time, Spice has always delighted fans with her daring clothing choices. Today, she has her own clothing boutique named Spicey Couture. The business started with a store in Kingston before other branches were opened in Clarendon, May Pen and other places in Jamaica. Spice is also the proud owner of a beauty shop named “Spicey Salon.” Earlier this year, Spice proved that she is much more than just making money. She founded the Grace Hamilton Women Empowerment Foundation. Headquartered in Jamaica, the foundation was set up to uplift growing women and groom them with an eye for success.
5. Garcelle Beauvais Lastly, Garcelle Beauvais is another woman who is synonymous with success. At fifty-one, the Haitian-American beauty has done it all and done it well too. She initially made her name as a model, signing contracts with both Ford Models and Irene Marie Models at just 17. Soon, she would begin to model for huge brands such as Mary Kay, Avon, and Clairol. Over time, Garcelle Beauvais found a foothold in television, appearing on Family Matters and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The beauty queen was able to juggle appearing on the covers of top magazines and a significant role as Fancy Monroe on The Jamie Foxx show. As a businesswoman, she launched the highly successful children’s jewelry line Petit Bijou. The jewelry line has consistently churned out stylish pieces perfect for children between the ages of 4 and 16. Garcelle Beauvais even adds her creative spark to its releases. She also released the summer bestseller “I Am Mixed.” This was the first in a series of children’s books which she has tagged a project close to her heart. There is no doubt that Caribbean women all over the world are making the best use of the resources offered to them. Rihanna, La La Anthony, Nicki Minaj, Spice and Garcelle Beauvais are part of an illustrious group doing Caribbean women proud on a global scale.
Marvel is perhaps the biggest comic book
and feature film in the world. Only close rivals DC Comics can hold a candle to the influence of Marvel. Of course, one doesn’t become one of the best in the business by being boring and predictable. Marvel has always being a brand brave enough to break new ground. Earlier this year in February, Marvel gave the world the very first superhero movie with a black hero in ‘Black Panther.’ Black Panther has since gone on to gross over a billion dollars worldwide breaking a plethora of box office records along the way. With Mike Morales, it looks like Marvel is on its way to breaking more new ground. MUSIC + FILM
In December, the very first movie with an Afro-Latino Spiderman will be released. Spider-Man is one of the biggest superheroes in the Marvel movieverse. As such, all movie representations of the superhero have always been white. The comic book representations of the super-
hero were not exempted until recently when we were gifted with Miles Morales.
Mike Morales will be voiced by Shameik Moore who made waves with his role in “The Get Down.” Philip Lord and Chris Miller, both of whom co-directed the hugely successful “The Lego Movie” will pair up once again to write the screenplay for the animation movie. It will be directed by Peter Ramsey according to details gleaned from Marvel’s Twitter account. Most importantly, it will be a stand-alone feature film.
Marvel is undoubtedly doing itself a whole world of good with this movie. Mike Morales will have a background, unlike anything Marvel fans have ever seen in movies from the production company. Mike Morales will have a mother who is Puerto Rican and a black father. This will make him t he ver y first Afro-Latino superhero in Marvel history. Actresses Tessa Thompson and Zoe Sa lda na, both of whom are Afro-Latinos have played important roles in Marvel movies. However, their characters were not even Afro-Latinos. This December, Mike Morales
will become the very first Afro-Latino character to don the iconic red and blue tights of Spiderman. He will also become the second Latino to sling his web across New York city after Miguel O’Hara. Miguel O’Hara was a half Mexican science genius character who took on the iconic role during the “Spider-Man: 2099” comic series. Mike Morales was first introduced to comic book fans in 2011. The creator of the character Brian Micheal Bendis spoke about rebooting the character of Spiderman as opposed to other characters saying, “Many kids of color who when they were playing superheroes with their friends, their friends wouldn’t let them be Batman or Superman because they don’t look like those heroes but they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be under that mask. But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.” For a lot of kids, most superheroes including Spiderman were their heroes growing up. However, all of these heroes were portrayed by white men until this year. Representation in superhero circles is a thing of a rarity for Latinos and people of color. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will be the most multicultural of the Spiderman movies. This is a win for the Afro-Latino community. Black Panther made waves for the Black community earlier this year. It became the very first movie with a predominantly black cast to gross over at the global box office. Mike Morales’ Spiderman animation flick just might beat that.
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Traditionally, Spiderman’s alter ego has always been Peter Parker; a white kid who got spider-like abilities after he was bitten by a genetically mutated spider. In the comic book series, Mike Morales took up the mantle of Spiderman after the supposed death of Peter Parker. Miles Morales who is of Afro-Puerto Rican origin is coming to the infamous big screen with his own full-length animation feature film titled “Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse.”
A trailer for the hugely anticipated animation film has been released, and its contents are indeed interesting. In it, we see an Afro-Latino teenager (Mike Morales) visiting what seems to be the resting place of traditional Spiderman, Peter Parker. Morales is also seen practicing his web-slinging and swinging moves all across the streets and skyscrapers of New York City. Marvel fans are definitely in for a dramatic experience as the trailer shows more t ha n one Spiderman at the same time. At the end of the trailer, Morales says to another identical superhero, “Wait, so how many of us are there?”. The movie will take place in a different timeline from that of the traditional Spiderman. In Mike Morales’ story, Peter Parker is killed with Morales taking up the famous red tights in his absence.
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Asim Nkosi is a singer songwriter from the notorious area of Laventille, Trinidad And Tobago. Born on the 26th October in the early 90’s, Asim grew up being acquainted with many styles of music via relatives in his family’s home. This would cause him to appreciate many genres from Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Dancehall To Soul, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Electronic you name it. Some of his favourite Artiste include Jimmy Cliff, Penguin, Pretender, Stanley Beckford, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Freetown Collective, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Etta James, Aretha Franklin,
Maverick Sabre, Asaf Avidan, Passenger, Y’akoto, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi and many others. From an early age his love for entertainment was evident as he showed interest in becoming a Disc Jockey, Announcer, Songwriter and A Comedian. Being from Laventille, a community plagued with limited life prospects, Asim saw music as a passion and also as way out. His passions also include Art, Crafts, Charity, and Nature. Today, he is seeing to see his investment into his career as a singer-songwriter pay off as evidenced by the responses gathered thus far to his self-produced EP “Beginning, End And In Between.”
Dennis Brown Tracks of Life brings contemporary voices to build on the work of two reggae icons - Dennis Brown and King Jammy. The album draws largely on studio recordings that Jammy produced for Dennis Brown in 1984-1985, which would become the Greensleeves LP Slow Down. For Tracks of Life, King Jammy went back to the Slow Down master tapes (and several from other projects) and brought veteran and new generation reggae and dancehall stars to the studio, including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Alborosie, Busy Signal, Bounty Killer & Dawn Penn, Protoje, Romain Virgo, Agent Sasco, Josey Wales, and newcomers Aza Lineage, Jesse Royal, and Projexx, among others.
Iconic reggae artist Maxi Priest is back with his new single “Rock Steady Love”. The sensual, lovers rock tune will be available on all streaming platforms September 21st, from VP Records. “Rock Steady Love” is a perfect example of Priest’s uncanny ability to blend elements of modern pop and R&B with classic reggae and lovers rock. “I am excited to work with VP Records again. The new song speaks for itself lyrically. I hope the fans enjoy it as much as I do,” said Maxi Priest. Produced by Clive Hunt and Michelle Williams, the sultry lyrics and smooth beat will transcend genre barriers and appeal to a broad audience.
Grammy nominated Jah Cure has released his new single “Life is Real” featuring Popcaan and Padrino. This single is the second off of his upcoming album ‘Royal Soldier’ with VP Records. Produced by Jah Cure and Padrino, in “Life is Real’ the singer uses his lyrics to chronicle the real life choices of impoverished youth in the ghetto. Despite the solemn tone of the song’s message Popcaan, best known for hits such as “Talk ‘Bout Me” and “Only Man She Want”, and Padrino add to it’s captivating melody.
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