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May 2012

11 Regina Beavers’ Journey into motherhood

Scene 3 Kerry ManWomanHome

highlights local designers with a trunk show

Beauty 4 Staff beauty picks

16 The Face Place: A potpourri of facials

Editor's Note Food 17 Jacqui Sinclair

spreads the word about Meatless Mondays

Books 15 Joanne C Hillhouse

frees her mind in ‘Oh Gad!’

Feature 5 Sydonie McBayne: The face

Career 19 Seven dos and don’ts of

Fashion 8 His style file with

News & Culture 21 On The Pulse

of Your Style tv

office attire

When we think of the lifetime of love (and worry) and the many lessons our mothers try to teach us, one day could never be enough to show our appreciation. So let’s take this month to celebrate our mothers and thank them for all they have given to us. One person who is thankful for mom is our cover girl Regina Beavers, who shares her experiences as a mother, the lessons she has learned over the years and those she has taken from her mother. But more than that, we asked you, the readers to tell us about the lessons your mothers have taught you that have stayed with you throughout these years. Many of you had great words of advice and so we have shared them with all our readers.

Dexter Pottinger

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Kerry ManWomanHome highlights local designers with a trunk show

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erry’s was abuzz with excitement during the most recent trunk show, featuring jewellery designer Bianca Bartley and clothing designer Sequoia David. Bartley was launching the latest addition to her collection, Peace-is of Bianca called Peace-is of Summer. The collection was a mix of bright-coloured stones and other pieces very reminiscent of her signature style. David showcased her line, Ites International, which featured a variety of shapes, fabrics, colours and textures. It seemed that both designers were happy with the turnout to the event and the reception of their latest collections by Kerry’s loyal patrons.

Kerry-Anne Clarke with Bianca Bartley

Bianca Bartley with Sequoia David

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Beauty

Staff beauty picks

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Beautiful Earth 100% West African shea butter My hair is natural, so dryness is the enemy. Shea butter keeps my strands moisturised and soft for days. I add a mix of essential oils like jojoba, avocado and sweet almond to ‘stretch’ it and peppermint for a tingle. Jergens Shea Butter lotion This smells like chocolate and leaves my skin moisturised and feeling good all day. Plus it smells like chocolate. Did I say that already? St Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub This has been a staple of mine since high school. Sloughs off the gunk and leaves my skin feeling like a baby’s tush. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lipbalm The best lip balm I’ve ever used, hands down. It’s super-moisturising and has a nice peppermint tingle.

Keresa

Iman sheer luminous foundation What’s really awesome about this product is how perfectly it matches my skin, and how naturally beautiful it looks once it’s applied properly. Plus, light reflecting pearls add a subtle and healthy glow, ideal for a night out. Aveeno daily moisturising lotion with SPF This is truly a 24-hour moisturiser and I was really happy with how soft my skin started to feel after only a few days of use. It’s also fragrance-free and as a bonus contains SPF, which is great if you’re concerned about limiting sun damage to your skin. www.ezineslimited.com

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Feature

Sydonie McBayne: The face of Your Style tv

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s the host of Your Style tv, Sydonie McBayne talks to some of our stylish local ladies to get the scoop on what inspires them and who they are out of the spotlight. know more about this fresh new face on the media scene and, of course, you need to watch Your Style tv on ivutv.com. Tell us a little about yourself I was born and raised in St Ann. My house was always full. There was always Grandma, Mom, cousins and aunts around. So you can imagine there was always something to keep me occupied. I was a little bit of a tomboy and was always climbing trees, riding my bicycle and playing cricket. I loved sports, especially track and field and participated all throughout school. I excelled in sciences in school and decided to major in Medical Technology at Northern Caribbean University. Is this your first hosting gig? What’s the best thing about doing it? I have never hosted before, but it’s not my first time in front of the camera. I played the main character in three music videos, two for Gramps Morgan and one for Busy Signal. I think being a part of those projects prepared me somewhat for Your Style tv.

Sydonie (right) with Bianca Bartley after filming an upcoming episode of YourStyle tv

is pretty busy, but I love what I’m doing and consider myself very lucky to be living my dream. How would you describe your style? My style is very ‘girly girl’, down to earth, sassy and classy. Just fun. What should we expect from Your Style tv? The show is all woman – stylish, informative, relevant and it’s about informing and introducing you to the different perspective of women in our society. By watching Your Style tv, I guarantee you’ll be motivated to do more - it’s uplifting and will help you appreciate other aspects of our society. It’s entertaining as well as informative. You can watch the first episode with Danielle Crosskill, Miss Jamaica World 2011, by clicking on the image below.

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Fashion

His style file

Dexter Pottinger Dexter Pottinger is a major fixture on the Caribbean fashion scene. This stylist, makeup artist and fashion designer keeps a full schedule with his fashion business and still finds the time to wear the hat of video director with his production company, 3D Marvle. We were able to catch up with him about fashion, directing and what’s in store for the future.

You have been in this industry for a long time. Where did it all start? I started out modelling for Saint International at age 16 and got signed in London, and that’s where I got my first taste of fashion.

After modelling, you added fashion designer to your resume, along with stylist and makeup artist. Is there anything left in the fashion world that you hope to conquer? As you know, Dexter aka 3D is ever changing. As opportunities come, I’ll take them and make the best of them but I would really want to become a fashion editor or even own my own magazine. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to seem too greedy.

Who has been your favourite celebrity client over the years? I don’t have any favourite clients because each and every one has made me who I am and I’m very thankful for them.

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You started a production company, 3D Marvle. How did you make the transition into directing videos?

3D Marvle is the baby of photographer Marvin Bartley and myself. We shared the same vision of seeing the imagery in videos taken to another level. I’ve worked on a lot of major video sets as a stylist and sometimes when I styled, I used a lot of detail and I found that directors didn’t capture my vision. So as I got the first opportunity in the director’s chair, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Thanks to Ce’cile for giving me my first video.

Any standout projects that you can say have been a highlight of your career so far?

No, not really. I’ve had special moments - when a client sits in my chair and I’m finished with her face, tears come to my eyes. When I do a collection and the audience gives me a 15-minute standing ovation; when I dream up a concept for a music video and I see it come to life; when I open a magazine and see my fashion story, when I go on my Facebook and my Twitter and a youngster comments and says “Dexter, I want to be like you when I grow up.” These are my special moments.

How would you describe your style?

Street chic. That is, a bit of class with a touch of street edge.

With all the hats you wear, is it all work and no play? The beauty about my job is that it’s all play, 24 hours a day.

What should we expect from you in the near future? I hate predicting the future, so as opportunities come, I will take them.

Hair, makeup and styling by Pottinger

“As opportunities come, I’ll take them and make the best of them but I would really want to become a fashion editor or even own my own magazine.” Hair and makeup by Pottinger

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Cover Story

Regina Beavers’ Journey into motherhood

Regina Beavers became W hen Miss Jamaica World in 2001,

she was just 17 years old, making her the youngest woman to claim the title to this day. She believes that had she been older and more worldly wise, she would probably have performed better in the Miss World competition that year.

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Regina with her mother, Georgia

Regina with son Giomar

“I love motherhood. I would never, ever change it for anything. He is my proudest moment, my biggest accomplishment.” Beavers has long passed on her crown and is now the pageant director, helping to mould the young women who enter the contest today. She is also a busy media personality and actress, but her most important title is mother to six year old Giomar. Beavers’ eyes literally shone as she spoke about her son. Already vivacious, she became even more animated as she recounted various snippets of her experiences with Gio, whom she described as “just like me.” “When I was a child, my mother always said to me, ‘I hope you get a pickney just like you’ and I said, ‘Great. At least I’ll understand them. You don’t understand me.’ And it’s the same thing that happened. My son is just like me – stubborn, determined, knows what he’s about, knows what he wants, and that’s how I’ve always been,” she said. That bit of personality inheritance couldn’t have happened better had she planned it, but what Beavers hadn’t prepared for was the end of her relationship with Gio’s father, entertainer Wayne Marshall. Readjusting the image of the family she originally had in mind, she has taken everything in stride. “[We] sat down and said we’re gonna have a family and we’ll get married one day and we planned it. When I told my mother, she wasn’t pleased, but I was always stubborn, always determined, always strong-willed, so she knew she didn’t have a say,” Bea-

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vers said. “She just supported me and really, she has been that support system for me. Without her and, of course, his father, I don’t think I’d be able to manage, I don’t think I’d be able to do so much… I really attribute the success of motherhood to my mother.” Indeed, it is Georgia Beavers, an audiologist who moved back to Jamaica from the US with her three children after getting divorced, who provided the perfect example for her only daughter as she began her own journey as a mother.

Trust your instincts “My mother always told me to trust my instincts. She said that yes, she is experienced with three kids, but she was in my position at one time and had to make it happen. And she said that I must give myself more credit, just know that you’re capable and you’ll know what to do when the time comes,” Beavers said. A mother’s natural instinct is to protect her child, and Beavers is no exception. She recalled being “very paranoid” about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when Gio was a baby and having to learn to let go of her over-protective tendencies as he grew up. “It’s ok if he has a bruise, a cut; but everything he goes through, I go through. When he gets the stitches, I am feeling it, you know? You can’t help it,” she said. “I pray to God every day. I say, ‘God, send an angel to look over and protect him.’

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Also looking out for Gio are his father and step-mother, Tami Chynn. Along with Beavers’ mother, they form a tight-knit support system that ensures Gio is well taken care of and enables Beavers to continue her work. “‘Who have Gio shoes? Where is the school bag?’ It gets crazy sometimes. We talk to the teachers at the school at the beginning of the term and say, ‘Listen, Gio is growing up in a special environment, so bear with us’,” she laughed. “It’s difficult, but he’s used to it. It’s been like that since he was a baby, so we all just think it’s normal.” Also normal is the frustration and anxiety many mothers face. “I can tell you, there’ve been moments where I’m like, ‘What did I do? Why did I have pickney? I don’t want no more!’ Because it’s a lot, you know? And it never goes away,” she said introspectively. However, it only takes one thing to cheer her back up. “I love it when he calls me ‘Mommy’! Can you imagine? It makes my heart melt.”

“When I was a child, my mother always said to me, ‘I hope you get a pickney just like you’ and I said, ‘Great. At least I’ll understand them. You don’t understand me.”

Beavers’ biggest hope for Gio is that he finds his own path to happiness. With music in his blood, Gio is already playing several instruments, although he is reluctant at times. She is careful not to push him. “I don’t want him to ever feel like he has to go into a field because of his parents. I want whatever he’s doing, for him to be happy,” she said.

For now though, she is enjoying life just as it is, relishing the experience of being able to teach Gio, as her mother taught her. “There are these moments – he might just look at you a certain way, he might just spell a word; he might read a sign. I mean, little, little things that happen and you say, ‘Oh God, what a miracle!’ And to know that you’re a part of that process is mind-boggling,” she said. “I love motherhood. I would never, ever change it for anything. He is my proudest moment, my biggest accomplishment.”

Currently “seeing someone”, Beavers is a believer in family and is hoping to get married and have another child. “That was the plan originally and it didn’t happen that way. I see the importance of that stability. Not that we haven’t found a way for it to work, but I can see where the advantages are in having a stable home environment where both parents are there together and the child can see both parents at all times,” she said.

Beavers advised other mothers to embrace the gifts that are their children, no matter the circumstances of their birth, and to trust God to take them through the journey: “It’s a miracle. Some people are not able to experience this, so take it as a gift and not only give your all or give your best, but trust yourself. You will feel and know what to do when it happens. Your instincts will chip in when the time is right.”

Music in his blood

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Mother's Day

What are some of the lessons you learned from your mother? We put the question to our fans and followers on Facebook. Here are some of the responses:

“I was taught not to raise your child to make them feel that they ‘owe’ you for what you’ve done for them. As a parent, it is your responsibility to provide for your child, love them and teach them to love/fear God. If you do your job as a parent, you wont need to ‘guilt’ them into taking care of you when you are older, like some people.” – Kimone Insang

“Hand inna lion mouth, tek time draw it out.” – Camille Mighty

“‘Always maintain your integrity regardless of the situation’ is something that has stayed with me from my mom.” – Stacy-Ann Mitchell

“Always put God first in decisions. He ultimately has a plan for you.” – Tameka Norman

Choose well what you will invest in. I remember being accepted to university and thinking I would have to work and then send myself. Oh no. My mother said, “If mi haffi suck salt grain, you going to UWI.” We must show how much we value our children’s worth by investing our time, energy and yes, money in them. – Shani Budd

“That being a strong, independent and goal-oriented woman is something I should always strive to be.” – Jomarie Malcolm

“Be ambitious; ensure you get a solid education.” – Paula Whyte- Buchanan

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Books

by Tracey-Ann Wisdom

But with the good comes the bad and the thing that you’re never really prepared for when you step out and say, I want to be a writer, is that feeling of vulnerability, because your work will be judged and may be found wanting… Plus, you’re never prepared for how much you have to do to promote the book, how proactive you have to be. I think with my first book, I thought the publisher had it and now by book number three, I know I’ve got to do all I can, no matter how much it takes me out of my comfort zone. Joanne C Hillhouse Photograph by Emile Hill

Joanne C Hillhouse

frees her mind in Oh Gad!

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ntiguan author and editor Joanne C Hillhouse has been making a name for herself on the Caribbean literature landscape since her first novel, The Boy from Willow Bend, was released in 2009. As she promotes her most recent work, Oh Gad!, which debuted in March, the lifelong lover of words shares her story with Your Style. How did you get into writing? I loved to read even before I could, according to my father. I had an imagination almost as active as my external life. The oldest evidence of me writing anything, though, was my early fiction and journaling, shortly after my tanty (grandmother) died, in a used black and white notebook that somehow passed from her to me along with a pair of silver bracelets which, like the book, I still have to this day. Beyond that, I wrote a lot in my teens, as a way of dealing with everything and I guess I just never stopped. What has the journey been like since then, including challenges and best moments? Beyond the actual writing, the best moments have been when people stop to say what this or that book of mine meant to them. Not something generic, saying something just for the sake of saying it, which I hate, but communicating a specific connection they were able to make with the story.

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What was the inspiration behind Oh Gad!? It’s hard to remember what the kernel of the idea was. This book has been through many drafts over a number of years. What’s remained true is its immersion in the coal pot making tradition with which my father’s side of the family, Hillhouse, is identified. But the book isn’t about the Hillhouses; and main character, Nikki, and the people she comes into contact with, in many ways, couldn’t be further from my family. What is familiar is a woman trying to figure herself out and trying to figure out where and how she fits. It’s about sisters, and identity, loss and recovery, love and betrayal, politics and belonging – I suppose all the things that are on my mind. What are you working on now? Apart from the ‘bread and butter’ writing, given that in my dayto-day I freelance as a writer and editor, not much at the moment. I do have a story that’s been baking for a while, a long while and I write snippets of it in bits and pieces, but I haven’t settled into the marathon that is a full-length novel since finishing Oh Gad! What is your favourite book and why? I was recently asked in another interview which book I couldn’t let go of, and I had to answer To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, simply because I remember wanting to share it with a friend but being so unable to let it go, I ended up buying her own copy… Is it my favourite? I don’t know. Where would that leave Their Eyes Were Watching God, or Song of Solomon, or I know why the Caged Bird Sings, or The Godfather, or Roots, or Annie John, or the Farming of Bones, or the Last of Eden? I can’t pick just one, but To Kill a Mockingbird is one (perhaps one of several) that I couldn’t part with easily. A friend and I mused once on the fact that she didn’t really publish anything after that but really, after that, what else did she need to write? Your Style eZine

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Beauty

by Kristina Kerr

The Face Place

A potpourri of facials

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very woman can appreciate a spa day. Marie Hall-Smith, owner of the Face Place Salon, made sure to create a serene oasis when relocating the spa to its new location at 3 Carvahlo Avenue off Hope Road last year. The facility is fully outfitted to cater to any need that every woman (and even men) could want from a spa experience. Described as a ‘potpourri of facials’, the Face Place currently offers more than 10 different types, including one specifically tailored for men. The treatments are fully customised for each client. “We offer a wide variety of facial treatments that can be tailored to your lifestyle, specific skincare concerns and your overall environment,” Hall-Smith said. This means stocking up on an array of products that offer her clients the best that is available on the market.

Marie Hall-Smith, owner of The Face Place Salon

One of the newest additions to the facial menu has been a new organic line called ilike, which uses all natural ingredients. There are products for all different skin types: dry, oily, acne prone, and sensitive. This line allows a variety of natural elements to be combined in order to maximise the benefits. “It’s a great product and the response has been very positive. An added benefit is that it is a more affordable option than some of the other products that we use,” said Hall-Smith. Other spa services offered are massages (hot stone, Swedish), body scrubs, manicures, pedicures, clinical skincare treatments, waxing and threading.

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Food

Jacqui Sinclair spreads the word about Meatless Mondays

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t’s no secret that Jacqui Sinclair (also known as the Juicy Chef ) is a certified foodie. For the past five years, she has been sharing her delicious recipes with us in her weekly column in the Jamaica Observer. And while it may be a surprise to most, she is actually an advocate for the meatless movement. In fact, it was through this column that she came to the attention of the international Meatless Monday Organisation and was asked to be a spokesperson for the movement locally.   Why is the Meatless Monday movement important to you? It’s a project from the heart for me. I wish to help people and have a great platform as a food personality to reach many. Meatless Monday is an amazing movement as it helps to preserve not just our physical health but also our planet’s environment. It’s extremely important to me on a personal level as one who has experienced health challenges. Becoming a ‘flexitarian’ has improved my health and I am slowly losing my medically gained weight in a safe manner. I could not be a straight up vegetarian as I love the variety of food too much and this is the beauty of the Meatless  Monday movement.  It is not telling you to become one, but encouraging meat lovers to consume more plant-based nutrition. Have you found that others are jumping on the bandwagon? I am a bit of a one-woman show at the moment, so through my personal campaign on Twitter and Facebook, my writing and press received from the Huffington Post and bloggers, I am reaching many individuals, something which touches my heart deeply. I receive tweets and emails from people sharing with me what they have been eating and how much fun they are having eating meatless meals on a Monday.  Others have also told me Mondays can’t work for them because they have Sunday leftovers, so I tell them to set aside a realistic day each week, which can be their meat free day. It has been challenging, but slowly and surely people are ‘getting it’ as they become more aware of why nutrition is so important to general wellbeing. I have gotten a group together of amazing individuals and hope we can do something more far-reaching than I can do on my own.

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Jacqui Sinclair, the Juicy Chef

What is your vision for this project? Honestly, I have been distracted by other projects, so it’s been up and down of late, but I am hoping for it to become a national movement where school cafeterias offer Meatless Monday options, likewise restaurants and fast food outlets offering value meat free specials on their menus each Monday to encourage people to go meatless. I am looking for corporate sponsorship from local food companies to make this a reality. This is what my team and I will be working on.   How can our readers get more information on Meatless Mondays Jamaica? Join our Facebook page Meatless Monday Jamaica and follow me on Twitter (@juicycheffoodie) where I post/tweet meat-free recipes each Monday. I also post Meatless Monday recipes on the Kingston Kitchen blog or email me at juicycheffoodmedia@gmail.com.

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Food

Photo by Jacqui Sinclair

Juicy Chef’s Vodka Pasta Bake Ingredients

Method

1 pack rigatoni, cooked until al dente 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 100ml or ½ cup vodka 1 standard jar marinara sauce ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional but I like a little spice) 1 200g tub mascarpone 1 ball fresh mozzarella Handful grated Parmesan cheese 1 bunch of basil Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil

• Preheat oven to 350F (in the UK and Europe its 180C) • In a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat, add a little olive oil and sauté onions for a couple minutes. Add garlic. Continue cooking for a minute more. • Pour in the vodka, turn the heat on high and reduce until you have half the liquid. Reduce the temperature back to medium heat. Add tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. • Next, stir in the mascarpone cheese until it fully melts and is incorporated. The sauce will take on a creamier appearance. • Roughly tear half the basil leaves from your bunch and stir it into the sauce. Taste sauce and season with salt and pepper and add the pepper flakes, if using. • By this point, your rigatoni (or whatever pasta you prefer) should be ready. Stir it into the sauce and make sure the pasta is well coated. • Add the pasta and tomato vodka sauce mixture to the casserole. • Next break the mozzarella ball into pieces and place it on top of the casserole, then scatter the parmesan all over. • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. • Remove from the oven and garnish with the remaining basil leaves. • Serve with a side salad


Career

by Meisha-Gay Mattis

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omen are often told, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”, but this is a definite no-no on the job. Not all organisations require employees to wear uniforms or strictly formal attire, so at some point or the other, women will wear clothes from their personal wardrobes to work. Admittedly, women love to look their best at all times, but some get carried away, forgetting that not every outfit is apporiate for the office.

Stockings are still in – Many women today think stockings went out ages ago, but truth be told, they still serve their purpose in terms of adding some formality to office attire. Also, it is important to note that a skirt without stockings can sometimes create too sexy a look. You may take off the stockings when you’re going out after work, but it’s definitely a go for the office.

Undoubtedly, dressing inappropriately will have a negative impact on how those in your organisation view you. Hence, try not to be influenced too much by the outfits worn by the characters in your favourite TV shows. Bear in mind that you can still flaunt your figure without dressing inappropriately. Though your company may not have a specific rule about dress code, ensure that your attire reflects professionalism. Here are seven rules that can help if you are unsure about your work attire:

No transparency – At times this is not intentional, but one way to avoid being a victim of see-through clothes is to ensure that your work attire is properly lined, especially white outfits, pants and skirts. Also, avoid wearing sheer tops to the office. The less skin you show, the more professional you will look.

No to cleavage – Yes, you read correctly. At no point is it appropriate for a woman’s cleavage to be exposed at work. This says a lot about you and, unfortunately, it’s not particularly flattering commentary. This doesn’t mean your freedom is being suppressed. Just know that not everything is appropriate for the office. Ditch the short skirts – Skirts that are significantly above the knees can draw too much attention to your legs and that is not where you want people to be looking. Keep your skirt a shade above your knee so that you can sit without revealing too much. Also, try to avoid skirts with high slits. www.ezineslimited.com

Lose the skin-tight outfits – Too-tight clothes can easily make you look uncomfortable. Your clothes need not be oversized, but bulging fabric and open buttons when sitting are surely signs that something is wrong. Too many colours – Try not to look like you’re going to a kindergarten birthday party. Yes, colour blocking is trendy right now and yes, we live in a tropical climate, but it doesn’t mean you have to be screaming, “Hello, I’m here!” Less is more – Do not over-accessorise. Bulky accessories, regardless of how trendy they look, are inappropriate for the workplace. Plus, it looks very tacky. Don’t forget that simplicity is elegance. Your Style eZine 20


News & Culture

by Keresa Arnold

On the pulse National Children’s Day is May 18 For the first time ever, Jamaica will observe a National Children’s Day. Through a proclamation by the Governor General, “[it] seeks to honour, remember, esteem and appreciate our children by showing them love, and helping them to feel special in the same manner we would honour parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.” With May being celebrated as Child’s Month, the proclamation is timely and places significant emphasis on the importance of protecting our children. Chantal Zaky is Miss Universe Jamaica 2012 The Portland native, who wore the sash Miss Matahari Furniture and Accessories, was crowned the winner on May 12, in front of a crowd of excited patrons including current Miss Universe Leila Lopes. First runner-up went to Racquel Jones, while Sherece Cowan was declared second runner-up. Congratulations to Zaky, who will represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant in December.

At the movies: The Lucky One Treat yourself to a chick flick and check out this new romantic drama, which stars Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling. The Lucky One is the story of a marine who returns from Iraq and searches for the woman he thinks was his good luck charm. It’s one of those ‘feel good’ love stories that will hopefully have you smiling at the end.

Photo courtesy of Miss Universe Jamaica

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Calabash International Literary Fest is back Returning under the theme ‘Jubilation! 50’, this year’s staging of the Calabash International Literary Fest will celebrate Jamaica’s 50 years of independence, and will be held from May 25-27 at Jake’s in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. Organisers have noted that special emphasis will be placed on writers in the Diaspora. Your Style eZine

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