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What’s up BVI

Health and Fitness

Tracia Petersen Award-winning gospel composer and performer

BVI 60th Anniversary Festival Hott Health Diabetes

Life simple pleasures

Helina Hewlett British Caribbean Singer/Dancer/Model/Actress

May the scale be in your favour

Alexis Lettsome 2013 stomp model madness marketing challenge winner

Felicia Tonge-Fenton Hair Extraordinaire



Publisher Randolph Pope Director Randolph Pope Writers Ranesha Pope Various Writers Dear Readers, Welcome to Hott BVI Magazine! It gives us great pleasure to present to you our second issue of Hott BVI Magazine. We hope you will find it informative, educational and entertaining. We sincerely thank everyone who has contributed in one way or another to make it a success. We look forward to your continuous support as we embark on this amazing journey.

Editor Joyce Alexander Contributing Editor Andrea Baptiste Photographers various Photographers Advertising and Sales Randolph Pope Vincent Marshall Designer Soul’s Graphic Designs Hottmagazine River Sallee St. Patrick’s Grenada Telephone:1473 442 0795 1473 404 1001 1473 419 1575 Email: Website



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Tracia Petersen award-winninf gospel composer and performer


60th Anniversary festival


May the scale be in your favor


Life Simple Pleasures


Alexis Lettsome 2013 Stomp Model Madness Marketing Challenge winner 9 Skincare Q&A



CONTENTS Helina Hewlett BritishCaribbean Singer, Dancer, Model, Actress and Role Model 13 Hott Health - Diabetes 17


Felicia Tonge - Fenton Hair Extraordinaire 21 Simple Pleasure/Recipe Bazaar 25 Health & Fitness



Award-winning Gospel Composer and Performer An award-winning composer and performer she, was rewarded for her talent in the ZKING 99.9 songwriting competition in 2006, where she sang alongside her longtime girlfriend in the duet group ‘ADORATION’. The two shared in the pride of their album entitled ‘Symphony of Praise’. As a solo artist, she has embarked on a journey of divine inspiration. With a wealth of vocal experience and a determination to remain a true gospel artist despite temptations to sing is secular bands for financial reasons, she has remained steadfast. She has since produced her hit Christmas single ‘Lord of Lords’. And has embarked on a brand new album entitled ‘Transformed’ which has 10 original songs.

Born in the Virgin Islands, she began singing at age 10; where she sang in her church's choir. As timid as she was, she soon managed lead parts and as a teen was singing duets, and solos in church. Tracia's passion was always singing gospel and this became her destiny, when at 17 she nearly lost her life in a hit and run accident. By the end of that year she had given her life to Christ and has been singing His praises ever since. Today, Tracia sings extensively across the Caribbean in islands such as St. Kitts, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad and the nearby United States Virgin Islands. She is critically acclaimed in her local islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda.


From this project, she has just released the Easter single ‘CALVARY’. With a theatrical sound track format, Tracia uses her beautiful voice to take listeners on a journey back to the crucifixion scene, to the day that despite His divinity he gave His life at Calvary so that eternal life could be an option for us.


Tracia Petersen

August Festival is turning 60 and it's packed with a fantastic lineup of activities. With a Diamond Jubilee, the BVI is celebrating its annual celebration under the enthusiastic theme ‘60 Years of Celebration with Cultural Class, VI Festival – Let's Play Mass!’. This July and August everyone in the BVI will ignite the main capital of Road Town with their festive spirit and excitement over the colorful August Monday parade with revelers in vibrant costumes, extravagant decorations, and three festival villages with performances by top musicians. During August Festival music floats through every street, while the mouthwatering scents of local cuisine waft through the air. Treat yourself to the islands' signature dish of fish and fungi; indulge your taste buds with a bowl of bull foot soup, or sample the popular fish & Johnny Cake, pigtail or stewed mutton. This year, a soca extravaganza will fuel the fire of August Festival with lively performances by

Machel Montano, Kevin Dubois and Pumpa in Carrot Bay. At East End you can whine down with Mavado, Baron and Winston SoSo and in Road Town you can watch Mr. Chucky, Chalk Dust, Carimi from Haiti/USA and for the reggae lovers… Damian Jr. Gong Marley and Jah Cure. Also known as ‘Emancipation Festival’ among locals, the joy and partying is symbolic of the historic Emancipation Day of August 1st, 1834, when slaves were granted their freedom. August Festival, in turn, reminds us all of the utter bliss of freedom to sing, dance and eat to our heart's content. Whatever your reason to celebrate, August Festival is a joyful time to reflect on the last 60 years of growth among this Caribbean archipelago of 60 islands and cays. For more information contact

Fitness and Health in the British Virgin Islands Sensus Health Club has an annual competition called Weight Loss Games to encourage people in the BVI community to lose weight and 2014 was our third competition. The competition is open to all and we encourage weight loss through: exercise, healthy eating and lifestyle habits. The winner is the person with the highest percentage of weight loss. ''Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk for the development of a multitude of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more,'' says David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center and of the Yale Preventive Medicine Center. But lose a few pounds and you can start to turn your health around, according to several studies. Lifestyle changes that include healthier diets, regular physical activity, and weight loss of as little as 7%-10% have shown to provide phenomenal health benefits that can be more effective than medications. Lowering body weight can reverse or prevent diabetes; lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels; and improve sleep apnea and other sleep problems -- along with helping you feel better about yourself. Participants of the Weight Loss Games each paid an entry fee of $100 that made up the prize money for the competition. Twelve contestants entered the three-month competition period for a grand prize of $1200. Each participant was to determine their own training schedule and healthy eating plan, with assistance from the staff at Sensus. To keep all of the participants motivated there was a weekly weigh in at Sensus and the person with the lowest percentage of weight loss was eliminated. Another new motivation feature of this year's Weight Loss Games was that Sensus provided a timetable of classes at no extra cost for those entered and still active in the competition.


Losing weight is challenging, in order to win the competition one “must stay focused, even when you don't want to work out, you do and feel better for having done so” says Julisa Dulchand, the winner of the 2014 competition. Julisa weighed in at 170 lbs in January at the start of the competition, changing her lifestyle by eating clean and heathy as well as exercising up to 6 times a week, Julisa finished the competition weighing 138lbs, a total of 32lbs lost for a well deserved win.

The key to losing and keeping weight off isn't simply a matter of what you eat or how much you exercise - it's your attitude. Lasting weight loss is a slow process and it's all too easy to give up before you reach your goal. For more information about Sensus Health Club or about our annual Weight loss Games please contact us: or our Facebook page – Sensus BVI.

Above are the 5 final contenders from left to right Erica Creque, Alexis Wyatt (official winner), Kyia George, Laura Thomas and Helina Hewlett.

Julisa Dulchand Winner of the Weightloss Games 2014


Life Simple Pleasures

By: Ranesha Pope


e look to meet others who will “make” us happy and we work very hard to achieve what we think will bring us happiness. But we seem to be on a lifelong quest to find something that is elusive and undefined. We say, “If only it were this way, I would be happy” or, “If only I had that, I would be content.” In the meantime, we overlook all the little opportunities for happiness that come to us each day. Life's pleasures often lie in the simplest things. With simplicity, you derive humility, wisdom, and happiness. Now, who wouldn't want to be happy? Your search for happiness is over. The path to eternal happiness lies in simplicity. So take your time to soak in the warmth of the sun. Smell the flowers. Let your sorrows melt away with these simple pleasures. Silence the monsters of worry with the soothing power of simplicity. Taking only a minute to enjoy something simple could be the difference between a so-so day, and an extraordinary one. In our crazy-busy and over stimulating world it's easy to overlook the small things we do on a regular basis that could fill the day with joy. They say the best things in life are free. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this statement is true. Life is filled with simple pleasures, the little satisfying effects you never really anticipate, but always take great pleasure in. They are the gifts of life that we each subconsciously celebrate in our own unique way. Simple Pleasures is about recognizing the little gems of happiness that come to us each day and finding happiness in the moment. Let us share the small, but real, joys that we discover and see how our happiness grows!

It is n’t the great big pleasures that count the most; it’s making a great deal out of the little ones.


ALEXIS LETTSOME 2013 Stomp Model Madness Marketing Challenge Winner


o you think you have what it takes to be a POSH Girl? Wrapping up a very fun-filled yet nerve wracking warm November day of photographic challenges, the breathtaking scenery of Scrub Island resort prepared the contenders for a night of elegance, style and the impromptu question which was a last-minute addition to the series. Ms. Alexis Lettsome gave an impassioned response when asked “How do you define beauty� by the Publisher and Founding Editor of CairbbeanPosh Magazine, Mrs. Janette Brin, at the 2013 STOMP Model Madness Marketing Challenge held in November 2013 at Scrub Island Resort. STOMP 2013 embodied a series of photographic and commercial challenges that were held over a period of 2 months which concluded with a fashion expo and prize giving ceremony. As the winner, in addition to the incredible prizes, the package included


being featured in three different avenues or magazines and the first being CaribbeanPosh Magazine. The article reflected artistic styles of Kevon Richardson, esteemed photographer, which took place also at Scrub Island. Alexis, as featured, epitomizes the commercialism and style depicting exactly what Soire'eBVI Limited seeks to do namely capture, promote and encourage individuals who have the inner qualities to bring any product and/or service to life with fashion and style. Each month, provides a diverse assortment of articles that offer an in-depth look at issues and things of interests to the Caribbean Woman. Their features cover Fashion & Beauty, Culture & Lifestyle, music and entertainment. In the Spring 2014 issue, which will be in newsstands by early March (but currently online at, you will get a glimpse

of the article promoting Ms. Lettsome as part of the collaboration of Soire'eBVI Limited as well as many other delightful stories. You can also visit the photographer of the magazine Mr. Kevon Richardson on or on facebook for his unique artistic flare in capturing intriguing photos. The fun does not stop there, among other fabulous prizes including a trip to New York, Alexis as the STOMP Model Madness winner will also be featured in Grenada's HOTT Magazine as well as world renowned Premier Online Travel Channel Travelista TV, . Soire'eBVI Limited is a marketing and promotion company that brings your products and services to life with fashion and style. For more information about Soire'eBVI Limited, its team, products and services, visit our website or on facebook

Let talk Skin Care with Shana Jawahir (Esthetician)


How do I know my skin type?

A. Following the guidelines of your pore size, the texture, the tone and its overall appearance, helps you in determining your skin type. For example: someone with dry skin tends to heal slowly after breakouts with white or scaling patches scattered throughout. This person may have very small pores with skin that appears to be very thin, a detection of minimum oil production . On the other hand, a person with oily skin may carry a constant sheen on the face from an excessive deposit of oils unto the surface. Their pores are large throughout and the skin appears to be very thick (epidermal thickening). This person on the other side of the spectrum can breakout with pimples if the oils are not managed, but because of moisture on the surface the marks do not remain very long. Moisture speeds up cellular turn over thus renewing the skin at a rapid rate. Keep in mind that when it comes to sensitivity any skin type can also be sensitive. Sensitivity does not fall into a category by it self , its causes can be very broad spectrum, which can be touched in another topic.


What causes dry skin and how can it be managed?

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The skin can get dry for many different reasons

such as a hormonal decline of estrogen in a woman's system. As her body ages it starts to slow down the production of estrogen, the very same hormone that is responsible for producing oils and collagen in the skin. These oils would act as a natural barrier and protector of the skin by holding the body's natural moisture to the skin and blocking out foreign particles from invading its surface. However there are other factors that can cause the skin to dry out. And another one is the use of harsh substances on the skin such as products with SD alcohol, citric acid, salicylic acid benzyl peroxide etc.. These substances are not meant to be used over a long period; they strip the oils causing the skin to release all its moisture at a faster rate. Cold Weather or air conditioning are other contributors of dry skin as it causes the pores to tighten and close up, slowing down the production of oil in an effort to hold in the body's heat. There is also the factor of medications with side effects that may retard the production of oil producing hormones. Of course there may be other isolated factors in special instances such as eczema, psoriasis and some forms of dermatitis. Now the most important step to remedying this condition is to start with your proper intake of water to hydrate you from the inside out. This fills out and conditions your cells (this can be compared to a withering plant, when given water it shoots up healthy again). This with the consumption of water based foods like soups and fruits work quickly on inner hydration creating a soft subtle appearance on the skin. But the skin would need a little help with a good moisturizer and sun screen with an SPF of no less than 30, especially for the face, this can aid in creating a fast barrier of protection for the exterior until the oils can regulate itself.


Why is it ‌the more I clean out my skin the oilier and more irritated it gets?


Remember your body is an entity that strikes a balance on its own. It knows just what PH to create on the skin for it to function properly. This PH is between 4.5 to 5.5 , meaning that the skin is meant to be kept slightly acidic to be comfortable. Now when you use cleansers and other substances that may be too strong or even harsh for the skin then a red flag goes of in the brain causing it to go into overdrive. It will start to pump more oils unto the surface to combat the dryness and alkalinity that you are creating. And the irritation comes about from foreign invaders getting unto a now defenseless exterior. Ones approach to cleaning the skin should always be gentle and calming but strong enough to clean thoroughly without striping all the oils away. This type of skin can almost appear dry and plastic like but very shiny from oils on the surface.


What is the use of facials and how often should one get it done?


A facial is like a general service for your car. This is where you are made aware of the condition of your skin and ways you can take care of it and what products would be best for the skin. But most importantly it gets a very deep cleaning and treatment to suit what ever skin type you may have. In some cases you may note a slight improvement right away and for others it may take a couple treatments depending on the condition of the skin. It is a good way to spot serious skin diseases like skin cancer or conditions like Candida or over-active yeast which would have otherwise gone undetected, in a case like this you will then be referred to a dermatologist. It also refines your skin care routine through proper recommendations and a little knowledge on home care. For optimal results one should get a facial treatment at least once a month to prevent the skin from reverting.

Shana Jawahir( Esthetician) PRECISION BEAUTY CLINIC Tel: 439-5633


British-Caribbean Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Model, Actress and Role Model


elina Hewlett also known as “Khaista Diamond” (Born 2nd March 1991) is an British-Caribbean Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Model, Actress and Role Model. She is also into positive development of the mind body andsoul. Helina wasn't always heavily into the arts but she always got involved in any plays or dances happening at church camps or functions. She was also part of her High School choir and played the trombone in music class. Though she never completed her music at B.V.I High she was accepted to the junior band before moving. In 2005 after watching ‘You got served’ she and her brother Kelvin 'Buckteet/Eternalkel' Hewlett started their own dance group named 'JDI' (“Just Do it”). Helina did all the choreography for the female dancers and her brother for the male. After moving to England, Helina took a seat back on dancing but in March of 2006 she wrote her



first song 'Conversations' on her 15 birthday. Ever since then Helina has continue writing songs and filling her song book. In 2009 Helina gained interest in pageantry because of her new found love for modelling and entered the Miss Milton Keynes pageant. She received a sash for 'The Best Swimsuit Body’ and 'The Best Talent'. Helina put herself through a self made work out plan and choreographed her own dance routine for a miming remake of Beyonce's 'Single Ladies'. In 2010 she then used her experience from Miss Milton Keynes to model for London designer Miss Brenda Artiste in both her Milton Keynes and London open expedition. She also used her experience form Miss Milton Keynes to work along with Miss Gail Davis to train some of her girls for the 'Miss Tropical MK' pageant and choreograph their introductory dance to the show.

In between her modelling she met up with Music and Video producer 'Manthadara' from New York and released one of her songs 'Focus' via YouTube. In 2011 her family relocated to Antigua for a year. In that year Helina entered the Miss Parish Queen pageant and won the sashes for Miss Xtreme Body and Miss Congeniality. After entering the Miss Parish Queen pageant she was able to meet with different model groups and designers. She modelled for the 'Dream Catcher' fashion show in 2012 and danced for new singer 'Greggerz' from NMI promotions over the carnival season at different events and shows. After the carnival season she joined dance group 'DUST' which is owned by Antiguan singer, 'Tizzy', dancer 'Mr. Stephen Gore'. Before leaving Antigua in December 2012 Helina featured in Music Video 'Never Stop Loving You' by new Antigua R&B/POP singer Mr. Brandon Browne as Khaista Diamond, the song now plays on Tempo.

On the 27th July 2013 Helina entered the 'VI Idol Singing Competition' and sang 'Dream Lover' an original song written by her in 2007.The judges loved her song and originality, cheered her on but saw that she still needed some stage work and confidence. This was Helina's first time performing an original on stage to a full audience. After this Helina entered the STOMP Model Madness Marketing Challenge which was a success in her eyes. Helina is now the 2013-2014 Spokes Model for Soiree BVI, the Winner of the 2014 Male Transformation Shoot and the Aqua Couture Photo shoot Challenge. CURRENTLY! Helina prepares to take on 2014 VI Idol Singing Competition.

Helina Hewlett



Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose or blood sugar. The foods we eat change to Glucose (sugar), which is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the body. It's also your brain's main source of fuel. Our bodies make the hormone “Insulin� which carries sugar into the cells, having diabetes means you have too much sugar in your blood because the body is not using or producing your insulin properly. Too much sugar can lead to serious health problems. Some persons are pre-diabetic; this can be reversed before you cross over to diabetes. Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar levels are beginning to climb.

By: Tracie Petersen Symptoms for diabetes: Increased thirst, Frequent urination, Extreme hunger, Unexplained weight loss, Fatigue, Blurred vision, Slow-healing sores, High blood pressure, Frequent infections such as gums, skin, vaginal or bladder infection.

Sooo‌ What puts you at risk for diabetes? Risk factors for Type 1 Diabetes: Dietary factors - A number of dietary factors have been linked to an increased risk of type 1 diabetes, such as low vitamin D consumption; early exposure to cow's milk or cow's milk formula; or exposure to cereals before 4 months of age. Race - Type 1 diabetes is more common in whites than in other races. Geography - Certain countries, such as Finland and Sweden, have higher rates of type 1 diabetes. Risk factors for pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Researchers don't fully understand why some people develop pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and others don't. It's clear that certain factors increase the risk, however, including:

Types of Diabetes Type 1 The body has destroyed insulin making cells in the pancreas. This insulin must be artificially replaced using life-long daily injections. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in childhood. Type 2 Insulin is being made in the pancreas, but it does not work as well as it should. A healthy diet and active lifestyle can delay type 2 diabetes. Gestational Diabetes Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that may occurs in pregnancy, resulting higher than normal blood glucose levels. After birth blood sugar may return to normal but mom and baby is at high risk to develop type 2 diabetes in the future.


Weight-The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin. Inactivity - The less active you are, the greater your risk. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucose as energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.. Family history -Your risk increases if a parent or sibling has diabetes.

Race - Although it's unclear why, people of certain races including blacks, Hispanics, American Indians and Asians — are at higher risk. Age - Your risk increases as you get older. This may be because you tend to exercise less, lose muscle mass and gain weight as you age. Gestational diabetes - If you developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, your risk of developing pre-diabetes. High blood pressure - Having blood pressure over 140/90mm Hg is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Abnormal cholesterol levels - If you have low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol, your risk of type 2 diabetes is higher.

Possible Complications: Cardiovascular disease - Diabetes dramatically increases the risk of various cardiovascular problems, including coronary artery disease with chest pain (angina), heart attack, stroke and narrowing of arteries (atherosclerosis). Nerve damage (neuropathy) - Excess sugar can injure the walls of the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) that nourish your nerves, especially in the legs. This can cause tingling, numbness, burning or pain that usually begins at the tips of the toes or fingers and gradually spreads upward. Left untreated, you could lose all sense of feeling in the affected limbs. Damage to the nerves related to digestion can cause problems with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. For men, it may lead to erectile dysfunction. Kidney damage (nephropathy) - The kidneys contain millions of tiny blood vessel clusters (glomeruli) that filter waste from your blood. Diabetes can damage this delicate filtering system. Severe damage can lead to kidney failure or irreversible end-stage kidney disease, which may require dialysis or a kidney transplant. Eye damage (retinopathy) - Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina (diabetic retinopathy),

potentially leading to blindness. Diabetes also increases the risk of other serious vision conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma. Foot damage - Nerve damage in the feet or poor blood flow to the feet increases the risk of various foot complications. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can become serious infections. Severe damage might require toe, foot or even leg amputation. Skin and mouth conditions - Diabetes may leave you more susceptible to skin problems, including bacterial and fungal infections. Gum infections also may be a concern, especially if you have a history of poor dental hygiene.

Prevention: Eat healthy foods - Choose foods low in fat and calories. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Get more physical activity- Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. Take a brisk daily walk. Ride your bike. Swim laps. Lose excess pounds - If you're overweight, losing can reduce the risk of diabetes. To keep your weight in a healthy range, focus on permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits. Motivate yourself - Remember the benefits of losing weight, such as a healthier heart, more energy and improved self-esteem.

Treatment: -Healthy eating and physical activity -Monitoring your blood sugar: Check and record your blood sugar level several times a week to at least 2 times a day. Careful monitoring is the only way to make sure that your blood sugar level remains within your target range. Especially for persons who use insulin. Remember blood sugar level can change in response to food, physical activity, medications, illness, alcohol, stress and — for women — fluctuations in hormone levels. Keep a log…get a machine. Too high not good,


Know your HBA1C. In addition to daily blood sugar monitoring, your doctor may recommend regular HB A1C testing to measure your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Compared with repeated daily blood sugar tests, A1C testing better indicates how well your diabetes treatment plan is working overall. An elevated A1C level may signal the need for a change in your insulin regimen or meal plan. -Know you med: Insulin- know the different types (short acting long acting) , oral meds- know the different types of tables and when to take them. Keep a log!

mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, - Decrease use of salt and sodium you eat. - Decrease processed foods, and cut down on restaurant meals. Ask for help- Management of diabetes can be frustrating…see the counsel of medical professionals, nurses, your local Diabetes Association, and Mental Health teams. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Sharing your frustrations and your triumphs with people who understand what you're going through can be very helpful. And you may find that others have great tips to share about diabetes management.

Coping/Support: Soo… your are Diabetic or Pre-diabetic…what now? Pray for strength to cope- Prayer has the power to give you hope. How? Believe that a higher power can work within and with you to supply your need. Ask for wisdom, knowledge and strength to adjust and cope. Stick to your meal and treatment plan- take time to understand how foods work in the body. Visit a dietician and make a meal plan. Planning takes the guess work away and helps you make better meal choices. What you eat makes a difference in your blood sugar.

Here are a few tips: - Eat foods you like but in healthful-size portions.
 -Include healthy sources of carbohydrate: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and low-fat dairy foods. - Decrease the added sugars and sweets. Cut down on sugary drinks, breakfast pastries, candy, and desserts. -Decrease use of fats such as salad dressing,


British Virgin Islands Diabetes Association (BVI Diabetes Association) PO Box 2343, R.G. Hodge Plaza Road Town British Virgin Islands Tel +1-284-4944125 / +1-284-4944125 Fax +1-2844947057 E-mail

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Felicia Tonge-Fenton Hair Extraordinaire Her journey to this level of supremacy though, has not been a simple and straightforward one and is not without its fair share of hard work, tremendous sacrifice and perseverance. Felicia grew up in Huntums Ghut with her three sisters and brother and attended the then BVI High School before studying at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC). She worked briefly at several companies such as CITCO BVI, Digicel and Scotiabank before eventually settling into her own niche as a professional hair stylist. While working at these companies, Felicia was steadily putting in the hard hours in the evenings and on weekends, building her clientele as she performed her duties as a hair stylist. Today, Felicia is the proud owner of Elite Braiding and Nail Studio which is located at Paraquita Bay. Apart from having a very clear vision of what is needed, possessing a strong sense of conviction and willpower are among a few of the other traits needed to get started as an entrepreneur, especially in today's difficult economic times.

Commenting on her reasons for eventually branching out as an entrepreneur on her own, Felicia said she felt that her ideas were more streamlined for the business of hair dressing and she had a strong urge at the time to run her own business. .

Mrs Felicia A. Tonge-Fenton has that and more in abundance and is equally not shy about taking the necessary risks that are needed to become a successful businesswoman in the Virgin Islands of today. After being involved in the business for well over a decade, Felicia's name has become synonymous both with excellence in hair care and customer service as these have been hallmarks of her legacy. Women have been known to travel from far flung areas just to be treated to the wizardry of her gifted hands and her trusted magic never fails to deliver a masterpiece on each occasion.


“As with any business, it has its ups and its downs,� she commented about how things have progressed since starting out as her own boss, “I'm riding the roller coaster and I'm holding on very strong because I know in the near future Continue on page 30


I'm building my empire for my children...” she said. Since her success at the recent Style BVI Hair and Beauty Expo where she won the People's Choice award for her innovation and creativity, her fame has multiplied even further. While the work becomes overwhelming at times, especially around peak times, the mother of two manages to miraculously pull it off at times with only one hour of sleep, “you have to work hard in order to get where you want to go in life and that's what I'm striving for right now,” she explained. Felicia has several clients around the wider Caribbean and neighbouring USVI and says she has made it her duty to reach out to persons and meet them at their location where ever possible at times. Looking ahead towards the horizon, Felicia said she has also been working on several innovative ideas, including opening a fashion boutique. She credits her mother in particular and her father and husband for their tremendous support in allowing her to achieve what she has thus far. She is

also eternally grateful to all her customers for also contributing to making her the person that she is today. One thing Felicia was sure to note was that she was never too proud to learn something from anyone else and similarly never hesitates to offer assistance to others who may need her help in learning something new. She credits God for her sense of design and creativity and remarked that she had never attended a cosmetology school, “I eat, sleep, I do everything hair dressing… when I wake up in the morning, it's hair… I'm always thinking about what I can create,” she shared. “Stay positive, stay focused, because positive energy follows positive people,” was Felicia's advice to aspiring young professionals. She said it was also important to set aside priorities and have self-respect so that others could in turn respect you as a person and as a professional. "THE STONE THAT THE BUILDER REFUSED HAS BECOME THE HEAD CORNER STONE" psalms 118:22

SIMPLE PLEASURES Mmmmmm .... pie. The gorgeous smell of just baked pastry that fills the kitchen after you bake a pie is, arguable, only bettered by the aromas that rise from steamingly hot loaves of bread, just whisked from the oven. Those sweet, earthly whiffs have been ruining appetites for eons- for who on earth can resist a warm slice of homey pie or freshly baked bread, even if it close to diner time. And to think that, in the early years of pie making the pastry of a pie wasn’t even eaten; rather it functioned as the serving vessel for what lurked inside and was, from all account, rock hard and pretty awful. Early version of bread was similarly rustic; food historians conjecture that these were no more than

crude pastes of wheat, hardened over fire. What a difference some millennia make! Now, thank to the wide availability of great ingredients, and our sophisticated home ovens, we can bake delicious pastry dough and gooey breads into whatever our hearts desire. Heaven is a freshly baked homemade pie, no matter what time of year. Whether you're looking for a summery pie with a fresh fruit filling or a coolerweather classic, you'll find your heart's desire in our collection of best pie recipes, below. and get ready to treat your friends and family to some heavenly slices.

Recipes Bazaar Honey Pie


Ingredients For the Crust ·

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface


1 tablespoon sugar


Coarse salt


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and frozen


3/4 cup cold rendered leaf lard or regular lard (5 ounces), cut into small pieces


1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

For the Filling



3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey (preferably organic wildflower)


3 tablespoons unsalted butter


4 large eggs


1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


Coarse salt

- Make the crust: Pulse flour, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter and lard, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with some larger pieces remaining, about 10 seconds. Drizzle 1/4 cup water evenly over mixture. Pulse until mixture just begins to come together (dough should not be wet or sticky). If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse. Shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. -Meanwhile, make the filling: Warm honey in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, and stir in butter. - Whisk together eggs, vanilla, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir into honey mixture. Refrigerate until cooled, up to 1 hour. -Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with 1 rack in the middle position and 1 rack in the bottom third of oven. Roll out dough to a 13-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Line a 9-inch pie plate with dough. Trim overhang to 1 inch; crimp. Prick bottom all over with fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. - Line crust with parchment, and fill with dried beans or pie

- Uncover, and bake 10 minutes more. Remove dried beans and parchment. Let cool completely on a wire rack. - Stir filling, and pour into cooled crust. Bake on bottom rack until center is set and crust is golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

Sweet Potato Pie



3 cups flaked coconut


7 tablespoons butter


3/4 cup sugar


1/4 cup all-purpose flour


3 tablespoons cornstarch


1/4 teaspoons salt


3 cups half-and-half cream


4 egg yolks, lightly beaten


4 medium sweet potatoes


2 teaspoons vanilla extract


3 large eggs, lightly beaten


2 large firm bananas, sliced


1/3 cup sugar


Whipped cream and sliced bananas, optional


1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1/2 teaspoon ground allspice


1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


1/4 teaspoon salt


1 1/2 cups light cream


4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled


1 Pre baked Pie Crust Pre baked Pie Crust


Whipped Cream, for serving (optional)

Directions - Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce potatoes several times with the tines of a fork. Roast until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 1 hour. Set aside to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, peel, discarding skins, and place flesh in a medium bowl. Mash well; set aside to cool. - In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt, until well combined. Whisk in cream.

Directions - In a large skillet, saute coconut in butter until golden. Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish. Press remaining toasted coconut onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. - For filling, combine the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt in a large saucepan. Stir in cream until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature without stirring. - Place bananas in the crust. Cover with cream mixture. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Sprinkle with reserved coconut. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and bananas. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

- Add egg mixture to cooled sweet potatoes, and whisk until thoroughly combined. Whisk in melted butter. Pour into baked crust. Bake until filling is set and the tip of a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely before slicing. Serve topped with whipped cream.

Coconut/Banana Cream Pie Recipe Ingredients


Presented By: Body Image Health Club

Tortola BVI your health and well being by getting involved in some sort of physical activity.. Let's discuss a little bit about health and physical exercise. We'll discuss the non communicable disease high blood pressure and what can be done to prevent them and the benefits of exercising.

We are Mitchell and Norma Gordon, A husband and wife team who owns and operates Body Images Health Club of Tortola British Virgin Islands, we have both been in the fitness Industry for over 20 years and have founded the body Images health club which has been operating on Island from 2003. Together we have trained and assisted hundreds of persons throughout the years in being able to achieve a balance in their physical lifestyle while still being able to enjoying life at their fullest. We've seen persons, just through physical activity turned their lives around in such drastic ways that would literally bring tears of joy to those around them. Many persons were able to discontinue their dependence on high blood pressure tablets. Many have gotten rid of their high cholesterol problems and many other non communicable diseases, all of this just by a change in physical activity and a healthy diet. As a person trainer and instructor, it is always sad to see persons suffering from illness that are preventable and would like to encourage all who are reading this article to take a stand now and get a grip on


So what is high blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers—the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (as the heart relaxes between beats). The measurement is written one above or before the other, with the systolic number on top and the diastolic number on the bottom. For example, a blood pressure measurement of 120/80 mmHg (millimetres of mercury) is expressed verbally as "120 over 80." A blood pressure level of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high. With no real signs or symptoms, high blood pressure can sneak up on you. And it's more than just a couple of numbers – the higher your numbers, the higher your risk of dying.

Around a billion people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a leading cause of disability and death from strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure. It is often called the "silent killer" because it doesn't always exhibit any obvious symptoms and people can be unaware they have the condition.

The causes of high blood pressure varies. Causes may include narrowing of the arteries, a greater than normal volume of blood, or the heart beating faster or more forcefully than it should. Any of these conditions will cause increased pressure against the artery walls. High blood pressure might also be caused by another medical problem. Most of the time, the cause is not known. Although high blood pressure usually cannot be cured, in most cases it can be prevented and controlled

What can we do to prevent high blood pressure? The good news is, treatment can control high blood pressure. In addition, lifestyle changes can prevent and control high blood pressure. These include losing weight if overweight (losing 10 lbs can help), increasing physical activity (walking 30 minutes per day can help), following a healthy eating plan, that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy foods, choosing and preparing foods with less salt and sodium, and if you drink alcoholic beverages, drinking in moderation If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in keeping your blood pressure controlled, there are many blood pressure medications to help you, but as a physical instructor I personally recommend diet and exercise to be the key ingredient in taking control of your high blood pressure

Healthy Eating Hypertension," a clinical study that tested the effects of nutrients in food on blood pressure. Study results indicated that elevated blood pressures were reduced by an eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods and is low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol. Healthy eating includes foods such as whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts and has reduced amounts of fats, red meats, sweets, and sugared beverages. Eat fruit for dessert, instead of pie or cake. Begin by choosing foods low in saturated fat, low in sodium and low in colories · Try fat free (skim) or low far (1%) milk · Only buy cheese marked “low fat” or “fat free”

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Choose to eat fruits and vegetables without butter or sauce Service rice, beans, cereals, pasta, whole grains (e.g. Couscous barley, bulgar etc.) Choose lean cuts of meat, fish and skinless turkey and chicken When available, buy- or- reduced sodium or no-salt added versions of food

Try these meal tips · Make a meatloaf with lean ground turkey · Make taco with skinless chicken breast · Cool soups and gravies and skim off fat before reheating them · Trying adding salsa on a baked potato instead of butter · Make a spicy baked fish – seasoned with green pepper, onion, garlic oregano, lemon or cilantro · Eat fruits for desserts instead of pie or cake Exercise: benefits of regular physical activity You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how exercise can improve your life. Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life. 1: Exercise controls weight Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don't need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits.


If you can't do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores 5: Exercise promotes better sleep Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep. . 6: Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there's more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don't exercise. 7: Exercise can be fun Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

3: Exercise improves mood Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Final thoughts Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven't

4: Exercise boosts energy Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and


exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.


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