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CONTRIBUTORS Khalil Goodman Khalil Goodman’s photography combines classic lighting and fresh ideas. This combination has won him mass appeal and work in advertising and fashion. When he’s not art directing a new set of images, Khalil spends too much time reading comic books and listening to all the wrong music at the right volume.

Carlie Ester Carlie came of age ferociously scribbling through blank notebooks and precociously defying authority. These days she’d rather read the thesaurus than advocate chaos, and probably spends too much of her time running in circles. Carlie purports herself to be an athlete, radio announcer and professional writer - read on and you may find evidence to support at least one of these claims.

Laura Lin Hutchinson

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Mike Toy Mike developed his interest in photography while living and working in the Canadian Rockies in the early 1980’s. Specialising in architecture and interiors he has photographed over four hundred of the region’s most prestigious hotels, resorts and private residences. Mike has also photographed lifestyle, fashion, food and underwater images and to date has published nine books. Visit his work at www.miketoy.com

Natasha Simpson Natasha wears many hats - interior decorator, social media consultant, blogger and writer. It was through her blog (lovedesignbdos.com) that she gained a greater appreciation for writing and was afforded exciting new opportunities, such as working with Living Barbados. She says “I was especially thrilled to meet and interview Halla Elias for this edition”.

Corie Elcock Although possessing a background in fine art and design, photography emerged as Corie’s chosen discipline. Whether painting his subjects with dynamic lighting or conjuring classic concepts this award winning artist executes with meticulous detail and precision. His experience and creative energy is a valuable asset to any team. When he’s not behind the lens Corie also shares a passion for a game of chess.

Sofie Warren

Laura Lin has been a freelance feature writer since the 90s writing for many local and regional glossies. She has also written and produced a couple of short films including the award winning “Holding On”. Otherwise Laura Lin teaches meditation and follows Buddhist and Shamanic paths.

Sofie has a unique style of photography which captures images in a beautiful, natural way and this is evident in the stunning photos she took for our Entertaining Inspiration article with Dwellings Design Studio. Regardless of whether there is a shoot on the books or not, Sofie keeps her camera in tow because in her words “inspiration is everywhere!”

Julie Chalbaud

Daphne Ewing-Chow

The arts is an extension of who I am as an individual! I am passionate about photography, styling, interior design and furniture design. The Living Barbados team in conjunction with Diamonds International was a great pairing to work with on this beauty shoot featuring the “Honey Jam Girls”. We were privileged to have been able to select exquisite jewelry from Cartier, Chopard and John hardy for the girls to wear.

Any artist will tell you that the most enjoyable form of expression will occur when you are able to latch on to the energy of your subject- to absorb it. I thank Alene Krimholtz and Howard Palmer, organizers of the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series for sharing their infectious passion for sailing with me. It was truly a pleasure to “take it all in”and to write this piece for Living Barbados magazine.

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CONTENTS NOV 2014- MAR 2015

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Out & About What’s new and happening on our little rock; from a new juice bar to SUP yoga.

14 AllBehind I Have To Do Is Dream smoky blue gates flanked on either

side by bismarkia palms is The Dream, an ultra modern home on the beach.

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Seaworthy A look at the history and future of Barbados’ Ultimate Sailing Challenge - The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series.

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Holiday Delights Our suggestions for buying your loved ones something extra special this season.

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Entertaining Inspiration A must read! Dwellings shows us how to throw a glamorous party at home.

46 A Destiny Of Their Own Design If strong, successful women scare the heck out

of you, skip this story... about the founding duo of Archer’s Hall Design Centre.

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Ask The Expert Kelly Gibson from The Frame & Art Co Ltd gives our readers tips and answers their framing questions.

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56 Bee-Dazzled Diamonds International are one of the

sponsors for Honey Jam 2014. On these pages three of the lovely Honey Jam girls model equally stunning jewelry brands from this sponsor.

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98 64 Ahead Of The Trends The MAC Cosmetics Autumn/

Winter 2014 Trends in makeup.

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Happy in Halabaloo What do celebrity moms like Katie Holmes and Halle Berry have in common with Barbadian fashion designer Halla Elias?

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Island Made Furniture Collection Capitalising on talented local artisans, Jenny Blanc offers bespoke hand crafted pieces to their clientele.

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Made In Barbados Six items we adore that are made right here in Barbados.

82 Person of Interest Guni Johnson, has been creating extraordinary

mosaics for some 13 years, and like her craft she is a mix of many different elements.

88 Hey Sailor, This One’s For You Walker’s World makes suggestions for the perfect nautical inspired home.

92 News & Views What’s happening on the Real Estate scene. 94 Property Listings A directory of property for sale or rent in Barbados.

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Contact Us Living Barbados Magazine “Macston”, Overdene Gardens, Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church, Barbados, BB14030 Rachel Ramphal: 253-9236 Email: rachel@livingbarbados.com Linda Lewis-Bishton: 232-7869 Email: linda@livingbarbados.com Digital magazine viewed here and via our facebook tab facebook.com/livingbarbados pinterest.com/livingbdos

November 2014 - March 2015 On the cover: Port Ferdinand bedroom designed by Archer’s Hall Design Centre. Photography by Mike Toy.

instagram.com/livingbarbados All information and pricing compiled in this publication was accurate at the time of printing. However, this information may be subject to change at anytime without notice. Copyright reserved. None of the contents in this publication can be reproduced or copied in any form without permission in writing from the Publisher


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VILLAGE GALLERY NOW OPEN! The Crane Village has added a new jewel to its crown! The Village, inspired by Barbadian heritage architecture, is the centrepiece of the historic Crane Resort and the new home of an eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming Barbadian artists. On Tuesday, September 16th, the stately and spacious 1,300 sq. ft. gallery threw open its doors revealing a carefully curated selection of uniquely Barbadian island life scenes. The Village Gallery promises to be a treat for both local and visiting art lovers. Open daily from 1:00pm-9:00pm. For more information, email gallery@thecrane.com or call 423-6220.

RAW JUICE BAR Raw Juice Bar brings convenience to healthier eating via a variety of freshly made juices, green smoothies, acai bowls, salads, and a mix of gluten free eats and treats. The acai bowls are based on the acai berry “super fruit” found only in Brazil – a blended sorbet like mix, topped with granola, sliced fruits and your choice of added toppings is a favourite. RJB is located within the food court of Quayside Centre on the South Coast, and open daily from 7:00am. For more information follow them on Facebook and Instagram at: instagram.com/rawjuicebarbados For more details call 622-1682

Activities & Events Happening In Barbados

PADDLE BARBADOS Paddle Barbados is the leader in Stand Up Paddle (SUP) lessons, rentals and tours. Their team of experienced and friendly professionals will have you up and paddling in no time. They offer a range of lessons to suit levels of experience from beginner/flat-water excursions and SUP ‘n Snorkel adventures to advanced wave riding and even SUP yoga. Paddle Barbados now offers SUP memberships for the local community, allowing unlimited board rentals in Carlisle Bay from 10:00 -6:00 pm daily. Check them out on Facebook or call 249-2SUP (2787)

THE STREAM The Stream is a new twist on the popular local Wine Bar formerly known as 39 Steps. Specialty drinks, a new menu and an indoor-outdoor dining bar are just some of the things their devoted fan base can look forward to. Additionally patrons will enjoy great wines and classic blackboard favourites as well as exciting new dishes, all with the same great service and lively atmosphere 39 Steps was famous for. Conveniently located in Worthing and with ample parking in the rear they are open Monday to Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm. Reservations and walk ins welcome. Tel 427- 0715

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SOMETHING NOTABLE FOR ITS BEAUTY, EXCELLENCE OR ENJOYABLE QUALITY; SOMETHING THAT FULLY SATISFIES A WISH; TO THINK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU WISH WOULD HAPPEN OR SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT TO DO OR BE… THE DREAM! By Rachel Ramphal Photos by Andreas Von Einsiedel and Mike Toy

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he owners of this beachfront villa have for many years owned a home in Barbados, however The Dream’s modern architecture is a departure from the previous style, which was of a more traditional design. Behind smoky blue gates flanked on either side by bismarkia palms The Dream is an ultra modern home on the beach of the west coast of Barbados. The concept of the villa came from the owner and was executed by architects Jaime Romano and his partner Manel Landette who had previously worked with the client on a house in Ibiza. A driveway leads slightly downhill where the first glimpse reveals white exterior walls punctuated with shutters in the same shade of smoky blue as the entry gate. On entering the foyer through a large teak front door, you immediately hear the tranquil sound of a water fountain wafting through from a small courtyard where the heady scent of potted plumeria drifts in on the breeze. The sea comes into view and in those few small steps across the cool marble floor all of your senses have already been stirred.

Outdoor area with view of the coast

Downstairs Bedroom

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The owner decorated the house for maximum relaxation and enjoyment of its surroundings and most of the rooms and living spaces are open to waterfront views.

Living space with view to pool

The downstairs lounge has an open floor plan where two walls of pocket doors extend this space onto the verandah and the breathtaking sea and pool views. Floor to ceiling motorised blinds can be engaged, offering shade without limiting the views, this same feature can be found on the upstairs balcony from where the sea views are elevated and the occasional yacht sails by adding to the feeling of serenity. The dĂŠcor and furnishings were chosen by the owner and unlike most luxury villas on the island has a quintessential beach house feel. The oak wood doors, stairs, and accents have all been allowed to fade naturally. In both the upstairs and downstairs lounges upholstered sofas have linen cushions in muted tones, which are restful on the eye, while decorative seashells and coral on tables and shelves add organic elements.

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All of these details strike a harmonious balance so that nothing detracts from the sublime surroundings. Zinc coffee tables have developed a wonderful rustic patina and wicker furniture dressed in crisp white are smartly casual and offer additional lounging and dining areas on the verandah and upstairs balcony. A bar located on the upper level is the perfect spot to sip cocktails and watch the sun sink beneath the horizon. At the rear of the downstairs lounge a professional Chef’s kitchen is clad in stainless steel with appliances concealed behind lacquered white doors, here guests have the option to watch their own private chef create sumptuous custom meals. A second kitchen at the rear serves as a prep area and pantry and also offers the option of having meals prepared behind closed doors.


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There are several settings for guests dining pleasure, a single wood slab dining table with banquette seating on the verandah can be extended to accommodate up to 16 persons, or there are more intimate sized tables both on the upstairs and downstairs verandahs. Why would you want to eat anywhere else with the fifty shades of blue Caribbean Sea as your backdrop? The pool cabana is the perfect place to enjoy casual lunches with a sit at bar and an outdoor kitchen that includes both gas and coal barbeques as well as a pizza oven. Large letters on a wall of the cabana playfully spell out the word ‘POOL’, here oversized built in sofa seating offers a shady respite while double size loungers line the poolside.

Lounge area by pool

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Guest Bedroom Upstairs bar overlooks pool and sea

The five bedrooms are all en-suite, two downstairs share a patio with a seating area shaded by a pergola. These guest rooms offer great flexibility as they can be made up with a king or two single beds in each. A third downstairs bedroom is ocean facing offering spectacular azure blue views across the sea. The master suite upstairs also looks out to sea views and has separate access to the upper level verandah while a second upstairs bedrooms enjoys pool views. All bedrooms are temperature controlled and ceiling fans can be found throughout the villa while the master suite has two walk-in closets. Stephen Payne of Maison AD designed the layout in the bathrooms, while the fixtures, stone and flooring were the owner’s choice. Slightly different in design yet unified by the choice of materials; marble, teak and glass are used throughout. The en-suites all have marble countertops, wall mounted taps and the master bathroom is capacious with a glass walled shower and a soaking tub. The owner decorated the house for maximum relaxation and enjoyment of its surroundings and most of the rooms and living spaces are open to waterfront views. A keypad entry gate opens onto a secluded white sandy beach with miles of calm waters and coral reefs for snorkeling. Luxury shopping and fine dining restaurants, world-class golf courses at Royal Westmorland and Sandy Lane are all within a short drive. The landscape is minimalist with a predominant colour palette of silver-grey and blue-grey with palm trees, silver dollar shrubs, blue agaves and frangipani - all seaside tolerant plantings. In the evening the house and gardens take on a different atmosphere, as strategically lit trees and large candle lanterns dot the property. There is a feeling of peace and tranquility with the sound of waves gently lapping on the shore and the silver moon hanging above an inky blue sea…dreamy indeed! A full staff of House Manager, Chef, two Housekeepers, a Laundress and Security Guard services the Dream and separate staff quarters for guest’s personal staff are conveniently located on the property. This luxury villa is available for rent or sale through Worldwide Dream. www.worldwidedreamvillas.com T Barbados +246 432 6307

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Glory Daze pictured here in the Coastal Racing Series, is owned by local Vet, Gus Reader. Glory Daze was also one of only two J/24s who sailed around the Island in the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race

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The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series

“Barbados’ Ultimate Sailing Challenge” By Daphne Ewing-Chow Photos by Peter Marshall and Nigel Wallace

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rom January 16th to the 24th 2015, The Cruising Club, Mount Gay and the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) will host the 79th annual Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, which will include three spectacular days of coastal racing and the third annual ocean passage race to Antigua. This is the official “kick off” event on the Caribbean yachting calendar. The Round Barbados Race, which is the pinnacle event, is scheduled to be staged on Errol Barrow Day, January 21, at Carlisle Bay and will consist of approximately 50 entrees, 10-15 of which are locally-based vessels. The boats will follow a clockwise route around the island, passing the West and North coasts, followed by the East coast and ultimately returning to Carlisle Bay. The race itself spans just under 70-miles. Event organizers, Howard Palmer and Alene Krimholtz, have an infectious passion for sailing. Howard refers to Alene as “Chief Delegator” of the event and the two excitedly finish each other’s sentences, sharing anecdotes and challenges surrounding the regatta. “People love this event because of the personal touch that we offer”, says Alene. Indeed the two have been very diligent about listening to the feedback of spectators and participants alike, and responding to issues and ideas by carefully refining the agenda each year. “There is so much potential for a growing tourist offering with this spectacular event,” says Howard. “Aside from the hundreds of sailors who come from abroad to participate, there is a growing number of tourists that come to Barbados just for the regatta. This is extremely important to us and we have developed a very successful collaborative relationship with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc to make this the best event that it could possibly be.” Superior conditions and active public interest have made this a very popular event, with a significant number of local and foreign entrees as well as enthusiastic public participation from a spectator perspective, with many groups congregating at bars at specific vantage points along the coastline, eager to catch a glimpse of the vessels racing each other to the finish line on Errol Barrow day. In addition to the Round Barbados Race, the itinerary will include three days of coastal racing, including “The Two Restaurants” which serves as an 18-mile practice session, taking place between Tapas Restaurant on the South Coast and The Beach House Restaurant on the West. Social events will include a polo day, parties and dinners. A unique feature of the Round Barbados Race is the limited restrictions placed on participation and the variety of offerings on the agenda. Alene refers to the heterogeneity of the event, stating “We bring you Brigantines... Windsurfers... and Polo Ponies!”

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Hold on Boys! Pictured left to right: Local boats Glory Daze, Hawkeye, Isis and Sugar Beach Attitude from St. Lucia

Returning Silver Bullet to shore after a race

The crew of Rapajam

Alene provides an illustrative photo of a yacht, alongside a windsurfer- both highly regarded and equally serious participants in the event. The various categories include the very large, down to the very small: monohull, multihull, classic, double handed monohull, single handed monohull, single handed multihull, windsurfers and one year, even six kite surfers showed up! This is of course a far cry from the origins of this event, some 78 years ago. The original race, which took place in 1936, provided bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooner. This was an era in which cargo that was quicker to arrive to its destination could command higher prices. Over time, the popularity of the event began to dwindle. In 2011, the race was revived with sponsorship from Mount Gay, the oldest continuously operating rum producer in the world, and sponsors of more than 100 regattas worldwide. Raphaël Grisoni, Managing Director at Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. and an avid sailing enthusiast, describes Mount Gay’s strong connection to the sailing industry. “Mount Gay has a close link to

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Franchero Ellis on board Other Business

sailing as it was originally schooners that shipped Mount Gay rum in old Europe through UK and to the then British colonies and to the USA. British sailors were proud to bring back a barrel, as it was exported in barrels in the 1700’s and 1800’s, of Mount Gay Rum to prove their successful double-crossing of the Atlantic. Since then Mount Gay has been a symbol of bravery and of course, good taste”. Howard Palmer says “All sailors are Mount Gay groupies,” The regatta has symbolically connected the cultural significance of Mount Gay with the memory of one of Barbados’ national heroes, Sir Errol Walton Barrow, Barbados’ first Prime Minister and one of the founding members of the Barbados Cruising Club, by holding the Round Barbados Race on Errol Barrow day each year. Participants that return every year, eager to beat their own records, include Jabulani, a single handed monohull, skippered by Peter Hoad, Stilleto, a single-handed multihull, skippered by Peter Allen and the very popular Monster Project VO70, a Monohull skippered by Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn from the United Kingdom.


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Hawkeye, J/24 owned by Robert Povey rounding a mark during the Coastal Racing Series

Spectators

Franz McConney, regular sailor of both J/24s and on board cruising boat Leonora and long time member of the Barbados Cruising Club

Sumtin’s Happnin - J/24 owned by Paul Johnson

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“There is nothing more grounding than being out on a sailboat, sun on your face, wind on your back”

Rapajam, a 53ft Beneteau owned by Ralph Johnson which is the current holder of the 60 and Under Monohull Round Barbados Race Record

Record-breakers are awarded prizes in each category, with the award being the skipper’s weight in Mount Gay XO. Winners have been known to drink copious amounts of water or place heavy items in their pockets so as to increase their “winnings”, which has been regarded with a degree of light-hearted humor by the event organizers. Crew members aboard the legendary Silver Bullet, a multi-hulled boat which has held the title of absolute record holder across all categories since 2012, describe the process of “fattening the skipper,” Bryn Palmer, “like a stuffed turkey” in the weeks prior to the event. Alene mentions the days when the “last to finish” was offered a barrel of rum, but this practice was terminated when it was realized that there were a number of boats that would intentionally stay out on the sea, just so that they could “win” the rum.

In addition to bragging rights and the highly coveted rum, entrants describe the sheer joy of participating in the event- an exhilaration of sorts. Silver Bullet crew member, James Edghill describes his team’s record breaking victory in 2012. “There is nothing more grounding than being out on a sailboat – sun on your face, wind on your back… but when the race gets started… because of the handicap system, we were the last to start the race, and even though we were one of the favorites, we remained in the final position until we reached the East Coast… that was when things finally took off. At that point, we were just hanging on for dear life- hanging on by a wire. When we finished the race in 4 hours 24 minutes, the record for any sized boat, it was so exhilarating. And to celebrate with 100 litres of Mount Gay rum, well, that made it even sweeter.”

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Idea, Reichel Pugh Maxi 78, previously the Absolute Monohull Round Barbados Race Record holder, who this year broke her own CSA Record and won the Rapier Trophy

The Hon. Christopher Sinckler, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs presenting Hawkeye’s Robert Povey with 3rd place prize for the Coastal Racing Series

Andrew Budgen (kneeling in black shirt) and the crew of Monster Project VO70 who broke the Absolute Monohull Round Barbados Record, and won their skipper’s weight in Mount Gay XO

Raphaël Grisoni fondly recalls his own record-breaking victory in 2014, as well as the benefits of participating in the event. “Last year we broke the absolute record in the monohull category with the VO70 Mount Gay Monster Project. The feeling was amazing. The event also provided the opportunity to bring on board customers and friends to sail on the water.” Sailing enthusiasts look forward to the picturesque display of Mount Gay’s red-branded baseball caps, which will dot the coastline of Barbados from January 16th to the 24th 2015, as well as the honks of the Race Committee’s horn when we will learn who the year’s record breakers are.

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The crew of Impulse with owner Neil Burke receiving their 2nd place Earthworks trophy from the Hon. Christopher Sinckler, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series is now a week long event that is not to be missed. For more information or to register online, visit: www.mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com


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Holiday DELIGHTS

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This fabulous Crystal Gem Pillar Holder will add sophisticated sparkle and glamour to your home. Available at Archer’s Hall Design Centre, 422-0400.

B MAC KEEPSAKES

These shadows, in palettes of Plum, Smoky and Beige, are packaged in 3 sleek ‘limitededition’ compacts in glittery grey, black and white, each accented with a chic cameo. MAC Cosmetics, Limegrove 271-8256. Broad Street 227-2103.

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This Light Aqua Swirl Vase makes a bold statement on it’s own or filled with flowers and is perfect for almost any room in your home. $104.90 from Natz Home Furnishings, tel: 424-2661

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Special moments with loved ones should be displayed in your home. We happen to think these Seaside Wood Frames for only $39.95 are fabulous! Walkers World, Millhouse 421-7968 and St. Lawrence Gap 428-1183

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TIMELESS & CLASSIC:

Perfect for the man who likes to travel. The LOUIS CARTIER Bag is made with the expertise of Cartier’s skilled leather craftsmen from a selection of the finest leathers. From Cartier, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Tel 271-8234

Show how much you care with this Chopard ladies watch. Imperiale in rose gold with stainless steel Mother of Pearl Centre Water- resistant to 50m. Available from Diamonds International, 430-2400

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Take your look from classic to dazzling with these 2-in-1 diamond & tanzanite earrings.

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Safi Kalima D2N earrings! An exclusive design with Tanzanite and diamonds set in white gold, can be worn as an eye-catching stud and transformed to elegant drops for evening wear. USD$399. Exclusively at Diamonds International

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Jenny Blanc’s own label pellaq visitors, journals and notebooks bound and finished with gilt edging and grosgrain page markers. Notebooks Bds$140.00 Journals Bds$225.00 Visitors Books Bds$295.00 - $335.00

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This Sea Turquoise 6” Art Glass Hurricane Candle Holder or Flower Pot Planter could inspire you to redecorate your home to match. $88.00 from Gajah home, Millhouse. Call 424-7150

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The newest release from Montes Winery, the ‘Outer Limits’ Sauvignon Blanc Chile giving rise to an aromatic and exceptionally balanced wine. $45.83 inc.vat per bottle. Platinum Wines a Division of R.L.Seale & Co. Ltd. 418-4500 ext 4525.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Octo Core Processor, 32GB Built in Memory, 3GB RAM with 16MP Camera & more! From Electronics On Edge, Broad Street: 436-1449, Sheraton Mall: 437-8707, Lanterns Mall: 435-8746

Humorous Christmas Wine Towels might just get snatched from your bar or kitchen by jealous friends! They can purchase their own from Dwellings, Millhouse for only-$24.95 each. Visit dwellingshome.com


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CREATE A FESTIVE TABLE BY USING HOLIDAY DECORATIONS IN UNEXPECTED WAYS.

Entertain 365 dinnerware by

All items available at Dwellings.

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ENTERTAINING

WITH DWELLINGS

Photography by Sofie Warren

Styled by Dwellings

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he Holidays are the time of year we all love to wine and dine and glam it up. This season, Dwellings joined hands with Scarlet and Raising the Bar to show you how to throw a glamorous party at home. From the perfect dÊcor, menu and cocktails, we’ll show you how easy it is to create an event to remember. Start by using white dinnerware and fine glassware; this will create a blank canvas to allow you to take your decor in any direction you like. Use every day dinnerware and mix in some sculptural serving pieces to add interest. We used the new E365 Dinnerware by Lenox to create an updated collected look for the place settings. Next, put a twist on holiday style by using a fresh mix of colours such as gold and sea hues. Layer every day bright placemats and napkins with sparkly holiday styles and add some beautiful color coordinated details to your drinks and food. Check out our style tips on the following pages.

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Martini glasses by

All items available at Dwellings.

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ABSOLUT Vodka cocktails mixed by Ross King of Raising The Bar


GLAM UP A UNIQUE TRAY WITH GOLD PAPER AND CONFETTI TO SERVE YOUR DRINKS IN HIGH HOLIDAY STYLE LIKE PHOTO ON LEFT Stationery by Py-ôn-i Designs www.pyonidesigns.com

SETTING THE MOOD 1. A few simple tricks can set the perfect mood for your holiday party. Start by sending out invitations that reflect the theme and color scheme of the party. Beautiful invitations are the ideal teaser to entice your guests to attend. 2. Lighting is key to creating the right ambiance. Use twinkly lights outdoors and lots of candles indoors to add a festive touch and create a warm atmosphere. 3. Put together a great music playlist; some jazzy Christmas tunes or Holiday Lounge music played at just the right volume will get your guests in the Holiday spirit. Start the music well before your guests arrive to get yourself in the mood and make sure the list is long enough to last throughout the party. 4. Create movement by setting up the bar in one corner and a buffet of small bites in another area. This will allow your guests to circulate while they mingle and chat. Start your dinner with hors d’oeuvres served in a buffet style and finish with a fun dessert spread such as an ice cream or candy bar to get the party going again after dinner.

SETTING THE TABLE 1. Add some sparkle to your table with metallic and glittery accessories such as napkin rings and repurposed Holiday décor. Some ideas we used here include filling vases with ornaments and candles, using sparkly decorative sprays to create a holiday worthy runner, adding some glam to napkins by clipping glittery orchids to the napkin rings and creating drink markers by tying mini ornaments to glasses with ribbon. 2. Complete the look by scattering some simple gold confetti on the table. Just remember, there are no rules so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use items in unexpected ways.

A STYLISH SENDOFF 1. Prepare some favors for your guests to take with them on their way out. This could be as simple and inexpensive as some homemade Holiday cookies or candy presented in sparkly bags with a stylish gift tag thanking them for coming.

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SERVE SMALL BITES ON MIX & MATCH PLATTERS, CUTTING BOARDS AND IN GLASSES FOR A TRENDY COLLECTED LOOK.

Entertain 365 platters by

All items available at Dwellings.

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Canapes and dessert by Scarlet


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GOAT CHEESE & ROASTED VEGETABLE BRUSCHETTA By Sophie Domenge, Scarlet Restaurant Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ingredients: 1 small piece of Pumpkin 1 small Red Onion 1 small Eggplant 1 med Zucchini 2-3 Tomatoes 3-4 tbsps Herbs de Provence OR Italian seasoning

Olive oil and extra virgin olive oil - to taste Sea salt - to taste Cracked black pepper - to taste Bread for the Bruschetta (foccacia or baguette of your choice) 1 tub Soft cheese (mascarpone or Philadelphia cream cheese) 1 tub Goat cheese crumbles Fresh thyme

1. Cut your veggies into 1/2inch cubes thereabouts with exception of the tomatoes and onion. Cut the tomatoes and onion into thin wedges. 2. Toss each individual veg with a enough olive oil to lightly coat, a sprinkling of the dried herbs and a pinch of sea salt 3. Place on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. 4. Roast until nicely cooked through. (I like to roast each veg separately as some cook quicker than other) 5. Take your bread of choice & cut to desired size. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Place in your preheated oven and immediately turn the oven off. Toasts will dry out and become crisp. Leave to cool fully. To assemble: Spread a nice dollop of your soft cream cheese on to your toast. Gently place your veggies on to the toasts, crumble the goat cheese on top and finish with a little fresh thyme leaves. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil if needed and some cracked black pepper.

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MARSHMALLOW INFUSED SPRINKLETINI COCKTAIL By Ross King of Raising The Bar

1. Cut up large marshmallows and place in a large jar 2. Pour in a bottle of original ABSOLUT Vodka 3. Cover for 24 hours. Strain back into the Vodka bottle through a wet cheesecloth or fine strainer. 4. Mix a teaspoon of water or milk with a 1/4 cup of icing sugar. Gradually mix in enough liquid that the mixture takes on a smooth consistency and just starts to run. Put this mixture on a flat plate and lightly rim each cocktail glass. 5. Pour sprinkles onto another flat saucer and turning the cocktail glass upside down, dip the edge into the sprinkles. 6. Pour half marshmallow infused Vodka into glass and top up with Sprite. Add a few drops of Cherry syrup if you wish for further flavour. 7. Serve to guests for a delicious before or after dinner drink.

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A DESTINY OF THEIR OWN DESIGN

Terri and Monique Archer are a match made in heaven, their fiery passion breathing life into empty spaces, creating rooms that get rave reviews. By Carlie Ester Photography by Mike Toy and Dan Christaldi

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f strong, successful women scare the heck out of you, skip this story. The founding duo of Archer’s Hall Design Centre include Terri Archer, a Texan firecracker exploding with creativity, and Monique Archer, a Bajan bombshell with serious business acumen and hot pink nails. Their story is serendipitous. Terri was working in interior design in the US when she came to the West Indies completely by chance. When cupid’s arrow struck her and her Mr. Right (well, Mr. Archer) she ditched the Lone Star state for a couple’s life in paradise. Cupid was clearly having target practice, because Monique, her soon to be business partner, married Richard’s brother Wayne and the two Archer ‘sisters’ struck up a tight friendship. In fact, ask Monique and she’s likely to say they really are more like sisters, than sisters-in-law. They both hold the complexities of entrepreneurship in high regard. When your income depends completely on your reputation, you tend to nurture close customer relationships, respect timelines and hotfoot 100% harder.

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MONIQUE AND TERRI’S ELECTRIC CREATIVITY, HIGH LEVEL OF QUALITY AND BUSINESS INTEGRITY SEEMS TO HAVE SET THE PENDULUM IN MOTION FOR CONSISTENT, EXQUISITE HOME DESIGN YEAR AFTER YEAR. Design detail at Port Ferdinand show unit

Dining area at Ginger Lily

For Terri, having a solid background in interior design and the tenacity to go it on her own and Monique, with her business skills sharpened by holding a position as Finance Manager for Port St. Charles, their evolution to starting up a design company and retail outlet was completely natural. One of the major hiccups early on was actually something that seems simple enough: deciding on a name. But serendipity again took care of that. Terri and Monique had looked at a property to use as the Design Centre and when they received the floor plan for what was actually their dilapidated building – they couldn’t help but notice the title: “Archer’s Hall”. Gleefully, they accepted this as an omen of good luck, of destiny, a fluke of life. Archer’s Hall it was. The complete transformation is phenomenal and speaks to their creative brilliance and work ethic. These days, you walk into Archer’s Hall Design Centre and the Sistine-esque ceiling will take your breath away. An historic building dating back to

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Foyer at a private residence, Sandy Cove, St. James

the 1700s, we can only conclude it was named for the early Archer bloodline – spirited whaler merchants residing in Speightstown. The ceiling beams were drawn from the hulls of ships, numbered and notched as though counting the years spent roaming the sea. Though the building carries whispers of centuries old life, the store is buzzing with freshness. “It’s definitely authentic.” Terri says. “We have everything from modern Italian sofas to hurricane wall lights that are absolutely one of a kind.” Go in looking for a single lamp, and you’ll leave armed with scented candles, millions of ideas and serious couch envy. I shouldn’t even mention their dare to dream ‘resource room’. It’s choc-a-bloc with fabrics and finishes that will make craft lovers and chic geeks think they floated up to design heaven. (Newsflash, Archer’s Hall is design heaven). You could spend so long poring over patterns and touching textures you’ll forget your earthly name and nature. “As buyers we look for things that we know someone will love. Our clients are diverse.” Terri says. The Archers, with their keen

eye for truly unrivalled pieces, are always going to great lengths to please their clients and strive to keep the store’s wow factor as high as its reputation dictates. Though any weekday is a good time to pop in, there’s no better time than Christmas, when the store is lit up, packed with unique ornaments and you can shop with the warm, fuzzy feeling of the holidays in your heart. Apart from the shiny glam that is Archer’s Hall Design Centre, there is of course the elbow grease that goes in to bringing clients exactly what they want. Monique judges some of their early success based on their very good relationship with many top developers. “Our first big project was when we furnished 22 villas at Royal Westmorland and, for a young company to prove that we could furnish multiple high-end villas at one time, gave developers a lot of confidence in our ability and cemented our relationship with them. This then resulted in us securing projects to furnish show homes in Schooner Bay, Port St. Charles and Sandy Cove showing that we could deliver a consis-

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tently high design product.” There’s no doubt these ladies truly shone during this baptism of fire and now starting their second decade, they clearly came out thirsty for more. Though they’ve paired up for countless projects including homes on private islands, rooms of every taste and temperament, and most recently for Port Ferdinand and the lovely Bonita Bay development, they are stoked with intensity that keeps their burners on high. Archer’s Hall Design Centre delivers a full design service where homeowners or architects can bring floor plans to start projects from the ground up. They synergize with everyone on the construction team including plumbers, joiners or masons from conception plans to the curtain drop. “The most rewarding aspect is when owners come in and they are completely, “Wowed,” Terri enthuses with a charming Texan drawl. “Often clients won’t have seen the progress of a property until it’s time for the final handover so it’s really satisfying to see their reactions. We go far and wide to stay ahead of the game and aim to design projects unlike any other.” According to Terri, they are constantly hoppin’ to meet deadlines and deliver exactly as they promised. They work with high profile clients that request that privacy and discretion are a key part of the relationship so its all hands on deck from beginning to end. If you’ll browse their portfolio you’ll notice they cater to several styles. The Traditional Style, which is what you’d consider authentically West Indian, a plantation style with English influence rife with mahogany finishes, creams, whites, olives, maybe some neutrals thrown in, with brass finishes to really give it that old world feel. Then there is the Transitional style, a popular, more modern taste of the Caribbean with cool, comfortable aquas, sea glass greens with splashes of silvers, whites and golds with bronze, brass and mahogany finishes to create a fine tuned balance. It’s not abstract nor is it so stately as the Traditional, it’s simply namaste. Finally, they can create a more earthy Tropical Modern style with its Brazilian or Italian influences, where emphasis is on minimalism with striking art and essential pieces, open spaces where form and function

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can meet. But of course, the style of space they create is dependent on the feeling a homeowner wants to convey, the design of the architecture that is being built and how the landscape and surroundings “speak” to Terri when she does her initial conceptualization. The design service and the retail store are two quite different babies, but they both require almost unrelenting attention from Terri and Monique. To unwind from their busy schedules, Terri surfs to stay in shape and practices yoga to stay mentally sharp. Monique, on the other hand, hangs out with her horses. She’s an avid show jumper, the President of the Barbados Equestrian Association and founder of the H.O.R.S.E. charity. Monique and Terri Archer may appear on the surface to be yin and yan, but scratch the surface and you’ll see the pair have quite a lot in common. When asked what is the most important thing in their personal lives, they both answer without hesitation - Family.

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Kelly Gibson is the owner of The Frame & Art Co. and her friendly manner and knowledge of framing is guaranteed to make your framing experience enjoyable. Photography by Stephanie Knaggs

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Why should i custom frame?

One of the best reasons to custom frame your personal and wellloved works of art is that a professional picture framer has the skills and materials necessary to protect, preserve and enhance the things you care about and want to showcase in a way that reflects your unique sense of style. Additionally, a professional framer has a well trained eye for choosing the right frame and mat to bring out the beauty of your art. By using well practiced guidelines a framer can produce a beautiful, well-balanced framing presentation that enhances the work of art without overpowering it.

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How to choose the right design?

The first thing you will want to do is bring your artwork or memorabilia into our store to discuss your framing tastes and needs with one of our design specialists. With over 2,500 custom frame choices, 500 mat colors/textures and over a dozen types of glazing options the possibilities are endless. However, the best framing designs are created based on a conversation about your tastes, the intended hanging location, and what it is that you are having framed. From here, we will be able to ensure that the design is customized for your piece in regards to style, aesthetics, and budget. To ensure design satisfaction, we offer a thirty day Design Guarantee on all custom framing, so if you get your piece home and are not thrilled with the design, return it within 30 days, and we will replace it using equal value materials, for FREE.

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What is conservation/ preservation framing?

When you frame an original piece of art, everything that is done to it should be reversible. This means that anything that adheres to the art should be able to be removed without leaving a trace of its contact. In addition, all materials (mat board, backing, hinges, tape, etc.) should be completely pH-neutral and acid-free. Finally, the glazing should filter at least 95% of UV rays to prevent the fading of your art. Once original art has faded from poor UV protection or yellowed from the acidic content found in inferior materials, the piece is permanently damaged.

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Do you sell artwork?

Yes, The Frame & Art Co. supports locally inspired artists by housing a small art gallery within our store, in which we host artist receptions several times a year.

Art by Cathy Alkins

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Photos by Julie Chalbaud

Makeup by Brittany Teluja

Shot at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre

is a proud sponsor of Honey Jam and Honey Jazz Barbados

2014/15. The obvious synergies between golden voices and exquisite jewelry made it natural for us to invite three of the Honey Jam girls to model three of Diamonds Internationals most sought after brands; Cartier, Chopard and John Hardy.

Gigi Ma’at

A petite lady with enormous talent, who favours an eclectic mix of music and can usually be seen performing in Honey Jazz. Gigi is wearing Chopard Happy Diamonds and Chopardissimo Collections.

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Angelica Neira Anderson

Known to all as Neira, her delicate features belie a powerful voice in alternative pop and reggae. Neira is wearing jewelry by Cartier: Lobi Panther Ring, Panther Masai Bracelet and Panther Necklace.

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Nikita Karma Warrington

This sassy blonde loves Hip Hop with influences by Bob Marley, Eminem and Pink. Known as Karma, she is wearing the Naga collection from John Hardy available at Diamonds International.

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HONEY JAM SWEET LIKE

HONEY JAM AND HONEY JAZZ PHOTOS BY AMLEYA CLARKE

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Last year recording artists Vita Chambers and Shontelle Layne flew or those of you who may not be familiar with the origins of Honey Jam, it was founded in Canada in 1995 in for the workshop and concert, even joining the artists on stage during by Barbadian Ebonnie Rowe as an all female, multi- the freestyle finale! Sweeter than ever this year, Honey Jam grows from cultural, multi-genre developmental programme for young strength to strength and the announcement of the 2014 Ladies of Honey women interested in pursuing careers in the music industry. Jam was revealed in October to an eager fan base. As one of the shows sponsors, Diamonds International has been The objectives were for the artists to gain exposure and benefit from mentoring, education and networking opportunities. a devoted supporter of these talented ladies. Managing Director of Internationally recognized sensation Nelly Furtado is a Honey Jam Diamonds International Michal Hassid had this to say, “It is a privilege for Diamonds International to be a part of the Honey Jam programme Canada alum! The Honey Jam concept was introduced to Barbados in Feb- again this year. It is a great platform for young, talented women to ruary 2011 to rave reviews and has been a popular annual event gain exposure, education, mentoring and networking opportunities in ever since. Every year the programme starts with a launch, at- the music industry and truly inspiring to see them later excelling in tended by sponsors, judges, media and of course the aspiring other productions both in Barbados as well as overseas.” Indeed last year one of the Honey Jam singers Lynette artists and which outlines plans for the “Avion” Lynch was invited to join the cast and upcoming season. This is followed by perform onstage in the Broadway to Barbados the auditions where judges from withproduction. This was an amazing opportunity in the music industry choose the artists and the first time a local singer had joined who will appear in the lineup. the cast of this prestigious production. The artists also go through a series Show Producer Ebonnie Rowe is excited of workshops. International celebrity vocal coach Elaine Overholt is flown in to train the local artists about what the future holds for Honey Jam and for the artists; “I am in an all day workshop, and successful songwriters and experts always blown away by the talent of the young artists we have in Barbados in copyright, publishing and music industry share their tips and and I can’t wait to see their careers blossom. Nothing is overnight so they have a lot of hard work ahead of them, and we will be cheering advice, providing valuable information about their career path. The culmination of the series of events is the big concert which them on all the way!” The much-anticipated Honey Jam Barbados features all young local female artists Concert 2014 was held at the Frank Collymore in a variety of genres including country, Kristen Walker on stage with other performers Hall on 8th November. Hosted by Alex Jordan, Nov 2013 opera, alternative, folk, rnb, hip hop fans were treated to stellar live performances rock, reggae, spoken word, jazz, gospel and an amazing live band followed by a lively etc. An offshoot called Honey Jazz is after-party. If you missed it, some of these also produced and takes place annually same artists will also be part of the lineup for at the Frank Collymore Hall. the Honey Jazz concert coming up January 24 also at Frank Collymore Hall.

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Gigi Ma’at in action at Honey Jazz Jan 2014

Freestyle finale at Honey Jam Nov 2013

Left to right: Honey Jam founder Ebonnie Rowe, Michal Hassid of Diamonds International and Lynette “Avion” Lynch Photo by Studio Studio

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STAYING AHEAD OF THE TRENDS UNPROCESSED

MAC AUTUMN/WINTER 2014 TRENDS PRESENTATION MAC PRODUCTS USED AT KENZO FASHION SHOW

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right lights welcomed Living Barbados Magazine to Miami for the Autumn/Winter Trend Presentation 2014 by M.A.C Cosmetics. The event kicked off at the chic and trendy 1826 Restaurant & Lounge with a reception and dinner. The following morning the A/W Trends 2014 presentation took place in an edgy, industrial style art gallery where Director of Travel Retail Americas for M.A.C, Mr Panos Argyros opened the event and welcomed guests. Film footage showcasing M.A.C makeup looks from the latest fashion catwalks was followed by a demonstration by Senior Makeup Artist Gisel Calvillo. ‘Beauty is the new Individuality’ was the catch phrase, finding the strength in a person’s features is highlighted and the true person is revealed making a lady look like the most perfect version of her self. Innocent beauty is revealed through the details, which look simple and effortless, yet effective. Eyeliner is making a statement this season with shocks of colour on the waterline framing the face and ‘chunky’ lashes on the outer edge of the eye. On the runway metallics were applied as embellishments, like jewelry for the face. The four trends for this season are: OFF COLOUR, STREAMLINED, ON REFLECTION and UNPROCESSED.

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focuses on the eyes for the season and adds a strength to the face, the look is somewhere between glamour and grunge but looks like neither of the two. The common descriptions of these lean, horizontally focused shapes were but rather more “tomboy” and “tough” around the eyes. Liner on the brows is used as an ornament but not in an excessive way. The very minimally covered skin feels like the most appropriate canvas for the eye this season. Products used to achieve this look are ‘Blacktrack Fluidline’, ‘Black Ivy Fluidline’, M.A.C ‘Black Crème’ liner with ‘Naughty Lash’, ‘Chromagraphic Pencils’ with ‘Fling and Lingering’ on the eyebrows.

is a perfect trend for fall with a simple neutral palette for the face and an outstanding bright mouth. There is no emphasis on the brow or the lashes and concealer was used in the crease of the eye. Powder and highlight were used on the face and set with CCM powder, applied, and moved around using a brush on the forehead, around the edges of the nose and under the eyes so the face had a bit of shine. A beautiful strong orange lip against the neutral face added the drama to this look.

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started from an unprocessed to a simple smoky eye with silvering eye shadow on top of smudged black eye liner. Matte grey was applied on the lid and textures were blended using both matte and frosted shadows. ‘Lime Ice’, ‘Moth’ and ‘Black Grape’ pressed pigments were used here to make the look more metallic, building on a blended mélange of colours. Lips are left extremely bare with concealer used around the mouth and the bridge of the nose to brighten up the face. Dramatic and sparkly this is perfection for the festive season!

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reflects a look that is referred to as “real” instead of “natural” because that is what a barer faced look is really speaking about now, the individual! Minimal makeup in A/W 2014 is about the pure idea of accentuating reality and reveling in normality, this look is simply how a strong, self-assured cool and relevant woman today wants to look. Groomed and fresh but invisible, most modern women don’t wear that much makeup so this look Is all about being specific in the choices of what makeup you do and don’t use. This pushes home the idea that a woman’s face is beautiful in it’s natural state. Some of the essentials for this look are ‘Myself and Siss’ lipstick, ‘Nude Technakol’ liner, ‘Fun Ending’ blush, ‘Clear Brow Set’ and ‘Groundwork Pro Longwear Paint Pot’.

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M.A.C Cosmetics are available in Barbados in Cave Shepherd, Bridgetown and Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown.

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Happy in Halabaloo By Natasha Simpson

Photos by Jake Thomas and Sofie Warren

Barbadian fashion designer Halla Elias is creating a wave of delight in the USA and around the world with her line of childrens apparel that has caught the attention of celebrity Moms such as Katie Holmes and Halle Berry.

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he story of Halla Elias and her fashion label Halabaloo is an inspiration and speaks volumes of the talent born on this island. This highly successful girl’s fashion designer is testament to the fact that with a dream and determination anyone can achieve their goals. I met with Halla on her recent family vacation to Barbados where she chatted freely about her life and family and how Halabaloo came to fruition. Halla’s disarming, down to earth nature made the interview feel less like work and more as though I was catching up with an old friend. Her story is filled with determination, hard work and ultimately success. Halla is of Lebanese parentage and was raised in Barbados where she attended St. Angela’s School and later Barbados Community College where she studied A Level Art. Her journey then took her to the United States where she studied Fashion Merchandising at the International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida and onto Philadelphia where she earned her BA in Arts and met her husband William Calvert. The next few years were a whirlwind of exploration and travel with intermittent pauses in Barbados and, it was during one of these breaks on the island that Halla’s early mentors

Derek and Ana Went encouraged her to design children’s clothes. Thankfully she took their advice and Halabaloo was born. Over the next few years she designed and produced stunning island chic clothes for girls all hand painted in vibrant colours onto cotton. Halla then set her sights further afield and studied French in preparation of making her dream of moving to France a reality. At the age of 23 she re-located to Paris where she interned for designer Lolita Lempika working her way up to the position of Assistant Designer. Eventually the call of the “Big Apple” was too strong and she moved to New York and continued freelancing as a children’s designer - painting and sewing her clothes from her East Village apartment and promoting her line of clothes at various trade shows. In 1998, at the third trade-show of the season, Halabaloo’s potential was finally recognised. An overwhelming number of orders came in from highly regarded department stores such as Neiman Marcus and various upscale boutiques around the USA. It was evident that buyers had fallen in love with her whimsical designs for the young generation of fashionista’s.

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Halabaloo dresses range from age 3 months to size 14 and have two distinct styles. The casual dresses are colourful and fun with an obvious island influence, made up of prints that she designs herself and which often include embroidered details such as pompoms or three-dimensional flowers. The formal dresses are just as feminine and ‘girly’ but embellished with luxe materials such as sequins, satin, tulle and ribbon. Halla’s passion for designing was evident and she explained that she draws inspiration from everything around and included designers such as Stella McCartney and fashion house Chloe who further inspire her, as well as her husband, acclaimed women’s fashion designer William Calvert. William joined us briefly and their chemistry was evident, he explained that they bounce ideas off of

each other, drawing on each other’s strength and offering constant support. They have now returned to working in the same office after many years apart making it even easier to do so.

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“MUMMY’S CLOTHES MAKE LITTLE GIRLS HAPPY”

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Halabaloo clothing can now be found in high-end department stores like Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus and internationally in countries such as England, Japan, Mexico and the Middle East. Halla creates on average over 50 designs a season and over 40,000 dresses are manufactured each year and her designs are favourites of celebrity children such as Tom & Katie Cruise’s daughter Suri, Halle Berry’s daughter, Nahla as well as Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio’s daughter Anja. Young starlet Mia Talerico from Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie wore a Halabaloo dress to the recently held 2014 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Today Halla balances her job as a designer with role of wife and mother to her two children, her son Oden is 12 and daughter Ciel age 6. I had the pleasure of meeting her spunky daughter who when asked if she had anything to add, stated matter of factly, “ Mummy’s clothes make little girls smile”. With demanding schedules for both Halla and her husband, they return to Barbados with their two children every summer taking a break from the big city to see their family and friends. They use this time to indulge in some much needed rest and relaxation. Our island girls can embrace the “downtown debutante to be” lifestyle by shopping her designs online or by visiting her website – Halabaloo.com LIVING BARBADOS NOVEMBER 2014 - MARCH 2015

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Jenny Blanc is now an established name in Barbados for its interior design of exceptionally beautiful holiday homes in the Caribbean and its stunning showroom in St. James, established three years ago, is the place to visit for quality home essentials, lovely final touches with which to accessorise your property, exquisite gifts and well-made durable outdoor furniture suitable for the Caribbean climate.


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hat may be less well known, except of course to their design clients, is that over the years the company has designed its own bespoke furniture, capitalising on the talented local artisans on the island who translate the Jenny Blanc designs into beautifully hand crafted pieces inspired by the tropical lifestyle and locally available materials; coralstone, mahogany, hardwoods and wrought iron. There are benchmark pieces, some of which can be seen in the showroom, but for design clients they will also undertake to design custom made furniture inspired by function or theme, each piece being individual and unique. A bespoke cabinetry service is also available for design clients. Barbados has a tradition of exceptional wrought iron work which compliments the lifestyle and is both decorative, functional and practical in the climate. The company produces wonderful designs for ornamented window grilles required for security, staircase bannisters, sometimes with a repeat motif which echoes throughout the furnishings and, of course, furniture. There are refined and beautiful dining tables

with wrought iron detailing to support marble, stone or glass tops in a choice of traditional or contemporary styles. The Hillaby dining table on view in the Barbados showroom is extremely popular. Elegant coffee tables and console tables complete the current range. The range of wooden furniture is extensive with a selective choice of finishes including painted, stained and the traditional ‘pickled’ wood which was developed in the 1970’s for ceilings and architectural woodwork and is now widely used on furniture which produces an effect not unlike sun bleached wood found on the beach and gives a hint of the seaside. For the bedroom there are impressive four poster beds which can be draped with light muslins and voiles and headboards with a variety of designs to include scallop shells and caned detailing. Tables include dining tables, dressing tables, coffee tables and bedside tables. Materials such as cane, wood, bamboo and copper are combined to create beautiful original designs. For the living areas, bespoke TV cabinetry and distinctive one-off bars – some beautifully hand painted with scenes of local wildlife - have been created for Jenny Blanc’s clients.

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The one indigenous material available to designers in Barbados is the local coralstone which is quarried inland and has been used as a building material for centuries. Despite the porosity of this stone it can also be carved. Taking the local flora and fauna as inspiration, the designers have created an exquisite pineapple console table, dining tables featuring pedestals carved with shells, corals or seahorses and topped with glass so the beautifully carved motifs can be clearly seen. For design projects they will also create custom wall art carved in coralstone. New pieces are continuously being designed and manufactured and the designers are always experimenting with new combinations of materials and the local skills of the artisans. The intention is to develop and market local manufacturing with a range and quality of West Indian vernacular furniture that will appeal to customers throughout the Caribbean. Caribbean Showroom: Sunset Crest, St. James, Barbados, West Indies Tel: 1 (246) 432 0989 E-mail: barbados@jennyblanc.com London Design Studio & Showroom: 59 High Street, Teddington, West London TW11 8HA Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 4440 E-mail: design@jennyblanc.com www.jennyblanc.com

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3. Support local artisans by purchasing these items that we simply adore!

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4. 1. Using locally sourced and repurposed items, designer Lynne Williams of Chattelwood has created mirrors and sculptures that capture the essence of island living, with clients often commissioning bespoke pieces. Available from Eddo, Bay Street and the Chattelwood studio, Fairfield Plantation, St Lucy. Call Lynne on (246) 262-4227 or visit them on Facebook.

2. Made by The Green Monkey Chocolatier these luxurious authentic French macaroons are made from the finest, all natural ingredients. As decadent to eat, as they are to look at, they come in a range of flavours such as mango, vanilla, salted caramel, passion fruit and more. They also make a wonderful selection of luxury chocolates. To order call Wendy Abed on (246) 231-1001.

3. You’ll love these bikinis by Bajan Cherry Swimwear. A collaboration between two surfer chicks who wanted to find the perfect bikini. Their styles are surf tested and proven to stay put even through the toughest of Soup Bowl surf session. Prices range between Bds$120-$140. Visit them on Facebook or call (246) 836-1406 for more details.

4. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 will enjoy this book as they follow Little Lou Lou and her mother during a fun-filled visit to Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. The perfect way to share one of Barbados’ gems with a little shopper! From Monkey Puzzle, 1st floor, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre; at Days Books, Bridgetown and St. Nicholas Abbey.

5. Experience the real taste of the island with Cutters award winning Very Special Rum Punch. The perfect thirst quencher for a day at the beach, sublime sundowner or a take home gift for very special overseas friends and family. Approach with caution, it’s strong and sweet! From Cutters Deli, near the Crane Beach. Tel (246) 423-0611 / www.cutters.bb

6. Glenroy Jordan’s “Sugar Mill Rhythm” oil on canvas piece is one of many to call the recently opened Village Gallery its temporary home. This piece captures the sugar industry in Barbados with vibrant colours, which embody the rhythmic motions of cane field workers. The Crane Resort, St. Philip Email: gallery@thecrane.com or call (246) 423-6220.

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PERSON OF INTEREST By Laura Lin Hutchinson Photography By Khalil Goodman

Guni Johnson G

uni Johnson, has been creating extraordinary mosaics for some 13 years. She rediscovered this particular medium first with the construction of a series of brilliant otherworldly collages which were exhibited at the Future Centre Trust after which she created a life size mosaic turtle for the front steps of that establishment. Little did she know at the time that this was the start of a journey of discovery that would lead to her becoming the supreme mosaic artist she now is. Known by many simply as Guni, she is a small framed, slim, sturdy woman with a beehive crown of grey streaked, golden locks. Her pale blue eyes are surrounded by fine lines, mapping a life of struggle, survival and success….of love and laughter. She has strong hands, with blunt fingers and a firm grip. She is aged but ageless. She has raised five grown children and is a grandmother of two who keep her young minded. She came to Barbados in 1980 to work and stayed, like so many others who found the contrast to life in Europe so appealing. As a child growing up in Germany she spent long hours in the countryside, while her father went hunting she would immerse herself in nature, watching birds and studying insects and even then, collecting found objects. This developed into a lifelong fascination with archeology and indigenous peoples and later she briefly studied animal psychology while attending a seminar in Frankfurt Zoo. She is a woman who has broken in wild Arabian stallions and has memories of riding across the Algarve, hair flying

in the wind. She can give you information like how sweet potatoes got to the Easter Islands and how Inca gold came to Romania. It was this love of nature and a curious and free spirit that eventually led to the Caribbean and embracing the Rastafarian culture. Through the years her creativity grew from making the most finely executed beaded jewelry to fantastic collages to the magnificent mosaics. Before actually making mosaics, Guni had been collecting shells and coloured beach glass for years and storing them in crocus bags, intuiting that she would someday need them for ‘something’. Her early pieces were mostly beach glass. Then she found a rock tumbling machine at an auction sale which came with a huge collection of rocks. She could now create her own beach glass effect. She is still using the same machine smoothing, tumbling and polishing rocks, stones, shells, glass, coral etc., the early part of the process before they are then assembled, stuck, grouted and transformed into truly awesome works of art, some as big as 8ft, which now grace many private homes, villas, hotels and restaurants. Each phase -sourcing and collecting, sorting and storing, cleaning, tumbling, cutting, placing, joining, gluing, grouting, cleaning, polishing is an entire enterprise in itself. Each step is approached and completed with great method and patience and joy. This is not work for the weak willed. It requires courageous creative vision, intuition, formidable determination, eyes like a hawk, deft hands, a meticulous touch, serious concentration and a LIVING BARBADOS NOVEMBER 2014 - MARCH 2015

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‘UNDER THE SEA’

‘METACOM - THE ART OF WARRE’

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tenacious spirit. “I allow myself the broadest spectrum of experimentation constantly pushing and extending the parameters of my imagination. Any found object has the potential to be transformed. Imagine a pile of stinking fish scales found on the beach becomes roses! I see roses, I smell roses, I make roses”. Guni is often as amazed as anyone else at her own ingenuity. Another one of her very clever ‘inventions’ is the coconut sheath dressed in glass so elegant and attractive a fruit bowl or centre piece you wouldn’t believe it! A broken mother of pearl button is a silver moon, old mussel shells become luminescent black lotuses, oyster shells, bottoms of bottles, broken crockery, old cigar boxes and discarded jewelry. Plus special unique finds ensconced in the work that often have long stories attached to them. She has given a whole new meaning to the art of recycling. “I am intrigued by all found objects, I love to bring back to life that which was discarded or broken or thought to be useless and recreate it into something stunning and wonderful. In fact I re-recycle! When you think out of the box, creatively, anything that falls into your hands has the potential to become a beautiful re-creation…this in itself creates a path.” Her latest innovation is a metamorphosis of the mosaic - underpainted glass mosaics. For this new design she has been collaborating with a young painter, Romell Yearwood, whose abstracts, psychic landscapes and nature paintings she always admired. It is a fusion of skills, a mixing of minds; integrating the various media they work together harmoniously to produce a style of art that is both beautiful and durable and so is particularly suitable for areas subject to the elements, like the verandahs of beach side villas and garden patios. The clear glass is cut and assembled like a mosaic and then the subject is painted on the underside. The finish is clean, smooth, shiny and totally tactile and it allows for a greater range of expression than the mosaic where the tiles can be static and restrictive. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the land and the sea there are Lion fish, birds, underwater scenes, a monkey amongst dappled grape leaves, a nest of pink lilies in deep green leaves seen through fractional glass, vibrant and brimming with color, easy to maintain and long lasting. “It has more profundity and depth, it is like looking into stained glass but with no source of light behind. Especially with metallic colours, it has its own light, its own reflection…particularly the underwater scenes, the glass itself creates a feeling of water, of luminosity” There is no end in sight, Guni doesn’t intend stopping. She often starts her day by going to the beach and after some sun salutations and vigorous exercise in the sea she will comb the beach for any new treasures, sometimes with her granddaughter a willing accomplice. Nothing is to keep she says, everything is to use. She goes home to her workspace, a place of chaotic order and she knows exactly where every little thing is, after a cup of coffee she proceeds to work sometimes until dark or until she is satisfied or completely exhausted. What would she like to do that she hasn’t done? “I would love to do entire large wall spaces in big houses, imagine a complete jungle scene, waterfalls, wildlife or an entire bathroom in and underwater seascape on the ceiling and walls where you would be like a diver surrounded by fish and coral life and seaweed and water everywhere…that would be da bomb!” What would she like people to say about her after she’s gone? “I don’t care what they say. It won’t matter to me then anyway. (laughter) I am not doing this for people to say what a great artist Guni was. I get tremendous satisfaction when my clients are satisfied, happy when I bring or install a finished piece, that it is even better than what they expected. I’ve had clients cry when they saw the work. Well a friend did say about one of my pieces the other day ‘brilliant Guni, freaking brilliant’ and I guess that was kinda nice” (laughter) Brilliant indeed, the meticulous master of her craft, constantly re-using and re-inventing, transforming and transcending and definitely thinking out of the box…and being Guni even the box would be an exquisite construction of magnificent underpainted glass mosaic.

PAPIER MACHE BOWL MADE FROM THE COVER OF AN OLD FAN CULINARY ART (MADE WITH SHELLS THROWN AWAY FROM RESTAURANTS, MUSSELS ETC)

SHELL MIRROR

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Luxurious Toad Hall

Located in the gated golf community of Royal Westmoreland sits a fantastic property known as Toad Hall featuring four distinctive themed bedrooms along with many other unique and beautiful features throughout the home such as the dining room which is fully enclosed with eglomise mirrored glass on painting, lalique glass on taps, baccarat crystal chandelier and handmade tiles from Wales for the swimming pool which depicts an underwater city and marine life. The floors are imported marble and travertine with granite counters in the kitchen and bathrooms. A man’s dream come true, with an amazing man cave with large pool table, elegant bar, home theatre, wine room and his and hers imaginative powder rooms. 
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