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Archive for November, 2011

Fabulous Finds for Fashion in Kingston, Jamaica

25 Nov

By: Shelly Anglin Smith

For years Jamaica has been making its mark on the world fashion map. It is no longer possible to interact with the major fashion houses anywhere in the world, mention Jamaican fashion designers and models, and be met with a blank stare.

Not only has Pulse for more than 30 years been churning out the likes of Jaunel McKenzie, Carla Campbell, Nadine Willis, Oraine Barrett, and Nell Robinson, but they have been placing them in internationally renowned magazines such as Vogue, Esquire, i-D, French, Love, Cosmo and GQ. This local modeling agency giant dominated this industry locally for many years, but young and growing model recruitment and placement agency, Saint International, is now earning its stripes in the marketplace with its unique brand of models. Saint has introduced Raschell Osbourne, Ashane Rose, and Shena Moulton, among others, to the world, and who have modeled internationally for Odd Molly, Mondo Guerra Project, and Mara Hoffman, to name a few. Not to mention that the models from these two agencies feature prominently in both major and minor local fashion shows, and in fashion shows around the Caribbean. And with home grown fashion designers like Pat Wright  of Wright Style, and Juliette Andrea Dyke of Julans Closet who hit the scenes more recently, were have a lot to offer to the world. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Hot Jamaica Beaches: Miles of Soft Sand to Sink your Toes In!

25 Nov

By: Shelly Anglin Smith

When the average foreigner thinks about Jamaica, one of the first things that person will think about are our beaches. With 200 miles of beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters, Jamaica has a lot to boast. Trust me on this one, because I’ve been to beaches elsewhere in the world and the murky waters left me sitting on my multicoloured “Jamaica” beach towel on the dark, gritty sand, too scared to even stick my big toe in the water for fear of what might be lurking in there totally hidden from view. I didn’t want to pull out my foot and find myself minus a toe, thank you very much. And not even my sunglasses could dim the scene enough for me to join the locals who splash about in such water as if it were gold. Jamaican beaches are not only amongst the best in the world, but also within the Caribbean, and the envy of many. Unfortunately, we don’t appreciate what we have. But though all unique and lovely, each with a character all its own, some beaches stand head and shoulders above others, and will definitely have you yearning to return. Curious as to where to find these? Mmmmm… well, now that I’ve whetted your appetite, ladies, haul out the bikinis; gentlemen, you don you surfing shorts or speedos – whatever meets your fancy – pack the beach bag, and let’s embark on a journey around the island. Destination: hot beaches. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

IPhones, IPads, IPods, Kindle… Too Much?

25 Nov

By: Shelly Anglin Smith

Recently, I ran into my friend Rhyanna who, when I saw her, was reading a novel on one of her latest “toys”. It was a Kindle; you know an ebook.  I was curious about it as I’ve been seeing advertisements on television about the product, and have to admit that I was skeptical about its claims and just had to see them for myself if it was all it was cracked up to be. Plus, is it really necessary? Why not just buy books? So I asked her to run through the features with me. I ended up being quite impressed with it and will admit that it is a nifty little tool that can reduce the use of paper and the need for storage (which is good if you don’t really have the shelf space anyway). You can download several books on the one gadget – pay and all – anytime you want to. No more running to the bookstore! Read the rest of this entry »

 

The Workplace, the Minefield of the Crazies

25 Nov

By: Shelly Anglin Smith

Ahhh the workplace. Such a conundrum of experiences… good and bad. You know I like watching “The Office”. A lot of what goes on in that show accurately depict life at the office. Seeing the “goings on” on the screen, I can finally get to have a good laugh or make all the comments I want about a particular situation that I’ve had to face or about particular persons that really sit on your patience and try your nerves. Oftentimes I’d want to give them a good tongue lashing or even have had to clench my fists and squeeze them tightly by my side to prevent a hand from suddenly flying up of its own volition and connecting with the offending person’s nose. A nice thought yes, but not a good course of action if one wishes to hold on to one’s job. Worse if it’s the boss. What can I say? With the range of personalities that exist in such a small environment – the workplace – it’s a wonder that more persons don’t actually come to blows, for its is typical that on any given day at work, one can go through such a range of emotions and experiences and with so many different types of people, it can literally make you feel like freaking out by the end of the day. All you can do is drag yourself home to take you sanity back to peak. Read the rest of this entry »