“I'm not a designer; I've never claimed to be. But I do love fashion and I know what sells, “ declares the woman who defied the odds and landed her brand CocoNautical line at Topshop, Oxford Street, London. Alessandra Bell is a fashion entrepreneur with an online ecomm site for swimwear and resort wear which she started in 2016 and, a year later, pivoted the business to become a drop shipping and wholesale platform for vacation wear to prove it.
On our radar this week is Saint International model Brandon Bailey in the June fashion editorial of Flaunt magazine.The shoot was done... in March on the roof of a building in Manhattan , New York. The experience overall on set was a good one, although I must say, contrary to what the weather looks like, it was freezing!
Travel broadens the mind and summer is a great time to explore, discover, and create experiences. Last week, SO asked 10 local executives, who attended the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce's 36th annual dinner and awards ceremony, about their favourite travel destinations and this year's summer plans. Here are four more!
There's something quite remarkable about Alessandra Bell. Beneath her humility lies a prudent businesswoman for whom the word “impossible” does not exist. This quiet confidence has been developed through a career that is studded with the shattering of ceilings and the knocking down of doors.
It is never best to assume when it comes to issues of fidelity, but rather, you need to have real evidence. But what if that evidence is not easily accumulated? Here are several red flags that a man might be cheating. He hides his cell phone; his phone is always on airplane mode or on vibrate
Reality is, it is hard for some women to get to the point where they can receive their soulmates as they struggle with scars from heartbreaks that linger for years. It is not easy to overlook a betrayal from a past lover, but the guidelines below are proven to be effective.Writing
Many times people lie, thinking that they are helping themselves rather than doing anything bad. Some even believe that it is best to cover the truth, as unveiling such would do more harm than good. However, lies actually kill relationships, and here are four reasons why you should stop lying.Lies kill trust
If a couple lives a busy life, especially if there are children involved, their relationship may become distanced. It is best for couples to invest in time alone with each other, as this could be the lifesaver for their romance.Note that:Time alone brings a couple closerThey can use this time to reconnect and rekindle the chemistry, especially if they have full-time jobs and children to raise.
DEVELOPED by biochemist Barry Sears, the Zone diet, which has been made popular by many celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, is touted for its ability to burn fat even as you sleep without triggering feelings of hunger by balancing the fat, carbs, and proteins that you eat. This diet, nutritionist and wellness expert Donovan Grant says, ultimately promotes weight loss and wards off chronic illnesses and diet-induced inflammations such as heart disease.
ACCORDING to the World Health Organization, every year an estimated 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 years, and two million girls aged under 15 years, become pregnant in developing regions. Approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and 2.5 million girls under age 16 years give birth in the same areas.
A migraine is usually characterised by a throbbing pain or an intense, pulsating sensation in the head, usually accompanied by a number of other debilitating symptoms including nausea. Dr Samantha Nicholson, medical internist at Imani Medical Centre, Papine Plaza, said that while there is no research to support an exact cause of the severe headaches, there have been a number of factors which have been identified as triggers.
PEOPLE treat the idea of marriage differently — some will never say “I do” unless they believe that they have found their soul mates; others will get married because they believe they can spend forever with the person; then there are those who believe that life, including marriage, is a game of chance. This means that even if they can smell doubt and doom from a mile away, for one reason or another they still decide to walk down the aisle with the hope that they can...
IN order to be in full control of what you consume, it is important that you understand how to read food labels. Most packaged items have the nutrition facts listed on the back; however, for many of us it is just a lot of words and numbers we know have meaning but have no clue how to interpret.
Eye-catching frames are a great way to add a visual pop to any outfit, and there is nothing we here at All Woman Fashion (AWF) love more than accessories that team flair with function. Timberwear Inc — oozing specs appeal — is in our line of sight.
INFERTILITY is characterised as the inability or failure to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse or due to an impairment of a person's capacity to reproduce, either as an individual or with their partner. Many women face this nightmare and often feel like they are alone in the struggle to conceive, maintain a healthy pregnancy, and bring home a baby after nine months.
Still floating on cloud nine in nuptial bliss are Forward Air Finance Manager Delvin Williams and Delta Airlines Senior Product Manager Joline Charlton, who tied the knot in a ceremony officiated by Ruthlyn Stoner-Haughton on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Trident Castle, Port Antonio. The couple met at Joline's best friend's wedding, and in that moment the interconnectivity of people in this seemingly small world had never been clearer. “Surprisingly, although I knew his sister,...
WHAT are the obligations of a father who is listed on a child's birth certificate, even if the child is not biologically his? He is legally indebted to the child unless he can prove otherwise, the law states. And in the case of married couples, there is an automatic presumption of paternity without there being a need for additional supportive evidence
THE squash courts are not going to miss Deanne Pryce, although her colleagues at work will.The assistant general manager for finance and administration at JN General Insurance Company (JNGI) retired from her post in March, and that means she's seen more often at the Liguanea Club in St Andrew.“I want to maintain my body and my mind,” the trim 64-year-old stated. “As you get older, you need to maintain proper muscle mass.”
IF you have ever been cheated on then you would agree that revenge, if even for a fleeting moment, dominated your mind. And while some people are more forgiving, there are others who will not rest until the offending partner gets a taste of his/her own medicine. Below All Woman readers share the various ways in which they were able to exact revenge on their cheating partners.
Dear Editor,Jamaican patriot Thalia Lyn, CEO of Island Grill, addressing Hanover school leavers, implored them to support needy students, think out of the box, and be disruptive in their thinking while choosing a career. She doesn't mean literally go out and give trouble, but to have a firm, visionary outlook on life.It is quite heart-warming to hear these words from a person who has accomplished so much in her career.
Dear Editor,I was ecstatic when I heard Prime Minister Andrew Holness say he was going to name the north-south link of Highway 2000 after former Prime Minister Edward Seaga. I think it's very very fitting that a man that has contributed to the building of the nation in such a great and profound way should have the highway named after him.
Twenty -eight-year-old Kimberley Williams completed a bachelor of science degree in management studies in 2011.Since then she has been working at a government agency and has excelled in her job. She wants to advance, but believes she would have a better chance for promotion if she had a postgraduate degree.
Dear Editor,No words can adequately describe the care shown by police personnel as they stood in the gap recently, in an effort to rescue and save my niece — a beautiful and talented 41-year-old young woman, who prides herself in promoting beauty and wellness, yet suffers from a high level of depression causing delusional and disorientated behaviour.
Dear Editor,It is clear that the People's National Party's spokesman for tourism, former Minister of Tourism Wykeham McNeill is using his chairmanship of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) to distract from the world-leading performance of Jamaica's tourism ministry and its agencies.
Dear Editor,The news of a nine-year-old girl being raped while in State care, allegedly by another ward, is tragic and disturbing. We expect not only a full investigation by the authorities to determine how this tragedy occurred, but also the provision of counselling and care for the victim, and appropriate corrective measures for the perpetrator as he is also a minor.
RAISING a biological child can be quite difficult, but being a parent to someone else's child can be twice as hard, especially when you are not committed, or the children seem to reject you no matter how much you have invested or try to build a relationship with them.
Dear Editor,According to the Bible, should women keep silence or be silent in the churches? We need to clarify this Biblical statement once and for all.In 1 Corinthians 14:34 it says, “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.”
Dear Editor,I refer to previous conversations suggesting that new rules were required to make the game of football more exciting and flow freely.Here are a few rule changes to also consider:1. When a player commits a foul, that player should leave the game if the fouled player is being treated off the field of play.
Dear Editor,I am now on a trip to South America and can say that Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro won re-election not because of what you hear on television programmes on CNN or MSNBC, but because he is giving the people land, education and health care to help them to improve their lives and for the welfare of their families.
Dear Orchid Doc:I am having a problem with my dendrobium. The plant itself looks good but when it spikes, some of the blooms drop and get mussy, and some just spoil and the buds just keep dropping. Thanks for your help. R Atkinson Dear Ms Atkinson: I believe you have what some people call midge. What seems to work is Confidor and Caprid once per week for four to six weeks.
Ahead of officially meeting him later this evening at the 20th staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards we reckon, like us at Thursday Food, you'd want to know a little about GoldenEye's new resident chef... Thursday Food (TF): Tell us about Tim Kensett.
Dear Editor,Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
Katalyxt a subsidiary of Mint Management and Finance Services Limited presented the first and the second round of Judging for the Katalyxt Youth Innovators Competition (YIC),the theme “Planting the Seed of Entrepreneurship in Fertile Soil” at the Jamaica Conference Center on Tuesday, April 17, and Thursday May 3 respectively. High schools from across the length and breadth of Jamaica turned up at the Jamaica Conference Centre enthused and eager to present their...
Tricia-Ann Elliott and Gregory Parker exchanged wedding vows on Friday, May 4, 2018, in a charming ceremony on the lawns at Borghinvilla, Discovery Bay.Theirs was a relationship that was forged over long and amicable telephone calls. Indeed, one such call continued into the wee hours of the night. No surprise, really, that romance ensued. There was one snag however; Tricia lived in New Jersey, USA, and Gregory in Costa Rica. When Gregory hopped on a plane a few weeks later it would...
Dear Editor,Downtown Kingston is known to have the lowest prices on clothing and ground produce; it is where you can get from a pin to an anchor. The town is packed to capacity with stores, vendors, and roving higglers trying to capitalise on the spending frenzy that is escalated on Thursdays and Saturdays, 'wholesale' and 'market' days, respectively. The town is also a major transportation hub for commuters travelling to various parts of the island.
FED by the mass media, stereotypes about how women should look, how much they should weigh, how fast they should bounce back after pregnancy, and how well they should age have formed a great part of the experience of today's woman, who often feels pressured to bend to the trends.
GILLIAN Martin is passionate about life and seeing people reach their highest potential.But for the 42-year-old Mandeville based belle, though she initially grew up witnessing unity among people and hospitality being extended to others which sparked an interest in psychology, she pursued a degree in management studies then a career in banking.
I have been writing on youth, crime and society in Jamaica for nearly two decades. What' s more, I have observed at least two generations of youth killed off by rival groups. I have seen the lives of young men and women — often the innocent and hard-working among them — snuffed out to deafening silence.
Dear Editor,As oil prices continue to rise, once again we are left at the mercy of the oil producers. But we have switched to natural gas to generate electricity at Jamaica Public Service (JPS), and it is high time that we start to use what we have instead of paying others for their natural gas.
Dear Editor,On May 22, 2018, Prime Minister Andrew Holness sent Twitter in a frenzy by basically showing Dr Peter Phillips whose territory he's in.So Dr Peter Phillips asked a question of the day, which he later deleted: “Poll question of the day: Are you better off today than two years ago?”The photo of this poll that Holness tweeted had 386 respondents — 64 per cent voted 'yes' and 36 per cent voted 'no'.
Dear Editor,On Saturday night, May 19, 61-year-old Errol Anthony White was viciously attacked, beaten and stabbed to death by a teen and his cronies on Grant's Pen Avenue. This particular teen and his cronies had been reportedly haunting White for the past two years.
Dear Editor,Citizens Action For Free And Fair Elections (CAFFE) is deeply disturbed by the unhealthy and contentious impasse which has developed between the former Director of Elections Orrette Fisher and members of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) and the adverse publicity that it has produced.
PREPARING for labour and delivery is not just about procuring the items necessary for your hospital stay or even your baby. In fact, consultant obstetrician-gynaecologist Dr Anna-Kay Taylor Christmas says that this involves the mental, emotional and physical preparation of a woman even prior to pregnancy.
Dear Editor,The following is a open letter to Delroy Chuck, QC, minister of justice: What kind of flimsy excuse are you the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), for the first time, after many decades, giving for Jamaica not having the Caribbean Court of Justice as its final court of appeal?Didn't the JLP endorse that condition and supported the Jamaican people financing its budget with the sole intention of it being used by us?
Dear Editor,The abortion debate has once again come to the fore in our country. I personally don't think that women should use abortions as a 'contraceptive'. I believe people having sexual intercourse should be responsible and use some sort of contraceptive if they don't want to have or cannot afford to maintain a child.
The three-day visionaries' summit, themed Inclusive Capitalism: Shifting Business Virtues Beyond Profit to Greater Impact, culminated Saturday last, in a four-couse dinner created by the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel's award-winning culinary team of the Regency Room. In between forkfuls of filet mignon and sips of Betco Premier Ltd wines, deals, friendships and bonds were formed.Wednesday Business Social spreads a napkin.
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Scientists now have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute, yellow bath-time toys are — as some parents have long suspected — a haven for nasty bugs.Using higher-quality polymers to make the ducks could prevent bacterial and fungal growth, scientists say.
Dear Editor,As recent as April of this year I visited St Thomas for Easter holidays and I was very disheartened at the lack of development of the parish.This is a parish in which I spent most of my summer holidays while growing up as my family is from here; hence, I have a special love and appreciation for it.To my surprise, little if anything has improved.
Dear Editor,I'm here wondering if the major Opposition party of Venezuela, the Justice First Party, made the correct decision by not participating in the presidential election.I saw reports of the party being spilt in not sending a representative against Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
Dear Editor,Stand Up for Jamaica is encouraged by recent news that the Ministry of National Security is working on a policy on how to treat, care, and house mentally ill persons who are incarcerated but who are unfit to plead. Such a policy is long overdue and should be put into action urgently.
Dear Editor,Jamaica is the leading country in the Caribbean and should behave that way. For years Jamaican manufacturers have been complaining about the unfair trading practices carried out by our sister island Trinidad towards Jamaica and its products, which results in a huge trade imbalance in that country's favour. In other words, Trinidad has become the China of the Caribbean.
Dear Editor,Allegations towards a new member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who just graduated from training school is not a good look for the force. Even though at this stage it is mere allegation, a new recruit's name must not be mixed up in any untoward conversation.
Dear Editor,Labour Day is a political establishment that has been officially recognised in Jamaica since the 1960s. It was the fight and wanting of change by the working class in 1938 which led to the labour movement and the formation of trade unions. Every year on May 23 Labour Day is celebrated.But Labour Day is just another holiday that has lost its significance.
Today, Jamaica became the first country in the Caribbean to launch "U-Report" - a free social messaging tool being used globally by over five million youth to speak out on issues affecting them.U-Report, pioneered by UNICEF, provides a platform for Jamaican youth from any community to add their voice to matters of national importance.The initiative targets young people between the ages of 13 to 29, who can sign up to be U-Reporters via Facebook and Twitter. FLOW has...
Dear Editor,The royal wedding over the weekend was truly royal in every sense of the word. From start to finish I truly enjoyed it; it was simply spectacular. It was a royal treat.Even though it wasn't about race, I particularly like the wedding for its diversity as well as its inclusivity. It was a really multi-ethnic and multicultural affair.
Dear Editor,It's comforting when a nation, beset with trials and tribulations, can dress them up and make believe they are virtues.
Dear Editor, The atrocities that the Israeli Government continue perpetrating on rock-throwing Palestinian goes on unabated and the world has largely remained silent.Last week, within 24 hours, 58 Palestinians were reportedly killed in exchanges with Israel's security forces. Thousands more suffer from permanent injuries, many from gunshot wounds.
IT baffles the mind when we hear it: a couple who has invested decades into building a life together suddenly decides to abandon the relationship which both partners cultivated. And while many family members and friends never seem to wrap their heads around it, Relationship Counsellor Wayne Powell said that it is not difficult to understand; in fact, he says that there is a perfect explanation.
Dear Donovan,I just had a baby and I am on some vitamins, which include fish oil. Is this safe while nursing? As a nursing mother it is good to be concerned about what you eat and the supplements that you take. It is very important that you do not take or eat anything that will harm you or your child.
The story was told to All Woman a few years ago about a churchwoman, newly married, who came home early from work one day to find her husband sleeping in their bed, in the arms of another man.It took years of counseling to get her past that betrayal, especially as there had been no signs that her husband was bisexual.How would you react to finding out that your man was not only unfaithful, but bisexual?Kerry:
They say that you should never mix business with pleasure as it is a sure way to poison the romance. But they also say that two heads are better than one, and who better to help you build a business, for example, than the one you've pledged your life to?We asked several women who are/were in business with their partners to share whether it's a good idea for couples to be business partners.Janice:
There is no such thing as the perfect relationship or the perfect man or woman. We are all human beings and as such we will slip, we will make mistakes, we will disagree and even fight.So what happens when your relationship hits a wall? Some people recommend that taking a break to regroup is a good step, as it allows you to look on the present and the future from a neutral perspective. Others will say that taking a break is the first step towards a break-up.
Dear Editor,I've been reading and listening to Patria-Kaye Aarons' genuine concerns about our emergency ambulance system in Jamaica. Sunday of this week I heard on BBC Radio that the French Government is making steps to have just one public emergency number. France has 11 numbers for emergency situations.
Dear Editor,I hope when we have the conversation around abortion this time there is more than just talk, but serious action. The research has shown that, without a doubt, women in Jamaica are having abortions.
Dear Editor,Claims made by a Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) representative on television on May 10, 2018 that farmers are planting too much of the same crops across Jamaica is nothing less than irresponsible, reckless, signs of a dereliction of duty, or short-sightedness.
Dear Editor,US President Donald Trump came to power, albeit surprisingly, on the back of a number of pledges, the chief of which was that he will put America first, the implication being that world affairs would play second fiddle.The truth is that successive US administrations have, in fact, operated under this same principle, though somewhat more covertly.
OVER 1,000 children across Jamaica were treated to reading activities from Sagicor Group Jamaica team members as part of the national Read Across Jamaica Day last week Tuesday. Sagicor Foundation donated over 150 books to the schools following the end of the reading day activity.
MANY of us women can attest to being handed down tonnes of dating advice and tips from older women, family and peers, often done with the intention of protecting us from the evil called men. But while some men may possess some of the undesirable qualities that women warn others against, sometimes, men say, it's mere overgeneralisation.
Dear Editor,It is not uncommon to read media reports about the inability of young people to acquire jobs after graduating fro school. These reports usually result in a litany of comments and criticisms of the Administration in power. The argument of critics is that people are unemployed because the Government has not created the right economic environment.
RENOVATIONS are currently underway at D'Frank Early Childhood Institution in Greenvale, Manchester, one of three Sagicor Foundation adopted schools. Sagicor team members took time from their busy work schedules to visit the school recently, and the kids were happy to see them.
MAY is Lupus Awareness Month and the main aim is to raise awareness and educate people about the disease.Lupus is an autoimmune disease which causes an overactive immune system to produce auto antibodies which attack healthy body tissue. This can affect most parts of the body, including any organ.
A simple introduction developed into friendship, courtship, then, as fate would have it, marriage. New York City Police Department (NYPD) Detective Alhagi Joof wed Tiffany Campbell, director of financial operations at World Wrestling Entertainment, on Sunday, March 31, 2018 at Royalton Blue Waters. Vows has the breakdown of how Tiffany and Alhagi became one.How they met
DEAR DR MITCHELL, I recently had an outbreak of herpes on the skin near my mouth. I have been taking Herp Rescue, but now I am four months pregnant. Should I continue to reduce the outbreaks? Herpes simplex virus – type 1 (HSV-1) is the virus that typically causes cold sores. There a two types of herpes simplex virus —types 1 and 2 (HSV-2)
AS part of its ongoing support for education and helping the younger generation to fulfil their educational aspirations, Sagicor Foundation on May 6 donated $225,600 to the United Nations Women's Guild (UNWG) Jamaica to provide two scholarships for high school students under the organisation's scholarship programme.