Pisces Swim Official Launch Party

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Last night, Pisces Swim officially launched their new line of swimsuits with a blowout party (not to be confused with the Pisces Swim Event). The event was hosted at Incudesk in Palmdale. If you didn't know, Incudesk is a hot spot for private office rentals and meeting spaces. This is the same location that hosted The Paint Me Couture event I attended in October. I was really curious to see how the space would be converted to accommodate a fashion show. It’s really not ideally suited for such an event and the set up reflected that; with people and chairs being rearranged the closer we got to show time (at times too close for comfort). Despite this, the room was alive and buzzing. The DJ played great hits for the cocktail party as the drinks flowed. I was able to catch up with people I haven't seen in years, while we waited for the show to start.

The show started a little late but it certainly did not disappoint. There were 29 looks shown on the runway all priced between $55-65. I was pretty peeved that I couldn’t capture any images without them being blurry so I did video instead. And I HATE doing videos. They’re so much work to edit and take much longer than editing photos.. Below are just a few stills from the video I captured to give you guys a peak inside the new line.

Although I wished the models would walk a little slower, the looks were amazing. The clothes deserved to be shown a little longer. Fashions show take forever to start, just to end after 20-30 minutes, so you might as well take your time on the runway. I was anxious to see the looks because I kinda hoard swimsuits. I’ve even got my eye on a particular one (the third photo above). The CEO of Pisces Swim, Jamaal Ferguson shared how the international brand is looking to expand this year to host 4 branches. In addition to the the swimwear line, there will be an athletics line and a luxury baggage line.

I definitely want to see more from this line, but so far they get my stamp of approval. As you all know, I don’t wear high-end anything. However, as a Bahamian brand, I am obligated to throw my support behind it. How do you feel about the looks for last night’s show? Share your favourites in the comment section below!

The Feast: Frida Khalo Fashion Showcase - Hit or Miss?

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This past Thursday, Bahamian fashion designer, Cardell McClam premiered his newest collection inspired by the iconic Frida Khalo. Frida Kahlo de Rivera (Spanish pronunciation:[ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

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Hosted at the Courtyard Marriott, the night began with a cocktail hour hosted by Perez Clarke, who held stimulating discussions with guests about HIV and it's effects on the Bahamian population. Many vendors set up shop, while we were treated to a sensational Bachatta by the Maydi Dancers.

As always with a Cardellicious fashion show, the fashion show began with a provocative video, to set the stage for the story that would unfold on the runway. The video clip was taken from a scene in the movie about Frida Khalo played by Salma Hayek. The video depicted what appeared to be the death of Frida Khalo followed by a tribute, but it went on way too long, with the gist being understood within the first minute.

An artist by the name of Positive Energy took centre stage to deliver a prolific spoken word piece. We saw another seemingly misplaced video before a new artist named Danette performed her studio single, Melanin to the Core. In an effort to raise awareness on the facts about HIV,

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Cardell hosted a round table discussion asking tough hitting questions like, “Would you date a person who is HIV positive?” The answer shocked everyone, when epidemiologist, Glenise Johnson said, yes she would, because if a person is taking their medication properly, the antiretrovirals would prevent the infection from passing on to someone else. It gave everyone a lot to think about. We watched one more video with Cardellicious designers Cardell McClam and Christopher explaining the purpose of the new line. I loved that we were going to see pieces meant to be worn in everyday settings that we will soon be able to buy in a boutique. I can’t wait to show you the piece that I fell in love with!

We were told that the colours of the night were Blueberry blue and lemon yellow, but we saw a lot more than that. At first the men’s apparel appeared to be random pieces that didn’t belong together in a collection, because none of them shared a commonality, function or theme, but they were still very nice looks. I didn’t get a Mexican vibe from the clothing, but they do look like pieces men can add to their wardrobe.

The blue suit was my favourite men’s look because I love turbans and fitted suits. I also loved the fuschia combo with the large black belt. I felt they were the strongest looks in terms of visual appeal and marketability. Then came the women’s looks, which really blew me away. Naturally I didn’t LOVE every piece, but this collection really spoke to the theme, and I felt it flowed wonderfully. I’ll save my favourite pieces for last.

Like I said, these looks, looked as though they belonged in the same collection. Bold colours, powerful lines and structures - I was able to see the Frida Khalo influence in these pieces and they were well done. These next two pieces I gave a little nickname: The one on the left is what you would wear to your ex’s funeral, and the one on the right is what you would wear to your ex’s wedding. You know, THAT ex. Am I wrong? Or just petty? You be the judge.

That leaves my favourite looks of the night. Everything about these looks screamed fantastic: the hair, the makeup, the models. I loved these looks because they looked the most ready to wear. That’s pretty much what I look for in fashion. It’s all well and good when a designer makes something couture that belongs on the cover of a magazine, but what happens to it afterwards? If a look transcends from the runway to my closet, I’m sold. The first look is a beautiful beach cover-up that looks luxurious to lounge in. Then there is a simple black tuxedo look that I love (I told you I love a fitted suit). It’s on my bucket list to own a matching fitted suit one day. Then there is a sexy long sleeved dress that screams DATE NIGHT! That’s the piece I want the most!

What did you think of the looks? Share whether you think this collection was a hit or miss in the comment section below. If you missed any or want to see them on the runway, check out my live stream here for a full rundown! On Friday I’ll have the complete breakdown of EVERYONE nominated for an Elevation Award in the 2019 Award Show, so stay tuned for that! Will I be nominated again? Only one way to find out!

The Feast Frida Khalo: BEAUTY PRESS PREVIEW

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 On November 22, Cardell Mcclam Men & Women Fashion Brand & Cardellicious "The Full Figured Fashion Brand of the Bahamas" will showcase its NEW 2019 Fashion Collections, under the theme, "The Feast: FRIDA KAHLO" at the Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach.

This past Sunday, Cardell and his team invited me to their exclusive Press Party to highlight some of the makeup and hair we’ll see on the runway next Thursday. Check out the highlights below, including an exclusive interview with the designer himself!

 

Before I go, I want to wish a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best friend (one of the greatest friends anyone could ask for), Doran!

Is Paint Me Couture the New Sip and Paint?

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This weekend, I was super happy to participate in the first Paint Me Couture Event. You’re probably wondering what Paint Me Couture is. Paint Me Couture is a new venture where fashion meets art. Although one could argue that fashion is it’s own form of art, the art in particular is painting. Guests come weekly to paint live models who are decked out in Bahamian designer wear. This new activity is the brainchild of Delano Marc and Justin Moultrie (the same people who brought you the Miasma Fashion Show from earlier this year at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.)

There will be a new model and outfit on display every week for guests to paint. The garments are made by Delano, while Justin offers expert tips for step by step assistance. So if you’re new to painting, or don’t have a single creative bone in your body, don’t worry. No one expects you to be the next Picasso. You don’t even have to paint exactly what you see. It’s whatever your interpretation is (after all, that’s basically what art is). I’m not a great painter, but I LOVE this idea. Of course, this idea isn’t completely original, but don’t be so quick to judge. Like others, I wanted to know how this would be different from Sip and Paint.

Although the event started late, I didn’t hold it against them, as it was the first event with a lot of kinks to work out. But once things got started, I felt completely relaxed and content. I even suggested the event be promoted as Art Therapy, because the act of free painting and creating something beautiful without the pressures of experts critiquing your work, brings a sense of peace that is incomparable. And the complimentary beverage (included in coverage charge) will help you loosen up as well! I ordered the lavender and thyme lemonade. The drink menu may change for next week

The layout made it easy to see the model, no matter where you sat in the room. Jazzy, a small framed model took centre stage, struck a pose and we went to work. I chose to sketch my painting first. While many artists would never do this, there are some that do and I prefer it as a stepping stone since I’m not expert. I took creative liberty with her leg pose and hairstyle.

Once I had my sketch I was ready to start painting. I painted her skin first, outlined the hair and then went to work on the dress. The finished product surprised even me! Are you ready to see it?

Everyone loved my designs and I think everyone had a lot of fun.

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Just so you know, this isn’t a “Get-rich-quick-scheme”. Justin and Delano both hope to study at St. Martins in London and are using the events as a fundraiser. I will gladly support and promote causes for young people’s education (being an educator, myself) and I hope you will to! Paint Me Couture is only $25 and makes the perfect group outing or date night. The event is held Friday nights from 7-9 at Incudesk in Palmdale (directly across from Janae’s Fabrics).

Calling All Golfers!

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Are you a golf fan? Maybe you only play for fun, or maybe you've never played at all. Well then, listen up! Coming up next week Friday is the first ever BPGT (Bahamas Professional Golf Tour) at the Royal Blue Golf Course at Baha Mar. One of the goals of the BPGT is to create a competitive environment for local pros and amateurs to compete, while bridging the gap for junior golfers to transition to amateur and college golf. How are they planning on doing this?

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The tour plans on handing out scholarships every year. Ricardo Davis Jr. believes that a lot of kids stop playing golf because they lack the support they need to get to the next level. Every month there will be a golf event with the scholarship awarded annually. There are already 40 participants competing for the grand prize so if golf is your thing, you need to sign up now!

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For more information about how you can get involved by either competing, attending or sponsoring, check out the video and flyer below.

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See you at the Royal Blue Golf Club on May 25 at Baha Mar!

Pisces Swim Event

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On Saturday, Jamaal Ferguson, the brains behind Pisces Swim hosted a fantastic fashion show at Mario's Bowling & Entertainment Palace. The line is said to pay homage to its culture, narrating the lifestyle of the people and unveils the beauty behind the 700 islands and cays of The Bahamas. Pisces Swim radiates its essence with vivid colors and prints. At an average cost of $60 per swimsuit, Pisces Swim sets out to be an affordable luxury line.

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Due to extenuating circumstances, the show got a late start, but once it started, it flowed exceptionally well. The show began with a performance from Thin Ice. She got the crowd pumped and excited after that long wait, with her colourful Junkanoo headpiece and sparkling costume. Her back up dancers almost stole the show with their moves, but overall it was a fun performance. Then it was time for the first set of looks (each model had three looks).

Following the first fashion set, was a simple yet stellar performance of smooth reggae vibes by the talented artist Judah da Lion. He hit the stage with his latest hit “Outlaw (Ride On)”(I almost know all of the words now). Then the second fashion set was underway.

There was no musical performance in between the second and third set but the third set did not disappoint. 

The show was closed with an exhilarating performance by Patrice Murrell who is quickly becoming my favourite Bahamian artist! I'm amazed at how such a powerful voice comes out of someone so timing.

I think the event was a success. Some of my photos weren't usable because I didn't capture the lighting as well as I would've liked to, but trust me, the swimwear is gorgeous! The models were spunky, which brought a lot of energy to both the fashion and the audience. If managed well, this company should be making some big splashes soon.

The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition

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This past weekend, I attended The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition at the Dundas Centre. The event featured designs from designers Anthinique Black, Reneil Ingraham, Del Simone , Alex Turnquest, Rebel, Racquel, Jarressa Johnson , Ryan Dean and Delano Marc. The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition was meant to tell the story of "an Afro/European inspired civilization called the Cicada. The story begins one day preceding an outbreak of the Miasma Plague, a Plague that was a weapon used against the tribe's enemies but now it will bring them DOOM..."

The coordinators of the event never mentioned that it would be outside so that was the first surprise. While waiting for the event to begin, I was able to chat with a few retailers pictured above, and a local artist who was disappointed that there was no art exhibit at 6 as advertised. I don't personally know the host of the event but I must admit, although the idea behind what he was doing was great, the execution left much to be desired.

There was no designated announcer so the DJ had to try his best to announce when the models were approaching the runway. The runway was far too long (about 30- 50 yards) and not very well light, so when nighttime fell, the photographers could not see a thing. At the next event, the runway should be MUCH shorter and INDOORS. You do not want your guests to be attacked by random bugs in the dark while trying to enjoy your show.

The first designer, Jarressa Johnson debuted African inspired looks that were gorgeous and practical, but the music of Fall Out Boy did not match the designs at all. As a tip an afro-beat would've paired significantly better with her African designs. Also, spread out the models more; you should never have one model directly behind another as it makes it harder to focus on one look at a time.

Next up was Justin Moultrie (the art segment) who even walked with the other models holding his paintings. The paintings told an interesting story of power and love in the African culture.

Racquel Barr was up next with her resort swimwear designs. I've never been a fan of the plastic raincoat look, which some of her models sported, but I can always appreciate when designers create plus size wear.

The BTVI designers were the last looks I saw before leaving because it was too dark to take any more photos. Mckaila Lett, Reneil Ingraham, Del Simone and Anthinique Black blew everyone away with their designs! They were hot and definitely something that should be sold in boutiques all over the island.

The biggest problem of the show was the incredibly long pauses in between each designer, on average 10-15 minutes between each set. Luckily we have the musical stylings of Shon P and Ophine from the Savage 100 music label to fill in two of the gaps. The full lineup was both admirable and enjoyable. Just work on a faster turn around with the models, host the show indoors so that time of day or weather won't be a factor, and your next show could be a huge success!

 

Boss Beauties Who Brunch Brand Building Mixer

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This past Wednesday, The Boss Beauties Who Brunch, comprised of local media moguls, TAP and Lavonne Alexis held their second mixer dedicated to Brand Building. The event was held at Halcyon Restaurant on Charlotte Street and it was jam packed with female entrepreneurs. Although I knew some of the women in the room, it was great to see so many new faces in the industry.

We learned amazing tips from Lamysha Cox, a local attorney on how to protect yourself in business. Here’s a quick recap of the tips:

  1. Secure Your Identity
  2. Get It In Writing
  3. Read Everything
  4. Get Help When You Need It
  5. Zip It (Be careful who you reveal your plans to)
  6. Mind Your Behavior
  7. Do Due Diligence

Then we heard from Jazzie Belle on the theme, "Create Don't Wait". Jazzie Belle Is the host of the Women In Hip-Hop Podcast, and an emerging media personality. She started Jazzie Belle TV by interviewing celebrities in the hallway of the radio station she interned at. Jazzie Belle dished on the lack of respect shown to women in the industry, dressing appropriately, dating within the industry, collaboration over competition,  and racism.

A fun aspect that I think should be added next time is a dance break. I love the professional mixer theme but we're still so young for such a stiff environment. Nothing wrong with mixing and dancing, right? The only thing I did not like about the event was the lighting! It was horrible! Most of my photos had the ugly yellow tint or were completely unusable because the slightest movement meant a blurry photo. I wish more Bahamian restaurants and bars would understand the importance of good lighting. In a digital age where everyone wants to be able to say they attended an event at your spot, it's really important to have a good quality photo. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to events but I never shared any photos because the lighting meant a horrible photo.

I can't wait until their next mixer event, which is planned to be a brunch next month! Stay tuned!

The 2018 Elevation Awards

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This past weekend was the much anticipated 2018 Elevation Awards. Artists from all genres flocked to the New Providence Ballroom in the BahaMar Convention Centre for the 2nd Annual Award Show. Last year I attended the show as media, but this year I attended the show as a nominee. I was nominated for Blog of The Year and this was also the first year for the category. I was grateful for this addition because while the world was quickly accepting vloggers and recognising them, there weren't really awards for bloggers. Going into it, I simply new I was not going to win because I was going against Ianthia Smith (fiancé of Farreno Ferguson of F.Dot Photography) and of course she won. I was excited for her to win. Honestly I don't know what I would've done or how I would've felt had I won, so I really think it's for the best. Simply being nominated and recognised for six years of hard work was enough for me. I went with my mum and one of my best friends Krista because they are two of my biggest supporters.

I've always thought that the Elevation Awards has the potential to be a local MTV Music Awards in terms of nominees walking the red carpet in wearable art made by local fashion designers and musical performances that are concert worthy. While the fashion was gorgeous, very little was Bahamian designed, HOWEVER, the performances were amazing! 

Possibly the most outstanding performance of the night was by Judah the Lion who gave us an a riveting steampunk drama. A very close second was a group of young Christian rappers called Christ Gang who brought a lot of energy to the Pre-Show. And of course I loved the performances by Bodine, Wendi (who opened the show) and Duchess who made her stage debut as a solo artist last night singing her new hit single, "Mr. Lover."

Here's the Complete List of Winners:

  • Best Short Film of The Year: Cinemorphesis
  • Best TV Show of The Year: On The Record
  • Photographer of The Year: Stanlo Photography
  • Blog of The Year: Mini Skirts & Microphones - Ianthia Smith
  • Vlog of The Year: Who Dat?
  • Visual Artist of The Year: Jamaal Rolle
  • New Artist: Sanjardo B
  • Bahamian Song of The Year: Qpid - Gimmie My Culture
  • Community Development: Get Fit With Smith
  • Gospel Song of The Year: Jonathan Farrington & Grace Generation - Free
  • Male Artist of The Year: Julien Believe
  • Music Video of The Year: Wendi - I ain't Missing It
  • Entertainer of The Year: Naughty
  • Contemporary Song of The Year: Sammi Star - I Iz What I Iz
  • Video Producer of The Year: Kyle Ferguson
  • Female Artist of The Year: Bodine
  • People's Choice Award: DJ Ovadose

It was interesting to hear so many new names, but of course they were really only new to me. In the moment, I thought some artists were snubbed or overlooked. For example, Who Dat? winning consecutively, Naughty winning entertainer of the year when literally anyone else in the category was a better option and Julien Believe winning Best Male Artist over Judah. The room was eerily quiet when Julien won and I'm not sure anyone really knew how to react. So I spoke to an organiser, to get some answers. Apparently, during the vetting process, nominees are asked to submit a complete portfolio along with a few other requirements; without this the nominee would not even be considered.

Of course no one likes to lose so there were mixed reactions to the award show. Some left before it was over, and some didn't bother to show at all. Then there were the ones that took to social media to throw digs. No one wants to think that awards and recognition are only for an elite circle in society, but when it's the "elite circle" mocking the establishment, you kind of begin to wonder what more could they want? I learned last night that Bahamians would rather diss your work or event before they support it. And they're really only happy to see their friends win. The tasteless comments were rather unfortunate. Sure this year was NOWHERE as good as last year's, with far more technical glitches and a lack of organisation, but the entertainment made up for it. I stayed up until the People's Choice Award because it was really late and I had to get my mother home. But something incredible last night happened that cannot be overlooked.

There was a very touching moment during the show when the host realised that a young 10 year old girl he had used as a part of a bit and buried her mother that same day. As a show of good faith and support, Demetrius not only gave the girl a brand new cellphone courtesy of BTC, $100 and offered to pay her next semester tuition, but he also encouraged the entire audience to donate to her. And the ENTIRE audience got up and gave something. It was very touching. I genuinely hope that the donations are put to good use for the girl.

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FINAL VERDICT: Last year's award show was much better, but it could also be that we were so enamoured by the fact that it was something new. I have a lot of ideas for how the entire experience can be improved on next year that I will sit down with the organisers and discuss. I believe in what Elevation Media is trying to do. Bahamians work hard and we really have to learn to celebrate one another. There are so many creatives in this country, maybe next year artists from the various family islands can be recognised as well. I don't take any part of this experience for granted and look forward to watching the show grow and expand to become a force to be reckoned with. See you next year!

Easter Farmer's Market at The Island House

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This past Saturday, I had so much fun at the Easter Farmer's Market at The Island House. I had never been to a Farmer's Market on this scale before. I've always wanted to go to farmer's markets because they feel so green and hippy; like the cool thing to do. Let me just say that this market DID NOT disappoint.

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The following vendors who were in attendance:
Noirished Naturals | Nature's Way | Cia Monet Soaps & Scents | Sweet Tooth Bakery | Field to Fork Farm | Bentonite Beauty Clay | Bahama Island Farms | Naturally Bahamian | Fresh Cay Microgreens | Manchy Sasso | Ena's Kitchen | Brer Bookie Meat Company | Lollipop by Beautiful Things | Green Leaf Farms | Sunset Organics | Nisha Armbrister | V&V Condiments | Fish & Lime | Abaco Neem | Flavour of the Nation | 320 Nicecream | A Rainbow's Delight | Oma | The Distinguished Palette

This was the perfect event for the whole family. The talented kids from the Bahamas Music Academy played beautifully on the lawn. There were giant pillows set out for people to sit on to enjoy the music while their children ran around on the lawn, playing with the toys and in the teepees. I tried to snap a few photos of my goddaughter in a teepee but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see how that turned out.

I loved how beautiful everything was. I'm trying to curb my impulsive spending and I think I made mindful purchases. I got a bag of spinach mix for $5, 2 veggie patties for $4, an edible flower plant for $5 and Nice Red Velvet Ice Cream for $5. The way they prepare their ice cream is an amazing experience! It's liquid nitrogen and it really is cool (not as cold as I thought it would be). It's dairy free which is perfect for me! The veggie patties were spicy, which I don't like, but I was inspired to make to my own veggie burgers so stay tuned for that recipe.

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What's your favourite part of Farmer's Markets? If you want to go, Mahogany house has a market every Saturday but if you want something on this level, Island House hosts theirs once a month. You've got to check it out! Don't forget to bring the kids!