The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition

Hello Lovely,

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!

 

Exclusive Deal + Free Shipping on All Wall Murals & Canvas Prints at Photowall

Hello Lovely,

I'm so excited to share this exclusive deal with you! I recently received one of the best Christmas gifts in the mail from my new favourite company! Photowall is a company based in Sweden that provides amazing wall mural and canvas prints. All of their wall murals and canvas prints are environmentally friendly, fire-retardant in accordance with Swedish standards and do not fade in sunlight. Today I'm giving you an exclusive 20% discount on all prints and free shipping on your print to the US, UK and other EU countries! You can chose to use one of their photos or one of your own. I chose to use the photo of when I was at Stonehenge because my first choice of the skyline featuring Big Ben and the London Eye wouldn't work with the crop feature. I chose this photo because not only am I standing in front of one of the most mythical creations on the planet, but that day almost didn't happen because my bus pass didn't have enough money and I couldn't swipe your credit card to top it up. With the help of a generous bus driver who let me ride back home for free so I could swap passes with my friend I was able to get to the tour with only two minutes to spare! It was one of the luckiest moments of my life.

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Wine & Arts Festival Review

Hello Lovely,

This past weekend, a Wine Lover’s treat was found at the 26th Annual Wine and Arts Festival held in the beautiful Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Retreat. Wine connoisseurs and newbies were greeted warmly by the Scotiabank Bahamas team into an adventurous Cultural journey of Wine and Art: glass and booklet in hand.

This year marked the first formal collaboration for the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) and BNT for the Festival which showcased a variety of sculptures, jewelry, paintings and photography.  These pieces captured glimpses of the Bahamian sun, sand, sea and culture in many forms.

Exciting Festival Features

  1. A selection of sips (including Sake, Chardonnay, Sparkling, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc) from around the world such as Japan, New Zealand and Spain were elegantly on display. The Birds& Bees Moscato was the talk of the town as attendees spoke of its sweet n' fruity flavor. It’s a highly recommended brand and is available by Bristol Wines (1er Cru). Buy yours today!

  2. Bewitching Wine & Food pairings – Whether dining at home or a night on the town, we all wonder how to match our food to our wine, as the best pairings can be pure magic to your palette! A few to keep in mind for your next meal are:-

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  • Shiraz with Veal Parmigiana - Australia

  • Sauvignon Blanc with Fried calamari (with lemon) - Central Coast, California

  • Brut Sparkling with Shellfish - Chile

  • Ecusson Cabernet Sauvignon with Chicken (with Port and Figs) - France

  • Sancerre Les Baronnes with Seared Scallops topped (with Mango Salsa) – Louire Valley

  • Pinot Grigio with Seafood Toastado Bites - Delle Nevie, Italy

  • Pinot Noir with Rack of Lamb - Napa Valley

**Prices range from $7.25 - $63.95 . Visitors and locals can take advantage of purchasing what they've tasted at the 1er Cru locations from October 29 – November 5, 2016**

The eye-capturing Art & Artists highlights included:

 

    1. Natalia Nunez  is an acclaimed lover of dots and stripes, as clearly seen her in her photos.  Sharing her first drawing (the Dog art piece), she has a unique way of skillfully portraying clean and elegant art pieces.

    2. Christopher D'albenas is a Bahamian artist & photographer whose works feature acrylic art on driftwood and marine life floating eloquently through the Bahamian Shores.  

    3. French Artist Leo Devilles has always created art but after attending her first Paint Party in 2015, she became a painter. A native of Bordeaux and a horse lover, she specializes in soft pastel as well as acrylic and has. Her upcoming exhibition called 'Bliss' will be held on Friday November 11, 2016 at the John Watling's Distillery: 5-9pm. Here, her originals and prints will be on sale.

    4. Hennergy began in 2014 by Illeana Harvey and offers a selection of Henna tattoos, which use a mix of two plant based inks. All tattoos last two weeks and display a reddish hue.

    5. Bahamian Painter Dion Lewis shows determination throughout all of his artwork; as he had just added the final touches to his stunning original piece 'Spanish Wells' that morning.  The colorful and soulful piece entitled ‘Sunday Morning Market’ was also shown. You can view more of his pieces off Shirley St. next to Wildflowers.

    6. Kim Deveaux began her custom engraving journey two years ago and has stayed focused ever since.  Her engraving techniques were featured at her booth and also in the art case at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in connection with Doongalik Studios. You can also email any requests to kimdeveaux@gmail.com.

    7. Guilden Gilbert specializes in acrylic photography throughout the Bahamas. At the festival he exhibited a powerful photo of a white tailed tropic soaring through the air in the Exuma Cays.  He is  also available for photo shoots throughout the islands.

    8. Local artists Jamaal Rolle and Stephen of Airbrush Junkies were also on site, creating grand artistic designs throughout the day.

    How can we forget the best art of all? FOOD! We can eat pretty much anything, but food styling has definitely become our favorite form of art, and a glamour styled plate makes eating twice the fun! Here's what the festival had on display:-

    1. Chef Owen of Cassava Grille conducted the Culinary Food Demo which featured one of our native food staples: conch. He created Curry Conch Rollups which were fried and given to eager audience members. The dish was in connection with BNT's Conchservation initiative which began in 2010 and is a national campaign to assist with creating sustainability in the Queen Conch fishery in the Bahamas. This will assist in lowering the threat of conch extinction, prevent illegal harvesting through laws and creating a closed conch fishing season. Restaurants and individuals can also make their pledge to be 'Conch-scious!'.  This pledge means to take a responsibility against fishing and/or eating juvenile conch. Please contact BNT for more information.

    2. There were a few vendors who were also at the Int'l Food Festival such as: Vell Monkey Foot with scrumptious Crab sliders.

    3. I was FINALLY able to grab a bite from The Batter Girls who often have long and crowded lines.  The Cajun Fried Lobster did not miss, with its chunky texture and spicy flavor!  There was also Seafood fritters and a Lobster & Shrimp basket on sale.

    4. Handcrafted gourmet popsicles such as the Marley Pop, Sky Juice, Soursop and Summer Sangria were the main attractions at Pop Stop. In local pride style, I tasted the Junkanoo Pop (a medley of fresh strawberries, pineapple chunks, mango and passion fruit juice). The freshness of the fruits was front and center with each bite and the pop delivered a tantalizing mix of sweet and tangy.

    5. There was also Dino's Gourmet Conch Stand who offered a mélange of fruits, vegetables and citrus juices to create tasty conch salad, in Original and Tropical flavors.

    The Members Only Wine & Art Festival held on October 28th,  offered a very intimate experience for attendees.  However, this isn't BNT's last event of the year as Jollification is coming up in November so you don't want to miss it! P.S. Members pay less at these events and enjoy other exclusive membership perks.  To join this ritzy listing, click here. For a ridiculously low price, you too can be a part of this eco-friendly movement.

    Because we're such winos,  we're always looking for ways to sneak wine into our food. If you’re looking for a creative way to include wine with your meals, try these Wine Butters!

    Did you enjoy this event? What were your favorite wine pairings? Do you prefer Moscato, Merlot, Sauvignon or Sparkling?

    XoX,

    Mechelle