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Notes on the BET Awards 08 – Mellow yellow

The colour on the red carpet at last night’s BET Awards 2008 was definitely yellow – the perfect colour for summer and a big trend for Summer 08. It’s actually my favourite colour choice out of the neon brights that are so in for this season.  Hence I’ve been pouncing on cute yellow items whenever I get […]

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Islandista ‘It’ Girls

Maybe it’s just a coincidence or how the stars are aligned right now but I have noticed that an increasing number of the ‘It’ girls making waves over and away these days are also islandistas – or at least islandistas by descent. Now what do I mean by an ‘it girl’ ? After all, it’s still […]

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Oh Naomi…

(photo credit: Daily Mail.co.uk)   Oh Naomi … sigh. Why black women just won’t leave weave alone, nuh? It is bad enough that you have pleaded guilty yet again to pelting hand (and apparently foot and spit too for good measure) in someone. As an islandista-by-extraction you are making it bad for us and let […]

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No, no a thousand times no…

(photo credit: WireImage.com) Oh dear… Ri-ri, tell us your stylist made you do it. Because we have seen you evolve from a teenybopper into a fashionista and trendsetter par excellence and as islandistas, we have been proud of you. You have been a great standard-bearer for all true islandistas, killing it with your fashion choices […]

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Artistry vs. sexy – the mas dilemma

Beautiful … but artistic? (photo credit: Baje International) It is getting close to the summer Carnival season in the Caribbean and its diaspora. In the next few months, St. Vincent, St.Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, Toronto, London and New York will all hold carnivals (whew!) Which brings the modern reveller to the eternal dilemma – do […]

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The extra-fly future First Lady Obama

So Barack Obama finally won the Democratic presidential nomination last night – and I’m thrilled! Like many others in the Caribbean, this is one US presidential race I have been following avidly and I think we all feel a bit invested in his historic campaign and proud of what he has accomplished and what it […]

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If only…

(photo credit: The Sartorialist) *Sigh*… I adore this outfit. It’s from the Sartorialist blog and was taken in London. Everything about is so coolly individual – the bow tie, the brogue shoes, the stripey socks, the stripey dress that would ordinarily be rather ugly on its own but looks inspired paired with the other items. […]

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In case you needed another reason to shop…

A story in the New York Times’ style section has confirmed what we’ve all sensed… that while every damn thing is going up, including food, fashion at least is becoming more affordable than ever. At least at one end of the market. At the mainstream, ‘fast fashion’ end of the market, clothes are cheaper than […]

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Like I said…

In my post of May 15th I commented about the issue of the scrutiny and criticism that many female politicians get over their appearances. At the time I said: Personally, I think considering that is now established that women are outstripping men professionally, academically and financially, we can finally finish with this foolishness of trying […]

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The small graces of small islands

Living in a small island can be a study in contradictions for islandistas. Admittedly there are times it is frustrating for us with our with more worldly tastes – personally I wish there was more theatre, more art, more restaurants, more options for partying, more career options. Not that we’re not getting there – there are more options for […]