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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SALT "2012" - The Living Prophecies

For more information on Salt and costume prices check out their Facebook Page here:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Pros and Cons of an Individual Masquerader

You would think having the option to be an Individual masquerader, especially one with a costume of your own design that it is a dream come true for a veteran masquerader. In theory the idea of being able to parade in your ultimate dream costume, limited only by your imagination, materials and budget , is the perfect situation for someone like me; the Carnival obsessed Frontline masquerader who always wants “extras” on her costume. The worst thing for me is having to pay premium for what is labeled as an "Individual" costume and have nine other people show up wearing the exact same thing or playing in an Individual costume that looks like nothing more than a Frontline. 

Caprica Individual in Bliss Carnival 2011

Well, at this stage I wish there WAS a Frontline costume I could have easily chosen and wait until February to collect with very little stress of having to design and build my own costume from scratch because there are many pros and cons to being an Individual masquerader, the biggest con right now is having to change my costume design less than three months before Carnival!

Up until very recently my biggest headache with doing my own Individual costume (meaning that it is designed and produced by myself with assistance from a costume designer/producer as opposed to being made by the band) was sourcing feathers, beads and all the other materials needed. Since I am basically building something totally different to the rest of the costumes in the section I will be leading I need all new materials with the exception of the feathers; I am using matching colours and type to the section. This means sourcing the exact shades and length I need plus pricing them and having it shipped to Trinidad.

Now what happens when the idea you had in your head and on paper suddenly appears on another costume that has debuted before yours hits the road? Well it means back to the drawing board and start all over again and this is where we are at! Everything on my costume has to be redesigned, reworked and the stress is now on to create something that will not look like it was borrowed or copied from some other costume that already exists for Carnival 2012. Headache!

Blue Tanager Individual - TRIBE 2009

The pros for being able to do your own Individual costume:
*Freedom to design a creation to your own likeness and specifications
*The ability to change design elements if you do not like the initial costume sketch
*Shopping for materials and accessories
*Knowing that your costume is a one of a kind original, no one else will be wearing anything similar on the road come Carnival.
* Having a custom made costume built for and to complement you
*Working with designers who you have a rapport with and who understand your tastes and style who can create a spectacular piece
* Being able to add your own creativity to the costume

And the Cons
*Costume may not turn out how you visualized
*Cost of materials is more since you are not buying wholesale
*Final budget is not known until after ALL expenses are accounted for
*Full responsibility is on you to ensure that the costume is completed on time
*Working with designers who have to tie in your vision with their aesthetic
*Having to source and buy materials
*Fighting the urge to change your costume every time a new idea pops into your head
*Trusting the designer and producer of your costume to construct a costume of a certain standard and quality.

So, as of today my old costume design is basically scrapped, it is forward with something totally different with not even a HINT of similarity to any costume already out there. Setting the bar pretty high and a monumental task because at the end of the day it is still bikini, beads and feathers and trying to create something unique is much harder than having fabric and other materials to work with. I have to admit that sometimes I wish I could just easily have no worries where my costume is concerned and just be able to pre select a Frontline/Premium Frontline or even an Individual that already exists in a band but then I look at this as a chance to harness all the years of being a Carnival and costume junkie and make it work! Look for me come Carnival 2012, it’s going to be special (I hope)

Monday, November 28, 2011

More "The Runway" Pics

I swear, TRIBE is doing a very good job at promoting this section which by the way I think should have remained as "Tobago Love" since everything about the costume screams Tobago, from the blues of the feathers representing the water to the gold of the monokini looking like sand. Anyway, they decided to go with "The Runway" so that is the name we are stuck with.

On TRIBE's Facebook Fanpage you have professional shots as well as just released images from the launch were you get more views of the different costume options including this one with the fabric top and underwear:

And the backline with fabric 

More photos can be seen here:

Now, it is just for TRIBE to reveal exactly who gets in this section and how does one make a request. Numerous people have been asking me how to get in and if registered masqueraders will be allowed the switch or not. Personally I do not know what the procedure is however   And no, I have zero interest in switching costume or bands JUST to be in this section.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Presenting... The Runway

The Runway Frontline

The Runway Backline

The Runway Individual 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TRIBE Take Me To The Runway....

Presenting Anya Ayoung Chee's d├ębut section in TRIBE for Carnival 2012, Take Me To...The Runway. Overall from the photographs I am really liking it, I need an in person viewing to examine the details. See some elements reused from Titans but I was told it was a collaborative effort with Monique Nobrega so maybe that is just her signature I am seeing there.

Hopefully all the options will be available for viewing as I have seen photos of six different options for this section, lots of choices!

Photos: Laura Ferreira Studios

Will Smith was also at the launch and "someone" has a photographic evidence ....hmmmmmm

Photo Source : Facebook, if you own this pic send me an email for proper credit.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Anya Ayoung Chee Launches Section Tonight

Unfortunately I will be missing this launch so just like you I will be logging on tonight to get the first look of Anya's section in TRIBE... I heard it is blue!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tobago Love From Anya For TRIBE?

Well since Anya herself is saying "follow the clues" I am going to say that I already heard that the Project Runway designer is doing a section for Carnival 2012 in TRIBE and that it might be called "Tobago Love". Cannot wait to see this costume which is rumoured to be a collaboration between Anya Ayoung Chee and Monique Nobrega. 

The most important question may be exactly WHO will be in the section and how does one get in! Make it work.

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UP ... New Breakfast Party For Carnival 2012

So if you cannot get Vale Breakfast Party or Sunny Side Up tickets there is a new Breakfast Party added to the roster. UP has moved in to take the spot on Palm Avenue that Sunny Side Up vacated for 2012, take note folks!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Eye Mas

Seems like the band "Eye Mas" which was supposed to debut for Trinidad Carnival 2011 is poised to launch for Carnival 2012 judging from the costume sketches on their Facebook Fanpage, interesting! 

To jog your memory on Eye Mas check out this previous article here :

And for more costume sketches :

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pedal NYC Carnival Fitness Offer

The number of days until Trinidad Carnival is now in the double digits and most of us are starting to feel the crunch. You have your costume, your boots and your Monday wear; but is your body ready?

Even if weight loss is not a concern for you, do you have the stamina to go from night till morning for days, straight through to Ash Wednesday? From now until February, Pedal NYC is offering discount prices on fitness classes if you mention Trinidad Carnival Diary or Trinidad Carnival 2K12 when you register.

Pedal NYC is a unique entity to the fitness world. A brand-new boutique gym on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, centered around indoor cycling & multifunctional synergistic core training classes such as, TRX & RIP Trainer Suspension Training, Yoga/Pilates, and CoreRxN™ . The studio’s name, an acronym for “physical excellence delivered around life,” represents Pedal’s philosophy of integrating the entire body into every workout. Pedal’s brand-new, sun-drenched studio is the perfect venue for motivating you to push yourself to the limit. PEDAL is designed to fully engage its clients through an instructor led environment.

The Fitness Guru who is responsible for the classes that will whip your body into Carnival shape is Ray Wallace. Ray has been known for whipping high profile bodies into celebrity shape for years. Ray & Team Pedal guarantees results for your short as well as long term goals. Read Ray’s bio below:

Ray Wallace

Pedal’s strengths and competencies are a direct reflection of our Co- Owner & Chief Fitness Strategist, Raymond Wallace.

Ray Wallace is an astute asset to Pedal. He embodies 13+ years in the health and fitness industry. He is not only highly skilled and qualified he also has extensive experience with the launching of major New York City fitness institutions such as Equinox and NYSC. Having multiple certifications (NASM, AAAI, Functional Movement training, Spinning & Cancer Exercise Specialist, Pre-Natal & Post Partum training, and AED/CPR certified) in conjunction with his compassion and dedication for the health and well-being of others, Pedal’s clients are set up for success right out of the gate.

• Ray has and continues to have a substantial impact on the fitness industry helping countless people reach their health & fitness desires and goals. He has retained over 90% of his customers, including clients who started their journey with Ray 13 years ago!

• Ray understands and emblemizes grunt and grind to succeed as a leading trainer and wellness coach. Ray’s love and passion for fitness can be seen through his tireless work ethic.

• Most importantly Ray’s fervor for success through helping others is contagious! He approaches everyday with a renewing spirit to achieve positive results within himself and in others!

• Notable media: FitTV, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Buff Brides (Discovery Health), Fox 5, Muscle & Fitness, Toni on NY, previous traveling trainer to high profile celebrities.

Trinidad Carnival Price List:

On site (Westend Ave & 61st St)

Classes and schedule can be found on Pedal NYC’s website:

Through February…

Classes: 11 classes: $280 (this price includes 1 free class)
22 classes: $520 (this price includes 2 free classes)

Class descriptions and cancellation policy can be found on the website.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Exodus Launches Today

The Word and Associates launches their Carnival 2012 sophomore presentation "Exodus" today, Sunday 20 November 2011 at the Green Meadows Ranch, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz.

The launch is a cooler fete with entertainment by EXODUS Steel Orchestra, Two Parang Bands and DJ Crazy. 

Free Doubles, Free Corn Soup or Fish Chowder. Time 3.00 to 10.00pm 

For Tickets 868-680-1043 or 868-361-0300 , Living Water Community Book Store, St Anthony's Parish, Crosby's Record Store.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Custom Made Corsets and Carnival Supplies

Clients can contact Custom Made Corsets and Carnival Supplies via email: or visit  their Facebook Page  for further details on all the samples pictured: 

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Kes for Carnival 2012 - Coming Over

I am LOVING this song right now.. Kes "Coming Over".. totally on repeat!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


K2K Alliance is offering the total mas immersion concept to their masqueraders; don't just play, become the mas.

Apart from having access to makeup artists to recreate the looks from the website they are now offering their masqueraders the choice of having their hair styled in lieu of wearing a headpiece.

See the hair options and get more details in the photos below:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SALT Presents "2012" - The Living Prophecies

SALT launches their debut Carnival 2012 Band entitled "2012" - The Living Prophecies" on Saturday 26 November 2011 at the Carib Playboyz Pan Theatre; see flyer for more information:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Zangalewa, UWI Fete 2012

It's time for UWI Fete 2012!

As has been the case for the past 3 years - the UWI fete takes us to an exotic location. In 2010 we visited 'China', in 2011 we danced at 'Bollywood' and this year we visit the fictional African location of - Zangalewa.

Zangalewa, is the title of a 1986 hit song by Cameroonian band, Golden Sounds. The song was such a hit for Golden Sounds that they eventually changed their name to Zangalewa, as well. The song pays tribute to soldiers and sharpshooters, as most of Golden Sounds' band members were in the Cameroonian Army.

The song is very widely known and familiar throughout most of Africa as a marching song. Popular in Columbia due to the influence of African DJs, Shakira's World Cup anthem, Waka Waka (This time for Africa) also samples Zangalewa's chorus.

At UWI Fete's, Zangalewa,they are proud to host Kes the Band, Dil-e-Nadan, Karma, Roy Cape & DJ Crosby. Look forward to the now-standard, 2-stage setup, secure parking and taxi service. UWI Fete is also introducing TWO meal servings. Join them for Brunch from 12noon to 2pm and Lunch from 2pm to 6pm. Tickets are priced at $850.00TT.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Salt Band Launch

Just when you thought the band launching season was over here comes another new band:

Date: Saturday 26th November 2011
Venue: Carib Playboys Panyard; Tragarete Road, Woodbrook
Time: 8pm
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