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Friday, November 30, 2012

La Danse Caraibe Stages Spooked


On Saturday December 1, 2012, La Danse Caraibe (LDC)Heather Henderson-Gordon’schildren’s dance school, will open the curtain to Spooked, a ballet with a unique folk twist. Trinidad and Tobago’s traditional folk characters will take centre stage in this play in movement that continues on Sunday December 2, 2012 at Queen’s Hall.

This mystical journey in dance, tells the tale of a young girl, Precilla, who gets lost in a haunting forest. Precilla journeys through the forest, which is home to a host of unspoken characters. Along the way these characters reveal themselves to her taking the shape of mischievous Blue Devils, playful Baby Dolls, the infamous La Diablesse and scandalous Jamettes. Ultimately, Precilla must find her way through this unfamiliar territory to return home to her brother, Smithy, and her grandmother. In signature LDC style, this ballet will weave its story in a variety of dance genres including classical ballet, modern, tap, Hip Hop and folk.

LDC opened its doors in 1986 to offer training to children from age 3 in the ballet and modern dance styles of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). With a vision to develop well-rounded dancers, the school, which encourages its students to train in a minimum of three (3) disciplines, was the first in Port of Spain to compliment its classical and indigenous dance instruction with urban Hip Hop techniques. LDC boasts a long list of past productions including the musical,Dancer, which featured an original sound track composed by Roger Israel, musical direction by Allison St. Clair and a script that was adapted from the book written by Marguerite Gordon.

Prepare to be taken on a whimsical journey through Trinidad and Tobago’s folk history at LDC’s Spooked. Tickets are available at Crosby’s Music Centre, the Queen’s Hall box office and at the school from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 32 Luis Street, Woodbrook. Formore information send email to liza@estuarypr.com or call (868) 620-9677.

WHAT:
Spooked

WHO:
La Danse Caraibe

WHEN:
Saturday December 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday December 2, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Queen’s Hall, St. Anns

TICKETS:
Children under 12: $85.00, Adults: $100.00
Available at Crosby’s Music Centre (622-SOCA(7622)), Queen’s Hall box office (624-1284),
La Danse Caraibe (620-9677, daily 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yalla! UWI Fete 2013

UWI Fete 2013 is headed to the Middle East with the theme "Yalla" and in addition to their always brilliantly managed Facebook Fanpage they have now added a new website for the Carnival 2013 installment of their fete:


I am really liking the website, as has become a hallmark with UWI Fete lots of details are provided with respect to performers, menu, drinks, location and even fashion advice by Peter Elias. 

LIMITED Early Bird Tickets are available at $900 from Mon 26 Nov to Fri 14 Dec at UWI Student Advisory Services, 662-2002 ext 82326 or Pepper Advertising 622 -6502/2762.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

YUMA Mature Section? NOT!

Seems as if April Fools came early for 2014 or someone has a wicked sense of humour. I received an email yesterday with a flyer advertising what looked like a legitimate new section in YUMA geared towards "mature adults". After investigating and even calling the numbers listed on the flyer, I was assured this was a legitimate YUMA section and was even given directions as to how to register.

This morning I spoke to one of the Directors of YUMA who denied knowledge of any said mature section called "Inspiration" and I was informed that the only YUMA sections that fall under the band are the ones displayed and sold at the mas camp. Investigations are pending.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

K2K Alliance Sneak Peek - Caribbean Beat '13 Jan/Feb Issue

Here is a preview of the Caribbean Beat '13 Jan/Feb Issue featuring K2K's take on fairy tales with a Carnival twist.

What is interesting is the models are all wearing male costumes from K2K's Carnival 2013 presentation! Word is that this is an option for female masqueraders as well. 






Monday, November 26, 2012

Ticket Federation Carnival Calendar 2013

Here is your preview FIRST of the Ticket Federation Carnival Calender for 2013:

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Cyber Monday Boot Sales

Take note of some Cyber Monday specials if you are still looking for Carnival footwear:

Go Jane 
http://www.gojane.com/shop-by-category-shoes-boots.html


Ami Club wear


Urban Og

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Midnight Mardi Gras Cooler Cruise

A brand new fete to add to your Carnival Calender this time brought to you by Pollen Nation Events; Midnight Mardi Gras Cruise. Now I do not do boat cruises but knowing Pollen Nation and the caliber of events I am definitely going to be doing this one!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Carnival Kicks Weekend of Savings

If you are like me and STILL looking for boots this sale might be of interest to you :


From Friday November 23, 2012 Carnival Kicks will have special deals for each of the 3 major shopping deal-days!
Black Friday -  Free Shipping
Small Business Saturday - Buy 2 or more items get $10 off your entire purchase
Cyber Monday - 20% off your entire purchase

Customers get the chance to choose which day's savings will be best for them!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Brian Mac Farlane's Website is up!

Brian Mac Farlane's website is up, please note one section in Joy The Finale is already sold out!



Monday, November 19, 2012

Ticket Federation’s 2013 Carnival Schedule

Here is a preview of the soon to be released Ticket Federation Carnival 2013 Schedule and I see both Roast Cruise and Booze cruise are carded for Carnival Sunday; I wonder if this is the Bajan import or a version 2.0 for Trinidad. Either way interesting developments! 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

On Hiatus!


It's my Birthday and I will be spending time here today,and not online!
 Back to your regularly scheduled Carnival programme tomorrow :

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shut Up and Wine J'ouvert Band

This one is for the South based folks, interesting theme for 2013 "SeX the Strawberry Experience":





Friday, November 16, 2012

Kes On The Hill


The Trinidad Renaissance School based at Vistabella, San Fernando is having a fund raising all inclusive fete on the San Fernando Hill on 25th November,2012. Carded to perform are Kes the band, Los Dinamicos with further entertainment by Point Fortin Engine Room and a tassa band. Further information can be obtained from Michael Hosein at 868-753-2462.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Joy The Finale - Brian Mac Farlane Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2013



JOY of JOY

JOY of MUSIC



JOY of FLORA

JOY of or HERITAGE (female)

JOY of or HERITAGE (male)

JOY of IMAGINATION


JOY of our RAINBOW PEOPLE (open)


JOY of the DRUM

 JOY of the MOON


JOY of the OCEAN


JOY of the RAIN

JOY of the SUN

WINGS of GLORY


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ni•ce•tees Carnival Monday with Trinidad All Stars



Ni•ce•tees is excited to participate with the Trinidad All Stars, Monday presentation of sections for Carnival 2013. We are excited to introduce the world to an affordable, accessible, and culturally-focused concept.  Our organization’s 2013 presentation titled, “Traditional Masquerade Characters” is based on illustrated tee-shirts displaying traditional mas characters. Our concept focuses on the traditional masquerade characters to bring increased awareness and to celebrate the great history of Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival.

Our objectives include:
• Create a fun and easy-going carnival experience
• Celebrate carnival and Trinidad &Tobago’s culture simply
• Provide an affordable outlet, utilizing easy-wear 

Tee Art Featuring:  Jab Molassie, Bookman, Dame Lorraine, Pan Round’ Neck, Pierrot Grenade, Midnight Robber and Fancy Indian

Package includes:
• All-Over-Printed Tee displaying vibrant carnival character art
• Hat and bracelet
• Wrist band
• All individually packaged bag
• Premium bar, refreshments & snacks provided

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shubh Divali

May this Festival of Lights be a Festival of joy for you.
Shubh Divali everyone! 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Du Jour Hair Extensions - The Saucy Review

It is 90 days before Carnival 2013 and I am yet to get boots or Monday wear BUT I already have my "Carnival hair". Carnival preparation is serious business and since I am trying a new hair company as well as a new type of hair my hair trial for the Carnival 2013 season has already begun. My mission is to see if this hair lasts through countless fetes and still be fabulous on the road come Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

Now, a little background on me and my love affair with what I consider to be "quality hair". I have been wearing extensions periodically for a number of years, usually when I wanted to give my own processed hair a break from heating a styling. A few years ago my hair had enough of processing, consequently it was also damaged and unhealthy. I did the big chop and cut ALL off. Since then I have been growing my hair naturally and under all my extensions I now have a very healthy, very thick, very full AFRO which I refuse to chemically process again but I still want the versatility and look of processed hair for variety and the fact that I cannot manage my natural hair all on my own every single day.

There is this perception that extensions are limiting; you cannot get it wet, you cannot exercise with it in, it tangles, mattes, sheds like a dog and is difficult to style or hold a curl. If your extensions  do any of the aforementioned you my friend have the wrong hair. I discovered that there is a world of hair grades and qualities from reading countless online forums and what is packaged and sold in hair stores and marketed as "human" or "remy" hair  is very different to virgin or processed virgin hair that is sold from a vendor. I have been buying hair from a vendor for the past two years and so far have used processed Indian hair that was treated to mimic relaxed African American hair and also Peruvian hair. 

I re-install the SAME hair every six weeks and on average use the same hair for about 6 months. Many people keep reusing the same hair for up to a year or keep the hair in a hair stash and rotate when they feel like. For me I have been changing hair every 6 months because I have been gradually getting longer hair; I started with 12" and now I am on 22"! 

What I LOVE about using virgin hair is not only that I can reuse it and save money in the long run, my personal pet peeves when it comes to extensions are hair that mattes, tangles and sheds. In the past if I got 5 weeks out of Yaki or Remy hair that was a lot, usually once the silicone coating is washed off the hair tangles like no other and comes out in clumps every time it is brushed! I detest shedding hair with a passion.

The caveat with using virgin hair is that it is not cheap upfront, if you tally up how much you would spend buying new hair each time you install/re-install however it works out to a very good investment. I NEVER tell people how much money I spend on hair because they always act shocked at the sticker price, it is the same reaction when I tell non masqueraders how much I spend on a costume. My justification for spending money on GOOD hair is that it does what I want it to do: no tangling,matting or excessive shedding in addition I can reuse the SAME hair and it is always the SAME quality. It is worth it to me rather than spending $100- $150.00 US a pack on what is marketed as "Remy" hair which from my experience cannot be reused from my experience with that grade of hair.

Du Jour hair was introduced to me by a friend as I had been looking for a locally based (Trinidad) vendor which would eliminate me ordering online and waiting weeks for my hair to arrive in the country. I have a very strict set of criteria for purchasing hair from any company so after reading up about Du Jour hair on Facebook I met with the ladies who explained further what were the differences in the different types of hair they offer. 


Prior to this install I wore 18", 20" and 22" Peruvian Natural Curl which has a tighter curl pattern so I decided to try the Peruvian Body Wave  from Du Jour in 14", 20" and 22". The photo below are the actual bundles I used after a pre installation shampoo and conditioner (I always wash all my hair before installing). The first thing I noticed was that all bundles had the same quantity of hair even the longer lengths which tend to be less as it is measured by the ounce. The second thing was that during washing there was very little shedding. The hair comes as is in the colour natural black. It can be dyed to match your hair, I didn't have to as it matched my natural hair colour.


Peruvian Body Wave 
The Peruvian Hair is resourceful therefore it can blend in quite undetected with your own hair or used on its own in a fully ‘closed’ weave. The Peruvian Hair texture is very rare and is sourced from a single donor in Peru, South America.Peruvian Hair is considered a delicacy because of the difficulty in obtaining this AAA Grade product. This is not the case with Brazilian, Indian, Malaysian or Chinese hair thus these products are more common, “sometimes” cheaper and easily accessible.

The photos below are of the hair installed after one week, washed a second time and air dried naturally. I also curled the hair with an iron and rods but decided the first photos should show the natural wave pattern. It is actually MUCH longer than my past experiences with 22" inch hair and I have worn than length since Carnival 2012 in both straight and curly hair. I can easily wear a shorter length of  16" or 18" and be pleased as I think the length is measured curly and not when the hair is pulled straight. Hair this long takes some getting used to.

My observations so far on the Peruvian Body Wave:

  • I have no problem with the hair holding a curl when styled, it can be curled with styling rods or a curling iron for different looks. Once the hair is styled it is full and bouncy. I also really like the natural curl pattern so  I have a variety of looks with this hair.
  • The second time I washed the hair was after it was installed and I did it myself at home. There was VERY little shedding during washing which surprised me as from my experiences all hair sheds when washing, even if it is a few strands. There was some tangling during washing  owing to the length of hair but I used a vent brush to smooth the hair out and it was fine.



  • The hair itself is coarser and thicker than Indian or Brazilian hair so it is a good match for blending with my leave out which is texturised and flat ironed.


  • The less product used the better, a dab of Argan or Moroccan oil is all that is needed.
  • There are no split ends with this hair, I have experienced that before and it gives the ends of the hair a dry brittle look.
So far Du Jour's Peruvian Body Wave has ticked all the boxes in what I look for when buying Virgin hair It has been only one week so far and as much as I LOVE how soft bouncy and full the hair is it still has to be tested for the long haul! Lots of parties and events to attend which means this hair is going to be giving me it's money's worth

Next review will be of the hair styled and I promise more photos, in the meantime of you need to find out more about Du Jour and the other types of hair they offer visit their facebook page:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Get Into the Style Spirit

I think this is an awesome idea to buy and support local talent, especially for all your upcoming Carnival events; check out the list of designers you may also be able to score some Monday Wear from J. Angelique Clothing and swimwear from Chandra Maharaj.





Trinidad Lookbook Hosts Fashion Weekend To Showcase Emerging Designers

November 10, 2012 - Port of Spain, Trinidad. It’s all about exposure. In the fashion industry, it’s imperative to get your name out there, develop your brand, and find your client base. Out of this ilk comes Style Spirit Fashion Weekend, a three-day fashion and lifestyle event.


Produced by Trinidad Lookbook, Trinidad and Tobago’s premiere fashion magazine, Style Spirit aims to both introduce breakthrough designers to the local fashion market, and boost Trinidad and Tobago’s burgeoning fashion industry. Scheduled for December 7th-9th, this event is geared specifically towards emerging designers from across the Caribbean region.
“At Trinidad Lookbook, we have always encouraged a more progressive approach to local fashion,” said Mel Gabriel, Editor-In-Chief of the magazine. “We believe Style Spirit will be an opportunity for emerging designers to re-evaluate and redefine the industry. We look forward to changing the current language about the fashion industry in Trinidad and Tobago, and using this weekend to negotiate a sensible approach to its sustainability.”

Set in a massive warehouse, the weekend’s events will include designer presentations, an accessories trunk show, insightful and informative seminars, networking opportunities, and after-parties with top local DJs and VIPs. Trinidad Lookbook has committed itself to promoting and supporting the local fashion industry and its stakeholders. Style Spirit is an extension of this goal.


WHAT:
Style Spirit Fashion Weekend 2012

WHO:
Trinidad Lookbook

WHEN:
Friday December 7th to Sunday December 9th, 2012

WHERE:
The Warehouse, Champs Fleurs

TICKETS:
$300.00

For more information, visit Style Spirit online via http://bit.ly/OCLETO and follow us on Twitter at @StyleSpiritTT, hashtag #StyleSpirit. https://www.facebook.com/events/322111601221301/

Friday, November 09, 2012

Soca Monarch Contest - Soca Parody

Spread the Energy..... with a Soca Monarch Parody! 


Soca Monarch is giving away passes to the invite-only International Soca Monarch Launch, happening next Thursday 15th November 2012 at the gorgeous Hyatt Regency Hotel!

Want to win an invitation to mingle with the local and international Stars and hear exclusive updates on our plans for 2013? They're about to make it easy to party with Soca Monarch in style!

 Here’s what you have to do!
 - Choose a verse and chorus of a Soca Song that you love (ANY Soca Song!)
 - Rewrite the lyrics to include the keywords “Soca Monarch”, “Party”, “Energy” and “Carnival”
 - Post under the Soca Monarch status on their Facebook Fanpage!

 It’s as simple as that! 

Winners will be chosen at random at 6pm daily for the next 4 days, and will receive a fabulous invitation to the launch, as well as the chance to share their very best memory of International Soca Monarch over the years! 

 Get creative with those lyrics, ladies and gentlemen! May the best Fan win!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Ambrosia Cosmetics Customized Makeup Kits


Ambrosia Cosmetics is now offering customized Carnival makeup kits for you do it yourself ladies.

Send Ambrosia a photo of your costume and they will prepare special kit just for you. Check out Ambrosia on Facebook or the flyer  below for more details:
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