Quaint by GSC

To me, Gabrielle Clarke is a Jane of all trades. When I first met her, she was trying her hand at hair braiding, and I must say she did it really well, I was a customer at a point. Now she has started designing clothes and bags, and I must support her new venture as her styles are beautiful.

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Her designs go by the name Quaint by GSC, and with such an interesting name I asked what inspired it?

GSC: I wanted a name that stood out. I didn’t want a typical “Gabby’s Designs” so I said okay, “what kinda clothes will I be making?” then I thought, things that basically stand out, things that are different, kinda boho, rootsy and rare. I looked for words that meant those things and somehow I ended up with “Quaint.” I still wanted to make it personal so I added the “by GSC.” 

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I also asked her why she started designing?

GSC: So, I was encouraged by someone to enter a clothing line into Rex Uber Fashion Show on Noverber 21, 2015. I was scared but then I decided to take the chance. So after making my final decision, I decided that okay, If I’m doing this I’m going to do it big. As such, I started a business. I also decided that my first line would be afrocentric. My plan was to deviate after the first line took off but then I realized how much people loved it and I saw all the possibilities that there was, so I decided to do it all the way and that’s how “Quaint by GSC” was birthed. By the way Quaint by definition is anything strangely attractive or unusually interesting hence my slogan “UNUSUALLY INTERESTING.” 

So there you have it, a new unusually interesting clothing line to shop from, as I said, and as you can see her designs are beautiful. So take a look on her Instagram and Facebook page for more photos, then message her any enquiries.

View more of her designs below. (Click photo to enlarge)

Check out Quaint by GSC on:
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Featured image from the Quaint by GSC Facebook page.
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The Late Night Par

The Late Night Par is a Jamaican podcast hosted by four young adults- Kangwa Sambo, Mumba Sambo, Rushell Ferarah, and Yannick Reid. They share their perspectives on current affairs and culture, while featuring special guests from time to time, along with giveaways.

Visit their blog for a run through of the episodes’ topics:

TheLateNightPar.wordpress.com

or listen directly from Soundcloud:

The Late Night Par

I like the podcast because everyone has a unique perspective, and they are hilarious. I get a good laugh from every episode. Continue reading “The Late Night Par”

Momo Penelli Designs

Monique Jones (Momo)

Meet Momo Penelli, this is her story.

Monique Jones is a self taught, 19 year old, Jamaican designer. She’s currently juggling University and her business venture. I met Momo through a friend, at the end of 2014 actually and she seemed cool, as she was into the same things I liked, and when she started Momo Penelli Designs in 2015, I was intrigued and excited. I loved the Afrocentric theme of her designs and I knew I had to support her.

When I decided to make a Shout Out Saturday post about Momo, I contacted her to tell her and I asked one question, “Why did you decide to start Momo Penelli Designs?”

She explained that the clothes she liked in stores were very expensive, so she started watching D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) videos on YouTube, which led to her purchasing her very own sewing machine. Being self taught, she made clothes to her liking, with an Afrocentric style. Her friends and family were amazed that she was self taught, and at the uniqueness of her designs, thus she started getting requests for pieces.

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After much more practice she took her love for African prints and African culture, and turned her new talent into a business. Momo Penelli is different because a lot of people associate African fabrics with long, big dresses and other boring outfits, so she added a modern twist. The colours are fun, vibrant and suitable for wear all year round.

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“I’m a lover of colour, and the mixing of different prints and colours to create a whole outfit comes from my love of nature, plants in particular. I get a lot of colour coordination from multicoloured flowers.”

“It has been a year since I started Momo Penelli Designs and I must say, starting was not easy, and I’m still learning as I go, with hope to grow. I give thanks for reggae music, African people and their culture, Mother Nature, my family and friends, valued customers, and Jah Kings and Queens who motivate I. They all inspire Momo Penelli Designs.” -Monique


 

Another part of my birthday gift was a beach day, I bought a Kimono/Swimsuit cover from Momo Penelli and I love it! Look out for my beach day post!

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Check Momo out: (International Delivery available.)

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Featured image from Momo Penelli’s facebook page.

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Martina’s Nails Place

There are a million & one Hair Salons or Nail technicians that you can go to and get your nails done but I want to give a shout out to Martina’s Nails Place, this nails place is one of my favourites. The ambiance is so nice, it makes me feel real rich! (big up Tanto Blacks every time, anyweh him deh.) It has really nice décor, the staff are friendly yet professional and their work is impeccable, I would recommend Martina’s to everyone.

I knew of them while they were at Princeville Plaza on Constant Spring Road but now they have relocated to a bigger location Shop #1 in 7th Avenue Plaza, Half Way Tree. They also recently opened a location in Fairview, Montego Bay. Continue reading “Martina’s Nails Place”

House Of The Arts

I missed the last Shout Out Saturday so I decided to give a shout out to House of the Arts, in the middle of the week 🙂

HouseoftheArts.org is an international blog and magazine created to promote Jamaica’s visual and performing arts. I like the essence of Jamaica, it’s culture, our art forms, the whole works, art is just beautiful; so I loved the feel of this blog. I happened to be on Instgram one day and saw a post from them, promoting guest writers, so me with my nuff self jumped at the opportunity and emailed them. This was last year and I sat with the agreement in my email not knowing what to write about. Then the other day it struck me, Ancient Future Live, and so I wrote about the upcoming concert of my favourite muse, Protoje.

Check it out:

Awaiting The Ancient Future|House of the Arts

Featured image from House of the Arts Facebook page.

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Susumba

Susumba is a small green bean also known as “Gully Bean” in Jamaica. In high school I learned of the spiritual powers of the Gully Bean so I’ve never ate it, then again I’m picky with food, and it’s bitter; my Grandma would cook it down with saltfish (codfish) and boiled foods, (dumpling, green banana, yam) for my Grandpa but I’m not talking about the plant now, I’m talking about Susumba.com. This website offers articles about the arts and culture in the Caribbean. They bring us a variety of posts such as: news on art, reviews, interviews, videos and features about music, publishing, film, television, visual arts, theatre arts, and fashion.

Today I’m telling you especially about “Susumba’s Book Bag” which is their quarterly digital literary magazine. “Susumba’s Book Bag is dedicated to showcasing writing of the highest grade from new, emerging and established Caribbean writers at home an in the Diaspora. The digital magazine is an offshoot of the Caribbean arts and entertainment online magazine Susumba.com ” Quote directly taken from the website.

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Cover of Issue 6.

I bucked on it one day while checking out the site, and I entered my flash fiction piece “Heart Of Gold” it was selected and I was pleased to find out I was in Issue 6, which was posted on my birthday, December 22nd. Check it out at the link below.

Susumba’s Book Bag – Issue 6

Featured image from Susumba’s Facebook page.

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Capture Land Jamaica Tour Part 2

Hey Everybody 🙂

The other day I bucked this article on Chronixx’s website (chronixxmusic.com) and it was a good read but something he said stood out to me.

“I hold this tour very close to my heart. The true Reggae experience with a live band has for centuries been the genesis of the acceptance of our music internationally. Now Jamaicans are no longer able to readily access this movement because of cost and accessibility of our best musicians.  I have seen the love for Reggae in other parts of the world and I just want fans in Jamaica to have that opportunity to really connect with the music,” said Chronixx.

Taken from “Chronixx announces second staging of ‘Capture Land’ Jamaica Tour” by Dean Jackson.

As a reggae lover, simply as a music lover I really appreciate the effort that artistes are making to have concerts in Jamaica, so that we are able to experience what other countries get when they have a tour, also these are at an affordable price. Another concert I enjoyed was Live From Kingston. I missed the first staging of the Capture Land Jamaica Tour but I’m going to try to go to the nearest one to me in the second staging, Spanish Town.

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Raheem Brown

Hi guys 🙂

I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday so far. Today I’m shouting out my current little crush, or maybe it’s his remix of “679” by Fetty Wep that I like. Check out this video clip of Raheemthesinger on Instagram.

 

❤ ❤ ❤ he’s cute and he can sing really well, and that Patois remix gave him so many points in my books 🙂

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Nadia Harris McAnuff

I first heard Nadia at RedBones Blues Café for one of the nights of KOTE (Kingston on the Edge Urban Art Festival) her sound was different but it had a nice vibe, different as in unique but I was expecting reggae and this songstress belted a jazzy vibe with a mix of dub… and I loved it!

The second time was when I went to a Sankofa Session, I saw her on the flyer and me and my best friend decided we had to go see her perform again 🙂 It was definitely worth it, plus I got Miss Joy’s homemade juice again!

The third time Continue reading “Nadia Harris McAnuff”

Universal Reggae: The Fund Raiser!

Our favourite page for worldwide reggae news is hosting their very first fund raiser. I’d like you to help out Universal Reggae, by buying one of their T-shirts, the proceeds go to the purchasing of equipment. It’s just $20 us for a shirt, the link is below.

Globalizing Reggae Music and Jamaican Culture –Universal Reggae on Booster.

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