One Coco: Quaint by GSC

In all honesty I was hesitant to buy a bag from Quaint by GSC because I felt like I needed something more heavy duty. The more I saw the products of Gabrielle Clarke pop up on my Instagram feed, the more my worries faded. Her products were just too beautiful to ignore, the sewing looked immaculate, and the colours schemes I had seen just made a part of my brain happy. And so I gave in… I purchased a Mini Quaint Afrocentric Backpack.

I had some question about the size and the colours she had to offer; so one lovely Friday afternoon I sent her a DM on Instagram. I initially wanted a bronze backpack but that colour was out of stock. I gave her an A+ for great customer service because I had a million questions, especially when it came to choosing the print and colour, she answered each accordingly. Then I eventually decided what I wanted, I picked the pewter leatherette and an orange and black splatter pattern on a cream backdrop with hints of green. She asked for my contact information and finalized the transaction by emailing me the invoice. I paid a deposit and the process was underway.

Then I waited… Day in day out I checked the Quaint IG story hoping it would be ready earlier than the slated 7 days.  The days passed by quickly, and soon my new obsession was in my arms.

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I give it a 4.75 out of 5 star rating. I have two negatives, the flap for the small section of the bag could be a little bigger, and the lining for the inside of the bag is too large, so it bunches up a bit at the bottom.

Otherwise, I am quite pleased, the sewing is neat, you couldn’t tell this is handmade. The mini is the perfect size for me, it holds my iPad and a ton of things I decide I need to carry everywhere I go (shrugs). I adore the side pouches, it fits my small umbrella and a normal sized plastic drink bottle. I have been wearing the bag everywhere since the night I got it.

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Follow @QuaintbyGSCJa on Instagram and check out her online store to place orders, ShopQuaintbygsc.bigcartel.com, she makes clothes, hats and swimsuits as well.

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The New Wave

The debut.

I got to the Stones Throw Bar at 9:30, when (Dj) The Stamma was running the Dj stand. He was relieved by Dj Jimmy Q at 10pm. Patrick and I conversed, enjoying the ambiance Stones Throw had to offer. It had aTiki Hut vibe, with the main area secluded by decor hanging from the sides of the roof. Making the space cozy by taking off a little of the edge from the cold wind that was blowing. It had dim lighting continuing the feel of relaxation. While waiting for the show to start, patrons began the night, lighting up the space with the refreshing incense that was marijuana; voices and laugher filled the air.

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Protoje.

Soon enough Protoje, the host for the night, came onto the stage and thanked us for supporting, and in that same breath explained the New Wave.  The idea came about by brain storming, and what they wanted to create was a space for creatives to come together. A way to just build and share what we have to offer. The debut of the New Wave event was coupled with the first New Wave radio broadcast, both being on Monday’s. The broadcast is at 2:30pm on News Talk 93.1 fm, hosted by Jimmy Q; this show will bring upcoming talents to the public’s ears.

Proto continued by saying Jamaica is not short of talent but the problem is the means, the resources aren’t readily available for persons to show their passion to the world. The New Wave is a way for creative people to link up, share what they have to offer and network. He also commended the Leggo Career movement for what they’re doing for Jamaican youths. New Wave Ja is not limited to music, it’s for all forms of talent, cinema, dance, fashion…you name it. Next week Monday will be a Cinema edition. He closed off by introducing BLVK H3RO.

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BLVK H3RO.

“H3RO’s talent is undeniable, it’s clear, obvious, present, unique…” He began with his new song, not yet released, “Feet Don’t Fail Me” followed by my personal favourite, “Final Destination” then the song that I had on repeat when I just buck up his Soundcloud page, “My Story.”

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Leno Banton and H3RO during “Skydive”

Next up was “Skydive” with the featured artiste, Leno Banton. Then “Kush & Schwepps”followed by his final song of the set, the high energy, “Herb.” After he closed withthe final song, he asked us to help him sing happy birthday to Grei Show, as it was soon 12am and his birthday. Then he invited Sevana on stage, so we could sing her happy birthday, because it was before 12 and still her day. She actually ended up singing it though 🙂

Grei Show got a little shine after that, he sang a part of his single, “Blind Without Shades.” Protoje came back on stage to sign off and informed us that The Stamma would continue playing music. This would be followed by the aux cord session, ending the night.

Gallery:

Photos by Romario Lynch, you can find him at his website LynchPhotography, and @leBossLynch on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to follow the New Wave on Twitter and Instagram as well: @TheNewWaveJa, and @NewWaveJa respectively.

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Style Quote

“Style is one part self-knowledge and one part self-confidence. In other words, it’s an attitude. It is a life-affirming expression of your character and spirit, a conviction that you are worth knowing, worth looking at and can present yourself well. It is knowing your strengths and weaknesses so that you can accentuate your strengths, not hide real or imagined shortcomings. ”

How To Have Style

I hope this extract from that article inspired you as much as it inspired me 🙂

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StylishLee

Hailing from Montego Bay, Jamaica, is the fashion blogger and stylist, Natasha Lee. I found her blog StylishLee while looking for other Jamaican blogs, and I love it! She almost instantly got a follow from me. I love her style, it’s just refreshing yet wearable, not like fashion that’s totally far out looking like some runway shxt.

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Check out

StylishLee.com

I guarantee you’ll like what you see, her posts are bubbly and attention grabbing, if not the content the photos will definitely hol’ you. This beauty shows a part of Jamaica’s magic in her photos, no I didn’t mean herself 😛 but really check out StylishLee.

@natashaleeds on Instagram.

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Rebel in red lipstick

Hello everyone 🙂

I started a style blog so that I can post my outfits that I like. Why start a new blog? because I don’t want this blog to be bombarded with style posts and I’d love to post about my outfits and makeup but I don’t want it in/mixed with my event posts.img_5795

So click here to check out my new style blog, Rebel in red lipstick 🙂

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Beer Wendzdays

To celebrate the end of my exams and welcome the Christmas festivities I went out with the crew on Wednesday night.

My outfit of the night: BWOOTN1

 

A simple grey & white gathered crush sheer dress with my cropped jeans vest & white heeled wedges. For accessories: I wore my black tam, dog tag necklace, big silver hoop earrings, my black heart bracelet & my signature bead bracelet, copper Siwatu ring & a gold ring I got from my aunt. Oh! and my Bags Des Bois cross body jeans purse with #Rebel on it 🙂

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