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“Where fashion and music meet on the runway…”

I had the opportunity to attend BIMHAUS (pronounced Bim House) on May 6th, 2017 and to share the event and experience with my lovely readers! The venue was the beautiful Port St. Charles Yacht Club, facing the white sandy beaches of the north-west coast of Barbados.

The venue’s ambiance was undeniable and there was enough time before the start of the show for drinks, shopping around the adorable displays and mingling. It was so refreshing to be around so many creative minds and welcoming faces. Cocktails were served upon entrance but I opted for a small glass of Prosecco, which definitely amped up the vibe emanating from music by DJ D. Luxe (founder and curator of the event).

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The host gently commanded the attention of the crowd and everyone took their seats or found a perfect vantage point to watch and snap photos as the beautiful models of every shade graced the “runway” in the golden evening sunlight.

Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy

I absolutely love these two-toned sunglasses from luxury eyewear brand Peoples from Barbados, designed in France – trés chic! I must also note that not even a single one of the designers or boutiques were a disappointment and the styling was perfectly suited to each model! In a short intermission, patrons had the chance to strut their stuff to the crowd’s praise. My friends encouraged me to get up there myself but shyness got the best of me and I was having enough fun cheering on the likes of Reco Moore, my rootsy print twin for the evening!

Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy

The models effortlessly displayed the pieces and the combined mix of music and design was captivating, I could not help but dance along to all of my favourite songs and hear and share comments about the exhibit. Performances by Mahalia and Teff continued to keep the runway lively and bring bright smiles to attendees, accompanying the  “wows” from the crowd.

Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy

Of course I had to step into the spotlight for a few minutes! I wore a design by Kesia Estwick in this amazing African/Rastafari print and a DIY handmade seed bead wire necklace in similar colours.

I’d like to express my gratitude to the founder of the event for extending an invitation and to Shalaina Joy (who can be contacted at shalainajoy@gmail.com) for assisting me in capturing the essence of the evening! Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment or contact me at thdrhinds@gmail.com for enquiries!

Have you ever heard “it takes a village”? That doesn’t only apply to raising a child. Caribbean culture is very focused on togetherness, and there’s nothing we love more than our bellies! Today I wanted to share with you the lovely meal I shared yesterday with my brothers, a few friends and some of the young men in my home village.

This post is less for the food and more “for the culture.” According to Urban Dictionary, “doing it for the culture” refers to when a person or a group of people do something that they usually wouldn’t do just because the thing they’re doing is hyped. Which, essentially is what’s happening in these photos. Hyped up as a group, the young men decided to start making hearty meals to share among themselves and subsequently that hype led to my participation and this post.

Honestly, by “participation” I mean I sat around and absorbed the atmosphere while capturing photos. Bajans love to lime, and this was no exception as anyone not helping with the meal still hung around, waiting for it to cook and “gaffing” or making jokes.

“THEA!”, my brother and his friends shouted for me and my friend  who were exhausted of “liming” and went inside to watch American Dad on Netflix. However, we rushed outside at the call with bowls, spoons and two tall glasses filled with ice and mauby to enjoy the entirely vegetarian meal.

Curry, rice, a whole pot full of ground provisions, banana and dumplings. This would definitely qualify as a MEAL, both me and my friend found it difficult to finish our bowls which surprised us both since we both enjoy food so much. It was another “vibe” as we laughed at people going back for seconds, made bets on who would and teased anyone who showed sign of “nigoritus” (sleepiness after eating).

There is a common misconception of people who spend their days “liming” and it means a lot to me that I can share one of the many wholesome activities I’ve seen these young men get up to. Thanks so much for reading!

 

 

Have you ever had something you really wanted to express but tattooing it to your forehead seemed a bit irrational? Well Button Babe Bim has fun and quirky buttons which can do just that! It’s a great way to promote your views, express your beliefs or proclaim your fandoms!
My custom-ordered “Island MYST” button alongside a Barbados flag button pinned to my Le Pliage Hobo bag.

Cassie at Button Babe Bim was awesome enough to choose me to help promote her buttons, which meant I got to select two for myself! I e-mailed her and placed an order for custom-made “Island MYST” and “SuperWhoLock” buttons because those are two things I feel very strongly toward.

My other buttons.

I bought three other buttons, featuring Peter Capaldi of Doctor Who, the phrase “Feminism is for Everyone”, a Barbados flag! She even threw in a “Button Babe Bim” pin! I urge you to check them out on Facebook. The buttons are also extremely affordable – BBD$3.50 for one and BBD$10 for three!

 

I’m wearing NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen” brushed on very lightly so the colour isn’t too harsh. This has easily become one of my favourite lip colours.

Also, you might notice that my ears are now stretched to a 6g. I went to Terry at WSalons at The Bridge Street Mall – definitely the place to go for body modification in Barbados. They’re very professional and friendly. It was moderately painful because they had to be stretched to a 4g to fit the flared ends of the jewelry I’m wearing but nothing too unbearable.

Thank you for reading and if you have any questions about Button Babe Bim (or anything actually) feel free to send me a Facebook message or DM me on Twitter!

I’ve recently hopped on board a new project headed by Georgina Callender of D.L. Smith Productions. With the intention of educating the Barbadian population as well as visiting tourists about our heritage and rich history, we set off for the island’s capital of Bridgetown to put on a show. Calista dressed as Lady Gilbert-Carter, myself as Miss Caroline Lee and our stroller, Zanika, as Miss Rachel Pringle headed to town with our team (Georgina Callender, Karlos Yearwood and photographer, Michael Trotman) to peak the interest of passers-by.

 

Calista as Lady Gilbert-Carter (Photo by Michael Trotman)

 
Lady Gilbert-Carter was the American wife of Sir Gilbert-Carer, a former Governor of Barbados. He had served as Governor of Ilaro in Nigeria prior to his arrival. She had great interest in the Arts and Architecture and with this she designed Ilaro Court, a building that would eventually become home to the island’s Prime Minister while in office. She also designed the Empire theatre, undertook the layout of the grounds of Queen’s Park and designed smaller projects such as the birdbath on the Esplanade.

Myself as Caroline Lee (Photo by Michael Trotman)

Caroline Lee was a diminutive beauty of mixed race and olive skin whose name was given to the yellow sweet potato, the Caroline Lee potato. The site of her hotel is now known as Number 1, Broad Street and is home to Harrisons. She was known for her beauty and sweet disposition, said to be one of the most beautiful mulatto women of the time; which earned her the name “Venus of the Antilles.”

(Photo by Michael Trotman)

 

(Photo by Michael Trotman)

 

(Photo by Michael Trotman)

My job was to basically become a living statue, a piece of living history, adorned in an interpretation of 1800’s attire. This was no easy job! Imagine two layers of clothing in the tropical heat and trying to keep a straight face as a “parrowman” dances and makes silly faces at you! Luckily, I managed to pull it off and the experience was amazing! The responses received left a great feeling of pride inside of myself. “Interesting!” “I’ve never seen this in Barbados” “I thought she was a mannequin!” “Mummy, she real?” Entertaining the public while having educated the public is something I’m proud to have been a part of.

(Photo by Michael Trotman)

I urge you to take part in the activity. The living mannequins will be in Bridgetown on Wednesdays and Thursdays (from around 10 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.) and with hopefully increasing popularity, we can make this a standard thing to see in the capitol.

Barbados’ most celebrated festival is “Crop Over,” a huge celebration that can be traced back to when the island was the world’s largest producer of sugar to mark the end of a successful sugar cane harvest. The festival includes a number of events and activities including Speightstown Market. Speightstown is one of the island’s four major towns and is treasured for its antiquated charm and strong history.

 

A “tuk band”, an entertaining Barbadian musical ensemble that plays rukatuk music.

This town means a lot to me personally, it’s a place I spent a great deal of my childhood visiting because it was close to home. It’s where I went grocery shopping on Saturdays with my mother, where I got my first job as a waitress at Island Plates and it’s where I spent evenings on the jetty fishing with my little brothers and playing with stray cats. To see so much festivity in a town that is usually forgotten because of it’s antiquity and location brought warmth to my heart.

Ayeisha Headley and Jerome Codrington of “Flour Petals”

On my adventure in Speightstown I ran into some familiar faces, specifically that of Ayeisha Headley and her partner. Ayeisha owns an order-based home business called “Flour Petals” specializing in anything “cakey”.  When asked about the festivities Ayeisha said that it was “great and brought much attention back to Speightstown.” When asked why she chose to be a vendor at Speightstown Market, Ayeisha stated that it was a good idea for exposure.

Vanilla Cupcakes

 

My complimentary Cookies and Cream Cupcake, delicious!

Another vendor that I had the pleasure of talking to was “Natty”, as he is commonly referred to, of Natty Ted Plants. This well-known eccentric man is known for his lively spirit, colourful hand-painted attire and love of nature. With a vast knowledge of cultivation and landscaping, Natty’s home-grown plants are some of the most beautiful on the island. He is located in Rock Dundo, St. James and can be contacted at +1-246-419-0639 for inquiries.

Natty Ted wearing his hand-painted “One Love” T-shirt

 

 

Natty making sure his plants are happy.
“Birdman”

John “Birdman” Gibbons is a craftsman who designs and makes drums from local materials and is known island-wide for his unique vocal repertoire of birdcalls, sound effects, wind instruments and nature sounds. He teaches Caribbean drumming and folklore and retails in the well-known St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. He caught my eye walking down the street with a rooster by his side, which he occasionally put on his head or carried in his arms.

 

Overall, the event had a great turn out and everybody seemed to be enjoying the food, rum and music. The atmosphere was filled with positive vibes and I’m pleased to have been there to witness it.

This concludes my inaugural “Island CULT” feature of my blog where I share my experiences with Barbadian culture and history. I cover expressive art forms, fashion, festivals, expos or anything that catches my eye! Look out for more and feel free to leave a comment giving your opinion or any suggestions you may have!