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International Media tunes in to Jamaican Gospel

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
DJ Nicholas at the TBN sign outside their New York studios recently before his interview with TBN Salsa
Jamaican gospel recording artiste DJ Nicholas is very happy that his forth studio album, 'The Audiologist', has garnered him international media attention. The artiste was recently featured on International Christian Media giant TBN and flew to New York for the in studio recorded interview on "In the Mix" to be aired on TBN Salsa later this month.

Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is one of the largest platforms worldwide for Christian ministry, this was Dj Nicholas' first time being featured on this platform but insists that it won’t be the last.

"I felt really blessed when the host of the programme reached out to me and invited me on. She said she knew some of my songs as well so that was also very humbling. I shared my testimony and performed new material from the album so I can’t wait to see the feature air" Dj Nicholas shared

This isn't the first time that the artiste has been featured on international media, in 2015 and 2016 Dj Nicholas was featured on Atlanta Live TV and on BET Celebration of Gospel.

The artiste is now back in the island preparing for the Jamaican album launch for his 'The Audiologist' project. The event is slated for this Friday July 21 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre with special performances from international Grammy nominated worshipper Todd Dulaney and Jamaican gospel singer Jermaine Edwards among others.
Dj Nicholas is excited to perform in Jamaica because it has been some time since he has been on stage in his home country.

DJ Nicholas and In The Mix Host Jannie Ortega on set at TBN Salsa studios in New York recently
 "Come out this Friday for a blessing! It’s been a while since I performed in Jamaica so sharing my new album is the perfect opportunity to fellowship and worship at home." Nicholas added

Dj Nicholas is slated to be the Caribbean representative on a major event in Florida in October which features Kirk Franklin, William McDowell among others. After the Jamaican launch of 'The Audiologist', DJ Nicholss will continue the album promotion in the US. The album will also be available for digital purchase on July 21.

For more updates om Dj Nicholas follow him on social media @djnicholas1.


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Disrespecting a Cultural Icon is a NO NO

Monday, July 17, 2017

Just a few moments ago we typed "Disrespecting an Icon" into Google search and Dancehall singer Ishawna came up. It is safe to say that she is "trending", we here at The Haute Lifestyle are not in the business of bashing or disrespecting women but! we thought it made sense to shed light on what she did.

The popular Instagram post with the singer dressed in a barely there outfit with the words:


 "Mi nuh dress inna tablecloth like Miss Lou" sent many in a frenzy on Social Media and Miss Lou herself came back to life and dissed her in true Miss Lou Fashion. For my international readers who might not have known who Miss Lou is, think of her as the Maya Angelou of the Caribbean, she brought Jamaican Creole to life by way of story telling and poetry. Here is what Google said "Louise Simone Bennett-Coverley or Miss Lou, OM, OJ, MBE, was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator". 

I think as an adult female, there are certain things you just don't do which includes Insulting a cultural Icon! I think this is where my generation often go wrong; the line between respect and disrespectful is often blurred and we have no respect for those before us who paved the way so we could have access to certain resources. We kinda understand what she was saying .. ish, after all that is what you do on Instagram; you wear next to nothing clothing then you quote a scripture or something similar to Ishawna. We think this one went a bit too far in all aspects and she should give a formal, sincere apology to the Minister of Culture and the people of Jamaica on a whole and explain why she thought it was necessary to make that reference. All in all, Ishawna was successful in being a trending topic on Social Media so she got something out of all of this debauchery.

What are your thoughts on the Issue?

"Jack Mandora ... mi nuh choose none" 

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5 Times Rihanna Gave us Closet Envy

Friday, July 14, 2017

We are back for everybody's favorite Friday series "Closet Envy". As you can tell from the topic above, it is all about Rihanna today as we have been sleeping on Rih Rih .. how could we do such a thing?! We all know Rihanna plays by her own rules and her style is quite unique ... no matter what she wears it looks good and interesting. Keep reading to see some of our favorite looks.


Wild Thoughts


We know you are still Jammin to the "Wild Thoughts" Hit! Every one and their Moms had the Make-up look and the signature green dress to match. This same dress is a big seller on all the Fashion websites.

Denim X Denim


The denim skirt was dead and Rhi Rhi revived it! C'mon we all know it's true -- since it's revival we have a new appreciated for denim skirts and it was trending on Instagram for a while.


REAL GUCCI


We know this is not a typical "Fashion Look", but! Handbags are accessories and are a staple of any outfit. Traditional brand Gucci has seen a boom this season thanks to celebrities like Rihanna. This "Real" bag has been seen on the arms of so many celebrities and Fashionistas. I know after seeing Rihanna with it, I wanted one too. 😁


Camouflage 


"I love Camoflauge" said no one ever! Shortly after Rihanna showcased her latest Fenty collection that featured the army trend-- the dowdy prints were making headline everywhere. The over-sized Camouflage served as an outfit staple in every Blogger's closet.


Modern Modesty


We are all shocked (in a great way) when she saw Rihanna in this grey modern-professional woman outfit when she gave her speech at Harvard. Ladies, you can look modest yet trendy while in a professional setting.

We know Rihanna have tons of Fashion looks, but these were the ones that inspired current trends. What are your favorite Fashion Looks?


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Behind the Seams : Expat Artist Arwa Turra

Thursday, July 13, 2017

“Words intoxicate me” – Arwa Turra


Arwa Turra describes herself as a designer, story teller , artist and mom. This Indian expat is currently living in Jamaica professionally as a Designer and have worked as an Interior Designer in India and Dubai for several years. She is known for her unique flower art that we first saw at “Moda Market” last November. Her pieces were so beautiful that we used one of the “Ballerina Girls” as our Cover Page Image for our special Christmas Gift Guide Magazine. When she shared exclusively that she would be releasing a T-Shirt Collection we just had to get first dibs! Today, The Haute Lifestyle goes Behind the Seams with Arwa Turra.

THP: So, how did you become a T-Shirt Designer?
A.T: My art is one of a kind -- It’s a medium to tell stories of strong & independent women from across the world. The focus of my art is the Woman -- drawn to reflect the poise and grandeur she possess and is supported by architecture from the country she belongs to, drawn as the backdrop. But, what really makes my artwork unique and draws attention, is the use of silk flowers to design the dresses of the illustration. The layers of flowers add a third dimension in otherwise flat two dimensional works. I am a self-taught artist and when I showcased my art, I got enough love and appreciation from across the world. As I progressed with my art techniques, I wanted to discover different 'canvas' (surfaces & mediums) to 'draw my stories' and so I thought of doing it on fabric. I want people to not just adorn their walls but to dress themselves in my art. Also through clothes my work can reach out globally to art lovers.

THP:  We know you as an Artisan, why did you decide to tap into the T-Shirt market?
A.T: There are people who are satisfied with the products off the shelves and then there are some fashionistas who don't settle for ordinary but want their outfits to be given special attention. I want to cater to those fashionistas and art lovers with my handmade art and crafts on t-shirts and dresses. Also, many of my audience saw my illustrations & their dresses, and said that the dresses look so real that they wanted to get it for themselves. So to fulfil the requests of my fans to make my art wearable, I started investing my time and passion into this new product.

THP: Talk us through your creative process
A.T: First comes the passion to do something gratifying and unique, then comes the ideas & the drive to accomplish it, then I brainstorm the concepts which should bring out the story I brew in my mind at the weirdest hours of the day like 3-4 a.m. (hence my writing page - 'Spilled Thoughts at 4am', but that’s for another day!) and once I know what I am going to do, the process is easy and fast. I prepare few rough sketches, finalize one; paint, stick and sew the flowers or jewels to bring the illustration to life. The final test is that I wear it and check myself in the mirror thousand times to see how cool it looks (or not!) and then I make it public.

THP: What is your biggest reason to get out of bed every day?
A.T: Apart from my kids jumping on my back and yelling in my ears, my desire to get back to my artwork and quickly sketch the ideas which were instilled by some secret force in my mind overnight. No, I am not joking, just trying to be poetic because I love writing and reading too.


THP: Tell us a little bit about your new T-shirt collection?
A.T: This collection will be my first collection and it consists of t-shirts and summer dresses with my handmade and embellished illustrations onto them. It is made out of love for girls and women who are fashion and art lovers and are so proud of being a woman. The different kind of illustrations would cater to different kinds of women. The Free spirited Bohemian, The selfie queens, The pout queens, The Chic and Stylish Dresser, The down to Earth soul, etc.
People who have followed my art will now see it on clothes and will be able to wear them. I intend to do my next set of collection on different styles of tops and dresses but it will always be casual, street wear and fun party dresses.


THP:  Which of the T-Shirts are your personal favorites?
A.T: The Bohemian girl on the white t-shirt because I love that illustration and I feel connected to that personality of being free spirited, fun loving yet very chic. Also it can be paired up with blue denim shorts, which are my personal favorite and can become a very effortless casual chic outfit.


THP: Imagine you were stranded on a deserted Island... What 3 items would you take?
A.T: My family pics, a good book and chocolates!



THP: What can we expect from you in coming months?
A.T: More and more stories scribbled, painted on various surfaces and new designs and styles of my wearable arts.

THP: Where can we find your T-shirts?
A.T: Individuals and boutique owners who wish to buy my hand painted clothes can contact me on my Instagram (@arwaturra) and FB (Form Fashion & Flowers) page until I develop my website and I shall keep my followers on Instagram and FB page updated about developments on my side.


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Arwa Turra
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