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Five Steez names new loosie off Dutch footballer Dennis Bergkamp

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Five Steez hits the back of the net with his new 'loosie' titled Bergkamp, a random verse over a head-nodder crafted by The Patents out of Poland. The track begins and ends with exciting football commentary as Five Steez glides over the track with ease, all within 90 seconds, requiring multiple replays.


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Behind the Seams with Krystal Chong-Hamre Author of "What the Hell am I supposed to do with my Life"

Thursday, June 22, 2017
"I'm a reformed depressive and anxious mess, turned life lover, explorer and purposeful soul"- Krystal Chong-Hamre


Marketing Guru was a word synonymous with Krystal Chong-Hamre just a few years ago who held the title of Chief Marketing Officer and adviser to the board at her family business Honey Bun in Jamaica. During this time she was on her A-game and was instrumental in taking the company public and implemented the School Days campaign that had a reach of over 700,000 students. Life, on the outside looked perfect for the effervescent personality but on the inside she was silently suffering. Life became monotonous and while going through the daily motions, she suddenly discovered "there had to be more to life" and had an "Eat, Pray, Love" moment and left her corporate life behind and headed to New York. This journey led her to discover her true calling in life and is chronicled in her book "What the hell am I supposed to do with my Life". The Haute Lifestyle caught up with the newly married author to learn more about the book

H.P: You did something most people think to do but rarely actually do. At what point did you decide there has to be more to life?

KCH: Hahaha, Yes... But my hope is that more people will actually do it, so that they can get the most out of this one life we have! That’s the reason I wrote the book.
The point that I decided there had to be more to life was when I was at a high point in my career. I had done all the things I thought I was supposed to do to be happy; great education, great job, ‘great’ life and I just felt completely empty. And I knew more of those things… more money, more success, more recognition, was never going to fill that hole that I felt in my life. And I knew I had to try something else or I would live out the rest of my life with that empty feeling. And this is how my search and my journey began.

Meditating in the streets of Manhattan

H.P: Of all the places in the world, why did you choose New York?

KCH: When I knew I had to find a new path, I had no idea how to begin that path (again another reason I wrote the book… so that other’s will have more straight forward steps about where to begin and what’s up ahead). But even though I didn’t know where to begin, at that time, I knew I could not sit around and do nothing and let my life waste away. I was eager to find that thing that I felt calling me, that thing that would make me feel complete, that thing that I was put here on this earth to do. And one thing was for sure - I needed to grow in ways I had not grown before. I needed a change of environment to force me to grow like this. I was really drawn to New York because I saw it as an incubator, somewhere that would be a really powerful stimulus for that growth I was craving.

Sitting pretty with her pup Louie 

H.P: Was there any doubt in your mind that you might not have made it?
KCH: Hahahahahah!!! Oh my gosh! This question is hilarious! Did I ever have doubts that I might not make it?  ALL… THE… TIME!! I feel it all the time still - it gets less and less over powering, but it never goes away. Everyone who takes a chance on anything feels that way, whether or not they admit it - that’s just human nature. But for me, there was one thing that was stronger than that doubt; it was the deep desire not to waste this one life I have been given, my one chance here on earth. I was prepared to try and to fail, but I was not prepared to die, having spent my entire life unhappy, never having known what could have been, but always wondering. That thought was so much scarier than failure to me. And there were many times along the way, after I’d made huge progress that I’d have a whole new set of doubts and considered giving up, but at every turn, that desire for finding what my purpose was, was stronger than the doubt. Just find whatever your desire is that’s stronger than your doubt, and let that pull you forward.

H.P: Tell us about the Journey to “What the Hell Am I supposed to do with my Life”?
KCH: Basically, I did what the world told me I was supposed to do, and I realized that, that was never going to bring me true happiness. But because I grew up in a world that teaches you one thing, ‘money + success = happiness’ I was so lost about where to begin to find my own brand of happiness. I had struggled with anxiety and depression all my life, and this feeling of not knowing where my place was in life… feeling like I was living some life that wasn’t my own, made my anxiety and depression worst and it got so bad that one night, I hit rock bottom and I got to a point where I was desperate for change. And once I made that decision, deep within my soul that night, that I was going to do what it took to change and to find some meaning and purpose for my life, the universe started bringing all these incredible things into it. It was literally like magic.
What the Hell am I supposed to do with my life
The very day after I hit rock bottom and made the decision to change, I walked into a juice store, and this homeless yogi Rasta man came up to me and out of nowhere he said, “You seem anxious, do you want to do mediation?” And usually I would have been like, “Ammm no. Who the hell are you? No I don’t want to do some boho meditation with hippie pot smoking homeless man,” but because I had become so desperate, I became totally open to anything, and instead I said, “Yes.” This is Hado, the reader’s favorite character. And he became my spiritual guide and is today one of my very best friends.
That led to a whole sequence of events that saw me leaving my job, moving to New York, and going on one wild and crazy eat-pray-love type of journey, which led me to overcome my struggles with anxiety and depression. I’ve been off meds for years and am much happier and more peaceful than I ever was even when I was on them. But more than that, it led me to find a place of peace in my life, to find my purpose, to find work that brings me alive and that I can’t wait to wake up every day to do. And the journey led me to find my wonderful husband. And I just wanted to share that story and all the lessons I learned along the way, so that everyone who is struggling with the same things I was struggling with knows that they don’t have to, that they’re not alone, and so that they will have some straightforward practical action steps of what they can do right now to start transforming their own life. Remember, if you’re confused about something, it’s a good thing, it means you’re on the verge of figuring something out. Just focus on the solution and you will find it.

Krystal Chong-Hamre at her book launch for "What the Hell am I supposed to do with my Life"

H.P: Give us an insight on the “Author Life” (the process involved in writing a book) did you self-publish?
KCH: After my Eat-Pray-Love Journey, I got to a point where I felt a complete sense of peace in my life that I was in the right place in my life. And it healed my issues with anxiety and depression, and I just felt a deep sense of drive connected to what I wanted to do. In that very moment, the entire content of the book came into my head at once, and I had to grab a pen and write down in literally 20 seconds, the title for each chapter. Then every day for 3 months, I sat down to fill in the content for those chapters, and it would just come to me, like I couldn’t keep up with typing fast enough. I would be exhausted at the end of the day and honestly, in awe, after re-reading the material that was just written. I was truly blessed by being connected to something deeper than myself when I wrote this book. That’s why I believe in the content in it as much as I do.
Yes I did self-publish.

H.P: Tell us about the first time you laid eye on your now husband?
KCH: I could feel immediately that he had the most kind and generous heart. He was beautiful, of course, but what I really noticed was that he had the most beautiful energy. And to this day, whenever i’m around him, his energy is so calming, and he’s my biggest supporter. Once I aligned to finding my purpose in life, the universe conspired to help me find it, and bringing him into my life was a huge part of that journey.

Krystal and her husband Lasse share an intimated moment at their wedding | Photo Credits: Lexon Photography, Jamaica Gleaner

H.P: We just had to ask … who designed your Wedding Dress?
KCH: Galia Lahav, an Isreali wedding dress designer.

H.P: Finish the Sentence… I cannot live without my ….
KCH: Ability to ask questions, and dig deeper to find more behind the meaning in life and how to live it as fully as possible.

H.P: Finish the Sentence… On a Sunday night you can find me at ….
KCH: Curled up on the couch with my husband and our little dog child watching a movie under mounds of comfy blankets.

You can find the "What the Hell Am I supposed to do with my life" Book at the following places below

Book may be purchased in hard copy, e-book and audio book (narrated by the author) on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6Z4ZFA
Or it can be found in Jamaica in Innovative Super Store, Discount and Lane Pharmacies, Bookophilia, Kerry Man Woman Home and Sangsters.



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Style Must-Haves for Women Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Women entrepreneurs are nowadays stronger than ever – they’re educated, successful, fierce, and classy, which is exactly why young girls should look up to them. These ladies are also very stylish and fashionable, and if you want to know what are their style secrets, just stay with us and keep on reading. Here are some useful tips and tricks on how to dress like them.

What to wear to a job interview?





No matter what job you’re applying for, there are certain rules that need to be followed when it comes to dress code. Of course, you should always give your best to look as professional as you can, since that’s one of the most effective ways to leave a great first impression. However, you can also opt for a more casual outfit if you know for sure that the company in question advocates that.
Mixing elegant pieces with casual ones is an amazing way to show your personal style and who you actually are – that’s exactly what fashion is all about, right? So, if your style is a bit edgy and you simply can’t live without your black leather jacket, you can definitely wear it even in a business setting but with some slight adjustments. For example, you can match it with a formal pencil skirt and a classic white blouse – even some neutral shades such as beige and grey can also do the trick.
Once that’s done, just add some nice pieces of jewelry, like small crystal earrings or a delicate necklace, and voila – you’re all done for a job interview!

Fashion should be both personal and personalized



Millennials from all over the globe consider fashion a really important part of their lives, but the fact is that they aren’t into showing off with high-end designer names. Instead, they love expressing their individuality and creativity through their fashion choices, which is exactly why they don’t follow trends blindly.
Instead, they’re adapting those trends according to their personal style, which most often results in breathtaking clothing combos that are so versatile and therefore appropriate for numerous occasions – from going to work and meeting with business partners, to having a dinner with your friends or colleagues after working hours. The key to success lies in your ability to customize every clothing item and make it look unique on you because that’s what makes any outfit so authentic.

Style must-haves you simply need to own


 

When it comes to some style must-haves, it’s always a good idea to invest in some designer pieces that are very minimalist on their own, but which can transform literally any outfit – even the one appropriate for corporate events. Needless to say, such combos are perfect for partying with your friends, too – just be sure to upgrade them a little bit with some statement jewelry and killer heels.
Black Oskar the Label pants are exactly what you need if you have to transition from a formal business outfit to a more casual one, without having to go home to change. During the day, you can match them with a classic white shirt and some beautiful flats in a neutral shade. On the other hand, evening outfits require a bit more glamorous pieces, so make sure to match these pants with a hot pink fitted shirt and sky-high silver heels, complemented with a matching clutch and some stunning pieces of jewelry like diamond earrings or a stylish bangle.
As you can see, women entrepreneurs have so many options to choose from since business dress code is not as strict as it used to be. They are allowed to play with fashion and incorporate some pieces that perfectly depict their personal style, which is a huge step forward when it comes to dressing up in a formal environment. Once you realize that fashion is a game you should experiment with, you’re halfway there!

Author BIO:



Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly in fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: LA Fashion, Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.


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Things I did in University + Advice for the Future


I  was more than elated when I was asked to turn back the hands of time and give myself advice when I was in University 6 years ago! Yes, you read that right 6 years ago. The photos don't show my true age (thank God) so I can easily pass for a "freshas" as we called first year students. Keep reading as I recount my years as a University student of yester-year and the advice I would give to "College Me" + Advice for the future.

The pathway to the rest of my life .. or so I thought as a 1st year student. I don't remember there being a sign or I was just too short to notice. 

Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy. This is the place that had all the info I needed about my major from classes to the many complaints of Lecturers who had material from 4 years ago still on a projector.  I had a love-hate relationship with this place as it was extremely small and always packed

My Major + 1st Day

It all started in the Faculty of Humanities and Education in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies Mona. Fun fact: I failed the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication entry exam as it was solely based on Jamaican History, Media and things that I did not know. I did well on the Pop Culture Section but messed up royally on other parts :-) The next best thing was Language, Communication and Society so I opted for that and was in for the challenge of a lifetime (in 3 years) On the first day, I felt like a fish out of water, everybody else looked like scary giants as I looked up lost and confused standing at just 5"0". I saw a handsome stranger and decided to ask for directions and he was so kind and pointed me to the Faculty office where I was recognized by students from my High School that I did not know remember. If you are a Freshman in College, as daunting as it might seem , never ever be afraid to ask for help! It will save you so much time and money to ask someone who did it before you. Ask for help as it relates to classes to take, books to read and how to cheese your way to an A with the lecturers. Ladies! there is a way to sell yourself without actually selling your self if you catch my drift. For example, I was advised by a previous student that my History Lecturer liked when people laughed at his corny jokes , sat at the front and participated in class.

This is the path I walked on to and from classes , the Library and other Faculties. This path was traversed quite frequently  by us Humanities who wanted "justice" on papers we wrote from our Lecturers. The doors behind me are where we had tutorials (smaller classes) and some Lecturers were based there

This is "N3" where I had most of my classes from Philosophy, Linguistics, Entertainment and one time I went to a Club Meeting there | At UWI we didn't have a home-room so N3 was pretty much it for us. This classroom was always freezing so we all had to have hoodies

Life As a Full Time Student

Classes were intense! As a full-time 1st year student, I had classes from 8 a.m to 9 p.m! There was hardly any free time or any time to idle, yet there are people who still wasted time and only showed up for exams! Kids, consider it a luxury and privilege to attend College/University and don't waste time as there are many people who would love to be in your shoes. I recommend making a timetable in MS word or Excel of all your classes.. include lectures, tutorials and consultation Hours. Grrrl (and guys) those Consultation Hours are a life saver! Most lecturers will reserve time slots where students can go in with any questions and queries. Ensure you are prepared and never go in like a total dumbbell expecting to get the answers from the Lecturers. Always, be prepared for the worst as I like to say. As it relates to course work, ensure you read your outline carefully and know where you really need to put in work. Back then it was 60% Exams and 40% coursework. The pass mark for us was 40% so you know that if you get 40% on your coursework (which was easy if you did all your assignments and studied for tests) and got another 40% on exams that would be a total of 80% which would be an A. Being a straight A was doable as a student as it required skill, determination and of course perseverance.

The "N" Block was where I had mainly Philosophy and Language classes (French) and tutorials. I hated the way it was numbered as they upgraded some classrooms and they would be on opposite ends so we would literally walk yards across the lawn from "N 1" to "N3"

The Commuting Students Lounge was the hang-out spot for students who did not live on campus and had no place to be. Some of my fondest memories and greatest friendships were here. This is where all the drama went down! 

Being a Commuting Student , Parties + Study Tips

As a commuting student, adjusting to Campus life was a bit hard as I felt like students who lived on Campus all had this special bond and they were a part of everything. The commuting students lounge in my Faculty was my saving grace. As the name suggests, it was a lounge area for commuting students to go between classes. They had day-beds which I slept on numerous times, I recommend taking a small towel or something to lay over this before you put your face there. It was set up like a living room, with soft chairs and a T.v , Bathroom , lockers , kitchenette, eating area, computer room and an outdoor area. Back then it was the place to be and everyone knew everyone! My favorite memories are Commuting Students day where we have a parade, party and of course food! While we are on the topic of party... nothing is wrong with parties but I do recommend getting your assignments and course work done (properly) so you can really appreciate it. At University, you definitely need a balance. The University I went to is known for epic parties and a few staple ones like Hardwine, Carnival, Jouvert and so much more. Ladies! never take drinks from strangers! and always pace yourself! My friends and I always went in groups; if one person wasn't going, we would all not go!

Beehive Lunch Spot. This was named because of it's odd shape similar to a "Beehive". Like a Beehive, at lunchtime this place was extremely noisy as it attracted swarms of students from all Faculties buzzing around and eating.

Nardos Stall. On campus everybody knows about Nardos stall. If you are short on lunch money talk to Nardo and he will give you something hot like his famous Hot Dog or Soup! Ensure you pay back as soon as you can. We love Nardo because he is hard-working and honest and we all experienced his "come-up". He was featured numerous time in Media for all that he does on campus.

Food, Saving + Fun



There are so many great places to eat on campus and I started I gained the "Freshman 15" or 10 in my case because of my poor eating habits. I quickly grew tired of On campus food and opted for off-campus options. In order to afford this, I relied on the Off Campus bus which was pretty much already paid for and all you had to do is have your I.D to ride. It went off campus to the other University nearby, and it went to commercial areas that had banks and malls etc. If you have an option like this available, make use of it as it will save you money. One thing I wished I did differently was to eat off campus less as the area was more of an upper middle class area which meant the food was expensive. I had a classmate told me that if I invested the money I spent on fast food it would be better for me in the long run. I really wished I took his advice as I would be sitting on a nice nest egg :-) One thing about my Faculty is that we are considered more artsy and creative and our clothes should reflect that. You were basically known by what you wore. There was a guy who literally wore a green polo shirt and combat boots everyday and that's what we called him "the guy in the green polo shirt and boots" I saved money on clothing by purchasing my items in bulk. Whenever I traveled, I stacked up on Jeans and tons of tops so I could create multiple outfits. I would occasionally save my a portion of my lunch money to purchase items that I needed. I wished I had tips on financial aid and tuition but mine was paid by my father ( no loan) but I can tell you to always check with the bursar to see what options are available. For any of my U.S. readers who had to take out loansrefinancing student loans is an option too .

I remember a friend getting a Grant to pay for 2 semesters because of her grades and you can get a job on campus if that is available. At my University, they would always need invigilators during exams and people for events on campus. These were all paid by the hour so if you are interested in any of these, jump on it early as you are not the only one wanting the job.


Regrets




I definitely regretted not being more active in "activities". I did dancing for one semester and stopped and I tried out for the cheer leading team but stopped because training was kinda lame. I also regretted not being more vocal on campus and going out for one of the posts during the student elections.


Advice to Future Students



University can be the best and worst time of your life and it all depends on how you view it. Ensure that you have a goal and a plan in mind with a clear outline on how you plan to achieve them. Ensure that you are mentally, emotionally and financially prepared and ready to start! I have lost friends in first year who failed to live up to certain standards and had to quit school. Please do not go in thinking it's a free for all and you can go in, dress cool and act a fool. You will learn really fast that it is not High School and you will fail if you are not ready! Ensure that you go in with an open mind and not a sheltered one.

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