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The Haute Girl On A Budget : Buying Clothing

Monday, November 25, 2013

Hi Guys! Happy Monday! We've reached a new goal as you can see if you look to the top right of this page. Thank you all so much for your viewership :-) Today we'll be talking about shopping for clothing on a budget. Whether you are a Fashionista or not, you need clothes. By law it is highly recommended that you wear clothes in public just for your safety and everybody elses.  Here are a few tips to have you looking "Haute" without breaking the bank.

Shop at "alternate"places: Here in Jamaica, if you are looking for a good deal on a Budget, your best bet will be to head Downtown Kingston or Cross Roads. You can find anything from a pin to an anchor downtown depending on the street you go on. If you are overseas, try an Outlet Mall. Most of these places might be a bit out of the way in terms of the distance, but if you plan in advance, it will be beneficial to you.

Buy Essential Pieces: There are certain pieces you need to have in your wardrobe that are considered as "essential" If you invest in these pieces, they can be transitioned into creating many looks by simply pairing them with other items. Click Here to see those pieces.

Use the 70/30 Rule: 70 % of your wardrobe should be classic items ( items that are considered timeless and will not go out of style ) The remaining 30% should be Trendy Items ( items that are hip and in style) You don't need to spend a lot on trendy items because they go out of style really fast and you don't want to have them taking up space in your closet.

Re-cycle/Up Cycle Clothing: If you are into thrifting visit a Thrift shop and you will see items at a ridiculous low cost. In Jamaica, you can visit the Salvation Army store downtown. Another great way is to re-cycle by shopping from your mother's / grandmothers closet. Fashion repeats itself so you are sure to find something for FREE in your mother/grandmother's closet that can be of use to you. Up-cycling involves you taking an old item and adding various trimmings/ hardware to make it look new again. You can add studs to an old T-Shirt or Bleach a pair of pants.

Know When To Buy: There are certain times of the year when clothing is cheaper ( except in Jamaica ) Anyway, I find that things are cheaper in April since not a lot of people are shopping then and also Summer since its "Back to School" time. Never "shop shop" in December unless you are rich which would defeat the purpose of Shopping on a Budget . Seriously though, Retailers know that most people will be shopping at the end of the year so the prices are always high. Its always best to shop earlier in the year for deals. If you are in the states, Black Friday is a good time to buy everything you need for the festive season.

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Artiste on the Rise : Yola Moi

Friday, November 22, 2013
The Jamaican Music Industry has been getting a lot of attention worldwide due to some of our very talented artistes. This year Music powerhouse Tessanne Chin made her musical debut on "The Voice" and was well received worldwide. The Jamaican music industry is becoming dominated by females. Today, Haute people introduces Artiste on the Rise "Yola Moi" , when she is not kicking it in Martial Arts , she is kicking it on the tracks.

H.P: What Inspired you to get into Music?
Y.M: I've always had a passion for performing and entertaining, whether it be, singing or dancing, and I've always known that nothing would give me greater pleasure than making music that people could relate to, and selling that music by delivering fully loaded performances through which people can connect with me and my music.

H.P: How would you describe your sound?
Y.M: Honestly, there is not just one description for my sound, I have many different sounds. I've done songs in a variety of genres; reggae, dance hall, dub step, pop, R&B. You might hear me just singing on a reggae/pop/r&b track and then you might hear me deejaying on a dance hall/reggae track even on a pop track, i just love to mix it up, so you never know what i might come with next. For now though, look out for all dance hall, all reggae, might just surprise you with a pop, but as I say you'll never know.

H.P:What would you say is the one thing that sets you apart from other upcoming Female Artistes?
Y.M: I would say apart from the fact that I record many different genres of songs, I believe that when it comes to performing, I will make that triangular connection between three parties: the audience, the music and myself, the artist. I feel it's important for the audience to feel you, through the music; if I'm happy, they're happy, if I'm sad, they're sad, if I'm in a dancing vibe, i make them wanna dance. It's all about the control of emotion, being able being able to turn somebody's bad day into a good evening and that is truly what making music is about.

H.P: What is the one thing you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life?
Y.M: Well obviously performing is the one thing I would love to do for the rest of my life.

H.P: Finish the sentence ...." I cannot live without my ...
Y.M: I cannot live without my phone. It's loaded with music, has a camera and connection to my loved ones, three most important things for me.

H.P: Any upcoming Projects?
Y.M:Yes, definitely, i have a collaboration with Busy Signal, dropping hopefully by next week, so everyone should look out for that. The song is called "NUH WINE DISCRETE" one of the dancehall songs i said you should look out for, definitely gonna hear me spitting some lyrics in this. Mahd Mahd Ting! and you know Busy always on top of his game.

H.P:Where can fans find your music
Y:M:You can find my music at

Also follow me on instagram and twitter@yolamoimuzik

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Beauty Boxes

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
If you are an avid Magazine subscriber, Beauty Lover, Fashionista, YouTube Watcher, then I'm sure you must have heard about the Beauty Box. A Beauty Box is simply a Box which contains Sample size beauty Products from popular or new brands.

The idea of the Beauty Box is that you pay a monthly fee (subscription), fill out a questionnaire based on your individual preferences then those products are sent to you each month. I know what most of my fellow Jamaicans are thinking "afta wi nuh live a farin , how wi a guh get dem sumn yah". Well if you are one of those people who like to sample products before committing to purchasing full sizes, then Subscribe to a Beauty Box. You can do this by registering with a Courier Company like Mailpac Express or Union Express, and then it will be sent to you :-) Below are some of the most popular Beauty Box Subscriptions.

Ipsy:  Founded by YouTube Beauty Guru Michelle Phan. $10 per month gets you samples of products from Benefit, Nyx, Sexy Hair etc. The great thing about this subscription is you not only get top of the line products, but! You get a really nice bag.

Glossy Box: $21 per month gets you 5 surprise Luxury Beauty Products. Items are delivered to your doorstep . This box is relatively expensive but the brands they carry are worth it. There is also a referral program where you get $10 for each friend who signs up.

Julep: I have been seeing this commercial a lot on T.V . This is one of the few Beauty Box subscriptions that i can say have gone "mainstream". This box is for the Nail Enthusiasts as they feature brands from their own line as well as other popular hair and skincare lines.

As I've stated initially, the Beauty Box phenomenon is relatively new in Jamaica , however why not give it a chance? It a great way to try new products and also support the beauty industry.

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The Haute Girl on A Budget : Hair

Monday, November 18, 2013
 Happy Monday to you all ... Haute Girls all around, today its all about hair. During Biblical times, a woman's hair or hair in general was seen as a woman's greatest asset, it was seen as her crown and beauty. Here in Jamaica the hair industry has skyrocketed to becoming a Million Dollar Industry. This means as women we are heavily invested in hair. Times are hard but as women we still want our hair to look good. Here are budget saving tips for keeping your hair "haute" in these times.

Do it Yourself: Whether you have natural or processed hair, weave wearer or non weaver there are brands that have several at home kits that doesn't require you to be a professional in that field. Brands like Softsheen Carson have various lines that are great if you are looking to "D-I-Y".

Optimum Salon Haircare Home Kit 
Kits like the one shown above is very easy to follow, it comes with instructions and some even come with numbers. If all else fails, visit the free University a.k.a YouTube.

Bargain with your Stylist: If you have a really great hairstylist that you visit often and trust, why not ask her for a discount?  Or bring your own products? I like to bring my own products to the Salon ( yes I'm cheap ) but that's a few extra bucks saved. I bring Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment anything I have at home that she uses i bring! This way you are only paying for her time and style rather than everything.

Invest in Quality Tools/Accessories: Ladies natural or processed , you are gonna need certain tools and accessories to maintain and lengthen your style at home. Buy a quality Flat Iron, preferably one that you can adjust the settings based on your type of hair and simple things like hair-scarfs. Most hairdressers will tell you that you that all you need to do is wrap and tie your hair.

Outre tie on top hair Bonnet (Left) Goody Mosaic Head Scarf (Right)
Find A Friend: There is always that one friend who does hair at home and will be more than happy to do your hair for free or at a discounted price just because they love doing hair. Please note unless your friend is an actual Hairdresser, they will not have all the products at their disposal so the onus is on you to find the products. Another great idea is to find a friend/ family member enrolled in a Cosmetology Program and volunteer yourself to be their test subject. This is a win-win situation . You get a free hairstyle and they get extra practice.

These are all the tips for today. If you have any way you save money on hair, please share them in the comment section below. If you find the comments section too annoying with the verification code, e-mail your comments to and we'll feature your comments on the Facebook Page.

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Artistes on the Rise : Yuriverse a.k.a Ginegog

Friday, November 15, 2013
This is another exciting feature for the month of November , where we will feature Young , Fresh Jamaican artistes or artistes from the Jamaican Diaspora. Haute People is a lot more than Fashion and Beauty, we are a Lifestyle Brand. Music is a major part of our Jamaican Culture. This week we have in "studio". Yuriverse a.k.a Ginegog , Executive Director of Head Corner Stone Music. Yuri is a past student at the University of the West Indies where he holds a B.A in Communications and is currently pursuing his Masters in Tourism & Hospitality Management.

Yuri was recently featured on CVM AT SUNRISE where he speaks about his career and love for music.

H.P: What are 3 words people use to describe you?
Y.S : Unique , Persistent, Spiritual

H.P: How did your love for music come about?
Y.S: Music is one love …a divine union of soul and purpose…me love music and appreciate it and music love and appreciate me…. Music has always given me an expression of and for life. When I look back I can see that Music is not what I do but who I am,  my spirit really; you can’t see it but you can feel it, I am that, I am. Even from I was very young my playing was playing music by beating on pans, desk etc and singing songs and writing lyrics, it is my joy. I grew up playing and chanting dub poetry to deejaying, then to sinjaying always finding another way of expressing myself musically in getting a positive message out. At a tender age in the 80’s my brothers who were sound system selectors took me to parties and gave me the microphone and people would look in awe at the words, sounds, and  power that I expressed and to me there is no other way to be.

H.P: Tell us about the concept of your first music video?
Y.S: The concept of my first music video was an inspiration from the most high. It is for the song called “I love you” I wrote that song in 3 mins and recorded it in 7mins the riddim spoke to me and I spoke back and it was just like pure spring water flowing from the stream after that. The concept of the video is more metaphorical than what most people see. When people watch the video they talk about a love story but what they don’t see where the love come from and what is keeping it together. So instead of telling you what you see I will tell you what some might not have seen…and that is through the expression of his soul a young man writes a Love song about a vision he sees of his soulmate. He sends out the energies in song to the universe the universe response through the laws of attraction and nature and brings him and his soulmate together which appears accidentally. Even though their energies connect their flesh and socialization interrupts their union. Eventually nature and destiny takes over and makes their appreciation for each other  stronger and stronger and they become one but even after that, they are  challenged by their  individually vices either be it by jealousy in the case of the female and fleshly desires in the case of the male. However these challenges which are seemingly vices to pull them apart help them to overcome and become stronger together as they grow and looking forward. Basically my concepts are based on my inspiration and my inspiration is my life. And my life is based in nature’s simplicity but complexity.

H.P: How do you stay inspired to do music when its described as a"saturated" Industry?
Y.S: Music is bigger than an industry and music cannot be saturate or contained. It is like air!  Just as there cannot be too much air there cannot be too much music. Expression is expression. The term industry is what people use to show that music is being controlled or because they want to control music. This is a false idea used by the greedy to keep out the strong and abuse the weak. The idea of saturation can be compared to the idea that the earth is over populated which is ridiculous because there are a lot of empty spaces on earth where there are no people are living just as there is room for growth of more genres and style of music. 

H.P: What is your "Dream Job"?
Y.S: I don’t dream - dream is what people do when they sleep or wish to become something they are not. I am myself and wish only to be myself in my full capacity spiritually and materially balanced. However I vision… so I envision myself forever contributing to the positive growth of all people of the world in love through the most powerful art form: word, sound, and power. Being a scholar, actor, writer, poet, director and entrepreneur I also envision using these talents to create, grow and empower not just myself but all people who embrace goodness. 

H.P: What can fans/supporters expect from you in coming months?
Y.S: My friends, family, and supporters who are my extended family as I call them can expect only better, positive music with a revolutionary sounds and an even a stronger movement forward. Yuriverse aka Ginegog and Head Cornerstone Movement has been growing fast which is giving more power to the music but I am not surprise because a jah works. For this month coming up we are working on a couple projects: we are promoting the New single “ BUN BABYLON” which caught the public’s attention when Yuriverse aka Ginegog performed on CVM at Sunrise last week and did an interview highlighting that Head Cornerstone Movement is a force to be reckoned with, we will be releasing new music, new music videos as we have finished shooting the music video for Yuriverse aka Ginegog single called “Here I am” which has gotten a lot of positive feedback and will be out by Month end, we are currently taking and confirming bookings, appearances and interviews we are interested in working with people who share a vision of bring positive music and are focus on a mission to “edutain” our  people.  

H.P: Where can we find your Music?
Y.S: Friends Family fans/ Supporters can follow Yuriverse aka Ginegog’s movement and music online --à
Twitter @yuriverse
Instagram  @1yuriverse
For Bookings Contact management à
BBM à 7963A550 

Spray On Lotion

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
This is definitely not a new phenomenon but i think more attention still needs to be given to this Beauty Invention. The Spray On Lotion's application is similar to any other spray product... you shake a bottle , spray the top and product comes out.

Vaseline Spray & Go Lotion - Click to watch Video

What Makes It Special?

Nothing really. According to manufacturers: its quick, convenient and absorbs in seconds as compared to the traditional lotion. Personally, I don't have a problem with traditional lotion I actually even think this Spray and Go is quite cumbersome.You spray it and you still have to rub it into your skin for it to absorb. With traditional Lotion, you quirt a little in your palm then rub it all over your body. Lotions can be tricky where texture is concerned but its not rocket science, if you have a lotion that is watery, squirt only a small amount.

To Buy or Not To Buy

If you like trying new beauty products, its great to add to your collection because of its sleek design. If you are looking for a product to truly improve your skin its also great to have around. This is not a must have item as it is not new but more of an upgraded lotion. It all depends on you and what you like. I've tried the Vaseline Spray and Go in Aloe Vera and i liked it but I'm not inlove with it and its not something i would re-purchase, because i have the regular Vaseline Lotion.

Places to Buy Online

Let me know if you've tried it and your thoughts

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Hair Show 2013 ( Picture Heavy)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The National Association of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists held their annual Hair and Beauty Expo at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Nov 10- 11. The event was well received and featured local and International Brands. I was invited by Stacey "Hot Secret" Johnson from Secret Hair Design Ontario Canada. Below are some of the pictures of Day 1.

Secret Hair and Design "Interchange Wig"
Full Story Coming Soon. One Wig, Multiple Style Change

Inter-Changeable Wig Demo - Model Before




 Sexy Hair





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