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Fly-ology | Tips for Summer Travel 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Summer season is officially here which means in a few weeks "peak season" for travelling will officially be open. We try to do a travel related post each year because things change and are often updated and as the years progress more people travel. If you want to learn helpful tips on travelling this Summer, check out these tips below.


Dress Comfortably


Who remembers their first trip? If you live in the Caribbean you were probably dressed to the nines in the latest threads. In these times, it's better to wear comfortable clothing (and shoes) like Leggings, Jeans and shoes that you can easily slip on and off. At each checking point, you will be asked to remove your shoes and if you wear something with 100 buckles, you will have to remove them each time. Remember to also keep the jewelry and accessories minimal, you literally cannot go through the scanner without removing them.


Keep it Moving


One of the reasons I hate group travelling or travelling with a lot of my family (sorry guys) is how slow things can be when you do. If you are travelling with a large group, go through all the steps without stopping. For example, when you get through the scanner, instead of stopping to look around to see where everybody else is .. go through! Not only are you holding up the people behind you, you sort of draw suspicions to your self. While travelling with a family member last year who kept stopping in lines to see who's behind her, she was stopped by a TSA agent because she drew attention to herself.

Wait your turn


This next tip is straight from my heart and burns my core! When the plane has finally landed, do not stand the second it lands in the row or aisle! The plane is already small and just imagine everybody standing blocking everything! How about waiting until its your turn to move out.... starting from first class down. You can't be at the back of the plane and standing expecting to get ahead of those in front of you. It causes chaos and delays the time to unload the plane.


Check your Documents


I have heard too many stories of people who had to go back home just because their travel documents are not up to date. How are you walking around with an expired passport and visa? How do you expect to go anywhere with that? Literally and seriously! Before you travel check to see that your documents are up to date.


Plan for the Worst


Travelling is so much fun for me but that fun can easily turn into a disaster. You can easily miss a connecting flight because the previous flight was late, you can go to the wrong terminal and lose time in the Airport (especially larger airports) . I always say to be realistic and plan for the worst! Always ensure that you have extra money on hand just in case you have to pay taxes your travel agent didn't tell you about.

Will you be travelling this Summer?

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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!

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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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