I’M A JET-SETTER I AM, I AM!
I’m one lucky lady. I mean, seriously! I learn so much from the people I meet in the course of doing this job. You know what? We females truly are amazing. My friend and spinning partner Germaine Waters says I’m “a Renaissance woman” and I’m not about to argue with that. Especially when she defines the breed (while we try to keep up with our instructor Cathy) as “a woman who is comfortable with whom she is; has nothing to prove; embraces herself and is absolutely happy with everything she has become.”
Well, that’s certainly good enough for me. Have I mentioned I’m up in the air over Miami en-route to New York, where I’ll hook up with my fabulous friend Cybelle? A couple hours ago I was at the 2014 Fall Trends show put on by Mac Cosmetics. Is that wonderful, or what? Hanging out with the one and only Gisel Calvillo, friend and make-up artist to the stars, surrounded by wall-to-wall beauty. I tell you, the ladies of MAC know the meaning of LBD— little black dress. The night before the show I had a helluva time with old pals Novia, Sandra and Walter Greene, the only man I know who asks meaningful questions about eyeshadow and lipstick colours!
A few weeks ago I was one of the specially invited guests at sexy millionaire Sir Richard Branson’s party to launch Virgin’s new uniforms, designed by the iconic Vivienne Westwood. Also on hand at the très chic Shoreditch venue were my old buddies Neysha Soodeen of Maco and Beverly Layne of Virgin Airlines. Hey, in case you’re wondering, London remains as ever the greatest city in all the world. London doesn’t just “swing like a pendulum do,” the city rocks like no other! (For proof of that check page 64.)
What makes my adventures so mah-va-lous are the people: publishers, photographers, editors, writers, stylists, designers—all of them from the Caribbean. We talk about what we do, the tough environment we work in, the feeling of not being as appreciated as we’d like. We moan and we gripe and then we head for the always well-stocked bars. Or we try to attract an attractive garçon to serve us more libations. Soon we are all without a care in the world, laughing our heads off at each other’s faux pas, our more embarrassing moments and so on. Or we talk about art, fashion, photography. The best part is the way we’ve supported one another’s efforts over the years.
In London and Miami everyone expressed gratitude to folks like Sir Richard and our friends at MAC for inviting us to their fabulous parties. They help lighten our load.
I am especially honoured to have on our cover Saint Lucian icon Shala Monroque, who was a big hit at Hot Couture last May. Shala is widely celebrated as a style guru and with good reason. Recently Town & Country voted her one of America’s most interesting women. So how does a girl from tiny Saint Lucia not only end up on the cover of one of the world’s leading magazines but also the toast of New York? Great question. And I promise you the answers to this and several other questions we put to Shala during her most recent visit back home are nothing short of inspiring.
Meanwhile, I have more reasons to celebrate: another birthday. And I’m happy to report I feel absolutely wonderful. I am more than ever comfortable in my skin, and, as the English say, altogether chuffed with who I am. I guess Germaine was right after all. So, say hello to this Renaissance woman. And while we’re at it, pat yourself on the back, fellow Renaissance ladies!
SO HAPPY READING!
Left: Shopping in London is so much fun! Right: With friend and fellow Renaissance woman
Germaine W Waters ers after a spinning class.
With the amazing MAC team at the 2014 Fall Trends show in Miami
Cover girl Shala Monroque & Hair Stylist Emile