Beat it Like Pan: My Favorite Moments from Machel Monday 

Machel Monday - The Journey of a Soca King

Carnival is a few days away and I don’t think I’ve ever missed it so much. Even though I’m not in Trinidad, I had the opportunity to watch Machel Monday through various sources on Facebook Live. It sure didn’t help my FOMO, but I loved it! There were tons of highlights throughout the show, but here are my favorite moments from Machel Monday – “Journey of a Soca King”. Read Also: 5...

Indo Caribbean Style at Bazodee the Movie Premiere

Jewelry and shirt were provided for the movie premiere. Excited about covering the Bazodee Movie as press, the question of ‘what to wear?” stayed in my mind. Going with the African-Indian theme of the movie, I wanted to include NYC Urban, Indian and Caribbean looks, so I came up with what I call an “Urban-Beti”. Beti is a Hindi word that means daughter and sometimes a woman in India and Indo Caribbean cultures. The top...

Boat Ride on the Bay: Bermuda Shorts & Denim Heels

Boat Ride on the Bay

This post is not sponsored but contains some affiliate links Summertime is long gone, but I wanted to share a simple outfit worn for a boat ride I went to in Sheepshead Bay in late August. The boat ride was on a Sunday evening around the Jamaica Bay; nothing spectacular, but it was a lovely site the few min I went outside. Not only was I recovering from a cold,...

Carnival in Brooklyn – Labor Day Weekend Recap

Powder Fete Labor Day Weekend

As much as I love Carnival, I can’t stand the parade in NY. Once you experience Trini carnival, you realize the big difference. There are probably some good events going on, but the news is always showing some kind of violence during the West Indian American Day Parade on Labor Day Weekend. Even though I don’t go to the parade, I is ah fêter (in my best Benjai voice). Here...

Truck – errr Stormers on de Road – Caribana Parade Recap

Truck - errr Stormers on de Road - Caribana Parade Recap

The Caribana parade is over and I had a great time playing mas for the second year in a row, BUT the Stormers have got to go! I am no carnival expert, but based on the conversation with previous masqueraders this year, Stormers in the Caribana parade has been a problem for years. The main reason is more than likely the lack of knowledge of the whole purpose of playing...

Caribana King and Queen Showcase Recap

Caribana King

I spent my first vacation of 2014 in Toronto to play mas in the Caribana with my cousin. I attended many fetes throughout the weekend, but my first event was the Caribana King and Queen Showcase at Lamport Stadium. It is a good, clean, AFFORDABLE show for family and anyone interested in Caribbean culture and keeping the ‘old mas’ traditions. This year’s halftime show included performances by JW and Blaze, Iwer George, Drupatee, and...

Carnival Prep: Tips for Getting Ready for a Caribbean Carnival

Carnival Prep: Tips for Getting Ready for a Caribbean Carnival

It’s Carnival Season! Since catching the “Carnival bug” visiting family in Trinidad, I decided to visit Toronto for their Caribana Parade. I also have family there and it is close enough to NY to go for a quick weekend trip via bus (Megabus or Greyhound) or plane (Flights leave from all NYC airports for around the same price). We’ve all been carnival virgins at some point so here are some tips...