Haiti @ Coachella’15

One of the largest, most famous music festivals in the US, with probably the most celebrity appearances. An experience that is on almost everyone’s bucket list.

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This year, here is what some of our own people wore to the most fashionable music festival

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Behind The Scenes of Viv Magazine Volume 9

For Viv Magazine’s February-March 2015 edition, we decided to shoot with Wild and Free Baby Wear for the fashion editorial.

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Melanie Brierre wearing her own creation

 

Wild and Free Baby Wear
Wild and Free Baby Wear is a classic bohemian line of outfits for little girls (and now little boys) ages newborn to 12. The brand stirs from the traditional pink dresses and embraces the freedom and wilderness that children often carry and reflect. Created and designed by Haitian-Canadian mother Melanie Brierre in 2014, the garments  are designed and handcrafted in Haiti. The pieces are “envisioned in a rain forest, on a beach, or on a lazy barefoot setting” explains Melanie, “I want my daughter A’Sya to get her hands dirty, to dance in the rain, to fall and pick herself back up. That is the ‘wild and free’ I want to celebrate and nurture”.

Wild and Free Baby Wear is available for sale at Abako store in Petion-Ville.

 

The shoot
To complete and emphasize the wild and free theme, we opted for Wahoo Bay Beach Resort as our location on a sunny Saturday morning. Unlike most shoots, this one was a particular challenge since it was our first time working with kids. As you can imagine, our “young models” preferred running around playing with each others instead of standing still under the beating sun. However the super moms who were present along with the Viv team did an awesome job and the outcome of the shoot came out beyond incredible.

Check out some pictures of the shoot:

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Photos by Frederick Alexis for Viv Magazine

For more about Wild and Free Baby Wear visit http://www.vivmaghaiti.com  

So… What’s up with these Fad Diets? Facts and Myths

We’ve all heard a million diet tips over the years. We’ve been told things like “Cut ALL carbs!”, “Eating fat makes you fat” or even worse “I don’t eat anything…” Let us just say NO to these ludicrous fad diets that promote water weight loss and make you regain the pounds (and then some) in the few weeks following.

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We are getting “smarter” but not “wiser”. We have grown lethargic and lazy, so we look for easy fixes…

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Diets that focus on only a few foods or food groups like the cabbage soup diet, grapefruit diet, raw food diets, and mostimages low-carb diets result in an initial weight loss and for a time, we’re happy, but unfortunately this weight loss is not long term. Not only are these diets unsuccessful but they cause dieters to get frustrated and tired during the process. People need to eat a variety of food groups to get all the nutrients they need, so when you cut a food group, you lose vital nutrients that keep you full, satisfied and “happy”.

Fasting and very low-calorie diets like the Fast diet, Hollywood Diet, and Master Cleanse are one of the worst things you can do to your body.  Fasting for weight loss is counterproductive. When one consumes very little to no calories, the body goes into starvation mode and adjusts the metabolism. But as soon as you go back to eating normally, your metabolism doesn’t readjust hence the need for fewer calories than before. What’s worse, weight loss during a fast is usually a combination of fat, fluid, and muscle, but the pounds regained will probably be all fat.  Not to mention you won’t feel good, nor will you have much energy to be physically active while fasting.

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A little food for thought, have you ever actually researched these fabulous diet claims from these so called diet experts? Dr Atkins promoted a diet extremely high in fat content, with no carbs of any kind allowed (which means no fruits or certain vegetables for a period). Doesn’t it strike you as odd that a ‘“Doctor” would basically suggest you eat as much bacon as you can eat but to stay away from apples? Yes you will lose weight at first but you will also shoot your cholesterol high up to the sky. Dr Atkins suffered from high cholesterol and did indeed have a heart attack. Not stating the two are related but… You must see the irony.

 

 

Have a healthy week dear readers!

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Dieter’s drinking guide

So you’ve committed to a diet, once again. You’ve changed your less than exemplary eating habits to healthy ones, reduced your calories intake on foods and eliminated all kinds of alcohol consumption, sort of … right?

But what happens when you want a fun night out with your friends? Alcohol is processed first, and stores the carbohydrates as fats before getting any real “fuel” out of it. While it’s true that alcohol is rich in calories, there are some low calories and low carb drinks that are totally okay to drink without throwing off your diet.

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Champagne has the lowest calorie count when it comes to alcohol and is the best choice of drink when on a diet. A glass of champagne contains about 90 calories and 1.2 grams of carbohydrate.  The secret is to avoid mixing it with sugary drinks such as Mimosas and Bellinis. Drink a glass or two and plenty of water after and your diet will still be on track. Ever heard of the champagne diet? The funnest diet on Earth!

A second favorite diet choice is wine. Does the saying “A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away” ring any bells? Wine has excellent antioxidant properties and a glass contains about 100 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrate (whether red or white. Dry wines contain less sugar and are therefore an even sweeter choice for your waistline.

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Distilled spirits have a bad reputation because people think they are the enemy to dieters. The truth is, it’s the drinks you mix it with that cause all the damage. When it comes to drinking on a diet, “Simpler is Better”.

Pay attention to the level of alcohol proof. Higher proofs tend to have higher calories. Vodka and Rum have the lowest calorie count in that category and vodka is believe it or not, carbs free. The tricky part is the mixers. Avoid mixing them with high sugary and high carbohydrate mixers such as juices and sodas. The ideal choice is to mix it with soda water and add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon.

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What to stay away from?

Now here come the ones to avoid at all cost… COCKTAILS! Yes we know that hurts to hear, especially for all the ladies that love their cosmos, or mojitos. One margarita glass is about 150 calories, and a frozen one can get up to 400 calories. That’s a meal worth of calories, and let’s face it, who stops at one Margarita glass?

So to all our dear dieters, we feel your pain, but remember not to drink your calories.

Christmas Eve Masquerade Ball

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Another Christmas has just passed, and this year’s Christmas eve’s party at Tara’s was a fun one. BPPevents decided to make this 24th of December the final masquerade ball, but it seemed that barely anyone (including myself) never respects theme parties anymore.

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As expected the night did not start until 3:00 AM and lasted until 8:00 AM. The DJ lineup were Mari Ferrari, Michael Calfan, of course DJ K9 and DJ Bullet, and a surprise Kyroman appeared shooting confetti from a shotgun.

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We even took the liberty of choosing the night’s most stylish couple:

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Enjoy more pictures from this eventful night and more on our FB page:

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Amazonia with Michael Brun

When? Sunday night
Where? Tara’s
Who? 4 Haitian DJs
What? An unforgettable night

For the first time in a really long time in Haiti, Nocterm Entertainment hosted an event with a special guest DJ being one of our own: Michael Brun. For years we’ve seen very famous and international DJs such as AVICII, Steve Angelo, Max Vangeli… Although these events were all awesome, Amazonia was the first to only host Haitian DJs with Bernard Chauvet, DJ Bullet and DJK9 who each played 2 sets.

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The crowd went absolutely wild as Michael started playing. His very energetic presence on stage was completely contagious. On the sides of the stage were 2 dancers from Ultra music festival dancing and animating the show. For once the place to be was on the floor with the crowd, moving and even jumping to his beats.

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Michael Brun (middle) with some of his fans

The event saw a parade of fashionable outfits, from urban street chic to glamorous dresses. Everyone came dressed to impress and to each their individual style.

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What we loved most about this event, were the guys who took some risks. Harem pants? Yes please! Some guys sported a European style with moccasins and patterned scarves. It was such a pleasure to see people step out of their comfort zone.

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Privé: All Black Affair

Three events were happening on Saturday night and yet Garden Lounge was packed with an audience moving to the beat of international DJ Yves Larock. Opening for Yves was DJ Bullet who spiced up the crowd with raggaeton and a bit of reggae. Later, our very own DJ K9 took the stage with his famous set of Hip-Hop and had us dancing until dawn.

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For such a small place, we were not sure how the set up for such a famous DJ would be. The deck was transformed into a VIP section with all black couches. Inside the restaurant was supposed to be a Hip-Hop room but it seemed like the crowd preferred the outside atmosphere, enjoying the sound of Yves Larock.

Being an all black affair, it was no surprise that almost everyone at Privé were in black which added an extra luxurious feel to the event. We were not able to get much pictures due to the small space of Garden Lounge but we saw some fun jumpers, some leather, and a lot of cropped tops. Besides who doesn’t look good in black?

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Lavish… and how fitting a name. This event was decadent and lush, as is hip hop music. So, as you all may be assuming, the fashion was very urban and outrageous at times (All the things we love).

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It’s always fun to get to a party and instantly feel the music. You know a party is good when you’re arriving and already dancing… Even before a little poison.

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We were so happy to see how original people were dressed. They were so… full of swag? swaggalicious? The important thing to remember is that it was definitely a fashion filled event. Harem pants, beanies and crazy prints were all present. And what do we love more than that?

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Let’s not forget to give a shootout to our favorite twosome of the night. Ladies, we love your outfits every time. So both of you were almost too much to handle.

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Lavish… and how fitting a name. This event was decadent and lush, as is hip hop music. So, as you all may be assuming, the fashion was very urban and outrageous at times (All the things we love).

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It’s always fun to get to a party and instantly feel the music. You know a party is good when you’re arriving and already dancing… Even before a little poison.

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We were so happy to see how original people were dressed. They were so… full of swag? swaggalicious? The important thing to remember is that it was definitely a fashion filled event. Harem pants, beanies and crazy prints were all present. And what do we love more than that?

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Let’s not forget to give a shootout to our favorite twosome of the night. Ladies, we love your outfits every time. So both of you were almost too much to handle.

IMG_7059Lots of love!

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Lavish… and how fitting a name. This event was decadent and lush, as is hip hop music. So, as you all may be assuming, the fashion was very urban and outrageous at times (All the things we love).

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It’s always fun to get to a party and instantly feel the music. You know a party is good when you’re arriving and already dancing… Even before a little poison.

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We were so happy to see how original people were dressed. They were so… full of swag? swaggalicious? The important thing to remember is that it was definitely a fashion filled event. Harem pants, beanies and crazy prints were all present. And what do we love more than that?

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Let’s not forget to give a shootout to our favorite twosome of the night. Ladies, we love your outfits every time. So both of you were almost too much to handle.

IMG_7059Lots of love!

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Just Cito Fashion Show : Féline

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Have you ever walked in to a place and are just instantly transported to somewhere else? In this case, the ladies at Just Cito Boutique have truly outdone themselves. The red carpet at the entrance, the beautiful chandeliers dangling about, and the assortment of real roses were a beautiful touch. They manage to create a sexy and intimate affair all the while having quite a big crowd.

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Myria Charles the singer, humorously started off the soirée before presenting the women behind the event.The fashion show in itself was beautiful. The very elegant yet absolutely seductive style of the Vorbe sisters was apparent in their store’s clothing. The candlelit feel gave the entire affair a sensual air, and let’s face it, everyone looks better under candlelight.

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The models were of various origins, mostly haitian ladies, but they were all, and I mean all, gorgeous. I’m almost positive every woman in the audience hid their significant other’s eyes during the more racy moments.

IMG_1279The model who stole the show was the one and only, mother of the heads of Just Cito, Marilyn. She step out at the end of the show as a surprise, and looked so regal it warranted the standing ovation she got.

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Congratulations to a beautiful event

That time of the year

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays !!!

Students coming from many parts of the world to spend the holidays with their family. Coming in with luggage filled with delightful new finds for the endless parties. It’s officially Haitian Fashion season and it’s safe to say that with the array of different events upon us, this year is no exception. Between that and the “retrouvailles” of friends and families, we feel this december will be one to remember. We can’t wait to see all the fabulous fashion moments that are bound to happen.

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Glitz: Royal Oasis Rooftop Fashion Show

Last Friday December 6, to launch its fabulous rooftop terrace, Royal Oasis hotel organized an international fashion show featuring renown models from Europe and USA as well as many promising young Haitian talents.  Royal Oasis will donate Parts of the profits to Happy hearts foundation (HHF) a foundation owned by supermodel Petra Nemcova who announced that the funds will be used to pay the teachers of a school in Cite soleil (Ecole des archange).

With “Glitz” as a central theme (logical since the main sponsor was Taittinger champagne), the rooftop welcomed the audience with an all white breathtaking decor and hint of old Hollywood glamour, works of the talented event planner and designer Johanne Gardere from Caprice Events.

Event designer, Johanne Gardere ( black pants, and gold jacket in the middle) poses with her models.
Event designer, Johanne Gardere ( black pants, and gold jacket in the middle) poses with her models.

The night delivered everything it had promised and more from a surprise performance by Jperry to a titillating fashion show which proved to be one of the most professional fashion shows ever held in Haiti.

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Host Luc Merville opened the show with a short yet touching video about Nemcova’s Happy Heart foundation. Soon after, the international models and a few Haitian models graced the catwalk modeling the clothes and accessories of stores such as Karma, MOI and Le Boudoir for women and Ibiza featuring Hugo Boss and BOGOSSE clothing line for men. The show stayed true to it’s theme by delivering a “glitzy” show with dazzling evening dresses and suits.

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After being relitively quiet in the Haitian fashion scene lately, the internationally renown Haitian clothing line Bogosse startled us with an electric presentation of their menswear collection that had the public cheering and applauding.

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Photo credits: Ted Olivier.

I told you I’ll be ready in 5 minutes, stop calling every half hour!

         

(Me) – “What time are we going out tonight?”

(Friend #1) – “8:00”

(Friend #2) -“8:00 Emma time? or real time?”

Have you ever had this conversation? I’m willing to bet a lot.

My friends always invite me out an hour or two earlier before the actual time. They so often tell me “Magdoos at 8” when we actually meet up around 9 or later. They even make jokes about it and call it Emma Time (rolling my eyes). And you thought Haitians ran late?

photo 2So why is it that some of us girls take longer to get ready? Throwing on a pair of jeans and a top, putting on lipstick and mascara seems so easy, right? So why do we complicate our lives? Trying on our whole closet before deciding on our first outfit choice anyway. And do not get me started on how long I take if there’s a special someone I might run into.

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I have been going on and on trying to come up with answers to these questions for years and still cannot come up with one. Yes us girls are complicated at times, yes we like to look our best, and yes we always try to find the smallest, most insignificant details to complain about. When I say “I have nothing to wear!”, it simply means I haven’t found the outfit that goes with the person I feel like in that moment. It may be a mood, a specific attire required (Has anyone else had an “electric blue” dress code? I have… sigh) or even a goal (impressing that cute Magdoos bartender…wink wink).

At the end of the day, we can’t really blame women for this. After all, looking one’s best isn’t a fault right? Maybe we’re perfectionists, maybe we love the chaos of flying multi colored garments. Who knows? The importance is to remember to be patient. I for one, don’t mean to make people wait for my indecisiveness… Ok maybe a little 😉

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Happy First Birthday to Us!

On our 1 year anniversary, we would like to thank our followers and all those who supported and helped us this year.

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Stay tuned for more fashion, beauty and passion!