Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival 2017

Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival: The Spirit Awakens on Friday, August 11 through Sunday,August 13, 2017.

Carnival is unequivocally the universal event that brings together everything that is remotely connected to the Caribbean. From authentic food, music and dance you name it, it’s there in its entirety. Since its inception back in 2005 headed by Chairman Theo Jack, Jr., Jacksonville Carnival has seen thousands of carnival revelers year after year with a conquering army parading through down A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard, boldly representing who they are and where they are from. Roll call!


“We Jammin Still!”


This year’s staging of Jacksonville Carnival will take place at a new venue, the Metropolitan Park 2, over the course of 3 energy filled days. The park will be transformed into Carnival central and let me be the one to break this to you; yuh nuh want miss dis! Jacksonville is kind of the underdog of the many carnivals staged here in America and we are aiming to be bigger and better this year. Many may not know but Jacksonville has a Caribbean population of 13000, according to the Census and we need everyone to come out in their numbers and support.


Fete Life: “Worst Behavior!”


There will be a series of 5 invigorating events: Como Fete, MEGA GLO, J’ouvert, Last lap and Brunch Fete. Be on the look out for the infamous J’ouvert which involves paint, powder and oil drenched all over your body; come on who can say no to this event. It is a favorite of many and some sees it as a ritual that must be done in order to be carnival ready.

“It’s Carnival! Everybody take a jump…take jump…take a jump up now!”


Another favorite you don’t want to miss is Carnival Saturday which consists of the road march. It is jammed packed with high tempo music, a huge parade and beautiful costumes, some of them ranging 50ft tall. The parade comes to an end in front of the judges, at festival at the park. The festival includes, food, crafts, music, with live entertainers, both and international.


Carnival Tabanca!


First Coast locals, Soca Junkies, carnival revelers and visitors alike, we need yall to come out and lose yourselves in the rhythmic sections, high energy music, authentic Caribbean street food for an experience of a lifetime.
And remember, the science of the wine is all in the spine! So First Coast get ready because the Jacksonville Carnival take-over is in full effect.

For more information, please visit our website
http://www.jacksonvillecarnival.com
Xo


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Versatile and Mystery Blogger Award

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I started this blog to share with you all my life and culture. Last month I hit 2k plus views and I’m super appreciative of the love and support that I’m being given. Big up unuh self always!  Keep on sharing the love you showed me even to others and I’ll always do the same x.

So I was nominated by TashneeVMavee for the Versatile Blogger Award and I’m elated and couldn’t be more grateful. I want to thank you doll for acknowledging my work so much to even consider me as a nominee. Be sure to check out her amazing blog.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person(s) who gave you the nomination.
  2. Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Tell the person(s) who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My Nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. AllAboutTheScrubLife

2. She’sMattie,Son

3. JustBrittanyMoments

4. Memoirs&Musings

5. IslandGirlOnAMission

6. MissAshleyAnecdotes

7 AsToldByAlii

8 SincerelyCara

7 facts about me:

  1. I hail from one of the most beautiful island called Jamaica. You may see Xaymacan in my tag line and probably was wondering where is that. it is infact the original name before the island was renamed to what it is now, Jamaica. “Wi likkle but wi tallawah”
  2. I recently started my own foundation and its basically about providing basic back to school tools for underprivileged children back home in my community. Hoping to be up and in full force by January 2018. Being in education I know how tough theses parents have it and the hindrance it causes for the child so I’m definitely working hard to see this come to flourish.
  3. I’m very passionate about my Jamaican and West Indian culture. Yuh neva find a proudah Jamaican than me lol.
  4. I’m a freelance writer, I cover mostly cultural events and I do a bit of social media management as well. I work with SFL Style Magazine, Current-Situation and Lakol Magazine.
  5. I have a confession to make- I am a proud carnival junkie lol. I love carnival to di bone, everything about it and the ancestral history of it makes it even more worth my while.
  6.  I have a twin brother and that’s pretty sweet.
  7. I am really scared of heights.

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I was nominated by NypheWrites for this award. She is an amazing blogger, be sure to check out her blog here.

Rules:

  1. Put the logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.
  5. Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About me :

  • I hail from one of the most beautiful island called Jamaica. You may see Xaymacan in my tag line and probably was wondering where is that. it is infact the original name before the island was renamed to what it is now, Jamaica. “Wi likkle but wi tallawah”
  • I recently started my own foundation and its basically about providing basic back to school tools for underprivileged children back home in my community. Hoping to be up and in full force by January 2018. Being in education I know how tough theses parents have it and the hindrance it causes for the child so I’m definitely working hard to see this come to flourish.
  • I’m very passionate about my Jamaican and West Indian culture. Yuh neva find a proudah Jamaican than me lol.

My answers:

1. What is the silliest thing you have ever done?

Hmmm I don’t think I’ve done any thing silly lol. Maybe this could be one…. for a school competition we did a skit and I was dress as a mad person acting all crazy haha

2. Where do you get your blogging inspiration from?

My blogging inspiration comes from my culture.

3. What is your dream country?

My dream country hmmmm…..I dont have one but i do have a dream continent and thats ofcourse the motherland Africa!

4. Luxuries or Love?

Definitely love don’t sell your soul.

5. What’s your best read ever?

Heal Thyself- Queen Afuna

My Nominees For The Mystery Blogger Award :

1 TashneeVMavee

2 StellasCreativity&Styles

3 AieshaInspires

4 KerdishaStLouis

5 AshleyGulley

6 JessicaHugoInspires

7 JustMeMsDraya

8 SuthernTwang

9 NelReactionaryTales

10 FoodieAndThebeauty

My Questions:

  1. What motivated you to start your blog?
  2. What is your favorite shopping website?
  3. Top 3 TV series?
  4. State one mantra you live by?
  5. Name one pet peeve?

Link to my Favorite Blog Post:

Protective Hairstyles https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/07/03/summer-protective-hairstyles/

Hon. Marcus Garvey  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/03/10-uplifting-quotes-from-the-great-hon-marcus-mosiah-garvey/

Stress Relieving Strategies  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/15/stress-relieving-habbits/

Carnival History  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/24/history-on-caribbean-celebrations/

Musing: Azede Jean-Pierre  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/04/20/muse-azede-jean-pierre/

Xo

 

 

 

Summer Protective Hairstyles

Ok let’s face it. It is impossible for me to style my hair every morning all while tackling the everyday challenges of life. Every Sunday I wash my hair and do some kind of protective styling to last the week max. I follow a bunch of protective hairstyle pages and influencers one specific one is @sashabasha, she is a beast when it comes to protective styling. I often go to her page for ideas.

The goal of protective styling is to basically style your hair in such a way that the ends of your hair is tucked away and protected. I love protective hairstyles because they are very convenient and stylish and they cause minimal to no damage to my hair. Protective hairstyles should never be limited. The mere twisting of the hair carries out the same preserving functions that we aim for.
Here are my top 5 protective hairstyles I am obsessing over for Summer 17.

Faux Locs
@fabulousbre

These are really popular on the social scenes and you can see why…..They are beautiful and can be done using various different techniques. The style is typically achieved using wool of some type of kinky hair wrapped around a braid.


Flat Twist

@christian_byshe

Created with a two strand technique, these stylish twists add chic to whatever look you are trying to achieve. This style is great for natural hair as well as transitioning hair. It is beginner friendly, very simple and easy to achieve.


Short braids


Long hair is so overrated. These braids are super cute and edgy. With all the beat that summer brings having long braids resting on your neck and back doesn’t seem like a good idea. They don’t cause heaviness and tension as opposed to long braids. Key to always remember is to ensure the edges are oiled and hydrated at all time.


Halo Braid


@kersti.pitre

I love these halo braids with a tribal twist to it. The braids and beads on the side add a sprinkle *more like a shower* of black girl magic to this style☺. It gives off a very elegant appearance.


Feed in Braids and Beads


I’m obsessed! This style is otherwise known as invisible braids because of the seamless technique used to achieve this style. The way the style is approached, it’s almost always impossible to tell where the additional hair is added. Of course this removes tension from your edges which is very important….gotta protect the edges.


Marley Twists (Rope Twists)

These gorgeous twists are simple to install and last for at least 2 months. Known to many in Jamaica as rope twists, they allow a different take on the braid trend and are very chic and versatile. Once again ensure that the edges and roots are hydrated to prevent itching and promote longevity of the style.

Protective styles are important because it allows low manipulation of your actual hair thus preventing breakage. The end game is to really preserve and protect the hair from any kind of damage and in turn, foster growth and overall, a healthy head of hair.

I’m going to challenge myself to do at least 3 of these styles for the summer.

What are a few protective styles you can’t wait to try this summer?

Xo

Photo credit: Pinterest