RG Magazines http://rgmags.com RG Magazines Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:44:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 The Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament http://rgmags.com/2018/09/the-royal-gazette-wahoo-tournament/ http://rgmags.com/2018/09/the-royal-gazette-wahoo-tournament/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:44:00 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6967 Photographs by Blaire Simmons The 52nd annual Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament was a huge success on September 9, despite fears of the effects of Hurricane Florence. Here are the highlights from last night’s prize presentation at Spanish Point Boat Club. Winners:

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Photographs by Blaire Simmons

The 52nd annual Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament was a huge success on September 9, despite fears of the effects of Hurricane Florence.

Here are the highlights from last night’s prize presentation at Spanish Point Boat Club.

Winners:

Heaviest Wahoo on 12lb test: Last Chance crew member Troy Basden, right, accepts the award for Alex Dowling from C.J. Richardson of Marine Locker.
Heaviest Wahoo on 16lb test: Mathew Jones receives his prizes from Rajan Simons, Digital Content Specialist of RG Mags.
Heaviest Wahoo on 20lb test: Chris Dupperreault, left, is handed his goods by Wayne Correia, co-owner of C-Mart.
Heaviest Wahoo on 30lb test: Peter Martin, left accepts his prizes from weigh master John Barnes.
Heaviest Overall Wahoo: Price Smith, right, is handed his goodies by Stephen Wright, the acting sports editor of The Royal Gazette. Price had a 46lb catch.
Captain Niel Jones, proudly holding the trophy, won the High Point Boat for the largest haul. Also pictured from left are Dexter Smith, Editor of The Royal Gazette, Cyril Jones, Colin Jones and Matthew Jones.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte http://rgmags.com/2018/09/recipe-pumpkin-spice-latte/ http://rgmags.com/2018/09/recipe-pumpkin-spice-latte/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 19:57:47 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6904 It’s that time of the year again! Pull out the pumpkin spice candles, cookies and desserts! Learn how to make a homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte so you can enjoy the warm flavors of the fall and holiday season at home! Course: Drinks Cuisine: American Servings: 1 Latte Author: adapted from www.jennyevolution.com Ingredients 1 1/2 [...]

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It’s that time of the year again! Pull out the pumpkin spice candles, cookies and desserts!

Learn how to make a homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte so you can enjoy the warm flavors of the fall and holiday season at home!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Latte
Author: adapted from www.jennyevolution.com
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup (4oz / 115g) brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cups (4oz / 115g) milk
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan add in all of your ingredients.
  2. Stir and bring the ingredients to a simmer.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour into your mug.
  4. Decorate with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Enjoy!

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In profile: The Wall Street Band http://rgmags.com/2018/09/in-profile-the-wall-street-band/ http://rgmags.com/2018/09/in-profile-the-wall-street-band/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:55:53 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6901 All summer you may have heard the name Wall Street Band buzzing around the island, so we at RG Mags set out to learn a little bit more about them.. When and how was the band originally formed and how did you come up with the name? The band was formed for the 2005 Music [...]

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All summer you may have heard the name Wall Street Band buzzing around the island, so we at RG Mags set out to learn a little bit more about them..

When and how was the band originally formed and how did you come up with the name?

The band was formed for the 2005 Music Festival to back local artists for the three nights, courtesy of Glenn Blakeney. We didn’t have a name until the 2008 Music Festival when our bass player, Eugene Tuzo, read out a list of potential band names that he had compiled. I liked the sound of “being backed by WallStreet”. Ironically, it was about a month before the stock market crashed.

Who is the Wall Street Band and how many members are there?

We started out as a 9 piece backing band, accompanying artists that didn’t have a band. From time to time we were asked to provide background vocalists as well. About 2 years ago we decided to be self contained and develop our own repertoire, thus increasing the size to 13 members.

What has the Made in Bermuda experience been like for the band this year? How did you get involved?

It has been an awesome experience for us with each week better the week before. The crowds were amazing and being on White’s Island, you couldn’t have asked for a better venue. Much thanks go PinkSand Entertainment’s Jonathan Tankard and Zuri Darrell for having the vision to put on such an event.

How important do you think the event is for the island’s entertainment industry?

Due to the fact that PinkSand Entertainment is committed to the development and marketing of local entertainment, ALL of their events are vital to the entertainment industry. Not only do they provide an avenue for local artists to perform, they create an atmosphere for all audiences. Over the summer we had people from all walks of life, both local and tourists, ranging in ages from 12yrs to 93yrs old – a true testament to the quality of their work.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival on Saturday?

As with any performance, we aim to give our best in terms of entertaining the crowd. Also we’ll be there to cheer on the other local entertainers who, some are up and coming, need and deserve all of our support.

 The band has also been performing at several other events this year, such as Cup Match Summer Splash – how has this exposure benefitted the band?

We have a certain demographic that follow WSB, however, this year we’ve had the opportunity to perform in front of different ones: The Bermuda Festival, The Motown Revue and Summer Splash. Some of the audience members at those events had never heard of WSB let alone heard the band. However, since then we’ve gained some new fans and have even gotten booking enquiries from some of those concerts.

What’s next? Any plans for the future? Anything to look forward to?

Next? – Vacation! We’ll be off until October. After which, we go back into rehearsal working on new material for the upcoming season. Also, we’re in talks with a local producer with the goal of having our own show in 2019.

For more information on The Wall Street Band visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  

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Gallery: Made in Bermuda Festival http://rgmags.com/2018/09/gallery-made-in-bermuda-festival/ http://rgmags.com/2018/09/gallery-made-in-bermuda-festival/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 17:49:34 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6899 Locals Brixx, B.L.A.C, Olivia Hamilton, Ty Wilson and Sinead The Flower and The Wall Street Band were among several artists that perform at the Made in Bermuda Festival along with Grammy award-winning artist, Monica during the weekend. Photographs by Akil Simmons

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Locals Brixx, B.L.A.C, Olivia Hamilton, Ty Wilson and Sinead The Flower and The Wall Street Band were among several artists that perform at the Made in Bermuda Festival along with Grammy award-winning artist, Monica during the weekend.

Photographs by Akil Simmons

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Gallery: Bermuda Sandcastle Competition http://rgmags.com/2018/09/gallery-bermuda-sandcastle-competition/ http://rgmags.com/2018/09/gallery-bermuda-sandcastle-competition/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:24:38 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6849 The annual Sandcastle Competition took place on Saturday, September 1 at Horseshoe Bay. Hannah Strang, organiser,  said it was a huge success, with 14 teams with participants of all ages taking part in the open competition. Photographs by Akil Simmons

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The annual Sandcastle Competition took place on Saturday, September 1 at Horseshoe Bay.

Hannah Strang, organiser,  said it was a huge success, with 14 teams with participants of all ages taking part in the open competition.

Photographs by Akil Simmons

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In profile: Rochelle Minors http://rgmags.com/2018/09/in-profile-rochelle-minors/ http://rgmags.com/2018/09/in-profile-rochelle-minors/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:49:27 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6792 Photographs by Blaire Simmons Rochelle Minors of Rochelle Nicole designs has been gearing up for this moment since she began designing. The chance to share her work internationally has finally arrived. How did your design story begin? It began from my childhood drawing and making paper clothing for my paper dolls. From there I took [...]

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Photographs by Blaire Simmons

Rochelle Minors of Rochelle Nicole designs has been gearing up for this moment since she began designing. The chance to share her work internationally has finally arrived.

How did your design story begin?

It began from my childhood drawing and making paper clothing for my paper dolls. From there I took sewing lessons after school in my early teen years, I then went to pursue a BA in Fashion Design at The University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent. I showcased my graduate collection at London Graduate Fashion Week in 2014 and I have been designing ever since.

What inspires your design process?

I’m inspired by strong, bold colors, I love contrasting elements, geometric shapes and symmetry. I’m mainly inspired by architecture, buildings, doors, windows. A lot of my silhouette is minimal and I gather inspiration from the 60’s, and 90’s mixed with what’s trending in stores and street style.

What has been the most challenging element in creating the new collection?

The most challenging part was creating clothing I’ve never done before using materials I am not comfortable. This majority of the collection is stretch fabrics. I decided to challenge myself this time and it was like working with new tools. Also the time period in which I had to make the collection was shorter than previous ones so the pressure was high.

How do you think NYFW will differ from sharing a post collection in London?

New York provides a new market, and bigger show. In London I showcased my graduate collection which catered to a certain audience. Here I will be right in the midst of industry professionals. An opportunity that was never presented to me in London. My Swirl collection this is more commercial than my previous work so I pray it will be better received.

What has you most excited about this NYFW opportunity?

I’m excited to just firstly grace an international stage showing my work. I’m honored to know that my work is worthy of such an opportunity, and this opportunity can be the brand’s next big break. I’m just in awe that this is actually happening. It’s what every designer dreams of doing at some point in their career. I’m very thankful for it all.

What’s one piece of advice for anyone looking to follow in your shoes?

Be passionate and be patient because things don’t happen overnight, work hard and embrace the journey. It will all be worth it.

For more on the brand, follow Rochelle on Instagram @Rochelle_Nicole

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Kitchens – Open or closed? http://rgmags.com/2018/08/kitchens-open-or-closed/ http://rgmags.com/2018/08/kitchens-open-or-closed/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:25:01 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6779 We have given ourselves until 2020 to save up for a new kitchen so recently I’ve been slightly obsessed with saving hundreds of my dream spaces on Pinterest.  Because of our stone walls, we’re limited to working in our current footprint – a 12′ x 12′ room with four walls, one window and two doorways. [...]

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We have given ourselves until 2020 to save up for a new kitchen so recently I’ve been slightly obsessed with saving hundreds of my dream spaces on Pinterest.  Because of our stone walls, we’re limited to working in our current footprint – a 12′ x 12′ room with four walls, one window and two doorways.  We have some great ideas on how to re-arrange the space but it doesn’t make sense to spend a small fortune and months of construction to get the open concept spaces that are so trendy on makeover shows like Fixer Upper (my fave!).  Plus, even though they look stunning in photos and on television, are open concept kitchens practical?

First, everyone can see your stacks of dirty dishes.  I love to cook and I cook with enthusiasm.  By the time I’m done making dinner there are at least a dozen utensils in the sink, dirty pots, pans and bowls not to mention a counter sprinkled with spices, vegetable peels and other remnants.  Luckily, in our house the cook doesn’t do the dishes (hubby grumbles but is a good sport about cleaning up) but I wouldn’t want to sit down to a meal with my family or friends and have them stare at the mess I’ve made while they’re eating.  A separate kitchen space means I can close the door and worry about tidying up after the meal is over.

Also, the process of cooking can get a little smelly – especially if you’re frying something.  I love a delicious piece of fried chicken but that doesn’t mean I want my living room smelling like one.  In an open concept kitchen smells carry to other rooms and are hard to control but in a closed space I can shut the door, open the window and not worry about lingering odors.

Controlling the temperature is easier in the rest of the house too!  When our house was built over 60 years ago no one was planning for air conditioning.  It would have cost a fortune to fit it out with central air so we decided on in-wall split systems instead.  Having a separate kitchen is handy because we can close the door and enjoy cool air in the living room/dining room without worrying about the extra heat generated by the stove.

Finally, sometimes you just want a little piece and quiet.  I love my hubby but we work together which means that at the end of the day we both want our own space.  It’s sometimes nice to close the kitchen door and spend an hour cooking on my own.  That also gives hubby a chance to unwind after a long day in piece and quiet!

That’s not to say open plan kitchens don’t have their benefits!  With a busy household it’s the perfect layout for keeping an eye on the kids while you’re preparing meals.  Plus, in a smaller home it’s a great way to create the impression of bigger spaces.

Leave us a comment below and let us know which kitchen style you prefer!  Need some inspiration?  Below are a few of my favourite spaces.  Don’t forget to Pin YOUR favourite!

Replacing a few upper cabinets with open shelves is a great way to not only show off your pretty cookware but also create the impression of a larger space.
Two is better than one! Using a contrasting colour on the lower cabinets or island is a great way to introduce a bold shade to the kitchen. (New home by Willow Homes and Willow design studio in Birmingham Alabama. Photographed by architectural and interiors photographer Tommy Daspit. www.tommydaspit.com)
Warm it up with wood! Use butcher block counters, wooden shelves or wood beams to add a farmhouse feel to the kitchen.
One of the easiest, fastest and most economical ways to update the kitchen is by replacing old hardware. Why not experiment with fun metals like gold or copper?
Open concept! This kitchen puts everyone in the middle of the action!
Divide and conquer! Even if you don’t have walls you can still separate an open space into “zones” with furniture, lighting and accessories.

There’s more where this came from!  See thousand of our decorating and design Pins on our boards here. If you liked this post don’t forget to check back next week to see what’s new on the blog but if you can’t wait  our Facebook page is updated daily with amazing spaces, design tips and DIY projects.  Or get a sneak peak at life behind the scenes at the paint store (and more stunning rooms) on our Instagram here.

If you’re local and don’t want to miss a paint sale make sure to join our mailing list by following this link (and get a little bonus for subscribing!)

Karolina and her husband Justin De Costa took over Rowe Spurling Paint Company in 2007 after the senior De Costas, Pamela and Neviile, retired.  Both Karolina and Justin studied theatre at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.  This gave them a foundation in architecture and design while helping to fuel their creative endeavors.  They continue to evolve Bermuda’s oldest paint store, providing the latest in coatings technology as well as inspiring their customers in their own home and professional projects.

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Made in Bermuda http://rgmags.com/2018/08/made-in-bermuda/ http://rgmags.com/2018/08/made-in-bermuda/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 13:14:12 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6771 Island-owned green businesses By Ashley Yearwood  A “green” business is one that runs in a capacity where little to no negative impact is made on the local or global environment. We can look at sustainability in terms of farming and energy, but becoming sustainable also means thinking about the products that we buy, where they [...]

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Island-owned green businesses

By Ashley Yearwood 

A “green” business is one that runs in a capacity where little to no negative impact is made on the local or global environment.

We can look at sustainability in terms of farming and energy, but becoming sustainable also means thinking about the products that we buy, where they are sourced and how they are packaged. The media has exposed the poor working conditions in the countries where certain products are made or their ingredients are harvested.

One of the ways people are fighting against this is by opting for natural products sourced from green businesses. Many Bermudians have created their own natural products that range from beauty to clothing and everything in between. We now have a thriving market of Bermudian-owned green businesses.


Ase Naturals

Ase Naturals is a herbal retail business specializing in herbal products such as loose-leaf herbal tea blends, herbal bath teas and soaks as well as herb-infused body oils. Each product is handcrafted in Bermuda, vegan and organic.



Island Potions

Island potions is hair product company whose products focus on chemical free ingredients. Their story started from the company founder’s own hair journey. Fed up with spending money and time looking for products, she decided to go the natural route.


Naked Zero

Naked Zero is a one-stop shop for ethical, sustainable, mind, body and health- conscious products. From beauty to food and household items, they have a wide variety of natural products for people of all ages.


Ponda Pits

Ponda Pits is a locally run 100 percent natural deodorant that comes in several authentic Bermudian scents.


 Surishae + co

Surishae + co is dedicated to the sourcing of fair-trade, ethical companies, and creating cruelty free products and bringing them onto the island. Their natural ingredients keep it pure and simple so you don’t have to guess what is in your products.


Salt and Cedar

Salt and Cedar is an online store with a thoughtfully curated collection of high performing non-toxic skincare and beauty products for the whole family –– delivered to Bermuda.

 


Peoples Pharmacy

People’s pharmacy is constantly bringing in new products. The focus is on natural products that work for a variety of people. They have dedicated staff who are willing to help find the products for you.

Finding and using products from socially and environmentally conscious companies is the same as doing your part. Who knew it could be so fun, easy, and trendy to help out the environment!

This article was originally featured in the August 2018 edition of the Rg Green Pages supplement.

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Gallery: Break The Silence vigil http://rgmags.com/2018/08/gallery-break-the-silence-vigil/ http://rgmags.com/2018/08/gallery-break-the-silence-vigil/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 12:51:22 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6764 The Break The Silence candlelight vigil saw around 100 people at Victoria Park last night. Loved ones gathered to remember those who have lost their lives to violence in Bermuda. Full story on royalgazette.com Photography by Blaire Simmons

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The Break The Silence candlelight vigil saw around 100 people at Victoria Park last night.

Loved ones gathered to remember those who have lost their lives to violence in Bermuda.

Full story on royalgazette.com

Photography by Blaire Simmons

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Go Green for Back-to-school http://rgmags.com/2018/08/go-green-back-to-school/ http://rgmags.com/2018/08/go-green-back-to-school/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 17:57:21 +0000 http://rgmags.com/?p=6730 By Dawn Gifford It’s the end of the summer and time for the kids to head back to school. So how do you combine school’s three R’s of reading, writing and ‘rithmetic with the planet’s three R’s of reduce, reuse, and recycle? Here are five tips for getting off to a healthy, planet-friendly school year. Get new school clothes second-hand. Kids outgrow [...]

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By Dawn Gifford

It’s the end of the summer and time for the kids to head back to school. So how do you combine school’s three R’s of readingwriting and ‘rithmetic with the planet’s three R’s of reducereuse, and recycle? Here are five tips for getting off to a healthy, planet-friendly school year.

  1. Get new school clothes second-hand.

Kids outgrow clothing very quickly, so buying new clothes from retail stores not only wastes a lot of money for very little value, but “fast fashion” also contributes greatly to both sweatshop labour and environmental degradation from the GMO crops, oil-based synthetic fabrics and toxic dyes used to make them. In fact, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world—second only to oil!

  1. Inventory your supplies before buying more.

Take a careful inventory of the school supplies you already have that can be used again. Do you have extra packs of pencils, or barely used notebooks? Do you really need a new ruler? Is last year’s backpack still fully functional? Is that lunchbox still in great shape? Reduce your consumerism and avoid last-minute impulse purchases by making a list of what you really need before you go to the store — and stick to it!

  1. Choose non-toxic and eco-friendly school supplies.

PVC, also known as vinyl, contains chemical additives including phthalates that are linked to asthma, learning disabilities, diabetes and other chronic health problems. Congress banned phthalates in children’s toys, yet they are widespread in school supplies like lunch boxes, backpacks and three-ring binders.

Choose backpacks made of recycled PET or natural canvas, and avoid the shiny, plastic models that often contain PVC. (They will last longer, too!)

It’s harder to find binders that are not made of vinyl, but look for brands that are labeled PVC-free.

Some crayons that are imported from China have been found to be contaminated with asbestos. Choose crayons that have been manufactured in the United States.

More and more retailers are carrying eco-friendly versions of every day school supplies, so choose recycled pencils and markers, refillable or recycled pens, and 100% recycled, chlorine-free notebooks and printer paper, too.

  1. Pack a zero-waste lunch.

By packing a whole food lunch for your child in a reusable lunch box with a reusable bottle of water or milk, you will help reduce the amount of paper bags, food packaging and wasted food your child produces — and they will be so much healthier for it too.

Making a lunch made with whole food (and not packaged, processed food) doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. Get your kids involved in choosing lunch ingredients, so they’ll be less likely to pitch stuff they don’t want to eat.

  1. Explain to your kids why you’re making greener, healthier choices.

Making planet-friendly choices when getting ready for school is great, but what is even more awesome is teaching your kids why you’ve made those choices.

Sometimes, explaining how that shiny vinyl dinosaur backpack is full of toxic nasties or why that package of processed cookies pollutes and harms endangered animals is all it takes to calm a complaining child.

Hopefully, because of your thoughtful conversations with your kids, they will grow up to help create an island and a world where such toxic and polluting products don’t exist in the first place.

This article was originally published in the August 2018 edition of the RG Back-to-School supplement.

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