Saturday, October 30, 2010

Nicki Minaj's Right Thru Me Video

As excitement builds for islandista Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday, she's dropped a video for one of the tracks off the album - another relationship number that is almost the flipside to the 'so in love' vibe of Your Love Right Thru Me.

Check it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rihanna 'Only Girl in the World' video

So Rihanna's hotly-anticipated 'Only Girl in the World' video came out this week and can we say welcome back to happy Rihanna?

After the dark and depressing nature of many of the videos from the Rated R album, the rose-tinted Only Girl is a complete turnaround - it's a girly, euphoric fantasy, complete with balloons, flowers, fireworks, twinkly lights in trees, tutus and lots of spinning in said tutu and other frothy, girly outfits.

Check the vid below and tell us your thoughts.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Selita + Kanye =...?

Hmmm... sowhat'sgoingonHERE?

For the last few weeks, Kanye West has been seen all over the place with Cayman's own Selita Ebanks - one of our favourite islandistas from long time.

The two have been papped at the U.S. Open, the New Yorkers for Children Gala and across the Atlantic in Paris last week for the Grazia Masquerade Ball.

Each time, they have looked very coupley - in fact, we daresay this is the smiliest stretch for Kanye since his mother passed - even during his long on-off stint with Amber Rose, his favoured photo expression seemed to be a screw face.

But! Selita has laughed off the obvious and increasing questions, saying Kanye is just "a great friend". Which it also could be - these pix could be the smiles of besties enjoying each other's company, not love-struck folks...

However Chicago entertainment blogger/reporter LaShonda Matlock begs to differ on ChicagoNow's Pop Buzz blog, reporting the two have been coupled up for a while now:

"His ex-girlfriend Amber Rose was very aware of his budding new relationship with Selita towards the end of their relationship. Kanye has been with Selita for over eight-months now. And Kanye's time in Hawaii was not alone, Selita was there."

The source goes on to state that "Selita seems to be a good fit for Kanye" and that "Amber was leaking gossip and rumors about him to the media for a price."

Sidebar - Amber "she'll do anything for the limelight" Rose was leaking stories about Kanye for money? Yuh lie! Shocked we are...

Anyhow, it remains to be seen what will emerge about these two but take a look at the pix for yourselves, islandistas.

Kanye West and Selita Ebanks watch Andy Roddick of the USA play Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City on September 1, 2010. UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Islandistas on the front lines at Paris Fashion Week

Islandistas were all over the place for the recently-ended Paris Fashion Week.

From Guyana in the south to Bahamas in the north, from models to musicians, the region was well represented in the front rows at the shows. Check out the pix!

Bahamas' own hometown boy (via mother Roxie Roker) Lenny Kravitz was front row at Lanvin with Dita von Teese.

Bajan songbird Rihanna (above) was at the Miu Miu show, as was Lucian it-girl and Pop editor Shala Monroque (below).

British singer Leona Lewis, whose father is Guyanese, was dazzling in a peach ruffled confection on the red carpet of the Roberto Cavalli show.

 Our favourit-est, baddest, most yaadcore supermodel Naomi Campbell celebrated her 25 years in the industry with Dolce and Gabbana. Go deh Naomi!

 And Caymanian Selita Ebanks showed up looking all smiley with Kanye West again - this time at the Grazia Masquerade Ball.

Our favourite of the season - Duro Olowu

 The SS '11 fashion season has come and gone - filled with island folk on the catwalks, in the front rows and occasionally, making the final turn as the designer.

And we are ready to crown our favourite - because out of the many, many, many designs we saw this season, one small collection reached out to us and spoke to us - Jamaica/Nigerian designer Duro Olowu's eponymous line.

Originally drawn to it because it showcased the talents of Jamaica's newest model find, Orenthia, we were drawn in, nay captivated by Olowu's use of colour and vintage-y prints and the exquisite lines and tailoring - the voluminous sleeves on the 70s style maxi dress and the wide, well-cut lapels on the all-black skirt suit.

It is totally and completely wearable and gorgeous.

Small wonder then that London-based Olowu, who came by his love of colour from his Jamaican mother, Nigerian father and Lagos upbringing, has been making waves in the fashion scene for a while now. In 2005, he won the British Fashion Council's Best New Designer of the Year award and his signature 'Duro dress' was named dress of the year by both British and American Vogue.
The Duro dress is one of those dresses you've seen even if you didn't know you'd seen it - a cheerful multi-patterned kimono type dress with flowing sleeves that was everywhere in 05-06.

Originally a lawyer, he turned to fashion and teamed up with his shoe designer first wife on a label Olowu Golding, he created his own label after their split and struck gold with the Duro dress which was spotted first by British Vogue's Sally Singer. Since then Michelle Obama and Iman have been known to wear his designs.

His Spring/Summer 2011 collection looks set to be another hit, with a mix of his signature 70s-influenced cuts and groovy (yes, groovy) vintage prints. Check out some more of our faves from his collection!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

REPOST: Mumma gone a foreign

Baby Girl and Mother Holding Hands

As you know, sometimes we touch on some pretty serious topics here on Islandista and this one - a re-post of a piece which appeared on the very popular Clutch Magazine last week (  is definitely one that affects us as Caribbean mothers and daughters.  Read it and let me know your thoughts.

What do John Lee Malvo and Germaine Lindsay have in common?

The first and most obvious thing is that they were both teenaged mass murderers.
 Malvo was 17 years old when he joined John Allen Muhammad in the Beltway sniper attacks which terrorised the Washington D.C area back in 2002.

Lindsay was 19 years old when he blew himself up on a train travelling from King's Cross St. Pancras, killing 26 people, half the victims of the London 7/7 bombings in 2005.

A second, less obvious thing is that both Lindsay and Malvo are Jamaican-born – something that caused Jamaicans no end of shock and chagrin when those tragedies unfolded.

But perhaps the greatest similarity I see between these two is their mothers. By the time they committed their mass killings, both Malvo and Lindsay had been living away from their mothers for a number of years.
Malvo’s mother emigrated from Jamaica to Antigua and then on to the United States, leaving Malvo behind with Muhammad to take her chance in the USA.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ri-Ri's Euro tour!

Uber-islandista Rihanna is over in Europe right now, promoting her new album Loud in London and taking in the finale of the fashion season in Paris for its Fashion Week.

And Ri-ri being Ri-ri, all eyes are on her outfits - some were misses (orange and purple with that hair? Too far!) while some were hits (the soft pink lady like look in Paris).

Check out the photos and our thoughts and tell us yours!

45752, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Tuesday October 5, 2010. Rihanna is spotted leaving Sketch restaurant in London after sharing a romantic meal with her boyfriend Matt Kemp. Rihanna covered her legs with a large black shawl before climbing into a taxi.  Photograph:  Smart Pictures,

Heading from dinner with sweetie Matt Kemp, Ri-ri is such a *#%$ lady (as her infamous handbag proclaimed last year) in this flowered mini skirt suit.

45704, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - October 10, 2010. Rihanna looks a bit tired as she is seen returning back to her London hotel after an all day shopping spree at TopShop on Oxford Street. The fiery red haired singer was assisted by a personal shopper as she picked all her favorites from the Autumn collection. Rihanna was a t-shirt with the phrase 'She Died Of Perfection' t-shirt.  Photograph:  Smart Pictures,

Love the boyfriend blazer she's wearing as she heads back to her hotel from an all day shopping spree (Topshop to the world!) but not much liking it with the baggy pants - too 80s even for this 80s-inspired period in fashion.

45634, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Friday October 1, 2010. Rihanna returns back to her hotel in London wearing a neon purple sweater and orange pants after making a radio appearance on Heart FM. Photograph:

No. Not even Rihanna has enough swag to pull of this combo she wore to her interview with Heart FM.

At the Miu Miu show in Paris - we like this one - a lot. The mix of the chunky, costume-y jewellery with the whimsical, fun print is hot.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

UPDATED: And the winner is ....

Invitation number 97!

Whichever lucky lady is holding invitation number 97 is the winner of our Girlfriends Expo promotion this past weekend.

She will now be treated to a full, fabulous islandista-style makeover, with makeup compliments I Heart Makeup and a mani and pedi in the comfort of your own home (the way the stars do it - she comes to you!) by  Beauty by Lauren!

Contact us at with your name and contact details and to claim your prize!

Read on for a sneak peak of the artistry of our partners and what our lucky winner can look forward to!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Islandista is on the move!

... is on the move!
We've moved from our Wordpress home over to fancier new digs (and our own custom domain name) over at!
The move - which we hinted at some months ago when we asked for your insight on templates (and as you will see, we took your advice!) will allow us to do some bigger, better things.

Obviously, since we have racked up hundreds of posts and comments in the last two and a half years, it takes a lot to move all our cyber-furniture into the new place so there is still some house-keeping to be done in some of the archived content. Be patient with us - all will be sorted and we think you will agree that the the day to day look  feel of the new home is a definite upgrade!

The move has been a few months' in planning - in fact, when you check it out you will see that we've been keeping it updated  along with this blog for the past few months.

So come on through and have a party at our new place!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Shontelle new vid - Perfect Nightmare!

Bajan songstresses Shontelle and Rihanna have been hard at work promo-ing their respective singles - Perfect Nightmare and the already-a-smash Only Girl in the World which is at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Shontelle dropped the full video for Perfect Nightmare last week, while Rihanna has been dropping teaser vids for Only Girl as well teaser pics like this one on Twitter for her #RihannaNavy.

Check out Shontelle's vid below!