Get your look together with Funky Monkey.
It seems that the month of May always conjures visions of everything in
bloom, and that includes the myriad colours and designs you can find at
The birthstone of May is the emerald, a beautiful green gem that has
been revered for thousands of years.
Rock Gorgeous Hair is your makeover destination.
As we head into the warmer summer months we can see brighter colours
emerging in the fashion market. Light, airy fabrics, flowing skirts,
cool and comfortable shirts are all the rage as the temperatures rise
and breezes waft in across the waves.
Have you ever envied the women who can afford designer fashion? The
Sarah Jessica Parkers of this world regularly prance around in Manolo
Blahnik’s, but not everyone has that kind of bank account.
The April 2013 edition of What's Hot Magazine features a special wedding feature that is always one of our most popular. Click through to check out the intro.
Mother’s Day in the US began in the early 1900s, and although it began
as a day to simply acknowledge or remember mothers for all they do, it
has inevitably become quite commercialised over the years.
Jessica Bodden is well known on the local social scene for her great
sense of style. Surely there has been many a time when a young lady in
her presence has thought “Where does Jessica get these fabulous
Island Companies can offer you a twist on the tradition with some
baubles that will make you stand out in the crowd this St. Patrick’s
When next you drive down the Seven Mile Strip, take a look at Regency
Court next to the Lone Star, and you’ll see signs for the newest tattoo
company on Grand Cayman; Island Ink Tattoo Company
No, your eyes do not deceive you; you are seeing parasols, the beautiful
and stylish alternative to umbrellas for shading the skin from the
harmful rays of the sun.
Island Naturals recently opened its doors in January 2013, and already
word is spreading like a green vine about this shop that sells organic,
chemical-free products to nourish everything on and under the skin.
Island Companies will be celebrating 35 years in business in the Cayman
Islands in 2013. That is 35 years of sourcing, importing and selling
some of the finest jewellery, watches, accessories and luxury goods
available on the global market.
Vy’s Closet in Countryside Shopping Village, Savannah, will be the
answer to a lot of curvy women’s prayers. Finally there is a shop in the
Cayman Islands that stocks beautiful, supportive bras and lingerie for
Fashion in the Cayman Islands is alive and well. There are many shops
stocking a wide variety of clothes, shoes and accessories so you can
really make a statement when you hit the beach or the bars.
Red Sail Sports are known for their watersports throughout the Cayman Islands, they also own a chain of shops
featuring apparel and accessories perfect for sunbathing, swimming or
heading out to the restaurants.
Do you find yourself driving around, trying to find a good selection of
greeting cards and decorations, particularly when it comes to the
Books & Books in Camana Bay is a haven for anyone who appreciates a
good read, photography, art, children’s stories and unique gifts.
Crystals have fascinated and enchanted. From
health benefits to magical powers, gemstones have been ascribed power
above and beyond that which science can measure.
It’s in the bag!
October 2, 2012
Local startup company Caribbean Canvas Company just celebrated their
first year here on Grand Cayman and for those of us that know this cool
company, that’s no surprise.
Apart from telling the time, a watch is a key expression of who you are.
However, if a watch could help you relax and improve your well-being at
the same time, it would certainly be worth a look.
You’ve just surfed the best wave of your life or taken a leap of faith
from a helicopter, and you want to recount the adventure to your
friends. Describing the fear and excitement you felt just doesn’t do
justice to the adrenaline rush you experienced.
September 4, 2012
You no longer need a large, heavy camera to get professional video;
cameras smaller than a deck of cards can deliver stunning video for big
It is always interesting to look back at science fiction from a couple of years ago to see how far we have, or haven’t, come.
When young art student John Hardy moved to Bali to study ancient
Balinese jewellery-making techniques back in 1975, no-one, not even the
man himself, could have predicted the impact he would have.
These days local boutiques have direct access to manufacturers and
designers, allowing them to sell a wide range of fashionable wear at
prices that rival shops in the US
Fine jewellery is often spoken about in terms that invoke the passion
and craftsmanship of the artist, which is as it should be. However, when
you combine the skill of the craftsman with modern science and
technology, the results can be spectacular.
Life on a tropical island should be fun, and if it isn’t it might be time to find yourself an activity that makes it fun.
Living in the Cayman Islands lends itself to an outdoor lifestyle.
Therefore it is not surprising that rugged, sporty watches have pride of
place in many watch collections and see quite a bit of use, especially
over the weekend.
Back to school has never been very high on anyone’s hot list (well,
apart from parents who might be keen on having the house to themselves
now and then).
Finding clothing that flatters your figure and hides your flaws can be
quite a challenge. No use asking your significant other for help, as he
is probably well aware of what to say to stay out of trouble.
Sucking on popsicles can cause children to develop dimples. Weird, but
true. The cold from the popsicle essentially kills some of the fat cells
in the cheeks, causing those cute little indentations to appear.
Fortunately Father’s Day is a great time to make sure that the hard work is forgotten in favour of the fun.
Given the fast pace at which technology
develops, staying up to date on the latest ways to protect yourself is
vital to guarding your personal information.
Summer is a time of travel – if not to see the world, then at least to
get a break from the intense summer heat (and the rain, and the
Creating art on a flat, static canvas is hard enough. But when your
canvas is three dimensional and in constant motion, it creates
challenges that other artists may find hard to imagine.
Which of the following jewellery items would you never wear?
It’s that time of year again, when every young girl’s fancy turns to
clothes. The new season is the perfect excuse to catch up on the latest
trends, update your wardrobe with the latest colour palette, and just
generally have fun with fashion.
Mothers day approaching! Gift ideas...
There are many occupations out there where people claim that they do it
for love, not money (as opposed to most of the others where they do it
for love of money) and nowhere can this be more true than when it comes
to being a mother.
Once upon a time, the surf lifestyle used to appeal to a niche market.
However, when you live on a tropical island with world famous beaches,
surf wear and beach wear becomes part of your everyday lifestyle,
regardless of who you are.
There are few occasions that are as memorable as a wedding day, but
events big and small deserve the attention of a professional.
In the aftermath of the big day, the last thing you want to bother with
is returning six of the seven toasters you received as wedding presents.
However, grooms often put somewhat less planning into their wedding
attire, and might not have a clear mental picture of what they want to
look like on their wedding day.
Fortunately for those who work in the downtown area,
there are stores that cater for the local market, not just tourists. City Chick,
located on Fort Street, is one of these.
March 7, 2012
It is often said that you need money to make money, but never has this been more true than in the case of Randy Price.
When it comes to the most important moments in life, diamonds play a major role. It is quite impossible to imagine an engagement or wedding without the word ‘diamond’ springing to mind, even though alternatives do exist.
What if you could get a brand new pair of bright and cheerful patterned
Havaianas at a ten per cent discount, and in doing so be making a small
improvement in the life of a Haitian orphan? It may sound too good to be
true, but it’s not.
Once more about flash and entertainment than real utility, smartphones are starting to play a much more central role in everyday life. Of course the entertainment element is still very important, from watching streaming videos to listening to music, but with apps for everything, smartphones are becoming ever more indispensible.
This is the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese calendar, and one that
Island Companies will be celebrating to the fullest with the one year
anniversary of the John Hardy boutique.
While you might be thinking that it’s tough to buy for someone who always seems to have the newest version of every type of hand-held device, shopping for these folks is easier - and less expensive - than you might think.
Some people just cannot stand doing their Christmas shopping in person. The idea of the crowds and decorations just puts them off completely. This may well explain why so many people are turning to online shopping options.
December 6, 2011
Video gaming’s popularity is at an all-time high, and with devices from consoles like Wii, PS3 and Xbox360 to hand held devices and even mobile phones, gaming is everywhere.
Beware the budget
December 6, 2011
The past few years have been hard on the pocketbook - and psyche. Just
when we think we see the light at the end of the tunnel, something
happens to make us pull our belts a little tighter and dampen our
Meet Elly Wray – born in Waterloo, Iowa; raised in Southern California; living in the Cayman Islands. Elly is a dive instructor and professional photographer/videographer (so she’s a double threat), working at Ocean Frontiers in East End.
After the uncontested domination of the tablet market by the Apple iPad, another contender may finally be emerging. Yet the newly announced Kindle Fire by Amazon is unlikely to be a true challenger to the iPad, which was probably a good decision on the part of Amazon.
Adding a homemade touch to a gift, whether something freshly baked or
custom wrapping, makes the gift much more unique and can also save money in the process.
Deciding on what family and friends will find under the tree, and perhaps more importantly dropping hints on what you would like to find hidden under all the bows and festive wrapping paper on Christmas morning.
It’s almost time to go Christmas card shopping. Yes, those same boring old Christmas cards you have been sending for years, with those same old verses – Joy to the world, Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth...
Gift giving can be a bit of a challenge, especially when it comes to the old conundrum of whether to give something practical or something of pure aesthetic value.
Regardless of how far and fast technology moves, there is nothing that can beat sitting down with a good book. As someone who owns just about every gadget I can afford, that is saying something.
After years of building his brand, which now includes t-shirts, swimsuits and various accessories, Luigi has finally put down roots with the One 345 Swanky Shack and Seven Fathoms Rum Shop located at Hammerheads on the George Town waterfront.
Every year, many of us put off thinking about Christmas because it seems
to be months away. But before you know it, it’s upon you, with all the
frenetic partying, shopping and socialising that characterises the
It’s hard not to think about rum cakes when the name Tortuga Rum Company comes up.
Both LIME and Digicel now offer MiFi devices, with LIME’s device running
on its 4G HSPA+ network while the Digicel device runs off their 4G
What makes Pandora such an accessible and popular brand is that it
allows you to celebrate those unforgettable moments in your life without
having to take out a mortgage on the house
Keeping up with the latest fashions can be a time consuming, not to mention expensive, calling in life, even more so when this means heading off island every now and again to see what’s new and happening.
Whenever you mention the Cayman Islands, it conjures up a picture of the perfect tropical island lifestyle – sunny days spent on powdery white beaches or in the turquoise ocean, and warm tropical nights spent relaxing with friends under starry skies.
When it comes to creating clothing suitable for the Caribbean, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist. Just look around you at what people are wearing, and you will get a pretty good indication of what works, and what doesn’t.
Every couple of years, someone prophesises the death of the desktop
PC. It hasn’t happened yet, and probably won’t happen anytime soon, at
least not in the business world.
Year round warm weather certainly has its upsides – after all, any of our northern neighbours would pay good money for a shot at a year-round tan. However, staying cool yet fashionable in the heat of summer can be a challenge.
Summer is the perfect time to rekindle your relationship with reading. After all, what can be better on those evenings when the wind is howling outside and the rain is coming down by the bucket load than sitting back with a good book.
What we wear should reflect who we are. Yet just who that is can change
subtly during the course of the day, and often quite dramatically once
we leave the office behind and stride off into the weekend.
As a hub of international finance, Cayman is one of the places in the world where knowing the time in London, New York or Tokyo could well be more than just a passing fancy.
With year round perfect weather, Cayman is a paradise for flip-flop fans.
Nothing fuses fashion and function to the same extent as a
pair of sunglasses.
When it comes to watches, fashion is quite understandably
the driving force behind most watch choices.
There’s a lot of hype around the upcoming launch of 4G
mobile services in Cayman. However, for those who are less technologically
inclined, the big question is whether they will really notice a difference.
Shopping is an interesting thing – equally loved and loathed by many, depending on whether it is the everyday humdrum of grocery shopping or the much more pleasant touch of retail therapy.
What you wear should reflect who you are and there is no better way to do that than to go with customised jewellery.
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman is the gold standard when it comes to a luxury vacation in Cayman.
Father’s Day may well be one of the most challenging gift-giving days of the year. It is the one day of the year when you can celebrate your dad, but finding the right gift can be a challenge for even the most seasoned shopper.
As any father will be able to tell you, celebrating Mother’s Day has the same importance to children that remembering your anniversary has to husbands. It is a day when all mum’s efforts are celebrated and an opportunity for the kids to show how much they care.
Couples planning their big wedding day
know one of the most important things they will do together before saying ‘I
do’ is putting a gift registry.
The question has been popped; the answer
was a resounding YES! the date has been set and now it’s time to start shopping
for those important wedding day gifts.
When thoughts turn to wedding
registries, the items that spring to mind are often rather mundane. We tend to
think about place settings, small appliances, and anything else that will help
the new couple set up a home together.
The first tangible evidence of a wedding
that any guest will receive is the wedding invitation, which means that this
should set the tone for the wedding and make the guests want to attend.
When most people think weddings, the
wedding ring is the first, and pretty much only, item of jewellery that springs
Weddings are a once in a lifetime event,
something to be celebrated and remembered for a lifetime. It is also a time of
big decisions, and involves virgin territory for many.
Cayman’s fashion scene is only getting better!
Luxury and eco-consciousness are two concepts that do not usually go
hand in hand. Going green usually entails making small sacrifices, be it
using less water, switching off lights, limiting the use of the car or
even choosing not to fly. To be environmentally responsible usually
means denying ourselves some of the smaller pleasures in life.
When it comes to beauty, Vanity Hair and Nail salon is on the cutting
edge of the latest styles and trends for both women and men.
When you’re shopping for the holidays and other special occasions,
you’re in the mood to give and make others happy. Unfortunately, there
are also people out there aiming to dampen the season by taking
advantage of you.
The holiday season is a time to enjoy family and friends, but you
probably have felt the stress that comes with preparing for guests,
planning get-togethers and buying gifts. And in all of that commotion,
you tend to forget about some of the most important people in your life -
The gift of music
December 6, 2010
Most of us have friends or family abroad that pop up on our Christmas
list. So gifts to consider shipping overseas can get a bit perplexing,
after all, socks, ties and video games can be acquired in most any...
Of course, you could go with a run of the mill set of flashing lights to
decorate the tree, but if you want to bring a little bit of Cayman
character to Christmas, you can’t do much better than pop into Pure Art.
For anyone with a love of technology, the festive season truly is the
most wonderful time of the year, as companies release the latest and
greatest toys just in time for the gift-buying season. It is also a time
of year when you can spoil yourself a little bit – in other words, the
perfect time to upgrade!
December 6, 2010
Electronic Spy Camera Shirt - “It’s what 007 wears on his laundry day.” - www.thinkgeek.com
When it comes to shopping for Christmas, don’t be fooled by a name.
Cayman Shoe Shop might seem to be self-explanatory, but you would be
wrong. Yes, of course you will find shoes, but you can find everything
else as well...
The economy may still be pinching and budgets are tight, but there is no reason you cannot be fabulous for year-end functions.
Sea, sand and sun – there’s a good reason shoes don’t form part of that
saying. However, for all their practicality, standard flip-flops are not
often considered the height of glamour either, even though they can be
quite fashionable. However, Havaianas has added a feature that could
help you bridge that gap quite effortlessly – the Customisation Cafe.
Stylish clothing, shoes and accessories and an unerring eye for detail
are the hallmarks of Allee boutique. One of the first quality women’s
apparel stores in Grand Cayman, the boutique has been championing the
right of women to source exclusive brands for over a decade.
Sally Brooker Allison, the new face of Absolutely Fabulous home
furnishings retail store, is excited to be offering discerning clients
the Carrol Boyes Range, a collection inspired by and firmly rooted in
Kirk Freeport’s newest store in downtown George Town has quite a story to tell. Well at least the items housed inside do.
Nicola de Lima has added two new stores to the existing NKY and NKY
Collections in Camana Bay. These stores address two of the most
essential fashion needs there can be, and two that certainly...
November 1, 2010
Who says Apple and Google should have all the fun providing us Star Trek
like devices? Not I – and neither does Blackberry maker Research in
Motion. They will be jumping on the tablet bandwagon in 2011 with a
device powered by the RIM-owned operating system QNX
The little store with the big fashion - I don’t know if that’s what La
Chic stands for, but it should. The home to the latest trends in
clothing, shoes, jewellery, and bags, this is store is a one-stop
August Shopping Discounts found at: Kirk Home Centre: Save up to 40 per cent; Cayman Shoe Shop: Every client who spends $50 or more receives a VIP
Zone membership card: Island Companies: The Last Tender, all close-out stock from Sorrelli, John Hardy, Seiko and Michelle at low,
Summer can be a tough balancing act between having fun and remaining
fashionable. Sweat-inducing temperatures, active lifestyles and the
inevitable stains that come from summer feasting can make it hard to
stay looking good.
Fashion can sometimes be somewhat cruel to your feet. Although shoe
trends like bright colours, nudes, fringes and ruffles don’t impact too
heavily on comfort
As summer starts edging to fall, it offers an excellent opportunity to
put a couple of new touches to your wardrobe. From keeping up with
fashion to back-to-school, there are many reason to hit the stores. Even
though the idea of heading back to school after the summer holidays may
not be the most fun anyone can have,
Whats Hot gives you the inside track on this months dining discounts and retail rewards...
In spite of the wide variety of shops on Island, many people still
believe they need to travel off Island to find something special. After a
glance at our shopping section, these folks may well change their
Summer is synonymous with barbecues at the beach, boating, lazy days by
the pool, and for some – sensational shopping. The lure of an
air-conditioned store on a hot summer’s day is one that many of us can’t
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Governors Square, the unassuming
entrance of Arteccentrix Art Gallery hides a sanctuary for the lover of
That’s when I discovered Havaianas, the “best rubber sandals of the
world”, or as I like to call them treats for my feet.
Sometimes tourists know the secret attractions of your home town better
than you do. This might well be the case with Pure Art art gallery and
Spa treatments are a favourite gift when it comes to Mother’s Day.
Whether facials, manicures or massages, anything that makes mom feel
just that little bit special and allows her to relax (if only for a
moment) could well be the perfect gift.
The man bag – the mere idea of carrying one can send shivers down the
most masculine of spines.
Many people find themselves running around trying to find packing and shipping solutions for gifts. Fortunately, one stop packing, shipping, mailing, printing, and office supply shopping is available on island.
Based in the same building in which Bob Soto started the world’s first recreational dive centre in the late 1950s, the Lobster Pot Dive Centre is just a short walk from downtown George Town in one of the best locations on the waterfront.
Between visiting family members, planning the Christmas Day meal and dealing with kids home from school, Christmas can easily become one of the most stressful times of the year, instead of the celebration it should be.
I love shopping. I mean I really love shopping – always have, always will. The thrill of the hunt searching through clearance racks to find that ‘steal’, spending hours looking for the perfect earrings to go with a new top... just thinking about it gives me goose bumps.
December is here and there is so much to do. Stocking up on food, drinks, gifts and still fitting in all the regular chores can be, well, a chore. Grand Harbour hopes to make the entire experience somewhat less stressful and more pleasurable for all involved.
Christmas in Cayman is somewhat different – the only white Christmas here is to be experienced on the pristine beaches. It stands to reason that this unique Christmas deserves some unique Christmas music as well and Cayman’s local musicians are more than ready to oblige.