“With active ingredients like guava, raw sugarcane, wild yam, passion flower and seaweed the Red Lane Spa experience and Red Lane Products were designed with island living in mind! There’s even a range called Spice, inspired by the enchantment and warmth of Grenada and infused with the scent of nutmeg, clove and ylang-ylang.” As a certified spa junkie and firm believer in the importance of a consistent skincare regime, I wish someone told me (before I sealed every single one of my products with masking tape) there’s a huge chance they wouldn’t result in the flawless effect I was so used to when used in a humid Caribbean climate. Cue… my Flawless Facial at Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa, where I discovered Red Lane Spa and Red Lane Products. Ninety glorious minutes at the hands of a fantastic therapist originally from Jamaica, my face, head, back and shoulders regained its radiance. My mind transcended to my favourite majestic place in the West Indies and my body fully rejuvenated by a medley of products and methods inspired by the best remedies and traditions found in the tropics. What’s more, Grenadian residents and Caricom passport holders pay 50% of the regular USD treatment price, which in my view is excellent for such a quality service, and highly trained and skilled spa therapist that has worked throughout the region. Since my transition to the tropics, I’ve battled with finding the right facial skincare. I have an abundance of natural blends of coconut oil based body products, but with oily/combination skin, I’ve been faced with hot and sweaty challenges (no pun intended). Before my treatment, I had a sniff and sample fest with the testers and with active ingredients like ginger, guava, raw sugarcane, wild yam, lemongrass, passion flower and seaweed they certainly complimented…
"I’ve always struggled with being a ‘business owner’ and a ‘boss’ but also being in a bikini on the beach flying drones. I was worried people wouldn’t take me seriously and it didn’t make sense" Name: Monica Walton Age: 29 Cultural heritage: Mixed / Caribbean Place of birth/Resides: The Cayman Islands Kiki: How has your upbringing shaped the woman you are today? Monica: I grew up in a big family with two brothers and sisters. My brothers were closest to my age so we would hang out more, maybe that’s why I’m a bit of a tomboy! I’m so grateful that I was raised to be independent and self-sufficient. It led me to fall in love with learning, growing and facing life's challenges head-on. I’m very career-focused and hope to inspire other women to have the drive to go after their goals. I want everyone to know that they don’t have to accept any situation they are in - if you want something, you have to go after it and carve out your path. Kiki: I love your platform @BeachBoxTV tell me more about what you do? Monica: I run a media company called Vagabond Media Group in Cayman Islands where I get to manage a small team of talented people and help other businesses tell their story through video and creative content. Doing what you love every day is very fulfilling! I love seeing people’s businesses grow, seeing the entrepreneurial journey’s around Cayman and being a part of that. It’s fulfilling making a difference to someone’s life. I love to see women pursuing creative careers, especially in video. I also have an online travel platform called Beachbox (www.beachboxtv.com). It allows me to travel the Caribbean and shoot videos for tourism boards and resorts and have a place to share the…
"Don’t allow your trust in timing to be an excuse for complacency. Go looking for opportunities!" Name: Jeneque Pinnock Age: 23 Place of birth/Residence: Jamaica Kiki: What's your earliest childhood memory growing up in Jamaica? Jeneque: From as early as I can remember, I understood that education, was ‘the great equalizer’ that could change anyone’s circumstances. Neither of my parents went to university and because of that, they instilled the importance of higher education in me. It’s no wonder that during Miss Jamaica World 2017 I was most passionate about tutoring, volunteering and lending my voice to issues of education and youth development. I went on a nine-day trip to Africa through my involvement with the Shashamane Sunrise, a charity and volunteer organisation that supports children’s education in developing countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Our team visited Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda and delivered school supplies and furniture. We contributed to building renovations and interacted with the students through confidence-building exercises. To say it was the experience of a lifetime is putting it lightly! Kiki: We love seeing you live your best life on Instagram. What do you do for a living? Jeneque: For almost 3 years, I worked as an Account Executive at a full-service media, advertising and production company in Jamaica. I’ve always been very passionate about people so I find it fulfilling being in a communication-intensive role, which involves continuous dialogue between clients, stakeholders and other team members. I am currently transitioning into my new role as a Digital Marketing Manager and I’m ready for the challenge! I also love giving back and impacting others in some way. If I can look back on my life during my final days (hopefully many decades from now), and feel like I was able to impact, influence and/or improve the…
“I have grown tired of ‘making it rain’ with prescriptions on my patients to control symptoms. I want to prevent illnesses altogether”
Name: Sherice Major Age: 31 Cultural heritage: Bahamas/Jamaican Place of birth/Residence: The Bahamas Kiki: What’s the most distinctive memory you have about your upbringing? Sherice: I grew up with my aunt, one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. She always taught me the value of hard work and working for what you want. She didn’t believe in handouts, and it showed me that whatever I wanted in life, I had to get it myself! Nothing is given to you, you go and take it.
“nothing is overnight; the dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately”
Name: Charlotte Warren Age: 31 Cultural heritage: Barbadian/ American Place of birth/Residence: Barbados Current Residence: Barbados Kiki: Tell me something memorable about your upbringing? Charlotte: Looking back on my childhood what stands out as important to me is eating dinner together as a family every night. No matter what, my parents insisted we eat together and talk as a family. This taught me the importance of family.
“I love design, art and fashion, and this venture allows me to dabble in all three of my passions on a daily basis”
Name: Irina Kostka Age: 31 Cultural heritage: German/Grenadian Place of birth: Grenada Current Residence: Grenada Kiki: Tell me something memorable about your upbringing? Irina: My entire upbringing growing up in Grenada was memorable. Back then our parents weren’t as worried about our safety, so we were allowed to explore independently from an early age. As a child, I roamed freely and it’s played a big role in defining who I am today.
"As an Architect, to be entrusted with a clients dream home, develop my built environment and create a comfortable, livable space is the most rewarding"