Fashion Designer

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS "I embrace my heritage and what Caribbean people represent." CGR: Tell us about your inspiration for your designs. Kristin: Being born and raised on a Caribbean island is enough inspiration to last for quite a few collections so the entire lifestyle of the Caribbean as well as my travels to Europe, South America and the US has also influenced some of my collections. CGR: How did you become trained in fashion design? Kristin: I have been sewing

Ready, Set, Travel!

JAMAICA "There’s a special kind of pride and confidence that comes from growing up in this part of the world. Sure, the region has beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, but so do many other places. Caribbean people, however, are unique and inimitable."  --JetSetSarah CGR: When/How did you fall in love with writing? JetSetSarah: I was a big reader as a child and still am, and I think my love of writing comes from that. How amazing is it that mere words can transport you t

Quadrille Dancer

ST. CROIX, US VIRGIN ISLANDS "Quadrille dancing is not for the faint of heart." CGR: What is your Caribbean heritage/where are you and generations back of your family from? Marion: Like much of the black people of the Caribbean, my family's heritage includes enslaved Africans.  We can trace my father's family back to the 1800's on the island of St. Croix, Danish West Indies.  Unfortunately, my mother's father is not listed on her birth certificate.  But according to family so

Carnival Hopper

ST. THOMAS Venice's Carnival was a unique and very different experience from all others I attended. But that was also the whole point of getting this one on the list-I wanted to experience all kinds of Carnivals not just the ones that were Caribbean influenced. CGR: You played mas 10 times, all over the world and all in one year! How did you come up with the idea to celebrate your 40th birthday with carnival hopping? Erica: The idea came to me through a process of elimination