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Ottis Effs – Discovering Life’s Secret to Becoming Successfully Happy


How do you define success? A quick Google search will show that the word has two basic meanings: ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose’ or ‘the attainment of popularity or profit.’

Most people would be able to identify with either of these meanings. Dazzle recently had the privilege of interviewing Ottis Effs, the General Manager of Real Foods Inc. the company that operates the St. Lucia franchise of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). The eldest of four children of a Jamaican dad and Saint Lucian mom, Ottis has gained extensive managerial experience working both in St. Lucia and overseas.

During our chat with him, we discovered that not only is Ottis a highly motivated and thriving businessman, he has discovered that there is a further way of experiencing success that can be even more satisfying. He explained how he has been able to achieve it.

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Trevor King – Living a Dream of Pure Passion While Inspiring Others


Trevor King is known for his love, passion, dedication and influential presence in the Arts and Entertainment industry in Saint Lucia and across the Caribbean; His career spans some 22 years. His contribution to the evolution of the Performing Arts and entertainment Industry on the island has placed him in several leadership roles throughout his career.

For the past 20 years, Trevor has been an active member of the performing arts society. He began his dance career as a student of the Vide Bouteille Secondary School and later joined the Christylights Dance Company. While with Christylights he was given the opportunity to attend the Edna Manley School for Visual and Performing Arts, an experience he has not regretted to date. He has been tutored by the late Professor Rex Nettle Ford, Edward Revero; the late Joseph Robinson, the late Denise Jefferson of the Alvin Ailey American dance theatre and Troy Powell artistic director Ailey 2 among others.

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Gregory Junior Sydney: Simplifying Everyday Life through Quick Delivery


“The life we live is a busy one.” For most of us this becomes increasingly true as days go by.

In the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to lose track of the small tasks that need to be done. Realising this, many new companies have focussed on helping their customers perform those tasks with greater ease and convenience.

This is precisely what Gregory Junior Sydney had in mind when he conceptualised Quick Delivery, an official courier service that’s all about convenience.

His first interest was quantity surveying, a career he aspired to after seeing buildings being constructed from the ground up on his way to school with his mom; the person whom he credits for his innate desire to be successful.

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Yvonne Layfield – Kako Organics – All-Natural Skin Care for that Perfect Glow


Vibrant. Full of life. Genuine. Passionate. All of these qualities spring at you when you come across Yvonne Layfield, the mastermind behind Kako Organic Products.

Kako produces a wide array of all-natural skin-care products, from deodorants to face scrubs and more. In  the  words  of Yvonne, “People don’t want just a product, they want an experience.” And that’s exactly what she intends on delivering. Her journey to realising her dreams involved several years of travel onboard cruise ships and yachts. It was a long road paved with hardwork, sacrifice and dedication, but, most of all, with PASSION.

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Kendell ‘Scady’ Eugene: ‘I Love What I Do’

With a voice as familiar and attention-grabbing as his, it’s hard to imagine Kendell Eugene not being the biggest personality in every room he sets foot in. But as Dazzle Magazine has learned in conversation with the multi-talented artiste, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Coming off of a birthday celebration on March 24, he felt at ease reminiscing on his growth as a journalist and most of all, a human being.

“The person you know as Scady Dot P isn’t always who I was. It’s more of a persona I’ve developed in the media. The name came from my days as a member of the George Charles Secondary School dance group, ‘Sliders’. The Dot P came about when Jay Z released his S. CARTERS shoe line. In my wild world I imagined having my own shoe line someday and I would’ve called it Dot P’s. Continue reading

Up Close and Personal with Riddim Master Lashley ‘Motto’ Winter

“It’s just a matter of me knowing where I want to be in my musical career”Lashley Wendell Winter

The argument can be made that Dennery Segment is one of the most beloved genres of music in the Caribbean. One name that is sure to come up in the genre which has become such a widespread phenomenon, is ‘Motto.’

Lashley Wendell Winter, as he’s formally known, from Grace, Vieux Fort, has more than seven years in the music production business, and has been a performance artiste for about four years. He’s the mastermind behind massive hits like Bend Down, Guttah, Shell Dong, Party Lit and much more — either as producer or songwriter. His brand has crossed borders, not only regionally, but to the U.K. and the U.S. as well.

Undoubtedly, that’s a lot to achieve at 23 years of age, not to mention a lot to boast about. Yet, he carries this sense of calm with him. It’d be hard to see him without our flag dangling from his pants pocket — at all times too. Here’s how Dazzle Magazine’s candid conversation with the Dennery Segment superstar went…

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Andra Allen-Joseph – Honouring the Inner You to Reveal Your Outer Beauty

Andra Allen-Joseph is a Trinidadian beauty specialist who has decided to settle in St. Lucia. She moved here in 2003 with a degree in analytical chemistry after deciding she wanted to do more with her life. She felt the rat race of Trinidad was no longer for her.

“It just didn’t feel like me. It’s like you get up in the morning, spend endless time in traffic to get to a job you don’t like and then come home exhausted. Then you have to do it all over the next day,” says Andra.

She and her then boyfriend, Gregory now husband, decided that it was time for them to make a change. They are both university graduates. They wanted to move to a place that would benefit them both. Andra had never wandered far from home, so moving out of the Caribbean didn’t feel right. Eventually, she and Gregory set their sights on St. Lucia, and it has been their home ever since. Andra is a professional makeup artist and Eyelash Extensionist. She’s the proprietor of Planet StilettoLash Lounge and Makeup Studio located in Rodney Bay.

Aside from her academic degree, Andra has many talents, including a flair for writing. She loves to write beauty articles and is a contributor to She Caribbean magazine. Andra did us the honour of sitting for an interview, during which she spoke at length about her life and her journey into the challenging world of owning your own business. Continue reading

By Charlie’s Event Planning Passion Turns Events into Works of Art

Whenever we attend an event, we always look forward to a well-organized and beautifully decorated occasion, be it a wedding, a family gathering, a dinner or just a normal party. Planning events require lots of energy, hard work and patience.

In years past, event planning in St. Lucia basically centered on the same theme — tropical flowers, bamboo, you know … the island setting. You saw it everywhere, and it never occurred to most of us how basic it all was; that is, until we finally got a more professional handle on things.

Even then, for many it was — and still is — just another way of making money. However, with ‘By Charlie’ it’s different. They take the ordinary and turn their clients’ events into beautiful, artistic settings.

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Cooper is the brains behind By Charlie. Born in London, she established the business after moving to St. Lucia almost five years ago. Although she only acquired permanent residency recently as she married her St. Lucian born husband, St. Lucia has become her home.

We got a chance to chat with Charlie, during which she shared with us her successes and the challenges she’s had to face, including what it’s like being a mother and managing a business. Continue reading

Daly Mariatte Ladera’s High Powered and Visionary GM

As we could all imagine, working in the hotel industry requires both a strong mind and a strong heart.

Tough as it is, Daly Mariatte manages to excel in her role as general manager of Ladera Resort in Soufriere.

Daly is an experienced young professional who has worked in the airline industry with Virgin Atlantic for nearly ten years, before moving to the hospitality industry where she’s been for almost nine years.

She’s the mother of a young daughter, juggling her personal life and her career on a daily basis. Such a high-powered woman is bound to turn heads, and being the youngest general manager in Saint Lucia, Daly Mariatte is doing just that.

We wanted to know more about the enchanting and serene resort in the south that Daly manages, so we sat down with her to talk about her role as general manager, and the inner workings of Ladera.

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Lanadeene Rene – Making waves one stitch at a time

Unique designs, both with clothes and swim wear are hard to come about these days. DIY fashion is all the rave and Lanadeene Rene, is a hit. You’ve seen her designs multiple times, whether it be for personal clients, or huge events like Vice and Remedy beach parties, she brings you the most daring swim wears. We sat down with Lanadeene Rene who operates on a small scale, her fashion business for the past two years, which bears her name “Lanadeene”. She told us how she started sewing, her business, why and how difficult it’s been for her in the fashion industry.

‘Lanadeene’ is a unique handmade brand targeting modern-day go-getter women. The brand offers ready to wear and custom made swimwear, signifying fun prints and colours with its own creative identity, keeping the target market in mind; offering monokinis with flattering cuts, Continue reading

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