Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Evolution of the Tmrw.Tday Movement Part I

Tmrrw.Tday is fast becoming a popular wellness music festival for Jamaicans and tourists alike.

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Part I

A few years ago, on the shores of the bohemian beach village of Negril in Jamaica, a collective, calling themselves a tribe, invited the world to join them for a week at the Tmrw.Tday Festival. The invitation extended was to spend a few days together exploring all the ways they could make choices today to create a better tomorrow, for themselves and the planet, through music, love, wellness, food and connectivity, to each other and the world. That annual invitation still stands.

The three men who fathered the Tmrw.Tday Festival are almost impossible to pin down. With the thousand and one details they deal with in their myriad ventures, we go back and forth trying to pin down a date where I can get them all in a room. I have visions of sharing a beer and having a few laughs while I barrage them with questions about…

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Confession: I’m a Social Media Snob and the Apps You Should Use to be one too.

So someone called me a social media snob the other day, and I’m not arguing. I like an aesthetically-pleasing feed.

Honestly though, I’m tired of the DMs from people asking me how they can get their feed looking good. This is very valuable top-secret information that I’m sharing with you (no it’s really not you can find it on the internet but i’m tired of the DMs guys…)

So you can get an Instagram husband to take pictures of you with a DSLR but most people use an iPhone and it works perfectly fine. If you don’t have someone to take pictures of you, you can get a tripod to set up your camera.

If you don’t have a lot of time to take pictures (like I do), you can try the following:

Free Stock images: UnSplash, Pixabay, Pexels. So although I am a content creator, some of the images on my feed aren’t mine. Yes, some of the images I get from free stock sites that match my aesthetic.  You don’t have to credit the photographers based on the license but they always appreciate it when you do. These images are copyright free. If you do decide to use someone else’s images, please get permission and credit them.

So once, you have your photos, you can mix them with quotes. I use a free tool called Canva . This is a great because there are templates you can use. There really isn’t any excuse as to why your feed can’t be off-the-chain.

Preview: Now die-hard social media people will know this app but for those of you are new and want to step up your game, it allows you to load your images and curate your feed. They also have a stock of free photos to choose from. This allows you pre-plan what your feed is going to look like.

So the idea is to seek balance and symmetry through colour. Choose images that are the same tone and match each other (but it ultimately depends what you’re looking for)

And you can use HootSuite to schedule and it’s free! I post in threes to keep my grid perfect. I’m also OCD, so I will delete something if I feel it doesn’t match my aesthetic.

Learn more about how to grow your instagram here.

Here some grid ideas so you can make your own cool feed.:

You can win with a checker board design

 

Create a white border to give this gallery effect

 

Tile your feed

73 Vogue-Inspired Questions Answered.

I’m honoured to announce that I’m a Brand ambassador for Poppy Apparel. You can use my code “KESI” and get a 10% discount here.

So in honor of this I thought I’d do a 73 questions inspired by the popular Vogue video series, so here goes:

1. What are you most excited about these days?

Truly living my best life.

2. What’s your favorite holiday?

I want to say Christmas but it’s really Easter because that’s when Marbana is and that’s the best party of the year.

3. Favorite season?

We don’t really have seasons here but I like when its really hot and you have to turn the big fan on. If you know me well, you know I hate cold and snow.

4. Where does one go on a perfect road trip?

I hardly go anywhere tbh, I’m always working but I do love a good trip to the mountains on a Sunday.

5. What is the best activity when home on a rainy day?

I love to curl up in my bed and watch YouTube videos. I only watch the news.

6. If you could switch lives with someone for a day who would it be?

Honestly, I’d love to switch lives with one of the richest female billionaires in the world and I don’t mean Kylie Jenner.

7. What is the best thing that happened this year?

Being nominated as Digital Influencer by Digital Jamaican was the best thing that happened to me so far but the year isn’t over year. See the post about it here.

8. What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I promised myself I’d go harder than ever this year, so there are a lot of sleepless nights.

9. What’s your favorite exercise?

Exercise? Honestly, don’t have the time but if i had to choose, it would be swimming. I was on the swim team in high school.

10. Best way to decompress?

Honestly, write.

11. What’s your favorite country to visit?

Omg, that’s hard. I love New York but then I practically grew up there. It does give me all the feels.

12. Last country you visited?

Miami. I lived there for two months.

13. Country you wish to visit?

I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini. I believe I will live out my last days looking at that blue ocean.

14. What’s your favorite ice-cream?

Coffee. I’m obsessed with anything coffee.

15. What makes you smile the most?

Money. Lol.

16. What’s the coolest thing in the world?

Getting DMs from people saying that you’re awesome and they love your content.

17. What is the cutest thing in the world?

Babies?

18. How do you know if you’re in love?

Don’t know her. Don’t want to be her.

19. If you could go to any concert past or present, what would it be?

I would absolutely die to see Prince in concert. Hands down. I mourned for three days when he died.

20. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

A Tiffany’s bracelet. All the Jersey girls were wearing them when I was in college.

21. Favorite fashion trend of all time?

I would not call myself the most fashion forward although I used to be but I did love 90’s supermodel fashion back in the day.

22. What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Eat Pray Love. I read the book first and then saw the movie. I could watch it over and over.

23. What was the movie that made you cry?

Omg. 101 Dalmations?

24. If you could make a documentary, what would it be about?

I would love to talk about the amazing content creators in Jamaica doing some amazing things. And when I say content I mean film, movies and music videos too. Not just photography.

25. If you could have one superpower what would it be?

I would love to be able to read people’s mind.

26. What is the skill still unmastered?

I still don’t know how to ride a bicycle. Long story.

27. What is the best thing that happened to you today?

The check cleared.

28. Do you like surprises?

Yes, actually my former boss gave me a birthday party in December (my birthday is in August)

29. If you could do a flash mob where would it be?

Coronation Market.

30. Do you like cupcakes?

Yes, but i prefer cheesecake.

31. Do you usually bake cupcakes?

I baked cupcakes for my daughter’s class for Valentine’s Day one year.

32. What’s your favorite desert?

Cheesecake.

33. Is there a desert you don’t like?

Vanilla cake. It’s so vanilla.

34. What’s your favorite bakery?

Anywhere that sells croissaints. There’s actually French pâtisserie downstairs from where I used to live in Park Slope in Brooklyn.

35. What’s your favorite food?

It’s a toss up between Italian and sushi.

36. It’s brunch, what do you eat?

Is there mackerel rundown? Not really a fan of ackee and saltfish.

37. You are stuck on an island, you can pick one food to eat forever without getting tired of it, what would you eat?

Otaheite apples.

38. Favorite color?

Cobalt blue.

39. Favorite superhero?

Storm

40. What do you usually order in your coffee?

I used to drink only lattes but, sometimes you just need that caffeine so regular coffee with condensed milk.

41. Who is the last person you texted?

My former student Tashi

42. What’s your favorite activity to do in Kingston?

I love going to the National Gallery, I used to volunteer there on Saturdays.

43. What’s the next book you plan on reading?

Marketing Rebellion by one of my mentors, Mark Schaefer.


44. What do you love in your pizza?

I’m one of those pineapple goes on pizza kinda gals.

45. Favorite drink?

Fruit Juice

46. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk.

47. What’s your favorite band?

I’m all about Maroon 5.

48. Favorite solo artist?

Post Malone for sure. Sunflower is on repeat.

49. Favorite lyrics?

Woman’s worth

I know you’ve got a little life in you left
I know you’ve got a lot of strength left
I know you’ve got a little life in you yet
I know you’ve got a lot of strength left

50. If your life was a song what would the title be?

Luxurious

51. If you could master one instrument what would it be?

The camera.

52. Do you have a tattoo ?

A swallow on my left ankle.

53. To be or not to be?

That is the question.

54. Dolphins or koalas?

Koalas.

55. How do you like your coffee?

With condensed milk.

56. What’s your favorite curse word?

I don’t curse. lol.

57. What color of dress did you wear to prom?

Red velvet.

58. Diamonds or pearls?

Definitely diamonds.

59. Cheap shampoo or expensive?

As long as it works.

60. Blow dry or air dry?

Air dry. No heat on these curls.

61. Heels or flats?

Omg. Flats most definitely.

62. Pilates or yoga?

Yoga.

63. Jogging or swimming?

Swimming. Hate to sweat.

64. One thing you can’t live without?

My laptop.

65. What’s one cause that’s dear to your heart?

Women’s Rights.

66. Who would you want to shoot a love scene with?

Brad Pitt.

67. What’s your favorite sport?

Football.

68. Do you have a morning beauty ritual?

I use a face mask once a week. That’s it.

69. What’s your favorite thing to wear?

The colour black.

70. What’s the priciest thing you’ve ever splurged on?

I bought a pair of Prada sunglasses once. Purely overrated.

71. Do you play any musical instruments?

No.

72. What is your favorite book of all time?

The Alchemist by Paulo Cuehlo. Changed my life.

73. What is something you always travel with?

Pillow.

My Fave Jamaican Drone Photographers

Yes, I think we still have a long way to go in terms of drone photography, especially since Jamaica’s landscape although mountainous is not that diverse in colour scheme. Here are a few Jamaican drone photographers that have really caught my eye. Who’s your fave? Drop the link below.

@Coreymus is the king of Jamaican drone photography
Shaun travels the world and is gracious enough to share his aerials with us
Look at this mesmerizing shot of Puerto Seco Beach from @sheldonlev
This is an amazing shot of the Holy Trinity cathedral by @jus_hugh
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Beautiful shot of the coral reef in Ochi! 🚁

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Abstract shot of the coral reef in Ochi


@Jamiesondaley captured this beautiful moment
When @mx199x took a picture of this Great house

16 Jamaican IG Accounts to Follow in 2019

Starting the year off (Yes I know it’s March) with some Instagram accounts you MUST follow in 2019. Tired of the same boring content? Why not step out of your comfort zone and check out some content creators that are doing some interesting things.

We predicted micro-influencers becoming more popular this year and so I picked a few I think have the potential to grow their following. It’s a modge podge but we’re here for the aesthetic.

Motivational Quotes, sayings and advice from business people, thought leaders and regular, everyday people to help you stay focused and grounded.
Celebrating the lifestyle of Jamaica’s Elite
Follow the rise of superstar Ricki with sultry voice and rockstar abs.
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A Matter Of Time. #Grammys

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Protoje’s muse and partner in life. She’s also blazing the trail in her own right.
Adventures of a bearded King. Lots of head top poses in unique places. Worth a follow.
Novelist, YouTuber/Deejay/Photographer trying to make it in the music biz.
Curated events showcasing Jamaican made products
Not your typical Jamaican content creator. Unique perspectives and lots of drone shots.
Young content creator doing interesting things with iPhone photography.
People to Watch 2019 nominee: Digital Influencer
Pictures of amazing celebrity weddings curated by Aiesha Panton of pussbackfoot


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Thank you, next.

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The adventures of metrosexual man in Kingston Jamaica
Makes no apologies. Posts of him half naked and in a suit.
Girl boss doing girl boss things.
We’re here for the aesthetic.
Life and times of Montegonian island boy. You’ll see him with Adam Stewart one day and Sasco the next.
Landscape and event photographer just taking pictures of the moon and the sunset.

Best Instagram Posts of International Women’s Day: The Jamaican Edition

The buzz was alive this year for International Women’s Day as people were eager to share their thoughts on this year’s theme #BalanceForBetter. Some people acknowledged the true meaning of gender balance but others had their own agenda. Here are my top picks for IG posts for International Women’s Day:

Influencer Lauren O Lauren penned a special letter to women everywhere.
Beauty queen Yendi Phillips posed topless for this year’s International Women’s Day
Daryl Vaz couldn’t wait to share his support for his wife Ann-Marie Vaz for International Women’s Day by wearing a shirt that said “I am the proud husband of Ann-Marie Vaz”
Flow Jamaica did this cool drone shot of the staff in the shape of the female symbol.
Natalie Chin, head of advertising, Marketing and Communications of The Jamaica Observer shared this sentiment.
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🌺🔥💪🏽 Everyday is women’s day. ⁣ ⁣ When I was in high school I thought love songs were too girly… like why girls have to sing love songs all the time… now I realize how important it is that women sing what’s in their hearts… because the world needs more love. ⁣ ⁣ You are just as strong in a skirt, heels and with nails did as you are with sneaks and no makeup. ⁣ ⁣ You are just as powerful when you sing about love as you are when you sing about power,pain, promise, hustle and politricks ⁣ ⁣ Greatness is ageless.⁣ ⁣ Empowered women empower women ⁣ ⁣ You can be spiritual, strong, emotionally intelligent and compassionate and still focus on your craft and get that money. ⁣ ⁣ Nuh mek nuh man tun yuh inna clown…any gift you accept make sure you can buy that for yourself and him fi know dat. #DoitDontWait⠀#independentgyal ⁣ @nts_radio live settings soon come 💥💫 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ #bossgirl #weinspirewomen #fashionnova #girlssupportgirls #girlpower #jamaica #jamaicangirls #reggaemusic #876 #876life #womeninspiringwomen #amyjade #kaliuchis #reggaeartist #sade #rihannanavy #loversrock #soul #womensmonth #wildandfree #womenempowerment #reggae #soundsystemculture #sia #rockers #rootsrockreggae #reggaerevival

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Musician Zia Benjamin shared a video of her singing her latest song in a sarong which looked like it was on the set of her latest music video.
Banyan Books took the opportunity to reveal Carlette DeLeon’s first book called Joy of Parenting. Quite fitting for the theme of #BalanceForBetter
Naomi Cowan shared a tryptic post in celebration of winning her first award for Breakthrough Artist from The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association
General Accident Insurance company used their platform to share their thoughts on gender balance.
LuxuryJa named some #BossBabes in Jamaica from entrepreneurs to artists like Koffee, women were celebrated today.

Were there any International Women’s Day posts that you thought were really creative and fitting? Send me the link.

Most Popular Jamaican Instagram Captions of 2018

Vote for your favourite IG caption of 2018

Here are the options:

  1. Full ah sauce like bake bean
  2. No gyal can see me and cause problem
  3. Dem dead
  4. Gratitude is a must
  5. Steam fish and okra body

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