Discover A Thriver: Crystal Ivy London

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Crystal Ivy London, who is British born was always fascinated with fashion. Growing up watching her grandmother sew and father paint she started at the age of 4 and 5 years old sketching stick figures and little outfits.

Today she is in high demand and is already an established and internationally published Fashion/Wardrobe Stylist and Fashion Co-ordinator, who has worked with some of the most prominent designers and Magazines in the US, UK and the Caribbean. She has styled and worked for Galia Lahav, Tracy Reece, Zimmermann, Claudia Pegus, SHE Caribbean Magazine, Filtered Fashion Magazine, World Bride Magazine, Upscale Magazine and Hello Modlin Magazine to name a few.

She is a participant for several “Fashion Weeks” around the world and the Caribbean such as New York Fashion Week (NYFW), Bridal Fashion Week (NYC), Men's Fashion Week (NYC), Caribbean Fashion Week (Jamaica), Islands of the World Fashion Week (Bahamas) and so on. She has also been interviewed in Woman’s Weekly and BET’s Caribbean show “SPLASH”.

Her inspirations come from classic films, reading magazines and books. She loves to travel to experience different cultures and of course drawing is one of her biggest passions.

“Looking good is something I believe that everyone is entitled to. I cater to make everyone man or women look and feel fabulous on any given budget. Time is a key factor in today’s society and it’s something that most people lack. We humans work harder and longer than ever and sometimes we forget about ‘me.’ By having me as your Stylist you have your own personal stylist who can come shopping with you and be honest.”

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Is your wardrobe more exhausted than Carey Mulligan at the end of Gatsby press tour and your closet is in serious need of a makeover/update? We will do a step by step service from cleaning out to organizing to finding new pieces or helping you revamp what you already have.

When it comes to transformations Crystal does it in a very short period of time unlike other self-help industries (exercise, diet, etc.) that takes time for the transformation. Through her 1-on-1 styling package Crystal will successfully transform you so you can start feeling good about yourself NOW! Get ready to become the most powerful (and stylish) version of yourself.

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Discover a Thriver: Darcel de Vlugt

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Darcel de Vlugt is a Caribbean-based designer who was born in Trinidad & Tobago but raised around the world in the Middle East and Cyprus. She spent six years in London after graduating from high school with five A levels, as well as a teaching qualification in modern dance, where she acquired her Bachelor's degree in Fashion Technology for Womenswear at the London College of Fashion. In 2007, she used her internship semester as an opportunity to get back in touch with her Caribbean roots by working alongside top designer Meiling Esau for six months. In 2008, following graduation from the University of the Arts, London, she made her runway debut at the Islands of the World Fashion Week in Nassau, the Bahamas, where she placed as a top three finalist in every category (Next Generation Designer, Eco-Sustainable, Cultural). She returned to the Bahamas the following year to win the Next Generation Designer Award 2009 with her Mad Hatter's Tea Party collection. Following her return to Trinidad & Tobago in 2010, Darcel de Vlugt became the Editor of then premier Caribbean fashion resource CFstyle.com, as well as concurrently being the sub-Editor for UK-based women's magazine ComplexdWoman. During that time, she exercised not only her writing skills, but also creatively directed a number of photo shoots and productions in collaboration with other Caribbean designers.

Following her return to Trinidad & Tobago in 2010, Darcel de Vlugt became the Editor of then premier Caribbean fashion resource CFstyle.com, as well as concurrently being the sub-Editor for UK-based women's magazine ComplexdWoman. During that time, she exercised not only her writing skills, but also creatively directed a number of photo shoots and productions in collaboration with other Caribbean designers. She became a mother in 2011 and returned to the world of design in May 2012 with a small collection on the runway of the re-designed Islands of the World Fashion Showcase in the Bahamas as a veteran designer. Having teased the public with hints of bridal and red carpet allure throughout her work, in February 2013 after being one of only three designers chosen to showcase their work in London at the International Fashion Showcase during London Fashion Week, she made the decision to pursue a fashion career in bridal and special occasion wear during her time in Trinidad. She has now been doing bridal wear and accessories for three years, and has quickly become one of the "go-to" designers for all things bridal. 

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In addition to her design work, Darcel de Vlugt has appeared on numerous TV shows throughout the UK and US, as well as in Japan and the Caribbean, speaking about her life experiences living with the skin condition Vitiligo. She hosted the first ever Walk For Skin in Trinidad around the Queen's Park Savannah when she returned in 2010 and has done public speaking and mentoring for children, teens and young adults to raise awareness for skin disease, including a TEDxYouth talk in January 2012. In the motherhood phase, her skin has started repigmenting and she has begun speaking about the journey and process through her social media platforms as well as through interviews. Alongside designing full-time, Darcel continues to write and edit as a freelancer, and will be returning to teaching dance in September 2017 at a bilingual preschool in Trinidad's capital, Port-of-Spain, where she will be introducing music, rhythm and dance from around the world to young children to "lay the foundations" for dance and music knowledge.

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ThriveIN5 with London Future

London Future releases his new track Know Better feat. SYMON with Ultra Music. 

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ThriveIN5 with London Future

 

What motivated you to pursue your passion?

Being from the Islands and pursuing an international music career, keeps me driven every day. I wanted to be an example for people who were afraid to take risks in music.  I think it’s truly a blessing that I have made it as far as I am and I can’t wait for what the future has ahead.


Who inspires you the most?

People that never quit, even when it seems necessary. They inspire me the most to continue dreaming every day. In return, I inspire the young producers that look up to me and what I'm trying to achieve. Never quit and always believe in your dreams.


How do you handle the various challenges surrounding what you do?

I always remember that someone could be having a worse day/moment than I am. This reminds me to always be grateful for my talents and chance at a shot at touch millions of souls with music.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A Grammy award-winning artist from Trinidad & Tobago.

What advice would you give to someone up and coming?

1. You are special.

2. Someone is always wishing they were you.

3. Stay true to your soul.

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ABOUT LONDON FUTURE

Kurtis Wells, professionally known as London Future, is a Multi-platinum record selling Music producer and DJ from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. One of Soca music's most highly sought-after producers. London has always been inspired and fascinated by all creative platforms, and this passion for the arts turned him down his current path, sculpting his unique expression through sound and song. After gaining the attention of fellow Trinidadian producer Jillionaire and his partner in Major Lazer / Mad Decent, Diplo, London made his Dance music debut on the Mad Decent imprint, Jeffrees, in 2013 with the track “Look At Me Now feat. Ifa Sayo” - a collaborative masterpiece crafted with fellow rising producer and Mad Decent protégé, Djemba Djemba. After having established himself as a force in both scenes, London sights are set continuing to release an onslaught of high quality music in collaboration with some of the biggest names in music across genres.

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Kalpee Releases Music Video For His Infectious Track “No One”

The eagerly awaited video follow up to the debut single that went worldwide on February 22, 2017. Trinidadian singer, song writer and producer, Kalpee, has released his soul-stirring new music video “No ONE.” 

We see Kalpee and his lady falling in love, falling out and then trying to keep it together, but things get out of control. There is an element of craziness and spontaneity which adds authenticity, passion and intensity to the music video.

Kalpee gained his early music experience representing his primary and secondary school at national music festivals where he excelled as a soloist in classical pieces. His talent grew over the years and he began his career as one of the founding members of one of "The Entourage".

Keep an eye on Kalpee this year, more incredible music to come!

 

Listen to “No One” on:

iTunes: https://goo.gl/BZeoIt

Apple Music: https://goo.gl/BZeoIt

Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/15425896

 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kalpeeofficial/

 

ThriveIN5 with Kriston Koon Koon

Discover Kriston Koon Koon from Trinidad and Tobago, Photographer, Comedian, Actor, Director, Film maker, and Journalist 

What motivated you to pursue your passion?

Well ever since I was young I knew I was a creator but creating was more that just that for me, it was a way to deal with life, a way to make it seem better, because it can get pretty tough at times. My drive is youths, there is a youth out there with a dream and no platform like I was, I want to be there to help, there I a youth with no hope, I want to bring hope to them, there is a youth out there that thinks he/ she is alone, I am here with them! Also my relationship with My Lord guides me every day to never give up.

Who inspires you the most?

Well, that changes now and then for me but on a general note, a young person with drive will always motivate me. Right now some of my motivations are: Jimmy October, Jeff weight, Jonathan Hinds, Areesa Sturgeon, Varma Geelalsingh and many others. 

How do you handle the various challenges surrounding what you do?

Well, to be honest, it gets very hard at times because in Trinidad you have to create your own platform as a Youth, the old folks (the Leaders in the industry) wants to keep themselves on top so we as youths have to work around that. There are times I want to give up but then I remind myself of that youth that is home, who I can impact and spark some inspiration in.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I see myself travelling the world constantly, impacting lives everywhere I go. I see myself having an international clothing store, I see myself being the leader of lifestyle photography in the world. I see the youth taking over in 5 years.

What advice would you give to someone up and coming?

Never give up! You have a dream, go get it. You have an idea, do like Nike and just do it! You will learn more as you go along don't feel like you are not good enough, we all were at that point.

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ThriveIN5 with Lisa Wickham

What motivated you to pursue your passion?

What motivated me to pursue my passion? Motivation comes from within, I am motivated every time I see the results of a project and the impact it has on others or the industry. It makes me want to better it and pioneer something else that can blow away what I had done previously. So I would say I am motivated by the quest to change the status quo.

Who or what inspires you the most?

My daughter inspires me the most

How do you handle the various challenges surrounding what you do?

I go into myself, find myself, the inner strength that I know I have and literally pull it out. As a Catholic I also spend a lot of time with the Blessed Sacrament.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

5 years is a long time in our industry..so I guess the best answer would be I see myself 'thriving' lol no pun intended...ok yes pun intended

What advice would you give to someone up and coming?

Advice - I would say stay true to yourself, choose wisely with whom you associate and commit yourself to excellence.

A Look back 2016 #ThriveIN5 - 15 Top Advice for Thrivers by Thrivers

We take a look back at some of the advice given by fellow Thrivers from around the World. 

Don’t think of the now. Think of the future everything in life is not easy. It's hard to accomplish things you just have to be willing to never give up. Always find away. - Chef Lij Heron 

Take a class! Taking a comedy course allows you to meet like-minded people, learn how to write and structure jokes, test out your material before taking the stage and perform for the first time in a supportive environment. - Comedian Mina Liccione 

When you enter in the fashion field always make something new and your own to show your own identity along with this perseverance and ambition are very important in overcoming obstacles....so first get some experience at designer houses rather launching your own brand it will help in building up your strong brand in the future and beneficial in avoiding pitfalls. - Fashion Designer Najwa Imran

Grow a thick skin. People will say all kinds of things about you, and they have that right, it’s how you react to what they say and do that will make the difference and it's part of the career that we have chosen. - Film Director Sean Hodgkinson

Do not be too attached to social media - join as many real classes you can and try lots of different workshops - especially summer courses abroad. These will help you find your style and help you become more well rounded as an artist. Don't focus on the money too much at the beginning... just keep creating art, even if it's after a hard day's work at your day job,
Every day, you'll evolve. - Fashion Illustrator Sara Japanwalla

If you love something from your heart you can make it. Everything is possible with determination and hard work. We started in my friend's room with a kitchen radio as a CD player and an old school mic without speaking any english words. Never give up. - DJs EZ Val & Asko of GC Sound

I'm not sure I'm in a position to give advice just yet, I have a lot of experiences and a lot to learn still.  I am but a student of what I do.  However, what I will say is... make sure you really, REALLY want this.  It takes a lot of determination, so once you're persistent and consistent enough, and adamant about producing a quality service/product, things will come your way.  Also, do it with genuine passion, and not in a vein to undercut or betray the production community that exists locally.  Try to work with them and collaborate as much as possible.  And leave your egos at home!!!!  You never know EVERYTHING!  Every day is an opportunity to learn something new, especially at the rapid pace that technology is progressing. - Photographer/Videographer Richard Voisin

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“Believe in yourself”. It’s the first step to becoming an artist, you got to market yourself and think of yourself as a product that you want to sell the customer’s a.k.a the listeners. - Rapper Saad Brizzy

If you have the gift and truly believe in yourself, work hard and dream big. - Singer DD Foxx

Just be yourself, do what you love to do, and most importantly always follow your heart and believe in what and who you are as an artist and creator. I remember getting super caught up with tiny details coming up as a musician and overthinking things. I simply say just trust yourself and be what / who you desire to be. - Musician Hadi Sarieddine

To run a successful business, first take an accounting course. If you’re business is art, then learn the science behind it. The art is most powerful when you can consciously bend the rules of science. - Photographer Waleed Shah

Never give till the world hears you. Take on constructive criticism. Don't let everything go to your head. Help others and learn from every experience. Most important.. Stay humble and work hard. - Singer Pimms Brooke

If you get into this for the wrong reasons you will be chewed up and spat out very quickly by the machine. Do what you Love, Love what you do, and be TRUE to yourself. There is no meter in existence that could measure Success, there is no Time limit to becoming successful and make everyday count. - Musician Nigel Rojas

This is not the easiest of career paths so start reaching out and making genuine connections with potential fans from day one!! As I implied the internet is your friend and definitely learn to differentiate between constructive criticism and just plain hate. - Musician Shallun

Stay true to yourself, choose wisely with whom you associate and commit yourself to excellence. - Film Producer Lisa Wickham

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Shallun - Something (This Christmas)

Trinidadian Shallun creates something special for this Christmas season. "November 2015, I started to write this song with the intention of it being a "5 Miles" Christmas track but what I wrote was a cheeky ode to my girlfriend. With help from Sheriff (producer of Differentology)  I recorded it and planned a surprise proposal using the song as the backdrop. I staged a music video as part of the plan and it was a success. I shared it with some friends on facebook and it was circulated, to which "LoopTT" contacted me to be featured. So owing to the general response and my fiancee's support I decided to release the song officially this year." Shallun mentioned in a recent release. 

ThriveIN5 with Shallun

What motivated you to pursue your passion?

High school was where I fell hard for the guitar and nothing has made such an impact on my life since… except, my fiancee.

Who inspires you the most?

I am definitely inspired the most by my Mother! It might seem like a cliche but as a single parent, she has done soooo very much to make me the person I am today…. Also, some credit goes to The Beatles.

How do you handle the various challenges surrounding what you do?

Well, there is no industry for my style of music which is Acoustic Pop in Trinidad and Tobago so from "jump street” I’m at a disadvantage. However, the internet has levelled the playing field when it comes to connecting and sharing with people from every place imaginable. So that helps with combating many of the challenges.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years I will be a producer and songwriter, working with the very same bands and performers that I've been obsessed with since I was a child. Also, I'll be with my wife and kids, mostly working from home in my villa in Italy, just kidding... not really. 

What advice would you give to someone up and coming?

This is not the easiest of career paths so start reaching out and making genuine connections with potential fans from day one!! As I implied the internet is your friend and definitely learn to differentiate between constructive criticism and just plain hate.

Check the song out below, and I'm sure you would love it as much as I do. 

Watch the proposal here...

ThriveIN5 with Nigel Rojas

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What motivated you to pursue your passion?

The True Love of Music and making music made me start emotionally processing melodies and moods that came from the radio and my parent's record collection when I was very young as early as 3. I eventually learned to play the guitar, drums, and piano, then writing my own songs then trying to Sing them. So its the Love of Music that started me up and keeps me going .

Who inspires you the most?

I am most inspired by my children, but musically I'm inspired by Quite a few Artists, past and present, too many to mention.

How do you handle the various challenges surrounding what you do?

I think I handle it well because of my children, they energise me and keep me focused on Life itself . I live an ironic existence of having exceeded expectations creatively yet failed miserably at monetizing my work so the success is 100% Rock Solid in terms of what my fans get from my music and my live performances but the failure aspect has been about trying in vain to go beyond these shores to share the music with the World "in a Substantial way " Still trying, never giving up .

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I would like to still be alive, as a Father, and a Musician, doing the do and staying ambitious regardless.

What advice would you give to someone up and coming?

If you get into this for the wrong reasons you will be chewed up and spat out very quickly by the machine. Do what you Love, Love what you do, and be TRUE to yourself. There is no meter in existence that could measure Success, there is no Time limit to becoming successful and make everyday count .

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