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Wearing H&M Green Pencil Dress For Jamaica’s 50th

Fifty years ago today, Jamaica celebrated it’s first day as an independent commonwealth nation. Since gaining her independence, Jamaica has developed its own unique identity and has influenced everything from music, agriculture, and athletics worldwide.  The island has given birth to some of the best artists and writers including: Claude McKay, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Monty Alexander.  Speaking of music, I just wanted to take this time to clarify that ska music did not start in England, definitely not in Seattle and wasn’t a music genre introduced to the world by No Doubt. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950’s and was the precursor to rocksteady and  reggae.

Some of the best athletes are from Jamaica, the most famous of them at this time, Usain Bolt and ShellyAnn Fraser Pryce who both successfully defended their titles as world’s fastest man and woman in this past weekends 100m track and field Olympic events.

The ugli fruit, a hybrid of grapefruit, orange and tangerine was created in a lab not too far from where I grew up in Manchester, Jamaica. We have the worlds best beverages (J Wray and Nephew, Red Stripe Beer, Appleton, Ting and Blue Mountain coffee). Read my post Famous Jamaicans and Basic Black from Head to Toe to find more about Jamaican people and their contribution to the world.

I am technically not a resident or even a citizen of Jamaica now, but I still respect and love her all the same. Happy Independence Day Jamaica!

What I am Wearing

In celebration of Jamaica’s 50th birthday, I am wearing my green pencil dress from H&M.  This Figure-fit knee-length dress in stretch crêpe with short cap sleeves and a zip at the back. Jersey lining. 100% polyester is available at H&M and priced at $34. H&M Dress 

One Love, Natasha

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12 comments

  1. Love the dress! That color looks fantastic on you!

    Lindsey
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  2. I love this color combination. So pretty! 🙂

    -Mary @ stylethatmoves.blogspot.com

  3. Looking fab in green and yellow! 50 years and a MASSIVE amount of medals–good week for Jamaica 🙂

    Transatlantic Blonde
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    • Thanks Melaina. I am really happy and inspired by the performance from the entire Caribbean delegation. Imagine if we had the funds and proper training facilities… (-:

  4. The dress is gorgeous on you. That color is so vibrant…

    Thank you for the peek into Jamaican culture and arts…
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  5. That dress is so perfect on you, the colour, the shape – everything. I enjoyed reading about all the amazing things & people Jamaica’s given the world too 🙂

    • Hi Morgan. Thanks so much for the compliment. I bought this dress earlier in the year at a NY H&M. They are back in stock however, in cream and fuchsia. (-:

  6. Okay, I’ma complain ’cause I can’t see your shoes good enough, but otherwise you are totally bringing sexy back in a very professional way, and these are fantastic photos.

    Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMAICA!

  7. I LOOOOOOOOOVE Bob Marley! We have the same bday! I didn’t know that about ska music–how cool! I love this emerald green dress on you Natasha!
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    • Yes my dear. I read an old article recently which basically said that Seattle was the birthplace of ska. It’s more of a rebirth. Seattle artists are the only ones who are making ska music now, but the genre originated in pre-indepdendent Jamaica in the 50’s.