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My Heritage Style: FTF Blog Event 4/6

4/06/2011

ftflogoSo I knew I was definitely going to participate in this first Full Time Fabulous Blog Event; I just had no idea what I was going to do. And from what I've read from the FTF Community on Twitter, it seems like a lot of us were in that same boat.

But I saw Anika's great post so I think I had the right idea in mind. The theme was created by the lovely Sweet of PensandLens!

young-cheryl(look! I'm wearing a jumper!)

My name is Cheryl and I was born in Jamaica. I lived there for all of three years before my parents and siblings got on a plane (yes, a plane) and made the big leap to America--Florida specifically. I grew up in south Florida and recently moved to Arizona.

"From Jamaica"
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jamaica1I speak and understand Patois (the unofficial language of Jamaica), which to me is more or less broken English. I love when my husband, who is of Jewish and Dutch decent, tries to speak it. It makes me laugh for days!

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"Through Florida"

flabeachEveryone in Florida goes to the beach

"To Arizona"

arizona5Everyone in Arizona hikes

I think the fact that I was born in another country but lived here has given me a lot of love for a broad array of fashion. I have an understanding of cultural fashion that has never gone away, and that has always influenced my looks.

Moving to a new country required a lot of assimilation, but I think I've managed to incorporate a new culture without losing touch with my Caribbean roots. That makes me Full Time Fabulous!

arizona1Check out all the Full Time Fabulous posts at Kristy Elena's site!

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  1. That is such a cute photo of you, hun! I loved this post, it was really neat learning more about you :) I didn't know you were born in Jamaica!

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

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  2. cheryl u r so very beautiful and my gawd u were a sweetie pie when u were a kid!!!! and u r jamaican???? wow! I love ur flawless skin and the dimple when u smile :)

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  3. de magnifiques photos, j'aime beaucoup

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  4. I seriously love this! The images you picked are just perfect (you look gorgeous and ever so stylish) and I love the biographical info!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  5. I love the pictures :) Cheryl I have the say past couple of posts on your blog I have absolutely LOVED :)

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  6. Awe how adorable were you when you were a baby!!! You still are! That's wonderful of you for sharing. I'm huge fan of Kristy Elena.

    xoxo,
    melrod

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  7. Darling, you sure are full time fab! I love your post, we had the same idea :) great minds haha. I love getting to know you more, you are so beautiful. Thank you so much for mentioning me! Big hugs from Oslo <3

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  8. My dear you are indeed Full Time Fabulous. I love the idea of culture having a place in style. And your trek from Jamaica to Florida to Arizona definitely informed your style in specific ways. Love this project!

    Diego
    www.howtozipyourfly.com

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  9. This was so cute to read! I liked hearing about Jamaica.

    --Courtney

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  10. What an awesome post! Absolutely loved knowing more about you! :)

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  11. i really enjoyed this post. i feel i know so much more about u know. i actually never knew u were born in jamaica. thats really interesting.
    xoxo
    mina

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  12. i had no idea you were born in Jamacia and spoke another language, my goodness.
    you look adorable in these photos as well.

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  13. You have definitely traveled around! It must of been fun living in Southern Florida. It's great too that you kept your heritage when moving to another country. :)

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  14. Awesome post! I wanted to include pics from where I grew up but sorting through pics was too much haha that food looks delicious!

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  15. You look adorable and gorgeous in all of your pictures!

    Eternally yours,
    Stephanie

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  16. Love the pictures!! Yes everyone in Florida goes to the beach and it's awesome because you can go practically all year round! I've never been to Arizona but it looks like a really pretty spot!

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  17. I gotta say, I LOVE your home country lady. I'm dying to go back to Negril!

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  18. wow its ncie to find out more about u ^^ and i love the photos :)

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  19. First of all, I want to hear your Jewish husband try to speak Patois! :) Second, you did such a lovely job on this post. As a new reader, it's great to learn a bit about you and your background. My heritage is very important to me, so I love hearing how others value theirs as well.

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  20. Such a cute post! I love reading about the different places everyone is from! I went to Jamaica a few years ago and had so much fun. The part about your husband trying to speak Patois genuinely made me laugh. Great post!

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  21. How nice Cheryl, so lovely to get to know more about the fabulous lady of "Oh to be a muse" looking forward to learning more about you. -xxoo

    FTF Blog Event

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  22. Great Post! I love the translations

    xoxo
    Chic Urban Allures

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  23. Beautiful looks! I love your floppy hat :)

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  24. So much fun to learn more about you, Cheryl. I've been loving reading these posts!
    :) f
    The House in the Clouds

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  25. Aw I love this post. I am so enjoying everyone's FTF posts! Love your style/heritage :)

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  26. Great post! It was fun reading your translations from English to Patois! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. What a beautiful smile you have...and I love the picture of your face up close to the cactus. I have traveled some in the Caribbean and only half understand the patois. would never try to speak it.

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  28. Great post! I always wanted to go to Jamanica so thanks for sharing!

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  29. Aww, baby Cheryl is the cutest ever. This was such a great post - I can't imagine the shock of moving from one country to another and at such a young age!

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  30. Didnt know u was born in Jamaica,My Bff also named Cheryl of 7years is Jamaican,she taught me hw to spea Patois&cook most of e dishes!

    Great to know stuff abt u hun,thanx for sharing.nice pics too

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  31. YOU are SO full time fabulous! Love the Patois text, and translation and the Florida/Arizona observations. I think the more we see of the world, on how large it is the more we personally savor the diversity of all expressions. I would love to see how you dressed in Florida (on the beach) than you do in Arizona. Both seem sunny and sandy, and both with different foreign flavors.

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  32. Definitley one of your best posts. Look at baby Cheryl with her cute self! Ah hahaha :D

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  33. cheryl, I think you and i would get along, something about your post just makes me feel like you love to be happy and laugh and so do I. Do you miss living in florida? I used to live there many many years ago, I dont miss it as much as i miss san francisco... funny how you can get attached to some places but no others! thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  34. oh i didnt know you were from jamaica i bet its beautfiful there ha.
    i really like your baby photo so cute and the rest of them too.
    i really like your hair all big and theres the big smile !

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  35. This is one of my favorite FTF Blog Event posts! I love how you incorporated bit of the Jamaica throughout, and the photos are just amazing. Off to tweet this!

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  36. wonderful post!!! these photos are all so beautiful and i love seeing the different places through your eyes. that you don't lose your roots is such an important and inspiring thing. i love that and i think your style is better for it. really amazing post darling!!!

    Kristy Eléna - Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena

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  37. it's always nice to get to know you more :) wonderful post hun!

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  38. This is such a great post. Loved reading more about you. And yes, you are Full Time Fabulous. :)SarahD

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  39. Looks like so much fun babe! Happy Thursday xx

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  40. i so loved reading this, and seeing all of your pictures!! i do quite love your style :)

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  41. Thank you so so much for your comment!! great blog and lovely post! I'm following!

    Follow me :)

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  42. The great thing about this is we all got to take our own take- mine was a bit different but it worked too. I love this though. and too cool that we're both Jamaican! beautiful beautiful place- and great food too (I spy the rice and gongou peas!) I laugh so hard at others attempting Patois too- and it really is broken English with a little African tossed in.

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  43. apparently you were born fabulous :)
    your baby pic wearing that jumper is adorable!
    it sure is nice to get to know more about you...

    eclectic du jour

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  44. The only thing I know about Jamaica is about Bob Marley the color that represents the country and the fun and great music...but I never knew there is more to that...and I am thankful you took us to another world...another part of you...i love the translation the pictures of you growing up...I am so happy that everyone has embraced their real self and is not afraid to show who they are...that is real fashion blogging is all about...

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens
    @mistytewest

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  45. This is a cool post Cheryl! I think it's amazing you can speak and understand the Jamaincan language so fluently. I was just in AZ last month and my mom lives in FL so I know it's like night and day! They are both good in different ways :) Omg and how cute is your baby pic?!

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