Creative powerhouse Mecca James-Williams celebrates birthday in JA style
Black girl opulence was at a fever pitch in Portland last weekend as New York-based creative dynamo Mecca James-Williams celebrated her birthday dubbed #MJW28 at Geejam Hotel.
“Jamaica makes me feel alive. There is a spirit of Jamaica that really feeds the soul and replenishes your spirit,” says James-Williams, the popular stylist and editor who took her first trip to Jamaica five years ago and fell for “the sereneness of the beaches, rivers, and greenery that are one of a kind”.
Of her first time to Jamaica, James-Williams recalls, “I stayed at an Airbnb in Negril called Somewhere West. I travelled with two of my closest friends, and it was the perfect quaint stay. We had dinner at Murphy’s in Negril our first night, back when it was a small restaurant. My first trip really set the tone for how I travel to Jamaica, taking in the local community and having a different experience outside of staying at resorts.”
James-Williams and her crew of more than 20 girlfriends in a partnership with Geejam and Doctor Bird Services enjoyed a curated bespoke experience that included jaw-dropping photo shoots, dance-offs, beach parties, a bonfire and epicurean feasts that were fit for queens in Portland.
As an ode to the island, James-Williams simultaneously revealed a special collaboration with sustainable brand SVNR of beautiful silk scarves, sarongs and dresses dipped in green, yellow and black, with part proceeds going to the Free Winnifred Beach Benevolent Society.
Travelling to Jamaica several times a year, she calls our land of wood and water her “favourite place”, and while she finds it difficult to pick her favourite Jamaican grub, she says, “I am obsessed with red pea soup with dumplings and pumpkin, and love a classic escovitch fish with callaloo and festival.”
Enamoured by the peace and tranquillity that being in Jamaica brings, she adds, “Jamaica is also a challenge, it makes you question how you move and show up in the world, and helps me find myself more holistically connected to earth and culture.”