Ambar Ramirez

Flipping through magazines for as long as she can remember, Ambar Ramirez has always known she wanted to be a journalist. Fast forward, Ambar is now a multimedia journalist and creative for Folio Weekly. As a recent graduate from the University of North Florida, she has written stories for the university’s newspaper as well as for personal blogs. Though mainly a writer, Ambar also designs and dabbles in photography. If not working on the latest story or design project, she is usually cozied up in bed with a good book or at a thrift store buying more clothes she doesn’t need.

Love Languages, What’s Yours?

  Words by Ambar Ramirez   I know you don’t need me to tell you this but relationships, platonic or more, require a lot of work. Everyone expresses love differently and those differences can either make or break a relationship. Which is where best-selling author Gary Chapman comes in. In 1992, Chapman first revealed the term “love language” in his book “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.” Love languages is just a fancy term for how partners experience and express love. But it’s a term that’s truly changed how people navigate the complexities of …

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Future Threads: 2024 Fashion Trend Predictions

  Words by Ambar Ramirez   Now, I wouldn’t say I’m an expert when it comes to fashion. In any way. I would, however, like to take this moment to brag about winning my high school superlative for best dressed and am often complimented on my outfits. That said, to be able to predict fashion trends for the next 12 months of the new year, is no easy feat. Even for a best dressed award winner like me. But I’ve done the research (some research). And where does one go to get credible news regarding fashion? That’s right, “Vogue.” But …

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Harmony in Diversity: Mandalla’s Multicultural Melodies 

Words by Ambar Ramirez   When I first moved to Jacksonville I noticed that there wasn’t a big Hispanic culture here. Granted, I wasn’t looking for one, but coming from Miami where Spanish seemed to be everyone’s first language, I had whatever the opposite of a culture shock is. It wasn’t until I went to Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach and saw Mandalla perform that I realized maybe I had it all wrong.    Some people perform music, some people make music, but Mandalla, a local four-piece band that seamlessly weaves top hits with hints of Latin flavor, becomes …

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Unleashing Electrifying Harmonies: Exploring the Sonic Fusion of Mia x Ally

Words by Ambar Ramirez   Social media has proven time and time again that it can make the impossible, possible. It connects people from different corners of the globe, transforming strangers into friends with a simple click. Memes and videos have become our language of communication, while influencers can literally earn a living through their online presence. Yet, the notion of two young women, who admire each other on TikTok, uniting to create a supergroup, feels almost surreal.   Mia Asano and Ally Crowley-Duncan crossed paths informally three years ago via the social media platform TikTok. At that time, they …

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New Cummer Museum Fall Art Exhibits

Words and photos by Ambar Ramirez Unveiling Tradition: Tattoos in Japanese Prints   Contrary to what some may believe, tattoos became mainstream well before the 21st century. And no, I am not referring to the 1970s when tattoos started to become socially acceptable and a fashionable trend. I’m talking about the 18th and 19th centuries in Edo (known today as Tokyo) where there exists visual evidence of tattoos and tattoo motifs.    Last month, the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens unveiled one of its new fall exhibitions to the public. Curated by Sarah Thompson, curator of Japanese Art, “Tattoos …

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Welcome Aboard

Shipyard Social takes the concept of a party to uncharted waters. Words by Ambar Ramirez   My weekend nightlife routine has consisted of going to the beach bars, Silent Disco at Rootdown or simply staying in, so when I got an extended (and slightly vague) invite to a party on a ship, I have to admit I was intrigued. And not that it takes much to convince me to try something new, as I am an Aquarius after all, but when I learned that this wasn’t just any ordinary party on a boat, but Shipyard Social — a Halloween-themed party …

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Speakeasy Scavenger Hunt

By Ambar Ramirez Admit it. When a friend tells you they have something to say to you, something that you can’t tell anybody, you feel piqued, eager and dare I say … excited. There’s something about secrecy that activates some sort of primal reaction. Which begs the question, why are secrets so fun? Is it a sense of pride that your friend trusted you with some vital information? Or is it that with secrecy comes this unspoken role, that you are some undercover spy having to be very careful with what you say and do? I think, and maybe it’s …

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Attila Metalcore Band Makes History… and Other Things

Words by Ambar Ramirez   I think we can all agree that music is a form of expression. It is an art form after all. Each genre of music is a manifestation of the emotions we all feel. And I don’t know about you but when I think about metal music, I think about rage. But the metalcore band, Attila is bringing a whole new meaning to metal and how we view the music genre.    It all began when Chris “Fronz” Fronzak (lead singer), Sean Heenan (drums), Sam Halcomb (former bass guitarist), Matt Booth (former guitarist) and Kris Wilson …

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‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Is Everything but a Horror

By Ambar Ramirez   It’s that magical time of year when the air gets a touch crisper, and suddenly everyone thinks it’s OK to break out their cozy sweaters and strut their stuff in boots. First Coast Pride descends upon us with all the flair of a Broadway musical, complete with parades and glitter galore. Our screens light up with spine-tingling scares that make us jump, squeal and then question our life choices. But hold on to your broomsticks, folks, because the pièce de résistance is the spook-tacular Halloween treat at the end of the month!   Now, I’d be …

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Raising The Bar: Michael Fox

By Ambar Ramirez   Not all heroes wear capes. In fact, my favorite type of hero is the one who pours a strong one and doesn’t ask questions. And no, I’m not an alcoholic, just a 23-year-old facing the brutal reality of adulthood. Anyway, this story isn’t about me — it’s about Michael Fox.   Fox started bartending by bar backing at the Top Golf in St. Johns Town Center. While bar backing, Fox was able to get a glimpse of the inner workings of a bar and what being a bartender is like. From there, he worked his way …

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