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5 Must Have Fall Coats
October 22, 2010 1
As the nights get cooler and a little more crisp, it’s time to abandon transitional trenches and embrace warm wool coats for the winter nights ahead. The good news is you don’t have to settle for the safe, or sacrifice high style. Here are Tamika Auwai's (from Shop Socials) are five gorgeous wool coats in unique silhouettes that effortlessly embrace the season's trends.
Pick 1: The Camel: Mackage “Bessie” $470 CDN
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Pick 2: The Bright: Valerie Dumaine "Simonetti" $259 CDN
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Pick 3: The Collared: Snoflake "Amaya Coat" $450
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Pick 4: The Fur: Matthew Williamson $2695 USD
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Pick 5: The Poncho: Tory Burch "Liam" $695 USD
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Today’s post is from Tamika Auwai, a recovering shopaholic and founder of Shop Socials, a start-up that gathers Toronto’s everyday socialites in the name of friendship, fashion, and shopping Toronto’s emerging designers and independent boutiques. Learn more about Shop Socials online at www.shopsocials.com.
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Only 2 More Days To Win Tickets To The National Health Show
October 20, 2010 0
healthy-woman That's right, there's ONLY 2 MORE DAYS TO WIN 1 OF 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH SHOW on October 23rd and 24th at the Direct Energy Centre In Toronto! HOW TO WIN! Go to the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page and post on our wall why you want to win a pair of tickets to the National Health Show. All the industry experts will be available to you under one roof in an exciting 2-day event, become inspired to look good and feel great at any age. Hundreds of exhibitors are on hand to give advice, offer services and products on healthy living at Canada’s National Health Show! We'll pull the winners on Friday at noon, so better post on the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page now so you don't miss out!
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How To Make Your Business Dream A Reality
October 20, 2010 0
business-woman-white-suit Recently we heard from many of you that you would like to start your own business. Being an entrepreneur is amazing - you have control over your own destiny, you reap the rewards of your success instead of the big corporation you work for, and you manage your own schedule. But according to Scott Belsky, having too many great ideas can actually work against you! This article was originally posted on Entreprenuer.com, and we've re-posted it here to here to help you clear the idea clutter & get focused. --- Belsky, 30, author of Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio, 2010), argues that most entrepreneurs suffer from idea-to-idea syndrome, jumping from one big idea to the next while executing none. Startup failure rates suggest he's right, and he's built a business to address the problem. Belsky is the founder of Behance LLC, a firm in New York City which operates a networking website for creative professionals called The Behance Network, a tip site for productivity junkies called The99Percent.com, and sells web-based productivity software based on the Action Method. The Action Method breaks work into a series of steps represented by verbs that specify the next things to be done in executing an idea. Write the plan. Ship the product. Invoice the customer. Here are Belsky’s three tips for using the Action Method to create a company that executes. 1.Hire the killjoys. The first step to activating the Action Method, Belsky says, is to create an "immune system" that kills ideas. This means hiring killjoys to capture every action step and say no to new ideas -- rightfully so, in most cases. "It's important for entrepreneurs to hire people they don't necessarily want to have a beer with but who can be the immune system in their startup," Belsky says. Founders sometimes play this role, too. Francis Pedraza, a long-time Reserve Officer Training Corps student from a military family, enforces focus at his Ithaca, N.Y.-based startup of 17 fellow Cornell University students, The DoBand Campaign. DoBand is a social network where participants hold each other accountable to get things done. Each participant has a wearable band that identifies them and their proposed tasks. Pedraza, who manages the company using Belsky's Action Method productivity software, says the team's performance slipped during the summer months while working remotely. Upon their return in the fall, he brought in new team members, challenged others and cut those who weren't performing. "If you've got enough guts to fire one or two people on the team, miracles start to happen," Pedraza says. In this case, he and his team raised $75,000 in funding just a few months into the life of the business. 2. Work with a bias toward action. No doubt accountability is a key feature of the action-oriented startup, but perhaps the most important attribute is a propensity to act. For that to occur, Belsky says entrepreneurs need to unlearn some things. "It's important, in the early stages of a creative project, to almost do the opposite of what we're taught growing up, which is to think before we act," Belsky says. "Startups have to recognize that their competitive advantage against the big guys is that they have the space to [experiment]." What they don't have is time. Today's startups build and release products in days rather than months. In that environment, action is a survival skill, Belsky says, especially if the original concept was right all along. Evan Saks, founder of build-to-order mattress maker Create-A-Mattress.com in Needham, Mass., learned this lesson the hard way. He says his team spent two months talking with suppliers about adding options before his design agency pushed him to focus on getting the company's website live. Feedback would dictate changes, the agency's owner said. It was just the wake-up call Saks needed. "Following that meeting, I created a roadmap that let the other vendors see there was a place for them in the future. Then, I set the roadmap aside and put all energies into launching the core website the way it was originally conceived," Saks says. 3.Change your vocabulary. While taking action can be the key to getting unstuck, talking action is often necessary to produce growth. "You need an environment where people are obsessed with taking action steps," Belsky says. This behavior manifests in various ways. Belsky says he's seen action-obsessed managers run meetings in which no one's allowed to sit. The thinking: Weak-kneed participants are more likely to keep discussion short and focused. Others force meeting participants to speak aloud the action steps assigned to them. The theory? If you speak what you intend to do aloud, you're more likely to do it. Atlanta-based brand development agency Matchstic uses this second tactic to improve how its teams and project managers work together. It wasn't always this way. In the past, project managers would take client requirements and pass them along to team participants and wait for results. When team members failed to get things done, the project manager would bear the consequences. Recognizing this problem, Matchstic chief strategist and co-founder Craig Johnson says management bought Belsky's book for everyone on the team. They read it together in the spring, and as an agency, began to change their approach to getting things done. Now, no meeting ends without every participant reviewing his or her action steps. Revenue is up 30 percent since, Johnson says. "Adopting action-oriented vocabulary in our office has made a huge difference in how things get done," Johnson says. "If something doesn't get done, it's clear who's dropped the ball, which means people drop the ball much less often." Uniting Against Idea Overload Belsky isn't the only business thinker who sees having too many ideas as potentially toxic. In addition to Behance's networking group, the company also hosts a popular productivity think tank called The 99 Percent, a tribute to legendary inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Edison, who famously quipped that genius is "one percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration." This same community also gathers annually at a conference attended by many of the business elite, including venture capitalist Fred Wilson, partner at Union Square Ventures and early investor in Twitter who spoke at last year's confab. The next conference is scheduled for May 5-6, 2011, at the Times Center in New York City. Idea generation will play no part in the agenda. "Most entrepreneurs focus more on the ideas and less on how they organize themselves for action," Belsky says. To him, and his inspiration, Edison, making ideas happen is all about the other 99 percent.
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WIN Tickets To The National Health Show This Weekend
October 18, 2010 1
healthy_tennis_women_closeup WIN 1 OF 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH SHOW on October 23rd and 24th at the Direct Energy Centre In Toronto! HOW TO WIN! Go to the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page and post on our wall why you want to win a pair of tickets to the National Health Show. Canada's National Health Show is the largest consumer show dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for Canadians. Quickly becoming the must-see event of the year, this show encompasses everything about health, beauty, fitness, healthy eating and well-being for the MIND, BODY and SOUL! All the industry experts will be available to you under one roof in an exciting 2-day event, become inspired to look good and feel great at any age. Hundreds exhibitors to give advice, offer services and products on healthy living at Canada's National Health Show! TOP 10 REASONS PEOPLE LOVE THE NATIONAL HEALTH SHOW: •Pick up secret tips and healthy tricks - ask the experts •Beauty advice and FREE samples •Try the latest exercise craze •Marvel at the new technology and equipment •Experience a relaxing express spa treatment •Weight loss advice and diet tips •Learn from the "sExperts" on how to spice up your sex life •Rebalance your mind with the well - being and holistic experts •Relax and take - in the vast knowledge of gifted motivational speakers and talented special guests •It's fun! Come alone and meet new people or bring the entire family out! WINNING IS EASY! Just write on the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page wall why you want a pair of tickets to the National Health Show & 10 lucky winners will be selected!
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30 Day Fitness Challenge Final Winners
October 13, 2010 0

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Congratulations to all the lovely ladies who completed the 30 Day Fitness Challenge! Our final challenge - to complete the challenge survey - got a gazillion responses, and 7 lucky ladies were picked randomly as the final winners. The big winners are: Allison McManus - winner of the Burts Bees Beauty Package Catherine Martens - winner of the 4 week Booty Camp gift certificate And the following 5 ladies who won a copy of Women Food and God from Simon and Schuster Canada Ekaterina Trapeznikova Lauren Biggs Amanda Marseille Megan Richardson Sonya Rogozynski Congrats ladies! Well Done
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Fall Boots From UGG: The Top 3 Picks You’ll Want
October 12, 2010 1
This fall the folks over at UGG have some amazing designs for their boots. These looks are all really versatile and can go from weekend looks, to brunch, to around town, and best off all you'll keep your feet super warm with these super stylish looks! Top Pick #1: Lynnea Clog Shearling-Lined Ankle Boots
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The thick shearling-lined cuff brings warmth to this rich leather style with stud trim. The detailing is cool, they look amazing and you can match this with jeans and a funky jacket for a great look. $190 CDN --- Pick # 2: Maxene Tall Wedge Boots
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The rich leather with exposed seams and tonal stitch details work well for a modern, city-girl appeal. The low heel means you can wear them all day - perfect for runnng errands, fall walks, and coffee dates with your best girlfriends followed by boutiqu shopping! $290 CDN --- Pick # 3: Tall Lug-Sole Suede Boots.
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The Shearling-lined suede is shaped into a durable silhouette with strap accents. We love this colour, and the wedge heel adds height with edge! $250 CDN
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Happy Thanksgiving! What Are You Thankful For?
October 8, 2010 0

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Thanksgiving is the best holiday. There's no pressure, no presents, it's still nice outside, and it's all about being thankful! Does a holiday get any better than that? And, it's also a time to reflect and really think about what you have to be thankful for.
Here's my list of things to be thankful for in 2010: - I'm thankful for my husband. He's a great guy, very loyal and someone who I really look up to. I'd been looking for someone just like him, and I finally found him! - I'm thankful for having the guts to start my own business. It was a big jump...and took some serious chutzpah at times, but I did it, and it's growing and I was able to surpass my income goal by June! - I'm thankful for my aunt and uncle. They stood by me when things were at a very low point in my life, helped me grow to be a better person, and we have a lovely relationship now. - I'm thankful for facing some of my biggest fears in life, being honest, and moving on. Getting married was a big worry - having to trust someone so much after growing up in a family where you couldn't trust anyone was a big deal. But, I pushed through. And soon after being married we were arguing all the time. But we put it all on the table, scrapped it out, and I stood up for myself where before I would just let everything go. I was worried that really fighting would tear us apart...but guess what, it brought us closer together! Now we argue whenever things come up, we deal with it, and we move on in peace. It's great! There are many other small things to be thankful for, and I really try to appreciate them on a daily basis...things like a good cup of coffee, a sunny day, a nice chat with a good friend. Those are real heart warmers that I'm exceptionally grateful for. What about you? What are you thankful for?
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The Local Luxe: Designer Bags From Canadian Designers
October 6, 2010 1
While there are dozens and dozens of amazing international designers that we love (hello Prada!) there is also boatloads of local talent that deserves some of our attention (and pocket money). Today's post is from Tamika Auwai, a recovering shopaholic and founder of Shop Socials, a start-up that gathers Toronto’s everyday socialites in the name of friendship, fashion, and shopping Toronto’s emerging designers and independent boutiques. Learn more about Shop Socials online at www.shopsocials.com. ----- I adore a designer bag. Buttery soft leather, rich hardware, and attention to detail that you just don’t find in the no-name variety. I’ve always ogled Kors, Vuitton, and Chanel, and of course they’re still on my haute list, but in my quest to shop and support the local luxe, I’ve fallen in love with some amazing Canadian handbag designers that deserve to be household names. If you’re looking to invest in a designer bag this fall, look no further than your own backyard.
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A structured leather bag like Jessica Jensen’s Woven Box Satchel(above) is the perfect companion for corporate gals this fall. The relatively compact shape forces you to take only the essentials, the texture adds interest to an otherwise basic black bag, and the glossy finish is apropos for dinner or drinks in the evening. Get The Woven Box Satchel, $848, online or buy in-store at The Room or TNT.
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If you’ve fallen in love with the very feminine, vintage-inspired looks of the season, a modern take on a classic shape like this Marsha Bag by 442 McAdam should make your heart sing. The embossed leather and scroll-like name plate are just a few of the details that inject lady-like charm, but the sturdy cross-body strap means you can go from work to weekend without being too dainty. Get Marsha, $450, at Poor Little Rich Girl and Heel Boy, or shop online.
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If structure isn’t your thing, or your life lives in your purse, The Oliva in leather and wool by Cha Cha Lifestyle offers tons of room and relaxed style. The draw-string closure and studded accents are of the moment, but not overly done, and I love the whimsy of the hand-printed canvas lining that includes a collection of quotes and phrases in fun fonts on the inside. Get Olivia, $195, online but do allow up to two weeks for delivery as each bag is hand-crafted for you by designer, Lori Chalmers. Happy shopping!
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How To Reward Yourself Without Pigging Out
October 4, 2010 0
reward You work hard at work so you can be rewarded with a big salary, but what about in your personal life? If you are like most women you often make food you reward, or in some cases your relief! You packed up all your summer clothes and tidied up your house so you reward yourself with a big glass of Cabernet, or your favourite chocolates. You worked, hard, so you deserve it....right? Before you know it you are rewarding everything you do, and you've gained 5 pounds! Learning how to reward yourself so that you feel satisfied, but don't overdo it, is hard. Here are some tips to help you curb your bad habits, so rewards end up making you feel good and pampered. Know what you’re rewarding Before you establish your perk system, you have to decide what behaviour you’re reinforcing. Just as you want to be specific when setting goals, you want to be detailed in how you’ll congratulate yourself for meeting them. Are you going to treat yourself when you’ve eaten healthy for a few days or when you’ve dropped 5 pounds? Choose bigger payoffs for more challenging accomplishments such as losing 40 pounds, dropping 10 percent of your body fat, or lowering your cholesterol by 20 points. Have smaller, stick-with-it bonuses in mind for days when you need just a little pick-me-up to keep going. Write down rewards on the calendar We’ve encouraged you all along to log your goals as well as what you’re eating and doing for exercise. Now look at your calendar and set “treat” days ahead of time. Then keep a list of perks you’ll dole out as you meet your goals or make it through tough tests of your newfound resolve. Know your motivators Choose things you’re excited to work for, like a massage or pedicure, a night out with friends, or new clothes. One caveat: Never use food as a reward. It can give a bad habit -emotional eating- traction and thwart your progress.
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The Attitude That Attracts Love
September 29, 2010 0

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Recently we came across an article that was too good not to share. It's one of those rare moments where you can look at some of the things you are doing, or even not doing, and how this affects your search for the elusive "Mr. Right". This article is written by Amy Spencer, and was originally published in Women's Health Magazine. Here it is! --- Attractive, smart, successful 37-year-old Carissa had it all... except for what she wanted most: a husband and kids. And despite her best efforts to hide it, the desperation she felt over her single status was written all over her pretty face-hardly a trait most men find magnetic. So last year, she decided to freeze her eggs in an effort to extend her fertility. It was an expensive and sometimes painful process, thanks to the series of hormone injections she underwent. But it left her feeling empowered. “I’d been waiting around for my life to happen, and suddenly I was living it and enjoying myself, and it felt great,” she says. A few months later, she went on a Match.com date. And guess what? This one was fun, they talked, they laughed, and 10 months later... they got married! The moral of the story: you don’t have to freeze your eggs to find love, but you may need to adjust your outlook. “Dating success relies on you embracing your life, even if it’s not exactly the life you had planned,” says Michelle Callahan, Ph.D., a Women’s Health contributor and author of Ms.Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success. “Radiating self-assurance makes people want to join you for the ride.” Read on for tricks to cultivate that vibe. Say Cheese “A happy attitude is so alluring, yet would be shocked by how many women forget to smile when meeting someone new,” says Rachel Dinero, Ph.D., director of the psychology program at Cazenovia College in New York. Not that she faults them. It can be tough to be cheery if you’ve been burned in the past or if the conversation suddenly takes a turn for the tedious. But feeling like a jackass for the few seconds it takes to force a smile may be worth your effort. Research shows that flexing the facial muscles that are required to smile can substantially improve your mood. And it has a similar effect on the person with you. When you smile at someone, it may fire up a bundle of neurons in the frontal lobe of their brain, triggering happy feelings, says Craig Malkin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In other words, he could subconsciously start to associate elation with you. Plus, a study published in the journal Psychological Science found that smiling at a person makes you look prettier. Stay with us. Exude Confidence A self-assured attitude acts like a giant spotlight, highlighting all of your great qualities. This explains why a recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology proved that men fin women more attractive when they exude confidence. The good news is that developing a healthy dose of it doesn’t require some big, annoying self-improvement project. “Confidence is born when you start thinking of the bigger picture,” says Bethany Marshall, Ph.D., author of Deal Breakers: When to Work on a Relationship and When to Walk Away. “If you let your self-esteem hinge on a little external factors – he didn’t call, no one congratulated you on your promotion – you end up defining yourself based on other people’s ever-changing approval. When you have a steady view of yourself, it becomes easier to brush off others’ negativity, which can erode your sense of self.” And if you’re ever tempted to make self-deprecating comments in an effort to seem down-to-earth and approachable, don’t. “The latest brain research shows that when people make negative comments about themselves, even in jest, they can start to believe them,” says Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., author of Love in 90 Days. Take Control of Your Destiny By deciding to freeze her eggs, Carissa was essentially gaining a tighter hold on the reins of her life. “When you’re in the driver’s seat and making decisions, it sinks in that you’re capable of finding the joy in your life and that you don’t necessarily need a man to bring you happiness,” says Marshall. For example, if you’ve always wanted to own a house, there’s no reason to wait until you need a two-car garage. According to the National Association of Realtors, 21 percent of home buyers are now single women, so you’ll be in good company should you decide to make that leap. Bottom line: Taking charge of your life breeds independence, and a self-sufficient vibe is alluring. If you’re already fulfilled, he won’t get the sense that he’s only positive factor in your life. Who wants that kind of pressure? Focus on the Present When you do meet a great guy, heed this very important piece of advice: Don’t bring up your fast-approaching deadlines for major life milestones (read: marriage and babies) on date one. Guys have radar that picks up on women with timelines, and you don’t want him to think you are just husband shopping and aren’t really interested in him. Instead, talk about the aspects of your life that you’re passionate about – your career, running, cooking, whatever. Chatting about stuff that’s meaningful to you and going on right now serves as an important reminder that you bring a lot to the table. And he’ll want to pull up a seat right next to you.
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Week Three Winners: 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 28, 2010 0

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Congratulations to the following fabulous ladies who won the Simon and Schuster Canada book The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working! There were oodles of emails asking to win the prize, but the first five ladies were the winners: Dorothy McClure Stephanie Woods Rachel Robichaud Pauline McGarrigle Serena Miller To claim your prize email info@cashmereclutch.com with your mailing address.
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Diane Von Furstenberg: The Legend Gets Personal
September 23, 2010 0
diane-von-fursteberg-unwrapped-1009-de Diane Von Furstenberg is not just a fashion legend, she's also a very strong, feminine, independent and complicated woman who happens to be behind one of the biggest fashion labels of all time. Yes, she married a prince, and was friends with Andy Warhol, but this mega famous designer also has a more down to earth - Her main goal in life is to empower women. Recently Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) was interviewed by Anamaria Wilson at Harpers Bazaar. The interview is so interesting and personal that we just couldn't resist sharing it! Here's the interview: Harper's Bazaar: Do you ever want to give it all up? Diane von Furstenberg: I don't think I have been more active ever than I am now. I've never been busier. I've never worked harder. And Barry asked me why. But I'm loving my life right now. And I just need 20 years more than whatever is assigned to me, because I feel that there's so much that I want to do. The wonderful thing about my life right now is just that it feels so coherent. Obviously, first there's my children, and I'm so proud of them. And they are fully grown up, they are aging, and they have children. So I can really say that, okay, they turned out well. My son is a great financier; he's very successful. My daughter is a filmmaker. So I'm very accomplished as a mother and as a grandmother. Ten years ago I started my business again after having stopped, and I'm very accomplished in my business. And I have great satisfaction because the older I get, the younger my consumers are. And that's kind of fun, and that's kind of keeping me young and making me relevant. And then as a woman, you know, my great discovery right now is that the biggest gift in life is to be able to give. I realize that I can make one phone call that doesn't cost me anything and change someone's life. HB: What has your mission been? DVF: To empower women. Why? Because I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything. HB: Was your mother the most influential person in your life? DVF: Yes. But you know, I'm not the only one; most people's mothers are the most influential person in their life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That's more important. HB: And your father? DVF: My father [Russian-born businessman Leon Halfin] was adorable. My father loved me, which made my relationship with men easy. HB: Do you consider yourself a feminist? DVF: Yes. HB: What do you think drove you to accomplish so much, so young? At 27, you had made it. DVF: Yes, by 29 I was on the cover of Newsweek. I don't know, but that was lucky. I mean, it's very important to start very young. And I don't know why, it just happened. I got pregnant and everything happened. HB: Do you still love the wrap dress? DVF: Yes, I mean, listen, how can I not? It paid for all my bills. HB: Is there anything in your life that's made you insecure? DVF: I used to be very insecure about my curly hair, because I lived in a country where everybody had blonde straight hair. HB: When did you get over it? DVF: One day in 1976, I did a picture for the cover of Interview. And I had my hair very straight, blown out, and so we did the shoot, we shot the picture. And then my friend the photographer said, "Now wet your hair." And I said, "What do you mean? I can't wet my hair." And he said, "I just want to try something." And my hair was superfrizzy, and of course that's what ran on the cover, and that's how I've worn it since. HB: Your mother said to you that fear wasn't an option, but was there anything that made you afraid? DVF: I was terrified the first time that I had a big problem in my business. I was obviously terrified when they diagnosed me with cancer in 1994. I was terrified when my son used to drive too fast. But I do believe in the fact that fear is not an option, so I always try to face it and not be afraid. HB: Whom do you attribute your independent nature to? DVF: That's really who I am. I think it had to do with the fact that my mother was in jail, that she was in the camps. I think it must. HB: So even when you were a little girl, you had that? DVF: Always, always. And my children are like that, and my grandchildren are like that. So I think that it's probably a little bit in our genes, and then certainly in our education. HB: Now, you realize that you're a commanding, magnetic presence. Were you always like that? DVF: You don't see yourself like that. Nobody does. You know, there's a thing about the woman across the room. You see the woman across the room, you think, She's so poised; she's so together. But she looks at you and you are the woman across the room for her. HB: Do you think European women are more confident? DVF: No, no. People say that, and this and that, but no. But I think idle women are more insecure. I think it's very important for women to have children, but I think it's very important for women to work. HB: When would you say you were the happiest? DVF: I think now. But I think you could have asked me many times in my life and I would have always said now. Except my 40s. In my 40s, I wasn't always the happiest, but I probably would have said that I was. HB: Who would you say is the love of your life? DVF: My children. And Barry. But my children first, I will say for sure. HB: Did you think that Barry would be such a major force in your life when you first met him? DVF: Yes, I fell madly in love when I first met him. Really in love — we were very in love for five years. And then I left him. And he somehow was always that presence who drove the other men crazy, because they were jealous of him. And now we've known each other for 35 years, and he's loved me so much. HB: So what do you think the secret to a successful marriage is? DVF: Respect. And space. HB: What would you say is your favorite thing about being married? DVF: I don't know. No one's ever asked me that. I mean, I don't particularly like to be married. I don't know. It feels very natural. I don't feel like I'm a prisoner. So the things I like the best about being married are probably the things that aren't very typical about being married. I can't believe I married twice. I so don't care about being married. HB: Is Barry a lot different now than he was when you first met? DVF: I was 28. He was 33. He's more patient, but with me he was always patient. With me he's the same. He just loves me unconditionally. HB: What do you attribute that to, chemistry? DVF: Oh, yes. It's, you know, there's no way that you can explain a relationship. Everyone is so different and so unique, and it's chemistry, whatever. You can't explain it. But there's a true commitment. I mean, it was more on his side. Not originally; originally we fell madly in love, and then I left. And then he was kind of always present. But now I really ... now it's very even. It's very nice, our relationship. But he is special. And he loves me so much. I can do no wrong. HB: Did your mother meet him? DVF: Oh yes, of course. My mother knew him very well. My mother died only nine years ago, at 80. HB: Do you believe not in secrets, per se, but in mystery? In the need to keep some things to yourself? DVF: You know, it's very funny. I'm very open. I'm so myself. And yet, actually, I'm very private. My mother used to say I was. I hold my feelings. You just have to be natural; to try to provoke mystery is ridiculous. But yes, of course, what is always very attractive is what you don't know about a person. HB: Are you ever lonely? DVF: No, but I love to be alone. I am often alone but never lonely. HB: Have you always been that way? DVF: Yes, but as you get older you like it more. HB: How do you feel about the aging process? DVF: I'm so attracted to women with wrinkles. I think the pendulum is going to go the other way. For men, it was always more beautiful. And I'm not saying you want to look like Louise Bourgeois or Georgia O'Keeffe, but still, it's ... it's better to be you. To try to keep a young body — that's getting very difficult. HB: Do you watch what you eat? DVF: Yes. No. I do, because I like to eat healthy. But I like chocolate. I like black chocolate, but that's just part of being Belgian. HB: What were those years like when you first left the clothing business in the '80s? DVF: Well, I lived in Paris, and I was living with a writer. And I really didn't do very much, except I read a lot, and I had this fantasy of having a literary salon. When you live with writers — when you live with an artist — you don't do much except live their lives. HB: After that, in 1989, you moved back to New York. Did you lose yourself for a while? DVF: A bit. But I didn't realize it until I came back. So it's when I came back to New York that I saw I had kind of lost that identity that I had from the minute I first arrived in New York and I was this success. And all of a sudden I came back to New York. It's the '80s, Ivana Trump and all these people are everywhere, and greed has become a virtue. I just felt completely irrelevant. And people looked at me like I was a has-been. I tried to get my business back, it was in the hands of people who didn't care, it had lost its spirit, it was horrible. It was the worst time. And it was really hard and really bad. And as a result I got cancer in my tongue — and I think it was because I was unable to express myself. HB: How did you find the cancer? DVF: It's the most ridiculous thing. I had lunch with Ralph Lauren, because Barry had bought QVC and we were trying to get Ralph Lauren to come to QVC. So I didn't really know Ralph very well. And we ordered one course because neither of us really wanted to do this lunch. But then we started to speak, and we spoke, and he became very open toward me. He had had a brain tumor, not malignant, and he was telling me about it. And I said, "How did you find out about it?" And he said, "It's funny. I had a noise in my ear, and I went to the doctor, and there was nothing in my ear, but that's when they found it." The minute he tells me that, I have a noise in my ear. And I think to myself, "I'm crazy. He tells me about that and I have a noise in my ear?" So I pay no attention. The next day, I still have a noise in my ear, so I immediately went to the doctor, who found nothing wrong with my ear. But he said, "You know you have a swollen gland here." They took the biopsy. "It was nothing bad," he said. "Well, it's only a cyst, so there's really no rush to take it out." And I said, "No, no, I want it out." And when they took it out, they cut it, they found little bad cells in it. I did eight weeks of radiation. But I was lucky; that was 15 years ago. HB: Did you ever feel like you had failed at anything? DVF: You know, I probably have, but I have a very funny way of processing obstacles and bad things. I somehow make them work for me. And I have very little memory for pain or things like that. I process things that are not good and I make them work for me. HB: That said, have you ever been heartbroken? DVF: Yes, once. But he loves me still, so it's okay. It's alright. I did once. Once, a man left me. HB: But they say that once you've had your heart broken, after that you never really have your heart broken again. DVF: Yeah, but that was really — that was not so long ago. It was a late part of my life. It's okay, I love him. We're still very close. HB: How do you find your peace? DVF: I need silence, I need solitude. I love to be in the country. I found my peace in my house in the country, Cloudwalk. I love to hike, I love to swim, I love to read. I find my peace within silence. I don't know how people do it. But if on weekends I had to have a social life, I couldn't do that. HB: How would you describe your own style? DVF: I like to think that my style and the clothes I design are effortlessly elegant and sexy. I think the word effortless is very important. I think that that creates an ease and a confidence, because I think there's nothing more beautiful than a woman who's confident. My wrap dress was almost accidental. It's the most traditional shape, like the kimono shape, no buttons or zipper, and it wraps. But what was different about it is that it was made in jersey, and it was tied to the body, and therefore it kind of sculpted the body. And then because it was in a snake and a leopard print, it made you look feline. I've touched so many generations with just that one dress, which is unique. I mean, no one has ever had such a thing. But then from there, I think I have become a pro. And I understand fabric very well. And I understand color very well, and print and shapes. And I work with young designers and Nathan [Jenden, her creative director] and my team from Central Saint Martins. And it's wonderful because it's really so nourishing for me, for them. I'm surrounded with young people. I never see people my age. It keeps me very young and relevant. But at the same time, I have so much to give them. HB: Did you always think of yourself as a designer? DVF: I was shy about considering myself a designer because I didn't study design. And it was circumstances that took me there. But now, after all these years, I know I am a designer. And I know what I'm doing. HB: And do men respond to women in your clothing? DVF: Yes, but not always. Men recognize my clothes; men love my clothes. HB: What do you see women doing style-wise that bothers you? DVF: I don't like when women try to be something that they're not. I don't like anything that's forced. HB: You have a very bohemian vibe. DVF: To a certain degree, but I mean, I am a voyager. I come, I go, I pack. I am a little bit of a gypsy. HB: What do you feel is the greatest lesson that you've learned? DVF: In life? It's funny, but I think that I have learned that to be kind, to give, is the best gift. I think that's the big lesson. I'm lucky, because early on I realized that I should be my best friend. That's the lesson that I would like to give everybody. HB: In what sense? DVF: Well, I think that you have to be your best friend in life, because the relationship that matters most is the one you have with yourself. HB: Do you feel like you get a lot of media attention? Does it bother you? DVF: No, that's what has helped me. I really haven't had any people being really mean to me. Or if I have, I don't remember. HB: But you've been open about you and Barry being very close but sort of allowing yourself different space. [The couple have separate Manhattan residences.] DVF: But that's during the week. I mean, that's because I like that. We need that. You know, but that's fine. Who cares? So? HB: Well, only because it's not conventional. DVF: Oh, I'm not conventional. I've never been conventional. Who wants to be conventional? HB: So you don't really care what people think about you? DVF: Yeah, I do very much care what people think. All I want is people to know, to see me as I am. And that's all that matters. I stand for who I am. I am as transparent as can be. I have no skeleton in any closet. There is nothing that anyone can blackmail me with. Because I'm very open, and there is nothing that I have done in my life that I would be really embarrassed for anyone to know. HB: Who in your life would you say knows you best? DVF: Barry knows me very well. My children know me very well. But no one knows me better than I know myself.
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How To Avoid Unhealthy Business Dinners & Drinking Too Much
September 21, 2010 0
When you are a busy professional and a large part of your business success depends on business lunches, dinners and cocktail events it can be nearly impossible to keep on track for a healthy diet with moderate drinking. Watch this video to find out the secret we discovered to resisting temptation that will have people encouraging you not to drink or sabotage your diet!
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Life Manifestos: Putting On Paper What You Want
September 20, 2010 0
baby Recently at a fancy spa we overheard one of the patrons discuss her baby manifesto with her friends. Her and her husband are trying to get pregnant and she wanted to make sure that her expectations for herself, her husband and her baby were clear. She also wanted to re-assure her husband that when they have a baby she wants to maintain her current lifestyle as close as possible to now, and him also. That meant she included details on how he should continue sailing, golfing and other activities that are important to him, while she would also continue with the things important to her, like having somone come and clean their apartment, have some free time to relax on her own, and be able to take the baby around town to lots of art shows and other activities. Upon hearing this we couldn't help but share it. It seems purely brilliant! The things most scary to us, like marriage and babies are the things that we leave most up on the air, or at least the least defined. When you buy a car you sign all sorts of documents about maintenance and return policies, and when you buy a vacation all the deails are laid out, like types of restaurants, spa activities, sports activities and so on. But when you enter into a marriage.....or have a baby......nothing seems to be defined. So go forth, put on paper what you want, discuss it, negotiate it, and make sure that the person you are with understands your needs and wants, so you will not discover after the fact that you had entirely different ideas! Good Luck, and let us know how it goes.
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Week One 30 Day Fitness Challenge Winners
September 15, 2010 0

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Congratulations to our week one winners for the 30 Day Fitness Challenge. One Month Booty Camp Fitness Gift Certificate: Connie Ladas One Copy of Last Night at Chateau Marmont from Simon and Schuster Canada each: Allison Knudsen, Andrea Bloomfield, Tanya Reeb Holm, Mary Ghazarian, Denise Glazier Do you like getting fit, having fun and winning prizes? Make sure you join our 30 Day Fitness Challenge - just sign up for our newsletter and you're entered! The challenge is officially from September 7th - October 7th, but you can join at anytime, just adjust the starte date to the date you receive the first e-newsletter.
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Week Two: 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 14, 2010 1

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Today marks the start of Week 2 of the 30 Day Fitness Challenge! How are you feeling? We've heard from lots of you that you're feeling great, you love the recipes and some of you are struggling with the limits of cocktails - stay strong ladies, it's worth it! So far the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is off to a great start! We're thrilled to have hundreds of people on board to get fit, have fun & win prizes. Speaking of prizes...if you haven't signed up yet you are not too late. You must sign up for the e-newsletter to be eligible to win the prizes though, so make sure you don't miss out on the chance to win great prizes including: - 2 four week gift certificates for Booty Camp Fitness - a fabulous gift basket worth $150 from Burts Bees - a gorgeous collection worth $200 from Upper Canada Soap Company - 20 free book giveaways from <a target="_blank" Simon and Schuster Canada This weeks 2 e-newsleter is going out today - so sign up to the e-newsletter now so you can join!
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Workaholic Gets A Life
September 9, 2010 2
Yoga Recently we came across a great article from a former workaholic who has since reformed and continues to be abundantly successful and has time and energy to spend on some of the simpler things in life - like growing tomatoes, sipping lemonade on her porch and reading inspiring books. Here's Jennifer Kushell from Your Success Network --- This summer there were a lot of changes in my life, both personally and professionally. In short, I got a life. I’m not missing my workaholic self one bit either. For 17 years I’ve worked non-stop. An entrepreneur since I was 13, I hit my stride at 19 while starting The Young Entrepreneurs Network…and the rest is history. I’ve been obsessed with succeeding as a social entrepreneur ever since. It’s such a tricky balance. And when you’re trying to make a serious impact, no matter how much you accomplish, you always seem to feel like you’ve barely just scratched the surface. Taking myself outside of my workaholic self, I’m now taking a hard look at the toll this lifestyle has done to me personally and it’s frankly kind of scary. Sleep deprivation. Unhealthy eating. Embarrassingly sparse exercise. Excessive amounts of caffeine. So little fresh air or vitamin D (sun). Countless all-nighters. More missed parties, holidays and special occasions than I’d dare try to count. While I’ve traveled for work over one million miles now, I’ve had 2 two-week vacations to speak of since that dreamy and wild month off with my high school BFF all over Spain, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza way too long ago. Adventures and private get aways since have been great, but usually no more than quick 2, 3, 4 day stints. Always, time stolen, riddled with guilt and stress over the opportunity cost of what I’d be missing, delaying, neglecting at work. Somehow I have managed to make a lot of friends over the years who’ve tried their best to look out for me. As you can imagine, I’ve gotten a lot of slack over the years for not having any real balance too. Like a true addict, I always knew I had a problem, but didn’t quite understand how all encompassing or harmful it had been. Yes, business always came first and I last, but besides me, what else got squeezed out more times than I’d like to admit? Family, close friends, personal time, fun, life. Even the closest relationship in my life suffered irreparable harm…even though we were in it all together. A few months ago, I kind of restarted my life. I confronted a battle to let go of the stress, confusion, complication and negativity that had consumed me for years. I ended up in a pretty deep dive of depression, I’ll admit to you now. (That’s kind of why you didn’t hear a lot from me for a few months. Sorry.) But with the help of the most wonderful of friends and loved ones, I fought back. Survived. …and now, I smile again,. Constantly. I have officially taken my life back. I have one. And it’s so nice. Now I struggle with the same challenges that everyone else does – how to do it all, have it all. Before, it might have looked like I did, but I didn’t. I was missing too much of the “me” in the equation. What am I doing differently today? I cook, create, walk on the beach, sit on the beach, watch less tv, read more, spend more time online with an incredible array of new friends from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and of course, YSN. I exercise, shop, stroll though farmers markets, sit on my deck with friends for hours getting lost in engulfing conversations, get consumed by laughter, clean my house, maintain a garden (with tons of fresh herbs and tomatoes), fill the house with flowers, bask in the sun, catch up on reading, nap with the kitties, walk my neighbor’s dog. I now take photographs like I’m afraid I’ll miss a single moment. Work, I love again. I dream, invent, conceive, collude, collaborate, and create every chance I can. I write more because I’m constantly inspired now. I’m more connected, more transparent. I want to learn, listen, share every minute I’m alive. And yes, I am committed to succeed more than ever, even in the most traditional sense. I’m ready to profit, and not just give everything away as I always have. I deserve it. I know I do. In this new zone of mine, I’ve been more present. I’ve reconnected with tons of old friends and colleagues. I’ve also been thanked daily. People who’s lives I’ve touched in some way have come out of the woodworks lately to make their experiences known. I’ve been humbled and awed by this profoundly. Every day is rich, robust, calm, exciting, joyous, adventurous. I could still use more sleep. And a lot more exercise. But I’ll get there. For now, I’m quite at peace. The other day, I was downright euphoric. Now, I’m ready to tackle the challenges ahead and feel infinitely stronger setting out to do so. To all you workaholics out there: Those of you who can’t stop yourself from truly giving your work your life, all the time, I understand. I really do. Try to make some room for you, for whatever matters to you, not just in the big picture and the big scheme of things, but for the here and now. Start by focusing on the little moments that fill your day and your life. The simple things that inspire you to smile, laugh, feel warm and fuzzy inside…and connect with those things over and over. Try to infuse them in your work too. Let me know how it goes. Maybe we can help each other. After all, we always have. Photo Credit: Solazzarre.com
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Fall 2010 Hair Trends
September 8, 2010 0
This fall hair is slick and clean looking, with most fashion designers trotting models down the runway with hair pulled back. We love this trend! It's classic, timeless, and sooo easy to pull off. Late for work, no time to get ready for girls night out? No Problem! With this slick style you look polished and professional, and hot, in no time flat! We love us a fashion trend that's universally flattering and easy to execute! At Yves St. Laurent the pulled back hair added drama and sophistication to the look.
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At Louis Vuitton the slick hair added to the pure, put together look and finished off a polished look perfectly.
 

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Video – Day One: 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 7, 2010 0
Today is Day One of the 30 Day Fitness Challenge and we're thrilled to have hundreds of you on board! We put together a short video for you with Challenge details and great tips on how you can have a healthy, active and fun lifestyle without missing out on socializing with your friends. We'll also share a big secret on how you can win amazing prizes.
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LAST CHANCE! The 30 Day Fitness Challenge Starts Tomorrow
September 6, 2010 0
Jumping on the beach Today is the last chance to sign up for the 30 Day Fitness Challenge! Don't miss out on your chance to get fit, have fun and Win Prizes! Here are some of the prizes: - 2 four week gift certificates to Booty Camp Fitness - a fabulous gift basket worth $150 from Burts Bees - 20 free book giveaways from Simon and Schuster Canada - a gorgeous collection worth $200 from Upper Canada Soap Company Join Us – all you have to do is sign up for our newsletter!
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9 Great Last Minute Plans For The Long Weekend
September 3, 2010 0
The long weekend is almost here, and if you are not sure what to do there are lots of fantastic things on! So grab your sunglasses and take full advantage of the last long weekend of summer. Make it a great one!

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1.Take A Day Trip To The Toronto Islands (click here to read more) One of our favourite things to do is to go the the Toronto Islands. 2. Go To The Beach (click here to read more) The Beach is also a favourite place to be this weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, play some volleyball, watch the seagulls, or enjoy a delicious brunch along Queen Street. 3. Visit The Harboufront Area (click here to read more) There's also lots of great things happening at the Harbourfront in general. Read on to find out what to do, where to go, and where the best patio is!

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4. Take A Day Trip To Niagara On The Lake (click here to read more) Niagara On the Lake is an absolute favourite. Here's a short post on what do while you're in Ontario's favourite wine country. 5. Go To Cottage Country (click here to read more) Cottage country is gorgeous, and there's no better weekend to enjoy it than this one! Here's a link to a last minute cottage rental site...so tempting!

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6. Host A Fabuous Dinner Party (click here to read more) It's going to be gorgeous, so host a fabulous outdoor dinner party with these amazing recipes. 7. Go On A Cheap, Fun & Active Date (click here to read more) Great suggestions for cheap, active and super fun date activities. If you're single don't fret, grab one of your girlfriends and make it a girls date! 8. Go Hiking With Your Girlfriends (click here to read more) The great outdoors, great girlfriends...well it all sounds pretty great. And it is. Do something totally different this weekend, and go hiking with your ladies. You'll love it! 9. Day Dream What Your Fantasy Life (click here to read more) In a relaxed environment, with no pressure or noise, or stress, or anything to disrupt you, let your mind wander...and create a picture of your dream life. It will be the start of great things for you!
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The Best Designer Shoes For Fall 2010
September 2, 2010 0

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Flipping through the extra thick September fashion magazines we came across these unbelievably cool Balenciaga shoes designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere. They are so fun, colourful and spectacular. Normally we don't welcome the cooler weather, but we can't wait to ditch our summer sandals for these fantastic shoes! Photo Credit: Style.com
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Only 1 Week Until The 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 1, 2010 0


Can you believe that we are already in September? It's crazy to think the summer is about to wrap up, school starts again for all the students, and for everyone else summer hours end and it's time to get back at it! But to be honest, we're kind of excited about that! This summer has been gorgeous - maybe one of the best ever in Toronto - and now we're ready to pull up our socks. And what better way to get back at it than with the 30 Day Fitness Challenge from September 7th - October 7th! We've all had lots of summertime snacks, patio drinks, and probably a few too mojitos! Now we get to join each other in a fitness journey, have fun together and have the chance to win some great prizes! That's a WIN - WIN - WIN situation! Join us for the 30 Day Fitness Challenge! Sign Up for the newsletter to participate
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3 Best Emmy Dresses
August 30, 2010 0
The Emmy's were last night, and there's news all over the media about who was wearing what. To make it easy for you here are Cashmere Clutch's choice for 3 Best Emmy Dresses. Pick # 1 - Lea Michele (from Glee) in Oscar de La Renta The dress is gorgeous, and flattering and very classy. The detailing is amazing, and she looks like an American princess. She did not take home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, but she did get tonnes, literally tonnes, of coverage from her dress. Just goes to show what a great dress can do for your career!
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Pick # 2 - Claire Danes in Giorgio Armani Prive Oh, how we love this iridescent crystal-encrusted Giorgio Armani Prive gown. It looks unbelievably good on Claire Danes, and to top it all off she won the Primetime Emmy for Best Actress in a Mini Series or a Movie for HBO's Temple Grandin.
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Pick # 3 - Jenna Fischer in Versace Thankfully somebody was wearing some colour at the Emmy's! It was a a sea of black, white and neutrals, which made Jenna's choice look even more fantastic! We love the flowy fabric, the bold colour, and how flattering and feminine the dress looks. Hooray for doing something different!
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Like Fitness, Fun, & Free Stuff?
August 28, 2010 1
BodyTruffles_Strawberry If you answered yes to any of those questions than the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is for you! From September 7th - October 7th join us for 30 fun filled days of fitness, healthy eating, and fun...plus you can win some GREAT PRIZES! Want to know what's up for grabs? Here are just some of the prizes: - 2 four week gift certificates to Booty Camp Fitness - a fabulous gift basket worth $150 from Burts Bees - 20 free book giveaways from Simon and Schuster Canada - a gorgeous collection worth $200 from Upper Canada Soap Company Join Us – all you have to do is sign up for our newsletter!
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What’s Your Business Personality?
August 26, 2010 0
Happy business woman on the cell phone under the blue sky Recently while doing some research we asked several female entrepreneurs how much personality they show in business. The answers were varied - some people showed a lot, even in some cases blogging about sexual experiences and other extremely intimate situations, while others not at all, and some said just be yourself and let your personality shine through....to a limit. The way we conduct ourselves in business is largely a part of our personality in general. But for business, according to Darrell Zahorsky these can be categorized into 9 different personality types: The 9 Personality Types of Entrepreneurs 1. The Improver: If you operate your business predominately in the improver mode, you are focused on using your company as a means to improve the world. Your overarching motto is: morally correct companies will be rewarded working on a noble cause. Improvers have an unwavering ability to run their business with high integrity and ethics. Personality Alert: Be aware of your tendency to be a perfectionist and over-critical of employees and customers. Entrepreneur example: Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop. 2. The Advisor: This business personality type will provide an extremely high level of assistance and advice to customers. The advisor's motto is: the customer is right and we must do everything to please them. Companies built by advisors become customer focused. Personality Alert: Advisors can become totally focused on the needs of their business and customers that they may ignore their own needs and ultimately burn out. Entrepreneur example: John W. Nordstrom, Founder Nordstrom. 3. The Superstar: Here the business is centered around the charisma and high energy of the Superstar CEO. This personality often will cause you to build your business around your own personal brand. Personality Alert: Can be too competitive and workaholics. Entrepreneur example: Donald Trump, CEO of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. 4. The Artist: This business personality is the reserved but highly creative type. Often found in businesses demanding creativity such as web design and ad agencies. As an artist type you’ll tend to build your business around the unique talents and creativities you have. Personality Alert: You may be overly sensitive to your customer’s responses even if the feedback is constructive. Let go the negative self-image. Entrepreneur example: Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert. 5. The Visionary: A business built by a Visionary will often be based on the future vision and thoughts of the founder. You will have a high degree of curiosity to understand the world around you and will set-up plans to avoid the landmines. Personality Alert: Visionaries can be too focused on the dream with little focus on reality. Action must proceed vision. Entrepreneurial example: Bill Gates, Founder of MicroSoft Inc. 6. The Analyst: If you run a business as an Analyst, your company is focus on fixing problems in a systematic way. Often the basis for science, engineering or computer firms, Analyst companies excel at problem solving. Personality Alert: Be aware of analysis paralysis. Work on trusting others. Entrepreneurial example: Intel Founder, Gordon Moore. 7. The Fireball: A business owned and operated by a Fireball is full of life, energy and optimism. Your company is life-energizing and makes customers feel the company has a get it done attitude in a fun playful manner. Personality Alert: You may over commit your teams and act to impulsively. Balance your impulsiveness with business planning. Entrepreneurial example: Malcolm Forbes, Publisher, Forbes Magazine. 8. The Hero: You have an incredible will and ability to lead the world and your business through any challenge. You are the essence of entrepreneurship and can assemble great companies. Personality Alert: Over promising and using force full tactics to get your way will not work long term. To be successful, trust your leadership skills to help others find their way. Entrepreneurial example: Jack Welch, CEO GE. 9. The Healer: If you are a Healer, you provide nurturing and harmony to your business. You have an uncanny ability to survive and persist with an inner calm. Personality Alert: Because of your caring, healing attitude toward your business, you may avoid outside realities and use wishful thinking. Use scenario planning to prepare for turmoil. Entrepreneurial example: Ben Cohen, Co-Founder Of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. What's your business personality?
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Want To Slim Down? The 30 Day Fitness Challenge Starts Sept 7th
August 24, 2010 0

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In just 14 short days the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is set to begin! That's right, the kids go back to school and you go back to the gym! And don't say you didn't get enough time to enjoy the summer - you have 2 full weeks to drink cocktails, eat sweets, and laze in the hazy last days of summer. When you've had just about enough of the dog days you can pull up your socks, tie up your laces and join us for 30 FUN FILLED days in the 30 Day Fitness Challenge. To Enter Simply sign up for our newsletter
Each week we’ll send you delicious (and healthy) recipes, an excercise plan and some motivational tips. PLUS, each week we’ll have some fabulous giveaways from any of our fantastic promotional partners including: Booty Camp Fitness Burts Bees Upper Canada Soap Company Revolution Organics Simon and Schuster Canada Join Us – sign up for our newsletter to Have Fun, Get Fit & Win Prizes!
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Learning To Trapeze: Learning To Let Go
August 20, 2010 0

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I can’t say that I’ve always wanted to run away with the circus, in fact, the closest I’ve ever got to the big top was reading Fifth Business as a kid, and creating body image issues for myself in funhouse mirrors. But as I approached my 35th birthday, I wanted to do something different, something that would test my boundaries and help me to regain some of the fearlessness of youth. I decided to try the flying trapeze. Now it’s not an original idea – I admit I saw it on an episode of Sex in the City, but the key was translating this idea into reality. I thought it was going to be difficult to find a circus in Toronto, but through the wonders of the internet, I discovered that the Toronto Circus school offers drop-in trapeze classes in a hangar at Downsview park. I convinced a few friends to join me and off we went into the unknown. When we arrived we were greeted by a pleasant looking woman who asked us to sign a waiver. I shrugged it off as a precaution and happily signed away my life – all in the name of fun. My friends and I looked at each other and broke out into a nervous giggle. This was safe wasn’t it…??? I tried to reassure us as we walked into the gymnasium. There was nothing to be afraid of. We would have a harness, a net, someone spotting us and of course a lot of practice before we even got up the trapeze.
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Or so I thought. As we walked in, all I could see was the 20 foot ladder leading to a precarious looking wooden platform and the vastness of the distance between the trapeze and the net. We all looked at each other and gulped. There would be no easing into the trapeze; we received a routine, saw a quick demonstration and were strapped in for the horror ahead. The first person up made it look really easy and gave us a false sense of security (we found out later that she was a regular). The trembling people that followed were more the norm. The closer we got to the front of the line, the more nervous we got. As I had been the instigator of the madness, I had the pleasure of going first. I never thought I had a fear of heights until I got up to the ladder. My arms were trembling and I had to force myself not to look down. As I approached the platform, I kept worrying that I would lose my footing and plummet to the ground. The platform itself was probably only 3x2 feet wide and had to support the weight of two people. I was sweating as I walked onto the platform and having some serious second thoughts. The spotter told me to grab onto the trapeze with one hand and perch my toes off the front of the platform. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest as I looked at the net below. Then I was to grab the trapeze with my other hand and when she yelled “hup”, (carnie talk for “go”) I was supposed to jump off with my feet. She yelled, I jumped and swung like a pendulum. I could feel the rush of the air beside me and my arms being ripped from their sockets. I hung on for dear life and could barely hear the instructions of what to do next. After a few swings I was to tuck my knees up and throw them over the trapeze, let go of my arms and then release to fall gracefully onto the net. This is what happened – I kept swinging, my arms quivering, my body feeling like a dead weight. Try as I might, I couldn’t get my knees over the bar and was stuck there in limbo. After what seemed like an eternity, I heard a voice say something that sounded like “let go”. So I did. I fell onto the net in a heap and rolled onto the floor. I felt exhilarated. I took a second to think about what I had done and smiled. I just did the flying trapeze. Now how many people can say that? P.S. I did better the second time around. Heena is a labour lawyer with a large Canadian financial institution and has contributed several articles to Cashmere Clutch. If you liked this article you may also like Heena's other articles: Dealing With A Job Loss Starting A New Job: How To Get Your Groove Back
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Life
Self Promotion For The Shy Entrepreneur: 3 Tips
August 18, 2010 0
Most people assume that if you are an entreprenuer you must have loads of confidence...but that's often quite far from reality. You know how most of the time you feel pretty good about yourself, but then something little, maybe a comment in a meeting, noticing your clothes look ragged, or something huge like a big project falls through, just throws you way off. When you are an entrepreneur you have to face these challenges every day! You are always putting yourself out there, trying to get as much attention as possible, and not being shy to tell people what you do, your company name and your 10 second elevator speech. Confidence in your abilities or your business often intersect with your confidence as a person, and that's where sometimes you may falter. And it will happen to everyone. “The first time I did a show out in the field, it took 20 times to get my intro down pat,” says Amber MacArthur, 34, founder of Web agency MGI Media, technology specialist, TV personality and author of Power Friending: Demystifying Social Media to Grow Your Business. If someone so accomplished can feel so uncomfortable, it's easy to imagine that it happens to absolutely everyone, and it will happen to you too. The best remedy is to "fake it till you make it", but in a very real way, don't pretend to be a German Sheppard when you're really a Golden Retriever puppy. Just be yourself, with a great ability to pick yourself, dust yourself off, and go forth and self promote again! Because, after all, you are your brand! You need to self promote to build your business, no matter what you are selling. To make your brand building online Amber has these 3 simple suggestions: No. 1: Make sure you have a website. Tools such as SquareSpace and Wordpress make it really easy to build your own site. No. 2: Use a lot of social media tools to get out there and network. Integrate tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook into your website, so essentially your website is a home base for all of your branding efforts. No. 3: E-mail really is a social network. The number of people who e-mail you on a regular basis is enormous. So within your e-mail network, turn your signature into something where you link to your personal website, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and really use that to promote yourself As an example, preview the email signature below -- Ingrid Menninga Founder www.cashmereclutch.com Help Us Get to 150 Friends on this Facebook Page; Click and Like us Please Twitter Cashmere Clutch is a women's lifestyle site focusing on living a balanced, fulfilling and fabulous life. Visit us at www.cashmereclutch.com -- There's lots of contact information above, and you can clearly figure out what the business is, how it helps people, and how you can stay connected online. Also, the "Help Us Get 150 Facebook Fans" Tactic is a new one, but seems to help increase the number of fans on the page. Try it out for your business and let us know how it goes.
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Life, Style
Orlena Cain: Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepeneur
August 16, 2010 0
orlenaMix Our latest Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepreneur Series feature is Orlena Cain – founder of Sugarcain Entertainment, an online magazine that supports up and coming, aspiring female journalists, Belleville's Mix97's morning announcer, and The Shopping Channel's TV presenter. Orlena also works closely with the Children's Aid Society, and other charitable organizations. Busy does not even begin to describe Orlena, but you'll be surprised by what makes her tick and what she would do differently if she could do it all again. --- How did you start your business? I created it 6 years ago to help me build my portfolio of interviews and I kept meeting women who wanted to come on board and do the same. 2010 marks the end of a significant run in the world of entertainment news for Sugarcain Entertainment. We started out with one and currently have 25 journos that are in Toronto, Barrie, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal. Vancouver, BC, Los Angeles, CA and TEXAS! We really are everywhere! What’s your typical day like? Throughout the ownership of my own online magazine, I have also continued to work as a television host and now morning show radio host too. A typical day starts at 430am/530am depending on if I wash my hair or not, which also depends on how restless my night was...lol! Its on air 600am - 1000am in Belleville on MIX97 radio (Mon-Fri)and then if need be I may have to travel an hour and 45 minutes to The Shopping Channel (TSC) studio to work an afternoon or evening shift. I usually work weekends in Toronto at TSC. What was your biggest worry when you started your own company? My biggest worry was that no one would find it interesting enough to read and to date we have 250-thousand readers! Not too shabby for no advertising and purely word of mouth. How long did it take for you to feel confident about working for yourself? For me confidence has never been something that I wait for to do something. I walk fearlessly and sometimes foolishly in the path of the least expected. Sometimes I fall flat on my face...but most times noone is around to see it and I dust myself off, wipe a tear away if it has strayed and keep moving. Life is a battle. You don't stop - keep moving! What surprised you the most about working for yourself? I will tell you what surprised me most about working for myself - you can make anything happen and it is true, " If you build it, they will come." What’s the biggest reward in working for yourself? The biggest reward is that I have had a successful online magazine for 6 years and I have helped alot of young women help themselves. I feel incredibly grateful to have met over 50 women who have been affiliated with Sugarcain Entertainment. Some have moved on to great jobs like Monika Platek who is an in house announcer for their live TV coverage for the TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS or Loriann Vilani who works on 102.1 THE EDGE as an anouncer. What have you sacrificed? I have sacrificed having or starting a family. I have sacrificed sleep. But I would change nothing, because, everything is as it should be. Is there anything you would have done differently? EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE. If I could change anything, I may have told a couple of people to go SCREW THEMSELVES. However, the world is small, so I silently have said it and not verbalized it, even though they deserved it. ----- Other Inspiring Women: Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepreneurs Ali De Bold – cofounder of ChickAdvisor Equipped with a great business idea and loads of hard work she and her husband and business partner, Alex De Bold, started www.ChickAdvisor.com – Canada’s first user generated reviews community for women to share advice on their favourite products and local places. Find out how she did it, and the one thing she would have done differently! Lisa Ng – founder of HelloDJ Lisa Ng is a woman that goes after what she wants. She’s never worked in a corporate office, she owns her own DJ company, Hello DJ, and she’s not afraid to take risks. But how did she do it and what’s it like?
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Life
Help Us Reach Our Goal Of 150 Fans On Facebook
August 14, 2010 0
child-laughing We're trying to reach our goal of 150 fans on our facebook page and would be tickled pink if you would "like" our page. Please join us here and show us some love by clicking "like" Awww, thanks for helping out a friend!
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Life
Great Local Find: Chabichou Fine Cheese & Gourmet Shop
August 13, 2010 0

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Yesterday we happened upon this great little French cheese shop called Chabichou. It was so charming looking that we actually turned around and went back so we could go inside! When inside the decor is the classic small cheese store; a large counter area with a great selection of cheeses, little jars of fancy French jams, fresh baguettes and croissants, and also a gorgeous selection of fresh quiches and quality home made meal options.
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But that's not all, the cute guys that work there have the most lovely French accents, and they are so friendly and pleasant (defiinitely the opposite of what you would experience in France where you would be treated like a degenerate if you didn't pronounce the names of the fancy cheeses properly). Tempted by the pistachio terrine's we could resist buying a big block of the French treat with a crusty baguette. We dove into it as soon as we got home, and it was like magic!
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Life
Don’t Do Like Steven Slater: 5 Questions To Ask Before You Quit
August 12, 2010 0

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With Jetblue's Steven Slater famous "jump" from his job after yelling at unappreciative flight passengers and the recently staged "Jenny" video showing her quitting her job after her boss called her a HPOA (hot piece of ass) there's lots of news about -what to do when you quit your job -when to quit -what "going too far" can do to your career -how to know when it's time to quit But before you get to the point of desperation when you're ready to light your office on fire, tell your boss where to go and leave with guns a blazin' make sure you ask yourself these 5 Critical Questions To Ask Before You Ditch Your Job Photo Credit: from Steven Slater's Myspace profile
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Life
Happy Hump Day – Have A Diet Friendly Mojito!
August 11, 2010 0

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It's Wednesday, it's summer, and it's hot! That means it's time for a mojito! Now you don't have to slurp back hundreds of calories when you enjoy this insanely refreshing drink - the Weight Watchers version is very diet friendly! Diet Friendly Mojito Recipe Ingredients: - 1.5 oz Bacardi Rum - 12 fresh spearmint leaves - 1/2 lime - 7 oz sprite zero or club soda - 2 tbsp. Splenda Directions: In a cool tall glass, mix the mint, Splenda and lime juice. Add crushed ice. Add rum, soda and stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy!
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Events, Life
Shakespeare At Night: Dream In High Park 2010 Ends Soon
August 10, 2010 0
romeo-juliet-canadian-stage-company Every year Canstage puts on a fabulous evening of entertainment with Dream in High Park. This year it's Romeo and Juliet and that doesn't mean it's only for couples; everyone is welcome and it's a great way to spend a night with friends, family or alone. You pack a picnic, sneak in a little bit of wine, perch on the viewing ledges, and watch the excitment build as the stage gets its final touches and the sun sets. When the production begins you are treated to a great night of entertainment in a totally unique setting. If you haven't been to Dream In High Park time is running out! Make sure you check it out before September 5th. Shows are Tuesday to Sunday and it starts at 8pm, with gates opening at 6pm. There's a minimum donation of $20, which is a steal, and of course if you are a big fan of supporting the arts they always welcome additional donations. Here are directions on how to get there If you liked this post make sure you share it with friends on facebook, twitter or email this link.
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Life
Using LinkedIn To Grow Your Business: 8 Tips
August 9, 2010 0

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For many professional women managing a career profile on social media sites is extremely important. You've come this far, right, so you need to make sure that all that hard work pays off! Hands down the best social media site for professionals is LinkedIn. But how do you get the most out of it? Victoria Ipri from www.theconfidentcopywriter.com has these 8 tips: 1. See the future: How much new business can you comfortably handle? Be realistic. One new client a month is 12 for the year. Not bad. 2. Choose a target market and do not stray from this focus 3. Join groups for those markets and actively participate in a meaningful way 4. Educate yourself on effective LI search…there are ways to search and findspecific information about specific people 5. Stand out: Be active! Be proactive! Be visible! Get out there and get involved. Create a highly compelling profile; not a resume rehash. 6. Answer questions to highlight your subject expertise 7. Accept connections and request connections. People want to connect with you! 8. Talk to people. I mean, really talk. Show an interest, look for ways to help each other…seeking connections isn’t only about having lots of connections! This advice also works if you are an employee and not an entrepreneur. Managing your LinkedIn can be the key to your success. Make sure that your profile is updated regularly with job information, great articles, and get involved in discussion boards related to your area of expertise. Don't wait until you need to find a new job to refresh your profile. You will have missed a lot of opportunities if you wait until you need something. Recruiters are constantly scrubbling LinkedIn for professionals - make sure you are easy to find! Have you joined the Cashmere Clutch Women In Business group on Linkedin yet? It's the network for fulfilled and fabulous women looking to connect with like minded ladies.
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Style
Beauty Review: Lavender & Acacia Relaxing Foaming Bath
August 8, 2010 0
bathbubbles We tested out the Le Couvent des Minimes foaming bath by chance; we found it in the drug store and thought based on it's expensive price tag it had to be amazing! We were not disspointed! You only need a little bit for a full bathtub and the scent is divine! It has a strong but natural scent and it produces an incredible amount of bubbles for a full bathtub. So, even though the pricetag is around the $35 mark, it's worth it to pay for quality products that you can use for a long time. Apprarently these products come from a Convent in France en Provence, that now operates as a hotel spa, which has been certified by Relais and Chateau ( a big fancy group that tells you if your hotel is fancy enough to get into their club - it's very exclusive; only 2 hotels in Canada are in the club).
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Life
Help Us Reach Our Goal Of 150 Fans On Facebook
August 7, 2010 0
child-laughing We're trying to reach our goal of 150 fans on our facebook page and would be tickled pink if you would "like" our page. Please join us here and show us some love by clicking "like" Awww, thanks for helping out a friend!
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Style
Great Bridesmaid Dresses at Great Prices
August 6, 2010 1
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Recently we discovered this great resource for finding just the right bridesmaid dresses for a great price. This has been such a huge relief! When we were shopping for all the bridal stuff for our wedding it was really kind of nightmarish! Rushing into different stores, going back a few times, waiting for the change rooms to empty out…so many headaches…it was actually really stressful. Not to mention that we ended up buying 3 different dresses because we just wanted to get out of the stores as soon as we could – only to find out we didn’t really like what we actually bought! So, if you don’t like stress, or having to go back several times to stores to find just the right dress try out David's online store. They have a great selection and great prices. We’re even thinking of buying dresses from the site for other parties, not just weddings!
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Life
New! Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Networking Group
August 4, 2010 0
cashemere_clutch_successful_women Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Network is a meeting place for positive, motivated and "take life by the horns" type women that have carved out their own concept of success. Featuring everything from interviews with successful female entrepreneurs to investment advice, to fitness challenges, to fashion and travel, Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Network is the network for fulfilled and fabulous women looking to connect with like minded ladies. Make sure you join us here
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Style
The Perfect T-Shirt Dress From Me To We Style
August 4, 2010 0

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Sometimes you come across something so good you can't help but share it, and rant and rave about it. This summer we love the T-Shirt Dress From Me To We Style. It's cut extremely well so it fits the body perfectly, and can be worn in so many different ways - like the black t-shirt dress above, or this white casual t-shirt dress style with bold accessories.
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Me To We Style, an eco-friendly apparel provider in Toronto is the only social enterprise that donates 50% of their profits to their charity partner (Free The Children). If you're not convinced yet hear this, they create apparel that is made from eco-friendly fabrics and plant a tree for every t-shirt they sell to offset any carbon emissions! You can get your t-shirt dress from Me To We Style, for approx $35. We love it when fashion really cares!
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Events, Life
Free Metric Concert in Union Station, Toronto
August 3, 2010 0
Metric That's right. What's better than free stuff in the city in the summer? According to the Toronto Star Metric is putting on a free show this Wednesday, August 3rd at 7pm at Union Station. Here's the full story directly from the Toronto Star Entertainment Reporters Ben Rayner and Bruce DeMara: Hot Canadian rock band Metric will play a free concert outside Union Station on Wednesday night. Samsung Mobile announced the show on Tuesday without naming the band. But a source within the band’s camp confirmed Metric was it. “It’s true. It’s all happening. It’s not really a big secret or anything.” And details of the event — going down at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Union Square Plaza — were leaked via Twitter and readily available online mere hours after Samsung started dropping hints on its own Twitter feed. One clue read: “I wonder who this band is going to be? Is it The Beatles or could it be the Rolling Stones?” That brings to mind Metric’s hit song “Gimme Sympathy,” which includes the lyrics, “After all of this is gone / Who’d you rather be? / The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?” Apparently, the only reason Metric’s identity was kept secret was to appease city officials worried that a giant crush of people would wind up on Front St. That will almost certainly be the case now that the cat’s out of the bag. Drivers, you’ve been warned.
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Style
Gorgeous Guy de Jean Can Can Umbrella
August 3, 2010 0

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Walking past the Royal York hotel - a luxurious heritage hotel in Toronto, we noticed this absolutely adorable umbrella. We wish it stays sunny for months more so we can use this sun umbrella all the time! This Guy de Jean Can Can Ivory Umbrella comes in various colours and retails for approx $190 CDN.
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Events, Life, Travel
Top 10 Things To Do For The August Long Weekend
July 30, 2010 0
In Ontario we have a fabulous 3 days off for the August long weekend. Not sure what to do? There are lots of fantastic things going on, not to mention the weather is going to be absolutely gorgeous!

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1.Take A Day Trip To The Toronto Islands (click here to read more) One of our favourite things to do is to go the the Toronto Islands. 2. Go To The Beach (click here to read more) The Beach is also a favourite place to be this weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, play some volleyball, watch the seagulls, or enjoy a delicious brunch along Queen Street. 3. Visit The Harboufront Area (click here to read more) There's also lots of great things happening at the Harbourfront in general. Read on to find out what to do, where to go, and where the best patio is! 4. Take Part In Caribana (click here to read more) Of course you've probably heard that this weekend is the Caribana weekend - it's a massive party that consumes a large part of our city to so here's information on how you can get involved.

Things To Do Outside Of The City
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5. Take A Day Trip To Niagara On The Lake (click here to read more) Niagara On the Lake is an absolute favourite. Here's a short post on what do while you're in Ontario's favourite wine country. 6. Go To Cottage Country (click here to read more) Cottage country is gorgeous, and there's no better weekend to enjoy it than this one! Here's a link to a last minute cottage rental site...so tempting!

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7. Host A Fabuous Dinner Party (click here to read more) It's going to be gorgeous, so host a fabulous outdoor dinner party with these amazing recipes. 8. Go On A Cheap, Fun & Active Date (click here to read more) Great suggestions for cheap, active and super fun date activities. If you're single don't fret, grab one of your girlfriends and make it a girls date! 9. Go Hiking With Your Girlfriends (click here to read more) The great outdoors, great girlfriends...well it all sounds pretty great. And it is. Do something totally different this weekend, and go hiking with your ladies. You'll love it! 10. Day Dream What Your Fantasy Life (click here to read more) In a relaxed environment, with no pressure or noise, or stress, or anything to disrupt you, let your mind wander...and create a picture of your dream life. It will be the start of great things for you!
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Life, Travel
Day Hikes: Great Outdoors With Great Girlfriends
July 27, 2010 0

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Tired of doing the same thing every time you get together with your girlfriends? Have cocktail parties, shopping trips, and coffee shops lost their excitement? Ready for a change? Try a day hike with your girls! Every year a few of us head out into a nearby nature reserve, or sometimes a bit futher away, and go for a long hike together. We chat, giggle, take some breaks to enjoy the scenery and get some excercise! It's an amazing way to spend time together...and best of all, it's fun that makes you skinnier! We've been to Forks of the Credit, and Webster Falls, but there's so many great hiking trails in Ontario to visit. So next time your girlfriends want to plan a day out together, why not do something totally different? You'll feel amazing if you do!
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Life
Fun Wedding Pictures We Can’t Resist Sharing
July 18, 2010 7

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Earlier in the blog I wrote about our destination wedding (including some destination wedding do's and dont's for what we'd change if we could do it all again!). I was a tad worried about what our destination wedding pictures would look like since all the samples the photographer gave us were sooooo cheesy! Parrots, pirates, and poses, sums it up well. Nothing looked natural, or relaxed, or stylish. It all looked very posed, and silly, and not like us at all. So, to make sure we had a least a few great shots we decided to do a photo shoot post-wedding in Toronto, with Stephen Sager, a recommended wedding photographer. The photos turned out so great I can't resist sharing - check out the full post on Stephen's blog here The other great part? It turns out our wedding photos from our destination wedding were quite nice, so now we have two full sets of fabulous photos!
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Life
5 Tips To Deal With Office Conflict
July 16, 2010 0

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Recently Ali de Bold of ChickAdvisor asked me to write an article on office conflict. Office conflict is soooo incredibly stressful, and how you deal with it determines how successful you will be in your career. For the article I wrote about how to deal with office conflict, escalate to senior management, and when it's time to move on. Check out the article here
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Life
Dreamy Outdoor Summer Dining
July 9, 2010 0

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One of the best thing about summer evenings is the warm air, sweet smells, and relaxed ambience that lets everyone sit back, enjoy a meal together, and linger for just a bit longer. So figure out when your next free evening is, call your closest friends, and have them over for a lovely dinner party. It's just so much more intimate than going out for dinner...and since we're all working our buns off so we can live a great life, let's make sure we are actually living a great life! We found this great recipee in Country Living and just couldn't resist sharing it with you.

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Warm Garlic String Bean Salad For Warm Garlic String Bean Salad, blanch a 1-pound mix of yellow and green string beans for 2 minutes. Rinse to cool. Return to a saucepan with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoons minced garlic, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 4 minutes (medium-high heat). Toss in 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley and 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest. Serve warm. Pasta with Garden Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella Pasta with Garden Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella is redolent with gently sautéed onion and garlic, which beautifully offset perky chopped tomatoes, basil, and cubed mozzarella. Sliced Grilled Rib-Eye Steak Marinade takes just minutes to prepare but adds a lot of flavor. Whisk 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and 6 tablespoons olive oil together in a large nonreactive baking dish. Add 1/3 cup chopped Vidalia onion, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Rib-eye steaks' primary attribute is their juicy flavor, making them great for grilling. Place four 12-ounce, 1-inch-thick boneless rib-eye steaks in the marinade and refrigerate for 1 hour; turn occasionally. The grill should be heated to medium-high. Shake onion bits from the steaks and grill until medium-rare — about 5 minutes — or longer if desired. Serve the steaks, thinly sliced, after resting them (tented with aluminum foil on a cutting board) 10 minutes. Leftovers make great lunchtime sandwiches the next day. Photo Credits: Country Living
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Style
Spa Review: Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Toronto
July 5, 2010 2
stillwaterspa The Park Hyatt Toronto is a beautiful hotel, and the Stillwater Spa is no exception. The changerooms are clean and compact, and have personal tv viewing beds, a ladies only steam and hot tub and all the little conveniences you would want, from toothbrushes to q-tips. The waiting area for services is serene and relaxing, and they have a great selection of teas, fruits and biscotti for guests. The one major location drawback is that there's absolutely no natural light, since the spa is entirely underground. Somehow the space doesn't feel so fresh and healthy when you have no natural light or fresh air. Another problem was the showers; several of them were out of order, meaning ladies were waiting in line for a shower, and the water remained cold for a long time. Not exactly 5 star service. In terms of services while at the Stillwter Spa I tested out their facial services. Luckily I was able to score a last minute appointment, so on a whim I hopped in a taxi, spent some time relaxing before my appointment and then blissed out with my facial. The aesthetician, Kelly, was friendly and knowledgeable. When I went into the room she asked me within seconds if I was German or Polish because she could tell based on the slightly pink colouring that is different from the English pink skin, and is unique to Germany and Poland. I was shocked! Nobody ever guesses that I'm German; I have dark hair, hazel eyes and olive skin. Everyone thinks I'm Italian. Except for the super smart Kelly! Throughout the facial I had a mixture of masks, creams, steam, extractions, and massages. The one thing that was noticeably missing was the high frequency machine, which apparently the Hyatt does not use as a rule. How disappointing! I've had facials with and without, and the facials without don't make any major difference to my skin, while the ones with the high frequency make my skin look much smoother, softer, and it reduces redness. That said, the hand massage and foot massage while waiting for some of the masques to work was lovely. I've never had that before in a spa, so it was a great treat. Once I was done my spa services I relaxed a bit only to be located by staff and asked to pay as soon as I could. New tax laws were coming in and the spa had to charge me before there system switched over. Understandable, but I think the hotel could do a better job than hustling guests as soon as they check in to pay, and then again right after their service. Overall the spa's score is 7.5/10. The actual facial was good, but no high frequency machine, the broken showers, and being chased to pay were not conducive to a great facial and a relaxing spa promise. Photo Credit: Where.ca
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