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NYC Travel Guide: Hate Shopping? The Big Apple Still Has Lots to Offer

With world class shopping, arts, culture, dining and the hustle and bustle of a buzzing city that never sleeps -- there's a reason why desi globetrotters are flocking to NYC. But I'll let you in on a little secret. I'm Indian...and I'm a girl...and...I hate shopping. The beauty of New York City is there's something for every type of traveller. Here's how I spent my four nights instead -- broken down into five of my travel personalities.
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Guns and Gems: The True Cost of Your Diamonds

If you knew that [Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front] were coming, or if you even heard a rumour that the RUF were on their way, knowing that they cut the hands and feet off babies, you wouldn't hang around very long. And it worked -- it was very successful. It helped them clear the diamond fields, and they could dig diamonds to their heart's content. There are 1.5-million artisanal diamond diggers in Africa -- they produce about 16 per cent of the world's diamonds. So there's a good chance that 16 per cent of the diamonds in any store are part of that problem.
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Five Steps to the Perfect Outfit Every Time

One of the most common concerns I hear from my clients is that they don't know how to create an outfit. What they don't realize is that putting an outfit together is as simple as 1-2-3, or in this case, 1-2-3-4-5. Here are five easy steps that will help anyone create the perfect outfit for any occasion.
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Makeup Tips for the Over-40s

I am always on the lookout for great tips on how I can feel pretty and live a healthy lifestyle after 40. As far as beauty goes I need all the help I can get. I am most comfortable in my pj's and with a headband in my hair. Which, let's face it, is not the most professional or sexy look. I spoke with one of the top makeup artists Ruben Potrebenko, National Brand Educator for Canada Jane Iredale Cosmetics and he shared some of his top tips for women over 40 to look their best this fall.

Canadian Fashion Designer Gives Rwandan Women a Future

Canadian fashion designer Johanne St. Louis was always passionate about social justice but when she happened to watch a documentary about the genocide in Rwanda, she knew just what to do. She would train Rwandan female victims of genocide to sew clothes for her company, Dreamyz Loungewear.
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Please View This Body Responsibly

Let's look at our world in 2013 in a nutshell, where rape and the assumptions that women 'want it' are made constantly. And yes, women are showing their bodies... we know that. Assuming women are being looked at, and knowing full well that the fashion and entertainment, porn and social media industries are a big part of all our lives in developed nations, I think it follows that it is more effective to educate men about their privilege as 'watchers' than to shame women for revealing our bodies. Maybe women's bodies are also for swimming, being good people, playing, walking, being strong, being free?
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Finding A Vegan Purse That's Ethically Made And Stylish

When I am shopping for a handbag there are some "deal breakers" that I have to watch out for. First, it must have enough room to pack all of the necessities (wallet, ski passes, pen, notepad, toothbrush case and, if I am lucky, a compact umbrella). The handbag would ideally have room to spare in case I need to put other little items that I need to haul around on any particular day. And, it must be vegan.
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Five Things Grown Men Should Never Wear

I saw someone wearing parachute pants the other day. It reminded me that clothing and fashion goes out of style and then comes back in again. Yet there remains several fashion choices that need to forever say in the "DO NOT RESUSCITATE" category. What follows are five things you won't see me wearing...and that no grown man should be wearing.
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Three Steps to a Fabulous Closet

I finally decided that enough was enough and it was time to give my closet a good ol' fashioned cleaning. And the result? A fabulous closet that I love walking into. Here are the steps I took to achieve it. Give them a try and you too can end up with a super organized, easy to navigate, clutter-free closet that will make getting dressed a breeze.
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Avoiding Wardrobe Mishaps at Work

Since clothes reflect your employer's image and reputation, consider your surroundings before splurging on a runway knock-off or an ironic dork T-shirt. Erin Nadler, president of Better Styled in Toronto, suggests carefully observing the choices of your boss and colleagues before making any radical fashion decisions.
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How to Buy a Bra in Your 40s

There comes some miraculous point in every woman's life, where the bra gods look down at you and designate a lifelong bra size. I would march into a lingerie shop (let's be honest: a department store) and ask the sales person for my designated size. And lo and behold, it would fit. How wrong I was.