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Don't Follow a List! Must-Haves for Spring Are All About You

Natasha Koifman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Style
Natasha Koifman

Nowadays, my purchases aren't governed by external ideas of what the "right" thing to buy is, but what feels right to me. As we start a new season, I think it's a perfect time to explore something new, to give yourself a fresh start, in some small way. For me, it's really about finding and following your own heart, listening to your own inner voice...

When Quitting Is the Right Choice

Natasha Koifman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Business
Natasha Koifman

"Never give up!" "Work at it." "Pick yourself up, try again." We give such pep talks to encourage each other to overcome failure. On the other hand, sometimes the most liberating and empowering thing we can do is allow ourselves to give up on something that's simply not working. Quitting isn't always a negative thing.

Three of My New Beauty Obsessions

Natasha Koifman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

When it comes to beauty products, it seems like we're inundated with new innovations and ingredients and -- frankly -- it can be difficult to keep up, and to know what's real and what's a lot of spin. I thought I'd share some of my own top picks that have made it into my medicine cabinet as trusted additions to my regimen!

My Favourite Inspirational Quotations

Natasha Koifman | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

I often look to quotations for affirmation or comfort or inspiration. So, with that, I thought I'd share some of my favourite quotes! I hope they move and inspire you, as they do me every day. For example, "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

Striking a Pose and Giving Something Back

Natasha Koifman | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada Style
Natasha Koifman

Sex and the City has been on my mind lately. In particular, that season four episode where Carrie is asked to walk in a fashion show. Because I'm about to put myself in that exact position -- walking the runway for Dare to Wear Love! Now, the task of getting runway-ready!

How to Put the Spark Back in Your Career

Natasha Koifman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada Business
Natasha Koifman

We all go through phases with our career. No matter how much you love your job, there are times when a certain ennui sets in. But how do you rekindle the fire when you've gone through some career lows? Here are some of my tips.

Stretching My "Uniform" With Must-Haves for Spring

Natasha Koifman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Style
Natasha Koifman

It's no secret that I have built my wardrobe on renewed and renewable staples and a mostly monochromatic palette. The truth is that no matter how much you have got your style figured, it simply can't stay the same... even the most basic basics evolve over time and you could very quickly look outdated if you didn't adopt new cuts, materials, hemlines, heel height. So what's on my radar for Spring?

How to Travel With Only Your Carry-On

Natasha Koifman | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada Style
Natasha Koifman

I travel a lot for work. One of the ways I've lessened the stress of all this flying is by only travelling with carry-on when I'm travelling for work or short trips. It takes discipline and, of course, there are rules and restrictions to follow, but it is doable! Here's how I pull it off.

A Year Older, and Wiser? My Birthday Reflections

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

It seems like the New Year and its associated resolutions are ruled by my head -- all the things I know I should be doing, whether they're external or internal changes. But my birthday is ruled by my heart -- I feel my way through it -- a whole year's worth of gratitude, support, optimism, love and friendship.

Think Big and Let the Small Stuff Fall into Place

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

We traditionally associate the New Year with a fresh start. Many of us have bad habits we want to reform, or changes we found difficult to make in the normal course of our days. My own resolutions this year aren't about eating more protein or taking more spinning classes, they're about nurturing my very soul and being, and about creating a state of mind where I'll make better choices about everything.

No Holiday Is Complete Without These Songs and Movies

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

The holidays are a time for many kinds of traditions. Whether it's the lighting of the menorah or the trimming of the tree or reuniting with friends too long unseen. And, of course, this is a time of year for watching movies and singing songs. And while we spend a lot of the rest of the year chasing the next "new thing," around the holidays, most of us revisit our old favourites... watching movies that take us back to our childhood.

Can Christmas Teach Us to Live in the Now?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

The Christmas season is a time when our focus narrows to a shorter time-frame. Right now, we're all preparing for what happens between now and December 31. Maybe Christmas is a good time to practice living more in the present, being fully there at those gatherings of family and friends.

How Often Do You Appreciate Your Girlfriends?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

In stories and movies, in our own lives too, we make a big deal of romance. But while romance can ebb and flow, friendship is constant. I think as we get older we really grow to appreciate the qualities of good friends as something truly special. And yet, how often do we pause to really appreciate our friendships?

Some of What I've Learned in the Last Year

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

It's already November. Soon, we'll all begin looking forward to a new year, forming new hopes and goals around our calendar year. But, it's also a time to reflect on what we accomplished, to bank those new learnings and embrace the person we've become in 2012. Here are some of the things that I learned in 2012 and that I'll carry forward to the next year.

Five Ways to Ward off the Winter Blues

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Every season in Canada has its positive side, but we all have one season that's more difficult for us -- whether it's summer's blistering heat, or winter's cruel cold. For me, it's the short, dark days of fall and winter. Here are some of the ways I stay positive and happy when the thermometer starts to dip and the sun's rays begin to wane.

When Modern Women Should Think About Babies

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Many of the women I know, myself included, spend their twenties and thirties struggling to live up to the ideal of having it all. When it's physically ideal to have children, most of us are off concentrating on other things: travelling, establishing careers and looking for that person to share it all with. Your twenties are really the time, if not to act, then to consider and make crucial decisions about what you want your family and future to look like. Instead, most of us defer those decisions, not realizing how fast time flies.

The Six Best Pieces of Advice I've Ever Gotten

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Let's be honest, sometimes we're given good advice but we ignore it. Other times, we put too much trust in the guidance of others at the risk of ignoring our own inner voice. With that said, I thought I'd share some of the best advice I've ever received and some advice I never received, or didn't listen to, that I really wish I had! Hopefully, some of you benefit from these!

How Technology Can Help You Strike a Better Work-Life Balance

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

I don't believe "balance" is a matter of compartmentalizing work and life, but of making the two integrate seamlessly. And while many find that technology is one of the major things hindering their work-life balance, for me it's a major tool in enabling a healthy work-life integration. If you're struggling to maintain relationships throughout your busy days, or over a long distance, here are some of my favourite things to do.

How to Avoid the Top Five Regrets of Dying

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Much as we're wrapped up in the day-to-day, most of us think about the big picture: what we want to achieve and what a "good life" really means to us. In recent years, it seems everybody has been talking about their bucket list -- that laundry list of things they want to do before they "kick the bucket."

TIFF is More Than a Film Festival, It's a Chance to Give Back

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Impact
Natasha Koifman

2012-09-06-tiffreal.jpg While the Toronto International Film Festival is a time for celebrating the best in film (and fashion!), it is also a time for artists and others within the industry to come together and show their support for causes that matter to them. For me, that cause is Artists for Peace and Justice -- a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world.

Citizen Style From The Night Before TIFF

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Style

Olympians, chefs and regular ol' joes (including us) took to an alleyway in Toronto to celebrate the unofficial kick-off to TIFF 2012. Although the fe...

Building a Wardrobe of Staples for Any Occasion

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Style
Natasha Koifman

If you're the kind of woman who literally wonders what to wear some days, maybe you're missing some of those anchor pieces that make it easy to build a variety of outfits from. Once you know what your staple pieces are, you'll have an easy foundation for dressing for any occasion, day or night.

Is Fear Holding You Back From The Life You Want?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

My fear of flying grew into a phobia and this phobia became an obstacle to living the kind of life I wanted for myself. I couldn't get on a plane without taking my anti-anxiety medication. My fear of flying no longer belonged in the "quirk" category -- it made me feel anxious and out-of-control. Those feelings of blind panic took over my whole mind and body and I was unable to override them with conscious thought or reason.

How to Become the Best You

Natasha Koifman | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Impact
Natasha Koifman

If you were to give yourself a grade, what would it be? An A+? B-? Where are you falling short? I'm not talking about grading yourself against some imaginary version of yourself... we're talking about the real you. How good a version of yourself are you?

My Own Personal Love Gurus? The Rolling Stones

Natasha Koifman | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Smash hits come and go, and we all know about the one-hit wonder. But the music that really endures usually does so because it hits some kind of universal truth. The messages in the songs of the Rolling Stones have long resonated with me. Their 50th anniversary got me thinking about some of those classics, how they stand the test of time and still speak to me about those lessons we all need to learn in matters of love and life! Here are some of my favourites.