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Upcycling: How to Turn Old Into Gold

Colin & Justin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

You probably possess at least a few items with which you're tired? Or perhaps you've spotted a tempting piece of junk furniture in a thrift store that could be somehow transformed. As we oft' opine: "It's not how much money you spend, rather how you spend it that makes the biggest difference."

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Music
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.

Summer 2014 Drink Trends in Toronto

Melissa Jovanoski | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Melissa Jovanoski

Summer is finally here - so soak in the much-needed vitamin D and take advantage of patio season in all its glory by enjoying a cocktail...or two! A great place to start is with 2014's exciting summer drink trends that are warming up Toronto's nightlife.

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?

A Simple Way to Transform Furniture

Yanic Simard | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Yanic Simard

I often say hardware is one of the most overlooked ways to transform a furniture piece. But how do you go about choosing from the virtual sea of nifty knobs and pretty pulls? Here's my guide to determining the correct location, style and placement of your new practical accents so you can get the biggest effect from this easy DIY transformation.

Strokes of Design Genius: Paint Trends For the Home

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Designers are proudly showing off the personal touch of painterly patterns, with bold brushstrokes, trippy paint drips, and crisp paint dips. Here's my guide to embracing your palette-passions:

Summer Dating Trends: What's Hot & What's Not

Simone Katerine | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

We live in a world that is obsessed with binary terms -- especially when it comes to dating and our love lives. To get a reading on what dating trends are hot for this summer (and what is most definitely not) I've consulted with Canadian Master Matchmaker Krystal Walter.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

How Angles Brighten Up a Tired Space

Yanic Simard | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Pillows by West Elm The human brain is well-trained by nature to find stability and calm in our surroundings -- this is why we read flat planes and ...

As Technology Improves, Are We Moving Towards 'Her' or HAL 9000?

Carlos de Torres | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

As our relationship with technology matures, we do expect more human connections online and we want our things to have some intuition. But are we building a world where HAL 9000 or Samantha the OS from Her will become our confidantes?

Are You Turning Your Child Into a Social Media Monster?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.

The Ups and Downs of Design in 2013

Hilary Farr | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Style
Hilary Farr

We often take the days after to make resolutions, reflect on the year gone by and establish hopes and dreams for the coming year. Here are some fantastic 2013 trends that we hope to see continue well into 2014 and a couple that we hope slip into obscurity.

Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?

Why I'm NOT Friends With My Child

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Children need to look up to their parents and have some degree of reverence and respect for them in order to truly take home the lessons that their mothers and fathers try so hard to teach them. For this and many other reasons, I won't be revealing my deepest, darkest feelings to my elementary-school aged child any time soon.

It Should Go Without Saying, But Don't Name Your Baby "Hitler"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I'm all for uniqueness when it comes to naming a child. After all, no one wants to give their child a name that will be shared by three or more kids in their grade school classroom. That being said, parents still need to consider certain parameters when making a decision that will affect their child for many years to come. Case in point: the poor child incredulously named "Adolph Hitler Campbell."

Is the Harlem Shake Meme Cultural Appropriation?

Huda Hassan | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Huda Hassan

The most recent online sensation created by dimwits with access to cameras is the Harlem Shake meme. However, the name of the meme has recently become a topic of discussion and controversy for some, particularly after a group of Harlemites responded to the new Harlem Shake meme in a video released last week. Arguably, the Harlem Shake meme is a form of cultural appropriation in that it is the popular use (and misuse) of a cultural artifact to black culture by a predominantly white crowd. Most importantly, this new Harlem Shake has already began to eradicate the original Harlem Shake from popular culture online.

Want to Be Stylish? Start By Being Confident

BeauCoo | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Style
BeauCoo

No matter how your life changes, your style will always be yours. So why would you ever wear something that didn't make you feel good? Style is what you make it. It's personal and it should reflect who you are. So if you're not feeling that pair of Uggs or just don't feel comfortable in skinny jeans -- don't wear them.

Are These The Ugliest Shoes Ever?

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Style

You've heard the rants about Uggs and have mulled over how Crocs got to be so popular (no, seriously, how?). Yet, to some people, neither Uggs nor...

My Favourite Kind of Bootie Call

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

They can be worn any time of the year, but with fall in full swing, nothing beats a great pair of booties. With jeans, skirts and everything in between, the right bootie can take an outfit from drab to fab. Here are some my favourite picks for the season and tips on what to look for when shopping for the perfect pair.

What's Really Killing Print Journalism

Jim Harris | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Business
Jim Harris

Print journalism is changing fundamentally. Three dramatic events last week make the point: On October 18, Newsweek magazine announced it will become a digital only publication in 2013, ending 80 years in print. Newspapers have failed, so far, to acquire the skill sets required for print journalism in the 21st century.

Last Year's Boot Trends That Are Still Hot This Fall

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Given our climate here in Canada, boots are a staple that most of us either can't live without or wouldn't want to. Often when you invest in a good, solid pair of boots you'd like them to last more than one season. This year you're in luck. Here is a list of just some of Fall's hottest boots that you might have lurking in your closet, waiting to come out. Again.

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.

The Sexiest Colours to Wear this Fall

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Red is sexy. It's provocative and alluring, stimulating and flirtatious. You need to be pretty confident to wear red. But what if you're not? Well, you can do what many women will be doing this Fall. You can sidestep the bright, attention seeking red and go for its sister colours. No cousins. Umm, best friends?

Is There Any Woman Out There Who Doesn’t Want A Defined Waist?

TheKit.ca | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Style

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Too Fat For Fashion?

Hallae Khosravi | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Style
Hallae Khosravi

I have gained some weight and am at my biggest to date in these 22 years. At this size, the only way I'm participating in any of the new fashions is if I get some serious alterations, mainly in the booty region. The worst part about my struggle with ill-fitting clothes was that I didn't want anyone to think less of me as a fashionista. I am ashamed that my concern with my weight gain was not my health or well-being, but what I could no longer wear nor buy.