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Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday Must Include
a Recognition of Canadian Fashion, Items and Trendsetters

Just recently, while I was on the "Canadian Living" magazine
website, I came across this interesting online article: "Fashion:
The Most Iconic Canadian Fashion Moments," June 15, 2017, by
Kaysey Davis. Enjoy reading this informative article and viewing
the related slides. As this article attests, Canadians also have
much to be proud of with regard to their stylish, beautiful, and
practical contributions to the world of fashion.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Eyes Have It! - Talented Makeup Artist Stefania Atupe
Recreates Eye-Catching Masterpieces

While recently on "The Loop" website (www.theloop.ca),
I was intrigued with this recent post: "A makeup artist has been
recreating paintings on her eyelids and it's mind-boggling... Talk
about hidden talents" by Lisa Felepchuk, "The Loop," January 6,
2017. As journalist Felepchuk notes, Stefania Atupe's makeup
renderings - the eyelids are her canvases - are exquisite
masterpieces; they're impressionistic and impressive.

"We can barely paint our own nails, so turning the flesh that
covers our eyes into miniature canvases ranks real high on our list
of Impressive Things We've Seen Lately... [Stefania Atupe], [t]he
16-year-old (yes you read that right) is recreating famous works of
art on her lids. Just, you know, super micro versions" (Lisa
Felepchuk). For example, Stefania Atupe's re-creation of Van Gogh's "The Starry Night' is breathtaking. I hope that fashion designers,
makeup company moguls, other makeup artists, and fashion magazine editors are taking note of this young woman's artistic talents - her outstanding work deserves to be featured on fashion runways, and in photographs on the pages of glossy fashion magazines.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chanel's "Best Wishes 2017" Message

Last week, on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, I was delighted
to receive this message from Chanel in my inbox: "CHANEL
WISHES YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017." It is not too late in the
new year to share Chanel's brief, and very creative video message:
"CHANEL: BEST WISHES 2017" with other Chanel aficionados and
fashionistas. Enjoy!

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Saturday, December 31, 2016 - The last day of 2016

Readers Interested in Fashion & Style Will Appreciate
This Collection of 'Styles Stories of 2016' From
"The New York Times"

The following link is from "The New York Times" newspaper's
website (www.nytimes.com): "The Most Read Styles Stories of
2016," by "The New York Times," December 31, 2016.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Today's Google Doodle Honours Charles Macintosh

On what would have been his 250th birthday, today's Google
Doodle celebrates Charles Macintosh, a Scottish chemist, who
invented "his eponymous waterproof coat"
(www.google.com/doodles/charles-macintoshs-250th-birthday).
To learn more about Charles Macintosh and his practical invention,
click on that phrase, "eponymous waterproof coat" (in the link
below this post), which takes one to this interesting story found on
the "Google Arts & Culture" web page: "Spotlight Story: Charles
Macintosh and His Famous Coat...Meet the man behind the Mac,"
This interesting fact-laden article explains why the Mackintosh coat
was not only a practical invention, but also "an icon of British fashion.
The first Mackintosh coat was sold in 1823 and since then the
Mackintosh has come to define classic British style for close to
200 years. Throughout this time, Mackintosh has been part of British
life: clothing not only the most elegant, but also providing waterproof
and durable clothing to the British Army and Police. Today Mackintosh still makes clothes in Britain but its popularity has become truly global. From humble beginnings in 1823, the Mackintosh has become known the world over"
(https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/theme/SwLSElbM4
qLrlg).

Once on that web page, one can learn more about the
Mackintosh coat by clicking on the word "exhibit," which will
take one to an online British Fashion Council exhibit of this
iconic coat.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 Had Its 'Top Stories from the Fashion World'

In a "New York Times' article, "The year's top stories from
the fashion world" (which was also published in my local
newspaper, The Hamilton Spectator's "GO" section, on page
G7, on Wednesday, December 21, 2016), Vanessa Friedman
(the Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at "The New York
Times), and Guy Trebay (another fashion critic at the same
newspaper), reported on the seven top news stories in the
world of fashion in 2016. For example, it is interesting to note that Canadian fashion (thanks, in part to Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, the stylish and attractive wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), was newsworthy. The "Sophie effect" also benefited several Canadian fashion brands in 2016. Friedman and Trebay's article is another must-read for fashionistas.

The following link provides that article from "The Hamilton
Spectator" website (www.thespec.com): "The year's top stories
from the fashion world" Hamilton Spectator, by Vanessa Friedman
and Guy Trebay, Wednesday, December 21, 2016, "New York Times."
Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Will Have Many Interesting Top Trends
According to Pinterest

I enjoyed reading this recent article from "The Loop"
website (www.theloop.ca): "These are the top trends of
2017, according to Pinterest...It's gonna be one good looking
year," by Lisa Felepchuk, "The Loop" (www.theloop.ca), Tuesday,
December 13, 2016. Foodies, fashionistas, adventurous travellers,
conscientious parents, decorating and wellness aficionados, among
others, will appreciate the 'Pinterest 100 for 2017,' "which is 100
different boards that boast the most trendy things we're all going to be eating/wearing/decorating/doing next year. Culled from its 150
million users, this trend list is definitely for the people, by the people"
(Lisa Felepchuk).

Thanks Lisa Felepchuk, "The Loop's" journalist, who curated
"some of the most favourite trends [for 2017] from the list" (Lisa
Felepchuk), and Pinterest for the PIN-SPIRATION! I'm certainly
looking forward to enjoying Canada's Sesquicentennial year
with good taste and good style, and of course, good living.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Chapter 17: The Paradoxes of Chanel"

Last Wednesday (November 16, 2016), I was pleased to
receive this newsletter in my inbox from Chanel: "CHAPTER 17:
THE PARADOXES OF CHANEL" on Inside Chanel. The following
online description is provided in this newsletter: "THE PARADOX
IS AUDACITY THAT LIES SOMEWHERE BETWEEN DECENT AND
EXUBERANT, OPAQUE AND TRANSPARENT, ELEGANT AND
NONCHALANT, GROUNDBREAKING AND CLASSIC."

The following link provides that visually stunning film.
It is another tribute to the deserving, visionary Mademoiselle
Coco Chanel.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - Halloween

'Ghoulish Gadgets' Are Also Trending this Halloween

On today's Halloween episode of the American talk show,
"The View," tech expert Katie Linendoll shared these "Ghoulish
Gadgets for Halloween." Fashionable Halloween fashionistas
will probably like the gadget that allows one to wear their
smartphones in a trendy, ghoulish way.

The following link is from the "YouTube" website (www.youtube.com): "Katie Linendoll Shares Ghoulish Gadgets
for Halloween | The View" (Published on 31 October 2016).
Enjoy! Keep these gadgets in mind for next year's Halloween, too.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - Halloween

"The View's" 'Hot Topics' Costumes for Kids
Are Sure to Be a Halloween 2016 Hit!

Today on the Hallloween episode of the popular ABC
television network show, "The View : A Cartoon View," adorable
children modelled Halloween costumes inspired by "The View's"
'Hot Topics' segment (which is a daily feature of this American talk
show).

The following link,"The View," November 1 2016~ 31/10/16/ "View"
Co-Hosts Share Their Fabulous Halloween Costumes" (Published
31 October 2016) is from the "YouTube' website (www.youtube.com).
You will be able to view the segment about the kids' Halloween
costumes, "BOO! Are You Wearing?" beginning at the 14:50
minute mark of this video link. With eight days to go to Election
Night in America, many political junkies will appreciate the really creative and "amazing" Halloween costumes inspired by the
presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Scary? -
it is up to the American voters to decide.

UPDATE: Saturday, November 12, 2016 - The original link below my post from the "You Tube" website is no longer available. Click on
this alternative link from Burl Davis on the "YouTube" website:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgFwRzCCQz8

UPDATE: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - The alternative video link is also no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been closed.
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