Short Hair

When actress Anne Hathaway recently got married, many commented that she should have waited for her hair to grow out before walking down the ailse.  As you may already know, Anne Hathaway has been filming Les Miserables, and had to cut her hair drastically short for her role.  Gone are her long locks that we've become accustomed to, and instead, she's wearing it quite short.  She'll most likely grow it out now that filming has wrapped--although she might keep it short to better sell her … [Read more...]

Banana Republic Sweaters

I was a bit early to meet a friend last week, so I took a few minutes to browse at a nearby Banana Republic, one of my favourite stores, and bought a few items. It was difficult to resist the urge to buy at least one of the sweater jackets because one of the things I love about fall are the cozy sweater jackets I can wear.  The colours are earthy, and they're so comfortable and warm.  It makes me crave going for long walks or curling up on the couch, reading (what a luxury!). They've all … [Read more...]

Pointe Shoes

Like many women, this past summer I wore a lot of ballet flats and never felt like taking them off since they were so comfortable.  While dance training was anything but comfortable, (although very fulfilling and wonderful in many ways), the ballet flats that I wore this summer reminded me of my ballet training, and the ballet shoes that I wore. While there were flat shoes to wear regularly, I wore pointe shoes often, which are the proper shoes worn by ballet dancers when dancing on the … [Read more...]

Running Playlist

I’ve always been a jogger, but lately I’ve been a bit more consistent going for a run at least 4-5 times a week, especially after all the cheesecake I've been eating. I mix it up between short interval training and long pace runs.  The short intervals are, at times, painful, but the adrenaline kicks in and keeps me going, so it’s really enjoyable.  What I really like about doing intervals are that they’re short (20-30 minutes) so mentally I can prepare myself for this type of run much easier … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I made a pumpkin cheesecake.  It was the very first cheesecake I've ever made, but it won't be my last!  I used Martha Stewart's recipe, and it was relatively simple to make.  Much less intimidating than I had previously thought once I got down to business.  Coincidentally, one of our guests at Thanksgiving dinner, never likes pumpkin, but loved this cake, so the pumpkin flavour isn't overwhelming--a perfect fall indulgence.  If you're attempting to make a … [Read more...]

TV News Anchor Knows How to Handle Herself

This video made the rounds yesterday, and I felt compelled to write something about it.  This has really irked me, so it's a longer than usual post today. If you haven't seen it yet, then take a minute to watch it, and we'll discuss it below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJ2jHii6Y0&feature=youtu.be I know, right? Why this is wrong on so many levels: -The audacity of this viewer, Kenneth Krause.  The very fact that he felt that he could say such things to someone else is … [Read more...]

Angry Music: Makes Us Feel Better?

There are certain films and TV shows whose characters so closely resemble me at times, that sometimes friends and family ask me, "Do the writers of these shows know you?" The names of those films and TV shows shall remain nameless for now, there's no need to incriminate myself anymore than I already have, but I will admit that at times, I do say and do things that are a bit out there.  It's not always bad (maybe not always good either), but out there. I will admit that when watching the … [Read more...]

Does the Shoe Really Fit?

After returning to her finance job in a well-respected company, post-maternity leave, Jane, a good friend of mine, found herself suddenly unofficially demoted by the guy who was her immediate boss. Suddenly, the woman who was totally running things in her department, found herself being assigned tasks along the lines of filing, photocopying and cleaning up.  Not that there is anything wrong with any of this, but she was over qualified, and she was returning to a job that was legally held for … [Read more...]

John Fluevog – Shoes with Sass

A leading lady possesses sass and her shoes should reflect that. When I was a teenager, I used to visit the John Fluevog store on Queen Street West in Toronto, now located in a very trendy pocket of Toronto, across from City TV where they hold red carpet events during the Toronto International Film Festival and the Much Music Video Awards.  I was enamoured with the funky, edgy and risky shoe designs and their bold colour selection and wild patterns.  I had never seen shoes and boots … [Read more...]

The Leading Lady

Recently, I was at a party and an old friend of mine was telling me about how she dealt with an unpleasant work situation. My friend, Ellie (not her real name), is a quiet, kind and considerate person, who also happens to be very low-key and quite pretty, but what really matters to the story is her attitude. This is the story: Her job in finance involves reviewing business transactions and checking for transparency and accountability, in short, noting human errors and reporting on them … [Read more...]