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The fine art of dressing up: take a lesson from portraits by the Beaver Hall Group

It took a while, but I finally visited the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see the lovely exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group. What an inspiration – on female artists and their intimate vision, on the modernism of the jazz age and on fashion. What struck me was how we no longer dress [...]

By | January 25th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The fine art of dressing up: take a lesson from portraits by the Beaver Hall Group

Shooting a new profile pic: my new challenge facing the camera

My hair has a life of its own, clothes that look fabulous in the mirror can be awful on camera and I don't photograph well at all. The dull mauve-brown lipstick I love really doesn't suit me that well. And what's more, I've aged. None of this is new to me, but I have decided to [...]

By | January 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Shooting a new profile pic: my new challenge facing the camera

New year, new dance, new workout wear? Discovering 5 Rhythms and Ula Sport

Too bad it's January, snowing and freezing out there. Because in Nosara, Costa Rica, I discovered not only a new dance, but a fashion line to go with it, which does not quite work on the Montreal streets until July – and even then it's iffy. Nosara, on the Nicoya peninsula, is yoga hippie central. The [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New year, new dance, new workout wear? Discovering 5 Rhythms and Ula Sport

Lessons in packing: how one fashion fan got it all wrong – again – this time for Costa Rica

The sunhat is essential to avoid sunstroke – and to hide and flatten frizzy hair. Happy new year! I am back, with stories to tell. First up: my packing issues. I did it again. For a supposed fashion pro, I am the worst packer in the world. I just read EnRoute magazine's profiles of [...]

By | January 7th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Lessons in packing: how one fashion fan got it all wrong – again – this time for Costa Rica

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau in Oscar de la Renta: A missed opportunity for Canadian designers?

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau and Justin Trudeau shot by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue magazine. It's quite extraordinary that a Canadian prime minister and his wife should be featured in Vogue. The fashion magazine feature on Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, online now and to appear in the January print edition, has unleashed a mini-blizzard of reaction [...]

By | December 11th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau in Oscar de la Renta: A missed opportunity for Canadian designers?

Fashion TV is back: M2M launches on Apple TV

Apple has got into the fashion game with M2M  – Made to Measure – on Apple TV. Billed as the "new face of fashion storytelling," it's a huge archive of documentaries, fashion films and fashion shows. Last night I caught Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? – Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo – William Klein's rapier-sharp satire of [...]

By | December 8th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fashion TV is back: M2M launches on Apple TV

ê.a.t., drink and be arty: W Hotel opens new restaurant

Montreal's W Hotel has changed the game in dining decor in this city with a new eatery that it calls a "transitional" restaurant from the former Otto quarters. êat  or ê.a.t. as it is variously spelled – note the lack of capitalization and with-it circumflex – opens to the public Friday, Dec. 4, but media and VIPs [...]

By | December 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ê.a.t., drink and be arty: W Hotel opens new restaurant

Launching a blog: a whirlwind of fashion and fun

  I have treated myself to a ride on the fashion merry-go-round in the three weeks since I left the Montreal Gazette after more than 27 years as  a copy editor, assignment editor, Review editor, Fashion editor and Business reporter. It is great fun to do the town as a blogger – or even as a fashion journalist: [...]

By | November 30th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Launching a blog: a whirlwind of fashion and fun

From Ruby Foo’s to the Ritz – and back

Share your memories of the Ritz, the fabled hotel asked as it opened its doors Sunday to the public to show off the crème de la crème of party pickings. There were fab floral arrangements, table settings fit for a prince, macarons, bijoux – from the charming Charlotte Hosten -  whiskies and wines ... and a [...]

By | November 30th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on From Ruby Foo’s to the Ritz – and back

When Stephen Jones came to town

So Stephen Jones, charming and gracious at his opening conference at the Festival Mode & Design, opened with a story about his connection to Montreal, which dates back to 1984 and his welcome to the city by Iona Monahan, the legendary Montreal Gazette fashion editor (and my predecessor, whose brown Robert Clergerie shoes I was [...]

By | August 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on When Stephen Jones came to town