Forbes article: Ten Ways Travel Can Make You a Better Business Leader

My first piece for Forbes.com! Read it here.

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How Much for the Stuff in my Basement: Comics and Collectibles

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So you’re in the basement one day and you see an unlabelled box sitting quietly in a corner. Curious, you open it and you see stuff that might have been your ex’s, your parents’ or even yours from years ago. Your first instinct is to throw it out. After all, you don’t need it but before you do that, have you thought about selling it and pocketing the cash? [Read more…]

Latest blog from Walletpop.ca: Save money when grocery shopping

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Is here.

Save Money When Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is one of the best ways to practice saving skills. With a little effort, you can shave 10 to 20 per cent off your grocery bill. It just takes a little thinking outside the big box stores to shop and eat well.

The best part is that eating on the cheap doesn’t mean eating poorly. You can find great prices on food. [Read more…]

Marketing writing: Mary Kay Cosmetics

I worked as the Consultant Communications and PR Co-ordinator for Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. Part of my job was to write marketing releases for new products.

I also wrote the articles that went to NewsCanada. (Note, all images open in .pdf format.)

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Contest and marketing writing

Blogging for Walletpop.ca

I’ve started writing for Walletpop.ca. My latest blogs are:

How to Have a Fun and Frugal Long Weekend

Five Ways to Stay Cool and Save Money

Dove moves into men’s market

If you’re going to convey the image of sweaty, stinky men there’s probably no better place to have a launch than at the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Read more…]

How to keep your wedding under budget

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It’s wedding season again and brides are being swept up in the romance of their fairy-tale celebrations.  But nothing brings a fairy tale to a grinding halt faster than bills in one hand and a shrinking budget in the other.

If you need to come in under budget, but still want a great wedding, try these great tips from experts Vicki Karigiannis of Divine.ca and Andrea Lown and Leah Andrews from SmartBrideBoutique.com. [Read more…]

The new basic black pants

Gap "Black Magic" Premium Pants

Gap wants you to think of them when you think of pants. The company recently debuted their Premium Pants collection for men and women. Their goal is to be the staple in everyone’s closet.
The new line, featuring seven styles for women and five for men, is based on Gap’s relaunched denim line which means there’s something for everyone whether you like a skinny fit or the classic trouser. The company sees the new pants line as one that will fit all body shapes and be appropriate for every occasion from work to play.

Best of all, the pants range from $59.50 to $69.50. Not bad for a wardrobe workhorse.


Women’s Fits:

  • Really Skinny
  • Boyfit
  • Slim Cropped
  • Perfect Trouser
  • Modern Boot
  • Curvy
  • True Straight

Men’s fit

  • Tailored Khaki
  • Classic Khaki
  • Vintage Khaki
  • Classic Trouser
  • Relaxed Trouser

The Gap Premium Pant collection is available at Gap stores.

Toronto gets FAT

When I’m in Canadian Tire, my shopping list usually consists of nails, cleaning products and that jumbo roll of paper towels on sale. I’m not thinking of picking up a roll of chicken wire with the intent of making clothes. Then again, I’m not Romandin’s Christina Sabaiduc. Sabaiduc was one of the highlights of the fifth year of [FAT].

Romandin combined DIY with fashion to create an elegant craftiness. Think you can’t wear a chickenwire skirt threaded with ribbons? Think again. A maxi dress that can be bunched up to create different looks? Absolutely, thanks to multiple little magnets placed in the dress.

There were some designers who really should have given their collection a quick once-over with a scissors before their show – loose threads tend to be noticeable in a small environment, guys. Despite the occasional fashion slip-up, [FAT] once again highlighted up and coming talent.

There was Heidi Ackerman who did a great job on her knitwear, Aimee Tobolka’s delicate leggings were impressive (and I say that as a non-leggings person) and Worth by David Wigley’s outerwear had me wondering if that black coat was for sale.

For more fashions from [FAT]click here.

[Photo credit: John Lee, Digital Fabric]

TOPSHOP In Toronto

TOPSHOP is one of those stores that’s on the list of many a fashion-lover. If you’re going to Britain or even to New York, it’s the store to get trendy, affordable pieces and maybe even a little of that Kate Moss magic.

So there was excitement when TOPSHOP announced earlier this year they would start shipping to Canada. It got even better with the news that TOPSHOP was setting up shop at Jonathan+Olivia in Toronto. The store within a store will carry the TOPSHOP main line, Unique+Boutique and the Kate Moss collection.

I got the chance to talk with owner Jackie O’Brien who told me that she and the TOPSHOP team starting talking in December 2009 about bringing the brand to Canada. Once the decision was made, it then became a matter of paring down the massive selection.

“I spent time at the Oxford store [TOPSHOP’s flagship store in the UK] looking at the merchandize,” says O’Brien. “I’d look at a wall and go, “that one” or “Not that wall.” Then it was a matter of choosing what would work for Jonathan + Olivia.”

The capsule store is 800-square feet of carefully-chosen clothing and shoes. O’Brien plans on having new items every two weeks and will have new lines on the same schedule as TOPSHOP in the UK. In fact, if you can’t make it out this week, there will be new clothes in next week. Yes, the turnaround is that fast. If you like something, buy it since I predict that stock isn’t going to last long. On a personal note, the jackets are amazing.

Whether this is the first step to a free-standing store is yet to be determined, but when TOPSHOP was feeling out the U.S. market, it set up shop in Opening Ceremony in New York before expanding to its own store.

Keep your fingers crossed for the same result here.

You can get your style fix from Saturday June 19th. Jonathan + Olivia is located at 49 Ossington Street.