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Fashion & Art Exhibitions You Can't Miss

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Alice in Wonderland. The Royal Ballet. Zenaida Yanowsky ©ROH, Johan Persson, 2011. Costumes by Bob Crowley


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Artwork by Patrick Lemieux


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The Journey of a Storyteller I’ve always been a storyteller. If there’s been a constant in my life, that would be it. Ever since I could hold a crayon, I’ve been drawing. I remember distinctly the dissatisfaction I had with my limited skills at that very young age, the frustration of not being able to draw well the things that inspired me. Rather than give up and move on, I stuck with it and got a little better. I had no formal art education at this point, I just drew because I loved it. I love the act of creating, the focus. I loved the sense of accomplishment when the picture turned out the way I wanted it to. I loved the admiration from my family and friends and classmates. It was a way I set myself apart from them, possessing a talent and skills most of them lacked. I wasn’t the only artist in my class, but that made it even better. We’d compare our work, prop each other up. There was no jealousy, but there was friendly, healthy competition. Directly or indirectly, we were motivating each other.

I wasn’t just an artist, however, I also wrote stories. I loved creative writing. And being an artist meant I could illustrate my work. In the days before home computers, this meant I was writing by hand and leaving space on the paper for pictures. Later, I would draw the pictures separately and insert between the pages. I recall in Grade 5 when I handed in my creative writing project, my teacher Mrs. Schillings exclaiming that I’d given her a novel (in fact it was probably only a dozen pages, half of each being pencil drawings).

Everything changed in high school.

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Naturally, I took art classes, but in Grade 10, my second year of high school, a new art teacher took over. I’d taken the 9th grade class and really don’t remember much about it. It was probably designed for the majority of students who just wanted to get their single art credit and get out. I’m sure I did alright (I was an artist, after all!), but that first year’s class had no measurable impact on my work. On a side note, Grade 9 did have an impact in another big way entirely, but we’ll get to that shortly.

In Grade 10, Ms. Crangle came to St. Stephen’s high school and like I said, everything changed. Not only did this skilled young teacher spark the fires of our imagination, but she taught us both technical and critical thinking skills and to never make an artistic choice without a very good reason. She also structured her courses so that anyone seeking to pursue a college or university level art education would, by their final year, have a high caliber portfolio with which to apply. She also reinforced our work ethic. Her classes were fun, we played music, but the art wasn’t going make itself, you had to put in the work. That might have been the hardest thing for me to adjust to. Art had always been something I did at my leisure, at my own pace and to my own standards. Now there were deadlines, even as I was learning new skills and stretching my talents. It’s not that I wasn’t hardworking or focused, I’d just never applied those traits to my art at that intensity before. In terms of technical skills, I had to unlearn a lot of self-taught habits and replace them with better, more effective ones.

I came out of high school with a solid artistic foundation, as well as a love of Theatre. This was the other biggest impact high school had on me. I also had a great English teacher, Mr. Balazo who encouraged my prose writing, but my Drama teacher, Mr. Sheridan, opened up that world to me and I fell in love with theatre tech, working backstage. It started in Grade 9 during a school assembly when Mr. Sheridan asked for volunteers to usher the upcoming play (which I immediately signed up for) and by my last year, I’d written and was co-directing with him our big spring production. Seeing my work come to life on the stage was amazing.

I pursued theatre for my degree, but kept up with my artwork. Now 20 years after graduating from Ryerson University in Theatre – Technical Production, I do all three: work professionally in live theatre, write books and have an active art career.

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At different times I’ve put more focus on one over the others, which is the nature of building a life supported by creative endeavours. Opportunities present themselves and you follow where they lead. At other times, all three demand a great deal of my attention daily and I’ve simply had to make the time, even when it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Creating requires focused effort and commitment, that’s the work ethic I learned in high school for all my skills, and it’s still true.

Storytelling in my art is important to me and one of my main focuses is depicting theatre life that the average audience member does not see. They come to the show and enjoy the finished production on stage, but don’t see the months of long days that go into it. There are hundreds of hours of rehearsals and tech work that go into to mounting a live show and I want to tell those stories, offer a glimpse into that world from a theatre technician’s perspective. In this way, I can combine many of my creative sides.

Navigating the exhibiting side of the art world can be tricky at first. If you know a professional artist or two who has been as it for at least a few years, they can hopefully offer some advice or even some guidance. Early on, I joined a local artist group I learned of from a former university classmate. There was an annual membership fee that gave me access to workshops and exhibition opportunities through their gallery. The workshops included such things as Taxes for Artists, in which an accountant talked about things we could claim as benefits and how to organize our art-related purchases and income. It was valuable knowledge to have. I also spoke to more seasoned artists at different events and made some great connections.

Tips For Emerging Artists 1) Go to exhibit openings at galleries and meet your fellow artists, curators and gallery owners. Often times, such events are free, so check your local galleries online and see when their next show openings are. Bring business cards to give to whomever may want one after you’ve chatted with them for a while. You’ll likely collect several yourself. You can also give people your artist social media account to see your work.

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2) Have a social media presence. As a visual artist, have a separate Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook page (or whichever platform you use) dedicated solely to your work. Post your art there. Do not post pictures of your pets or food or vacations there. The people you meet in the art community are going there to look at your work. Consider it a mini art gallery, one which you are curating, which means you should put careful thought into the art your post. It’s up to you, but I recommend just clean, clear images of your work. Once your have a bit of a following, then maybe start including in-progress photos. If you feel you must share your process right away, use the multi-image feature so that viewers see the finished product first and can swipe to see the work you put into it.

3) Look for local online art communities on social media (Facebook in particular is good for this format) and engage with them. Often they’ll post about upcoming shows, calls for artists, and artists will post their work for constructive feedback.

4) There are generally two types of shows artists exhibit at, the solo show and the group show. I won’t get into the finer points of both here, but in a solo show you pay for the gallery space in advance for a set period (two weeks is the average) and work with the gallery to set up your show. They provide the space and market your show to the media, the public and their contacts. The group show can be either the same approach, where instead of just you renting the space alone, you get together with some fellow artists and split the cost, or it can be organized by the gallery, wherein their put out a Call for Artists and offer you space either with a hanging fee or a combination of a low fee and taking a commission on your sold work.

5) Hanging fees versus commissions. If there is a hanging fee, this is where you have to ask yourself how much you are willing to spend for the opportunity to exhibit your work and possibly sell it. I have a personal threshold for a hanging fee above which I’d consider the fee to be too high, but every artist is different. The hard reality is that you may pay the fee and still not sell anything. This is the risk management part of being a professional artist. That said, while you may not sell your work this time, you still could make connections that could lead to other opportunities down the road. If the gallery has a low fee and takes a commission on selling your work, there is less risk to you and hopefully more incentive for them to sell your work.

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6) Beware the big showcase or multi-media events. You may see listings or calls for exhibition opportunities as part of one-night-only larger social-themed shows (“A Hundred Artists. Singers. Dancers. Fashion. Music. All at Club XYZ!”). Some the warning signs to look out for include: a) requiring you the artist to sell a set number of tickets or else you have to pay for the tickets you didn’t sell, b) the event does not take place at a dedicated art gallery, but rather at a night club or a convention space of some sort not really suited for an art exhibit, c) even if you aren’t required to sell tickets, attendance to the event is by ticket only and –this is the important part— you do not receive a cut of the ticket sales, d) there are musical acts, fashion runway segments and dance numbers scheduled in and around the art work. Experience has taught me that all or most of these mean that the organizer is making most of their money selling tickets and throwing a party, with little interest in the visual artists and growing the art community.

7) Multi-discipline art parties, where each artists gets a cut of the ticket sales regardless of whether they sell anything is an entirely different matter and I support those. If a local arts collective is organizing such a thing, by all means submit your work. Also, if the gallery’s group show includes a few poetry readings or songs sprinkled throughout the night, that’s not unusual. The focus is still on the artwork overall.

8) Pricing. Early on, a seasoned artist gave me this simple formula to use for pricing my art: $1 per square inch. So if your piece is 24” x 30”, the math is simple: 24 x 30 = 720, therefore as an emerging artist, you should charge $720 (not including fees, tax, shipping or other added costs). This formula takes the guesswork out of setting the monetary value of your piece. No more agonizing over how much of your soul you poured into it. Some pieces take longer than others to create, but the size will set the price for you. If you think that number is too low based on your time and effort, you can raise the price of a piece, for sure, but at least now you have a starting point. After a certain time, when you feel your skills or quality demand a higher price overall, you can up the number to $1.25, then $1.50. Over time and based on feedback and sales, you’ll get a sense of the market value for your work as you progress.

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I hope these tips help dispel some of the mystery and uncertainty of the world of art. Good luck and keep on creating!

By Patrick Lemieux ________________________________________________________________________

Artwork by Patrick Lemieux

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Patrick Lemieux is a Canadian artist, writer and theatre guy. He has exhibited his artwork internationally and is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books, including the Orchard Bend noir western novel series, The Queen Chronology (co-author with Adam Unger), The David Bowie Chronology, Vol. 1, The Rush Chronology, The Barenaked Ladies Chronology and The Mike Oldfield Chronology books. You can find him on Instagram at: PatrickLemieuxArtist. On Facebook, you can find his work at: The Orchard Bend Novels and each Chronology book has its own dedicated page.

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Hotel Vogue

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Located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and just 24 miles (38 km) from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR), Sayulita is a charming beach town with a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere, colourful streets, funky art galleries, and several dining and nightlife options.

Popular for its beaches and great surfing conditions, Sayulita attracts a lot of international visitors and offers accommodation for every budget and taste.

"What most vacationers love about Riviera Nayarit is that this part of Mexico is marked by a predominately sub-humid climate and an annual average temperature of 25°C (77°F). Ninety percent of the year is met with bright rays of sunshine. This creates the ideal environment for the growth of exuberant flora that take on intense colorful hues and beautifully paint the land." - Riviera Nayarit Visitors & Convention Bureau

SLEEP During our stay in Sayulita, we visited three beautiful hotels, each having its own style and personality.

Hotel Vogue - Quiet, tropical garden in the heart of Sayulita. Traditional Mexican style combined with all modern amenities makes this place a perfect getaway for both couples and families. Spacious suites with private balconies offer a lot of privacy and an opportunity to enjoy the warm weather.

Avela Boutique Hotel - Located in a quiet part of the town, but not far from the beach and all the entertainment, Avela Boutique Hotel features spacious, modern rooms with white walls and minimalistic design. Saltwater pool is great for swimming!

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ITZAMARA Resort - This beautiful resort, situated on the top of the hill, offers stunning ocean's views and every possible luxury you may imagine (including private beach and excellent dining options). Impressive interiors and unusual design solutions (outdoor bathroom) provide relaxing yet practical living environment. Highly recommended!

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EAT & DRINK Almost everything in Sayulita is within walking distance, so feel free to just browse the streets and explore all the dining and nightlife options. Beach bars like Club Camarón offer affordable cocktails, good music, and a relaxed ambience in an artsy environment.

Recommended places:

Mary's Traditional Mexican Cuisine

Mamma Mia Ristorante Italiano

El Conejo Restaurant & Bar

LA RUSTICA

Alquimista

El Fortin de Sayulita

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EXPLORE "Riviera Nayarit is a multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual state, flavored with the lifestyle and traditions of the cultures that provide its depth and identity. Its four tribes of indigenous people, the Huicholes, Coras, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros, still exist today and visitors can take tours to their communities to learn about some of the ethnic group’s ceremonies, lifestyles, and artistic creations.

The most popular group for visitors to encounter are the Huicholes who are distinguished by their colorful dress, embroidered manta cloth clothing, and plumed hats. They are also known for their elaborate bracelets, rings and necklaces made of crystal beads that also shape their vision of the universe.

Also known as Wixaricas —Children of the Sun— the Huicholes are truly fascinating people, each one making a moral promise to visit the five sacred places of their faith in their lifetimes, one of which is the Tatei Amara —White Rock—, found in the historic port of San Blas.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore and admire their original and colorful handicrafts. For instance, their hummingbirds crafted from string that sail the skies painted with deep yellows and feverish purples; and the felines that take form in brilliant crystal beads. The Huicholes’ art and craftworks make very popular keepsake treasures that many vacationers proudly display once back home.

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Coras,

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municipality of Nayar, in the western part of the state. Their dialect is related to that of the Huicholes.

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The Tepehuanos inhabit small areas in the

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How To Get There Travelling to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta is easy and convenient and, depending on your budget, there are several transportation options to choose from. The most affordable way is to take a bus from the Puerto Vallarta airport which is located approximately 24 miles (38 km) from Sayulita. Other options include renting a car, taking a taxi or a hotel shuttle.

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fi r s t c l a s s b u s service operating between Guadalajara and Sayulita. The journey takes approximately 3 hours 45 minutes. Vallarta Plus buses are very comfortable and offer a lot of leg space, reclining seats, washrooms, air conditioning, lunch box, complimentary entertainment and Wi-Fi. Highly recommended!

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Your Ultimate 2020 Fitness Guide How to Work Out in Style

Beginning of the new year is always the time when we start thinking about renewing our gym membership and getting serious about working out.

If you feel like you are stuck in a boring routine and need some fresh fitness inspiration, you came to the right place! We prepared lots of useful tips that will not only get you going, but most of all will help you stick to your resolutions and make getting fit more fun.

With many popular workouts getting fresh updates next year and new fitness trends  becoming more and more popular, now is a great time to update your exercise routine and achieve desired results in 2020. Trying new things or getting some high-tech accessories can be a great way to boost both performance and motivation.

Are you ready?

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The Health & Fitness Revolution "With millennials  becoming the main influencers in the world, and not just of fashion for that matter, their voices are shaping the reality of the modern consumer. And when it comes to lifestyles, the long-reigning rule of fast-food and fast life is galloping towards its end, to be replaced by a health-oriented, self-aware way of living.

In the real world, that translates to a greater tendency towards physical activities of all sorts, more people hitting the gym, opting for the protein smoothie  instead of the chococookie latte, and even more of them eager to switch to whole, nutritious foods and ready to take up an aerobics class. And with a changing mindset that revolves around wellbeing, it makes sense that activewear becomes more than just a fashion choice, but a reflection of one’s preferences, and a form of self-expression." - Luke Douglas

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Start Small January is a great time to start thinking about your health and set your fitness goals for the whole year. And while keeping the big picture in mind is always a good idea, every transformation begins with small steps and with making changes in your everyday routine. That approach helps to actually achieve your goal without feeling overwhelmed, quitting or going back to your old habits.

We usually under appreciate the power of small actions which - repeated frequently - can bring big results over time. So this year, instead of focusing on those huge goals that may be a little bit unrealistic, do something very simple, but stick to it and add some more elements along the way.

Take the stairs

Go outdoors

Start walking

Change your eating habits

Try something new

Hire a personal trainer

Don’t be too ambitious. Set goals that you can manage, talk with your closest friends and ask your family for support; it's always easier to do things together than just on your own. Remember that even small steps can be steps in the right direction.

Workout in Style One of the most important things in your overall fitness plan should be joining the right gym where you will not only feel comfortable, but you also get necessary support and access to the latest gym equipment.

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One of our favourite places in Toronto is definitely Hone Fitness. With their convenient downtown locations, affordable membership options, personal training packages, and unlimited tanning, you can't really go wrong! Take advantage of a one day Free Trial offer and start working towards your fitness goals in style.

"A knowledgeable personal trainer will improve your exercise execution and skill so that you reduce your risk for injury and get the most out of each activity." - Infofit

Stay Fit During the Winter Months Exercising during winter is equally important as keeping fit during summer, even though it’s a lot harder. Whatever the weather brings, there are always opportunities to give your body much-needed care.

Making exercise a priority is important and the best way to make sure you meet your physical activity requirements on a daily basis is to make it part of your everyday life. Always keep in mind that a fit and healthy body doesn't happen overnight so you should keep your eyes on the prize.

It may not be very obvious at first, but even in winter getting outdoors can put you in a better mood. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hockey - there are so many things you can do outdoors during the winter months! Even typical summer sports, such as running and cycling, are still an interesting option if you know how to dress properly and keep warm.

Try Something New There are a lot of indoor activities that don't require nice weather, so winter is not really an excuse! How about trying something new this year? Boxing is a form of martial arts and a contact sport that more celebrities and non celebs alike are taking up. 

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Swimming doesn't really need recommendation. It is a great all-round activity which builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. It not only helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs, but also tones muscles and builds overall strength. After your workout in a pool, there is nothing better than relaxing in a hot tub where you can totally forget that the weather outside is cold.

Invest in Stylish Workout Clothes Sometimes all it might take to get you motivated and out the door is a new workout gear.  Invest in  trendy leggings, joggers, tanks, tops, and T-shirts – whatever it takes to make you look good, feel good, and get your fitness on!

"One of the biggest trends of the past several seasons, and one that will stay with us for a long time, is our timeless love for crop tops. They’re comfortable, fabulous, can be worn both during workouts and your summer outings. So, it’s no wonder they are a favorite garment among supermodels, such as the Hadid sisters and Kendall Jenner. Now, if they have said yes to the crop, who are we to say no?" - Luke Douglas

Fem Athletica, emerging fitness brand  based in Toronto, offers a great selection of fashionable leggings and sports bras for all your fitness needs. The founders continuously do their research to develop the best performance activewear, yoga wear, tights, running gear, and gym wear for women. Living an active lifestyle never felt so good!

Exercise Like a Runway Model "Let’s not beat around the bush: no exercise program can give you the catwalk results without a diet to follow it. That said, if you’re ready to commit to a healthy eating routine, then you can prepare your body and your mind for the strenuous workouts ahead!

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For starters, the goal of every supermodel is to lean down on fat to a very slender physique and not get overly bulky.

That means that keeping your metabolism fast and efficient is of vital importance. Models tend to have balanced diets rich in fresh, whole foods, as well as lean sources of protein, and ample healthy snacks. Some of them go vegan, others order in their healthy meals, but the essence of their menu is simple: keep it lean and flat belly-friendly!" - Cooper Klein

Fitness Trends for 2020 Fitness trackers, smartwatches and other wearables were fitness trend number one in 2019 and will continue to be popular in 2020.

Other important trends include: Chroma Yoga (combining light therapy, scent and yoga to create a multisensory fitness experience), HIIT Yoga Classes, Aerial Fitness, Boxing, New Technology / Digital Fitness, At-home Sessions, Personal Training, and Strength Training Without the Weights.

And with all this info in mind, just pick one activity that you find most appealing and start exercising today. For some extra motivation, try these tips: 15 Foolproof Strategies to Stick to Your Fitness Resolutions.  One year from now, you will be amazed how incorporating fitness into your lifestyle changes not only your body, but also your mind. Good luck!

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Colombiamoda 2019 MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA - The biggest fashion event in Latin America, Colombiamoda 2019 / Colombia's Fashion Week, took place from 22 - 25 July 2019 in Medellin. The opening show featured tropical designs by Johanna Ortiz, one of the most successful Colombian fashion designers which doesn't really need an introduction. 

Opening Night Highlights The opening runway celebrated the outstanding work Colombiamoda has been doing for the last 30 years: connecting business and fashion, promoting both emerging and established Colombian designers, and trying to validate Medellin as one of the main fashion capitals in Latin America by bringing in latest technology and keeping a close eye on innovation and trends happening around the world.

“For Colombiamoda 2019, Johanna Ortiz’ runway not only represents a tribute to the potential of the national fashion, but also a testimony of the labor this platform has in the accompaniment and projection of the creative talents and brands, certifying that this is the most important platform of Colombia facing the fourth industrial revolution”. - Carlos Eduardo Botero Hoyos, President of Inexmoda.

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"The Palace of Culture Rafael Uribe Uribe, one of Medellin’s architectonical heritage was the stage for the return of the designer from Cali, Johanna Ortiz to Inexmoda’s Colombia’s Fashion Week®. A night dedicated to the talent of Colombian creatives and to the potential of their business models. An evidence of this is the history of Johanna Ortiz, who in 2014 never imagined that Nativa, the runway she presented this year in Colombiamoda, was going to transform her life; and months later, the online fashion platform Moda Operandi, discovered this proposal and immediately invited her to become part of its brands.

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included more than fifty outfits driven to a risky and spontaneous woman, who lives intensively and gets connected with the freedom. In that regard, guests could appreciate dresses, blouses, skirts and pants; comfortable garments, with movement and multiple volume resources, specially, on the sleeves. Designs with a marked waist and certain reminiscence to the silhouettes from the 80’s, which joined together in a particular way, with the brand’s Latin essence.

In the same way, colour contrasts and prints were key; hues as ochre, yellow, black, pink, red and orange merged with a remarkable graphic component, and a wide variety of prints, inspired on the work of the artist Ellsworth Kelly." - Source: Inexmoda

Our verdict: beautiful collection and a truly memorable event!

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Colours & Prints Let’s have a closer look at the colour palette and print trends presented at the 30th edition of Colombiamoda / Colombia's Fashion Week.Â

While many designers sticked to classic colours such as white, black, and beige, others experimented with bold colour combinations and vivid tropical prints.

One of the most popular colours seen on the runway was ochre / mustard and also brighter shades of yellow. It was often seen alone or combined with black or cream / beige details (note that mustard looks stunning when paired up with gold as well - as seen at Renata Lozano's runway show).

Other popular colours included orange, violet, blue, and various shades of green.

In case you haven't heard it yet, pastels will be new basics (we will be talking more about trends Chevrolet Fashion Night - Renata Lozano

predictions by Fashion Snoops soon) and stripes are making a huge come back right now. White

remains a timeless and elegant look for many occasions and it also serves as a perfect base for other colours in case you don't want to wear black during summer months.

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All About Hats Hats in various shapes and sizes were undoubtedly one of the biggest fashion trends seen at Colombiamoda 2019.

Presented by Pink Filosofy, Arkitect Maestros Ancestrales,  FOU – Fuera de lo común, MARKETING PERSONAL, Chamela, and others, those stylish accessories seem to be an integral part of Colombian style and could be seen worn by many guests as well.

What's best about this trend is the fact that it is suitable for everyone and easy to combine with any type of wardrobe. You can wear a hat with your favourite bikini, casual jeans or an elegant dress. Just add some attitude and you are ready to go!

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Make a Statement Many looks presented at Colombiamoda 2019 were bold, ultra-feminine, and full of energy. Statement sleeves, ruffles, floor sweeping dresses, eye-catching earrings, and floral accessories were the most significant trends of the season.

Looks like it’s time to have fun!

Livenza - Le´Zapatiere

Memorias del Trópico - Chamela

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Alma - Bronzini By Isabel Henao


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8 Questions With‌ Mona E. Awad We are back with our interview series! Today, Mona E. Awad, the founder of beautiful Callistus Jewelry based in Northern California, talks about some of the most essential aspects of her brand, sources of inspiration, future goals, and current jewelry trends to follow. Enjoy!

1. What inspired you to start your own business? My love for jewelry started at an early age. Dressing up and wearing jewelry was one of my favorite hobbies. I grew up in Jerusalem's Old City, where the history of Egyptian, Roman, and Byzantine influences are reflected in the city's architecture and art. This context has greatly formed my love for fashion and jewelry, as I reflect the environment I grew up with as well as the places I've traveled into my designs. After years of imagining my own jewelry practice, I materialized my dream a few years ago with the launch of Callistus Jewelry, a Latin word that means the most beautiful.

2. Who do you design for?

My designs are unique and handmade to order. My pieces are described as antique, modern and timeless, so they are heirloom and stay in the family for generations.

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I have a wide range of customers from 20 to 70 year old women. Some of my pieces include diamonds, so they are on the higher end price range. On the other hand, most of my pieces are affordable. Our company uses mixed metals, sterling silver 925, gold 18K filled, diamonds, and precious and semi-precious gemstones. Also our multi-color tourmaline ring bands are admired and could be worn by men.

3. What do you consider your biggest success so far?

My biggest success was when I first saw and felt my finished pieces. It was a dream come true to see my own designs coming to life with my logo imprint. Our name is getting out there slowly but surely. We are currently working on our website (callistusjewelry.com) and social media platforms to cover our collections.

4. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

As I mentioned earlier, my background and travels helped my inspiration. I see art everywhere around me, in nature, art, fashion, architecture, and through other artists and designers. Jewelry and fashion go together. Jewelry compliments and accessorizes the outfit and gives it a final touch.  

5. What are your main challenges and how do you overcome them?

One of the first challenges I had was with designing. Every time I thought of a style, I would find that someone else had the same design or idea. Finally, I decided to just go ahead and start drawing what I like and give a special touch to be different from the rest. My dream was to create my own brand. I had my fears and doubts that kept me motivated to achieve what I really want.

One other challenge was deciding where to display and sell my jewelry. We started to advertise and promote the line to local, private boutiques hoping to have the brand recognized. 

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Small picture: Photographer @lancemillerphotography Model @gulyaeva_ola Hair Stylist @nancycarillo_beauty Makeup artist @juancruzIII Photo courtesy of Callistus Jewelry Background picture: Unsplash

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Photos courtesy of Callistus Jewelry & Unsplash


TRAVELLING IN STYLE 6. Which jewelry trends would you recommend for Fall/Winter 2019?

Gold is in! I would recommend the gold finish jewelry. Yellow is a warm color and is always a great choice for the fall and winter seasons. Gold chains, gold statement cuff bracelets, gold brooches, and colorful gemstones with a touch of gold will finalize any fall/ winter look. I am now working on my "Mediterranean Collection" that is gold-filled sterling silver with beautiful Tourmaline, multicolored Sapphires. 

7. What is the best piece of fashion advice you've ever received?

The best advice I received about fashion was to never over accessorize. It is better to wear less pieces of jewelry and show the beauty of each one of them than wearing many pieces that outshine each other. Match your jewelry with your outfit. Look in the mirror before leaving the house and try to take off one piece of jewelry. If you are layering necklaces, keep your earrings delicate. If you wear big statement earrings, you do not really need a necklace. As for the rings, if you wear several of them on different fingers, you do not need to wear bracelets. If you do like to wear multiple rings, try to keep the other accessories simple, matching, and elegant.

8. What is your ultimate goal? Where do you see your business in five years time?

I would like to have several collections and be able to share my jewelry with as many people around the globe as possible.

We would like to be able to give a percentage of our sales to some humanitarian organizations. I hope to share my art with everyone out there and bring a little joy to the heart of its wearer. Facebook & Instagram @callistusjewelry

By Eva Fydrych

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