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6 Editor’s Letter

ART & UPCOMING TALENT page 36

FASHION page 7

37 Young Artist Alazar 43 Who is Grace Maureen?

12 EF Launch Magazine Party

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8 Ottawa Fashion Week

18 Closet Crush 22 Pop Champagne MUSIC page 26

27 Final Thought 29 Benefit of a doubt 32 Spotlight on Sophia Pantuso

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45 Hansel & Gretel 50 In harmony with nature 63 Everyday Situations 68 Balloon Girl 78 We were Young 68 Balloon Girl

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93 Beautiful Sinn 100 Beauty Feature 102 Jana Hanzel 108 The “If Only” Project 110 Film is Not Dead 112 Advice Column 114 The Eternal Intern 116 Contributors

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The Team Editor in Chief: Judy Torborg Art Director/Layout: Steve morris Photography: Melissa Sauve, Sarah Hagarty, Allison Rogers, Marc Lavoie, Denis Duchesne Writers: Kim Ninkuru, Emily Garrioch, Jessica Jaimes, Sarah Hagarty Comments/Contacts: lovexpressmagazine@gmail.com Special thanks to: Angies from Angies Models & Talent agency for letting us use her gorgeous models, all of the wonderful models, Julie Robicheau and Ottawa’s fashion week, Malorie Bertrand and EF magazine, Tiffany Kizito, Melissa Sauve, Sarah Hagarty, Allison Rogers, Emily Garrioch, Jessica Jaimes, Jackie Barry, Steve for all the hard work and putting everything together, & everyone else who contributed to this issue. Love Xpress • Issue 1 winter edition


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ndividuality, talent, and freedom of expression are starting to become so rare it’s actually kind of scary! In fact, trying to stand out these days is extremely difficult to the point that the select few who have managed to accomplish this successfully are often either greatly admired or ridiculed and frowned upon by society (Example: The amazing Lady Gaga). Unfortunately for many, blending in is the norm. But what about the rest of us who have tried the whole “normal” thing but it didn’t quite work out well? What about those of us who would rather starve and spend all our money on fashion magazines only to check out the amazing editorial spreads and ridiculously overpriced clothes we will probably never be able to afford? Those of us who pretend to work in the school library on English essays when we are actually checking out fashion blogs for inspirations, and who chose to turn our bodies into blank canvases unto which we can create stories through the vain yet wonderful art form that is fashion? Despite all the lack of individuality in society , there are still a few who would gave up everything if it meant living, breathing, and expressing ourselves themselves they way they want, and not the way families and society wants them to. They are the ones with crazy dreams that everyone else think is “unrealistic” and who are constantly told to change and become something they are not for “their own good”. Let’s not forget those with talents too who are often overlooked and need a creative outlet and last but certainly not least those of us who know where we want to be in life and will stop at absolutely nothing to get there? (Raise your hands I know you are

out there!) I know this because I’m like you too and that’s why I decided to create this magazine for you and me.) To all those people like me who love to “XPRESS” themselves (get it? Haha), I say to you, stay strong, never ever give up on your dreams as cliché as this sounds, work hard to chase it and do whatever you have to do because in the end, it’s your life and the worst thing you could probably do with it is to get stuck pretending to be someone else and doing something you don’t want to do. It’s not going to be easy going after what you love but if it was everybody will be doing it and there won’t be so many cranky office workers who hate their lives. Trust me the best feeling in the world is knowing you are in control of your life and the worst is knowing that you are not. To quote one of my favourite singers Bon Jovi : “You better stand tall when they’re calling you out, don’t bend don’t break baby don’t back down” keep being yourself and reading Love Xpress to find out about amazing individuals who are chasing their dreams and trying to make their talents noticed. We also have fashion, music, art, awesome photography, advice, and much more! Thanks so much for reading, and until next issue I’m going to start a catchphrase; “be you or you are screwed”

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Fashionistas unite for three days of fun, networking and of course fashion.

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et’s be realistic, fashion is probably the last thing that comes to mind when talking about Ottawa. The capital city of Canada may be known for many things but when it comes to dressing up, we are usually surpassed by our rival Toronto. Even though the sartorialist is probably not coming around here anytime soon, Ottawa is slowly but surely making its way up the fashion ladder and this year our three day fashion week was a clear indication. We applaud every designer for their creativity and hard work which was reflected in each collection. In terms of our picks, we loved how Keera Sama used bold African inspired prints to add a glam and fierce touch to simple crisp white dresses. Trive by Modasuite was filled with beautifully tailored suits in bold colors like pink and bright blue for the gentleman who enjoys fashion and likes to stand out while still keeping things classy. Judy Design kept her collection edgy & rebellious but feminine, and used great music like Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson, while Jessica Biffy ended the show with a bang and proved that she was more than “that designer who won Project Runway” with her “mermaids and sailors” inspired collection. The line was

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filled with ready to wear fun and flirty sailor pants, tops, and dresses in bright blues and fuchsias, as well as beautifully crafted sailing inspired pants and shirts for the classy and fashionable gentleman who isn’t afraid to break the rules a bit. According to Biffy, her designs are “young and fun” and she hopes to send out the message that “fashion is fun and quirky” through her work. Another designer who also took a fun and quirky approach to his line was Adrian Wu. Pulling what was perhaps the most controversy move, Adrian sent a model down the runaway topless with a beautifully crafted headpiece resembling a nest on her head! According to Adrian, the line was “inspired by dreams and nightmares” hence the use of soft pastels accompanied by black and the nest-like headpiece. It is Adrian’s fun and fearless approach to fashion in fact that differentiates him from the rest. At 20 years old, Adrian is an excellent inspiration for upcoming designers and is proving that age really is just a number when it comes to business; especially in the fashion industry. We admire Adrian because he is not afraid to take risks and express himself through his creations. His brilliant over the top (in a good way) collection kept us intrigued and wanting to see more. In short; Ottawa proved that they may be no Toronto but we are definitely a rising star to watch out for on the fashion horizon.

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ove Xpress had the privilege to attend the launch party for EF, a new online eco-fashion magazine which launched in Ottawa on January 14, 2011. EF intends to show that sustainable fashion can also be very stylish. What is Sustainable fashion you may wonder? According to EF’s website; “It’s a movement within the fashion industry to minimize its environmental and social impact.” The idea is to help reduce pollution in little ways that creates huge changes like growing pesticide-free cotton. We had a great time dining on delicious hors d’oeuvres, chatting with some of our favourite bloggers, and of course photographing tons of stylish guests to provide you guys with some inspiration to spice up your own wardrobe!

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Love Xpress also sat down briefly with Malorie Bertrand, the charming editor in chief of EF magazine. Malorie was kind enough to take time out of her crazy evening to chat with us about how she stared EF and what we can look forward to. LX: So how did you get started? Malorie: Well, I studied fashion writing for a bit and then thought... ”what can I do to contribute to society?” I’m not in the military; I’m not saving the world, so... sustainable fashion. (laughs) LX: (laughs) You had the magazine in print before right...how was that? Malorie: (laughs) Yes, I got a $500 grant from my school, but I mean $500 dollars can only get you so far, 50 copies! (laughs) but then again it probably cost too much be-

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cause we were going for eco-friendly; we tried to use vegetable ink and recycled paper so it was very expensive but in the end we had a little launch party, it was cute. There are pictures on the website. Online is a lot cheaper and I guess works well with the magazine

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LX: Do you practice sustainable fashion in your everyday life? Malorie: I do! I shop at consignment stores; I have clothing swap parties, and donate clothes as much as I can. I figure since I have the magazine now, I better start you know practicing what I preach.

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LX: Well as you may have heard, we are actually thinking of starting an online magazine too any advice for us or aspiring entrepreneurs in the fashion industry? Malorie: Ask, contact people, Develop a media kit! Start with a small one, since you’re just starting out like maybe $50.00 for a small banner at the top of your page, however you want to do it. People here in Ottawa are genuinely nice so don’t forget to ask! For this space, (ED’s note: referring to where the party was held), I simply contacted the owner of Flock Boutique and here we are. It works out perfectly too because they carry ecofriendly stuff. Talk to a lot of people about what you want to do.

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LX: Awesome! So what can we expect from EF? Malorie: Collaborations, lots of interactions, videos and images on the site!

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How do you define fashion? To be completely honest, I’ve never really thought about a “formal” definition of fashion. So I’ll make it up on the spot: I think fashion is a way through which a person can express the physical personality of him or herself, the way a person can show at least a bit about their personality in a physical form.

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There is definitely not a general label for my style. It can range from basic v-necks to not-so-basic extravagant sequins to loose fitting boyfriend jeans to high heeled leather oxfords to high waisted pleated pants to big grandma cardigans (and I mean that literally, my precious grandmother knits me cardigans) to combat boots to head scarves to cleancut blazers to the two sizes-toobig flannel to blah blah blah, it could really go on forever. I basically wear anything I like and feel comfortable in.

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What are your favourite places to shop? Oh wow, I shop everywhere! To me, the store doesn’t really matter it’s the individual piece of clothing. You’d be surprised at the stylish things you can find in random stores! True, there are stores that I prefer such as American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Zara and last but not least, Salvation Army and Value Village. I love, love, love thrift shopping. I‘m a scavenger. I love going through aisle after aisle of old school used clothing looking for something unique! Once you find something you like it is so satisfying! Thrift shopping is certainly one of my favourite things to do.

What is your advice to girls who want to have style? If someone wants to have style chances are they are already interested in fashion magazines, clothing labels, designers, trends etc. So, my advice to you is: Explore different stores that have assorted target audiences and find clothes you like and that you feel comfortable wearing. Don’t think of others when you dress yourself and make your style personal. Finally, keep an eye out for fashion trends that inspire you and follow them! Do keep in mind there is no authentic recipe for ‘style’.

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What do you consider to be the finishing touch to a stylish outfit Shoes. I find a lot of people don’t give shoes as much importance as they should. Shoes can do wonders to an outfit like, completing the over all ‘look’ of a chosen outfit. I’ve seen far too many good outfits that have been totally thrown off by the shoes that person was wearing. That’s why I generally pick the shoes I’m wearing last so I can decide what specific ‘look’ I want to go for that day. I am a true believer in what Forest Gump once said: “You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their shoes”.

What is your favourite thing to wear right now? Knit sweaters (or cardigans) and combat-ish boots. Since the cold is starting, I am specially appreciating those really big, comfy and warm knit sweaters. When paired with a pair of combat style boots and socks (over leggings or jeans) slightly peeping trough the top of the boots, it looks fantastic! Stylish but warm. That is my recipe for the winter: lots of layering.

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What influences your photography? Without a doubt, fashion. I love fashion and photography, and it’s a pretty good combination if you think about it.

What kind of photography do you prefer shooting? I like shooting nature and natural, raw subjects. I do a lot of portraits, abstract in a way and, I add some fashion in them. I also like playing around with lighting and retro colours in my photography. I guess you can say I like experimenting with fashion and nature. There you go.

Finally: I am neither pursuing a career in fashion or photography, surprisingly. Although, I know I’ll always have an interest in fashion so I will definitely carry my sense of style throughout my future career, whatever I decide that to be. I will never give up my love for clothes!

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ashion, celebrities, accessories and more! We interviewed Julie Lan, a local blogger to find out if she’s the next Perez Hilton! This funny and charming young woman could make her spare time hobby into a life time career. Check out her blog Pop Champagne! Be inspired, and get more than a few laughs doing it!

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Judy: So how did you start?

Julie: Well I started with modeling back in Vancouver, and I saw a lot of people like journalists around.

Jessica: When you were modeling, were you with an agent?

Julie: No, I was freelance, but then after a while I just didn’t really like it anymore, just because you get judged so much. You’re in a room full of other girls and you just get judged! And if you don’t get picked you’re just like “Oh my god, am I ugly”? So then afterwards, I just got into writing, and it’s so much more fun!

Judy: What was the purpose of your blogging?

Julie: It was just fun! ‘Cause now I’m at work now, and you read things from Perez and Tmz, and you’re just like “Oh that’s hilarious”! And then eventually that just kind of turned into a blogging thing.

Judy: So you say you have a job, how do you make time to keep updating?

Julie: Usually, it takes about twenty minutes in the morning, just to update.

Judy: So I noticed you take pictures too, how do you make time for that too? Julie: Well it depends on my boyfriends mood! (laughs) Judy: Oh well they’re nice! (laughs) Julie: oh thanks!

Jessica: Does your boyfriend ever judge what you post on your blog?

Julie: No, he doesn’t! He’s supportive, but he also doesn’t really read it, it’s kind of my own thing, which is nice!

Judy: Oh well that’s good! So how long have you had this blog for?

Julie: Well I’ve had MSN spaces before this. So I’ve had it for a while. But just this official one I’ve had it since last year. Judy: Oh good! Well I’m glad I found it! Julie: Oh thanks! (laughs)

Jessica: So have you ever had any other interviews about your blog besides this one?

Judy: Yeah, well it’s fun! So do you find upcoming designers?

Julie: Yes, I definitely like to see local designers.

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Jessica: Have you ever come up with your own designs?

Julie: I’m not good at sewing! I tried (laughs) Jessica: Oh me neither, I can never tie it at the end! Julie: Yeah! It always comes apart in the end! (laughs)

Judy: I know! So who’s your favorite designer right now?

Julie: Actually I just saw Amber Watkins.

Judy: Oh okay is she from Ottawa? Julie: Yes, she’s from Ottawa.

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Julie: Other online ones. So it’s kind of nice to be face to face!

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Or sometimes before I go to bed, I’ll read up on what’s going on, and then just kind of form something in my head, so when I wake up, it’s easier. Sometimes it takes ten minutes, sometimes it takes 40.

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Jessica: So what kind of clothing would you suggest for Fall?

Julie: I like tweed. But my boyfriend won’t let me buy it! He says it’s like my grandmothers couch! But I’ve seen some really cute ones at Zara! (laughs) Tweeted blazers are really cute! Allison:They don’t look like “Grandmother” clothing at all! Jessica: I know! Guys always think girls wear “Grandmother” clothing, and for some reason, girls love “Grandmother” clothing! Allison: Guys just don’t understand. Julie: They just like t-shirts and jeans. Like Megan fox, she wears t-shirts and jeans. www.facebook.com/love.xpress.magazine

Jessica: She could wear a garbage bag and still look good!

Jessica: I find it to be overrated! Julie: Yes!

Julie: That’s true! (laughs) Judy: So this season, the styles been sinking more into the grunge, heavy rock star look, but then there’s also the other end which is flirty and girly look, what’s your take on that? Julie: The grunge look! Yes. Judy: Me too! Julie: (laughs) Jessica: It’s sexier! Allison: The “girly” style has been done so much already before.

Judy: So if you had to describe your blog, how would you describe it?

Julie: It’s a lot of fashion and popular culture, and a lot of it is just me… making fun of people! (laughs)

Judy: (laughs) Yes! True! So what would you say are your “go-to” stores? Julie: I love Zara, and Forever 21!

Jessica: What about for bargains? Julie: Bargains? Forever 21 and H&M

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Jessica: Okay cool! I love H&M! So do you have any make up ideas for Fall?

Julie: Well, they always go for like gold and, shimmery colors for the Fall. But see the thing is, when you change your make up, guys notice, they’re like “what’s wrong with you today”? (laughs) Jessica: Yes! It’s happened to me before too. Once I didn’t wear eye liner and someone asked me if I was crying! Julie: Yes! Or even if you do a smoky eye just for one day, people are like “Oh, are you going out later”? Allison: I wore lip stick to school once, and someone asked me why I was wearing so much make up! Jessica: (laughs) it’s only one thing different! Julie: And I work with a technology company, so it’s with a bunch of guys, so I just stay consistent.

Judy: So there are a lot of people out there, who blog because they want to achieve the “celebrity status”, what’s your take on that?

Julie: Well I do it for the fun of it! If you don’t like it, it’s a lot of work! (laughs) Jessica: I would not be able to wake up in the morning and just write, I wouldn’t be patient enough!

Judy: what would you say makes your blog interesting or different from the other blogs?

Julie: Well I pretty much say the first thing that comes to my mind.

Judy: So you tell it like it is! (laughs) So who are your favorite high-end designers?

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Julie: Well I really like Louis Vuitton bags and Chanel but their price went up by 20 percent!

Judy: Classic! What kind of music are you interested in?

Julie: Matt Nathanson, he’s like John Mayer, he sounds nice, he’s from San Francisco, and he’s really cute too! I met him once, he’s so nice!

Jessica: So how do you get involved with the fashion shows?

Julie: Before, I actually had to call around and ask.

Allison: What do you do when you’re not busy with your blog?

Julie: I work for BlackBerry, we’re not allowed to say the “I” word around the office, the IPhone! One of my co-workers actually has an IPhone!

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Jessica: But he doesn’t tell anyone right? Julie: No, he shows it around!

Judy: So who are you inspirations?

Julie: Actually I go to lookbook.nu (fashion inspiration), some of their pictures are gorgeous and they’re ideas!

Judy: So you sell stuff off your blog too right?

Julie: Yeah, sometimes people comment on accessories so I make them.

Jessica: Do you ship them?

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Judy: What are some of your favorite looks?

Julie: I like jeans and blazer, and then whatever cute shirt underneath.

Judy: You had these really cute studded shoes, where’d you get them?

Julie: Oh thanks! www.gojane.com, they’re so cheap!

Judy: Well I will have to check it out! Do you have any beauty accessory you can’t live without? Julie: Black eyeliner.

Jessica: So what do you suggest for hair style?

Julie: It’s always weird ‘cause whenever you have straight hair, you want it curly, and whenever you have curly hair, you want it straight! Like right now I kind of want it curly, but I just got it straightened!

Judy: Okay, one more question! Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Julie: I don’t know how I feel about my boyfriend running around shirtless all the time.. Interviewers: Jessica Jaimes, Allison Rogers & Judy Torborg,

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FINAL THOUGHT (http://www.myspace.com/finalthoughtfinalthought) FROM: Toronto, ON PLAYING: Taste Test EP WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM: Their songs are guaranteed to be stuck in your head after listening to them once. For fans of energetic music you can dance to and catchy lyrics! THE 411: Back in the days when Dustin Dopsa, the energetic front man, was in high school he wanted to form a band. Final Thought started with one guy with a dream who started writing his own songs. Of course, the band cannot be complete without bassist and synth player, Brandon Hawthorne, and drummer Tom Watson. “The band is creating better music now, than I ever thought possible back then, it’s really cool to be a part of something so special,” Dopsa says about how far the band has come. His high school dream is now becoming a reality. The trio describes their music as “pop music that punches you in the teeth”, bringing not only pop to the stage, but creating the atmosphere of a rock show when performing. About their music, Dopsa says, “If you had to

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compare it to something, try to imagine Blink-182, U2, Cobra Starship and Underoath mating and making a child... Final Thought’s music might sound like something close to that.” The band has recently released a Christmas single, and is currently working on a full length record due to be released in 2011. WHAT WE THINK: I’ll be honest; I’m a fan girl. I discovered them when I went to a local show in May 2010. Their stage presence was amazing, they were humorous, and really friendly guys. The result of all this? I not only bought both their EP’s, but I also got myself a t-shirt. Their most recently released EP, Taste Test, is a work of musical genius. It’s the perfect mix of pop and rock. It’s a compilation of songs that will literally make you get out of your seat and dance. The EP is a great representation of how the band has improved musically, including my personal favourite song “Wrapped Around Your Finger”. The trio are talented musicians, who are very promising. With the way that they consistently put out good tracks, while still improving, and remaining true to the type of music they’re playing, they’re bound to make it big someday. THIS MONTH’S PLAYLIST: Together on this Christmas Night (Christmas Single) What Would You Say (First single from full length album) Continued on page 27

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“No Doubts” By” Emily Garrioch WHAT GOES ON IN THE LIFE OF AN UNSIGNED BAND? We got the scoop from Ottawa’s Benefit of a Doubt!

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Did you know that it actually takes money out of their own pockets when they want to play a show? Well, no one ever said that being in a band was easy from the start! People don’t always understand that an unsigned band doesn’t make a lot of money. They have to pay to get their merchandise made, and they need to pay to play in venues. Record labels are there to handle the money for signed

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In the eyes of the band, however, they’re lucky to be without a label. They don’t have people that are telling them what to do with their music, but again, the lack of money is still an issue. It can take a long time for bands to pay off the costs of renting a studio and to afford being able to tour. They

boys express how, even with a manager, it’s hard for them to be financially stable because of the music scene in Canada. It’s undeniable that Ottawa especially has a music scene that isn’t very large thus making it hard for self dependant bands like Benefit of a Doubt to get noticed. The band relies on tours to get their name out there; they even went to Austin, Texas to perform, and it won’t be long until they’ve become a household name across North America. Not only does their music captivate and audience, but the boys have amazing stage presence, as well as a great story. When a band has such great connection with their music and their songs reflect the stories of their lives, it’s amazing how much closer it makes their fans feel! Music is about bearing souls, and Benefit of a Doubt is definitely a prime example of soulbearing music. “We are the Broken”, written in 2009, is a song that the boys dedicate to Continued on page 29

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or these four young men music is everything. But, when trying to play shows with no money, there are many hardships that they have to face. These guys are like a family to one another, and they shared some personal stories with us!

musicians, but Benefit of a Doubt has to deal with this all on their own. So, how do they cope? Simple; they got jobs. Bassist, Connor Muldoon, works at a local grocery store, while Chase Van-Dusen, lead vocalist, works at a beer store. All the money they make goes towards making their fans happy, playing shows, recording songs, and it’s all for the cause of something they love.

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coma. However, he still stands to this very day, making music with his friends and was kind enough to share his story with us. He even has the tattoos to show his strength. It’s all these little things about the band that makes them worth listening to. It’s all the things that the members in the band have experienced, as well as their passion for what they do, which have made them grow so strong as a band. Not only have these things brought them closer together, but it also made them develop musically. Their different personalities and tastes in music have defined Benefit of a Doubt as

a unique band, allowing them to shine. They create music that can be shared with their fans. When talking about their music, they boys say, “Our music is as much about our own feelings and experiences as it is about connecting with fans who can take our songs and make them meaningful in their own lives.” The boys have been working hard on making new music, and fans can expect a more mature sound. They’ve worked hard to find their sound and now that they’ve finally found it, it appears to be much more polished. Benefit of a Doubt is a band to look out for because they’ll be sure to make it big in the near future!

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Matt, good friend and former merch guy. When he was just twenty-one, he suddenly passed away. Upon listening to the song itself you can tell that there is some story behind it, knowing that some event must allow the feeling to rise to the surface. It’s the things that each member has to deal with, and how they cope with these things, that make them such a great band. Even after losing a friend, something that is heartbreaking, the boys have continued to help one another through the situation, even making a song for their friend.

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LX: How did you get started in music? SP: People started recognizing my talent by the time I was only four years old. I would sing everywhere I went and sometimes people would think my voice was a CD playing! I also started singing in church choirs at that age, with my mom, who was always very supportive of my talent. By age seven, I was taking vocal lessons at Domenic’s Academy of Music with local artist Chantal Hackett. I took to the stage for the very first time at age seven singing the well-known Disney song, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from the Lion King. The rest, as they say, is history! I’ve had many different experiences on stage, won several awards for local competitions, and have learned so much along the way!

LX: How would you describe your sound? SP: According to family members, close friends, and long-time fans, my sound can be described as angelic, passionate, motivational, powerful, soulful, and inspirational. I am currently working on some original songs that I hope will fit a new genre, which

LX: Who are some of your influences in music? SP: My main musical influences are Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sara Bareilles, Lady Gaga, Evanescence, Sara McLachlan, Whitney Houston, Katy Perry, Lights, Britt Nicole, Third Day, Barlow Girl, and Francesca Battistelli. Although there are several other artists who have influenced me in the past, the ones I’ve mentioned are the most memorable to me.

LX: Where are you headed? (are you eventually going to look into getting signed to a label and releasing a CD?) SP: Currently, I am in the process of trying to connect with as many people as possible. I’ve been reaching out through many social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. This process is not really about me becoming the latest and greatest, but about sharing my

passion, thoughts, and feelings to those who are willing to listen and to connect with me as a person. My goal for 2011 is to work on some original material, immerse myself in the world of song writing, and create a CD that will not only inspire people, but make them feel good about themselves. That, in turn, makes me feel good! page

ith her beautiful angelic voice and captivating stage presence; Ottawa singer Sophia is definitely one to watch out for. It also helps that she’s one of those naturally beautiful and down to earth girls who possess that certain “It” factor which cannot be faked. Love Xpress caught up with the singer via email and got to know her a little better. Hope you get to know how a little more as well.

I would like to call Pop/Inspirational. When I sing, I want people to “feel” something they don’t normally feel on a day-to-day basis. I want them to have a new experience that will help them feel inspired, thus helping them inspire others. I know what it’s like to have a dream and to try and fulfill a lifelong passion. So, if I can help motivate others to do the same, I will have done my job.

LX: Any advice for upcoming artists like yourself? SP: My advice to upcoming artists, in a few points, is this: • Don’t try to “fit” a need just because it’s in high demand in society. Be exactly who you are, and if you’re really great, people will follow. • Remember that failure is the only true path to success. Once you’ve learned from your mistakes, then you can improve yourself and be the best YOU that you can be. • Don’t be afraid to put yourself fully out there. There may be an audience out there that dislikes you or your music, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a need somewhere else. • NEVER GIVE UP! Things won’t always work out, especially in the world of music, but if you’re patient and are willing to work hard at it, you’ll persevere! Continued on page 34

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SP: Who am I as a person? Well, I try to look at things in a positive light, rather than a negative one. I enjoy reading, writing, and walking when I am thinking about new ideas. Most of my time is spent practicing my vocals, going to gigs, and writing song titles and lyrics. I’d rather meet people in person than speak with them over the phone or through e-mail. I like to be silly when I’m around people who make me feel comfortable, and I try to be as professional as possible when I’m at school or in the workplace. I believe there is a time and a place for everything. I’m not much of a party girl, but I like to have fun playing board games, having intellectual conversations, and singing in my room in front of the mirror for practice. I have also done some modelling to help gain experience in fashion, in which I am highly interested. The photographers I’ve worked with have gained from it since they get to use it in their portfolios.

SP: Considering the genre of music I’m aiming for, I’d like to “Xpress” my feelings of motivation and inspiration. If you’re going through something in your life that is difficult, then you can expect my music to uplift your spirits and get you going again. If you’re at a fork in the road, then you can expect my music to get you back on track. Whatever you’re going through, you can expect my music to make you feel good, cry, or help inspire you. SP: Thank you for taking the time to get to know me! Now, I want to get to know you! Check out my fan page, tag me on twitter, become a friend on Myspace! Let’s share our thoughts and present them to the world in a unique, memorable fashion!

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LX: Thanks Sophia and good luck with your career!

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raceMaureen is a show, online radio station, EVERYTHING! It started off as just a TV show, but I quickly found that I am a little too shy to be willing to be filmed at all times, and editing the episodes I shot became too much, as I am currently on my Senior Year in High School. After taking a break from being in front of the camera, I began working a lot harder to build my portfolio as a Publicist. Getting clients is the easy part, but going above and beyond their expectations is what’s truly difficult.

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I sometimes struggle with myself because I love filming, recording the radio show & working a public job, but at the same time, I don’t exactly thrive on the attention it comes with. Whenever people stop and ask me about the show or radio station, I get super nervous about telling them. That’s definitely something I want to work on as I go.

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At the end of the day, GraceMaureen is finally here after all the hard work that was put into creating it. I’m very happy about the way She turned out, I’m thankful to all my guests, helpers, friends, and interns that helped me come this far. I’m also very very excited for everybody to (hopefully!) enjoy my shows! GraceMaureen TV will begin airing on The Canadian Public Channel in late Spring/early Summer GraceMaureen Radio will begin airing LIVE broadcasts on www.blogtalkradio.com/GraceMaureen on January 17th

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LX: How did you get started? CL: Well, I’ve always loved and appreciated art, for what it was. It was beauty, in all shapes and forms. When I was growing up, I never really had stuff to do, mostly because we we’re in a secluded areas and I was kind of the loner type when it came to going outside and playing. I rather spent my days drawing and painting and thinking of new creative ideas I can put into art. From the time I could remember, I was always inspired by art in any kind. Photography was just another medium for me & So was makeup. I’ve been taking photos since I got my first crappy digital camera (Definitely not putting the brand, I’m going to get sued!) until I got my Nikon, which is what I still use today. That was over 4-5 years ago? But I had been doing my business for much longer. (SinCreations.com) The day I started playing makeup was the day I fell completely and madly in love with Fashion (Mostly editorial) I loved all the crazy thing they would do with the photography & makeup, that I knew I had to try it myself!

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LX: Who are some of your inspirations? CL: My mother & Grand-Mother are definitely the biggest ones of them, They has always inspired me to be the greatest person I can be, and my love for art tied into that, because I definitely get it from they’re side of the family! As far as other photographers go, the big inspiration was when I saw an episode of America’s Next Top Model, where Mike Ruiz (www.mikeruiz.com) was there, I fell in LOVE with his

work, It was so beautiful and so inspiring, he captured images flawlessly and he was the big inspiration and definitely a great person to be around with, Only recently have I gotten the chance to know that Mike was a caring and sweet individual with a heart of gold & Advices to match! Next we had Anthony Turano (www.anthonyturano.com) from Montreal, He was also love at first sight. As far as makeup artist goes, Well usually would watch them on youtube, So they we’re youtube

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I ever came across gurus - The first big one shadowisodd @ was Natasha (Myeye I know, she lives Youtube.com) Little did a personal friend in Ottawa & She is now inspiration and a of mine! She’s a great - She definitely great person on all levels watch and get to is a beautiful person to have known.

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LX: Any advice for aspiring makeup artists/ photographers/upcoming entrepreneurs? CL: Well, I will say what a great friend told me (Which is also on my website!) “There is nothing anyone can ever say that can keep people like us down!” - Mike Ruiz told me that when I first started talking to him, If you have an idea and you are dedicated to this idea - Never give it up, Continue, Try, Fail and Get back on the horse again, because it is the wildest ride you can have but it’s also the most rewarding and most satisfying. No matter how crazy, Insane, Absolutely nuts the idea is, GO FOR IT! Continued on page 99

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CL: Hands down, MAC cosmetics - Not only is it workable makeup, but for me it just flows nicely. They have bright to earth tone colors and variations of finishes. For both personal and work use, is the same for me. I have other brands I cherish as well, like Makeup Forever Professional, Annabelle Cosmetics & YABY.

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Because you will always regret never having achieved it! Definitely never let your dreams die down, by somebody who didn’t believe in you, Trust me, they will be regretting it when you make it!

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LX: What do you hope to “xpress” through your work? CL: Well, I hope to xpress that everybody is beautiful in their own ways. We all have a light that is special within us - and we have to let the world see it. I love beauty, I also love everybody’s little ticks - Yes, I also love people watching. I guess in some form or ways, Photography is people watching through the lens. It’s seeing every little detail of a person’s eyes, their lips, their smile and even the shivers when they have to endure amazingly cold weather (Well we are in Canada! Ha Ha) I do enjoy seeing the beauty in people, and this is why I’m such an optimist that things do get better for everybody or anybody going through a hard time, I’m an avid believer that everything happens for a reason, But back on subject here, I do really want to express that everybody and anybody is beautiful in their own way - Maybe a large target area, but for me, it’s the most valuable thing worth taking a picture of.

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CL: Oh dear,Well I’m a student full time in Pre-Med, I work part-time in a residence home for the elderly (Yes, I’m a workaholic!) & The other days, I just like to have normal fun, Go to the movies, Hang out with my friends, Shopping and make videos on youtube (for Makeup!) Editing photos & Managing my website is usually a full time job. Especially with running a graphic/web design company at the same time! Work will be the death of me, I tell ya!

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Picture 1: To achieve a look similar to Alyssa and Lousia, try prepping face with a light moisturizer that won’t dry out skin such as Neutrogena with SPF 15. Use a light coverage cover-up like Covergirl clean makeup and prep lips with a hydrating lip balm or Vaseline. Finally, use two coats of Maybelline lash stiletto mascara and finish up with a coat of red lipstick; blot and reapply another coat. For best result, pick any hydrating lipstick that has an orangey-tint. Picture 2: For Sarah’s look, we literally did nothing to her hair and just kept it the way it’s naturally meant to be! Try not styling your hair one day; apply a light coat of clean makeup, two coats of Maybelline lash stiletto mascara and a pale pink lip colour. We are all about being crazy and experimenting with makeup but sometimes, letting your natural beauty shine is the best way to “XPRESS” yourself.

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We sat with her to get to know more about the lady behind the designer and to ask her about her featuring in Ottawa Fashion Week.

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already know where they want to go in life, they have a particular style, and they want to be different. I draw attention on details in order to make unique and original pieces.

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LX: How could you describe the typical “Jana Hanzel” woman?

JH: Basically, she’s a busy woman, she goes to work every day, she has her family, so she battles with many things in order to keep a balance between her career, her family and her social life. She’s stylish; she enjoys dressing well and socializing. So, it’s pretty much all the women I know.

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LX: What do you think of the Ottawa fashion scene?

JH: It’s there but it’s not published enough so we’ve got to bring it forward in that particular area. So speak about that, don’t complain much, just do it!

LX: Ok, we’ll make sure to do that. Who are your favourite designers?

JH: I love European designers. I love Jean-Paul Gauthier, Christian Lacroix (even though he’s out of business, I really think his designs were very artistic) and of course John Galliano. Continued on page 106

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LX: Who is the lady behind the designer? Can you tell us a little bit about you as an everyday woman?

JH: Busy, busy, busy woman! [laughs]. I have 2 kids so, as I was mentioning, I need to keep balance. I enjoy many activities like cleaning my house, gardening, cooking and baking. That’s what I do.

LX: Good. So what is a day like in your shoes? Just give us a little summary of your day from 7am to 9pm.

JH: I’m not a morning person so I start my day around 8am. I help my kids getting ready for school and then I start doing some sketching while enjoying a cup of tea. After that, I take a look at my agenda to know what my appointments of the day are. I meet clients, bloggers, magazine interviewers like yourself and I do a lot of photo shoots as well.

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JH: Yes. It’s not going to be easy because there’s not a big market in Ottawa. So if you want to start your business in Ottawa, you need to be perseverant and very confident about what you do. Don’t get discouraged.

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LX: What’s next for Jana Hanzel?

JH: I’m putting together several fashion shows for next year, of course there’s going to be Ottawa Fashion Week. In the future, I’d like to have my own boutique somewhere, it’s my goal. It’s not easy, it requires a lot of investments so that’s why I’m working with a lot of clients to get to my big dream.

LX: We only wish you the best and with your talent, we know you’re going to achieve this dream very soon. JH: Thank you.

Xpress Xpression from Jana Hanzel: My dad used to tell me “When you do something, do it right!”

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I’m in the process of creating an Interview Video Sequence. This video is much like the videos I’ve posted on the face book group page, but the difference is that I’ve gone around with a trusted friend to videotape and interviewed different people around Ottawa. I started at Place d’ Orleans and made my way to downtown Ottawa/Rideau Centre. The entire scene took about three or four hours, and we interviewed people of various ages (young teens to middle aged adults to the beloved

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old folks). We even videotaped homeless men sitting along Rideau Street and bands playing for some extra cash. We got a lot of great footage and I soon plan on posting the video up onto face book for more people to see.

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I’m hoping that this project can make its’ way into magazines or newspapers; not for fame or fortune, but just to help people in the world. If only is a lot like Frank Warren’s project of Post Secret. It’s meant to help, not to harm. Some sentences are sad to hear and some are inspiring, but all sentences can be related to, and that’s another great thing about If Only. It helps others understand that they’ll never be alone when it comes to dealing with life’s challenges. There will always be someone else out there, going through the same motions, and there will always be someone else out there, willing to help out.

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“We’re all in this together and together we shall be.”

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The world of photography however is rapidly changing. New equipment is constantly been produced and marketed all over the world. Unfortunately with every change there are pros and cons. The new generation is focused on the fancy, large cameras that cost more than they can afford thus making film the less popular choice in photography. In the past two years however, the increase in film photography has majorly grown. Many young photographers use their parent’s old cameras or ones that they have bought at thrift stores. These cameras though often overlooked are great at taking beautiful and unique pictures that no kind of editing can create.

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or a while, film photography seemed to have fallen off the earth, having been replaced by digital cameras. As the years began to go by, the production of digital cameras increased while production on film cameras decreased thus the beginning of a new era. In spite of all this however, some people never gave up on film. Many are saying that film photography is true photography due to its unedited nature which shows the raw and real emotion people sometimes hide in digital photos that have been manipulated. Continued on page 111 Love Xpress • Issue 1 winter edition

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So…is this the end of film photography? The vintage photography style is actually becoming extremely popular. Sites such as Flickr and Tumblr are now overflowing with film photography as well as Polaroid pictures! It is safe to say that the world of photography has been going back in time and will continue to therefore; whoever said that film photography was dead is clearly wrong.

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‘be yourself’ The cliché that will always be true

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am making it a point for myself not to blend in, not only for the heck of it but because blending in is annoying and unique people are the ones who make a difference in the world. Basically, going with the tide and being normal will not get you very far in life. I have been looked at weirdly multiple times when I was at Starbucks on a Friday night reading government documents but I did not care because how I spend my time is my personal choice and no one else’s busi-

ness. If anyone criticizes you and questions how you spend your time by saying something along the lines of “Oh, you’re doing THAT?”, say “Yes, and I enjoy this, is there a problem or anything else I should typically be doing instead? No, I didn’t think so, but I appreciate your opinion and I kindly thank you for your concern.” Make sure you say it with a really bitchy smirk. Be true and be you, it is a simple but meaningful phrase. This means that it is

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essential to be honest with yourself and it is also very important not to doubt yourself. Most people go through patches of self-doubt once in a while, but I am conditioning myself to not go down that path as should you. How`s that for a new year resolution? Ed`s Note: Karisa is currently in the process of writing a book about attitude and being yourself around fall 2011; stayed tuned for more information.

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- Stay true to yourself. It sounds cheesy, but fashion people can be very influencial. The world of high fashion can mean exclusive parties, unhealthy temptations and serious blows to your body image. Never let anyone convince you that you must look a certain way to work in fashion!

As seasoned Interns, we would like to share a few Dos and Don’ts for applying and working in fashion, film and luxury communications. Consider it a holiday gift from us to you!

-Don’t get sucked into the drama. Let’s face it, the fashion industry is mostly women and gay men. As a result, there can be a lot of bitchiness. It is easy to get sucked into the gossip and cattiness but it will catch up to you! An intern I worked with was fired right in front of me for gossiping about our boss. Be warned: Gossip is the very ugly side of fashion!

Ophelia’s Fashion DOs:

- Stay up-to-date on the latest fashion news. It is intern suicide to go into an interview not knowing major fashion designers and top magazine editors. With so many girls vying for the same job, you wouldn’t want to lose it because you don’t know Proenza Schouler! * Canadians readers: Know your Canadian designers! - Show your personal style. You’re an intern. No one is expecting you to blow your salary (if you’re lucky enough to have one!) on designer duds. Show your bosses how fashionable and chic you can be on a budget and they will definitely be impressed! (I so impressed my bosses at French ELLE that they photographed me for the magazine! Imagine that, an intern IN ELLE!)

the reality of hypocrisy, backstabbing and frenemies. Watch your back, learn to deal with all types of characters and develop incredibly think skin. You will hear good and bad, meet nice and nasty people and get more criticism than compliments! Learn to deal with it!

Ophelia’s Fashion DON’Ts

-Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you know of a cool, unknown designer or want to try your hand at writing, it never hurts to ask. I have a friend who asked her boss twice daily if she could write for ELLE.fr. One day, the boss was in a bind and she finally let my friend write a paragraph for the site. She now writes a regular column for ELLE!

- Stay on top of industry news. PR & Communications is an industry “of the moment”. One of your key responsibilities will be knowing exactly what is happening in your industry at a given moment. Stay on top of everything happening in your industry by reading the press every morning, combing through industry blogs online and speaking to people to get an insider’s perspective.

Flora’s PR/Communications DON’Ts

- Don’t back down from a challenge. Remember, that sometimes it’s the “hard work” that will get you in the spotlight and let you shine. Never back down from a challenge, it can be this challenge that you take on that will ultimately get your boss’ attention and lead to a promotion! This is true for all industries, but particularly so in the cutthroat world of PR where everyone is fighting to get to the top. Ensure you stand out by taking on a challenge and succeeding at it!

- Don’t lie about past experience. I got my first fashion internship with a wellknown New York designer by being honest. I love fashion, I wanted to work in fashion, but I needed someone to give me my first break. A girl I interned with in New York put Vogue on her resumé to get interviews and was caught in a lie when she couldn’t name the fashion editor she was claimed to have worked with.

- Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not Be yourself and be proud! Like Ophelia said, never lie about past experience or pretend to be experienced in a field that you are not competent in. Lies and exaggerations will always come around and bite you, even much later on! Beware! Stay true to yourself and

Flora’s PR/Communications DOs:

-Developthickskin.PR&Communications is an industry in which only the strongest survive! You will encounter fabulous people in this industry, but you’ll also learn

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you’ll see that people will have greater respect towards you, and ultimately you will succeed far better than had you lied.

Rose’s Entertainment Don’ts

- Don’t settle for less. You know your worth, you’re ready to overcome challenges and succeed, now never ever settle for less! If you know PR & Communications is the career path you want to take, GO FOR IT! As I’ve shown you in The Eternal Intern, anything is possible, and if you fight hard enough dreams do come true. I’ve completed over 6 internships in Communications and although the road has been long and tough, I’m now happily employed in my dream job! Go for it!

- It is never a good idea to try to bypass the assistants in the industry and try to schmooze directly with their bosses. Believe it or not, it is the assistants that will eventually hook you up if you have made a good impression. As an intern you need to appreciate that they are as important as their superiors.

Rose’s Entertainment Do’s

-Make sure you are aware of the weekend box office. The industry runs on conversations about the top ten movies at the box office and if you want to impress or participate this is a must do.

- Never regurgitate film school 101. No one is ever impressed by this and it comes off as pompous!

-Don’t ever think that a job is beneath you. If it puts you on someone’s radar then it is well worth it. Making a killer latte may be the difference between another internship and a proper job. Much love, Flora, Ophelia and Rose

- Never stop studying film. A lot of the superiors in the industry will reference classics from every decade. If you spend more than one week without watching a new movie, you need to rethink the industry that you have chosen. - Don’t be afraid to crack a joke or two in an interview. Personality matters in show business. People want to know that you are comfortable liaising with high profile individuals. Obviously, don’t overdo the humour. Always remember that there is a time and place for everything. Love Xpress • Issue 1 winter edition

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e are Flora, Ophelia and Rose, three twenty-somethings navigating our way through the fabulous (and sometimes perilous!) worlds of fashion, film and luxury communications. Launched in 2009, our blog, The Eternal Intern, documents the trials and tribulations of our lives as interns in New York, Paris and Los Angeles. What started as personal emails between girlfriends soon transformed into the Blog you see today:  A testament to the hope, excitement and despair of three ambitious girls in an unstable job market.  The life of the Eternal Intern isn’t all work and no play. For all the stresses of unemployment, difficult bosses and the usual internship-related problems, there are glossy parties, unbelievable encounters and fabulous experiences!  

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[1] Once I am a graduate I will be studying advertising. I began photographing at the age of fifteen and still love it today. I like filming both digital and film photography. I am very proud of being part of the Love Xpress magazine team. Although we are young, we have extreme passion for the world of fashion and photography and we are grateful to be able to share this experience with you all.

1) Emily Garrioch

My name is Emily and I breathe creativity. Music, photography, writing, etc. - I love it all. I spend my free time writing stories, reading music magazine in order to find new bands and going to shows. I’m that kid you’ll find in the front row taking pictures of bands. I’m also the one who goes home that night, edit these pictures and send them back to the bands simply because I love to! My goal is to travel the world, listen to new kinds of music and take pictures of all the places I go. The entire world is full of beauty that just mesmerizes me. I’m a really simple person and hope to be able to share my loves with everyone while working on Love Xpress!

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4) Allison Rogers

I love art (obviously). I’m inspired by real beauty and I try to see things in a different way than most people do. Sometimes people don’t really get what I’m doing, but hey, that’s not anything I’m worried about. I’m trying not to be cheesy here, but there really is a lot of hidden beauty in the world, and the people who can see it and recreate it in their own way are artists. Those are the people I’m inspired by; people who can take a picture, or paint, or make music, or write something from unexpected and totally unappreciated things. Anyways, I’m a generally easygoing person who likes to have fun and laugh; I don’t really feel the need to take everything in life so seriously (except for those really serious things, like shoes and boys). I really enjoyed working on the magazine with everyone, and a lot of hard work went into it, so congrats to everyone involved! But I’ll leave it on that note, although I’m sure you haven’t learned much about me. Cheers!

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“I’m willing to die alone if my only partner in life is Art.”

3) Sarah Hagarty

My name is Sarah Hagarty, I am seventeen years old, turning 18 on september 13 (No, I’m not saying this to be like Isabella Swan from Twilight.) I am a student at St. Peter high school in grade 12. Love Xpress • Issue 1 winter edition

Working with Love Xpress Magazine was such an exciting experience for me! I’m so grateful that I got the chance to work with Judy Torborg and be a part of their amazingly talented team of individuals. I love working with people and learning new things while having fun at the same time, and I got to do that with Love Xpress! I really enjoyed getting to know more about the music industry and the media by interviewing and meeting new people. I’m really glad I was able to show off my creativity and add some of www.facebook.com/love.xpress.magazine

my unique style to the magazine. I’m so excited to see how the finishing product turns out! Be confident, be beautiful, Xpress yourself, with Love Xpress!

8) Steve morris

The Art Director is Toronto born, Barbadian educated Designer Steve Morris. Steve has worked and travelled extensively around in the islands such as Barbados, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Saba, and St. Maarten.

6) Melissa Sauve

I’m a 17 year-old girl looking at life through my lens. I love to capture a moment in history with my camera. Though I shoot digital photography, film photography is my life. I don’t edit any of my film pictures because the camera does all the work for me. The camera brings out the colours naturally which, in my opinion, can’t be done just in Photoshop. I use my friends as models and now the models I use are my friends. I love natural/ unexposed photography because the unplanned and unexposed pictures are often the ones that leave you in awe.

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He has a love of cultures from all over cuisine (the spicer the better) and music. Steve’s creative work reflects his love of the islands both with use of color, typography and imagery. An avid lover of nature and people when he has the time he loves putting he his camera to use to capture portraits. In his over a decade working in the industry he specializes in branding laying out anything he gets his hands from Annual reports to magazines. page

2) Kim Ninkuru

I’ll be 19 years old in January. I graduated from De La Salle High School in Sept. 2009 and I’ll be attending University of Montreal in Communication/Journalism. My dream is to inspire nations with my imagination and fashion is one way among many ways I was offered to do it. I want to become a fashion journalist and work with a big magazine in order to gain enough experience to start my own magazine. I love fashion in every way but I prefer underground fashion (that’s what I say when I mean fashion designers that are not too mainstream). I think “underground” designers have a larger vision of what fashion really is and they inspire me a lot! So I want my magazine to feature a lot of those underdogs? I’m starting my brand new blog that I’ll be telling you about soon around January. So look out for that and I’ll see you all here!

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7) Karisa Karmali

I am a University of Ottawa student, I am also part of the Golden Key Honour Student Society, and I am writing a book The Art of Attitude, sharing my insight and experience as a foster child and letting everyone know that your attitude determines your success and NOT your circumstances. (I am a youth in care with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa)...

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Here is my philosophy on life: Defining inner strength: As we all know or refuse to accept, outer circumstances are totally out of our control, no matter what we try and do, we cannot predict which situations we will face even tomorrow. The best thing to do is believe that you can handle any and every situation that is placed on your path. With the “I can handle anything” attitude; there is not much you can be afraid of. Things are placed on your path because you can handle them, if you couldn’t handle them, they would not be placed on your path. Just believe in yourself, in life and in a higher power (whatever your religion may be).

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