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issue 7 * our SPRING CLEANING issue!

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SPRING CLEANING: Spring cleaning can be traced back to the beginnings of celebrations of the vernal equinox in some cultures. The Persian new year, or “Nowruz,” falls on the first day of spring, and marks an important and refreshing tradition involving a household tidyfest. That’s right. People have been cleaning their homes since the beginning of time. There’s nothing like a really old and universal tradition, steeped with truth and meaning to thread us all together in the same fabric of humanity. It just happens that most of us think this particular tradition can be a laborious chore that we can never seem to find time for on the weekend. But entrenched in the Persian culture, the celebration and observance of Nowruz is alive and well today. Just before the new year, many Persians (modern day Iranians) continue the practice of “khooneh tekouni,” which literally means “shaking the house.” In addition to involving a major house cleaning session, new clothes are purchased to usher in new experiences, and generous doses of flowers are purchased to decorate homes. Freshness and rebirth are on full display. This tradition has a much greater significance than merely clearing out any unwanted and unnecessary items that accumulated over the previous year. Some Nowruz celebrants believe that whatever a person does on Nowruz will affect, and essentially set the tone for the upcoming year. And what if this practice can point towards other things in our lives, aside from dejunking our craft closets and finally recycling all the cardboard in the basement? What if this concept encapsulates more than garage sales and yard work and second-handstore donations? Does “shaking the house” apply to our careers? Our relationships? Our creativity? Over the year, has the importance of our comfort exceeded and cluttered any room for possibility? Can the personal clutter we’ve accumulated over the year be keeping us small and uninspired? Can we resuscitate and reanimate the tone of our year if we’ve fallen flat? We might be past the calendar months of spring, getting on with our summers and enjoying our barbeques and bike rides and back yard gatherings, but the practice of khooneh tekouni transcends the calendar year anyway. We could hit the refresh page and fill our creative reservoirs. Reset the tone for the rest of the year. Revisit old classics and hang on to the things we love. Have the courage to part ways with the old-familiar that is just occupying space in our closets, our cupboards, the back seat of our cars, and in our lives.

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1 Emily Cox, illustrator/textile designer, Gypsyland, U.S.A.,, likes picnics, visiting the city, black licorice & ballet dancing. 2 Leah Van Loon, stylist, Calgary A.B., likes Jardin Sur la Toit fragrance by Hèrmes, pedicures, San Francisco, my Dutch bike & full skirts to the knee. 3 Lori Andrews, interior designer/ photographer, Calgary A.B., loves being Canadian, canoeing, super heroines & Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. 4 Jennifer Lyle, fashion stylist, Calgary A.B., likes beaches, coffee, fabulous shoes & blogging ( 5 Jereme Bokitch, hair stylist, Calgary A.B., likes all things pretty, boots, people I work with, my family & sunshine. 6 Wray Bokitch, make-up artist, Calgary A.B., likes creative validation, family, summer sunshine, PVR & smart people. 7 Shea Kerwood, creative director/graphic designer, Calgary A.B., likes Copenhagen, Roy Lichtenstein, collaboration projects & playing hockey. 8 Tyler Stalman, photographer/ cinematographer, Calgary A.B., likes audiobooks, wikipedia, turing machines, trees & camera phones. 9 Megan Larson, make-up artist, Edmonton A.B., loves my parents, color, sunshine & meeting new people and getting to know their story. 10 Rich Terfry, AKA Buck 65, radio host/ musician, Toronto O.N., likes trains, Helena Christensen & loves the films of Robert Bresson. 11 Melanie Merwin P.A.D.S president, Calgary A.B., loves the perfect angry ponytail: short, spiked and eager, photographing my nieces & unexpected songs – dance remixed. 12 Selby Quinn, midwife, Calgary A.B., likes moustaches on men (a lot), live music in small venues & driving without much of a destination. 13 Michelle Crimmins, teacher, Beijing, China, likes roller-coasters, when my students poke fun at my quirkiness & instant coffee + milk + honey. 14 Liz Grant, graphic designer, Sacramento C.A.,, loves chai tea, live music & typography books. 15 NicoleIrene Dyck, Photographer, Calgary A.B.,, likes 2 a.m., kittens, maps, postcards & waffles.









16 Sarah Danniels, fashion stylist, Vancouver B.C.,, likes eating sushi, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Geisha Ink eyeliner & Tobiko (my fat orange cat). 17 Oz Zandiyeh, make-up artist, Vancouver/ Toronto,, loves her puppy, sunglasses, reading, make-up & cupcakes. 18 Kimberley-Rae, model/actress, Vancouver B.C., likes spending time with family, long walks, animals, holidays & celebrations. 19 Karie Holst, model/student at Emily Carr University, Squamish B.C., likes ultimate frisbee, sunny road trips, Lord of the Rings & Greek mythology. 20 Florence Leung, fashion photographer, Vancouver B.C.,, likes traveling, desserts, Cheetos, dining-out, & watching horror movies. 21 Jenine Lehfeldt, hairstylist/make-up artist/ owner of HellCat Beauty, Vancouver B.C.,, likes making people feel good about themselves. 22 Terrah Jong, foodie/writer, Calgary A.B., loves Matthew, keeping excellent company, experiencing a perfect flavor & the perfect pair of jeans. 23 Dalyce Chomick, storyteller/make-up artist/singer, Calgary A.B., loves big rings, friendship bracelets, leather earrings & rabbits named Kevin. 24 Ania B. (in green wig with Leah Van Loon), model/blogger/accountant, Calgary A.B., likes sleeping in, biking to work, paydays, online shopping & Alexander Dumas.



THE FITTING ROOM by Leah Van Loon & Ania B.

SEE PG 24 This project began as a way to shoot some special pieces that couldn’t leave the store, and developed into a fun fashion story. We tried to keep ourselves as inconspicuous as possible (seriously), so we decided to use the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. These images are straight from my phone with no retouching.


KIRSTEN GROVE, interior stylist & decorator Boise, Idaho I began falling in love with design in fifth grade. It all began with my mom and dad giving me full reigns with the design of my bedroom. It was love at first sight. Rainbow and polka dotted wallpaper, matching comforter and custom lighting. Sounds beautiful, huh? After I got married, I started working for builders and helping friends and family with their spaces. I feel like my style and who I am as a designer completely evolved and changed since having kids. I am more free to think outside of the box and not rely on design traditions. I am currently working on both design and styling projects. When I am not decorating, I am hanging with my preacher husband and two gorgeous kiddos.

5 LIKES & LOVES Likes Polka dots Green tea ice cream Rodeos The smell of Nordstrom The Lawrence Welk Show


Loves My family. I adore everything about my hubby and my two kiddos. Huge smiles with brilliant white teeth. Gut rolling laughter. Bliss. Doris Day. Listening to hymns sung in three-part harmony.


TWO QUESTIONS Why did you start blogging? What do you love about it? When my two kids were babies (they are 14 months apart), I really wanted to get back into design but I didn’t want to have to leave my house. I started blogging mostly for myself and my friends. I started posting inspirational spaces, design resources and decor ideas. After a few years, I got back into hands on design so I turned my blog from just copy and paste and added

my own work and home. I love what blogging has done for my career and I love all of the amazing people that I’ve met through my blog. What is your favourite interior design project and why? I helped a close friend design her boutique last year. It was a blast letting our imaginations go. We filled the space with vintage and modern pieces and went a little wild on colour. The result was fantastic!

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ASHLEY MEADERS, designer & crafter Atlanta, Georgia I’ve always liked making stuff, ever since I was little. And just like every other girl, I loved weddings and looking through wedding magazines, but never knew I would end up being so involved in them one day. I somehow ended up majoring in graphic design in college after swearing that I would always be a primatologist (they work with monkeys). I found a love of letterpress and all things cast-iron my senior year in college and decided to start my own wedding invitation company. It was going well, just by word of mouth, and I was staying pretty busy. When it came time for my own wedding, I decided to not only do the invites, but everything else as well. From there, I became friends with our wedding photographers, Our Labor of Love, who introduced me to the wedding world. Emily, from the amazing wedding blog, Once Wed, was one of those people. I started doing craft projects for her website and soon moved into designing inspiration shoots for her column on Design*Sponge. A few years later I joined the LA collective, The Flashdance (, as the event designer. We love working with each other, producing weddings and events together. It’s an amazing group to be a part of.

{ PHOTO OF ASHLEY } Smilebooth (


5 LIKES & LOVES Likes Waking up to my cats every morning Playing Amplitude on the Playstation Having my inbox cleaned out Playing tennis Fresh laundry scented candles Loves Going to the zoo with my husband Seeing someone experience the Smilebooth for the first time Finding the perfect color palette Eating a watermelon Jolly Rancher fruit chew Watching Gilmore Girls while crafting late at night


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How has the blogging “world” impacted your business? A lot! If it wasn’t for the amazing wedding blog, Once Wed, I would probably still be doing graphic design at my desk everyday. The blog world is definitely a lot more powerful than I think that more people realize. It seems that six times the amount of eyes are looking toward the blog world for inspiration compared to print, which means that the amount of exposure and recognition for your business is greater... and that’s never a bad thing.

What is your favourite project & why? My favourite project so far has been the fabric and garland archway from Max and Margaux’s wedding. It was such a simple idea that turned into such a complex and magical looking piece. I love the way that the lights glowed between the different colours as the sky got darker throughout the night. Some of my favourite photos of the day were taken underneath that archway and taken by the one and only Jesse Chamberlin (


{ Melanie Merwin } likes clever text messages, her mama’s homemade pizza & red cowboy boots. Let me tell you something about dips and spreads: It might as well be my middle name. I love dips and spreads. I could shout it from the rooftops. I could send you a singing telegram. I could mail you a letter detailing my love and appreciation for dips and spreads. In my fantasy dream world, dips and spreads are a main course served up at evening meal seven days a week. OK, you get my point. But, here’s the reality: dips and spreads have come a long way since your mama’s Velveeta Cheese Surprise. And in more ways than one. In terms of nutritional value, dips and spreads can provide you not only quality vitamins and nutrients, but can also be a quick and healthy source of protein. For those who choose a diet without meat, finding new and creative ways to receive adequate protein is often times a pro-active process. This is just yet one more reason I love a good dip! If you play your cards right, they are also jam-packed with a source of fun, entertainment and bragging rights at social gatherings. “Who brought this dip, it’s amaaazing!” And that’s really the true beauty of a great dip: it always tastes better when you share it with others. As we all know, some of the best recipes in the “go-to” box are passed along by a friend or a family member who has reworked it

to perfect so you don’t have to. It’s a fix-it-and-forget-it kind of project, if you like. I’m no culinary wizard, but I have always been told that my hot spinach dip is legendary. I share my recipe every opportunity I get. My spinach dip does not combine rocket science and complex secret foods, rather just a few simple, key ingredients blended just-so (and baked with a generous helping of grated cheese). These simple-yet-delicious dip formulas frequented conversations with pals. I was living abroad in Argentina last year and found myself often pining for some of the home-cooked, good timing crowd pleasers I had come to love with my friends. So, I invited a handful of my favourite people to join me in a culinary adventure. I decided to form The Pan American Dips and Spreads Club, aka: P.A.D.S. It started with a love of dips and spreads, and then flourished into an informal sort of club for my snack loving pals and me. This was the inception of PADS. We don’t actually meet for regular monthly meetings. There aren’t any gold-star membership cards and by no means is there an official rewards program, except for the fact that occasionally tucked inside your email inbox you might find a tried, tested, and true recipe from a snack-savvy friend. Together we share our love for all things delicious that come from one cozy kitchen to another.

HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE BY SERVING DIPS AND SPREADS: Fresh, simple ingredients. A dip involving 100 per cent real cheese produces a 99.9 per cent sure fire success rate. The dip-chip is critical; crunchy, scoop-able, and sturdy for those stand-up thick dips. If a dip is well received, always be prepared to share the recipe. No one likes a “Secret Family Recipe Hoarder.” And besides, who knows what dip recipe they might have up their sleeve the next time you’re sitting around their table. Dips and spreads come in every make and model these days. From the classic, spinach and artichoke to the hummus to the black bean to the if-you-can-food-processor-it-you-can-make-it-a-dip mentality. I’d like to stray a little further off the dips and spreads beaten path here and share with you a rather special recipe that comes from a great friend and PADS member, Courtenay. Courtenay has always had a knack for putting just the right ingredients in just the right combinations and surprising us with a can’t-get-enough-chip-to-dip kind of treat. Meet the lentil. The lentil is a friendly legume who’s calories come from approximately 25 per cent protein. Here’s a fantastic opportunity to get that protein punch from the lentils and beans category. Believe it or not, legumes have the third-highest level of protein by weight of any plant-based food after soybeans and hemp, making them an excellent protein source for vegetarians, or “flexitarians” like myself. Not only that, but lentils contain dietary fibre, folate, vitamin B1 and minerals. Looking for iron? The lentil has that too. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But the lentil is peasant’s food! And now you want me to pull the wool over my guests’ eyes and use it to entertain them?” Do not be fooled by this misleading statement. True, lentils are a very inexpensive and humble protein alternative, but the lentil is also flavour-packed. The lentil is about to become your new best friend. Have I sold you on the lentil? If you’re still doubting the flavour possibilities of the basic lentil, look no further: this fool-proof lentil dip recipe will leave you and your guests feeling fully satisfied and your dip bowl emptied. It’s a real party pleaser and hit for the masses. For instance, it’s Saturday night, your girls are coming over. Lentil dip. It’s Sunday afternoon, you can’t be bothered drumming up a dinner plan. Lentil dip. It’s lunch hour on Tuesday, what did I pack in my lunch kit? Lentil dip. I can’t offer you a money-back guarantee. However, I can say that the first time I had this lentil dip at a Saturday soiree girl’s gathering sitting up on Courtenay’s bar stool, the dip was cleared right off the platter as I took the liberty of the last chip scoop. Here’s a dip you can be proud of - it’s so healthy and crammed with flavour, you might not have any leftovers for snacking the next day.

CURRY LENTIL WITH A KICK DIP 1 cup of dried lentil beans A few squirts of fresh lemon juice 2-3 teaspoons medium curry powder 1 crushed garlic clove 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika or cayenne (for the kick) 1/4 cup grated parmesan or mozzarella cheese (or your favourite cheese) 3 tablespoons of olive oil Cook dry lentil beans using package directions and drain. Using your handy food processor pulverize all of the above ingredients and spices except the cheese. You might need to adjust your spices depending on the spice factor you’re going for. Place the lentil dip mixture into a casserole dish, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celcius just until cheese is melted on top. Serve with pita or tortilla chips. Or serve with raw vegetables. You could also add sliced red peppers or onions too, for additional options.

PITA CHIPS Here’s a great way to make chips healthy. I like to buy the whole wheat pitas in the bakery section of the supermarket. I keep it simple. Triangle slice your pita pockets before placing them on a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Sprinkle olive oil over the nice little triangles you have just carefully cut out. Bop the pita triangles into the oven at the same temperature as the dip for just a few minutes until they are slightly browned and crispy. Now you have the chip to accompany the dip. Your life is complete. Velveeta Cheese Lovers, eat your heart out, because tonight, we’re having dips and spreads for dinner!

To read more, including real life adventures (and sometimes mis-adventures) from Mel, visit her blog:


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Foodie/writer { Terrah Jong } likes an organized closet, ferry rides & room temperature water, while designer { Liz Grant } likes sunny days & sharpie markers.

The spring and summer months offer the most brilliant and effortlessly unadulterated food flavours of the year. Think purchase to plate or, from farm to table when creating meals during these seasons, as eating off the vine from May through to September is a welcomed possibility. Our farmer’s markets are carrying more local produce in the Spring and Summer months than any other season, and boast fare that is uncomplicated, visibly bold, and teeming with robust flavor. Simply put, in the warmer months, aim to keep it simple. The enjoyment I experience from seasonal shopping in the spring and summer directly relates to this mantra, from farm to table, and especially typifies the sensorial experience from being in a farmer’s market during these particular seasons. Those pleasurable “mmm’s” from tasting something as simple as a cucumber cube or round of carrot, a juicy slice of peach or blueberry burst. Such simple, palatable joys are unmatched during any other season. Being attune to the simple sense of taste, for me, has become something likened to a spiritual practice, and a fundamental part of my stuff of life, I increasingly experience this innate connection between nature, its bestowals, and my own sustenance as something deserving of my thanks and reverence. By aiming to create fresh and simple menus that serve to accentuate the organic flavours of spring and summer and nurture your appetence for fantastic nosh, you too can pay homage to the incredible nature of these seasons. So, first things first, locate and get to your favourite local farmer’s market when

considering what to make and where to purchase the bulk of your seasonal fresh ingredients. Aside from carrying the most juicy, tender, and flavourful fare available (due to its seasonal quality), supporting your local market translates into something significant at the grassroots level. By purchasing your tomatoes at a farmer’s market, for instance, you immediately participate in greener purchasing and have a direct effect on the economic sustainability of your local farms and food vendors. Compared to purchasing at corporately owned grocery stores, the energy costs associated with shipping, packaging, and protecting the produce for consumption from farm to purchasing point is dramatically lower. This immediately contributes to decreased energy expenditures for food travel. Even making the choice to acquire up to half of your grocery list at a local farmer’s market will directly contribute to the success of local food production. According to organic food website Local Harvest, only 18 cents out of every dollar spent at a big-box grocery store actually trickles down to the farmer invested in yielding food due to the high number of intermediaries required to transport and sell any number of farmed goods. Farmer’s markets, on the other hand, allow for a greater percentage of earnings to go directly back to the point of production. In turn, this enables local sustainable farming, the continued solidarity of our food networks, and direct communication links that liaise local food interests. It is important to remember that certain big-box stores may be so depersonalized in their operations that they more than likely do not have the particular needs of your local food community in mind.

Perhaps in a more personal way, however, venturing to your local farmer’s market can also affect the quality of your own social sustainability. Not only do you connect yourself to a larger community of people who are directly a part of, value, and support local food production, but you have an opportunity to create relationships with the people directly involved in the cultivation and maintenance of the food you eat, giving you the best opportunity to understand its cultural geography and the agronomic processes involved. The chance of running into an acquaintance or friend is also high enough during an afternoon at the market to ensure you have someone to share your food with at the end of the day. It is always important to remember that food is charged with a socially distinct power to bring people together – as do our warmer seasons – so try to enjoy entertaining the notion that food and sun are better when shared and celebrated. Finally, given that the food available in our farmer’s markets is, by nature, palatable and succulent in the warmer seasons, creating flavourful meals, in theory, requires little effort on your part. If you’re someone who is not inclined to work with food or create your own meals, I would encourage you to throw that fear aside and allow yourself to experiment with the colours and tastes that your body and mind respond to. You owe it to yourself to begin to experience how meaningful the relationship between fresh food, food preparation, and consumption can be during the spring and summer months, and little can go wrong with food this selfexplanatory.

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SOME SEASONAL FOOD TO WATCH FOR: Spring: asparagus, fava beans, peas, radishes, leeks, rhubarb, cabbage, lettuce & spinach. Early summer: apricots, blueberries, broccoli, cherries, cucumber, herbs, onions & string beans. Later summer: watermelon, corn, summer squash, zucchini, figs, peaches, nectarines, plums, raspberries, sweet peppers, heirloom tomatoes & shell beans.



1 cup fresh peas (not thawed) 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes 1 garlic clove, smashed 3 cups packed baby spinach (3 ounces) 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 8-10 blanched asparagus or broccolini spears 1 pound dried gnocchi 1/4 cup grated parmesan

1 garlic clove, minced (using jarred minced garlic is something my mom has used for years. Just as good here) 1 large egg yolk 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese 1 good tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (or as much as you like, to taste) 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp honey dash of Worcestershire sauce some coarse ground salt 1/4 cup of walnut oil 1 cup of walnuts, fresh dill, baby romaine lettuce, romaine hearts or escarole (as much as you like to match the dressing)

Simmer peas with cream, red pepper flakes, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 12 inch heavy skillet covered until tender (about five minutes). Add spinach or arugala and cook over medium-low heat uncovered stirring until wilted. Remove from heat and stir in blanched asparagus or broccolini, lemon zest, and juice. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi in a pasta pot of boiling salted water until al dente (gnocchi will rise to the top of boiling water, approximately two to three minutes). Add gnocchi to sauce. Thin with additional cooking water if necessary. Top with a good helping of fresh shredded parmesan cheese and ground pepper, and garnish with lemon wedges.

Mix walnut oil, walnuts, and honey in a food processor or Magic Bullet. Mix with all other ingredients. Dress salad. Add handful of whole walnuts and large shaven flakes of parmesan cheese to garnish. Serve with lemon wedges.

FREESTYLE HEIRLOOM TOMATO, BASIL, & THREE CHEESE SALAD As many ripe tomatoes (I typically use vine of any variety and always at room temperature) as you need (1 per person) As many whole basil leaves as you care to use/taste (I usually use 6 whole leaves per tomato) Good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil Coarse salt and pepper (Plenty of both to taste. With this particular salad, I like more salt than pepper.) Feta cheese, goat cheese or fresh mozzarella Parmesan cheese

De-core and cut tomatoes in the size of wedges you prefer. Combine basil leaves, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add feta and parmesan cheese. Let sit at room temperature if you have time. Add goat cheese and another sprinkle of parmesan cheese. DO NOT mix goat cheese, as it will smear. Serve at room temperature. Also, “freestyle� here implies adding whatever you like to the mix should that be some leftover dried baguette, olives, different cheeses, or roasted garlic.


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BEGONIA HOUSE Founded in 2010, Kelsey Genna is a handmade label based in New Zealand. The label is independently run with all garments being made to measure and in limited quantities.  All pieces are sold exclusively through the KG Online Boutique.  Kelsey, 19 years old, recently graduated with a degree in fashion design.


One band a day, every day, 28 Daytrotter Session songs each week { Liz Field } likes back yards and bike rides and camping & { Johnnie Cluney } likes to create colourful portraits. Seth Godin, best selling author of Unleashing the Idea Virus, wrote his book centered on the concept that “ideas that are free spread faster, and ideas that spread, win.” After five million people downloaded a free copy of his book online in 2000, readers began requesting a hard copy of the digital book and were willing to pay. He self published the book, put it on Amazon, and ended up making more money off the book he gave away for free than the previous book he wrote and sold for profit. In the recent documentary Press Pause Play, Godin says the lesson he learned was not that this was a good way to make money, but that “this changes everything.” Fast forward nearly ten years later and substitute “ideas” for “music.” No. Stop thinking about Napster. Pass Napster and move on in the online music sharing chronology. Enter in Daytrotter, Illinois based music publishers, and their recording studio, The Horseshack. Co-founder Sean Moeller and the team at Daytrotter have connected similar conceptual dots, so to speak, as Godin did in 2000, and understand that if music is going to be listened to, it needs to be accessible. In their seemingly short history, music downloading sites have been extremely successful at making music free and accessible, but have failed at investing and crediting musicians for their work. Instead, Daytrotter has found a way to maintain the best parts of the recording process and showcase and promote the musicians they work with. And adds they give the music away for free. And as Godin says, they seem to be “winning.” In the last five years, over 21 million songs have been downloaded from their website. To some, it may seem difficult to fully define and encapsulate what Daytrotter is setting out to do. But, they are quite clear about

it on their website: “What Daytrotter is attempting to do is to not kid around with you and tell you that we found something that you never knew existed. We are going to contribute to the musical landscape, not just toss it around like a used book or a stolen pick-up line. We’re going to give you something that you truly have never heard. We are not giving you songs from someone you love’s record album, thereby stealing from someone you love. We’re giving you exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands.” At this ever increasingly digitalized time in history, it seems like it’s becoming harder and harder to hang on to things of the past, as old continuously makes way for newer, brighter, shinier, and faster. Acting as a musical snapshot for the particular moment in time, a band stops in while on tour, takes a couple hours out of their schedule, and lays down a few tracks on the analog equipment at The Horseshack. Daytrotter makes no attempts to fuel hype or create an artificial experience for listeners, or for the band recording, for that matter. It’s written on the Daytrotter website: “These songs are them as they are on that particular day, on that particular tour - dirty and alive.” “It seemed like something that we could make happen, you know, convincing touring bands to stop in while on the road and give us a moment of their time,” Moeller says, and the concept has remained very true to itself. “I think if we could go back to the [song] postings from the start to those the way they are done now, you’d see very little change. And I couldn’t be prouder of that.” When asked to paint a picture of what The Horseshack recording studio was like, Moeller said, “The painting would use a lot


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of the colour off-white. Think of all of the offwhite that you’ve ever viewed in all of your life and we’re getting there.” Though Moeller says they started up on something of a whim, it seems difficult to conceive that the likes of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Death Cab for Cutie could agree to record in a space that sounds less appealing than a hospital hallway. Moeller makes no attempts to dress up or sell the studio space as an impressive piece of real estate. “It’s really nothing glamorous at all. It’s an old-radio station that we’ve taken over, moved a bunch of old analog recording equipment into it and gone about our business. It’s a bit dingy, the bathroom is in rough shape, but the walls make the sounds sound good. Who knows where it gets its magic?” And magic it has. Perhaps at least some of it could be credited to the simplicity of the recording process, which is hardly surprising, given that it falls in line with everything else about Daytrotter. The official process, according to Moeller, starts off with bands walking up three flights of stairs, after which they become “really stoked” that the studio is filled with highly coveted mint condition analog gear. Next, they “plug in” patch cords to guitars and amps to outlets and grab a beer, or coffee. Finally, they have fun for approximately two hours, and are excited to be recording to tape. This elementary, yet profound method seems to effortlessly capture the essence of the session being recording. Moeller wants to feature bands and their music in what he considers their most honest state. “The way we record bands, you’re able to hear genuine meaning and emotion in the music. It’s coming from that original place and it’s not been touched too much,” he says. “I think it’s as important of a state for any kind of art. When it gets too fussy, boy does it lose something.” And then Moeller seems

to draw his conclusion as he’s sharing his thoughts. “It loses the best part about why anyone created it in the first place. That’s exactly why people respond to it.” In addition to the build-it-from-the-ground-up studio sessions Daytrotter produces, there is also an in-house artist that illustrates each band that records a session. Johnnie Cluney has created unique and endearing images for every band that has recorded a session. Combining luminous colours and effective use of light and shadow, each illustration is a vivid interpretation of the musicians. Cluney’s honest and engaging portraits are coupled with an article profiling the group or individual, written by Moeller. His words provide insightful context for the recording to exist, as if to pull the back the covers and say “See? This is why…” After only a few visits perusing the website, the uncounted time, effort and skill required to make the project possible, the same required for all handcrafted productions, become like old trusty friends, welcoming you back. “Our motto is to do everything the hard way in hopes that it makes us stick out,” Moeller says. “The integral factors to Daytrotter sessions are... painfully laborious and it’s good that way. We’ll just keep doing it this way forever.” And while thousands of people continue to download songs every week from their website, the fine folks at Daytrotter quietly continue getting on with their business. One band a day. Everyday. Producing 28 Daytrotter session songs each week. This is definitely one free idea we know will continue to spread. This might just change everything. To learn more about Daytrotter, or to watch videos of bands recording in the studio, or to scroll through the hundreds of candy coloured illustrations of artists or to listen to some of the songs (and then download them for free of course), please visit

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THE FITTING ROOM BY LEAH VAN LOON AND ANIA B. CLOTHING from & at Holt Renfrew | WIGS Deva Dave Salon | MODEL Ania B. appears courtesy of NEXT Models { VISIT } &

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Dress by Gucci

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Top and skirt by Lanvin | Jewelry by Alan Anderson | Shoes by Alexander Wang

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Dress by Roberto Cavali | Jewellery by Alan Anderson | Dress by Dries Van Noten

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Dress by Victoria Beckham | Jewelry by Alan Anderson | Shoes by Christian Louboutin

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As told to { Liz Field } who loves the internets

BRITTANY AND JACOB’S LIKES & LOVES Likes * Avenir * WEFUNK ( * Hop Czar from Bridgeport Brewery * John Vavartos boots * Stacks and stacks of magazines Loves * Afternoon latte breaks * Letterpressed anything * Forest Park right outside our door * Nice people who make cool things * Nuvrei Blueberry Blackberry scones *

No matter what season, occasion, or event, there will always be reasons you are called upon or inspired to give a gift to someone. But, how many times have you walked into a store on a gift hunt and been asked, “What can I help you with today?” Perhaps you are completely overwhelmed with all the options out there and have no idea where to begin. Or the person you are buying a gift for already has everything you could ever think to get them and you are at a loss. Or you are on a mission to find the most unique item, something that is entirely reflective of the rare and wonderful recipient, whom you want to express such to. Or, you are normally a gift-finding-and-giving professional, someone everyone else turns to for advice when it comes to this kind of thing, but you just seem to be having an off day. Whatever the reason, this gift hunt has nearly brought you to the edge of an anxiety attack, and the only honest response you have is, “I’m looking for something, for someone.” If this has happened to you, even once, we need to introduce you to some new friends. Meet Brittany and Jacob Reiff, gift curators and founders of – your new favorite online collection of gifts-to-be. Brittany and Jacob recently took some time to chat with us and spill some of their gift-giving secrets and why they love what they do.

How did you come up with the idea for Wantist? What were your goals when you first started out? Have they changed since you started? We started out with a lot of scattered ideas. Generally, we knew we wanted to make something great on the web. Our interests, while varied, had always seemed to circle back to a love for well-designed products and retail. And by well-designed, we mean that broadly – things that are smart, efficient, sustainable, multi-purpose, in addition to being beautiful, are the epitome of awesome to us. While our research was exposing opportunities in the social shopping space, our curiosity had us wondering about what really made a great experience with a product, from start to finish. To us, a great experience included everything from the marketing that leads to discovery, to the

For amazing gifts & generally inspiring items, { VISIT } WARNING: you’ll go back again and again and again…



Do’s * Wrap the gift – always. * For weddings, buy from the registry. * Give for non-occasions. * Be careful with coupons – waiting is not a very fun gift. * Get them something nicer than what they’d get themselves. * Don’t... * Pass by something great. When you see a perfect gift for someone, get it then, even if the occasion is months away. * Hedge or apologize – be proud of your gift! * Be competitive. One-upping is not what it’s about. * Give expecting to receive. * Forget to write a thank you note. *

* They met doing high school theater. Jacob was on stage, Brittany was a techie. * They both grew up in Dallas, TX. * They attended

customer service you get at the store, to the experience of using it, even how you dispose of it – and hopefully consistency between all these parts. At around the same time, we were learning about all kinds of independent retailers and makers. Those making a living, in part to places like Etsy, and independent boutiques all over the world that, thankfully, had wonderful little online shops too. With all these thoughts rolling around in our heads, we set out to make something big. In our imaginations it had a gajllion features and social bells and whistles (because social was the new hotness – this was Fall ‘09ish). Somewhere in there we launched a blog to begin telling the stories of makers that we loved so much. Unfortunately, the blog became a bit of a distraction for us and we decided it was time to reel in our focus, zoom in on the best parts of our ideas, and get to work. At the heart of what we wanted to do was bring attention to the wonderful products and people we were discovering, and blur the line between small independent sellers and big retailers. When we realized that, the opportunity in the gift-giving space became clear. Great gifts can be found all over, and finding the perfect gift for someone can be a really thrilling and rewarding shopping

The University of Texas at Austin. Jacob studied printmaking and video art. Brittany studied photojournalism and public relations. * They lived in and loved Austin for eight years. * They moved to Portland in 2005. * They adopted a cute little puppy who grew up into a crazy catahoula. His name is Everett and he terrorizes their studio. * They live and work in a studio downtown and walk nearly everywhere. *

experience, or it can be a headache. We want to help ensure the former.

they got sucked in and suddenly an hour was gone.

Why do you think people respond so well to the site? I think it’s a combination of things. First, the curation is a big time-saver, which people seem to really appreciate. As mentioned before, there are great gifts everywhere, but finding them, often among a sea of not-sogreat-gifts and under a time crunch, can be overwhelming and zap the fun right out of gift-giving. Coming to Wantist knowing that there’s a plethora of good gifts on the site gives people a great starting point.

What is your philosophy on gift giving? When you think about it, gift giving is often used as a relationship strengthener. You’re sort of saying, “Hey look, I know you so well that I got you this something that is so quintessentially you.” At the same time, your recipient feels understood and appreciated. There’s a connection being acknowledged and that’s a great way to celebrate a friendship.

Second, is the site’s simplicity. We made Wantist as simple as we could imagine it to be. We determined that searching by personality and gift-type was a more natural way to shop for a gift, like having a conversation with a great salesperson. The “I’m looking for something for someone” interface works beautifully to filter the products this way. The third thing I think people really like about the site is the treasure hunt aspect of it. If you’re in a hurry, you can find a great gift quickly, but if you’re not, it can be so much fun to just wander around a bit and and discover wonderful products – and maybe add some to your own wish list. We hear from people all the time about how

I guess you could say our gift giving philosophy is that a little effort goes a long way. It’s unfortunate that giving a gift can feel obligatory on certain occasions, but if you approach it as an opportunity to make a nice gesture for someone, a touch of forethought can make a more lasting impression than you might think. What are gifts that you can never go wrong giving to someone? I’d love to be able to say something like “a bottle of wine” or “a wonderful candle” but in reality, context matters, and these options aren’t great for everyone. However, I do recommend having an emergency gift stash for last minute needs. To stock your stash, identify some of your own favorite things and keep a spare of each on hand somewhere.

by Rich Terfry AKA Buck 65

Rarely will you come across a radio personality with a hip-hop career that spans more than two decades. What might surprise you further, is this radio personality may not live up to what may stereotypically come to mind when you think of hip-hop artists. Enter Rich Terfry, also known as Buck 65, host of CBC afternoon show, Radio 2 Drive. With nearly twenty albums under his belt and a wildly eclectic taste in music, he is a bit of a wild card. But, he wouldn’t really have it any other way.


{ Rich Terfry AKA Buck 65 } love bikes, his wife, the films of Robert Bresson & paintings depicting the torment/temptation of St. Anthony.

I love Paris. I hate it, but I love it too. I moved there in 2002. I stayed for six years. It was hard for me to get used to a life without the poetry of baseball, the refuge of humour or the luxury of personal space. But I learned several languages: French, that of cats, human hands, and the music of trains. The French are card players. They’re all sad and everyone knows someone famous. The French taught me to fight. It takes a lot of work to get a French person to open up to you, but when they do, they swallow you whole. The concept of “the nerd” doesn’t exist in France because all French people are nerds – well put-together, elegant nerds. To the French, contradiction is an artform and dancing is a form of self-defence. The national pastimes of France are protest and hand-clapping. I respect the French. There seems to be a rule that you can’t live in Paris if you’re not beautiful (I snuck in). But Parisians infuriate me. They almost ruin the city for me. Almost. I like being challenged, but not relentlessly. In Paris you can piss on a statue made by a famous artist but you can’t sit on the grass. You can light an expensive automobile on fire if you don’t like the film you just saw but laughing out loud is forbidden. I can never stay mad at Paris for long. Godard always brings me back. And Gainsbourg. I’ve been everywhere and it really is the most beautiful city in the world.

There’s a hateful kind of cold air unique to Paris, but walking its streets, you feel like your life is being read aloud from the greatest novel ever written.

shoulders of a water buffalo. And in a back room, a young-ish mute with a hunched back and heavy glasses agonizes over his work mounting exotic insects on a board...

But what I love most about Paris is the hidden-away places. There’s what I suppose you would call a bookstore on rue Gîtle-Cœur that’s actually a tomb made of books. The proprietor died in an avalanche of erotica and Dadaism back in the mid90s. There’s a fake moustache emporium on a side street in Pigalle. The narrowest street in Paris is hidden away in the fifth arrondissement. It’s as wide as the span of an adult’s arms and is called Rue du Chatqui-Pêche - which translates to Street of the Fishing Cat. How magical is that?!

I’ve never heard anyone speak a word inside the confines of Deyrolle. The mind reels with a velocity too great to permit it. But glances are exchanged between the few of us lucky enough to have found it that say, “don’t you dare tell anyone else about this place.” I’ll likely be killed for writing this essay.

I have a hundred favourite places in Paris, but my favourite by far is Deyrolle. I don’t know quite how to describe it or even what to call it, but I’ll try... Deyrolle is a boutique/natural-historymuseum/cabinet-of-curiosities/I-don’t-knowwhat on rue du Bac in the seventh district. You can buy gardening supplies there. You can buy a beautiful hand-made poster depicting the circulatory system of the human body or you can simply marvel over the hundreds of taxidermied animals that populate the creaky second floor. Sometimes the animals are wearing clothes. Sometimes they are collected around a banquet table. Always, they are arranged in impossible acquaintances: a moose, a zebra and a pig gathered in a corner, looking as if they’re gossiping about the exotic birds in the glass armoire. A goose riding piggy-back on the

Deyrolle was completely destroyed by fire early in 2008. I was on the opposite bank of the Seine that morning. I raced over as soon as I heard the news (which was passed along in choked whispers). Outside, strangers wept in each other’s arms. I fell to the ground at the sight of the flames leaping from the windows. My secret asylum was gone. Wealthy weirdos from around Paris and beyond banded together and revived Deyrolle. Its doors are open again. Experiments in black magic are still conducted against the will of God there. But it’s not as dusty as it was. The floors don’t creak anymore. They weren’t able to replace the least explainable artifacts. Refurbishment has robbed the place of much of its mystery. The new fixtures and paintjob give the subtle impression that what goes on there somehow makes sense. It doesn’t, but it feels like it does. But fire couldn’t kill my love of Deyrolle. There’s still nowhere on Earth anything like it. I visit every chance I get. It’s where I hope to end up when I die.

To see more of Deyrolle, visit: To listen to Rich Terfry on the radio, visit: & to listen to Buck 65, visit:

DIY SUMMER MAKE-UP { Megan Larson } loves color, Saje essential oils & New York City. { Nicole Irene } loves to take pretty pictures.

LOOK #1: BRONZED AND BEAUTIFUL Bronzed in every tone from saffron, to gold to terra cotta, this look is all about adding depth and dimension to the skin. Complete this look with a bold brow and a dab of clear gloss on the lips and eyelids (Yes! Eyelids!) and you are a force to be reckoned with! What you need/how to rock-it-out: Bronzer. Duh. But don’t be afraid to try out a few different colours of bronzers. I love mixing a really creamy golden colour with a burnt-rose hue to create dimension and a more natural look.

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Two sizes of powder brushes. It’s a good idea to have a larger, fluffy powder brush as well as a smaller, condensed brush. With the larger brush you can sweep the lighter bronzer all over the face to create that warm glow. With the smaller powder brush, use a slightly darker tone in your bronzer and focus on hitting where the sun would naturally hit you. Start in your temples, work down to the cheek bone into the face and then finish it off with a little under the jawline. It’s like you are creating a number three working down the face. Use the bronzers as eyeshadows. What? Yes. Really. Go ahead. Try it. I dare you. By using the same tones all over the face, you are going to create a very natural but super sexy beach look. For amping it up even more, dab a small dot of clear gloss in the center of your eyelid to create that wet and sultry look. Will it get even wetter and smudgier as the night goes on? Absolutely. So, make sure you save that dab of gloss for a night when you’re wanting to rock out being a bit of a hot mess.

LIPS: Wil d, bold or prett y. Take your pic k!

LOOK #2: PRETTY AND PASTEL Creamy, whipped colors on the face. It’s not about harsh colours or precise placement. Instead, think diffused and blended. It’s like softserve ice cream for your eyes. What you need/how to rock-it-out: soft, pastel colors for the eyes, cheeks and lips. Remember, this look is about light colours and soft application. Play around with textures of products! If you have a frosty aqua eyeshadow, try a creamy pink or coral lip colour that has no shimmer or sparkle. Having the juxtaposition of textures will make the look more hip and less matchy-matchy. Soft, fluffy blending brushes. Since this look is all about soft edges, you will need the right tools! If your experience is in the sponge-tip realm of shadow brushes, don’t fear! MAC Cosmetics #217 blending brush is like the training wheels of blending; there’s no way that you can mess it up! Start on the lid and blend out past the crease of your eyes and bring it all the way around the lash line. Creamy, hydrating foundation. The look of the season is luscious, supple skin. Forget the matte skin of the 90’s; modern skin is luminous and glowing. Go for a cream, liquid or gel foundation before going for a powder. When applying your foundation, start in the center of your face and like a starburst work the product outwards to the perimeter of your face. The majority of coverage you need will be in the center of your face (redness on the nose/cheeks, under-eye circles), you don’t really need a lot of foundation in your hairline, right?

LAST WORDS: Make-up should be an accessory, not a crutch. You’re beautiful no matter what, so just open up that make-up bag and HAVE FUN!

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GIRLS WITH GLASSES Brooke White and Summer Bellessa are more than just a pair of stunners in fashionably framed specs. They created The Girls with Glasses Show for women (and men!) who want to be entertained, informed, and enlightened on topics in the art, fashion, and entertainment industries. They’ve coined it “the smart girl talk show” and have founded it on equal parts intelligence, humour, and heart. They chat with WLWL about the show, what they love, and throwing great parties.

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WLWL: HOW DID GWG GET STARTED? GWG: We met and became pals on Myspace five years ago. Summer was a model and networking genius who had a dress line and I was an aspiring singer-songwriter and nanny cutting hair in my bathroom. We kept in touch online. Summer invited me to play and sing in a back yard “she-market.” I then went on to American Idol and Summer created Eliza magazine. After my run on Idol, Summer put me on the cover – nice right? A few years later I kept getting the notion to call Summer and collaborate on a creative project. We got together for Belgian waffles at the IHOP in West L.A., we both showed up wearing our plastic framed glasses. That’s when inspiration struck: The Girls With Glasses show! A quirky, colorful, super cute, sleaze-free, smart but not too serious talk/variety/lifestyle show for fun gals! Our goal was to have a T.V. show and take over the world, Oprah-style. But after being told by industry professionals that “nice girls just don’t have their own TV shows,” we knew it wouldn’t be a snap. But we aren’t easily defeated, so we went ahead and started releasing our videos online. We wrote our own theme song, “I am a girl,” called our amazing photographer friend Angela Kohler, and shot a stop motion video that is adorable (if we may humbly say so ourselves). We’d still love to be in your television (and the future is looking bright), but in the meantime the format has evolved to short and sweet segments on the world wide web. Either way we’re going to keep going cause we love making our show!

BROOKE Likes Parenthood (The TV show, though the real thing would be nice) Elephant Font (especially in italics! A bit of font snob – love typography) Stripes (This is a like-love) California (Always wanted to live there and now I do!) The Seventies (I live in the wrong decade) Loves Eggs Benedict (A White Family tradition – my birthday breakfast) Carole King (Music in general blows my mind daily) Projects (All kinds) Shoes (Love shoes so much, but I don’t love to wear ‘em) Canadians (My husband AKA Dave Ray CPA)

WLWL: WHAT DO YOU WANT VIEWERS / READERS / FOLLOWERS TO “GET” FROM THE GWG? WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PHILOSOPHY? GWG: We want our viewers to be entertained first and foremost but also, uplifted, we’re not here to get a cheap laugh or do the same old cliche shpeal. We want to inspire girls (with or without glasses... or guys) to be creative, dream big and notice the happier details of life. We want to spotlight talent that deserves to be discovered, and show gals like us how to make cool stuff, wear cute clothes, eat yummy things, contribute to the planet, and see the world all through our fresh quirky perspective. Our creative philosophy is that living a creative life is both fun and obtainable, in any stage of life, on any budget. WLWL: HOW DO THE OTHER CREATIVE PROJECTS YOU’RE INVOLVED IN INFLUENCE THE GWG SHOW? GWG: With Summer being the editor for Eliza magazine, she has an eye for what’s on the cusp of mainstream fashion and culture, she knows what we’ll be wearing next year. Her classic and yet modern approach to style is effortless, and has set the tone for The Girls With Glasses aesthetic. Summer is business, from organizing photo shoots to editing content. She’s savvy and street smart. She’s keeps us focused and on track. Brooke brings her energy, her optimism, her excitement for life, thirst for all things creative and her musical expertise. From day one, music has been an integral part of our show, we wrote our own theme song and continue to write and record our own songs as part of the show. This element sets us apart from other lifestyle shows, on both internet and TV. WLWL: WHAT ARE SOME KEY PIECES OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO OTHERS ORGANIZING / PLANNING EVENTS? GWG: We learned that throwing a party isn’t a cakewalk, so if you have the dough, we’d tell you to hire the ladies of Bash Please ( If you are a DIY kind of person that likes to tackle a project like us, then start by making a list. First things first, figure out what your budget is and plan on doubling it - that’s reality. Second step: know your space. What challenges does your location


SUMMER Likes Famous the dog (sidekick/GWG mascot... he got bumped when Rockwell was born) The color seafoam Long dresses The Mary Tyler Moore Show Cute girls who sing love songs Loves Rockwell Audrey Hepburn Creme Brulee To Catch a Thief Her hubby’s cheekbones

present? Gawdy carpet? Pink wallpaper? Vaulted ceilings? Pick a theme and a color scheme that is complimentary to the space, then put together an inspiration board. Pinterest is a great resource for finding and cataloguing inspirational images. Don’t forget, people need to eat and drink; figure out what works best for the occasion. And to avoid a full blown melt-down. Don’t go it alone. Call up your creative pals and delegate according to their strengths. Music can be a strong tool to keep the energy up, from the planning process to the party itself. Remember, it’s all about the DETAILS! Oh, and of course there will be flaws. Not everything will go as planned, but don’t sweat it! Have fun and your guests will too! P.S.- PEOPLE LOVE FREE STUFF (enough said). WLWL: HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE DIFFERENT FACETS TO SOCIAL MEDIA? (BLOG, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, MYSPACE, YOUTUBE..) WHY ARE THESE SO IMPORTANT FOR GWG? GWG: The internet is where our audience lives, it’s where they were introduced to The Girls With Glasses, and is such a powerful communication tool. We love the direct connection that we have with our audience and fan base, and we are able to have instant feedback and their positive comments and support really keep us moving through the challenges of trying to go after our own dream. There is a camaraderie and community that we have found, and that is priceless. At the end of the day you can only do so much, so we just do a little each day. A tweet here, a blog post there and we can’t make those videos fast enough!

{ Matt Sloan } loves to take photos &

{ Aeni Domme } loves to do make-up.

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ANGEL MIST PHOTOGRAPHY Florence Leung, STYLING Sarah Danniels, | MAKE-UP Oz Zandiyeh using MAC Cosmetics, | HAIR Jenine Lehfeldt, | MODELS Kimberley Rae represented by LUXE Models, & Karie represented by Carrie Wheeler,

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Hat, H&M | Shirt dress (worn as shirt), Sarah Runnals Collection | Skirt, Sarah Runnals Collection |

Dress, Eva Chen |

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Bodysuit, American Apparel | Sheer dress, Sarah Runnals Collection |

Dress (worn as top), Sarah Runnals Collection | Skirt, Sarah Runnals Collection | Shoes, Aldo |

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Dress, Eva Chen |

Jacket, Nora | Dress, Kimchee Blue |

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ON KIMBERLEY (left): Sheer dress, Anna Talbot | ON KARIE: Sheer dress, Sarah Runnals Collection | Glove, Aldo | Bodysuit, American Apparel |


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{ Michelle Crimmins } likes the view from where the Great Wall meets the sea and Nicki Minaj & Julian Casablancas. Send her a note to say hello:

I consider myself fortunate to have stumbled across a few personal secrets to happiness at my young age, and am ever more fortunate to be able to live out those secrets. I left Canada 10 months ago to teach high school English in Beijing, China, because what I value most is being able to do what I love everyday (secret #1: live what you love), and doors were not opening for me at home (secret #2: walk through open doors without hesitation). It never seemed worth it to me to spend a year going from school to school as a substitute teacher, walking into student’s lives at 8 a.m. and out at 3 p.m., when I could be loving on the same kids everyday, helping them mold their own minds somewhere foreign and popular (popular thanks to Patrick Watson, Jackie Chan, and knock-off Ray Bans).

Now that the school-year is drawing to a close, and I am mentally preparing for home, I am realizing that my secret #1 to happiness conflicts with my secret #2 of unhappiness (saying goodbye for serious, which takes second place only to having to do in class daily attendance). At the end of each year, students move on and hopefully upward to their next open door, while teachers stay back and quietly remember them – powerless to the transition. How do you say goodbye to students who were so keen, so wild, so honest, and so loving that they were your reason for getting out of bed each day in a foreign land? How do you say goodbye to the street meat on sticks, the ex-pat bars where old whiteys score young Asians without saying a word, the spitting and the urinating anywhere and everywhere, the death defying driving, and men with

“Karaoke, Ph. D” on their business cards buying you a drink. How do you find your way back home from this place? Hey Lady has never been an ace at reconciling goodbyes, but secret #3 of happiness trumps all gloom: “iI you are willing to be a chameleon, you will adopt everything and make it a permanent part of you.” I won’t say goodbye to my kids, teacher camp, or Beijingaling because there is no need. In those quiet moments of reflection I’ll have when I’m back in Canada, I will remember every story inside me, every student who changed me, and every ridiculous detail about living in China. To read more about Hey Lady’s wild ride as a teacher in Beijing, visit wwwheylady. (no “.”after the w’s).


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Storyteller { Dalyce Chomick } likes writing lyrics, watching fireworks, & listening to Justin Bieber. Illustrator { Emily Cox } likes picnics, antiquated children’s books & loves cute elderly couples in love.

To find out where we left Ben last, grab a copy of


realized that sound was coming from me.

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” And again. “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

My eyes slowly opened and closed. It took me a full six or seven tries before they would fully open and stay open, and then another minute or two before I could fully take in all that was before me and around me. It wasn’t like the movies or a cartoon, there weren’t baby doves flying around my head or yellow animated stars everywhere. I think it was much worse than that, actually.

Now that I was awake (sort of) and alert (sort of), I could take in a few things. Number one: There was a giant bush in front of me and on either side of the car. My window was broken, I was covered in glass, and there was a giant branch just next to me head (SCARY as anything!). Number two: I looked over and saw an unconscious Berlin sitting next to me. Her head tilted towards me and a small trickle of hot, thick, red blood was slowly making its way down her pale cheek from where her wild gypsy

I felt a pounding on the right side of my head. My body had flashes of hot and cold running up and down my spine. I could taste metal and both my knees felt like a snapping turtle was going to town on them. Then again. “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh…” I

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hair and skin meet. Number three: We were indeed holding hands. Number four: There were rustling sounds coming from the top of the car. Number five: And lastly, there were cinnamon hearts everywhere. I could hear footsteps on the roof. I was scared to make a noise. What if the person, or thing on our roof was a bear. They can smell blood you know. I heard once from my dad that you should never go into the woods with a girl or a woman who is menstruating. He said that bears can smell the blood and will attack. I don’t know if this is true or not, or if he hated camping with my germaphobe/nervous-as-a-horse-in-heat mother. But, before I could clean up Berlin’s and my blood, I heard a giant CRACK and the car shook. Then another giant CRACK. The car shook back and forth. Then a small stream of sunlight hit the dash in front of me. I looked up and there was a small hole in the tin-can roof of the car. I started blinking and squeezing Berlin’s hand, maybe out of fear or maybe to try and wake her up. Her eyes slowly started opening and looking at me, and she started moaning softly. I brought my finger up to my mouth to motion to her to be silent. Then I pointed to the roof and mimed a roaring bear. She looked confused. Three more giant cracks and the hole was getting bigger. I looked up again, but this time instead of sunlight I saw a giant blue

eye peering at us. I screamed! OK, not my best or most manliest moment ever. Yes, it was a scream like you would have heard from Neve Campbell in the movies Scream*. And yes, it was a lady scream. Like I said, I wasn’t proud of my reaction in this particular instance. I heard a muffled yell/noise/some movement on the roof and then what scared me more than the piercing blue eye: Silence. For the good of the readers out there or maybe people with ESP**, as that might how you are ultimately hearing this story, please insert a dramatic pause. This would have been a great moment for a new chapter if I planned this better, or a commercial break if this was a made-forT.V.-movie, as I hope one day it could quite possibly be. Maybe even starring the cast of the O.C.***. But until then, insert the pause. Thanks. The silence made me sweat, but I noticed I had actually never stopped sweating at all today and was surprised that I wasn’t more dehydrated. I looked at Berlin and her eyes were as big as baseballs. She whispered, “What is it?” I whispered back, “I don’t know. Maybe a bear, maybe a murderer?” WHAM. The car shook. This time it was

from behind. WHAM (again). CRACK. I closed my eyes. I felt Berlin being pulled from my side. I held her hand hard, but she was gone before I could really get a hold of her. Her sweet cinnamon smell and warm presence vanished like a ghost at the stroke of midnight on Halloween. Then I felt someone or something grab me on the shoulder. It pinched my skin as it struggled to pull me out the trunk of the car by the collar. I started praying for the first time ever, “Big Boy in the Big Blue! You better help us! I’m skinny. It’d be easy for this bear to eat me, or this murderer to cut me up into small, fine, unrecognizable pieces and scatter me through the woods! HELP ME! AVENGE ME!” THUD. Hard. On the ground. Then I was being dragged across a dirt forest floor, probably towards a bear’s den, or an already prepared grave site. I opened my eyes. “Hey der Buddy. Looks like you two der, got yourselves in to a bit of trouble, eh?” “Ah, you aren’t a bear.” And man, he wasn’t! Standing in front of me wiping his hands and mouth on an old handkerchief,**** was a giant. Not literally a giant. I just meant he was big. Over six feet I’d say. He had bright

blue eyes, a red beard with wild eyebrows, and small lips, or at least hidden by his mustache. He was wearing a red plaid shirt, giant black boots, and a hat that said, “Run Forest, RUN!” He also had a very thick accent, which reminded me of Jean Chrétien*****, minus the stuff going on with his face.)

with her arms crossed. She was looking back and forth between me and this guy, and blinking wide-eyed, scared. “I think I blacked out or something.” “Oh, fer sure. Well, I’m Donny M. McCaine.” He reached down his hand to shake mine. “So good to meet da two of yous.” “I’m Ben. And that’s Berlin.”

“Oooh, no. Sorry I’m not, nope.” “Well are you a killer? A murderer? A ninja rapper?” (I know the last one was a bit overboard, but come on, if you just read the last 1,029 words, I’ve been through a sizable amount of trauma and am a little bit shook up! I can afford a few unruly comments.) “Oh gosh der buddy. I’m not doe’s things. Nah, just a fella here, I just live up der in a camp six kilometers North of dis-here spot, eh. I was out do’n my rounds and saw you kid’s here fly’n tru da woods. You almost hit a tree over der, but lucky as anything you found deese-here bushes. So when I saw you crash in dis-here spot, thought I’d come help ya out, get ya out of da wreck before it explodes.” “Explodes?” “Oh, fer sure.” “Thanks. I… um, don’t know what happened.” I looked at Berlin sitting on the ground, she was hunched over her knees

“Nice to meet cha, nice to meet cha. Always nice to meet new friends.” (Wait, are you serious? If this guy starts to sing or if now this is when the cartoon animals come out from behind the trees to whisk us away to grandmother’s house, Berlin will most likely black out again.) “Oh by da way, when I was pulling you two out of dis der car. I found a penguin sleeping in da trunk. You don’t see many penguins in da Rocky Mountains.” Good point Donny, you don’t. I looked at Berlin. She had started to cry (again) and was still wide eyed and blinking.

FOOTNOTES (*) I watched all three screams in a row one night with Moses (my best friend) when I was 12. We went through a horror film stage. But I had a huge crush on Drew

Barrymore for a moment in life, so it had to be done. I watched Home Fries with my mom once and I couldn’t help but fall in love with that crooked smile. (**) ESP is the ability to read minds. Usually people who have ESP are 50-plus women who have wild grey hair, lots of makeup, they wear a lot of flowey fabrics, rings and bracelets. Most of the time they are running up to strangers, getting into their personal space and telling them things they never understand, nor want to hear. (***) The O.C. is a time in every young boy’s life when they thought they could maybe date someone like Summer Roberts, even if they read comic books, wore plaid t-shirts and were very good at school. I lived vicariously through Seth Cohen for those two weeks when I got my wisdom teeth out and I watched all four seasons on Live Stream straight. (****) Handkerchiefs are disgusting. Who wants to carry around a pocket full of snot all day long. (*****) I was 10 when Jean Chrétien was in his final year as prime minister in Canada. So I don’t remember much about him. I do remember though, my parents and their politically savvy friends (which they have too many to count) had a party to celebrate the fall of socialism when he was on the way out or at least that’s what they said. It could have been a swingers party too.

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{ Lori Andrews AKA 10 Cent } loves interior design & taking photos of interiors and pretty girls We live in a small house. We like that. It’s easy to keep clean that way. The house is old. About a hundred years old. It sits on a charming tree filled block of similarly old houses. Our house is very inner-city. The neighbors are nice. They are mostly hippies and environmentalist types. They are organizing a community garden. We like that too. Ken rides his 1972 cruiser to work most days. I try to ride mine to get groceries from the local community food store whenever I can. The house was renovated before we bought it. The home’s previous owner opened up the attic so the space could have soaring ceilings. That sold us.

It wasn’t quite our style at first. That took a few years of painting, tiling, electrical work, bathroom renovating and engineered hardwood floor installing. Oh, and collecting furniture and stuff that we really love. I saved up for three years to buy my Montauk sofa. I really like it. We started collecting paintings by young Canadian artists for the living room. And then we started collecting artwork, photographs and prints by unknowns, friends and strangers for the loo gallery (you know – the gallery in the loo!). Art is very important in our house.

We like bright colors. That makes decorating fun. Currently I really like bright yellow so I have used it liberally. He likes it too. We want every item in our house to have a story. Handmade is a good story. We really like handmade things. You can wear your shoes in our house if you like. You might have to help us cook dinner when you come over though. We love to cook and we always need an extra sous chef to assist with the prep. You would like the meals we make in our small but happy old house. Thanks for visiting! – Lori & Ken


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