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Kate Middleton got a haircut! Read all about it here: http://natpo.st/V38Wi1

Looking & doing good: Treana Peake’s charitable work in South Sudan directly informs her fundraising fashions. Read more here:

Child’s Play: Smart toys for tots
Retro toys with a brainy bent are having a block party in Junior’s playroom. These are by Uncle Goose, a small toy company that still hand-manufactures each cube in the U.S.A. using sustainable wood — including Michigan basswood — and non-toxic paint.

Child’s Play: Smart toys for tots

Retro toys with a brainy bent are having a block party in Junior’s playroom. These are by Uncle Goose, a small toy company that still hand-manufactures each cube in the U.S.A. using sustainable wood — including Michigan basswood — and non-toxic paint.

Tagged with:  #toys  #Retail  #style  #parenting

Photo Gallery: The 2012 Emmy Awards red carpet

Everyone’s talking about Kat Dennings’ red dress, but what did the other starlets (and stars) wear? Click here to see a gallery of our favourite looks!

Cycle chic in Vancouver
Coco Chanel once said, “there is never a bad time to look pretty.” Generally, cycling spandex isn’t all that pretty but Vancouverite David Phu believes that cycling is simply another opportunity to look your best, and that a cyclist’s wardrobe should not be limited to things that are tight and stretchy. Promoting cycling as a regular daily activity is important to Phu (an avid cyclist himself) and taking it beyond athletic wear has been an integral part of that.

Cycle chic in Vancouver

Coco Chanel once said, “there is never a bad time to look pretty.” Generally, cycling spandex isn’t all that pretty but Vancouverite David Phu believes that cycling is simply another opportunity to look your best, and that a cyclist’s wardrobe should not be limited to things that are tight and stretchy. Promoting cycling as a regular daily activity is important to Phu (an avid cyclist himself) and taking it beyond athletic wear has been an integral part of that.

Tagged with:  #Cycling  #Fashion  #Style  #Vancouver
Cinematic Summer Style
We bet you’ve never seen a fashion spread like this one, brought to you by Style editor Nathalie Atkinson and illustrator Kagan Macleod.

Cinematic Summer Style

We bet you’ve never seen a fashion spread like this one, brought to you by Style editor Nathalie Atkinson and illustrator Kagan Macleod.

Hats that pay tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli’s surreal style
Karyn Gingras, the milliner behind Lilliput Hats, explains the ideas behind a few of the  styles (modelled by studio staffer Tina) in her new capsule collection homage to Surrealism, Elsa Schiaparelli and sometimes, just plain silliness.

Hats that pay tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli’s surreal style

Karyn Gingras, the milliner behind Lilliput Hats, explains the ideas behind a few of the  styles (modelled by studio staffer Tina) in her new capsule collection homage to Surrealism, Elsa Schiaparelli and sometimes, just plain silliness.

Tagged with:  #Elsa Schiaparelli  #Hats  #Fashion  #Style
These days motifs like wrens and finches are for the birds. Instead, Canadian entrepreneur Amy Kwong opted for a zig-zag take on a pop culture moment with her Smitten Kitten line of gifts and stationery. The line’s new ‘Put a Burt on It’ stickers – Burt, as in Reynolds – are her cheeky 1970s-inspired twist on a favourite Portlandia episode and are for sealing her new letterpress greeting cards.
And for writing the quip inside, Kwong has revived an old-school grade school staple: the #2 pencil ($10 per 5-pack at Bookmark: The Library Store in Vancouver, Vanderburgh Flowers, Kid Icarus, the Drake General Store and Nathalie-Roze in Toronto; and in Smitten Kitten’s online store). Each wooden pencils is engraved and riffs on a group theme, from Zombie lore and Woodys (Allen, Guthrie) or Chuck Norris’s killer moves to break-up clichés (“I need some space”) and recent Twitter hashtag memes (#potentiallyawesomesupergroups and #winnning). It adds up to a stationery kit that’s so irresistibly retro, we’ll all be putting pencil to paper this season. Canada Post should be sending her a thank you letter.

These days motifs like wrens and finches are for the birds. Instead, Canadian entrepreneur Amy Kwong opted for a zig-zag take on a pop culture moment with her Smitten Kitten line of gifts and stationery. The line’s new ‘Put a Burt on It’ stickers – Burt, as in Reynolds – are her cheeky 1970s-inspired twist on a favourite Portlandia episode and are for sealing her new letterpress greeting cards.

And for writing the quip inside, Kwong has revived an old-school grade school staple: the #2 pencil ($10 per 5-pack at Bookmark: The Library Store in Vancouver, Vanderburgh Flowers, Kid Icarus, the Drake General Store and Nathalie-Roze in Toronto; and in Smitten Kitten’s online store). Each wooden pencils is engraved and riffs on a group theme, from Zombie lore and Woodys (Allen, Guthrie) or Chuck Norris’s killer moves to break-up clichés (“I need some space”) and recent Twitter hashtag memes (#potentiallyawesomesupergroups and #winnning). It adds up to a stationery kit that’s so irresistibly retro, we’ll all be putting pencil to paper this season. Canada Post should be sending her a thank you letter.

Tagged with:  #Pencils  #art  #Design  #Stationery  #Fashion  #style

Why Fashion Television never went out of style

The news of Fashion Television’s cancellation was first tweeted Wednesday afternoon by its iconic host, Jeanne Beker. “So surreal. This dream is over: After 27 glorious years, FT production ceased today.” A statement from the show’s parent company, CTV Bellmedia, soon followed. For the rest of the day it made headline news crawls in office building elevators nationwide.

Why was this lifestyle news trending on Twitter across Canada ahead of Charles Manson’s parole denial? Because when it launched in 1985, Fashion Television was a series ahead of its time that shaped a couple of generations of fashion cognoscenti and civilians alike, and made a name for itself well beyond our borders.