The Auntie Chronicles

I thought I’d start a new series about being an aunt. There are a lot of mommy blogs but nothing really about (or for) aunts and the children that they love.

I’ve got a niece. She’s two and I think she’s fabulous. The Auntie Chronicles will be about the relationship between the two of us. I expect a lot of it will be her asking me to do things and me doing them because I’m a suck.

I wrote this article earlier this year but unfortunately it didn’t make it to publication.

Gushing: You Curl Curling Wand by ConAir

Indulge me for a moment. I usually don’t do product reviews because everyone does them and this isn’t the purpose of this blog but sometimes I want to give a shout out to a company that makes a product I really, really like and actually use. It’s the You Curl by ConAir and it’s marvellous.

People think having curly hair means washing it, throwing some product in it and you’re done. It really doesn’t.

No Caribana = Bad Trinidadian?

I find myself conflicted about Caribana/Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival.

Actually, no, I don’t. I’m not conflicted at all. I don’t go to Caribana and I have no desire to go. This is apparently strange because as a Trinidadian living in Toronto, that’s one of the first questions I get asked this time of year. My response to the question is generally, “Nope, I don’t go. That probably makes me a bad Trini.”

Pride, Homophobia and Open Secrets

When the question went out about whether we’d write something about minorities and the automatic presumption that most are homophobic, I said, “Sure! I’ll write something.” I just wasn’t sure what to write about since homosexuality was never really discussed when I was growing up.

My parents aren’t homophobic and they raised us the same way. When I thought about homophobia and the gay movement in Trinidad, there are three moments that stand out for me.

Banana Republic and Gap Fall/Winter 2011

I had the opportunity to preview the Gap and Banana Republic fall/winter 2011 lines and overall, they’re very good. Banana Republic used an autumnal mood – lots of greens, berries and browns. There were wools, silks and patterns.

The highlights were the stunning leather vest, the leopard-print trench coat – a perfect leopard even for those who don’t wear leopard and finally, wool skinny trousers with ankle zips.

There were pieces even a future princess would love.

On taking a compliment

So I've lost weight recently. It's noticeable and I've been rocking the body a bit in new dresses. People have noticed and compliment which is always lovely. I tend to say, "Thank you!" and "I have, haven't I?" "Bootcamp!" and  "I do look amazing, don't...

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What I’ve learned from freelancing

“Freelancing. You spend half your time working and the other half looking for work.” — My neighbour

I’ve always freelanced in some form or another. Sometimes I was paid and sometimes I did it for free (friends, favours, bylines). I’ve always had a job though. There was the protection of a steady paycheque to cushion me against the quirks of freelancing.

Then last August I lost my job. I got a decent severance and I had savings but those never last as long as one would like so I had to do something quickly.

Go-karting

I wrote an article on winter tires for one of my freelance gigs and as a result of that I've ended up on another PR list. That's never a problem. While I pride myself on my ability to write on a variety of topics, PR...

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Umbro Spring 2011

I remember watching that crucial game between Germany and England during the World Cup this year. I say crucial because every commentator kept talking about the last time the two soccer* powerhouses met in 1966. England took the Cup that year and they have never forgotten that. Think of it like Canadians about Paul Henderson and you’ll get the idea.

On getting the Globe and Mail

When the Globe and Mail went through a massive redesign recently, they not only redesigned the website, they also spent a lot of money on the print edition of the Globe and Mail.

I know four people who work at the Globe and Mail so when they offered a three-month free trial for their print edition, I signed up and the first issue was delivered the following Monday.

Gap Spring 2011

It’s time to give your skinnies a bit of a break. Instead of wearing them all the time, GAP wants you to mix in a high-waisted, wide-legged jeans in a medium denim for spring 2011.

In other words, the strong seventies influence continues.

TOMS shoes and Movember

It's going to be Movember in two days and that means there will be guys sporting or trying to sport mustaches to bring awareness to prostate cancer. Apart from comments like, "Grooming tools" and "Oh god, pornstaches" I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about...

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How to Get Your Favourite Shows Without Paying for Cable

I got rid of my television nearly 18 months ago and thought I’d miss it. Turns out I don’t, thanks to a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

No, not illegal tip and tricks. Let’s acknowledge that yes, there are illicit ways to find your favourite shows online, and move on to discuss the many legal ways of watching your favourite shows.

Old Navy’s Winter Winter Coats

I don’t have a black winter coat.

I’ve got a red winter coat, two leather jackets and a grey peacoat, but not a good black winter coat.

So when Old Navy asked me to check out their winter coats, I went to see what they had on offer. I haven’t gone into Old Navy for a while and when I have, it’s usually to pick up a cheap pair of flip flops or a bikini. It’s not the first place I think of for coats.

God Save the Queen at The Room

I had the opportunity to attend the God Save the Queen event at The Room in The Bay, thanks to Kimberly Lyn. The event celebrated the works of some of Britain’s best young designers including Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Erdem Moralioglu, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Mark Fast, Nicolas Kirkwood and Giles Deacon. Ok, Mark Fast is originally from Winnipeg, but he lives and works in London.

Adult Sleepovers

My friend S is here for the weekend. She came down on Friday from Ottawa with her two uncles and has spent the last 24 hours crashing on my couch.

So far we’ve stayed up until ridiculous hours in the morning, drank far too much coffee and discussed gender, sexuality and Star Trek. The older I get the more I like having friends over. Forget girls’ night out. I like girls’ night in.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Make Guinness Book of World Records

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Music power couple Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have made the Guinness Book of World Records for being the highest-earning power couple in the world. To accomplish the rare feat, they had to knock out perennial media darlings David and Victoria Beckham among others. The numbers are staggering, but perhaps not entirely surprising, considering how omnipresent their music is.