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Spring Awakening

published: March, 11, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Spring Awakening

“Orange” you glad Spring is on it’s way? Are you feeling “Blue” that it’s still officially two weeks away? Fear not!!!  Orange and blue are huge colour components to sport readily this coming Spring and Summer seasons.  And we are talking Eye Popping hues as only Tangerine Orange and Electric Blue can envisio Whether you go head to toe or use as accent pieces these colours will spark up a multitude of options transitioning from work to play. Worn together or used sp

Framed

published: February, 25, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Framed

“Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses” was one of Dorothy Parker’s bitter barbs that contributed to the social stigma of wearing glasses.  More than five decades later, many still opt for contact lenses or laser therapy to avoid donning a pair. We were even coached to eat our carrots as kids ‘cause whoever saw a rabbit wearing glasses? Well, I’m here to break it down for you! Glasses can enhance your image, reflect your personality and illuminate your sense of style

Black or White! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

published: March, 18, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Black or White! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

I always found it a little odd when someone chose to fill their wardrobe with nothing but black and white. Where’s the excitement? Why be so minimal? Well, yesterday’s Eccentric or possibly Cerebral may actually have their finger on the pulse this season as some designers have opted to show only black and white pieces. And considering almost all designers dedicate a portion of their collections to black and/or white this concept is now far from dull. Spanning from sexy to avant-garde (incl

Hats Aplenty

published: March, 30, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Hallelujah! Men are finally beginning to see the light by giving those tried and true baseball caps a much-deserved breather.

Hats Aplenty

Hallelujah! Men are finally beginning to see the light by giving those tried and true baseball caps a much-deserved breather. For Spring/Summer 2010, Designers are making the transition from “schoolboy jock” to “man on the go” an exciting rite of passage. There are a slew of possibilities being offered that are sophisticated and mature yet far from staid and boring. You may want to consider a couple of options to cover your head and various lifestyle needs.     Summer hats are tradi

Toronto Fashion Week

published: April, 15, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Events, Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

“The Power of Style” was the catch phrase chosen by the organizers to sum up the Fall 2010 Men’s and Women’s Collections showcased here in Toronto from March28th to April 1st.

“The Power of Style” was the catch phrase chosen by the organizers to sum up the Fall 2010 Men’s and Women’s Collections showcased here in Toronto from March28th to April 1st. It was more like the “Put-Put Putter of Style” however as a mix of Canadian up and coming talent, established designers and corporations took their turns strutting their stuff up and down the grand runway or in various off site venues around the city. Making a strong and appealing statement requires inte

Treasured Trunks

published: May, 17, 2010 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

The one accessory that remains a must have each and every summer here in Canada is a suntan.

     The one accessory that remains a must have each and every summer here in Canada is a suntan. Regardless of how you enjoy the great outdoors the benefits of basking in the sun are more than just external. The body absorbs needed vitamin d from the sun boosting the immune system and alleviating more than just those winter blues. There is no better way to naturally looking and feeling better. Perhaps that is why so many head south in the middle of winter. A key component to s

Brush off those Old Tutus, Girls, and Ballet shoes too

published: June, 20, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

I went this week to see an exhaustive (and exhausting) documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet called La Danse. It is for die-hard ballet fans or voyeurs, or both-my, my such well –developed bodies on those boys and girls. The film takes us behind the scenes of the ballet company to watch classes, attend rehearsals, sit in on planning meetings and watch costume design. It also shows the beautiful building itself inside and out. There are shots of Paris in every season and at every time of

Brush off those Old Tutus, Girls, and Ballet shoes too

published: June, 20, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

I went this week to see an exhaustive (and exhausting) documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet called La Danse. It is for die-hard ballet fans or voyeurs, or both-my, my such well –developed bodies on those boys and girls. The film takes us behind the scenes of the ballet company to watch classes, attend rehearsals, sit in on planning meetings and watch costume design. It also shows the beautiful building itself inside and out. There are shots of Paris in every season and at every time of

Adam Lambert - Toronto's Performance

published: June, 20, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

Time for true confessions – I don’t watch television. I don’t even have cable. So when my twenty-something girlfriend Samantha phoned me in a frenzy of excitement to say that Adam Lambert was coming...

Time for true confessions – I don’t watch television. I don’t even have cable. So when my twenty-something girlfriend Samantha phoned me in a frenzy of excitement to say that Adam Lambert was coming I had no idea of whom she was speaking. She asked if I wanted to join her , her mum and her brother to go. I confessed nothing. I acted surprised and excited about the offer and accepted immediately. Then I got onto the phone and called one of my other twenty something girlfriends and asked

Mid-August Lunch a Great mid-Summer movie rental

published: June, 20, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

Having exhausted, and been exhausted by, the summer mega-movies to date, I went to the review cinema on Mt. Pleasant this week to see a small Italian gem of a film “Mid-August Lunch.”

Having exhausted, and been exhausted by, the summer mega-movies to date, I went to the review cinema on Mt. Pleasant this week to see a small Italian gem of a film “Mid-August Lunch.” It had lasted at the first run cinemas for a few days (even though it got glowing reviews ) so I had missed it.It’s the sweet, but not saccharine, kind of film that only the Italians can make. On the surface, it’s about a middle-aged man, who kept reminding me of Placido Domingo so I expected him to bre

Drama and Desire :Artists and Theatre-OR-Art ?- I just know what I like

published: July, 02, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

That sums up my knowledge of art. Occasionally I can tell a Degas ( hint: he paints ballet dancers), or Manet ( hint: he paints waterflowers) or Picasso...

That sums up my knowledge of art. Occasionally I can tell a Degas ( hint: he paints ballet dancers), or Manet ( hint: he paints waterflowers) or Picasso ( hints: he had a blue period and he paints a lot of people with their facial parts in odd places.) This does not stop me from going to see art shows or commenting about them , along the lines of “nice colours”, “great shoes” “wow that’s big” or”wow that’s small.” Got the idea. Good, now that you have an idea of my rating

The A-Team Gets an F from me

published: June, 25, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

I went to the movies last night with a straight construction guy friend of mine. ( Let your fantasies run wild.) It is always a time of compromise for me because I really don’t like many blow ‘em up, shoot ‘em up movies...

I went to the movies last night with a straight construction guy friend of mine. ( Let your fantasies run wild.) It is always a time of compromise for me because I really don’t like many blow ‘em up, shoot ‘em up movies unless they are really well done or have eye candy  in them so the movie is superfluous. I chose A-Team because there were some unnamed other critics who had liked it. Now I want you to know also that I never watched the television show so I had no preconceived noti

Harry Connick Jr.- Swoony Crooner and Jazzy Tuner Or Help, I am turning into My Mother

published: June, 28, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

My mother loved jazz. Her favourites were Billie Holiday (really blues) and Louis Armstrong and the Big Bands.

My mother loved jazz. Her favourites were Billie Holiday (really blues) and Louis Armstrong and the Big Bands. I confess to loving Billie Holiday myself and even a few Louis tunes. I love Ray Charles . Otherwise I have avoided jazz. Of course I knew Harry Connick Jr.- the bad boy who was reputed to have made homophobic remarks but who was nonetheless totally, almost forgiveably, hot. Okay, so I am deeply shallow. My friend Matt is turning 40 next week. I asked if he might like to be my guest

Eclipse and Winter's Bones- A Study in Contrasts

published: July, 06, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

Last night I went to see the summer blockbuster,The Eclipse. Late this afternoon I went to see the little indie film that won Best film at Sundance,Winter Bones.

Last night I went to see the summer blockbuster,The Eclipse. Late this afternoon I went to see the little indie film that won Best film at Sundance,Winter Bones. These films are exact opposite sides of a coin, proving yet again that money does not buy good movies. It can, contrary to some opinions, occasionally buy happiness. Eclipse pretends to be this complex tale of the tortured romance between a girl and a vampire. What should she do, stay with the nice Aboriginal boy back home,Jake, o

CYRUS or Can you spell manipulation by group of unattractive males and females

published: July, 18, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

I thought Cyrus was supposed to be a comedy on purpose. Instead it was a sappy, predictable  melodrama with a few funny lines spoken by a bunch of totally unhot actors and actresses. John C. Reilly describes himself in the movie as “Shrek”, so at least he gets points for self-awareness. Jonah Hill, who was funny in “Get him to the Greek”, is annoying and petulant and I just wanted to slap him and send him to Boot Camp. Hmm…Boot Camp sounds pretty good actually. And what has ha

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