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Carey Melnichuk – Vancouver’s Best Known Secret Location

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A modern Alice need not fall through the rabbit hole in order to discover a Secret Location that embraces a delightfully playful “nothing is quite what it seems” lifestyle experience. That’s because founder and designer, Vancouver’s Carey Melnichuk has created the first Concept Store in Canada, melding fashion and food to entice all the senses (happily, with a less haphazzard …

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Ronit Furst When Art Meets The Eye

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“Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses,” said Dorothy Parker, (aka Dorothy Rothschild), popular 1920’s screenwriter and satirist for Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker magazines. In my experience men make passes at all women regardless of what they’re wearing, but I digress. From Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent and singer Nana Mouskouri’s trademark black frames to Elton John’s over-the-top collection …

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Floating Saunas – The Shvitz Gets A Re-Design

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The steam sauna, or shvitz (Yiddish meaning to sweat) in North America has always had a less than pristine reputation: big hairy men with small towels. Now we pay big bucks to sit in expensive spas in which crystals may give us a mystical experience. Perhaps more palatable is the homey image in Finland where Nordic families realized as early …

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Sparkling Hill Resort – Wellness by Design

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Dr. No would be so jealous. Stealthily climbing up the secluded spiraling road by car, (helicopter optional – really!), one is suddenly confronted with an architectural marvel blasted into a mountain. A faceted ‘crystal’ of epic proportions embedded into Vernon’s Mount Royce sparkles provocatively over Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada. The entrance to the $122-million Resort invested by Gernot Langes …

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NHL Hockey Legendary Defensemen Immortalized By Canada Post Unique Stamps

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It’s every NHL Hockey fan’s dream to have an opportunity to stand in the same room with one of the NHL’s legendary hockey players. Recently graphic designers Avi Dunkelman and Joseph Gault, partners of Mix Design Group, Toronto unveiled their newest collection of postage stamps for Canada Post- Legendary Defenseman from the NHL’s Original Six Era at the Hockey Hall of Fame. On hand for the …

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Rockwater Secret Cove Resort: Taking Luxury Camping To A Whole New Level

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Spoiled Alert: If the smell of mildewed sleeping bags, schlepping your own tent, not showering for a few days and using leaves for toilet paper is not your cup of Dom Pérignon, Vancouver based interior designer, Lucille Fares of LMF International, has created the answer to your camping quandary. She has designed Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s permanent luxury Tenthouse Suites …

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Bring The Good Wife Home

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Bring the good wife home – NY set decorator, Beth Kushnick shares secrets of why the Emmy Award – winning drama’s stylish furniture is as coveted as the juicy plot lines! If Alicia Florrick’s sea foam velvet living room sofa or Kalinda’s edgy, white leather wing chair studded with nailheads send you into a plot-induced swoon, don’t despair. Set decorator, …

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Rock Stars – Decorating With Minerals And Gemstones

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If the thought of decorating with minerals and gemstones evokes the scene from Superman in which Marlon Brando as Jor-El, re-arranges the universe from his crystal and kryptonite digs, fear not. The near future is more discerning. High-end designer, Beverly Hills based Kelly Wearstler, has taken inspiration from the ancient Egyptions and re-popularized the use of precious stones and agates by embedding …

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Herods Hotel Eilat – Fit For A King, Or An Emperor

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A Canadian has skillfully combined modern-day opulence with historic details in this grand Israeli Herods Palace hotel I am doing the backstroke in the Olympic-sized pool surrounded by palm and grapefruit trees as 20 stone Egyptian cats stoically spurt azure water in arcs above my head. Gazing up at the hotel’s soaring Turkish domes and minarets, I feel like a …

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Aerial Sculptor Janet Echelman – A Force Of Nature

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In daylight, the ephemeral webs of intricately patterned nets resemble a rogue sail of a mythic vessel; an exotic winged creature or a benign, tethered twister, all flirting with the wind, clouds and sky. By nightfall, it transforms into a phosphorescent alien life form: a pulsating jellyfish, snagged between ocean and city buildings, hypnotic, ghostly, organic. To the eye of …