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Kate Middleton’s Stellar Style On The Royal Tour (With A Little Help From Her Friends)

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

As we’re waiting for the Harbour Air Seaplane coasting in from Victoria with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton onboard, it’s damp and drizzling in Vancouver and I’m cursing to myself that I’m not wearing socks. Though well-dressed in a blue polar fleece maxi coat and matching fedora, (a nod to the Duchess, whom I …

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Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn Never Let the “Big City Boys” Intimidate Him. Now He’s One of Them

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

“Surrender your cellphones and all communication devices! Standby for pat downs. Open your knife kits for inspection – no food or spices allowed.” An excerpt from an episode from prison dramedy, Orange Is the New Black? ” Not quite. Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn is reminiscing about the culinary referee’s missive to chefs prior to the Black Box competition – part of …

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Early Childhood Art Re-Kindled: Joyce Ozier Creates Contemporary Abstract Paintings With Little Picasso Project

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“Every child is an artist… it took me four years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso A yellow giraffe gracefully strides through a wildly abstract savannah and a little girl appears to float above an imaginary garden. These are two kindergarten drawings conceptualized into large commissioned paintings created by artist, Joyce Ozier …

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Michael Wex: Rhapsody in Schmaltz, Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating it

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Rhapsodizing about Yiddish cuisine with best-selling author, Michael Wex, is like having a conversation with Woody Allen with a history degree. The witty, Toronto-based Yiddish scholar, playwright and lecturer who assures me that he didn’t gain an ounce while researching his new book, is a featured author concluding the 2016 Vancouver Jewish Book Festival, at the Jewish Community Centre, Thursday, …

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Vancouver’s LAMP Is Out Of This World – The 4th Annual International Lighting Competition With a Roundup of (Inter) Stellar Winners

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

A cumulonimbus cluster of bubbles cast by Cloud is reminiscent of the cosmic phenomena of a starburst galaxy. The Shield, revolving around the earth, keeps asteroids (or dinner guests) at bay while organic Tear lights up a wormhole travelling through the universe. These are not part of the new set design for television’s Star Trek: Discovery or even a NASA project. They’re just a few of the …

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For Pâtissier, Thomas Haas, Slow and Steady Won the Race To Make Him Top of His Game

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Thomas Haas is on the pinnacle of a mountain in the Italian Alps. Like a lithe performer in Cirque du Soleil, he’s balancing a pyramid of decadent pastries in one hand and with the other, gripping the handlebars of his Pinarello F8 road-racing bike. In reality, this is a delightful caricature by an unknown artist, unobtrusively hung in a corner …

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The Paintings of April Lacheur Are Never Still

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

In A Labyrinth Of Whorls And Meandering Serpentine Roots In Which The Inner Mysteries Of Nature Become Indistinguishable From The Outer, the Paintings of April Lacheur Are Never Still “Trees are an obsession with me – exposing roots- in every sense- where we come from and capturing the elusive quality of life,” is how the 34-year old Delta-born April Lacheur interprets …

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Design Director, Francesca Amfitheatrof – A Glittering New Era For Tiffany & Co

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

In the opening scene of the 1961 classic, Breakfast At Tiffany’s , an insecure Holly Golightly, (the stunning Audrey Hepburn, pretending to be a wealthy Manhattan socialite in order to nab a rich husband,) looks longingly into the display windows of Tiffany & Co., New York, resolute that one day, she’ll have the independent means to shop there. Fifty-three years …

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IDS-Vancouver Wows This Year With Big-Name Talent And Bright Ideas

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

“The Pacific Northwest has experienced a major design boom and we really need to recognize ourselves as world-class,” says Jody Phillips, IDS-Vancouver’s show director. Now in its 12th year, it may be Toronto’s Interior Design Show’s younger sister, but it’s no shrinking violet, annually attracting 36,000 people to view 275 designers, speakers and distributors. “In addition to Vancouver’s hotbed of talent, …

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Fashion Designer Duo, Smythe & ‘Kate Middleton Effect’ On 2016 Royal Tour

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

With a celebrity following including Kate Middleton, casual never looked so elegant! Behind the scenes at Holt Renfrew, Vancouver, Toronto-based womenswear designers, Andrea Lenczner is dressed in casual luxe Gilet Jacket with detachable Waistcoat, jeans and hot orange stilettos while partner,  Christie Smythe wears a masculine-cut, Classic Blazer in Dragon Print, over loose trousers. They’re prepping models for a fashion show …