In My Handbag You Will Find

Everybody Carries One A handbag is a symbol of independence, style and comfort. Carrying a handbag is like carrying a piece of home with you, wherever you go. When I see handbags, I think of the city and its people. Handbags have broken the chains of gender, time and age. They have evolved to be an essential part of every wardrobe. Handbags come in all shapes, sizes and colours. They carry Columbia in their leather and China in their stitches. A Different Handbag By The Hour It’s 8 A.M. and


Happy Mother’s Day – Grandma!

Reluctant Ones Let us get this straight. I am not vain or anything. At least I do not think so. It was as simple as this: the idea of being a grandma just never crossed my mind – not in any serious or deliberated way. My baby girl was my baby girl and her having a baby or babies for that matter was not something that I seriously contemplated. When I learned off her pregnancy, two thoughts came to mind. Knowing her medical history, I was concerned for her safety.

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Earth Day 2016: What To Do And Wear

Changing Economies “My first real encounter with Earth Day celebrations was the year after our arrival in Canada. Growing up as I did on the beautiful, luscious and green island of Jamaica, environmental protection was not an issue front and centre of my thoughts. It still is not. Not really.” That was the opening of my post, published last year on Earth Day. While the environment is not necessarily now “front and centre of my thoughts,” the almost complete collapse of the oil industry here in Alberta has made it


Seasons Of The Year: Spring Is Here!

Changing of The Seasons The seed of migration was planted by my then partner who had never and wanted very badly to experience the changing of the seasons. Having spent seven years of my young adulthood in Kiev, Ukraine I had and it was beautiful. Of winter, spring, summer or fall, the season of the flowers was my favourite. Yet, there was a beauty intrinsic to each season and as an “island girl,” even the bitter cold of the Ukraine held meaning for me. It is much like Yoko Ono


Spring Has Arrived – In Pakistan

A Celebration of Colour and Beauty It is spring time in Pakistan and like every other part of the world, it is time for life to burst through the frozen. The breeze is getting more balmy and laden with the sweet scent of blossoms. The butterflies are back from the south as the central Indus plains of Pakistan are warming up to the beauty of the season, undressing from the cloaks of winter frost. Bees are busy harvesting nectar and women are gearing up for a shuffle of their wardrobes


Fashion: A Woman Of A Certain Age

No Need To Panic Turning 50, quite honestly, was not something uppermost in my mind so when February 15, 2015 came along, it was just another day. Well, aside from the fact that my family and I had travelled to Jamaica and were in the middle of putting the final touches to my birthday celebration. I woke up that morning feeling just the same as I did at sunrise so many mornings before. Becoming a woman of a certain age had made little difference to my mental or even emotional


Love Day Fashion For You

Love Is In The Air “I refuse to be like ‘It was February sixth: eight days until Valentine’s Day. I was dateless, as usual, deep in the vice grip of unrequited love. It was bad enough not having a boyfriend for New Year’s Eve. Now I had to cope with Valentine datelessness, feeling consummate social pressure from every retailer in America who stuck hearts and cupids in their windows by January second to rub it in.’” ? Joan Bauer, Thwonk Will you be dateless this upcoming Valentine’s Day? Are you

Fashion: Our Christmas Collection

The F’s Words Family, friends, food and fashion — well, that is the order for some. Others would include faith and that could come anywhere in the order. Faith is the reason for the season and to that we could add fellowship – with family, friends, neighbours and the people we meet along the way. And where better for this fellowship to take place than gathered at the table for wonderful meals – well dressed? Over the last few weeks, we have focused on posts that are Christmas-related and today