Category Archives: Freelancing

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bracelets

As that old song goes, two’s a party, but three’s a crowd, however in the world of arm accessories the part really is just getting started at four. Not quite sure how you can stack up to the bracelet trend? 

If you’re late to the Arm Party there’s no need to wait for your formal invitation. I’ve put together a starter kit of bracelets for you to check out over at The Hip + Urban Girl’s Guide. Arms up! 

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An Organized Writing Desk: It’s a Good Thing

Sometimes where you write is almost as important as what you’re writing.

In my experience a dark and cluttered area tends to leave you more distracted and uncomfortable than a bright and cheery space with everything you need to keep productive. Over the last few months I’ve slowly been trying to put together a space where I can be inspired and write. It’s still not perfect, but with some help from my friends at Staples I now have the foundations in place for a desk that will help me reach my freelancing goals in 2013.

Martha Stewart Avery

With some of the latest pieces from the Martha Stewart Home Office Collection by Avery and a few personal touches I set to work on building my ideal writing space. I’m now equipped with a variety of spiral notebooks and notepads for jotting down To Do lists, names and numbers and notes from my interviews, as well as folders and labels for my business invoices and receipts. The white organizer, magazine file, trays and boxes in different sizes and lengths add height interest to my desk, and I can change up their configuration to suit my needs. With items starting at $2.99 you can afford to put together a desk that’s stylish and functional. Now all that’s left to do is sit and wait for the creative juices to start flowing.

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How do you organize your writing space?

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Store, Storo or Negozio?

Panoram Italia Winter 2012 IssueItaliese-the language of Italian-Canadians. If you grew up Italian in Toronto or another major Canadian city home to a large community of Italian immigrants your Nonna, Nonno, Zias, Zios and maybe event your parents were speaking this and probably still do today.

Neither Italian nor Canadian it’s Italiese : a language in between two cultures. It was born out of necessary to describe new places, things and experiences Italian immigrants encountered as they became part of Canadian society. The winter edition of Panoram Italia Magazine looks into the story of Italiese with a special feature section, including my contribution you can read online here.

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Gift Guide

Winter-2012

If you’re like me you’re lusting over many beautiful things this holiday season. Some are shiny and sparkly, others are soft and cozy and the rest are sweet enough to eat!

If you’re having some trouble checking off the most important people on your gift giving list here is some inspiration that will set you on a merry shopping path without going over budget. It’s Whatever Magazine’s Gift Guide with presents from under $50 to well over $2,000. Check it out here and happy gift giving!

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A Fresh Squeeze on Tradition

The glory days of the accordion are back. This according to one of my latest interview subjects for Panoram Italia Magazine, Sal Ritacca. He shared his passion for the reed instrument with me as part of a special feature on the accordion’s place in Italian muscial tradition. Read it here in the November issue of Panoram Italia Magazine.

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Women Making a Difference

 

 

Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of getting to know some of the ladies that help to make the Italian-Canadian community in Toronto strong and proud. They are teachers, mothers, friends, philanthropists and health care professionals that have given their skills and their time to enrich the lives of many people around them. I profiled three of the women for the cover story of Panoram Italia‘s special September issue celebrating women in the Italian-Canadian community. Check it out online here!

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A Summer with Shakespeare

There is no better time than summer to bring all sorts of activities outdoors from meals to sports and movies, and even classic plays such as Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. This month Western University’s Summer Shakespeare Production staged the popular play outdoors at the campus. Check out the July issue of The Beat Magazine to learn what it’s like to stage a production outdoors.

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Feeling the Burn at the Barre: BarreWorks Toronto

I’ve been going to the bar a lot lately. I have more energy, I feel stronger and leaner and I think I’ve even lost a few pounds!

I should mention this isn’t your typical bar – in fact it’s a barre not a bar. BarreWorks Toronto to be exact. It’s the newest ballet-inspired fitness studio on Queen West, and I tried their 60-minute Mixed Level class for the Hip & Urban Girl’s Activity a Week column along with Lisa, HUG’s EiC. Try it out for yourself and you’ll feel a burn similar to the one experienced after one too many shots of tequila – except at this barre the burning sensation will make its way to your thighs and linger for days.

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The Spring Review

I was busy writing my way into spring, and now that summer is just around the bend a recap is due. Here are some of the pieces I’ve worked on in the last few weeks:

The Beat April Issue: The Magic of Contemporary Dance

 

 

Whatever Magazine Spring Issue: A Matter of Identity

 

 

 

 

Panoram Italia Magazine April Issue: Vaughan Native Toasts to New Business

Panoram Italia Magazine June Issue: Tracing the Forgotten History of Italian-Canadian Internment Camps

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Orange you Glad Spring is Coming?

The weather forecast for this last week of April isn’t looking too appealing, but we’re hopeful the spring-like temperatures will be here very soon. In the meantime we’re reading up about Pantone’s colour of 2012 and finding as many ways as possible to incorporate Tangerine Tango into every facet of our daily lives.  There aren’t many hues more optimistic than this one.

Get orange inspired in the Spring 2012 issue of Whatever Magazine here.

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