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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.


How do you organize your writing space?

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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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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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The Eleventh Month

Happy November or Movember for those of you growing ‘saches for the next 30 days. I invite you to celebrate the month with the new addition of The Beat Magazine. Ever been to a poetry reading? I speak with London poet Carey Toane about her upcoming poetry reading and her new collection of pros, The Crystal Palace.

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Lacquered Up for Fall

You’ve already heard me profess my love for nail polish many times so this next beauty feature in Whatever Magazine should come as no surprise. Enjoy Fall nail trends and some advice from an OPI expert to get your hands looking marvellous. Add a big sparkly cocktail ring and let them admire as you shake hands hello.

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Blog Post Roundup: August Edition

My part-time blogging gigs have proven to be a great way to balance the more serious writing content from my full-time job with something fun and light-hearted. This month I kept busy with many summer related posts on Hipurbangirl.com and StyleNinetoFive.com.

From the MICHI Lookbook

I interviewed Toronto designer (and fellow UWO alum) Michelle Watson behind the chic athletic brand, MICHI for Style Nine to Five, and also picked out some of the best SPF products and summer beach bags for all your vacation (or staycation) needs, and the perfect item to segue into fall style; the kimono inspired jacket.

One of my favourite streets in the world

Over at the Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide I was busy sharing some great places to eat, drink and shop along my favourite Manhattan block: Bleecker Street. I don’t think any trip to the big city is complete without aleast a quick visit to this charming part of the island. If you’re lucky you might even spot SJP having a bite in her ‘hood at, Keste Pizza.

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The Beat July 2011 Hot off the Press

Happy Canada Day long weekend!

Looking to read up on some Canadian talent? May I suggest you pick up a copy of The Beat London Arts Magazine, or if you are off to the cottage, downoad the online version for your leisure reading. Celebrate everything Canadian, including the arts. Have a great weekend!

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The Beat June 2011 Issue out Now

If you’re in the London area, why not pick up the latest copy of The Beat Magazine (it’s free!). This month I interviewed the founder and creative director of Fiesta London, a Latin cultural festival happening June 12.  You can also check out the latest issue at The Beat website.

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A Last-Minute Cottage Escape

Wouldn’t you love to spend a sunny weekend reading a book on a Muskoka chair while the kids jump in the lake? Unless you’re lucky enough to own your own cottage getaway, or have some generous cottage-going friends with room to spare it looks like you’ll have to make your dream come true by renting. Check out my Yahoo! Travel post and you’ll have yourself a little piece of paradise booked in no time.

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