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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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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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Awareness Through Dance

I’ve gone to see one of the most popular ballets and have interviewed one of the most esteemed dancers in Canada, but until I wrote this piece for the February issue of The Beat I had never heard of a ballet raising awareness for domestic abuse. Ghosts of Violence is a ballet created by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada to provoke conversation and dialogue about domestic abuse issues in our communities. It will be presented across Ontario this month. Read about it’s creation and its mission here.

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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 Newsfeed Still Runs While I’m Away

I’m back to the keyboard after the end of my amazing European getaway.

I’m a little groggy and still longing for the cobblestone streets of Paris and Barcelona, but happy to get back to writing. While I was away a few of the items I had be working on went up, so if you missed them like I did here they are again:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Away We Go on Styleninetofive.com for all your travel essentials

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide Book Review on Hipurbangirl.com for some satorial summer reading

I’m also excited to have written my very first food-related reviews of  The Collective Restaurant and Bar in NYC and Bigabaldi’s Restaurant for Hip Urban Girl. Looking forward to many more tasty writing experiences soon.

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