Travel Tips by Emily Schuman

Most people when they travel think they look like this:

Michael-Kors-Spring-2013-Ad-CampaignWhen in actuality, they look more like this:

mila_kunis_sweat_pants_gray_shSure Mila Kunis is hot, but the sweatpants…are not.

Emily Schuman, one of my favourite bloggers, of Cupcakes and Cashmere has some great travel tips that you might be interested in:

1. Over sized sunglasses. For super early flights when I can’t be bothered to put on make-up, they’re great at making you look put together, even if you’re not.

2. Light layering. I was once stuck on a flight that had no air conditioning (wearing a wool sweater, naturally) and I was miserable. I now make sure to wear a breathable cotton tank top with very minimal jewelry. The same goes for accessories in general – avoid anything that could potentially set off the metal detector, including a big watch, chunky jewelry, a metal belt – even an underwire bra!
3. A good wrap sweater is worth investing in – it should be versatile, soft, and billowy so that it can transform into a makeshift blanket, mid-flight.

4. Stretchy pants + comfortable flats***. Black jeans are ideal for traveling, since they’re dressy enough should you need to go straight from the airport to dinner. The main thing is to make sure they have a good amount of stretch and aren’t too tight. I like to wear some sort of flat shoe that I can slip on and off at security – just make sure to pack along some cozy socks to change into once you’re in the air.
5. Big carry-all. This bag is my favorite – it holds a ton of stuff, including all of my airport essentials (noise-reducing headphones, laptop, iPad, snacks, hand sanitizer, etc.) and eliminates the need to take along two purses.


*** Noted below is definitely not an appropriate travel outfit but Italy awaited me and I’m always in heels:travelsona

Contemporary Feng Shui by Mark Ainley

Mark Ainley used to be my neighbour when I lived in Vancouver once upon a time.The first time I met him, he knocked on my door and advised that my kitchen wall shared his bedroom wall. My roommate and I often shared late night dinners and would occasionally bang the odd cabinet door. Not the best wall to share. As soon as he advised us of that we kibosh-ed the late night eats.

He recently just posted on his Facebook page Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment layout (fictional character from the hit HBO series Sex and the City). See layout below:

These were Mark’s remarks:

Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in Sex and the City. Interesting to see how she only has a chair for an end table next to her bed and not matching end tables, which create a support structure for relationships. No matched seating anywhere in the apartment either. Hmmm… Her walk-in closet is in the Creativity area (aka Sexuality) – interesting connection, no?

Fashion & The Olympics, Can They Be Combined?

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You really can’t turn on or log onto anything these days without hearing some sort of Olympic update. We all know the drill, when world events happen, they take over the social conversation. I mean, I was on Twitter Olympic overload by the time the opening ceremony started last week. But alas it got me thinking….

Fashion in a way can be combined with the goings on throughout the Olympics. The classic jump suit athletes wear to the uniforms and even travel style.But yet every day we vault over some ridiculous obstacle (pun intended), at least mentally. The stress and pace of the fashion industry make us very agile and I would put us up against almost anyone to show how in shape we are.

So… if fashion PR was a category in the Olympics here’s what the top competitions would be :

1. Olympic Packing: Sure you know how to pack your own suitcase but you have not seen anything until you see an army of fashion assistants packing up samples for a shoot. Let’s just say on a really bad day that tape gun can be used a lethal weapon.

2. Olympic Email Checking: I’m very confident that Fashion PR people get more emails than most. Not only because they talk a lot, but because we’re very big on the “cc”, aka cover your bum. But how fast can you make a sea of 400 unread emails turn to “read”? Only the Olympic judges will know.








3. Olympic Press Coverage: In this competition, you will have to secure press on the why those swim athletes don’t wear the full body suit anymore. I guess the guy that invented the men’s body suit stating “you will lose 0.05 sec if you wear this” made a killer $$$ on his invention. But does it really lose you 0.05 sec?
(Now they just shave their chest)







4. Olympic Runway Show Seating: My personal favorite. You will have to seat your guests at lightning speed in ego, I mean title, hierarchy.

5. Olympic Kiss: Best kiss. Self explanatory.








An Interview With Adnan Elladen: Arthiteckt

By Sona Chavda

My meeting with Adnan was coupled with french wine, warm bread, olives and pomme frites all from the amazing Marc, restaurant this week (conveniently apart of Downtown Dining Week). I’ve spent time talking with Adnan and have really learned a lot from his ability to design, sculpt and create. Here you will see an in-depth look into the work of this Arthiteckt [art-it-ect].

1) How long have you been designing?

AE: Started in 2005, it’s been an ongoing process of research and development. Stopped for about a year and half, I wanted to give up on it but it wouldn’t leave me, it kept knocking back. It’s a good thing I had a break it helped me realize this is what I really wanted to do.

2) What’s your inspiration right now?

AE: Architecture and automotives. That’s always been where the basis of where everything came from. Now it’s bridges, buildings, steel, rawness, trains, skyscrapers, even here [at the Marc] the brick and concrete. I love all that. Oh and the New Audi RS4.
3) How did you come up with certain design concepts? (i.e the plexi or mounting system you came up with).

AE: The plexi material came from my background in automotives. I used to work at a race car shop and a lot of the materials that were used were fiberglass, plexi glass, carbon fiber & aluminum. Plexi was to me, the easiest material to work with. I want to get into aluminum and carbon fiber, more higher end materials , it’s more complex. The mounting systems again came from automotives and just visually seeing it in buildings that’s where the architecture came in. TV shows like Mega Factories, the development process from the Formula One team, I was glued to the TV. The techniques inspired me. It’s way a product is presented.

4) When designing what makes things beautiful to you?

AE: Colours. Really just the final product, when I’m designing something The complexity and detail it’s worth it in the end.

5) Have you collaborated with other designers or artists? And if not, would you?

AE: I would definitely love to, there are a few out there that I’d like to work with. There are a couple of graffiti artists in the UK that are doing some cool stuff. Maybe with some of the work that they do, I could take them through the 3D process and maybe elaborate on what they’ve done. In terms of businesses, mostly architects, there are a few that I would want to work with. I want someone who has the same visual aspects where my work will fit in.

I found out the name of the company that developed the Art Gallery of Alberta, and I thought, this is me! The aluminum the industrial feel to it, and the glass and the hardware. I thought to myself I need to work with these guys!

Mos Definite

6) How does your cultural background influence your work?

AE: Being Muslim, a lot of their architecture like their Mosques in the Middle East, I’ve never been there but in seeing photos – it influences my work. A lot of their work is hand-made. Using geometric shapes, that’s where the math comes in. I want to get more abstract – that and I guess when I do the Islamic [work] that will be a big influence.

7) Where do you want to see your art?

AE: I would like to see it in the Art Gallery. I’d like to have a showcase of my Arthiteckture series because the Art Gallery represents my work that I do. Very industrial, with the pulley systems, cables and the hardware, it blends in perfectly. I’d like to see it in high-end homes, progressive/forward thinking homes. I’d love to work with brands in the automotive business such as Volkswagen AG more specifically Audi, and Lamborghini. I’d like to do some branding or a marketing campaign. My own clothing line  Someone who is open to thinking outside the traditional realm of design. I want the freedom thought to do what I want.

[the architect of the Art Gallery of Alberta is Randall Stout]

8) Who are your role models?

AE: For me, I’m self taught in terms of how I actually developed everything, so anybody who is willing to be patient and take the time to understand and develop anything I respect – I don’t like the education process, I like people thinking outside the box, without formal training. I like graffiti artists as well. it then comes back to automotive in that industry I love the technology – which is inspirational.

9) Where do you see yourself find 5 years?

AE: I hope to have my own lounge/gallery as one where I can design and build everything myself showcasing my skill set, along with my own full studio setup connected in the back With a big garage door in the back. 🙂  Actually working with some of the companies we have been talking about such as Audi, but I would also like to travel the world, I’d like to be able to showcase my work outside. A lot of the things I want to do are in the Middle East, they are building these grand billion+ dollar hotels beyond anything you’d ever see in North America. Anywhere progressive and innovative in design concepts.

10) Most designers or artists love all their work in it’s own way, but what piece speaks to you the most?

AE: The cable piece that I did, it’s called Vorusprung 1881, it’s the first piece that I made for myself. A lot of the work I’ve done is consulting with clients, but this was for me. The beginning piece for my Arthiteckture series. That speaks to me because it’s got that abstract complexity in it but it also has element of the cables and the industrial theme.

Vorusprung 1881

11) What are you working on right now?

AE: I’m consulting with a few clients right now on some Islamic art, and potentially working with a law firm that wants a piece for their lobby area. And I’m also designing more pieces for the Arthiteckture series, coming up with concepts, ideas, how I’m going to build it. More of just ideas, concepts and strategic planning right now.

12) Aside from your art, you do renovation work for homes?

AE: I’m starting to do home decor. I do custom mirrors, and I did a desk and laid it all in plexi glass. Also i did a fireplaces in a very high gloss plexi. I’d like to get into that some more but only when the client requests it. But now I want to focus on one thing. I’m still trying to develop more installation systems, like the cables. I want to make that the art, rather than make the artwork the art. I’d like to get into more sculptures, and maybe incorporate some sort of abstract art and plexi in there. I have a friend that has these high-end metals, and I weld…so it actually ties into the automotive world, especially using carbon fibre and exotic materials for some large-scale sculptures.

13) In 20 years, when you’ve established yourself as a designer, would you ever see yourself teaching?

AE: Yes I’d love to, especially in the form of inspiring people. When I went to school, I was taking business and all I was taught was to work in a bank…it was never to go outside and do your own thing, and something that you love. It made me believe that anything is possible.

People tend to be afraid to draw and open up, I just went for it. And it made me
believe that I could do anything, that anything was possible. There are no

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