Archive for November, 2010


Royal Wedding Attire

 There is a Royal wedding in the works and the excitement is already building in frenetic fashion. Part of the intrigue with a royal wedding is the formality – the age old traditions and protocol.  This royal  couple however, is known and admired for their ability to adopt a more casual, yet respectful approach to the traditions. William and Kate’s wedding is expected to reflect their own personal touch and as such, should be a romantic and relatively down to earth affair. 

As with most, if not all, royal events, the dress code will be clearly set. “Morning Dress” will most  likely be the code for the day: men wear a black cutaway “morning coat”  with black striped grey trousers, a buff or pearl grey waistcoat and shirt and tie (sometimes ascot).  William himself will be wearing his dress occasion military uniform.

The ladies always seem to have more choice which is both fun and daunting. “Morning Dress” for women is less specific but indicates a conservative dress or skirt suit. Pants suits are acceptable but must be in one colour with full length trousers but it is quite unlikely you will see them worn by women at a Royal wedding. Hats are de rigeur at a Royal wedding and pose an opportunity for some whimsy and personal expression. 

 Kate Middleton has attended a number of weddings herself in recent years and who better to show what would be considered respectful and stylish wardrobe choices for a formal daytime wedding … her choices all reflect simplicity and good taste and best of all, a perfect fit.





Can You Be Too Beautiful?


Can you be too beautiful for your own good? Actually…yes. Recent research has shown that beauty can be perceived as competition – at school, at the office or at the job interview.

In their current issue, Psychology Today commented on the new study revealing how sometimes a coveted quality becomes a liability.

Here is an excerpt from the article:


“Most of us assume that the beautiful people have it made – that being attractive gives you advantages across the board. Much of the time, we are right. Decades of psychological research has shown that when someone is attractive, we often unconsciously assume that they have lots of other good qualities too. We perceive them to be warmer, kinder, smarter, funnier, and more honest, simply because they are easier on the eyes.
But recent research has shown how the advantages of being beautiful don’t always translate into greater successes. In fact, being good-looking can cost you opportunities – jobs, scholarships, promotions – depending on the gender and attractiveness of your evaluator.

Psychologist Maria Agthe found that attractive applicants for a graduate scholarship received more favorable ratings from opposite-sex raters, but not from same-sex raters. Men were unimpressed by a male applicant’s handsomeness, and women actually penalized female applicants for beauty.
In a second study, Agthe found that the effect of an applicant’s attractiveness on their ratings also depended on the beauty of the beholder. Good-looking raters didn’t seem to care one way or the other how handsome or beautiful an applicant was, but average-looking raters did – they penalized better-looking same-sex applicants.

In the end, we tend to think about the attractiveness of the person we are evaluating in terms of opportunities and threats. Attractive members of the opposite sex (obviously, assuming you are heterosexual) are generally good to have around. Their presence is an opportunity – if not for an actual relationship, then at least for some innocent flirting and wishful thinking. Attractive members of our own sex, on the other hand, are The Competition. Their presence is a threat – they “make the rest of us feel like we aren’t pretty enough.” So, given the choice between a candidate with average looks, and one who is gorgeous, why choose the latter and end up feeling inadequate? Ugly Betty wins every time. “


Although hard to admit, bias is real and everywhere.  What to do? Here are three suggestions:

–  Let’s try and be aware of our own biases when we are in the position to hire or promote someone. Stop and ask yourself – is my decision being influenced by the candidate’s looks? Am I being fair? Would I want to be judged this way?

– Let’s think carefully about our appearance when we interview for a position. When your potential employer is a member of your own sex, opt for a more conservative, professional look. You want the focus on your credentials, not your good looks.

– Let’s take the time to examine and question our reasoning. If the best-looking same-sex candidate is truly the best-qualified and most deserving, hire them.


The Family Dinner

A simple ritual has been gradually losing its footing within families for some years now and experts believe its loss is at the root of many of our present social crises. A new book called The Family Dinner – Great Ways to Connect with your Kids One Meal at a Time by Laurie David seems to be sparking a movement to re-instate this waning tradition and benefit greatly as a result. The book itself features recipes, games, tips, conversation topics and more. The Huffington Post has thrown in its support by launching a new Friday feature called the HuffPost Dinner Download – Conversation Starters for Your Family Dinner: “Every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors will highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week — stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.”

In our household we play a game called “Highlight of the Day” in which we work our way around the table encouraging each person to share his or her day’s “highlight”. Inevitably fun conversation ensues and even if not, we all enjoy a quick peek at a day through the eyes of a family member. We don’t do it every day but when we do, it’s always rewarding.

Opportunities for “family time” within the busy schedules so many of us maintain can be rare. The Family Dinner provides great inspiration as well as guidelines for easily creating new memories and connections within your family. Below is a video of one of the games suggested in the book. I dare you to watch and not smile. As we head into the season of holiday gatherings here’s to sharing laughter with family.


The World Comes to Vancouver!



Vancouver Fashion Week presents its 15th consecutive season this November 3rd-7th, 2010. This season’s Vancouver VFW highlights the Spring & Summer 2011 collections, confirming VFW’s position as a successful platform for showcasing emerging & established designer talents from around the world.

Since its debut in 2000, Vancouver Fashion Week has become a much sought-after event for Canadian and International designers. VFW has gained a respectable reputation from its ability to showcase the fashion industry and accommodate multicultural designers successfully. Hailed as the West Coast’s most prestigious industry event, Vancouver Fashion Week is committed to fostering the growth of designers and celebrating the fashion industry.




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