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Lifestyle

Feb 1, 2009
Money, Luxury, and the High Life in Vancouver, B.C.
Jessica Werb

Let’s face it: things are rough. If the economy were a celebrity, it would be Britney Spears in her head-shaving, rehab-going, strapped-to-a-gurney days. Hit with sagging investment portfolios and declining house values, British Columbians have seen an across-the-board hit to...

Feb 1, 2009
Culture: Steve Reich, Planet Salt Spring & Bush of Ghosts
J Bucher

Music Steve Reich’s Drumming: It’s much easier to be annoyed by experimental minimalism than most other kinds of music; humans are pattern-seeking animals, and we like few things more than a reliable melody. Experimental minimalism comprises musical sounds, but the genre – of which composer Steve Reich is considered one...

Feb 1, 2009
Undercover Lover
Steven Schelling

We've just pulled clear of February, that dark heart of wintry gloom, when leaden, soggy West Coast skies are at their most lifeless. But how do you spark romance in a torrential downpour, when tearful resignation is more appropriate? And where, pray tell, is the sexy in a hibernal uniform...

Feb 1, 2009
Taste of Romance
Jim Hoggan/Alison McLaughlin

Jim Hoggan's Wine Pick If Shakespeare truly believed that “music be the food of love,” he mustn’t have known good chocolate. Chocolate is the number one confection in this season of love – and the best gift. Cheaper than diamonds and more sensual than roses, it also goes better with wine.

Feb 1, 2009
Blowing Your Top
Alison McLaughlin

Hair Cadets, Blo Bros and Pink Wig Girls: my conversation with Judy and Devon Brooks is awash with the playful marketing language that has come to define their fledgling venture. The mother-daughter founders of Blo Blow Dry Bar Inc. hair salons are confident that even women who surrender their full-service...

Jan 28, 2009
Taste of Romance
Jim Hoggan/Alison McLaughlin

Jim Hoggan's Wine Pick If Shakespeare truly believed that “music be the food of love,” he mustn’t have known good chocolate. Chocolate is the number one confection in this season of love – and the best gift. Cheaper than diamonds and more sensual than roses, it also goes better with...

Jan 1, 2009
Piety and Progress: Privatization in Vancouver Hospitals
J Bucher

If it reduces waiting times, are Vancouverites ready to embrace a new, private funding model for their health care? Talking to Canadians about health care is like talking to Italians – in the movies, anyway – about mothers: our brows furrow, we’re quick to take offence. It’s not with open ears and hearts that most British Columbians greet talk of “innovation” and “competition” in hospitals.

Jan 1, 2009
January Style: Business Card Wallets
Steven Schelling

As arbitrary temporal demarcations go, few pack the solid sucker punch of reform quite like the new year. Whether or not one has the willpower to keep one’s pesky resolutions – be it losing weight, finding love, quitting smoking or reading the collected works of Proust – the urge to...

Jan 1, 2009
Value Vintage
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

Jim Hoggan’s Wine Pick The only thing better than a really good bottle of wine is a really good bottle of wine that you got for a really good price. It took me a while to figure this out. When I started collecting, I went straight for the name brands:...

Dec 1, 2008
Winter Fashion: Neck and Neck
Steven Schelling

The scarf has loftier sartorial ambitions than would be implied by its (supposed) primary purpose of keeping a neck warm. The right scarf is a physical manifestation of fashion’s Holy Trinity of colour, pattern and texture, and adds a much-needed punch of personality to the otherwise bland overcoat or neutral trench. Personal but not too intimate, and one-size-fits-all, a scarf also makes for the perfect corporate gift (as long as you don’t ruin it with an embroidered company logo). -...

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