Fans are always looking for ways to breathe their chosen object of obsession to life, be it dressing in the garb of a jawa, or learning to speak Klingon. But one dimension that often gets overlooked in making the fantastical real is smell. Imagine how much easier it would be to LARP (“live action role…

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Mo Handahu with her clutches. (Joy Blenman photo)

Musemo (Mo) Handahu was flipping through a fabric catalogue when she heard a voice. “It literally said, ‘Make a purse,’” says Handahu, the designer of up-and-coming handbag company Clutch Culture. She gathered vibrant print textiles and began sewing away. Her first clutch was flimsy—nothing special—but to Handahu, that first bag represented the beginning of a…

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One of the worst parts of the transit strike? Being confined to Park Lane Mall, Mills and downtown boutiques for a full 41 days of uninspired shopping. Unless you had an alternate mode of transportation, the Halifax Shopping Center, Bayer’s Lake, the Mic Mac Mall and Bedford were no longer in the picture. But that…

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1950s Domestic – Pastel, prim, high-necklines, shifts: SM: This is feminine and beautiful, a reminder that we can be both sexy and covered up. It’s perfect for those days when you need to be tasteful (job interview, anyone?) but still want to be stylish. Conversely, I love pairing pieces that channel this trend with somewhat…

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Why is it that when Emma Stone rocks a low-cut scarlet gown at the Globes, it fits perfectly, and she can appear effortless rather than uncomfortable? How does Angelina Jolie look classy in red and white satin? Why do even the stars who end up on the “Worst Dressed List” still look better than I…

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Though not yet five years old, Sweet Pea Boutique has already become a staple store for Halifax shopping. It’s the place to go for dressy frocks, blouses and skirts at a reasonable price point for the average young lady. It’s atmosphere is classy and upscale without being intimidating. In short, it’s struck the perfect chord…

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Spring... almost here! Photo by Dean Ward (promanex on flickr). Used under Creative Commons license.

Most people have heard something along the lines of, “I’m a winter skin tone!” before. It may have been said as a joke, or it might have been serious, but either way you had no sweet clue what they meant. I know I didn’t. That’s I why I recently decided to stop the ignorance and…

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For Andrea Landriault, the fashion show held by Dal’s International Development faculty last weekend was long overdue. “It’s been in planning for about four years now,” she laughs. So how did it all come together? According to Landriault, it took a lot of emails, and a lot of willing volunteers from partner charities WUSC, Amnesty…

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A look at every fashionista’s Christmas wish list  Though the weather may not be a clear indication that Christmas is coming, it is that time of year again—the time some call the most wonderful time of the year. And all those avid shoppers out there, who see Christmas as an excellent excuse to let ourselves…

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