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FASHION magazine

January, 2017

 About a year into my first real job, as a junior editor at Toronto Life, I arrived at my performance review—a breakfast meeting scheduled for 9 a.m.—25 minutes late. I’d been wild with nerves the night before and couldn’t sleep. At 4 a.m., I made the decision—the kind of decision you make at 4 a.m.—to […]

Olfactory Nerve

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FASHION Magazine

November, 2015

Last fall, when I was about six months pregnant, I went to the hospital for an anatomy ultrasound. As the technician applied gel to my abdomen, she informed me that she would not be speaking throughout the procedure and that I should address any questions I might have with my doctor. But after about 10 […]

False Glow

ELLE Canada

April, 2015

A few years ago, I had lunch with a friend who was six months pregnant with her third child. “I loooove being pregnant,” she said as she tore happily into a crois­sant, her gestational mane gleaming. “It makes me feel powerful!” I never thought that pregnancy would make me feel formidable. (Power and I have never […]

Kill or Be Killed

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ELLE U.S.

March, 2015

Soccer is a beautiful, elegant game to watch. Unless you’re watching me play. “You’re on!” a teammate yells my first day on the field. I scurry, hoping for invisibility, toward the safety of the sidelines, feeling vulnerable and stunned, like a gimpy gnu among prowling lions. I’d recently watched a National Geographic documentary about predatory […]

Forever Tan

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June, 2014

Growing up in my family, tanning was pleasure, pastime and competitive sport. Pale was pejorative. My parents, both great tanners in their youth, lived in East Africa in the early ’70s, before I was born. That time in their lives seemed to me fabulously glamorous—never mind the fact that my sister, a baby then, contracted […]

My Silver Linings Playbook

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Chatelaine magazine

May, 2014

The philosophy in my family has generally been not so much that the glass is half empty as that it’s basically a sieve. My mother is French, so pessimism is arguably her birthright. The French have, historically, exhibited an impressively unrelenting fidelity to pessimism and its assemblage of black-turtleneck-wearing in-laws: Moroseness, Ennui, Despair, Misery, Melancholy, […]

Busy Bodies

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FASHION magazine

March, 2014

In a time when it’s socially unacceptable to have loads of free time on your hands, OLIVIA STREN wonders why everyone wants to be so damn busy “How are you?” a barista asked me recently. “Super busy?” He was presumably too busy frothing almond milk for another customer to wait for my answer. “Yeah. SO busy. […]

New York State of Mind

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FASHION Magazine

April, 2013

When it comes to fitness, Type A Manhattanites never sleep. OLIVIA STREN investigates the city’s fitness concierges, $40 classes and “fat-incinerating” cardio blasts as this high-intensity trend makes a strong push north. A man in a luon tank top with ballooning biceps and the triangular figure of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character asks me anxiously: “Are you […]

Breaking Sad

ELLE (U.S.)

February, 2013

 I always assumed that winter was another thing that I was bad at—like mornings or group sports or understanding spy movies. But if it wasn’t my forte, it also wasn’t my fault, I told myself. It was my mother’s. She was, and remains, terrible at winter. I grew up in Toronto, where parka season can […]

Bare it All

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FASHION Magazine

July, 2012

There is no relationship quite like the one we have with our waxer. OLIVIA STREN exposes hers.    “Alarming news.” This was the subject line of an email a friend of mine sent me last fall. Busy envisioning loved ones in ambulances and houses in flames, I could never have predicted the real crisis at hand: […]

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