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She’ll Take You There


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November, 2017

I recently purchased an unreasonable number of outfits in shades of white and cream. When I wear them, I feel fresh, well-leisured, like the kind of person who lets other people worry about the tedium of laundry

Grande Dame

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FASHION Magazine

November, 2009

Actress Patricia Clarkson on good scripts and the joys of being trapped in a cave with Leonardo DiCaprio. By OLIVIA STREN

Alice Waters: Sticking to slow food in tough times

Globe and Mail

April, 2009

Sticking to slow food in tough times The mother of the slow-food movement is in a rush. She only has 30 minutes to talk, her assistant informs me, as he escorts me to her luminous office located next to Chez Panisse, her restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. The building, splashed in honeyed afternoon sunshine, has all the […]

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee: Yoga’s First Couple

Globe and Mail

 Rodney Yee is sitting cross-legged on the floor of his Intercontinental Hotel suite, nibbling on cantaloupe and stroking the palm of his wife’s suntanned hand. Colleen Saidman Yee is perched on the couch, hugging her knees to her chest, her Botticelli torrent of blond tresses half-obscuring the mantra (“Remember Love”) embroidered on her tight black […]

Shop Girl

Toronto Life

December, 2008

Bonnie Brooks has a black belt in retail make-overs, but can she bring shoppers back to The Bay? By OLIVIA STRENI

Getting to the Bottom of Michael Buble

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November, 2008

Canada’s favourite crooner weakens knees with his old-fashioned charisma but can’t keep his foot out of his mouth. He jokes like a frat boy but pines like a true romantic. He loves the limelight but hates the fame. Writer OLIVIA STREN puts this mass of contradictions on the couch.

The Hedonists

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Toronto Life

November, 2007

How two Toronto designers reinvented decadence. LUNCH #1: PASS THE CHABLIS It

Dream Girl

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Toronto Life

July, 2007

How to become a certified pop diva without losing your indie boyfriend. The unstoppable ambition of Feist. Leslie Feist is sitting quietly in a booth at the Rivoli. She has a soft spot for the restaurant, since she used to work here as a bartender, before she had to worry about major-label record deals and fanatically […]

Rebel Rebel

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Toronto Life

December, 2006

George Stroumboulopoulos is a loner who loves attention, an anti-authoritarian mama