Thursday, 7 February 2013

Happy Berlinale!

Directly after the colourful warfare that is "Silvester" in Berlin, the city trudges into a series of fan and fare to distract us from our winter woes. Fashion Week, Transmediale, GrĂ¼ne Woche and now my favourite film festival. I'll be watching and reviewing films and trying to stay warm and chic* at a few parties.

Here's a review for a Canadian film I saw at last years festival. It was later nominated for a Foreign Language Film Oscar.

If you are also a local, check out the fab Berlinale Blackness guide at the mic movement  for your "what to watch".

* wouldn't this be a great idea for a Canadian fashion magazine? In summer, we could report on what people are wearing in Berlin.

I keep searching for an Inuit, boiled wool coat, but on my last vintage escapade in Toronto's Kensington Market, I found kleenex in the right pocket! I ran over to the owner and asked him to reach in and pull it out. Then I asked if they launder their wares.

One of those traumatizing, second-hand moments that we all endure for the love of the find.


Thursday, 26 July 2012



Working for yourself can be a blessing and a curse, often both in any 24 hour period. Since quitting my job to focus on filmmaking (with the support of a couple of grants), I have been having a hard time structuring my day. Not such a problem, except when I forget to eat lunch.

This week, I forced myself away from all the distractions to eat and plan. A strawberry sundae may not be the most healthy meal, but it put me in a great mood. Create As Folk ( has this great, free tool to help you reflect on your last month's successes and challenges so that you can track what works for you and implement it this month. I love the "48 hours goals" section, which keeps you from just filing the thing out and filing it.

Take away from June 2012: if meet your deadlines, it doesn't matter how much time you spend daydreaming in the shade.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

more film than fashion

In a wonderful twist of fate, my day job has changed from creative manager of a German fashion brand to feature film scriptwriter.

More on the new project and my pastoral work space in the middle of Berlin to come.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

fontastic: fashion week berlin

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from top to bottom:

great tradeshow with up-and-coming brands, armbands galore, waiting in line for the Bread&ButterBerlin party, stil in berlin curates for the voo store, best swag: "boobies" bracelet from and free earrings from the sweetest jewellery designer while waiting in line for the bathroom at the fantastic Edged + Fier Management showroom, the cutest boys were to be found at this skate/streetwear tradeshow, a reminder to keep it real from italian designer Daniele Fiesoli.


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