Monthly Archives: August 2014

Vancouver craft shows have quality and unique accessory finds


This summer, we attended several craft shows, the Vancouver Folk Festival and the Circle Craft summer market. It is always a pleasure to find something that is wearable and has a unique quality that the artisan has incorporated into the piece.

At the Vancouver Folk Festival I found three unique items. The first, were some lovely necklaces that had tiny beads poured into a netting tube that gave them an African trade bead look. They were made by Valentina Zimina. We really loved the unique colours and designs. The second were several unique bag designs using fabric from Ghana designed by a Canadian/Ghanaian, Naa Sheka Riby-Williams who used a modern design and incorporated the colourful fabrics found in Ghana, West Africa. She also had some unique trade beads. We were impressed by her commitment to using African fabrics. “Warrior Queen” is an ongoing fashion trend.The third item we…

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8 Things Gentlemen Do Differently

James Michael Sama

When writing about the topics of being what could be considered in modern society a “gentleman” or a “lady,” I am often surprised by the backlash. Whether it is being called a sexist for actually recognizing the biological and behavioral differences between men and women, or those who feel personally insulted that they may not act in the ways I have mentioned, one learns quickly it is impossible to make everyone happy.


The fact of the matter is that the recognition of any differences between people has become taboo. It has become taboo to discuss because it can be interpreted, by some people, as meaning some are “better,” and some are “worse,” even if those words are never used.

For this reason, society’s expectations for social conduct have plummeted. Think of how people used to get dressed to go on a plane, or restaurants that required jackets for gentlemen to…

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8 Things Guys Secretly Love

James Michael Sama

Whether a guy is just starting to date a woman or is in a committed relationship with her, there are small things that she may do without thinking twice that guys secretly love.

While there are many, here are eight to start.


Laying your head on his chest.

When laying on the couch watching TV or laying in bed after a long day, it’s one of the best feelings when a woman lays her head down on your chest and puts her arm over you.

As men, we enjoy feeling as though we are being protective, and this signifies that she feels safe in our arms.

When you text him first.

There is a lot of pressure on guys to always initiate conversation. Sometimes he may not know if he’s being too pushy or texting too much – he might overthink it and not text you at all, which could…

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If You Want More, Stop Accepting Less

James Michael Sama

I understand it’s difficult to find nice, genuine people these days. People who we find to be kind and caring, but still have an attraction to. The type of teammate in life we have developed an image for after being with people who taught us what we don’t want.


The more conversations I have with people, the more I really do see what is lacking in this generation. Simple etiquette, manners, appreciation, affection…simple, basic things that make someone a good partner in a relationship. We can chalk the shortcomings up to many sources. The devaluation of love in our society, perhaps a less-than-ideal upbringing, and/or who knows what else.

But there is also one thing for certain – the good ones are still out there. Many of you reading this are proof of that, because you are one of them. And if you are single, you are probably wondering why…

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Why Men Need To Keep Their Edge

James Michael Sama

As someone who publishes articles on the topics of romance, chivalry, and gentlemen being the new bad boys, it may come as a surprise to some of you to see an article about men needing to maintain an “edge,” but let me explain.


Much of what I talk about is men being men. Yes, we should see women as equals and never disrespect or mistreat them, but that is a separate issue in itself. We can still be respectful towards women and keep our identity as a man.

If we want to be attractive to the woman in our life, we cannot become pieces of mush that they walk all over. Being chivalrous and romantic is not about being entirely submissive. Cooperation and compromise are not the same as self sacrifice, which I think is a common misconception. Men take things too far, do everything the woman in their life…

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Candice Huffine the first ‘curvy’ supermodel on the Pirelli Calendar 2015


Candice Huffine is the first “curvy” model to appear on the new Pirelli 2015 calendar signed by Steven Meisel.

Candice Huffine for Pirelli Calendar 2015Candice Huffine

The iconic Pirelli Calendar since its creation celebrates the female forms. And with its new edition of 2015 it is definitely a celebration of female body in all shapes. From the slim silhouettes of Raquel Zimmermann, Carolyn Murphy, Karen Elson ,stunning Brazilians Adriana Lima and Isabeli Fontana, Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, who posed for The Cal just a few days after giving birth to her fourth baby, to the curvy supermodel Candice Huffine now there is a strong celebration of women’s curves.

According to Vanity Fair Italy The Cal 2015 which was shot in New York in May has a keyword: fetishism. The look of the twelve models was based on latex corset and bustier, iconographic choices that lead to an erotic fantasy with mixed references to icons, from Brigitte Bardot to…

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