Hey, hope your Labour Day weekend was labour free – I spent mine drowning in DVDs, books, and martinis.Â Here are three great Musts from my weekend gone by worth sharing:
This doc takes a look at America’s obsession with beauty, but, let’s face it, it’s an obsession that crosses many borders.Â From the power of the beauty industry to dieting to plastic surgery to vastly differing definitions of what beauty is, America The Beautiful offers a fast-paced and fascinating look at a topic that deeply affects us all.Â Interwoven is the story of the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of a beautiful model who becomes the hit of the prestige runways – at age 12. Now out on DVD.
I’m not the guy to put “LOL” after every sentence I ever write in an email or Twitter post.Â Though I like to laugh a lot, it’s rare that I’m sitting at my keyboard so jolly as to be laughing out loud with every missive.Â I find the exaggerated enthusiasm of ‘LOL’ questionable at best when on the receiving end, and at worst I worry whether or not the sender is actually in the middle of a horrible downward psychological spiral if they are truly constantly laughing out loud the way they claim to be.
But man did I LOL – a lot – reading Chelsea Handler‘s Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, the latest collection of stories from her life, be it the practical joke she and her staff played on her husband involving a dead dog, or the first chapter, a full detailing of her discovery at age 8 of the glory of masturbation.Â I’m promising you, this tale alone had me in stitches, to the point where Eddie looked over and said: “Okay, you’re just faking it now.Â Nothing is that funny.”Â Oh but you’re wrong, Eddie, so wrong.Â LOL.
Last up, my friend Rico shared this video on Leadership Lessons with me.Â I just loved it, enjoy!
Recently someone wrote me saying he was still hearing an endorsement commercial I had done for Le Firme running on Proud FM. I got the impression he felt I should “do something” about that, and while I don’t know (however do doubt) that ad is still running, I’d heartily endorse the hidden fashion gem anytime.
I’ve written about getting my first bespoke suit there, gorgeous Zegna fabric, outrageous lining and the high degree of customization; I’ll have this killer piece for a lifetime.Â LeFirme is also where you can get belts, bags (even for women), designer ties and shirts and trousers for a lot less than you’d pay mainstream retailers.
I also love the sexy long sleeve tees Le Firme carries, made by JUZD (joost), the planet’s first bamboo designer label (and Canadian).Â Each shirt’s designs are limited edition (mine says “Fuck Like A Porn Star” in silver and gold on grey bamboo fabric) and the fabric itself is state-of-the-art.Â Soft, cool in summer, warm in winter, wicks moisture, antibacterial, hypoallerenic and bamboo fabric is the most eco-friendly on the planet.
Last week Patrick and I stopped, by as Patrick was having final fitting on a suit he is having made.Â You don’t get this at the big shops:
I can’t guarantee they serve food to every customer who comes in, but I can guarantee their service and attention to detail is par excellence, the Italian fabrics they offer are breathtaking, and whatever you buy, you walk out spending less than you would downtown.
Hurry – John and Giovanna close up shop in August to hit Italy for their annual buying! 95 East Beaver Creek Road in Richmond Hill!
P.S.Â So when I got my first bespoke suit, I had to video the making-of on my iPhone.Â It’s a man’s fashion milestone, y’know!
Back in my late teens, early twenties, I got my first credit card.Â It was a Simpson’s store card, and I promptly maxed it out at the Clinique counter as quickly as I could.Â I’ve always been a product whore; the Clinique counter was not my first beauty high.Â That happened at Caryl Baker Visage. Continue Reading…
So it was my pleasure to attend part of the launch party last night for a new anthology she has edited called Outspoken.Â It’s available now at better bookstores (ISBN 978-0-88754-799-7 $19.95.)Â Susan has culled from different lesbian writers across Canada to put together a great book of scenes and short stories and monologues.Â Last night at the party, I got to hear many of the women involved read from their work, including the amazing Mariko Tamaki.Â What a great range of stories.Â From completely engaging to completely LOL, from crushing on a teacher to shaving your legs, Outspoken is full of amazing tales for anyone who loves great writing and great women.
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Time for some run-don’t-walk theatre here in Toronto: The North American premiere of Brad Fraser’s True Love Lies kicked off Factory Theatre’s 40th anniversary season this past Thursday.
The world premiere already a U.K. hit, this is playwright/director Fraser’s best work yet, and I’ve either seen or read them all.Â More mature than anything before it, and shockingly funny on many levels.
Your mission – a tough one – is to keep up.Â Continue Reading…