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The Only Back-to-School Fashion Tip You’ll Ever Need

I don’t care if I’m in my 30s: back-to-school commercials still fill me with an odd mix of happiness and dread that only a nine-year-old can understand. Happiness, because I can recall the unmistakable odour of new binders at my family’s local Canadian Tire where my mom turned into a back-to-school-shopping ninja after years of… Read More »

Anne's first thrift store shirt

A Love Letter To Thrift Stores

If you are a thrift store, I want you bad. It’s a bold, direct way to say it, I know, but that’s the only way to do this. I mean, if I’ve learned anything from hours rummaging and combing through racks of gently (or not-so-gently) used merchandise, it’s that if you see something, you go… Read More »


Your Ultimate Labour Day Long Weekend

Labour day is upon us, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll pack as much summer as humanly possible into those last, precious three days. Here, we’ve aggregated a summer’s worth of SDTC fun. Consider this your ultimate checklist. See you on the other side. 1. Fill your home with fresh flowers. 2. Head… Read More »

Jess Not Smiling

Hey Everyone: You Don’t Get To Tell Me When To Smile

I have been asked many times by colleagues at various places of work why, on certain days, I look so “gloomy,” so “melancholy,” so “down in the dumps,” so “bummed out,” so “pissed off,” and so “NOT SMILING??” I’m increasingly frustrated when I hear comments/questions/criticisms like this, and more specifically when others put in a… Read More »


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