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Shop4Hope Recap: Guilt-free Retail Therapy for a Cause

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CEO & Founder of Ladies WHO Lunch, Maria Kritikos

Ladies WHO Lunch, a social, business, and philanthropic networking vehicle, was created in 2013 by a fierce and fabulous socialite who exists with a purpose. CEO & Founder Maria Kritikos carries the burning desire for every woman to live a life of freedom and dreams beyond their own expectations and everyone else’s.

So while the network is home to the nation’s most influential and glamorous women propelling each other to move forward with each other’s goals, the network has also proven its other mantra – making a difference in the world. In only two years of its existence, Ladies WHO Lunch has already hosted eight events, with every single one giving back to a charity of their choice.

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Shop4Hope featured an array of the nation’s most influential women.

Their first gathering of 2015, the 2nd annual Shop4Hope event, was held on May 12th at the fabulous Holt Renfrew in Downtown Vancouver. I had the privilege of being present in a space filled with a group of high-energy, positive and supportive women; the energy in the room was so magnetic that I am assured every single individual left inspired! Aside from getting to network in style, guests were treated to a celebrity-infused fashion show including TV Host Fiona Forbes, CFox radio host Karen Khunkhun, fashion editor and author Marilyn Wilson and international celebrity stylist Kim Appelt to name just a few. Holt Renfrew donated 10% of the evening’s sales to the network’s chosen charity, Dress for Success Vancouver, allowing the event to raise thousands in an hour!

Fashion editor & author, Marilyn R. Wilson

Fashion editor & author, Marilyn R. Wilson

Read my interview with CEO & Founder Maria Kritikos and find out more about the Shop4Hope event below:

What is Ladies Who Lunch?

Ladies Who Lunch is a global movement of women in business, fashion and philanthropy living their dream and making a difference in the world. I created the network to assemble a community of fearless and fabulous game changers, and it’s really to inspire other women to reach their full potential. We love to wear fancy hats and sparkly shoes but that’s just one part of the network. We are business women, philanthropists, community leaders – we are women who are not afraid to dream big. And this is exactly what Shop4Hope is – this event is a manifestation of what was just a mere idea for me, a dream that I sometimes doubted would happen or at times I believed I couldn’t make happen. I am living proof that you can do whatever you set your mind to as long as you make your desire greater than your excuses.

I know first hand how incredible this network really is! Let our readers know how you came up with the idea for Shop4Hope.

This event really is to give back to women less fortunate than ourselves. I started this last year as a heart-felt response to the horrible tragedy that happened in the Philippines after a typhoon left the country in devastation. After watching the footage, my son and I were left in tears, and I couldn’t sit back and do nothing. We managed to raise just over $2,000 to donate to the Canadian Medical Assistance Teams who were on the ground there. Shop4Hope is an event that truly incorporates all the values of the network which are passion, independence, authentic self expression and most importantly, contribution. So being here in Holt Renfrew to give back is such a dream come true!

Joanna Kritikos, Founder of www.InspirationMecca.com

Joanna Kritikos, Founder of www.InspirationMecca.com

How did the partnership with Holt Renfrew come about?

I was at a fundraiser in the fall and Holt’s expressed interest in partnering up with the Ladies WHO Lunch Network. They have been keeping an eye on us on social media and brought this idea forward to organize something. It’s so wonderful! What a great collaboration and an honour to host an event at such a great establishment.

Why did you choose Dress for Success Vancouver?

They are an organization that the Ladies WHO Lunch have given back to at our other events in the past. They really embody the principles and values of our network which is contribution and making a difference in the lives of women in less fortunate circumstances that ourselves. It’s the perfect choice to really help empower women into the workforce to live their dreams and reach their fullest potential.

Christina Florencio, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager for Dress for Success Vancouver & TV Host Kristina Matisic

Christina Florencio, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager for Dress for Success Vancouver & TV Host Kristina Matisic

What was your objective for hosting this event? 

The intention was to assemble a community of powerful and influential women coming together to have fun, make valuable connections, and enjoy fashion all while making a difference. It’s about turning your dreams into a reality, being scared but taking action anyway, putting it all on the table even if you’re not sure how it’s going to turn out. It’s about living your passion and doing what lights you up.

Entrepreneur Laurie Ashley with friend Amelia.

Entrepreneur Laurie Ashley with friend Amelia.

What’s next for Ladies WHO Lunch?

I want women to know that there is a very powerful force at work in our lives right now, and it’s called the Law of Attraction.  It really is attracting people, jobs, situations and relationships into your life – with not all being good. As a certified Law of Attraction facilitator, I teach the 3 step formula that you can use in any situation in your life whether personal or business that will turn you into a magnet attracting easily and effortlessly whatever it is you desire. This was the exact secret I had when I started the Ladies WHO Lunch Network from nothing into what it is today, as well as how my dream for Shop4Hope became a reality.

Shop4Hope did just that – it showed the world that when you overcome your fears and organize a community of like-minded, influential women together, powerful things can happen for the greater good.

And don’t be disappointed if you missed the event, as you can still get to know the women who graced the runway with the Ladies WHO Lunch Speaker Series. Starting June 1, 2015, you can get free access to this virtual training event that features 10 game changing women who reveal what it means to live your passion and make a difference. You truly are who you choose to surround yourself with, so if you’re looking to be a part of a network that will support, motivate, inspire and encourage you to make your dreams a reality, then Ladies WHO Lunch just might be the right place for you.

Maria Kritikos with Krystele Chavez, Communications Representative of the Ladies WHO Lunch Network.

Maria Kritikos with Krystele Chavez, Communications Representative of the Ladies WHO Lunch Network.

Krystele was born and raised on the beautiful island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Although from a tiny community, she was already traveling to North America at the age of 12 to compete and champion international public speaking competitions. Her global perspective has helped her branch out to discover new opportunities when she moved to BC seven years ago. At just 21, she has received a B.A. in Communications from SFU and has already worked for numerous organizations including Metro Vancouver, Canadian Cancer Society, Special Olympics BC, and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association to name a few. She is an entrepreneur, and handles social media for reputable brands. Krystele's passion is to help others find their voice and be heard, as well as inspire others to make the world a better place.

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How to Choose a Watch That Fits Your Wrist (And Your Style!)

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Did you realize that on average, men spend $10 more each month on accessories than women? Whether you are trying to breathe life into an old outfit or attempting to make your work uniform more unique, accessories can be extremely helpful. For most men, having a nice watch they can wear on a daily basis is a necessity.

With all of the different timepiece options out there, figuring out how to choose a watch can be difficult. Instead of getting frustrated with this buying process and settling on the first watch you see, take your time and weigh all of your options. Rushing through this important decision can lead to you making a number of mistakes.

Getting a watch that isn’t quite your style or fit will result in you not wearing it. This is why going in and trying on a few different timepieces is a good idea. The following are some of the things you should consider when trying to find a watch that fits your wrist and your sense of style.

How to Ensure a Watch Fits Properly

While there are a number of factors you have to consider before buying a watch, how it fits should be one of your main considerations. Failing to consider watch sizes can lead to issues with discomfort over time. If you are trying to get a watch that fits well, you will need to think about the following factors.

The Watch Case Diameter

Among the most noticeable features of any watch is the size of the dial case. There are a number of watch case diameters on the market, which is why you need to figure out which one fits your wrist the best.

The largest dial diameter you can get is a 46mm. Often times, these large dials are reserved for times when you want to color coordinate with an exceptionally flashy outfit. In most cases, a man will need to choose a case diameter that is approximately 38mm or below.

Measuring Your Wrist is a Good Idea

Before going out to shop for a new watch, you need to get an idea of how big your wrist actually is. For years, people have used the dollar bill trick to figure this out. If you can wrap a U.S. dollar bill around this part of your body, it means you hsix-inchnd a six inch wrist.

If your wrist is around 8 inches, then you will most likely need to get between a 44 and a 46mm case diameter. While this may seem a bit large, it will be proportional to the size of your wrist.

The Width of the Watch Band

Another important factor to consider when trying to purchase a watch that fits will is the width of the band. While having a wider band can add to the appeal a watch has, it can make it nearly unwearable for a person with a smaller wrist.

Choosing a watch with a smaller width band will provide a more comfortable fit for a person with smaller wrists. While you can measure your wrist to get an idea of what band width you need, it is usually best to try them on.

By getting a firsthand experience regarding how a watch actually fits, you can make an educated decision on whether or not it is the right fit for your needs.

How to Choose a Watch With the Right Level of Appeal

The overall appeal a watch has is also an important factor to consider before making a purchase. The watch market is filled with timepieces of all shapes and sizes. By considering the following factors, you can find a watch that fits your sense of personal style

The Color of the Watch Dial

When window shopping for new watches, one of the first things you will notice is the dial on a timepiece. If you want to truly razzle and dazzle with a new watch, choosing one with a unique dial design and color is essential.

If you are having trouble choosing a dial color, think about what type of clothing you wear on a regular basis. Often times, a person will stick to one dominant clothing color scheme which is usually based on how well it blends with the skin.

Do you wear a lot of earth tones? If so, choosing a watch with a red or silver colored dial can complement your wardrobe nicely. Building a watch collection that has timepieces for any occasion should be your main goal

The Watch Band Material

Having a unique and comfortable watch band is also something you should view as a priority. Often times, the type of watch band a person prefers will depend solely on their individual taste.

If you are looking for a classic and understated look, going with a leather band is a great option. Metal watch bands can also be appealing. Typically, a metal band will be a bit more expensive than their leather counterparts. The money invested in these metal bands will be worth it considering how long they last.

The Dial Adornments a Watch Has

Having a hard time choosing between the watch options at your disposal? If so, be sure to take a look at the adornments on the dial of a watch.

Modern watches feature everything from date windows to rotating bezels and everything in between. Taking the time to make a list of the dial features that are important to you can help you narrow down the selection at your disposal.

Finding the Right Watch Supplier

Learning how to choose a watch is much easier with the help of a reputable supplier. Before choosing a supplier, you need to do some research to find out how well they have performed for other watch buyers in the past.

Looking for more advice on how to amass a great watch collection? Be sure to check out our article on vintage watches every collector needs.

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Vintage Watches Are the Timeless Timepieces You Need

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Long summer afternoons, spent in the dim cool of your grandfather’s study. The scent of his cologne and his cigar competed with the smells of Grandma’s roast or Sunday gravy, floating up from the kitchen above.

You would be tucked into the corner of a cracked leather armchair, paging through an oversize book with rich watercolor illustrations, or maybe just watching the dust motes dance through a shaft of sunlight.

Sometimes Grandpa would let you look through the treasures in his desk drawer: old coins, antique keys, a fountain pen, black-and-white pictures of distant relatives. And, of course, his wristwatch, still ticking as reliably as when he purchased it in Paris during the war. Just glimpsing it again brings up memories, and he begins to tell you the stories…

There is no doubt vintage wristwatches hearken back to an era when people valued quality craftsmanship. Unfortunately, your older brother was the one who inherited Grandpa’s watch, but there is a way for you, too, to recapture that nostalgia: browsing a selection of vintage watches.

Three Reasons Why Vintage Watches Are Timeless

In the days when no self-respecting fellow would be seen in public without a hat and a pocket square, a wristwatch was a necessary accessory as well as a stylish one.

Today, we don’t need watches — even if you don’t want to reach into your pocket for your smartphone, it seems digital clocks are everywhere. So why choose vintage watches? Let’s take a look.

They Are Out of the Ordinary

Wearing a wristwatch, particularly one of the many storied vintage watches available, will set you apart from the masses. When everyone else is bent over their devices, drawn into the swirling vortex of social media and constant communication, all you need to do is take one quick glance at your wrist.

They Are the Epitome of Class

James Bond. Cary Grant. Sinatra and Deano. Classic style isn’t as easy to come by these days, now that fashion is disposable and people wear pajamas to the grocery store. Not you, however.

You understand that projecting a sophisticated, masculine image depends on the details: well-polished wingtips, having your shirts starched just so and, of course, the beautiful leather band of your vintage watch peeking out from beneath your cuff.

They Last a Lifetime — Or Two!

If Omega vintage watches could talk, they would certainly tell some compelling tales.

What stories will you contribute to your timepiece’s repertoire? Owning a well-made watch from the mid-20th century positions you within history. Unlike today’s tech gizmos that practically become obsolete the moment you take them out of their packaging, the old-school technology of a finely crafted chronograph is truly timeless.

Imagine handing down a vintage watch to your son, and then one day seeing it grace the wrist of your grandson. No iPhone can compare to that sense of tradition.

Once you fasten the strap of that first watch, you’ll be hooked. Vintage watches are beautiful, collectible, and practical items that you will be proud to own, and to pass on to future generations. Grandpa would approve!

Loved the blog? How about sharing the word to other vintage watch lovers on your favorite social platform?

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How To Succeed In Fashion Blogging

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Do you want to become a menswear fashion blogger?

If you keep up with the latest fashion trends and enjoy helping others dress for success, starting a blog may be the best option for you. Once you start a fashion blog, you realize running it is not very easy. Starting a fashion blog requires you to dedicate time to it.

Make sure that it is something that you really love and you’re not just doing it because everyone is doing it. Fashion blogging is fun but there is a lot of work that goes into it. This includes posting, scheduling, writing, and editing, just to mention a few.

Here are a few tips on how to start a fashion blog and succeed at it.

Register a Domain Name

The first thing you need to do is choose your domain name, which is the dot-com that you will be using. If you want to grow your blog into a business and turn it into a place where many people are going to visit, you’re going to need a domain name. They are very cheap because you can get them for as low as ten dollars a year.

You need to choose what you want your blog to be named and it may take you some time to come up with the name. You can use something catchy, your own personal name, or what you’re going to be blogging about, which is men’s fashion.

Once you come up with the name, check to see if it’s available and purchase that domain and get hosting.

Design a Unique Site

The next step is to get your site designed.

Your blogging experience will be so much better if you have a well-designed site because you are going to want to post on it more and it is going to appeal to more people.

Ensure you make your site aesthetically pleasing and in your own style to make your fashion blogging boom.

Choose A Suitable Platform

Choosing your platform would be the first option in your design process. One of the most important things is select the platform that you want to make your blog on. Have a clear set idea of what you want to do.

There are many blogging platforms that you can use like Tumblr, Blogspot, and WordPress. You may start off your fashion blog on Blogspot because it is completely free, is powered by Google, is very reputable, and anyone can use it.

WordPress is a standalone company and is more for the advanced bloggers or somebody who wants to grow their blog larger and have more functionality on their blog.

If you’re starting out, Blogspot may be your best option as it’s generic and simple to use.

Like Tumblr, they have a lot of blog templates you can choose from and customize your blog to make it a lot better and cleaner. This is much cheaper than customizing a WordPress blog.

Later on, you can to transfer your Blogspot account to your WordPress account.

See which blogging platform suits the style of your blog and use it.

Get Started

Many people think they need a high-tech camera, editing software, and all the writing software, but you really don’t. Get yourself an affordable and quality camera for your photography sessions. Many bloggers these days use their iPhones or just point and shoot cameras and their photos are amazing.

With the advanced technology nowadays, you can get great photos from just your phone. You can use your phone’s editing apps to edit the photos for your blog.

All you have to do is put your camera card into your computer, or if you have them on your phone, edit them from there and then email them back to yourself so that you can upload them from your computer.

Stay Authentic

As you learn about how to be a fashion blogger, one important aspect is to remain true to yourself. You may see many fashion bloggers posting about a trend that you particularly don’t like and that’s okay.

Remaining true to yourself is why your followers or viewers are viewing your blog. They want inspiration from you because they like your style, the way you dress, and what you choose. A lot of bloggers fail or go down in viewers or ratings because they just start posting irrelevant things.

If you wouldn’t tell a person about an experience or a certain outfit or anything else you’re posting about, then don’t post it on your blog. To get some clothing items to begin blogging about, you can buy here.

Network

One of the best ways to get your blog out there these days is through social media. Make sure you network your blogs on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

Using social media to promote your business is important in this era because it enables you to connect with so many people online. You need to network and share with everybody what you’re doing, what you’re wearing, and any other form of inspiration.

Another form of promotion or clicks over to your blog would be to post on style sites such as Lookbook. Lookbook is a platform online for all different fashion influencers where they can post an outfit and people view them.

As it gets higher on the page list, more people start following and clicking over to your blog if you put a description with your link to your blog. It is a great way to start gaining a viewership and followers.

Consistency

Being consistent is the key to blogging success. If you’re consistent, people are going to find your blog interesting and the fact that you update regularly is going to mean a lot to them.

If you want to start a blog, then you should make a rough schedule of when or how often you will be posting. You need to set realistic and achievable goals then slowly work up from that. It may be difficult at first but you have to put work in if you enjoy it and you want it to grow.

Still Wondering How To Start A Fashion Blog?

Discussed above are great tips would on how to start a fashion blog.

Define your content, invest in good photography, get connected and be confident in all you do then you will succeed at fashion blogging and make money while at it.

As a blogger, you can provide something that no one else in this world could provide. Embrace your individuality and you will have quality blogs.

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Give Back And Kick Back With Ultimate Chill Gear From Coors Light

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While Canadians are internationally known as being some of the ‘nicest’ folks around, what we’ve learned as many of us have been staying home these last 6 months is that we are also very chill. And while we can all agree that 2020 has led to a lot of change – the way we work, live, and approach the world – if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, it’s our need to still chill.

So whether you’re still working from home, heading back to the office or just chilling watching your fave show, Coors Light is helping level up your chill and make positive change in your community with something we like to call #ChillForChange.

In partnership with notable clothing producer TEAMLTD, Coors Light Canada has created the ultimate loungewear collection that is specially designed for maximum comfort and maximum chill. The best part – Coors Light will donate 100% of the proceeds of all chill gear purchased to select Canadian charitable organizations of the purchaser’s choice! You can pick your gear and pick a charity as you check out. As we enter into the season of giving thanks, kicking back back and giving back has never been easier or more chill!

From matching sweats to hats, Canadians have access to the ultimate loungewear line to sport while we are still chilling this fall, and helping make change has never been easier. Take a sneak peek at the collaborative collection here and the list of charitable organizations Canadians can choose from at CoorsLight.

Spread the word and #ChillForChange by purchasing a piece of chill threads this fall. For more information, visit CoorsLight.

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The Top 4 Rolex Watches Every Discerning Collector Needs

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Rolex is one of the largest brands of watch in the world. In fact, evidence has shown that Rolex watches are bigger and more popular than Longines, Omega and Cartier watches combined. Not only do Rolex watches look great, but they’re also a great investment. In fact, Rolex watches can double in price in just one year. If you don’t believe us, go into a watch shop and look at the price of a Rolex, then check out the price tag of the same model of watch from the previous year. There’s a good chance that the watch was half the price last year than it is now. So, if you’re buying a watch as an investment, then a Rolex is a brilliant option for you.

Whether you’re a discerning collector or you’re simply looking for an investment piece of jewellery, Rolex is the way to go. From gold Rolexes to the Submariner, here are some of the best and most popular Rolex watches every discerning collector needs in 2020:

1. The Rolex Milgauss

Magnetic watches from sites like CHRONEXT have become an extremely popular choice in the UK in 2020, but no-one makes them better than Rolex. You can find their whole range via CHRONEXT, but the Rolex Milgauss in particular is an exceptionally robust magnetic wristwatch.

It was developed with researchers, scientists and engineers in mind. The Milgauss is one of the most revolutionary watches ever developed. Rolex created this watch to be able to withstand strong electromagnetic fields. While you may not be working in an environment that has strong electromagnetic fields, you can be sure that this watch is one of the most durable watches ever produced.

Not only is this amazing watch robust and durable, but it is also elegant and functional. It was designed to be worn in busy work environments, in the great outdoors and everywhere in between. The versatile nature of this watch makes it one of the most popular watches available on the market today.

If you want a watch that increases in value, then the Rolex Milgauss is a brilliant choice for you. Thanks to the rare features it has and highest quality metals used in the building of the product, this watch is a brilliant investment piece. The Rolex Milgauss is known for its distinctive character and design, meaning that it’s not only scientists and researchers that want it, but collectors too.

2. The Rolex Daytona

The Rolex Daytona was first introduced in 1963. It was marketed as a timing instrument for professional race-car drivers. Even though this watch was released over 50 years ago, the Rolex Daytona is still one of the most popular Rolex watches available to purchase today. This is mainly thanks to its impressive accuracy.

The Rolex Daytona Ref. 116500 is a more up to date version of the Rolex Daytona and was introduced in 2016. The Rolex Daytona Ref. 116500 was the first ever model to be built with a Cerachrom bezel (a ceramic material that resists ultraviolet rays and scratches).

Just like the Rolex Milgauss, this watch is a brilliant option for people wanting an investment piece of jewellery. Rolex Daytona watches that were purchased in the 1970s are currently selling for anywhere between £90,000 and £120,000, and the Rolex Daytona that was released in 2016 is already commanding prices of anywhere up to £26,000.

3. The Rolex Datejust

The Rolex Datejust is often known as the quintessential Rolex watch. The Datejust was first introduced by the company in 1945. This was the first wristwatch to ever contain a date complication. However, a few years after its release, Rolex updated the watch once again.

They chose to include a “Cyclops” magnifier in the design. This feature is now included on many of today’s Rolexes. The Cyclops can be used to magnify the date by over two and a half times. The fluted bezel, the elegant dial and the gold and steel fusion on this amazing watch have never been out of style. The simple design and warm elegance of the Datejust has never gone out of fashion with collectors around the world.

4. The Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is the current gold standard of diver’s watches. It was first introduced as an essential dive tool  in 1953. To the inexperienced collector, the Rolex Submariner may look a bit plain, but it’s actually a high-performing piece of technology.

The Submariner looks great as a dress watch and can perform perfectly as an adventure watch too. This watch can be purchased with or without the date, but the no-date version of this watch is meant to be the most popular type of Rolex on the market today.

The popularity of the Rolex brand can’t be understated. In fact, rumour has it that this brand would be able to survive with all stores and staff in place even if it didn’t sell another watch for another ten years. Rolex watches are likely to continue to increase in popularity over the next few years. Which one is your favourite?

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