Archive for September, 2012


Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Lumière: Contemporary Art . Unconventional Spaces will be held on September 29th from 6:58pm to 11:58pm in downtown Sydney.

Lumiere is “a nighttime celebration of the arts, Lumière brings together many different sectors to infuse Sydney’s downtown core with the vibrancy and excitement of theatre, dance, music, and visual art and fine craft. Lumière provides a platform for our different communities to collaborate, making the arts engaging and accessible to the public.”

I loved the atmosphere of Lumiere 2011 – and cannot wait for Saturday to see what Lumiere 2012 offers.

Will you be attending?

Please visit for more information and to download the guide.


Monday, September 24th, 2012

Part of student life is inevitably centered on the ritual of drinking tea and coffee. We grab a coffee en route to class, or we sit in the cafeteria with a friend having a tea to unwind.

While at CBU, I always had one of my many travel mugs with me. It was convenient, it saved money (discounts galore), and it was a sustainable choice – cutting back on paper and plastic waste. Plus, travel mugs can be pretty cool!

In an effort to get you from paper cups to travel mugs, I have found some of the most efficient and interesting mugs out there.

Enjoy! (more…)

Cape Breton Island Film Series – Fall Schedule

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Like great movies? You are in for a treat. The Cape Breton Island Film Series is back with an impressive fall schedule, as seen below.

To find out more before the series and showtimes, visit

Sep 20


Documentary (3D): Director Wim Wenders’ stunning, sensual tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, who redefined the art of dance, emancipating performers to speak, sing, laugh, and cry—as well as dance. (Germany, France, UK) 103 min.

Sep 27


Drama: A doctor commutes between his idyllic town in Denmark and an African refugee camp, where his family encounters a new arrival from Britain, and a relationship rich in both promise and peril. Dir: Susanne Bier. (Denmark, Sweden) 119 min.

Oct 4


Drama: A police officer calls fast-food joint and accuses a teenage counter girl of stealing from a customer’s purse. She denies it, but the manage complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky, touching off an ethical nightmare. Dir: Craig Zobel. (USA) 130 min.

Oct 11


Documentary: An intimate portrait of China’s most famous dissident artist as he prepares for for several museum exhiubitions—and for ever more frequent clashes with state authorities. Dir: Alison Klayman. (USA) 91 min.

Oct 18


Comedy: Checking out a oddball classified ad, three cynical magazine writers discover a likeable but paranoid supermarket clerk who says he’s figured out time travel, and plans to depart soon. Dir: Colin Trevorrow (USA) 85 min.

Oct 25


Drama: Quebec phenom Xavier Dalton (I Killed My Mother) tells the love story of a man’s 10-year struggle to maintain a passionate romance with his female soulmate after he undergoes a sex change. (Canada, France) 161 min.

Nov 1


Comedy: An irreverent story of friendship, trust, and human possibility in which an aristocrat, disabled by a paragliding accident, hires a street-smart ex-con as his caretaker—to the horror of his friends. Dir: Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano. (France) 112 min.

Nov 8


Comedy with Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey: In tiny  Carthage, TX, a beloved, Sunday-school-teaching funeral director befriends a wealthy but irredeemably sour widow. Dir: Richard Linklater. (USA) 104 min .

Nov 15


Comedy | Drama with Emily Blunt: Iris invites friend Jack, distraught over his brother’s death, to use her family’s remote island cabin, where he falls into a drunken encounter with Iris’s sister Hannah. When Iris shows up next morning, things get complicated. Dir: Lynn Shelton. (USA)  90 min.

Nov 22


Sci-Fi: Crossing Manhattan in a stretch limo, 28-year-old billionaire asset manager Eric’s day falls apart when the yuan unexpectedly rises, destroying a bet he’s made against it. Meanwhile, city streets erupt in wild activity. Dir: David Cronenberg. (USA) 108 min.

Nov 29


Drama: Girgos Lanthimos follows his Academy Award-nominated cult hitDogtooth with another darkly comic, absurdist take on human relationships. A mysterious underground organization helps mourners recover from grief by impersonating the deceased. (Greece) 93 min.

Ways to WAKE Up

Friday, September 14th, 2012

It’s really here. We’re back to school. We have due dates and social events to put into our calendars, rather than spontaneous trips to the beach. We have classes to attend, people to meet and goals to accomplish. So, we better wake up and get moving!

A university energy-booster favourite may be caffeine, but here are some of the best ways to beat your most drowsy-eyed times of the day naturally:

1. Exercise. Yes, working out does seem to solve all problems – including feeling tired. Fit in a mid-day workout to maximize your energy levels all day long. Not feeling motivated to sweat solo? Find a gym/walk/run-friend to keep you accountable.

2. Eat regularly. Food is fuel, and we need it to power through our to-do lists as much as we do to fill our bellies. Opt for healthier options like whole grains, fruits and veggies. These super foods are also super energy boosters. Bon appetite!

3. Let light in. If you’re feeling drowsy, open your dorm room curtains to refresh your outlook. If you’re in the library or in class – choose a window seat to avoid the yawns.

4. Stretch. Stretching out your body will provide an instant pick-up to get you through your next class or study session. Do a few forward folds, stretch your arms above your head and take time to feel more awake and ready to roll.

5. Step away from your screen. Taking micro-breaks to stretch may not curb your soon to be snoozefest. Instead, stop what you’re doing to get outside! Stroll through the campus, meet a friend and feel immediately revitalised.

6. Laugh it up. Like exercising, laughing is a surefire way to cure most of your problems. Think of something funny, search the Internet and get giggling. Your humour-filled few moments will leave you feeling more awake and happy.

7. Turn up the volume. Put on your favourite playlist while walking to class, or while studying. Pump up the volume a little bit more than usual and get ready for an automatic energy boost. Thank you, iPod.

How do you stay awake when you’re zonked?

Keep Going…

Thursday, September 13th, 2012


It’s almost the weekend!

Sweater Weather – Better Weather

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

They say “Sweater weather is better weather” and as the summer slowly fades away I have to agree. Swapping summer dresses for sweaters and boots isn’t exactly a tragedy. In fact, it is pretty exciting!

Sweater weather is still beautiful. Fall days in Cape Breton are crisp and cool enough to wear your favourite sweaters without needing your 10-pound winter jacket in tow. You can dress up or dress down… you can wear skinny jeans or leggings… you can wear boots or cute ballet flats! The possibilities are endless – making getting dressed just a little bit more fun.

With the fall months quickly approaching, some things to remember when searching for “the one” are to look for quality and comfort. Your fall sweaters aren’t one-hit-wonders: go for a fabric and fit that is classic.

Choose fleece, wool, or cotton for a sweater that will keep you warm and will last more than the season.

Choose a sweater that fits its function. If you’re searching for a “running to class and back” sweater, opt for a hoodie. If you want to embrace your inner fashionista – a stylish knit with embellishments will do the trick.

Below are some of my picks for sweater weather. Now all I have to do is patiently wait for the temperature to go below 15 degrees…

Happy Sweater Weather!

AE Popover in Maize ($35)

Top Shop Knitted Stud Jumper in Khaki ($76)

PINK Track Jacket in Heather Purple ($46)

GAP Boyfriend Pullover in Heather Gray ($49)

Urban Outfitters Array Cardigan ($69)

Under Armour Wintersweet Fleece Jacket in Gray ($119)