By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 After living through a divorce, I’m finally ready to start dating again. But I’m 54 now and haven’t been out on the market in decades. I am anxious about most of it, honestly, but I don’t know what to wear on a first date. I don’t want to look overdone or overly casual. What are people wearing to date these days? – Arlene, Toronto I love self-love — I really do. I believe in the value of confidence and the occasional Oprah-endorsed mantra. Self-worth should be at the core of every life decision you make. (Hopefully it was at the centre of your decision to move on towards a happier future.) But I am not going to tell you that all you need to do is believe in yourself before a big date. I’m not going to tell you to reach into the back of your closet and slip on any old dress that makes you feel comfortable before heading back into the dating fray. You don’t need a … [Read more...] about Ask the Kit: What do I wear on a post-divorce date?
Little black dress wines
By Carolyn Evans Hammond Special to the Star Fri., April 6, 2018 Warmer, sunnier days call for lighter, fresher food and wine. Pairing asparagus with Sauvignon Blanc, grilled shrimp with Riesling and chef salad with Pinot Grigio are a few of my favourite go-tos. And on those still-chilly nights, I like to serve pesto pasta with Chardonnay or grilled burgers with Pinot Noir to balance hearty satisfaction with springtime appeal. Here are five great value wines and pairings to set you up for the season. Wine recommendations Steamed, buttered asparagus 2017 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Chile (LCBO 578641 $12.95 in stores and online) Tasting more like a white Bordeaux than a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, this charmer is all about coy restraint. Expect aromas of sliced and salted Granny Smith apple, a satiny-smooth mouthfeel, and rolling flavours of crisp apple, wild herbs, lime oil and briny green olive that resonates on the finish. This … [Read more...] about Ring in spring and sunshine with these go-to wines
By Leanne Italie The Associated Press Fri., March 16, 2018 NEW YORK—In pyjamas and old wedding gowns, with high tea or a bit of the early morning bubbly, royal watchers around the globe are fascinator-ready to watch the nuptials of Prince Harry and his unprecedented fiancée: Meghan Markle. He’s the spare to the heir, soon to be booted to fifth in line for the throne, but Harry is forever the people’s prince to many inside and outside the Commonwealth who once wondered whether the bad boy of Windsor would ever tie the knot. She, of TV Suits fame, has whipped up some big fan buzz, including those thrilled by her mixed-race heritage. Read more: Can Meghan Markle keep up her acting career? And other royal questions Article Continued Below Prince Harry, Meghan Markle invite 2,640 people to celebrate wedding What will Meghan Markle wear on her big day? The royal wedding dress is a top secret Their “woke” wedding (the Spice … [Read more...] about Royal wedding fans gear up for party of the year
By Liza Weisstuch Tribune News Service Fri., March 2, 2018 It takes 27 minutes to pass through the Gotthard Base Tunnel. It’s something of a dreamlike experience: you’re on the train hurtling through lush Swiss scenery — trackside haystacks and farmhouses, small villages with a single towering steeple, distant mist-crowned mountains, and dramatic landscape unfolding in more shades of green than you knew existed. Then, all of a sudden, everything goes dark. Pitch black. You’re still moving at about 240 kilometres per hour, but now you can’t see where you’re going. That darkness, a 56-kilometre stretch through a mountain of granite, was unveiled in December 2016. The completed tunnel is part of an epic narrative. The Gotthard Base Tunnel replaced one that took 10 years to construct during the Victorian era. At that time, European commerce was growing briskly thanks to a newfangled mode of transportation: the railroad. To travel from … [Read more...] about Switzerland-Italy train ride high-speed trip back through time
When it comes to food, men and women are different.At least, they’re different to marketers. Unlike other parts of the culture, gender stereotypes are not frowned upon in food advertising. If they were, there’d be no Hungry-Man frozen dinners and no Go Girl energy drinks. Big Chocolate would never feel a need to brand along masculine-feminine lines and tell consumers Crispello is for women while Pocky is for men. There’d be no Little Black Dress vodka, Mancan white wine, Powerful Yogurt, Luna bars, Bronut and even loaves of Canadian bread that segregate men and women.Right or wrong, we’ve been conditioned to accept binary designations for our food. John Gray should write a sequel to his 1992 bestseller called Men are From a Mars Wrapper and Women are From a Venus DeMarco Salad. Gender stereotyping in the grocery aisles is so endemic, it’s practically a self-governing law.Show me a 30-second spot in which a burly lumberjack is devouring a quinoa salad and I … [Read more...] about Junk food for women? Pass the Doritas