What we — collectively as women and not the royal we, although that works too — fall in love with and fill our lives with is not restricted by our sex, or our livelihoods, or where we’re born. We can love jazz or punk, preparing a great meal or rappelling down a cliff, sporting a simple ponytail or getting pampered at a spa. We make the rules and when we do, we help other girls and women do the same.
So, who says a woman who wears raw steaks as evening wear can’t perform with a legend? Nobody. Now tell us, who’s your musical crush?
Robin Edwards: “I adore the new collaboration between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. Tony still has one of the smoothest voices ever, and it plays remarkably well with Gaga’s. Their album ‘Cheek To Cheek’ is a gorgeous redux of classic jazz standards – and the love that these two completely different people share is phenomenal. What I’m coveting this week is seeing them live in concert on June 13, 2015 at my favourite place in the world – Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas. An intimate setting literally in Paradise Island would be the tops in my book. I’m trying to convince the husband that if he takes me I shall never ask for anything ever again.”
Kelli Catana: “I’ve always been the kind of girl who wore minimal makeup. When I was younger lipgloss was the only essential that I carried with me. Once I hit 40 (or maybe a year or two before that) I realized that I needed to use a bit more makeup to help even out my skin tone and downplay the fine lines and wrinkles that keep appearing. A friend told me about Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder and I haven’t been able to live without it since. The powder is light enough to not sit in and accentuate my lines, and it’s light enough to still make me feel like I’m not ‘made up.’ This is one of the best additions to my make up bag that I’ve ever found.”
Kelly Williams: “I recently had this gorgeous, red Kitchen Aid domed roaster bequeathed to me and it is so pretty that I want to save it for recipes that are truly deserving. It fits the large v-shaped rack that my husband uses to roast our 20+ pound Easter/Thanksgiving/Christmas turkeys (I’m spoiled) and he was happy to see the side handles, as our current roaster has hinged handles that are impossible to get at if you are wearing oven mitts. I have yet to use this beautiful roaster for anything other that kitchen decoration, but I’m planning my next roast so I can give it a spin. In the meantime, I will keep it front and center on my baker’s rack so that I can enjoy my kitchen eye-candy.”
Laureen Farnam: “By now everyone, EVERYWHERE (thanks to the interwebtoobz and social media), knows that winter in Atlantic Canada was a doozie. I have more colourful words to describe Nova Scotia’s winter, but I’m a lady. WHAT? I am! Never mind, I am saving all the colourful for these gorgeous Muskoka Chairs I have been coveting for the last two weeks as I have been trying to melt the snow with my mind. I mean, just look at them. They speak to me.
They say nice things like, “Hey there, Laureen, you look like you could use a little break. Why not come on over here and take a load off and just relax? Bring a book. Bring your iThing. Look, the arms are so nice and wide. There’s plenty of room for what you need. Maybe, some nice person will bring you a glass of wine or a Margarita! Olé, eh!” Make mine chartreuse.”
Katja Wulfers: “I’ve lived in espadrilles since I was a young girl. Summers in France — my mom was a teacher and then a stay at home mom — with my cousins, days spent at the beach, then wandering small lanes, hours spent choosing just the right postcard to send home, and of course always a new pair of the ultimate French holiday footwear – the espadrille. My favourite colours then were usually some variation of tan so that the dirt wouldn’t show, but now there are so many fun options. I still live in them once the warm weather arrives and these need to come home with me, especially with the name La Mer.”