History of Canadian Fashion

I was wondering if there is anyone out there, reading this post, who knows something about Canadian Fashion for Women, since 1910. I am doing a school project on the History of Canadian Fashion for Women, and was wondering if anyone would be able to help me. If you think you might have some useful information, don’t hesitate to email me at canadianfashioninformation@gmail.com

Any information would be very welcome!

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What happened to this bed?

What happened here? Who sleeps in this strangely shaped bed? Be inspired and don’t be afraid to send your stories, poems, and other writing forms to poetrycontest.blog@gmail.com !

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10 Things I Could NEVER Live Without

The title says it all, right?

1. A hairbrush.
2. My dog (well, not really a thing, but I still couldn’t live without him!)
3. Flake and Galaxy chocolate bars (so what if you can only got them at a few stores in my area because they’re British…
that makes me love them even more!)
4. Vintage clothing… it’s unique, and makes me stand out a little. What’s not to love?
5. Tea. Especially chocolate flavoured and Twinings Blackcurrant Black Tea.
6. Books. I would list my favourites, but the list would be WAY to long to post.
7. The Writer’s Circle. If you haven’t tried it out before, here’s the link: http://www.writerscircle.biz
8. Nail polish, especially when you do stripes on one hand and polka dots on the other. Tacky, but insanely fun!
9. Corny movies, with lines like “Love is friendship on fire. That’s how I feel about you.” -The Perfect Man.
10. My friends- that’s you E.H., E.W., H.D., S.G., R.E.S., D.H., E.G., K.D.C., R.M., O.H., S.W., and M.O.

Feel free to submit your ten in a comment, readers!


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My GREEN Challenge Results!

Yeah! I’m a Greener Teen all right!

Green Challenge
To take the Green Challenge yourself, click on the link at right- “Tosh’s Green Challenge.”

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A Cool Article… read it!

Audrey Hepburn is often voted as one of the most beautiful women of all time.
This is how to emulate her look on a budget.

Dress basic . Audrey helped popularize the little black dress. You can wear one of these to any number of events, or even around the holidays. It will easily go from work to an evening out.

Have a signature . Audrey Hepburn’s signature was definitely her short hair. If you are weary of getting a short pixie cut, make your own signature. This could be something as simple as a right hand ring or a bright pair of shoes.

Wear clothes that fit
. Audrey’s clothes could be very simple, but they always fit impeccably. If you have a hard time achieving this, try a cute lined suit or dress. If all else fails, take it to the tailor.

Choose colors carefully
. Audrey often wore black, or a neutral color like white.

Own at least one fun party dress
. Basics are great but they can seem boring after awhile. Go all out for that once a year event whether it’s Christmas or a wedding.

Keep your makeup simple . Even out your skin tone with a pale foundation & add a dramatic lip color.

Accessorize . This can be something as simple as a pearl necklace or something as extravagant as a tiara or cigar holder.

Be Yourself. Audrey Hepburn didn’t try to be a blonde bombshell. She worked with her own assets & knew who she was. This is why she was such a trail blazer. There had never really been an Audrey before.

***From http://www.bukisa.com/articles/8791_how-to-dress-like-audrey-hepburn, with minor adaptations. ***

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Another Picture!

This is another picture that a friend made for me (different friend).

Check out my friend’s blog here

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Another contest!

If you enjoyed reading the previous contest winner, maybe you would enjoy seeing your own work on my blog! Send your poetry or short story entry (no more than 1000 words) to poetrycontest.blog@gmail.com by April 10, 2010 and you could see your piece on this blog! Be sure to send in entries by April 10, 2010!

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And the winner is…

And the winner is…

Infinity World

by Cipherqueen

Dedicated to Steven J. Padilla

Sometimes the world just hits you. Like when you wake up and find a pumpkin leaning against your forehead and dismiss it as normal- three months after Halloween. Your brain changes to adopt the rapid-fire way of life, the stop-flip-turn-SPLAT! from one day to the next. Yet, every so often, you stop and blink at the wall, laughing as you watch the mobs of people below marching in straight, ordered lines. Wouldn’t that be boring, you think to yourself as you stand and adjust the watch on your left wrist. Below, the mob chants;
“Infinity of Victory,
Infinity our land,
Infinity ‘till we retreat,
At Infinity we will disband!”
This is my life. I turn away from the window and button my sweater, lined with different devices from the Mechanist. It’s a miracle they haven’t found her yet. It’s a miracle they haven’t found any of us Denyers, really, with the Citizen III army patrolling every nook and cranny. Below, a man dressed in red races down the street.
“Find the Denyers! The capital has released information that points to this area as their hideout! Begin the search!”
I recall those words from the very first day I met the Mechanist. They know, she had whispered to me. Further explanations were short- that the Denyers were clones of famous people, and the only ones that thought outside of infinity, the only ones that could see the truth.
I turned twenty-five three days ago, four weeks after I met with the Mechanist for the first time. Honestly, though, I don’t entirely trust her. It takes a lot of nerve to take on the entire state and try to undermine century-old traditions without batting an eye, and from the rumors I’ve gathered she isn’t what she appears to be. Then again, neither am I.
The woman I was cloned as went by the name Catherine Hepburn. I go by Cathy- and forged a name for myself in acting, with the nickname ‘Topaz.’ That was expected. My polarity in attitude was not. I’m two completely different people on and off the set- a charming celebrity in one moment, and a cunning tactician the next. The Mechanist expressed that these qualities would be in great demand- but I’m not sure I like the sound of that.
The man in red rings the door below. A shiver runs down my spine, and I take a deep breath. Stay calm, the Mechanist’s words ring in my head again, unbidden. Act natural. That’s your specialty, isn’t it?
I glance at the watch on my wrist, staring at what should be twelve o’clock, only to see the symbol for infinity. Infinite time, infinite chances, infinite fortune- that was how all of the non-Denyers thought, hidden behind their dark glasses. Like everything else, they were supplied by the capital. I glance in the mirror and practice my lines as I envision the guard in front of me; judgmental, questioning. My high heels clack on the tile floor as I fidget, saying the lines in my head. Better to be nervous now, instead of later. There won’t be a director yelling ‘cut’ if I screw up then.
The bell rings, vibrating like a gong throughout the hotel. I send the brush through my hair once more and throw on the studio jacket and fake sunglasses. My ankles give out as I head to the door, throwing me to the ground without mercy. The glasses shatter, my jacket rips, and my nose starts bleeding. Great.
Below, the officer is already speaking, “The capital has requested that the Citizen III Army search this building for any Denyer renegades or unknown substances…”
In a panic, my fingers scramble the broken glass together and use clear tape to replace them. My mind is already adjusting- I’ll play the flustered young woman having a bad morning. Just then my watch starts burning, and I flip it over to see a message from the Mechanist:
Short notice again- that’s how she rolls, I guess. I just hope there’s someone to meet in the basement. Throwing my jacket behind, I climb into the laundry chute and wiggle my way down until I fall into the giant basket at the bottom. From there I take the stairs, run past the heaters, the emergency supplies, and down the ladder to earthquake shelter.
“Hey! I think I heard something down here!” calls another guard. I’m gasping for air as I slide own the last few rungs, then turn and crash straight into the Mechanist. She stares at me with the same green-blue eyes and gives a confident smile. Suddenly I understand why they’ve never found her- she’s free at heart.
“You’re pretty fast. It’s a good thing, too- we need to get moving. Ready?” She challenges me with a tilt of her head.
I nod. “Always.”

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A Helpful and Inspirational Article

Yeah, so it’s long… I still strongly recommend reading it!

How to Create and Publish a Novel as a Teenager

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit
So, you want to publish a novel, but you think you’re too young. You’re not too young! Teens can definitely create and publish novels, just as well if not better than some adults. So what are you doing sitting around?


  1. Start with an idea, passion and an inspiration.Write what you care about. You need a good idea of what your novel will be like, and you need enough passion and drive to get through it. You don’t have to have a full idea to get started; you can start with just a few characters and a setting, or maybe just an opening sentence. There are many less general articles that can help you decide what to write about if you’re unsure (see “related wikiHows”).
  2. Find your writing style. You’ll have to play around a bit to figure out what feels comfortable for the story you’re writing. Different styles can include past and present tense, 1st and 3rd person, prose and verse. It will depend on the voice of your characters and what you are trying to express. Try taking your first chapter and re-writing it in different styles until you hit the one that fits best.
  3. Try to write a little every day. However, don’t be afraid to put your book aside for a few days, doing this is better than you hating the chore of writing. Writing a book is going to take you a long time, it’ll take some hard yakka. When you get stuck, and hit writer’s block, don’t freak out. There are about a hundred different ways to destroy your block, and the most practiced is just to wait it out. It’ll pass. Every writer has a different way of getting through a novel, so nobody can really tell you the best way to go about it. Some write straight from beginning to end, and others skip around; some write a chapter a day, and others write only when the inspiration hits; there is really no definitive way to arrive at the end of your novel. But somehow, if you give it time, and if you have the passion, you will get there. (See “tips” for more help on this process)
  4. If it’s hard for you to write in sequential order, and you’re more interested in one part and then another the next day, then write in pieces. Hopefully, you will know your plot well enough to be able to work in pieces and then go back and stitch those pieces together. Writing in sequential order CAN get boring, so write what interests you that day. Even if it’s another idea, it will all come together eventually. (However, there is danger of getting lazy and not wanting to go back and fill in the parts that are more boring to write. Don’t get to that spot!)
  5. Edit and revise your first draft. Your first critic is yourself; you will need to go back over everything you have written and revise it to make it better. Especially if this is your first novel, you will have a lot to fix. It’s hard to let go, but sometimes even good writing needs to be deleted to move the story in the right direction. There might be huge changes that need to be made before you get to the next step.
  6. Get outside editing help. Get a few friends or family members to read it and give you direction, and then you may want a professional literary editor. You can find one online, even in the phone book, and they can be really super helpful. However, they can also be expensive, so if you’re confident, you can skip the pro editor. Besides, you should know that your publisher will probably want their own editor to look at it before it’s published, anyway. Still, you should at least send it to a teacher or another adult with literary experience that you trust. Teens and friends, though helpful, will miss things that teachers and other adults will pick up their first time through. Do not be afraid of criticism, sometimes it’s downright embarrassing, but most of the time it really helps you to grow as a writer.
  7. Send your finished product straight to the publisher, or get a literary agent. Your agent will bring your book to publishers that he/she thinks are likely to publish it, and many publishers nowadays will only deal with authors through a literary agent. You will have to find one who is available and send a query letter. Don’t be afraid if one rejects you, just go on to the next one.
  8. When your agent finds you a publisher, you will be able to work from there with the publishing company. Don’t let them look down on you for your age; get your royalties settled, talk about what you want for cover art, express your opinion. You’ll probably want to bring an experienced adult friend to be your advisor with royalties and such. Different companies will work in different ways and expect different things, but they will keep you in the loop. Enjoy the process, although it takes time.
  9. Get your book out there! You are a published author! Sign up for public readings, author and book events in the neighborhood. Do a book signing at your library. And be proud of yourself. You worked hard!
  10. And dont worry! Just because penguins cant fly, it doesnt mean you should quit your job in protest. One day, when someone is born smart enough, we’ll deprive every other bird of flying ability aswell, so penguins wont feel left out, and they’ll all live in the arctic.


  • Read, a lot. Read as much as you write. Read all genres, not just what you write – read poetry, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, fantasy, the dictionary. It will help.
  • Sending your manuscript straight to the publisher might save agent expenses, but it takes a very long time for those nice and capable and BUSY publishers and editors to get through what is commonly known as “The Slush Pile”. There is a reason why it’s called that. Get a literary agent. They’re not cheap, but they make a writer’s work easy. Many publishing houses (as stated above) only work through those said literary agents. Send your work to them, they’re nice and they really help. But, make sure that you give them EXACTLY what they ask for, if you don’t they are disinclined from the start to represent you. And that will only make things harder.
  • People say that agents won’t take queries from writers who are not previously published or famous – that is an outright fallacy and is not true in the least. Almost every agent (except for those who are more exclusive in their clients based on the client, not the content) accepts queries from everyone who was written a novel of a genre they represent – that’s in English.
  • Don’t get so involved with your writing that you forget everything else. Spend time with people, laugh, have pillow fights, eat so much candy that you feel sick. Just do things, play sports, do your homework, and read other books. A writer needs to experience every stage of life to the fullest. A lot of times doing those things will trigger ideas, and those ideas can often times be crucial and pivotal to your work.
  • Send your work to MULTIPLE agents at a time. They’re good, but few are miracle workers, and they’re very busy. They’ve got dozens upon dozens of manuscripts to read besides yours. In your query, don’t forget to thank the agent(s) for their valuable time: the time that might interest them in your work and get you published. Besides, it’s common courtesy.
  • As honest as you want to be with the agents that you’re querying, it is best NOT to tell them your age. You’d be surprised at how many authors (even the adult ones) don’t tell the agents how old they are. If you write your query and manuscript well enough the agents will let the writing speak for itself, and they won’t even realize that you’re thirteen, or fourteen, or one thousand and seventeen. If they like it they’ll call, regardless of your age and past credentials.
  • When an agent calls – and gives you THE CALL – then be happy! Be polite, and courteous, and thank them very much for reading what you’ve written. Be HUMBLE, do NOT compare your work to best sellers or other books that they’ve represented or any other works at all. It’s bad form. You CAN ask questions, even literary agents don’t know everything. Be professional and when they ask your age, if they ask your age, be very mature and tell them EXACTLY how old you are. Lying will not help, you cannot sign a contract when you are under eighteen – it’s illegal – and lying will only come back and bite you in the butt.
  • If the agent makes you feel uncomfortable in ANY way, then you end the conversation as quickly as possible. Don’t be taken advantage of. “Yes, thank you so very much. But I’ve had a few other offers (even if you haven’t, still use this. It’s polite, it’s a white lie, and it’s better to put off a bad agent and wait for a good one, bad agents won’t help you.) and I’d like to think about them. I thank you very much for your time. Should I contact you if I decide that I would like you to represent me, or should we work out something else?” Or something like that. A bad agent gets you nowhere.
  • Don’t stay up late, all night, trying to get the whole thing finished in a month. (Unless of course you’re doing NaNoWriMo.) It’s doubtful that’s going to happen and it will only make you really tired. Which, in turn, will make it harder for you to think and work on what you have. Get enough sleep, eat breakfast, do well in school, etc. You will get it finished; even if it takes a year, you will get it finished if you work on it. Rushing through things isn’t going to improve your writing, if anything it’s going to make it worse.
  • It is really hard to find time to write as a teen, with school, homework, friends, parties, and distractions, but stick to it. There are always a few minutes here, a few minutes there. The end result is worth it.
  • You will get rejection slips. You may get a lot of rejection slips. You may get a hundred rejection slips. Don’t let it faze you – everybody gets rejection slips. Even Tolkien got rejection slips.
  • Don’t be intimidated. You are competent. Your age does not matter. In fact, if you’re writing a teen novel, your age connects you to your readers.
  • Don’t let other people tell you how your book should be written. You are the author. Even a professional editor is giving YOU the suggestions; you can take them or not.
  • It takes time. Don’t rush things. Every step here will take a whole lot of time.
  • Get together with other writers. There are teen writing camps and clubs. Get the support of other teen authors around you and it will help tremendously.
  • Read writing reference books. These kinds of books just give tips and ideas to help you out of writer’s block, and plus, they’re amusing.
  • When you look for an agent, find one who is interested in the genre of book that you’re writing in. Read a good article on writing query letters, get some practice, don’t go over a page, and follow the agent’s preferences. If they say to only send snail mail, then send snail mail. If they want the first chapter, don’t give them the whole book. Try agentquery.com for a first look at what I’m talking about.
  • Not all agents charge however they can take a sum out of the money you make from the book.
  • Remember to take your time. If you reach a point in the novel where you are stuck take a break and come back to it later. Frustration will be your only reward if you just sit there struggling and trying to do something you can’t. A good book or series takes time to make. J.K Rowling and her books (Harry Potter) took her over 17 years to complete! Take your time and in the long run it will be worth it.


  • Make sure that the agent or editor you find is reliable. You may want to do research on other books they’ve done. There are people out there waiting to scam a first-time teen author who’s never done this before.
  • Don’t post your story online on writing sites. It sounds great, but it’s not copyright safe until after it’s been published.
  • Don’t give up on yourself. It could take months and months to be accepted by a publisher, but there are many of publishers. It’s a matter of finding the right one.
  • NEVER send your manuscript to a publisher unless you have googled their name next to the words vanity or scam. (If you don’t know what a vanity publisher is do some more research).
  • As a teenage writer, you’re not going to be taken as seriously as somebody who has gone to university or college. That said, you’ve got to be professional and serious while discussing and sending your manuscript off to publishing houses.
  • Dream big, but don’t dream too big. Don’t expect yourself to become J.K Rowling, because most authors will never make it like that. You’ll lose sight of why you love writing, and you’ll set yourself up for disappointment.
  • Learn to take criticism. No good writer can survive long without it.
  • DO NOT – repeat DO NOT – send your work to a literary agent when you haven’t finished and polished the full manuscript. Besides being unprofessional, an agent could be interested in what you have to write (even though it sometimes seems like that’s never going to happen, it does, shockingly enough) and when they’re interested they WILL ask for the full manuscript. There is no reassurance that they’re going to put yours off long enough for you to finish it. The chances of that happening are slim (unless you are a super typer and can write pages and pages and pages a day, but again highly unlikely).
  • Always edit your work at LEAST twice. At least twice, you will most probably miss things.

Books by Teenagers

  • The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor,
  • Swordbird and Sword Quest by Nancy Yi Fan, and
  • Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • In The Forest Of The Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (She was 14!)
  • Corydon and the Isle of Monsters by Tobias Druitt (This is a pseudonym (fake name) for a mother and son writing partnership)
  • 7 in 1 by Joanna Lew

Trouble All the Way by Sonya Hartnett

Related wikiHows

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A Blog Award

A friend made this for me =)

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