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Feb. 19th, 2010 03:49 pm Designers and their Muses: A reaction


Wow!  Looks like I haven't posted in two years!  Anyway, this was something I recently posted in Prospere Magazine and Shorty Stories:


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May. 28th, 2008 12:31 pm I know, I've gone AWOL

I don't really post here much more, to be honest.  I'm really busy with my two main blogs, Shorty Stories and Prospere Magazine.  I do still read and post on groups that I belong to, however.  In any case, Prospere Magazine has been around for about six months and Shorty Stories has been around for two years. 

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Jan. 11th, 2008 09:15 am Introducing, Prospere Magazine

 Hey!

I don't post on this blog very much, anymore, but just to let you know that my new business and lifestyle blogzine, Prospere Magazine recently launched online.  It's a monthly, and all articles (for the time being, anyway) are contributed by volunteers.

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Jul. 8th, 2007 01:33 pm


Video promo for my novel, Aspirations

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Jul. 7th, 2007 11:47 pm Artsy People :)

 

My boyfriend and I went out for dinner tonight in the Bloor and Spadina (the Annex area of Toronto...where the Hippies went after they were more or less kicked out of Yorkville...and where they stayed for the past 40 years) area in Toronto and this is what we saw after we ate. A bunch of people in very interesting costumes marched (BF thinks it was not legal, since they didn't exactly shut down the streets and there weren't any police escorts) east on Bloor. Some were blowing bubbles. We're not sure if there was any purpose to this, since most of the signs were poster boards with arrows drawn on them. I think they just wanted to express themselves. Does anyone know what this is all about?

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Jul. 2nd, 2007 05:27 pm My petite blog

For those of you who might not know, I am a petite activist. I've been spending a lot of time on my other blog, Shorty Stories, which is updated at least two or three times a week. There, you'll find my views and finds on being petite, including pictures, videos, poll results and so forth. This was created a year after I launched my main Shorty Stories site as I wanted to give the public a chance to respond without needing to email me. Please take a look! :)

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May. 30th, 2007 11:07 am Interviewed by the Petite Fashionista

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to meet with Petite Fashionista, Christa Jean, where I was interviewed as one of her "petite professionals." The entire interview can be found on her blog (look for the post, Cynthia Cheng: Petite Activist). While the interview has more to do with fashion issues for short women, it was a nice place for her to plug Aspirations! :-)

Here's the first part of the interview:


The lovely Cynthia Cheng (5'2) been causing quite a stir in the petite world with her message boards and more recently her blog. I first discovered her message to the fashion industry on You Tube:"The Importance of Petite Sizes in Fashion". Cynthia is also a writer and has recently launched her first book Aspirations, which is a fun girly novel, but more interesting then your average "chick lit". In her book you'll go on the journey with Katie Hill and her friends, there's even a petite fashion designer who's journey you'll follow.

What she's wearing: Wrap dress from BCBG, shoes by Ferragamo that she bought on sale at Holt Renfrew, and around her neck was a collection of charms; a horse as her protector, jade charms, and a heart which was a birthday present from her boyfriend.

Her style is classic and feminine. Cynthia adds fun details like jewelry and mixes prints with her smart wardrobe to balance her professionalism with her youthfulness.

Most Memorable Fashion Moment: In grade 7 she found an outfit from Gap Kids that made her feel "grown up". She describes it as influenced by 90210, "very early 90's". It was a purple blazer matched with a checked purple and white skirt, she loved that it made her feel like a teenager.

What she'd wear to the Academy Awards: An LBD for sure, a longer style for extra glam.

For the rest, please go to Petite Fashionista!

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May. 18th, 2007 11:41 am My recent interview


Q. What’s on your iPod or CD player?

A. Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan, Jewel. Broadway show tunes, some opera.Q. Do you eat right, get plenty of exercise, sleep eight hours or do you sit in front of your computer and write all the time?

A. I do both, though I think I could get more exercise. I just signed up for Pilates classes and am trying to make myself go every week. Hard to do that when you’re writing and juggling a full time job!

Q. What do you read in the bathroom?

A. J.Crew catalogs, fashion mags.

Q. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

A. Successful career in writing, communications and/or marketing; married, kids and an MBA.

Q. Do you use an outline when you write or just let it flow?

A. I just let it flow. No use using an outline, since you’re going to make lots of changes anyway. For example, I never intended Elizabeth, one of the characters in my debut novel to be Asian. I just decided to let it happen because I thought that diversity would make it more interesting.

Thanks, Cynthia for being our first author interview (except me, of course!).

Courtesy of Joelle Anthony

This was originally posted on my writing blog and on Amazon

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Apr. 4th, 2007 12:13 am Aspirations, my debut novel, now published

 About the story:

What if love is right in front of you, but you just don’t realize it? As a teen, you weren’t very nice to him, yet years later, he is willing to forgive and forget. What about your close friends? Your best friend tells you she’s pregnant and has nowhere to go. Another friend leans on you to help her deal with cultural issues between her immigrant parents. How would you help them? Finally, what if you had a dream, something that you had wanted to do for a long time, but never really had a chance? Should it be something that one should follow? These are issues that Katie Hill, age twenty-two must deal with. Will she succeed?

You can find my book at the following stores:

Amazon.ca and Amazon.com (and Borders)

Chapters/Indigo

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Mar. 20th, 2007 04:58 pm 0P on top, 00P on the bottom

I'm in the US for a few days this week and paid a visit to Ann Taylor Loft and to Banana Republic. I've always thought that their sizes were huge, so to my pleasant surprise, I found that size 00Ps were in stock in the stores! I knew of their existence, but always thought that they were only available online (since 00 and 00P are nowhere to be found in Canadian Banana Republic stores. We do not have Ann Taylor or Ann Taylor Loft up here, though I wish we did) I needed a new suit for upcoming interviews, so I tried some on, in both sizes 0P and 00P (I buy petite whenever possible. It's an ego thing...I like not having to send things to the tailor, and in any case, there are things that are more difficult to alter, such as suit jackets). For tops/jackets, size 00P was a little tight, at the shoulders and the rib cage, but 00P fit very well for skirts and pants! Now, I'm just waiting for Canadian Banana stores to stock 00Ps. Let's hope it happens soon (I'm also hoping that J.Crew starts carrying 00/00P...J.Crew vanity sizes BADLY!).

x-posted to:

petitepower

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