The Story of Milk and Honey: Basma Alsharif

The Story of Milk and Honey: Basma Alsharif

Of all of the various art mediums, I’m probably most unfamiliar with video. Yes, I’ve watched (more than) my share of cute puppy videos on YouTube, and every once in  a while a really amazing stop-motion animation on Vimeo will come my way – but in the context of ‘real art’ (that’s a loaded reference, … Continue reading

Tearing Up: Images that catch my eye

Tearing Up: Images that catch my eye

There’s something I find really relaxing about going through an old magazine. Relaxing, yet productive, because I know that once I finish up I’ll be a few pounds of paper lighter around the house. I’ve been tearing out photos from magazines for as long as I can remember. Fashion editorials, recipes, how-to articles – I … Continue reading

Art, Culture and Politics – Pierre Bergé

Art, Culture and Politics – Pierre Bergé

Something that really gets me wound up is when people pigeon-hole certain fields or industries. Fashion often takes the brunt of this, being seen as frivolous, inconsequential and a pure luxury when there are much bigger/more important/plus sérieux issues at play in the world. Sometimes that’s true. I fully acknowledge that sometimes fashion is just … Continue reading

Hey…Don’t I Know Him From Somewhere…?

Hey…Don’t I Know Him From Somewhere…?

Throughout all of the hours that I’ve spent drifting through museums and galleries, big and small, I’ve had quite a few moments of recognition. Not of my fellow art-lovers, of course, but of the subjects of the paintings. In the Dutch section of the Louvre, this happens quite a bit, and it actually took a … Continue reading

Changing Things Up

Changing Things Up

Hiya!

You may have noticed that things look a little different around Informed Style lately. A few fewer pages, a more focused set of posts – even a change in site header and address back to InformedStyle.com.

I’m thrilled to share with you that Informed Style is returning to its roots as a fashion, art and culture blog.

My favourite pieces from The Shows? Check.
Art that I’m swooning over? Check.
Performances and literature that transport me to another world? Check.

I can’t wait to get cracking on some new posts, series and ways to share my discoveries with you all.

But what about the business side of things?

I’m still very much ‘Corporate + Creative’…but we’re taking things to a whole new level with the launch of DevonSmiley.com

devonsmiley site

The only thing that gets me as amped up as art and culture is negotiation – and DevonSmiley.com is where I’ll be sharing my take on negotiation skills and strategies. It’s also where you’ll be able to read more about my work as a Negotiation Consultant & Coach, and *coming soon* sign up for my Negotiation Newsletter.

So there you have it – welcome back to Informed Style – and make sure to come visit at DevonSmiley.com.

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Just One…: Paris Fashion Week F/W 14-15

Just One…: Paris Fashion Week F/W 14-15

Oooooh Paris.

In the middle (I don’t dare say end…it would tempt the fates) of this long and frigid winter here in Montreal, I was looking to bring a bit of colour into my life by means of a Christian Dior Just One… selection. Those pinks! With burgundy! divine. Those shots of colour were just what my mood needed.

But before I could pick a favourite and get down to the business of sharing it with you…along came Christophe Lemaire. Uh-oh.

I know that I shouldn’t like this look from the latest collection, but I can’t help myself. It’s very wintery, and very grey and very cozy and if it weren’t so beautifully cut and pulled together I’d be tempted to just wear it while sitting on the sofa, in front of the fireplace with a good book.

But instead, I’m going to imagine myself heading to my favourite cafe – le Village Monge – ordering an espresso and dipping into le Monde on the outside terrasse. All the while swaddled in this amazing number. Bliss.

christophe lemaire vogue fr

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