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Clarity by Didier Young

I was sitting in front of my laptop yesterday trying to figure out the topic of this week’s blog post. It has been a busy couple of weeks and I haven't had much time to sit down and ponder upon the next article that I wished to write. Even though so much had happened, I simply felt mentally drained but I still felt the pressure to post something today. I felt the need to post weekly on the blog to remain relevant and to keep producing content which in turn started making me feel anxious. So yesterday afternoon I decided to take a step back.

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A Year in a Blogger's life by Didier Young

The month of June this year marked a few things: It announced the beginning of summer, created the very defined line of a farmer’s tan on my skin and it also marked the one year anniversary of my blog. A year ago, I decided to go fully freelance with my career, quit my stable yet boring full time job and set myself to writing about my personal experiences and opinions and sharing them on this platform. Here are some of the things that I’ve learned along this 365 day journey.

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COS 10: The Anniversary collection of the Swedish Brand by Didier Young

Opened on Regent street in London in 2007, The first COS store was the fashion concept little sister of mega-brand H&M. Since then, the brand has grown into its own, becoming a shopping destination for avid lovers of the Scandinavian minimalist movement. The pieces are often quite reminiscent of luxury brands such as The Row and Celine but offered at a price range that is within reach of most households. Prior to COS’s Canadian landing, I will admit to not being entirely familiar to the brand. However, it was love at first sight when I entered the store located on Bloor Street. Since then, my closet has adapted itself to include numerous pieces from the Swedish brand.

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Kimono by Didier Young

Since 1971, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has thrown an annual fundraising Gala to finance its Costume Institute for the year and to signify the launch of a new exhibit at the museum. Each new exhibit has traditionally opened on the first Monday in May since 2001 but the show did not receive much global recognition until 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty which honoured the deceased designer and broke attendance records. Since then, the Met exhibits have been under the scrutiny of the World, with each new show highly influencing brands and designers globally. 2015’s China: Through the Looking Glass became a glass shattering success which in turn created a huge revival of asian influences in fashion.

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COS X Agnes Martin Guggenheim 2016 by Didier Young

When someone brings up the topic of visual arts, most minds would wander to the Masters from olden eras. Van Gogh and his Sunflowers, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Kahlo’s self portraits and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring immediately come to mind. When asked about contemporary artists, perhaps one would talk about Warhol and his revolutionary pop art movement or of his partner in crime, the crowned Neo- Expressionist Jean- Michel Basquiat. While all those artists were undoubtedly talented, few people would be able to name a Canadian artist, dead or alive. This may change very soon thanks to the Guggenheim’s exhibit of Agnes Martin.

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Toronto International Film Festival by Didier Young

Started in 1976, The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event that showcases some of the best movies in the world. Over the years, the festival has become a pilgrimage for movie fanatics, attracting over 480,000 people to the city yearly. While the event is often a good reason for celebrity sight seeing, it also offers the public first access to World movie premieres and the chance to vote for their favourite movie to become the recipient of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. This title is often a good omen for the upcoming awards season.

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