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January 14, 2014

Dating can be disastrous. You spend hours finding the perfect outfit, getting the hair just right, going over conversation starters in your head, and perhaps visualizing just how gorgeous your kids will be with Mr. Might-Be-The-Right-Guy. And then he’s not. BuzzFeed writer, Katie Heaney, has just released her first book, a hilariously honest account of her dating life (or lack thereof) called Never Have I Ever (My Life So Far Without a Date). After making its way through plenty of the twenty-somethings in our office, this book was deemed a favourite. You’ll see yourself in Katie, or wish she was your best friend, or both. So we asked Katie to give us 5 Tips for a Successful Date. Enjoy!

1. You can totally still get out of it. Sometimes I’ll be talking to one of my friends or coworkers and she’ll say something about a date she has coming up, that night or that weekend, and the last thing out of her mouth will be “I really don’t want to go.” Usually I’ll ask her why not, and she’ll say “ugh, I don’t knoooowwww,” and I will grow increasingly anxious that someone is forcing her to go on dates. (I’m imagining a judge pounding a gavel and saying “You are hereby sentenced to five years of biweekly dates without parole.” The defendant, starting to cry, picks up her phone, and reactivates her OkCupid account.) I have a hard time understanding people who don’t want to go on dates but go on them anyway. You know you don’t have to go, right? If you made a date but you did it because you felt guilted by your family or your friends, or you felt like you owed someone something, or you saw a movie about a woman who panics about her biological clock and tells her friend “I’m nearly twenty-six!!!!!!!” and you were like, “what the hell, I’m twenty-NINE,” or you thought you were into this person but have since changed your mind, then you don’t actually have to go. It’s okay. Any reason is a fine one.

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January 13, 2014
The Evolution of the Modern Monogram

5 Key Moments in Monogramming History

The Evolution of the Modern Monogram

Once a hallmark of conservative style, monograms are being used in fresh and creative ways to add whimsy and personality to everyday items. Today’s plethora of pre-monogrammed items makes it easy to express your personal style. Remember, only one rule remains when it comes to monogramming: Have fun.

1.     Monograms made their first appearance in ancient Greece, where coins were marked with the first few letters of a city’s or ruler’s name.

2.     In the Middle Ages, craftsmen, artists, and even guilds used monograms to sign their work. One of the most famous examples is Albrecht Durer’s distinctive “AD”.

3.     Royal monograms have been used for centuries and often appear topped by a crown. During WWII, the royal monogram of King Haakon VII of Norway became a symbol of resistance to German occupation.

4.     The Victorian bourgeoisie launched the first monogramming craze by placing them on everything from clothing to silverware, linens, stationery and even furniture.

5.     Penny Marshall’s tough-talking, Brooklyn-born Laverne De Fazio from the American 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley helped democratize the monogram with her signature oversized “L.”

Join the trend with Indigo's Monogram Shop here.

 

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January 10, 2014
The Cold Heart Truth About Money Matters

Kevin O'Leary

The Cold Heart Truth About Money Matters

You’ll know him best as the one with bite from the hit CBC show, Dragon’s Den and its US counterpart, Shark Tank. Kevin O’Leary knows money, and shares his wisdom through his most recent book, Cold Hard Truth On Family, Kids And Money. He speaks to Indigo about how best to manage our dollars for a healthy financial future.

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January 7, 2014
Dowager Countess Of Grantham's Top 5 Quotes

Downton Abbey

Dowager Countess Of Grantham's Top 5 Quotes

Who doesn’t love Downton Abbey? With its beautiful aesthetics, reminiscent of quainter, yet grander days, watching this show makes us nostalgic for an era we never knew. The entire cast is stellar but it is Dame Maggie Smith in her incarnation as the Dowager Countess of Grantham who reigns supreme. Here, we present to you 5 of her most biting lines.

One: "What is a weekend?"

Two:  "I couldn't have electricity in the house, I wouldn't sleep a wink. All those vapors floating about."

Three:  Lady Grantham: "You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal."
Mrs. Crawley: "I take that as a compliment."
Lady Grantham: "I must've said it wrong."

Four: "Last night! He looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."

Five: "One can't go to pieces at the death of every foreigner. We'd all be in a constant state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper."

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January 6, 2014
The Benefits Of Reading On The Brain

Brain Matters

The Benefits Of Reading On The Brain

Dr. Elaine Chin is a globally recognized medical leader in the field of preventative healthcare. She is the founder of the Executive Health Centre in Toronto and regularly contributes to MacLeans’ “How Healthy Are You?” series. Here, she talks to Indigo about the many benefits that reading brings to the brain. When you read, you are exercising three vital parts of your brain that help you think more critically, be more creative and better at making decisions. Time to grab that book!

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