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After all, how do you top a concept inspired by a maverick 17th-century astronomer who was imprisoned for heresy?

Why Galileo? “Because he challenged the prevailing notion of reality in the universe,” says Lileo owner and fashion industry veteran Syd Beder.

That’s why he and partners Alexandra Morgan, Braden Bennett and Arlene Pastor decided to brand their innovative approach with what Beder calls “an homage” to the astronomer. So they abbreviated his name to Lileo, borrowed his daughter Livia’s moniker for their all-organic raw food and juice bar and festooned their signage and garment hang-tags with cosmic imagery.

With this celestial theme animating the softly lit, brick-lined 650-sq.-m space, which was designed by the trendy 3rd Uncle design Inc. firm, Lileo opened just under two years ago in Toronto’s popular The Distillery Historic District.

From the get-go, Lileo grabbed the attention of what some call the city’s “influentsia.”

Among them is Martha Ladly, professor of design at the Ontario College of Art & Design, who says she frequently brings groups of students to Lileo “just to see the way they’ve incorporated art, sculpture, lighting and photographs into the sort of soft consumer culture they’ve created here.”

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“Lileo is about wellness and a tranquil but exhilarating lifestyle,” he adds. “And we deliberately keep it very positive and uplifting so, for example, we don’t do any dark imagery (such as) skulls or crosses or daggers, even though those things are so popular in fashion and music.”

And, says Pastor, “there are no mannequins because we want to be welcoming to everyone, not just people whose bodies happen to match a mannequin.”

Judging strictly by this seemingly contrarian retail philosophy, plus a preponderance of natural fabrics, a graffiti mural on the wall, an interactive “light fountain” sculpture near the entrance and the presence of a fluffy grey Chow dog as the store’s official greeter, Lileo might sound like the sort of down-market bohemian spot that dots California’s Lalaland.

Not so. There are no cheap tie-dyed shirts or hippy sandals at Lileo. In fact, most of its eclectic merchandise sports exclusive-to-Lileo labels, limited-edition lifecycles and sky-high prices. Hot international designers such as Stella McCartney are well represented. And even some of the models from mainstream suppliers such as Nike and Penguin are Lileo exclusives.

The shop quickly became one of Toronto’s hottest spots, a must-be-seen-at destination for not only the city’s younger crowd, who just have to have the latest unusual duds, but also for older fashionistas who can afford, say, the $600 jewelled Birkenstock clogs designed by model Heidi Klum.

With very little advertising, but an avalanche of word-of-mouth endorsement from customers and fashion media, Lileo soon became a favourite of theatrical and movie costume designers. That prompted buying sprees by celebrities including actors Kim Cattrell, Drew Barrymore, Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver, as well as musicians Chantal Kreviazuk, Our Lady Peace and Little X.

Add to that the crowds that flocked to lively, publicity-attracting book launches, fashion shows and other such events, plus seasonal tourists, and Lileo’s foot traffic got heavier and heavier.

Small wonder, given all of the above, that Beder says Lileo’s annual revenue is now “headed for $3 million.”

That number comes as no surprise to retail analyst John Torella, a senior consultant with Toronto’s J.C. Williams Group. He says that, while the ambience Beder and his partners have created may seem gentle and laid-back, Lileo’s lifestyle spin is literally on the money.

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Amen to that, says Wendy Melvin, a frequent Lileo customer and president and founder of Wendy Melvin & Associates Inc., a Toronto recruitment consulting firm. “Everywhere else in the city seems to be status quo, but the vibe at Lileo is something I’d see in New York or Europe. And I never worry that I’m going to see the same outfit I’ve picked out all over the place.”

While these and many similar comments are music to his ears, they are actually nothing new to Beder. He’s attracted rave reviews during most of his three decades on the Canadian fashion scene. A Toronto native, he co-founded Indian Motorcycle Clothing, distributed Big Star Jeans and designed his own knitwear line, Good & Beder.

Along the way, Beder founded Fashion Cares Canada, a non-profit organization that has raised more than $6 million over the past 18 years to help people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Strangely enough, it was breaking his back in a snowboarding accident that prompted Beder’s entry into fashion retailing about four years ago, when he began doing yoga as part of his healing process.

That led to buying the Ontario rights to a line of yoga wear from Vancouver-headquartered lululemon athletica. After distributing the duds to yoga studios and retailers for a few months, Beder opened a lululemon shop with Morgan as his partner and Pastor helping with promotion. The trio operated the quirky spot on Toronto’s Queen Street West fashion strip for about two years before selling it prior to launching Lileo.

Beder’s experience mounting crowd-pleasing fashion shows for Fashion Cares is instrumental in staging Lileo’s frequent special events. Typical was the November presentation of Paul Saltzman’s photo books on his adventures with The Beatles in India, which retail from $425 to $1,420.

To excite attendees at the event – not to mention capitalizing on it – clothing, sandals and jewelry conjuring up that psychedelic era were on display. Huge for-sale blowups of Saltzman’s photos surrounded the space, while about 10 plasma screens scattered throughout the store featured Beatles music.

Pastor says Lileo’s unusual display techniques are about as far away from shopping mall environments as possible and that its inventory range has expanded a great deal since its debut. The store now stocks apparel and accessories for infants, children, teens and adults, with what she calls “a good mix” of men’s and women’s items. Additionally, there are books, toys, organic skincare products, nutritional supplements and a sprinkling of home-decor items. “We want to make sure everyone leaves here with a smile on their face.”

That customer satisfaction even extends to the hefty cost of much of the merchandise, Beker says. “Most of Lileo’s stuff is pretty pricey, but a lot of people don’t mind paying for the cachet of wearing top labels.”

That’s true, Beder says. “But both here and at lululemon, we’ve had people comment about some of the price points and say: ‘How could anybody spend that much?’ And some say yoga should be done in rags.

“But our attitude is that if something makes people feel happy and good about themselves, or maybe encourages them to do more yoga or take better care of themselves, it’s worth the price.”

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Pin Curls & Pencil Skirts
One of my favorite parts of living in Australia is the various fauna and flora you’ll find, with the warmer climate ensuring that colourful blossoms are as perennial as the grass. I know the Morning Glory flower is known as a rabid weed that most people choose to exterminate, but I still think they make for beautiful photographs.

How cute are these pants, by the way? I’m a monthly regular at the Hamilton Church Jumble now, and every time I go, I seem to find the most wicked bargains. I was worried for a second that these pants wouldn’t fit (they are a size 12 but they’re older than I am so the actual waist size is tiny!) but they slipped on like a dream in the dressing room and I couldn’t not buy them. It’s so hard to find high-waisted pants in this kind of style nowadays. Hipster pants just don’t work for me.

What I wore:

These gold flats are basically the embodiment of the phrase “buttery soft”.

On that note, I’m quite annoyed that Mascotte has closed down permanently. I had a few male friends who raved about their selection of gorgeous round-toed leather men’s shoes (much a relief from the usual square/pointy toed hideousness you see in modern-day men’s stores) now they’re all packed up and gone. Ironically, one of the reasons I loved them so much (cheap, high-quality leather shoes) was probably the source of their downfall. You can’t have “70% off everything” sales four times a year and expect to make any kind of profit, really. I have four pairs of Mascotte shoes, and I’m really sad I didn’t go in for more when I had the opportunity.

I basically cherish these ones like they’re actually made of gold.

I love going to markets. I feel like every activity that I really enjoy involves some kind of shopping. Is that almost sickeningly stereotypical of me as a girl, or what? But I absolutely love the haggling culture, brightly-coloured stands, and various different merchandise that you’ll never quite find anywhere else.

I went along last weekend with my friend and he helped me out with some of the photos. I tried my own hand at using a DSLR, I really did, but in some weird twist of fate, I feel more comfortable in front of a camera as opposed to behind it. I brought my little P&S along for the ride.

Pants and a blouse seemed like an appropriate choice. I’ve been wearing a lot of monochrome outfits recently, and when I found these high-waisted 3/4 gingham pants from Kmart, you’d better believe I snapped them up. I feel like they’ll be a very versatile piece this Spring.

I made the classic mistake of wearing high-heeled strappy sandals to the markets, but luckily I brought a back-up pair of black patent loafers–if you’re going to any kind of weekend markets, it’s probably best to wear flats. You’ll avoid the blisters and the strange looks.

There is everything you’d ever expect at these markets, including a lot of vintage shopping. This part was my favorite, but be warned it is indeed “vintage” shopping and not “op” shopping, with the key difference being the price points. If you look very hard, you may find a bargain or two, but it’s slim pickings out here! I was more focused on the new merchandise.

And hats, I tried on a million hats that day.

Besides the giant craft store in the middle of the action, I was blown away most of all by how many watch places there were. I’m a big watch fiend!

I would definitely go to the Carrara Markets again, and considering how huge it was, I may have to–I don’t think we managed to see the entire real canada goose jackets calgary alberta in the day we spent there, but I’m so not complaining. Another time, another trip, and I’m looking forwards to it.

I’m having a blast with this “short hair” business. I can do so much with it. I can.. pin curl it? That about all I’ve come up with so far.

I’m still trying to figure out ways to keep it behind my ears to avoid something that resembles a blunt bowl cut (which is always a risk when you cut your hair too short and add bangs to the mix), and so far I’ve come up with pin-curls, head bands (just when I thought that period of my life was over!), and pig-tails. I want to figure out something to do with upside-down french braids so I can fake some kind of milkmaid hair-do, but apart from that, I’m all out of ideas.

But I’ve also started experimenting with a whole new area–hair bows. On the day I got my haircut, to celebrate, I bought a shiny little bow from a My Cube store for a couple of bucks.

Has anyone ever seen those before? They’re a store where multiple different sellers hire out cubes in the wall to sell their stock without having to pay the undoubtedly exorbitant fees associated with renting the entire area. I was considering selling something in one of them but ultimately I have no good ideas for that sort of business venture. I can barely bring myself to sell my old clothing.

But enough about my hair–How about this gorgeous two-toned silk pencil skirt? At first I wasn’t entirely sold on the green/magenta combination (why couldn’t it be something more harmonious like magenta and blue, or magenta and red or something?) but it’s kind of grown on me, and you know I’m a sucker for quality fabrics. Please note that means I prefer quality materials, not that I will reject polyester, because my wardrobe is pretty much as flammable as it gets–thank you eBay.

Definitely feels a bit Mad Men around here lately.

Thanks for your support of my short hair, by the way–I’ve gotten lots of feedback via social media channels and everyone seems to really like the change, which is awesome, because I’m a low-maintenance gal and this hair is about as low-maintenance as it gets. So it’ll be sticking around for a while, still..

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In case you didn’t notice in my review of my new Alyssa Milano frames or otherwise follow me on Instagram, I’ve cut my hair! Well, not me, personally, but the deed has nonetheless been done.

A change is as good as a holiday, they say, and I tend to agree. Whenever I’m going through any dramatic changes in my life, the hair tends to reap (or suffer?) the brunt of it. It’s not quite as dramatic as when I sheared my precious locks into a pixie crop (not doing that again, thanks), but the hairdresser did snip off a sizeable amount of hair.

I suffered through a little bit of post-traumatic stress from getting rid of the hair that I had been painstakingly growing out for years since my misguided pixie misfortune, but I soon reasoned that enough was enough.

I have fine hair but quite a lot of it, and with long hair, I found the bulk of it was generally amassed at the bottom. This gave my head a mountainous sort of appearance that I was forever trying to compensate for with various fandangled technologies of the lazy fashionista (most embarrassing of which were the “Bump Its”, which I tried once, before I decided to retire them back in the drawer of objects to be used only when I become the wife of a mid-western oil dealer).

I was too lazy to appreciate my long hair, so I’m hoping I’ll appreciate this style a little more. I’ve already taught myself how to pincurl short hair with semi-decent results (tutorial time?), I’m now just scouring the web to see what other interesting things I can do with short hair. Other ladies with shoulder-length or shorter hair, please feel free to share your Pinterest-worthy resources!

Long story short, here I am with short hair! I hope you guys like it, because there’s sort of no way to reverse a hair cut.

Onto other news, I’ve acquired my very own fabulous camera man. My friend Robert is a budding photographer who is trying to fit in lots of practice with his DSLR, so some of the photos may start looking a little fancy around here. Don’t be scared, it’s still me, but with way better photos.

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What do you think of my new hair cut? Love it, hate it, keep it short, go back to long? I’m still tallying up the votes for and against.

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When I was first introduced to the idea of glasses, it was almost as though the only styles stocked at the optometrist’s office were bottle-cap or rectangle spectacles. I reluctantly settled on the latter and hoped that my vision would correct itself over time with enough squinting and heavy doses of denial. It didn’t.

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We were disappointed by its lack performance.

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Also being granted a visit of a cute kitty cat (Little Amber).

The beautiful drives, restaurants, picnics….

Well, guess what? I now have New Zealand SkyTV that I can watch right here (in Rio), in my computer monitor. There is a lot of Living Channel and Food TV that I love to watch. No more boring TV! Yay! I just go throught the programs record what I want to watch.

“Location. Location. Location.”, “Come Dine With Me.”, “World Kitchen.” “Food For Fought”., etc……….

Awesome present, my Husband!

I am so lucky. What a blessing! I am so grateful for my life. And canada goose black chilliwack bomber jacket outlet online will only get better.

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Posted by Ana Lucia at 1:35 am in Ana’s Musings…


On my way to my beloved handsome wonderful blue eyed Husband´s arms again!!!!

In only a couple of days from now we will be VERY TOGETHER.

After five months apart. Counting down every single day to be with the Love of My Life.
In the words of 1913 Nobel Prize winning Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). “In love all of life’s contradictions dissolve and disappear.”

I love you FOREVER, my Cameron darling.

Posted by Ana Lucia at 12:15 am in Ana’s Musings…

Good Morning, wonderful readers!

I want to share with you this AMAZING picture my beloved Husband sent to me and highlighted my Day.

I LOVE you, my Cameron darling.

Posted by Ana Lucia at 3:12 pm in Ana’s Musings…

My very beloved Husband,

Happy Brazilian Valentines Day!

Happy Anniversary, my handsome man! Seven years and five months MARRIED!

I feel so blessed. I am the luckiest girl in the Universe.

You are the love of my life, my Cameron darling.

Posted by Ana Lucia at 4:08 am in Ana’s Musings…

Hello lovely readers!

I decided to post today, and the reason is that I am feeling so GRATEFUL for all the awesome blessings in my life.

I am so grateful for being able to be with my dear father for his pacemaker implant. I am so grateful that his surgery is a huge success and he is feeling well and safe.

Thank you God. Thank you Universe.

I am thankful to have such a wonderful husband, who´s been very TOGETHER with me all the time. Through Skype and, of course, with all his heart and soul.

Also I am so grateful that I can see canada goose black chilliwack bomber jacket outlet online clearer now. That I am simplifying my life. That I can focus better on what really matters.

Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!

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Are you in the search for a new home? Not sure where and what you are looking for? Here’s a neighbourhood you may want to take a look at!

Runnymede is a quiet, family oriented neighbourhood with affordable houses, a good selection of schools, and convenient access to shopping and transportation. Just west of the Junction, Runnymede is nestled between some of Toronto’s more affluent neighbourhoods including Baby Point, Bloor West Village and High Park. For an abundance of fine dining, sporting events and the arts, or a relaxing walk in nature, Runnymede is only minutes away from Bloor West Village and High Park.

There are a few nice homes currently for sale in this area like this beautiful home on 93 Priscilla Avenue.

Welcome to this lovely 2 storey semi-detached home situated in a coveted Toronto neighbourhood. The well manicured landscaping leads to the new front deck. Upon entering this 3 bedroom 3 bath home, one can appreciate the stunning interior adorned with modern décor, finished with the highest quality of craftsmanship and absolute taste.

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Today, Toronto home buyers have arguably never been at the mercy of standard Ontario real estate contract deposits more than they are in the thick of 2014’s insane bidding wars for detached and semi-detached homes.

With even Greater Toronto Area “fixer-uppers” this spring receiving sometimes hundreds of showings and dozens of offers, often selling at over 100 per cent of the listing price, sellers have the leverage to ask what they may of buyers. They know that if one balks, five more will step up as Toronto’s single-family home inventory struggles to meet shocking demand. That includes standard deposits as shows of good faith that buyers aren’t making offers that waste sellers’ time – and, in all possibility, money.

That’s not to say there aren’t stakes for buyers to understand, too. One September 2003 deal that fell through and was later profiled in a January 2013 Toronto Star piece illustrates the $10,000 cost of misunderstanding the expectations tied to a deposit.

The simple fact is, the varying deposits that come standard with submitting an offer – fluctuating from around 2 per cent in Brampton to as much as 5 per cent in Toronto, and as low as several hundred dollars elsewhere in Ontario – don’t provide buyers with an escape hatch if they back away from a deal. Quite the opposite, actually.

Shankar Iyer and Bala Ramachandran learned that the hard way through their lost $10,000 September 2003 deposit on a brand-new $289,000 Pleasant Developments Inc. home. Typically, the deposit is expected either with the offer – nowadays, a particularly solid choice, as canada goose jackets for boys can send an offer to the “priority” stack of serious, good-faith interests during a bidding war – or within 24 hours of an offer’s acceptance. Pleasant Developments Inc. accepted on Sept. 16. Iyer and Ramachandran changed their minds on Sept. 17 and requested that the deposit be returned.

Here’s the problem: if a buyer makes a deposit, backs away from the deal and the property later sells for less than what the reneging buyer initially offered, the seller can sue for the difference plus legal fees. When Pleasant Developments sold the house for $700 under their offer, they kept the deposit.

When Iyer and Ramachandran tried to take the matter to Small Claims Court, the judge found that the $700 difference was the builder’s to keep but that the remainder had to be returned. Ontario Supreme Court of Justice Judge Brown later ruled in the builder’s 2006 appeal that, “Even in the case where the seller re-sells at a purchase price that is high enough to compensate for any loss from the first sale, the seller may nevertheless retain the deposit,” awarding the entire $10,000 to Pleasant Developments Inc.

Reasonable people may differ as to whether or not this could be considered “fair.” After all, Iyer and Ramachandran backing out only cost the builder $700 and the deposit was actually only 3.6 per cent of the purchase price. Still, canada goose jackets for boys demonstrates the dangerous – to buyers – absence of grey in the law.

Buyers, take heed to what your realtors and attorneys advise when putting down a deposit. In this case, it was a matter of $700. Luckily for the buyers, it wasn’t an even more substantial difference in a different time. There would’ve been much less argument as to whether or not Pleasant Developments Inc. was entitled to the full amount.

It’s a contract. A contract is an obligation. Backing out is a breach. Break the agreement, and you take a gamble on a judge having mercy.

In this case, the buyers got lucky once. On appeal, their luck ran out. Read the language carefully and request more time to lay out the deposit if you need a moment to sleep on it.

To play Toronto’s real estate game, many homebuyers must lay out a deposit to be taken seriously at the table by the seller. It’s just a rule of Ontario real estate contracts.

It’s not the only option to secure an offer’s consideration, but as tokens of good faith go, it appears to be the preferable one, as it seems to engender the greatest deal-making goodwill from sellers. Sure, buyers can also put down the deposit with 24 hours of an offer’s acceptance, but it’s an advantage particularly amid the prime 2014 selling season’s ferocious bidding wars to just be upfront and accommodating.

That’s not to say the ball is always in Greater Toronto Area sellers’ courts. Buyers who would forego costly mistakes should understand all the rules of the deposit in order to know just what the payment guarantees them, how much to put down, the penalties for paying it past the understood deadline, and other considerations.

It could make the difference between “deal or no deal” in what has already been defined as this year’s seller’s market of more buyers in the hunt than sellers with detached or semi-detached homes to move.

As said above, timing is everything. At a time when GTA sellers have no shortage of demand for their homes, the buyer’s convenience isn’t always paramount. Pay the deposit after the deadline, and many sellers will have no reservations about calling off a deal. Nothing obligates a seller to be understanding about being even a few minutes late.

Communication is important. If you need more time, explicitly request so in the offer. Timing is everything in real estate, and holding up further negotiations waiting on a late deposit means potentially missing out on an equal or greater sale price, sellers can become understandably annoyed.

Keep something else in mind: refusing to pay a deposit isn’t an ejector seat from a deal. In fact, sellers can sue buyers in the event the property goes back up for sale and fetches less than the buyers were originally offering to pay before breaking the deal by reneging on the deposit.

Under typical circumstances, the real estate brokerage representing the seller holds the deposit – among GTA markets, depending on the specific area, typically around 2 per cent (Brampton) to 5 per cent (Toronto) of the sale price, if even that – in an insurance-protected trust.

It’s for the buyer’s protection, oddly enough. This way, in the event that the seller or brokerage goes bankrupt or otherwise flies by night with the money, it can be fully returned.

There are provisions for sellers to call off the deal and keep the deposit. A seller can keep it to recoup lost costs if a buyer doesn’t meet stipulated conditions in the purchase agreement, whether pertaining to an inspection, financing or other acts of bad faith.

Under such conditions, the case often goes before a judge and the process drags out while the deposit remains securely in trust. There are ways buyers can get around this, namely by offering a smaller “offer-accepted” deposit and a second payment upon satisfaction of conditions.

Yes, it can be costly, depending on the neighbourhood. Yes, it can feel like “just one more tacked-on fee” that makes the home-buying process more expensive. Still, this is a one-time payment that protects the seller’s interests while affording reasonable peace of mind to the buyer as well.