Archive | April, 2012

Just a Small Town Girl . . .

28 Apr

There are so many cliché songs I could use about growing up and living in a small town but I will save you the sarcasm because what is happening where I live is a song in itself. I live in Fort Erie, Ontario and for those of you who don’t know, although there is not much to do here, it is quite beautiful.

I took a walk along the Niagara Parkway and was thinking how it is really unfortunate that a town surrounded by water and a major border crossing is losing so many businesses and people. No hospital, no businesses and no booming economy forces people to move elsewhere. I can’t say that I am not guilty of wanting to leave this town too and move on to bigger and better things – naturally. I always thought that after living elsewhere, I would retire here (or the Amalfi Coast) and be close to the water but now I just think that Fort Erie is going to be a place that people sing about . . . not like Viva Las Vegas more like Allentown.

Thoughts? Anyone else live in a small town facing similar circumstances? Just curious

-AP

End of an Era

11 Apr

I was really sad to hear the news that after 27 years, Fashion Television has been cancelled. If you are like me, you grew up watching Jeanne Beker cover everything from high-fashion runway shows, photography, art and even socialites. I took a fashion journalism course (my first time around in college) and on the very first day our teacher told us, “no, you will not be taking over for Jeanne Beker when you are done.”  Fair enough. But, what fashionista hasn’t dreamed about going to Paris for fashion week and interviewing Karl Lagerfeld?

I just want to thank Jeanne Beker and Fashion Television for allowing a small town girl like myself to see runway shows from the likes of Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Valentino, and Alexander McQueen and exposing me to the wonderful world of fashion. I will miss the show and the wonderful job Beker did, but just like the world of fashion, things change.

Love her or hate her, Jeanne Beker changed the fashion industry. One of the best things to come out of Canada.

-AP

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