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  • January 25th is Robbie Burns Day.

    Instead of squeezing into your local Scottish pub — a heads up: many pubs’ Robbie Burns Day suppers are sold out already — why not host your own dinner in honour of the beloved Scottish poet?

    Donna Wolff, co-owner for The Caledonian in Toronto shared with us the rundown of a traditional Robbie Burns Day supper.

    The Menu:

    “Traditionally a Burns Supper is a soup — cock-a-leekie or Cullen skink — followed by haggis, neeps & tatties and then a sweet finish of clootie pudding, sticky toffee pudding or cranachan,” Wolff tells Shine On by email.

    The most important item on the menu, of course, is the famous haggis.

    “Haggis is Scotland’s national dish and is a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, steel cut oats, suet, onions and many secret spices,” she continues. “It is encased in a sheep’s stomach and simmered for several hours.”

    Haggis, neeps and tatties. (Thinkstock)Haggis, neeps and tatties. (Thinkstock)

    Up to the challenge of making your own? Try one of these haggis recipes:

    1. A traditional haggis recipe from Rampant Scotland: 
    2. Baked
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  • In 8th grade, I discovered a Xanga diary my friend was keeping (remember those?) In one entry recapping our semi formal dance, this is what I read: “Jen was wearing a pale blue dress that made her look like a corpse.” To my credit, I think the living dead look was more so the result of two coats of light nude foundation shellac’d on my face than the dress (I have a dark olive complexion to put things into perspective).

    But that being said, the pale blue dress did make me look extra sickly and Yoko Ono-ish — because it’s not my colour.

    As my sense of style matured, I discovered what colours look best on me — but not everyone has that innate ability. But trust me, it makes a world of difference when you start wearing colours that complement you.

    For those who haven’t quite nailed down your personal colour scheme, it’s easy to do a quick and dirty colour analysis. (If you want a super thorough job done, a professional image consultant will dig deep and help you determine complementing

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  • Never has it been cooler to make your own, well, everything. From at-home skin treatments to cleaning products, It seems there’s a DIY tutorial for almost anything. 


    Of all the hyped-up trends, I’d venture to say DIYing is one of the better ones. It’s a productive way to use your time and a great way to learn a new skill or two — plus, you usually end up saving a ton of money.

    Today, we’re jumping on the DIY train in an attempt to make our very own custom charm bracelet. This way, you can choose your charms and type of chain to really reflect your personal style. 

    Of course, I didn’t have the faintest idea of how to proceed with this task, so I enlisted the help of Desiree Girlato, jewelry maker extraordinaire and the owner of ARMED to show me how to make an incredibly easy charm bracelet.

    What you need:

    • Jump rings
    • 1 gold pin
    • Charms (5-6 should be sufficient)
    • Link chain
    • Lobster claw clasp
    • Chain nose pliers

    (You can find all of this at a craft or bead store or you can order online)


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