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  • There are many things you can do to reduce holiday entertaining stress. (Thinkstock)There are many things you can do to reduce holiday entertaining stress. (Thinkstock)
    Hosting a holiday party this winter and dreading the stress that inevitably comes with it?

    Shine On recently asked Sebastien Centner, entertaining expert and director of Eatertainment Special Events, how to keep stress levels at a minimum when entertaining this holiday season. 

    Shine On: How early should we start planning a holiday party?

    Centner: The earlier the better! But of course then life gets in the way, doesn’t it? My suggestion is pick the date and send out a invite or save the date as soon as possible. While the planning and organization can always be done closer to your holiday party date, with how busy the holiday season can get you want your party on people’s calendar before everyone else’s! 

    When do invitations go out? Do they need to be snail-mailed or are email invites acceptable?

    I personally tend towards printed invitations for my events both because you rarely receive printed invites anymore but also because the invitation sets the tone for the event — stylish,

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    Growing up in Mississauga, Ont., Chantelle Brown-Young was teased mercilessly for being different.

    Diagnosed with vitiligo when she was still a child, Brown-Young’s almond-coloured skin began developing white patches when she was just three or four years old. On the playground, kids would call her “cow” or “zebra” – but it was her atypical beauty that led her to where she is today.

    “A lot of people have a story and a background, but mine is painted on my body,” the 20-year-old, who also goes by the names Chantelle Winnie and Winnie Harlow said in her “America’s Next Top Model” audition tape. Earlier this year, she was chosen to be one of 14 hopefuls competing on the 21st cycle of ANTM: “Guys & Girls.”  

    Courtesy Chantelle Brown-Young/InstagramCourtesy Chantelle Brown-Young/Instagram
    “[Modelling] was something I kind of just fell into,” she tells Yahoo Canada after making a speech at Square One mall’s massive new expansion last week.

    “I did a photoshoot and an interview with a Canadian journalist named Shannon Boodram,  who’s like a big sister to me now. She saw me

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  • With nearly 20 years of professional musical experience under her belt, Canadian R&B queen Jully Black is a force to be reckoned with. While the Juno award-winning triple threat (singer/songwriter/performer) is best known for her killer voice – she also has a killer sense of style. Recently, the 37-year-old singer kicked off the holiday season by performing at the unveiling of Yorkdale’s Swarovski Crystal Wonderland. We caught up with her to ask her some of our burning holiday style questions.

    Jully Black attends the 'Top Five' premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jully Black attends the 'Top Five' premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
    Yahoo Canada: What are your favourite holiday trends?

    Jully Black: Oh my goodness, there are so many! You’ve got to love lace. Sheer, a fringe…It’s funny, I dug in the crates today and found dresses that were bought by my stylist Peter Papapetrou, he’s been styling me for 12 years.  And we noticed there’s a theme – every time there’s something during the holiday season, beyond colour, it was lace or muted metallic or sheer or a fringe. That’s what I love about it, because certain dresses – I

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