I want – I got’s “It’s Time to Ditch Windows XP” Contest

I want – I got’s "It’s Time to Ditch XP" Contest

Microsoft Surface Pro keeping me in step with technology with Windows 8

Today, another Microsoft Operating System ends its support life, Windows XP. Whenever this happens, I always find myself walking down memory lane. Microsoft has been a major part of my life. In high school, after I graduated from the typewriter my first computer ran DOS. I wrote my first BASIC program on that thing (it was lame) but I mostly used it to write essays. In university, I was exposed to Windows 3.1. It was one of the first graphical interfaces I ever played with. I still remember spending long hours in my Biomechanics lab plotting the body movements of a Jump Shot I filmed. Now I kind of wish I kept that project but it was stored on 3.5” floppy disks, I wouldn’t even be able to access the information. We’ve come a long way baby.

After getting my B.Sc., I moved on to Seneca where I begin my journey in Technology. I was taking the Computer Programming and Analysis program. At this point, Windows 98 was the latest thing. This is where I developed my fear of upgrading. I had a habit of holding to the old and shunning the new. School exposed me to different Operating Systems (hello UNIX and Linux) but I liked the graphical interface better than the command line for everyday use. It was there that I learned Windows 2K from an administrator’s point of view. Oh the memories of Windows labs and performing installs and setups over and over again. 2K became my OS of choice for many years, even after Windows XP came along in 2001. It was only at end of life that Windows 2K was pulled from my cold dead hands and I was thrust into the world of Windows XP. I liked XP, with the switch of a button it let me pretend that I was using an older OS and the new shock wasn’t hard to get over.

There were number of OS variants after Windows XP that I paid no attention to. XP suited me fine as I transitioned into the workforce after school. Most places I worked for ran Windows but one shop was an Apple shop. It was during this time I learned that I wasn’t an Apple person. The company gave me an iBook to work with and while the transition was pretty easy (it’s all same shit different day to me), I didn’t enjoy using the OS. I kept using Windows XP at home. I started this blog in 2005 on XP.

In 2010, the Windows XP love affair ended abruptly. I was in New York City for a Dell event and they gifted me a new laptop. I was so excited; this was my first laptop! It was 17 inches and not the easiest to carry around but who cares. There was one problem; the new laptop was running Windows 7. While I was happy it wasn’t Vista, I brainstormed the pros and cons of downgrading the laptop and putting XP on it. My irrational “Stick with what works” brain was going into high gear but thankfully the cons of XP outweighed the Pros. Not to mention that reinstalling an OS is a time consuming process that had already eaten precious moments of my life for years. Windows 7 was an easy transition and I laughed at my irrational fears. My history of OS panics was decreasing as I aged.

When Microsoft reached out to me about Windows 8, I was jonesing to see what this touch screen optimized OS would look like. I was finally ready to be an early adopter. I was finally getting used to touch screens and just ditched my Blackberry for a HTC One running Android. Based on my history of OS panics, Windows 8 should have had me running for the hills. It was a big departure from Windows 7 in terms of User Interface design and the Microsoft Store and apps. Transitioning to Windows 8 was painless. I could grok the Start Screen and I honestly didn’t miss the Start button as the Start Screen was the new start button. I really like the integration of my social and cloud applications and the option to work in Desktop mode, just like Windows 7. Windows 8 brought my Smartphone experience to the desktop. Photos I took on my phone were available on my Surface Pro almost right away via OneDrive. All the applications I used for blogging on Windows 7 were easily transferred to the Surface Pro. Hell, I’m even enjoying the free Office 365 subscription that I’ll renew it next year rather than reinstall Office XP.

So now you know my long history with Microsoft Windows. Those of you still running XP, saying goodbye isn’t hard. Think your home computing space and how that will change once you are running an OS build for today’s technology developments. XP came out in 2001!!!!! It’s a dinosaur. You aren’t using the 1st gen iPod anymore, why hold on to XP. If the security risks (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/xpocalypse-now-windows-xp-support-has-ended/), don’t get you to upgrade maybe $100 credit to the Microsoft Store will help.

How To Participate

So I have 3 $100 credits to the Microsoft Store to giveaway. This credit isn’t like a gift card and it can be used one time only.

1. Enter by leaving this comment on this page or tweet me at @geekigirl with your favourite Microsoft Windows story. It can be good, bad or funny. Spent days staring at the blue screen of death? I wanna know.
2. To be eligible for the prize I need a valid email address – this will be kept secure and private and will not be published.
3. Submissions must be received by Wednesday April 10, 2014 11:59AM EST. If they come in after they will not be in the running for the prize. The winners will be selected randomly from the submissions.
I’ll announce the winners on April 11, 2014. The winners will be notified via email and/or twitter.

The Rules
1. The contest is open to residents of Canada
2. I reserve the right to change anything if I have to.
3. There are no prize substitutions. If you cannot take delivery I will pick another winner.
4. I will accept 1 entry per person.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres

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This week I got to preview the new eye shadow palette from Chanel at the Holt Renfrew Bloor Street. Les 4 Ombres takes inspiration from the classic Chanel tweed fabric. The colours for each eye shadow palette are literally based on thread colours from previous Chanel tweed combinations. There are six combinations available:
Tissé Vénitien – A tweed that reveals the mysteries of Venice
Tissé Mademoiselle – A tweed in the colours of dawn
Tissé Cambon – A very feminine tweed that accentuates the style of Chanel
Tissé Gabrielle – A tweed that borrows its grays from a stormy sky
Tissé Vendôme – A sparkling tweed that reflects the City of Lights
Tissé Riviera – A tweed with hints of Southern France

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Chanel Les 4 Ombres

All the colour combinations are beautiful but I love Tissé Cambon, Tissé Riviera, Tissé Vénitien and Tissé Gabrielle. Chanel had one of their amazing makeup artists on hand to test drive Tissé Vénitien on me. Great makeup artists have a way of making you feel amazing and excited about a product and this woman had that in spades. She transformed my eyes in a matter of minutes and took the time to show me each step. She made it look so easy to apply. Easy enough that she convinced me that I really need to get with the eye shadow program. “Miss geekigirl”, she said, “don’t worry about perfection, you’re blending it anyways.” These words stuck with me. I love eye makeup but I’m pretty much scared to try it out. My hands aren’t steady and I have no artistic abilities.

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Chanel Les 4 Ombres

After my session with the Chanel makeup artist, I feel like I could recreate the look. I’m going to be practicing with the Tissé Vénitien gift I received.

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Chanel Les 4 Ombres

Holt Renfrew Bloor Street is having a Les 4 Ombres discovery event this week. Chanel specialists are available to answer all your questions about the collection. Also, the Chanel mascara vending machine is back until the end of next week. It’s super fun to play with; all you need to do is buy one of the Le Volume mascaras. Don’t worry; you won’t be disappointed as Chanel gets my mascara thumbs up.

Vote for Abel Muñoz in MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Accessories Award 2014

Vote for Abel Muñoz in MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Accessories Award 2014

Vote for Abel Muñoz in MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Accessories Award 2014

Canadian shoe designer, Abel Muñoz needs votes for the MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Accessories Award 2014 and you can help!

A stream of visionary designers from many diverse localities including, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Brazil and China have entered their work. Together these designers represent an amazing and rare concentration of emerging talent that can now be discovered at www. muuse.com/vogueaccessories. (source: vogue.it)

The winning designer is given the opportunity to collaborate with MUUSE and design a MUUSE Editions capsule collection produced and sold through MUUSE under the designer’s own name, supported with free production, PR, marketing and sales. In addition, the winner will be given an online feature in VOGUE Talents on Vogue.it(source: vogue.muuse.com)

Voting is open to the public and ends February 17, 2014. So head on over to Abel’s voting page at Vote for Abel Muñoz in MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Accessories Award 2014. You can also find more information about the contest on the vogue.muuse.com site.

image: courtesy of Abel Muñoz

ALDO Fights AIDS with Waris Ahluwalia

ALDO Fights AIDS with Waris Ahluwalia

ALDO Fights AIDS with Waris Ahluwalia

ALDO Fights AIDS. ALDO and Waris Ahluwalia (designer and CEO of Waris Loves You and House of Waris, actor and globe-trotting tastemaker) have teamed up to raise money for Partners In Health and its HIV/AIDS programs. Waris and ALDO created a really cute friendship bracelet that come in four different colours for $5. All the proceeds from the sale of the #FriendFight bracelets will go to Partners in Health.

Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. In 1998, Partners In Health’s HIV Equity Initiative in rural Haiti was one of the first programs in the world to provide free, comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment in settings of poverty. The program’s success changed how the world approaches and funds diseases of the poor. Today, Partners In Health provides housing, water, food, and psychosocial support to thousands of people living with HIV; addressing the root causes of poverty and disease, and not just the disease itself.

“I always say my inspirations come from love and history. With these bracelets, it’s about standing side by side with friends and loved ones for what’s right and noble – transforming history together. The arrow symbolizes truth, justice and movement forward. It’s a powerful way to create change.” – Waris Ahluwalia

“We have been committed to the fight against AIDS as far back as 1985, when few were willing to take a stand. It’s a cause very close to our heart and today, more than ever, we continue our commitment to raising awareness and funds to help protect and educate people around the world. We’ve come a long way but the fight is not over yet. This bracelet is an important symbol. It represents friendship and solidarity. It’s an invitation to join together in the fight against AIDS.” – ALDO BENSADOUN, Founder and Executive Chairman of the ALDO Group

The #FriendsFight bracelets are available online at aldoshoes.com and in select stores worldwide. So pick up a bracelet of three and tag your social media posts with the #FriendsFight hashtag.

The other two bracelets in my photo are from Dean Davidson and are available on deandavidson.ca.

WORN Fashion Journal Presents: Heartbreak Karaoke – February 14, 2014

WORN Fashion Journal Presents: Heartbreak Karaoke - February 14, 2014

WORN Fashion Journal Presents: Heartbreak Karaoke – February 14, 2014


WORN Fashion Journal Presents: Heartbreak Karaoke – February 14, 2014

Was it the son of a preacher man? A devil in a blue dress? You obviously didn’t listen—but now everyone else will.

On Friday, February 14, 2014, WORN Fashion Journal will get your achey-breakey heart in front of a karaoke machine at Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street).

Don’t just feel the pain, spread it around.

We’ve got a karaoke machine, a microphone, sad, sad, sad songs, and enough bitter tears and sweet liquor to fill a swimming pool. What else could you possibly need to mourn your latest romantic folly?

All proceeds will go to the production of WORN Fashion Journal. This year, we’re trying to raise enough money for our very own lighting equipment. Support independent publishing, and sing us a sad song!

THE RULES
$7 Admission
$5 Admission if you’re dressed in red or pink
$1 per song
$10 to cut the line
$5 to sing Celine Dion

THE DETAILS
Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton Street
Friday, February 14, 2014
Bring on the heartbreak: 9:00 p.m.
You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here: 2:00 a.m.

DRESS CODE
Preferred: Red & Pink
Mandatory: Heart on your sleeve

Visit www.wornjournal.com/blog/sing-your-heart-out for more details.

Anita Clarke/I want – I got in Vogue Italia

I want - I got/Anita Clarke in Vogue Italia

I want – I got/Anita Clarke in Vogue Italia

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think Anita Clarke and Vogue would be spoken in the same sentence. I was minding my own business in November of last year when an interview request landing in my inbox. I had to do a complete double take when I saw Vogue.it in the subject line. “Vogue Italia, Are you shitting me?”, I thought, “This is just too crazy. Vogue Italia and me, WTF”. The email was from Shomara Roosblad, an Amsterdam based fashion writer who contributes to Vogue.it and runs the website My roots, My style!. My roots, My Style! documents the story behind stylish women around the globe. (OMFG, I’m considered a stylish woman worldwide, WTF) Shomara wanted to do an interview with me to discuss my style influences accompanied by a slideshow of photos that would be featured on My roots, My style! and Vogue.it. Of course, I said yes because who’s the idiot who says no to this kinda thing.

I’m a great secret keeper (ask some of my friends, they will agree I’m a vault). I kept this under my hat for months. I didn’t want to start talking this up and have it fall through. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate in embarrassment. I didn’t even tell my Mom (who got a shoutout). She discovered it after it was published and then scolded me for not telling her. Sometimes I hate doing interviews because I always miss something. That happened with this one and I just want to give my friend Jason aka The Oracle a shout out here. He’s been a major fashion influence in my adult life.

So check out the link at Anita Clarke – Vogue.it. I guess this is the biggest recognition this little fashion blogger from Toronto has received over the almost 8 years I want – I got has been in existence. I wish my Dad was here to see this first hand as he’s always been one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

The Smythe Spring Summer 2014 collection takes their classic tailoring and minimalism to new heights with suiting in liquid textures in Flouro and Petrol Shine. They recently expanded to trousers and this spring summer we will see skirts as the new must haves from Smythe.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

As with every Smythe collection there are a lot of I want – I got approved pieces. I’m loving the Petro Shine suiting. Turn heads with the total suit or if that’s too much for you, just go with the pants. It might be a bit bright for most but I’d totally wear it to the office.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

I was at an event late last year and saw the Foil Pant in person. They are so hot it’s not even funny and in the perfect silver shade.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

The Flouro liquid texture suit is gorgeous too. It doesn’t have the leather vibe like the Petro Shine but it’s still gorgeous.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

It’s not a Smythe collection without a military inspired jacket and Spring Watch Jacket is a great colour. The Smythe skirts are adorable. There is one that isn’t pictured because I didn’t like it that much but it’s more office friendly than the shorter ones that get the I want – I got stamp of approval.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

The Harem Pants with the tassel are a must have in black and tangerine. I’m obsessed.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

On my bucket list is a jacket with tails and this is the perfect cropped jacket with mini tails.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

There are some great rainwear this season and I love this leopard print Lab Coat one. If you are looking for something more classic, check out the Khaki Walking coat.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

Smythe Spring Summer 2014

I’ve notice that Bomber Jackets are going to be a big trend this spring summer. This classic black bomber has a twist, it’s quilted.

Smythe Spring Summer 2014 hits stores this month. You can find Smythe in the GTA at TNT Women, Holt Renfrew, Andrews Bayview Village, Grafic Woman and NYLA.

images: Courtesy of Smythe.