Lana Del Rey at Clafouti So Delicious!


Lana Del Rey the internet sensation whose debut song Video Games is already the ‘Single Of The Year’ pre-release, having attracted almost a million and a half page views on YouTube. Her first UK show (in November) sold out in about 30 seconds.

Mulberry at London Fashion Week, had Lana front and center with the Lana Del Rey handbag. So when someone on Twitter from Ireland suggested a sandwich the first thing that popped into my mind was two Lana Del Rey’s with me in the middle.

The Lana Del Rey sandwich was such a fun idea that it required someone with passion for fun and food, to step up to the plate and create something as delicious as the very alluringly sexy Lana Del Rey. Jumping into the game of creating, in the fashion of the Oscar winning film The Artist from France, was none other then Chef Olivier Jansen-Reynaud owner of the cafe Clafouti of Toronto.

Chef Olivier Jansen-Reynaud, who’s entire family has been in the business of food, is The Artist who created the Lana Del Rey sandwich with panache.

The sandwich was taste tested by Angela one of the designer’s and partner of Magpie fashion and a jazz singer from New York city who had arrived just in time for sampling the Lana Del Rey. Lana Del Rey, is delicious was the word by two women today. I have also eaten Lana Del Rey, the sandwich and it is so very tasty, juicy and delicious.

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LANA DEL REY SANDWICH

Chili Adobe crusted pork loin
Garlic lemon aioli
panella cheese
crispy onions
Vidal syrup
cilantro
Egg bun

Hollywood and anyone visiting Toronto, this is a must try. Lana Del Rey sandwich is not in Paris, London, New York or Hollywood. The Lana Del Rey sandwich is in Hollywood North, at Clafouti, Toronto.



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Back for UK Engelbert Humperdinck


Who should record the new Skyfall 007 for James Bond song? Engelbert Humperdinck! After all he is the entry for the UK at 2012 Eurovision.

Engelbert Humperdinck held the Beatles of the the number one spot on the charts in 1967. Yes we are talking some time ago, and that is the lesson here. The creativity never stops, it ain’t over till it’s over, life is always constant and changing, as in the Oscar winning film The Artist. Growing up my auntie used to take me to concerts of Engelbert Humperdinck, traumatizing me by taking her panties off and throwing them on the stage. Engelbert Humperdinck would walk over  pick it up and put it in his pocket and the women would all scream.

Could this man who was born in India, get the win for UK? well give him a Bond 007 song to sing and it’s a sure fire win for UK the country that is going to be throwing the biggest party of them all this year for the summer Olympic’s of 2012.


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Fashion is Girls on Film with Michael Patrick

Michael Patrick is a Toronto fashion photographer. I had the opportunity to work with Michael to get the feel of what it was like to be the lens behind the lens.

Michael Patrick is a natural artist. He fly’s by the seat of his pants allowing ideas to emerge at random which he creatively employs.

This shoot was done in Toronto with an upcoming Canadian model Jessa for Magpie fashion of Toronto. Jessa 16 years old was discovered at a water park in Niagara Falls, Ontario by a fashion scout and has all the makings of a super model.

Here you can check out the action from the man behind the man with the lens.


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Wendy Starland Charisma Exquisitely Unhurried !

It’s all about the Oscars today in Los Angles and at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hill’s Polo Lounge people are walking about the courtyard cafe with the ease of a sun drunk cat.

My friend, singer, songwriter, dynamic performer the lady with charisma exquisitely unhurried sat down to talk to me about how she started, who inspired her musically and her savvy business skills. Miss Wendy Starland has it going on, she has that savoir-faire that is beauty and romance with a voice.

Wendy Starland, also has been in the middle of music business biggest discoveries, as she discovered Lady Gaga and landed her a production deal with producer Rob Fusari that resulted in Gaga signing major label record and publishing deals. Wendy and Lady Gaga have written songs together that were later produced by Fusari, for whom Starland was writing with over a nearly three-year period.

Here is the interview with the amazing Wendy Starland who is one very cool person to hang out with and a lot of fun.

1. Was it always in your blood to be a singer songwriter musician how did it all start for you.

I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. Growing up I had a babysitter who was almost like a 2nd mother to me, named Rosetta Atkins. She was a church gospel singer from the south who taught me different techniques of how to use my voice. We would imitate the voices on the radio – both men’s and women’s voices. By the time I was 9 I had a wide array of ways in which I could sing, and chose the aspects of my voice I wanted to feature in a particular song. I started writing songs on the piano at the age of 7 and have built up a big catalog with hundreds of songs.

Around 14 or 15 I was pulled out of the crowd onto Maceo Parker’s stage. Maceo is the legendary sax player from James Brown’s band who plays incredibly soulful funk. I ended up scatting on his stage for 20 minutes while Maceo got behind the drum kit and let me wail. Afterwards, the bass player wrapped a string from his bass into a small coil and got down on one knee, as if he were proposing. He hushed the crowd and placed the coiled string around my finger like an engagement ring. He then said into the microphone “Wendy, you have a gift from God. If you don’t spend the rest of your life using that gift, you will deprive the rest of us from receiving it. From this day forward you are married to music.” And ever since that day I have been married to music.

2. Who in music biz inspired you solo artist’s or bands?

I’ve gone through various different stages musically and have explored writing in many genres. I am currently in a rock phase and have been listening to the Foo Fighters nonstop. I’ve been lucky enough to open up for Chris Shifflett, guitarist of the Foo Fighters. I love their grittiness that they mix with such beautiful melodies. You can feel their authenticity, which is something that’s very important to me. Other current influences include U2, 30 Seconds To Mars, Kings Of Leon, Coldplay and The Police.

Previously I had been writing music that was more etherial, and was inspired by Sting, Peter Gabriel, Seal, Sade, Norah Jones, and Stevie Nicks.

3. You are very business savvy, where did you pick up all your business skill.

I was lucky enough to be born and raised in New York City, the city of ambition. My family is incredibly business savvy and have rubbed off on me in many ways. I have also always gravitated towards friends who are very sharp and who lead by example. I am grateful to have been surrounded by people I admire.

Its been incredible working with brands like Pink Pump and P2 who have worked with me on a different model for distributing my music to new fans. It has been a successful venture where a percentage of sales will be donated to charity at the end of the campaign. We will be donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

4. As a songwriter where does your inspiration come from, dreams, life experiences, or imagination.

All of the above. I integrate as many aspects of myself and my experience into my music as possible. Whether that experience constitutes my real life or my dreams.

5. Are you currently working on a project?

I am working on a new rock album. It is very different from what my fans are used to hearing from me. It is a rebirth of sorts. I’m really excited about this new direction and feel that it reflects my experience since moving to Los Angeles. I have performed some of the new material live while opening up for Sheryl Crow and Jack White, and had a great response. I’m excited to unveil it to the rest of the world soon. My first single, “All The Way,” will be featured in a new ad campaign for MoboVivo.

Listen to this song “Dancing With The Sea”.

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Ella’s a cafe with laughter and smile’s

As you know, I am not about to just go have a coffee anywhere. My discover of the day in my home town of Toronto, a city that host’s so many during the Toronto International Film Festival, film makers from around the world, as well as recording artist’s, was not only a place with Art on the wall but the two ladies, Jen and Megan had no shortage of personality. They were The Artist’s. Walking into Ella’s Uncle coffee shop is like going into your best friends kitchen with all it’s charm and comforts, smell’s and taste’s. We are all aware that some of the best parties always end up in the kitchen.
Jen who was in advertising decided to open this gem of a place to get away from the maddening crowd. Megan is called in to prep the Banana cakes “It’s why I get paid the big buck’s” Megan tell’s me. We all have an artist in us, to honor the film The Artist with it’s 10 Oscar nomination’s, I present to you Jen and Megan of Ella’s Uncle, a tiny kingdom where magic is real and dreams come true.

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Laura Hunt “The Artist” with a brush knows it’s in the eyes!

The Grammy’s, and then the biggest red carpet event coming up the Oscars not to mention one of the biggest parties in London this year the summer Olympics. The Artist is a film nominated for 10 Oscars, a tribute to artist’s all over the world. Here is London,UK make up artist Laura Hunt who creates her art with her magic wand, as she transforms looks with make-up. While photographers do their magic, it is the make up artist who set’s the mood captured in every frame of film. Here is an interview with Laura Hunt.


What inspired you to do what you do?

I always loved make-up and would always practice on my friends growing up. I always loved experimenting with colours and different products. When I was a teenager, I met an established MUA, who made me realise that you could have a career in it. I also had an old school friend that became a MUA and saw it was achievable.

When I looked into the art form more closely, discovering artists like Pat McGrath & Alex Box, inspired me massively. They’re creativity and raw talent blew me away (and still does). I saw Alex do a demonstration at IMATS London 2010 and her work was breathtaking! I was mesmerised the whole time watching her work her magic. Absolutely amazing!

I like looking at art for inspiration and often will go to a gallery on a spare day. Inspiration can come from textures, colours, art works and the environment around us.

I’ve also always wanted to work for myself and I love working with people from all walks of life. I love meeting new people and this job definitely allows me to do so.

Is there one person that really stands out in your mind that you had a great time working with? photographer, model, etc, anything or experience.
I have met so many great people through make-up but one person I work really well with is super talented hair stylist, Eugene Davies. I think we just click creatively and he is a joy to work with!

However, every job I do makes me realise how much I love what I do – there’s no place I’m happier than when I’m doing make-up.

What are some of your other interests?
It’s probably not a surprise that as well as having a huge love for make-up, that I love fashion and music too! I like playing with the sewing machine, making bits and pieces. However, I love cooking and using my creativity in the kitchen! Absolutely adore making culinary creations and seeing people enjoy it! I once wanted to be a chef when I was younger but I’m glad I’ve taken the route I have – kitchens are far too stressful!

Laura creating magic in the land of magic where dreams come true.

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