The Cultural Curator

Bringing you thoughts on feminism, fashion, food, current affairs, and other cultural goodies…

37 More Sleeps Until I’m Out on the Streets…

Last April, I spent a less-than-warm night (frigid is more like it) sleeping on the streets of Toronto, to help raise awareness and funds for Covenant House, Canada’s largest shelter … Continue reading

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Passion

I first penned this blog post back in 2013, when I came face-to-face with my feminism and my desire (or, perhaps more accurately, my need?) to be a champion for … Continue reading

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Your Support is Requested, S’il Vous Plaît.

Hello, hello. It’s not often that I solicit fundraising dollars from my network – and especially not on my blog – but I’m making an exception because this is a … Continue reading

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When I Love, I Love Hard.

I’ve been keeping this blog for some time now and, while many of my posts have revealed elements of my life, I’ve abstained from the more “emotional” personal stuff. For … Continue reading

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#GirlLeadersAroundtheWorld… It’s a Thing.

I’ll start this post with full disclosure: October 31st might very well be my least favourite day of the year. Many fondly know this day as “Halloween”. I know it … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage is Raised… Minds are Blown.

If you’re a loyal follower of my blog, then it’s no secret to you that I have a serious love/loathe relationship with the fashion industry… I love that fashion is … Continue reading

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2014: My Non-Resolution New Year

Before I go any further, let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I don’t recall ever … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Gifts that ‘Give Back’

Whether you’re looking to spend a little (or a lot!) this holiday season, we all know how overwhelming gift giving can be. Finding that ‘perfect’ piece is enough to make … Continue reading

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Local Design, Global Mind…

There’s an old adage that goes ‘you get what you pay for’… But not until you’ve actually sat in on the production of a good do you necessarily understand what … Continue reading

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Wired.

If you know me, you know that I’m wee bit of a music fiend. Hmmmm… nix the ‘wee bit’ part. My father (love you, dad!) was at one time a … Continue reading

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You Can Call Me ‘Queen Bee’

I profess. Though it doesn’t occur frequently, every now and again, I form a serious ‘girl crush’… a girl so absurdly cool, she warrants my undivided attention and praise. I … Continue reading

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An Interview with ‘Cause of Death: Woman’ Founder, Karin Alfredsson

Last week, I sat down with Swedish writer and journalist Karin Alfredsson, Regional Director of We Effect, at her Lusaka-based office, to discuss Cause of Death: Woman, a virtual photojournalism … Continue reading

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The Complicated Simple Life.

First and foremost, let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that I am oh-so-sorry for being MIA these past couple of months. Although it’s always my intention … Continue reading

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When the Going Gets Tough… the Tough Get Going.

Hi Y’all! Every now again, I come across a personal story/call for support that pulls at my heartstrings. I recently read the touching – and heartbreaking – story of twin … Continue reading

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When in Africa…

It’s been a mere two-and-a-half weeks since I set up shop in Zambia and, suffice it to say, this is the longest amount of time I have spent, consecutively, in … Continue reading

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Fast Fashion: Do Better. Demand Better.

I can’t count the number of times that I have walked into a ‘fast fashion’ store (H&M, Forever 21, Zara, etc.), and walked out feeling like, in that moment, I … Continue reading

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Leaving… On a Jet Plane.

Almost one year ago, I set off for Africa. On the verge of completing my Master’s Degree in International Communications and Development, I headed to Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, and Nigeria … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have a Phobia, Dude. You’re Just an A**Hole.

I’m tired. Tired of all the negativity and trash talk. Tired of people who can’t or, rather, choose not to find their ‘words’, tired of ‘homophobia’ (you’re afraid of the … Continue reading

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Good Morning World… With a Song.

Good morning/afternoon/evening (depending on where you are in this world)! I woke up to this oh-so-lovely tune, and thought I would give you a chance to get in on the … Continue reading

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Paparazzi

Ok, ok, the title of this post is a tad misleading, but can ‘ya blame a girl for getting a wee bit excited? After a few failed attempts at being … Continue reading

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Red Hot Mama

Last night, while I was doing my makeup before a dinner out, I swiped on a coat of red lipstick. When I was younger, much in the same way that … Continue reading

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The ‘Old’ Country

A few years ago, at my father’s urging, I got out my video camera, wrote down several questions, and prepared to interview my grandparents. It occurred to me that I … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

You didn’t think I forgot, did ya? I’m raising a glass of champagne (ok, you caught me… it’s a glass of my morning orange juice) to women (and girls!) all … Continue reading

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Dear 14-Year-Old Me…

If I knew then what I know now, I could have potentially saved you from many-an-awkward-adolescent-moment. Sorry. But what doesn’t kill you… right? Seriously though. If I could teleport myself … Continue reading

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The Only Thing to Fear…

If you’re anything like me, then you probably spend a good part of your waking hours (quietly) dealing with your personal insecurities (“Am I smart enough?” “Creative enough?” “Cool enough?”) and … Continue reading

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Shame On Us

I woke up this morning with something on my mind. And it’s been on the minds of others, as well. I know this because, ever since Lena Dunham (of Girls … Continue reading

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Back to the Basics

If you know me, you know that I love fashion. Like really, really love it. And I love using my creativity and vision to put together smart and chic outfits … Continue reading

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends…

What I’m about to write is long overdue, and is based on one of the most important subjects in my life: my friendships. I’ve been saying this for a very long … Continue reading

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Girl Meets Boy

Who amongst us hasn’t been met with that age-old question: can men and women just be friends? While I won’t come outright with a definitive response, I will offer a confession that might already … Continue reading

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20-Something

Oh, to be in your 20s. And, more specifically, to be in my 20s. I’ve been pondering the 20s a lot lately. Partly because it’s been a consistent topic of conversation amongst … Continue reading

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