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There are thousands of designers who are trying to carve their name into the fashion landscape, but those who attended this year’s Startup Fashion Week have a leg up on the competition. The world’s only fashion week that focuses on fashion, business, and technology continues...

From virtual reality to drones, to wearables and robots, NOVO Magazine covers it all. I am thrilled to be joining the list of incredible contributors that will help explore all things tech. Check out the January/February issue online. To find out where you can pick up a...

The future is shaped by the community who foster it, and last week I was proud and honoured to be a part of a community dedicated to shaping the future of fashion. I may not be a designer, a fashion house, a tech startup or a VC, but I am a someone who wants to see emerging designers and fashion-tech startups take on this intense and often challenging industry. Last week Startup Fashion Week (SFW) kicked off for the third time and once again I was thrilled to be there. The highly successful five-day event provides a platform for emerging designers and fashion-tech startups to increase visibility through networking events, conferences, and a prestigious runway show. For those who felt a sense of loss when Toronto Fashion Week announced it’s downfall, SFW became not just the remedy but a solution for championing the success of the Canadian fashion (and tech) industry.
Many were left heartbroken by the news of Toronto Fashion Week’s demise last Thursday. But all is not lost. The bi-annual event which highlights the best and most innovative designers, hosts parties galore, and features oh-so-fabulous streets style will hopefully be re-thought, and come back with a vengeance that only Canadians possess. But there is one event that escaped the chopping block in the fashion world, and I was thrilled to see the press release land in my inbox. Startup Fashion Week is back! As the world’s only fashion week to focus on fashion, business, and technology, it is a rare and AMAZING series of events, shows and workshops. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Future of Fashion Runway Showcase, and I was blown away by the designers and the tech startups involved—I am still obsessed with MAISON CYMA.
Having a scientist for a father meant that my childhood was injected with some pretty interesting memories. From electrified potato clocks and Van de Graaf generators to Tesla coils and what I vaguely remember as a nitrogen laser, my childhood may not have been as normal as I had once thought. Looking back on my years as a mad scientist’s assistant, I wish that everyone could experience the rush of seeing lightning shoot across their house or watching a solar eclipse through a pinhole projector. It’s the feeling when every cell in your body is electrified—not literally, well once, but it was an accident—and you behold the magic you have created and unleashed into the world. There is nothing like it. There are many who chase this moment. They are the Makers. They are a community of people; young, old, professional, hobbyist, it really doesn’t matter. Their main objective is to create. If you are looking to join this community, I would suggest checking out Maker Festival in Toronto. It’s a month long celebration from June 15th-July 17. The festival includes the Maker Extravaganza where over 100 makers will come together to show off their creations, and over 80 satellite events across Toronto including workshops, meetups, speakers and hackathons.
I pride myself on a well-timed dirty joke, but there is always a time and place for that special brand of filth. But what about the filth and grime that invade my life—no, I’m not talking about off-colour comments or offensive tweets. I’m talking about the gunk that is smeared across my device screen just waiting to infect me with the black death!
Did you know that your screen is 10x dirtier than a toilet seat? (source: Daily Mail)
Christmas is right around the corner, and I can already taste the excessive amount of food and drink that I will be consuming. But before I'm able to get eyeball deep in turkey I've got to finishing my holiday shopping. Yes, I have left it to the last minute. Yes, I do this every year. So here is my gift to you, Wet Haute Tech's Ultimate Gift Guide for 2015. It's a curated collection of gifts for everyone on your list. I hope this helps you finish (or start) your holiday shopping.
For many it can seem impossible but self love is one of the most important relationships you will have in your life.  It’s not an affair or a one night stand, but something you will always have to work on (unless you’re Kanye, he loves himself, and probably a little too much). If you are in need of a reminder to accept your weirdness or to adore your curves I have a couple of suggestions for you. In the absence of Kanye teaching Learn to  Love Thyself workshops there are other avenues that you can try. I have never been one for affirmations, but according to a recent article in Wired, Serena Williams has found them quite useful. Now, I suggest these on the basis that they help trigger positivity and not that you will gain the ability to win Wimbledon. Although, if you do win, I expect you to credit this blog post! Now, rather than stuffing scrolls that resemble inspiring fortune cookies into your pockets I recommend checking out the 30 Days Self Love app. By using the app you are committing to telling yourself  “I love you” daily, out loud, and on video. You can choose to share your videos or keep them private. This has worked for many, so it might just work for you—let me know if you try it out.
If you are anything like me, you have been holding on to Summer and cursing the day you see the first snowflake. Well, turns out I started cursing early (swearing like a sailor)! I have been forced out of my gladiator sandals and into something a little warmer. Forget feeling the sand between my toes it's all about the leaves now--just to be clear I am not running barefoot through the leaves. So I shall update my wardrobe and accept that it's time to layer up. This Fall I've decided to not only update my wardrobe but boost its functionality. Wearable tech is the hottest trend this season (and for the seasons ahead). So if you haven't checked out fashion tech before this is the time to do it. Here are some of my favourite stylish wearables for Fall.