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APPLE – iPod “nanochromatic”

The new iPod Nano (“Nanochromatic”) by Apple came out in September 2008 with an increased color selection and a couple of funky new “smart” features to enhance your musical experience.

Most notably, advertised as “your own personal DJ”, the “genius feature” finds songs in your music library which will go great with the song you are listening to and makes a customized playlist for you. Another feature is probably inspired by the iPod shuffle: when you shake the new Nano, a random song from your music library is selcted.

In terms of display, when you tilt the Nano to the side, the text and album artwork flips as well so you can browse through your music tracks horizontally. Similarly, with image files on your iPod, they can be viewed in portrait or landscape view, depending on which angle you are holding your iPod at.

And lastly, the curved, aluminum and glass design iPod Nano comes in nine eye-catching colors and starts at $169 for the 8GB version with free shipping from the online Apple store.

ARITZIA – Wilfred Clothing gets its own website!

I love Wilfred Clothing! – my favorite in-house brand at Aritzia, aimed between women ages 23 to 35, which debuted in February 2006. I am super excited that it got its own website and I wanted to share the link with the rest of Vancouver: Their current layout features styles and clothing items from Fall 2008. From my observations – lots of dark colors and layering pieces. Enjoy!

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SHEAR GENIUS – the results are in!

A month ago, we challeneged Vancouver’s three top salons to come out with the next new IT hairstyle for Modern Mix Vancouver’s SHEAR GENIUS contest. And the results are in…

While Suki’s took the most innovative route, Tao had an excellent atmosphere, and Ian Daburn worked patiently with the client’s needs. Read on for reviews on each of the fabulous salons Modern Mix Vancouver has partnered with for Shear Genius and then give us your own thoughts, comments and feedback!


I was a lucky winner of the Shear Genius contest and was assigned to receive my hair makeover at Suki’s, a well-known downtown salon. It was a pleasure to have Kye, a senior stylist from Suki’s, work on my hair. She showed me a picture of her inspiration before starting, to let me know what she had in mind. Watching Kye cut my hair was like watching an artist sculpt a masterpiece. She was extremely professional and precise in cutting and styling my hair. I could tell that she has lots of pride in her work. She worked with the colour specialist to carry out her design: strong linear shapes (dark) underneath soft, feathered pieces (light). Everyone at the salon was very friendly and welcoming and made sure I was comfortable with every step. I feel like a walking piece of art. I definitely suggest Suki’s to anyone looking for a truly unique and dynamic hairstyle. By: Christine Ledding

Creativity: 5/5
Quality of Cut: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Ambiance: 5/5
Experience: 5/5


I went into Tao Salon with absolutely no expectations, and handed my head of hair over to Master Stylist, Christina. She took into account my Asian hair texture, face shape, personality, and recommended a “cropped” look. She took care of everything, from the head massage to wash, cut to colour, makeup to blow dry. Being surrounded by Buddhist inspired décor and inspirational quotes on the wall made for the perfect getaway from the city… in the city. They’re also so not pretentious, which made the experience very enjoyable. I also adored the chocolate mint shampoo. During the colour treatment, my conversation with Christina touched on environmental consciousness – the team at Tao uses pieces of paper between foils (used for colouring) to write notes! My hair turned out better than I could have imagined. I loved Tao Salon and recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a trendy look along with a peace of mind. By: Miranda Sam

Creativity: 4/5
Quality of Cut: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Experience: 4/5


Having “virgin hair“, it was an absolute treat to be involved with Shear Genius and get my hair cut, colored and styled at the sleek and modern Ian Daburn Salon in Yaletown. Jessica was my senior stylist for the afternoon and we spent a great deal of time going through my needs. She gave me several options but in the end, I really just told Jessica that I trusted her and her scissors to give me the most suitable look: the “Disconnected Bob with a Textured Veil”. That means, Jessica updated the classic bob cut and layered my hair in a “disconnected” way with some pieces longer than the other. The hair at the back of my head is also shorter and it smoothly glides into longer hair at the front, framing my face. The whole process took a careful 4 hours but it was a comfortable procedure as I was throughly entertained with tea, coffee (mmm latte), chocolate, magazines, as well as a personal greeting from Ian Daburn himself. I love my trendy, new haircut and have gotten so much positive feedback about it. At times, I feel like a walking billboard for Ian Daburn Salons but I’m sure proud of it! By: Vanessa Choot

Creativity: 4/5
Quality of Cut: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Experience: 4/5

You’ve heard our feedback – now what’s yours? After hearing about our experiences, which salon would you most like to check out? Which experience are you envious of? Which one do you think came up with the most creative cut? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll make sure the three salons hear you out!

O.B. Promotion – “mighty small”

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Speaking of tampons…this entry is for the ladies!
Not too long ago, I was contacted through Modern Mix Vancouver by Matchstick, a Toronto “word of mouth” company with O.B. as one of its clients.  After answering a few preliminary questions, I was postal-mailed a huge (as in the-length-of-my-arm) trial kit with a ton of goodies, aka a comfort pack which included a bottle of EXTRA STRENGTH TYLENOL, a hot water bottle, the newest issue of Elle Canada, and a ton of tampon samples with cutesy, stylish case packaging (see picture on left – my friend and I were joking about reusing them for mints or gum), and an aluminum water bottle branded with the words “mighty small”.

You may or may not have seen the recent O.B. advertisements in magazines, but I believe they are trying to promote the company’s sustainability measures.  I’ve scoured the internet, but I can’t seem to find the one I’m thinking of so I will try my best to describe it to you instead.  Basically, it’s a full page magazine print for O.B. but only 58% of the page is utilized for the advertisement, demonstrating the brand’s commitment to less waste in their products – aka no applicator.

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