Gettin' busy

A slimmed-down caseload is the perfect opportunity to fatten up the neglected areas of your life. Find some perfect shirt and tie combos, or fall in love, all while looking like you’re doing something billable.

By Crystal Luxmore

On Monday March 9th, 2009

  • GET AWAY Have the vacation itch? Go local: offers one-day and weekend experiences in Ontario. Learn how to mix a mean martini, take a photography class, or get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Murcielago. Going further afield? See what breakfast in India or Carnival in St. Martin really look like: has 7,865 travel videos from around the world. Stay interesting: at you can book into a retrofitted concrete sewage pipe or a 13th century chateau — your vacation story just got loads better. Beyond the horizon: check out Lawyers without Borders for lawyer to lawyer mentorships and overseas jobs at various NGOs:


    Luxury travel:
    The lowdown on world class cities:
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  • GET STYLISH Men, need a push to get out of the grey suit? GQ and Details are behind Try the fashion section’s “trend reports” for easy ways to latch onto a new look. Ladies, if you haven’t seen “Sandy’s Basic Smokey Eye” video, you shouldn’t be holding a makeup brush. Go to popular Canadian makeup artist Sandy Gold’s website ( for the best how-to guides in the business. Hankering for that new Marc Jacobs trench but can’t find it in Holts? delivers.

Men, for your inner hipster:
Skinny jeans and fedoras still your thing?
Ladies and gentleman, a moment of your time:

  • GET INSPIRED Add sparkle to your small talk with This annual conference challenges the world’s best thinkers — from Stephen Hawking to Peter Gabriel — to give the talk of their lives, in 18 minutes. For a CanCon treat, the National Film Board just launched its digital archives. At, watch 700 free clips and films, from schoolroom classics like The Sweater to great new docs like Carts of Darkness, profiling the extreme shopping-cart racing bottle collecters of Vancouver.

Listen to a classic novel, or the latest New Yorker:
Get hip to political commentary and financial news: &

  • GET ENGAGED Online dating is the new after-work happy hour. is a full-service site that suggests psychologically-suited suitors. It offers a safe introduction to e-dating, and most daters are looking for long-term love. is a happy medium between eHarmony and the free sites like, where your little brother probably finds his dates. Find a quirkier date (filmmakers and graphic designers abound) on The Onion’s personals site ( or