Keira Knightley on being the face of Chanel

Keira Knightley has been one of Chanel's biggest boosters for about a decade now. In numerous campaigns, red carpet turns along with a string of film roles -- Knightley wore the tag's clothing and jewelry in Atonement, Le Misanthope and Anna Karenina -- the 32-year-old celebrity has embodied its relentless drive to reinvent itself.Her most recent role for the brand is as the face of its new Gallery Collection of fine jewelry, which debuted on Sept. 29 in an effort shot by the legendary French Read more [...]

I enjoyed a viognier lately, then saw the identical winery sells another viognier for double the price. Can it be twice as good?

The questionI enjoyed a viognier lately and then noticed the identical winery sells a viognier for double the price. Is it likely to be twice as good?The answer No. There is even a chance you'll enjoy it less than the cheaper one. (Believe me, I have been to the rodeo many, many times before.)Wine prices aren't just based on a scientifically measurable hedonism scale. The situation isn't analogous to, say, purchasing a Samsung 4K tv versus a less-expensive Samsung Read more [...]

Forget the selfie: How portrait studios are Increasing everyone’s social media Match

If you follow the goings-on of your local gala circuit, chances are you've have noticed a new portrait-style of party photography taking the place of candid snapshots and red-carpet images. The most famous example is the Vanity Fair Oscar Party Portrait Studio lensed by photographer Mark Seliger. In 2014, the Studio launched a partnership with digital image-sharing platform Instagram to combine the magazine's tradition of celebrity portraiture with its annual Academy Awards bash. The posed shots Read more [...]

Four travel destinations to consider this fall

New England Get a jump-start on leaf-peeping season with a ride on Amtrak's Great Dome Car. The vintage carriage, built in 1955, features a glass-topped second storey that allows for panoramic sightseeing from all directions. It ran on select trains along the New England Downeaster route, from Brunswick, Me., to Boston, ending Sept. 24, when leaves are changing colour in earnest in the north and starting to go in Massachusetts. For some family fun, stop along the way for a raspberry rickey at Read more [...]

The Wine Dine Dictionary teaches the ABCs of wine and food

Chinese food can be tasty with barrel-fermented chardonnay. Red wine often stinks with cheese. Cabernet franc poured over strawberries is delicious. Rosé goes with almost any dish. You'll find culinary insights like those and much, much more (392 pages in all) in The Wine Dine Dictionary, a well-researched and engagingly written new book by Victoria Moore. The British writer is wine correspondent for The Telegraph as well as a columnist for BBC Good Food and has won multiple awards for her Read more [...]

On Spain’s Minorca, navigate History, Culture and Experience along the Stunning Cami de Cavalls

From my saddle, I looked out at the crashing waves off the rocky shore of the Mediterranean Sea and marvelled that this perspective -- this "unknown view of Minorca" I'd been promised -- was precisely that. Travelling Minorca's 186-kilometre Cami de Cavalls trail by horseback delivers a taste of this tiny Spanish island. And autumn is the ideal time of year tonbsp;see.The Cami de Cavalls is a historical route circumnavigating Minorca that dates back to as early as the 14th Century. Once used Read more [...]

How to protect your pockets high-risk holidays

Some of the most interesting places on the planet include a hitch.I love Rio de Janeiro for the shores, Mexico City for the art scene and Medellin, Colombia, for the fun people. However, these cities, like most destinations beyond Canada's borders, are areas where visitors are more vulnerable to crime than at home. Even though Medellin and Mexico City both have radically reduced violent crime over the last few decades, statistics do not mean a thing when you have the misfortune of stumbling Read more [...]

As a migraine sufferer, each wine I have tried has given me a headache except for carbonated wine. Any idea why?

The questionI really like sweet wine, but being a migraine sufferer, every wine I've tried has given me a headache. Lately I found blueberry wine. No hassle, and I am thrilled. Do you understand why no hassle?The answer My guess, and it is only a guess, has to do with amines, specifically the comparatively lower levels in blueberry wine. I can not diagnose your particular issue since there might be various causes for your headaches. I am also not a physician. However, Read more [...]

From Munich to Kitchener to Hong Kong – celebrate Oktoberfest around the world

In 1810, Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen married Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria. While the couple's nuptials might qualify as only a relatively minor footnote in history, it is highly unlikely that any other wedding, royal or otherwise, has inspired so much enthusiastic drinking. This is because the Munich wedding was the spark that led to the creation of Bavaria's famed Oktoberfest, which has not only been held every year since, save for a handful of wartime or cholera-related Read more [...]