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Moving from summer to fall


has been rather unpredictable, giving us ample opportunity to wear almost eve- rything in our closets. From the season- ally rain outfits, to the really hot summery duds, and yes even the warmer clothing for those cooler br isk days we have exper i - enced. L e arn i n g


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to trans i t ion from one sea- son to another requires a lit- tle savoir-faire


and being from Winnipeg, I have to say we have a plenty of talent in that area. I be-


lieve we are a prime area where weather can be balmy warm one day, only to privy to snow the next. Ahhhhh the prairie life!!! Transitioning allows you to keep your


summer clothes going but also slowly introducing some great fall pieces and accessories. I have seen some great ex- amples lately with the temps cooled down considerably. While in Kenora enjoying some lake life, I saw some gals with some great transition attire. One young woman was wearing a long knit grey sweater coat, a pair of white denim shorts, a red tank top, and cowboy boots, accessorized with a long, multi-colored twisted scarf. Looked fabulous and it dealt with the climate. As you start thinking of adding to your


wardrobe for the new season approaching, remember to keep your prints. Tey will still be considered current in fall. Imag- ine wearing a nice animal print top with your favorite black jeans, and a great pair of bright coral platform sandals. You can wear your favorite mini black dress over a great pair of leather leggings, and a hot leather jacket to finish the look. You can accessorize with lots and lots of bangles, beautiful multi-layered long stringed necklaces, bodacious dangly earrings, and voila, and outfit worthy for a walk through Paris. Tis year, I especially love the Bohemian


look which can be seen in every fashion city across the planet. Te prints are remi- niscent of the flower power sixties, yet in the process of the style evolution, a certain air of vintage class has taken over the genre. Te folksy look can be a color-zoned out material peasant maxi dress, denim jacket, big socks, and a stylish feminine representation of the work boot. If your mother ever kept her neck chokers, you can revive them by adding them to this outfit, or make up your own. As the weather cools, you can shed the denim jacket for a nice mid-length wool boucle sweater. Now for the piece de resistance for all


your outfits - cat eye sunglasses. Yes these were quite the item in the early sixties, designed then with rhinestones. Every cool cat woman had a pair or two. Tese look terrific on woman with oval, heart, round, diamond or square faces. Tese are very trendy and can be found in so many colors and patterns. Their versatility is endless. Tey can be worn to work, a busi- ness luncheon, or to a romantic dinner. So now is the time to start looking at


your closet, and seeing what you may need to add to it, in order to transition from summer to fall...Will you need long knitted sweaters, to get you through those cooler evenings or perhaps a few flannel chic shirts to wear with your leggings to those late weekend bonfires? It is definitely to your advantage to go over what you have and what you want to take with you into the fall season, because before you know, it will be upon us...Happy transitioning...


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till a little summer left, and before we know it we are zooming towards an- other season. Tis year, the weather


Find your destiny this fall


Destiny: The Taken King hits shelves this September. Photo by PlayStation Europe. By Drew Nordman


crusader's story that UK developer Rocksteady started six years ago, however it lacked the replayability necessary to hold gamers over until fall. Now with the annual video game summer drought coming to a close, the gaming industry's biggest studios are gear- ing up to launch their latest creations upon the ravenously thirsty gaming populous. Here're a few games you should pay attention to this month.


I Metal Gear Solid V: Te Phantom Pain With production drama abounding, I remain cautiously optimis-


tic about the latest instalment in Konami's flagship stealth series, Metal Gear Solid V: Te Phantom Pain. Quite honestly, the narrative of the series so far has been so incredibly convoluted and over the top, for me to summarize it would make me out to be a crazy person. Over the last three decades, series creator Hideo Kojima, has crafted a compelling world filled with bad ass cloned soldiers, cyborg ninjas, colossal city destroying walking tanks and ever more relevant com- mentary on the military industrial complex. Unfortunately however, MGS5 will be the last in the series with Kojima at the helm due to his parting ways with Konami over "creative differences". Teir butt- ing of heads has been a fairly public one at that. Against Kojima's wishes, Konami opted to sell MGS5's prologue - Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes - as a standalone $30 game, which amounted to no more than a glorified demo. With only a few hours worth of content, those who bought it were left as frustrated as Kojima himself. Per- haps the most heretical act was the company's executive decision to recast the voice of its main character. Portrayed by fan favourite David Hader since 1998, Solid Snake/Big Boss will now be played by Kiefer Sutherland. Teir rational was that Kiefer could more ac- curately bring the character to life by recording the motion capture and voice acting simultaneously. To the gaming community, this has been seen as little more than a ploy to garner more income by relying on the actor's name recognition, especially considering the


t's been a rather uneventful summer for gamers. Batman: Arkham Knight - perhaps the most notable release to hit shelves in the last few months - was a thrilling conclusion to the caped


that the actor who portrays Snake in Japan reprised his role without incident. Between these incidences and who knows what else that went on behind closed doors, Kojima and Konami have gone their separate ways, leading many fans to be dubious as to the game's quality. I however, am hopeful that Te Phantom Pain will retain the heart and wacky soul of a Kojima game. Look for it hitting shelves September 1st on major consoles and September 15th on PC. Mad Max: Fury Road


Te film nerd in me would be remiss if I neglected to mention


that the cult classic movie Mad Max has been adapted into a video game! Hitting theatres this past May, Mad Max: Fury Road injected a much needed breath of new life into the long dormant property. Receiving universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike, Fury Road has caused hype for the post-apocalyptic road warrior to soar to an all time high, making it the perfect time to branch out into other mediums. What's better, is the fact that series is a perfect fit for a video game adaptation. Between high octane car combat and exploring a war ravaged, mutant filled wasteland, there's sure to never be a dull moment. Mad Max comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 1st.


Destiny: Te Taken King Lastly, but most dear to my gamer heart, is the latest and largest


expansion to date for the MMO-RPG inspired, sci-fi first person shooter, Destiny. Titled Te Taken King, this expansion adds three new subclasses, two new multiplayer modes, and a fresh batch of guns and armour on par with that of the original release. Te most important feature of the expansion however is its aim to address many of the complaints that its community had over the past year, in regards to the game's utterly lacklustre narrative. To fix this, Bungie, the game's developer, has been busy beefing up their writ- ing staff and have promised a far more substantial campaign this time around. Despite having one of the weakest stories I've ever encountered in a game, I've sunk countless hours into Destiny and its subsequent two expansions. Tis speaks as an overwhelming testament to its gameplay and to the community of nearly 20 million players who have supported it since its launch last September. Look for Destiny: Te Taken King to hit major consoles on September 15th.


has proven to be a particularly dangerous time for CFL quarterbacks. Five teams have had quarterbacks fall injured. In a pass-happy league like the CFL, that’s real bad news. And the news couldn’t have been worse


Unpredictability in the CFL W


By Marc Lagace


e’re almost through the crazy hot summer months of the 2015 Ca- nadian Football League, which


— and perhaps one of the unluckiest. Dur- ing Saskatchewan’s home opener against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers he suffered his latest setback: Durant takes the snap, steps back, and pop — ruptured Achilles, season’s over. Here’s a sad fact: the top im- age when you Google ‘Darian Durant’ is a photo of him wincing. Almost fitting, since that’s all Rider


for the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatch- ewan Roughriders, who both lost their franchise quarterbacks to serious injuries in week one. What’s fascinated me more than anything else this season has been the polar-opposite trajectories the two teams have been on ever since. The Eskimos had big hopes for Mike


Reilly, a starter entering his third season with the club. Te latest outlook is a pos- sible return for the Labour Day Classic, after the Toronto Argonauts defence tore his knee to hell on a special game held in Fort McMurray. Reilly need not rush his re- covery, though… because the Eskies have been doing just fine without him. After losing that first game against


Toronto, Edmonton has rattled off four straight wins and currently sits atop the West division — thanks in large part to arguably the league’s staunchest defence. It’s a far different story in Riderville. En-


tering his 10th season in the CFL, Darian Durant is one of the CFL’s brightest stars


fans can do these days, suffering through six straight losses — including two in overtime. It’s their worst start since 2000*, which is essentially the dark ages if you’re a millennial Rider fan. Tere’s no point in trying to make sense


of it, it’s just the crazy and cruel nature of the CFL. Floating somewhere between Edmon-


ton’s meteoric rise and Saskatchewan’s depressing crash site are the plucky Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Not only have they weathered their own quarterback drama this season, but they’ve managed to bounced back from awful losses with gutsy wins, and are right in the thick of things in the West division. All thanks to starting quarterback and


franchise savior Drew Willy, who’s shown more consistency and promise since ar- riving in Winnipeg before last season than Bomber fans have seen for some time. With him in the line up, it’s a battle to the finish. Take him out, and you might as well chalk up the loss. Somehow he survive the league-high 71


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sacks allowed by the Bombers last season, only to be targeted and injured three times this season: a cheap headshot against the Hamilton Tigercats, a scary knee injury against the Eskimos and the latest setback of a PCL tear and a tibial plateau fracture. His returns to action have both been wins, but it will be some time before he gets a third chance, as he sits out until October.. His most recent return against the BC


Lions was perhaps his most dominant and promising performance as a Bomber — maybe not statistically, but consider the circumstances. On a short week after that knee injury against the Edmonton, Willy showed the talent and grit that brought him here: playing with a banged up knee, not only did he take control and find open receivers down field, but he put his body on the line to picked up crucial first downs along the ground — ending up with a team- leading 71 yards rushing. Tat’s the sort of leadership and determi-


nation we’ve been waiting a long time for. Of course it’s impossible to peg exactly


where the Bombers will end up this season — it seems equally possible for them to be battling Edmonton for first in the West, or slinking down to the basement with Saskatchewan — but with the Grey Cup game in town this year, everyone knows the script begging to be written by Willy and the Bombers… Even if we’re too su- perstitious to ever say it out loud. Hey, it’s the CFL. Crazy things happen.


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