Eccentric Expertise

Hands, not eyes, are the windows to the soul, at least that’s the opinion of a French ‘hand consultant’ who claims to be able to determine a person’s temperament just by inspecting their palms.

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Juan de Bony, whose eccentric expertise is called biotypologie, has studied more than 10,000 hands, including those of celebrities like Karl Lagerfeld and Charlotte Rampling and says he can tell a person’s strengths and weaknesses just from their clammy, or not so clammy hands.

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A wide palm suggests you will be protective of your partner. Cold, moist hands mean you are badly suited for positions of responsibility and long fingernails mean you are practical.

A person whose fingerprint pattern forms a loop is likely to be flexible. A spiral indicates­  perfectionism and determination, while warm, moist hands mean you are a strong salesperson.

Although his work hasn’t been scientifically proven by studies or research, he’s got enough of a reputation that he now holds seminars for businesses like Chanel and hotel group Accor. Staff are asked to study their hands, in order to help them understand what type of personality and work traits they give them.

‘People will go to see the human resources manager and say: ‘Look, I’m not made to be a manager, so stop trying to give me managerial posts. It’s not that I’m trying to be awkward when I turn them down. It’s just my nature,’ de Bony said in an interview with The Australian.

So, the next time your boss asks for that spreadsheet/presentation/why did you take three hours for lunch on Thursday? Just blame it on your hand type…

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Make My Heart Sing Toronto

Show your love by shopping local this Valentine’s Day or Toronto might just break up with you.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming Valentine’s gifts from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.

Handcrafted Seed Card – $6.84 CAD

Let’s start with the most timeless and most treasured Valentine gift – the classic love letter.  This love letter from Okkudesign is a little different as it is the gift that keeps on giving.  The card is actually made from an all-natural, seed paper.  Being made from seed paper, the love letter will make its most meaningful impact when planted in your garden.  Your lover will see his or her card in the garden year after year.  100% sweet. 

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Handcrafted BFF Keychain – $23.93 CAD

Oh yes, the ultimate best friend gift is coming to you from DreamWillowStudio.  This gives me so many fond memories of my childhood.  Recess wouldn’t be complete without me and my best friend clinking our half hears together.  Now as adults, we can still clink our BFF hearts together with our key rings.  A big bonus is that DreamWillowStudio offers personalization on their items.  100% cute.

Handpainted Acrylic Nails - $20.51 CAD

Handpainted Acrylic Nails – $20.51 CAD

Regardless of hot that lil’ red dress you plan on wearing for V-Day is – you just can’t nail the picture-perfect look without a killer manicure.  Can you think of another major holiday that revolves so much around hand holding?  Kate, a Toronto nail artist, from NailKandy has your paws cover with her handpainted acrylic nails.  They are matte black nails with sexy shimmering red heart tips.  100% hot.

Rose Life Print - $39.89 CAD

Australia Rose Life Print – $39.89 CAD

Roses have come to symbolise love and romance – there’s no question about it.  How about a local alternative to the usual bouquet of roses this Valentines?  This rose print comes from a curious, traveling photographer named Anca.  This limited edition photographic print is inspired from one of her trips to Brisbane, Australia.  This print is guaranteed to inject a fusion of colors and lavish shades into your home.  100% beautiful. 

Appliquéd Pillow - $25.00 CAD

Appliquéd Pillow – $25.00 CAD

Are you absolutely in love with your bed and sofa?  Me too.  This “love” appliquéd pillow is perfect for the hopeless romantic in all of us.  All of Kelsey’s items are handmade with love in Toronto, Ontario.  Her shop is full of textile goods for a warm heart and a beautiful home.  100% quirky.

So there you go Toronto.  Local homegrown goodness for the sweet, the cute, the hot, the beautiful and even the quirky.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local Valentine’s gifts.  Nothing is sexier that buying products absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!