Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Quick Getaway

My separation anxiety is kicking in. 

Last week, a gf and I traded the hustle and bustle of Toronto for seven relaxing days in Cabo. Long story short, the past few months have been quite draining. From breakups to best gfs moving half way across the world, I had a mini melt down. I needed a change of scenery, a change in every day life; I needed to break out of the routine. We've all been there, right? My gf mentioned Cabo - I was sold. 

And just like that, the trip was booked, our bags were packed and we were off to Cabo San Lucas. 

Riu Santa Fe
Every morning, we started the day with bacon, hash browns, pancakes and fruit. This became our morning ritual that we vowed not to break, (regardless of our countless 5am bedtimes.) Another morning staple was water aerobics. I was always front row and eager to begin the hour long class. After that, a Pina Colada would be calling my name. My gf and I would sit by the pool for hours, run down to the ocean, admire the incredible scenery, enjoy a few drinks, dance to live music, get dolled up and spend our nights in town, repeat x 7 days. We wouldn't have changed a thing. 

I was formally a vacation virgin. You read that right. I had never 'vacationed' aka traveled somewhere for leisure. I think I'm addicted now. My tan is fading and I'm ready for my next adventure. 

Santorini, I see you. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Let's Get Intimate

Enter: Agent Provocateur.

Let's drop the stigma; stop being so coy. Let's talk lingerie. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I figured it would be appropriate to share my new found appreciation for those pretty little pieces we hide beneath our layers. 

I'm not sure what sparked (no pun intended) my sudden interest, but I have a feeling it's here to stay. 'The Boy' brought me some goodies from Australia and ever since then, I look at lace and bows a little differently. Move over Sports Bras, there's a new girl in town. Actually, a couple. 

My absolute favourite new pieces are from Agent Provocateur. They happen to be so pretty that they are still sitting in their original box tied up with a bow. I took advantage of their 75% off sale on selected pieces and ended up finding some real winners. 

'The Boy' did some shopping of his own. He picked me up a wide selection of pieces from Honey Birdette - a luxury lingerie boutique in Australia. This is when I learned that women and men have a very different taste when it comes to intimates. I call this my '50 Shades of Grey' set. Let's leave it at that. Funny enough, the movie 50 Shades of Grey premieres on Valentine's Day. For all of those who want to continue the movie in the comfort of their own home, I recommend checking out Honey Birdette

If cutouts, tassels, stockings and leather don't tickle your fancy, Secrets From Your Sister has a wide range of staple intimates and offer complimentary fitting appointments. 

Because Lingerie is Fashion too. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

'Get A Taste' Style Bar

Last week, M and I ventured off to the media launch of the Diet Coke Get a Taste Style Bar - a curated fashion collection by luxury retailer,

Each week until October 24, the Style Bar will showcase different collections, all which reflect the essence of Diet Coke. All 5 collections, Light, Red, Boost, Refreshing and Luxe, are available to purchase at the pop up shop located at King Street West and Blue Jays Way, as well as

What to expect? A signature Diet Coke red Mulberry propped in a vintage Coke mini fridge, black/grey/red printed Alexander McQueen scarves wrapped around displays and Saint Laurent heels floating in oversize Coke bubbles. 

The Style Bar is open daily from noon to 8pm until October 23. Who says you can't satisfy your sweet tooth and fashion fix at the same time? Enjoy a refreshing Diet Coke while browsing today's most coveted luxury pieces. Cheers to that.

Photos provided by Getty Images

Friday, September 19, 2014

Frank's Army

Guess what I did tonight? Frank.

I discovered Frank on Instagram, we are just one of his half million Instagram followers. So, who, more like, what, is Frank? A coffee scrub. 

Infused with almond, orange and of course all - natural ground coffee beans, Frank is an incredible full body exfoliator. Or should I say, experience. 

Frank targets problematic skin conditions such as cellulite, stretch marks and eczema. In my case, I needed Frank to tackle a splotchy fake tan disaster. M purchased two bags a few months ago, since then, I've run off with one. They recommend exfoliating once to twice a week for best results but I think I'm going to save Frank for special occasions.

Get Naked. Get Dirty. Get Rough. Get Clean. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Another year, another incredible TIFF. Earlier this month, I had the chance to pop by EGPR's famous Essentials Lounge - a hot spot where media members are pampered and prepped for the hustle and bustle of TIFF.   

EGPR has introduced M and I to some pretty incredible brands over the past 3 years (yikes, has it been that long already..?!) Products come and and go, however, a few of our favourites are here to stay. Here are our top picks: 

Remember that tragic haircut I experienced this summer? 

Yup, that would be the one. Back in June, I found a pack of Viviscal maximum strength tablets (from last years Essentials Lounge) and started popping them left right and centre. A number of factors play into thinning/hair loss: stress, poor nutrition, hormonal changes, age, or in my case, a haircut that I was not emotionally or physically ready for. I received another pack in my goodie bag and have added them to my stock pile. I think I'm set until my next haircut. Just kidding - that's never happening again.

This little device is a God send. Standing at a whopping 5 feet 2 inches, heels are my best friend. I'm in heels 7 days a week - you can only imagine how torn up my feet are. MICRO Pedi promises smooth, soft skin after just one use. I gave it a go and let me tell you, I no longer hide my feet when I slip out of my heels. This pain-free device is now one of my weekly beauty routines. 

M and I have been visiting the ladies at Winks Boutique for a few years now. They have glammed us up before filming as well as before our work trips in BC. Our favourite look is 55 mink lashes on each eye for the 'I woke up like this' feeling. They have added a number of new services such as eyebrow shaping, perming and…wait for it… eyebrow extensions. Have you ever over plucked and was left with an unfortunate bare spot? Winks to the rescue! 


Comfort is key, especially when it comes to 'the girls.' Calvin Klein recently launched their 'Perfectly Fit' collection where form, comfort and function come together. It's safe to say that I have found my new t-shirt bra - comfy and invisible under clothing. Yup, even under that basic little white tee.

A biiiiiig thank you to the lovely ladies at EGPR who made #EssentialsLounge5 such a huge success! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

50 Shades of Grey

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lust for Length

I have always been a 'hair person.' I have had long hair for as long as I can remember - minus a few years in elementary school where I was mistaken for a boy. Thanks mom. 

I have been blessed with enough hair for approximately 8 people. I refer to it as my mane, or afro, depending on the humidity index. Since we are on the topic of 'length', I went in for a hair trim last week. My tweet sums up my experience. I know you can relate.

Although I am extremely content with the hair on my head (minus my current haircut), my eyelashes have always been frail. You are probably reading this and already judging me that I am seriously writing a blog post on eyelashes of all things, well, I am. 

We first experimented with fake eyelashes when we were 19. A year later, we were introduced to eyelash extensions at the TIFF Essentials Lounge hosted by EGPR. We both had 30 individual eyelashes bonded onto our natural lashes. The length and fullness was incredible. As a few weeks passed, our eyelashes naturally shed and we were back to our normal lashes. As much as we loved having extensions, the upkeep was not cheap. It was time to try something a little different.

We have heard great things about Latisse and decided to give it a try. Our friends at Edelstein Cosmetic provided us with a kit to get started. Latisse is a formula used on the upper lash line to promote longer and darker lashes. Good bye mascara! We have heard that it takes as little as four weeks to notice results. We plan on starting tonight and will be doing an updated post early next month. Alright, here is what we are starting with… 

July 1 - no mascara 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Put that Where?!

When I first heard about the benefits of applying oil to your face, I didn't quite understand. I have combination/oily skin, why in heaven's name would I add more oil? After learning all the health benefits of essential oils, I ditched my fancy morning and night face creams and went au naturale. Products, that is.

I've now tried a few different oils and I can happily say that I've found my holy grail. Rose Hip Oil.

Rose Hip Oil is a natural source of antioxidants, vitamin A and essential fatty acids, all which are proven to improve the appearance of:
- wrinkles
- acne
- stretch marks
- pigmentation
- scars

Luckily, M and I don't have to worry about wrinkles or sun damage yet, but it's never too early for prevention.

For the past month, I've been using Rose Hip Oil every night as part of my night time skincare regime. I've noticed that my skin has been a lot smoother, softer and my pesky scaring is starting to fade.

With that being said, we are both still on the mission to find the right products to combat our skin imperfections once and for all.