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, Guilt.com.


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 Gilt.com/DietCoke

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

#EssentialsLounge5

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! 




#mycalvins

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.

Friday, May 30, 2014

BRB, Toronto

We've had an incredibly exciting month. May was 'our' month, for a number of different reasons. First, it was our 23rd birthday - woohoo! Second, M was offered a job at EGPR, the PR company where she formally interned. I also returned back to work this month and started my Real Estate studying, again. I'm finally moving this coming Sunday, meaning, M and I will be roommates again! We will be living downtown together with a few girlfriends. It's going to be an incredible Summer. 

Now, between working part time, maintaining our closets, and paying rent, we aren't left rolling in cash. As an avid Groupon-er, I decided to plan the majority of my Summer outings using Groupon deals. No, this isn't a paid post by Groupon, although I wish it was, ha. 

Last week, I was looking for a manicure deal and somehow ended up on the 'Getaways' tab. Funny how that happened. I spotted a Hotel & Spa deal in Lewiston New York for a ridiculously good price. Between the gorgeous waterfront view, the spa and the hotel price, I was sold. I texted one of my friends saying "Want to go to Lewiston? Like tomorrow?" and that was that. The very next day, we were on our way to the Barton Hill Hotel & Spa.

We arrived in Lewiston around dinner time, which was convenient as I am the world's biggest foodie. Although we had a voucher for dinner at the hotel, it was a beautiful night so we decided to explore the area. We ended up at Water Street Landing where we had the entire patio to ourselves. A sunset, red wine, a steak dinner, and a handsome boy. It was picture perfect. 



Although our mini vacation was spontaneous, we would do it again in a second. The Barton Hill Hotel & Spa had so much charm, it was the perfect location for our getaway. 

My next Groupon deal is an Italian dinner for two at Salutè Piano Bar in the heart of Yorkville. I'm determined to make this Summer a memorable one, even while on a budget. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fragrance Snob



As a little girl, I would collect the perfume samples we would get in the mail - you know, the ones that make you smell like you're either a) a 90 year old woman b) a musky man or       c) a flower bed. 

Now that I 'm older, I've become quite selective when it comes to fragrances. Sensitive skin has played a large role in my decision making. Last Winter, I stumbled upon Editions De Parfums at Holt Renfrew and was immediately drawn to a particular scent, L'eau D'Hiver. This was my first 'luxury' perfume. I had finally found my perfect scent - I was hooked.




I established that L'eau D'Hiver was my ideal Winter scent, but come Spring, I wanted to switch it up. I have had my eye on Byredo Parfums - La Tulipe for just over a year now. Whenever I would pop into Holt Renfrew, I would visit the Byredo Parfum section and would fall in love all over again. After enjoying numerous complimentary samples, I knew it was time to make this little beauty my official Spring scent. 

Although La Tulipe is considered a 'floral' fragrance, it is not overwhelming. Hints of rhubarb and wood are subtle, but noted. The best part? My skin does not react negatively: no rash, no burning sensation. La Tulipe is here to stay.