The Beauty of Malu

The Beauty of Malu

I recently attended the Mode Accessories Show where I witnessed many beautiful and unique gems. Today I want to share with you a brand that touched me beyond the physical beauty of its pieces. I was very lucky to not only get a glimpse of MaLu’s spring line but get to know the woman behind the brand – Maria Luisa.

Maria, a school teacher so wholeheartedly devoted to her kids, started the “Start me up” breakfast program at the school she was teaching in at the time. The program quickly became successful and grew from the $500 Maria began with to receiving a $100,000 grant from Sun Life Financial. The Toronto District School Board took notice and modeled their own nutrition programs after Start Me Up. The name, by the way, was created by the kids themselves which earned them a well-deserved pizza party for their efforts! But the school where Start Me Up originated had to close down which was hugely upsetting to Maria. Read more

Beauty Sleep Style Challenge

Beauty Sleep Style Challenge

The sleep people at Casper asked me to share some ideas and participate in their Beauty Sleep Style Challenge. We all know that sleep is important but probably underestimate how important it really is. In fact Arianna Huffington gave a great TED talk about sleep a few years back. Check out the link – it’s sure to give you some perspective!

Beauty:

Not only is sleep a necessary tool to rest our body and mind in order to rejuvenate and replenish our well of ideas for the next day, but it’s also a chance for our skin to take a break and relax. I’m a very low maintenance girl but no matter what I must perform my bedtime routine… or my skin will hate me the next day. I always always always take off my makeup before bed, cleanse my face (my favorite is L’Oreal facial cleanser) dab gently to dry and apply moisturizer. It takes all of 3 minutes of your time but those 3 minutes before bed make a world of difference!

But what do you wear to bed?? Read more

Some Good Green Fun!

Some Good Green Fun!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Lovelies!

It’s a day that probably has a lot more significance than just green beer, but since I don’t know what it is, I’m going to focus on green makeup instead!

Some of my friends happen to be beauty junkies as well, and subscribe to various beauty boxes filled with random monthly goodies. The beautiful thing about it for me is that I often get “weird” and “unusable” products tossed my way. Green shimmer eyeliner? I’ll take it! Green eye-shadow? Pass it here!

The reason I like trying out different products is because it’s not about the one single product, but rather about how you work it. Confidence is number one, followed by how you wear it and what you wear it with Read more

12 Lessons learned from Lisa Eldridge

12 Lessons learned from Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist extraordinaire, has worked with every A-list celebrity under the sun, and makes the most useful and beautiful makeup up tutorials. As of recently she is also the creative director of Lancôme make-up. I really don’t know how she does it all, but lucky for us she continues to create YouTube videos for us common folk and I want to mention a few of the things I’ve learned from my makeup idol.

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Tea and Tiaras

I had the absolute privilege to attend the second annual Tea and Tiaras event benefiting Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada at the beautiful Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday on a warm fall day in the city. It was a girl’s day complete with fabulous decor, yummy treats, inspiring stories, celebrity guests, silent auction & raffle, and of course an unforgettable fashion show with footwear brought to you by Malu.

Teas and Tiaras Table

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Vegas Challenge Baby!

Vegas Challenge Baby!

Hi Lovelies!

Today is all about Vegas & the #UltimateVegasOutfit challenge! To me, this is an opportunity to play virtual dress up, and reminisce about my own trip to Vegas.  I went to Vegas last year, and the city is as diverse as it is bright! So the Ultimate Vegas Outfit is one that makes you feel comfortable, and confident – whatever that might be. For me it was a purple Le Chateau dress that hit just above the knee, paired with a damask-like necklace and sky high heels to match. The dress was covered yet tight so basically appropriate for any occasion – show, restaurant, wedding. Read more

My Thoughts on the Power of MAKEUP!

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Many of you may have seen this video making its rounds on the internet, showing the Power of Makeup, by Nikkie of Nikkie Tutorials (who by the way is amazing!!).

The lesson you take away from this video is up to you, but I thought it was an important video to talk about. I often discuss natural beauty (latest natural beauty tutorial here). But another subject I talk about is confidence, and the ability to understand that there are NO RULES. If not wearing makeup, or wearing a little bit of makeup is your thing – great! If you love to have fun with makeup and treat it like your very own daily work of art – good for you! What I’m getting at is, you should do what makes you happy. While I think that it’s important to be confident with your natural beauty, people have different motives for wearing makeup.

One thing I’ve learned is not to judge people. (More on the time I judged too soon and Christine Teigen put me in my place here ) . Even if to you makeup seems superficial and unnecessary,  it doesn’t mean that others see it that way. It very well could be that others view it as a fun outlet for creativity,  a way to step into a new character for a day, or experiment with new techniques. And if it happens to be the case that you know someone is wearing makeup as a means to cover up an insecurity, it’s the more reason to help them, and not to be judgmental. Read more

Emma Watson is 25!! & Always Best Dressed!

Emma Watson is 25!! & Always Best Dressed!

It’s hard to believe that the birthday girl, Emma Watson, is turning only 25!

Here’s a look at why we love, adore, and look up to Emma so much!

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In her quarter century of awesomeness she’s certainly achieved a lot, and earned a whole bunch of awards along the way.  In December of 2014 receiving the British Style Icon Award at the British Fashion Awards (well deserved!).

 Emma Watson British Fashion Awards

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Creating the Perfect Red Lipstick!

Creating the Perfect Red Lipstick!

Hello lovelies!!

I hope you’re enjoying spring and having fun with lighter layers and fun colours!!

Today I want to talk about the quintessential part of any beauty toolkit – the red lip!!

From classic Hollywood glamour to modern day cool, the red lip will forever maintain its allure, and will continue to brighten the faces and moods of women everywhere. Of course there are as many red lipstick shades as there are beautiful women, and finding the ‘perfect’ one can be daunting. I am here to tell you, or perhaps to remind you, that creating your own is perfectly acceptable and leads to fabulous results. Think of all the different colour lipsticks that are hiding in your makeup collection, and think about how many more possibilities there would be if you began to mix some of them and create brand new shades! That’s exactly what I did recently and here is the result:

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To me this shade is perfect! It’s muted yet bright, and can be easily worn during the day with a simple eye, or glamorously played up at night.  Read more

Jeanne Lottie Sample Sale

Jeanne Lottie Sample Sale

Nestled in the heart of downtown Toronto, on a quaint street in Yorkville, you can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful Pink House.  Even if you’re not familiar with the brand which means “true happiness” in Chinese, the colour alone will do it! It’s not everyday you come across a pink house.

Inside, the house still maintains its beautiful Victorian architecture and detail, with a fun flair which fits the brand to a T!

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Under the pretense that I absolutely need a new purse I headed to the Jeanne Lottie sample sale, to check out their wide selection of work totes, spring handbags, clutches, and multi-coloured awesomeness! Read more

Fun With Washi Tape (part 2) – Beautiful Stationary

Fun With Washi Tape (part 2) – Beautiful Stationary

As promised here’s part 2 with more Washi Tape awesomeness!! Click here for Part 1.

1. Clip It

Beauty in the most unexpected places brings a smile to your face. If you use binder clips, whether at the office or at home, decorate them with Wahi Tape for a fun pop of colour that is sure to brighten your notes!

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Fun With Washi Tape (part 1) – Hostess Gifts

Fun With Washi Tape (part 1) – Hostess Gifts

Hi Lovelies!

Here’s what you need to know:  Washi Tape is the best and with it you can craft anything!!! Thanks to the magic of twitter Prairie Charms reached out to me to participate in their blogger challenge, and I am so happy to do so! Just so you know the Washi Tape came in beautiful packaging, but I was far too eager to open the package to take any pictures of it, so you’ll just have to trust me on that – it was fab! And on another beautiful note Prairie Charms strives to make a difference by donating 25% of profits to Make-A-Wish, and you know how much I love companies that do good, which made me even more excited to participate in this challenge! I know you must already be falling in love with Prairie Charms, especially if you’ve checked their website. Now, before you get too worried thinking that Prairie Charms is located in the U.K. and there must be no way for you to get your hands on it (like I did) – worry not! They ship internationally, and their prices are great.   Read more

An Interview With Josh!

An Interview With Josh!

Good Morning Lovelies!

In this week’s giveaway we’re going to do things a little differently – backwards, if you will. I already know who the winner is, in fact I’m going to tell you all about him. I had the privilege of talking to Josh Haddon who’s a hilarious guy, and at the age of only 29 he’s a serial entrepreneur, comedian, comedy club owner, public speaker, writer, and in his own words “fighting cancer like a boss”. In this week’s Giveaway Malu will be making a custom pair of shoes for Josh.

“Life looked at me and said, ‘you can’t possibly be this happy, and be living your dream, doing what you love’ and it gave me cancer.” Josh says. Being a comedian and possessing the gift-of-the-gab he makes light of any situation, and is able to lift spirits anywhere he goes. When it comes to having cancer, Josh says “I thought it would be hypocritical if I didn’t deal with this like I deal with everything else – with humour and with laughter, and help laugh in the face of one of the toughest times” This talent to connect with people made Josh number one on Reddit’s Ask Me anything, beating out celebrities to grab the first spot. Hundreds if not thousands of people approached Josh with personal questions, or curiosities, seeking help advice and answers. This made Josh realized that through his words he can be helping thousands of people – Cancer patients and their families. And so, his book The Funny Thing About Cancer was born. He hopes to be able to finish it and distribute it to 1,000 cancer centers across Canada, and I think we can help.

There was a crowdfunding campaign done already, but the goal is not yet reached, so today I wanted to tell you about Josh & his book. And if his cause so moves you, do consider pitching in!

During my interview with Josh we chatted about traveling, fashion, and dreams. Here’s a look into that conversation:

(ME) Did you always want to be a comedian?

(J) I always wanted to be on stage. I couldn’t sing, and I was a lousy guitar player, so comedy it was! I hated public speaking though… but I always liked a challenge. I mean what’s the worst that could happen? So in grade 8 I gave it a go.

Was your first attempt successful?

It was awful! Awful! But you have to create a habit. The more I did it the more comfortable I became with it. Now I am a public speaker, and I love it. I feel comfortable speaking with anyone.

What motivated you to push past your fears in grade 8?

I think I wanted to impress girls! Also the naysayers, or ‘haters’ as we call them in 2015. Whenever someone says I can’t do something it pushes me to prove them wrong.

Was your career a straight path into Comedy?

I used to run a timeshare company in my early twenties, and I was very financially successful at it. It became the biggest timeshare company in Canada, but it was so stressful. To the point that I ended up having a stroke at the age of 25. The stress wasn’t worth it, and it wasn’t my passion. So I sold the company and went back to comedy. I started writing for blogs here and there, and did some gigs. Eventually I decided to open my own comedy club in Windsor, Ontario .

What are 5 things you want to accomplish this year?

  1. Well not die would be number 1.
  2. I want to finish my book, and be able to distribute it to cancer centers across Canada for free.
  3. I want to be able to raise enough money to help my parents financially.
  4. Get back on the road and do speaking engagements.
  5. And I want to travel to Asia – to Vietnam, Thailand, Fiji, Philippines, and I want to backpack across it.

What was the number one question you were asked on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything?

People wanted to know how I have such a positive attitude. Many also asked me how to connect with their friend, uncle etc. who has cancer – how to approach it, and what to talk about. To which my answer is: Be candid. Just be genuine. Everyone is different but to me candidness is the most important.

This being a fashion blog, I have to ask, where do you stand when it comes to fashion:

I actually think that fashion is important! It’s your sense of identity. As much as I hate to place importance on materialistic things, it’s about the first impression people get of you, and the first thing they notice. New clothes or a new pair of kicks can make you feel really good!

Beards and Man-buns?

Oh you mean lumber-sexuals? Whatever works man! If it makes you feel good, and makes your life easier because you leave your house with your head held high – that’s great. Are we really going to end the interview on lumber-sexuals?

YUP 🙂


 

Thank you to all of you for reading and following the blog along. Talking to Josh puts a smile on your face, and I hope that he’ll be able to touch as many lives with his positivity as possible. Let’s help Josh do that, and bring The Funny Thing About Cancer to 1000 cancer clinics across Canada.

So go ahead and peruse through Josh’s website and social media and see what you learn! Share your thoughts in the comments below, let’s get a conversation going.

One person will be randomly selected from the comments below, and the shoes for Josh will be presented on your behalf!!

xoxo

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New Jewelry Giveaway!

New Jewelry Giveaway!

Welcome to another giveaway and a chance to raise awareness towards another fantastic organization, brought to you by Malu!

Every store carrying Malu products selects a charity or an organization within its community towards which Malu donates 5% of the sales. In the case of T2B, this week’s featured organization, the store supporting it is Clyde Hatch Boutique, located also in Windsor Ontario, where you can find beautiful Malu shoes and accessories. Read more

Big News!! Hint: Free stuff you can feel good about!

Big News!! Hint: Free stuff you can feel good about!

Hi Lovelies!

I have some really great news to share with everyone! 

If you’ve read my posts on Malu and the great work that they do, you know that the brand creates absolutely beautiful shoes and gives back to the community with every sale. I adore this idea so much that Maria and I have teamed up to bring to you weekly giveaways! Of course no giveaway is complete without giving back to the community so what we’ve decided to do is pick an organization each week and help raise awareness towards it – do that and you’ll be entered to win the weekly prize.

To participate:  Check out the weekly organization and comment 1 tidbit of info you’ve discovered about them. That’s it!

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Aveeno Fresh Essentials – Review

Aveeno Fresh Essentials – Review

With Spring around the corner (or so says the calendar) these could not come at a better time!

The first thing I noticed about this lineup of Aveeno Fresh Essentials is the smell. The fresh scent itself is enough to rejuvenate tired skin. My sister came over the other day and used the facial scrub and those were her first words too. It smells amazing! Another wonderful factor common to all 3 products is they are oil-free.

Full disclosure: These were sent to me for free to try out and share my opinion.

1. Fresh Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub

The great thing about a scrub is that it can be used to remove makeup and deep clean your pores at the same time, leaving you with perfectly clean skin after the makeup’s all gone. Personally my skin can be sensitive and scrubs that are too harsh tend to leave it red and irritated. The texture of this scrub feels very smooth at first, but as you begin to rub it between your hands you start to feel tiny beads. These tiny beads are so gentle that even if you have sensitive skin, like mine, your skin will be left feeling exfoliated but not red and irritated. This was a huge factor for me. Definite bonus points right there! Read more

Giving Back to the Community – Malu & Sheena’s Place

Giving Back to the Community – Malu & Sheena’s Place

As you know I recently met Maria from Malu and really fell in love with the idea behind the brand. The mission behind the beautiful monarch butterfly outsoles, and the rest of the pieces, is to give back to the community. As part of my getting to know Maria and Malu I got to attend a donor recognition evening and see firsthand the difference that Malu, and other sponsors, make in local communities.

On February 4th 2015 I attended Sheena’s Place donor recognition evening hosted at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library. The evening consisted of beautiful music, thanks to the Cecilia String Quartet, great catering, and of course wine!! Throughout the fun of the evening several speeches were given by the founders, board members, and members involved with Sheena’s place to help convey its importance and purpose. Read more

Gold Eyes Nude Lip – Tutorial

Gold Eyes Nude Lip – Tutorial

Hello lovelies!

I wanted to share a quick makeup tutorial of a look I created when we went to the Garrison in Toronto to watch my friend’s band perform.

I recently picked up a lot new makeup at yet another sale. I’ll be posting a complete haul in the next few days, but one of my new purchases included a fantastic gold eye shadow by L’Oreal. In fact I went a bit buck wild when it came to eye shadows, and that’s what this look is revolved around. Read more