#LoveArmyForSomalia

The power of social media is enormous, and I love when we harness that power for good!

There is currently a famine in Africa, which was brought on by one of the worst droughts in history. This means that as we sit here millions of people are starving to death on the other side of the world. But the good news is that we can help!!

It all started with this tweet by Jerome Jarre:

Turkish Airlines heard the message, and support started to flow in. With heavyweights like Ben Stiller and an army of YouTubers by his side, this mission started to gain some serious traction.

I urge you to support their mission, or any of the other relief groups working to bring aid and relief to the situation. We can achieve incredible things when we come together. Let’s help our fellow citizens of the world!

Have a look at the links below to find out how you can help.

https://www.gofundme.com/LOVEARMYFORSOMALIA

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39248860?SThisFB

xoxo

 

It IS Easy Being Green

Image by JayPoz

Hi lovelies!

Sustainability and green living is close to my heart. I’m that friend that makes sure everyone else recycles, and brings reusable water bottles. But even I have been making recycling mistakes and I wanted to share a few waste management lessons with you today.
It’s important to note that recycling rules and regs are not only country specific but city specific, which IMHO is nuts!! But until all municipalities are unified, it’s up to us to take responsibility and learn about what is and isn’t recyclable where we live. It’s also up to us to try and make a difference and potentially improve the process along the way.

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World Oceans Day 2016

World Oceans Day 2016

It’s World Ocean Day today, and I’m feeling optimistic about the well deserved attention this day has been getting!

Here’s the deal. We need the Oceans, and we need the oceans for more reasons than you might imagine. Contrary to common belief, oceans provide more than a place to swim, ride a catamaran, or a sandy beach to help you work on your tan in paradise. All valid. But there’s more.

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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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Shopping Mistakes

Shopping Mistakes

Whether you shop for fun or for necessity, I think we’re all predisposed to making some common mistakes.

Buying Something Because It’s Cheap

Sure, who doesn’t love to save money, but if cheap is the only criteria that helped up you pick that dress – put it back! Think about how that garment will work in your wardrobe. Will you ever even wear it? I like to justify purchases in terms of Cost Per Wear. If an item is more expensive but you’ll get more use out of it, it may be more justified than that cheap frock you’ll wear once. That being said, if something you LOVE is on sale, congratulations and well done!!
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Buying Something To Fit Into Eventually

“Oh look it’s an adorable pair of jeans that fits my arms! But that’s ok, I plan on being skinny! I’m sure it will fit soon” Oh boy, I know I’ve said that one too many times! Shop for pieces that make you feel good now, and don’t clutter your wardrobe with clothes for future you. If your body changes, you should accommodate it then. Whether it’s because you’ve worked hard to lose weight, or gained a few pounds, you deserve to feel good.

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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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The Beautiful Heart of MaLu

The Beautiful Heart of MaLu

As seen in POP News Magazine‘s March edition:

It’s not every day the words inspiring, ‎stylish, innovative, and beautiful are used together, but that exactly what comes to mind when I think of Maria Luisa – founder of MaLu.

Maria is a high school teacher with a passion for community and humanity. Having seen first hand some of her students come to school hungry, she knew that it was no way to learn and she just had to do something about it. She started the “Start Me Up” breakfast program in her school. The program began with $500 and many local businesses eager to help, and grew to become the model school for the Toronto District School Board’s nutrition program, and resulting in a $100K grant from Sun Life Financial to help expand it.

Unfortunately the school where this initiative began had to close, which was “detrimental” since there was more work to be done. Not one to wallow, Maria took her passion and energy and devoted it wholeheartedly to MaLu where she continues to make a difference by donating 5% of all sales to local charities. 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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Preloved’s Julia Grieve talks success!

Preloved’s Julia Grieve talks success!

Julia Grieve, the beautiful fashionable and successful woman behind Preloved, was generous enough to sit down with me for a chat where she let me pick her brain. Having started her own business at a very young age, Julia definitely knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship!

“When I started my business I was young and not afraid of anything. Ignorance can truly be bliss! I knew exactly what I wanted and I went after it. I, of course, could not have done it without the support we got from the city, without my family, or without my modelling experience.”

She credits her attention to detail and meticulous eye for fit to her career as an international model.

“Wearing some of the most expensive brands in the world teaches you about how clothing should fit, and feel.”

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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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Women’s bodies… is there a spectrum?

Women’s bodies… is there a spectrum?

Let me get right into it. Why is it that there are only 2 body types displayed in fashion? Thin and Plus size. As fantastic as it is that in recent years more plus size bloggers have been coming to prominence, and magazines have been dedicating sections, or pages to plus size models, why are we segregating these women? Why does one need to feel isolated, or like ‘the other’? Are you seriously telling me that 100% of women fall either on the tall-and-thin or tall-and-‘plus size’ ends. There is no spectrum? Why do plus size women need a section in a magazine? Why can’t we just have a mix of different women all throughout the magazine?

I understand that there is a standard in the fashion industry, and models have to be ‘Paris thin’. Whether I agree with that or not is a topic for another day. And while that’s the standard for runway shows it is not the case in real life. I know women who are short, tall, very thin, average, bigger, etc. All shapes and size. I’m sure you do too. So why is the industry so rigid? 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

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

Serendipity and Lessons on Love

Serendipity and Lessons on Love

Have you ever felt like you were at the right place at the right time? I might read into these things too much but I often look at certain pleasant and unexpected events as situations that were meant to happen and therefore validate every decision which has led me to that point as correct. I find deep joy in these situations where everything just seems to align. I suppose that’s serendipity. We make so many decisions daily that’s it’s nice to be able to justify some of them with the help of a great outcome. Especially when it follows a let down or what seems to be a bad turn of events. It also helps if you learn to appreciate small acts of kindness, and pay more attention to your surroundings. This way you’re bound to encounter something that will make you happy or put a temporary smile on your face. Read more

Positivity and Fearless Authenticity!

Positivity and Fearless Authenticity!

Hi my lovely darling readers!!

I recently read the follow up to The Monk Who Sold His FerrariThe Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, and I couldn’t put it down! Needless to say, I recommend it. I don’t intent to regurgitate the storyline. Instead I want to talk about a few of the lessons Robin Sharma so poignantly describes in this gem of a book, because they couldn’t be more relevant!

As I delve further into blogging, and explore the journey of building my own brand, my voice, and ultimately becoming a ‘real’ blogger I can attest to all of the 9 lessons the book seeks to teach us. It doesn’t matter where you currently are in your life the lessons shared are meant to put you on your own individual path to happiness. Not everyone will have a rich cousin to send them around the world in search of enlightenment, but it makes for a good story, and reading this book will get you one step closer to repatriating your mind with fresh, unique, feel-good-because-I’m-awesome ideas. Read more

Cyber Monday – Did you miss it??

Cyber Monday – Did you miss it??

As retail experts will tell you Cyber Monday is not what it used to be. There are still great deals out there but overall they are not as spectacular as they once used to be on this one particular day. Today there is more competition in the market place than ever before, which is great for consumers because competition drives prices down and creates more options to choose from. This has led to the availability of great prices and selection not only on Cyber Monday, or Boxing Day in Canada, but rather all throughout the month of December. What does this mean for us? Well, for one we don’t need to trample each other on Black Friday and loose productivity by either shopping online at work or playing hooky to hit the sales. Sure there are ‘limited time deals’ but those are just marketing gimmicks to urge you to impulse buy quickly before this thing you don’t need disappears!

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