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Spring Clean 2015 – New Tunes

June 30, 2015 |

spring clean 2015 picMy #SPRINGCLEAN 2015 #playlist “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life!”

First Toronto said this is the worst winter in years, now I keep hearing that about this summer. So I thought I’d share the playlist I made this past spring to do a reboot and wish for some hot weather.

This annual playlist is a collection of fave new tunes making me shake & wiggle around the house, do a little ‘spring’ cleaning, BBQ or roadtrip.

She Is Back! The It Lists Returns

June 23, 2015 |

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 4.11.22 PMDid you miss me? I missed you.

This last year has been a hard journey – I closed my company, switched careers, left most of my friends, and moved across the country to change up life to work in the world of comic con (pop culture conventions – you know like what Entourage’s Drama does with his Viking Quest character).

As much as it’s my passion blogging about fashion, trends and all things “it” – it’s not as easy as you think. For over eight years I shared with you weekly, but with the crazy, crazy demands of a crazy job it just became too much.

Fast forward through the fun, wacky and bizarre (I’ve got some great tales from the Green Room), and sadly those became over shadowed by some crappy bosses & work I wouldn’t wish on anyone. And I realized I was missing out on a lot of life and why I made Toronto my new home.

So today all the paperwork is done #WINNING and it’s time to start enjoying Toronto. Ready to follow my next adventures?!

Fix “it” Roots Concealer – Rita Hazan

December 11, 2013 |

Roots Fix! A revolutionary new aerosol spray for temporarily covering roots (even gray roots) quickly and easily – that’s what I scored with Rita Hazan Root Concealer.

I’ve been away from my stylist in Vancouver for 2.5 months and while I might not be homesick my roots are. And a few little gray spurts just kill a look. So happy on a Bloor Street visit to Sephora I found this instore.

Master colorist, Rita Hazan, spent over three years in her 5th Avenue NY salon solving the biggest problem for every woman who colors her hair—how to cover up roots, especially those roots that start to come in just a few weeks after permanent color is applied. The paraben-free formula dries in seconds and is h2o-resistant, but effortlessly washes out with shampoo.

This little spray is designed to temporarily cover gray and any root growth with just one quick spray. The pinpoint actuator delivers the product in a light steady stream exactly where needed and nowhere else. It’s fast drying and stays put until you shampoo it out.

Opt for a single of five shades, spray your roots, and go.


Restorative “it” Remedy – Clarins Day Cream

December 10, 2013 |

All I want for Christmas are visibly reduced lines, better texture, and tone? Is it too much to ask for?

I know a few women who’ve had this on their list for some time, but haven’t found the skincare regimen that gives the results they want. Clarins may be making our Christmas wishes come true this year! Make sure you give a big hint to Santa this year, and ask for Clarins new Super Restorative Day cream.

Scientists and beauticians have united to form the ultimate anti-ageing cream to shave years off your face using a secret ingredient – Harungana. This plant was discovered in Madagascar and is exclusive to Clarins. Nature has inspired beauty, where Harungana has been found to not only stimulate the production of collagen but also reactivate Fibroblast cells that are responsible for the elasticity of our skin.

I got to sample this product at a recent Clarins luncheon hosted by an import from Paris – the fabulous Danielle La Roche, National Director of Public Relations for Clarins. After a delicious lunch, we got to test the goods. Not only was this cream light and non-greasy, but an experience for the senses with a floral bouquet of rose, jasmine, and violet.

Christmas skin wishes can be answered by one amazing cream (and Santa): Clarins Super Restorative Day cream is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Sephora, Sears , The Bay, or purchase direct at Clarins.

Guest Writer ~ Heather Oliver

Taste “it” Parlour Adds New Menu

December 2, 2013 |

On a shorter visit to Toronto this summer Parlour quickly became my favourite lounge. A great crowd, eclectic room that reminds me of Hotel Costes, always a fun DJ to stir up the room and the little dance floor, and an outdoor courtyard – and when Toronto can be a bit of a concrete jungle it’s an oasis in the heart of the city.

Parlour has been an evening go to spot for ‘those in the know’ for two years and its next evolution is to become a cozy dinner get away. I was joined by UK partner-in-socializing, Jeff Stuit (Waverton), to do a Tasting Teaser of the New Menu.

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Quinoa Canoes – Belgian endive, marinated vegetables, honey Dijon vinaigrette.

  • She: They’re just plain fun. And if you were on a date they’re easy sharing. No mess.
  • He: It was even better without the honey Dijon vinaigrette. Cleaner individual flavours that weren’t as overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Beef Tartare – Dijon mustard, truffle aioli, cornichon

  • She: The best part is that there is actual truffle in it, not just oil.
  • He: It got the thumbs up, but he was occupied by the meat balls.

Chicken Empanades – glazed chic

  • She: These were my favorite, with the tartare a close second.
  • He: Fresh, spicy, and uplifting. The chimichurri adds authentic flair.

Meatballs – beef/lamb/or vegan – pasilla pepper, infused olive oil

  • She: I was too busy polishing off the tartare. What he said.
  • He: Meatballs have a touch of sweet from the caramelized onions and make a great treat with cocktails.

And we both devoured the Cheese & Charcuterie Board. Maybe it was the house pickled grapes, or maybe the truffle honey. As for yummy cheese selections ask if they are serving the Saint-Paulin – it’s a soft cheese made by Trappist monk’s who apparently know what they’re doing. That sealed the deal that we’ll be back for more than just cocktails!
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About Chef Frank Ghanavati  
Turkish native Chef Frank Ghanavati studied at George Brown College, and after completing a prestigious apprenticeship at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel continued his global culinary education at Alta Societa in Italy, Nega Culinary School in Thailand, CESSA Universidad in Mexico, and Sunrise Global Chef Academy in Singapore.  Frank honed his skills in high profile kitchens around the world, including the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore, Hilton Hotels in Mexico City and Burnaby BC, and The Royal Bank of Canada Executive Dining Room in Toronto before finding a home with the Vitale brothers at Parlour.

Get Your Veil Beanie On

November 27, 2013 |

Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 9.10.57 PMStarting to get chilly! Fall’s go-to chapeau: the Veil Beanie! It’s got ease, overall style, and glamour quotient.

Knitted, ribbed, printed, and more…get your veil beanie on. Veils started popping up in plain day courtesy of Jil Sander‘s 2012 collection at Fashion Week. Today – in 2013 -2014 Fall/Winter – the veiled beanies are a top trend because the sporty/comfy style of a beanie is a perfect marriage with the posh, mysterious elegant way of a sheer veil.

One of my faves right now is this BCBGeneration Winter Veil Beanie.

P.S. There are a ton of DIY ideas out there (like this one).


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