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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).


Crystal Strap “it” Kaiio

November 26, 2013 |

This is for all my girls who really hate those tops and dresses that make it almost impossible to hide our bra straps. Well designer Christine Ko brilliantly devised a Kaiio a sparkly solution–gorgeous crystal bra straps you won’t want to hide!

Kaiio offers gorgeous one-of-a-kind crystal straps that replace traditional bra straps and become the perfect accessory to add a little sparkle to your Holiday Season.

Three years ago, Christine Ko, founder of Kaiio, made her first crystal jeweled strap solely to give her work uniform a little something extra. After numerous compliments and customers asking to buy her pieces she became determined to launch her own company to share her sparkle with the rest of the world. In August 2013, Christine Ko and Quinton Van Der Burgh partnered to create a dazzling line of crystal jeweled straps known as Kaiio.  From humble beginnings, Kaiio was destined to be the finishing touch to the little black dress.

“There’s no such thing as too much sparkle…it gives women the option to add a wow factor to a little black dress or a hint of glam to a blouse and jeans.” Designer, Christine Ko says.

With the straps retailing between $300-$700 and rings for $85, Kaiio looks and feels as luxurious as a diamond piece that doesn’t cost the high precious stone price.
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Power “it” To Go – iPhone Portable Charger

November 25, 2013 |

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 8.28.05 AMThe iGekko Power2Go Original is a portable charging unit that allows you to charge your electronics wherever you are, without the need for an outlet. For me it’s been my iPhone must have.

As an entertainment & lifestyle publicist this came in so handy when running laps working at two of our outdoor music festivals (life saver in between interviews!). And now as a blogger exploring Toronto and hopping from event to event I can’t be without power on my iPhone to snap pics for my blog posts.

Simply charge the Power2Go overnight or when you are at the office and bring it with you in your purse, pocket or bag. When you catch yourself running out of battery power on your smart phone, tablet, e-reader, iPod or any other device, simply plug the device into the Power2Go using the USB cord and give yourself a boost.

Once charged up it offers approximately 3 hours of iPhone charge time, enough to give most smartphones between 1 to 1.5 full charges. One of my favorite things about this model is the LED flashlight and battery life indicators so you know when it is running out of juice.


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