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TravelCuts Film Fest

Posted on: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Last week we had the pleasure of being invited to a private screening of travel documentaries created with the help of travel service company, TravelCuts. Now, do not be fooled! This is not some random travel service company posting deals with pretty pictures and vacation dreams. TravelCuts wants you to do all the crazy stunts, hikes, and adventures you dream about because they will set you up with the right insurance policy for your safety while offering great pricing on obscure destinations.

The private screening features 2 travelers vacation videos. They really did everything! Climbing mountains, hiking up steep hills, and swimming in risky waters. After viewing the documentaries, you won’t want to sit by the pool with a magazine. Trust me. At the end of the night, traveller Mark was selected as the winner of the film fest and was rewarded with a $2000 Travel uts gift card and Optrix gear to continue making cool vacay videos.

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Hotel Ocho made for a comfortable setting while guests watched travellers vacation films.

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FOLK | YOU

Posted on: Thursday, December 3, 2015

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A gift to you our followers and readers. We developed a music themed shoot with photographer Aleyah Solomon. We pulled some of our favorite designs, cast two of our favorite models, packed up the truck and handed our stars a guitar and ukulele. Here, we have sibling folk duo. While dedicated to the family farm, they dream of the day when they take off to the big city to Folk The World with their catchy folksy tunes.

Special thanks to Aleyah Solomon, Tara Maloney (AMTI), Candice, Jack Greystone (Lang),  Alexandre DeslauriersGlenda Fordham, Haute Goat’s Debbie Nightingale with her amazing family and crew.

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Skin Care Product Review – Refresh Botanicals

Posted on: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

 

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Carcia

Lately, skin care has become one of my priorities over every fashion piece and accessory. Great skin means less makeup, youth and confidence. Once I received Refresh Botanicals skin care products I started using it religiously. I would use the makeup remover, facial cleanser, facial toner and moisturizer. The pumps to dispense the product are great! Especially the Toner bottle where you press the cotton ball down for easy use. After using the product for a few months successfully, I broke out and stopped using the moisturizer. Unfortunately, the moisturizer and my skin no longer worked together, but I still use the toner and makeup remover. Overall, I like the product. The bottles are large by beauty standards so you get your money’s worth in product.

Telly

Healthy glowing skin is a girl’s dream, so, we are all in search of a good product that can help achieve that. After I received the Refresh Botanicals products, I began to use them right away. The first night I used it, I had a small break out, but by the second day, the product began to work wonderfully for me. I love how the products contain all natural products. I also like the minimal packaging. The products here will last for a while too.  We got the products over the summer and its still going. The remover and toner are great, and I love how the moisturizer goes on lightly. The scent is light and very pleasant, so you would be offending you guy, family or roommates with strong floral scents.  I find my skin to be a lot softer and healthier looking now ad  I don’t have to wear as much make up to cover blemishes.

 

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Have you used this product? Tell us your thoughts on it. To purchase, visit Refresh Botanicals online.

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Hayley Elsaesser’s New Diggs in the Heart of Toronto

Posted on: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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When the weather is dreary and cold, most of us revert to what we love to what we know; Black. Black goes with everything, it makes you look thinner and  it’s always chic. While black has its benefits, it’s always nice to try some color. Luckily, Hayley Elsaesser is in business on Queen Street West to serve up serious color.

Toronto fashion designer  and fun loving Aussie Hayley Elsaesser is all about color and bold prints. Hayley is no stranger to the runway, being a regular at World MasterCard Fashion Week with her stand out brand. Recently, I attended the grand opening of her second flagship store at 695 Queen Street West.  Walking into the store front, you can’t help but smile and feel like your in a fun filled summer carnival. Showcasing the latest from her Spring Summer 2016 collection, you can see hypnotic prints on lovely oversize sweaters, statement dresses and more.

The store is spacious at 2000 sq ft. making it spacious. When inside, you can see all the way to the back of the store, which is well-merchandised so it’s not overwhelming. The store is now open to the public, so be sure to check out Hayley Elsaesser over the holidays.

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#DISARONNOWearsCavalli

Posted on: Thursday, November 26, 2015

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Cavalli suits Disaronno, no?

After past partnerships with Moschino and Versace, the DISARONNO ICON project is back with a unique new look designed by Roberto Cavalli. Inspired by exotic safari locations and the enchanting undersea world, DISARONNO will donate part of the proceeds to ‘Fashion 4 Development’, a charity sponsored by the United Nations. To celebrate this union, we attended the #DisaronnoWearsCavalli party hosted by Jay Strut at the Distillery District’s Arta Gallery, who DJ’d throughout the evening, while we sipped on special cocktails featuring the fancy Italian liquor.

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Thanks to the people of DISARONNO for the bottles! Our holiday season entertaining will be extra special this year.

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Lacoste For Spring/Summer 2016

Posted on: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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The famous Lacoste polos.

When naming off fashion brands that people genuinely trust, Lacoste is most likely to be mentioned. Launched in 1933 in France, Lacoste has become one of the strongest lifestyle fashion houses to date, so of course when Carcia and I got the invite to pop by there show room here in Toronto, we were more than happy to oblige. Famously known for there polo shirts, the brand also specializes in footwear, scents, leather goods, watches and eye wear. The showroom was simply beautiful, showcasing all the SS16 collection.  Of course the classics were on site, but there were also some pretty awesome designs that we could not ignore, like colorful classic pieces for the casual man, easy to wear dresses in tennis fashion for women and simple accessories to work into your everyday wardrobe.  Our favorite item? We have to give it to the Peanut gang polo shirts. Who can resist the lovable characters? We love how Lacoste is able to show new fashion ideas, yet, still hold on to the traditions it was built upon. Have a look at the beautiful items and let us know what you think of the new collection.

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The Peanut Gang x Lacoste

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One of the glam pieces from Lacoste’s New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway presentation.

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Beauty Review – MÈREADESSO TINTED ALL-IN-ONE MOISTURIZER

Posted on: Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Recently, we both tried MÈREADESSO TINTED ALL-IN-ONE MOISTURIZER, an all-in-one moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream and eye cream. Made with 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes, and over 20 antioxidants from around the world . What makes this moisturizer unique is, it is tinted to your skin tone. I must say, we were both impressed with how well the company has created a tone that suits our darker skin tone. Easy to apply, a bit of the formula on the finger tips easily spreads and gives you a dewy glow without tons of makeup application. Although we both used the product, we had our own personal thoughts on the product. It is true that makeup is an individual thing and not all products work for everyone.

Telly’s Experience

I tried the moisturizer, but didn’t have the same outcome as Carcia. I found it to be thin when applying it, so I had to apply more. I also found the finish to be too shiny for my liking. I rather a matte finish. On the plus side, the product glides on smoothly and it doesn’t clump. The moisturizer also has a very faint, pleasant smell, so it doesn’t interfere with your fragrance.  I do love the color match, it was right on.  It can be difficult for darker skinned girls to find color matches, so when a company goes beyond and offers the option, it feels great.

Carcia’s Experience

I tried the moisturizer and immediately saw the benefits in using it daily. For the days I wore a full face of make-up, I would use the product to color correct my foundation for the perfect blend. The smell of the product is great for those who don’t like heavy floral scents, like myself. Its also nice to know that a makeup product is offering skin care benefits while enhancing your look.

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Motorola’s Moto X Play & Moto 360

Posted on: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Totally set to take to the streets with my Moto 360 smartwatch, Moto X Play smartphone with a variety of colored motorola shells and Moto Surround wireless earbuds.

What would you do if you got an invite that involved celebrity photographer, Mike Ruiz taking a picture of you and your friends with the new Moto X Play by Motorola, on a cool set with loads of props, hair and makeup? You would think it was too good to be true! Well, that’s  exactly what happened to Carcia and I recently at iKonica Studio in Toronto.  When we entered the space, makeup artists and hair stylists prepared guests for the fun filled photoshoot with life sized popcorn boxes, balloons, inflatable chairs, and other fun objects. World renowned photographer, music director and celebrity panelist (formally of Canada’s Next Top Model) Mike Ruiz was on hand taking pics of all the guests with  the Moto X Play smartphone. The photography genius Mike said he was overly impressed with the camera on the Moto X Play. Without the assistance of an app or editing tool, Mike took beautiful pictures and made everyone look like a star in a fashion spread.

We were also introduced to the new Moto 360, a fashionable looking smartwatch that acts as the perfect companion to your smartphone. This smartwatch has many features, but our favorite features would be talk texting, setting up the camera mode for your phone, through your watch and keeping up to date with social media at the flick of your wrist.  The lovely people of Motorola gifted us with both the Moto X Play and Moto 360 so we could tell you guys all about it! Be sure to follow us on our Instagram accounts to hear more about awesome features as we insert these gadgets into our lives.

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Mike Ruiz showed us how well our picture turned out without any special retouches. As you can see, we were amazed.

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Moto 360′s have a great classic look!

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Motorola Shells to change the look of your phone.

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Our picture perfect shot by Mike Ruiz.

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And then he got the silly out of us.

 

 Telly

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