Cake Beauty Delivers A Totally To-Die-For Dry Styling Hair Collection

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As a beauty product addict, I've always been a lover of Cake Beauty. This Canadian beauty company has been delivering naturally luxe and cruelty-free products for the hair and body since 2003. 

Cake recently came out with an absolutely delicious Dry Styling Hair Collection and although I've tried many different dry shampoos, nothing delivers like Cake does. Also? Nothing smells more delicious. 


Here's why I'm loving the Cake Dry Styling Hair Collection:

Naturally Luxe: Each product is filled with high-performing natural ingredients, leaving you with truly flawless and fabulous looking hair that's not caked (pardon the pun) with harsh chemicals. 

Cruelty Free and Vegan: Here's something we can all agree on: products that aren't tested on animals are the products we should be buying. Cake Beauty believes in "beauty without bunnies" and that's why they never test their products on animals or use any animal-derived ingredients. Their entire Dry Styling Collection is produced cruelty-free and vegan.

Totally-To-Die-For: Um, yes. Cake knows dry styling and this collection works incredibly well. Not just a day after a fresh blow-dry, but for days after a blow-dry. These products will keep your hair looking and feeling fresh and smelling so delicious, you're going to want to use these products all over your body.

Instant Morning Makeover: With the Cake Dry Styling Collection, you can quickly clean, condition, and style your hair in the morning, leaving you with more time to do other important things... like drinking your coffee while its still hot.

The products:

The 'Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray: This is seriously the best dry shampoo I've ever used, and I'm pretty sure I've used them all. This product leaves hair feeling instantly clean with lots of volume. It's like a fresh blow-dry in a bottle that gives you just the right amount of volume–no back-combing needed! A few sprays of the 'Do Gooder, and you've got instant bouncy, bombshell hair with zero residue. 

The All Powderful Tinted Dry Shampoo Powder: This tinted dry shampoo is available in three tints depending on the colour of your hair. I'm using the one for blonde hair, and it's incredible. This product helps power cleanse second-day hair (and beyond) and give you extra bombshell bounce. 

The Locks Smith Hydrating Dry Conditioning Spray: Dry shampoo, I already loved; but this dry conditioner took my love for dry styling to another level! Cake's dry conditioning spray is powered by a trio of all-star oils: argan, crambe seed, and coconut (mmm, coconut). This light dry conditioner treats dry, dehydrated ends, leaving hair soft and shiny. You can use it on dry hair or on freshly washed hair for extra shine and to help fight frizz. 

All these fabulous products are exclusively available at Shoppers Drug Mart and cakebeauty.com. 

Thank you, Cake Beauty, for the goodies... I'm in love!
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Effortlessly Stylish With Page Thirty

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There are certain items every woman should have in her closet. These essential pieces (the building blocks for any wardrobe) will never go out of style: black and nude pumps, a little black dress, a great beige trench coat, a pencil skirt, a white button-down shirt, a perfectly fitted T-shirt, blue jeans, and a leather jacket.

I have been obsessively looking for a stylish and practical leather jacket, so when I received an email a few weeks ago asking if I wanted to review a leather jacket by Page Thirty, I instantly said yes. I was a little apprehensive at first because ordering online can sometimes be stressful, but I received the jacket I selected within days, and it fit like a glove.

I chose the black bomber leather jacket, Frankie. Although pricey, it's a leather jacket you'll wear season after season and it'll become the jacket you can keep in your wardrobe forever.





Page Thirty is a fairly new company out of California which specializes in contemporary leather jackets for women. The company creates pieces that combine sophistication with timelessness, and it's easy to see in each jacket that's available online.

Page Thirty jackets look effortless paired with any outfit, and I can attest to that; it's the perfect transition jacket, from winter to spring, the perfect Saturday night going-out jacket paired with skinny jeans and a sexy top, and the perfect jacket to bring with you when you're travelling. It instantly became an essential statement piece in my wardrobe.

I love that Page Thirty leather jackets are made from sourced Italian leather and are produced in Los Angeles. Each jacket is made by hand in small batches to ensure quality and exclusivity. I love how soft it is, and I love how stylish it is, too.

Thank you so much, Page Thirty—my new leather jacket is now one of my favourite things hanging in my closet!
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Feel Good Half Naked With Swimco

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I just got back from a hot and sunny vacation in Miami. One week away from winter (and all the snow) was just what I needed, except now, all I'm thinking about is my next getaway, even though summer is nowhere in sight.  One thing I love about travelling is all the shopping I do before I go away... like shopping for a new bikini or bathing suit, even though it can be stressful since the choices are endless.

I loved partnering up with Swimco, because this Canadian company knows swimwear well–after all, they've been in the business since 1975 and they're one of the largest swimwear retail chains in North America. Shopping Swimco online is an easy and fun experience with great customer service available to help you find just what you're looking for. They have a huge selection of women's, men's, and children's swimwear and beach accessories, and even though you're faced with a huge selection of swimwear options, it's easy to narrow down your search if you tell your online Fit Expert what you're looking for. Swimco prides itself on offering the best there is in swimwear and accessories, from the brands you already love.



Here's what else I love about this company: Swimco believes that everybody and every body deserves to feel confident in a swimsuit, and by providing swimwear that allows people to look good, people feel good, too, and nothing is more important than that. Swimco helps customers feel good half naked, and that's a wonderful thing. 


Since I already have dozens of bikinis, I've started welcoming one-piece bathing suits back into my life because they're so stylish right now. I knew I wanted a one-piece suit, in a bright colour. I was shown a blue bathing suit and instantly fell in love. Selecting my size was easy–I just gave my measurements and size to my Fit Expert, and after that, I chose a cover-up and beach hat to complete the look. My package was delivered within a couple of days, and everything (even the swim shorts I chose for my children) fit perfectly. (I loved the bright beach bag everything came in too!). 



I absolutely loved my bathing suit and felt incredible on the beach in south Florida. I can't tell you how many times strangers stopped to tell me how much they loved my bathing suit, asking me where I got it from. It was a great conversation starter. Feeling confident in swimwear–when you're wearing next to nothing–feels so good. 

Working with and selecting my new bathing suit from SwimCo was an incredibly easy and pleasurable experience, and I can't wait to shop SwimCo again. After all, a girl can never have too many bathing suits.

Thank you, SwimCo!
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Living The Life Of Luxury In Bal Harbour

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One of my favourite places to escape to is Bal Harbour in Miami. For those who love the life of luxury, there is no better place to go in south Florida.

The Bal Harbour village is stylish, luxurious, and relaxing. From oceanfront hotels to the best shopping in the world at Bal Harbour Shops, there is always something to do, whether you're travelling with friends, family, or as a couple. People watching at Carpaccio's in the Bal Harbour Shops, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying a cabana at the Ritz-Carlton, or relaxing by the pool, Bal Harbour is simply paradise.

Quarzo Bal Harbour

The Bal Harbour Quarzo Boutique Hotel is a modern European-style waterfront hotel next to the Ritz-Carlton. This hotel features spacious accommodations and residence-style studios and suites—truly a home away from home for people travelling with a large family and children. I loved the clean and spacious rooms. Our suite had two large bedrooms, (one with two queen-sized beds, and one with a king-size bed) two bathrooms, two balconies, a living room, and a fully-equipped kitchen. There is a relaxing pool and garden area outside, too.





St. Regis Bal Harbour

The St. Regis Bal Harbour is one of the most luxurious hotels I've had the pleasure of experiencing. From the stunning entrance to the dazzling pools overlooking the ocean, it is the perfect hotel for a romantic weekend away, or a family trip.

At the St. Regis, you're surrounded by beauty everywhere you look, whether indoors, or outdoors. The Oceanfront Day Villas by the pool area (a short walk from the ocean) are air-conditioned, elegantly decorated, and include marble floors, a full bathroom and shower, flat-screen TV, daybed, large outdoor patio area, and several lounge chairs. You'll also have your own personal butler to take care of your every need, from food to drinks.

Tip: If you can, escape to the Remede Spa for a massage—it is worth it!





Atlantikos

A new addition to the St. Regis Bal Harbour is the Greek restaurant, Atlantikos. Having visited Greece over a dozen times, and being of Greek descent, dining at Atlantikos felt almost as authentic as dining in Greece, complete with ocean views. The decor is modern and clean, decorated in shades of blue and white, which reminded me of being back in Santorini.

On Thursday nights, the restaurant has live entertainment and plate breaking. Opa! (There is a set menu, or you can choose to order from the full menu). You can dine indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Although there are many wonderful options on the menu, I went with fresh fish for my mail course, and it was perfect. The service was exceptional, and the chef and general manager are Greek, which enhanced the overall experience.

Tip: Enjoy sharing the many traditional Greek appetizers on the menu with your group, from Greek salad to tzatziki and pita bread, as that's Greek dining done right.








Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

A stay at a Ritz-Carlton is luxury, defined. I've stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Toronto and Bal Harbour. The service at Ritz-Cartlon is second to none from the moment you walk through the main doors.

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour faces the beautiful white-sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, and it's a beautiful hotel to stay at with the family. (It's also perfect for a romantic trip for two). Close to Bal Harbour Shops, there is plenty to do, however, my favourite thing to do at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour is to hang out by the pool and enjoy the beautiful views. We had the pleasure of enjoying a cabana during our trip, and our cabana came complete with a private hot tub, several lounge chairs, a daybed, flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, and personal service throughout the day. The kids loved it, as they were able to enjoy swimming in the pool, and relaxing in the cabana during lunch time.








The Artisan Beach House restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton is now open, and we loved the delicious breakfast that was served. I found it convenient that guests can enjoy the great buffet or order items from the menu.

The beautiful waterfront restaurant has tables outside and inside, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu offers a great variety of food and is always changing according to what is in season. 

Tip: If you're driving a Tesla, there are two charging stations for you to use on hotel property. If you have extra time, make sure to visit the 10,000 square-foot waterfront Exhale Bal Harbour Spa and Fitness Studio.

Bal Harbour Shops

I spend a lot of time in Bal Harbour Shops every time I'm in south Florida. We frequently dine at Carpaccio's, a delicious Italian restaurant that's perfect for people watching.  My boys love the Italian food, but they love checking out the Lamborghini's and Ferrari's in the parking lot even more. The shopping is incredible: Sak's Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Books and Books, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Gucci... you get the idea. It's a shopaholic's dream come true, and I can never get enough. It is truly my happy place. 



Although we just returned from our trip to south Florida, I'm already planning my next trip back. That's how much I love it. If you have any questions about Bal Harbour, from where to stay or what to do, please feel free to contact me. I'd love to help you plan your next trip! 

Thank you, Bal Harbour, for once again making our stay and experience perfect in every way. 
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The Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Valentine's Day is a sweet way to celebrate love and friendship and it's the perfect day to show how you feel about someone by surprising them with an unexpected gift to show you care. I was on CTV Morning Live and CTV Noon talking about some amazing gift ideas—from beauty products to chocolates and everything in between—guaranteed to please everyone on your list.



For the beauty and hair lover:

Fragrance: What could be sweeter than a new fragrance to receive for Valentine's Day? Hudson's Bay has an incredible selection of classic and new fragrances and my personal favourite scents for Valentine's Day are Prada Candy, Tory Burch Love Relentlessly, Chloé Love Story and Fleur Musc by Narciso Rodriguez.


Omorovicza: This skin care company has great products for those who love to take care of their skin. Their Perfecting Lip Balm is perfect for soft, kissable lips, and sells for $45. It helps plumps lips while hydrating them. Omorovicza Gold Hydrating Mask heals dry skin while firming, especially in the winter months, and works well with the Omorovicza Rose Lifting Serum, which relaxes facial muscles to slow the development of fine lines and wrinkles while giving skin an instant lift. Both products retail for $185 and are available at www.sephora.com.



NARS make-up: If you're a beauty product lover like I am, then you already know NARS is one of the best make-up companies out there. I love the new colours from the spring line, and the new #NARSissist Cheek Palettes are perfect to give to your best friend (or treat yourself!). Each palette is filled with five new, limited edition shades, and one cult favourite shade to filter cheeks and play to any mood with pretty pops of colour. Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Hudson's Bay, as well as www.narscosmetics.com.




Clarins: From skin care to make-up, Clarins is a trusted name in the beauty world, and all products provide incredible results. My favourite Clarins product is the Double Serum, and I've recently fallen in love with their lip gloss. I love that Clarins has some incredibly affordable products, which makes gift giving simple. Their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil retail for $20 and $25.



Caudalie: Caudaline is a French skincare company famous for their patented anti-aging technology which comes from the grapevine. Their moisturizers and serums are effective, natural, and luxurious. Caudalie has three Boutique Spas in Canada, including one in Toronto, and two in Montreal and Laval. Caudalie's Vinosource Collection moisturizers and serums are great products to give for Valentine's Day, especially because they are perfectly packaged in pink.


Dyson Supersonic: This state-of-the-art blow-dryer is a must have product for those who love taking care of their hair. It's a revolutionary blow-dryer designed to make blow-drying hair a more comfortable experience that's more effective and efficient, reducing the time it takes to get hair dry, while preventing damage and eliminating frizz. It comes with several nozzle attachments depending on the look you're trying to achieve. Although pricey, at $499, it is a great investment for someone who frequently blow-dries their own hair. I received this amazing blow-dryer and drying my hair has suddenly become a much easier process—even when I was on vacation in south Florida.

Elite Collection Flat Iron: A flat iron is one thing I always pack when I'm going away on vacation, because nothing helps make my hair look better. This flat iron helps you get silky smooth hair quickly, without damaging the hair. The Elite Collection Flat Iron comes with a cute black clutch, too.

For the jewellery lover:

ALEX AND ANI: Jewellery is the ultimate gift for Valentine's Day and ALEX AND ANI makes adorable bracelets, rings, and necklaces for all occasions—even Valentine's Day. Each piece is affordable, high-quality, eco-conscious, and can be personalized. You can shop the new collection at Nordstrom, or any ALEX AND ANI store.



For the fitness lover:

Giro ski helmet and goggles: If you're planning a romantic ski trip to celebrate love day, why not give your love a new ski helmet and goggles? I love the new pink helmet and goggles from Giro, available at all sporting stores.



K-Way jacket: If your loved one loves the great outdoors, there's no better way to say I love you than giving the gift of warmth in a new sporty K-Way jacket. Yes, those jackets you remember from your childhood are back in a big way and there are so many different types of jackets to choose from to take you from winter to spring in style. Visit www.kway.com to see all the styles, and shop the looks at Hudson's Bay.

For the fashion and lingerie lover:

Express: Express always has clothes and accessories I love, and a perfect black clutch with studs is the perfect accessory for date night on Valentine's Day.




Marshall's and Winners: Almost as popular as chocolates and jewellery, lingerie is an excellent gift to give your love for Valentine's day. I love the affordable and unique pieces you can find at Winners and Marshall's; both stores carry a great variety of lingerie you won't find anywhere else at prices that can't be beat.


Le Chateau: For a hot date night, dress it up in something sexy from Le Chateau. This store is packed with beautiful dresses, tops, and pants to make your night out extra special. I love that Le Chateau is consistently well-priced, from shoes, to clothes, to accessories.

For the chocolate lover:

Purdy's Chocolates: Of course chocolate is the best gift to give for Valentine's Day—to lovers, friends, colleagues, children, or just yourself. Purdy's chocolates are delicious and wrapped perfectly for Valentine's Day, too. Go ahead an indulge your sweet tooth... you won't regret it, and calories don't count on Valentine's Day!




Happy love day, and happy shopping!
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