I have a confession to make. I love summer. I really, really love the sun and the heat and humidity, and I loathe the cold (not unlike a lizard). So when the warm weather arrives, I revel in it. Now, I have never been one to just lay in the sun and bake (generally, too boring), and I have been a religious wearer of sunscreen since my high school years. But from May through September I am going to be OUTSIDE, baby. From dawn to dusk, and beyond, and I am going to love every darn moment of it. Add to that having a toddler (meaning it’s park and playground life every day) and a more flexible schedule than many that allows me to be not bound to a cubicle all day, and you get the picture. Wonderful, right? You bet. However, my skin may tell you something different.Read More
No two Mama's are alike - so keep that in mind when you are looking for the perfect gift for yours this Mother's Day. Now, of course, let me start by saying what your mom REALLY wants is to spend time with you. So make sure you do that above all else! But if you are also looking to get her a gift, I have some great suggestions based on her personality and needs - whether she's a gourmet, into glam, or just really, really needs a good night's sleep (hint: that's all mom's, really) I shared some great ideas on CH Morning Live (you can watch the segment here) and find all the links to the items below:
The Gourmet Mom
NESPRESSO CREATISTA UNO If your mom really loves GOOD coffee, this is the machine for her. The Creatista UNO, in sophisticated Black Sesame colour is the ultimate machine for creating espresso-based beverages. It produces café style quality right at home thanks to its fully automatic steam pipe to add a barista’s touch to your coffee. Plus, you can use the frothy milk to design your own latte art. Perfect all year round, especially for entertaining because the automatic steam pipe provides multiple milk temperatures for personal preferences and a self-cleaning setting (and who doesn’t love less clean-up, right?) Use with your favourite Nespresso capsules to create a perfect coffee experience.
VITAMIX A2500 ASCENT SERIES Let's face it - there are blenders, and then there is VITAMIX. For me, my Vitamix has revolutionized my time in the kitchen and upped my smoothie game ( because no one wants a chunky smoothie!) This particular model takes things event further so you can think beyond the smoothie. It has 3 settings – smoothie, hot soups, frozen desserts. Basically, this is an incredible all-around kitchen tool for anyone that loves to cook! It also has variable Speed Control and Pulse feature let you fine-tune the texture of any recipe. AND it features Built-In Wireless Connectivity - you can pair with the Vitamix Blend App that has 17 programs and over 500 recipes! It also has a built-in digital timer that removes the guesswork with recipes you process manually, helping you achieve the perfect texture every time. VItamix has a range of models and pricing as options as well, so you can find the one that's right for you!
The Glam Mom
TED BAKER Of course Ted is known for making incredible dresses (the gorgeous spring floral I wore in the segment, for example!) but if you are looking for something that's a little easier to gift, they make wonderful accessories as well. (And quite a few of them are on sale at the moment! This Parson Leather Cross Body Bag is the perfect finishing piece for your your Mama's outfit that is also super functional.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY CT just makes the ultimate in makeup luxury and formulations. Everything about her line is gorgeous. Brand new this season are here line of BEAUTY FILTERS, such as BIGGER BRIGHTER EYES, two palettes specifically designed to enhance eye size and sparkle (limited edition!). The HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER is available in 7 shades, and acts like a primer, a highlighter and a filter all in one customizable product. Not to be missed is her range of always-perfect LIPSTICKS (at the great gifting price point of $39) in Matte Revolution or K.I.S.S.I.N.G. formulations - with tons of beautiful shades especially the most perfect reds and nudes.
TOWN SHOES If your Mama is a shoeaholic, you can't go wrong with adding to her collection this Mother's Day! (though be sure of her size first, of course!) These sparkly Glendi Mules by Kate Spade are not only on sale right now, but are the perfect mix of glam and practicality. If your mom is more into sneakers or heels though, Town has plenty of selections in both of those categories!
The Mom Who Loves Sleep (aka Every Mom)
CASPER You have likely heard about Casper's incredible line of mattresses that have revolutionized the industry. And while a mattress may be a super-big gift to buy for your Mom, you can explore their other products to make sure she gets the incredible sleep that she needs. Casper's Pillows are equally amazing, featuring a unique pillow-in-pillow system that supports side, back or front sleepers with the perfect blend of support and cushiness. Plus - their sheets are also a wonderful option: chic, 400 thread count supima cotton that breathes and feels wonderfully luxurious. All things that add up to extra zzzz's.
THIS WORKS Available exclusively at Sephora in Canada, this skin care line was developed by former beauty editors in the UK (you know, the people that test out ALL of the products out there, so they know what works!) And - this should come as not such a shock - what really works when it comes to beauty is getting more, good quality sleep. So in additon to their skincare products that help you get the most of your time between the sheets, they have also developed their DEEP SLEEP and SLEEP PLUS+ lines of pillow sprays, roll-ons, body creams, and a bath soak that work with properties of aromatherapy and microencapsulation to help your Mama (or you!) fall asleep faster, and deeper. Use (liberally), and repeat!
......a few of my favourite things.....2015 style.Read More
Here's a (not really a secret) secret. I like winter or wintery conditions until January 1st. So that means I like the early dark nights, falling snowflakes, twinkly lights and pepperminty things of the holiday season. Then I am done. The problem is there is a whole lotta winter (if you live where I do, about 3 more months) to deal with the cold and damp and windy and generally unfriendly weather that goes with it. How do I deal? ........Read More
.......post-Labour Day days really are a wonderful way to reset, reevaluate, and resume (or replace) routines. Here's a few suggestions for staying end-of-summer glow-y even if your days are no longer filled with #eatsleepbeachrepeat.Read More
The good news? Spring is almost here! The bad news? This was a long and incredibly unkind winter for many of us (definitely here in Toronto, where I live) and it has probably taken its toll on our skin. It's also not that warm out yet, and the weather can be just as uncooperative at this time of year as it is in winter. Keeping your skin hydrated is still a big priority, but of course we want to tackle texture and tone issues as well - because who wants to be wearing a ton of makeup when the weather gets warmer.....or ever, for that matter? Here's a look at products that can address your needs now, and be part of your routine all year round.
If things are looking a little rough and uneven right now for your skin....not to mention sensitive, this little wonder from Pai should definitely help you get that glow back. Sensitive skin (like mine) can really be as unpredictable as Spring weather, and Pai has designed their line organic, vegan and cruelty-free products to address its needs. Used a few times a week after cleansing (Pai's Camelia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is a great option for that), Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is a concentrated fruit and seed oil blend that delivers essential fatty acids and skin-boosting carotenoids that your skin needs. Trust me, your skin needs these things, and you shouldn't be afraid of putting oil on your skin. After a few weeks, I've been noticing a difference for sure. My skin looks smoother, and it's definitely doing a number on those little marks from former breakouts and the odd bit of sun exposure that have been hanging around. Plus....my worst enemy after the winter is redness, and I'm definitely seeing improvement in that department.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. (Have I said that enough yet?) Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque is refreshing, oil-free (in case you're an oleophobe, and includeds pantheol, bitter orange and cucumber for to repair, hydrate and reduce inflammation. Use a couple of times a week for a 10 minute moisture boost and then rinse off. Or, if you're like me, just sleep with it on in place of your moisturizer for a little extra extra.
Serums are kind of my best friend. I had no idea until a few years ago....but they should be your friend too. They really are an essential extra step after cleansing and before you moisturize. This little wonder is no exception. Holistic Vanity Extra Care Hyaluronic Lupine Protein Serum repairs damage, softens, boosts skin's immunity, and promotes protein-lipid synthesis helping your skin retain moisture better and boost hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in our own connective tissue, but levels of it decrease as we age. So, you know the drill....slather it on and glow.
As someone who has suffered from some nasty breakouts in the not-so-distant past, I will admit that I have feared primers. This one has been pretty sweet to me though. Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30 gives you that always (I mean always) necessary sun protection and a hint of tint while smoothing out any crinkly bits. It also contains peptides and Dermalogica's Age Smart actives to protect against free radical damage. Whether I'm wearing it under makeup or solo, I feel just that little bit more ready to face the world.