TIFF has finally wrapped and I’m so glad I stopped by EGPR’s Essentials Lounge last week to stock up on all the tools to get me through the TIFF trenches.
Presented at the Templar Hotel, the Essentials Lounge is now in its fifth year arming media members with a comprehensive survival and recovery kit to get prepped and pampered for TIFF.
Photo by: Ryan Emberly
I kicked things off with an organic, cold-pressed juice from The Good Press, where owners Andrew and Leila formulate delicious yet healthy concoctions in their Yorkville boutique. Housed in eco-friendly glass bottles, my favourite flavour was the nicely balanced Emerald City with kale, cucumber, celery, parsley, romaine, apple, lemon and a spicy hit of ginger. Continue reading →
I don’t know about you – but I’ve been going to A LOT of weddings this year.
I’m packing up my suitcase tonight and head to Toronto tomorrow to celebrate the wedding of a near and dear friend from high school. It’s the second wedding I’ll be attending this year and I am thrilled to be sharing in this special day.
So all these weddings got me thinking of my own pre-wedding beauty regimen when I got married. A few things I still stick to and try to do when I’m heading to a big event myself. I have one more wedding in November for Paul’s brother and there will be lots of pictures! Therefore my beauty goal will be to make sure that my skin doesn’t completely dehydrated, I don’t have huge bags under my eyes or look jet-lagged in the photos.
If you’re prepping for your own wedding, you’re in the wedding party or just attending a big event where you want to look your best (who doesn’t!), here are a few helpful tips to get your beauty regimen in check:
1) Get a Facial – Before my big day, I booked a facial every month for about 6 months leading up to my big day. I wanted my skin to look healthy, to clear up any clogged pores, whiteheads and blackheads over time. I booked my last facial two weeks out from my wedding day, so my skin had time to heal and didn’t look red in photos. Do not book a facial the week of your wedding. Extractions can leave your face sore and you may breakout a little post-treatment. So give yourself lots of time.
Nowadays, I book a facial maybe every other month at most. It can get expensive, so I see it more as a treat these days. My other trick it check group buying sites like Gilt City to see if I can a great deal on a hotel spa facial so I can save some money!
I met the creative paper mistress – Sarah from Paper Built at ALT Summit earlier this year. Her business card stood out beyond all the ones I received that weekend because hers folded into a little house with her contact info on it. Yes – it was a 3D business card! Coolest. Thing. EVER.
I was instantly fascinated by Sarah’s unique talent and scoped out her etsy store as soon as I got home. Her shop features instantly downloadable printables for birthday parties, photo booth props, party decorations and favour boxes. And here I was just stuffing things into plain old envelopes or cellophane bags. Continue reading →
Hosted in the historic Fairmont Royal York hotel, the sixth annual Bask-It-Style lounge transformed the hotel’s Royal Suite into a gifting oasis for TIFF celebs this festival season.
Presented by GLO Communications, Bask-It-Style features a refreshing mix of lifestyle brands including charities, authors, local craft brews, jewelry, makeup, and wellness products.
Where Bask-It-Style really shines is in their delivery method – personalized VIP gift bags are hand delivered to the city’s top hotels for direct placement in visiting celebrities’ guest suites. Luckily we were able to take a sneak peek at this year’s gift bags and meet some of the premium brands along the way. Continue reading →
Yosemite National Park has always been a place I’ve always wanted to visit.
I grew up in the thick of the city. I never really connected with nature until recently. I didn’t know places of such beauty existed and the more I learn, the more I feel the need to travel. Since Yosemite is only about a five-hour drive from our home in Los Angeles, Paul and I packed up for a long weekend road trip. Here are my travel tips:
Getting to Yosemite National Park – We road-tripped from Los Angeles and broke up the drive with an overnight stop in Fresno. We left Thursday at around Noon and zipped right out of the city (skipping LA traffic) and into a hotel in Fresno where we had dinner and chilled out for the night. Paul and I stayed at Homewood Suites by Hilton Fresno and it was awesome.
A complimentary dinner with wine or beer is included for stays from Monday to Thursday and a hot breakfast was included with our rate too. It was very similar toa stay I wrote about in Dallas. It was actually a bit cheaper for us to stay in Fresno for the night then it was to tack on an extra night in Yosemite Park.
The drive from Los Angeles took about 3.5 hours and we had lots of time for a shopping stop at Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno and to grab water, supplies and snacks at Whole Foods. We gased up our car, woke up the next day, had a nice relaxing breakfast at the hotel and were on the road by 10 AM.
The drive from Fresno to Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (our hotel) took about 2.5 Hours and we were checked in and eating lunch at the lodge by 1 PM. After which, we had a full day to explore and went on a long bike ride until about 6 PM or so – after which, we were done.
I love taking my time and relaxing while I’m on vacation. If we were rushing from place to place all the time, it would be no fun. Set a leisurely pace and just enjoy the ride. Continue reading →