I love the Gusto TV network and one of my favourite shows is Urban Vegetarian with Desiree Nielsen. I love tempura so I finally tackled Desiree’s homemade version this evening with wasabi mayo. Loved it. I highly recommend for any tempura lovers.
Palliative Care is about living well.
Dr. Desmond Leung is a Palliative Care Doctor at the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care at North York General Hospital. I have known Dr. Leung for the last six years and am lucky to be able to volunteer with him on the NYGH Palliative Care Steering Committee. For National Hospice Palliative Care Week, Dr. Leung was interviewed on CBC’s Metro Morning with Matt Galloway as he works to change the face of Palliative Care. Amazing interview. Please take time to listen to it.
Life is all about experiences and thanks to Instagram and a wee bit of good timing, I got to spend a fun afternoon at Harrods two years ago today with Bobbi Brown UK Senior Pro Artist Hannah Martin (@BBPRO_HannahMartin). Imagine an afternoon chatting all things makeup, learning new techniques and getting a bit glam for my evening out in London. Incredibly awesome experience!
My mother loved makeup and never left home without it especially her pink lipstick. As they say, the apple does not fall from the tree. I have adored makeup for as long as I can remember, always love a chance to have my makeup done and the opportunity to learn new things. With London calling, a telephone call across the pond to Harrods secured an appointment for Friday afternoon before meeting my friends for an evening of drinks, dinner and dancing. I was very excited for the chance to meet and learn from Hannah after following her for many months on Instagram. I also love how I had absolutely no idea she was on hand at the 2011 Royal Wedding until after my holiday but no less exciting to find out after the fact. I have loved all things British since childhood including the Royal family so this was icing on the cake to this experience.
Having your makeup done by Hannah is like hanging out with your BFF. Reflecting back, I share a few of the awesome tips I learned that day.
* Lip Balm – nourish your lips when you start to apply your makeup and then apply lipstick or lip gloss once you have finished your makeup. Always the final step.
* After applying foundation, smoosh your face with your hands. The warmth will help melt your makeup into your skin. A simple tip that Bobbi Brown taught her.
* Bronzer and Blusher – Place bronzer high on the checks, the temple and don’t forget to warm your neck. Think of drawing a figure eight on both sides of your face with a pop of blush on the cheeks. Hannah’s favourite is blue pink called pale pink which she often uses on brides – maybe even one famous one. Finish up with a bit of Shimmer Brick to highlight on the upper cheekbones. Remember to smile during these steps.
* Brows – I never filled mine in until Hannah introduced me to Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Wheat.
* Eyes – Hannah created an evening smokey eye look for my night out with friends. I normally wear brown, navy or purple eyeliner (or eye shadow as liner) but she promised me a Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Blank Ink would make my green eyes pop without being too harsh for my fair complexion and blonde hair. It definitely did. Gel Eyeliner can take a bit of getting used to it but I love it. I use the Ultra Precise Eyeliner brush to apply it close to the lash line and will carefully dot below the lid. For a smokey eye look, I will smudge it with the Smokey Eye Liner Brush. Another fun addition was sparkle to my eyelids with Sparkle Eye Shadow in Mica. It has become a staple for my evening eye look. Finish with Mascara.
I loved that Hannah made me look like a more glamorous version of me. To this day, she continues to inspire me through her Instagram feed, YouTube videos and many articles. If you love everything makeup, definitely subscribe to Hannah Martin’s YouTube Chanel.
Hannah – I consider myself so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from you. Hope our paths will cross again soon in London or Canada. Thank you for your beautiful spirit and teaching women everywhere to be who they are. xx
Five years ago today, my sister-in-law and I saw Oprah live when she brought her Lifeclass to Toronto, Canada. As a lifelong Oprah fan, this was a dream come true. Only when Lifeclass began did we know that the theme would be gratitude. I knew immediately we were meant to be there.
I reflected back on my notes from the Lifeclass on Gratitude and share a bit of my food for thought with you.
* Gratitude Journal – What five things are you thankful for everyday. Power in the words.
* Change your state of being and start to be grateful.
* You see your life as a gift. Look for the blessing.
* Gratitude – you can change your contentious. If you are thankful for what you have, you will always have more. Life in the present. Embrace the now.
* PAIN – Iyanza Vazant – Pay Attention Inward. Get grateful in all paths along life. Each stop will teach us along the way. Pay attention to how we respond to the stop.
* Gratitude – We cannot be grateful and hateful simontanously.
* Giving thanks helps you connect to what you deserve ~ Tony Robbins
* Wherever there is appreciation, there is duplication. ~ Bishop James
* Gratitude = abundance ~ Deepak Chopra
* Gratitude can be a lifesaver when you do not have anything else.
* Change the story from pain to a gift
* You get what you tolerate. Change your story. ~ Tony Robbins
* When you are a giver, you will always have gratitude
* Operate from a new belief life happens not to me but for me. If you have been down that road, you can reach people that others cannot. Share your story ~ Tony Robbins
* Everyone’s story is either an absolutely warning or an example.
* Everything we go for, we learn something ~ Bishop T.D. Jakes
* The energy and attitude you bring to your past and how you describe it. ~ Oprah
* Saint and sinner exchanging notes. Use our keys to open up our prisons and to do something great to escape. Who you are matters and gives people HOPE.
* Flood yourself with positive moments. Give them an experience
* “Live to give” – I am more than my circumstances ~ Tony Robbins
* Attention, Appreciation, Affection – ways to give to children ~ Deepak Chopra
* Energy you bring to the room – your presence is enough ~ Iyanza Vanzant
* I am the universe – infinite potential
* Best lesson on gratitude – go back into your own life where you can be more grateful and appreciative
* All is a gift. Hope you can leave here and rethink how you see your life.
* Clear understanding others are teachers – appreciate people everyday
* Whatever I seed will grow.
* Your inner vision makes your special.
* Always remember everything connects to gratitude.
Grateful I had the opportunity to enjoy this special day and thankful it has kept me focused on finding gratitude in the simple joys of life.
What are you grateful for?
Do you love indulging in cooking shows? Are you always searching for recipes to make something new? When you travel, do you like to visit local grocery stores, markets and food shops? Do love food, wine, conversation and a fun evening out?
If the answer to one or more is a definite YES, please join us for the Junior League of Toronto For The Love of Cooking event on the evening of Thursday April 6th. The evening will include hands-on cooking lessons and dinner led by Chef John Cirillo (a former head of Canada’s culinary Olympics team) and his team. Olive Oil Sommelier Karen Rapp will run a tasting and Noble Estates will provide wine pairings. A silent auction and special surprises are also in store. This event is open to Junior League of Toronto, friends and the Toronto community. Men are also most welcome to join us too. Please share with anyone you think may be interested.
The Junior League of Toronto is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Funds raised from the event will help support an array of programs for youth and families living in shelters and vulnerable individuals facing mental illness.
To purchase tickets – https://www.jlt.org/?nd=p_event_detail&event_id=729
I love all things Finnish. My entire life I have been surrounded by Finnish design at home including many beautiful iittala pieces. I absolutely adore every one of these timeless beauties. This year, iittala is re-thinking the table setting and asking their Instagram followers to share their table reset. Sunny spring days will be in bloom soon so I created this spring table setting with a few of my iittala, Arabia and Marimekko treasured pieces. A fresh take on my spring table.
Tonight we spring forward which always makes me happy. While this winter was bearable by Canadian standards, the dark days are always a challenge for me and I definitely tend to favour cocooning at home over the winter months.
Long before hygge became the popular lifestyle trend it is today, I learned about the concept after seeing Sharmi Albrechtsen on House Hunters International when she embarked on a move from the USA to Denmark. Sharmi was also featured on the Oprah Life Class on Gratitude that I attended in Toronto. Sharmi’s introduction to happiness and the Danish way of life definitely intrigued me to learn more.
Hygge – pronounced ‘hoo-guh’ – is the art of creating intimacy, fellowship and coziness in the smallest everyday moments. With my Finnish roots, hygge and this way of living appealed to me. I essentially fell in love with this Danish way of life which seemed like a perfect fit for the cold and dark winter months in Canada. In the spring of 2015, I travelled to Finland to see my family and loved being surrounded by their simplistic way of life. This is something I am definitely trying to incorporate back home in Canada. I purchased these beautiful iittala candle holders to help me perfectly capture the coziness of hygge at home. Every time I light them, they are a perfect reminder to savour what is important in life – time with family and friends, to take time to just be and to enjoy the simple joys of living.