Saturday, August 30, 2014

LouLou Magazine Shop Series Recap

Fashion Forward At Farview Park


On our last post about the LouLou Shop Series we gave you Four Ways To Prepare For A Shopping Event.  Well we put those steps into action when we attended the 2014 LouLou Magazine Shop Series at Kitchener's Fairview Park Mall.
Was it any wonder that one of the first items I noticed was this?


Getting Glammed Up



  • LOULOU Closet, Runway and Trend Presentations (5:30pm and 7:00pm). ​Following each trends presentation there was a stylist competition where Liv Judd, shopping editor of LouLou Magazine chose 3 shoppers from the crowd to create their best Fall look from the LOULOU closet. They had 3 minutes to do so after which ​they presented their look to the audience and the winner was chosen by crowd applause.  There were a variety of trends for fall displayed and everyone had a giggle as the contestants ran around putting together the "look" they wanted to present.



  • Mini Makeovers by Hudson's Bay Estee Lauder. You had a choice of a "eye colour" application or a skin and foundation consultation.  Being a fair skin with freckles you can imagine the trouble I have with finding the correction foundation so I found the information provided very useful and the makeup application gave me an idea of how it should look.




  • Instant Updos and Polish Applications by Natural Solutions and Tonyc.  Diane's daughter opted for the hairdo while Diane and I went for manicures. As you can see our nails still looked great days later at the CNE


  • Started Shopping

    Now that we were armed with knowledge about the fall trends for 2014 it was time to hit the sales!  Lots of stores had great apparel and accessories on sale for the event so we got some great clothing deals! The still have a few more events happening
    The item I was most excited about was this jacket.
    If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed a pinned a similar jacket just days before! What made it even more special is that I got it on sale for $8.99

    So Much Swag!

    For partnering with LouLou Magazine Shop Series and Internal Media At Events on this post we were awarded some awesome swag! We weren't the only ones to get some great swag.  Shoppers who spent $200 or more during the event were given gift bags as well. If you missed out on the Kitchener event be sure to check the list of upcoming LouLou Shops events and get ready to shop!

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    The LouLou Shops Series Is Headed for Kitchener’s Fairview Park



    Getting Your LouLou On

     

    While most Canadian women are familiar with LouLou Magazine, their LouLouShop Series might need an intro to the Kitchener Waterloo area. Being attendees of a previous LouLou event we thought we would give you the lowdown.

     


    What to Expect At The LouLou Event at Fairview Park


    Wondering what to expect at the LouLou Shopping Series event on August 21 2014? To start with Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener is looking forward to hosting you and your gal pals!


     

    Their participating shops will have lots in store for you including

    • Event Only discounts
    • VIP treatments
    • Treats and more

     
    Plus LouLou Magazine will have their expert editors on hand to give you tips on the latest style trends.

    Need a bit more coaxing? Well the first 200 shoppers that spend $200 at the event on between 5pm-9pm on August 21 will receive a SWAG BAG! Learn more about the event happenings and swag in our upcoming posts about the event

    Pro Tip – Get in line early for the swag!

    See Just How Much Fun We Had


    When we attended a previous LouLouMagazine event in Toronto Ontario, we had so much fun.  We were given a map of the participating stores and made sure to visit every single one of them! We shopped, received swag, hopped in photo booths, we wined and dined a bit, got pampered and ended up at a Dragonette concert in a Roots store.


     
     
     
     

    Now I’m not saying any of this will take place at Fairview Park, but you never know unless you are there for the experience!


    Four Ways to Prepare For a Shopping Event


    1. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES – The last thing you want to experience is sore feet. Pop on your comfy shoes ensure you can make it through the shopping mall blister free
    2. PLAN YOUR ATTIRE – At these events dressing room areas can become very busy. It’s best to wear tank tops and thin shorts under your outfit so you can try on garments without getting in that fitting room line.
    3. CHARGE YOUR DEVICE – Chances are you will want to show off your style! Make sure your smartphone/tablet is fully charged so you can show your finds socially.
    4. BE PATIENT – Great deals can sometimes mean longer lineups at the checkout. Instead of being frustrated, strike up a conversation with others in line. Ask them about the deals they grabbed and learn how they found out about the event.

    Tell Us about Your Shopping Experiences


     
    Do you have any pro tips to share when it comes to shopping events? We would love to hear them! Do you prefer to shop on your own or do you bring a group with you? Have you started the “back to school” clothing purchases? What Fairview Park shops do you frequent? How do you “shop so you don’t drop” Post your comments below and we’ll be sure to tweet them out!

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    When Do You Feel Beautiful?

    Empowering Women At #BeautyIsMe

    Last month we had the opportunity to attend the first #BeautyIsMe event hosted by She Speaks Hair. We were not sure what to expect. All we knew was that is was a charitable event for The Heart And Stroke Foundation with Beauty as it's theme.

    If you have read my post Find The Inner And Outer Beauty you know that I feel strongly about this subject and that we like to be involved in anything that Empowers Women to be their very best.

    When we arrived we were told we learn tips for hair, skin, nutrition, exercise and relaxation all in one afternoon. As you can see in the video below we did accomplish that

    Takeaweays From The Event

    • Beginner yoga is truly for everyone
    While we all lied there learning how to properly breath everyone was able to do it at their own pace and if you had yoga experience before you learned how to increase your yoga workout.  It was great lesson in relaxation and being present. 

    • How NOT to damage your hair
    We spend so much time doing our hair, a lot of the time we are shooting ourselves in the foot.  Instead of using a gazillion products, choose just a few that don't have fillers.  They are more concentrated so you will use less and get the full benefit from the product. Also something I need to stop doing is going to bed with wet hair.  In may be convenient but it increases the chance of split ends and hair breakage.

    • Put your best face forward
    We learned a lot of time savers when it came to skin care and makeup application.  Natural glow comes for healthy skin, but for extra oomph use a highlighter makeup to contour your face.

    • Healthy eating can be a skin care regime
    Eating foods high in antioxidants and healthly fats are not only good for your body, they can be used on your body. Being the Food Revolution KW Ambassadors we were pleased to learn you can create facial treatements and skin care masks using berries, avocados and more nutrient rich foods.

    • Cheer Up
    Choosing a Cheer Body workout gives you a great cardio workout but also increases self esteem.  Taught by a former cheerlearder from the Toronto Argonauts, the workout improves the way you move and the way you feel about yourself!

    oh and there was healty nibbles and swag to be had...


    We really enjoyed ourselves at this first #BeautyIsMeEvent and look forward to the one next season.  If you want to be in the loop about their seasonal events be sure to join the She Speaks Hair Mailing List (the link can be found in the right sidebar of the page).

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Best Salad Dressing - Just Five Ingredients

    With summer in full swing salads are on the menu!


    There are so many salad dressing recipes out there but I find they have so many ingredients! This means you are constantly balancing flavours.  If you put too much lemon then you need more sugar.  If you have to much garlic then add some lime.  For me simple is the way to go.

    I made this salad dressing in 5 mins with 5 ingredients.  No zesting, chopping or juicing required.

    Now remember I'm not great at measuring so you may need to do a bit of adjusting to your own taste.

    The 5 Ingredient Salad Dressing

    You will need
    • 1 cup of Olive Oil
    • 2 to 2.5 cups of Rice Wine Vinegar
    • Half a cup (or less depending on how sweet you need it) of Liquid Honey
    • A few of twists of the grinder of ground pepper
    • A couple of twists of the grinder of salt.
    ** Note because I am a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador I recommend his pink himalyan salt but any coarse salt should do.

    What's next? Add it all to a mason jar. Secure the lid and give it a good shake! That's it!

    I poured it over a spinach salad that had strawberries and walnuts. Again another easy to make healthy recipe!

    Let's Hear It

    Give it a try and leave a comment on how you liked it, or let me know about your easy salad dressing recipe! Then be sure to check out the other Healthy Recipes From Canadian Bloggers

    Friday, May 23, 2014

    Healthy Recipes For Food Revolution KW From Bloggers Across Canada

    As posted in our MEDIA RELEASE were introduced to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day by being asked by the previous Kitchener Food Revolution Ambassador to help create a community event for the 2013 Food Revolution Day. Food Revolution Day is a world-wide movement that brings healthy lifestyle awareness to all. With co-operation from The Kitchener Market, Foodlink and several other community involved organizations the 2013 Kitchener Food Revolution Day was a success. In the planning of our second event for Food Revolution we were made aware that the Kitchener Ambassador would not be carrying on in that position for 2014. Being such an important awareness campaign for the area, we chose to take on the roles of Kitchener-Waterloo Food Revolution Ambassadors to continue Jamie Oliver's important messages of healthy food and lifestyle choices.  You can read the full Media Release to learn more about Food Revolution KW.





    If you are in the Kitchener Waterloo area we would love to see you at our #FoodRevKW event at the Kitchener Market.  We are thrilled to have special guests Top Chef Canada Finalist Terry Salmond and World Boxing Champion Fitzroy Vanderpool take part in our event along with several other healthy living partners!
     
    With our Food Revolution KW 2014 happening we wanted to know what healthy recipes YOU like to make! Below are list of recipes bloggers from across Canada submitted and feel free to add your own to the list! If you try any of the recipes be sure to come back and comment on how they turned out!
     
     
     

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

    International Women's Day 2014 Blogs

    Today March 8 2014 Is International Women's Day



    Last year I wrote a post about International Women's Day, but this year I decided to see what other bloggers have to say about the subject. I have set up a a blog link up with some great posts that have to do with the topic. If you have written a post that fits with the topic of International Women's Day be sure to link it up at the bottom of this post. I have also added some content that may strike a chord with you.





    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Facebook Turns 10 - What That Means To Me

    Happy 10th Birthday Facebook


    Last week TIME magazine launched a tool to let you know How Much Time You've Wasted On Facebook.  Although I have not analyzed the time I have spent on Facebook, I would never refer to it as wasted time.

    Here's just a short list of things Facebook has done for me
    • Met tons of new people!
    • Launched MeFest
    • Turned my part-time job into a full-time position
    • Became even more involved in my community
    • Raised awareness for several events
    • Learned to adapt to an ever-changing platform
    Really I could go on about all the wonderful things facebook has done, but that's just me. I asked on facebook about how what you LIKE most about facebook.  Staying connected to those far away and re-connecting with people was the stand out answer. 

    To celebrate 10 years of Facebook, all the users received a highlight reel of their time on the social network as well as a message from Mark Zuckerburg and a short 10 Year Celebration video that you can see below.





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