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Adventures in Blogging | MAKE UP FOR EVER Spring 2015 Preview

9 March, 2015


IMG_3605Every now and then, as a blogger I have the opportunity to attend some pretty awesome events.  This past Saturday was one of those events when I was able to attend the MAKE UP FOR EVER Spring 2015 Preview here in Toronto.  I’m not kidding guys, I pretty much came out of hibernation to attend this event, and what an event it was.  The event was held at the Deanery at St. James Cathedral and it was a stunning, light and airy venue with floor to ceiling windows that let in a lot of natural light and let us bloggers really explore the products that MAKE UP FOR EVER was showcasing.

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Recap: Clarins Golden Booster Event

28 March, 2014


So you are going to have to forgive me for slacking on getting this post up, but I’ve been sick and just generally unable to post for a while. Last Tuesday, during World Mastercard Fashion Week, I was invited to attend an event by Clarins Canada for their new product Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster.  The event was held at the swanky Ritz-Carlton Toronto, and invited were some of Toronto’s most well-known and influential beauty bloggers.  I met up with some of my fellow CBB ladies, namely Julie, Jenn and Megan, to attend the event.

Julie, Jenn, Megan and myself were among the first arrivals to the event and this really paid off in my opinion.  Despite being momentarily sidetracked by the super amazing candy table, we were able to get our very own private demonstration of the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster.


The Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is not really a self-tanner.  In my opinion, it’s more of a colour enhancer as it is designed to give you a subtle glow and boost your complexion.  It is not designed to give your skin an oompa loompa orange glow, but rather it is designed to give you a healthy, natural glow.  I must say that by the end of the demonstration I was very intrigued.

Also on hand were a variety of other Clarins self-tanners, as seen in the photo below, that we were also invited to test out.  There was a photo booth, a mini-presentation, lots of snacks, and amazing conversation.  What more could you ask for?  Keep an eye out in April for my review on the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster!  There may even be a giveaway!



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Re-Cap: An Evening with Ruth Ozeki author of A Tale For The Time Being

13 April, 2013


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I’ve said it before and I will say it again.  One of my favourtie parts of being a blogger is being invited to events where I am able to meet authors and hear directly from them about their work.  This past Thursday, I had the opportunity once again to head on over to Penguin Canada’s HQ to attend An Evening with Ruth Ozeki who is the author of A Tale For The Time Being.

Hosted by both Penguin Canada and The Chatelaine Book Club, over wine and sushi, we had the opportunity to meet Ruth Ozeki, hear about her work, and ask questions about her writing and her latest novel A Tale For The Time Being.

A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth OzekiA brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki

“A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.


The evening started with the always amazing Laurie Grassie, the Books Editor for Chatelaine Magazine, giving us an intro to both the book and to Ruth herself.  We were then able to view a really beautiful book trailer which was actually done by Ruth as she is a former filmmaker.

After hearing Ruth speak about her work, I cannot wait to dive into A Tale For The Time Being.  I would like to extend a huge thank you to both Penguin Canada and The Chatelaine Book Club for inviting me to attend this amazing event.

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Above are a couple of pictures of the event, my signed copy of A Tale For The Time Being, and some swag.  Yes, that is a Hello Kitty lunch box!