Teaming up with Sassoon Salon’s has given me lots of great hair options – from cuts to colour, hair product and hair treatments. However, I don’t spend my life at the salon so that means I still need to to take care of my hair. Haircare is a must-do year-round and each season brings its own set of challenges as does aging and hair processes. I’ve talked to Lorraine McAndrew, Senior Creative Director at Sassoon Salon Toronto, and I am outlining Sassoon’s top haircare tips to replenish and maintain smooth, silky hair. The weather is still cold and dry (Winter weather in Spring) so these tips are perfect for the roller coaster ride this weather is inflicting on my hair!
Pamper. Kerastase’s luxurious in-salon Fusio-Dose Treatment is made from four active ingredient concentrates and five potent boosters. For each service, the stylist conducts a hair analysis and tailors a combination best suited to the client’s hair needs. The benefits of the Fusio-Dose treatment include: improved hair density, increased radiance in hair, strengthened and nourished damaged hair, and improved hair manageability.
Protect. Apply a thermo protection cream like the Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique when using styling tools as a daily protectant. It is specifically designed for dry hair and is a must-have in any daily hair routine. For further nourishment, use a hair mask like the Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense once a week. It is formulated to boost the moisture of super sensitive, dry hair and comes in two versions for fine and thick hair.
Slice! Getting regular maintenance trims for split ends is extremely important for eliminating rough and dull hair. Sassoon’s team recommends getting a trim every 5 weeks (4 weeks for short hair)
Be gentle. To protect hair, it is best to dry it completely before stepping out of the house as it is more susceptible to breakage when wet. Blow-dry gently using a wide-tooth comb or small paddle brush.
Don’t overwash: Yes, there is such thing as too much washing. Wash hair 2-3 times a week to maintain natural nourishing oils in the hair for a smooth mane!
The above 5 tips are easy to follow but make all the difference when it comes to our luscious manes!
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and the campaign for this year is #PressForProgress. Progress comes in different forms and we all contribute to progress in different ways. Did you know that in 1940 women could still be arrested for wearing pants in public? Pants weren’t just an article of clothing for fashion sake but became a symbol of equality for women. Today we can wear pants whenever and wherever we want without any personal repercussions. We take it for granted that we can wear what we please because women of the past fought for this progress.
Ann Taylor launches its Pants are Power campaign celebrating the brand’s commitment to over 60 years of making a woman feel powerful in her wardrobe. This campaign commemorates the evolution of pants in fashion and as a symbol of equality for women. It is a nod to strong women who, in the not-so-distant past, fought for their right to wear pants that make them feel confident and empowered. Pants let you run free and jump over any obstacle – women were demanding the freedom and power to run free. This is how Ann Taylor is pressing for progress. Fashion for women has become a way to celebrate our achievements and our femininity. It is a great equalizer and where women can suit up and wear clothing that tells the world their story.
Ann Taylor’s Pants are Power continues to pay tribute to National Women’s History month as we look to the past to build sister solidarity in the future. Ann Taylor’s Spring pant collection features new styles and showcases the brand’s extended sizes and hems. The collection stands behind the promise that every pant should fit where it counts – from waist to hip to hem.
I always get excited when I partner with Reitmans (here) to bring you the latest in fashion and more importantly style. I also think of myself as the unofficial “Tall Girl” ambassador for the brand (here). So I was very excited when I learned that our latest partnership would feature denim and I got to speak about their tall denim offering (here)!!
Every store is different and the one closest to me has a pretty good Tall section and items sell out quickly. This tell me that Tall Girls love what Reitmans offers and needs to give us more. On-line you can find over 20 different denim styles. Options include several different washes, there are ones with embroidery, true ankle jeans for us and styles include skinny, straight and boot cut.
If you’ve been visiting my site then you know I love a dark denim and this is a a straight denim option I found in store (it’s not available on line). It sits nicely around my waist, great wash and shows off my booties!! I paired it with this beautiful blue trench, a yellow top (reminds me of the sun) and a chic scarf all from Reitmans and all new arrivals!
Who says blondes can’t wear yellow?
You will see classic trenches everywhere. What you won’t find everywhere is the perfect navy trench. This one is lined and great for early spring, late winter weather. I also find navy a great alternative to black, black can be harsh against my skin.
Navy and yellow is a favourite colour combination for me and all of these items from Reitmans will be on serious repeat.
Ohhhh no, there it is again – that familiar feeling of being quite literally let down as you’re running for the bus, the taxi, the subway, the dog or your child. Your bra is sliding south, your breasts are bouncing to and fro, then settling at last, somewhere near your waist.
But this is a brand new bra you’re thinking. You bought it only yesterday. It felt so soft and comfy in the shop. You were sure this was the one. Wrong again. (Don’t be seduced by soft and comfy, unless you’re shopping for a sleep bra).
Sound familiar? Probably. Most of us shop for bras the way we always have, and yet we still expect a miracle. As in life, we have to modify how we do things in order for the result to change. In other words, perhaps we have to shop for a bra differently to get the result we want – which, quite simply, is a bra that fits. Ideally, a bra should support the girls, feel good and look good. And no, it’s not too much to ask!
So much has changed in the world of bras while you were busy with life! With new technology, there are many more cup and band sizes available now – waaaay beyond the DDD’s you might remember from your last visit to the bra department. It’s quite possible these are sizes you’ve never heard of. Elomi, Goddess, Fantasie and Freya to name a few brands, offer B – K cups, and band sizes from 28 – 56. This makes it possible to find a bra that fits like it was made for you and you alone. Best of all, these bras are pretty – believe me they’re nothing like the bras your grandmother wore!
First of all, I’m a firm believer in going to an expert. If at all possible, treat yourself to a professional fitting. It saves time, money and lots of frustration! Most specialty stores and some department stores have qualified fitters eager to help you. It’s a free service, so why wouldn’t you take advantage of it? If there’s no shop available in your area, there are several excellent online resources with comprehensive fitting guides and a customer service team to help you find your perfect size.
Some things to look for on the road to a perfect fit:
1. Let go of the letter and the number thing. Please! You are the size you are, and the letters and numbers don’t define you or your size. They’re just a way to describe the size of a particular style. All manufacturers have their own unique way of expressing size, so you’ll most likely walk out of the shop, or leave the website, with a variety of bras in different sizes. Which all fit you. Don’t be alarmed, it’s totally normal and generally means the fitter knows her stuff and has done a great job!
2. Bear in mind, the number 1 faux pas women make when shopping for a bra is:
• The band (the number) is too big and the cups (the letter) are too small. Most of the time you’ll find the fit will improve if you go down in the band, and up in the cup. With all the cup sizes available these days, it’s easy peasy.
3. Remember, by definition a bra is a support garment. Your bra has one job, and that is to support your breasts.
4. Three things have to happen for a perfect fit:
• The underwire should sit behind the breast tissue, on your ribcage. Not on your breast tissue. It should surround every scrap of breast tissue. If you feel the underwire “biting” into your breasts, it’s a sure sign the cups are too small, so go up in the cup. In fact, never be afraid to go up a cup, or even several cup sizes.
• The center-gore (the bit of fabric between the cups) must “tack” (come right up against the ribcage). This helps to anchor the band in the front and assists with support. If you find the center-gore isn’t tacking, it most likely means the cups are too small. Go up a cup size.
• The band should fit firmly around the rib-cage. It should feel like a snug hug. If you’ve been wearing a bra with a band that’s too loose, expect a snugger band to feel strange for the first day or so. Yes, you should feel it, but in a good way. Remember, the curvier you are, and the fuller your breasts, the more support your breasts need. A snugger band will provide more stability, and more support.
5. Too often, women make the mistake of relying on the straps for support. It’s really the body of the bra (a snug band, the center gore tacking, and the under-wire sitting behind the breast tissue) which provides the support. The straps just come along for the ride. Just think of how a strapless bra stays up…
6. Last, but definitely not least, it’s important to adjust your breasts into the cups. I call it the “swoop and scoop,” and here’s how to do it: Bring your opposite hand into the opposite cup. Reach to the back end of your under-wire, and scoop your breast tissue from the back to the front into the cup. Make sure all of your breast tissue is in the cup in front of the underwire. This is just as important as finding the correct size, and the right style! In fact, don’t be surprised if you find you need to go up another cup size, and then probably down a band size, as you’ve moved the breast tissue out of the band, and into the cup.
A bra that fits properly can truly change your life! It will change your posture and how you move through life. It can get rid of back pain. A great sports bra will make it possible to be active in whatever way you choose. If the bra is doing its job, it will free you from worrying about what your breasts and the bra itself are doing throughout the day. It will make you feel good. Most of all it will give you the confidence to go out and get what you deserve!
Now go out and shop like you mean it!
My Hair Story with Sassoon last year saw me play with many different hues – I went back to my “roots” literally as I started the year off with dark brown hair, then slowly ended up as a blonde again.
I learned how damaging heat and the sun is for hair and I learned to protect my hair. I also kept my length and became “known” for my curled hair. The most asked question I get is “How do you curl my hair?”. I use a simple wand and don’t use any product. I also tested lots of shampoos and keep going back to salon brands for my hair (with the exception of hair thickening shampoo).
When Sassoon asked me to come back as an influencer this year it was an easy Yes. You see I had become a regular client. I loved the experience at Sassoon and my hair looked amazing.
What would my hair story be for 2018? Well so far its toning of the blonde. I am going to continue being a blonde – just not as bright. My first Sassoon visit of 2018 saw me meet with a new colourist (for me) John. We discussed what I wanted (to stay blonde) but I also asked him for his opinion. We decided that I would tone down the blonde and add a more sandy shade. This would decrease the bleach colour and give my hair a rest. I also had a treatment to moisturize my colour treated hair.
When John was done with me it was time to see Tricia. We talked about the condition of my hair. She told me that given that I dye it blonde and curl it the ends were in pretty good shape. I didn’t want to cut off too much length and she said we didn’t have too. We would keep the long layers and my part wasn’t moving from the middle. I am going to keep growing my hair for 2018. I think that will be the big change for me.
Below are the latest photos of me with my hair freshly cut and styled.
What about you? Are you planning anything new for your hair?
I’m not what you think of when you think of a “gamer” well mostly because I’m not. However, when you have 3 boys you quickly learn that gaming will be part of your life (my daughter is not a big gamer, she is given every opportunity to participate but not a fan). My boys have a PS3 and iPads. They’re still young – 12, 10 and 8 – so we’re just starting. When Sonya invited me and the rest of the women of Auburn Lane (here to learn more about us) to experience Windows Mixed Reality we were all in. I wanted to learn about the future of gaming and what my sons where sure to be getting into – so did all the other women who are also mothers.
I am going to be very honest – Microsoft had people there and they led us on the adventure while holding our hands (ok some of us needed more hand holding then the others – namely me). You need a PC ( with Windows 10 to operate it) and headsets before you start. Microsoft doesn’t make the head sets, however, there are lots of great options on the market. We wore the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers. Make sure you adjust them and tighten them accordingly.
I was told that all you need to do is plug the system into your computer and follow the prompts. I also learned that mixed reality is the blend of the virual reality world and use of controllers – meaning that you have to move to be playing. The controllers are paired via Bluetooth with the headset to interact with each other. With one controller in each hand you can use the triggers and buttons to perform functions. It took me a while to figure out how to use everything. I am positive my boys would figure it our in seconds.
We were transported into a beautiful beach house with (what seemed like) millions of game options but in reality its like 20,000 Windows apps and 360 videos plus all the other content you can get – so to give you a taste you can play games, launch Netflix, solve puzzles, enjoy your favourite apps or go on a tour of Machu Picchu as one of us did. I mean it’s not just Machu Picchu you can explore but you get the idea.
You need about 10 feet of clear space when you are playing Mixed Reality because you will be moving when you play and we all played MR: Move Out of the Room. Move Out of the Room is an Escape Room game with lots of different tasks you need to complete – like find clues, secret codes, keys – to get the heck out. With the headset we were able to walk around the room, peer behind objects and look into other spaces. With the motion controllers we were able to virtually grab items and I have to admit I made such a mess in that room because I didn’t have to clean it up so there. I was throwing everything.
I learned that with Virtual Reality (VR) gaming there is a fear of feeling “woozy” and to make sure this doesn’t happen you need to do a few things – remember you have to have the headset secured at the right eye view and take breaks from the screen. I played for about a half an hour and didn’t feel anything but if you are sensitive to VR please take care. Sonya is the most sensitive and she didn’t report any problems.
I did get caught in the wires a few times but still had a great time playing. I’ve been told it’s just a matter of time before these units are wireless. Then I say all bets are off! It was great to experience VR with Microsoft Mixed Reality and peer into my future because the future is now.
Outfit Details – Gold Sequins Blazer, Zara (sold out great options here & black option here) || Button Down, Holt Renfrew (old, great option here, here) || Jeans, JCrew (sold out, great option here) || Shoes, Peter Kaiser || Handbag, D&G
It’s the holiday season and for all of us that means shopping and presents – from toys, electronics and clothing to decor and the food I’ll be serving while entertaining. The average Canadian is planning to spend approximately $1400 celebrating this holiday season so every dollar saved counts! For my family and I the holidays mean Christmas so that means before I started my Christmas shopping I headed to RetailMeNot.ca (here) to find the best promo codes and deals.
What I like is that all the top deals are shown on the main page. All you have to do is scroll to see the entire list. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in Today’s Top Coupons scroll further and you’ll find a list of the most popular stores like Hudson’s Bay, Indigo, Amazon.ca and more.
The RetailMeNot.ca site is set up to be user friendly and you can navigate through it easily. Looking for a specific retailer? Just type in the name in the Search option.
It’s important to keep organized and stretch every dollar because of everything Christmas entails – gifts for friends and family and decor and all the trimmings you need for entertaining. This site offers you a portal for the long list of items you need (and some you just want) and reminds you of all the options you have – options to help you save on every dollar you spend.
RetailMeNot has also created tips on how to become a savvy holiday spender:
Make your list and check it twice – 43% of Canadians Admit to overspending on gifts, so in order to avid the January credit card bills blues – organization is your friend! Stay on track with your holiday gifting by creating a list of all the people you need to by for and your maximum budget for each gift. Having everything planned out will ensure you are in control of how all the costs are adding up.
Stack your savings – if your favourite store is having a sale, that’s great, but don’t stop there! Stack your savings. Simply look for promo or coupon codes on RetailMeNot.ca to take additional dollars off your total.
Be part of the club – singing up for a newsletter or mailing list can provide additional savings, especially around the holidays. For example, by creating an account at Club Monaco, or joining the A List at Aldo, you can save 15% on your first online purchase.
It pays to shop around – Have you found that perfect item? Price check your desired gift with other retailers to ensure you are getting the best deal. Many retailers will price match so it pas to do a little homework.
Social shopping – For real time sale updates, follow some of your favourite retailers on social media. Many use their social channels to feature sales and discounts. Who knows, you may get a little gift inso as well.
For the latest holiday dead on everything from gifts to decor, check out RetailMeNot.ca
This post was sponsored by RetailMeNot.ca. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.