Being awesomer…..with Joy McCarthy

In the spirit of trying to ‘be better’, I thought I’d share this book with you.  I actually know this woman and have been to several of her workshops/talks.  I’m sharing it with you because if you really want to make a change, this is a great place to start.  Should you not want to invest in the book, scroll down to the bottom of the post for website information, where Joy shares recipes and tips for better living.

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Joyous Health is a fresh new approach to eating that will change the way you think about food and what you eat, offering a simple and practical path to creating a healthy lifestyle. Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, creator of the popular blog Joyous Health, explains how to eat and live joyously with amazing results, both inside and out:

• improved digestion
• increased energy and zest for life
• sleeping like a baby
• glowing skin and shiny hair
• balanced hormones
• weight loss and increased libido
• lowered blood pressure and cholesterol
• feeling fabulous every day
Joyous Health celebrates eating delicious, clean whole foods. Featuring beautiful color photography, the book contains 80 recipes with pure ingredients and tasty combinations, including Carrot Cake Smoothie, Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes, Thai Beet Soup, Curry Chicken Burgers and Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Cookies.
I personally love this book-and I’ve done a 10-day detox with Joy (online) that was fantastic.  While some of her suggestions are a bit extreme, I’ve found that starting slow and making small changes has made a big difference in how I feel physically AND mentally.
You can find Joy:
on her website

My so called life-Adventures in……hair modeling

Haircare & maintenance can be costly-especially if you desire, healthy, shiny, glossy hair. I won’t admit or divulge how much my hair “costs” a year but be advised, it’s a 4 digit number.  EXPENSIVE.  Since my financial situation has changed, I’ve been searching out new ways to have the hair I want at a lower price point.  Easy? No.  Possible? YES.

I’m no supermodel….well, at least not yet.  Believe me, I’m working on it!  But have you ever heard of hair modeling?  Hair modeling is a service offered by salons or hair academies/schools/institutes (often trendy ones!) that offer a complimentary or reduced price service (or services). You offer up your head for several hours, and get a hair service! Sounds good, right?

Is hair modeling for you?  Maybe….I suggest that you be an open-minded  individual.  Hair modeling isn’t necessarily for someone who wants a trim.  This type of opportunity is for someone who is willing to change-whether it be an edgy style or a color change.  Sometimes, an educator will use a hair model in front of salon staff to demonstrate new colour/cutting/styling techniques so if you’re shy, hair modeling may (also) not be for you.

I stumbled upon an opportunity at worldSALON in Toronto!

 

photo credit: worldSALON world.ca

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From worldSALON website:

 worldSALON is an award-winning beauty hot spot which has been heralded as one of Canada’s top salons, frequented by the cognoscenti of the business, film and television communities.  worldSALON is the only salon in North America to use solar panels to heat the water. Our green achievements include: Award from Greenest City, certificate of achievement from the Ontario Power Authority, and the Green Circle Award for Environmental Stewardship. We are also a producer of the unique plant-based multi-use skin and hair care line, worldPRODUCTS.

I met with Marc (the educator) from La Biosthetique Canada on a snowy afternoon to come up with a ‘plan.’  This was to be done over 2 days-color was done in advance due to time allotment for training/education.  We had a great conversation and he told me a little about the line (which I had never heard of-shocking, yes?).  Stay tuned for a future post about products…..this salon has products that are very different from any other salon  to include the owner’s own creations (Brian Phillips).

I left the salon with a fresh color and actually started getting a bit anxious about the “cut” portion.  The color looked so wonderful-why do I need a cut, I thought.

The next day came and off I went to worldSALON.  There was a chair in the middle of the salon and then 5 other chairs arranged in a U-shape around this chair.  I took my spot in the chair and away we went! Here was my view:

The beautiful people of worldSALON!

The beautiful people of worldSALON!

I thought, well now is a great time to learn about hair cutting and styling…..and my takeaway from that was….

There really needs to be  a “Thank a stylist day” -so much for me listening.  The educator started speaking and it went right over my head.  I consider myself a fairly savvy, educated individual but after listening (and being a participant in that demonstration), I KNOW NOTHING.  I wish I could show you the guides that the educator had given out to the staff….they had all sorts of shapes, and color combinations.  He was speaking of where, how, and why he was applying color in particular places on my head.  I always thought it was “foil and go”-how wrong I was! It was NASA level formulas/informations, in fact I was surprised it wasn’t stamped “CLASSIFIED”

the amazing Marc the educator!

the amazing Marc the educator!

So while he was cutting away, I went off to my happy place 🙂

What I’m trying to say here is I had NO idea that level of complex information was required to cut and style my hair.  Incredible.  And the staff sat there and observed it all, asking questions.  The educator himself asked questions at the end of the demonstration and the staff were quick to answer.  I thought, “I can not believe they retained that” -because I had no idea what the educator was saying.  I only knew that my hair felt and looked wonderful! As Marc was finishing up, more hair models arrived as the staff was now going to practice what they had just learned…..so absorbing this information was key!  Here’s a link to worldSALON’s facebook page so you can see for yourself!

Saying goodbye to the fried, split ends that made up my 'old' style!

Saying goodbye to the fried, split ends that made up my ‘old’ style!

I won’t get into worldSALON much here, but I will be posting separately about the salon as it is worthy of it’s own post! They carry lines/brands of hair products that I had never heard of before going there!  I also want to update on my hair and something I noticed right away about the color! Thank you to Marc Riese of La Biosthetique, Brian Phillips of worldSALON, and the staff of worldSALON for allowing me to participate, I’m very happy!  Special shout outs to Emily for reading my email!!

So, would you hair model?  Why or why not? Tell me in the comments section below!

 

I’m curious about….Marcelle Spring 2014 products!

Oh I love me an interesting press release. Check out some of the new products from Marcelle for Spring!

*Please note, I don’t have any of these products (yet)-I’ve just received a press release.  I’m highlighting the most interesting (in my opinion) products from the press release!*
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Marcelle is introducing the NEW Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel, an ultra-mild and non-foaming facial cleanser which is gentle enough to be used on the eyes to remove make-up. Enriched with aloe vera and glycerin, the gel is gentle and protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Benefits:
-Suitable for all skin types, ideal for sensitive and dehydrated skin – SUITS THE WHOLE FAMILY!
-Gentle, hydrating and non irritating
-May be used as a facial cleanser and make-up remover
-Formulated with aloe vera, glycerin and glyceryl oleate for superior hydration and soothing effect

My initial impressions: YES YES YES-I can not WAIT to try this.  I love a cleanser I can use on my face AND eyes! I’m wondering about the texture since it’s non-foaming. 

In terms of cosmetics, Marcelle is focusing on the eyes!

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NEW – Marcelle® Xtension Plus + ProLash Growth Complex Mascara
$14.95
9 mL

This is the Marcelle® Xtension Plus Mascara (winner of the 2013 ELLE CANADA/ELLE QUEBEC Beauty Grand Prix in the Best Mascara Under $20 category) infused with a multifunctional conditioner to stimulate the growth of healthy lashes. The soft polymer brush, with a row of longer bristles, reaches even the shortest lashes and stretches them from root to tip to reach their maximum lengthening potential for a lash-extension look.
Benefits:
-Lengthening formula with glycerin, panthenol, vitamins, amber extract and peptides
-Prevents breakage and visibly enhances growth
-Visibly noticeable changes within 2 weeks
-Specially shaped dual-sided brush
-No clumping or flaking
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Paraben free
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  Well, I do like the Xtension plus mascara….and now this version may nourish my lashes.  Pass it over!

NEW Marcelle® Eyebrow Pen

$13.95
1,4 mL
Create the perfect brow shape, an ultra-natural look and a long-lasting impact!

Benefits
-Felt pen glides on skin and hair to enhance eyebrows or cover-up grey hair
-Results look natural
-Slender tip creates soft strokes that imitate natural hair and look of brows
-Easy to use pen and fast-drying formula

Benefits:
-Long-lasting (12 hours + ) and smudgeproof formula
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Paraben free
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  My brows are my biggest makeup hangup-I have so much trouble filling them in properly…..and I do prefer a pencil.  Hmm, maybe. Wonder if it will step up to my Anastasia Brow Whiz?

New shades – Marcelle®2-in-1 Retractable Eyeliner
Here’s a good make-up tip: the easy-peasy creamy and already-sharpened tip of this waterproof eyeliner. Use the integrated soft sponge to turn any line into a smoky eye.

Key features
$10.95
Now in 6 hues!

-Waterproof, long-lasting (12 hours + ) and smudgeproof formula
-Integrated sharpener and sponge
-Tested under ophthalmological control
-Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
-Hypo-allergenic and perfume free

My initial impressions:  I’m a fan of the smudgers.  Smokey eyes are so much easier when I don’t have to work so hard.  I could be talked into the purple liner. 

 

And there it is? Anything you see here that you’re interested in trying? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Tea lovers! David’s Tea-romance & spice coming your way!

I love David’s Tea and swear by several different types that will be a permanent fixture in my cupboard (just in case you want to know what teas those are: Le Digestif, Organic Cold 911, and Mother’s little helper). I received an email in my inbox that I wanted to share with you regarding some new tea, a tea that’s being brought back, and a new product.
*Please note-I have not received any products from David’s Tea.*

New Tea- The Spice is Right!

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Using a green tea base instead of the traditional black tea adds an unexpected hint of freshness that pairs perfectly with spicy cinnamon, cloves, hot chili peppers and sweet orange peel. It’s just so warm and comforting at this time of the year.  This is a great time to enjoy citrus fruits, as oranges are ‘in-season’ in Florida.  Oranges are also considered to represent luck and wealth (Happy Belated Chinese New Year everyone).  In other cultures, the orange is considered a symbol of fertility and seduction, shared between new couples to help love blossom. Oranges were even supposedly given as a wedding gift between the Roman gods Juno and Jupiter. Could there be a better Valentine’s Day gift?

Bringing it back-Cherry Blossom

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This tea was from a collection in 2010 and disappeared from shelves too quickly if you ask me.  It’s made up of white and green tea, cherries, coconut and rosebuds, it’s lightly fruity, subtly floral and incredibly romantic.  Apparently it’s coming back but may disappear again-just like the Disney movies we all know and love.  I hope David’s decides to keep this one-I’ll definitely be picking it up.

 

New product-tea flavored chocolates

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These make me so curious I am going to have to try them. David’s Tea has teamed up with a Montreal based Chocolatier to make chocolate bars flavored with their actual loose leaf teas.  Interesting, don’t you think? Flavors available include:  Dark Chocolate with Hot Lips, Dark Cocolate with Cream of Earl Grey, Milk Chocolate with Coco Chai Rooibos and White Chocolate with Matcha Matsu. I want them all.

 

See anything that’s tempting your taste buds?  What would you like to try? Tell me in the comments below!   I’ll be a tea-sampling fool every time I pass by!

David’s Tea is a Canadian company-but you can also find them online (yes they have an online store!).  Check online to find a location near you!

 

 

 

My so called life-Adventures in retail seasonal employment

I haven’t been involved in retail on the ’employee’ side of things since my early 20’s.  When I was a teenager, it was tough to get a job anywhere-there was a permit that had to be obtained from the city and certain hours that could be worked, nevermind the fact that employers at the time weren’t really ‘into’ hiring young people. I do remember working at a clothing store, a department store, and even managing a card store at one time (boy was THAT a short stint-just wasn’t for me).

However, due to some recent events in my life, I decided to bite the proverbial bullet and dive into a seasonal job at one of my favorite retailers (I will not be divulging the name here although I’ll give you a hint-they sell handbags and leather goods and I’ve been a customer of theirs for several years. Anyone who knows me, will know what company this is….).

My experience ranged from “hey I could really get into this” to “What was I thinking-get me the hell out of here!”

I’ll tell you-seasonal employment is NOT for the weak at heart.  I’ll also tell you that I’M SO GLAD I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THIS.

The good:

-Teamwork.  Retail businesses don’t survive without it.  Other industries should sit up, pay attention, and take notes  on how retail operations run so efficiently.  Because they run EXTREMELY well.

-Comraderie.  I was the oldest seasonal employee. I’m even older than the manager of the store.  But somehow, the younger people (some still in their teens) and I seemed to make it work.  We shared laughs and good conversation during work.

-Discounts.  It’s a selfish reason but I did enjoy it and bought the majority of my gifts at the store.  I did not buy anything for myself (pick yourself up off the floor now).

-A paycheck.  Getting paid to work with a product that I already love? #winning

The not-so-good:

I was the oldest seasonal employee.  Yes, I know I listed that in the good section.

-Having to learn to do new tasks in limited time.  I was hired on rather late in the season and was the only *new* seasonal employee.  I had to pick up new tasks quickly-there just wasn’t any time not to.  I found myself feeling ‘helpless’ in many situations because I didn’t know what to do.

-Odd hours.  It’s not easy for a 9-to-5 gal to start working 11-7, 12-9 or most recently 3pm-MIDNIGHT. Way past my bedtime!

-Long hours. The closer it gets to Christmas and New Years, the longer the shift.  I won’t complain about a “nice” paycheck, but I definitely earned it.

-Standing on your almost 40 year old feet for 9 hours.  Let’s just say I’ve already scheduled my trip to the podiatrist because my feet h-u-r-t.

-The customers. Surprised I’m saying this?  People aren’t always sugar and spice and everything nice…you need to have a thick skin and be prepared for absolutely ANYTHING to be said or to happen.

So before you go into a retail establishment and think that the employees are the lowest of the low and are beneath you and your office job or 6 figure salary, I want you to know:

1. Kick yourself in your own rear end right now.  Or punch yourself in the face.

2. There is a lot of business sense needed to manage a store.   There is also quite a bit of knowledge involved in simply working in one.

3. This is a business-it is meant to generate revenue.  Time is money-so if you’re feeling a sense of entitlement and want to waste everyone’s time, think twice.  Not only will karma get you, but next time you DO want to actually purchase, things may become a bit difficult.

4. People that choose to work in retail or be managers in retail aren’t stupid.  For some, this is what they have chosen to do-and they need to be respected.

5. Some retail employees are part-time and may have either multiple jobs, families, or are going to school.  It may be a part time gig for them but they’re still there to help, so have some courtesy and respect for them.

Overall, I’m glad I chose to work this holiday season. I gained a new appreciation for the behind-the-scenes action at one of my favorite retailers.  Would I do it again?  Hmmmm, ask me again next year.

 

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE! New products from Annabelle for Spring 2014-Available in February!

Hello everyone! Just received a press release from Annabelle and wanted to share their new Spring 2014 products with you!  Get excited-there’s a lot to look at….lets dive in!

*I have not received (or purchased) any of these products….this is just the press release!*

Twist-up retractable eyeshadow crayon!

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Further to the success and great popularity of the Annabelle® TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon, one could only dream of easy-to-use, true colours for the eyes as well. There is something highly seductive, and incredibly practical, about an eyeshadow that doesn’t need a brush to be applied. It goes straight from the bullet to the lid; full-on, radiant colour. Just take the cap off and paint your eyes in 6 of the new Annabelle® TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon. All 6 pastel metallic shades go on very pigmented and may be softened for a more subtle look. These colours are so light and bright they should be called eyelighters instead of eyeshadows.

Key features:
-Pastel hues, metallic finish

-Creamy, velvety-soft eyeshadows
-No-stick texture
-Super-smooth application with a rounded tip that glides on the skin

-Long lasting (10 h stay-on power)

-Paraben free

The eyeshadow is applied directly onto the skin – no applicator necessary! It may be blended or softened with the fingertip or with a brush. Once it settles, it promises not to budge for 10 hours. Really, the only remaining thing to ask for would be more hues!

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Annabelle Big Show Lip Shine-NEW SHADES PEOPLE!

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-Ultra-shiny lip gloss thanks to light-reflecting spheres that provide ultimate shine
-Non-sticky lip luster
-Luxuriously hydrating and antioxidant with Omega-6
-Sheer and semi-sheer colouring
-Paraben free

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Annabelle lipliner-NEW SHADES PEOPLE!

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Key features:
-Long wearing formula

-Smooth texture does not pull on lips

-Hypo-allergenic

Outline and define your lips with endless colour possibilities.

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Anyone else excited about using some new shades in fresh spring colors? I couldn’t possibly be alone in wanting to *spring* into spring!  Let me know what you’ll be using for spring in the comments below!

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