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Greasy to Gorgeous with Aveda! Waterless (and effortless) styling!

I feel like Aveda called me in the  nick of time.  Almost 3 weeks into a new cut and color and absolutely CLUELESS about styling a shorter ‘do.

Aveda celebrates Earth month in a BIG way.  They have all sorts of Earth month events (check here) to include special ‘salon’ days where proceeds are donated to charity, and a walk for water. There are also specially marked Aveda products that can be purchased.  In Canada, Aveda has teamed up with WaterCAN , an organization dedicated to providing sustainable water for underdeveloped countries.  In the spirit of Earth month and conserving water, I was invited to Aveda to learn about ‘water-less hair styles’ and believe me, I was all too happy to oblige.


Adventures in styling with Aveda-Born to Style 2013!

I was fortunate enough to merely attend the last Born to Style competition at the Aveda institute in Toronto and it was a blast being in the midst of SO.MUCH.TALENT.

Aveda is once again calling all those talented, passionate individuals with a “flair for hair” to apply for their scholarship. This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for someone who feels a “calling” to coiff everyone they see into perfection!

I know this means YOU so why don’t you check out the contest details here


Honestly, if you were BORN to style, then what could possibly be better than winning your tuition? Seriously? It’s the ultimate!

Aveda has definitely ‘upped the ante’ by offering extra incentives to ‘early bird’ entries-in the form of gift cards!

Winning your tuition could be as easy as these 3 steps:

1.  Make a video!  Create a video to show us why you are born BORN TO STYLE and why you’ve got the talent, passion and determination it takes to develop your hairstyling skills with the Aveda Institute Canada.

2. Upload and Share! Click on Enter Contest to upload your video. Share your Aveda Institute entry page with your network of family, friends, fans and followers. Get them to vote for your video. The entry with the most votes secures an automatic spot in the final Hair Showdown, so make sure to share your talent with the world!

3.  Hair Showdown! An esteemed panel of hair and beauty professionals will hand pick four aspiring hairstylists in each city as well one spot will be slotted for people’s choice to advance to the final round. These future hairdressers will participate in a live head-to-head competition and runway show putting together two complete looks in front of a panel of style experts and hairstyling heavy hitters. The winner in each city will be awarded a full scholarship to the Aveda Institute hair school!

There’s so much waiting for you at the Aveda Institute!

Entry details and more information can be found here!

Gift idea for the beauty in your life-Aveda hand relief gift set!

Tis the season…..for extremely dry hands!

Why not treat that special someone in your life to the gift of soft hands with this set from Aveda?

It contains 3 1.4fl oz (travel size) hand moisturizers in different fragrances:

1 tube of rosemary mint

1 tube of vanilla, ginger and cassia

1 tube of vitamin formula for stressed skin

Keep in mind, these would be great for travel-they are within standard size for carry on and perfect for any purse or pocket!

This set retails for under $30.00 CAD! 

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SITAMAA day spa in Yorkville-that’s where I get the majority of my Aveda products!


Savour Summer -my latest trip to SITAMAA day spa

I tend to stay on top of my skin care and beauty routine.  However due to the recent ‘tidal wave’ of life events, I glanced at my calendar last week to discover my last facial was nearly 6 months ago!


I went straight to my gmail account to access my address book when my eyes happened to fall upon my inbox.  And what do I see? August promotions at SITAMAA.  I called and made an appointment for the Sunkissed Facial and the Golden Touch (body exfoliation with massage).

Enjoy a signature Aveda facial with the addition of the PCA detox gel to help soften black heads and minimize enlarged pores. Leaving skin healthy and glowing.

This was my very first Aveda facial and I was so pleased.  I had a fantastic consultation with my skin therapist and my facial included products that addressed the concerns I had mentioned-hello customized! The products I loved the most were from Aveda’s “Green Science” line.  The facial was thorough, enjoyable and included a double cleanse,application of PCA gel (which does tingle by the way) toning, masque, extractions, facial massage, moisturizing, and application of sunscreen-not in that order!

Starting with a thorough exfoliation of the entire body with our Caribbean body scrub and then followed by a 30 min hot oil massage concentrating on any area of tension.

The body exfoliation was wonderful as well.  I really needed a good thorough scrub down.  A 30-minute massage afterwards (with warm oil) was a definite bonus.  I had my therapist work on my back.  Goodbye stressful work week (or stressful work month….did I mention my company is up for sale? Can we say anxiety?)

Now, I don’t like to throw the ‘G’ word around-glowing that is, but I have to say my face is looking mighty angelic these days. Overall, my skin feels so clean and light.  These 2 treatments were exactly what I needed, when I needed them!

If you are in Toronto, and feel like indulging, you should give SITAMAA a try!


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*I paid for these treatments and the opinions are my own, whether you like them or not!*

Born to Style!

I have long admired hair stylists-it’s a combination of function and creativity.  I don’t know how they do it-such vision they must have!


Sweet escape with SITAMAA Day Spa! (An Aveda Caribbean Therapy giveaway!)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’ll be the first to say it.

Spring is upon us…..and among the official pack-the-winter-clothes-bring-out-the-summer-clothes is a long list of beauty related items  There’s the teeth whitening, the hair lightening & brightening, the bronzing, and the facials.  So it’s not a surprise that my feet get pushed to the bottom of this list (gasp).  I mean, they’re at the bottom of my body right? Who’s going to notice the rough heels, and jagged  nails?  And why oh why do all spring/summer shoes have to be cute, strappy sandals?

Upon my new found love for peep toe, slingback heels,  I thought I would be a bit more pro-active.  I recently had a Caribbean Therapy pedicure at SITAMAA Day Spa and my feet have been singing my praises ever since!  I don’t have to remind you of my love for SITAMAA though do I? You’ve read my blog post about it, correct?

(you’ll feel like you are in the picture above)

This pedicure isn’t just your standard soak, file, lotion-oh no no.  This pedicure is 1 hour and 15 minutes!  What happens during that time, you ask?  Well, the treatment is performed using all the Caribbean therapy products from the soak, exfoliation, masque and massage cream!  I even got to go home with an Aveda Caribbean therapy exfoliator and a Bath bar! YES please!

Again, you know of my love for SITAMAA Day Spa-they have a great philosophy, to perform all treatments with TRUTH LOVE and COMPASSION, and that’s how I felt during this  hour and fifteen minutes of PURE ISLAND BLISS!! And I want to share this with you….


So share I will….SITAMAA Day Spa has graciously offered a gift certificate for this EXACT same pedicure, scrub, and bath bar!

So of course you HAVE to enter-it’s not difficult.  See the Rafflecopter widget below:

*just a note-this day spa is located in Toronto!  You’ll have no trouble finding it, but I just wanted to make you aware that you need to be able to get there!*

Before you widget away, here’s a bit of fine print for you-read it, it’s important!

Must give 24 hours cancellation notice or 100% cancellation charge will be taken.

Credit Card will be taken at time of booking.

Call to make reservation.

Only redeemable by winner of this competition.

None redeemable towards product, other services and or cash!


Good luck everyone!


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