Posts Written On October 2009

Make your Mark!

Henna, also known as Mehndi, is a preparation made from a dried and powdered plant, staining the skin a distinct reddish-brown colour. Less familiar is Jagua, a preparation made from a fruit that grows in the Amazon, and when unripe stains the skin a natural black.

Virtually any design is possible with Henna or Jagua. Paul Zulauf can fluidly create professional-looking designs spontaneously with as much or as little particular requests from a client. Specific designs, symbols and images can be made into custom henna designs anywhere on the body. There is a joy of discovery and creativity in making unique designs. Different styles are appropriate for different occasions, and everyone has their own taste, which makes every henna session dynamic.

For more information on Henna Designs and Application or Private Events please contact,

Paul at 647-300-1941

Appointments can be made to have Henna application done at
Earth & Fire, 489 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor

Henna sessions can be done anywhere comfortable, and generally takes 15 minutes to a half hour. Cost includes a base fee of $15 per appointment, and the designs range from $5 to $75 depending on size and complexity. Additional designs or clients during the same appointment time are less the $15 base fee.

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"One Kiss and he’ll be hooked…"

Teyana Taylor is known for her lips (as well as her musical talent of course), so it’s only right that she launch a lip gloss line. It’s called “Dope Lips”, and will be in major department stores (Sephora as well) around Christmas time. *perfect stocking stuffer*

According to her myspace video:
She promises it won’t be sticky, or “cheap” as she would say lol.
There will be kids chapsticks; (Walmart $1-$3), as well as Lipgloss ranging from $10-$15max
She hopes to do a full make-up line, as well as other beauty and fragrance products.
Some promo shots for “Dope Lips”: Photography by Cha’n Andre’

“I used to get teased about my lips” – Teyana Taylor *me too!*
“it’s gonna feel so soft on the lips… goes on heavy, but stays soft; like when you rub oil into your skin, nice and soft…I wanna make all kinds of women/girls feel beautiful”– Teyana Taylor
Can’t wait to see what it’s like!
You can watch her full video here.

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Halloween: Couldrons & Potions…

If you prefer to celebrate Halloween indoors these recipes, are pretty easy to make, and at least you won’t be battling a severe toothache by the end of the night! If you’re entertaining, your guests will be impressed with your innovative Halloween themed menu *wink wink*
Mini Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes: (All you need is a mini muffin pan, and muffin liners; give yourself 2 hours). These cupcakes are a cute and tasty alternative to giving candy during the trick or treating times. Just make sure you watch out for peanut allergies!
1 cup self-rising flour
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 large egg
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
Orange and black food coloring; orange, black, white, and yellow candies and sugar crystals
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 mini muffin cups with 1 3/4x 1-inch paper liners. Mix flour, golden brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl. Whisk egg, canned pure pumpkin, vegetable oil, sour cream, and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Add mixture to dry ingredients; stir to fully combine. Spoon batter into paper liners (batter will almost fill liners). Scatter crystallized ginger over, if desired. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 16 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely on rack. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar.
Divide frosting among 3 bowls. Tint frosting in first bowl with orange coloring (or combine red and yellow coloring to make orange) and frosting in second bowl with black coloring, keeping frosting in third bowl white. Chill frosting 2 hours or until firm enough to easily spread. Frost cupcakes; decorate using candy and sugar crystals as desired.

Red Wine Caramel Apples: (you’ll need 8 wooden ice-pop sticks and a candy thermometer; this will take you about 30 minutes)

8 small McIntosh apples, stemmed, washed well, and dried
1 1/2 cups red wine
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Insert a wooden stick halfway into each apple at stem end. Line a tray with wax paper and lightly grease paper.
Boil wine in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Bring sugar and water to a boil in a 2 1/2-to 3-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then wash down any sugar crystals from side of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water. Boil, without stirring, swirling pan occasionally so caramel colors evenly, until dark amber. Add reduced wine (mixture will bubble up and steam) and swirl pan. Add cream and simmer, stirring, until incorporated, then continue to simmer until thermometer registers 238°F. Remove from heat and cool to 200°F.
Holding apples by the sticks, dip them in caramel and swirl to coat, letting excess drip off, then hold apples up (stick end down) for about 15 seconds to allow more caramel to set on apples. Put caramel apples, stick side up, on greased wax paper and let stand until caramel firms up, about 30 minutes.

Bayou Slime Cocktail:
2 parts Cruzan Dark Rum
6-8 fresh mint leaves
1/2 part Fee Brothers Spiced Cordial Syrup
1 egg white
Muddle mint leaves and syrup together, making sure to crush the mint leaves. Place all ingredients into a shaker. Shake until well-chilled and frothy. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with additional crushed mint leaves.
Dracula’s Kiss:

Add spiders to the drink or hang them on the glass for a clever finishing touch.
1 oz black cherry vodka (Smirnoff or Effen)
1/2 oz grenadine
maraschino cherries for garnish
Coat the bottom of a highball glass withgrenadine.
Add ice and vodka.
Fill with cola.
Garnish with cherries
Spinach-Stuffed Pumpkin:

4 small sugar pumpkins
1 (9 ounce) package frozen creamed spinach, thawed
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 slices white cheese, such as Monterey Jack
reheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Cut off tops and remove seeds from pumpkins. Coat the insides with butter, and season with salt and pepper. Replace lids. Place in a shallow baking dish with a small amount of water to prevent bottoms from scorching during cooking.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until insides have darkened yet outsides remain firm. Meanwhile, small saucepan, stir softened cream cheese into spinach until melted and well-blended.
Fill pumpkins with spinach mixture, and top each with a slice of cheese. Return to the oven for 3 minutes to melt cheese if serving immediately. Pumpkins may be covered and refrigerated at this point until ready to serve. May be reheated in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Jack O Lantern Burgers:

1 envelope onion soup mix
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 1/2 pounds ground beef
10 slices process American cheese
10 hamburger buns, split
In a large bowl, combine soup mix, ketchup, brown sugar, horseradish and chili powder. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Shape into 10 patties. Grill, broil or pan-fry until the meat is no longer pink.
Cut eyes, nose and mouth out of each cheese slice to create a jack-o-lantern. Place cheese on burgers; cook until cheese is slightly melted, about 1 minute. Serve on buns.
Happy Halloween! (Thanks Epicurious!)
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Almond Thins

One of the things in this world that makes me swoon.
they are just that good. *eyes glaze over with love*

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Myka Fall Sample Sale

Come join us for our annual Myka Fall Sample Sale.

Fabulous Canadian designed Costume jewellery from Myka, leather handbags and tons of other accessorizing goodies, all available to you at wholesale prices!

Myka Designs are meticulously hand crafted jewellery and accessories. Their unique designs consist of Earrings, Bracelets, Chokers Pendants and Necklaces cast in Pewter and made with Swarovski Elements.

Wednesday Nov. 4th from 9am -7pm
Thursday Nov. 5th from 9am -7pm
Friday Nov. 6th from 9am – 5pm

555 Richmond St. W.
Suite 208
Toronto, On

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Possible Comeback?

So looks like Chris Breezy’s tryna make a comeback! *guess he’s hoping everybody forgot how he “man-handled” rhi rhi…*
Choreography is DOPE! Song’s not bad either I guess…
Um… was that Tyrese right at the end? Dare I ask his purpose in the video? ha ha ha

So do you think this track/video can transform how people feel about Chris? Possible comeback?
I give it ♥♥♥

Look out for the GayLea Shortbread Contest & CRAVE Toronto Buzz Party Videos coming soon!!
*Transform yourselves this Halloween, and send in your pics!!*
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