• Toronto

    Niagara Falls: The most photographed location in Canada

    Long considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, Niagara Falls has been named the most photographed location in Canada on the social network Instagram.

    The Huffington Post named Niagara Falls as the most instagrammed location in Canada in 2015. Niagara Falls has always been known as a beautiful, breathtaking and romantic location, lending itself to preserving memories with photography.

    Photography in Niagara Falls has remained popular, even with the advent of social media, including photo-centric social media platforms such as Instagram. Instagram, acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012, is the 3rd most popular social media platform in world, with over 300 million active monthly users sharing on average over 70 million photos per day.

    “Regardless of technological advances, the beauty of Niagara Falls remains timeless, as proven by the popularity of photography found on all social media networks, including Instagram” says Anthony Annunziata, Vice-President of Marketing for the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa.

    Popular locations for taking photos of Niagara Falls include along the Niagara Parkway, standing beside the Falls, and from Niagara Falls hotel rooms overlooking Niagara Falls, aptly named ‘Fallsview Rooms’.

    The Niagara Fallsview Marriott Hotel & Spa is featured in over 5000 unique instagrams every year, with the majority of photos showing off the view of Niagara Falls.

    “As soon as you open a door to one of our Fallsview Rooms you’ll understand why they are so popular on social media—we offer the best view of Niagara Falls, all within a deluxe hotel accommodation that only a Marriott hotel can provide.” Says Annunziata.

    View Huffington Posts complete list at: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/27/canada-most-instagram-location-2015_n_8833932.html

    Instagram usage stats can be seen at: http://blog.hootsuite.com/instagram-statistics-for-business/

    For more information about the Marriott Fallsview Niagara Falls Hotel and Spa visit www.niagarafallsmarriott.com.

    About the Marriott Fallsview Niagara Falls Hotel and Spa:

    The Marriott Fallsview Niagara Falls Hotel & Spa enjoys the enviable distinction as being the closest hotel to Niagara Falls. As the area’s premiere AAA 4-Diamond, 5-Star luxury hotel in Niagara Falls, the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel overlooks the majestic waterfalls and is located just minutes away from a variety of exciting attractions and casinos.

  • Asian,  Austin,  Bitty,  Los Angeles,  My Dog Jacob,  New York,  Toronto

    Holiday Gift Guide and Ideas

    Finding the perfect for the people closet to you is the hardest part about the holidays. What do you give the person who has everything? Safe to say this year was the year for technology and new innovations and after conducting a little research we found many great products and brands on the market that will make the perfect gift. Here are a few creative holiday gift ideas for everyone in the family!

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    The MightyPurse

    The MightyPurse that charges your phone is available in an extended variety of fashion textures and colors. Made from 100% leather.

    The MightyPurse wristlet is ideal for charging on the go and a fast fashion update. Your fashion accessory that takes fashion and function one step further with the season’s hottest trends.


    Ninja Coffee Bar™

    The Ninja Coffee Bar is a gift that everyone in the family will enjoy!

    ·         Thermal Flavor Extraction™ technology, which delivers a variety of sizes and styles while achieving the perfect brew richness level every time.

    ·         Auto-iQ™ One Touch Intelligence Technology delivers customizable options for smooth, rich coffee in a cup, travel mug or carafe.

    ·         Makes refreshing iced coffee by allowing users to dial up the richness of their coffee to offset the dilution caused by melting ice.

    ·         Offers a variety of brewing options including Classic Brew, Rich Brew, Over Ice Brew and Specialty Brew.


    CONAIR Curl Secret

    A revolutionary new way to create one beautiful shiny curl after another for the Holidays! This revolutionary new curl styler features top technologies, innovative engineering, and an automatic curl chamber — the Curl Secret®secret behind the perfect curl!

    Additional Features
    • 30-second instant heat
    • High-performance heater
    • Safety tangle-free feature
    • Sleep-mode function
    • Motion detector
    • Auto off
    • Includes easy-twist barrel cleaner



    Can’t find the perfect piece to give that special woman in your life? No worries! Rocksbox gives you unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry. You first take the style survey and add items to your jewelry Wish List. Then, you get 3 pieces to wear on a loan. Each piece is hand-selected for you based on your style and specific requests. Wear your pieces as much as you want!

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    Ben Sherman AW 2015 Collection 

     Ben Sherman is a men’s lifestyle brand with strong foundations in shirt making, offering premium shirts, clothing, tailoring, footwear & accessories. Take it from us: Their stuff is AMAZING! Their AW 2015 collection has the perfect pieces to give male family members or your significant other to keep them trendy all season.

    AW2015 Gift Ideas 
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    Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 12.32.25 AMFOREVERMARK Jewelry 

    Forevermark is the diamond brand from The De Beers Group of Companies. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are worthy of becoming Forevermark. So if your budget is a little higher than the rest of us, this is the place to go to find that unique piece to wow that special person in your life. Did I mention that their engagement rings are to die for?


    MPG Fitness Fashion

    Here’s the perfect gift for the trendy, health nut! MPG is a pioneer within the fashion-forward athletic apparel industry. Inspired by the graceful and demanding movements of dancers and athletes, MPG designs for men and women leading active lifestyles. MPG  blends fashion and function using state-of-the-art sustainable fabrics to provide ultimate comfort, style, and performance. Apparel can be purchased online and at selected retailers, gyms and yoga studios across North America and worldwide.

    MPG’s fashion-forward men’s and women’s clothes and accessories range from the perfect stocking stuffer, the Flash Compression Sock to our on-trend, functional Puffy Tote as well as techno fabric tops, bottoms and super warm jackets and parkas. MPG shoppers will enjoy an entire weekend of Black Friday deals (November 27-29). Cyber Monday will feature a flash sale on selected items. From December 4-13, a different men’s and women’s item from the list below will be highlighted at a discounted price for a period of 24 hours only.

    Women’s  Gift Ideas

    1. Flash Compression Sock 
    2. Inspiration Strap Tank 
    3. Elliptical Hooded Bra 
    4. Vital Run Tight
    5. Tracker Zip Pullover 
    6. Page Quilted Mix Tight 
    7. Volcano Woven Pant 
    8. Puffy Tot
    9. Zaner Blended Wool Jacket
    10. Alfa Insulated Jacket

    Men’s Gift Ideas

    1. Flash Compression Sock 
    2. Essential Short Sleeve 
    3. Vindicate Seamless Long Sleeve 
    4. Blast Run Tee 
    5. Impact Sleeveless Tee 
    6. Up Your Game 7″ Run Short 
    7. Second Wind Active Pant 
    8. Industry Loft Pant 
    9. Utility Backpack 
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    Katy Perry Mad Potion Gift Set

    You can never go wrong with gifting a fragrance set! The fragrance has notes of apple musk and vanilla orchid blended together with seductive bourbon make this intriguing fragrance utterly irresistible. Includes a 0.5 oz Eau de Parfum, 2.5 oz Shower Gel, and 2.5 oz Body Lotion ($21.99; Mass Retailers).


    Stetson Decanter Set

    Give the perfect gift to the All-American man in your life this season with this special 150th Anniversary 2-piece set from Stetson. This masculine gift set features the Stetson Collector’s Edition Cologne and Collector’s Edition After Shave ($15.99; Mass Retailers).

    LOVE2LOVE Bluebell + White Tea
    Make the ultimate romantic gesture with this fragrance inspired by the unbreakable bonds of love. Includes a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette, 2.5 oz Body Lotion, 0.375 oz Eau de Toilette. ($15.99; Walgreens).
  • Asian,  Austin,  Australia,  Bitty,  Las Vegas,  London,  Los Angeles,  My Dog Jacob,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    Halloween Beauty Tips


    With just a few short weeks away, NYC is finally starting to feel like Halloween!  Regardless of what you choose to dress up as this year, here are fabulous beauty picks that will help complete any costume and a few more products to wash away even the toughest hairspray, body paint and body glitter when the night is over. image007Achieve texture and height that would make 80’s Cyndi Lauper jealous with the Bed Head Little Tease Crimper (MSRP: $29.99/Ulta). A quick tip? Crimp before braiding for a massive braid full of texture. We won’t tell your secret, you little tease.

    image002For mermaid hair, try the PRO Beauty Tools® 1” Professional X-Long Gold Curling Wand (MSRP: $34.99). Complete with an extended barrel, this iron is 2” longer than a traditional curling iron, ensuring that heat is evenly distributed throughout the length of the hair for consistent performance.  If it’s cheerleader-inspired curls you’re after, the game-changing PRO Beauty Tools 1” Professional Iridescent Curling Iron (MSRP: $29.99) should be your go-to. Complete with a 24-hour curl lock, your style will perform all night long. No touch-ups required!

    image00380’s Punk Rock, Marge Simpson or Morticia Adams –  the Salon Grafix High Beams Collection ($4.99, Drugstores) offers exactly what you need to achieve the craziest of hairstyles. These sprays are simple, easy to use and wash out with just one shampoo. High Beams are available in NEW Artsy Aqua, NEW Truly Blue, NEW Gotcha Green, Rockstar Red, Bangin’ Blue, Popstar Pink and Punky Purple. Also available in other fashion shades as well as a variety of natural shades from honey blonde to warm brown to jet black.image017When the night is over, grab the La Roche-Posay Micellar Solution ($21/drugstores) to help remove stubborn makeup and smeared cat whiskers. The gentle-yet-effective formula is a 3-in-1 no-rinse solution. It tones and removes make-up with dirt-encapsulating micelles that cleanse while respecting skin’s natural physiological balance.

    image001Wash away hair dye, glitter and hairspray with the Infusium23 Moisture Replenisher Collection ($6.99 – $8.99, Target). Designed for moisture-deprived hair, the Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Collection is formulated with an exclusive blend of avocado and olive oil to lock in moisture and enhance shine.  A unique i-23 Complex, enriched with provitamins, antioxidants, proteins and amino acids, instantly transforms dry, damaged tresses into soft, healthy-looking, more manageable hair.


    Dark circles, puffiness and under-eye bags can be frightening. Recuperate and say sayonara to tired-looking eyes the day after Halloween with the Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads ($18 for 5 sets at CVS). These 100% pure collagen gel pads offer intense hydration, and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness.



  • New York,  Toronto

    Adidas Originals Pop Up at Fitzroy Boutique


    It’s almost time for Nuit Blanche 2015! To begin the festivities, I checked out a fall pop up launch with  Fitzroy Boutique and Adidas Originals.


    Check out what we found in store – Superstars and Stan Smiths – shoes available from October 2 to November 30. Hurry up and snag your pair ASAP!


    Some awesome artists on-site creating custom designs.

    Fonda Lola and Jose Cuervo provided the food and drinks – how can you go wrong with mexican finger food and tequila cocktails? Talk about perfection.


    And the shrimp aguachile shot was to die for – a bundle of spicy goodness.

    Are you going to get a pair of Adidas this fall? Let us know what your favourite styles are!


  • Toronto

    Get TIFF glam with The Stylist Suite

    It’s TIFF season again, and this year celebrities are invited to The Stylist Suite for exclusive pampering at The Trump Residences. Connecting Canadian designers with to celebrity stylists and personalities, The Stylist Box makes sure to get the top emerging Canadian brands their moment of fame on the red carpet. Open from September 9-12, 2015, you’ll be sure to catch some eye candy going in and out around Bay and Adelaide. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings!

    Also for the first time this year, The Stybig_love_ball_stylistsuitelist Suite is partnering up with Beauty Gives Back, the charitable initiative of the beauty industry behind the incredibly successful cancer support programs Look Good Feel Better and FacingCancer.ca. Visiting celebrities are asked to sign a five foot tall Big Love Ball, which will be later auctioned off at the charity’s annual fundraiser, Mirror Ball in November.

    Partnered with ReservedX, this fancy venue takes place in a stunning 5,000 square foot penthouse located on the 56th floor. How’s that for a view of the Six?Maisie-Williams-The-Fallling-London-Gala

    Designers participating this year include Andrew Majtenyi, Daymor Couture, Hilary MacMillan, Huntington, Ryan Alexander, and Zarucciwith accessories and fine jewellery from Atelier by MMCrystal, Caroline Neron, and Huntress. Visiting male celebrities will be outfitted by Finezza – Au nom de l’Homme with shoes and accessories by Parc City Boot Co. and jewellery from Neron.

    Of course the Toronto-based womenswear line Narces is here, already famous with its many sightings on the red carpet. I even spotted the gorgeous gown Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams wore to a London screening.

    In terms of entertainment, there was a ping pong table provided by our lovely friends at SP!N Toronto and a selection of Niagara wine (unavailable at the LCBO).  Definitely try out the online services at Pour Niagara  for your next ladies night in.

    Of course I couldn’t leave without a red carpet ready makeover. Check out my makeup by Emerald City Beauty Bar – stay tuned for my review of their launch party next week!


  • Toronto

    It’s time for The Good Party

    Toronto-based social enterprise Good Foot Delivery reports significant positive social impact and return as it announces its annual fundraiser.


    July 10, 2014 (TORONTO) Calling all good people: Toronto-based social enterprise Good Food Delivery announces The Good Party, its annual fundraiser, on July 16, 2014 at Artscape Youngplace.


    Founded in 2010, Good Foot provides personalized point-to-point delivery service, and employment opportunities to people with developmental disabilities. The exceptionally talented team of Good Foot couriers delivers packages on foot or via public transit. Good Foot couriers cover hundreds of kilometers a day across the city and have delivered close to three thousand packages across the Greater Toronto Area so far in 2014.

    The Good Party will feature live entertainment from roots-rock band The Parlour Brothers, a silent auction, food from chef Anthony Rose (Big Crow, Rose and Sons, Fat Pasha) and additional snacks and treats from Good Foot foodie clients like Yam Chops & The Goods.

    This year’s fundraising goal of $75,000 will support the continued operation and growth of Good Foot, which is a non-profit, registered charitable organization.

    Good Foot has recently released a preliminary Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis that demonstrates the organization’s significant positive social impact.

    The independent study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Social Economy Centre, found that for every dollar invested in Good Foot, the social enterprise produced $2.36 in social value – more than double the investment and input.

    In social value terms, Good Foot moves goods swiftly at competitive prices while creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and transforming perceptions of what a courier can do. That’s in addition to improving health and well-being for employees and their families, facilitating financial independence and self-direction for employees, reducing healthcare and ODSP costs, and nurturing community connections via a low or no-impact ecological footprint.

    Now in its fourth year, what started as a two-person operation is now a team of 25 strong with 400 customers in the downtown core. Good Foot is progressively blazing a trail by changing the perception of what a social enterprise can accomplish. It’s business as usual with the bonus of bringing good people together to do good. The Good Party is an opportunity to support a groundbreaking local business and help generate true social value across communities.


    The Details:

    The Good Party

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    The ArtscapeYoungplace

    180 Shaw Street

    6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    Tickets available online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-good-party-tickets-11948737997

    What makes a good party?

    The same things that make Good Foot Delivery a social enterprise with positive impact: Good people, delivering the goods, making (a) good time.


    About Good Foot Delivery:

    Good Foot Delivery is a Toronto-based non-profit work-integration social enterprise providing point-to-point delivery service on foot or via public transit, as well as generating meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities. Good Foot’s clients include private businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations in the GTA.


    For more information, media inquiries or questions about Good Foot Delivery, please contact:

    Greg Kasparian, Managing Director, Good Foot Delivery Service