• Beauty,  Gift Guide,  Health,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    New year, new you, right? How about new year, healthier you!

    Winter is still here and all we want is hot drinks – a cup of hot chocolate is alway on my list for a cozy afternoon. Looking for ways to make this favorite winter drinks a bit healthier? Check out this hot cocoa recipe for a simple way to get your daily dose of Collagen the rest of the Winter or whenever you want it. It is simple and easy with Youtheory Collagen powder!

    1. In a blender, mix 2 cups oat milk, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 scoop youtheory Unflavored Collagen Powder, 2 tablespoons of your favorite sweetener, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 pinch of salt and blend well
    2. Transfer to a pot and heat on medium until warm
    3. Pour into mugs and top with dark chocolate shavings

    Youtheory Collagen Powder is designed to help counteract age-related collagen loss. Supplying 6,000 mg of hydrolyzed collagen per serving, this convenient and easy-to-use product helps replenish essential beauty proteins, while delivering powerful health benefits. This formula is enhanced with vitamin C to aid internal collagen production and Biotin to support health & beauty factors.

    If you are not a hot chocolate fan, there are a tons of fun recipes that you can find at Youtheory’s website or instagram. For example, you can mix a scoop of Youtheory Vanilla Collagen Powder into your batter to make a delicious waffle breakfast a little more nutritious. You can also just mix a scoop of Unflavored Collagen Powder into plain or vanilla yogurt and layer with fresh raspberries, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, and blackberries. And there are more recipes to explore!

    Youtheory Collagen

    Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s in our skin, joints hair and nails, but after age 30, collagen naturally breaks down and diminishes over time – leading to the early signs of aging.

    Youtheory Collagen will replenish, restore and revitalize your body’s natural collagen supply. With an added bonus of Vitamin C for better absorption and 6,000 mg of hydrolyzed collagen peptides.

    Youtheory Immune+ 

    Build up your body’s defenses with Immune+ Daily Wellness. This formula fortifies immune health with Wellmune® and vitamin D3 and includes a combination of 6 organic mushroom extracts. So grab a bottle–it’s time to take on the day.⁠ Youtheory’s Immune+ Daily Wellness is a 2020 Better Nutrition Best of Supplements Award winner.

    Youtheory’s Immune + is the all-seasons immune product is designed to boost immunity and help strengthen resistance to stressors and environmental challenges. Kickstart 2021 with a happier, healthier you! This powerful formula provides 100% of the daily value of Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and Zinc, plus a clinically supported dose of Wellmune® and Immune Assist® Organic Mushrooms.

    Youtheory Turmeric

    Turmeric supplies one of nature’s best kept secrets: curcuminoids. These powerful phytonutrients give turmeric its golden-yellow color and provide wide- ranging health benefits.

    What makes Youtheory Turmeric special is the Curcumin c3 complex which is 20x more absorbable than ordinary turmeric. This makes for better effectiveness and efficiency!

    Curcuminoids are yellow pigments that give turmeric its vibrant color and are responsible for many health benefits attributed to this “super spice.” While standard turmeric is approximately 3% curcuminoids, Youtheory Turmeric is more than 95% total curcuminoids. That’s more than a 30x amplification above and beyond what is typically found in nature. Hence, one serving of Youtheory Turmeric provides the dosage equivalency of nearly 14 grams (14,000 mg) of standard turmeric powder!

    Your Valentine shouldn’t be the only one feeling the love this month. Take a daily dose of Youtheory and show your body some love. Youtheory has got you covered with whole body wellness!

    From the farms to the shelf, Youtheory is committed to elevating quality of life through products that naturally support individual beauty, emotional, digestive and physical well-being.

    Creating supplements of the utmost quality and efficacy is easier said than done. It takes commitment and accountability at every stage. It means traveling the world to source the highest quality raw materials. It means manufacturing every product in-house in Youtheory’s GMP-certified facility. It means testing every product beyond the industry standards. And that’s just the beginning.

    Headquartered in Irvine, California, with distribution centers in Irvine, Tokyo and London – Youtheory is sold online and in 60,000+ retailers worldwide. The global brand continues to grow in Canada, China, Dubai, France, Iceland, Japan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.


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    Dubai Designer: Canella Hostal Couture VFW’17


    Have you ever been curious about designers and their thought-process before going in front of thousands of people and live television? I have! I’ve also, been reluctant to voice a question such as “what were you thinking?” for fear that my question will be received with an intense glare and angry bird eyes. In my quiet voice, a “sorry” would be uttered as I back up and run far far away.

    Attending four previous fashion weeks in Toronto, this year, I was invited to Vancouver Fashion Week for the first time. For a full week, VFW Founder and Producer Jamal Abdourahman introduced me to various designers showcasing their creations – my question nagging in the back of my mind. By the fifth day, I was seated next to a lovely woman designer – Canella Hostal – whom I discovered would be showcasing her designs the following evening.

    After talking for awhile and watching another runway show, I blurt out “When you are creating a collection, what is going through your head? Do you ever look at other designer collections, compare or think they are nuts?” I cringe, waiting for angry bird eyes. Canella laughs and explains “The runway is the one place where a designer gets to show off just how creative they are. Sure, you can make the designs mainstream, but on that one day, you get to show the world just how creative you are – you want to go all out. Every piece expresses an emotion, impression or feeling you were having at a particular time. Musicians express it through music, Artist with art, and Designers with each piece.”

    Backstage with Designer Canella Hostal
    Backstage with Designer Canella Hostal

    We have become so accustomed to cheap and mainstream clothing that the thought of clothes being art never crosses the majority of our minds. How we piece each item together gives one “self-identity” but what about the cuts, fabrics, and colours? What story do they tell? Fashion week allows designers, local and internationally, to express themselves through designs and materials that are sometimes not considered by the mainstream consumer. For sure they dictate what the next trend is by including it in the overall design and it’s easy to spot, but after this conversation, I now know what to say to that person who blurts out “what is that?” while attending a fashion show.

    Canella Hostal is a French-born, Dubai-living Designer and Teacher at Esmod Dubai. Lines, stripes, flowers and tropical feelings inspire her newest collection ‘Tropical Symphony’ – This is the identity for the collection.

    Canella commented, “Mixing flowers and playing with the stripes were very challenging and I loved it! Flowers and stripes are quite the opposite of each other; flowers reflect spring and summer and are soft and delicate. On the other hand, stripes are straight to a point with no limits and totally free.” Canella Hostal Couture SS17 follows her authentic touch, by combining colors such as; blue, red, white, orange and pink. Her new collection includes menswear for the first time.

    Male model wearing an intricately embroidered suit.


  • Los Angeles,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    Stocking Stuffers For The Beauty Addict


    Stocking stuffers are gifts small enough to fit in a Christmas stocking. These inexpensive smaller gifts can be anything from candy to a lipstick and are usually given as an addition to the actual present. Here’s your Stocking Stuffer guide for the beauty addict in your family!


    Ciaté London 3 Piece Liquid Velvet

    This limited-edition set with three mini, matte Liquid Velvet™ Lip Slick lip colors is perfect for the holiday season ($22.00).

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    Yog Nog Bath Bombs

    This luxurious bomb is sure to warm you up cold, frosty evenings ($6.95).


    Earth Kiss Face Mask

    Earth Kiss face masks not only deep-cleanse your skin and draw out impurities, but also help to rejuvenate the very essence of your being, while increasing your energy levels and relieving stress and anxiety.


    Makeup Academy Holiday Collection 

    The holiday makeup kits are the perfect stocking stuffers for beauty enthusiasts ($15-$20).


    Santa’s Lip Scrub

    Smooth and soften lips with our scrumptious, cola-flavored lip scrub ($8.95).

    Formula X 5-Piece Customizable Nail Polish Collection 

    This customizable collection has one full-size top coat and four full-size Formula X nail polishes of your choice ($10.00).



    Rosy Christmas-Red

    This pint-sized package contains fan favorite Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner for soft skin and decadent, floral showers all winter long ($16.95).

  • 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,  London,  Los Angeles,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    Get Gorgeous At Any Age: BREVENA Skin Care

    unnamedOne of my favorite skin care products out in the market right now is the BREVENA Daily Hydration Moisturizer. The Macro β Complex technology has been championed by plastic surgeons and general surgeons for the repair of burned and traumatized skin and it has been recognized to maintain and rejuvenate healthy skin by our product users. This top quality product is the perfect blend of beauty and advanced medical technology. It is one those great products that can be used by every skin type and age! The prices range from about $30-$100, but you can’t put a price on healthy, nourished skin!

    The company is also great at giving back to their community. BREVENA most recently donated 75 jars of moisturizer to be distributed during the cosmetics make-up sessions attended by burn survivors. Check out the link below to learn more about this session: http://www.phoenix-society.org/blog/entry/facing-the-future-tools-to-help-survivors-get-back-to-living

  • Asian,  Australia,  London,  Los Angeles,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    New Product Alert: White Sands Haircare Launches Spray Leave In Conditioner



    Tired of combing half of your hair away after washing it? I know I am!

    White Sands Hair Care is proud to announce the launch of their Spray Leave In Conditioner featuring Selective Conditioning. The product’s special polymers provide this smart, selective conditioning benefit to condition areas of the cuticle that need it most. This targeted delivery creates an intelligent product that knows exactly where damage hides; giving the weakest parts more TLC. Hair will have the ability to hold moisture and control frizz which, in turn, creates a high shine free of fly aways.

    Formulated for normal to dry hair, the spray will further revitalize and restore your hair back to a youthful state with its unique combination of green tea leaf and orchid flower extracts. These powerful anti-aging ingredients fight free radicals, while preventing tangles and tears to make wet combing easier.
    Without weighing it down or causing buildup, White Sands Spray Leave In Conditioner further strengthens the hair with silk proteins. These amino acids thoroughly penetrate into the damaged layers of the cuticle to mend and protect.ProVitamin B5 continues the leave in’s moisturizing properties, imparting added sheen.
    Price: 1oz Travel Size, $5.00. 8.5oz Full Size, $15.00 via whitesandsproducts.com