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Is everything we do a form of self expression?
July 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm 0
For the last few years I've been driving my husband's car. An Audi A6. It is a great car...and I'm not even a car person! But, the car is getting older, the fixes are getting more expensive, and it's time for something less expensive, more reliable and family friendly (sort of - don't worry, I'm not into mini-vans). We started searching for cars. As a totally "not car" person, I really didn't care...but then I slowly started caring. In my mind I wanted a BMW SUV...I just think they're cute! But, I didn't want the expensive maintanence. And, my husband takes really good care of his things, and I like to "live" in my car. He'd go crazy if he saw a Cheerio on the floor, or Starbucks napkins in the backseat. I really didn't want to hear about how I was abusing my car every other day. So a luxury car was out (plus, my husband is a car guy and is getting a fancy schmancy Mercedes something-something in the next little while, so he'll get his anways). I know that I want something that I can haul my baby around in, and looks stylish enough, without a huge price tag. And I really love being high up while driving - I have no idea why, but I just love it! I tested out a Ford Escape and a Jeep Patriot. And right before I was about to sign the paper I started to think about what my car choice means for me. Is it a form of self expression? I remember when I painted the wall in my apartment hot pink - a huge form of self expression - and started treating myself to the super fun jewelry and shiny, girly things I love. It was a real coming out for me, and I feel like I literally blossomed into the person I was supposed to be. But recently, I have been making very "safe" choices, ones that aren't necessarily reflective of my personality, but of my desire to not spend a ton of money. And yes, that's part of me too, but it's a small part of the big picture. I would hate for that to be my driving force. I'm wondering...maybe I need something fancier and more fun than a standard SUV. Here's what the facebook verdict was: What do you think? Is everything we do a form of self expression?
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Life
Big Changes…and some smart money choices
March 28, 2012 at 10:00 am 0
Recently my husband and I made some big choices...and some big changes. This summer we're focusing on getting rid of "stuff" in our life that isn't taking us in the direction we want to go...mostly financially, but also life and business wise. That means we're: - giving up our rental apartment in the city - moving to Niagara on the Lake full time for the summer (which I've dreamed of doing for 2 years now!) - dramatically increasing our savings starting April 1st - controlling our spending and watching where we're actually spending our money - cleaning up our businesses...so they run smoother, and hopefully with less intensive involvement from either of us - starting to look for a rental house to buy in Toronto (where we'll hopefully live rent free or very inexpensivley, as our tenants will pay most of the mortgage!) - making enhancements to our house in Niagara on the Lake that will hopefully increase the property value ( a big part of living there this summer will allow us the time we actually need to do a lot of the landscaping)
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Life
Spring on the Farm
March 20, 2012 at 9:28 am 0
This year in Niagara on the Lake we're being treated to one of the earliest, warmest, and mildest Spring's that I can remember in my 16 years of living in Ontario. On the farm, flowers are coming out, the fruit trees are starting to blossom, the grass is growing quickly and the birds are incredibly active!
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Winter Vacation in the Mayan Riviera
Travel
Winter Vacation in the Mayan Riviera
January 20, 2012 at 9:56 am 0
 

Recently my husband and I went on a week long "sun" holiday in the Mayan Riviera.

We stayed at the Fairmont Mayakoba, and visited the sites around the area. Our room was on one of the man made canals at the resort, so we always had a nice sunny and secluded place to have breakfast with the ducks swimmming by, and the occassional paddle boat floating by. Here's what we did, what we liked, and what we'd change if we could do it all over! 

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Christmas in New York City
Travel
Christmas in New York City
December 26, 2011 at 10:48 am 0

This year for Christmas we decided to do something a little out of the ordinary. Instead of driving or flying far away to go see family, we decided to go to New York City - and it was incredible!

We stayed with my husband's best friend and family, who were lovely hosts, and made us feel so comfortable. I even took a guilt free nap for about 1.5 hours every afternoon - it was amazing!

We drove down to NYC from Toronto...and like every long car drive with my husband we ended up fighting pretty much the entire way. It turns out road trips are not on the "route to happiness" for us!

But the next day we were up, and ready for some adventrues! 

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Life
Santa’s Little Helper
December 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm 0
Why should Santa enjoy the comfort of his reindeer drawn sleigh while we circle parking lots, brave crowds and bah humbug over gas prices? This winter we want to erase those ghosts of holidays’ past and replace them with a memorable gift shopping experience. Every Sunday until December 18, Shop Socials will be offering Santa’s Limo Helper, a chauffeured shopping excursion designed to tackle even the most challenging gift list with the help of luxury limousine transportation, an on-board gifting tutorial, festive cocktails, gourmet sweets and a two and half hour guided tour of Queen West, Leslieville or Yonge and Eglinton boutiques, hand-selected for their gifting charm. Passengers enjoy free time to explore neighbouhoods on their own and can literally proclaim, “It’s a wrap!”, at the end of the day with complimentary gift wrapping. The Santa’s Limo Helper experience starts from just $65 per person and offers centrally located pick-ups east and west of the Greater Toronto Area every Sunday at 11 a.m. Private group bookings are also available until December 23. Learn more and reserve your spot before they’re all gone at: www.shopsocials.com/ss/santa.html
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Life, Style
Versace at H&M: Top 5 Dresses We’re Dying To Buy
October 24, 2011 at 8:59 am 0
I'm DYING to get my hands on some of these unbelievable Versace dresses that will be available starting on November 17th at H&M. Great design...great prices...sounds like my kind of offering! It's the usual UBER-SEXY Versace style, which will come in sooo handy for all the holiday parties! Here's my top 5 picks: 1. The Red Dress - Oh my...so sexy & classy & red! All of my favourite things in one! 2. The Gold Dress - Soooo sexy & fun! This dress makes me want to party! 3. The Yellow Dress - Stunning colour, and looks amazing with this blue scarf & fun purse. 4. The Versace LBD - Classic! 5. Light & Dark Blue Asian Inspired Dress - This is just fun! It's cute, girly and could be worn a million different ways!
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Style
Jennifer Aniston’s Dress Gets Shorter and Sexier
October 22, 2011 at 10:45 am 0
Recently I stumbled upon this gorgeous pic of Jennifer Aniston's dress that I was crushing huge for! It turns out the dress was originally a long and flowy metallic dress by KaufmanFranco, but the designers re-released a shorter and sexier version exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue. LOVING IT! P.S. Doesn't this dress look so much better with tanned skin and lighter hair? The long version looks a tad severe, and the shorter version is SO much better!
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Style
NEW Contest! Win a $100 Gift Card from Elle Hardware
October 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm 2
We've got something new, fabulous and unique just for you! Elle Hardware is a gorgeous accessories and jewellery boutique in Toronto AND the fabulous ladies over at Elle Hardware are offering up a $100 Gift Card for one lucky Cashmere Clutch reader! This store has some gorgeous, unique and really fashion forward goodies. Check out some of our favourite finds below: 1. I'm really LOVING these Catherine Weitzman earrings. So fun and sexy and you can wear them day or night! Earings_Elle Hardware_Catherine Weitzman 2. I NEED these Miguel Simek earrings. Enough Said! miguel simek_earing 3. At the store - they have such a cool and inviting setting, and so many incredible finds! Elle Hardware_storeshot Want to take a peak at more of their fantastic goodies? Go to their website: http://ellehardware.com/ Visit their store: 695 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario HOW TO ENTER: 1. Go to the Cashmere Clutch facebook page 2. Tell us why you want to WIN the $100 Gift Card by leaving a comment on the wall CONTEST DURATION: Contest period is from Thursday, October 20, 2011 - Friday, October 28, 2011 at midnight, EST Winner will be announced on the facebook wall on Saturday October 29th. LEGAL STUFF THAT NO-ONE READS Must be a minimum 18 years old to enter Not open to residents of Quebec
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Life
Yardwork at the Farm
September 23, 2011 at 10:02 am 0
We've been doing loads of yardwork at the farm to try and get ready for winter, and to make sure that next years yardwork is much, much, more manageable. Mostly we've been trying to learn how to cut our lawn properly. You laugh, but it's about 3 acres and takes me 5 hours to mow on the riding lawnmower. Apparently grass is very sensitive and there's a right and wrong way to do it - who knew! On the plus side, it's been so dry and hot...and we don't have a sprinkler in place, so I only have to mow once every 2 weeks! We've also been trimming up a lot of trees. They had been left unkempt for about 8 years from the previous owners, and were starting to looking really messy. It's amazing how a nice trim job tidies up a yard quickly! (Don't mind the dead grass!) Before: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1057 After: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1063 We've also been pulling out all the old non-functioning fencing that's around the orchard. The farm used to be a sheep farm, but without any animals for years, and without anyone really taking care of the property, it's really become a mess! So as part of reclaiming the land, we needed to pull out all the metal wires and fences that were tangled in weeds, and made lawnmowing this area impossible. Pulling it out: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1066 Success: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1071 The work at the farm is quite hard, but I can't tell you how amazing it feels to be physically tired from a days work outdoors. It feels so good to breathe in fresh air, work hard, and see the fruits of your labour almost immediately. Unlike my day job running a marketing company, where it can be months before we see results of our work, doing a few hours of yard work shows immediate results. It's got to be good for the soul!
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Life
New Furniture At The Farm
September 22, 2011 at 9:41 am 0
Recently our new furniture arrived a the farm! Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1095 We had a bit of a debaucle at first. We bought furniture from Pottery Barn last March, and they delivered the wrong furniture to us! Through a long and confusing (surprising for the Pottery Barn, I know!) process we had to re-order new furniture and they finally brought it to us. (Yes, that means they took many, many, months to correct the mistake.) We were so happy to see the big truck pull up, the old furniture get carted away, and the new furniture put in it's place. Old sofa: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1092 New sofa: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 1099 We think the new pieces work much better; the old sofa was huge, but only had 2 big pillows, so it looked like a loveseat, and even thought it was big, with only 2 cushions we noticed that only 2 people would sit on it at the same time. With the new furniture it not only looks much better (tighter fabric, a slightly more refined style) but it makes our living room look so much better with the 3 pillow sofa. So interesting how furniture changes a room! (ohhhh, the things we're learning from owning a house).
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Life
Freedom, Free time and Business
September 20, 2011 at 9:29 am 0
success As we've mentioned in the past, we've been building a great little marketing company over the past two years. Business has been going great, and we've gotten some great clients, cool projects, and an unbelievable lifestyle. It wasn't until this summer that I made a fantastic realization - the business works in cycles similar to that of a school teacher; busy in the fall, busy in the Spring, and pretty quiet in the summer and over Christmas! What a fantastic lifestyle! So instead of trying to fight it, I just went with it...this summer I worked an average of 6-8 hours a day, but rarely ever on weekends, and on days where there wasn't much to do...well, I focused on other things, like going for long walks before lunch, meeting friends, reading, and doing lots and lots of yardwork. If you're considering going into business for yourself NOTHING beats the freedom. Yes, it can be stressful at times, and yes, you'll probably have some pretty tight budgets over the first few years, but in the end if you learn how to work it WILL pay off big! The freedom you'll have from not reporting to a boss, and having ultimate decision making power, the free time you'll have if you learn to go with the phases of your business, and the joy of running your own business...and knowing you made it. NOTHING BEATS IT!
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Life
Grocery Shopping at the Farm Stand
September 16, 2011 at 10:13 am 0
Nothing beats farm fresh produce. The rich flavours, divine aromas of fresh produce, and the pleasing process of farm to table. This summer we've been making a big effort to support the local farmers. We stop by the farm stand a few times a week, and peruse their offerings before picking up a few of our favourites. This summer the peaches have been insanely good! So incredibly juicy and rich and perfect! The onions are also a hit, and we're getting pumped for the pears which should be available any day now. If you get a chance, buy farm fresh produce. In Ontatrio, if each household spent $10 of their grocery bill on Ontario farm fresh produce each week, it would add up to a 2.4 billion dollar annual influx into our provincial economy. Good for you, good for farmers.....good for everyone! Iphone Sept 2011 051 Iphone Sept 2011 052
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Life
Sunrise at the Farm
September 14, 2011 at 10:04 am 0
Recently we've been on a bit of a landscaping spree at the farm. We wake up at 530am or so, have a quick coffee and breakfast and then head out to do yard work before the smoking hot sun gets too hot to handle. One of the best parts about waking up so early is to welcome the day properly. Seeing the sky transform from a dark hue, to a misty white, to bright pinks, oranges, and reds. It's one of the hidden joys of waking up so early - and definitely worth it!
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Life
Update After a Long Summer Break
September 12, 2011 at 10:40 am 0
headshot_facebook Ok, we've been pretty absent from the blog recently...and not that it's much of an excuse, but we've been busting our chops on our business, and getting the farm in order, while also trying to manage keeping up with life in the city. As you can imagine, that leaves little time for blogging...but that's beginning to sound kind of like an excuse isn't it. So, to make it up, I'll be updating over the next little while on what we've been up to - everything from a trip to Vegas, to major farm work, to running a business! It's been loads of fun, but of course, as with all things in life, trying to keep some balance in it all can be tricky. So, to try and get back to a more balanced life, we're making Cashmere Clutch more of a priority. Stay tuned for cool updates on what we've been up to! xo Ingrid
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Life
Late Summer Weekends At A Friends Cottage
September 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm 0
This summer has flewn by! When we're not up at the farm, we're normally travelling, or visiting friends at nearby cottages. One of my friends has a cottage in the Thousand Islands that is just to die for! And when I say cottage, I really mean private island. You can see the sunrise, sunset, and everything in between. It's surrounded by water, and there's always people stopping by on boats to say hi. The view: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 729 On the boat: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 703 Our fabulous host taking us back to the dock: Iphone Sept 2011 012 It's the perfect cottage getaway! P.S. Going to the cottage in Ontario is like a birthright. What's the "done" thing in your area? Trips to Europe, camping in the backyard, or endless late summer barbecues?
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Life
Proof that Good Thoughts Become Good Things: Biz is Booming
August 2, 2011 at 7:58 am 0
selfemployed2 Last year I started my own business. It was tough to start, and of course there was that little voice of doubt in my head. The one that says "what if it doesn't work out, what if nobody wants my services, what if I make no money, what if people think I had a silly idea"? All of these doubts swirling around in my head. But I forced myself not to listen to them. It was going to be a success. I was going to be able to live a life that included running a succesful business, and having many of my "life dreams" come true (like living part time in the country, part time in the city). So, I started the company and didn't look back. I worked my tail off putting together some promotional materials, and emailed and called everyone I knew telling them I'd opened my own marketing company. I went to networking events where I knew nobody. I'm not great at selling myself - so I didn't pretend that I was. I let my work speak for itself... and showcased the great results we'd been able to provide for other clients. I knew that speaking live was something I enjoyed, and people tell me that they really enjoy seeing me speak at events. So I took that as my natural advantage, and applied to speak at many events to get our company's name out to the public. And. Voila! Last year was decent...I was happy with how many clients had signed up, and I really enjoyed what I was doing. This year, things are exploding. This week I've been asked by two big companies to speak at live events, and I've been approached by two big organizations to work on marketing programs for them. It's true, good thoughts (with a lot of work, a little luck and a supportive husband) can become good things! P.S. Do you dream of starting your own business one day? Tell me about it - I'd love to hear your story.
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Life
Crazy for Martha Stewart’s Farm
July 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm 0
I have a confession. I have become OBSESSED with Martha Stewart's farm and have spent the last few nights until the wee hours of the morning reading every blog post ever created about her farm, Cantitoe Corners, in Bedford, New York. I've read about her: donkeys chickens sheep horses peony garden tree planting and almost everything in between. I got hooked onto Martha's farm when my friend Angela came to our farm in Niagara and showed me a copy of Martha Stewart Living on her ipad. She just wanted to show me how the digital copies of the magazine have moving images, links to tv commercials, and other cool features. I thought it was cool....but when I found this picture of Martha's Farm I was in rapture! Just look at these pictures and you'll understand why. Isn't it super, insanely, beautiful? I have finally found inspiration for the kind of farm I'd like to create in Niagara!
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Life
Reality TV Under Covers
July 6, 2011 at 9:02 am 0
Bethenny-Ever-After I'm a reality tv buff - which is kind of funny considering: - I don't have a tv - I really don't enjoy/don't have any drama and gossip in my life - my life is pretty "real" But after a long day of working, exercising, and doing daily errands, there's just something wonderful about zoning out and watching silly tv. When it's time to watch tv I usually hunker down in my bed, turn on my laptop, put in my earphones and watch away getting totally involved in what's going on with the characters - and in the case of particularly cringe-worthy shows reeling with pain when I see some of the more ridiculous stunts. My current faves are: - Tori & Dean - Bethenny Ever After - Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC) My husband thinks it's horrendous that I watch such silliness - it's not adding anything to my life, and these women (particularly on RHOC) are sooooo poorly behaved amongst each other, have terrible manners/attitudes toward the general public, aren't very smart and well, they are such jealous bitches of each other! But, for me I just I enjoy. And, since I really don't have any people in my life and circle of friends that aren't lovely, smart, loyal, honest and motivated in their own right...I guess I don't have to worry that my life will ever be like RHOC!
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Life
Living Part time in the City and the Country: The Good, Bad & Ugly
June 15, 2011 at 7:55 am 1
country_field_landscape_photo_EA52064 As I mentioned earlier in the year, my husband and I bought a house in Niagara on the Lake. As entrepreneurs we have some flexibility with our work schedules, so we took that as a sign to start living the life we always wanted and live part time in the city, part time in the country. Splitting life between Niagara on the Lake, and downtown Toronto has proven to be quite exciting! When we mention that we live in the city... and the country it's surprising how many people say "Oh, I've always wanted to do that!". I thought we were the only ones crazy enough to have that dream. As it turns out, there's a lot of people out there that love the excitement of downtown living, but crave the tranquility of a quieter pace of life...at least a few days a week. One thing that happens when we tell people about our living situation is that people always have lots of questions...from finances, to lawn moving, so here it is... The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. The Good - the peaceful feeling of waking up with clean air, blue skies and chirping birds - having a totally new way of living...together - regular visitors from the city who are excited to see what you're up to - the space! our house is 3500 square feet, that's a big improvement from our condo that is 800 square feet - having loads of new places to discover, including tons of new wineries that we've never visited - getting loads more exercise from walking around the property and doing yardwork - finally having a use for all my "country" knowledge acquired from growing up on a sheep farm - having a barn cat. it came with the house, but has become a good companion for us The Bad - our lawn is 2 acres...and takes 5 hours to mow! - the totally out of control gardens - weeds, weeds and more weeds! - after living in condos for years, not knowing how to fix any "house" stuff, or where even to start (our eaves trough was ripped off our house 2 months ago in a violent wind storm...we still haven't fixed it) - the hot water tank isn't very big....so after one bath we're back to cold water - scheduling meetings only on days you plan on being in the city can be tricky - it's very expensive having a condo downtown and a house in the country...but worth it! The Ugly - the endless Spring, coupled with a broken lawn mower, means the grass did not get mowed for several weeks and was almost 2 feet tall in some places - TICKS! long wet grass is the perfect breeding ground for ticks, which are now everywhere in the tall grass. Ticks are little annoying bugs that bury their head in your skin, suck your blood, and carry lots of diseases...including Lyme Disease! - Having my pregnant friend get stuck in our driveway in a snow storm. There's no faster way to feel like sh*t than trapping a pregnant woman in your cold house when you know all she wants to do is get back to her own bed - Holy Moses is Propane Freaking Expensive! Having lived in a condo for years, we're used to turning up the heat, turning down the heat and leaving doors and windows open without a thought. Within the first 2 weeks of owning our house we got a propane bill for $1,200! From then on, we kept the heat low, lit fires, and lived like Scrooges!
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Life
Every Hot Summer Day Deserves…
June 10, 2011 at 11:15 am 0

slurpee

A SLURPEE! There's nothing that reminds Canadian youth of hot summer days more than a big slurpee form the local convenience store. My favourite flavour was always a mix of orange and cream soda, sometimes with a dash of Coke. What was yours?
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Life, Travel
Niagara Falls Restaurants We’re Dying To Try
May 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm 0
gI_0_Massimo Living in Niagara on the Lake is great. The air is clean, there are trees all around, we have so much space, and there are great local restaurants nearby. But when it comes to fine dining the options are limited. You can go to Peller Estates, again and again...or maybe their sister winery Hillebrand....but other than that there isn't much. So when we heard this recent announcement that Jamie Kennedy was opening a new restaurant in Niagara Falls it really made our day! Then we realized that Massimo Capra already has one in the Falls, and after squeeling with joy for a few minutes we realized our dining outlook for the area just got that much brighter! Massimo's restaurant, called the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra is in the Crown Plaza on the 10th floor. The menu looks divine! From the dinner menu I'm dying to try the: Warm Peaches and Cheese Roasted Garlic Artichokes Maple Glazed Porkchop. I'm dying to make a reservation and test this place out - a full restaurant review is coming up soon!
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Life, Travel
Vegas and the Joys of Missing a Flight
May 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm 0
Today I travelled to Vegas. And it was not that easy of a travel day! For the first time ever in my life I MISSED MY FLIGHT! I've taken probably 100 flights and I've never missed my plane! My flight was at 8am, and I set my alarm for 5am to make sure I had enough time to shower and get to the airport....but when I woke up at 7:47 (the irony of the time not lost on me!) I realized there was NO WAY I was going to catch my plane. It was a terrible feeling! The first thing I did was scramble to call the airline to re - arrange my ticket. They weren't able to help me on the phone so they said to just go to the airport and try and catch the next flight at 10am. After panicking, and racing to the airport as fast as I could I arrive at 9am, and am able to get booked on the next flight...but instead of flying from Toronto to Denver to Las Vegas and arriving at 1pm, I have to go from Toronto to Chicago to Houston to Las Vegas, and arrive at 6pm. Extended travel time aside, I was just happy that I didn't have to buy a whole other plane ticket. Wasting hundreds of dollars would have broken my heart! After checking in I had to run to clear customs and then do the security check. As I approach the customs line I realize it's miles long! I get through in about 30 minutes and go to security just as my flight is boarding! God forbid I miss two flights in one day... I realize very quickly that there was NO WAY I will make my flight if I wait in line properly, so I ask the nice guy helping people through if he can help me jump the line so I didn't miss my flight. Count my lucky stars - he helps me! I make me flight, make my connections and make it to Vegas - totally exhausted! After running a few errands for work I go to bed and crash really hard at 11pm. So much for Vegas being my party town!
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Travel
Vegas, Baby
May 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm 0
LasVegas_Sign Next week I have to go to Las Vegas for a work conference. I've always wanted to go to Vegas - it's always talked about, it's a big party place, and there's just something about it! So, when a work conference came up it seemed like the perfect reason to go - not only could I build my business, and make great contacts...but I would get to take a trip that I could totally write off (Oh, the perks of being an entrepreneur!) So I booked my room at the fancy, schmancy new place to be, the Cosmopolitan hotel, and got ready to have fun! Of course, that's never how work trips go...it turns out I have to be at a trade show at 8am on Saturday morning to start the trade show - which means I have to get my plane ticket for 1 day earlier, and means I had to book one more night in a hotel. When I called the Cosmopolitan to add another night the room rate had increased from a decent $135 a night to a whopping $550 a night! Eeeks! So, now I'm booked to stay at Paris, Las Vegas for one night and the Cosmopolitan for 3 nights. Nothing better than a hotel tour in a new city!
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Life
Country Update: Snail Obsessed
April 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm 0

snails

This Spring has been pretty crazy - just when you think the weather is about to turn warm and lovely we get another spell of 10C weather with snow and storm warnings. This, of course, makes spending time outdoors, planting pretty flowers and other "nice" gardening things a tad too uncomfortable. Imagine trying to plant summer flowers with wind whipping through your hair, rain pelting your face, and your whole body freezing? No thanks. So, instead of actually planting anything I've become obsessed with cleaning up the garden. Much to my horror the gardens are filled with snails! As soon as I saw a few I started noticing more, and more, and more, and now I see tens and hundreds of them everytime I look! It's making me crazy. And I can't stop thinking about it! I'll come home late at night from a party, only to put on some grubby clothes, and try and catch snails! I've tried beer traps (didn't work), digging them up, and I'm almost ready to move on to chemicals. Crazy I know.
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Style
Prints Charming
April 20, 2011 at 9:13 am 0
This Spring fashion is all about prints and florals...and I couldn't be happier! During the last two years (with the tough economy) the fashion options were basic, and well....boring. But not this Spring! Colours, patterns, florals, bold prints...all of my favourite things to express some personality and have FUN with fashion! Check out this fabulous option! floral dress Image courtesy of Flare.
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Life
Country Home Update – Prosciutto Taste Testing
March 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm 0
proscuitto_taste_testing Recently I decided to do a fun little thing for my over-worked husband who has a taste for everything fancy. So, I went to the specailty Italian shop, and bought 50 grams of each of their prosciutto's. When he woke up after sleeping like a bear he was pleasantly surprised by a "Prosciutto Tate Testing" I'd set up for him for breakfast. He tasted each piece, and then had to rate them based on his preference. It was quite fun - and a cool way to make brunch at home that much more exciting! Here's a recap of the results: Pick #1: La Torre Prosciutto di Parma ( $34.90/kg) Pick #2: Ruiliano Prosciutto di Parma ($49.90/kg) Pick #3: San Danielle Silver Prosciutto ($26.90/kg) Pick #4: Niagara Prosciutto ($44.90/kg) Unfortunately the Niagara one come in last - which is a shame because I love to support local farmers/businesses. Other than that - It just goes to show that the most expensive is not always the best!
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Style
So Ready For Spring Shopping at Pink Tartan
March 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm 0

Pink Tartan pink jumpsuit

Ugh, winter. That's all there is left to say about how grey and long this winter has been. But....the great news is that it's almost over!!! And the even better news is that Pink Tartan has the most unbelievable Spring lineup, and we're dying to pick it up at their new flagship location. Nothing makes me happier than the thought of warm Spring days, light jackets, and open toed shoes. Not to mention that I am over the moon that colour is IN this Spring. I love colour! Pinks, oranges, purples, blues....oh, bliss. On my list of Pink Tartan favourites this Spring: - super fun pink jumpsuit (above) - romantic and strong yellow dress (below) - bright short shorts (second below)
Pink Tartan yellow dress


Pink Tartan shorts

Aren't they gorgeous? Now we just need to throw some fabulous parties so we can look as perfectly glam as these clothes deserve! (And some fabulous shoes and new jewels wouldn't hurt either!)
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Life
Who Would You Call?
March 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm 0
Recently one of the most fantastic (smart, beautiful, giving) woman I know asked me to help promote an event that is near and dear to her. Being a site that helps woman get what they want out of life we jumped at the chance to help raise awareness for something that could make a big differene in other women's lives. The Assaulted Women's Helpline is a great charity that is always looking to raise awareness, and this year to mark the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day on March 8th, they are launching a cool online love-in celebration-of-friends extravaganza. It's called "Who Would You Call?" and the idea is to celebrate and pay tribute to the awesome, awesome friend or friends in our life that we can call no matter what at 4am (in contrast for 49,000+ woman in Ontario each year who aren't so lucky, it's the Helpline that is there to listen 24/7). The Assaulted Women's Helpline is inviting people to write a story or letter or blog post or video or haiku or whatever to honour an amazing friend. The campaign runs from March 8th - April 15th, and your support in any way that you can give it are very much appreciated. Here are the details ... site url = http://www.whowouldyoucall.ca youtube video about it = http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FBXDKsTI-3c Twitter hashtag = #whowouldyoucall Assaulted Women's Helpline Twitter: @AWHL AWHL is a charity so they are also inviting people who make tributes to consider a donation of any amount in honour of their friend and then they mail a sweet card to your friend. They'll be thrilled to receive donations (and it's a charity that reallllly needs the help and uses its funds so so wisely) but it isn't required to participate. The main goal is to get people talking and thinking - by celebrating your uber-fantastic friends and recognizing that we're pretty lucky to have friends like that to celebrate - not everyone is in the same boat and thank goodness AWHL exists.
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Style
Top 5 Designer Spring Dresses To Die For
March 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm 0
This Spring the dresses are truly unbelievable! Colourful, sexy, fun and flattering - just what every girl needs! Here are our top 5 picks for designer spring dresses this year: 1st Pick: MaxMara - Edwige Cotton Dress Easy fitting, soft Italian cotton in a subtle balloon silhouette that's cinched at the waist with an attached tie belt.$485 USD
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2nd Pick: Tory Burch - Petra Double-Crepe Dress A sleek sheath of double crepe, finished exposed zip-pockets and goldtone hardware for a modern edge. $328 USD
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3rd Pick: Haute Hippie - Silk Ruffle Dress This romantic iteration of the classic wrap is rendered in ruffled supple silk. $475 USD
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4th Pick: Diane Von Furstenberg - Handy Dress Easy elegance perfected in this billowy stretch silk silhouette, complete with comfy pockets.$375 USD
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5th Pick: Red Valentino - Belted Ruffle Dress Sleek, belted sheath silhouette has cascading ruffles down one side for chic, feminine touch. $595 USD
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Natural Accessories We Love From Club Monaco
February 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm 0
Club Monaco has some great and natural accessories this season that we're really loving. They're chunky and strong and have great textures. They can go with everything from a white suit for work, to a fancy dress, to a weekend outfit. Might just have to go pick a few pieces up!
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I’m In A Full Blast Winter Fashion Rut
February 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm 0

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I'm in a full blast fashion rut. I'm so tired of wearing heavy jackets, winter-proof boots, scarves, mittens, and thick sweaters. I'm just so tired of it! I want to wear Spring dresses, open toed shoes, bright colours and fun patterns. Unfortunately the -10C temperature, snow flurries and wind storms don't agree with what I want. This happens every year. Around this time I'm just so done with winter - and based on my appearance you can totally tell. I have about 3 business outfits that I wear to meetings, always the same drab colours and requiring no creativity. And my outside of work clothes are all "cosy, without the sexy". Blah! Can't wait for winter to end, and for the snow and salt to stop ruining all my clothes so I can actually wear more delicate things again! Does this happen to you too? Photo Credit: Corbis Images
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Life
Being A People Pleaser: Business & Life Kryptonite
February 9, 2011 at 9:17 am 1
People Pleaser Recently things have been a bit hectic. Work has been busy, life has been busy, and everything in between has been busy. But it felt like I was spinning my wheels. I guess I had already forgotten to live by my New Years Resolution. And, to be totally honest, I had to deal with a really b*tchy and unappreciative client that was taking up so much of my time and making me feel really blue about my business. I'm sure if you've ever had a bad boss, or co-worker, or client to deal with, you know how it can be an experience that is hard to break away from. So, like I try to do with everything, I had to turn my negative situation into a positive one. But this time, instead of trying to make myself better I decided to really get into what was bothering me - and WOW, what an experience! It turns out that I was falling back into some bad patterns, trying to please people that just want to complain and be negative (i.e. my client) and focusing so much energy on trying to win her over and try to make her see that I was doing something great for her. The more I did, the more she complained. So our project that was for a few hundred dollars and should have taken 3 weeks turned into a 3 month project, where I literally spent a hundred hours (i.e. thousands of dollars of my time) offering her more training, fixing up her graphic work, making other changes that I'd already told her would look bad. And the whole experience left me deflated after I offered to help her with some free training for 30 minutes, only to have her yell at me on the phone saying that she was not going to be told she only has 30 minutes to have her questions answered! Trying to be super professional I dealt with the whole thing without breaking my professional tone and answered all her questions. But it didn't feel good. And it really made me have a "blue" weekend where I had to really think about my business and what it was doing, and what it meant to me. Luckily, I have a super supportive husband who spent the weekend chatting with me, looking at my business model with me, figuring out why this situation had me so upset. I also decided to delve into the whole experience on a deeper level by reading "Breaking the Pattern" by Charles Stuart Platkin. The book focuses on how to help you take action in those areas where you feel like you're stuck, or doomed to repeat negative experiences. In my whole dealing with this client I was re-living my experiences as a kid, desperately trying to get my parents attention, and to be appreciated, and have my efforts be rewarded. The harder I tried to win my parents attention and affection, the less they were interested. And I was re-living this whole experience with my client. I have loads of other great clients that pay well, really appreciate all that my company does for them, and are dying to tell everyone they know about how good we are. But I was falling back into the pattern of spending all my energy trying to please the people that don't want to be pleased. The whole experience was exhausting, but looking under the covers of it was fascinating...I had so many "AHA" moments over the course of the weekend! And I was able to come up with a plan to help build a better business and a more rewarding life: - focus on my main clients & the ones I enjoy working with - pay a lot of attention to what happens when clients ask for my services, ask myself if they are a fit for me...if not, pass up the business. - focus on more corporate clients, partnerships and other "top level" clients You know what happened? With my newfound inspiration for my business and a deeper understanding of what my business kryptonite is I had a totally refreshed mindset. And on Monday morning at 9am I had an incredible meeting with one of my biggest clients ever. The kind of client you dream working with - who has a great business, who appreciates what you do and who really values your services. What a difference some introspection, a little shift in my plans and re-affirmation that I "got it" via an excellent client meeting made!
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A New Trend In Home Protection: Guard Rabbits?
January 12, 2011 at 10:14 am 0
rabbit I'm not really into animal stories, but I came across this picture on I am Chiq and almost fell over! This is HUGE! The rabbits name is Darius, but I think he needs a tougher name. The family that owns him should get rid of the Rottwiler and just keep Darius at the door. Robbers would be so freaked out they would never break in, nobody would come to your door trying to sell you anything, and the Jehovah's Witnesses would never dare knock!
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A Sneak Peek At The Country Life
January 10, 2011 at 11:32 am 0
In the fall we moved to Niagara On The Lake - now we're country bumpkins! Except...the first thing we did was set up a high speed wireless connection. Moving from a 577 square foot condo to a 3500 square foot house is amazing - now we have a place to put all our stuff, and our guests can actually stay comfortably with us! Here's a slice of our citified country life: The first snowfall:
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Stay Tuned: More to come on how our country life unfolds.
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Grocery Shopping While Hungry Means Spending 10 Times More
January 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm 0

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This morning after picking up my Starbucks coffee, I felt hungry. Since Starbucks has such terrible tasting food I decided to walk across the street to a small grocery store to pick up a small yogurt. One yogurt - that was all. I walked into the store...and saw some nice looking organic blueberries, so I picked those up. And then I saw some Tangerines, which would sweeten up my plain yogurt wonderfully! Then some bananas caught my eye, followed by some almonds, sunflower seeds, and nectarines. I had to put all my goodies down, go back to the entry of the store, and get a cart because I couldn't carry all the things in my arms! When I headed over to the dairy aisle I picked up my plain yogurt, but there were flavoured kinds on sale too - so naturally I picked up a mango flavour, berry flavour, peach flavour. I also bought some cottage cheese because it has loads of protein and is healthy too! Almost ready to hit the checkout some muffins caught my eye, so I added them to my bursting cart. Finally I was satisfied that I had enough food for my breakfast. After I left the store I thought about what I intended to buy: - one small yogurt Vs. What I actually bought: -bluberries -bananas -nectarines -tangerines -sunflower seeds -almonds -4 big containers of yogurt (literally, 2 Litres of yogurt!) -cottage cheese -muffins I intended to spend $2.00 I really spent $29.67 It's true, you really shouldn't go to the grocery store when hungry!
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2010: A Crazy Year In Review
January 3, 2011 at 10:18 am 2
orange kisses 2010 was a crazy year. A year of massive changes, and totally organized chaos! Here's a recap of the insanity: I Sold My Condo Got Married Took A Trip To Argentina Started My Own Company Moved (Twice) Phew! Here's hoping 2011 is A LOT more relaxing!
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5 Resolutions For Richer, More Fun & Less Stressful 2011
January 2, 2011 at 10:05 am 0

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Every New Years loads of resolutions are passed around - eat less, exercise more, take your lunch to work everyday....all sorts of promises that don't typically live for longer than 2 weeks. For real, have you heard anyone who actually kept a resolution for a full year? I don't think it's actually happened. So, instead of making resolutions we're making some lifestyle changes. Our goal is to make 2011 the best year ever! How are we going to do that? By making 5 important changes in our life: Focus On What Makes You Happy. That's right. If you don't like, don't do it. Enough with saying yes to people, invitations, obligations that don't really "work" for us. If it doesn't make us happy, we're not doing it! Make Fun A Priority. In university life was good. We got together with our girlfriends, watched movies, went to free concerts, had picnics in the park, and most importantly WE HAD A BLAST! We didn't have much money, but we sure had fun! Now we socialize by going to restaurants, having wine with friends, but it's all getting kind of routine, and we only do it when it fits into our weekend schedule. After all, we spend all our time during the week thinking about work! Now we're making good old "fun" a priority. A street party on a Tuesday night? Sign me up! The free lunchtime concerts hosted by the Canadian Opera Comany - sign me up! Bring back the good old fashioned fun! Save More Money. You can't live rich if you feel poor, and as women taking charge of our finances is extremely important. We're not going to live like Scrooge, but we arere saving more. Remember that saying - "Pay yourself first". We're doing it and we're having more "free fun" at the same time. Relax More. That's right, we're going to chill out more. Enough with the crazy speed of life and all the work stress. This year, you'll find us sitting at the cafe, watching the passerby, taking a stroll after dinner, and reading good books. When we work, we're going to work really hard. When we're not, we are either having fun, or relaxing. Surround Yourself With Happy People Who Make You Feel Good. Your social circle has a huge influence on your happiness. Breakup with your negative friends, and spend more time with positive, interesting and inspiring people who make you feel good. Sound like a recipe for a good life, doesn't it?
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Last Minute Feel Good Christmas Gifts For Under $20
December 21, 2010 at 7:09 am 0
This year why not give gifts that are budget wise AND actually make you feel good? 1. Water.org's "Camelbak Water Bottle"
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Promoted in part by Matt Damon this cool water bottle gives 100% of the proceeds to support nearly a billion people in the world who lack clean water. The bottles are $18.99 and can be bought here. --- 2. Me To We Style's "Maisha Life Key Ring"
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The folks at Me To We Style sell socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes, books and music – as well as life-changing experiences. This key ring is part of the Artisans line; original accessories, handcrafted by artisans in Free The Children countries across the globe. Each unique piece is a connection between you and a working artisan, sustainably produced and using as much local supply as possible. The key ring sells for $9.99 and you can buy it online here --- 3. Unicef's "Beautiful Birds Magnet Notepads"
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These stylish notepads are beautifully designed and you get 2 in a pack with a pencil. They have a bird design and a fresh cut flowers design. Two magnetic notepads: 9.5cm x 9.5 cm. One pencil: 16.5 cm. The notepads are on sale for $6.99 and you can buy them here
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Christmas Procrastination: What To Do To Get Motivated
December 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm 0
Christmas-Fireplace-Decorations I'm not sure that I'm fully in the grinch category...but Christmas does not excite me at all, which means I wait until the last possible moment to buy gifts and do all the preparations necessary. I'm not into complaining, so I'll leave the long list of things wrong with Christmas off this post (hint, hint, it's freezing, expensive, stressful, involves terrible music and forced encounters with work mates you'd probably rather avoid.....just to name a few). Regardless, the fact remains, a little coaxing is required to bring out the "ho-ho" feeling. To get ready to get in the Christmas spirit here's what this (faux) Doctor orders. 1. make yourself some wonderful hot chocolate with marshmallows. Add lots of cream, and things you wouldn't normally drink. 2. put on a warm sweater. 3. curl up on the sofa. 4. make mental notes of memories you've shared with all the people on your Christmas list. 5. Enjoy those memories. Savour the fun times...when you laughed together, beautiful meals you shared together, maybe getting out of some sad times together. Enjoy the *real* moments you shared. 6. Then think of what each of those people would like for Christmas. Not some fancy, new, hot thing...but something meaningful, and set yourself a nice modest budget for each person. Maybe their grandmother's favourite vase broke this year and you know a guy who can fix it - get it repaired for them and wrap it up for Christmas. Or maybe they are always losing their golf balls when playing - get them a golf ball personalizer (you can type your initialls on the ball!) At the end of your list if you have some empty names make an effort to do some good this year - buy gifts from great (& charitable) organizations such as Me To We, or Unicef. Give your friends a gift & the proceeds will go to the charity! Doesn't that make you feel excited about Christmas already?? See, it's not so bad after all.
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Multi-Tasking, or Multi-Time Wasting? Women & Work
December 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm 0

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Women are famous multi-taskers. You know the kind. She's having a shower, brushing her teeth, planning her outift for the day, and sticking one hand out of the shower texting her client to confirm their meeting time. Sound familiar? Chances are if you are a woman, that's what your life is like. But does it get you anywhere faster, make you achieve more, and MOST IMPORTANTLY....does it make you happy? How much of the multi - tasking is truly essential? How much is keeping busy? How much is wasting time? And how much is leaving you totally exhausted and unfulfilled? In an effort to achieve everything imaginable (because you've been told you can have it ALL), women are pushed and pulled and stretched to do all sorts of things at all times of the day. But is it necessary? What if we just sat back, did one task at a time. Focused on what we were doing. Said no to helping everyone out all the time. Just took care of what we are supposed to take care of, instead of doing loads extra on top. We would feel less stressed, less stretched, we'd actually complete projects, instead of having a million loose ends at all times, and we'd feel pretty accomplished. Are you ready to take a pause, figure out if it's essential and then just FOCUS? It could be the start of a less stressed, higher achieving and happier you. ....That seems to be something worth trying out!
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New Bridal Plastic Surgery TV Show Set To Air
December 2, 2010 at 11:35 am 0
bridoplastyThere's a new TV show coming to E!, the Entertainment network, which promises to be as disturbing and ridiculous as it sounds - Bridoplasty. The show promises to award women on the show plastic surgery for winning weekly challenges in order to look "perfect" for their wedding. The craziest part? The girls future husbands will not know what they look like until they say "I do". How scary is that? Stop the insanity!!!!! Where are the fun loving, feel good, make a positive, lasting impression kind of shows??? Isn't it enough that we're in a terrible economy that is limping to the slowest ever recovery? But to add to it, there are a gazillion shows on tv that show the lowest of the low, people gripped with insecurities, and other shows that aspire to show people in shocking, and humiliating situations. Like we said before, thank goodness for this
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How To Update Your Makeup Every Season
November 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm 0

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Makeup is one of those tricky things - new colours and looks come out every year, but if you're not careful you will stick to your regular routine and before you know it your look will be dated and ill fated. So, to keep up to date we regularly peruse the magazines and makeup counters to see what's new. Recently the folks over at Clarins hosted a "Red Carpet" event where the head makeup artist Phillipe was doing makeup for all the lucky ladies that were interested. We hopped on the chair and tested out their newest look - very dark eye makeup where the liner goes slightly inside the lids. It seems a bit heavy but it actually looked great, and it was so much fun to have a different look! Forget the standard eyeliner and mascara, now I want the lovely shadows and peach blush!
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Life
Kevin O’Leary’s 5 Keys To Success: The Dragon Speaks Out!
November 18, 2010 at 10:09 am 2

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Kevin O'Leary is one of the most famous folks from Dragon's Den. To put it mildly, he is definitely not afraid to share his opinions on pretty much everything - whether you asked him or not! But, it's that same brash personality that has made him a millionaire many times over. So when someone who has succeeded and failed, and then succeeded again tells you 5 things you need to be successful, it's definitely worth listening. For entrepreneur week Kevin spoke at The Ted Rogers School of Management (Ryerson University) on Tuesday night, and here's what he pinpointed as the 5 things you need to be successful. 1. You need to admit your weaknesses to yourself. Only focus on your strengths, give someone else the work that you're not good at. And you can't be good at everything! 2. Communication Skills You need the ability to stand up in front of a big crowd and share your vision with confidence, to articulate what you are trying to do, and inspire others to take action. 3. A Laser Focus On Shareholder Returns Your bottom line should be your bottom line. As Kevin says "If you have to fire your mother, fire your mother". It seems harsh, but it's painfully true. Here's how Kevin put it, "If you're an employee, the CEO is always looking for way to fire you, because you are a cost, and the CEO's job is to cut costs and make more money". When he puts it that way it kind of makes sense, doesn't it? 4. No conscience. According to Kevin "You don't make friends, you make money. If you have to, fire your best friend”. When I raised this point to fellow entrepreneur he came back with an interesting story. Brad mentioned "It makes sense. My best friend and I started a venture a few years back and decided to fire each other. We realized we were bringing the same things to the table rather than complementing each other as we always had outside of business. We each run our own successful biz's today and remain best friends." That situation does take a lot of maturity, and also confidence to believe that you can do it all again. But that's the kind of belief you need to be a successful entrepreneur. You need nerves of steel! 5. You need luck Kevin believes there's just something...an energy, or some sort of karma, that successful people have. And that's pretty true, too. Successful people inspire success. They are normally confident, and they normally have lots of interesting stories and they know how to embrace opportunity. Look at Kevin, he's just got it. He's crazy wealthy, but he's smiling and having a good time during the presentation. He's convinced all of us at the presentation that we can be successful! That something, that luck/karma/energy....he's just got it!
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Prince William and Kate Middleton Set To Marry (& Why We Care)
November 16, 2010 at 10:31 am 0

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We don't really follow celebrity weddings, or royal weddings, or really anyone's wedding, but we have to confess we're thrilled about the wedding between William and Kate! Why? We're so tired of all the crappy news about the economy, about rising debt, about bombs in Mexico and every other little depressing piece of news that gets beaten to death by the media. Bring on the good news! We want international news coverage of pretty dresses, fancy hats, nice finger foods, gorgeous shoes....all of it! We want to have our minds focused on frivolous and pretty things - happy and positive things! Every newspaper will cover every detail....and hopefully bad news will take a backseat for a few weeks! Thank You William and Kate!
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Style
Favourite Fall Fashion Colours
November 15, 2010 at 9:40 am 0
This fall colour is in and a look through any fashion magazine, designer boutique or local mall will showcase the basic colours with a strong dash of statement colours. Here's what we're loving Red This fall red is everywhere - from bright red accessories, to gorgeous red jackets, to shocking red lipstick. Red is so versatile and can be fun and playful but also serious and sexy - wear just a dash or go overboard with lots of red this season!
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Purple Purple is also super hot this season and we love it! Purple is subtle and sexy and really complimentary for most skin colours. There's also a huge range of purples out there to enjoy - so everyone can find their favourite shade.
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Other colours that are in this season include camel (not so exciting), metallics (we're kind of tired of this trend) and olive greens(nice, but also safe and not exciting).
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Fall Update: The Crazy Life Of A Budding Entrepreneur
November 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm 0

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Wow, would be one word that would describe this fall. It has been totally crazy, and I love it! Here's what's been happening: - The business that I started 1 year ago has really taken off. When I started working for myself I was worried that I would make almost no money in the first year. So, I set my sights with a very moderate goal in mind -an income goal that was enough to make ends meet. One year in I've more than doubled the goal and the outlook for next year looks very promising! - I hired someone to help me with my workload - saving me time to live a pretty normal life! When you start your own business you work like crazy. At a certain point you may even have no life. And that's the point to step back. Why are you doing all this hard work anyway? To lead a better life, right? So I figured out what worked to get new business and keep clients happy - that's my job. The other behind the scenes things that I don't necessarily need to do all myself - I'll got help with some of these. Freeing up more time for me to live an actual life! I no longer have to pass on every single invitation that comes my way!! - We sold our condo. We live in a wonderful little condo with a view that is out of this world. The problem? It's tiny!!! This condo is where my husband lived before we were together - it's great for a bachelor, but not great for 2 people, especially when one of them works from home! So we put on the market, and started to look for a bigger place. - The bigger place we bought was actually a house in the country! That's right, a place in the country! We were originally looking for a house in downtown Toronto, but the prices were so high for something decent that we expanded our search, and by chance happened to find a gorgeous house on a nice piece of land in one of our favourite towns in the province. We went to see the place once, and bought it the next day. - But we don't plan on moving to the country full time, so we also rented a place in the city! Country bumpkins we are not, and while we love the idea of sitting by the fire, spending quality time in our peaceful house in the country, the reality is that we love the city life too, and the vast majority of our client meetings are downtown. So we'll spend a few weekdays in the city attending to business, and then the rest of the time in the country. To sum it all up things have been crazy, but good crazy! For all of you out there that would love to start your own company and experience the freedom that comes with it. Just do it! Yes, it will be scary, yes there will be some risk involved, but just think of the rewards! Want to be able to spend time with your family and work in a fulfilling career - what's stopping you? Want the freedom to travel for a month every summer to come back to a growing business - what's stopping you? There's a beautiful life waiting out there for you. What are you going to do about it?
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November: The Month To Say No More
November 3, 2010 at 10:41 am 0
If you're like most women, you naturally want to please people, and hve a hard time saying "no". This monh, we're going to say "no" more, and we hope you join us. 1. Say no to anything that will not benefit you, your business and achieving your goals. 2. Commit to `no more’ procrastinating. Quit dilly dallying around – it’s time to take action. That's right, focus on what works for you, and focus on your goals. You don't have to please people as much as you think, in fact you'll be doing everyone a big favour if you focus on the things that work for you. You will achieve more, be more focused, feel great about yourself and when it works for you you'll be in a better position to do things like help out others, but only if it works for you! Enjoy saying "no" more this month!
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Every year I dress up like a Tomboy for Halloween
November 2, 2010 at 3:37 am 0
But not this year! I went super duper girly with my fairy princess costume! princess_ingrid
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Fast & Easy Diet and Exercise Plan – Perfect For The Busy Girl!
October 28, 2010 at 11:28 am 0
treadmill If you are looking for a quick and dirty – and incredibly easy to follow – diet and exercise plan we have just the thing for you! It’s easy to follow, relatively painless, and works for every woman, no matter how busy her schedule is! The plan is simple – start every week day with 20 minutes on the treadmill. Walk for 2 minutes, and then speed it up for 18 minutes of jogging. If you have more energy push yourself for a harder run, or if you are feeling slugglish set your treadmill to a slower pace – as long as you’re running! If you don’t have a treadmill it’s no problem - jump rope, take a bike ride, or go for a swim. The important thing is that you’re jumpstarting your day – and your metabolism – with 20 minutes of exercise every week day. After your morning exercise eat a light and fibre filled breakfast. Our fave is 1% milk with a small handful of old style muslix. The milk fills us up, and the muslix gives us protein and all sorts of great vitamins. You can also try no fat cottage cheese and an apple, or plain oatmeal with a spoonful of honey and a few berries. Come lunch time you’ll notice a big difference. Since you already exercised and started your day with a healthy breakfast you’ll be much more motivated to keep yourself healthy – and you don’t want to waste your efforts from the morning by eating crap now – so staying to a healthy plan all day just comes naturally! Try it out – run for 20 minutes every morning, followed by a light and healthy breakfast – you’ll be amazed what it does for your body, mind and waistline and you should start to see a difference after just one week
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