Saturday, July 18, 2009

At last...Sephora opens in Vancouver!

When I moved to Vancouver last year I was perplexed to discover that there was no Sephora! I had my Beauty Insider card from my Toronto days and was shocked that there was no where to use it. After much anticipation, Sephora opened in Vancouver!

Sephora opened up shop at the Pacific Centre and Coquitlam Centre on July 10. It is a playground of beauty... each store includes thousands of shiny lip glosses, colorful nail polish, perfumes, beauty creams and products galore. The range is enormous, you can buy eye cream for $15 or you can buy eye cream for close to $250! Much of Sephora's success comes from arranging their cosmetics by category as opposed to individual makeup counters you would see in a department store. Sephora Vancouver promises to be THE beauty product destination in the greater Vancouver area. I can't wait to personally check it out and spend an afternoon in the store. I have waited 9 months for this!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Great idea: Girls Night In for Cancer

I heard about a great idea while reading a good friend's blog. She brought to light that the Canadian Cancer Society of Ontario has launched Girls Night In where you bring your friends together for a good cause. They encourage you to host a Girls Night In party where in lieu of going out and spending money of food, drinks, cabs etc, your guests bring a cash donation which will be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

As I have gotten older there have been more than a few people in my every day life that have been directly affected with cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that approximately 31,100 women will be affected by breast, uterine, ovarian or cervical cancer in 2009. With its increasing prevalence, it is important that fundraising initiatives be put into place so that important research can be done.

Along with the Girls Night In fundraising idea, a new website makes it easy to host a Girls Night In. This website includes: online event registration, a downloadable host kit, party theme ideas and evites. By supporting Girls Night In you are helping the Canadian Cancer Society fund leading-edge research for women’s cancers, specifically breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer. Money raised goes toward funding important women's cancer research. In 2008, the Canadian Cancer Society funded more that $5.5 million to research women's cancers, including a dozen research grants and awards to researchers in the province of Ontario. Money raised also goes toward cancer clinical trial research that tests new and better ways to prevent, treat and diagnose cancer.

If you are interested in hosting a Girls Night In party, please visit the website:

Together we can all make a difference.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Upcoming Event: Yaletown Summer Shopathon

I recently received an invitation from StyleSpy to attend the Yaletown Summer Shopathon. Basically the idea is to head down to Yaletown for a day of fabulous shopping...picking up those hot summer fashions, wicked discounts & specials from over 40 stores. There are also prizes to be won, cocktails and drinks availeble and free swag. This includes 250 free swag bags with product, samples & coupons and they are actually throwing in a few pairs of J BRAND jeans randomly into the bags (Yes, free jeans)! A complimentary Thai Sangria Cocktail is also available from Charm Modern Thai (between 5:30-7:30pm) if you RSVP in advance.

To RSVP, send an email to:

Date: Friday, July 17, 2009
Time: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Throughout Yaletown, centered within the heritage district.
Admission: Free

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Summer Events in Yonge Dundas Square

When I lived in Toronto I heard rumblings of them trying to make Yonge-Dundas square a gathering place where they would host random free events in the city. I admit that I thought that the square would be too small because it was sandwiched in between the Eaton’s Centre, the Hard Rock CafĂ©, the movie theatre and the Olympic Spirit building. I was skeptical that the location could accommodate what I thought they were trying to accomplish. I am glad to say that I was wrong, below are a couple pictures of events held this year that were a smashing success!

On June 6th exactly 1,623 people gathered in Yonge-Dundas Square to play Neil Young’s Helpless, setting the new Canadian regard for largest guitar ensemble. Unfortunately it was just shy of the Guinness World Record of 1,802 which was set in 2007 in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany.

Luminato 2009 - Neil Young Helpless Guitar Ensemble

On July 1st, DJ Starting from Scratch and Manifesto Festival held an event called: Michael Jackson: A Toronto Tribute & Canada Day Celebration.

Michael Jackson Toronto Tribute / Canada Day Celebration
If ever you are in Toronto and looking for a free outdoor event, check out their website: