October 25, 2014

Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop: The Rolls-Royce of Ice Cream Scoops



There is nothing worse that having to work with a mediocre utensils in the kitchen. Having owned my own catering company and working in restaurants with some of the best chefs, I've learned that you've got to have the right tool for the job. The amount of time and effort you'll save is unbelievable.

So over the years I've upgraded a lot of my equipment - everything from pots and pans and kettle to my ladle. The difference they've made is beyond mere words.

So when I heard about the Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop, I was captivated. Not because I eat a lot of ice I really don't (unless it's Frozen Assets Ice Cream Co., and then all bets are off).  But because it was designed to be the optimal tool for the job.

See most scoops have a ball head and short handle.  You have to use a lot of wrist muscles to turn the ice cream. So the head was turned and angled and the handle elongated.

This means that you have to work less to get that Bone Marrow Sour Cherry or Buttered Popcorn ice cream into your bowl (I told you Frozen Assets was amazing!). 

At first glance, you'll notice the immense beauty of the Belle-V Scoop (this would be the only occasion where it's acceptable to leave a utensil out on the counter), but as soon as you pick it up, you'll feel the lovely weight of it - not too draggy, but a sweet heft that feels good. 

Other features include a spade-shaped leading edge for hard-to-reach spots and because it's made from solid aluminum, it helps you loosen even the hardest packed Rocky Road.
 
Hand finished and polished, it's not just a fantastic utensil - it's a work of art.

Available in black or chrome, it makes the most stunning gift. And one that will be so appreciated for years to come.

You just have to try it once to become a convert. Just look at me - now I've got two tubs of ice cream in my freezer. This from a girl who has no sweet tooth to speak of. Just imagine what yours will look like.

Shop Belle-V now and instantly upgrade your ice cream experience.

October 24, 2014

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Models Looove It. You Will Too.


If you've ever wanted to try something off the runway that won't blow your entire budget, I've got just the thing.

Last month, Batiste Dry Shampoo showcased their new scent Floral Essences, at this year's Charlotte Ronson Spring/Summer 2015.

As the official Hair Care Sponsor of the show, held at The Pavilion at Lincoln Center in NYC, all the stylists used it backstage on the models for the launch of the new collection by Charlotte Ronson, as seen in this video:


I tried this cult beauty favourite for the very first time. It's ideal now that I have a short Charlize cut - I don't have to wash it every day to keep it sculpted and fashionable.

So as I sprayed it lightly onto my flaxen locks, massaged it in and brushed it out, I was shocked as I watched my dull, limpless hair come to life. In addition to the intoxicating, addictive scent (Why isn't this an actual perfume? It's gorgeous!), it leaves your hair silky and shiny without a stitch of stickiness. My hair is as soft as when I leave the salon.

I can finally see why Batiste is the go-to dry shampoo for women, regular folks and models alike.

Though I haven't washed it today, my golden locks look, feel and smell like a million bucks.

Now I can't wait to not wash my hair, thanks to Batiste.

Shop Batiste now.

September 27, 2014

The Perth Soap Co. - Stunning Luxe Scented Soaps That You Can Actually Afford



The Perth Soap Co. takes bar soaps up to the next level by using premium ingredients and adding bespoke fragrances.

To keep your skin moisturized and glowing, they also add argan oil, one of those ingredients that are so revolutionary, once you see what it does for your skin, you can never go without it.

They also call their soaps "cleansing bars," which I think is so smart, and also apropos. I haven't used a bar of soap in years, preferring the more modern version of liquid. But a cleansing bar? Now, that's just smart thinking.

And the company is right - this isn't soap at all. The thick rectangular bars look like they've come right of a hotel. The boxes too are in muted earthy tones with a thin rim of gold that give it that elevated, sophisticated appearance.

There are three varieties to choose from:

Milk & Honey- Most soap maker's milk & honey is too sweet for my liking. Here, the scent is clean, yet warm. Like the memory of when you were bathed you as a child, or that feeling of getting out of the shower on a cold winter's day where you are warm and bundled under a thick terry robe. It's a little floral too, keeping it from being too heavy, too much, despite ingredients like sweet anise, orange, cinnamon and smooth sandalwood, that other soap companies would use in abundance. In other words, it's perfect.

Moroccan Spice - Do not for a minute think Moroccan Spice is anything but elegant. It is so delicate that the melange of Moroccan amber, spice, vanilla musk, grapefruit, fresh green and bergamot, accented with hints of cassis, jasmine and cedar wood is just discernible enough to be captivating and intriguing. A slight waft of exotic warmth exudes from the bar and your skin.

Rosemary Mint - This is one of those bars that you'll be so grateful for on those mornings where you need another hour of sleep and another cup of coffee to help get you going. This wake-up bar uses  natural rejuvenating and refreshing rosemary, peppermint, sage and thyme, to get your day started. It's works so well, you might just forgo the coffee. Okay, well, almost...

If you want a rich lather, and to feel squeaky clean but be left with soft, smooth pampered skin, all you need is The Perth Soap Co.

Shop The Perth Soap Co. now.

Psst! Not only a great gift for yourself, but with the holidays not far away, I'd start stocking up. And the boxes are so pretty, don't wrap 'em up - all they need is a little string or bow. Ta-dah, your Christmas shopping just got a little more manageable.

September 07, 2014

Bask-It-Style - You Too Can Read/Dress/Drink/Look Like a TIFF Celebrity!


The city is filled with electricity this week, thanks to the opening of TIFF - the Toronto International Film Festival.

I have gone to a few celebrity-filled shindigs and been writing about the events all the week. But what's most intriguing is what the stars will be going home with. 

Bask-It-Style by GLO Communications celebrated its sixth year anniversary at The Fairmont Royal York (in the Queen’s Royal Suite!) for its annual media day, and showed off what the stars will be getting. What's fun is that media got their own version (mine is pictured above).

It included some great new books, Green & Black’s Organic Burnt Toffee chocolate bar, as well as the following, many of which I'll have a more in-depth look for you in coming weeks:


- Mary Kay: Limited-Edition Midnight Jewels Colour Collection with a compact mini and an on-trend clutch. Little Gifts Lip Balm Set includes these three fun scents: Vanilla Mint, Vanilla Berry and Vanilla. And for the guys, MKMen High Intensity Sport Hair & Body Wash.
Studio 1098: Hand-stamped, personalized sterling silver name necklace with Swarovski crystals 

In the meantime, enjoy the festival whether you're in the city, or watching the action from afar!

September 01, 2014

Make Collaboration - Getting Organized Have Never Been Easier, or More Stylish



Happy September and Happy Labour Day!

This is one of my favourite days of the year, as it always marks the day before back-to-school.

While it has been many a decade since I last attended classes or took notes in a binder, I still use it as a day to get organized and start anew.

And there is no better, or more stylish, way than the awesome products from Make Collaboration.

If you work on a laptop, you know the kind of heat it can generate in a short amount of time. So perhaps you've given into one of those thick, black, clunky, loud laptop cooling pads that

Give your computer room to breathe with The Prop, an amazingly chic laptop stand. It takes up little room, but it's pretty bow profile can be seen from all angles. It also comes apart to lie flat, so you can pack it up to take to the office or while traveling further abroad.

Now you can work in comfort and style. Ahh, that's better.

Go ahead and rework your desk and workspace all you want, but we both know that what really needs attending to is how you capture and plan your time. I've got three fab solutions for you:

Original Vertical Calendar

Look, it's time you upgraded from those hot air balloon/cat/beach vista wall calendars that you've been relying on for years. You are a modern, sophisticated gal, so how you track your life should be too. Get a look at your time one streamlined month at a time (or display a group if you wish), with this enlightened, dapper wall calendar (pictured above).

It comes with rainbow-coloured icon event stickers (because you are never too old for stickers) and an ingenious hanging system that leaves your pages hole-free.

And no need to mark down the holidays - they are thoughtfully added, so you'll always know well ahead of time the days you'll have free from work - and there is a ton of room to mark down where you need to be and when.

It's a brand new way of looking at your schedule (top to bottom, instead of left to right). And isn't it about time?

Mini Vertical

How cute is this?! A smaller version for compact spaces and ideal for the office, but no less dashing than its big brother.

Week Plan

For years, I have always had a week-at-glance planner in addition to anything else I'm using. It helps me focus on what lies immediately ahead, without getting distracted or overwhelmed by what's to come. And should I have to recall what I'm doing from memory, I can almost always do it if I just have the one week to think about.

 Make Collab's Week Plan is one of the greatest of all time. First of all, being set in Helvetica, it's super clean and minimalist, so that what you write down becomes the focus, not the calendar.

It's got space for the date, and all your many, many to-dos and deadlines. Sized like the mini, it's small enough to squeeze in anywhere (it fits snugly underneath your keyboard) and handily includes a 31 day spread, so you always know where you stand. With 60 pages and 90 stickers (woo woo!), you can plan your work and work your plan like a pro.

With these sleek products and systems in place from Make Collaboration, you'll always be on top of your game.

p.s. Select packages and you'll get a whack of products, all at a reduced price.

August 23, 2014

NEW Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Fragrance - A Breath of Fresh Air



Marc Jacobs Fragrances are as much a part of my identity as my glasses, blonde hair and sleek shift dresses.

In the past I have rocked DOT, Daisy HOT PINK, Lola Velvet Edition, Daisy Pop Art Edition and Daisy. If someone were to inhale one of these gorgeous aromas, no doubt they'd say it reminds them of me.

What I love about these scents is they are full of optimism and joy and light. And the NEW Daisy Dream Marc Jacobs encompasses these same qualities. Only this time, add airy and dreamy and oozing freedom!

This joyous scent is extremely light - perhaps the lightest I've ever tried of the line - and so fresh, like you've just stepped out of the shower, except that feeling lasts all day long.

Notes of blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, lychee, blue wisteria, musks and coconut water keep it youthful, bright and playful, without ever losing it's sophisticated edge.

Which I think is the kind of woman it's geared towards - smart, but does't take things too seriously. She still knows how to have a good time and take a break from smashing glass ceilings.

This floral bouquet is like a breath of fresh air, captured in a pretty, feminine sky blue bottle, draped with a delicate lace-like daisy chain.

What's not to love?

he dry down is textural yet weightless with notes of white woods, musks and coconut water. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance

Captivating top notes of blackberry, fresh grapefruit and succulent pear provide a juicy fruitiness that is playful and fun. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance
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Daisy Dream is elegantly crafted and dressed with an embellished daisy detail that creates an airy, lace-like effect. A delicate daisy chain laces the carton, complementing the ethereal blue color palette. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!concept_design
Daisy Dream is elegantly crafted and dressed with an embellished daisy detail that creates an airy, lace-like effect. A delicate daisy chain laces the carton, complementing the ethereal blue color palette. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!concept_design
he dry down is textural yet weightless with notes of white woods, musks and coconut water. - See more at: http://www.marcjacobsfragrances.com/fragrances/daisy-dream#!fragrance

August 18, 2014

Knix Wear - Don't Sweat It Undies


When I was growing up, the thicker and heavier the coat, the warmer you were. Nowadays, fabric technology has come so far that material as light as a t-shirt can keep you warm in freezing temperatures.

I have upgraded a lot of things in my life - my phone, my home, my job, everything practically - so why not my underwear?

Knix Wear are the first panties to keep up with my/our busy lifestyle. Because the hustle doesn't stop from the moment you propel yourself outta bed to get to work to the moment you finally fall into bed some 16 hours later. During that time, you've probably run to get something, sweat it out over a decision - or ten - to make, sweat it out at the gym,  and later on, you might either sit for a spell and watch something on Netflix, or canoodle with someone. Or if you're lucky, both. No matter what your day is like, you need underwear that breathes and moves with you.

But if you're like me, you won't settle for anything that isn't damn pretty too.

My problem with most pretty underwear is this - while sexy,  it digs and jabs into your skin. The lace start to unravel almost immediately, while the silk and satin runs and pill. After just a few wears and washes, they start to look months or even years old. This is what you spent your hard-earned money on?
 
That's why Knix Wear are so freakin' fabulous - you get the pretty with the technology and quality. See, every pair comes with their Fresh Fix Technology, a thin yet super absorbent gusset, that wicks away moisture and naturally eliminates odor. And you can pick from the pretty simple to the pretty sexy. Whatever your mood, whatever the occasion, there's a perfect Knix pair for you. From the every day to the now-let's-play.

p.s. Normally I would choose the very practical, everyday seamless. All-purpose and ready for anything. But I am all about the upgrade these days, so I went for the all out lace. So glad I did. Super stretchy, it's like a second skin (75% nylon, 25% spandex). But oh-so-pretty. Yet sturdy. You don't have to walk on eggshells with these beauties. For the gym? FixKnix all the way! And because life is busy, stock up with the uber-convenient 3 packs .

Life is good. But now it's better, thanks to Knix Wear.

Shop Knix wear now.

August 05, 2014

Logitech Limited Edition Colour Collection Wireless Mice - Pretty Up Your Workspace




Most people I know, work next to (and practically under) towering piles of paper, computer screens and cables competing for desk space, and in mostly undecorated rooms that are the colour of masking tape.

I am not most people. Having an attractive workspace makes all the difference in how I work. My workspace and tools have to be clean, streamlined and look good (read: stylish and modern). So for as long as I can remember, I have always upgraded the mouse that came with my computer (back in the days when that happened) to match my surroundings and live up to my design standards.

And that's why I always select one from Logitech.

Back in 2012, I tried a fantastic matching keyboard and mouse set that still is one of the first things that people comment on when they enter my office: "Great mouse and keyboard! Where did you get it? Uh, do you mind if we have the same ones?"

Since then, I've moved and now my office is a gorgeous, magical, light teal, so many of my old office accessories were in need of a serious colour update.
 
I was over the moon to discover Logitech just unveiled its sixth-annual design collection, which offers fantastic, modern patterns and colours on three of their most popular wireless mice.

And how lucky am I? They just happen to do the M317 in Limited Edition teal stripes on a white body. It's so perfect, you'd think I'd had an interior designer in to match everything! And the contoured body and sturdy scroll wheel makes it comfortable to use for hours at a time. That, mixed with it's stylin' look, makes it everything you could ever want.

Just some of the many reasons I am a lifelong fan of Logitech.

The 2014 Logitech Color Collection are available on the M325 and the M317 in the US, and the  M187 in Asia.

Shop Logitech now.