Love Animals? Hate Animal Testing? The Body Shop Initiative...

The Body Shop has always been passionate Against Animal Testing.
They’ve never tested their products or ingredients on animals. All of The Body Shop products are certified under the Humane Cosmetics Standard, which is regarded as the highest standard for animal welfare in the cosmetics industry.

In Canada, animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is still allowed. But there are safe alternative ways of testing cosmetics without using animals and as of March 11 2013, the European Union has banned all animal testing for cosmetic purposes.

I was asked to add my voice to the call for our government to ban animal testing for cosmetics in Canada so I thought I would also share that with all of you!!!

To sign the pledge to stop Animal Testing in Canada you can visit any The Body Shop boutique  
In the last month, they’ve collected over 35,000 signatures across Canada. 
Every signature counts!!


A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the event at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgaryin honour of the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby - 
Royal Tea Baby Shower!!

It was an unique event of traditional Afternoon Tea that started with the welcoming glass of Moet &Chandon Champagne followed by delicious lunch featuring a tiered tower of mini-sandwiches, pastries and scones - everything in a beautifully designed room thanks to Lynn Fletcher (

One of the highlights of this beautiful afternoon was the exclusive performance by The School of Alberta Ballet as well as by Sophie Serafino - an international violinist- who did honour everyone with a beautiful performance of Mozart..

What is one of the most important though - there was a Hudson's Bay baby gift registry that was  created in order to encourage guests to purchase an essential baby item and donate it to 
Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

 Myself with Jacqueline Tyler/Palliser Hotel


I've always admired the beauty of actress Carey Mulligan!!
She looked absolutely stunning at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival!!

Her natural beauty was enhanced thanks to NARS who
worked with makeup artist Georgie Eisdell to create Carey Mulligan’s beauty looks for both the opening press day and evening ceremony/premiere of The Great Gatsby
 at the film festival. 

The key NARS products used for Carey’s daytime look were Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Carpates Eyeliner Stylo, Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil, and Sex Appeal Blush. For the evening ceremony, Georgie created a bold-lipped look, a rarity for Carrie who usually opts for neutral colour. 
The focus was Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil and Jungle Red Lipstick.

NARS Cosmetics

·         NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, $49
·         NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates, $32
·         NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, $30
·         NARS Blush in Sex Appeal, $32
·         NARS Lipliner Pencil in Jungle Red, $25
·         NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red, $30
·         NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder - Loose, $39


We just celebrated Mother's Day recently, but I know some of you are already thinking of what to give to your Dads to show your appreciation& love towards them...

I thought I would share with you few ideas for gifts....Still more to come though!!!
Enjoy searching:-)

Above - you will find variety of products & different price something for everyone:-)

Pure Clean & Pure Control by Garnier offer a fresh start to any morning and keep Dads looking their best throughout the day (available at mass market retailers and drugstores across Canada).

Whether he likes to fish or play golf, Ombrelle Sport Continuous Spray with SPF60 is a great item to throw in any Dad’s sports bag. It’s quick and gives an even application that offers optimal protection.
(available at mass market retailers and drugstores across Canada).

For those who like playing with the fragrances - Customize a special scent for Dad with Demeter
 one that is like no other! 
Each single note scent can be worn individually or personalized by mixing and layering them together. 

(available exclusively at select Loblaw banner store locations including The Real Canadian Superstore)

And of course- to make a timeless and elegant statement, Mindham provides the best pieces for both practicality and style.


How special collaboration between Ralph Lauren and Essie, who have come together to create four limited edition collections which feature one of the four Big Pony Women Fragrances - 4 scents that capture the many facets of a woman –  from ‘Sporty’ (Blue #1), ‘Sensual’ (Pink #2), ‘Free-Spirited’ (Yellow #3), and ‘Stylish’ (Purple #4) - and an Essie nail polish
 to represent each perfume’s “personality”.  
This is exciting as each nail polish colour was created exclusively for these sets!

What’s really fun is that Rita Remark, Essie’s Lead Nail Artist created four amazing nail looks to go with each collection!

A 50ml version of one’s favorite Big Pony Woman fragrance will be available in a cute Ralph Lauren bag along with the matching Essie nail shade. 
This set is available at the Bay and Sears in Canada at a price of CAD $67.

These special collections are so bright and colourful!
Perfect for the Summer!!!!
Do you have your favourite yet???


H&M - Hennes & Mauritz - one of the world's largest fashion retailers, known for offering high fashion and quality basics at affordable prices, just announced today the opening of its 65th store in Canada at Chinook Centre this Fall!!

This highly anticipated opening will mark the fifth store in the city of Calgary!!
I believe-all Fashionistas love H&M who offers a broad product range including the latest trends, and inspiration for customers to created their personal style!!

Can't wait - and you?


It is this time of the year-when lots of outdoor activities take place!!Finally, after long winter-we have beautiful weather-perfect for a run!!

Although I've never participated in any group run, I decided that this year I will join 
the 36th Annual SportCheck Mother's Day Run&Walk!
What a healthy choice to spend Sunday & celebrate Mother's Day!

Mayor Naheed Nenshi announcing the beginning of the run!!!

Mayor Naheed Nenshi together with great hosts - Ted Henley&Andrew Schultz from Breakfast TV/CityTV

Before my 10k run....

Everyone can be a part of this amazing initiative!!

This year all proceeds collected from the run  - both in Calgary & Edmonton - will be in support of two fundraising initiatives: Calgary Health Trust Neonatal Intensive Care Units- to help in development and overall health of the smallest patients and Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation.

Happy just after finishing....

Congratulations to SportCheck, Chinook Centre, and all sponsors, partners&volunteers for making this event an unforgettable experience!!!

Photos by Rafal Wegiel /


The Fairmont Palliser presents a RoyalTea Baby Shower, 
in honour of the arrival of
 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby.

This is event you don't want to miss - it is going to be an unique event of traditional Afternoon Tea that will start with the welcoming glass of 
Moet &Chandon Champagne!!
You could also indulge in the selection from a tiered tower of mini-sandwiches, pastries and scones-which can be accompanied by having a taste of “Savoy Blend” loose leaf tea sent directly from and served only at, the Palliser's sister property, 
The Savoy in London England.

A Hudson's Bay baby gift registry was created in order to encourage guests to purchase an essential baby item and donate it to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. Guests who do so will be entered to win a fabulous prize!

Moreover, all attending Guests will have a chance to experience the exclusive performance by The School of Alberta Ballet as well as Sophie Serafino - an international violinist- who will be honouring everyone with a performance of Mozart..

All ticket holders will receive 15% off their purchase at Chapel Hats!!

Tickets can be purchased online and in advance only here

Hope to see you there!!!


Just today - Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign run fundraiser class at Bikram Yoga Calgary South in support of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra..
It was HOT class but knowing that we could help less fortunate kids explore the world of music-always drives energy and is a reason to support...

I would personally like to share  "Thank You" note to the owners of Bikram Yoga Calgary South studio - Lyndsay&Morgan who were open for this initiative and help us making this class possible, Global TV-for helping us spreading the word, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra team, Guerlain Paris for beautiful gift and all of You who came and showed the support!!!