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Fresh Beauty: Spring into Spring

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant 75mL


The Mother of all Exfoliants

Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Thermafoliant is your beauty tool for sloughing off the dead cells to reveal a brighter glow. The Great thing about this product is it not only polishes the skin, but with a touch of water it’s self-heating, creating that extra touch of exfoliation. With scrubbing action like this, products penetrate and melt into the skin more deeply.
Refresh your skin at Dermalogica








The key to a perfect shave is preparing the skin before. I love looking for products that have fresh ingredients, and that’s exactly what you get with LUSH Cosmetics! D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap is like dessert for your legs (and other body parts too). Whisked together is this combination of strawberries, egg whites, coconut oil, cocoa butter and many more antioxidant goodies. The fluffy, whipped, marshmallow texture brings fun to the shower and you’ll be showing off those silky legs.
Discover a new way to shave at Lush



Let the Good Times RollLike Oatmeal in the Morning

What better way to start off the day then with the sweet smell of “Let The Good Times Roll” from Lush. This maize, cinnamon and polenta facial cleanser gently washes, soothes and conditions your skin. I can’t get over the heavenly scent that makes me think of sweet and salty popcorn, caramel and oatmeal with brown sugar all-in-one! A real treat for your face.
Get your morning burst with Lush



In the Buff


Bring Hawaii to your bathtub with the exotic and natural scents of “Kai” body buffer. This unique sponge is infused with good-for-you oils like coconut, olive and palm. This product really does it all, cleanser, exfoliator, moisturizer, bubble bath AND provides up to 30 showers. Oh and it’s a great companion for the travel bug on-the-go (Packs Perfectly)!
Let Kai take you away at Kai Fragrance


Intensive Repair

Cocoa butter is the bomb! Garnier body’s “Intensive 7 days” Conditioning lotion brings moisture-rich hydration and an amazing scent. You’ll love that you can jump out of the shower and it absorbs quickly, while still providing continuous moisture for days. It’s perfect for full body coverage and all weather conditions throughout the year. And the best part, is it contains L-Bifidus, which is inspired by probiotics found in yogurts.
Slather up today with Garnier

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Much Love,
Beauty Buzz 411


Something Sweet with Jessica Krueger

JessicaKrugerOFFICIALLise Watier Cosmétiques and its partner Shoppers Drug Mart are proud to announce that Jessica Kruger of Coquitlam, B.C. is the face of the new Something Sweet fragrance. This effervescent young woman dazzled the panel of judges with her infectious enthusiasm, unfailing positive energy, determination and eloquence, and because she so clearly represents the Lise Watier brand values. She is definitely the Something Sweet they were looking for!

“I have all the character traits that Lise Watier is looking for to represent Something Sweet, but choosing me also means choosing to embrace diversity and changing the world’s perception about what a model should be”, said Jessica Kruger. A fourth-year student at Simon Fraser University, Jessica is also Canada’s youngest female player in the wheelchair rugby association. As a quadriplegic, Jessica accommodates her challenges and enjoys life to the fullest. She also gives motivational sessions for WorkSafeBC (sic) and the Rick Hansen Foundation. Encouraged by a friend, this inspirational young woman enrolled in the competition at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Burnaby, B.C. Although she entered for fun, Jessica quickly realized the impact her application had when she garnered huge support from her community.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet and interview Jessica. Her story is inspiring and she is a great role model who shows what it takes to rise above challenges and see the possible in the impossible. I love that I get to share this interview with all of you, Enjoy………!

BB411~ You are currently in university, what are your focused studies and career plans?

JK~ I am studying at SFU to get my bachelors of English. Once I have gotten that I will apply to the PDP program, which is a one year education/teaching program. The ultimate goal is to be a high school English teacher.

Jess-rugbyBB411~ You are Canada’s youngest female player in the wheelchair rugby association, what do you love most about the sport and organization?

JK~ Honestly, I love everything about rugby—my team-mates, the physical challenges, the contact aspect of the game, the strategy—it’s all so much fun!


BB411~ What did winning and becoming the face of the new “Something Sweet” fragrance campaign with Lise Watier mean to you?

JK~ It meant that Lise Watier was ready to help make my dreams come true, that they thought the world was ready to see somebody with a disability be a model—an unheard of feat!

BB411~ What do you hope to accomplish being an ambassador?

JK~ I hope to show both girls and women that being different can be beautiful and that confidence is admirable.

BB411~ What do you think it means to be a good role model?

JK~ I think that a good role model empowers those that look up to them. I think that they remember that all of their actions could have an effect on other’s and that they truly embrace the message that they are trying to send.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?LiseWatier_Finalists

JK~ Honestly, I think that it comes from my stubbornness, which I suppose comes from my Dad. I have always been one of those people who refuses to accept no for an answer, and being stubborn has made me strive for things that may have seemed impossible just to prove that they weren’t.

BB411~ Who did you admire growing up or do today?

JK~ I wouldn’t say that there is one specific person that I admire, but rather that there are a number of people who possess the traits that I admire. I admire hard-work and determination, positivity and kindness, loyalty and drive. I see these traits in so many of the people that surround me, my friends, parents, sister, and team-mates, that it is nearly impossible to choose just one.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?

JK~ My parents are, and always have been, my greatest supporters. They are the type of people who have encouraged all of my dreams and never ever told me that something seems impossible or stupid. They have raised me to be the person that I am today. When I was six years old they took my sister and I on a four-year sailing trip around the world. In choosing to expose me to so many different cultures they gave me the gift of understanding other’s challenges and struggles. This trip showed me that people can have virtually nothing and still find happiness, it made me realize how ridiculously blessed I am to live the life I live.

BB411~ How do you stay motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?

JK~ I remember that I really don’t have it all that bad, and recognize that this is the life I have been given, it is up to me to make the most of it, feeling sorry for myself will ultimately accomplish nothing.

FullSizeRender-1BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

JK~ I think that many little girls grow up with an admiration for all that is beautiful and glamorous, and I was no exception. While I have not always been a “girly girl,” I have always appreciated the fashion and beauty world.

BB411~ Who is your favourite designer?

JK~ My favourite designer would definitely have to be Betsey Johnson.

BB411~ Ditto (One of our faves too!)


BB411~ Any beauty/fashion tips or tricks you have?

JK~ The best tip I could give anyone is to wear something that makes you feel fabulous. Going out with confidence is probably the most attractive thing you can wear.

BB411~ Describe your style?

JK~ I would describe my style as girly, fun and flirty with the occasional edge. I love, love, LOVE dresses and boots!

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

JK~ I believe that true beauty comes from within. Someone that is truly beautiful is seen as externally beautiful because their spirit shines from within.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

JK~ I am inspired both personally and professionally by people who are not afraid to work hard to achieve their dreams. I have a huge respect for anyone that has “beaten the odds” and remains humble.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?FullSizeRender-4

JK~ I have had some involvement as a speaker for the Rick Hansen Foundation, which is of course close to my heart, as their work is in support of people with spinal cord injuries. I learned about the work that The Lise Watier foundation is doing, and am hoping to be able to contribute to that in some small way. I think that the work that they do with women and girls in need is extremely important.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

JK~ It means using all of the wonderful opportunities that I have been given to make a difference to others.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

JK~ It would be that everything happens for a reason.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

JK~ Determined, Positive, Loving.

leah+jess_22.jpgBB411~ What is your skin care regime?

JK~ Extremely simple, wash with water and Lise Watier’s Hydra Smart self-foaming cleanser, moisturize with their Hydra Smart hydration gel cream.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JK~ My purse sized Something Sweet perfume, Lise Watier Dramatique Intense Mascara, and my Lise Watier Sun Ray lip gloss!

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

JK~ Lise Watier’s feline black liquid eyeliner! Amazing!

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?


JK~ Any sort of baking related scents remind me of my childhood, as that was one of my favourite things to do with my mother, and my favourite fragrance is Lise Watier’s Something Sweet!SSweet_RollOn

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

JK~ I have been to 45 different countries.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JK~ “May the bluebird of happiness do cartwheels in your oatmeal” I actually have this quote up on my bedroom wall!

BB411~ I absolutely love this, this is going in the vault!

BB411~ Favorite food?

JK~ Tacos and sushi!

FullSizeRender-10BB411~ Favourite movie?

JK~ The Guardian or John Tucker Must Die.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

JK~ Travelling to India.

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

JK~ Realizing that people in wheelchair’s are capable of doing anything an able-bodied person is, just in a different way.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

JK~ Spending time with friends, family, and my boyfriend, baking, and curling up on the couch to watch wedding shows with my sister.

BB411~ What advice would you give young entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

JK~ I would tell them to remember that achieving them will probably not be easy, but ultimately hard-work and determination are always rewarded. Be patient, never say no to an opportunity, and go get those dreams!

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?FullSizeRender-9

JK~ 1: Starting the PDP program at SFU, continuing to train for wheelchair rugby, hopefully doing some part-time modelling!
5: Teaching, playing on the national wheelchair rugby team, getting engaged (**hint hint nudge nudge** haha!), living in Vancouver.
10: Playing on the national wheelchair rugby team, opening my own cupcake shop, married, living in Vancouver, and starting to have children!

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

JK~ On a non-materialistic level, My family, my dog, my friends, my life!

To keep up to date with Jessica: Follow her on Instagram

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Much Love,

Beauty Buzz 411

Fresh: Beauty Favourites

Cherry 200ml-1


Cherry Love

As someone that’s always on the go, having a product to freshen my hair in-between washes is a must (especially with a shorter style). Batiste new dry shampoo wakes up my roots with a luscious cherry scent. This quick touch-up adds instant life and texture back into my hair.

Discover your fruity side, Visit Batiste hair






Climate Control

Dermalogica’s not just skin care, they keep you smelling fresh too! “Environmental Control Deodorant” keeps me dry with a blend of odor-neutralizing and natural ingredients. What I love most is its lemony scent and that it contains NO Aluminum Chlorohydrate. Perfect for sensitive skin and as a foot deodorizer too.

Get active with Dermalogica



Aurora Beauty

Collection after collection, Lise Watier continues to blow my mind. The new “Aurora Beauty” eyeshadow palette features 6 shimmery shades, perfect for day or night. With a creme-powder finish, you can keep it simple and matte or dress it up with a Metallic shine.

Ring in the holidays at LiseWatier




Foam Party

Though I’m a sun bunny, I know the importance of being sun-smart. Jergens “Natural Glow” foaming daily moisturizer leaves my skin glowing and hydrated with a blend of moisturizers, antioxidants and Vitamin E.
I love how this formula creates a gradual tan and it quickly dries without transferring onto my clothes!

Create your colour with the help of Jergens & LondonDrugs



Northern LightsPurple

Snap, Crackle, Pop goes Lush Cosmetics new “Northern Lights” bath bomb. I could not believe my eyes how quickly this little wand turned my tub into a colourful sea of neon blue and green. The next best thing to relaxing and being wrapped by scents of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, was the blanket of tiny stars that floated above.

Have fun and melt away today at LUSH

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Beauty Buzz 411

Miss USA – Nia Sanchez


Nia Sanchez is 24 years old, born and raised in Sacramento until age 7! From there, her love of travel began, moving between California and Washington. After high school, she moved to Europe to be a nanny. Not one to stay still for too long, Nia traveled to the Middle East, Austria, and Switzerland! Nia is half Hispanic, which is why she loved having the opportunity to travel to Mexico while on mission trips!

In 2009, she saw a close friend take the title of Miss USA and decided to get into pageantry. She has competed both domestically and internationally with great success! Nia has worked as a full-time model for the past 7 years and was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be a face character for Hong Kong Disney! After visiting Thailand and the Great Wall Of China, Nia made the bright lights of Las Vegas her home! She is modeling full-time and enjoying her reign as Miss Nevada USA 2014!

Interviewing Nia was a breath of fresh air, she is wise beyond her age and has a gentle heart. She is confident, humble and keeps kindness at the centre of her values. Nia wears the crown with integrity and is setting a great example on what it takes to be a good role model. Here’s an inside scoop on love, life and the things that matter with Miss USA Nia Sanchez.

Photo Creds: The Amazing Miss Universe/Photographer Fadil Berisha

(Also personal photo creds: Miss USA and Nia’s Instagram)

BB411~ What inspired you to compete in the Miss USA Competition, what has been the fondest memory so far?

NS~ I was flipping through channels in 2009 and ended up watching the Miss USA competition. While watching, I impulsively picked up the phone and called a recruiter. It was very spontaneous that I even decided to compete! My fondest memory so far has been visiting the children’s hospital in Reno, Nevada and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces. It was very impactful and powerful to see all of these strong kids continuing to smile despite what they’re going through.IMG_9276

BB411~ What do you hope to accomplish with your title as Miss USA and what do you want to be remembered for?

NS~ I Hope that I can inspire and empower young girls and women across the USA. I hope that I can be remembered for more than just my title, but also being a positive and uplifting woman for others.

BB411~ You model full-time, how did that come to be and what do you love most about modelling?

NS~ I fell into modeling through pageants. I just loved being in front of the camera, meeting all types of people and learning different kinds of job roles

BB411~ Tell us about becoming a “face character” for Hong Kong Disney?

NS~ Being a face character was one of the best experiences in my life, besides being Miss USA of course. I had so much fun brightening people’s days and bringing smiles to families, living in a foreign country and experiencing their culture.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?

NS~ My parents have two very different personalities and I feel that those two personalities gave me a good balance in my life. My dad is strict and my mom is more free-spirited and that helped me become a very centered individual. I feel like I look at the world from a broadened perspective because of them.

FullSizeRender-4BB411~ You are quite the world traveler, where did the travel bug come from?

NS~ My first international trip was at the age of 10 when I went to Germany with my grandmother and brother. Ever since then I’ve loved traveling the world! At 17 I went to Africa and from then have been to 12 different countries! I just can’t get enough!

BB411~ What has been your favorite place to travel, and what place have you not been that is on your bucket list?


NS~ So many! It’s so hard to decide, there are just so many different places! Number one, besides New York, is Hong Kong. I just had such an amazing experience there that it made it one of the best places I have ever visited. Next, I’d love to go to Japan!

BB411~ Did you experience bullying growing up? What advice do you have for other kids going through the same situation?

NS~ I did experience bullying in middle school and high school. At the time it certainly affected me and I ended up telling my parents about it. My best advice would be what I did at the time, I kept myself surrounded with my really good friends who were so supportive and lifted me up. No matter what, your good friends will always be there for you. Keeping that in mind it helps to tune-out negativity.

BB411~ How do you stay healthy and fit?

NS~ I love to have a variety of workouts to stay fit. For example, this month I’m signing up for hot yoga, Taekwondo, and a spinning class on top of having a personal trainer.

BB411~ Top 3 artists on your playlist?

NS~ I love listening to Shakira, Beyonce and Michael Jackson while at the gym!

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

NS~ No! It has never been something that I’ve really focused on in my life, especially fashion, but I do enjoy it. I feel that I’m learning so much during my year as Miss USA!

BB411~ Describe your style?

NS~ I would describe the way I dress as being classic and chic.

Key 3 pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe?

NS~ I would say a fitted blazer, a pair of nude paten pumps and a little black dress. Oh, and one more thing… a good bra!

BB411~ Stilettos, Flip Flops or bare feet?

NS~ Flip flops! But if you would have asked me in middle school, bare feet all-day everyday.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

NS~ Beauty, to me, has always meant having a beautiful heart and having your beauty come from the inside out. Beauty is about focusing on who you are as a person not what you look like, or how you think you look.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

NS~ My faith has inspired me throughout my entire life both personally and professionally. I just hope to live a good life and be a good example to others. I think my faith has helped me get to where I’m at today.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?

NS~ The most important thing about being a good role model is having integrity. I really learned the value of integrity when I was little through Taekwondo. I think you should do the right thing even when no one’s around, which makes for a great foundation for any role model to start from. Integrity is key.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?


NS~ I’ve never been asked this before, so it’s interesting. I would tell my younger self to not worry what others think about you and be confident in who you are. I felt I really became myself when I realized that people’s negative opinions of you don’t define you. They don’t know your heart.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

NS~ Yes! The Shade Tree is a charity that is so close to my heart, it’s a women’s shelter. I lived in a women’s shelter when I was young with my mother so I have a personal connection when it comes to giving back to these places. I was also in a very aggressive relationship in my past, which helps me to relate to the women there. I hope to always give back to them in any way possible.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

NS~ Giving back, for me, is more than just donating money. Although it’s helpful, sometimes people need more than help financially. Giving back also means giving my time to volunteer or simply by being there to have a conversation.

gallery_photo1404749820_I1T1565copycopyBB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

NS~ Generous, Kind and Positive!

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

NS~ I use Image Skin Care! I wash my face every morning and night, I make sure to moisturize and use sun block every single day.

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

NS~ I use CHI products daily! I also LOVE dry shampoo for when I’m on the go, since I’m always traveling!


BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

NS~ Chapstick, compact powder and eye liner!

gallery_photo1404749820_I1T0070copycopyBB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

NS~ Sun block!

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

NS~ Cucumber melon body mist! I used to think it was the best scent in the whole wide world when I was growing up. I probably wore it from 3rd grade to 9th grade.

BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?

NS~ My current favorite is Vey Sexy by Victoria’s Secret.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

NS~ Yes, my grandmother taught me at an early age to always moisturize, especially my face and gave me anti-aging lotions at the age of 15 so I could start early!

BB411~ Got to love Grandma’s! Mine did the same.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

NS~ That’s hard, I’m so open! I’m a 4th degree black belt in Tawkwondo and I’m a certified instructor!

FullSizeRenderBB411~ Favorite quote?

NS~ “Take the time to find the joy in every moment.” –Nia Sanchez

BB411~ Favorite food?

NS~ Anything Mexican! Especially enchiladas!

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

NS~ Traveling to Japan!!!!!

BB411~ Describe your perfect day (when you have down time)?


NS~ Since I’m living in New York, my perfect day, when I have downtime, is relaxing in Central Park and taking in the beauty of the nature there.

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?rs_600x600-141006042406-600.Miss-USA-Engaged-JR1-100614_copy

NS~ When I realized that I had no one else to please in life, but myself. I didn’t need anyone else’s approval to be happy. I just had to be who I am!

BB411~ You are newly engaged, what do you love most about your fiancé Daniel Booko?

NS~ Gosh, where do I begin?! I love his faith and that he is such an inspirational person, not only to me, but also to everyone he comes in contact with. He inspires me.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs (young girls) starting out that are following their dreams?

NS~ My advice would be to never give up and to always take business cards of anyone they meet. You never know in the future who you might want to contact!

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

FullSizeRender-1NS~ In one year, I hope to be finishing up my year as Miss Universe, or working internationally as a television host, perhaps for a travel show. In five years, I hope to be settling into family life and will hopefully have had my first child! In 10 years, I see myself having a happy, healthy relationship and raising my children while still pursuing my dreams in the workforce.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

NS~ Nutella!


To keep up to date on Nia: follow her on Twitter, Instagram (Personal) and Facebook.

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Trista Sutter: Happily Ever After

133Now a Vail, Colorado resident with her husband Ryan, Trista Sutter (formerly Rehn), was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University, she went on to earn a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. She enjoyed Miami so much that she ended up calling it home for five more years, with four being spent practicing pediatric physical therapy at Miami Children’s Hospital, and two years as a Miami Heat dancer.

Looking for something new and exciting, Trista applied for a new show called “The Bachelor”. After being chosen to appear as one of 25 bachelorettes on the ABC hit, she achieved overnight fame as the runner-up who was not ultimately picked as The Bachelor’s dream girl. Not being chosen proved to be the best thing that ever happened to her, because she was then asked to become the first Bachelorette. On this spin-off, she not only met the man of her dreams in handsome firefighter Ryan Sutter, but said “yes” to his televised marriage proposal that over 30 million people tuned in to witness.

After a long engagement they planned a dream wedding with the industry’s best for a special that was shared with the millions that had watched their love story unfold. Along with Jason and Molly Mesnick and Ashley and JP Rosenbaum, Trista and Ryan Sutter are only a few couples from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” to actually tie the knot, and one of few to even remain together.

IMG_7271As icing on the proverbial cake, they gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Maxwell Alston Sutter, on July 26, 2007 after 2 long years of trying and 20 months later were doubly blessed with the birth of Blakesley Grace Sutter on April 3, 2009. Their family of 4 ½ (including their 5 pound Yorkie, Tank) live a happy life in the Vail valley where Ryan is currently a Lieutenant with the Vail Fire Department and Trista works as a stay-at-home-and-work mom. In December 2013, they celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary renewing their vows to include their children. Life is good.

In addition to her involvement on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Trista has graced the covers of People, Us Weekly, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style, Modern Bride, TV Guide, and Woman’s World. She was a contestant on the first season of the Emmy-nominated Dancing with the Stars, appeared on Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars, and has co-hosted The View, Good Day Live, VH1’s All Access, and Trista and Ryan’s Honeymoon Hotspots on the Travel Channel. She has also worked as a correspondent for Extra, Miss America, and Good Morning America. She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, The Tonight Show, Howard Stern, Fear Factor, The Rachael Ray Show, According to Jim, and Less than Perfect.


In December, 2013, she penned a book all about the benefits of gratitude called, Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart. As a newlywed, she wrote a column in Redbook entitled “My Life as a New Wife”, has since written multiple blogs for outlets such as E! Online, and has been featured hundreds of times in national press, including: Woman’s World, People, The Oprah Magazine, Parade, Maxim, MOM magazine, In Style, Good Housekeeping, TV Guide, In Touch, Ok!, Life & Style weekly, and US Weekly.


Trista tries to connect daily with her fans daily on  Twitter, Instagram and Facebook fans. And stay tuned for exciting new projects in the works, including her continuing gift, jewelry, and home collection with Glory Haus called The Grateful Heart Collection!!

I have been a fan of the Bachelor since it first aired and remember feeling for Trista as she got her heart broken on National TV. So I was beyond thrilled when it was announced  that they chose her for the original Bachelorette. I, along with millions watched as her fairy tale came to life and she found her prince-charming. Sometimes you see people and you just know that they are meant for each other, and Trista and Ryan are a perfect match. I had the honours of reading Trista’s new book “Happily Ever After, The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart” and it was completely inspiring. I love how she can embrace life’s ups and downs and continue to have a compassionate heart. She sees the beauty in the little things and allows the lessons to teach her. Happily Ever After is a book that will warm your heart and encourage you to find more gratitude, grace and happiness in your everyday life. This is one, of many favourite quotes I love from her new book, “Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures and the most unassuming things that can have the greatest effects.” This interview really was a full circle moment for me, and I feel grateful to share it with all of you…………….BACHELOR-ETTE-TRISTA-REHN-2

BB411~ What was your experience being on the Bachelorette, what did you learn and would you have done anything differently (Now looking back)?

TS~ I have learned to be true to myself and life will happen as it’s supposed to. Life has changed drastically as I am now a dedicated mommy and wife and that wouldn’t have happened in the way that it did had I not met and married Ryan. If I could go back, I would let Ryan know how I was feeling before the final rose ceremony. He had a hard time because I wasn’t giving him any verbal reciprocation of his feelings and I’ve always regretted that.

BB411~ What do you love most about Ryan?

TS~ There are too many to mention! The thing I fell in love with most was that he was so kind and genuine. Now, I LOVE that he is such a wonderful and giving father, that he always makes me laugh, and that he is such a dedicated hard worker.

FullSizeRender-8BB411~ What are the key points to having a happy, loving marriage? What are the must do’s in every relationship?

TS~ Love, commitment, respect, trust, forgiveness, friendship, communication, laughter, attraction, fun, support, faith, and gratitude. Must do’s are making your relationship a priority, constantly working to better your relationship, encouraging each other to do what they love, and dedicating time to each other.

BB411~ Who did you admire today?

TS~ My husband. He is the best, most genuine, kind, funny, beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful person I know.

BB411~ You have 2 beautiful children with Ryan, what do you love most about being a mom?   What do you want to teach your children most about life?

TS~ I love the pure beauty of unconditional love. I want to teach my children to be grateful for the blessings in life, about the beauty of the world, to be good friends and good people, enjoy this life, and that they should never take their time on here or the people surrounding them for granted.IMG_7307

BB411~ Would you consider another reality tv show, if so what would you like to do?

TS~ We always say “never say never”. There is always a possibility, but it would have to be something that could fit into our lifestyle and not be too intrusive into our children’s lives.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?

TS~ They showed me through their example, how to be dedicated, loving, family oriented, and respectful of others.

BB411~ First, Congrats on your new book and the tour! What was the inspiration behind    “Happily Ever After”?

TS~  I wanted to write something with meaning…something that would hopefully inspire people. Gratitude has always been a powerful force in my life’s happiness and I wanted to share my stories, along with those of others as well as tons of research on how you can live a happier life if you embrace a grateful heart. And, with the holidays approaching, as well as the more inexpensive version out Dec 2014, I hope people will pick it up and make the new year their best one yet!


BB411~ What did you learn about your self from writing this book?

TS~ I learned that I can do anything that I set my mind to. I’m not a writer by trade, but I didn’t give up even with massive writer’s block and a household that needed mommy. I know it’s not a new concept or even always grammatically correct, but I’m still proud to say that after lots of hard work…it’s mine.

BB411~ Describe your style?

TS~ Classic with a touch of trend.


BB411~ What are the key ingredients to throwing a great party?

TS~ A great guest list, fun theme, beautiful location, lots of yummy treats, activities galore to minimize boredom and of course, the well thought out details.

BB411~ What are the top 3 designers that grace the space of your closet?

TS~ Everyday: Splendid, So Low, and Forever 21. Higher End: Jimmy Choo, and Louboutin.

BB411~ What are the 5 key pieces that every woman should have in their wardrobe?

TS~ Jeans, White tanks, Spanx, Nude heels, and my staple…yoga pants.

BB411~ How do you stay motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?

TS~ I let myself stress, vent to my husband or friends, then pick myself up and keep moving along. Music doesn’t hurt either.1403817511_469232673_trista-sutter-zoom

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

TS~ Definitely. I remember wanting to be a model when I was younger because I was in love with the beauty in magazines and wanted to be part of that world.

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

TS~ Confidence, expressions of pure joy, and uninhibited love.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

TS~ My family and anyone who attempts to fulfill their dreams all while having a grateful heart.

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

TS~ Yes. First Descents – it’s an organization that fund adventure programs for young adults, ages 18-39, who are suffering from or have survived cancer.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

TS~ I think it’s the responsibility of everyone…especially those in the public eye.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now, what would it be?

TS~ All your dreams will come true. Just believe.

FullSizeRender-9BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

TS~ Loyal, nurturing, and grateful.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

TS~ Wash with Purpose Soap, moisturize and tighten with Cetaphil or Hydropeptide products and repeat. Occasionally fit in a facial.

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

TS~ Hitting Dogma Athletica (my gym in Edwards, CO) for interval training classes, or popping in a BeachBody dvd as much as possible. That, and ending the day with push ups and sit ups.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

TS~ Lip gloss, mascara, and tweezers.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

TS~ VisineIMG_6681

BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?

TS~ I love Jo Malone Orange Blossom

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

TS~ Other than how to do your mascara in the car, no. 😉

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

TS~ I read magazines and catalogs from the back to the front.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

TS~ “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino

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TS~ French fries

BB411~ Favourite book/movie?

TS~ “Happily Ever After: The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart”/ Despicable Me 2

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

TS~ Writing a children’s book.

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

TS~ That Ryan was the one.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

TS~ Sleep in, hit the beach (assuming I’m at the beach), eat, hit the pool, eat, snuggle with my kids and hubby, and hit the sack.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

TS~ Be realistic, work hard, and never give up hope.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

TS~ Pretty much in the same place, just with older children, more experiences, more wrinkles, and a 11 year, 15 year, and 20 year marriage.

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

TS~ #myfamilytrista_sutterfamily

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Fitness Diva with a Purpose: Mandy Gill

Headshot Non FitnessMandy Gill has been quoted as ‘founder of MGM Fitness, TV personality, sponsored athlete, but most of all a humanitarian’. After overcoming anorexia in her late teens, she discovered working out and nutrition needed to be viewed as fun. She decided to combine her two largest passions – broadcasting and fitness – and share them with the rest of the world, from this MGM Fitness was born! At 28 years old she is empowering people of all ages across Canada to discover their strength mentally and physically.

Determined to share her experience of how life changing and beneficial healthy living can be, she’s appeared as a Fitness Segment Host over 50+ times on CTV MORNING LIVE. As well as previous roles as a Morning Show Co-Host/Producer on the BEAT 94.5, SHAW TV Reporter, and KVOS TV Commercial Host.

Outside of these passions, Mandy loves sharing life with her boyfriend Sean, their dog Mylo, and large family. Volunteer opportunities she takes pride contributing towards are SOS Children’s Charity, Sole Girls Mentorship Program, and Downtown Eastside Kitchen Crew Member.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mandy for our interview and left inspired. Not only is Mandy down-to-earth, genuine and thoughtful, she’s the sweetest person I’ve ever met! I don’t think there is a bad bone in her body. Mandy speaks only the kindest words and always looks at the bright side of life. Through the ups and downs, she has stayed positive and is always working on personal growth. If there’s a challenge Mandy’s up for it.

MGM Fitness is in full swing and I know this is only the beginning for this “Fitness Diva” with a purpose. When you project positive energy out into the world, the world throws it right back, and that’s what surrounds Mandy’s life. Sitting and listening to how important the people in her life are to her, made me proud to have her as a friend. When Mandy loves, she loves! The light that appears in her eyes when she talks about her boyfriend Sean, pup Mylo and incredible connection with her family and friends is beautiful to see.

10670240_10154887854225721_4123416688773712513_nSo here you have it~ Mandy is a well-rounded individual with a heart of gold. Along with being Reebok Canada’s Sponsored Athlete, TV Segment Host, Crossfit Beauty, Amazing Girlfriend, Furbaby Mommy, Loving Daughter, Awesome Sister and Devoted Friend, she is putting the FUN back into working out with MGM Fitness. Mandy also has a few exciting additions to her life (or soon-to-be); new home-owner with partner in crime and love Sean, new puppy coming this month and is waiting to hear if her and Sean have been picked as one of the teams for Season 3 on the Amazing Race Canada!!!!!!!

It is with a lot of joy in my heart that I get to share this interview with all of you. I hope it encourages you to find what you’re meant to do and follow your passion!

BB411~ You have been in the media eye for some time, how did it all unfold?

MG~ In 2006, 3 months before I graduated I was hired on by the Fox. I had plans to move back home to Calgary, but this new opportunity changed things. I worked with them for a few months and hired by sister company AM730 doing traffic reporting. From there I saw a posting for the Beat94.5 and became ‘Mandy Gill from the Hill’. I would go up to Whistler, Sun Peaks, Cypress and more, all to snowboard with fellow listeners. I can’t actually believe they called it a job. It then evolved into the summer sticker search position, and from there I started begging my boss to let me go on-air in the studio. Years passed as I filled the role as a Morning Show Co-Host/Producer and Afternoon Show Co-Host, but could still tell I had more to offer. In January of 2013 I arrived back from a trip to Europe and asked the VP of Bell Media to sit down with me and discuss my vision of combining broadcasting and fitness. He suggested contacting CTV and that’s where fitness segments were born. To my surprise in August 2013 I was part of 60+ let go due to restructuring within the company. My (boyfriend) Sean could not have been more supportive during these moments of uncertainty, but I quickly rose to my feet and realized it was all for the better. I was meant to share my love for broadcasting and fitness not part-time, but full-time. From this our company MGM Fitness was born.


BB411~ Did you know from a young age that you wanted to get into broadcasting?

MG~ Yes my mom always tells me of this story. When I was younger and had to do book reports, instead of just writing them out I would go rent a video recorder from 7/11. I would have my mom videotape me as I would tell the story. As a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist and broadcaster, so every story was about dolphins and whales on camera!

BB411~ How did your love for Crossfit come to be?IMG_2853

MG~ As a teenager I was anorexic. That time is really a blur to me. I went through a lot of rehab and therapy at 18 and came out of it thanks to the support of my family. In 2007 I met with my now best friend Nina and her husband Dave over nachos and wine (real healthy…). He mentioned that he was working at a new gym and to come in for a class. The next day we went and I couldn’t even do a single pushup on my knees. This resonated with me – I wanted to be strong. I told my parents how excited I was for this new self-discovery and they worried that it would be something that was unhealthy for me (considering what I went through with my eating disorder). However that first day has led me to the very thing that has brought me true happiness and realizing what my body is truly capable of. I love Crossfit wholeheartedly. I absolutely love it, it’s what I’m meant to do.

image1 copyBB411~ What does your training look like?

MG~ I train on average 2 hours per day, 5 days a week. The other 2 days are active rest days for hikes, swimming, adventures outdoors with Sean, etc. I train at CrossFit North Vancouver and still have the same coach I did when I started 6 years ago (Dave Kitchen). He’s awesome, he puts up with a lot. I also am blessed to have two Chris’ as my coaches. Chris Schaalo who helps me grow in our competitor program in North Vancouver, and Chris Spigner who is located out of the Cayman Islands who has really helped me work my weaknesses. I’m having so much fun with it, I’m not worried where I place or what happens, just go in and know I did my best.

BB411~ You are a Sponsored Athlete for Reebok, how did that all come to be?

MG~ Throughout my entire journey as an athlete Reebok has been incredibly supportive. I love Reebok and what it does for the community. It all started with cards I used to get from them in the mail every Christmas saying “Hey Mandy Happy Holidays, create yourself a pair of shoes”. I’d go online and custom design my own shoes – how cool! In January they offered me a sponsorship role within Canada. I still remember the call, I hit the roof with excitement. I was blown away that they’d want someone like me. I wasn’t training 8 hours a day, running marathons, etc. They said that’s exactly why we want you, cause you’re real. You do all different activities at all different levels. You’re not stuck to one thing. I felt honoured to be recognized by them. As an athlete it’s great to have that support behind you. I love pink everything and lets just say, They Deliver!

BB411~ What do you love most about working together with Reebok?ShawTVShoot - Reebok

MG~ Having fitness segment experience behind me, I have jumped on board with Reebok to help support their vision as well. Through this I am able to touch all different types of demographics and influence people through fitness and the messages Reebok stands behind. I live the lifestyle and if I can share it with people to help inspire them then the sky is the limit.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?

MG~ Having FUN! If it’s not fun, I won’t do it. When I love something I live it passionately and always want to be my best for not just myself first and foremost, but Sean, my family, and what my core values are.

BB411~  I had the opportunity to ask Reebok what they love most about Mandy……

Reebook~  “Mandy speaks with passion about fitness, it’s part of her lifestyle and is what motivates her socially, mentally and physically. This is completely aligned to our brand DNA and we want to partner with those people, like Mandy, who share our belief in Fitness.”
Dan Aversa, Manager – Fitness & Training.

BB411~ I am a big fan of Reebok and all they stand behind. Knowing that they have someone like Mandy as one of their Athlete’s makes me love them even more. A definite Power House!

BB411~Who do you admire in the fitness industry that you feel is a good role model?

MG~ I got the chance to meet Jillian Michaels while she was in Vancouver last year and pick her brain about all my experiences talking to the media about fitness. She has really helped me understand how to talk to the public. Tommy Europe has also been a guiding light in the creation of MGM Fitness.


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MG~  Oh, I love overhead squats.

BB411~ Favourite body part?

MG~  Either my tummy or my legs. I have my Moms legs!

BB411~ Top 3 tips when first starting to workout?

MG~ Get motivated. Schedule 60 minutes. HAVE FUN!

BB411~ What supplements do you take?

MG~ Once a week I get an IV thanks to my naturopath Dr. Sara Kinnon at Bellevue Health. As well I take BCAA’s, Glutamine, Magnesium, and probiotics.

BB411~ Favourite reward meal?

MG~ 80% Dark Chocolate

BB411~ Favourite smoothie recipe?

MG~ (Laughs) We took the Vitamix from Sean’s parents place, his brother has been looking for it. Sean’s been juicing lately: celery, carrots, apples, pears, the whole sha-bang. We’re not getting enough vegetables and juicing has been where it’s at.

BB411~  What inspires you professionally and personally?

MG~ Personally, my better half Sean, and our family. Professionally, Aamar (Former CTV anchor). After finishing fitness segments on TV, he would let me stick around and watch him interview so I could learn from his talents.

BB411~ How do you stay motivated with life’s daily stresses that come up?


MG~ Touching base with my mindset, yoga, family dinners, and I love going for walks with Sean and Mylo.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something that you now know, what would it be?

MG~ Really it is just to love yourself regardless of where you are at, to be easier on yourself, and that beauty is not all about how you look. I think we get very caught up and confused with the media these days. And my goal in the media is to change that so beauty comes from the inside out, not outside in.

BB411~ What charities are you involved in that are close to your heart?

MG~ Everything that has to do with raising awareness for Mental illness, the Downtown lower east side kitchen crew, Union Gospel Mission, and a company I volunteer for called Sole Girls (they empower girls 8-12 years old).

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

MG~ It’s the least I can do for all the gifts life has brought my way. It really completes us as individuals to give without receiving.

NailsBB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

MG~  Being You!

BB411~ #1 product you could not live without?

MG~ Does having my nails painted, and earrings in count?

BB411~ A beauty product you carry with you always?

MG~ Lip Therapy Vaseline Pink Bubbly (simple, easy, and extra glossy!!!). A gift from my friend Behmann in Europe.


BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

MG~ Lavenderimage2

BB411~ What’s your favourite fragrance?

MG~ Thanks to Sean’s obsession – Victoria Secret Pure Seduction.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

MG~  Vivierskin, Skin TX, and everything else the Coliseum Media Spa recommends after working closely with them at facial appointments.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

MG~ My nickname for Crossfit for the last 6 years that my coach Dave gave me is “Diva”. I’m either all or nothing. My mom use to call me Mr T when I was little. I used to go to McDonald’s and get the bracelets you get in happy meals and wear as many as I could fit up to my elbows. I’d wear chains all down my neck, so the diva side has never left. I plan out all my outfits before a competition. If I can deadliest 350 pounds, I can do it glammed up.


BB411~ How would you describe your style?

MG~ Always in Reebok! (Laughs) and the other percent of the time that I’m not, 6″ heels.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

MG~ Loving, Determined and Spontaneous (I love travelling).

BB411~  Favourite food?

MG~ Anything at Nonna’s

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

MG~ Country music is my favorite.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and could be anything, what would you be?

MG~ Training dolphins.

BB411~  #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

MG~ I want to go to Thailand with Sean and survive as a celiac!

BB411~ I asked Sean this question, ‘I love Mandy best when….’

Crossfit - Las VegasSean~  ‘When she smiles’

BB411~ What do you love most about Sean?

MG~ I fell in love with him because he’s extremely polite and he loves family. He’s from a big Italian family and he has a huge heart. I love the way he makes me see things, I’ve never had anyone open my eyes and change my perspective the way he does. Whenever I’m with him I feel like we can conquer the world together.

BB411~ When I say the words “love this” what is the first thing that comes to mind?

MG~ When Sean and I are working out together!

BB411~ What has been your biggest AHA moment in life so far?

MG~ Loving yourself first. Then you can give to others.

BB411~ Favourite quote?

MG~ “Life begins at the end of my comfort zone”. It’s tattooed on my right wrist as a daily reminder.CheeringPhoto

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out, following their dreams?

MG~  Be Patient. I’m still learning to practice this!

Mark my word….this girls going places. Stay connected with Mandy on Twitter and Instagram

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Fur Crying Out Loud

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My heart is so full with love as I get to share a recent collaboration I did with Big Love Ball and 13 amazing, strong-minded women and 1 rocking dude. Along with these beauties, we bundled up in-between shots while we had our pictures taken to launch this new project founded by uber talented, artist Wendy Williams Watt. When Wendy called and asked me to be a part of this great cause, I screamed with excitement. I have so much admiration for everything Wendy, her team and Big Love Ball are creating.

Fur Crying Out Loud’ is an expression of exasperation towards the ongoing senseless mistreatment and neglect of animals. Big Love Ball has created a T-shirt to deliver a straightforward message – be as good to our non-human friends as they have been to us.


Our animals are our family. Asking nothing in return, they shove their wet noses into the palms of our hands when we don’t even know we want them to. They intuit how we are managing emotionally and watch over our loved ones as life sprints along. They put up with our bad driving, silly holiday traditions, histrionic pet voices and foolish attire (sometimes involving chin straps).

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On a recent cold November afternoon, Big Love Ball invited 15 ambitious animal lovers to sit for a photo in an abandoned brick depot to launch Fur Crying Out Loud. Wearing T-shirts and holding furbabies in lieu of handbags, these local leaders took the time to stand shoulder to shoulder with one united voice. This group consists of confident influencers who all support rescue, adoption and ethical treatment of animals. They chatter about what matters. If one small phrase paws its way into our psyche, this is a start.

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Make your fashion statement a passion statement and show your support for animal rescue and adoption. Buy your own Fur Crying Out Loud T-shirt with a portion of all proceeds going to support the rescue and adoption organization, Paws for Hope.

I can’t thank everyone involved enough for making this day one to remember, nothing but love.

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A great big THANK YOU to Wendy Williams Watt, William Byma, Photographers Bob Garlick & Eyoalha Baker, Lorena Ponis, Stephanie Langston, Erin Ireland, Charlie Kerr, Mariel Armstrong, Lauren Armstrong, Sunny Lenarduzzi, Megan Williams, Cora Chok, Michelle Hutchinson, Kate Horsman, Natalie Langston, Caolaidhe Lundy and all the fur babies in attendance.

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And finally, thank you to Wendy’s daughter Rachael (which the t-shirt is dedicated to) for, at eleven, told her Mom of this idea to raise money during recess at her school for the S.P.C.A. It was because of Rachael’s vision that all of us had the honour and blessing to be a part of this joyful day. This beautiful girl knew the only way to make a change, was to be the change. Rachael is twenty now and volunteers for the SPCA and Vokra. I admire all those that give their time, energy and heart to great causes that make the world a better place.

Oh and did I mention, these T’s are super comfortable. I seem to be living in mine these days.

Photo Gallery by Bob Garlick and Eyoälha Baker (minus BB411 Furbaby photo)

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