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Beauty on the West Coast with Erin Cebula

Call it destiny and hard work, or passion with a purpose, Erin Cebula has been gracing our TV screens since 2000 with her infectious smile and charming personality on Global BC. As the go-to reporter on the West Coast for Entertainment Tonight Canada, Erin brings a high level of energy to her interviews. When Erin’s not in front of the camera, she’s giving back by lending her genuine heart to rewarding everyday heroes and changing lives with the various charities she is involved with (Spokesperson for the BC Children’s Hospital Lottery and Host of HGTV’s Makeover Wish , to name a few). Erin shares a passion for life, from her love for animals (especially her late dog Lenny), beautiful marriage to her wonderful husband, strong bonds with her girlfriends and indulgence for everything entertainment. This “former farm girl” & “undercover jock” brings beauty and style to everything that surrounds her!

When she’s not filming you can find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, enjoying the outdoors or spending quality time with family and friends. I had the chance to speak with Erin and find out a little more about beauty, life and the things she loves……

BB411~Have you always loved fashion/entertainment?

EC~Dress-up has always been part of my life and I still have a well stocked tickle-trunk.  In 86’ I started interviewing my poor family at Christmas Dinner, and I guess I just never stopped.

BB411~How would you describe your style?

EC~I suppose I strive for “sophisticated bohemian”, but I can be really lazy too. My go-to look when I’m not working are leggings, gumboots and a toque! Stilettos just don’t belong in the dog park.

BB411~You rock short hair! Do you ever think you will grow it long?

EC~My short do’ has become a bit of a trademark over the years, but I am open to long locks. I’m just not sure I have the patience to make it through the dreaded “inbetween” stage. Shudder.

BB411~What is your favourite hair product?

EC~I was recently introduced to the Oribe texturizer and I’m hooked.  It gives my hair some grittiness without being sticky. It’s magic.

BB411~Does any certain scent remind you of your childhood?

EC~I wore Samsara by Guerlain when I was a teen, and when I do catch it in the air (which is very rare) it takes me back to awkward high school dances and bush parties.

BB411~Do you have a best kept beauty secret that have been passed onto you?

EC~Healthy food was big in the Cebula home and it’s just as important to me now. I avoid junk food and splurge on good wine and cheese instead. I eat organic when I can and I am a really good sleeper!

BB411~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

EC~Quo Lipgloss in “Captive Fascination”, Jane Iredale Mineral Powder and a big old tube of Great Lash Mascara.

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

EC~Dermalogia Microfoliant

BB411~ I Love, Love, Love this product too (see post)

BB411~You are in amazing shape, what’s your secret?

EC~First of all thank-you!  But the props should go to my trainer Tom Taylor at T3Athetics. He kicks my butt and Moksha yoga keeps me balanced.

BB411~What does giving back to charities mean to you?

EC~I love to be a part of positivity, and helping others makes the world a better place.

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

EC~To me, beauty is health and confidence.

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

EC~I can limbo like a hot damn!

BB411~Favorite quote?

EC~ “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching”.-Unknown

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Miss USA – Nia Sanchez

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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?

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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?

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

NS~ Nutella!

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Sealed with a Kiss @ WMCFW…….Christopher Bates

1Trained in Milan at legendary Istituto Marangoni, Toronto-based Christopher Bates is an intrepid designer achieving a meteoric rise in the fashion industry. His eponymous menswear line is gaining traction with retailers, consumers, media, stylists, and celebrities.

In 2009, Bates was featured as one of the top six leading menswear designers in Canada (Sharp Magazine, September 2009). Since he launched his brand he has been selling in leading Canadian boutiques including Toronto’s high-profile Gotstyle Menswear.

Bates’ unique style signature evolves from the following elements: contemporary tailoring, stylish fabrics and trims, clever details, a modern-edge, quality construction, a tasteful colour palette with injections of boldness, and a unique blend of Scandinavian and Italian influences. He designs quality, lifestyle-oriented pieces with a distinctly European flair. Focusing on the smart-casual contemporary market, his dashing urban looks are perfectly suited for evening, weekend, and transition wear. His inspirations are diverse and include: living, studying and travelling in Europe, asymmetry, the 80`s, architecture, street-style, Depeche Mode, and style icons, such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.

Bates designs for dynamic, stylish individuals who possess a cultivated appreciation of designer fashion and a sense of adventure in their life and dress. The line is perfect for confident men in their prime who want to stand out from the crowd. Born and raised in Canada, trained in Milan and inspired by the jet-set lifestyle, Bates’ approach to design is truly global and his line appeals to the growing numbers of fashion-conscious men in cosmopolitan cities around the world.

Bates’ ultimate goal is to create a leading international designer fashion brand.

“Your work is a breath of fresh air! Very tasteful, with thoughtful little design touches – a real modern take on classic menswear.” Bernadette Morra, Editor-in-chief, FASHION magazine

Christopher Bates had an elegant men’s wear line with a James Bond theme. “I have no doubt at all that that guy is going to make it.” Jeanne Beker on myETVmedia.com8c

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Christopher this past October at the Spring/Summer show at World MasterCard Fashion Week. His collection was classic, sexy and romantic all-in-one! There was one piece that I absolutely fell in love with~ the Romeo dress shirt with the signature kiss print on the collar. It’s funny how such a small detail can have such a strong impact. From the moment I met Christopher Bates I knew that he had something special. Not only is he incredibly charming, he is very humble and genuine.

Upon talking with Christopher, I began to realize that he incorporates his appreciation for life into everything he creates. I appreciate so much his dedication and focus to his work and brand. Christopher is strong-minded and when it comes to business he is focused, driven and determined. Even when I approached him for this interview, he took no time on delivery and made it happen. When he puts his mind to something he gives it 1000%. This designer is one to watch out for, big things are to come in the near future (mark my word). It is my pleasure to share this up close and personal interview with all of you on the man behind the suit~ Christopher Bates.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

CB~ In 2005. It was during my second tour of Europe. I was in Stockholm, surrounded by the most stylish people I had seen in my life. It was then that I knew there was a market out there for the ideas for clothing I’d be having since I was a kid.

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BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

CB~ Professional soccer player.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

CB~ Dolce & Gabbana, Dean & Dan Caten, Giorgio Armani.

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

CB~ Yes, since I was in elementary school. My mom bought some pretty cool clothes for my brothers and I. Clothing was powerful for me. It reinforced how I felt on the inside, which was very energetic.

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

CB~ A cultured and international individual who appreciates the finer things in life. He wants to be like James Bond.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

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CBCharlie Carrick. He’s a friend and we play for the same soccer club: Annex FC. He’s an upcoming actor who has major potential. He’s tall, slim and handsome so he looks great in the clothes.

BB411~ Who is a celebrity you haven’t worked with but would like to?michael-fassbender

CB~Michael Fassbender 

BB411~  What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

CB~ Watching my show on a TV monitor backstage. The guys did such a great job. It was flawless.

BB411~ What was the inspiration behind the Beauty/Style looks during the show (make up & hair)?

CB~ We opted for a clean and modern look to compliment the collection. The collection had a James Bond theme, so the hair (Jorge Joao from Redken) was slick and the make up (Grace Lee from Maybelline) was minimal.

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?3

CB~ Spring. I love using colour and lot’s of white. I also love lighter weight fabrics. I would dress for Spring year round if I could.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

CB~ What’s not readily available in the market. A lot of clothes are over-designed or over-embellished. My goal is to update classic pieces and keep them clean. My focus is on fit, fabric, colour, cut + interesting details.

BB411~ Favourite color?

CB~ White.

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BB411~ What are the 5 staple pieces every man should have in his wardrobe?

CB~ Every man needs: a pair of fitted black jeans, a tailored sports jacket, a lightweight wool topcoat, crisp white dress shirt and a fitted leather bomber.

BB411~ Describe your style?

CB~ A cross between Milanese flair and Stockholm minimalism.4b

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

CB~ Having a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

CB~ Music, movies, art, fashion, architecture, automotive, literature, food and wine, and travel.

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

CB~ The Jade’s KIDS Foundation. Jade lives to inspire kids to choose creativity over drugs. His story is incredible.

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

CB~ To help people any way you can.

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

CB~Follow your passion.

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BB411~3 words that best describe you?

CB~Energetic, Ambitious, Imaginative.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

CB~I use an Kiehls exfoliator in the shower and a St. Ives face moisturizer every morning and night.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

CB~Vaseline (for my lips), eye drops, water.

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

CB~ Water.

BB411~ What is your go to hair products?

CB~ Kiehls shampoo, Herbal Essences conditioner, Messed Up fibre putty

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

CB~Dior Fahrenheit. This was my first cologne. It was an extremely distinctive scent. Any time I smell it, it brings me right back to high-school.

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

CB~Drink lots of water.

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

CB~ I go to the gym and do a mixture of cardio & weights + play soccer. 7 days a week I exercise. I also eat healthy.

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

CB~I’m a massive 80’s music fan.

BB411~Favorite quote?

CB~“What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.” (Dr. Robert Schulfer)

BB411~ Where do you see your self in 1, 5 and 10 years?Main-13

CB~ In 1 year I’d like to have my menswear line selling coast to coast in Canada and in a few good stores abroad. In 5 years I’d like to be based in Europe and starting to open my own mono-brand boutiques. In 10 years I’d like to be evolving my fashion brand into a lifestyle empire including: hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, electronic music, furniture, film, and a modelling agency.

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

CB~Create a budget then double or triple it. And, be brave.

BB411~ When you look back what do you want to be remembered for?

CB~ Living a great life and building an exciting lifestyle empire.

BB411~Favorite food?

CB~ Hamburgers

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

CB~ Sail around the world in a tall ship.

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

CB~ Life

10I can’t tell you what an absolute pleasure it was to do this interview with Christopher! I look forward to seeing all the success that is to come for this amazing designer. I will keep my fingers crossed that one day he may venture out and design a classic woman’s suit~ There is really nothing like having a perfect suit that fits like a glove. I’d be happy to be his test model (spokesperson) and would wear that suit proud!

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Eye Catching Design with DUY @WMCFW

Duy Portrait B&W-1DUY, the eponymous Montreal-based high-end ready-to-wear line created by Duy Nguyen in 2001 has won numerous fans for its sharp tailoring and impeccable cuts. Duy has always experimented with the best in quality fabrics and pattern-making. His unmistakable precision, his mastery of cut and his high precision tailoring have created a unique tailoring approach that has become his signature. His timeless pieces have made him a favourite amongst women looking to be beautifully dressed, no matter the time of day or the season and with fashion editors and industry players who have been rightfully impressed with his edgy contemporary styling.

Born in Vietnam, raised in Montreal, Duy studied fashion design at Collège LaSalle and has worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian fashion design. Duy is the winner of the 2012 edition of the Mercedes-Benz Startup prize.

Clothes should be simple but well thought. I love menswear for its tailoring qualities and womenswear, because it makes me dream. Great style happens when it really reflects who you are. My clothes are edgy and innovative yet very wearable. They have a refined sensibility with unexpected details to catch the eye says Duy.

I had the pleasure to watch Duy win the Mercedes-Benz Startup show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in October. I met with him backstage after his win and he was so lovely to chat with. Here is a look at our interview and the inspiration behind the brand~DUY.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

DUY~ After reading American Vogue March 1994 issue.

BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

DUY~ A restaurant owner or a florist.DUY_Feb062012_0432

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

DUY~ Cristobal Balenciaga

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

DUY~ Yes, when I was young, I shampooed my sister’s dolls.

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

DUY~ Confident and individualistic people.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

Karine-Vanasse-Marcelle-BBDUY~ Karine Vanasse, she’s tall and nice.

BB411~ What is your favourite season to design a collection for?

DUY~ Fall/winter. I love jackets and coats

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

DUY~ Interesting new details or silhouettes.

BB411~ What was your favourite moment from showing Spring/Summer 2013 at World MasterCard Fashion Week?

DUY~ Winning I guess.

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BB411~ Favourite colour?

DUY~ Light grey

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

DUY~ Wool pantsuit for fall/Silk suit for spring, a white shirt, a black shirt, a cocktail dress and an evening gown. KEEP everything basic and simple but very well cutted.

BB411~ Describe your style?

DUY~ Chic, classic with a twist.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?7438583.bin

DUY~ That you are comfortable with yourself.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

DUY~ People who keep challenging themselves.A2NmSJlCAAAoK1j.jpg-large

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

DUY~ Helping homeless people

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

DUY~ Help people in any way when you can.

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

DUY~ Everything happens for a reason.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

DUY~ Easy going, obsessed (with work) , honest (with myself).

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

DUY~ I just wash my face twice a day with a cleanser with a citrus smell and use a moisturizer when my skin is dry.

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BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

DUY~ Lip balm, a small size eau de toilette spray and wipes.

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

DUY~ Lip balm

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

DUY~ Ariel, a famous detergent sold in France. I wear Jil Sander for men

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

DUY~ Good sleep.

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

DUY~ I am a very shy guy20110330-DUY23

BB411~ Favorite quote?

DUY~ Be rich or have a lot of friends.

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

DUY~ Marry rich or make a lot of friends.

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Design the Life you want to Live with Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy, designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother, designs to inspire women to feel smart, confident and individual. Raised in Northern California by an Indian father and Dutch mother, Rachel grew up immersed in the issues of Vogue magazines she collected and dreams of being a designer. After attending college in Washington, DC, Rachel moved to New York City and began styling magazine shoots. Her feminine aesthetic with a twist quickly earned her a reputation for knowing how to enhance a woman’s body without revealing too much. After almost a decade at a global urban brand, where she rose to Creative Director overseeing seven licensees and running all of design departments, Rachel launched her own brand.

Inspired by the strong, confident working women she knew, the Rachel Roy New York collection debuted in Spring 2005. The collection embodies an effortless, elegant and exotic lifestyle with Rachel’s design hallmarks of print/pattern mixing, the pairing of opposites and defining details that take women from day to evening. From the very first collection, Rachel has created modern iconic pieces – the trench, the blouse and the dress – that are, and continue to be, the cornerstones of women’s wardrobes.In August 2009, Rachel launched RACHEL Rachel Roy, a downtown, youthful companion to her designer collection featuring affordable contemporary sportswear, footwear, handbags and jewelry that has quickly become a destination brand.

A frequent lifestyle, fashion and culture contributor to various publications, Rachel is a featured monthly columnist for InStyle Magazine and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Rachel has appeared on numerous national TV programs; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Project Runway, The Nate Berkus show, Lifetime’s Catwalk 24/7, Sundance’s All on the Line, and Extra TV as the red carpet style correspondent for the 2011 Oscars. Rachel and her work has been featured on leading blogs like The Cut, Refinery 29, WhoWhatWear, and The Glamouri to over 200 million web viewers annually. Fascinated with technology and how it enhances women’s lives, Rachel has created a robust social network that engages women and acts as a research and laboratory to test new designs and ideas that includes Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

Rachel has garnered editorial acclaim in publications such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Vanity Fair, Glamour and InStyle. Rachel has had the honor of dressing First Lady Michelle Obama, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Iman, Halle Berry, Sofia Vergara, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow among other esteemed actresses, musicians and businesswomen.

Giving back is one of Rachel‘s greatest passions and one of the founding principles of the Rachel Roy brand. Rachel always looks to create opportunities to give women and children in need a voice. As you can see Rachel really embodies true inner beauty.

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Rachel Roy has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to collaborate together on a collection of tshirts featuring Chopra’s inspirational quotes and a jewelry line showing her favorite evil eye symbol. “I have a vision of vintage rock-and-roll tees, but instead of the title of the album, it would be the saying,” Roy said. “Even girls who don’t know Deepak will think they’re wearing a cute shirt.” . And the collection involves charity: All proceeds will be donated to the Chopra Foundation to support education in India. I think it is truly remarkable what they are doing~ to see more on their collaboration click Here. I am absolutely in love with the pieces and am having a hard time deciding which one I want!

 

 

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In September I was invited to meet Rachel as she unveiled the most coveted items for fall with her latest RACHEL Rachel Roy collection 548815_10151217488354228_958447699_nat the BAY. The evening consisted of an informal fashion presentation where the models stood on platforms displaying her beautiful creations. There was refreshing sips, sweet treats and hot dj beats. I had the opportunity to try on most of her collection, her designs are a perfect fit (for us shorter girls too!). I fell in love with her purple and black banded cut out dress (on the mannequin in the video and photo), it fit like a glove and hung perfectly on my body. I actually came out of the change room and Rachel gave me her approval with a smile and nod. You can’t get a better compliment than from the designer herself. She was such a sweetheart, I was captivated by her elegance, grace and beauty. Rachel is even more beautiful on the inside with her heart of gold. I was definitely a fan before, but after attending this event I have a whole new level of appreciation and admiration for her. I was beyond excited when Rachel agreed to be featured for a beauty Q&A. So get cozy while we get up close and personal with Designer Rachel Roy, she may just inspire you to give back and dream big!

photo 2BB411~ When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

RR~ I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be designer. Vogue magazines were my escape and really inspired me to design the life I wanted to live – and that life, for me, was design.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty, what is your earliest memory?

RR~ Always! I was the young girl who was always styling her family members, my poor brother! I was also the girl who took a job in fashion at 14 and begged my bosses to let me style the mannequins in the store window.

BB411~ If you weren’t a designer and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

 

RR~ A travel writer. I love exploring new places around the world and sharing it.

BB411~ You collected Vogue magazines growing up, what did it mean to you to be featured in Vogue?

RR~ It was one of the highlights of my career. To have the support of something that was so influential and instrumental in my development as a designer means a great deal to me.

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

RR~ I am inspired by Coco Chanel and her story. She was an orphan who grew up in a completely different world than those she ultimately designed for and did it with such grace and strength. She did not let her beginning dictate her ending and that’s something that has always stayed with me.

BB411~ I absolutely am inspired by her as well and I love the statement “She did not let her beginning dictate her ending”.

BB411~ What did it mean to be inducted into the CFDA?

RR~ It’s another highlight of my career to be able to stand next to such talented designers and help make the industry a better place, not just for now but for the next generation of designers.

BB411~ Describe your style?

RR~ I’m a bit of a chameleon. Getting dressed in the morning is an opportunity to play to how you are feeling that morning. A little sexy, rocker girl, I love it all as long as you feel like an individual – that’s my goal with how I dress and how I design for women.

BB411~ What kind of woman does your line represent (including Rachel)?

RR~ I love helping women find their individual style – whether they are just entering school or the job market or are established in their career and life. My goal is for women to feel, smart, confident and individual through what I design.

BB411~ Who has been your favorite celebrity to dress?

RR~ I love the relationship that I form with women when I dress them. I learn a great deal from them – entrepreneurs who are starting or running established businesses to amazing actresses and political leaders.

BB411~ What is your favorite thing about fall?

RR~ The change of season – the cooler air, the leaves changing colors. It’s a great time to escape from the city with my girls and take a drive in the country.

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

RR~

  • An amazing dress that fits you like a glove.
  • A thin black turtleneck that you can wear under a dress to get more mileage out of it.
  • An office to cocktails blouse.
  • A trench coat in a soft fabric that can double as a dress.
  • A caftan. You can wear it a hundred ways from beach to street.

BB411~ What is the #1 fashion mistake a person does?

RR~ I don’t believe in fashion rules

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

RR~ I think beauty starts within us. We all choose to express it differently on the exterior but it starts within us.

BB411~ What has being a Mom meant to you and what do you want to teach your daughters about beauty?

RR~ I live for my girls and it’s important that I teach them to be citizens of the world by taking them on trips to other parts of the world to experience different ways of life, cultures and how beauty can take on many forms and expressions.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

RR~ I think it’s the opportunity to give women a voice through what they wear, to create a look/style that makes them feel like individuals.

BB411~ What do you look for when creating each collection?

RR~ Each collection starts with a specific inspiration, a story, and builds from there. I personally fit every piece I design – I want my pieces to feel as amazing as they look.

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

RR~ Margherita Missoni introduced me to OrphanAid Africa about 5 years ago and it’s been such an important experience for me. I think of the kids there often and every holiday season we do a book wrapping paper to send to them. Recently I traveled to Haiti with Martha Stewart to visit an artisan colony to develop product to be able to feature on my website. It gives the Haitian artisans a platform for telling their story and showcasing their amazing talents.

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

RR~ I think it’s one of the most important things you can do both personally and professionally. Donating your time personally to local shelter, food banks, or reading programs are simple ways to get involved. One of the goals of my business has been to help create jobs for women and give them a platform in which to create a better life for themselves.

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

RR~ I think sometimes as young women we tend to hold our voices and not speak loudly enough on things we truly believe in because we think it’s going to hurt others feelings or not be the popular opinion.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

RR~ Loyal, honest, inquisitive.

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

RR~ My mother passed down the importance of a good classic scent. Hers was Chanel #5 and
so is mine.

BB411~ You have great skin, what’s your secret (skin care regime)?

RR~ Make-up artist Cynde Watson gave me a Clarisonic skin care system. When I have time at night it helps ten-fold with the appearance of dark circles and tired skin. I swear by it!

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

RR~ Bobbi Brown concealer, ESOS lip balm, RICH cosmetics lip pencil.

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

RR~ Water.

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

RR~ I love Jo Malone Grapefruit and Red Roses candles.

BB411~ You have beautiful hair, what do you use as your go to products?

RR~ I swear by everything Ted Gibson makes – especially his hair sheets which I travel with.

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

RR~ I do a bit of comedy acting in the videos my team and I produce.480289_10151280699994228_2143956638_n

BB411~ Favorite quote?

RR~ “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

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

RR~ The road will be harder than you expected, it may take more time you expected but it is
possible to design the life you want to live – just never take no for an answer.

Meeting Rachel was a highlight of my career as I have been a fan of hers for so long. It was such an honour to interview her and I am very grateful to have been able to share this feature with all of you. I look forward to having her designs continue to fill my closet and can’t wait to see all her collections to come. To stay connected and see all the updates on Rachel, be sure to check out her website and follow her on all her social media ~ FacebookTwitterFlickrYoutubeTumblrInstagramPinterest and Google+.

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The 3 B’s with Erin Ireland

erin-ireland-karolina-turekErin Ireland is a food reporter and lover of cuisine who aspires to spend the rest of her life eating all that’s to die for. She is a regular guest on Shaw TV’s The Rush, a Vancouver entertainment talk show. Erin and hosts Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford discuss to die for food and Vancouver restaurants each month. Aside from running To Die For Fine Foods, her most current project is a video series for The Vancouver Sun featuring local food carts. To Die For Banana Bread is the first product in her line of baked goods under the To Die For Fine Foods brand. You can find it at these 38 locations in Vancouver.

I first met Erin back in 2010 during a charity event for  “Run for the Cure“. We both participated in the event and I also had the pleasure to be interviewed by her. It was also that very day that she introduced myself to the fabulous and one of my all time faves Yves Saint Laurent, their Rouge Pur Couture #49. From the moment I met Erin I was instantly drawn to her energy, ambition, drive, elegance and grace. She is a savvy business woman with a solid head on her shoulders. Erin knows what she wants and she is determined to keep moving in high gear with her eyes set on the prize.

(The above image was taken by Karolina Turek, who also shot the photos of Erin holding her banana bread).

During the course of the past few years, I have had the opportunity to talk with Erin about life, business and what matters most. I have been inspired by our conversations and she has shown me key important tools in keeping on track with it comes to your business. I can’t tell you how much it meant for her to take the time to in a way help mentor me on a few occasions. Sometimes in this big old world things can seem complicated and overwhelming, she showed me how to keep it simple and always stay true to what you believe in. It is for these reasons and so many others that I felt Erin would be a great fit for a Beauty Q&A.

So go grab your favourite “to die for” snack (Erin’s BB recommended) and get cozy as Erin opens up about the 3 B’s~ Beauty, Business and Banana Bread.

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to become a host and be in front of the camera?Screen shot 2012-08-14 at 6.46.33 AM

EI~ It was less about wanting to be in front of the camera and more about wanting to tell stores or share information. I’ve always loved to pass along the good word, share recommendations, and tell stories.

BB411~ What was your earliest memory?

EI~ My parents teaching me how to cook my own scrambled eggs. I had to use a step stool because I couldn’t reach the stove.

BB411~ You’re a food reporter and look for things that are “To Die For”, how did this all come about?

EI~ I’ve always been obsessed with food…and one day I realized I could make my passion my career. So I started my site, started writing columns, and really started to focus. I cut out all other topics of content that I tweeted about, attended events, etc.

BB411~ Why are you so passionate about food?Erin-2

EI~ Oh I cannot explain this! I was born with it. But maybe it has a little something to do with almond croissants, white chocolate, red wine, wagyu steak….

BB411~ Chef’s that inspire you?

EI~ Thomas Haas – he is a perfectionist and keeps an amazing sense of humour while doing. Walk into his shop – the displays of pastries, macarons and chocolate are immaculate. I swear his employees feel like the luckiest people on earth to be working under his roof.

BB411~ If you weren’t a host and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

EI~ News Anchor. I used to work at CTV news but veered off that path towards entertainment and then food. Host actually isn’t my main position at the moment – but I can’t wait to focus on it once I’ve gotten banana bread off the ground.

BB411~Tell us about the best banana bread in the world (yours!)  What inspired you to create this line?

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EI~ It all started really naturally. I never ‘worked on the recipe’ or strategized about how to turn this into a business. It was simply a gift I gave to friends and colleagues, and word seemed to spread. Before I knew it I was getting daily requests for the bread. I realized there was a major opportunity knocking at my door. Never in a million years could I have guessed this would become my career path – but I couldn’t be happier now that I’m running my fine foods company.

( Pumpkin Banana Bread ~ Photographer Joann Pai)

BB411~ The one food you could not live without (ok top 3)?

EI~ Oatmeal, Avocado, Olive Oil

BB411~ Where do you see your business going in the next 1, 5 & 10 years?

EI~ One year – distribution to all fine food retailers in Vancouver (choices, whole foods, urban fares, etc), initial research in the TO market being done, the launch of several new to die for products.

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Five years – full ‘to die for’ product line launched. I’ll be less involved in operations at this point and more focused on high level operations, will be entrenched in broadcasting career at this stage (to die for show).

Ten years – fine foods company running smoothly, national distribution, network tv show in full swing.

BB411~ There is no doubt in my mind that someone who is as strong and determined as yourself will accomplish all this and more. I can’t wait to see this all unfold!

BB411~ Greatest accomplishment to date?

EI~ Obtaining a ‘real life’ business degree over the past 15 months working on my fine foods company. My real degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (focus Broadcasting), but I have learned so much from my experiences with my fine foods company – much of which I can credit to my partner, who holds a business degree. He is one of my greatest supports.

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

EI~ I wouldn’t say that I am. I have no patience for shopping (unfortunately! wish I had it in me) but of course it must be done – and it’s so important because if you look good, you feel good and more confident. Feeling and looking great is empowering and helpful in business. As humans we gravitate towards things that are attractive to us.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

EI~ Pretty simply – I use Riversol face wash, serum, moisturizer and eye cream. I’ll always trust a respected dermo above pharmacy lines/beauty lines.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

EI~ I am a ‘no purse’ kinda girl – so it’s all about what I can fit into my pockets. I don’t often leave the house without my MAC concealer pot (for the light lip look).

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

EI~ MAC shimmer – I’ve recently discovered what a little highlighting can do to the face. I love dusting a little above my brows and on my nose. I am super picky with my makeup and have always done it myself until I met Jackie Brown of Envy Me Studio. She is so great!

 

 

BB411~ Favorite lip color?erin-ireland-karolina-turek-isolde-semple

EI~ My old long-time fav was YSL #49 but lately all I wear is MAC “Costa Chic” mixed with my concealer – it’s the super light peach look

BB411~ I still remember you introducing myself to this lipstick, I am still in love with it (see post Here)

BB411~ Favorite fragrance?

EI~ Gucci Rush

BB411~ One of my favourites as well

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

EI~ My Mom’s perfume – Lancome “Tresor”

 

BB411~ You have great hair, what do you use as your go to products?

EI~ Thanks! My hairstylist Isolde Semple is full of great tips and she encourages me to spend the money on good quality hair products because I’ll notice the difference. She’s right. I use Redken shampoo and conditioner, Sebastian hair spray. My trick is to not over-wash my hair. It’s always better three days after a wash.

BB411~ How do you stay fit with eating all this fab food?

EI~ I run outdoors or go to the gym 4-5 times a week. This has always been my lifestyle since I grew up playing sports.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

EI~ Beauty is nothing without confidence and class.

BB411~ What inspires you and keeps you balanced?

EI~ My vision of the future – a nice home on the North Shore, two kids, a dog or two and a beautiful kitchen filled with beautiful things from The Cross Design

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

EI~ Don’t pluck your eyebrows thin – My Mom has always preached this. She is so right – eyebrows do so much for the face. Sometimes I add brown eye shadow to make them more bold.

BB411~ You speak about your Grandma and her love in the kitchen (I remember the note she left before going in the ambulance to the hospital to take care of the bread) how has she influenced you? Tell us a little about her?

EI~ She is 91 and bakes almost daily. She doesn’t waste a single bite of food, she will bake anything for anyone and is always ready to share a recipe. She is just such a good person and I’m lucky to have gotten so close with her. Here’s a post of us baking together . She insisted on using the flowers in the food photos – she’s so artistic.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

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

EI~ I’ve worked with the Canadian Cancer Society on their ‘Tanning is Out Campaign‘ and have contributed to Breast Cancer Research Campaigns, but the cause closest to my heart lies in the realm of eating disorders and specifically, extreme dieting. Soon I’ll be touring high schools in Vancouver to speak to young girls and boys about the dangers of extreme dieting. There are so many young girls out there with eating disorders – and I believe there are even more out there who are just on the brink, but ‘not skinny enough’ to attract the attention and help that they need. I’ll share the story of my five-year stint extreme dieting and hope to connect with young girls and offer the support they need.

BB411~ What does it mean to give back?

EI~ Paying it forward. We’ve all been grateful for the actions of someone else at some point in our lives and it’s our duty to pay that forward and do something significant for someone else.

BB411~ Greatest wish still to check off on your bucket list?

EI~ More traveling. My favorite destination is Italy but I really want to get to Japan (sushi and ramen) and Argentina (steak and malbec).

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

EI~ Save your money and always reference check.

BB411~ What would you tell someone following their dreams and pursuing their passion (entrepreneurs)?

EI~ Trust your gut and always be yourself – we know deep down when we’re not being ourselves. It doesn’t feel right and there’s a reason for that.

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

EI~ My favourite way to spend a friday night is watching dateline while eating chocolate and drinking red wine. Also in university my fellow student athletes knew me only as ‘Jeter’ – it was a nickname from my freshman year that stuck

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BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

EI~ trustworthy, confident, fun-loving

To keep up to date on Erin and her To Die For Fine Foods brand empire follow her on TwitterFacebook, or email (erin@itstodiefor.ca).

 

 

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“Every Conversation Counts” with Riaz Meghji

You know when you meet someone and their energy is so magnetic, the conversation seems to flow and you don’t want it to stop? Well that’s what you get when you sit down with Riaz Meghji! Not only is he incredibly charming (with great skin I must say), he carries himself with such confidence and class. I remember the first time I sat down with Riaz and how engaging he was to talk to. He truly was so present in the moment and such a good listener. He described how “Every Conversation Counts”, that everyone has a story worth hearing. I just love this and feel the same, you never know who you will meet or what opportunity will arise. There was no doubt in my mind that Riaz would be a perfect fit for a Beauty Q&A on BB411. He really shows how living in the moment and giving back is really what resonates beauty within us all.

Riaz’s career started out with a degree in Finance and soon turned to the world of entertainment. “Riaz worked in radio at Z953FM before making the shift into television working for MTV Canada interviewing A-List celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Pink, and Kevin Smith”. He joined CTV News as a weathercaster on their evening news and after moved to Ontario to anchor an entertainment show on SUN TV.” In 2008 he joined the Citytv family as co-host on Breakfast Television in Vancouver.

BB411~When did you know you wanted to go into TV?

RM~In 2002, I had a conversation with a friend that saw me give a presentation in Quebec City at a conference. I was just finishing my finance degree at Simon Fraser University and he challenged me to take a year of my life to get into the entertainment industry in some capacity. It was by far one of the most pivotal conversations of my life, as at that moment I started to believe I could bring something unique to the small screen. Once I had that belief, I knew I wanted to present on camera and started the creative process to get my foot in the door.

BB411~What was your earliest memory?

RM~Earliest memory in television was my very first screen test for MTV Canada. I had no broadcast experience or formal training and just walked in there like I knew what I was doing. Definitely not a home run audition, but the director saw something he could work with and gave me an internship.

BB411~If you weren’t a host and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

RM~This is a toss up…..Professional public speaker or Michael Jackson impersonator.

BB411~Have you always been into fashion and beauty (you always look so stylish)?

RM~I owe a lot of credit to the boys at Harry Rosen for helping clean up my act. For years we have worked together and they have introduced several types of looks for me to sport on camera.

BB411~Favorite Designer?

RM~Tough to name one but here are some of my favourites: John Varvatos for the pants and shoes, Etro and Zegna for the stylish blazers and Robert Graham for the shirts that will stand out.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

RM~Two words: Halle Berry

BB411~Favorite Cleanser?

RM~Dove Soap

BB411~Favorite Moisturizer?

RM~Ponds

BB411~Do you exfoliate

RM~No. Should I start?

BB411~ Absolute! One of my favourite inexpensive ways is mixing coffee grounds with either almond oil or olive oil. I’ll give you a demo 😉

BB411~Favorite cologne?

RM~L’Homme- YvesSaintLaurent

BB411~You hair seems to be a signature for you (Love it by the way) what do you use as your go to products?

RM~My hair doesn’t move! But on occasion I might use d:struct molding creme

BB411~ What do you do to stay fit?

RM~If I’m not bike riding the seawall, I’m in crossfit 3x week at Tactix Gym and usually hit Yyoga once or twice a week. I also play in the Vancouver Ball Hockey League. On Sept 29, I competed in the Tough Mudder Competition in Seattle. I trained hard and there was lots of pain!

BB411~What charities are you involved in and are any dear to your heart?

RM~In 2012, I launched 1Karma, a charitable partnership with my good friend Jason Sarai. We threw an event at the Hastings Racecourse in August in support of Camp Goodtimes and were able to raise 10k. It was a proud moment and will only get bigger as every year we will focus on a different cause to create an awareness and build partnerships with those that want to give back. Outside of 1Karma, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada is an organization I always get behind and I’ll support Free the Children where I can as well.

BB411~ I was lucky enough to be able to attend 1Karma in August with @LipglossnParfum and it was such a great event. So very proud of you and can’t wait until next year.

BB411~What does it mean to give back?

RM~Giving is living in my eyes. I have the privilege of using my voice for good and to be able to give back to those less fortunate is very fulfilling.

BB411~If you could tell your younger self something you know now what would it be? (a lesson learned or wisdom gained?)

RM~People are only willing to accept the love they feel they deserve. Choose wisely, but be vulnerable to get the most out of the experience.

BB411~What inspires you?

RM~Risk takers with the ability to be present in the moment and smile in both the good times and bad.

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

RM~I’m gave my first TED talk at SFU on Sept 22. The theme was “Against the Grain”.  Ten years ago, I finished my degree and it was an awesome moment to go back and speak about what I did to go after my dream. (check out video here)

BB411~Favourite quote?

RM~” Seek to understand before being understood”

Honestly, I look forward to each time I get together with Riaz, I always know I will leave inspired and challenged to dream bigger (and with a few recommendations for some great books)!

To find out more about Riaz and keep up to date with what he has going on, watch him on Breakfast Television Vancouver, check out facebook or follow him on Twitter

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Look Good and Feel Great with MASC

One thing that Beauty Buzz 411 is constantly on the look out for is fabulous men’s skin care. I have spoken to many men and skin care is not much of an importance on their list. Usually because they want to keep it simple, don’t have time and most don’t know what’s best to use. Beauty Buzz 411 is pleased to be working with MASC, a one stop shop in Vancouver for everything when it comes to skin care for the boys. Their online shop is amazing and I love how they are selective on which brands they carry. From The moment I stepped foot into the Vancouver store (in the heart of Yaletown) I felt right at home. It doesn’t hurt that Owners Patrick Levesque and Jamie Beuthin are incredibly knowledgeable and are such amazing guys. I still remember the moment I first met Patrick, it was an instant connection and I knew that we would work on something great together. As the months rolled on I have had the chance to get to know Patrick more and realize how down to earth he is and passionate he is about mens skin care needs.

Beauty Buzz 411 will be working with MASC and testing out the latest and greatest skin care for men. There will be on going monthly posts on what products and lines are a “MUST HAVE”! Recently I had the opportunity to indulge (along with my male panelists) in some amazing beauty products that were an instant hit. First was the Jack Black “Beard Lube” Conditioning Shave. I have to say this was a HUGE Winner for both myself and the boys. I used it on my legs and was blown away, I actually think it may be the best I’ve ever tried! As for the men they found it incredible, a 4 day hair growth shaved as easily as 1 day (without the razor catching the hair). With jojoba, eucalyptus and macadamia nut oil your skin will be left feeling clean and soft. Beard Lube is a pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner all in one. Not only does it go on clear making it easy for the men to see the hair, but it rinses easily and won’t leave a film or clog your blade.

Now you all know I am an advocate for exfoliation, well Menscience “Microfine” Face Scrub is a great addition to any skin type regime. I love how this product contains glycolic acid to remove dead cells, salicylic acid to clear pores and allantoin/aloe/glycerin to soften and soothe skin. It’s gentle for the face but still worked great on the chest and back! For the men it was great to prepare the skin for shaving. Also from the same line, another absolute MUST HAVE was Menscience “Advanced Face Lotion”. This lotion was ultra light-weight yet provided mega moisture, perfect for the men (especially those travelling on planes a lot). Not only is it formulated with advanced water-binding agents and skin-refining ingredients, It helps renew and restore your complexion. It really nurtures and protects your skin.

Last but not least I wanted to find a new cleanser that would be great for everyday use without stripping the skin of moisture. I discovered Kyoku “Daily Facial Cleanser” , it is inspired by Japanese herbal skin remedies and is designed especially with a mans skin in mind. I loved the way it felt on my skin and the scent of peppermint was uplifting. I was very pleased with these 4 beauty finds and look forward to searching out and bringing you all more. There was one more product that I tested out, Evolution Man Conceal and Treat and I feel it’s the perfect concealor for Men. It isn’t greasy and has a matte finish, making it great for providing coverage without looking like you’re wearing make up. I highly recommend picking one up as you never know when a late night or blemish will throw your complexion for a loop.

I recently had the chance to interview Patrick and find out the 411 on what’s to know when it comes to skin care for the boys!

BB411~ You and Jamie are the founders of MASC, how did the idea come to be?

PL~We graduated with Bachelor of Commerce degrees in Entrepreneurial Management, with no specific ideas of how we were going to apply that in the real world. We worked at several different jobs and gained some invaluable experience before it dawned on us about getting into men’s skin care & grooming. We both found ourselves having a hard time finding products  that were on the market, but were just not easily accessible. We also disliked having to go into a women’s shop or department store to find one shelf of product for men, which seemed more of an afterthought than anything else.

BB411~You carry select product lines, what do you look for in deciding which ones to carry?

PL~We consider the reputation of the brand, if it’s unique in comparison to other brands we carry, whether or not the product works well, the quality of the ingredients, whether it’s tested on animals, and of product packaging. We also really strive to offer our customers something unique and thus don’t see the point in offering a brand they can easily buy at the drug store.

BB411~ What do you want people to feel when shopping in the store or online with Masc? What makes you different from other stores?

PL~ We want people to feel comfortable and informed at masc. We are not about pressuring a guy to buy something, or the most expensive product, but rather finding the best products for their skin or to address their specific concerns. We take the time to ask questions, and are always happy to provide samples if he’s uncertain. Our store caters specifically to men, is run by men, we are knowledgeable about our products, and obviously have direct experience with skin care and grooming for men. We know what works. Online we try to provide as much information, including videos where we talk about the products so that they can feel like they’re in the store, even when they are not. We are renowned not only for our extremely high level of customer service but also for our unique assortment of quality products. Most of our brands will not be found anywhere else in Vancouver, and in some cases even in Canada.

BB411~How important is skin care for men?

PL~Men tend to underestimate the importance of a good skin care routine. If you consider the fact that men take blades to their face when shaving, I’d almost say it’s even more important for men. There are various skin complications that can arise from improper shaving techniques or poor quality products.

BB411~What are some key points for men in taking care of their skin?

PL~Cleanse & moisturize daily, both morning and night. Use a good shaving cream and exfoliate a few times a week right before you shave. Not only with this improve the appearance of your skin, but it will also allow for a smoother and less irritating shave. Just remember, your shave can make or break the appearance of your skin so it’s important to really figure this part out. Also, your under eye area can be the first area of your face that will show signs of aging. Using a good under eye product daily, morning and night will go a long way. The key is consistency with all of this. Get into a good routine and stick to it. The more you take care of your skin now, the more benefits you’ll reap in the future. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes.

BB411~Does nutrition and fitness play an importance in healthy skin?

PL~It’s all connected. If you don’t take care of your body by eating healthy, keeping hydrated, and exercising, it will reflect on the health of your skin as well. Just like if you work out like crazy, but eat takeout every night, you’re not achieving the optimal results that you could be.

BB411~#1 mistake men make when it comes to taking care of their skin?

PL~Not moisturizing. Guys have either never been told they should moisturize, and never experienced the benefits, or have had a bad experience with a poor quality moisturizer that made them feel greasy. There are some great moisturizers available that will make your skin look and feel great, and it is so important to moisturize daily.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

PL~I don’t necessarily carry any beauty products with me on a day-to-day basis besides a Jack Black Lip Balm. If I had to choose another, I’d select a hand cream. More often than not I don’t have a bag with me so I have to keep it simple. Oh, one product that is good to keep at work though is a jar of toner pads. Sometimes if you’re going somewhere straight after work and want to freshen up without having to wash your face, toner pads are great for that.

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

PL~ The Vitamin E Moisturizer from (Malin+Goetz). I’ve been using it for years and it works so well. It’s oil-free and they use fatty acids as the primary moisturizing ingredient, so it absorbs into the skin very well.

BB411~ Favorite cleanser and exfoliant?

PL~ My favorite cleanser right now is the Menscience Daily Face Wash and my favorite scrub is the Urth Face Scrub.

BB411~ Favorite Cologne?

PL~ Duro by Nasomatto

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

PL~ Good question. I’d have to say that beauty comes from the inside out. I know that’s cliché, but I know that for me, if someone is an awful person, it changes the way I see them. The same goes for someone with a big heart. I think someone who respects others and themselves is also the same person that will take care of themselves and try to reflect on the outside how they are on the inside. It doesn’t always go hand in hand though.

BB411~ What does it mean to give back?

PL~ It means helping those that are less fortunate or that need a helping hand of some sort. There are so many organizations out there that need support and we feel really good about being able to help whenever we can.

BB411~ What charities or causes are you involved in or that are dear to your heart?

PL~ I’m definitely a supporter of anti-bullying and different causes that go along with that. We have and continue to support many Out In School events put on by Friends & Company. Also, we support the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as well as they are such a fantastic organization. Another one that is important to me is Autism Speaks. My niece has autism and it’s becoming more and more common and requires a lot of support and awareness within the community because there’s still so much unknown about it. Families with kids that have autism need all the help they can get. We support other causes, including different sports teams etc, but those two are ones that stand out in my mind.

BB411~ What inspires you?

Wow, that’s a good one. I think I’m inspired by the fact that all limitations are self-imposed. When someone says I can’t, I want to prove them wrong. Being an entrepreneur, there are no limits and it’s all up to us how big we want to dream. The other day I was at the gym after having not made it a priority for a while, and I saw a blind man working out, with his guide dog helping him navigate through a busy gym. People like THAT inspire me.

BB411~ That is truly inspiring, WOW!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

PL~ “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

BB411~ You are also one of the founders of Homorazzi, can you tell me a bit about that?

PL~ Homorazzi started about two years into Masc being open. I started it with my friend Donovan and a bunch of our friends were eager to join in as well. It’s  an entertainment site where we write about the latest in TV, movies, music, celebrities, gay issues, and of course, intermixed with some eye candy. It’s been an exciting ride and we’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many cool people along the way. We also have a show on OUTtv now where a panel of four of us talk about the same sorts of topics that we cover on our site.

BB411~ You are openly gay, has that been a struggle for you in your life?

PL~ Every since I’ve come out of the closet, being gay has never been a struggle. The struggle was when I was still in the closet and having to constantly lie to myself and others. When I was true to who I was, the world opened up many doors and I am a much happier person for it.

BB411~ What advice would you give to the younger generation that may be struggling with coming out?

PL~ We grow up hearing the phrase “be yourself” and it couldn’t be more true in this scenario. There is no rule for when you should come out, so do it when you feel ready, but know that your life will get better in the long run once you do.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you know now what would it be? (a lesson learned or wisdom gained?)

PL~ I would tell my younger self that my family and friends will love me for who I am, regardless of my sexuality. I would also say to myself, “Follow your dreams and do what makes you happy in life.”

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

PL~ I just found out last year that I was adopted! The news brought my family closer together so it was a positive experience.

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