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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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Red Carpet Manicure at the AMA’s

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Ever since I was a kid, I have loved watching the many awards shows. Whether it be music (AMA’s, Grammy’s, ACMA’s, WMA’s, MTV) or TV and Film (Golden Globes, Emmy’s, Oscars or the  SAG Awards). Each year has brought amazing performances from incredible artists and stunning fashion/beauty from the red carpet. This year is no exception. To kick off the awards season we celebrate The American Music Awards 40th birthday!

Happy Birthday AMA’s 

With all the fabulous styles and fashion, I always look forward to seeing the who’s who and what they are rocking. From their hair and makeup to their eye-catching nails, it always seems to impress. This year there were a few favorites that stood out when it came to style and beauty and most of them took home a AMA. Here are my top all around picks that had it dialed in~ Taylor Swift (won Country Music: Favorite Female Artist), Pink, Carrie Underwood (won Country Music: favorite Album), Stacy Keibler, Jenny McCarthy. As for Makeup, I absolutely became obsessed with Ginnifer Goodwin’s eyes and lashes (very Twiggy inspired). Last but not least, Cyndi Lauper  will always hold a special place in my heart. When I was a little girl and still to this day I have been a HUGE fan of her music. No matter how crazy her outfit may get, her style will always inspire me to be myself and think outside the box.

When it came to groups or couples with the hottest fashion, my picks went to~ Luke Bryan (who won Country Music: Favorite Male Artist) and wife Caroline, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt bandmates and Lady Antebellum (won Country Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group). Justin Bieber  has great hair and eyebrows (what can I say)! He brought his Mom Pattie as his date and she looked great in her burgundy red dress. Justin cleaned house taking home awards for his new album Believe (Artist of the year, Pop or Rock Music:Favorite Album and Pop or Rock Music:Favorite Male Artist). In one of his acceptance speeches he had some heart-felt words to his Mom and all that she has done for him and believes in him. It was really sweet.

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The night included amazing performances that lit up the stage and tore down the house. Some of the top performance picks that had me dancing in my seat were~ Pink, in which she performed an emotional contemporary dance of her new song Try while covered in paint. Taylor Swift transformed the stage into a scene right out of Phantom of the Opera with her song I knew you were trouble. She started out in a white dress and then switched it up and tore it off revealing a edgier red bustier and black tulle skirt. Cyndi Lauper introduced Ke$ha as she performed Die Young with a group of dancers beating drums. It had a very tribal feel to it. Carly Rae Jepsen introduced top winner of the night Justin Bieber as he and his guitarist Dan started out performing an acoustic version of As long as you love me . He then broke into an electric performance of Beauty and a Beat in which Nicki Minaj (who won Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist and another for Favorite Album) stepped out on stage in a tight black outfit and crazy, big, curly black wig (#lovethis) for her part. Carly Rae Jepsen also had her chance on stage where she performed This Kiss with dancers all around her and the screens behind her displaying lots of multi colored lips. I loved this set as it reminded me of a candy store. She then busted out into a song everyone knows Call Me Maybe where she danced around and climbed up on top of yellow, pink and blue phone booths. It was a big night for Carly as she took home the win for New Artist of the Year. Carrie Underwood had us all Blown Away (like always) singing her new hit Two Black Cadillacs. She rocked black gloves, a stunning black dress, smokey eyes and her gorgeous blonde hair blowing in the wind machines. This girl always looks put together and can we talk about those legs……… Pitbull created a dance part with his hit Don’t stop the Party and Christina Aguilera came out to finish with a belt on song Feel this Moment. Christina performed herself to Let there be Love with a group of performers that represented people individuality and beautifulness. Gwen Stefani and No Doubt performed Looking Hot  and years and years of bringing us hit after hit they still deliver. I don’t know if it’s the great music they put out or Gwen’s incredible abs! What ever it is I will probably be a fan for life. Gwen Stefani is a powerhouse business woman, role model and truly inspiring. All these artists belted out their songs and didn’t hold back.

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822x My absolute favorite part of the night was the tribute to the late Dick Clark. Ryan Seacrest has some touching words about the life he led and the many accomplishments Dick Clark had in his career. He was a huge part of music and paved the way for many. Dick Clark loved the great Stevie Wonder as a friend and Artist for 49 years and to have him perform was the perfect fit. Stevie started out by saying he remembered Dick’s friendship, kindness and his love for music and people. Stevie then broke out into songs where the back screen displayed pictures of events and moments that represented Dick Clark’s life. Everyone was on their feet remembering a great Man and Friend. It was very moving and my eyes filled with tears when the camera showed his loving wife Kari enjoying the music and watching and remembering her late husband. It was such a beautiful thing to watch and be allowed to be a part of.

Now to Beauty~Red Carpet Manicure, LLC announced the limited edition shade “Set In Stone,” with four carats of genuine diamonds, exclusively for the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards® Gift Lounge. This announcement comes on the heels of Red Carpet Manicure’s launch of “Your Fortune Awaits,” an exclusive ruby filled polish, which was also at the lounge. Celebrity manicurists Michelle Saunders and Kimmie Kyees gave nominees and presenters the real red carpet treatment in Los Angeles. Red Carpet Manicure will donate $1,000 per gem-studded manicure to the American Red Cross.

“We wanted to kick off award season with a polish that highlights the fun and fearlessness of nail art with a worthwhile cause,” said Barry Shields, partner of Red Carpet Manicure. “Whether you are being photographed by the swarms of paparazzi or just watching the show at home, anyone can be red carpet ready with the gem trend as a consumer version is now available called ‘An Evening to Remember’”.

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Pictured here is Rihanna wearing “Your Fortune Awaits,” and Cyndi Lauper at the AMA’s showing off “Set in Stone.”  I was able to test out the consumer version of both polishes called “Draped in Rubies” and “An Evening to Remember.” The Gel Polish Starter Kit  gave salon ready nails in minutes in the comfort of my own home. Red Carpet Manicure was the first at-home-gel manicure system on market. I fell in love with “Draped in Rubies” and ” An Evening to Remember.” They both left my nails shining bright like diamonds and ready to paint the town. This system is easy to use and they have a great selection of amazing colors too. Next polish to try is “Wow” I’m thinking.

Let me know what your favorite shade is

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Talking Photography, Beauty and the Simple things with Dana Workman

Dana Workman, an LA native, is a contradiction in high heels. She’s been known to play ball with the boys by day, but come night, she’s primped, glossed, and dressed to the nines for an evening with the girls. She’s got the looks of a modern-day vixen with the down to earth attitude of the girl next door.  With a razor-sharp wit, and sense of humor to boot, this has all proven a weapon for success for Dana.

Dana stars alongside Jack Osbourne in“Haunted Highway” (Tuesdays 10/9c) which follows as they do their own first-person investigations of the most frightening claims of paranormal activity along America’s remote back roads. “Haunted Highway” is of particular significance to Dana as it is a self documented experience and she is no stranger behind the camera.  An entertainer at heart, Dana has been covering events and conducting interviews across a wide variety of topics for several years doing triple duty – hosting, reporting and producing.  Dana has guest starred on some of prime times highest rated shows including guest star appearances on “8 Simple Rules,” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” She is recognizable all over the world from hosting FOX’s poker showdown “Poker2Nite” where she’s traveled the globe covering stories in Macau, Dublin, London, Punta Cana, Vegas and San Francisco

I knew that Dana would be a perfect fit for a beauty Q&A feature on BB411 as she is not only beautiful on the outside, but radiates beauty from within. She is genuine, sincere, funny and has such a positive outlook on life. I was instantly drawn to her charismatic personality and infectious smile. Here is my up close and personal interview with Dana Workman on her love for photography, keeping it simple and being the best person you can be.

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

DW~ When I was acting more, I started realizing I didn’t really want to analyze my character and “dig deep”, I just wasn’t as passionate about it.  I just wanted to make people laugh and do comedy- heck if I could just be me and do that, then what better job could I really ask for!  So I fell into hosting, and it took off from there.

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

DW~ Successful Photography or something in the psychology field most likely.  I love analyzing things and reading between the lines.  My friends don’t come to me for bullshit advice, they come for the most unbiased approach.

BB411~ Favorite actor to have worked with and why?

DW~ I had the honor of working with John Ritter before he passed away. He was such an amazing guy and so full of life.  Working with Jack Osbourne on Haunted Highway was awesome as well. I was always captivated by all the things he would talk about, conspiracy theories, UFO’s, etc.

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

DW~ Oh goodness no, it took a while for me to even think of wearing a dress.  It wasn’t even until a few years back that my makeup artist girlfriend took me shopping for wardrobe for a show I did, and told me I had some things to learn!  I’ve come a long way that s for sure.

BB411~ How would you describe your style?

DW~ Simple, classy, glam with a bit of edge and sex appeal.

BB411~ Favorite Designer?

DW~ I’m all over the map on this one – I generally like anything from boutique type stores like Veronica M, because they fit my body type the best.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

DW~ Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Teddy eyeliner from Mac, and lip gloss.

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

DW~ Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

BB411~ Favorite lip color?

DW~ Prrr from Mac, although I’m ready to branch out!

BB411~ Beauty routine, skin care?

DW~ I like Organic raw honey 2-3 minutes a couple of times a week or Vitamin C

BB411~ Favorite fragrance?

DW~ Escada (Rockin Rio, Taj Sunset)

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

DW~ H20 perfume, ha! My aunt wore it all the time.

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

DW~ Soy

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

DW~ I think my metabolism comes into play as my number 1 at this point, I’m really not very disciplined.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

DW~ Wearing things that make YOU feel beautiful, sexy and classy. Not for other people.

BB411~ What inspires you?

DW~ Connecting with others and laughter.

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

DW~ Genes…thank you mom and Dad!

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

DW~ I work a lot of charity events with The Charity Angels. It’s a chance to get involved with a bunch of different ones, each one being its own unique thing to experience and dive into.

BB411~ What does it mean to give back?

DW~ To do things without a selfish intent.


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

DW~ I love connecting with people on a very basic human interaction and relationship level.  I pride myself on having a very unbiased and understanding view of the world, relationships, and men and women. But the one thing I learned that helped me along the way..is the understanding that our “Ego” is what brings us down. It’s what tells us we’re not good enough and that this person is trying to hurt us. That’s why we act out of fear instead of love. If you stay calm, think from the heart, and remember that person is not in fact your enemy. You are separating all that and your whole outlook on life and situations change.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

DW~  “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.”  ~Milton Berle

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

DW~ Real, compassionate, quirky

BB411~ Where do you see your self in 5 & 10 years?

DW~ Hopefully with a successful career and loving family. Pretty basic I know.

BB411~ The simple things in life are the best!

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

DW~ I love photography and taking pictures, especially sunset photos. And I am absolutely obsessed with UFO stuff.

To keep up to date on what Dana has in the works, check out her website, become a fan on facebook and follow her on twitter

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