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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.

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

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

BB411~ Who did you admire today?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

TS~ Loyal, nurturing, and grateful.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

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

BB411~ How do you stay fit?

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

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

TS~ Lip gloss, mascara, and tweezers.

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

TS~ VisineIMG_6681

BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?

TS~ I love Jo Malone Orange Blossom

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

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

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

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

BB411~ Favorite quote?

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

IMG_0198BB411~ Favorite food?

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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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!

To keep up to date on the Christopher Bates collections, Check out Twitter, Become a fan on Facebook, Add on Linkedin, Browse Videos on You Tube and see his Website here.

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I look forward to hearing from all of you, email at beautybuzz411@gmail.com or simply leave a comment here

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

A Beautiful Mind with Dr Joti Samra

MG_5441_web-2-200x300Dr. Joti Samra is an innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness. She is a leader in the conceptualization and communication of psychological health issues and the creation of related treatment manuals, clinical tools, and training resources. Dr. Samra is a passionate advocate for organizational change. Her research catalyzes fundamental improvements in the psychological health and safety of work environments throughout Canada. She presents her work extensively at the invitation of organizations across Canada and the United States. Dr. Samra is a frequent media commentator and writes prolifically for a wide range of scholarly, professional, and popular publications.

Dr. Samra is a featured clinical expert in all three seasons of the Animal Planet docu-reality series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, developed by the producers of the critically acclaimed A & E series Intervention. Dr. Samra is a host and financial expert in Million Dollar Neighbourhood, a docu-reality series produced by Force Four Entertainment for OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network and a psychological consultant for CityTV’s The Bachelor Canada. She also writes a weekly“Ask a Health Expert” column for The Globe and Mail. The second season of Million Dollar Neighbourhood which was filmed in Bowmanville, Ontario, aired Sunday January 6th.url1

I had the pleasure to get to know Dr. Joti Samra at my Anniversary Charity Event last February and I can honestly tell you that she is such a sweet person. She is a great listener, genuine, confident, funny and has a strong business sense. Joti is a person that you can talk with and she makes you feel so comfortable, like you’ve known each other for years. I have seen her work and I have so much respect for what she does, and she does it so well. Since I believe beauty really starts from within, I thought it would be a perfect fit to feature Dr. Samra who lives and breathes it every single day.

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

JS~ Funny, people ask that all the time and it wasn’t something that was intentional or planned, it kind of just happened. I’m a clinical psychologist and a  number of years ago (6 or 7), I was doing a number of national research projects and started getting contacted by Media sources to comment on the research I was doing. As I started, I realized how much I loved and enjoyed this. I was able to target so many people in the media. I was then contacted a few years back to be a Dr. on “Confessions Animal Hoarding”, which was filmed in the US. Then I was contacted a year and a half ago for the show on OWN. Its funny I use to joke and say to all my friends that I would love to have my own tv show, I just need to meet Oprah once and convince her to give me a tv show.

BB411~ When you were growing up did you know you wanted to be in the career you are today?

JS~ I use to always say to my parents I wanted to be a doctor, but hated dirty things and would pass out at the sight of blood. Growing up I would have all my friends confide in me and come to me with their problems. I was then a peer counsellor and did volunteer work starting at a young age in a senior citizen’s home. I knew in high school that traditional medicine wasn’t what I was going to do (mostly because of the blood factor). I just gravitated to being a psychologist (which took me 11 years to get to the point of where I wanted to be).

BB411~ Who’s the one person (role model) you haven’t met that you would like to sit down and have lunch with and why?1306188246oprah-winfrey-1

JS~ The one person and this is even before any of what I do, is truly Oprah. I would have said that even years before I started this. For so many reasons, she’s a woman who fought all the odds against her. Here’s a woman who had adversity in her background, a minority woman in this day and age. I still notice it, it’s an industry that’s still male and caucasian dominated. She has done so much to help people, she essentially is a psychologist. She helps people feel comfortable, she navigates them to tell their story in a way that helps other people. She has made such a tremendous impact on so many people. I have a lot of respect for what Oprah has done (especially for issues related to woman).

BB411~ If you weren’t a Doctor (Host) and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

JS~ I’d say an entertainer, singer/dancer (laughs). I Love Beyoncé ! That would be my dream to be this big pop star entertaining everyone. Unfortunately I have zero talent when it comes to those areas.

BB411~What does it mean to you to help people?

JS~ I feel very fortunate to be in a position to help people. I feel very humbled with people who are able to share their life stories with me. That feeling of being able to help someone when they’re  at their worst moment, you can’t even put that into words. My patients will say  “you are the 1st person I have told this to”. They will be in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s and they’re sharing things with me that they have never told another human being. They can share without judgement. It’s so therapeutic for all of us, we want to tell our story and not be judged for it and accepted for it. I get to do that through my work and when people tell me that I’ve made a huge difference in their lives and they’ve been able to work through things.

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

JS~ The causes I am involved in are mental health related. I have had to take a pause since moving to Toronto but I was on 6 different committees, all for things that promote mental health. I have been heavily involved with The Canadian Mental Health Association and National quality institute. My passion is in various mental health, groups and organizations that are really reducing stigma about mental health issues and how people are coping with it.

BB411~ Are you involved in any Volunteer work?

JS~ I’m the clinical expert spokesperson for Bell’s “Let’s Talk” campaign.

BB411~What inspires you?

JS~ I guess love! Some days I work hard (I work a ton) and I know a lot of my friends look at my life and are living totally different lifestyles (married and kids) and go “how do you work all the hours that you do”. But I just love making a difference. When I’ve felt like I’ve touched people’s lives and left an impact, it has a reach that’s much greater whether its minutes, days, weeks that I’ve been with them~ that to me is why I keep on doing it.
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BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

JS~ Beauty is being a good , positive, happy person. You can take someone who say in a photograph looks like a beautiful person, but if they’re mean, negative, hateful or egotistical~ to me it goes out the window. There’s nothing about that person that looks attractive. You can take someone who isn’t say the norm (quote/unquote) super-attractive person superficially and  if they have a fantastic personality, happy, positive and a caring person it makes a world of difference.

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

JS~ Trust your insides way more. Don’t get caught up in worrying what other people are going to think or say or all those insecurities. Just do what you need to do to make yourself happy and what you know in your heart is the right thing.

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

JS~ I’ve always been a girly girl. Growing up my sisters were more tomboy’s and you could see in pictures that I was always dressed up. I’d have a little dress on, my hair done and a purse in my hand (laughs~ at 3 years old). Now I get to do it for a living, it feels like I’m getting married everyday. Over the years as I get older, I feel I’m getting more and more comfortable in my own style. Being a young female I had people not taking me serious. They would say are you actually a doctor or do you just play one on tv. Ten years ago I didn’t feel as comfortable as I do today, I’m more comfortable in my own skin.

BB411 ~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JS~  I always have to have a lipstick or lip gloss (Vasanti ~”Baltic” & “Coral“~they are great for different ethnic backgrounds), Bobbi Brown’s corrector/concealer (with being darker skin I have genetically darker circles, no matter how much I sleep). Finding one that works really well has been a challenge for me. Last is perfume, I feel totally naked without perfume. I love Pink Sugar, it’s sweet, girly and feminine. Oh and I  also love Dior Highlighter and Skin Shimmer Powder.

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

JS~ Concealer! I could not live without it. The other thing I could not live without that I started using this past year is the Clarisonic Mia face brush. When I’m filming I have so much makeup on me and I was a little skeptical thinking is this a gimmicky thing. I love it, it’s so good for your skin and takes all the makeup out. I will do experiments and wash my face as good as I can and then use the Clarisonic and there’s still make up coming out. You should get one. I also love St Ives Apricot scrub.

BB411~ Yes the scrub smells so good. The Clarisonic also is  definitely a Must Have, I have interviewed others and it too is a favourite of many.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

_MG_5553_PrintJS~ I have really sensitive skin (Eczema) so I have to be careful what I use , but the products I love are Avene. I use their eye makeup remover, cleanser and toner. And I also love a Vancouver based moisturizer called Linacare, I use the body one and use it on my face.

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

JS~ Jessica Viel has been doing my hair for this past year but since moving to Toronto I have had to find someone temporary. But with Jessica’s consultations I was able to get the colors. I have big hair which everyone recognizes, it’s a big part of my personality~ I’m a Leo. I have to really moisturize my hair cause it’s so thick. I use to use and love Moroccan Oil, but now that I’m on all Loreal products Jessica got me onto the Mythic Oil. I use their purple shampoo to make sure my streaks don’t go brassy. When I’m not working and on set I wash, deep condition and blowdry my hair and put in a ton of Mythic Oil, then curl with a wand curler. It goes crazy if I just leave it, but my hair holds curl very well.

BB411~ Have you ever had short hair?

JS~ No ever since I was little my Mom would never let me cut my hair. In grade 7 I was crying wanting my hair cut cause my sisters and Mom were able to and my Mom said that my hair was so nice she wouldn’t let me cut it.  But because I was crying they eventually let me and I regretted it as it didn’t suit me. Had a few other times a shorter style but not as short as yours.

BB411~ For my new followers~ Jessica Viel (Joti’s Stylist) was the talented, beautiful stylist that cut my hair when I donated it last year to Locks of Love at my charity event in February.

BB411~How do you stay fit?

JS~ I love Pilates and dance (Burlesque and Stiletto Fit). In Vancouver I go to a studio call Exhale in Yaletown. I don’t like regular gym workouts, I get bored. It’s a good stress release and its fun when your dancing.

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

JS~ Definitely “Ponds” moisturizing cream reminds me of my grandma and “Charlie” perfume my mom use to wear. And my dad (who has passed away) use to wear “Old Spice”.

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

JS~ My Mom is low maintenance, but my grandma (mom’s mom) would always be dressed up, she’d always have lipstick on and I love lipstick.

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JS~ Purple

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

JS~ I thought I didn’t like heights and then a year ago I did a 60 second free fall (skydive) from 14,000 feet without any thought. Oh one more thing, I have a big tattoo of a Buddha sitting in a Lotus flower, its got my favourite saying from Thich Nhat Hanh ~ (not many people know, I hid it from my Mom for the longest time). She accidentally busted me over the last year. The tattoo is on my right hip (no one knows that) My Mom only saw a little tiny part, I never showed her all of it and I got in trouble (laughs).

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BB411~ What is the saying on your tattoo?

JS~ Smile, breathe and go slowly. I got it during a very difficult time in my life. I think if we can bring that to any part of our life that’s difficult , you go through the motions. I tell patients to do this all the time, even when you’re not feeling well you want to do the opposite of what your mood is. Smile! Breathe~ we go-go go and we don’t stop to actually really truly take a breath. Go slowly ~when we’re stressed,  we act without thinking. When we slow that down, it makes a world of difference. I wanted the tattoo to be private so my day-to-day life you wouldn’t see it.

BB411~ Who would you say is the coolest person you’ve met?

JS~ Coolest person I’ve met is Dr Wayne Dyer, he wrote the book “The Power Of Intention” and you have to read it.  The law of attraction, putting out there what we want and then it comes to you. I so believe that! He was giving a talk and he came up to me to talk to me as I was on my way to watch him speak. I knew I was going to meet him! Then months later I ended up running into him in Hawaii and I again knew I was going to see him when I went out there. He remembered me and we started talking. So if New York is where you picture, I say you just keep putting it out to the world.

BB411~  For those of you that have been following the blog and read my tweets on twitter, you know that I am drawn to New York and feel a connection with the city. I feel I am destined to either live there or visit on a regular basis. Dr. Samra references it above as we talked about Serendipitous moments.

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

JS~ Having my own show!caterpillar

BB411~ Favorite Quote?

JS~ “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly….”

I want to thank Dr. Joti Samra for a great interview and allowing Beauty Buzz 411 to share her personal stories and experiences with all of you. It truly was inspiring and therapeutic all in one. She makes you feel so comfortable, like sitting down for drinks with a girlfriend. She is a beautiful person inside and out and I can’t wait to see all her success soar. This girl is going places~Trust me!

To Keep up to date on the many adventures this power house has going on, check out her Website , Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin,  You Tube and don’t forget to tune in to see her on Million Dollar Neighbourhood on OWN!

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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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“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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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.


BB411
~ 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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Mala Imports: The Full Circle Jewellery

A year ago I was introduced to a very special company, Mala Imports. From the moment I met Ashley Wray and Matt Bateman, I instantly fell in love with these two soul mates. Ashley is such an amazing person with an incredible heart. She is a strong business woman who is always finding ways to give back and is considerate to others needs. Matt is a grounded soul that lights up any room with his big smile. He is so funny and will have you busting a gut laughing. The energy that radiates from them when they are together and also as individuals is magnetic. I can’t tell you how the story of how they came to find Mala truly touched my heart and captivated me (see story below). It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to meet them and I knew that a feature on BB411 was something that had to happen. Not only do I love supporting companies who are run by people who have the kindest of hearts, but knowing all the good that comes from buying a Mala makes it an absolute MUST. We sat there for hours sharing laughs and they taught me more about life with Mala. So sit back, enjoy and let your heart and soul warm with love!

BB411~What is the story behind Mala Imports and how you found it?

MI~We first discovered the beauty and healing qualities of Aum Rudruksha Designs jewelry while in Bali, Indonesia. (We had hit a crossroad in life and weren’t feeling fulfilled in our jobs and were busy for the sake of being busy. So we quit, packed up, and went backpacking.) During our time in Bali we found the jewelry in a beautiful open air yoga studio called the Yoga Barn. We bought some jewelry, and then continued to return to buy some more – and do yoga of course! Mid-flight from Bali to Thailand, a tall woman with dark hair sat down next to us. Her name was Soma. She was drawn to our aura and simply wanted to chat, she said. After a few minutes, she noticed Matt’s bracelet — rudraksha beads and lava for strength and clarity. Soma happened to be the maker of the jewelry. (“We love it!” we said.) We listened as she shared her story — how she is on a journey to spread the love of rudraksha jewelry as the beads are believed to bring peace. Now, we’re feeling more fulfilled then ever, helping Soma on her journey, and creating our own in the process.

BB411~Is Mala Imports partnered or involved with any charities?

MI~We love supporting both our local community, and giving back to the island where the jewelry is made. The creation process in Bali provides numerous jobs for locals — from the planting of the rudraksha trees, to the harvesting stage. And the best part is that it’s all fair trade. Even better — all the employees benefit from profit-sharing of world-wide sales! In addition, support is given to the high priests in Bali, Indonesia who often perform their ceremonies for free. We’re also very proud to donate a portion of our profits to a non-profit birthing and wellness center in Bali called Bemi Sehat. The center is run by Robin Lim — the recent winner of the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year award. Mala Imports is also conscious in donating to and attending events where we can give back. We donate to organizations like Karma Teachers, who offer free yoga to those on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side to promote the act of selfless giving, and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, which offers mentoring to youth. We also love sharing the goals of inspiring, local organizations like Girlvana – which is working to promote female empowerment and consciousness in young women through yoga, meditation and a healthy lifestyle. Giving back makes us feel pretty great!

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

MI~Right now, we’re constantly receiving emails and phone calls from people telling us how the Malas have changed their lives, and the impact the jewelry has made on them. It’s one of or favourite aspects, and definitely one of the most rewarding. So in the upcoming years, we see those types of connections growing as we spread the jewelry to more people around the world.

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

MI~Yes, of course. We have an appreciate for fashion of different cultures and countries. From the high street shops of the U.K., to the relaxed fashions of Bali.

BB411~Favorite gemstone?

MI~I have a favourite Mala – the Namaste Mala. It features Jasper, Leopardskin, and Agate. The necklace is for strength, comfort, harmony, and balance. And I love that Namaste means to ‘honour the spirit’ within you. Matt’s favourite is the Fire Allies Mala – which features lava for strength and clarity. It was believed Native Americans would take the stone into battle for those attributes.

BB411~ I love both of those! My favourite has to be the West Coast Mala I have from when we first met (shown in picture). Probably because of the turquoise, burgundy and brown, all of which I love and find balancing. Every time I wear it I still get so many compliments.

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

MI~Discovering your inner beauty and inner peace. Some people find that through yoga, meditation, exercise, giving back, or simply putting on something that makes you feel great. We think it’s a combination of all those things.

BB411~What is one thing you would want people to know about Mala?

MI~That anyone can wear a Mala. Although the jewelry has been used for prayer and meditation for centuries, it’s meant to be worn by anyone seeking a calmer mind, body, and spirit. When Soma started making the jewelry, her mission was to spread the rudraksha  beads to more people in the West, as the beads are believed to embody peace and calming energies. Combining the Malas with the gemstones opens the traditional jewelry to a new audience of people. Overall, it’s promoting a conscious lifestyle. A lifestyle that allows you to feel good about buying a piece of jewelry because you know it’s helping others, and makes you feel great in the process.

BB411~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

MI~Chaptick, hand lotion, and our Malas!

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

MI~Not one that was passed on, but one that we feel amazing about. The feeling after experiencing a great yoga class or workout session. And a great sleep.

BB411~If you could tell your younger self one thing you know now what would it be?

MI~That you can do anything, it just depends on your outlook on life and the attitude you take.

I absolutely loved featuring Mala Imports and thank Ashley and Matt for opening their hearts and sharing their story. I look forward to all the success to come for them on their incredible journey. I also want to send a very special, beautiful birthday wish to Ashley who shares the same November 6th birthday as myself! To find out more about Mala Imports and hear about all the amazing things they have going on, check out their website or follow on facebook &  TwitterRemember  to say that you heard it first from BeautyBuzz411!

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