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Natalia Anja: Global Degree

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Natalia Anja is a freelance photographer based out of beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. Natalia was born in Poland and moved to Greece, eventually settling down in Vancouver, her father documented their family’s adventure with a film and video camera. She’s followed in her dad’s footsteps by capturing and cherishing memories through a lens.

While working for a company called ‘The Buried Life’ (A project that encourages people to check off their bucket list items.) ‘The Buried Life’ inspired Natalia to pursue her passion as a Professional Photographer.

The love she has for photography stems from the incredible feeling of capturing unforgettable moments. She takes pride in connecting with people in a genuine caring way, allowing them to feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. “Always smiling and hoping I can bring a smile to the faces of everyone I meet.”

Eager to learn more and strongly believing that images are very powerful; Natalia’s goal is to capture life-changing photographs! Helping others that are less fortunate has always been Natalia’s greatest passion and she would love to use her camera and experiences to make a positive difference in society.

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I have known Natalia for some time and could not be happier for this incredible opportunity she is about to take on. It takes a lot of courage to just drop everything, pack your bag, take a risk and go outside your comfort zone. See, Natalia is a “Gypsy Soul” and the travel-bug flutters inside her. She has this free spirit and her heart has always longed for beautiful adventure. I have had the opportunity to shoot with Natalia and she has some mad talent, she has this way of making you feel so comfortable in front of the lens. From knowing Natalia, I can honestly say that the Global Degree guys have landed the jackpot on having this beauty come on board. Not only is she super funny and gorgeous, she is down-to-earth, gold hearted and truly loves connecting and seeing the good in people. This little gem is going to be missed here at home (by so many I’m sure), but what’s in store for this “Wild Child” is only the beginning to amazing things. What I love most about interviewing is showcasing people who just want to do good, make a difference in this world, and this girl represents all that and so much more. I am grateful to call Natalia a friend and it warms my heart to share this interview with you………….

BB411~ When did you know you wanted to become a photographer, how did it come to be?

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja Instagram

NA~ When I lived in Italy and I couldn’t find a job because of the language barrier, I spent a lot of time alone…exploring with my camera and fell in love with photography. I took a correspondence course through the New York Institute of Photography. I was always quite fearful of pursuing it and one day two years ago I threw myself into it and I’m so happy I did.

BB411~ What do you love most about photography?

 

NA~ The connection. You can look at a photo and there’s so much more than just an image. It’s a connection between people, a place, or a feeling and there’s always a story. Whether it is as simple as comfort or discomfort, happiness or vulnerability.

BB411~ First off, Congrats on the new adventure you are about to embark on with Global Degree. What inspired you to apply for the contest?

NA~ Thank you! As soon as I heard about the contest, I didn’t think twice about applying. I called my friend Dan Rizzuto, told him I needed to make a short video and without skipping a beat he said “when are we shooting it?” I’ve always loved traveling, exploring and stepping outside of my comfort zone. Global Degree is that in a nut shell.

BB411~ Tell us what it means to get your “Global Degree”?

NA~ Each country is a ‘course’ and once you complete every course – step foot into every country (193 UN Nations) you achieve your Global Degree.

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja Instagram

BB411~ What are you most excited about and what do you hope to gain from this experience?

NA~ I’m most excited about the unknown, to me there’s something thrilling about that. I don’t know what to expect, I’m excited to see the world with fresh eyes, meet new people, experience different cultures and grow as a person. I’m excited to photograph every country and make a series of photo books each year. The book will highlight each country I explore. I will showcase a landscape, a portrait of a local, fashion, food and animals of each country. Proceeds of each book will go to a charity of choice.

BB411~ Do you have any fears surrounding your upcoming travels?

NA~ Managing packing 7 months of my life into 1 backpack. Other than that, no. For some reason a lot of people feel inclined to only tell me travel horror stories but I’m going in with an open and optimistic mind.

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BB411~ What do you love most about your brothers from Global Degree Michael and Alex?

NA~ Since my initial meeting with both of them there was a natural, comfortable connection. They’re complete goofballs which I love. Since day one they have treated me like a little sister. They make me laugh a lot, make fun of me like siblings do, but are very protective and caring as well.

BB411~ Out of all the places you will visit, which is the one you are most looking forward to and why?

NA~ After researching the Asian countries we’re about to visit, it’s so hard to pick one. There were quite a few I have never even heard of. I think I’m most excited for India, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

BB411~ What has photography taught you as a person?

NA~ That having a ‘job’ that you’re passionate about will make you a very happy, fulfilled person.

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BB411~ Which photographer inspires you and what do u love most about their work?

NA~ There are so many that are amazing but two that stand out are Rob Daly and Kharen Hill. Rob is an absolute genius! I think he creates pure magic. Every photo of his takes my breath away. All of his work is so original and creative. He really inspires me to start doing more passion projects and to step outside of the box. Kharen’s work also speaks for itself, it’s incredible and she’s one of the loveliest people I have ever met. Kharen was super helpful when I was first stepping into photography, I really admire her.

 

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BB411~ Is there someone you haven’t photographed that you would love to work with?

NA~ Shia Labeouf, I admire his outlook towards his art. I think a shoot with him would be incredible! I love how he bares his soul on film.

BB411~ Who did you look up to growing up or inspire to be?

NA~ Definitely My parents. They created this ‘get up and go’ mentality of mine. They were so young when they moved from Poland to Greece and then decided to come to Canada without ever previously visiting…Talk about spontaneous. I admire that a lot about them, and they did it all with smiles on their faces.

BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today? They are my hero’s. They’ll never understand how much I admire them for accomplishing so much at such a young age with two kids. They made me realize that anything is possible. I came from a very loving and supportive home and I hope I exude the love they have unconditionally provided me and each other with.

BB411~ Your sister Trish is your best friend, you share a very special bond. What do you love most about her?

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NA~ I could go on forever about her amazing qualities. She truly has a selfless heart of gold, she gets that from my mom…they’re very similar. She’s the sweetest person I know that has the softest heart. She’s also a little bit of a weirdo like me, which makes for good laughs.

BB411~ Top 3 things every woman should have in her wardrobe?

NA~ Something she’s very comfortable in, something she feels sexy in and whatever makes her happy.

BB411~ Bare feet, socks, flip-flops or stilettos?

NA~ Stilettos, there’s something about heels that bring out confidence.

BB411~ Describe your style?

NA~ Confused. haha. My style varies from looking like a little boy going to play basketball or dressing up like a girly girl. It all depends on my mood.

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BB411~ What does the word “beauty” mean to you?

NA~  “Beauty” to me shines within a person and radiates with energy on the exterior. Everyone is beautiful and confidence and a kind soul exude that.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

NA~ I feel most inspired when I’m alone with my thoughts in nature. I get inspired by good conversation, seeing people in my life working towards and achieving their goals and being a part of a community.

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

NA~ I believe we’re all extremely fortunate. To me ‘giving back’ is providing a smile on someone’s face whether it be a small nice gesture, monetary contribution or physically helping someone. It means to be selfless. I think smiles are contagious and once they start spreading, the world becomes a happier place. I love the quote “Don’t give to get, give to inspire others to give’

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

NA~ Project Solution Jamaica has become very close to my heart. It’s an organization my friend co-founded. I’m a HUGE fan of it. The breakfast program provides over 500 kids in Trelawny, Jamaica with a meal a day. Most of these kid’s families can’t afford to feed them so they don’t know when they will receive their next meal. This program allows them to receive at least one meal a day and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the breakfast program. I can’t wait till I get the opportunity to go to Jamaica to visit the kids and the school.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

NA~ I’m not too particular with my skin regime. I usually use The Body Shop Tea tree oil foam face wash and then Garnier moisturizer.

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja Instagram

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

NA~ Dry Shampoo and hair spray! ..and delicious smelling Coconut Conditioner.

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

NA~ Toothpaste? Blistex chapstick.

BB411~ What are your thoughts on animal testing? Do you support companies that are cruelty free?

 

NA~ I love animals so I don’t agree with or support animal testing. It’s a topic I’m not very educated about but would like to be. I know some of my go-to products from The Body Shop are cruelty free which makes me more inclined to support their brand.

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Photo Credit: Natalia Anja’s Parents

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

NA~ The babydoll perfume, reminds me of my mom. Smells like grapefruit.

BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?

NA~ I love Escada – Pacific Paradise, Hypnotic poison, lolita lampecka or the Vanilla Oil from the Body Shop. On men…Jean Paul Gautier get’s me every time.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

NA~ Weird, smart ass, genuine

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

NA~ “Nothing is un realistic. Don’t be scared or too embarrassed to speak openly about your dreams and passions.”

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

NA~ Wake up early, grab a coffee, putting the phone away for the day, go on a hike and play the day by ear. Exploring places I’ve never been to and not be on a time constraint.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

NA~  “Wherever you go, there you are.”

BB411~ Favorite food?

NA~ Domino’s ham & pineapple pizzzza with banana peppers and franks hot sauce.

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

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NA~ My phobia, fear: I’m terrified of being in front of the camera. I get extremely awkward, my lips start to shake and I can’t be myself.

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

NA~ Being genuine, respectful and having a kind heart.

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

NA~ To take my family on an epic family vacation.

BB411~ What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

 

NA~  I’ve been slacking lately but I try my best to eat healthy, I love spinning, running, hiking, playing sports and anything active and outdoors.

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

NA~ If you’re extremely passionate about something and you’re willing to put all your time and effort into it you’ll do anything in your power to make it happen. You just need to set fear aside and do it!

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

NA~ I like to go with the flow. I have a lot of goals but my life is nothing like what I thought it would be even in the last year. In 1 year I hope to have seen all of Asia and have made an amazing photography book. Host my first Gallery event. I’ll have to see where my heart takes me in 5 and 10 years. I hope that in 5 years I would have achieved my Global Degree and have published work with National Geographic and have made 5 books.

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

NA~ Cheesy dad jokes & puns

BB411~ When you look back at the life you lived, what do u want to be remembered for?

NA~ I would hope that I have added an element of positivity in people’s lives, making them smile and feel good about themselves.

From the bottom of my heart I am so incredibly proud of this girl and can’t wait to follow this amazing journey she’s about to embark on.

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To keep up to date with Natalia: Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and make sure to check out her Site where she will be posting on her Global Degree Adventure.

Check out Global Degree on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Website & their You Tube Channel.

You will be able to catch Season 2 on the Discovery Digital Network too!

And a Big SHOUT OUT to their sponsors Flight CentreHostel World, Monstercat & World Nomads for getting them there, keeping them safe and putting a roof over their heads.

Remember to say you heard it here first

Much Love,
Beauty Buzz 411

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Capturing Confidence: Photographer Jennifer Williams

35503_10152514513640713_1341821542_n-1Jennifer Williams has been obsessed with boudoir photography since being photographed for her own session years ago. That session led her to start her own boudoir business in 2009 and she has experienced overwhelming success since relocating to Vancouver in 2010. Her work as a high-end luxury boudoir photographer has earned recognition by some of the top wedding industry publications, including Grace Ormonde and Wedluxe Magazine. Jennifer’s passion for helping women feel beautiful is evident in every aspect of her business Jennifer Williams Boudoir Photography Studio, and she has brought that passion to her second photography business, Gloss Boudoir Studio.

Jennifer’s goal is to make sure as many women as possible have the opportunity to experience a professional, exciting and empowering boudoir session just like she did.

I had the chance to shoot with Jennifer and get glammed up by her business partner & Makeup Artist Kelly Trerise. It was such a pleasure to work with these two incredibly talented women. What I love most is you go with what’s most comfortable to YOU. A boudoir shoot doesn’t have to be all about skin to be sexy. You can be your favourite dress or in a sweater with bare legs. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin and both Jennifer and Kelly are the perfect pair to capture that inner beauty. I’m already craving another shoot with these beauties. I hope you enjoy the interview and find inspiration in capturing confidence.

302018_10152766882305621_1012812903_nBB411~ How did you come to work as a photographer, was it something you knew from an early age?

JW~ My interest in photography began when I was around 7 years old, when I received a film camera for Christmas. I immediately styled my Barbies into a photo shoot…I guess what I do now is no different! In 2008 I bought my first dSLR and started playing around with it as a hobby and quickly became interested in shooting with my friends. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

BB411~ Which photographers did you admire growing up or do today?

JW~ As a teenager I used to drool over David LaChappelle’s work in Rolling Stone. Now I admire the work of Russell James who shoots for Victoria’s Secret.

BB411~ What made you decide to focus on Boudoir?

JW~ I decided to focus on boudoir photography because of the effect it has on my clients. There’s no better feeling than to see a woman transform into a more confident version of herself.

BB411~ What do you love most about photography?

JW~ I love having the ability to create something unique and beautiful out of what I see.boudoir-studio-vancouver

BB411~ What camera do you use to shoot with?

JW~ I use the Canon 5dMark3.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?

JW~ I think my desire to succeed is what drives me. I spent the first few years of my adult life feeling kind of lost because I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school. When I was 20 I started a jewellery making business with my mom which eventually morphed into a retail swimwear store (which just celebrated its 10th anniversary!). I found photography 6 years ago and have been so happy ever since.

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

JW~ I’m pretty darn happy with my career today but if for some reason I couldn’t be a boudoir photographer anymore, I think I’d like to have a career in marketing, fashion or interior design. I find both fascinating and would love to expand my knowledge in those areas.

BB411~ Is there a certain celebrity you haven’t worked with but would like to?

JW~ Oooh there are so many! I think I would die happy if I could shoot with Mila Kunis or Scarlett Johansson.

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JW~ I moved to Vancouver from Edmonton 5 years ago and was in need of a reliable and talented makeup artist. A mutual friend introduced us and we’ve been working together ever since.

BB411~ What do you love most about Kelly?

JW~ Wow what can I say? Kelly is a really special person to me, she’s become my best friend. Her personality is what initially got my attention – I love her ability to have fun in any situation and especially admire her positive attitude. Kelly and I share a vision for facilitating a positive and empowering experience for women that we feel there’s no room for negativity. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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

JW~ We moved around a lot when I was a kid because my dad’s job involved transferring around in order to advance in the company.  I attended three elementary schools and three high schools before graduating, all in different cities. I was painfully shy when I was young and all those moves were hard on me, especially as a teenager. I hated my parents for putting me through that, but now that I look back on it, I am really grateful I had those experiences. It made me learn to be fiercely independent and able to make friends quickly. I think these skills are what help me connect with my clients; most of the time we don’t meet until the day of their shoot, when they have to get almost naked in front of me! It’s my job to make them feel comfortable as quickly as possible and if I hadn’t learned how to do that early on I feel like it would be more of a struggle to get that connection.1457496_10153489566690621_1457911661_n

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

JW~ I allow myself to take a day off if I’m feeling unmotivated. Most of the time all I need is a little break before I’m chomping at the bit to get back at it.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

JW~ I’m inspired by a lot of things, but mostly my clients. They are women who are motivated and enthusiastic, and a lot of fun to be around!

BB411~ Do you support any charities?

JW~We have supported a number of charities and community organizations by donating our services for their silent auction, including Vancouver Aquarium’s Toast to the Coast, Fuck Cancer and various others.

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

JW~To me giving back means helping others live a better life. I have worked extremely hard in the past few years to get to this point in my career where I feel happy and can support my family. Being able to give advice to and help other small business owners to succeed is very rewarding for me. My mentors have taken the time to give me solid advice so I’m glad that now I can ‘pass it on’. I also think that what we do in the studio helps women explore or (in most cases) discover their sensuality as a woman. The effect it can have on her attitude, confidence and self awareness is pretty incredible. For too long women have been put down (and taught to put themselves down) for being too “this” or not enough “that” and I think it’s total BS. We should be taught to love and respect ourselves right from day one.

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

JW~ When I was younger I used to sketch outfits in my notebooks, I wanted to be a fashion designer.

BB411~ Describe your style?

JW~ I dress to feel good and make myself happy. I would say my style is mostly classic and timeless.

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

JW~ To me, beauty means being authentic and unafraid to show your true self.

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

JW~ Keep dreaming and listen to your intuition.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

JW~I’m obsessed with Skoah! I use their Kleansing Lotion,Tonik, Skin boost serum and Face Skotion.Then a few times a week I alternate between Skoah’s AHA mask and their Hydradew mask. The Kick it Kream from Skoah is the ONLY Thing I’ve ever used that actually gets rid of zits overnight.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

JW~ Eos Lip Balm, They’re Real mascara by Benefit and Diorshow Brow Styler.

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

JW~ Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. It stays on even when I’ve got a camera on my face all day.headshot

BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?

JW~ Bon Chic by BCBG

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

JW~ I am a classically trained singer

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JW~ “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”

BB411~ Favourite movie?

JW~ I’d have to say Ace Ventura, it’s ridiculous, but it’s a classic.

BB411~ Favorite thing you like to do for yourself when you have some down time?

JW~ I love to wander around the city or go for coffee by myself. Alone time is when I get my best ideas because I’m not distracted and can let my thoughts flow. I’m taking a trip to NYC by myself for the sole purpose of finding inspiration.

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

JW~ I want to take a year off and travel around the world seeing places I’ve never been before. On the short list is Italy, Ireland and Vietnam.

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

JW~ Discovering that I have control over my life and that I can choose happiness. That was pretty powerful.

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

JW~ Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to take some risks. Succeeding is wonderful but failing is even better because you learn so much more by making mistakes.

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

JW~ Sparkles! haha! Also the fact that I get to do what I love every single day…it never gets old ❤JWB-Primary-Gold-TransparentBackground

To keep up to date on Jennifer: follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Check out her Website for bookings.

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

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.


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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