Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

JH X MA SUMMER LOVE COLLECTION

 

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SUMMER LOVE
The inspiration behind the summer love collection are those meaningful relationships ,we as women, all have. Whether its best friends, mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, we wanted to create a collection that celebrates those personal connections and provides you with daily reminders.

Jillian Harris and Melanie Auld have designed some really fun and classic pieces with a little modern twist. Jillian brings that girly, pretty, loveable vibe and for Melanie it was about taking that and infusing a bit of a modern edge.

All their pieces are brass based with 14kt gold plating. Moonstone, turquoise and pink opal stones mix beautifully with pave and heart detailing.
Meant to be layered and lived in.

In an effort to give back, they are donating $3.50 for every piece of jewelry sold to A Better Life Foundation. Which is the cost of a meal. Buy a piece of jewelry and feel good about helping to feed someone who needs it.
A Better Life Foundation

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Megan Williams: Our Interrupted Fairy Tale

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Megan is the Vancouver based author of the breakout, true love story, Our Interrupted Fairy Tale. If you’re looking for her, you’re likely to see her running the seawalls with friends who (she claims) have saved her thousands of dollars in therapy. She also has a new column in Valley Buzz – “How did you meet”. But if you really want to know Megan, take a look at what her friends have to say!

So what is there to know about 30 year old Megan Williams, that you haven’t already read? “It took me a little over a year to write Our Interrupted Fairy Tale – writing 1,000 words a day and sifting through old emails, diaries, letters and blogs. I moved to the spectacular North Shore with Chad in 2008, and have stayed there ever since. I still live in our mini-castle in the sky (read: very small, very high condo that over looks the ocean and city).

Since moving to the North Shore, I have run thousands and thousands of kilometres on the West Vancouver seawalls. Most of which have been with girlfriends who have saved me thousands and thousands of dollars in therapy – letting me cry through the rain, daydream about “what’s next” and drop minutes off my race times. I also still play tennis. Not as much as I used to – but each time I step on the court, I’ve got Chad’s coaching voice in my head. (Elbow up on the forehand, move towards the ball on volleys). I play one tournament a year – The Chad Warren Mixed Charity Challenge.

As for work, I’m on the communications team at BC Transplant, an organization that I am proud to be a part of, my colleagues are selfless and I have no problem showing up on weekends to work.”

FullSizeRender-15 copyI knew of Megan and her story for some time, but had the honour to meet and work with her for the Big Love BallFur Crying Out Loud” campaign shoot. Megan has this kindness that shines so bright from within – I don’t think this beautiful woman has a bad bone in her body! She is such a sweetheart and an incredible role model for woman and young girls all around.

Megan embodies strength, beauty, focus, dedication and most of all she shows us that the fight’s always worth it, when you believe in it! Her courage inspires you to step outside your comfort zone, listen to your heart and to do it all with love. “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale” is a true love story that shows us how through loss, love will always remain. Megan showed vulnerability in a way that allowed us all to see what a remarkable man Chad Warren was and how Chad’s spirit will continue to live on. As hard as it was to read this book, knowing how it would end, I found healing and comfort for those that I have lost to Cancer. It is with a grateful heart and love that I share our interview here……

BB411~ You released your new book “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale”, what do you hope people get from your love story?

MW~ I like that people will get to know a few things about this great guy Chad who they might have not otherwise had the privilege of meeting. But as time has gone on, I’ve been told that this story has helped others with their own life stories of love and loss – so I’m pleased this story has offered that as well.

megan-062BB411~ At what point did you know you were ready to tell your story?

MW~ It was about a year after I found one of Chad’s diaries. The timing was right in my life that I could commit to writing this story, and the timing was right in my grieving. I guess the pain wasn’t so acute that it would cloud the happiness of the story.

BB411~ What was the best and hardest part about writing this book?

MW~ Reliving our life together. The hardest part is similar – reliving our life together, and recalling the sickness and sadness that came with it.

BB411~ What are the plans to spread the love about “Our Interrupted Fairy Tale”?

MW~ I’ve recently signed with an agent in Toronto – so he’s taking over some of the planning now. We’ll have to wait and see!

BB411~ What inspires you to stay strong and embrace life?

MW~ I’m alive, I’m healthy and I’m loved. I can’t think of any more inspiration than that.

BB411~ What do you want people to know most and remember about Chad?

DSC03293MW~ That he was a kind, thoughtful, determined, good person. He also had the ability to make us blush and belly laugh at the same time with his super off-side jokes.

BB411~ Chad started a foundation called “Chad’s 1 Million“, can you tell me a bit more about it?

MW~ Chad’s $1 Million (for Multiple Myeloma) is a campaign to honour his wish to have his life make a difference for other blood cancer patients. Take a Look!

BB411~ You and Chad met on the tennis court, will you continue to play tennis or have you closed that chapter of your life?

MW~ I still play, but not nearly as much since Chad’s been gone. I play in the summers with my Dad in preparation for my favorite (and only) tournament of the year – the Chad Warren Mixed Charity Challenge up at Hollyburn in West Vancouver. It’s a great event, and for any tennis players who might read this article, I encourage you to consider registering this year! The tournament is set up as Chad wanted, accessible and open to players of any level. Good times only!

IMG_1866BB411~ What has “living on” meant to you?

MW~ I will never get over the loss of Chad. I haven’t met anyone who “got over” the loss of someone they loved. So, I’m living on, not moving on. I live on with Chad in my thoughts, conversations with friends and occasionally in my decision-making. He’s still here in so many ways.

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

MW~ Oh, you mean my #1 fans? My parents have cheered from behind the glass watching my tennis matches, with one phone call, and they were at the hospital with Chad and I in less than an hour, and again, this past Friday – Mom and Dad stayed up late with me as they worked through the wrinkles of my SheTalksYVR speech with them. Their tireless support has influenced me tremendously and I wish that feeling on everyone.

BB411~ You have found love again, was that a hard process? How has Brad helped heal your heart?

MW~ I have found love again! While I wouldn’t say it’s a hard process, but it’s very uncharted territory for both of us. Brad (I know, Chad/Brad – I like to keep it simple) as he says, chose to love all of me, not just the parts that apply to him. I’ve never had to “hide” my grieving, or pretend I didn’t have a life with someone else, before him. And I feel the same about him, and I’m confident it’s why we works as well as we do.

IMG_0149BB411~ What does the word “beauty” mean to you?

MW~ We use that word to describe so many things don’t we! So, considering I told my step-daughter that she was beautiful before leaving for work this morning, and I also said the cherry blossoms were beautiful on my run – I’d have to say “Beauty” is something natural. Something that requires a moment of pause as you think how special that person/view/object/moment is.

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

MW~ Paying it forward. Sometimes, I find that a gesture or generosity that has been extended to me, doesn’t always mean I “give back” to that same place – I try to pay it forward where it seems fitting.

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

MW~ Chads1MillionChildren’s Wish Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis.

BB411~ Describe your style?

MW~  I had to text my friend and ask. I would have said, “comfortable.” Cristina said, “West Coast”. I think we mean the same thing, but hers sounds better.

IMG_7251BB411~ #1 thing every woman should have in her wardrobe?

MW~ Runners

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

MW~ Flip-flops

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

MW~  I run with friends – which doubles as therapy and a workout. I do track workouts with a group called SuperKrun on the North Shore to help get my race times down. Strength training in the gym and skiing and tennis for cross training. I like to keep moving.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

MW~ Whatever the facial people tell me – wax on, wax off.

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

Butter_Studios_Wedding_Photographers_Vancouver_megan_williams_our_interrupted_fairy_tale_3-900x500MW~ Whatever my hairdresser, Jaelyn tells me – shampoo, conditioner, comb, heat protector?

BB411~ Do you have any beauty secrets or words of wisdom that have been passed down to you from your mother or grandmother?

MW~ Drink water. Add sparkle.

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

MW~ Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer – SPF 30. Everything after that is a bonus.

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

MW~ Fun question! Halston, my Mom’s old perfume – it reminds me of being able to fit on her lap. Cigarette smoke and smarties – reminds me of my Grandma. Tennis Bubbles – reminds me of junior tennis.

64-450-2BB411~ What is your favourite fragrance?

MW~ Currently: Sugar Lychee by Fresh.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

MW~ I’m not great at answering this question, so I asked Brad’s little girl. She said, “Beautiful. Smart. Nice.”

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

MW~ I have an irrational fear of fish.

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

MW~ You are not fat.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

MW~ “Your absence is like the sky – it covers everything.” – My cousin shared this with me. It’s actually a mis-quote from C.S. Lewis – but I like her version more.

5008_517342854126_51501401_30756267_5004979_nBB411~ Favorite food?

MW~ Brunch.

BB411~ Favourite colour?

MW~ Sparkle

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

MW~ I’d like to live in France for a few months. But most immediately, I’d like to run a sub 20 minute 5km.

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

MW~ That there will always be more love. I didn’t have to fall out of love with Chad in order to fall in love with Brad. That was a biiiggg moment for me.

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

MW~ I try to be Kind, Supportive, Empowering.

FullSizeRender-15BB411~ Describe your perfect day (when you have down time)?

MW~ Run with friends (coffee and muffin after – specifically at Crema in West Van), a swim with my step-daughter and Brad, champagne lunch and shopping with girlfriends, and a big dinner out after spending unnecessary amounts of time getting ready with girlfriends, with Taylor Swift on shuffle.

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

MW~ I’d like to still be writing and living by the beach. But, this last year has been another reminder that the course you’re set out on can always change direction, so I really have no idea.

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

IMG_0159MW~ Ask tons of questions, ask for advice, follow leads, have a plan and take chances.

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

MW~ My life.

To keep up to date with Megan: Follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and check out Her Site!

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Something Sweet with Jessica Krueger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BB411~ Who is your favourite designer?

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

BB411~ Ditto (One of our faves too!)

 

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

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

BB411~ Describe your style?

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

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

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

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

JK~ Determined, Positive, Loving.

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

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

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

JK~ I have been to 45 different countries.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

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

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

BB411~ Favorite food?

JK~ Tacos and sushi!

FullSizeRender-10BB411~ Favourite movie?

JK~ The Guardian or John Tucker Must Die.

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

JK~ Travelling to India.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To get your hands on the incredible fragrance “Something Sweet” Visit Lise Watier

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Much Love,

Beauty Buzz 411

A “LUSH” life with trainer Jeff Brown

LushFor those that follow this blog, you know that I lead a very LUSH life! From the moment I started my journey with LUSH Cosmetics (bath bombs were my first intro), I have had an increasing love that has blossomed and continued to grow for the company. Last year I had the amazing opportunity and privilege to tour the LUSH factory kitchen in Vancouver. Whether it be my experience in the stores, the tour, the product or the incredible staff I have had the pleasure of meeting, I have grown to have such appreciation for this great company. photo-3

Last year I attended a LUSH Cosmetics event in Vancouver where they  launched their new line Emotional Brilliance. Before even walking in the store I could see that the windows were filled with hanging streams of colored circles. The colors represented what the night had in store. Each color was part of the Emotional Brilliance experience. Right off the bat I was introduced to Jeff Brown, one of the brand and product knowledge trainers for LUSH. Jeff was so welcoming and had a great smile, without hesitation Jeff  jumped at the opportunity to get things started. His enthusiasm and passion made the whole experience memorable. He sat me down at this table and told me to close my eyes and when I opened them to watch the large wooden wheel spin and immediately pick the 3 colors that stood out! I was also told not to think about the colors and go with my gut reaction, to the ones I was instantly drawn to. There was even dry ice added to give the experience some flare (see pic below).

For every color their was an emotion tied to it, my 3 colors were Passionate, Calm and Motivation. The really cool thing about the night was to pick makeup colors based on pure emotion. I saw guests play with colors they normally would not gravitate to. I saw confidence building in people over the hour and a certain playfulness develop for some. Overall this was an event for all ages and I was happy to be invited and to be a part of the launch.

When I decide who I will feature for an interview on Beauty Buzz 411, I look for individuals that have something to give back and a love for life. After meeting Jeff at LUSH I knew that it would be a great fit since we shared similar views on life and a mutual passion for a wonderful company. I have seen first hand how happy LUSH employees are and knew this interview would be informative and fun. I am happy to be able to share with you a look inside what it’s like to work for LUSH and some fun tidbits on a great guy with infectious energy~Jeff Brown!

Jeff Brown 2BB411~ How long have you worked for LUSH and what do you do there?

JB~ I have worked for LUSH for 7 years and I am one of the Brand and Product Knowledge trainers!

BB411~ How has working for LUSH changed or impacted you as a person?

JB~ I came to work for LUSH initially impressed by the products and the retail environment (I started as a Sales Associate at the Robson Street shop in Vancouver),  but over time LUSH opened my eyes to so many things I didn’t know about before. From the huge array of animal, environmental, and humanitarian causes we support, to the wasteful over packaging that prevails in our industry, I get to contribute to all of these causes, and I am also a better informed consumer.

BB411~ What has working for LUSH meant to you?

JB~ To be honest, I am so touched to work for this company. They praise individuality and creativity above all else and I get to be myself and contribute and someone is always listening.

BB411~ For anyone that hasn’t tried LUSH or may not know much about the company, what would you want them to know?

JB~ The products are just as accessible and fun and easy to use as they are ethical and effective. People come into our shops all the time looking for vegan products or unpackaged products, but just as many people come in looking for body glitter or perfumed soap. All are welcome! For a crash-course in LUSH’ values, check out our We Believe statement, which we’ve followed since we started.

BB411~ When did your love for skin care start?

JB~ Not coincidentally, it started with a LUSH moisturizer a friend gave me when I was in my early 20s. Not only did my skin look and feel better, but I had never turned a product over and been able to read the ingredients before. Seeing honey, rose, and fresh mango in my moisturizer opened my eyes and piqued my interest.

BB411~ Describe Emotional Brilliance?photo-4

JB~ LUSH loves colour and wanted to explore using it outside the prescriptive confines of traditional makeup. While makeup is so often about trends and what someone else tells you is either ‘in’ or looks good on you, Emotional Brilliance is about looking inside yourself to choose the colours you respond to on a deeper level. Each colour represents an emotion and we want everyone to wear those emotions with pride and confidence. When one is wearing Emotional Brilliance you can’t help but let those emotions shine through. You can explore the colours and emotions through a colour reading in one of our shops on online.

BB411~ What 3 colors are you?

JB~ The very first reading I ever had, I chose Bubbly, Motivation, and Calm. And still can’t think of a better way to describe myself.

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BB411~ What is your favorite color?

JB~ Green! In Emotional Brilliance: Healthy.

BB411~ What is your favorite Cleanser?

JB~ I swear by Mask of Magnaminty. I can use it daily in the shower or as a mask when I am looking to relax a little more.

BB411~ Favorite Hair Product?

JB~ Trichomania Shampoo, one of our solid shampoos. It’s naked and preservative free, plus its packed with creamed coconut and it smells delicious! My hair is naturally really curly and it keeps everything smooth and under control.

BB411~ Favorite moisturizer?

JB~ I always moisturize with Skin Drink.

BB411~ What are the 3 beauty things you carry with you always?

JB~ I travel a lot in this position, working with different LUSH shops and training staff around North America, and in my carry-on you will always find Ultrabalm (an all-purpose, all-natural balm to replace petroleum-based balms), a Lip Service lip balm, and a Gorilla Perfume solid perfume (which one? depends on my mood).

BB411~ #1 thing you could not live without?03053

JB~ The #1 thing I can’t live without is a Geo Phyzz bath bomb. Taking a bath can be such a therapeutic experience and something I really rely on. Whether it’s to relax after a long day or travel, to ease sore muscles, or just for a few moments of meditation this sea salt, pine, and cypress bath always does the trick – and keeps me sane.

BB411~ How important is men’s skin care

JB~ I am happy to see that men are more health conscious than ever before and taking great care of your skin is just another part of taking great care of your body. I want people to be just as conscious of what they are putting on their bodies as what they are putting into them. I also think its important to recognize that taking care of one’s skin goes beyond an effort to look handsome. Looking and feeling healthy can be a great source a confidence; a reason to walk tall and hold you head up high.

BB411~ Number #1 mistake men make when taking care or their skin (or forget to do)?

JB~ Honestly, the biggest mistake men make is letting themselves be controlled by beauty industry marketing. Skin is skin; listen to it and look for products that are going to do what you want and what you need, not just ones that say “FOR MEN” on them.

BB411~ Favorite cologne?

JB~ I wear Imogen Rose by Gorilla Perfumes at LUSH almost every day. Rose is as classic as scents get and on my skin pure rose absolute smells sophisticated and interesting.

BB411~ I love Imogen Rose as I am obsessed with anything that smells like roses! I also posted about it here and featured in my column for Fresh Vancouver Magazine’s Nov/Dec issue.

BB411~ What scents remind you of your childhood?

JB~ Wood smoke, instant coffee, play doh, and of course L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci because my mom has worn it my whole life.Jeff Brown 3-1

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

JB~ I think we should use this word to describe anything we adore, admire, or appreciate. It’s not just physical. Beauty is an act of charity, someone who holds the door for you, a poem, animals playing together, the people you love most.

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

JB~ I think the most important concept is ‘give’. ‘Give back’ is the necessary reaction.

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

JB~ I recently started supporting OWL, The Outdoor Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Delta BC, which rehabilitates orphaned and injured birds as well as educates youth and the public. Really, any animal oriented charities tug at my heart-strings!

BB411~ Favorite quote?

JB~ About Skincare “The best skin food ever invented is just that:  good food.” – Barbra Griggs, The Green Witch Herbal

JB~ About life: “A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.”  – Margaret Atwood

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

JB~ Say how you feel. And don’t take it personally.jeff rough

BB411~ Fun fact people may not know about you?

JB~ I love animals and my boyfriend and I have a beautiful Sphynx cat named The Bean, who keeps me sane (and makes sure I get my exercise).

I want to thank Jeff for taking the time out of his busy schedule to open his heart and let us learn more about LUSH. Remember to check out LUSH for all the latest, favourite and limited time products. Make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

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Eye Catching Design with DUY @WMCFW

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

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

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

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

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

DUY~ After reading American Vogue March 1994 issue.

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

DUY~ A restaurant owner or a florist.DUY_Feb062012_0432

BB411~ Which designers did you admire growing up?

DUY~ Cristobal Balenciaga

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

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

BB411~ What kind of person does your line represent?

DUY~ Confident and individualistic people.

BB411~ Who has been your favourite celebrity to dress?

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

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

DUY~ Fall/winter. I love jackets and coats

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

DUY~ Interesting new details or silhouettes.

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

DUY~ Winning I guess.

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BB411~ Favourite colour?

DUY~ Light grey

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

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

BB411~ Describe your style?

DUY~ Chic, classic with a twist.

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

DUY~ That you are comfortable with yourself.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

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

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

DUY~ Helping homeless people

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

DUY~ Help people in any way when you can.

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

DUY~ Everything happens for a reason.

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

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

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

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

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BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

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

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

DUY~ Lip balm

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

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

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

DUY~ Good sleep.

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

DUY~ I am a very shy guy20110330-DUY23

BB411~ Favorite quote?

DUY~ Be rich or have a lot of friends.

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

DUY~ Marry rich or make a lot of friends.

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