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Get ready to sparkle with Starbucks and LaurDIY

Get ready to sparkle with Starbucks and LaurDIY

To celebrate the launch of Teavana Sparkling Tea Juices, Starbucks has teamed up with YouTube maven LaurDIY (Lauren Riihimaki) to #addsparkle.

On August 1 at 1195 Mainland Street in Vancouver and on August 8 at 316 Quen St. W. in Toronto fans have a chance to meet Lauren at the pop-up “Sparkle Shops” at each Starbucks location. At each Sparkle Shop Starbucks fans can meet and take photos with Laur DIY, sample the new Teavana beverages and participate in different sparkle stations, where Starbucks glitter specialists will glitte their hair, nails, beards, reusable tumblers, and more.

So go and get your glitter on!

Before you go, check out LaurDIY’s Perfect Summer Day: DIY Accessories & Summer Ideas! video: http://youtube.com/laurdiy

Vervegirl presents… An Afternoon with Anastasia A!

Vervegirl presents… An Afternoon with Anastasia A!

Anastasia A is a determined and energetic pop singer/songwriter who is aiming to inspire the world through her music. Between playing sold out Canadian Music Week shows and working on new music, Anastasia barely has time to breathe! However, if there’s anything she knows how to make time for, it’s her friends and her fans. The Anamaniacs, as Anastasia calls them, have been nothing but loyal and dedicated, helping to promote her EP Something Inside You and being front row at all of her shows. Imagine their excitement when Anastasia invited some of her biggest supporters and online contest winners to a special get-together, An Afternoon with Anastasia A, presented by Vervegirl in Toronto.

In the weeks leading up to the party, fans were eager to snag a ticket. For those lucky enough to get an invite, the afternoon did not disappoint. Anamaniacs got to meet their favourite singer and see her perform a great acoustic set. To top off the afternoon, Anastasia gave the crowd a special exclusive and surprised them with the first-ever performance of her new single, “I Got You”, which just premiered on the Family Channel. Plus, every guest in attendance got to take home a swag bag of Anastasia’s music and make-up products from essence and Dermalogica.

Vervegirl chatted with the star of the party before the doors opened about daytime pyjama parties, Canadian Music Week and some super cool Canadian collaborations she has in the works!

Anastasia A performs at a secret show in Toronto.

Anastasia A performs at a secret show in Toronto.

Vervegirl: The doors are about to open for your exciting private party! What does An Afternoon with Anastasia A look like? What can your guests expect to see and experience?

Anastasia A: I think it is all about having a girl’s afternoon, almost like a pyjama party but in the daytime. We’re going to be painting our nails, eating pizza and Yogurty’s, and meeting and greeting. I’m going to do a 3-song acoustic with my new single “I Got You”, “My Love” and “Something Inside You”. I think it’s all about hanging out and getting to know my listeners, my fans and my friends on a deeper level and just having that time where I can get to know them better. We can hang out and be cute.

VG: This year for Canadian Music Week, you performed an awesome set at Toronto’s Hard Rock Café and hosted this exclusive event. How important do you think it is to have a week dedicated to showcasing and celebrating Canadian talent?

AA: I think it’s the most important thing. With all the hard work that goes into being in this music industry, I think we all totally deserve it and I think it’s a great time for everyone to shine, whether you’re a label, artist, manager or PR. It’s a time when we can all not only network but we can show off our skills and enjoy that time. The Canadian music industry is really growing and a lot of big acts are coming out of Canada so I think it’s important that we celebrate the Canadian artists and showcase what exactly we have here.

VG: Who are some of your favourite Canadian artists?

AA: I really love Classified – he is incredible – and I also like Lights. I’m going to be working with Derik from Virginia to Vegas and Francesco Yates. Hopefully me and Eleven Past One can also get together and possibly do some shows.

VG: How important are your fans, the Anamaniacs, to you and do you have anything you would like to tell them?

AA: They are the only thing that matters. I get the craziest Instagram and Twitter inbox messages and sometimes we stay up and talk until 3 in the morning. Thank you so much for always loving me and being my friends. I feel like a lot of my fans are going through a lot with bullying stuff right now so I love being able to be like, “No! It’s all good! We’re in this together.” Come hang out anytime.

Check out Anastasia A’s EP Something Inside You on iTunes now (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/something-inside-you/id863408021)! Follow Anastasia A on Twitter (https://twitter.com/anastasiaamusic) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AnastasiaAMusic).

Look out for more of our chat with Anastasia A in the Fall 2015 issue of Vervegirl!

-Interview and article by Angela McLean

Youtubers We Love: In The Frow, Cimorelli and Lucy and Lydia

Youtubers We Love: In The Frow, Cimorelli and Lucy and Lydia

Girl power! International Women’s Day may have come and gone but that doesn’t mean we’re finished celebrating. To keep the festivities going we’ve rounded up a few of our new favourite ladies on YouTube.

In The Frow

Fashion, lifestyle, makeup, travel – nothing is out of bounds for Victoria, the talented photographer, stylist, editor and writer of In The Frow. By day she works as a fashion retail lecturer at the University of Manchester. By night this lilac-haired beauty is posting about life in the Front Row (aka. the frow) and her latest fi nds on Youtube. Her Instagram feed is full of gorgeous outfi ts and accessories you’ll want in your wardrobe. You can even shop a few of the looks in her feed via liketoknow.it.

Check out Victoria’s trip to LA where she was featured in Vervegirl covergirl Meghan Trainor’s shoot for “Lips are Movin’” in “Meghan Trainor – Lips are Movin’ BTS ad | Inthefrow”. Plus, find out how she maintains her signature pastel locks in “How to: Pink Hair and Hair Extensions | Inthefrow”.

Follow Victoria on Twitter (@InTheFrow), on Instagram (@InTheFrow), on Facebook and on Youtube.

Cimorelli

Search for “Cimorelli” on YouTube and there they are: six smiling sisters performing the latest pop hits in an a cappella style, their voices blending in perfect unison. Not only do these girls know harmony, but Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani each write their own songs and have individual talents that impressed executives at Universal Records, who signed Cimorelli in April 2010.

The girls’ Youtube channel features covers of hits from Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Bruno Mars, with more than 500 million views and over two million subscribers. Check out the girls’ cover of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and their original songs Renegade and I Got You.

Follow Cimorelli on Twitter (@cimorelliband), on Instagram (@cimorelliband), on Facebook and on Youtube.

Lucy and Lydia

Double trouble! The lovely Lucy and Lydia are 20-year-old identical twins from Norwich, UK who love and are obsessed with all things beauty, fashion and music related! They regularly feature fun and energetic song covers of popular artists on their channel, along with beauty tutorials, Q&A sessions, vlogs and hauls with their favourite products each season.

See how the girls get their signature curls in “Our Everyday Curly Hairstyles – Ad ”, or watch as they visit Disney World for the first time with other popular vloggers in “VLOG: Our Disney World Adventure”.

Follow Lucy and Lydia on Twitter (@lucyandlydia), on Instagram (@lucy_connell and @lydia_connell) and on Youtube.

Feature photo credits:

In The Frow – Youtube.com/InTheFrow
Cimorelli – Mike Cimorelli Jr.
Lucy and Lydia – Youtube.com/LucyandLydia