General

FIRST-EVER BARBIE® NORTH AMERICAN MOBILE TOUR Barbie® is Moving and Calling on Canadian Fans to Help Inspire her New Dreamhouse

FIRST-EVER BARBIE® NORTH AMERICAN MOBILE TOUR Barbie® is Moving and Calling on Canadian Fans to Help Inspire her New Dreamhouse

Following the February announcement to put her Malibu Dreamhouse up for sale, Barbie® doll is packed up and touring North America to find inspiration as she searches for the perfect new home. Including two stops in Canada, the pink-tastic mobile tour will give young fans an all-access pass to experience the best of Barbie®. Fans can visit www.family.ca/barbie for details about the “Barbie® is Moving” mobile tour.

The interactive “Barbie® is Moving” mobile tour celebrates Barbie® doll’s fabulous world and will be making stops in Toronto (July 19-21) and Vancouver (August 2-4).

Barbie® fans will have a chance to:

  • Play dress-up and walk the doll-tastic runway in a glam fashion show, with tips from  stylists and a fab photo opportunity
  • Enjoy a Barbie® movie in the larger-than-life theater
  • Inspire Barbie® by creating a mood board for her new home
  • Build their very own Mega Bloks® Barbie™ room to take home

Can’t make it to a tour stop? Not to worry! On July 1st, all Canadians girls can join in the experience by visiting www.family.ca/barbie  and entering for a chance to win great prizes! The grand prize is a one-of-a kind Barbie® trip for four to the larger-than-life Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience in Florida, USA!

 

Vervegirl -Mirror in the Bathroom- Top Degrassi Beauty Trends

Free The Children/RBC “We Create Change” Penny Drive Raises $1.4 Million and celebrates with a wagon convoy down Bay Street!

Free The Children/RBC “We Create Change” Penny Drive Raises $1.4 Million and celebrates with a wagon convoy down Bay Street!

To mark the end of the school year, Free The Children and RBC celebrated the incredible fundraising effort of hundreds of thousands of youth and their schools through the “We Create Change“ penny drive announcing the final total, which outweighs approximately 64 elephants and more than five empty Boeing 747’s.

Degrassi cast member Jacob Neayem, and Scott Willats, MuchMusic VJ joined over 100 students in Toronto to celebrate the last day of school and raising  140 million pennies ($1.4 million)!

All those pennies will provide  56,000 people with clean water for life!

Students created a caravan of red wagons filled with pennies, and pulled them down Bay Street, all while cheering and having fun!

Students at more than 3,000 schools across Canada participated in the “We Create Change” penny drive over the past school year. They emptied their piggy banks, held school-wide penny drives, canvassed neighbourhoods, family and friends, and set up collection jars in community centres and workplaces.

RBC president and CEO Gord Nixon and co-founder of Free The Children Marc Kielburger were there to welcome the students and their penny wagons into the bank’s Toronto main branch and to congratulate and celebrate their amazing fundraising drive.

The final day to drop off designated Free The Children/RBC $25 penny bags at RBC branches across the country is Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Pennies collected through We Create Change, in conjunction with the proceeds from sales of Me to We’s Water Rafiki Friend Chain, online donations, and We Walk 4Water, has enabled Free The Children to reach its year-long Water Initiative goal of providing 100,000 people around the world with permanent sources of clean water.

 

Express Your Creativity Without Regrets  with New and Innovative Temporary Tattoos!

Express Your Creativity Without Regrets with New and Innovative Temporary Tattoos!

All-Canadian StickerYou.com launches world’s first fully customizable temporary tattoo platform

Tattoos, once considered taboo, have become an accepted symbol of artistry and self-expression. In fact, more than one in five Canadians have at least one tattoo. However, while a permanent tattoo can sometimes leave behind a mark of regret, a temporary tattoo is an easy way to try out something new and fun without the morning-after cringe. In fact, a recent national survey* commissioned by StickerYou reveals that 63 per cent of Canadians would consider wearing a customizable temporary tattoo for a special occasion or event.

Many Canadians love to show their creativity through body art. No longer reserved for only kids, temporary tattoos are an emerging trend in fashion and pop culture, and are noted for their versatility, unique designs and aesthetic appeal. All-Canadian StickerYou.com is launching a brand new temporary tattoo platform this May, where customized tattoo orders can be placed online at StickerYou.com (MSRP $9.99 to $12.99) and be shipped and delivered in about a week. This is a breakthrough product innovation in temporary tattoos and StickerYou is the first company in the world to allow users to completely design and customize their own exclusive, high-quality temporary tattoos online. Alternatively, designs created online can be printed at home using StickerYou tattoo paper sold in stores across Canada such as Walmart.

“We’re thrilled to provide a new, fun and safe way for Canadians of all ages to express their creativity,” says Andrew Witkin, CEO of StickerYou. “High-quality temporary tattoos allow for vibrant colours, smooth application and temporary fun. It’s a unique way to add flair to any occasion.”

From runways to holidays: the hottest accessory to hit the scene this spring

Temporary tattoos, the new craze in fashion and beauty, have most recently been spotted on the runways for spring and summer 2013. Fashionistas can now switch up their look on a moment’s notice and apply temporary tattoos for a fun night out, easily removing them the next day without hassle.

Customized temporary tattoos are the perfect way to show team spirit at sporting events, and make a statement on holidays like Canada Day and Halloween. Event planners will love the possibilities for weddings, birthday parties, corporate and charity events. With temporary tattoos, there are no regrets, and the possibilities are endless.

StickerYou Makes It Stick… to anything!

StickerYou offers much more than temporary tattoos. The easy-to-navigate, consumer-friendly online platform provides unlimited opportunities to create custom stickers for any occasion.

A DIY Dream

Foodies everywhere can now rejoice. StickerYou offers customizable stickers and labels that can be used for personalized jars of jams, homemade pickled vegetables, or spices.

Wedding Lables

Wedding planners, get ready to say “I do” to planning your dream wedding on a budget.  Small details like professional looking labels and stickers for wine bottles, invitations, save-the-dates, table name tags or party favours can really make a difference and wow your guests.

Has the man of the house started brewing his own beer? There’s a sticker for that. If you’re already doing-it-yourself, go the extra mile and create your own personalized high-quality label as the perfect finishing touch.

Dry-Erase Wall Decal

Kid Friendly Fun

Kids will go wild decorating their rooms with these fun and colourful stickers. They can have a ball drawing and re-drawing on their dry-erase wall decals and decorating their notebooks and lockers at school.  Parents don’t need to worry about wall damage, because all the stickers are easily removable and completely mess-free.

Hosting a birthday party has never been more fun! Make the festivities extra sweet with a candy station complete with custom labels on clear jars and party favours!

Professional Branding Lables

Professional branding without sticker shock!

StickerYou offers professional branding for companies of any size. Everything from your laptop stickers to your custom product labels, signage, vehicle, equipment, storage & travel cases, bags, portfolio folders and more can have a consistent and professional look. Water-resistant car decals are a great way to promote your business and make it stick.

For more information, and to view videos with additional sticker & tattoo inspirations, visit StickerYou.com.

Ablaze

Looking back, i see a girl i no longer recognize.

I see the pain behind her eyes,

The scars nobody seems to realize.

How shes ablaze from the flames of abandonment.

But when you’re drowning in tears, you quickly learn to swim.

Now shes somebody that’d look Life right in the eye and say “I’m here to win.”

Vervegirl is an April favourite!!

Vervegirl is an April Favourite!

Demi Lovato and the 2013 ACUVUE® 1-DAY Contest

Demi Lovato and the 2013 ACUVUE® 1-DAY Contest

Vervegirl caught up with Demi to learn more about her future plans and her role in the ACUVUE® 1-DAY Contest . Here is what she had to say.

Photo courtesy of Acuvue

What exciting things can your fans look forward to from you in the up and coming year?

I am incredibly excited for my fans to hear my new album, Demi, which will be released on May 14th. I co-wrote nearly every song on the album, and it’s very personal to me. I’m also thrilled to be returning as a mentor and judge on Season 3 of “The X Factor.”

Who is your favourite artist right now?

 I’ve always been a huge fan of Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Adele…. I’m also really loving Azealia Banks’ music right now.

Photo courtesy of Acuvue

The ACUVUE® 1-DAY Contest is kicking off its third year of giving teens the chance to achieve their dreams and be mentored for a day by a celebrity—I’m participating this year, along with  Shay Mitchell, Joe Jonas and Dwight Howard. Winners will also receive a trip to Los Angeles to attend a celebrity event, and a one-year supply of 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses.

How do people enter the contest?

To enter, through May 30, 2013, participants should go to the ACUVUE® Brand channel on YouTube®, http://bit.ly/YefvEd, and upload a thirty to sixty second video showcasing what they hope to achieve one day, how they find the confidence to pursue their dreams and why they should be chosen for this mentorship opportunity.

What types of things will the winner get to do with you?

Last year, I helped Denise, a winner of the ACUVUE® 1-DAY Contest, take a step closer to making her dream of being a singer real. She got to hang out with me all day, backstage and got to be my special guest at my concert. She wanted to learn how to build her confidence, so she could feel great on stage. She had a special vocal session with my back-up singers; she went to my sound check on the set and actually performed “Unbroken” with me!

What are you most looking forward to when you return to The X Factor this season?

I’m really looking forward to seeing the new, amazing talent that comes through this year! I’m also really excited to not be the rookie anymore!

As a role model, what message do you want to send to your fans?

Believe in yourself and love yourself…

Plan the Ultimate 2014 Grad Trip

Plan the Ultimate 2014 Grad Trip

photos courtesy of S-Trip!

[twocol_one_first]

High school graduation happens only once, so why not create a grad trip that you’ll never forget? Canada’s student travel experts, S-Trip! tells you how.

Take the Lead

Get started by becoming an S-Trip! Grad Trip Organizer. You’ll work with an S-Trip! Trip Counsellor to plan your trip and get all your friends signed up. Becoming a Grad Trip Organizer lets you flex your leadership skills and you’ll receive reference letters from S-Trip! to add to university and job applications.

Pick your Hot Spot: 3 Top Grad Trip Destinations

  1. Southern Dominican Sun (Punta Cana)

    Hang out on some of the best beaches in the world with thousands of students who head down to the palm-tree-lined beaches and crystal clear waters.

  2. The Cayos of Cuba (Cayo Coco)

    Cayo Coco, Cuba is a private island for tourists. It has one of most incredible stretches of beach anywhere and is home to the second largest coral reef in the world.

  3. Islands of the Bahamas (Nassau)

    The Bahamas looks like a backdrop for a Hollywood movie! If you’re looking for amazing beach days, and fun nights then the Bahamas is for you.

[/twocol_one_first] [twocol_one_last]

See the World; Change the World

Your grad trip can make a difference not only in your life, but in the lives of others. Everyone on Grad Trip 2014 enjoys a volunteer excursion. You get immersed in a different culture and give back to the local communities. S-Trip! Volunteer Excursions include:

  • Visiting a local school or orphanage to spend time with the children and play games
  • Painting a school room or landscaping a playground
  • Volunteering at a local animal shelter

Travel & Friendship

Check out feedback from past S-Trip! Grad Trip passengers:

The experience was unreal! For many it was the first time going to a different city with friends and just hanging out.

-A. Myer

A lot of my friends couldn’t go at the last minute. I found a group from North Bay and we became extremely close very fast. I got to share my week with a bunch of new people!

-Aysha D.

High school is a crazy four years of your life. S-Trip! helped us top off our high school journey before being thrown into the real world.

-Kathy H.

[/twocol_one_last]

Spring Reboot

Spring Reboot

After the rough winter months, it’s likely that your face could really benefit from some special attention. Here are some awesome products and advice to kick off your spring skin makeover!

 

 

MORNING GORGEOUS FACE!

If your skin is oily, combination or acne-prone then start each day with this award winning oil control cleanser. Cetaphil® DERMACONTROL™ Oil Control Foam Wash is soft soap-free foam that feels like a cloud! It provides deep pore cleansing and absorbs excess oil to improve your skin’s appearance by leaving a shine-free finish. Give your skin the TLC it deserves with this soothing and hydrating cleanse. ($21.99)

http://www.cetaphil.ca/en/products/dermacontrol

 

Exfoliating two to three times a week will replenish your skin by sloughing away dead skin cells. The Biore Acne Clearing Scrub is gentle enough to use daily. Massage the tiny beads over your skin and take in the delicious citrus scent for the full, refreshing experience. ($9.99)

 

EWWWWW LET ME SEE!

I love Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. If you’ve never tried them, you need to see it to believe it. And you actually do see the oil, dirt and grime right on the strip when you pull it off. You can see and feel the difference immediately. The strips are easy to use and packed with tea tree oil and witch hazel to keep your pores in check. ($9.99 for a box of 8)

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

Despite our best efforts, acne can still sneak up on us. Neutrogena Naturals Acne Spot Treatment will help get your skin clear and prevent future breakouts. Apply it directly on clean skin one to three times a day for best results. ($13.99)

TONED AND PURIFIED

 

Now that you have a fresh clean face, it’s time to balance and purify! Nivea Aqua Effect Purifying Toner, for combination to oily skin, helps to reduce shine, refine pores, remove oil and prevent the buildup of impurities. Use a cotton pad to swipe it over your face for a refreshing treat. ($6.99)

 

YOU GLOW GIRL

Hydration is so important to keeping your skin looking fab! Moisturize and protect your skin with Cetaphil® DERMACONTROL™ Oil Control Moisturizer. This lightweight 3-in-1 formula hydrates, controls shine and protects with an SPF 30. Perfect for oily, combination or blemish-prone skin, it feels light and leaves your skin with a lovely soft matte finish. ($21.99)

http://www.cetaphil.ca/en/products/dermacontrol

 

For continuous moisturizer throughout the day, you can also try Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Daily Moisturizer. It will keep your skin looking radiant with added vitamins B,C,E and antioxidant omega bionutrients.  ($19.99)

 

 

Pretty on a Penny

Pretty on a Penny

Hello beauties,

So, as I’m sure you all know Spring is finally in the air. The winter blues have come and gone and now it’s time to break out those pretty pastels! But, what do you do when you’re living on a students broke-butt budget? Well, thrifting and DIY’ing is the new (and timeless) way to spruce up your summer wardrobe! This outfit is a perfect example of how to work off of what pieces you already have and make a cute and low cost update!

The piece I’m working off of: Sweetheart Pants (in pink pastel)
These sweetheart pants are from ShopRuche.com and are perfect to make you feel chic and trendy!
They’re flattering on any silhouette with their tie-bow waist and flattering curvy fit.

How I updated this look: Old DIY’d tank and thrifted shoes
Cut-out back tanks are all the rage this season. They can make any girl feel sexy without showing too much skin or having to wear tight-fitted clothing that can get uncomfortable in the heat. I took an old tank top that I thrifted from Salvation Army ($1.99)

The shoes were also a thrifted find from Salvation Army. I got them for 50% off and they’re so comfy! The short heel adds a bit of vintage glam, while also being super comfortable for strolling downtown. They’re suede so I sprayed them with some scotch-guard to minimize staining and to keep them in tip-top shape!

To finish it off: A gold collar from Forever21 ($10)
This collar is one of my favorites! The detail is amazing to spruce up any outfit and is so light you forget you’re wearing it.

You can check out my blog for other OOTD’s at belleamarcellea.wordpress.com.

xx
Marcelle

How to give mom a really SWEET Mother’s Day

How to give mom a really SWEET Mother’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue, give mom something special this year, filled with sweets and lots of love too! From custom cakes and cupcake bouquets to afternoon tea and foodie classes for two – this Mother’s Day, Le Dolci offers mom the sweetest gift, from you!

Here’s a list of what Le Dolci has to offer this Mother’s Day:

JOIN A CLASS: Cupcake Bouquet Making and Arrangement
Get your hands dirty while creating an edible work of floral art! Create and decorate an edible floral arrangement of your own, working with gum paste, flower wire and butter cream, while building your budding relationship with mom.

Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm
Price: $80pp

BOOK AFTERNOON TEA: Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
Spend an extra dose of quality time with afternoon tea and sweets. Choose from your favourite teas and sweet treats to tell mom how much you appreciate her.

Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: 3:30 – 5:30pm
Price: $35pp

ORDER: Custom Cakes & Edible Arrangement
Surprise mom with flowers, in fact, the sweetest cupcake bouquet she’s ever received, or order a custom cake in a variety of flavors. Their 6” personalised cake is $59.00.

If you want to go all out, work with Le Dolci to create a customized cake that showcases your mom’s personality with her favourite hobby, destination, film or designer!

Choose your flavour:
Madagascar Vanilla Bean
Belgian Chocolate
Strawberry –made with fresh strawberry puree
Salted Caramel
Cookies and Cream
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese
Lemon Poppy Seed
Mocha
Red Velvet
We also do GLUTEN FREE flavours – available in Chocolate, Vanilla and Carrot

Orders can be delivered across the GTA or picked up from Le Dolci’s downtown location: 1006 Dundas Street West.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara, Jumbo Lash, Black Organics 7353

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara, Jumbo Lash, Black Organics 7353

Check out this awesome 100% organic Mascara from Physicians Formula. I used it and totally loved how thick and long it made my lashes. The jumbo brush makes your eyes look dramatic, not to mention that the bottle is pretty cool.