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Advance Screening of THE HOST

Advance Screening of THE HOST

Last week, I attended the advance screening of “The Host” with my friend Maria after winning tickets from Vervegirl. We arrived at the theatre early and got pampered with free manicures as part of the VIP experience!

The film is based on a novel written by Stephanie Meyers, the author of the well-known “Twilight” saga. I am probably one of the few girls in the entire world who DID NOT enjoy the Twilight movies (well maybe except for the part where Taylor Lautner stood shirtless in the rain for a good portion of Breaking Dawn). As the world’s worst movie-watcher as described by friends and family, I managed to stay awake for the ENTIRE movie (yay!) and also stay entertained during the movie.

This sci-fi flick is about a girl named Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), whose body has been over-taken by an alien symbiote nicknamed Wanderer, struggling at war with Melanie’s irresolute conscience. Wanderer/Melanie finds herself in a complicated love triangle between Melanie’s former beau (Max Irons) *swoon* and a new love interest (Jake Abel) who is infatuated with her soul.

We left the theatre with re-usable swag bags that contained alien spray (aka hand sanitizer) a movie poster, sunglasses, a compact mirror, and fond memories.

Make sure to check out THE HOST in theaters now, as well as Vervegirl’s latest contests so you too, can WIN (at life)!!!

-VG reporter Stephanie

Black and White Rainbow

Black and White Rainbow

She sees her future in black and white.
He thinks she needs some colour in her life;

Unaware that black and white
even if a little faded,
shows her a path with no shadows,

Still he goes with his attempts
to bring some colour into her world.

Her black and white though, is a rainbow,
one that brings her much delight.

BIORE – makeupforallonline.com

BIORE – makeupforallonline.com

Biore scrub



I am very acne-prone, always have been. I also have skin prone to dry flakiness. This scrub was sent to me by Biore and Verve Girl magazine and I am so thankful for it. It has 1% salicylic acid so it deep cleans my pores and fights acne causing bacteria and blackheads and is a fairly gentle scrub which is okay for daily use if you have dry skin (if you’re not used to daily scrub start by using scrub 2-3 times a week and see how your skin reacts) I like to gently scrub my face for about 15 seconds and then let the product sit on my skin for another 30 seconds before rinsing it off. Letting acne fighting cleansers sit on your skin a bit helps them do their magic. Not only does it keep my skin soft I am noticing a reduction in my acne, YAY!

Don’t Miss The National Ballet of Canada’s MAD HOT BALLET: Dangerous Love Gala

Inspired by the passion and drama of our June presentation of Davide Bombana’s Carmen, The National Ballet of Canada’s 2013 MAD HOT BALLET: Dangerous Love Gala promises to be a captivating event. We invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for this season’s sizzling gala. The evening will begin with a performance of short works selected by Artistic Director Karen Kain, followed by a Spanish inspired cocktail reception, complete with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails that promise to wow.

 

All proceeds of MAD HOT BALLET: Dangerous Love will support the National Ballet of Canada. You don’t want to miss a minute of this sensational fundraiser, and a chance to let yourself be carried away by temptation and dance!

 

Performance PLUS tickets: $55 – $133

Visit madhotballet.ca or call 416 345 9595 to reserve yours now!

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, June 12, 2013
145 Queen St West, Toronto

For more information regarding booking VIP tickets or tables, call the MAD Hotline at

416 345 1944.

What are some big trends or issues affecting youth in Canada?

What are some big trends or issues affecting youth in Canada?

Social media is #trending. Don’t get me wrong- I love social media handles! But you need to know when to take a break from your phone. I have personally been in two car accidents; leaving two cars totaled. My first accident was when I was 16 years old. My parents had just bought me a gorgeous red BMW and I was so ecstatic to have my own car. 10 days later, I crashed it going through an intersection because I was distracted by my phone. I still miss that car. My second car was a silver Honda Civic. I got hit on my driver side door by a woman who drove right through the four-way stop. My side and front windows shattered; leaving me covered in glass. These car crashes were devastating experiences; leaving me shaken and nervous driving for some time after. So please refrain from using your cell phone while driving! Your twitter and instagram followers can wait!! Road crashes continue to be leading cause of death among youth in Canada. Please drive undistracted!

St. Paddy’s Day withdrawal?  Have no fear, THE SCRIPT is here!

St. Paddy’s Day withdrawal? Have no fear, THE SCRIPT is here!

Although St Patrick’s Day is over, you won’t have to wait an entire year to enjoy a little bit of Irish culture. In fact, Irish rock band THE SCRIPT is rockin’ the airwaves with their PLATINUM album, “#3.” Check out this EXCLUSIVE interview, as transcribed by VG reporter Stephanie!!

Q:How did you come up with the name The Script?
A:We were living in LA at the time, and I think Mark mentioned the name The Script, and we all ended up really liking it. We thought it was a really fun name, it kind of reflected a lot on our song writing. The more that we were writing away with the songs, we realized that the songs, the videos, our ideas had a script to it. The name just stuck and so we stuck with the name ever since!

Q:How did you meet Mark and Glenn?
A: I met Mark way back in Dublin when I was a teenager. We were both into the same things, same type of music, and became friends. We started writing songs together and it just, became a matter of hanging out. A number of years had passed and we (Mark and I) started producing song writers. We had a lot of success, and at times no success…in 2005 we met Glenn in America, and that was when “The Script” was formed.

Q: How do you think that your upbringing has influenced your music?
A: I come from a very musical background, and ever since I was a kid, I was very very heavy into beats, bands, and finding out what’s new and stuff. So I guess it was just natural for the way our music to sound like what it does now.

Q: It says on your bio page that people from Ireland have “soul.” Would you be able to tell our readers what that means?
A: Well Irish people definitely have a lot of soul because for a number of years, we were held down, you know? We’re not different from anybody else, but due to the war of the Irish people I think we’ve got a level of depth because of our culture. Because of our heritage and how old our nation is…there’s not another country in the world that has a musical emblem on their passport! We have a musical emblem as our shield!

Q: I hear that you just launched a new album called #3, how was your new album received by your fans?
A: Well it’s called number 3, or hash tag 3, depending on how old you are! It’s a really really full record. I guess for the past few records, we were kind of finding our feeling. We would kind of write music not knowing what the outcome would be. But now we’ve got two tours and two albums down, we’ve got a fairly good idea of the sound we want. The song “Hall of Fame” has been the biggest hit we’ve ever had. I just think that’s incredible that even a band this day and age on their third album are still making waves and getting bigger and bigger! I just think it’s great, you know.

Q: I love the song Six Degrees of Separation, who was this song written about?
A: It was written about my break-up that happened when I was a on a show called The Voice UK. The release of the song was meant to describe to people who couldn’t feel what was going on in my life at the time. I was heading to the studio to write songs with the lads, and Mark was like, “let’s write a song about what happened.” The lyrics started to resonate, and next thing you know, the fans are going crazy over this song!

Q: Do you have a favourite song on your new album?
A: That’s really hard. I love “Hurricane”, the whole vibe of it, it’s not my favourite, but it’s a brilliant song. “Glowing” is a brilliant song. The single, “Six Degrees of Separation,” it’s really hard to pick one, I really can’t!

Q: Tell us one thing you can’t find by Googling your name?
A: I don’t drive, I have no license, and I have no interest in driving! Thanks!

VG: Thanks Danny, good luck in Toronto!

Sweet Host Gift Ideas for Easter

Sweet Host Gift Ideas for Easter

A holiday known for wining and dining with relatives and home entertaining always calls for serving up traditional dishes with your own twist. As a guest, you’re spared the stress of planning and left with the simple task of bringing dessert or even just a host gift to show gratitude for all the hard work. If you’re looking for a quick, convenient and thoughtful approach, I suggest stopping by your local Chapters and picking up Rosewood Estates Wildflower Honey (500g for $10).  Golden in colour, the honey has a medium and distinct flavour that evolves from the wildflowers of the Niagara Escarpment. Fresh with balanced sweetness and subtle floral flavours, Rosewood’s Wildflower Honey excites your palate with a lingering finish.

If you’re thinking of bringing a traditional host gift, like wine, Rosewood Estates just released three of its gold-medal, award-winning wines, now available at your nearest LCBO Vintages. Give something unique by giving local. Representing some of the top wines produced in Ontario, Rosewood’s 2010 Merlot, 2010 Süssreserve Riesling and 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve are a must-try and excellent for food pairings.

Our Feb/March 2013 is out TODAY!!!!

Our Feb/March 2013 is out TODAY!!!!

we are super excited about this one! first 4D cover EVAH!!!!! check it out – not only is it a scratch and sniff of Garnier’s awesome new Fructis Fruit Sensation, but our model comes to life too!!!

A Sweet Idea for March Break with Le Dolci!

A Sweet Idea for March Break with Le Dolci!

Grab your best gal pal for some DIY fun or win the Mother or Father or the Year Award by spending March Break with the kids at Le Dolci, decorating and icing cupcakes with fondant and swirls and twirls of delicious buttercream. Le Dolci is Toronto’s fun, foodie studio and offers a year-long calendar of activities for kids and families each and every weekend. Here is what they have in store for this year’s March Break:

March Break Kids’ Culinary and Craft Camp: Send your little ones for a week-long dose of baking, decorating and crafts. Le Dolci offers a March Break Kids’ Camp that will be filled with hands-on, fun, foodie activities, which include making and decorating cookies, mini cakes, cupcakes and pies along with crafting super duper T-Shirts and Styrofoam cakes with the experts from Little Party Goers. Lunch is included and children take home all items baked and decorated in class.
Date: Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15

Full class listings at www.ledolci.com.

Vrep Essence Event!

Vrep Essence Event!

Check out Nisha’s blog:

http://www.nishasawhney.com/

 

 

 

WHO ARE LAWSON?

Photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada

Lawson are a 4 piece rock/pop band who released their debut single” When She Was Mine” on 27th May 2012 which rocketed to the Top 5 of the UK Chart. Their 2nd single “Taking Over Me” released in August went straight in to the top 3. Adam Pitts (drums), Andy Brown (lead vocals & guitar) Joel Peat (guitar & backing vocals) and Ryan Fletcher (bass &backing vocals) were one of the biggest breakthrough acts of 2012 inthe UK

“They’re going to be massive” – Evening Standard

“Hottest up and coming band out there right now” – Daily Mirror

“They will be huge” – Daily Star

“Remember where you heard their name” – T4

THE STORY SO FAR…
Lawson formed after drummer Adam Pitts contacted lead vocalist Andy Brown who had been posting acoustic covers on Youtube to say “I love what you’re doing, if you ever form a band can I be in it?”. And so they formed a band. Adam contacted his friend Ryan who in turn recruited his music college buddy Joel and the foursome got stuck in rehearsing and gigging like men possessed. Named after Dr Lawson, the surgeon who saved Andy’s life following a marathon 18 hour operation to remove a brain tumour (which has subsequently left him deaf in one ear) every chapter in this bands history tells a story. Their debut album, inspired by the heartache Andy endured after splitting up with his long term girlfriend was released in October 2012. A collection of songs that recalls the highs and lows of being in love. Performing day in, day out in pubs and clubs up and down the country, consistently posting acoustic performances online, talent like Lawson could only go unnoticed for so long. They signed a major record deal in early 2012 & the rest, as they say is history…

FACTS & FIGURES
• 3 Top10 singles out of 3 releases selling over 400,000 copies in the UK alone
• Completed 3 sold out headline tours of the UK, 2 of which were before they’d even released a single
• Toured with Avril Lavigne, Will Young & Jessie J
• Summer Festival performances included V Festival, T In The Park, Hard Rock Calling & the Capital FM Summertime Ball as well as performances at Rock The Games for London 2012 and a headline set in London’s Hyde Park for BT London Live
• Debut album “Chapman Square” produced by Grammy Award Winning Producer John Shanks released 22nd October 2012

Over 15 Million views on YouTube combined
400,000 Twitter followers
110,000 Facebook fans

When She Was Mine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmQRAXJoHg0-

Taking Over Me

Standing In the Dark

Check out Lawson at:

http://www.lawsonofficial.com

http://www.facebook.com/lawsonofficial

http://www.twitter.com/lawsonofficial

http://www.youtube.com/user/lawsonofficial

winner of the NYC Vlogger Contest!