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 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.

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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
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.



Calling All Artists in the GTA !

Calling All Artists in the GTA !

Brampton’s community group LOUD presents you with an opportunity network AND display your art !


In August LOUD will be hosting an art show for to raise awareness of the plight of the poor of India as it relates to their limited educational opportunities and socio economic situation. We are welcoming local artists to apart of this exhibition ! There is no specific theme set for the art aspects of the show,  BUT it would be preferred if the pieces had a cultural aspect to it.

Poverty is a WORLD WIDE issue, so to limit the art show to only Indian art would put a barrier to the point we hope to achieve.

There is plenty of time between now and August. The final day to submit pieces will be made evident by June.

Email for more information or to submit an entry!

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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 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 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.