Aug 312015
 

When I was discussing my treatment needs with SpaMedica we talked about how unreliable my schedule was and we decided to try a treatment a week, my third treatment (which completes an entire facial cycle) was the Fractional 1540 laser resurfacing treatment (or Fraxel) which was the most intense treatment of the three. This post is going to explain the process and my experience with the first treatment.

What it does:
The Fractional 1540 laser treatment delivers light to the skin through high precision microbeams that penetrate deep into the dermis. It delivers heat to the deepest layers of the skin and this in turn triggers the body’s healing process. As the skin begins to repair itself, it replaces old, sun damaged skin (I had quite a bit) with new, healthier skin. Now because of this new healthier skin new collagen and elastin forms which are the building blocks of your skin. What does that mean?  This new collagen and elastin gives your skin a glow and a refreshing appearance. It can be used on the face and body to treat many skin conditions including sun damage or melasma, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks and scars. It can also help improve skin texture and tone issues. I was most excited about this treatment for a number of reasons but specifically I want to get rid of my sunspots and then diminish my fine lines and wrinkles.

Procedure:
You will have to come in at least 30 minutes before your treatment to apply numbing cream because this is a painful procedure. Not the childbirth pain type but your skin is sort of on fire so it’s not going to feel like a soothing facial massage. The laser is applied right on your skin (it’s zapping you) with a constant blast of cool air helping to cool down your skin. The SpaMedica aesthetician will walk you through everything and adjust the intensity of the laser for you because everyone’s skin is different and these procedures are based on your needs and skin type. She will also take a break if you need it and talk you through everything. This includes letting you know when the pain is going to increase like when the laser is going over your upper lip. Don’t worry because you are in great hands.

Recovery time:
This really is very important to know – my face was very red and looked like I had a pretty bad sun burn. This severe redness lasted a few hours as the photos below can attest to.

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The first hour my face felt like it was on fire. I had cold face cloths on it constantly. After a few hours they were used intermittently. I used SkinCeuticals moisturizer and serums because your skin is so sensitive. Make sure that you use proper products after this procedure. Anything harsh can make you break out after this procedure. Do not have this procedure and then expect to go out some where special that night or even the next. I would take a few days off to let your skin recover. When you are booking your Fraxel treatment pick a few days when your calendar is quiet.

SpaMedica recommends that you have at least 3 (sometimes you may need up to 5) Fraxel treatments for great results. I noticed a big improvement after 1 treatment cycle (combined with the other two procedures) as did my friends.

 August 31, 2015  Posted by on August 31, 2015 Tagged with: , ,  3 Responses »
Aug 192015
 

While it is hot in Toronto sometimes in-door events call for blazers, that’s how the accidental tuxedo occurred.

Tux 1

Tux 2

 

Outfit Details – Blazer, Ann Taylor (old, similar here); Blouse, WHBM (old, similar here); Trousers, Ann Taylor (similar here); Shoes, Ferragamo (here); Bracelet, Citrus Silver (here)

 

 August 19, 2015  Posted by on August 19, 2015 5 Responses »
Aug 142015
 

My Viviscal Journey started over 8 months ago when I was asked to be one of their brand ambassadors. As I mentioned in an earlier post I was hesitant to start the program because I have naturally thick hair and Viviscal is primarily used for thicker fuller looking hair. I didn’t want to mislead any readers. When I did more research I also found that it has helped with hair texture. I started using Viviscal to see if it would slow the aging process of my hair – my hair was becoming coarser. After the initial 6 months period I am happy to write that my hair feels smoother (it sounds cheesy but I would describe it as silky) and has become thicker (a side effect I am happy with).

Viviscal is very easy to use: Take 2 tablets daily for a minimum of 3-6 months (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening taken with water after food). Thereafter, to maintain healthy hair growth take 1-2 tablets daily as required. Viviscal tablets are easy to swallow.

As I wrote previously, I noticed a difference after only a month, my hair was silky, and the affects were still felt throughout the program. Results usually take 3-4 months but again every person is different with some people seeing results later and some like myself, earlier. My biggest worry was that my hair would feel oilier (I have naturally oily hair) but I didn’t notice a difference and trust me I was keeping an eye out for it.

I would recommend Viviscal to anyone who has thin hair and is looking for a product to help thicken it. I would also recommend Viviscal for aging hair to combat the frizz or coarseness of it.

Viviscal

Viviscal Side View

Viviscal Full View

Dress – Nicole Miller (old, great options here, here, here and here)

Now for the contest! Viviscal is giving one lucky reader their own six month supply of Viviscal so they can start their own Viviscal Journey. Enter by leaving a comment and keep track of all entries using the Rafflecopter form. This contest is only open to Canadian residents. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

About Viviscal

Viviscal Maximum Strength is a groundbreaking supplement for women and men experiencing thinning hair. Formulated with the exclusive AminoMar CTM Marine Complex, silica, and Vitamin C designed to supply vital nutrients to nourish hair. The proprietary AminoMar CTM ingredient can only be found in Viviscal Maximum Strength and is scientifically formulated to help nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth* from within, during the Anagen phase of the hair growth cycle.

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– Key active ingredients in Viviscal Maximum: Exclusive and Patented AminoMar CTM Marine Complex which provides the essential proteins needed to nourish thinning hair and encourage growth of existing hair. Horsetail Extract, an organic form of silica which increases the strength of the hair and revitalizes lifeless hair. Fortified with Vitamin C derived from the Acerola Cherry (one of the richest sources of Vitamin C available).

 

Availability: Shoppers Drug Mart, www.viviscal.ca, or call (888)-374-0073 Price: $59.99

ABOUT THE VIVISCAL® BRAND:

Viviscal® is the leading brand of supplements for the nourishment of thinning hair and promotes existing hair growth for both women and men. Originally developed in Scandinavia, Viviscal® uses a proprietary marine complex called AminoMar CTM, identified by a Scandinavian professor in the 1990s. The Viviscal® Hair Nourishment System is supported by five worldwide scientific studies, including researchers from the Swedish Alopecia Association, Helsinki Research Center, Finland’s Department for Dermatological Research and Dermatological Clinic in Leverkusen, Germany.

 

 August 14, 2015  Posted by on August 14, 2015 17 Responses »
Aug 122015
 

On August 11th I was in Hamilton on CHCH Morning Live talking about Back to School (BTS) and Backpacks. To me backpacks are the most important BTS piece of equipment, they need to hold all our other supplies and last the entire year. I go backpack shopping with my kids because I let them select their own backpack (up to a certain point). This segment was sponsored by Bentley and all backpacks and accessories shown are available in store or online at www.shopbentley.com.​ Right now and for the BTS period there is an in­store promotion going on offering up to 50% off certain products.

I am going to take you through the three (Grade School/Elementary, High School and College/University)  student stages and offer quick tips and tricks when BTS shopping.

Bentley Back-to-school Essentials
Elementary School

-When shopping for the youngest students make sure that backpacks aren’t too big, I would recommend  that bags don’t go past their bums. If bags go past their bums that means bags are too big and just become cumbersome to carry every day.

-Try backpacks on rollers for older students. Kids have homework, activities, projects and lunch they need to carry. This can be heavy for some students and roller bags offer relief for sore backs.

-Buying multiples of products. My children participate in the hot lunch program in their school. There have been several times that lids have not been fastened properly and spillage has occurred without my finding out till the morning. I have learned that BTS is the perfect time to buy a few extra lunch bags for these accidents.

-Parents can also pick up a lunch bag for themselves. This is the time of year that options become plentiful and so do deals. Brands like Tracker and Lula are exclusive to Bentley.

 

High School

For kids in this stage what they put into their backpacks is just as important to them as their backpack. Brands like Jansport, Adidas, Reebok and Parkland seem to be favourites for all students.

-I would recommend picking up a gym bag for high school students (Adidas has some of the best options and colours around). Gym bags are an easy way to keep gym clothes in a central location and it keeps musty gym smells contained. I also picked one up for myself and added it to my gym bag supplies.

-On air I mentioned a travel straightener for your teenage daughter for her to straighten her hair after gym. A great accessory for women or any age. Some of us may be working out during our lunch breaks and may need to add this accessory to our gym bags as well.

-Selfie sticks are $9.99 at Bentley when you purchase a backpack. I used mine when vacationing with family in Croatia. I don’t know who loved it more, my kids or husband.

 

College/University Students

Technology is king during this period. Invest in laptop cases, chords and chargers. Don’t forget pencil cases to store all the extra tech gear for these students.

 

 

ABOUT BENTLEY

Bentley Leathers started in 1987 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Being a pioneer in the luggage, handbag, small leather goods and related accessories space, they’ve established themselves as the l​argest retailer of luggage and travel accessories in Canada.

Bentley started with a single store and then expanded rapidly, through the combination of opening new stores, and the acquisition of some great banners, making Bentley available in over 300 stores throughout Canada.

Bentley Leathers has grown rapidly in the last 20 years and have become a household name for retail luggage, handbags, business bags, and travel accessories, all synonymous with value, selection and excellent customer service.

Website: www.shopbentley.com

 August 12, 2015  Posted by on August 12, 2015 Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 212015
 

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know I love blazers, and during the summer months I love a white blazer which I tend to wear during the evening or for travel. I always pack a blazer when I travel and in a neutral shade. This classic Ted Blazer has been in my closet for a few years and I recently scored a JCrew one for $40. Yup, $40!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

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White Blazer

 

Outfit Details – Blazer, Ted Baker (old) || T-shirt, Joe Fresh || Jeans, JCrew

 July 21, 2015  Posted by on July 21, 2015 1 Response »
Jul 152015
 

I have been 40 for a few months now and I have been coping very well. What I have noticed as I age is that society doesn’t appreciate women as we age and that I will discuss further at a later date. Now because I turned 40 I had the honour of being featured on the blog Fabulous after 40 as a Styleblazer (you can read the post here). Deborah features loads of other amazing bloggers and their style after they hit that 40 milestone.

What I wanted to share was what I wore for my 40th celebrating with family and friends in Windsor, ON. My home town and a great place to grow up. A classic LBD and a fringe kimono.

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Outfit Details: Dress, Banana Republic (old) || Kimono, Reitman’s (old) || Shoes, Express (here)

 July 15, 2015  Posted by on July 15, 2015 Tagged with: , ,  5 Responses »
Jun 102015
 

Jumpsuits are versatile and easy to wear, adding a blazer is an easy way for a totally different look. This blue jumpsuit last worn here on the blog.
GERRY WEBER Jumpsuit

White Blazer

Navy Blue with Hot Pink Heels

Outfit Details Jumpsuit, GERRY WEBER (c/o, old similar here & here) || Blazer, Ted Baker (old, like this one) || Shoes, Banana Republic (old) || Necklace, Tory Burch (here)

 June 10, 2015  Posted by on June 10, 2015 Tagged with: , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Jun 082015
 

Checks & Jeans

Checkered Coat & Leopard Print Shoes

My brother-in-law from Kaptured Memories has been taking my photos and with this session we went exploring in my neighbourhood to capture this casual outfit. We went rock climbing, off roading and cooled off in the water.

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Loving this Magnolia Silver Jewelry necklace with a leaf motif. My sister Rosie tried to “borrow” it from me.

Outfit Details – Jeans, JCrew (here, distressed version here) || T-Shirt, Joe Fresh (here, I love this t-shirt and have it in 3 colours) || Coat, Zara (old) || Shoes, Nine West (old, like these, these are on sale, ) || Necklace, Magnolia Silver Jewelry (c/o here)

 June 8, 2015  Posted by on June 8, 2015 Tagged with: , , , ,  3 Responses »
Jun 052015
 

I had my first FotoFacial at SpaMedica. This treatment uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Infrared (IR), Laser and/or Radiofrequency (RF) energy combined in the same pulse. These gentle, no downtime treatments are used to improve the appearance of the face, neck or body.

Here’s the Background:

The original FotoFacial procedure was co-developed by Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr. a cosmetic dermatologist and Dr. R. Stephen Mulholland, a plastic surgeon, bringing together the best of aesthetic dermatologic skin care and cosmetic plastic surgery into one non-invasive procedure. The procedure has increased in popularity and recognition to the point where it is now one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in North America. Dr. Mulholland has trained over 5,000 physicians in the art of the FotoFacial and the procedure has been featured in Allure, Cosmopolitan, In Style, Vogue, USA today, and numerous national and regional TV shows such as the TODAY Show and Extreme Makeover.

FotoFacial treatments involve the use of Radio Frequency, Intense Pulsed Light and Infrared energy pulsed gently on the skin to target fine lines, facial spider veins, blemishes and brown spots of the face, neck, chest and hands. The FotoFacial treatment stimulates the production of your own collagen and after approximately 5 treatments the fine lines appear smoother. The pulsed light also fades spider veins, brown spots and sun-damaged skin. FotoFacials produce a smoother, youthful, vital and less-blemished looking skin.

The patient is covered with a thin layer of cooling gel and the entire face, chest, hands or arms are treated with a gentle pulse of light and Radiofrequency energy. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes and involves pulses of bright visible light and Radiofrequency energy that are passed into the skin. Because each FotoFacial RF Pro® treatment is gentle, most patients require 5 or 6 FotoFacial® treatments to see the desired results and they are performed every 3 weeks. In certain skin types, a microdermabrasion is performed between FotoFacial® treatments to enhance the penetration of the light and Radiofrequency energy.

 

My Story:

When you’ve booked your treatment they ask you to come a half hour earlier to apply the numbing cream. The numbing cream begins working after a few minutes. Don’t worry, I worked it into the skin. The cream works and the affects can be felt for a few hours later. DON’T put it on your lips, may be hard to talk or drink coffee!

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Once the half hour has passed you’ll be taken to the treatment room where the medical aesthetician will explain the procedure to you and cover your face with a thin layer of cooling gel. This is the same gel that is used when getting an ultrasound.

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The machine below is the one used for FotoFacials and Forma.

FotoFacial Machine

 

She will explain that the pulsing will feel like an elastic band hitting your face. It is uncomfortable and the reason why a numbing agent is used. The procedure takes 30 minutes at most and my face was a bit red but nothing drastic and the redness went away after a few hours. You will smell burning hair because the pulses will be burning off the fine hairs on your face. It sounds worse then what actually happens.

In a day the sun spots on my face became darker and grainier. This is what FotoFacials do, they bring “up” the sun spots and blemishes and after your required treatments they fade and become a thing of the past. Cannot wait for that to happen to me!!

I had the pleasure of attending a beauty event the day after my treatment and met a woman who is a medical aesthetician and trains others in the beauty industry. I told her I was going to SpaMedica and she told me I had picked a great facility. She noticed my sunspots getting darker and knew that I had just received a FotoFacial before I had the chance to tell her. She eased my mind about future treatments and confirmed my belief that I had picked the place and made the right decision for my skin.

While the blemishes and spots became darker I saw no change with only one procedure and you shouldn’t expect to. This is a marathon and not a sprint.

Up Next 1540!

 June 5, 2015  Posted by on June 5, 2015 Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Jun 042015
 

I LOVE culottes and I have found another pair to add to my collection, these white culottes from WHBM. They are linen so they can get wrinkled and I don’t care.

White Culottes

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Soft drape beach stripe culottes

sleeveless top

 

White Culottes, WHBM (here, for those who hate linen because it wrinkles these are a perfect alternative, black here) || Top, WHBM (this colour not available online but white option here, or other option here) || Necklace, WHBM (sold out on-line but love this one) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old, options here and here)

 June 4, 2015  Posted by on June 4, 2015 Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »