Food

Brand Spotlight: DAVIDsTEA

davidstea logo mugs with strainer DAVIDsTEA is a Canadian brand that features a huge variety of tea and tea accessories. Co-founder David Segal had a vision for tea and him and his cousin Herschel Segal created the first store in 2008, on Queen Street in Toronto, Canada. If you walk into any DAVIDsTEA location, you are bound to find a tea that you like with over 150 different varieties including special seasonal blends and limited edition flavours. From fairtrade to organic to chocolatey to coffee beans, they have every flavour imaginable. Their tea offerings are white, green, oolong, black, pu'erh, mate, rooibos and herbal varieties.
Beauty

Setting Sprays

What are setting sprays? Most people don't know what they are or how to use them. According to Google, setting sprays are also known as finishing sprays and are a cosmetic product that is designed to preserve applied makeup for long periods of time. This acts as a sort of binding device that allows the makeup to set and stay on longer than it would without the spray. Setting sprays are especially popular when in theatre or doing special effects makeup as it ensures the makeup to not rub off onto costumes and stay in place. It also helps to make the look more natural as the liquid helps to settle the makeup.
Fashion

Spring Clothes

When spring rolls around, most of us can't wait to get rid of the parkas we wore during the winter months. Usually though, this means we need an update on our Spring wardrobes: new clothes! I've come up with a few looks that I can definitely see people wearing now that it's finally warming up. I've incorporated a few of my favourite fashion items in each of the looks I've come up with.
Beauty

What are parabens? Why should I stay away?

costumer shopping in the supermarket choosing a product With the new green movement in trying to promote a more sustainable lifestyle and natural products that are being promoted lately, we've seen a lot of controversy and claims that many things are now "paraben free". But what exactly are parabens? And why should we be so afraid of them? It's effective anti-microbial properties are effective and used in everyday things from shampoos to makeup products which  is used as a preservative in nearly 90% of all cosmetics. Parabens, which include butylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isopropylparaben, and benzylparaben, can be absorbed through the skin and migrate into the bloodstream and body tissues. Due to the migration of the parabens, concerns have been raised recently, about possible links between some cosmetic products containing parabens and the incidence of breast cancer.
Food

Leche Flan – Sounds a Lot Better than Saying Caramel Custard

Also known as crème caramel (the French name for you gourmet snobs) is one of my favourite desserts. Firm yet soft texture, with a creamy and sweet flavour, the richness of this dessert is almost without rival. I will be using the term flan for the rest of this article because I grew up calling it that. Now I know what you are thinking, going to a restaurant and ordering it or going to the store and just buying the President's Choice dulce de leche (Italian name for this dish) will taste just as good. The long and short of it is no, it definitely does not. The store bought one generally dries out really quickly making the dish have a lack of softness very quickly. Restaurant produced leche flan have a tendency to not taste as good as the stuff made at home. The home made flan is always better in quality and will certainly be worth the time and effort for you to make for company or yourself (small dishes or creme brule dishes are perfect for individual servings).
Lifestyle

Spring Detox

What is a detox? Detoxification may refer to the removal of toxic substances from a living organism. This is why so many people around the Spring go through cleanses and detox kits in order to rid your body of toxins. I have never tried any of these methods myself. As a skeptic, I'm curious but don't believe a juice fast or just eating cabbage for a week will rid your body of said toxins. Each year, I like to reflect on my life and see where I am at versus where I would like to be in terms of my goals. I never used to believe vision boards or writing down goals just because I knew what I wanted, so why write it down?
Food

Wine Pairings: The Rules of Thumb (How to Bring Oomph to Your Meal)

wine-and-food-pairing-chart At the instance of the Grand Mistress of the domain, I have been pulled from my busy schedule of heavy procrastination, to finally post an article on this site. But  what topic can offer the appropriate magnitude of grandeur on a site that brings style for life?! Well I have been discussing with Jennifer several food related topics, but it wasn't till I started writing about wine that I decided to make an article bridging the two subjects as a start here. That said, pairing is a simple way to really add a little class to your dining experience. It really enhance meals in many surprising ways. Now pairing a drink with your meal is not necessarily a foreign concept to some. In fact you probably do it all the time, but here are a few fun tips with wine.
Beauty

My Top 5 Mascaras

I still remember the very first makeup item I purchased; mascara. I was in the seventh grade and my friend introduced me to the makeup isle. All the products looked interesting to me but it was definitely overwhelming. I decided on a little tube of mascara and looking back, I probably wasn't the most skilled at applying it. Several years later and I've been through many tubes of mascara and have compiled this list of my top 5!