Juice Your Way To Health with Marni Wasserman

Step into Marni Wasserman's Studio and you already know you're in for a treat. This summer, Certified Natural Chef, Culinary (Holistic) Nutritionist CNP, Health Strategist, and Author and Owner of Toronto's first plant-based cooking studio, Marni Wasserman created the 'Savour the Summer' cooking class series, a four- week event consisting of four different cooking classes that will result in keeping you happy and healthy! (These classes have already taken place, but are still opportunities to attend her other classes. We highly recommend that you do!). For this series, each class covered different topics, and we attended her Juices and Smoothies Class on July 13th.

As Toronto experienced its first heat wave mid- July and will continue to be hot for some time, we'll all need something to cool us off and keep our energy up. Fresh juices and smoothies are the perfect beverage to keep you hydrated and a way for you to get your fruits and veggies in liquid form!

Throughout the class, Marni was extremely personable and knowledgeable, providing us with information, tips, and great recipes to try. We had the chance to sample delicious and nutritious beverages that contained fruits, vegetables, superfoods (goji berries, cacao nibs, carob powder, maca...), and other goodies. 
We learned so many new things (have you heard about hemp milk? a great non-dairy alternative that is extremely easy to make) and we left inspired to try all of these at home and juice for rest of the summer and the year to come. 

Marni is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about what she does and you leave the class being more informed about healthy eating. It's great that her classes are small so that there is a more personable feel to the class. Marni has the class where questions are welcome and you get to sample the delicious and healthy foods. We highly recommend visiting her studio as well as taking one of her classes!


Play Matchmaker with your Makeup

"Pair Up Shades from Lips to Tips with Gerard Cosmetics and FABY USA

Long lasting nail lacquers from FABY USA and lustrous lip colors from Gerard Cosmetics pair off to keep your beauty game going strong.

With a full line of luxurious, richly pigmented polishes, FABY USA is every nail-lover’s dream. Chip-resistant, quick-drying and long lasting formulas made from the finest ingredients are all big 5 free, making for a safe and easy at-home mani. The aptly named Classics collection is the original and most inclusive comprised of 150 colors to choose from so that finding your perfect match is guaranteed.

Founded by Jennifer Gerard, Gerard Cosmetics offers every woman products that are the solution to every day makeup blunders. Created with quality over quantity in mind, this collection of 8 luxurious lipsticks feature the highest quality formulas in a variety of shades that range from glam, to 90’s punk rock-inspired, to the perfect complement to your cat eye."

Faby USA and Gerard have some fantastic hues for the fall!
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Cherry Cordial
FABY in Shall We Dance in the Dark?
Lips that range from deep cherry to aubergine are red carpet favs, and the best news is you can do it too. It's extremely wearable, and wine stained hues look great on all skin tones. Just don't over do it and don't have too dark of a shade for your skin tone (experiment with how much product you use and what works for you!) Whatever skin tone and age, you can pull it off. 
FABY in Naturally
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Nude
Nude lips are the beauty statement today. The "no make up look" has been around for quite some time, and we have a feeling it's here to stay. Nude has officially transcended from a trend into a staple classic. Nude hues are flattering for everyone!
FABY in Hollywood Party
 Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Fairy Godmother
This girly pink hue was a huge hit Spring 2015, and can still be worn throughout the fall. Pairing a pink lip with minimal make-up everywhere else will make your look more styled. They're a fun trend to try all year round. For the summer, they're fun and for the fall & winter, they'll be sure to brighten up your look!

Questions? Comments? We'd love to hear from you! letters@sarahvelasco.com


Whitening Lightening: Jewel

Even if you can’t justify splurging on that jewel encrusted necklace you’ve been lusting after, you can still rock jewel tones in a way that feels just as luxurious. The Lipsticks and Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses by Gerard Cosmetics offer gemstone colored shades that add that extra punch of elegance to your look.

Whether you’re looking to make your lips the focal point or accent piece to your look, there’s a shade for every occasion. Ranging from poppy reds and oranges to burgundy and violet hues, you’ll look timeless as summer transitions to fall. Formulated with high-quality ingredients, such as collagen peptides to increase lip volume and reduce lip wrinkles, the lipsticks and lipglosses work overtime to plump your pout and moisturize without smudging.
We love Whitening Lightening's Lighted Lip Glosses. There are always new shades out with colors ranging from nudes to fierce plums. We're sure many of you have heard about these Lighted Lip Glosses! If not, what sets these glosses apart from others is their packaging. Each product comes with a mirror on the tube and a light attached to the applicator. Perfect for application at night, or anywhere you don't have good lighting. 
We love this shade for the fall. The product is very pigmented and goes on smoothly. Not too sticky, and long lasting, the product also fades evenly on lips. Jewel- a rich ruby hue with golden shine, is available via www.gerardcosmetics.com for $24. 



French company LGCF is very excited to  introduce their new and innovative flavoured wine based drink, MERLOCOLA, now available at  the LCBO.

MERLOCOLA was inspired by a real trend that started many years ago in Europe.  Mixing red wine and Coca-Cola was big in the seventies and was originally created in Spain. The mix combined table wine, coke and ice - drank on warm summer days and often by new wine drinkers.  Now known as “Calimocho” in Spain, MERLOCOLA  is also a go-to for many in other countries around the world, including across Eastern Europe where the mix is known as “Bambus” or “Motorină” in Romania, “Jote” in Chile, “Catemba” in South Africa and “Korea” in Germany.

MERLOCOLA is just that: Merlot with flavours of Cola! The taste is very close to sangria, with aromas of cherry, plum and spices such as cinnamon.  It is a non-carbonated drink, closer to a wine than to pop and is best served chilled or on ice.
Merlocola LCBO product number: 394833
Retail Price: $8.80

We love this twist on the classic red wine. The flavor is very close to sangria with aromas of cola, cherry, plum and cinnamon spices. It is rich and sweet with a body of vanilla, lemon and orange. Even though there is a cola flavor to it, it is not carbonated. Contains 7.9% alcohol.


Marni Wasserman's Juices and Smoothies Class

Tomorrow Night Marni Wasserman is holding her Juices and Smoothies Class. We'll be there and hope you will be too! There are currently 2 tickets available for $105 each. 
We recently featured an interview with Marni which you can view here.


Shades of Turquoise

With summer almost over, we only have a few weeks to rock our favorite bright colors before heading into our Fall wardrobe! This season, turqoise is our favorite - an eye-catching hue that will be sure to add fresh shades of green and blue to your look.
This shorter rainboot is trendy yet comfortable. Of course this boot is waterproof, and it’s the perfect splash of color on a dark, rainy day. 100$

I love wearing dark pieces of clothing and adding one item that pops. Especially on a gloomy day. I have this mustard yellow trench coat that is one of my all time go-to pieces. This boot creates the same effect and will keep you from getting wet! ~ Sarah Velasco, editor
We love this style as well! This boot is inspired by the rainbow after the rain. It comes in six colors and it features a faux side zipper combined with a strap. Of course this boot is waterproof and it’s the perfect splash of color on a dark, rainy day. You can get this beauty in navy, yellow, red, grey, black and turquoise. 110$

3/4 Sleeve Printed Mesh Sleeve Top, $42 (Penningtons)
With a tropical print on its 3/4 sleeves made with perforated mesh, this plus-size top is a perfect layer for summer days and nights. Made with a lightweight and stretchy fabric, it features a scoop neck, ribbed detailing at cuffs, neck and bottom hem and a flattering fit that highlights your gorgeous figure. Team it with a white jean for a trendy summer look!

Palm Print Halter Top $40 
Embrace summer weather in chic fashion with this beautiful plus-size top! You'll love its feminine halter design and colourful trendy print! Made with a light, fluid fabric, it features a cord at neck, as well as a V-neck opening and a flawless fit that flatters your curves. Wear it with a jean short for a casual summer look!

Endless Jewelry Mint Spring Love Charm, $95 gold plated 18k

Endless Jewelry Triple Leather Bracelets, $105 each (charms not included) with gold plated lock

Wide-Width Faux-Leather Flip Flops, $32
With their versatile and stylish design, these wide-width flip flops can be dressed up or down. Boasting multiple faux-leather straps at top, they feature a padded insole for total comfort, as well as a flexible rubber outsole and elastic inserts at stripes for a perfect, comfortable fit. Perfect for sunny summer days!

I absolutely LOVE Cole Haan's Grant Escape Shoes, especially in this color (Splash Nubuck). Currently on sale for $49 online on the US Cole Haan site and in Canada at Town Shoes for $116 CAD. Super comfortable and flattering, and comes in a wide variety of materials and colors. ~ Sarah Velasco, editor

Questions? Comments? We'd love to hear from you! letters@sarahvelasco.com


Guess who's back!?

Lake Louise
Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know I'm back from Banff. This photo was taken at Lake Louise. Wish I could've done an outfit pic but I was in leggings and a hoodie. Haha Don't think anyone needs to see that! 
I had an amazing time over the past 3 weeks but am glad to be back in Toronto! 
If you haven't been to Banff before it's a great place to visit! At Lake Louise there are alot of great hiking trails and you can embark on a mini canoeing adventure :)

We have some really great things lined up for you in the next two weeks! Just a reminder the Toronto Summer Music Festival is currently ongoing till August 9th. You can attend a number of free concerts as well as concerts where you pay what you can. There are also a number of ticketed events. I'll be trying to get to as many as possible, but will for sure be attending the July 31st concert 'American Romantic' at 7:30pm
Also, we'll be covering and are so fortunate attend Marni Wasserman's July 30th Juices and Smoothies Class. So excited to learn about juicing, and new delicious recipes!
There is also the Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival. An event not to be missed for vegan foodies as well as those that want to venture out and have fun in the city! This event is August 8th 11am-7pm. 
I'm also taking at trip to the ROM and AGO, so we may be able to fit in a feature for those two.  
If you happen to attend any of these and see me, feel free to come up and say hi. I would love to meet and chat! 



Flashion Flowers

Our love for flower crowns has blossomed into a serious obsession. Not only do these wreaths add brightness and color, they also make us feel like we're carefree and breezing through summer (despite the sticky heat). 
We've spotted popular styles at weddings and festivals all year long, and we're inspired to keep rocking these hair accessories all the way through fall. 

Mia Beauty has come out with flower crowns with a twist! Mia Beauty has unveiled the first floral halos with lights. With four different light settings, Flashion Flowers can be worn in the dark for a fun, festive look. 
How to use: Find the hidden battery chamber in leaf, carefully remove the battery unit, remove plastic "pull" tab from battery unit, and place the battery unit back in the leaf facing up. Close shut, and press the button to turn on the lights! Press the leaf once, and then more times to activate certain settings. 
1. Fast Flashing lights
2. Slow Flashing Lights
3. Constant Lights.
4. Off
Price: $19.99
Where: Available at Ulta, Claire's, Icing Stores, Target and CVS
We personally love this added touch to these flower crowns! The lights will be sure to turn heads. So great for when it gets dark outside, and if you're out dancing!  

Some questions from readers....

What hairstyle would you recommend pairing with a flower crown?
You can't go wrong with wearing one if you have a middle part, and long wavy hair, but everyone can rock the look! It also looks ultra chic to braid your hair or wear your hair in a bun. But it really doesn't matter, it's up to you! 

What clothing and makeup should you use?
It really depends on what look you're going for! Personally, we wouldn't do an all white ensemble, unless you want to resemble a flower girl at a wedding, or extremely flowy, floral pieces of clothing, unless you want to go full out on the boho chic look. But whatever works for you!  

Does this crown stay on?
It really depends on the type of activity you're doing (dancing, jumping, walking...), as well as how your hair texture is. If you have thick, wavy hair, you can wear the crown in such a way that it holds your hair in place and vice versa. Meanwhile, if you have straight, fine hair you may want to hold it in place with a few bobby pins. 

Light up your style, and let us know what you think! We always love to hear from you. letters@sarahvelasco.com

You can also find Mia Beauty's Flashion Flowers online here