Style
Fashion

Selecting Just The Right Accessories Can Make Your Outfit

Many people desire to look great but get lost when it comes to fashion. If you are like the majority of people who don’t read fashion magazines religiously, there is still hope for you! The article contains tips on the Web.

Long hair is a hassle. If you lack the time to style it, use an elastic hairband and casually tie back your hair.

For a casual look, bright colours and lighter washes provide the right touch.

Clean Your Closet

Clean out your closet on a regular basis. A cramped and cluttered closet that is jammed with items you’ll never wear can actually hinder your fashion choices. Sift through your wardrobe, and make two different piles: clothes that flatter, and everything else. A few of the latest trends and items that offer versatility are way better than dingy items from decades past.

Do not trust the size label. Always try your new clothing on in person at the store before buying them. Sizes have no bearing on set measurements anymore. They can vary significantly between different designers, brands, and stores.If you are purchasing items online, make sure you study the sizing charts on the website. Also make sure that each item of clothing that you buy can be returned.

Find Your Look

They are a top choice for many women because they make them look taller and slimmer. When you buy wedged heels, don’t choose ones that are too thick. That could present a challenge when trying to walk around in them!

Use a lip liner and blend the edges with a sponge applicator to get fuller lips. Next, apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or lip gloss. Use a little more gloss on the top lip and you will achieve a popular pouty look. You can make your lips by picking a shade of eye shadow that accentuates your type of lip shade. You can apply a small smudge in the middle of both lips.

What’s Your Body Type?

Be mindful and aware of your body type. If you are small, use soft and muted patterns that are fitted at the waist to increase the appearance of your overall length. Women with larger busts want clothing that brings the attention to other areas away from the chest with fancy skirts or trendy slacks. If you have a larger bottom half with a smaller top half, you can decide to wear dark bottoms with lighter colours on top.

Fashion doesn’t require constant magazine reading. Just follow this simple fashion info, and you’ll look great in no time on a budget. These tips are the perfect place to start to get your fashion look turned around.

Coffee Makers
Food & Drink, Home & Garden

Let’s Talk About Coffee Makers

Nothing is better on a cold winter morning than warm and energizing coffee. Nowadays, it seems like there are so many different options for coffee, from trendy cafes to old-school coffee shops. The options are just as diverse for homemade coffee. Enjoy the great taste of coffee from a café in the comfort of home. What follows is an overview of some of the coffee devices available for home use:

Drip Coffee

Drip coffee is the standard home coffee maker option, and various varieties have been on the market for decades. Drip coffee is a fast and reliable to make coffee at home, and is the best if you want to make coffee for a larger group instead of one person. Nowadays, there are also tons of bells and whistles which you might find useful. For example, some come with a separate dispenser for travel mugs, and others even have a built-in bean grinder. Nothing is better than the smell of freshly-ground coffee beans, and there’s no doubt you’ll notice the flavour difference with fresh and fragrant beans.

Single-Serve Coffee Maker

Single-serve coffee makers are the most convenient and quickest way to make a delicious cup of coffee. Keurig and Tassimo are the largest brands on the market.  You buy a box of prepackaged cups which come in many different blends and flavours of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Some stores also sell these by the pod/disc/cup, and some compnay have reusable filter cups available. Simply insert the cup, choose your beverage size, and voila. However, if you want to serve a group of people coffee at the same time, you’re better off with a drip maker. And if you drink multiple cups of coffee per day, the cost of prepackaged pods/discs/cups can add up quickly.

Espresso Machines

If you aren’t willing to settle for ordinary coffee, having an espresso machine in your own kitchen produces heavenly results. When you need a quick pick-me-up, a small shot of espresso always does the trick. You can also wow your guests or give your partner a special treat with rich and creamy lattes, café mochas, or cappuccinos. For the best tasting coffee drinks, make sure you get a milk frother attachment to make the most incredible beverages you can imagine. While you may still need a drip machine or single-serve coffee maker for daily use, an espresso machine is a pretty special luxury.

No matter what you choose, you’ll be sipping incredibly flavourful coffee in the comfort of your home in no time.

Toronto Celebrity
Celebrity, Movies, Music, Sports

Our Favourite Toronto Celebrities

Toronto’s a big city, with more than six million people in the Greater Toronto Area. In such a big city with thriving music, art, movie, and sports scenes, there are a lot of very talented individuals who have gained international fame for their abilities. Here are some of our favourite Toronto celebrities and why they stand out from the crowd:

Jim Carrey

For more than twenty years now, Jim Carrey has been busting our guts with hilarious movies. After a bit of a lull, he returned to what he knows best with Dumb and Dumber To released in the fall of 2014. Carrey was born in Newmarket and raised in Scarborough. He’s a huge Leafs fan, and even wore their iconic blue and white jersey while hosting Saturday Night Live in October. Toronto has a great comedy scene and has produced many talented funnymen, but nobody beats Jim Carrey.

Andrew Wiggins

Wiggins was raised in Thornhill and Vaughan. While there has been a recent surge of Toronto-area basketball players making it big in the NBA, nobody beats the phenomenal Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins highly regarded as a college player, and chose to commit to Kansas. He was the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the massive Kevin Lowe deal this summer. The son of a former NBA player and former Olympic athlete, Torontonians should be proud to share the same hometown as this talented man.

Steven Stamkos

Stamkos was raised in Unionville and Markham, and was the first overall pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft. Stamkos is arguably the best goalscorer in the NHL. He was kept off the Canadian Olympic team last year due to a brutal broken leg, but he’s arguably the second-best player behind only Sidney Crosby and lights up the league with his incredible sniping abilities. Stamkos only has one more year on his contract after this season…could he come home to the Toronto Maple Leafs? We’d love it!

Drake

28-year old Drake was raised in the affluent Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto. He has been repping Toronto for more than a decade, first as Jimmy on Degrassi and now as a world-renowned rapper and entertainer. We love Drake because he is proud to come from Toronto and lets the world know about it. He features everything from Shoppers Drug Mart to his old Forest Hill neighbourhood in his music videos. He is an Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and shares his love for the team all around the world. Plus, it helps to have such a talented artist with sky-high potential representing our great city.

Of course there are so many other talented Toronto celebrities to name, but there’s no doubt these four are our favourites right now!

Winter Jacket
Winter

Best of Outdoor Winter Clothing

At the height of Toronto winter, we know it’s important to wear a coat outside. But beyond that, people are split on what outdoor winter accessories are necessary. Do you go for a whole snowsuit with scarf, neckwarmer, toque, and earmuffs just to check the mail? Or just brave the Canadian cold in jeans and a jacket? Well if you want to warm up outside, here are some great winter clothing and accessories options:

Touchscreen Gloves

Have you stood at a bus stop with freezing hands because you were texting, or let the messages pile up in your pocket because you didn’t want to bare your hands to the cold? Well touchscreen gloves are the perfect solution. Thanks to special texture in the fingertips (or all over, on some glove), you can keep your hands warm and still text away or try to beat your Angry Birds record while waiting for the bus.

Sound Toque

Fiddling with little earbuds is no fun in the winter, but bulky headphones don’t fit well over or under a toque. Fortunately, technology these days means you can have your headphones build straight into your toque. This means you won’t need to worry about wires getting tangled up, and you can go for a winter run with your favourite workout tunes.

Winter Boots

You may think you’re too cool for proper winter boots, but when the weather kicks up, a good pair of winter boots can make all the difference. Proper winter boots keep your feet dry in snow and rain, have grip to protect you when you walk on ice or freezing rain, and keep your toes warm as the temperatures drop into double digit minuses.

Heated Jacket

You’ll be the envy of everyone outdoors if you get a heated jacket. Not only are they waterproof and well-insulated, they have rechargeable batteries which will keep you warm in the coldest of weather. Amazingly, the batteries can also be used to charge your cellphone, so not only is this jacket a luxury, it can save your life if you get stuck in the elements. Keep your body temperature up and your cellphone charged to call for emergency help if you get trapped outdoors.

Toronto winters are never easy. But with great winter clothing and accessories, you can be toasty warm and actually enjoy some of the great things Toronto has to offer in the cold and frosty winter months.

 

Meditation-Toronto
Health & Wellness

12 Day Transformation

If you’re struggling with stress, self-doubt, relationship problems, money troubles, stagnation, or negativity, you probably feel like you’re ready for a big change. Thanks to the Silva Method, in just twelve days you can transform your live and learn how to push aside all these troubles and reach your true potential. The techniques learned through the Silva Method can improve the following:

Stress

Stress can cause a lot of pressure and tension. Not only does it manifest itself in your emotions, it can occupy your mind, manifest itself with physical fatigue and pain, and trouble your soul. Kick stress to the curb in twelve days.

Money Problems

Did you know that money is like a magnet, and gets attracted only to places where it feels wanted, valued, and loved? Learn now to attract money rather than repelling it. Can you imagine your money problems becoming turned around in just twelve days?

Relationship Troubles

Do you struggle with bad relationships, or even no relationships? Loneliness, bad communication, and even abuse can really trouble the mind and soul and make everyday life painful. Learn how to improve interpersonal skills so you can maintain healthy relationships.

Lack of Focus

Lack of focus can be quite troubling and really prevent you from living your life effectively. If you can’t concentrate, it’s hard to get things done. Meditation to reach an alpha state of mind can completely transform your life by allowing you to focus.

Bothersome Physical Manifestations

You may notice if you are particularly stressed or overwhelmed that you get physical manifestations of the problems. The Silva Method can help to address the root cause and solve the physical manifestations.

It’s hard to believe, but in just twelve days you can learn the techniques and gain the mental resources to transform your life. No longer must you live with stress, pain, heartache, and lack of focus. Be your best self and reach your true potential thanks to the Silva Method.

Cross-Country Skiing
Sports, Toronto News

Best of Toronto in the Winter

Toronto is one of the best places in the world for outdoor winter activities. With more skating rinks than you shake a stick at, incredible hills on which to sled, and even world-class ski resorts just a couple hours outside of the city, Toronto is the place to be for winter sports enthusiasts. Here are some of our favourite Toronto-area winter activities:

Ice Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, surrounded by towering skyscrapers and the modern architecture of City Hall, this is a great place to make cherished memories with your kids or just skate around with friends and family. Because it’s the shining jewel of Toronto’s rink system, it’s always very well maintained and has the longest open season of any rink in Toronto. You’ll have to go elsewhere to play hockey and live out the dream of Canadian kids everywhere, but for a nice winter lap there’s no place better. Two hour skate rentals cost $10 per adult.

Centennial Park Ski & Snowboarding

Etobicoke’s expansive Centennial Park is home to a Ski & Snowboard Centre. With facilities for all ages and skill levels, you can take introductory classes to learn about the sport. If you’re an advanced skiier or snowboarder, you can practice your skills and stay fit during the winter. There is even a competitive racing program. North Yorth’s Earl Bales Centre is also host to similar facilities, so no matter where you live in Toronto, you have access to amazing ski & snowboard training without even having to leave the city.

Cross-Country Skiing

Toronto is a great place for this tamer yet difficult cousin of alpine skiing. If you have your own equipment and just want a quick route, trails in High Park can give you a taste of nature without leaving the city. Vaughn is home to Kortright Trail, a short 5km with affordable admission. For cross-country skiing veterans who want a longer trek, Albion Hills conservation area has 26km of trails for not only cross-country, but also snowshoeing, tobogganing, and a skating area.

Of course, your nearby neighbourhood park is probably a great place for ice skating, hockey, sledding, and maybe an impromptu snowball fight. The outdoor winter possibilities in Toronto are endless!

Winter Driving
Safety, Weather

Winter Safety in Toronto

We’re at the height of winter in Toronto, with chilly temperatures, heavy snowfalls, and gusty winds. Outdoor accidents can be deadly at this time of year, so it is very important to take precautions. Here are some tips to stay safe this winter:

Bundle Up

Even if you don’t actually expect to be out in the elements for long, it is paramount that you dress for the worst-case scenario. You could be driving to drop someone off and not expect to leave your car. But a stall or engine failure, very common in freezing temperatures, could leave you stranded for hours in the cold. So no matter your plans, make sure to dress with a warm coat, boots, hat, and gloves at all occasions. Scarves and neckwarmers are recommended, but the two most important items are undoubtedly a coat to protect your core and a hat to protect heat loss from your head.

Emergency Supplies

Make sure your car has a winter survival kit at all times. You never know when a snow squall or black ice will bring highway driving to a halt, or when freezing temperatures will prevent your car from starting. A winter survival kit should have blankets, non-perishable food like energy bars, water, extra clothing, a small snow kit (shovel, scraper, brush), flashlight, candles, a whistle, and a road map. Make sure to replace the water every six months, and replenish supplies as necessary. Hopefully you’ll never have to use your winter survival kit, but better safe than sorry.

Wear Suitable Footwear

All too often we think we can get away with wearing sneakers all year long. While it certainly saves money, this is a dangerous practice that can cause real harm when bad weather strikes. Proper winter boots, with strong traction and water resistance, can protect you from slips on the ice, and can keep your feet dry in deep snow or slushy weather. Wet shoes and socks are a recipe for hypothermia and frostbite. Proper footwear that keeps you dry and sturdy in tough winter weather is very important.

Be Smart

If it is particularly vicious weather, with freezing rain, black ice, or snow squalls, consider whether an outdoor trek is necessary. If your trip can be delayed or cancelled, then do so. Safety is more important than most tasks. If you absolutely must head out, be sure to consolidate your tasks to avoid driving all over the GTA. Drive slowly and safely, exercise extreme caution with limited visibility, and beware of pedestrians. Stay safe this winter, Torontonians!

Toronto New Year
Music, Politics, Sports, Toronto News

Best & Worst of 2014 in Toronto

It’s hard to believe, but with New Year’s Eve just days away, it’s almost time to close the books on 2014. It was a memorable and eventful year, to be sure, and we always hope for better in 2015. With another year almost passed, here is at look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of 2014 in Toronto:

Politics

The lowlight of Toronto politics in 2014 doesn’t take much guesswork: everything surrounding Rob Ford in any and all manner and action. Even though his brother Doug Ford ran in the mayoral election, the considerable shadow of Rob hung over the whole affair. Therefore, it makes sense to make the political highlight of 2014 the mayoral election, which saw John Tory elected mayor of Toronto over Doug Ford and Olivia Chow. Tory won more than 40% of the popular vote, a plurality that ensured a new face for Toronto politics and the end of an embarrassing era that put Toronto on the world stage for all the wrong reasons.

Sports

Though it happened in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the highlight of Toronto sports might have happened on January 1, 2014, the very first possible day. On that day, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout to win the 2014 Winter Classic by a 3-2 scoreline. While it may not seem like much, it makes a good case as the highlight of Toronto sports in 2014. However, we give this one to the Toronto Raptors. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08, and though they lost in seven games to the Brooklyn Nets, they have followed it up with a fantastic start to the 2014-15 season. The Raptors are currently first in the Atlantic division and third in the entire NBA! As for lowlights…Maple Leafs and Argonauts miss the playoffs, Blue Jays barely above .500…take your pick.

Music

Toronto native Drake continued to represent Toronto well, serving as Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and touring the world. He even hosted Saturday Night Live in January. His album Nothing Was the Same was shortlisted for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, a ceremony that was hosted in Toronto. Overall, he deserves the highlight. Musical lowlight? Prince no-showing for a rumoured November concert wasn’t great, but Justin Bieber takes the cake. He’s not a Toronto resident or native, but bad things seem to happen when Bieber and Toronto collide.

Toronto Christmas
Holidays

Toronto’s Best Christmas Sights

New York gets all the credit in the movies and on television as the ultimate Christmas city. Well, we Toronto residents know the real truth – that we have New York beat. Not only is Canada home to Santa’s workshop way up north, we also boast the best big city in which to celebrate the Christmas season. Here are some of our favourite must-see Christmas sights in Toronto:

Nathan Phillips Square

Located at the heart of downtown Toronto, the seat of the city’s government is also the centre of holiday action in our nation’s biggest city. Nathan Phillips Square is illuminated with the holiday spirit, and it’s the perfect place to introduce kids to the magic of Christmas or even share a romantic night with a date. The large Christmas tree shines bright, and the outdoor skating rink is a great place to observe the special combination of shining Christmas lights and glowing office towers at night.

Bloor-Yorkville

This trendy shopping district is a perfect place to enjoy an evening stroll, looking at the beautiful Christmas lights and impressive window displays and artwork while sipping a hot chocolate or warm cider from one of the great vendors in the neighbourhood. Bloor-Yorkville is a great place to pick up Christmas gifts for friends and family, or just enjoy some holiday magic as you see the trees glow with seasonal colours.

The Nutcracker

Presented by the National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre, The Nutcracker is a must-see event for all Canadians and Christmas lovers. Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas story set in Imperial Russia is so elegantly performed by Canada’s best ballerinas and ballet dancers, your jaw will drop just like a nutcracker. With iconic music, a timeless story, and gorgeous choreography, The Nutcracker will get any Torontonian into the holiday spirit.

Toronto Christmas Market

The Distillery District is host to this annual holiday street market that features some of the best and most creative vendors in Canada. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique and memorable Christmas gift while enjoying great entertainment, food, and cider and beer in the beer gardens. The kids will love shopping here, with a life-sized gingerbread house, carousel, and visits from Santa and his reindeer. You can get a taste of European Christmas tradition without leaving Toronto.

These are just some of the incredible events and sights that offer a hint of holiday magic to Toronto residents and visitors during the most festive time of year.

Celebrate the Holidays in Toronto
Holidays, Toronto News

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Style

Now that December is in full swing, so is the holiday party season. You may even be planning on hosting a festive party of your own. While the task may seem overwhelming, don’t fear – keep these easy tips in mind, and you’ll throw a party that has all the jingle bells rocking!

Guest List

Plan your list in advance rather than playing it by ear. Even if you plan inviting people in person or by email/evite, make sure you get a good feel for the expected number of guests. Make it clear whether plus ones or children are welcome. Requesting RSVPs can make this easier, but some guests don’t RSVP and show up anyway! If it is a casual party with finger food, you can easily prepare to feed an extra mouth or two, but if it is a small, intimate dinner party, making sure the number of expected dinners is known in advance.

Shopping and Advanced Preparation

Especially at a time of year when things are hectic enough already, make things easy on yourself by shopping well in advance. Decorations, beverages, non-perishable snack foods, and items like napkins and paper plates can be purchased well in advance. Many food items can be prepared and frozen until the day of the party. When you do go shopping for fresh items like baguettes and produce, make sure you bring a list! In the chaos, it can be easy to forget simple things like lemons. Plan and prepare!

Festive Touches

While we understandably focus on the drinks and food at holiday parties, other special touches can be added to impress your guests and make this party one to remember. Consider adding seasonal decorations in places you might overlook, like the foyer or bathroom. Some holiday tunes cranking on the stereo system or even tuning to the fireplace channel can add that extra touch to any holiday party. Seasonal scents like peppermint and cinnamon can make any home feel like holiday heaven.

Enjoy Yourself

In all the excitement of making sure your guests are comfortable, don’t forget to enjoy yourself as the host. The holiday season is about sharing time with family and friends, some of whom you may not get to see very often. Take a moment to relax and enjoy their company. Also don’t forget to savour the food you spent so much time preparing. Your guests will have an even better time knowing their host is having fun as well and enjoying their company.

With great food, friends, and holiday decorations, you’re sure to throw a holiday party for the ages. And these simple reminders can help you avoid the stress, impress your guests, and focus on the joy of the season.