Shoe Shopping

Helpful Tips for Shoe Shopping

Are you aware of all the infinite number of shoes out there? Are you well-versed on where to find great prices? Are you always up on the latest fashions trends? Read on to learn more shoe information.

Never wear your sneakers with bare feet. This could cause damage your feet or cause blisters when they rub against the shoes directly. Wearing sneakers without socks may also cause foot fungus since the foot is in a shoe getting moist. If you want to keep your feet dry, wear socks made of cotton.

Be mindful of your budget when buying shoes. Set aside a certain amount for shoes and stick to it no matter what! Unfortunately, sale prices can often create the illusion of affordability and make you to buy shoes you really do not need. Only buy shoes when you need them, not just because they are on sale.

A lot of individuals have one foot that is slightly longer than the other. You need shoes fit comfortably on both feet before you purchase them. Ask a sales associate to let you try on both shoes.

Flip-flops are not a great shoe option for tough weather, and they aren’t even ideal for summer. Flips-flops do not offer the necessary support. They can’t protect you from injuries like stubbed toes or sprained ankles. Only wear them for short periods of time or when you’re near water.

Check the return policy before you ever buy shoes online. Do they have a money-back guarantee? Don’t get stuck with shoes you cannot wear but bought because they looked pretty on a computer screen.

Don’t assume that your shoes are going to get broken in if they are very uncomfortable while trying them on. They should have the right fit and feel from the first time you try them on. They may not stretch exactly the way you expect. Basically you’re left with shoes that hurt you until you give up on them.

With kids shoes, but ones with laces. This allows for your child’s growing feet while making sure the shoe isn’t too big. If you need help finding children’s shoes, definitely ask a salesperson for help.

Keep track of how many miles you put on your running shoes. They take a lot of abuse especially if you go hiking or running on wild paths. They only last about one thousand kilometres, so you must know when this is.

Build a good shoe collection with lots of variety to match with all of your different outfits. You are going to have much better results if you can coordinate your outfit with your shoes.

The shoes you wear often say a lot about your personality. They come in a variety of styles.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes. This advice will help you do just that.


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.

Winter Jacket

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.


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 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!

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:


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.


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.


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.

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.

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