The Essential #TIFF Handbag

Toronto’s streets are alive with the scent of TIFF! We found ourselves traipsing through King Street West yesterday after a little foraging in the Entertainment District.

If you are dashing in and out of festivities, watching movies, stargazing and partying during TIFF this year, throw these bits and pieces in your bag to keep you going and glowing like a pro.

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Magnesium

The one thing you will need plenty of is magnesium. Studies have shown, that a lack of it, could leave you with lower levels of energy, that may lead to fatigue, weakness, anxiety and irritability. The last thing you want at a film festival when you want to look and feel your best!

The body keeps using magnesium so eating magnesium-rich food throughout the day will keep you on top of your game.

Give your body a head start in the morning with a leafy green juice. Why not try cold pressed green elixir from Greenhouse Juice Co? They have one that is full of The Good stuff.

Keep up your momentum by throwing some seaweed and nuts in your bag to munch on through the day.

Sparkling Skin

Don’t just leave glowing skin to the stars. Drink Dr. Stuart’s Skin Purify, this little goodie bag has the highest essential oil content possible in a packaged tea.

Stay fresh-faced with Juicy Bamboo Natural Cleansing Cloths. Soaked in organic honey and vitamins, these beautifying wipes are free of cruelty, alcohol, synthetic fragrance, parabens and sulfates.

Keep your skin soft, supple, loaded with nutrients and vitamins with The Hydrating Fusion by La Mer, laced with their transforming Miracle Broth.™

Sweep some Mac Beauty Powder over your face as a soft blush or overall finish and make skin, your highlight of the night.

Leave Your Mark

Be unforgettable with a scent from Jo Malone. Start with something light and flowery for the day, like Blackberry and Bay and add some drama with the hues of Pomegranate Noir as the sunsets on festival street.

Screen Siren

Don’t let the carpet be the only red at TIFF this year. This season’s hot ticket is crimson tones. A scarlet accessory or flush on your lips will take your outfit from day-to-night in a flash and ensure you are camera-ready. My favourites are Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Hollywood Red or a bright cashmere scarf, perfect for those Indian summer evenings so typical of September in Toronto.

Hollywood Classic

Black sunglasses, enough said.

 

 

If Only Cupid Were Quirky Too

It began as a young teen, when I saved up all my pocket money to buy a crush what I thought was the greatest present ever, a teddy bear, a card with hearts and a box of chocolates (I may even have thrown in a rose, though I can’t really remember). In those days, our high school had a gift delivery system, you would give your present and the name of your crush to the service and they would see that your package reached the recipient.

In our last lesson of the day, the ‘giftogram’ shows up, by this point it is me who is crushed when my Valentine is mortified by the sentiment and the whole class erupts with mockery. It was a disaster waiting to happen; the impressionable broken hearted young girl that I was, couldn’t have known that, what with all the advertised promises that 14th of February brings.

After the failed endeavors of the past, in recent years, I’ve developed a much healthier attitude to celebrating the 14th of February away from heart shaped chocolates, red champagne flutes and oyster shaped petri dishes. The moral of the story is not to put so much pressure on one day and to relax, it’s not the end of the world, it is just Valentine’s Day (I say while dedicating a blog to it).

If you are looking to mark the day, by celebrating yourself, your loved one or your friends, here are some healthy ways to do it that are sure to go beyond just one day of the year!  

May your Valentine be healthy and happy, except for you Cupid!     

For the love of food – Eating the Alkaline Way by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson

It’s no secret that I’m a foodie but going to a restaurant on Valentines Day is not for me. My evolving love affair with food this year is all about being Honestly Healthy, so I gifted myself the book. If your beloved is also a food lover, this book is a real treat, full of delicious healthy mouthwatering recipes that you can enjoy all year round. For a night of food and passion, why not cook up some Tomato, Coconut and Chilli Soup for starters, Red Rice and Beet Risotto for a main course and try some chocolate mousse for dessert?

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Don’t forget the roses and bubbly – Jo Malone Red Roses Bath and Hand Wash

Everyone loves roses and bubbly for a romantic occasion, but why not indulge in it a little differently? I got hooked on to Jo Malone a few years ago when one of my best friends was getting married; the beautiful scents from that day have stayed with me. The Red Roses collection by Jo Malone is a blend of the world’s most exquisite roses; this fragrant bouquet lives up to the promise of a rich and memorable lather.

It’s the little things that count – Aveda New Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising Oil

Sometimes, a little something will go a long way! Usually when at the Aveda store or institute I’m unable to resist their delicious licorice root tea this time, the girl doing my hair treated my ends to a few drops of this oil and of course I’m now hooked on this. For lasting soft shiny hair, that’s silicone free, this loving remedy leaves one head over heels.

Not just for a day – Le Creuset Cast Iron Round Casserole

A loving aunt and uncle knew they were doing when they gave us one of these as a wedding gift. They told us it was perfect for all our future at home gourmet adventures and how right they were. The Le Creuset pink cast iron round casserole may be limited edition but it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

For the games we don’t play – Playstation 4

To my awesome husband, please buy me one 😉