May 28, 2012

Skin Cancer Awareness





As National Sun Awareness Week is coming up from June 4 – 10… I thought it would be appropriate to reinforce proper sun protection!

Did you know that the sun is actually a star that is located 150 million kilometers from planet Earth? Even though it is so far away it can still have damaging effects on our skin. Not only is a sunburn a sign of skin damage, but even a nice even tan is as well. We are not supposed to be any darker than our natural colour, so unfortunately there is no safe way to tan. Sun damage can lead to skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the world! Pre-aging is also another result caused from UV overexposure.

I recently went to a skin clinic where a registered nurse took a photo of my face with a special UV camera. This camera can produce a visual of all the sun damage on your face that is not necessarily seen by the naked eye. The picture showed thousands of little freckles particularly under my eyes and on my nose. I have learned that NOT all freckles are cute. If I don’t start taking the necessary precautions to protect my skin, those freckles will eventually be visible to the naked eye, along with wrinkles and even skin cancer. This was a real wake up call. I have now made sure that I am wearing either a sunscreen or a moisturizer of at least 15 SPF at all times. So slop on that sunscreen because we all want to be “forever young”!

For more information on cancer or how to donate go to, www.cancer.ca

“Let’s Make Cancer History”

Stockholm


Todd and Kali - photo credit Karim Romero
Chandeliers and Champagne Girls Jessie and Leah got to experience Seventh Stage and Nightwood Theatre's premiere of Bryony Lavery’s STOCKHOLM last week. What an amazing story and passionate adventure the audience is taken on by stage actors Melissa-Jane Shaw and Jonathon Young. We highly recommend this 70 minute production at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. 

The passionate, poetic, raw and physical, Stockholm was a critical success in London England and Sydney Australia, and has now made its way to Canada for its North American debut. Winner of the Wolff Whiting Award, Stockholm invites us in on an evening with Todd and Kali, the perfect self-styled couple. They’re beautiful, have a fabulous sex life and live in a designer home. But under the surface is distrust and desire so potent that even a much-anticipated holiday to Stockholm is threatened. Probing into the psychology of Stockholm Syndrome, Lavery transports us into a lovers’ dance that is at once destructive and euphoric. Stockholm leaves us questioning the fine lines between love and lust, aggressor and victim. "Todd and Kali go on a euphoric and destructive trip. And they haven't even left their house yet. It's smart, sexy, raw and intensely physical theatre. Let us take you hostage for this hour-long wide ride," says actress Melissa-Jane Shaw. 

STOCKHOLM is playing now through June 3 at the Tarragon Theatre (Extra Space room) from Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday 1:30 pm Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Tarragon Theatre Extra Space is located in Toronto at 30 Bridgman Street.

For tickets or more information call 416-531-1827 or visit www.tarragontheatre.com
Prices range from $15-$30

Divas in the City

Join Chandeliers and Champagne girls Leah and Jessie as they proudly sponsor and cover Divas in the City 3 on Thursday June 14th from 6pm-10pm at Crown Bar and Lounge in Toronto. (393 King St. W)
 
Divas in the City is a socially driven, goal-directed event that will feature experts in various areas that are essential to the urban girl lifestyle- beauty, relationships, finance, career, fashion, nutrition and fitness. It's all about loving yourself and celebrating fabulous females in the GTA.  Several vendors such as DivaGirl Inc, Arbonne, Inspire Cosmetics, Brass Vixens and more will be on site to deliver their expertise. 


Click below for pictures of our past events:

Divas in the City - http://www.flickr.com/photos/divagirlinc/sets/72157624220290720
Divas in the City 2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/divagirlinc/sets/72157627119183973

Line-up of Presenters for Divas in the City Toronto 2012:

1. Career: Katia Millar- Positive Fabulous Women
2. Beauty: Wendy Crystal- Inspired Cosmetics
3. Relationships: Kimberly Moffit - Kimberly Moffit & Associates
4. Finance: Florence (Flo) Grunfelder – Money With Flo
5. Fashion: Hannah Yakobi - FAJO Magazine
6. Nutrition: Angela McNally – Eating Pretty
7. Fitness: Sandra O'Brien- Bootcamp Goddess



For more event information click here!


Click Join on facebook to attend event:  http://www.facebook.com/events/176229515831177/


PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AT: http://divasinthecity3.eventbrite.com/

Gumball 3000 Hits Toronto!


The Chandeliers and Champagne Girls

Leah and I had an amazing weekend as we joined the festivities for the 14th edition of the famous car rally Gumball 3000! The coast-to-coast rally took over Toronto Friday night with an exclusive event at celebrity hotspot Maison Mercer. Toronto marked the second and only Canadian stop on the seven city tour which started in NYC. We joined the crowd of over 1000 guests and sipped cocktails by Moet and Belvedere all night while listening to some great beats by DJ Chris Aidy.  

 
The Lamborghinis, audis, ferraris and other sexy cars packed the street outside of Maison Mercer.  Celebrities such as David Hasselhoff and Eve are participating in the rally but did not make the event because their cars broke down en route to Toronto. Other notable names on hand to celebrate was UFC fighter Mark Bocek and members of the Toronto Marlies. 

" Driving in the Gumball is something I've wanted to do for years. The combination of incredible cars, awesome parties and driving coast to coast is an unforgettable way to spend a week. Hosting the official Gumball event at Maison Mercer is amazing. It is a really interesting group of people that definitely know how to party!” said Maison Mercer's owner and rally driver Zark Fatah!

To find out more on how you can participate or for a party in a city near you visit www.gumball3000.com
Photos from the evening are courtesy of Pedro Marques.


Zark Fatah, Owner of Maison Mercer
UFC Fighter, Mark Bocek
David Hasselhof





May 25, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy


Warning: This is not for the faint of heart. I’m sure you have heard the hype about this book…”The Book” as described by my female coworkers. This book is to be TOP SECRET and for the female eye only! So what is it? It’s called Fifty Shades of Grey, the Trilogy, Author E.L. James. It is erotic, amusing, and deeply moving. It may not be your thing, but for many women I know, it is “The Book” they cannot put down, not even to avoid a sunburn! Also, if you aren’t into reading, you can always wait for the movie! But shhh, I never told you about it. And don't say I didn't warn you! - Leah

Book Description: “When literature student Anatasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent Spirit, Grey admits he wants her too – but on his own terms” (E.L. James, 2011). 

May 17, 2012

Flirty Triple Threat


Looking for a sexy, flirty, and fun way to get fit and burn up to 1000 calories in just an hour? Leah and I found an exercise class at Flirty Girl Fitness that has us hooked! Triple Threat is our two-times a week go to for looking fit and fabulous for bikini season this summer. We've noticed such a drastic change in our bodies since joining the class just over a month ago. It's amazing how you can sculpt your body while having fun and being sexy at the same time. Flirty Girls' Triple Threat is a high intensity aerobics dance class mixed with polymeric training that is designed to produced fast, powerful movements which burns fat  and calories fast! The quick bits of super sexy choreography, taught by the stunning Michelle Argyris , makes for a sexy and fun class that brings out the diva in everyone.  This is a class that really works every muscle and part of the body while getting a cardio workout too. The teacher, Michelle is one of my favourite instructors at Flirty Girl-- she was a gymnast and cheerleader growing up like me so she really knows how to target the problem areas and incorporate sexy dance cardio to make the complete workout. 

Flirty Girl Fitness is Toronto's hottest women's only fitness and lifestyle studio offering over 100 classes per week.  Each class delivers highly effective, yet fun and entertaining workouts. They ensure you love working out so much you’ll make it a regular part of your daily routine - not because you have to, but because you LOVE to! Flirty offers a wide range of classes such as: Zumba. Abs & Booty, Women & Weights, Video Vixen,  Pole Dance,  Sexy Hip Hop, Sexercise, Hottie Body Boxing, Booty Beat, Chair Dancing, Burlesque and many more. Check out www.flirtygirlfitness.com for a location and class schedule near you. 

Try Flirty Girls' Sexy by Summer membership promotion by visiting clicking here

Check out the video below of Leah and I at a Triple Threat class at Flirty Girl Fitness

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May 16, 2012

$25 Gift Card Contest


Want to win a $25 gift certificate for services at Canadian Beauty College in Mississauga? We're giving away 5 gift cards to 5 lucky Chandeliers and Champagne readers. All you have to do is email chandeliersandchampagne@gmail.com with the subject line "CBC Contest" with your mailing address and you could win! The Canadian Beauty College gift certificate can be used towards a manicure/pedicure, botox, waxing, laser hair removal, skin tightening and more. Check out their website for more service information! http://www.canadianbeautycollege.com/

Fashion in Downtown Oakville 
Written by: Anita Woo
Blog: http://those3chicks.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/fashion-in-downtown-oakville/

Beachy Keen Swimwear
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do a fashion photo shoot at a few downtown Oakville clothing stores with former Bachelor cast member Jessie Sulidis and her Chandeliers and Champagne blog partner Leah Feeley.   Retail expert Robin Edwards and I headed out with the girls to check out the best in fashion at the hottest Oakville retail stores – have a look below at what I captured from the day!

Our visit to downtown Oakville began with Beachy Keen Swimwear (www.beachykeenswimwear.com).   Beachy Keen is Oakville’s only specialty swimwear boutique, with an amazing selection of designer swimwear and other beach accessories.





Want Boutique
Want Boutique
Our next stop was Want Boutique (www.want.ca), a store aptly named because there were so many great things that I WANTed to buy.   The staff picked out some great outfits for Jessie and Leah to try on in fun, bright colours – perfect for spring.





No shopping trip is complete without doing a little shoe shopping, so we did a little shopping at Ron White the Foot Shoppe (http://www.ronwhiteshoes.com/), just a short walk up the street.




The Mendocino Clothing Company (www.mendocino.ca) was our next destination.  This was probably my favourite shooting location because the store is filled with an eclectic collection of vintage items used in their displays and in little vignettes around the store.  A photographer’s paradise, and of course great fashion too.

After a quick lunch, we were ready to head out again to the greatest little jewellery boutique ever – bluboho (www.bluboho.com).   With a unique design sensibility, blu’s owners have selected a collection of inspiring pieces created by designers that each have a story and purpose.



For the fashion forward, price conscious woman check out Boa (www.theboaroom.com).  The stylist outfitted Jessie and Leah with great looks that suited their personalities perfectly – have a look below.

Our final destination of the day was By Tocca (www.toccafinita.com), the perfect place to shop for special occasion and evening wear.  The dresses chosen by their stylist for Jessie and Leah were absolutely stunning!



Thanks to all of the stores involved in this shoot, and to Jessie and Leah for being such great models for me that day.  I am hoping we will work together again soon.  Thanks also to Robin Edwards for thinking of me, and to the Oakville BIA for  providing this opportunity to the stores featured above.

Please check out Robin’s blog shopwithrobin.blogspot.ca and her guest post for us chicks here.  Jessie’s personal website is jessiesulidis.com and her new Chandeliers and Champagne blog with Leah can be found here chandeliersandchampagne.com.  More information about shopping in downtown Oakville can be found on their website oakvilledowntown.com.

All photos by Anita Woo.

May 14, 2012

C&C Launch Party

We would like to send a big thank you to everyone who came out on Friday to the official launch of Chandeliers and Champagne at 1812 inside The Thompson Hotel. We had a blast and we're so thrilled to have such amazing guests and support. Congratulations to all the gift giveaway prize winners. We'd like to thank Nick Davies for making the night possible along with Peter from 1812. What a great venue and group of people. We would also like to send a big thank you to our sponsored prize giveaways. They include: Flirty Girl Fitness, TKees Shoes, Sam Edleman Shoes, Luxe Tanning Studio, Fredas Toronto, Canadian Beauty College and King West Fitness. A big thank you to Fredas for the amazing dresses they provided us to wear.

To see all the pictures and candid moments from the launch party visit our facebook page at Chandeliers and Champagne Launch




May 13, 2012

FRINGE! - Spring 2012 Fashion Trend

Jessie and I are always looking for the latest trends. Currently, anything with a bit of fringe is super hot this spring! Dress it up with a sleek black fringe dress or dress down with a hippie style fringe shoulder bag. Black or bright and colourful...you can't go wrong! I am a huge online shopper and have noticed some celebrities sporting fringe bathing suits! Check out Victoria Secret for a huge selection! Get your FRINGE on!




May 10, 2012

Eye Kandy



My obsession with glitter and sparkles has reached a new level with a new company that just launched called Eye Kandy Cosmetics. The glamourous company offers the latest in glitter cosmetics with mineral sprinkles eye wear! The mineral based pure glitter colour pigment powders enhance your eye for an amazing evening look and is great for dancers, cheerleaders, and for a big night out with the girls as you can really spice and glam up your look. There are over 48 colours to choose from that won't smudge, bleed or crack and last all day! Leah and I tried the product and will be wearing it to our launch party on Friday May 11th at The Thompson 1812. It really intensifies the eyes and makes them look like true hollywood red carpet glamour. The Eye Kandy mineral sprinkles are applied with a small synthetic brush with the special liquid sugar that makes it last all day! Leah and I got a kit of three different sprinkles to mix and match to create the perfect look. 

Prepare to be be-dazzled by this amazing new product. For more information visit www.eyekandycosmetics.com 




May 8, 2012

BC Repair Rescue Treatment (For Damaged Hair)


Dah Dah Dah Dahhh! Miracle hair product to your rescue! If you’re like me and bleach your hair very often you will understand my pain when it comes to breakage and split ends. I have been using this product now for quite some time and I’m telling you, it works. What is the magical ingredient? KERATIN! Google it! Keratin and water is basically what your hair is composed of, so it only makes sense to put it back into your hair. This hair mask is basically used like a conditioner except you leave it on a bit longer (About 5-10 minutes). It works best if you try to wring out as much water from your hair before applying, that way your hair can absorb more! But beware; you don’t want your hair to depend on it! Use it only twice a week and I promise it will have you whipping your hair back and forth!



Shamrock Abs of steel for Summer


Looking to get that killer six pack and flat stomach for summer bikini and beach season? Well, personal trainer and fitness guru Kevin McAllister from Shamrock fitness put Jessie and Leah to the ultimate abs routine workout comprising of just 6 moves. Check out the video and routine below to start your way to killer abs for summer 2012. For more information or to book sessions at "The Training Room" with Kevin visit http://www.shamrockfitness.ca/

Lower Abs (laying leg raises)
Laying flat on floor, arms at side
Raise both legs together up to a 45 degree angle
Return legs to just shy of the floor
Repeat for 15 reps
 V-Ups (upper and lower abs)
Similar to the previous position, arms extended over your head
Raise legs and arms at the same time bringing our body up into the shape of a “V”
Return to start position
Repeat for 15 reps
Renegades (no weights, obliques)
Start in a push up position with feet 12” – 18” apart
Raise one arm up to your side without moving bo
Repeat on opposite side
15 reps per side
Side crunches (oblique’s)
Laying on side with arms behind your head, crunch sideways raising knees and legs off the floor, crunching your oblique’s
Repeat 15 times on each side
Knee taps (sit ups)
Laying in a sit up position, arms over your head sit up and tap knees keeping your eyes focused on the ceiling throughout the movement
Return to start position
Repeat 15 times
Superman’s
Laying face down on the floor, lift all limbs off the floor like “superman” and/or a skydiver and hold for 15 seconds
Note: repeat all 6 in a row 3-4 times for 15 reps with 1-2 minute of rest in between
All exercises can be done one after another for 3 to 4 sets of 12 to 20 reps
Rest 2-3 minutes between sets return to start position

May 7, 2012

C&C Girls Top 5 Mother's Day Gift Ideas



Jessie & Leah on CHTV


With Mother's Day nearing around the corner the Chandeliers and Champagne girls have done your homework on selecting the top 5 gifts of 2012 to give Mom! They are: 

Check out the girls on CHCH Morning Live today by clicking : http://www.chch.com/index.php/morning-live-blog/item/8057-gift-ideas-from-chandeliers-and-champagne

(instructions on how to win these items as seen on CHTV read below)

1) Niagara Parks Golf
Legends on the Niagara Clubhouse Restaurant at Niagara Parks is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on May 13, 2012. This buffet-style brunch is a perfect gift to mum and the whole family or you could gift her with professional golf lessons or send Mom to one of the biggest parties of the Year on Niagara's 10th anniversary tournament on July 19. Her ticket will include breakfast with an 18-hole game with wine, dinner and beer after the game. For more information on the Mother’s Day Brunch and the Golf Packages and Services available, visit http://www.niagaraparksgolf.com/


2) Konzelmann Winery
For Mother's Day Special, the winery is offering up a chocolate tasting and wine tour.  As part of the tour, goers will get to see the winery, bottling line and the vineyard.  They will taste four different wines, with cheese and crackers and finish it off with ice wine and chocolate.  They’re offering a Mother’s Day Special for four people for only $25 – this is usually a $60 package.  For tickets, call (905) 935-2866 and mention the CHTV Mother’s Day special.  For more information, visit http://www.konzelmann.ca/

3) Jennifer Blakeley Newborn Photography 
This is the perfect gift for the expectant mother. Newborn photography is a growing trend, and these pictures are a beautiful way to capture your child at the beginning of their life.  Children grow so quickly, its so important to invest in good quality photographs to capture every little detail.  Jennifer Blakeley is an award winning newborn photographer situated in Niagara Falls. To purchase a gift certificate for an expectant Mother, contact: www.jenniferblakeley.com

4) Zumba Hamilton
This is the one way that people of all ages can spend time together, have fun, AND get in shape.  This is a FEEL GOOD workout, one that celebrates people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities, and appeals to your soul!   Mothers Day Promo - one month unlimited pass for 2 people - valued at $256 - ON SALE for $99 for CHCH viewers.  Go to http://www.zumbahamilton.ca/ for all the details!

5) Relax Esthetics 

Pamper your Mother with a complete makeover by an industry professional at Relax Esthetics Salon and Spa.  Bring in your Mom's makeup kit to re-vamp it and learn beauty secrets on how to enhance her best features. This magical makeover comes complete with a mini kit customized for your Mother! Spa and Salon services available to ranging from manicure/pedicures, facials, massages and more. Visit http://www.relaxesthetics.com/ for more service details. 


TO WIN ONE OF THESE PRIZES FOR MOM, SEND AN EMAIL TO CHANDELIERSANDCHAMPAGNE@GMAIL.COM WITH THE SUBJECT LINE "CONTEST" WITH YOU FULL NAME, CONTACT NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS. 5 WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM AND NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL BY THURSDAY MAY 10TH IF THEY ARE A PRIZE WINNER. GOOD LUCK~ 




May 6, 2012

Pico de Gallo (Salsa) Recipe

ARRIBA! It arrives! This Mexican cuisine, Pico de Gallo, will spice up your life! It is also referred to as "pebre" in Chile. It is super healthy and so so tasty. Now you just have to get some coloured nacho chips to go with it! Brought you you from Leah's kitchen, oh yes, I actually made it! 

Ingredients:

- 4 plum tomatoes (diced)
- 2 tablespoons of cilantro
- 1/4 of a red onion (diced)
- 2 tablespoons of Jalapeno's
- Juice of 1 Lime
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 clove of garlic (minced)






Beauty So Clean


Leah and I were browsing the vendors at the America's Next Top Model Live trade show this weekend in Toronto for all the latest 2012 fashion and health trends and came across a booth with an amazing product that I've been using as a makeup artist for over a year to ensure proper sanitation. Whether your a makeup artist like me, or just a makeup lover and wearer it's so important to ensure that your makeup and brushes that you put directly to your lips and face are clean, safe and bacteria-free. Makeup products collect oils, bacteria and germs from daily use and if we lend to a friend in need it can lead to eye irritations, infections and breakouts. A product that's taking over the health standards of the cosmetic industry, Beauty So Clean, rejuvenates, cleans and removed bacteria without altering the actual formulation of your makeup. You can use Beauty So Clean on all of your powder-based products such as press powders, blushes, eyeshadows, etc, and cream based products such as concealers and cream foundations. With just a quick spray on powders or a wipe on lipsticks in just 10 seconds your product is 100% sanitized! Beauty So Clean won't dry out or crack the colour of makeup like alcohol cleaners do. I am a professional makeup artist by day and it's a product I can't live without in my kit and in my at-home makeup bag! 
For more information visit the Beauty So Clean website at http://www.beautysoclean.com/ 


May 3, 2012

Official Chandeliers and Champagne Launch Party

You are invited to celebrate the red carpet launch of Chandeliers and Champagne with Jessie Sulidis and Leah Feeley at the Thompson Hotel at 1812 on Friday May 11 at 10pm in Toronto.

Free glasses of champagne and bottle specials all night with amazing sponsored gift giveaways from Want Boutique (clothing certificates), Flirty Girl Fitness, Cosmetco, and more! All night we will be selecting random winners to receive amazing free gifts and glasses of champagne. Come celebrate in style with us as we launch our beauty, fashion, fitness and lifestyle blog for women!

This is a red carpet event so come ready to impress :)

Big Thank you to Freda's for sponsoring the clothing for Chandeliers and Champagne girls :) Hope to see you all there.

This is a free admission event for all Chandelier and Champagne friends :) 

May 2, 2012

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation

Hey everyone! 
I volunteered for a cycling challenge at my work to raise money for children who have cancer. It's all about giving a child the chance to spend more time just being a kid and less time in the hospital. 
I have never done anything like this before, so I am really excited! My personal goal is only $200, but we can do better than that! 
The cycling challenge takes place on June 1st, 2012. I'll be sure to post some pics! I better start training hard! 
The organization is called The Inside Ride. Follow the link to learn more!