NATIONAL PINK DAY! ROCK PINK ALL DAY LONG!

Today is National Pink Day! What does that mean? Well, basically, it means you wear pink all day long! However, don’t mistake ‘National Pink Day’ with ‘International Day of Pink’ which falls on April 8th annually (celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying).FullSizeRender-34

Pink is my absolute favourite colour on the colour wheel. As a tribute to ‘National Pink Day,’ I wrote a little something to honour this day! 

From nail polish
To pants
To skirts with pizzazz
Dress shirts worn with class

Hot PINK all day, has this day be so jazz

Bubblegum so bright
Pink heels outta sight
Pink hats, Pink hair
PINK DAY feels so right!

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If you’re rocking pink all day long, why not get into the festive pink spirit and enjoy food and beverages that are pink, tasty and sweet! 

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You can also celebrate by giving a donation to any of the charities that use the color pink. Also, make sure to use #NationalPinkDay when using social media today!

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Although ‘National Pink Day’ is not an official holiday where we get the day off, it’s still a fun day that we can celebrate doing right by the colour pink, the prettiest colour ever!

IMG_9358Happy National Pink Day everyone!

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WHO NEEDS SOME LAUGHTER IN THEIR LIFE? ARSENIO HALL PERFORMING IN CALGARY, CANADA THIS FALL!

Growing up in the 90’s, I remember waiting up to watch The Arsenio Hall Show. Arsenio Hall always had the coolest guests and musical acts on his show and every night my brothers and I would tune in to watch. Anybody that was happening in that era would surely be on Arsenio’s Show! Arsenio even had Bill Clinton on his show as a guest when Clinton was running for US President in 1992, campaigning against George W. Bush! Bill famously played “Heartbreak Hotel” on his saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show! This performance ultimately solidified Clinton’s popularity with minority and young voters.

FullSizeRender-32Arsenio was always known for his humour as he was a stand-up comedian. Arsenio was also doing the “fist pump” way before the Jersey Shore crew FYI! This became known as one of his most popular trademarks.  To this day, many people imitate the ‘Arsenio fist pump’ in his honor when they hear the name “ARSENIO HALL!”FullSizeRender_3

Sadly, The Arsenio Hall Show ended on May 27, 1994. The Arsenio Hall Show made a brief comeback from September 2013-May 2014! I was actually fortunate enough to get to attend a live taping in March 2014 which was super exciting as they seated my friend and I right at the front! George Lopez, Arsenio’s pal, was the guest that evening. It was really cool to be a part of that before his show was unfortunately cancelled in May 2014.FullSizeRender_2Good news though Arsenio Hall fans! Arsenio is doing a comedy show in Calgary, Canada on October 23, 2015 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino! Known for his humour, originality and wit, Arsenio is an amazing stand-up comedian who always supported fellow comedians by having them on his show. 

FullSizeRender_1Tickets are on sale now www.ticketmaster.ca Make sure you check him out if you need some laughter in your life! I’m sure he’ll definitely say some “things that will make you go hmm.”

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THAT THE END?! NO! MISS JACKSON IS BACK WITH HER “UNBREAKABLE” WORLD TOUR!

“I heard from a friend today and they said you back around; startin’ off that world tour; it’s  “unbreakable” like you”

IMG_9027That the end? NO! Damita Jo, aka MISS JACKSON IF YOU NASTY is back from being M.I.A. for a long hot minute! Living over in Saudi Arabia with her billionaire husband had her loyal fans file a missing person’s report earlier this year because she was out of sight for so long!

missingpersonsjanetj“That’s The Way Love Goes” Janet!  She taught her fans about respect and independence when they were growing up in the 80’s and 90’s with empowering hits like “Control” and “What Have You Done For Me Lately!” Clearly, Janet will always be the rhythm in our nation! Even now in 2015 the world still has so much love for her because she’s a true artist in every way possible! We love her for her music, her dancing, her acting, her philanthropy! We love her ‘cuz she’s ”BAD!” Not to mention, Miss Jackson always looks so fresh!

FullSizeRender_2I’ll never forget seeing her on the big screen in her first film “POETIC JUSTICE”  in the Summer of 1993! She had just released her album “JANET” a few months prior in May with one of my favourite singles to this day “AGAIN.”

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Rewind back to 1989, Janet famously came out with Rhythm Nation 1814, forever changing the music scene as a female artist with the anthems that we still chant to this day. Who can forget “Black Cat, Escapade, Love Will Never Do Without You and Alright.” With the militant uniform attire, black 1814 hat and one hoop earring holding a key (her trademark that we all copied back then), Janet Jackson showed the world then that she was here to stay!

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Good news though fans! Janet will be releasing her eleventh studio album this Fall 2015 to coincide with her upcoming world tour entitled “UNBREAKABLE.” The first single is rumoured to be titled “No Sleep.” This album will be her first official album released on her new label, “Rythym Nation.” The label is a subsidiary of BMG.

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Fans can get tickets now by going to www.janetjackson.com and access the pre-sale tickets by purchasing various items from t-shirts to cd’s. From there, an email is sent to you with a magic code to purchase your seats! Otherwise, tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM! The first leg of the UNBREAKABLE world tour kicks off in Vancouver, Canada on August 31, 2015 and finishes off in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 12, 2015. The North American cities that Janet will be performing in as announced on www.janetjackson.com are as follows:

There’s a lot of buzz right now about the UNBREAKABLE tour. The use of the hashtag “Conversations in a Cafe” and phrase “My Conversation” is what Janet and her long time producer Jimmy Jam have been using the last few weeks to get the hype started before the tour was announced yesterday morning (June 15, 2015).

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I can’t wait to see this legend that I’ve loved since I was a child. I’ve been to her past shows and they are always amazing. She never disappoints with the costume changes, the dancing and performances. Janet never misses a beat! It’s no wonder she entitled the tour UNBREAKABLE because Janet is and always will be in control. 

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“THE RETURN OF SEXY” BY TOO FACED!

One thing that I love is makeup. The colours, the brushes, contouring, highlighting, creating. I enjoy all of it! It is exquisite art that we get to play with! I get so excited when I come across high quality gorgeous eyeshadow palettes. One of my favourite  brands is TOO FACED. TOO FACED has several palettes out, but, one that I absolutely adore is “THE RETURN OF SEXY.”

FullSizeRender_4This palette by TOO FACED is amazing because it offers versatile artistry. From sexy neutrals, smoky greys and gorgeous purples you can really get creative with this palette. I love the fact that there’s 15 shades with a variety of sparkle, shimmer, pearl and matte finishes. These 15 shades are further organized into 3 collections: The Ingénue, The Icon, and The Bombshell.

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Included in the palette is a TOO FACED “Shadow Insurance” (waterproof primer) that you place on your lids prior to beginning your shadow application. A little goes a long way! I find that doing this keeps the shadow perfectly set and crease free all day!

FullSizeRender_3TOO FACED also throws in their “PERFECT EYES WATERPROOF EYELINER.” Ladies! This liner will not go anywhere until you wash it off at the end of your day! This stuff is the truth!

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I became obsessed after using this liner for the first time when I started using the palette. It is now my go to liner!

 

FullSizeRender_3I love this TOO FACED palette because I can easily carry it in my purse when I have a long day and need to touch up. It’s perfect for travelling because it doesn’t take up space in your makeup bag as several eyeshadow pots do. I’m personally in love with it and actually have a few in my house stowed away in case TOO FACED ever stops making it! I am a fan of the CHOCOLATE BAR palette by TOO FACED also, however, “THE RETURN OF SEXY’ is my number one!

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“ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” SEASON 3 ON NETFLIX IS OFFICIALLY OUT!

I never thought I’d be as excited as I’ve been for the release of Orange Is The New Black, Season 3 on Netflix. I started watching both seasons when season 2 was released in 2014. There was so much talk about it all over L.A. that I had to see what the hype was about. Within one week, I had become obsessed after watching both seasons on a bender.

Orange is the New Black is based on Piper Kerman’s book “My Year in a Women’s Prison.” We watch the prisoners of Litchfield, NY co-exist (or at least try to) amongst eachother. There’s drama, sexual encounters amongst inmates, inappropriate conduct with the prison guards and really bad living conditions. Certain inmates like Red and V each have their own ‘hustles’ within the prison trying to have a piece of the outside world by illegally bringing in women’s products, tobacco and drugs. Things are definitely not rosy at Litchfield with the mix of dangerous women trying to live and survive while at the same time attempting to have some form of ‘family’ within the prison.

It’s one of the best shows out right now. I love how Netflix allows you to watch a whole season as opposed to waiting each week for drama to unfold as is the case with television shows/series. 

 

Orange was supposed to be released today, June 12, 2014, however, Netflix surprised us all and released it last night as “a reward for good behaviour!” Thank you Netflix!
 

I just started watching season 2 again last week to prep up to the excitement of the season 3 release. I can’t wait to see what happens in season 3. Season 2 had a dramatic ending so I’m really curious to see if certain characters made it out alive!


Rumour has it that filming for season 4 is starting this upcoming Monday to be released Spring 2016! This is super exciting, but, I wish that Netflix didn’t make us wait that long! 

I hope you have a chance to check out “Orange Is The New Black!” Don’t forget to wear orange on Wednesdays!

 

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“HAPPY SEWING MACHINE DAY!” WE WOULDN’T LOOK FRESH IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE SEWING MACHINE!

Growing up, I was very lucky that my mother was a seamstress and made a lot of my clothes. I didn’t realize how privileged I was then as I would just tell her what I wanted and she’d design and sew if for me on her gigantic desk style SINGER sewing machine.

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I remember being scared of that ‘monster’ that made me clothes because I was never allowed to touch it. The ‘monster’ was super loud and scary looking with the needles that went up and down. One day I poked my finger as I tried to play with it when Mom wasn’t home. Traumatized from the blood and pain that surely came, the sewing machine stayed forever in my mind as the ‘monster’ throughout my childhood years . As I got older and became obsessed with clothing, I realized that the monster, hence the sewing machine, was one of the greatest inventions to grace our mankind.

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Believe it or not, the sewing machine actually has its own day of recognition! Sewing Machine Day is coming up on Saturday, June 13, 2015! Who knew? The sewing machine was invented in 1790 by an English carpenter named Thomas Saint. The reason he invented the sewing machine is because it took many days to create one piece even while having two or more workers sewing together on the same garment!

Thomas Saint was definitely a saint for his invention! Could you imagine what our lives would be like if he hadn’t invented the sewing machine? We wouldn’t have the clothes that we have today nor the designers! No Prada, no Dolce, no Chanel, no nothing! Clothes would be super expensive without the sewing machine because it would take too many people to sew one piece!

Thank you to Thomas Saint for his incredible contribution to society! As you can see, the sewing machine has come a long way from size and looks, but, it still does what it was created to do, and, luckily for us, we get to look fresh because of the sewing machine!

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On Sewing Machine Day, I plan to actually learn how to use a sewing machine! I never learned how to in school, but, better late than never! How will you celebrate?

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BLOW YOUR MIND! BRAIN TRAIN WITH ”ELEVATE!”

These days  are so much more busier than back in the day as we are consumed by our lives, phones, the gym, travelling, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. When we go to unwind, many of us still reach for our phones to see what’s up in the world! Recently, a friend told me about a smart phone application called Elevate, which basically trains your brain daily by working on improving your focus, speaking skills, processing speed and more. 

IMG_8809The way it works is pretty cool as Elevate allows you to customize what areas you want to improve on and then the application  creates a training program for your brain.

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After you select from the six different skill areas provided, you are then given a 2-4 minute test to determine where you stand. Here are some examples of the ‘test.’

Once the test is completed, Elevate provides you with your results. It’s really cool to see where you stand in terms of these evaluated skills! From there, you set up your personalized brain training program where you can ‘train that brain’ 3 to 7 days a week! 

I’m excited to start playing with Elevate regularly as it has had amazing reviews in training your brain in all these various skills! I can’t wait to see where I’m at with my progress in a month from now!

What are you waiting for? Next time you reach for that phone, train that brain with Elevate! I forgot to mention it’s free! 

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‘SPY’ FEATURING MELISSA MCCARTHY IS THE FUNNIEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR!

I recently attended the premiere screening of SPY featuring the one and only Melissa McCarthy! I was so excited to see this movie as Melissa McCarthy can do no wrong. In my eyes, she is literally the funniest actor right about now; she always delivers and never disappoints when she’s doing her thing up on the big screen!

FullSizeRender_4Since 2011 when Bridesmaids was released, Melissa has stayed active in the game successfully being featured every year (usually in the summer months) with a new blockbuster hit, proving to be a true comedy queen in her own right! Paul Feig, who also directed Bridesmaids and The Heat, is the mastermind director behind SPY. This fact in itself should give you an idea as to what to expect. Basically, get ready to roar and maybe even cry because SPY is one of the funniest movies you’ll ever see!

IMG_8603I personally would have to say that SPY was definitely Melissa’s best movie yet! There was consistent action throughout the movie as Susan Cooper, played by McCarthy, volunteers to become a CIA secret agent after holding a CIA analyst desk job. The audience in the theatre (with it’s amazing reclining seats) was howling throughout the movie as we watched Susan Cooper (McCarthy) take on different, yet, funny personas assigned from the CIA. One which stands out for me is Cat Lady with her supposed ten cats living in Ohio while of course rocking a cat sweater! All this to prove herself as an agent.

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Susan’s mission is to determine the location of a nuclear bomb from a dangerous woman, Rayna Boyanov (played by Rose Byrne) who knows the identities of all their agents. Two of the main agents in SPY are Bradley Fine (played by Jude Law) and Rick Ford (played by Jason Statham).

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I loved how the movie was mostly filmed in Europe. We went on a crazy ride throughout Rome, saw the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre and caught a 50CENT concert in Budapest! Yes! 50CENT was in SPY as he played himself! This is just a touch of what we saw in Europe, but, I absolutely enjoyed the amazing scenery the film crew captured of these gorgeous cities while Susan Cooper was fighting evil and actually kicking ass!

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I don’t want to reveal too much more since SPY is not out in theatres until this Friday, June 5, 2015, but, there’s a lot of hilarious one-liners, intense stunt work and several unexpected events throughout the whole action packed movie. One that stands out is when Melissa McCarthy is shown wearing a secret agent trench coat and heels while attempting to ride a motorcycle with a roof. As she’s about to take off on her newly acquired ride she literally falls over to the side with the bike while the car she’s chasing gets away. She of course makes her comeback with another bike that she finds, flies through the sky over a construction site, only to land in wet cement! Absolutely unexpected, however, totally epic!

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I hope you enjoy SPY featuring Melissa McCarthy and her amazing cast as much as my friends and I did. I literally was cry/laughing!

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NOBU LAS VEGAS : EXQUISITE JAPANESE CUISINE!

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I recently had the opportunity to dine at NOBU at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. What’s interesting about this is that there is a NOBU HOTEL inside Caesar’s Palace! NOBU is located right next to NOBU HOTEL and is the largest NOBU restaurant in the world set in over 12,000 square feet.

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NOBU is very trendy and has very cute attire with funky music to make your fine dining experience extravagant while sophisticated. NOBU features very unique oversized light fixtures inspired by Japanese tea whisks with colorful, patterned private dining pods throughout the establishment.

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NOBU also has a sushi bar with some of the best sushi I’ve ever tasted!

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My friend did all the ordering as I arrived later, however, all the dishes that we devoured were really incredible, capturing the divine tastes of Japanese cuisine.

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Our NOBU experience was absolutely おいしいです Oishīdesu (‘delicious’ inJapanese). 

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NOBU Las Vegas is simply exquisite. I hope to go there again soon as their diverse menu had many dishes to choose from including NOBU’s specialty dish Black Cod Miso, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Rock Shrimp Tempura and Squid Pasta.

IMG_7677I hope you have the chance to hit up NOBU at Caesar’s Palace next time you’re in Vegas. Your taste buds will thank you! 

ありがとう Arigato! (Thank You!) for reading!

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LOVE SHOPPING?! LOVE MELROSE!

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I always walk by this boutique on Melrose called LOVEMELROSE. Of course, with so many shopping options to choose from on Melrose, I usually don’t make it into this store. The other day while I was waiting on a ride, I decided to finally walk in. Man, am I ever glad I did!

First of all the store does have a lot of merchandise to choose from, so it might be a bit overwhelming, however, I was very impressed by all the hip styles and attire they had to choose from, including dresses, clothing, shoes, jewelry, bras and very unique accessories! The best part of all was the affordable prices for all these hot, trendy items!

They had really good high energy music pumping through the speakers while I shopped away. By the time my ride arrived, I was walking out with two big bags full of shoes, tops and some cool accessories for under $100! I too was shocked which is why I will most definitely return to LOVEMELROSE!

On a side note, if your significant other happens to be with you, LOVEMELROSE conveniently has a “man bench” outside right in front of the store! How thoughtful of you LOVEMELROSE!

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You can also check them out online and do your shopping from home with free shipping to CANADA and the USA with orders over $50!

http://www.lovemelrose.com

I hope you have as much luck as I did which I’m sure you will!

Every girl will find something at LOVEMELROSE!

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