August 2013 archive

M·A·C So Supreme Glosses & Lipsticks

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The new M·A·C So Supreme hit stores earlier this month! There are 8 new shades in berry and pink for you to try!

Inspired by the global trend of lipgloss with tint, So Supreme goes sheerer than ever. The lightweight formula packs moisturizing, conditioning comfort with v application, adding a flushed glow to the lips that lasts beyond the shine. Introducing eight new, limited-edition shades in luscious corals, pinks, berries and nudes – four of which, including Gwi-Yo-Mi and Heart & Seoul, are inspired by Asia. Featuring the slick, clickable, pen-style brush applicator first seen in Sheen Supreme Lipglass, tint glides on effortlessly.

I loved the pen-style Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint. I tried it out in Glorious Intent. This shade was a light plum colour. It was very glossy and incredibly lightweight and sheer. Not sticky at all!

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Glorious Intent

Next, I tried the Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Candy Apple. This went on a little thicker than the gloss, and was a pinkish plum shade. I wished it was a little darker!

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Candy Apple


Check our all 8 of the new limited edition shades!

Inside Silo City: A Riverboat and Walking Tour in Buffalo

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I’m standing inside of a grain silo, craning my neck to see up to the top. “This is my favourite part,” Ric Prong, our tour guide, tells me. He faces away from us and towards the hallway of grain silos. He yells, there is a slight delay, and his voice echos back at us. The echo in this grain silo travels for 6 seconds. It’s pretty cool.

In fact, the entire tour is pretty cool. I am on a Inside Silo City tour in Buffalo, New York. This brand new tour brings you down the river in Buffalo in an old U-boat that was used in the Navy. The tour is 90 minutes long, and is fascinating. During your journey down the river you learn about the history of the now defunct Eerie Canal and Buffalo’s history as the largest grain port in the world.

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I loved this building!

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The oldest building in Buffalo.

As you go down the river, you see industrial bridges, dilapidated buildings and, jarringly, people kayaking down the river. It’s a juxtaposition against the stark industrial shoreline. Of course, it’s not all industrial. There are some houses along the river as well. It’s quite beautiful.

After about 20 minutes, the boat docks and we are all taken on a tour to see the grain silos. A silo is a tall structure used for storing grain. They also sometimes hold coal or sawdust. The silos that we explore during this tour are all grain silos. Grain can be stored in these silos for 8 to 10 years. Wow!

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Malting ovens

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These grain silos were used to store barley. Barley is processed to make malt, and Buffalo is home to one of the largest malting plans in the world. Hardworking immigrants would work for almost nothing to turn the barley into malt.

Joseph Dart constructed the first grain elevator. This wooden structure would have had steam driven scoops that would go down into a ship, scoop up grain and then hoist it up into the silos. You can see an old grain elevator during this tour. The last grain elevator was built in 1954.

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Looking way up into the silo.

I loved exploring the silos and hearing the history behind them. A lot of the buildings have been abandoned, but a few are in use. It’s very industrial, a little eerie and beautiful. Ric is a very engaging tour guide, passionate about his subject.

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Ric, our energetic guide!

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Did you know that a concrete grain silo is at its strongest when it reaches 100 years old? Soon the silos will turn 100, and Buffalo is finding new and interesting ways to re-purpose them.

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They’ve had art installations, music concerts and now they’ve raised enough money to turn one into a rock climbing wall. I can’t wait to see what ideas they come up with next! Buffalo still has ties to its grain filled past, though. General Mills produces Lucky Charms and Cheerios along the river in their factory.

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If you love history, architecture and want to see a new side of Buffalo, then you need to go on this tour! Inside Silo City Tours depart daily from Canalside and are 90 minutes long.  Adults are $27 and kids are $17.

My TIFF Picks for 2013

It’s one of my favourite times of year in Toronto! The Toronto International Film Festival! TIFF runs from Sept 5- 15. Tickets go on sale on Sept 1st at 9:00 a.m. Below are some of the films that I want to see this year!

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her

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Every story has two sides. The unprecedented cinematic event The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her sets out to prove just that in this quietly realized, heartwrenching drama from director Ned Benson.

Following a horrific tragedy, the enviable marriage between Conor (James McAvoy), a restaurant owner, and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain), a returning college student, begins to fall apart. With each day worse than the last, their connection starts deteriorating, until one day Eleanor just disappears….

The Lunchbox
In Mumbai, a misdelivered lunchbox brings together two very different people — a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) and a grumpy, solitary widower on the verge of retirement (Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi) — in this funny and touching comedy-drama from first-time writer-director Ritesh Batra.

The Wind Rises

This decades-spanning epic from maestro Hayao Miyazaki is his most unique films to date. Inspired by the stories of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one the most beautiful airplanes in history — the famed Zero fighter — and the writer Tatsuo Hori, this tale of love and perseverance in a turbulent world is brought to life by the vivid animation of Studio Ghibli.
Sarah Prefers to Run
Introverted and singularly focused, Sarah lives to run. When she is accepted as a middle-distance runner into the athletic training program at Montreal’s McGill University, one of the best in the province, she is determined to leave Quebec City and go, in spite of her mother’s surprising lack of support, both emotional and financial. A solution comes from an unexpected source, her friend Antoine (Jean-Sébastien Courchesne), who offers to move in with her to help her save money — he even proposes they wed to access funding for married university students.

The Right Kind of Wrong
Leo Palomino is supposed to be a writer. Before his wife left him for his best friend, Leo used to be a husband. Now he washes dishes — professionally — and stands by while his ex publicly broadcasts his apparently infinite number of character flaws on a blog called Why You Suck. Leo is closing in on thirty and not exactly feeling at the top of his game. But he’s about to meet a woman who might change his life forever — if only she weren’t about to marry someone else.

Only Lovers Left Alive
Only Lovers Left Alive occupies a claustrophobic, languid nocturnal world befitting vampires who live a counter-normal existence. Centuries old, they have seen it all, and simply want to be left alone to get on with their (eternal) lives.
A Random Desi Romance
From the writer of Chak De! India and the director of Band Baaja Baaraat comes a modern desi love story.

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Our Sunhi
Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s latest follows an aspiring young filmmaker who becomes the object of desire for three very different men, in this smart, resonant, coming-of-age comedy.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo

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The Albright-Knox Gallery has a beautiful collection of modern and contemporary art. During a weekend trip to Buffalo, I was lucky enough to catch their “Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol” exhibit. I just love pop art, so I was incredibly glad to be able to see this exhibit.

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Life of Pop is the first comprehensive survey of the Gallery’s expansive holdings by this important group of artists. This exhibition offers an in-depth look at rarely seen works from the Gallery’s Pop art collection, while providing a historical analysis of the movement’s influences, key contributors, techniques, themes, trends, and legacy. Beginning with select works by artists associated with the British Independent Group, a 1950s precursor to Pop art, the exhibition also traces the bridge from Abstract Expressionism to Pop’s explosive, colorful, and witty portrayals of the modern world. Transitional works by the painters Jasper Johns (American, born 1930) and Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)—who incorporated elements of everyday life with a more gestural, painterly approach, and included found materials on their canvases—are also featured. Their influence paved the way for Pop art’s reconceptualization of ephemeral objects and recognizable symbols. In total, this exhibition will feature more than fifty works in all media.

I loved seeing the work of Roy Lichtenstein and discovering the work of John Wesley. They also had some lovely pop art prints for sale in the gift shop. This exhibit runs until Sept. 8th, so don’t miss it!

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Only God knows I’m good

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You can also enjoy the surreal experience of the Robert Therrien exhibition. Giant metal tables and chair dwarf you as  you gaze up at these larger than life objects. His exhibition runs until Sunday, October 27, 2013.

The permanent collection also has some nice pieces. One of my favourites is the scribble staircase.

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This stairwell is the largest commissioned scribble drawing by American artist Sol LeWitt. If you look closely, you’ll see that the wall is made up of hundreds of tiny scribbles. This took 52 days to complete! The Albright-Knox gallery has interesting exhibitions and a large permanent collection. Be sure to visit if you are ever in Buffalo!

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is in Buffalo, New York at 1285 Elmwood Avenue.

The Magnum Pleasure Store

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You had better catch the Magnum Pleasure Store before it’s too late! It’s closing on Aug. 30th and you can customize your own ice cream bar of delicious, delicious chocolate.

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Start by choosing chocolate or vanilla ice cream. After that, choose to dip your bar in white, milk or dark chocolate. Then, pick out your toppings from their yummy selection. You can have crushed biscuits, sea salt, rose petals, honeycomb, chocolate curls, crisped rice and more!

You can choose as many toppings as you’d like, but they recommend limiting it to 5 for best results. Once you’ve done that, you choose your chocolate drizzle and you’re done! Your very own custom Magnum Bar for $6.

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Vanilla ice cream wrapped in milk chocolate topped with chocolate curls, crisped rice, sea salt, almonds and toffee bits. Drizzled with white chocolate!

Run, don’t walk to 11 Bloor Street West to make your own before Aug. 30th!

Alcatraz Night Tour in San Francisco

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The eerie Alcatraz Island looms from the mists on the shore from our perch in the boat. “The weather may be mild right now”, warns our tour guide, “But on the rock it’s a whole different story. It’s colder there.”

We were incredibly lucky to be able to nab a seat on the infamous Alcatraz Night Tour ($37). It actually sells out weeks in advance. When we were lining up, I noticed a sign saying that tours were sold out until July 25th. (It was only July 2!)

This night tour includes a live narrated boat tour around the island; guided tours from the dock to the main prison building; and special programs and presentations that are offered only at night.

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Alcatraz is eerie, that’s for sure. The tiny island has been home to a military fortification, a military and federal prison as well as a light house.

The abandoned prison has become a tourist attraction, even though the last inmates were here over 50 years ago. This is due to its infamous inmates (The Birdman of Alcatraz and   Al Capone, to name a few) and being the set of many popular movies.

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The island is maintained today by the National Park Service. It has become a bird habitat. When we were there, lots of adorable baby Western Gulls were there. Look how fluffy they are!

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We walked up a hill while the sun was setting and heard stories about the history of the island. When we got inside, everyone was given a self guided Alcatraz Cellhouse audio tour. This award-winning audio tour is voiced by correctional officers and inmates who lived on the island.

The tour led us all around the facility. It was creepy, fascinating and a little heartbreaking all at once. Listening to all of the stories while standing in the places that they actually happened- shivers!

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After the audio tour, the special programming began. That night, the hospital/infirmary was open to visit. It was super creepy but very interesting to see! After wandering around there, I joined the talk about past inmates that have successfully escaped from Alcatraz.

Of course, this really depends on what you define, “escape” as. Did they get out of the prison? Yes. Did they make it to freedom? That’s debatable. I like to think that they did.

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The Alcatraz Night Tour is a very unique, can’t miss experience. If you’ll be in the San Francisco area, go and book your tour! The earlier the better. Not into seeing it at night? They have day tours as well! Thank you to  San Francisco Travel.

Comfy Feet with Orthaheel

You know what sucks? Being out and dancing around at Oshega or walking down the street at Taste of Danforth only to be stopped…by your aching feet.
Maybe those cute shoes just aren’t your size. Maybe the sole is flat and doesn’t support your arches. Whatever the reason- your day is ruined.

I’m happy to say, this didn’t happen to me.

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You see…these pretty sandals have a secret.
They are specially designed by Australian Podiatrist and Orthaheel founder Phillip Vasyli. The shoes have lots of special features including a supportive orthopedic sole to keep your feet comfy….without sacrificing style!
Orthaheel’s technology assists in restoring the foot’s natural (neutral) alignment, enabling the feet, ankles and legs to dynamically function as nature intended.
The sandals that I test drove  are called Fleur ($70 on sale)  and come in 5 different shades. I wore them to Taste of Danforth and couldn’t be happier. I loved the vibrant blue colour and the cushioned sole was perfect for walking around. Check out some more sandals below.
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Orthaheels aren’t just for summer! They have a nice line of ballet flats, sneakers, boots and more- so you can stay comfy year round.
Check them out yourself at http://www.orthaheel.ca
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