Nov 27, 2015

Cece & Bee: Handmade with Love

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Esty Shop: Cee & Bee
Facebook: Cee & Bee

How did you come up with the name Cece & Bee – I’m assuming the Cece part is after your cat.

When I started Cece & Bee I lived in a small apartment on my own and I had just got my cat, Cece, from the Humane Society. From the very beginning she loved to explore my craft supplies – every time I got them out she would come and lay right on top of the pile of paper! That apartment had a bee infestation our first summer, and so the name kind of naturally evolved as an homage to our early beginnings.

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Your logo – which I love – has a classic charm. What inspired it?

I wanted the logo to be simple and classic. I wanted it to be sweet without being cheesy, and it was really important to me that it be something I could draw by hand. I like to think that the hand-drawn quality adds a little something special, acting as a reminder that the item is handmade.

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How do you come up with the ideas for all your cards?

This is the longest part of the process. I love going to the store and gathering ideas from everything that is available. I try to stock up pretty regularly on supplies, mixing scrapbook paper with other items like recycled cards, wrapping paper, and even packaging! Then when I’m in the mood to make something I spend time just looking over what I have until I find something that speaks to me. From there it’s all about matching and layering different elements until I find the perfect combination.

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Your cards are available on Esty, but do you participate in any craft shows?

This is the first year I’ve participated in any fairs or markets, and so far I’ve really enjoyed the experience! I did one this past spring, and another just a few weeks ago. It’s a great chance to chat with people and get feedback on my work. And I love the holidays so I really enjoy the festive mood of holiday markets!


 Virginia Carney is the woman behind Cece & Bee. She is not only crafty but beautiful both on the inside and out!

You are a self-professed bookworm. What types of books do you like to read and who are some of your favorite authors?

It’s true! Usually I average about a book a week. I love memoirs, but I’ve been reading more fiction lately. Some of my favourite authors are Jonathan Safran Foer, Jenny Lawson, Gillian Flynn, and Cheryl Strayed. And lately I’ve been really into Kate Morton!

I always find that when they make a novel into a movie – the book is always better. What do you think?

As someone who loves books AND movies, I think it’s best to think of them separately and not expect the same things from each experience. The let-down comes when you expect a director to interpret the book exactly as you have and adapt that to film. There are definitely some book-to-movie adaptations I’ve loved – but I hate when people love a movie and don’t bother to read the book!

I keep a book of quotes – every time I read or hear one that resonates with me – I write it down. What is your favorite quote?

Oh, this one is really easy for me. I read “Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed earlier this year and this really stayed with me:

“Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore” – Cheryl Strayed

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You are the Salon Manager/Coordinator at Texture Hair Salon. How has the experience been so far?

It’s been amazing. I love working with such a fun and unique team, and I’m grateful to have a job that is a new adventure every day!

You went to NATVA earlier this year – aside from the flight mishaps – how did you like Vegas?

Vegas was a totally different world! Everything there is bigger, louder and more expensive there. But it was a great experience. The best part was the NATVA Show – it’s so inspiring to see these artists in their element. Working with the Texture Team to prepare for the competition was amazing. They are so talented and when they let their creativity go wild the results were so beautiful and creative.

What are your favorite hair products?

I love the Wella LuxeOil, it’s definitely a staple in my beauty arsenal, it repairs my hair and leaves it smooth and manageable. I also love Sebastian Light Shampoo and Nioxin Clarifying Cleanser – I rotate the two and then follow up with Drench conditioner. And I can’t skip Potion 9! Starting your styling with the right prep products is so key to a lasting end result.

Have you picked up any hair or beauty tips from the Stylists?

I used to always be afraid of using too many different products. Once you understand how professional products work you can choose the right combination to achieve the look you want without build-up, or weighing down your hair. I’ve also learned that texture is key. For example, rather than just curling my hair, now I use Texture-maker spray and run my fingers through it to give it a bit of a bed-head look, rather than fussy-looking polished curls.

Since we are a fashion and beauty blog, would you mind answering some personal questions?

Do you have a daily beauty routine?

I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my beauty routine. Shower, exfoliate and moisturize, then prep my hair with LuxeOil and Potion 9 before blowdrying. I love makeup but I’m not very adventurous – I end up using the same makeup every day! I love MAC pigment for a luxe looking shimmery eye, or when I’m feeling lazy I go for a bold lip to look pulled-together.

How would you describe your personal style?

Simple and classic, with a twist. I love prints, and I have a whole closet full of them. Prints elevate even the most simple items and make them look more put-together.

Let’s hear some of your favorites…
piece of clothing you own: My floral silver and blush tea-length skirt from Anthropologie
pair of shoes: My Nine West platform pumps with a really unique floral and animal print combo
accessory: I’m completely obsessed with J.Crew statement necklaces – I have way too many!

What is your favorite way to pamper yourself?

Pour myself a glass of wine, light a candle and grab a book and some chocolate for a hot bath.

Finally pick three words that describe you best.

Creative, nurturing, lively.

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Nov 24, 2015

A Good Consultation


Salon Manager/Coordinator, Texture Hair Salon

Here is a tip from a front-line point of view!

The key to a good appointment is a good consultation. Don’t stress if you don’t know all the terms that hair stylists use, bring pictures to help explain what you are looking for. That being said, always remember that photos from the internet might be people with a different hair type than you, or a different foundation to work with – and don’t forget the use of photoshop!

Bring a variety of images and then trust that your stylist will do their best to adapt the look to suit your hair type, and your lifestyle.

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Nov 22, 2015

Pyjama Patrol

Tis’ the season to spread the love.

Joanne is the proud mother of four beautiful children. So it is no surprise that she would want to help other kids too.

What is the Pyjama Patrol? 

Pyjama Patrol is a group of Moms and caring individuals who want to make sure every child goes to bed with a pair of warm pyjamas at night.

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RinkEye Development Center wants to help provide new warm pyjamas to kids in need, in partnership with Pyjama Patrol.


Please bring your pyjama donation to Rink Eye Training Center and join them in being part of this great cause. 

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Rink Eye Development Center
50 Frank Nighbor Place
Kanata ON K2V 1B9

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Nov 19, 2015

Holiday Glam

Love this gown and it will be in my closet in 10-14 business days.

Black Poet Sleeve Maxi Dress from Express



Nov 17, 2015

Treat Your Hair

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Using good salon hair products to maintain your color and the integrity of your hair is a no brainer for all stylist. So why is it so hard sometimes to get our clients on board?

Most of us are too busy or don’t want to take the time at home to treat our hair, we have good intentions but good intentions don’t fix damaged hair.

Our jobs as stylists is not finished when we are done blow drying our masterpiece, it is finished when we advise our clients on how to maintain and care for their hair but, they don’t always listen.

This is why I love in salon treatments!

A few of my favourite products are Sebastian Professional Penetraitt and Sebastian Professional Drench that can also be purchased for in home care.


My No.1 favourite, however, is the one that delivers many punches, Olaplex!


This is an in salon treatment added to your colour, bleach or just on its own to replenish the disulfide bonds in the hair. Simply put, we lose these bonds daily with shampooing, and with the many heat styling tools that we use. This product multiplies these bonds and minimizes breakage! Imagine going from a darker colour to bleach blonde with little to no breakage?!

This is the Bugatti of hair treatments. If you don’t believe it just book an appointment and see what it’s all about.

Dawn Hearty
Texture Hair Boutique

1884 Merivale Rd. Unit 6
Ottawa, ON
K2G 1E6

Nov 16, 2015

Magdalena Frackowiak


This week’s P.O.W is Polish international fashion model Magdalena Frackowiak.

If you were a journalist who had a backstage pass to one of the most anticipated fashion shows of the year, what would you ask?

I am hoping that it would be intelligent and not ask the models what they were going to eat after the show.

2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show model Magdalena Frackowiak reaction to that question from TMZ is absolutely priceless.

‘Not with these kinds of questions, guys, this is stupid. Ask more smart questions, not eating after the show. You make me look like an idiot, like I’m starving myself and I can’t wait for the show to end so I can eat.’She then dismissed him with a wave of her hand. As she should.
Nov 14, 2015

Stylist Spotlight: Joudy Haddad


“It’s a beautiful thing when a passion and a career come together.”

I think this quote explains Joudy’s career in a nutshell. He shapes my eyebrows – the precision and care he takes speaks volumes. I love his work – it is pure artistry. One of my favorite looks he created is the third picture in this post – the old school Hollywood waves. So beautiful and flawless – almost like a painting. Plus he is so funny – love his sarcasm.

This interview was reblogged from one of our guests. Ramsey Sayah – has a passion for hair/fashion – he’ll keep you inspired, informed and beautiful. Sign up for his newsletter by clicking here.

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Joudy Haddad, Hair Styist and Makeup Artist
Texture Hair Boutique – Ottawa ON

I’m so lucky to be part of a profession that has such great talent – we are not only hairdressers and barbers but architects and painters too. I have been in the industry for over 20 years and along the way I have met many amazing artists. Shop Talk is my way of shining a spotlight on their work, passion and artistry.

When I first met Joudy, there was something about him that I liked instantly. He had this amazing honesty about him – it made me smile and kept me wanting to hear more. It was refreshing to hear someone speak so openly about pretty much anything. I knew this guy belonged with us at Texture. I knew that clients and our team would enjoy his presence as much as I did.

Joudy is an amazing artist who puts his heart into everything he does. Once you read his interview, you’ll know what I mean.

Growing up, who inspired you to become a hairdresser and did you have a mentor?
Well my father is a hairdresser. My inspiration for hair, I don’t know where it comes from. I always did hair when I was younger. My dad had hair tools and hair forms, when I was about 8-9 years old I would get one and braid the whole head or do finger waves. Then, when I got older, my father noticed how much I liked it, so he started taking me to work with him. I would help him wash hair, do blow dries and watch the hairdressers – I learned from watching – so it helped me out a lot.

I don’t have a mentor. I think that for hairdressers – you either have it or you don’t. It’s like artists with drawing – you’re either good at or you’re not. School only helps with theory – but you have to have an eye for it. If your good at it to begin with, you’ll go a long way.

Where did you study?
I went to Algonquin College. But, I am more hands on, so learned more being in the salon.

What is one hair tip everyone should know?
Don’t freak if you don’t like a haircut, it will grow back. And, always take time to do your hair in the morning, because it will make you feel good throughout the day.

What are your favorite hair products at the moment?
I really like göt2b glued – especially for thick, coarse hair and Sebastian Microweb Fiber. For women, I like Wella Brilliance Leave-In Mousse. The Elements Shampoo is amazing – it’s boarder line organic. It’s good for clients who have dry skin, dry scalp and psoriasis. Because it is sulfate-free, it’s amazing for colored hair – it won’t strip the color or the oils in your hair.

If you had to pick, what is your signature cut or technique?
For males it would be the comb-over, women it would be bobs. There is a lot of precision and detail in it. I think clients stick with me because I am very precise with stuff they want – they notice that I care to give them that detail. You have to remember you’re not only doing hair you’re also trying to please a client.

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Do you have any hair pet peeves?
When clients sit in my chair and tell me that they have two layers, and now they want three or four. I’m not the type of person that can let things go – so it’s hard for me not to say anything. Also, some clients won’t stop moving. It makes cutting hair more challenging, when you always have to re-position their head.

Any tricks of the trade you want to share?
Never. Just come and see me and I’ll do your hair.

What inspires you?
The old Hollywood hair. Everyone says I like to do retro hairstyles. They inspire me because I find them very elegant. There is so much work put into it – a lot of techniques hairdressers don’t use these days. The finishing and details are key for me – those nice looks, those nice waves. Today the style is straight, flat iron or curls with a wand. The skill is gone. I love big fringes, updos – if you can recreate those retro hairstyles – to me that is talent. I don’t know if it’s because of my dad that I’m in to that. Even while I was in school my teacher said I was old fashion – I took it as a compliment.

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What does it take to be successful in your industry?
A lot of patience. Patience is key. Especially if you’re starting somewhere new. Always remember that it takes time to build a clientele.

What do you love most about being a hairdresser?
Getting a new client, because for me that is a challenge. It’s something new – someone I haven’t worked with yet. Just watching them leave happy, that is it for me. The ones that come back, obviously it makes me feel good. My favorite is when a client is coming to me, because another hairdresser ruined their hair. The fact that, not only has their hair been over processed, damaged and I’m able to fix it, their happy and I have them as a client – what else can I ask for. That’s the best feeling.

What are some of your favorite looks that you have created?
The ombrés. Because that is skill. The amount of work that goes into it is unbelievable. It’s not basic highlights. Everything is brushed, positioned, back combed and applied differently with everyone. It’s not easy. So many times – I see butchered ombrés on the streets. I want to go up to them and say – please let me fix your hair. I can imagine how wrong that sounds, but I know how hard they are to do. Even at first, when I first started – it was really hard for me. I’d get disappointed in myself. But at the same time, because I have more experience, I know what to do to fix it. Now, I love it.


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Describe yourself in five words or less.
I am the best. But wait, I don’t want that to come off as cocky. I want to be the best. I think, no matter what you do, you should always want to be the best or don’t do it.

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Nov 12, 2015

Style Revival

A return to the classics.

The bootcut jean found it’s way back on the runways – this is what will be trending for Spring 2016.

Bootcut jeans, popular in the 90’s, have a taper fit and slightly flare out at the knee.


 AEO Denim X4 Kick Boot Jean


 AEO Boho Artist Flare Jean 


 Rag & Bone Boot Bishop Jean

Nov 9, 2015

Be Original: Emalee Designs

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 Tillie Coinie – Leopard Gold

I love using Shopify on Pinterest to discover new fashion and style finds. So many little diamonds in the rough to explore.

I don’t know about you but I have so much change.

My purse literally at times can weigh 5 pounds – with the amount I manage to amass over the week. I find it everywhere too. In my car, pockets and coffee table.

These coin purses by Emalee Designs are fashionable and will keep your fortunes in one cute little pouch.

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Tillie Coinie – White Dandilions

Emalee Designs creates handcrafted original and unique purses, handbags, totes and adorable coin purses.

One of their most requested features is their Customize Your Style – you can design your own unique bag, one that expresses your special personality.