Aug 29, 2014

Queen of Glam in NYC


Guess who is going to be a part of New York Fashion Week?!?

The Queen of Glam, Sebastian Professional Artist and one of our blog experts from Texture Hair Salon – Natalie Thompson.


It’s a match made in #hairheaven.

#THSFact: Texture family member Suzanne Pack went to New York Fashion Week as one of the perks for winning the Miss Congeniality Award at the 2012 North America Trend Vision Awards.

Here is my quick little chat with one of my favorite Stylists and fashion friends.

You’re going to New York Fashion Week with the Sebastian Professional team. How excited were you when you found out and do you know what show you are doing?

I was floored. I just stood there for 10 minutes rereading the request for me to join the Sebastian team for fashion week in NYC. We will be working for Christian Siriano.

#FashionFact: Christian Siriano is an American fashion designer who was launched into the spotlight after winning the fourth season of Project Runway.

This was my reaction when I found out….


Now for the most important question. What are you going to wear?!

Well a Sebastian Artist always stays fierce in black on black.

#FashionWeekFact: Semi-annual Fashion Week includes more than 500 fashion shows and attracts approximately 232,000 total attendees each year.

Aug 26, 2014

New Finds At ALDO Shoes

It’s August so that clearly means time to start adding pieces to the existing wardrobe so we can freshen it up come Fall (see we can justify all shopping expeditions).

And cue the latest, amazing friends from ALDO Shoes.

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Aug 23, 2014

Journey 24K 2.0: Bling

Nadia Ferrante, Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot offers plenty of suggestions on accessories to wear – so that you can walk the gold carpet in style.

Pastels are a huge trend this fall. The Helena Necklace is a beautiful shade of sparkly pale pink against soft gold, with lots of textural interest. I love the necklace paired with our new Capri Pouch in Geo Chevron Metallic or our Double Clutch in Perf Metallic for an evening out.

Capri Pouch Geo Metallic

Double Clutch Metallic Perf 2


A nod to our best selling Sutton Necklace, this gold version is an instant classic. You can wear it five ways: long and loose for a laid-back look; clasped together into a statement when you’re feeling bold; plus or minus the sparkle strand; or just the sparkle strand when you’re in the mood to shine!

I would finish the look with the new Gold Arrison Stretch Bracelet and new Pyramid Cuff in gold for added texture.

Gold Sutton 2

Pyramid Cuff

Arrison Stretch

Another huge trend this fall is geometric and personalized jewelery.

Chic Boutique: Layering is a big idea in this collection just as it is in fashion.

Our Pave Chevron Necklace is the quintessential piece – layers and versatility all in one!

Finish the look with our Pave Chevron Ring and our Pave Arrow Cuff, Pave Chevron Cuff and Pave Triangle Cuff.

Pave Chevron Necklace

Pave Triangle Cuff Pave Arrow Cuff Pave Chevron Cuff Pave Chevron Ring




This is not your average fundraiser. Come join us for an evening of inspiration, entertainment and fundraising to benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.


Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Location: Sala San Marco Banquet Hall, 215 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON


$85 per ticket (July 15, 2014 to August 15, 2014 at 10:00pm) Buy tickets now!
$95 per ticket (August 16, 2014 onward, unless sold out prior to this)



Aug 22, 2014

Green Circle Salons


Website: Green Circle Salons
Twitter: @GCSalons
Instagram: greencirclesalons

Last year we did a feature on Green Circle Salons and a recent life event prompted me to do a follow up with them. I have a new addition to my family – a nephew and I want him to have a beautiful planet to live in.


The work that Green Circle Salons does is so important. Just take a look at the stats on their website:

> The average salon produces 821.76 kilograms of waste per year.
> Combined, Canadian salons produce 20,355 tonnes of waste annually.

Take a moment to think of the positive impact they are making on the environment and future of the planet with their programs. It’s really incredible and I want to do whatever I can to support them. So here is our chat with Communications Manager Will Simpson with an update on Green Circle Salons.


I was recently at Texture Hair Salon, here in Ottawa, and the salon manager told me that Green Circle will be planting a tree, native to Canada, for every new guest introduced to their salon. Tell us about the Green it Forward program.

Green it Forward was created out of a desire to share. Like the “pay it forward” concept which encourages goodwill and action, this initiative is designed to take a positive green idea and present it to others, to help share a good thing. Think of how strong the beauty industry would be if everyone was referring friends and family to their favourite eco friendly stylist, and if everyone was receiving rewards in the process! “Green it Forward” offers a meaningful reward for the guest trying out a new salon, as well as the person who is loyal enough to refer a friend. And perhaps most importantly, every time this small action takes place, Green Circle Salons will plant a tree here in Canada to acknowledge this commitment to sustainable beauty!


On Earth Day 2014, Green Circle Salons officially launched the “My Green Salon” app. Tell  us about some of the features.

The “My Green Salon” app, like the Green Circle Salon Directory, is designed to put green-minded consumers in touch with local, environmentally responsible beauty service providers. Those looking for a salon can search by the product line they like, the city or town in which they live, or the name of the Green Circle Certified salon that they have heard such good things about. Each listing has important information about the salon (hours of operation, services and pricing, links to social media pages), and there are tons of fantastic promotions for new salon visitors!

The app also showcases the exciting events being hosted by the Green Circle Salons network, to keep North America’s sustainable beauty supporters in the loop. Does your salon have a cut-a-thon coming up? You’ll see it here first!

One of the most exciting things about this new app is that it’s being run using green energy from our partners at Bullfrogpower. We are really proud – this is the world’s first renewably powered salon app!

What other interesting things does Green Circle Salons have coming up for the salon industry and its guests?

We’ve created a new day!

Salon enPACT Day takes place on the 18th of each month and encourages us all to take on a simple action that leaves a positive environmental impact. We encourage everyone to get involved by making a one-day commitment through these small challenges (like “meatless Monday”, or “lights off at sunset”), and sharing them with friends and family to create a ripple effect that creates really meaningful change. To create the biggest possible impact, we want this to be shared and talked about throughout the world on Facebook, instagram and wherever news gets spread. Participants can even post photos of their Salon enPACT Day experience through their newly downloaded My Green Salon app.

Green Circle Salons has a top secret campaign in the works for 2015… We can’t share much, but that everyone can get involved in the fun, it will shine from coast to coast and it will be very, VERY big!

Ottawa is spreading the green love!
Green Circle Salons and Texture Hair Salon are working together to keep people and the planet beautiful.

I recently asked Ramsey Sayah of Texture Hair Salon and Texture Salon Boutique why they decided to become a GCS member salon.

“We wanted to do our part to help recycle and reduce our carbon print as a business. Plus we wanted help GCS create renewable energy.  It made complete sense to do this and we are happy that a company like green circle took it upon themselves to create this service for salons. Our clients really appreciate it and loved the fact that they are supporting a business that cares about our environment and our future.”

Aug 21, 2014

Bring On The Sugar


Sister friends we can all agree that the words “bikini wax” and “Brazilian” bring on feelings of nausea and ‘I’d rather stab myself repeatedly with a blunt object’ thoughts.

But what if I told you, you could actually do the deed and not have to cringe and curse and cry. And then what if I told you while it was happening, you wouldn’t have the desire to roll up  into the fetal position when it was all done.

Shutty right?

Oh but I speak the truth.

And cue my new obsession ‘sugaring’.

And where does this magical, nirvana-like ‘sugaring’ take place?

Spa Junkie. It’s my new favourite joint in Ottawa.

It’s the most relaxing, zen-like but fun and laid-back place that I’ve been to, and this is coming from a serial spa girl (aka ‘spa whore’) with no allegiances to any spa…until now.

The staff is friendly and welcoming and they’re good at what they do…they have the expertly trained skills but they aren’t pretentious about it.

I swear you’ll walk away from the “having taken care of” the least favourite of all the “down below maintenance upkeep” thinking, “it’s like it never happened”.

I swear to Baby Jesus once you sugar…you’ll never go back to any other of those painful archaic ways that we’ve suffered through over the years.

Just book an appointment and do it…trust me.

Here’s to taking it off ladies…

Aug 19, 2014

I’ve got a hair secret

I want everyone to have beautiful and healthy hair. So I am going to share a hair secret with you. Well it’s not really a secret, it’s more of a tip, but I’ve got a hair secret just sounded better as a blog post.

Do you know why your hair looks so good when you leave the salon – aside from the fact that a Stylist just did it – it’s the products they use.


I know what some of you are thinking – it can’t make that much of a difference.

It does. I wouldn’t lie to you.

Think of it this way, this example will only mean something if you drink coffee. But I think you’ll get my point either way.

If you had two cups of coffee in front of you – one was instant the other Starbucks or Second Cup. If you like coffee you’re going to choose the the Starbucks or Second Cup. Coffee made with fresh coffee beans tastes 100% then freeze dried. It’s better quality so it tastes better.

The difference between salon hair products and drugstore hair products is quality. Although they contain many of the same ingredients – they don’t have them at the same levels/quantities – which are listed from highest to lowest on the bottle. Salon products contain more of the ingredients your hair needs – proteins, moisturizers – all important for the hair shaft.

“If Pantene did what they claim, don’t you think every salon would have some?”
– Mark King


Natalie Thompson aka the #QueenofGlam has come up with an ultimate hair product guide. All the products are available at Texture Hair Salon and Texture Hair Boutique.

Starting in September, every Friday, we will have hair product recommendations, for a different type of hair: straight, wavy, curly, color treated, dry/damaged and coarse hair.  The list has products by Sebastian Professional, Nioxin and Wella – some of which I use myself. So for the ones I use – I’ll add a mini review.

So don’t forget to check back as we spread some hair love this Fall.

Aug 18, 2014

Dear Diary: Sister Bonding, Take Two

Clearly I’m reading to much into this, but 4 days after Natasha signed us up for “sister bonding” personal training sessions I noticed three offers from ‘Spanx’ in my inbox.

I hate the universe right now.

I’m off to unsubscribe to that newsletter ASAP.

On to more important things…like the fact that walking up and down stairs, sitting and walking in general required much effort and concentration post workout.

Yes I survived my first class. Barely I might add.

One down – two to go.

And I have to disable my sisters internet access.

She’s looking up variations on burpees (otherwise known as the fifth ring of workout hell) so we can do them at our next class.

She must be stopped.



Aug 16, 2014

Auguri Madge!

Happy 56th Birthday to our favourite girl from Bay City, Michigan.






Aug 16, 2014



Ladies and gentlemen – downtown Ottawa just got a little more glamorous and sexier with the opening of Express in the Rideau Centre.

I’m not going to write much (pictures can say a thousand words) except that they have sexy and sophisticated clothing for work, the weekend, or going out.

Bonus – if you can’t make it to the store you can shop online. But, I highly suggest you visit the store – it’s beautiful and the staff is great too. It’s the perfect combination.

The EXPRESS Rideau Centre store is located on the 2nd Floor, near new food court.

Twitter: @ExpressLife
Instagram: @ExpressRunway









Aug 15, 2014

It’s All About The Good Jeans

Jeans are one of those iconic wardrobe staples.

And women are always on the hunt for that perfect pair of jeans that flatter, hug, accentuate and make you feel sexy.

Truth is with jeans it’s a love hate relationship – you love to wear them, you hate trying them on – because the process can take forever before you find ‘the one’.

Here are some of the latest styles hitting the stores that might catch your eye…

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