May 22, 2015

Style Fix Spotlight: Deanna Douglas

Deanna Douglas

Deanna Douglas
Hair Stylist Professor/Program Coordinator, Algonquin College

How did you get into the beauty industry?

I started working in a salon, when I was in grade 8. I would go after school a few days a week as well as weekends. After a few years and learning on friends I brought into the salon, I thought I should join my friends at university! But then at university I realized how much I really missed it. In my second year at university, a family members tragedy made my decision easy to go back home and start my apprenticeship! After being licensed I moved to Calgary and took my aesthetics course and there, then started working at the Spa in the Fairmont, Banff Springs Hotel. I met my husband out there and that is what brought me to Ottawa!

Where did you do your professional training?

During the early 90’s there weren’t many hair styling schools near my home in the Interior of B.C so I signed up for a traditional apprenticeship at the same salon I had worked all through out high school. I felt extremely lucky as all the stylist were like an extension of my family and the salon had a great reputation in our city so I knew I was learning from the best! It was a two year apprenticeship and then a final written and practical exam for my Red Seal Inter-Provincial License.

Some stylist specialize in color, others is cuts or a particular hairstyle. If you had to chose what is your signature stamp – what would it be?

I really do love all services, even perms!
I’d say that razor cuts would be my signature stamp!

You received your Red Seal Inter-provincial qualification for hairdressing, can you explain to our readers what that means?

It means that I can move anywhere in Canada and not have to write or perform any other examinations to prove my credentials.

How different is being a instructor and dealing with students from being a Stylist and dealing with clients?

Well I’d say the biggest differences are student’s don’t leave after a couple of hours. I have to manage varied levels of engagement and motivation while trying to keep the class moving in a forward direction. I would relate it more to managing a salon than dealing with clients. I would say as a stylist you wake up one day and realize you have attracted a lot of clients very similar to yourself either in personality, value systems or style but that doesn’t happen at school. The students keep me on my toes with their interests and dislikes and truth be told I feel they’ve helped me stay younger in my mindset!

What is the most rewarding about your role as an educator?

I get a little choked up when I think of how much my heart swells with pride each semester as I see so much progression in the students. I feel like a mama bird sending the chicks off to try their wings at the end of a school year! It’s the best feeling when the students connect with you as alumni and I see their passion has grown to a place I remember fondly!

Do you think that social media has had an impact on the hair industry?

I think it’s fantastic with all of the resources and sharing that has been made possible via social media for our industry. For so long the only support received in salon was from the one or two manufacturers who were represented in salon, classes attended or videos purchased. Now you can search for anything and most industry manufacturers, magazines and educational pioneers are creating FREE open resources. I love it!

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in the beauty industry?

I would say that if you have a passion for people and education then becoming a Hair Stylist may be right for you! The soft skills needed to build and maintain a clientele are a large part of being successful in this business. Patience and great listening skills teamed with creativity and hard work make for the perfect recipe for success.

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


Do you have a daily beauty routine?

I try to style my hair differently each day to show the students that one haircut can be very versatile. I also do my makeup to match my mood and clothes for the day. I always get dressed or at least choose my clothes before I do my makeup. I never leave the house without wearing at least mascara. I also don’t stray to far from the house without my hair done either. I feel hairstylists are a walking billboard for their talent and abilities!

Let’s hear some of your favorites…
piece of clothing you own: I really have an affinity for shoes and boots.
place to shop for clothes: I have to say I miss Jacob and Mexx for local spots but Banana Republic is also a ‘go to’ for staple wardrobe items.
hair product: I have many favourites but AVEDA Pure Abundance Hair Potion is my top pick. But don’t shake the bottle – just tap it!
make up must haves: I search for SPF in any of my lotions and foundations. I have also learned to embrace bronzer and dry shampoo.

Do you have any beauty or fashion pet peeves?

It bugs me to see bobby pins used as barrettes.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say a mix of classic and chic!

What is your favorite way to pamper yourself?

I love to take a bath but the best day of pampering is any day at the Nordic Spa!

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

It’s on the bucket list: The Maldives

Finally give us three words that describe you best.

Patient, passionate and caring.

May 20, 2015

Love is in the Hair


Photo Credit: Barry Gray

Congratulations to the organizers, participants, volunteers and everyone who donated to 5th Annual Hair Donation Ottawa event that took place at Algonquin College Salon & Spa on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Together they raised $120,000 and donated 10,776″ of hair.


I had the opportunity to chat with some of the Stylist and participants – everyone had a story for why they decided to take part in the event. It was such a fantastic experience.

Proceeds will go towards:

– Adult and Childhood Cancer Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute.
– An annual $500 Bursary to a financially challenged Algonquin College Hair Stylist Program student to help offset their tuition fees and/or text books.
– All 6″+ hair donations go to 360-Hair – a Canadian company providing free wigs for financially challenged children & young adult cancer patients across Canada.

Here are some photos from the event taken by Barry Gray.


Photo Credit: Barry Gray


Photo Credit: Barry Gray


Photo Credit: Barry Gray


Photo Credit: Barry Gray


Photo Credit: Barry Gray

May 15, 2015

Style Fix Spotlight: Mary Ciancibello

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Mary Ciancibello
Professional Wardrobe Consultant

Facebook: Mary Ciancibello – Professional Wardrobe Consultant
Twitter: @maryciancibello
Website: – Coming Soon!

Where did your interest in fashion come from?

My mom is my biggest inspiration. Not only is she a terribly hard worker with high standards, she has a love for all things pretty. As a little girl, I remember sitting on the edge of her bed playing in her jewelry box while she tried on outfits.

It wasn’t long before I started dressing my family. For family gatherings, my mom would ask me to put everyone’s outfits together (we are a family of 7, this was quite the process). Then my aunt Janet (a former seamstress for Holt Renfrew) taught me to sew, and I made outfits for myself and my little sister. The rest, as they say, is history.

You offer a unique approach as a consultant, because of your education. How does your marketing and communications background help you with your clients?

There is actually a story behind this…

After graduating University, I set my sights on conquering the corporate world. I landed a job as a Corporate Trainer at a bank’s head office, and worked hard to earn the respect of my peers.

Not long after starting, I was summoned into the director’s office. She wanted me to file her documents, get her coffee, and order a bunch of office supplies. When she saw the confused look on my face, she asked: “well aren’t you the summer student?” When I replied no and told her my title, her jaw dropped. She quickly turned our little office supply meeting into a 20 min lecture about how inappropriate my attire was. Feeling hurt, insulted, and belittled (I mean, I thought I was rocking the trendy cute girl look), I had my “ah-ha” moment. My wardrobe was sending a message to the world (including to my Devil in Prada boss) long before I even opened my mouth. Clothing, and how we pull ourselves together, forms a large part of our non-verbal communication. Our wardrobe speaks volumes about us – whether we want it to or not.

Turns out that nasty director actually did me a favor. She taught me a lesson that I carry with me until this day. I vowed to apply my formal education and background in Communications in the way I present myself to the world. I use the same expertise when helping my clients. I want them to present the best version of themselves, using wardrobe as their powerful communication tool.


What services do you offer as a wardrobe consultant?

My angle is a slightly different from what some might expect. Most people want to jump straight into the closet cleanse or shopping phase. I believe that is putting the cart before the horse.

I want my clients to feel like this process is the best investment they have ever made in themselves. I do everything possible to get to know my clients, and ensure the end goal will blow their mind – you will be able to find out more on my website.

I also offer customize group seminars, with various wardrobe related topics. I have worked with both the Public Sector, and the Private industry. Sometime the hardest lesson is just to convince my audiences is how NOT to wear flip-flops in the workplace.

I also do style photoshoots, which can range from corporate to family photo sessions and vision/inspiration boards.



How long does it take you to prepare for your television appearances?

Most people don’t realize how much work goes into a 5 minute TV spot. Between coordinating with stores, models, producers, scheduling fittings, and preparing notes, it can take a couple of days of preparation. Every single time I do a segment, there is always a whole ton of stuff I didn’t get to say, but I always find it best to over prepare than under.

Here are some of Mary’s past appearance on CTV Morning Live:

CTV Morning Live: Wedding looks for Men
Image consultant Mary Ciancibello shows us the top wedding looks for men.
Monday, Apr. 27, 2015

CTV Morning Live: How to Wear a Jumpsuit
Image consultant Mary Ciancibello shows us how to wear a jumpsuit.
Monday, Mar. 30, 2015

CTV Morning Live: Spring Trends
Image consultant Mary Ciancibello looks at spring fashion trends to watch.
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

You have said that you don’t consider yourself a slave to fashion, but believe that looking your best leads to greater confidence. Can you elaborate a bit on that?

Looking your best does not translate into wearing the last fashion trends or designer duds. Looking your best means manipulating clothing in a way that will best suit and flatter you as an individual.

Presenting the best version of yourself will give you a confidence within that you didn’t even know existed. And this confidence will translate into many other positives in your life, I guarantee it. I hear time and time again from my clients that our time together has lead to many positive aspects in their lives (that far exceed an awesome wardrobe – but that’s a HUGE bonus :)).

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Mary emceeing a charity fashion event.

You are a strong believer in promoting brands that you believe in – why is that so important to you?

I have always been taught to put moral standards above anything else. I love working with stores and brands that believe in enhancing a positive self-image, and create clothing that deliver value for money.

I also love working with local stores. It’s fabulous that Ottawa has awesome selection with the bigger brands and stores that have graced our beautiful city, but shopping local is SO important to our local economy.

Another one of my big beliefs is to recycle fashion. I am a huge fan of consignment stores…they are not only great for the environment and our budget, shopping consignment is a fabulous way to find key pieces that are not available in mainstream stores.


Mary co-hosting Daytime Ottawa with Derick Fage.

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

Do you have a daily beauty routine?

Yes. I wash my face with soap and then rub some organic oil on it, just like my mom and grandmother used to. Since I have 3 kids and work, my make-up routine is down to 3 minutes – eye-shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip stick. If I’m having a good day, I play with some bronzer/blush to contour. I inherited the middle-Eastern dry, curly hair, so I only have to blow it out twice a week.

Let’s hear some of your favorites…
Piece of clothing you own: right now? My torn faded jeans
Place to shop for clothes: SO MANY! Banana Republic, BGBG, Winners, Roadtrip, Toxic, RW & Co…
Hair product: coconut oil
Make up must haves: eyeliner, mascara, and a bold lip colour (the more fabulous shades the better)

How would you describe your personal style?
By day: Office chic
By night/weekends: stylish mom-on-the-go

Always: Put together

If money was no object – what designers would be in your dream closet?

Burburry (j’adore)!!!! Roberto Cavali, Kate Spade, DVF

What is your favorite way to pamper yourself?

With a mani-pedi. With my busy schedule, I don’t treat myself to that as much as I would like.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

Either on a white-sand beach with my babes, or on a patio in Venice with the love of my life.

What is your favorite quote?

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier”
Mother Teresa

Finally give us three words that describe you best.


May 13, 2015

Joe Duer

Happy Wednesday! We are halfway through the work week.

Joe Duer is an American actor and model discovered by famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber.

Check out his Instagram account here.


May 11, 2015

Accessory Finds

You can use a simple piece of jewelry to be on trend this season. Here are some accessory finds from Ardene.

Silver is always popular but I especially like it for summer.


Boho Chic



In order to stack your necklaces – you’ll need different lengths – long, medium and short – then you can mix and match between them all.



May 9, 2015

Wedding Hair Inspiration

Wedding season has already begun.

Whether you are a bride, bridesmaid or guest – your hairstyle is important. We all know that hair can make or break an outfit. Plus now photos get posted with a blink of an eye for everyone to see – so you want to make sure you look good.

I have been in a million bridal parties – my advice – go for a consultation and bring pictures so your stylist can have a clear idea of what you want your hair to look like. Remember to factor in the thickness and texture of your hair – even with hair extensions – remember to be realistic.

Here is some hair inspiration to get you started.

I love this Hollywood glam hairstyle by the #QueenofGlam Natalie.  Hair accessories are once again a big trend for the 2015 Spring/Summer season.

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Another style that is still trending is the braided updo. So many variations to choose from – the options are endless!


  Katrina Kuras, Texture Hair Salon


Ziad, Texture Hair Salon


 Some Flower Girl hair inspiration from Texture Hair Boutique.


I think wearing your hair down is a beautiful look too – simple and beautiful. Here is a hairstyle Chelsea from Texture Hair Boutique did on a bride.

May 5, 2015

Burberry Baby


Available at Vasto Boutique. The outfit. Not my nephew.


May 2, 2015

Stylist Spotlight: Hannah Currie


 Balayage Buttah – she makes it look effortless. Love Ms. Currie’s work.
She is part of a talented crew.

Hannah Currie
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist
Texture Hair Salon