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She's the Boss: Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurship

Photography by @sincerelyimage

Photography by @sincerelyimage

As an extension of our power + influence issue, we hosted our second-annual panel event called “She’s the Boss: Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurship”. The event celebrated Toronto-based, millennial women entrepreneurs as we marked Global Entrepreneurship Week, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and Curated Life magazine’s 2nd anniversary.

The panelists who took part in the discussion  were Jessica Ching (co-founder of Eve Medical), Janelle Hinds (founder of Helping Hands App), Brittny Skylar Robins (founder and CEO of Flawless by Friday) and Lisa Zamparo (Chartered Professional Accountant). Each panelist is a Toronto-based, millennial woman entrepreneur with an inspirational start-up story and a mission to empower women.

Jessica Ching Eve Medical

In today’s political climate, there is a lot of discussion about women’s empowerment and women’s rights - from equal pay to birth control access. We discussed how entrepreneurship fits into the equation as a tool for women’s empowerment and how women’s empowerment can be incorporated into ones’ business practice. We also discussed challenges and opportunities for young women entrepreneurs. We also discussed what should be done at a macro or micro level to provide better opportunities for woman entrepreneurs. 

The event took place at Sandbox by DMZ in Toronto, Canada. Guests enjoyed refreshments courtesy of Panago Pizza and Just Craft Soda. Entertainment was provided by Nora Tones courtesy of the 194 Group. Registered guests  also enjoyed access to this issue’s gift bag. 

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Our November 2017 gift bag featured #bossbabe essentials that pair well with this issue. Bonus: many of these brands are Canadian and/or women-founded.   

Flawless by Friday. Created by our panelist Brittny Skylar Robins, the Flawless in 15 Eye Rescue Mask with honey and gold works to depuff and hydrate the delicate skin under your eyes. Available at Hudson’s Bay or  flawlessbyfriday.com
  
Way of Will is a modern aromatherapy system for active lifestyles based here in Toronto. The line includes moisturizing body oils like 07 Breather with cedar wood and grapefruit. Available at wayofwill.com

Pura Botanicals Overnight Garden Mask is a clarifying herbal mask made of rich, natural ingredients like cucumber, sweet basil and rosemary. Available at purabotanicals.ca

lilah b. is a streamlined colour collection of luxurious, multi-purpose products that simplify your beauty routine. Divine Duo™ for lip and check is now available exclusively in Canada at sephora.ca

Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil works to help minimize scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. Bio-Oil is easily absorbed without clogging pores. Available at Shopper’s Drug Mart

Nest Fragrances is a collection of fine, botany-inspired fragrances for the body and the home. Available at Sephora, Nordstrom  and nestfragrances.com

Tealeaves Jet Lag Kit contains two teas: Energy and Relax- one to drink before your flight and one to drink when you land. Both are packaged in a pyramid-shaped tea bag; making it easy to enjoy high-quality whole leaf tea on-the-go. Available at tealeaves.com

Squish Candies. These gourmet gummies are made with high-quality ingredients and come in a curated collection of flavors from cocktail and decadent to fruity and intense. With hundreds of flavors, there’s a candy everyone can enjoy. Find a boutique or order online at squishcandies.com

HBX sticker. HBX is the digital learning arm of the Harvard Business School. HBX offers online certificate programs that focus on real-world problem solving and active learning. A full list of course offerings is just a click away. Visit hbx.hbs.edu

Rimowa Toronto.  In our “Destination Inspiration” feature you will spot Rimowa’s sleek, light-weight Topas carry-on. With your Rimowa pen and luggage sticker, write down your dream vacation spot and tag @rt.rimowatoronto on Instagram. #OnlyWaytoTravel

WeWork Canada mobile sticker. With locations in 56 cities worldwide, WeWork is one of the  largest chain of co-working spaces on the planet. In Toronto, there is a location on Richmond Street West with a second coming to Bloor Street East. These inclusive co-working spaces foster community and creative culture for entrepreneurs. For info and locations visit wework.com

BumbleBizz tote. BumbleBizz is a new mode of bumble app  that allows for professional networking. Make queen bee career moves, expand your network and become the CEO your parents wanted you to marry. Download at bumble.com

Event attendees were also treated to print copies of Curated Life Magazine Issue 4. You can now access the digital version of this issue for free by clicking the link below.

If you are interested in attending one of our events, be sure to follow us on Instagram @curatedlifeca to be the first to see our event announcements. Our signature MASTERCLASS series will resume January 2018.

Cupcakes + Conversations: Celebrating One Year of CuratedLife

Our amazing panelists & MC. [left to right] Hayla Amini, Jade Janelle, Emily Antflick, Alyssa Bertram & Mary Young.

Our amazing panelists & MC. [left to right] Hayla Amini, Jade Janelle, Emily Antflick, Alyssa Bertram & Mary Young.

Last year when I launched my Curated Life project, I chose to fulfill the one of my biggest but least-likely-to-come-true dreams. It was intimidating because I had no industry connections and not a lot of experience since most of my career was spent in a completely different sector. I was afraid of failing. But, every time I thought I should just quit and go back to my quiet, comfortable life there was always an encouraging word from a Curated Life follower or a sign that pushed me to keep going. Now that we’ve reached this one year milestone together, I can truly say the struggle was all worth it.

We're all set to begin...

We're all set to begin...

On Friday, there was so much to celebrate. Within a year, we have built a community of millennial women entrepreneurs who support each other and connected them to community resources through 6 events (3 of which were at capacity). We built connections with Canadian and women-owned businesses through in-kind sponsorships of our gift bags that were distributed at each event. We also launched a print/digital magazine as a platform to further share the inspirational stories of these entrepreneurs. This November marks the launch of our second issue which features the story of Aurora James (founder of Brother Veilles), profiles of women who are using creativity to innovate and our Boss Babe gift guide by Veri Chic with Chy. (Side note: mail delivery/pick up for pre-orders will be arranged soon. The issue will be available for sale on December 2nd).

We were also celebrating the accomplishments of our amazing panelists. Mary Young, who was our first master class speaker and a contributor to our first issue, celebrated her first major collaborations with Apple Canada and the Peace Collective (And she’s so humble, I still remember how she helped us haul tables up a set of stairs at the first class). Hayla Amini, one of our very first gift bag sponsors, celebrated a successfully transitioning Flashionistas from a retail business to a provider of event activations and collaboration with TOPSHOP for the Bobbyball. Emily Antflick, our July master class speaker, celebrated the launch of Shecosystem’s new space and receiving a Start Up Canada grant. And Alyssa Bertram, our September master class speaker, celebrated two successful brand events and transitioning easy. from a part-time to a full-time business.

With over 90 guests in attendance, this was our biggest event yet! Our panel discussion was led by Miranda McKie, President of Young Women in Business-Toronto chapter. Miranda is a Master Data Governance Professional by day, but also believes in the importance of breaking down barriers for women and helping them succeed in their careers through her work with YWiB. The panelist discussed what ignited the spark to start their own businesses and what keeps them motivated. We also discussed if there is or isn’t a formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur. As well as challenges specific to being a young woman entrepreneur and how they overcame these challenges.

Blogger, Jade Janelle provided her voice as our MC for the rest of the evening. In addition to the panel, we had a brief presentation from a new project called askconnie.co, which will be showcasing the best local businesses in Toronto over the next few months. And heard the start-up story of Shiva Burnett, co-founder of Avazera. As one of our first gift bag sponsors last November, Avazera has always been supportive of our mission to empower young women. This year, Avazera was not only a vendor at our event, but also a patron of the second issue of Curated Life magazine (along with Dr. Liza Egbogah of the[fix] chiropractic+massage). And a special thanks goes out to Chyauna, verichicwithchy.com, who sponsored our DJ for the night, SoWaveyy Sound (@sowaveyy).

A Sneak Peek of our panelist's gift bags. Which featured all the items below, plus extra, full-sized goodies from SweetSpotLabs.ca (A Canadian & Women-owned company)

A Sneak Peek of our panelist's gift bags. Which featured all the items below, plus extra, full-sized goodies from SweetSpotLabs.ca (A Canadian & Women-owned company)

I would also like to thank all our in-kind sponsors who contributed these amazing items for our curated gift bags:

Barreworks Class Pass, $21 CDN, barreworks.ca

Founded in 2012, Barreworks was the first Toronto studio to specialize in ballet barre-based fitness classes. Their technique was developed by a team of local dance and fitness professionals, all dedicated to the creation of a safe, effective, and fun exercise system. With two locations, and classes 7-days a week, they're ready to welcome you to class! You can read more about Barreworks in the winter issue of the magazine.

Lipidol Overnight Face Oil, $8.97CDN, Walmart and walmart.ca

A great addition to your nightly beauty regime, this nourishing oil works while you sleep. It’s designed to supplement the skin’s natural oily layer, increase moisture retention and enhance overnight rejuvenation. Lightly fragranced with essential oils of Ylang-Ylang and Black Pepper, Lipidol’s overnight face oil is non-comedogenic and suitable for sensitive skin.

Joe Fresh Plum Powder Eyeshadow, $6.00CDN, Shoppers Drug Mart

Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated. You can keep it simple and still enhance your natural beauty. The Joe Fresh Beauty line is filled with products to help you master the 5-minute face without breaking the bank. Now at Shoppers Drug Mart, Joe Fresh offers a great selection of on-trend beauty products, like this pretty plum eyeshadow.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Trio (the same fragrances retail as a roller ball set for $59.00CDN, sephora.com)

Adding a bit more luxury our gift bags is this Marc Jacobs fragrance trio. This family of floral fragrances is fresh and feminine. The trio includes Marc Jacob’s signature scent Daisy as well as two other interpretations- Daisy Eau so Fresh and Daisy Dream.  Guests received a 1.2ml sample coffret with all three fragrances.

Pur Gum Bubble Gum, $1.69CDN, shopcan.thepurcompany.com

Pur Gum is all the goodness gum should be – vegan, nut/soy-free, gluten-free, and aspartame-free. Pur Gum is naturally sweetened with xylitol, a sweetener with a low glycemic index. What makes Pur even sweeter? The company is Canadian-owned. Guests also received an offer of $10 to use on the online shop (coupon).

Sweet Spot Labs Wipettes, $11.99, sweetspotslabs.ca

SweetSpot Labs is on a mission to refresh every woman’s shower routine and daily cleansing rituals. SweetSpot Labs recently launched a new collection of natural washes and wipes that are pH balanced for your sweet spot and good for your entire body. SweetSpot Labs products are made by women, for women and use natural ingredients to gently clean, hydrate and soften skin. Guests received a sample of the wipettes with a coupon. Our panelists received an assortment of full-sized products.

Tealeaves Jet Lag Therapy Kit, $3.80CDN, tealeaves.com

Tealeaves is a Vancouver-based, luxury tea company. Each guest will receive the carry on essential, Jet Lag Therapy kit which contains two masterblend teas – Energy and Relax. Energy is an invigorating blend of mint, citrus, yerba maté and ginkgo biloba to help keep you focused. And Relax is a floral, caffeine-free blend to help you ease into a peaceful sleep.

Because I am familiar with the social determinants of health, I truly believe that a woman is best empowered when she is economically empowered. That is why there is a strong emphasis on women’s entrepreneurship throughout each Curated Life project. So there was no better way to celebrate our one-year market then with a pop-up market. We were so pleased to have this diverse group of vendors and are looking forward to hosting more pop-ups in the future. Please be sure to check these vendors out and support them by making a purchase if you can.

 

Shiva & Svetlana – Avazera (www.avazera.com )

Julie – Pinkfolio – (www.pinkfolio.me)

Rachel – Q U I N S C O (www.quinsco.com )

Monique – London Ivy Natural & Organic (www.londonivyproducts.com)

Christina – Curls & Confidence Healthy Hair Subscription Box (www.curlsandconfidence.ca)

Lisa – Upnorth Naturals(www.upnorthnaturals.com )

Mya – Beauty Counter (beautycounter.com/en-ca/myabreukelaar)

Thu – VO2 CO (www.vo2co.com)

Brittany – Fjord Life (www.fjordlife.ca)

Tianna – Pink Princess Cosmetics (www.pinkprincesscosmetics.ca)

Yuliya – Yuliya C Jewellery (www.yuliyachronajewellery.com )

Mo – The Covet Lifestyle (www.facebook.com/thecovetlifestyle/)

 

I’m looking forward to giving you a look into our winter issue shortly. But for now, enjoy our cover reveal below.

 

curated life magazine aw16 winter issue cover featuring Aurora James Toronto

Thank you again for all the support. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @curatedlifeca / #mycuratedlife to stay up-to-date on our events and publication projects.

MASTERCLASS ft. easy period

Alyssa Bertram, founder of easy period (www.curatedlife.ca) 

Alyssa Bertram, founder of easy period (www.curatedlife.ca) 

It’s a new season. For me, September has always been the month when I set my goals for the year ahead.  I begin this process my examining my purpose and my intentions. In terms of this venture, my intention is to grow Curated Life into a platform that will allow us to learn from each other’s journey. In doing so, I knew that it would be important for us to connect face-to-face through our MASTERCLASS event series.  It’s been almost a year since the launch of Curated Life and I am so grateful to see this dream come alive.

September’s event focused on best practices to get your business or brand noticed online. To begin, we were joined by Taylor Aplas and John Yoo of Brainstation Toronto. During their presentation, Taylor and John offered advice from which social media platforms to join to a brief introduction on Search Engine Marketing. Brainstation is a global leader in technology training that offers courses in coding, marketing, product management and UX & UI design.  Brainstation offers relevant full-time or part-time courses taught by established digital leaders. Brainstation is currently offering us a discount on part-time courses and weekend seminars. Enter the promo code CURATEDLIFE50 when you register or email us for details if you are interested.  You can learn more about Brainstation and their course offerings here:  www.brainstation.io 

Refreshments provided by JuleChu Lifestyle

Refreshments provided by JuleChu Lifestyle

Our featured start-up story of the month was shared by Alyssa Bertram, the founder of Easy Period: a subscription service that delivers organic feminine hygiene products directly to your door. Alyssa came up with her business idea after wishing her tampons would magically appear and never run out. “An idea isn’t a business plan…,” Alyssa said, “you have to put your ideas to work…And you have to be honest with yourself about who you are, what you are passionate about and what you are going to do with that.”

A defining moment in Alyssa’s journey was centered on her mother’s health and recovery.  This experience led Alyssa to researching the nasty chemicals often found in mainstream feminine hygiene products. Alyssa decided to ensure that her company would provide healthier options to women and destigmatize periods; empowering women locally and abroad. “It was important for me to couple this indulgent service of having organic products delivered to your door with a conscious lens,” Alyssa explained. As a result, Easy Period donates 5% of profits to ZanaAfrica Foundation, a non-profit that delivers pads and health education to girls in Kenya.

But the journey from idea to launch wasn’t an easy one. Alyssa shared a few of the challenges she faced with her start-up among the group. Giving advice to others in the room she said, “Barriers are going to come. I feel like [barriers] are there to test you to see if you really want to start a business…it’s a test of your character.”  You can learn more about Alyssa’s company at www.easyperiod.ca

Now that we’re nearing our one year anniversary, it’s clear that our gift bags have become a must-have staple at each event. The gift bags are made possible solely by our generous in-kind sponsors. When curating the gift bags, I try to find sponsors that reflect the message of Curated Life. Such items are usually produced locally, created by a female entrepreneur or has some socially conscious element. This month’s gift bag had a bit of each: 

Curated Life's signature event gift bags with samples from our in-kind sponsors

Curated Life's signature event gift bags with samples from our in-kind sponsors

1.       Sephora Collection Luxe False Lash (provided by Sephora Canada)

As one of the most powerful beauty retailers in the world, Sephora frequently uses its influence to buoy emerging brands and support women-owned brands like Kate Von D, Bobbi Brown, Briogeo and many more. This month Sephora contributed luxe false lashes from their signature collection. These lashes are designed to add fullness and length to your lashes. The material is soft and flexible so it fits to your eye shape easily. The lashes come in an attractive and durable case for storage. With proper care, these lashes can be worn up to 30 times. These lashes are exclusively available at Sephora for $21CDN. 

2.       Toronto Popcorn Company

Established by husband and wife, Joseph and Caramhel Villegas, Toronto Popcorn Company has quickly become a main attraction at Kensington Market. With over 100 flavours of gourmet popcorn, from classic caramel to cupcake, it is a foodie paradise. Toronto Popcorn Company has generously supplied grab bags as a perfect take-home snack. To find out more about their popcorn, check out www.torontopopcorncompany.com

3.       Upnorth Naturals

Canadian and female-founded, Upnorth Naturals is a natural hair care line for curly-textured hair. Upnorth Naturals generously provided samples of their 8 –oil blend for dry hair. This oil blend contains coconut, avocado, lavender, neem, grapeseed, jojoba, rosemary and sandalwood oils. The blend can be used as a pre-shampoo hot oil treatment or as a styling product. The full sized product can be purchased directly from Upnorth Naturals for $14.99CDN here, www.upnorthnaturals.com.

4.       Vo Bath Citrine Lotion Body Scrub

Another local and female-founded brand, Vo Bath & Co., a natural and luxurious bath and body company from Toronto. Vo Bath & Co. specializes in creating unique formulations using plant-based ingredients and science. Vo Bath & Co. provided samples of their Citrine lotion body scrubs for this event. This 3-in-1 product, works to exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse the skin. While the aroma of the grapefruit, tangerine and lemon essential oils waken and stimulate the mind. More details about this amazing product can be found here. The full-sized product retails for $42CDN on their website, https://www.vobathco.com/

5.       Tealeaves – Assorted Tea Master-blend Bags

Tealeaves, a Canadian company, is served in the best hotels around the world.  Tealeaves offers an assortment of master-blend whole leaf teas. Each blend is packaged in a convenient pyramid tea bag for easy enjoyment. Flavours include Organic Earl Grey with Lavender, Vanilla Rooibos and Monsoon Chai. Learn more here,  www.tealeaves.com

 6.       The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay

The Body Shop was established by OG Girl Boss, Anita Roddick, in 1976. Her vision was to use her business as a force of good – there wasn’t a name for it back then, but that business model is called “social enterprise”. This year the brand renewed this commitment by announcing their mission to “Enrich, Not Exploit,” making it one of the most recognizable and innovative conscious beauty brands. MASTERCLASS attendees received The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay. This clay uses the power of charcoal to draw out impurities from the skin. Use this clay as part of your at-home spa experience to help de-stress and rejuvenate your senses. This clay is available at The Body Shop for $24CDN or online here.

7.       Access Community Capital Fund (info card)

Access Community Capital Fund is a Canadian registered-charity that provides micro-loans up to $5000 for individuals looking to elevate their standard of living through entrepreneurship. Access Community Capital Fund can be found online at www.accessccf.com.

8.       Futurpreneur Canada (brochure)

Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. You can find out more about Futurpreneur Canada’s mentorship program and other amazing resources at www.futurpreneur.ca

9.       Curated Life Magazine (post card)

Curated Life magazine is something I dreamed of putting together for years. I filled notebook after notebook with ideas, before mustering enough courage to begin the work. In this publication, I hope to capture the essence of the supportive sisterhood of our Curated Life events in a way that could be shared online and in print. We are currently preparing our second issue. Until then you can continue to read and download digital spring issue for free here.

Below are a few more photos from the event. You can also follow our journey by following @curatedlifeca or using the hashtag #mycuratedlife on Instagram and Twitter. If you missed this event, don’t worry. MASTERCLASS events are now bi-monthly.  Save the date for Friday, November 18th, 2016. If you’re interested in learning how you can sponsor an event or advertise in the magazine, feel free to email hello @ curatedlife.ca.  

MASTERCLASS ft. Shecosystem & Futurpreneur Canada

Emily Rose Antflick, founder of shecosystem,ca sharing her start-up story

Emily Rose Antflick, founder of shecosystem,ca sharing her start-up story

Happy Civic long weekend everyone! First of all, can I send a huge thank you to everyone who attended this Friday’s MASTERCLASS. I know you could have been either at the cottage or getting ready for other festivities in the city. I am so grateful that you decided to start your weekend with us.

When I was preparing for this week’s event, I came across a program from the first event I ever coordinated.  It was 12 years ago and I was only in high school, but it was the first time I truly saw myself as an entrepreneur. Since then my academic pursuits took me in a different direction, but I always found entrepreneurship to be my creative outlet on the side. Like other women entrepreneurs, my business began when I felt unsatisfied (and a bit frustrated) about not finding the opportunities I wanted within the structured environment of a traditional workplace. So, I felt like I had to go out and create the opportunity for myself. In some ways, being an entrepreneur has turned me into a D.I.Y. wonder woman but it has also taught me the value of mentorship and a supportive network. Mentors, in business or in your personal life, can help you along your journey by offering advice and wisdom they’ve gained on their own journey. Mentorship can be formal or informal. Your mentor can act as a coach when you need to be challenged or a cheerleader when you need a boost. Your mentor can be more experienced or even a peer.

This is why I wanted to create an anthology of stories and resources by and for millennial women entrepreneurs through Curated Life magazine.  I wish to grow Curated Life into a platform that will allow us to learn from each other’s journey. In doing so, I knew I that it would be important for us to connect face-to-face.  And so, I launched the MASTERCLASS event series in January. At each MASTERCLASS, you will be connected to community resources that will help you start or grow a prosperous business.

Introductions lead by Linda Morena, mentor-in-residence and Daniel Graham, Business Development Manager of Futurpreneur Canada

Introductions lead by Linda Morena, mentor-in-residence and Daniel Graham, Business Development Manager of Futurpreneur Canada

This month’s event focused on understanding the value of mentorship. To begin, we were joined by Linda Morana and Daniel Graham of Futurpreneur Canada. Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. During the event, Linda and Daniel explained the benefits of mentorship. We learned that good mentorship can build your confidence, add to your business acumen and provide you with an extended network. We also heard of the success story of Kailey Gilchrist, founder of NONA Vegan Foods Ltd. You can find out more about Futurpreneur Canada’s mentorship program and other amazing resources at www.futurpreneur.ca

Emily starting her talk with a quick mindfulness exercise.

Emily starting her talk with a quick mindfulness exercise.

Our featured start-up story of the month was Emily Rose Antflick, the founder of Shecosystem: a co-working and wellness environment where women thrive. Her work stems from a feminine paradigm that values collaboration, emotional authenticity, and work-life integration. She is a versatile educator and program designer with rich perspectives on learning and community building. Emily also hosts weekly co-working meet ups with integrative wellness sessions. Emily began by leading the group through a breathing exercise and sharing a spoken word poem. When describing her business journey, Emily referred to it as a “seed in a dark place”, saying, “This is how most stories begin. So I let myself be in that dark place for a while and took the time to water myself with creativity and the things I liked to do.” And oh, how that seed has grown! In less than one year in business, Emily just announced that she has received the keys to her own space and is looking forward to establishing Shecosystem’s very own co-working space this fall. Until then, you can catch Shecosystem’s co-working sessions.  Her next sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd and Tuesday, August 9th at the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar. To learn more about how you can join in visit www.shecosystem.ca

 

Our refreshments and gift bag swag. Details below. 

Our refreshments and gift bag swag. Details below. 

This event would not be all that it was without the generous support of our in-kind sponsors. I’m extremely appreciative of the gifts they’ve allowed me to pass on to you. I would like to send a special thank you to Panago Pizza for including our event in their #randomactsofpizza campaign. Panago Pizza provided delicious food that accommodated different dietary restrictions/lifestyles (including vegan ‘za). Guests were also provided with a voucher for a free Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Cookie with Caramel Dip (sweet!). Find your local Panago or order online.

When curating the gift bags, I try to find items from brands that reflect the message of Curated Life, so every item has a unique tie. I’m pleased the share this month’s gift bag reveal:

1.       Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad (provided by Sephora Canada)

 Like a true girl boss, Kat Von D has used her business acumen to take her on a journey from tattoo artist to global beauty phenomenon.  The Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad can be used to transform your eyes through the art of colour contouring. Each quad contains a base colour and additional eye shadows to define, contour and highlight the eye. The palette is available in four colours: sage, rust, plum and smoke. The quad is exclusively available at Sephora for $34CDN. 

2.       Papabubble Toronto Handmade Candies

Established in Barcelona, Papabubble is all about artistic and innovative sweets that are handmade with love. New to Toronto, this artisan delight is made right before your eyes in their downtown boutique. The candies are made using just 5 simple ingredients and can feature custom made designs for your business or special event. You can check out the Toronto boutique at www.papabubbleto.com or visit in-person at 3360 Yonge Street (at Melrose Ave).

3.       The Body Shop Vitamin E AquaBoost Essence Lotion (full-sized)

I love The Body Shop for so many reasons (read that post here). For one thing The Body Shop was established by OG Girl Boss, Anita Roddick, in 1976. Her vision was to use her business as a force of good – there wasn’t a name for it back then, but that business model is called “social enterprise”. This year the brand renewed this commitment by announcing their mission to “Enrich, Not Exploit,” making it one of the most recognizable and innovative conscious beauty brands. MASTERCLASS attendees received The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion, which designed to quench thirsty skin for up to 48 hours.  The formula is light weight so it absorbs easily into skin and it is made with naturally-sourced hydrauronic acid. You can layer this lotion under a cream to prepare your skin for the day. The lotion is available at The Body Shop for $20CDN or online here.

4.       Holt Renfrew H Project  x  Boxed Water

In the spring/summer issue of Curated Life magazine, we discuss the importance of shopping consciously. This is because the products you consume can have a great impact on people and planet. This is why we were so pleased to learn that Holt Renfrew’s H Project has partnered with Boxed Water to replace the plastic water bottles distributed in-store. Boxed Water has a lower carbon footprint and is 100% BPA-free.  And if you’re in the area, be sure to check out Holt Renfrew’s newest location at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The 130,000 square foot store has amazing live installations this weekend which include fashion illustrations by Monica Smiley and cold-pressed juices from Village Juicery. Holt Renfrew Square One will also offer Bespoke services that include a Leather Artisan, Nail Bar and Beauty Lab. View store address and hours here.

5.       Easy Period (info card)

Recently launched, Easy Period is a subscription service that delivers organic feminine hygiene products directly to your door (bonus: each box comes with a fair-trade chocolate bar). The company’s founder came up with the idea after wishing her tampons would magically appear at her door and never run out (don’t we all have that wish? Urgh, #lifeofagirl). But, it was after researching the nasty chemicals often found in mainstream brands, that she decided to step in by establish a company that provides healthier options to mainstream tampons and destigmatize periods; empowering women locally and abroad. Easy Period donates 5% of profits to ZanaAfrica Foundation, a non-profit that delivers pads and health education to girls in Kenya. Learn more at www.easyperiod.ca and be sure to look out for a feature about the company in the next issue of Curated Life magazine.

6.       Access Community Capital Fund (info card)

Access Community Capital Fund is a Canadian registered-charity that provides micro-loans up to $5000 for individuals looking to elevate their standard of living through entrepreneurship. Access Community Capital Fund has also partnered with Ignite Capital to offer an opportunity to compete for $20,000 of business funding. The competition closes on September 2, see www.ignitecapital.ca for application details. Access Community Capital Fund can be found online at www.accessccf.com.

An awesome way to end an awesome night!

An awesome way to end an awesome night!

If you missed this event, don’t worry. MASTERCLASS events are now bi-monthly.  Save the date forFriday, September 23rd ,2016.  The topic and speakers are to be announced shortly. If you’re a company interested in learning how you can sponsor an event or advertise in the magazine, feel free to email hello@curatedlife.ca. 

Until then, please enjoy a few more photos below. You can also follow @curatedlifeca and #mycuratedlife on Twitter and Instagram. 

Curated Life Spring Launch Celebration

In May 2016 we celebrated the launch of Curated Life magazine at Her Majesty's Pleasure in Toronto, Canada. The event was attended by recording artist, Liz Loughrey, CEO of the[fix], Dr. Liza Egbogah , blogger/image consultant Tara Leydon and members of the Peace Collective.

Last Friday, we celebrated the launch of Curated Life magazine at Her Majesty’s Pleasure with Toronto influencers and our community supporters. The event was attended by recording artist, Liz Loughrey, CEO of the[fix], Dr. Liza Egbogah , blogger/image consultant Tara Leydon and members of the Peace Collective.  The event also marked the upcoming season of MASTERCLASS events which will resume in July. For those who haven’t heard of the venue, Her Majesty’s Pleasure is a beautiful salon/spa and cocktail bar located in the King West Village of Toronto, Canada. 

 

Just before the long weekend, it was the perfect time to pamper our guests with a complimentary nail polish change. Guests also enjoyed decadent cupcakes from our second-time sponsor, the Bakeshoppe. Like all Curated Life events, the launch provided a networking experience for millennial women entrepreneurs and professionals. Guests in attendance were also able to view the first copies of Curated Life magazine. If you were not able to attend the event and would like to purchase a hard copy, you can do so here. Most of the price covers the cost of printing, but $5 from every copy sold will help fund editorial projects for our second issue.

After the event, each guest was treated to a complimentary gift bag stuffed with these items courtesy of our in-kind sponsors:

Tealeaves Jet Lag Therapy Kit

A carry on essential, the Jet Lag Therapy kit contains two masterblend teas – Energy and Relax. Energy is an invigorating blend of mint, citrus, yerba maté and ginkgo biloba to help keep you focused. And Relax is a floral, caffeine-free blend to help you ease into a peaceful sleep. 

Tealeaves 10 Whole Lead Pyramid Teabag Sampler

This sampler is a collection of Tealeaves’ top 10 masterblend whole leaf teas. Each blend is packaged in a convenient pyramid tea bag for easy enjoyment. The sampler includes flavours like Organic Earl Grey with Lavender, Vanilla Rooibos and Monsoon Chai.  

Toronto Popcorn Company

Established by husband and wife, Joseph and Caramhel Villegas, Toronto Popcorn Company has quickly become a main attraction at Kensington Market. With over 100 flavours of gourmet popcorn, from classic caramel to cupcake, it is a foodie paradise. Toronto Popcorn Company has generously supplied grab bags as a perfect take-home snack. 

Pura Botanicals Overnight Watermelon Mask

Glowing skin is always in season. Try this ultra-hydrating overnight mask made with all-natural ingredients. It contains watermelon extract to brighten and nourish with vitamin C, neroli to increase skin elasticity, all-natural silk peptide and aloe to soothe your skin.  

Pura Botanicals Neroli Eye Ritual

Made with a blend of botanical humectants like rosehip, lavender and aloe vera, this Neroli Eye Ritual is an overnight beauty must-have. The ritual works to hydrates your delicate under eye tissue and to minimize puffiness. And the full-size ritual is packaged in a roller-ball for easy application. 

My Daughter Fragrances – Bloom 23 & Joyful

There is so much to love about this fragrance brand.  Inspired by a mother’s love for her daughter, each perfume is created in France and bottled by the owner’s family in Alberta, Canada. It is a more natural perfume, free of the harmful chemicals found in mainstream fragrances. Bloom 23 is a blend of regal gardenia, jasmine, ylang ylang and vanilla. And Joyfull is a blend of orange flower, lime blossom, rose, jasmine and sandalwood. 

Flashionista Jewelry Tattoo

Flashionistas is a Canadian line of temporary metallic tattoos you can wear as jewelry. Easy to apply and completely waterproof, these jewelry tattoos are the perfect accessory for the summer! You can even order custom designs for yourself or an upcoming event. (psst! they're on sale!! Use promo code "shiptome" for free shipping).

Here are a few more photos from the event taken by Customatic

Our next event will be held in July 2016. Be sure to follow us @curatedlifeca on Instagram/Twitter for updates. See you soon! 

Codage Paris Sample Kit Review

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(C) 2015 JuleChu Lifestyle

I can’t remember exactly where I first saw Codage Paris, but I remember that its distinct laboratory-inspired aesthetic really resonated with me. I always loved science; I miss using pipettes and wearing my lab coat. To me, science and natural beauty were never a dichotomy. When I ran out of Chanel’s HydraBeauty serum I wanted to try Codage before replenishing. But, I could not find Codage at any Canadian retailers. And I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the buy considering the exchange rate, overseas shipping and duties.  So, I decided to try out their sample kit along with the travel-sized scrubbing cream (Crème Gommante) instead.

And after a little bit of research, I found a few more reasons to love this brand. Codage Paris was established by French siblings, Julien and Amandine Azencott. Prior to starting Codage, the pair worked as consultants connecting cosmetic brands with the top cosmetic labs in France. When starting this venture, they set Codage’s core values: maximum efficiency, customized products, dedicated service and respect for nature. The brand’s essence is a blend of the traditional French pharmacy and modern advance skincare research. And their products are paraben and phthalate-free. Codage’s products aim to cleanse, treat and nourish skin. Their flagship product is a customized serum. You can create your customized serum using their online “diagnostic tool” to find the “prescription” that suits your skin’s specific needs (and it comes in a cute monogramed bottle).

The products I’ve used from my sample kit are the Serum № 1 and the Crème Gommante. Serum № 1 is formulated with ingredients that have hydration, antioxidant, and antipollution properties. The serum provides intense nourishment that makes skin soft but more resilient by improving skin integrity. When testing it out I poured the 1 ml contents into a small container. I was surprised that such a small amount gave me three uses. To see how my sensitive skin would react, I wore the serum with no makeup and no additional moisturizers on top.  With the serum alone, my skin felt appropriately hydrated (not greasy) and looked radiant. I even received a few compliments about my skin from people surprised that I wasn’t wearing any foundation. The Crème Gommante (scrubbing cream) is designed to exfoliate, soothe and provide radiance. It is an emulsion of fine rice particles that gently exfoliates to remove impurities and dead skin. It is not abrasive or drying like the apricot scrub I usually use. And I found it worked well with my sensitive skin. I’m still working my way through the sample kit, but so far I’m very impressed!

If you’re interested in giving Codage Paris a try, you can order a sample kit here. The samples are free, but you have to pay for shipping. There are also travel-sizes available if you're looking for a little more. And I'm excited to share today that there is a special promo code for Friday, November 27th (until midnight). Use WHITEFRIDAY15 at checkout and you will save 30% off of your order (doesn't apply to prescription kits or minis). I've been waiting for an offer like this to pick up a full-sized product. I thought it would be a good time to post this review so you that if you're interested, you can take advantage of this offer too. Let me know what you think of Codage if you do purchase.

This was not a sponsored post. The thoughts expressed are honest and my own.

 

Holt Renfrew Holiday Beauty Bag 2015

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(c) 2015 JuleChu Lifestyle

It’s the holiday season! There’s no snow in Toronto just yet, but Mink Mile is already lined with glistening holiday windows. And at Holt Renfrew there’s a little something extra to be excited about.  If you read this previous post, you’d know I look out for the Holt Renfrew Beauty Bag each season.  This is because it is usually filled with luxury beauty samples you can’t find anywhere else and only costs between $25 to $45. The bag also comes with a $10 voucher that you can use on a future beauty purchase. It’s brilliant! I don’t buy every single one, but in the past my favourite beauty bag samples were the Hermes Terre d’Hermes miniature cologne and shower gel set, Erno Laszlo Timeless Serum and Clinique Almost Lipstick in “Black Honey”.

When I saw this season’s bag in Holt Muse, it made its way to the top of my shopping list. It is priced at $35, but valued at over $100. And the bag still features the $10 voucher. I have a few beauty items on my wish list (including Tom Ford’s “Drake” lipstick…just because), so the voucher is a bonus. The bag itself is beautifully designed with navy honeycomb print and rose gold hardware. And it’s functional. There’s a top-handle for carrying it, plenty of storage space and a built-in interior mirror. So it will work well for makeup storage on your vanity table or in your suitcase for travel.

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(C) 2015 JuleChu Lifestyle

My top favourites inside this beauty bag are the Tuscan Scent trio from Salvatore Ferragamo,  Miu Miu’s eau de parfum and  the Matte Revolution lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury. Within the Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscan Scent trio is a sampling of the “quintessential collection”. It features 1.5 ml samples of the White Mimosa, Golden Acacia and Incense Suede scents. Of the three, the White Mimosa is my favourite. It is a floral but sensual, so it fits well with the rest of my perfume collection.

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(C) 2015 JuleChu Lifestyle

The second fragrance item in the bag is Miu Miu’s new flagship fragrance. It is comprised of the Lily of the Valley and Akilgalawood scents. I’ve tried this at the fragrance counter before. It’s a classic women’s perfume. The Lily of the Valley reminds me of a perfume my Grandmother used to wear; which is a good thing. This fragrance and  Alaia are competing for the next spot on my perfume tray. So, it’s nice to have this generous 4 ml sample to help me decide between the two when I’m ready (I recently used my Optimum points to purchase Narciso, which I really enjoy. I keep meaning to write the review, but that’s a good fall/winter fragrance to try as well).

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To be honest, I can’t write much about my final favourite because I haven’t opened these Charlotte Tilbury samples yet. The packaging is too cute. I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews about this line from a makeup artist and my sister-in-NARS since its Canadian debut. The Miracle Eye Wand is on my wish list, but heard Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks are good as well. I plan to visit their counter at Holts to see how they compare to my favourite, NARS Audacious.

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(C) 2015 JuleChu Lifestyle

The beauty bag also includes deluxe samples of Clinique’s “repairwear” uplifting firming cream (7 ml), Laura Mercier’s radiance foundation primer (15 ml) and Erno Laszlo’s Firmarine face bar (17 g). The full-sized versions of these products are available for sale on Holt Renfrew’s new e-store, but it looks like the beauty bags are only available in-store. I’m very pleased with this year’s holiday bag and I think it would make a great hostess gift (or gift to self). If you grab this bag or have any past favourites, tweet me and let me know.  

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(C) 2015 JuleChu Lifestyle

This is not a sponsored post. The thoughts expressed are honest and my own.


Afterthought: Alaïa Sample Review

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(c) JuleChu Lifestyle

I love collecting perfumes, but I’m very selective about the scents I wear. Since I hate having perfume go to waste, I only buy perfumes I really love and will wear frequently.  This is why I usually take a sample to try for a week or so before making a decision.  One of the recent samples I’ve obtained is the new fragrance, Alaïa. It is the first fragrance under the signature of Azzedine Alaïa, the Tunisian-born couture master. I first saw this perfume on a twitter announcement of its UK release in July. I thought the bottle design beautifully intriguing, but I couldn’t find the fragrance in Canada. But last week, Holt Renfrew announced its exclusive launch in Canada. I hurried over to try it in-person and ask for a sample. The fragrance has notes of pink pepper, freesia, peony and musk. I find it to be very elegant and distinct from other brands. I’ve already chosen Narciso Rodriquez eau de parfum (review to come) as my autumn scent, but this fragrance by Alaïa will definitely be on my Christmas wish list. Hopefully by that time, Holt’s will carry it in a gift set or at least have a miniature as a gift with purchase. Currently, Holt Renfrew is selling the 50ml bottles for $120 and 100 ml for $160.

Below are the other samples I was able to grab this week. The first is Aveda’s “be curly” intensive detangling masque (15ml), which you can pick up in-store at Aveda. The rest of the samples are from Sephora: Glamglow Supercleanse (15g), Bobbi Brown face oil (3ml) and fragrances- Versace Bright Crystal mini rollerball (3ml), Clean Warm Cotton (1ml), Prada Sport Luna Rossa (1.5 ml), Escada Joyful (2ml).

This is not a sponsored post. The thoughts expressed are honest and my own.