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The latest scoop on Spring colors and products for cosmetics and nail polish.


The beauty and elegance of cauliflower


44 Beauty Crazed

Caught between a rock and a hard place.

A proposal of what’s trendy.

Planning a wedding - what’s HOT!

Designing your ceremony.

Meet Lori Lynn Smith - find out how to feel great!


Dr. Lianne Lacroix talks about the most diagnosed cancers and what we can do to live a healthier lifestyle.

COLOR ME BROWN - Myths about tanning.


Recaptured Charm

The Jade Dresser - We all have old stuff kicking around. Find out how to make it new!


Wedding Flowers

The scoop on selecting and ordering your Big Day flowers.




Wedding Trends 2012

Everything you want to know about the latest designer dresses, flowers, themes, trends and diamonds.


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Wedding Horror!


Whatever could go wrong - did!!

Spring Fashion

What’s everyone wearing this season - what colors are in, fabrics, styles and more


Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses for 2012


Beauty in any language. Meet the ladies behind this successful women’s enterprise.

40 Accessories

The runways were packed with a variety of accessories for this season.

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madeleine is an online magazine for women, about women, by women Publisher: Vera Clark Contact: Editor: Sharon Hughes-Geekie Contact: Subscribe: Advertise: Published 6 Times per Year Website:

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Madeleine, a Woman’s World is published by Big Dog Publishing Inc. Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Opinions expressed in the magazine are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the owners or management of Big Dog Publishing Inc. contact:

I live just outside Toronto, Ontario Canada. I have two amazing daughters. My passion has always been creating something original or bringing something old back to life. It’s all about time-honoured, classic possessions that never really go out of style. Sometimes I restore them to their original loveliness, other times they are re-purposed and reused into something fresh and fabulous.


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contributors Sharon Hughes-Geekie, Jan Johnson, Darcy Nybo, Deb Leroux Dr. Lianne Lacroix, Elizabeth Karen Murray Musser, Patrick Loewen Special Feature: Weddings 2012

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Location: Toronto, Ontario Meet the Beauty Crazed team! Their catchy and fun tag-line is “We Have Problems with Restraint”. Named by Elle Magazine as one of Canada’s top style blogs, Beauty Crazed is chock full of witty reviews on makeup, nail polish, hair products, accessories, perfume–you name it, they’ve gabbed about it!

Some of you may know me as The Passion Diva. I am a mom to 4 awesome kids! I have studied psychology/social work and business management and completed a certification in holistic life coaching and green living coaching. I am a member of the World Reiki Association and I am a master in several styles of reiki including usui, nature elements and Tibetan.

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2012 What’s Everyone Wearing? The Bride


any of this year’s brides are taking their cue from Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s spectacular wedding gown. Dresses that are slim through the waist, that flare at the bottom and have the trendy illusion neckline –a lacy overlay over the décolletage – are very popular. Brides continue to opt for the full length gown although dresses with a




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sheer trumpet skirt that puffs out just above the knee enables the bride to enjoy the elegance of a gown but still show a little leg. Tier skirts add curvature to the hips and are great for hiding any bumps and bulges. Colored wedding dresses are also in vogue: light silver, champagne, lettuce green and even black. White dresses are getting a hint of color with a colored lace underlay just below the hem of the skirt or a “patch of colour” – a flower or heart – somewhere on the dress.

The Bridesmaids Just as the Duchess’ dress was an inspiration for brides, Pippa Middleton’s Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen’s silk crepe ivory gown started a trend for bridesmaids. For starters, this season, ivory and white bridesmaids dresses are suddenly in demand. Red is also a festive, energetic colour that offsets the brides white gown. Strapless dresses – long or cocktail

length, in any colour - are also very popular. To avoid upstaging the bride, the dresses are generally worn with natural hair and make-up and no jewelry. Rather than having all bridesmaids’ dresses exactly the same, some brides are choosing a fabric and having the bridesmaid’s select an individual style that looks good on them.

The Groom and Groomsmen The guy’s attire is much more practical! They are opting for suits that can be worn again and again. And underneath the suit jacket – a French cuff shirt with cuff links. While some grooms are selecting a bow tie, some select a necktie that matches the bride’s flowers, and for the groomsmen, a selection that matches the bridesmaid’s dresses ties the wedding party all together. Designers: 1. Alma Novia 2. Carolina Herrera 3. Reem Acra 4. Jim Hjelm 5. Monique Lhuillier

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PRING BRIDESMAID DRESSES Look for lightweight fabrics and soft, sherbert colors. Pink and lavender are popular bridesmaid dress colors for spring weddings.


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Dress the ladies in shades of turquoise, aqua and teal - an ocean inspired palette. Tropical azure and emerald hues recall the Caribbean and are perfect for beach weddings, while deeper “peacock” shades feel rich and formal. Dress designers are getting more and more creative with their use of fabric, such as crinkled chiffon and organza, as well as the accessories they are using to adorn these fabulous dresses.

PETS You read it right. Incorporating your family pet into the ceremony seems to be a trend right now. There are lots of ways to involve furry (or feathered) friends in your celebration, whether in a formal role as the ring bearer or flower dog, or simply as an honoured guest. It is fun, out of the ordinary and something that will leave your guests talking .


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On your wedding day you have to have fabulous lingerie underneath that wedding dress. You also have to have something sexy for the wedding night and honeymoon. Here are some haute numbers from Victoria’s Secret, Lejaby, Cally and Lilac that look great and make you feel sexy.!



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by Sharon Hughes-Geekie

The love of your life has finally popped the question. But what about the engagement ring?


he diamond ring is the traditional symbol of love and commitment. Made of the hardest and most enduring substance in nature, it represents a marriage that will endure forever. And so too could the effects of your ring purchase. In today’s market place, your choice of engagement ring impacts more than your bank account balance. That is why more and more couples are buying conflict-free. Conflict-free is not about the decision-making process between bride and groom. The term refers to the ring itself and ensuring that when you choose this token of everlasting devotion, your purchase is not supporting an insurgency. Conflict diamonds are loosely defined as gems that are mined in a war zone and sold to finance a warlord or rebel movement against a recognized national government. A reputable jeweler will provide Kimberly Process certification guaranteeing that your diamond is conflict-free. But while many diamonds meet the Kimberly Process criteria, the mining of diamonds from parts of Africa and Asia involve child labour, violence and harm to the environment. You can request tracking information for your diamond and, ideally, a company policy demonstrating its commitment to


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(Conflict-free is not about the decisio



on-making process between bride and groom.

social responsibility; or you can avoid the hassle and simply buy Canadian. Canada is the third largest diamond producer in the world and, by value, produces more diamonds then South Africa. Canada’s four large diamond mines, all located in the Northwest Territories, are among the most regulated in the world. Although diamonds, regardless of their source, are gathered in central polishing locations where they are all mixed together, Canadian diamonds are identifiable by a tiny CanadaMark™. This defining symbol of Canadian diamonds, guarantees the gem is natural, untreated, of high quality and cut, and mined under strict regulations. CanadaMark™ diamonds are available through most jewelry stores. Although truly ethical jewelry – which also uses reclaimed gold and other minerals -- is becoming increasingly popular, it is still a very small component of the jewelry industry. One of the better-known suppliers of ethical origin fine jewelry is Brilliant Earth, located in downtown San Francisco. Founded by Beth Gerstein and Eric Crossberg in 2005, Brilliant Earth was created as a result of their own continued on page 18

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DIAMONDS continued from page 17 challenges finding an engagement ring that reflected their commitment to making a difference. Today Brilliant Earth is a thriving business, employing gemologists, designers and sales representatives who share their passion for producing high quality jewelry originating from pure, socially and environmentally responsible sources. In addition to Canadian diamonds, Brilliant Earth uses conflict-free diamonds from Namibia, Botswana and Sierra Leone; conflict-free sapphires from Australia and Malawi; and reclaimed minerals derived from other jewelry, industrial-use metals and electronic components. For those outside the San Francisco area, Brilliant Earth provides telephone consultations and on-line shopping. Five per cent of their profits support community development projects in countries impacted by unethical practices in the jewelry industry. They can be reached at or by telephone at 1-800-691-0952. For ethical jewelry in the Okanagan, Ethical Bling is an ideal choice for the responsible consumer. Their Oro Verde™ gold from Choco Columbia is derived from the first environmentally certified and socially conscious gold and platinum mine in the world. This company also donates a portion of their profits to development projects. Ethical Bling jewelry is available through Divine Expressions in The Ramada Hotel in Kelowna – On-line purchasing is available at www. or, to arrange a private consultation, call 778-755-1199.


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Photos – These rings from Brilliant Earth feature conflict-free diamonds and recycled and re-refined precious metals, identical in quality to newly mined metals.



1. Delicate Antique Scroll - Solitaire and wedding band with Pavé diamonds. 2. Fancy Bezel Halo Diamond Ring with Side Stones - The Duchess of Cambridge look with a large centre stone surrounded by smaller diamonds. 3. Heirloom Diamond Ring - A fancier take on the traditional solitaire.

DIVINE Expressions “Because YOU Are An Original”

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lowers are an integral part of the wedding ritual. This custom has only changed moderately over time, as styles change. The floral component of your celebration is central to your enjoyment of the day, to the overall theme of the event, and to the impact of your photography when your wedding day has passed. We consider three factors in the creation of your bridal floral components - colour, theme and cost. We imagine the content of your bouquet as a component during your day, and also for the way in which the photos of your bouquets will be captured. Your floral budget should be separated into two categories - your bridal party and your event. Your bridal party will consist of your attendants and yourselves, as well as, any special people you choose to distinguish with a corsage or boutonnière. The size of this second group is subjective, but normally the parents of the bride and groom are acknowledged, as well as the MC for the event. Grandparents may also be distinguished, if you choose. We advise that you consider where to ‘cut off ’ this acknowledgment, as it can greatly impact your cost. The average cost for either a fresh or silk bouquet for the bride is $130, with the bridesmaids pieces being 20

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slightly less, due to the smaller size normally requested for these items. A bridal party of 3 attendants per side, therefore, would average at $570 with additional taxes. Items for each groomsmen must also be considered, and the parents or other special persons you wish to acknowledge will increase your budget as well. Your venue centerpieces have a wider range of possible costs. It is

important that your florist is familiar with the venue you have chosen, as they are likely to have created items for this space before, and to have ideas of what will work well. Flowers are only one option for your centerpieces, as are candles, or candy dishes, or photos. Delivery of your items to your venue of choice is an additional amount for most florists, as there

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are often multiple items to be sent to the location. Oftentimes a family member can be encouraged to pick up your items. Please ask your florist how these items will be packaged so that the risk of damage is alleviated. On site floral services are also an option. Large pieces for the celebration space, as well as centerpieces are often created on site. This is money well spent, as table pieces often will shift in design while being moved, and will not appear as the florist has intended. Larger pieces

increase this risk during delivery, and the onsite work allows for the perfect piece to be ready for the event as it begins. Speaking with your florist up to 6 months before your event is acceptable. You can discuss in the fall, the items available in the spring as an example. Please consider the level of integrity and skill of your florist, as carefully as you consider who will be creating your menu, and who will be composing your dessert, the theme

of your event and your photography. Your florist is a great resource to also assist you with finding other vendors who will serve you well. This very special day is a once in a lifetime event for you, but your florist has been through this many, many times, and has great ideas and insights to share that will enhance your entire experience.

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The lights are low; soft music sets the scene. A handsome man, on bended knee, professes his undying love and slips an engagement ring on the delicate finger of his bride-to-be.


lthough this scene makes for a romantic moment in the movies, it is becoming increasingly rare in real life. According to a survey conducted by the Canadian magazine Weddingbells, 65 per cent of women participate in the selection of their engagement ring and 25 per cent make the final decision.


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Prince William had it easy. The ring he slipped on now Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s finger was inherited from his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The ring an oval blue sapphire surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds, valued at more than £28,000 - turned out to be a hit among brides worldwide and

is the inspiration behind this year’s engagement rings. The most popular design is a large diamond or coloured gem surrounded by smaller diamonds. For most brides, size matters and the smaller diamonds give the illusion that the centre stone is bigger than it is. The coloured gems being selected

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are the yellow diamond or blue or pink sapphire. Pavé diamonds are also trendy in 2012. The band of the ring is “paved” or lined with diamonds set closely together so that all or a portion of the metal is not visible. This technique gives the ring more dazzle and, combined with other gems, a more substantive look. Pavé diamonds are common in wedding bands and provide a lovely underlay for a simpler style engagement ring. Twisted bands with metal loops or swirling diamonds, raised settings that showcase the gems, and socially responsible rings using conflict-free diamonds and reclaimed gold are also in vogue for 2012. But for the man brave enough to pop the question with ring in hand, the simple diamond solitaire – round and brilliant, in a four-prong setting – is a timeless design that is sure to please.

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he wedding industry has long been seen as “recession proof,” but that may be changing as the trend is shifting from large and flashy to elegant but understated. The average Canadian wedding, including honeymoon, carries a price tag of just over $23,000. The reception is the most expensive part of a wedding, accounting for 41 per cent of the cost. The average honeymoon is around $5,200 followed by the photographer at $2,400 and the bridal gown at $1,800. Today’s couples are more budget conscious with a do-it-ourselves attitude. Their goal is to cut costs without cutting quality. Most weddings occur between May and August, making the outdoor wedding a popular alternative to the church ceremony. Locations include the beach, a garden or a more rustic farm setting. Outdoor weddings provide an interesting backdrop for photos and reduce the need for decorating. In keeping with the outdoor theme, brides are opting for hand-tied bouquets made with local flowers and a just-picked look. Many wedding guests this year will be met at the ceremony with a large matted engagement photo displayed on an easel. The photo is framed but without glass. In addition to being decorative, it doubles as the guest book, with guests being asked to sign the matting. Faux tea light candles and batteryoperated tapers add an air of romance and intimacy to the reception while circumventing fire regulations. Also

expect to see hand written place cards and beautiful, hand-made centerpieces featuring natural elements such as flowers, greenery, rocks and shells. Some talented brides are even incorporating favors for the guests into the centerpiece design. Guest lists are being reduced in 2012 with 100 guests or less becoming the norm. Evening weddings followed by a lavish dessert buffet and chocolate fountain or a mid-day wedding and afternoon cocktail party are trendy and less expensive alternatives to the traditional three-course dinner. Free flowing alcohol is also on the decline. Instead, couples are opting to serve a signature martini or alcoholic and non-alcoholic punch at the reception; wine on the dinner table and are offering up a fully stocked cash bar at the dance. If the venue makes a cash bar impractical, open bars can be limited to a selection of beer, wine and soft drinks. When it comes to the cake, the most popular flavors are carrot, lemon, white and chocolate covered with a butter cream or smooth fondant frosting. The bride and groom figurine that traditionally adorned the cake has been replaced with large monogrammed letters or icing flowers. Another tradition that has become decidedly passé is that of the bride inheriting her mother’s wedding dress. Today’s bride will not be walking down the aisle in a puffy sleeved gown from the eighties. She wants to look and feel stunningly beautiful on her big day, and that is non-negotiable.

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nyone who has ever planned a wedding knows there is so much “stuff ” to think about – the guest list, invitations, the dress, food, cake– the list goes on and on. The item that often gets left to the end is the one thing you cannot do without: the ceremony. While many couples don’t give a lot of consideration to the ceremony, more and more people are looking to their ceremony to be something memorable, both for themselves and their guests. Barbara Densmore, a certified Professional Celebrant, helps couples design their wedding ceremonies that are personal, authentic, meaningful and one of a kind – just like the couple. The central tenet in celebracy is that the ceremony is built around the couple, rather than adhering to a specific 26

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religious practice. Because a celebrant in BC must also be an ordained minister, Densmore is able to officiate the ceremonies she helps to create. Densmore says the couples she works with view their wedding ceremony as much more than something to check off their to-do-list. “They want their ceremony to be the gift they give to themselves and each other.” Densmore works with the couple to help them envisage their perfect ceremony and then uses a guided, reflective process to create it. “Along the way the couple has the opportunity to confirm their decision, revisit and appreciate their partner and prepare to cross the threshold into marriage in a way that is joyful, profound and memorable.” Some couples have an idea of

what they want in a ceremony but need someone to help them bring their idea to life. When Kelly and Darren approached Densmore, they knew they wanted a modern Celtic wedding. Both avid sailors, the ceremony was to be held on a rocky ledge beside the ocean, complete with a bagpiper and town crier. “During their vows they were hand fasted (had their hands tied together) with nautical rope symbolizing the formation of their new family – themselves and their three offspring. Their families were involved, which included Darren’s Irish father, wrapping the rope.” The ceremony culminated with everyone tossing a wishing stone into the ocean. “Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted it to be, “ Kelly says. “It brought


dding with Heart our family and closest friends, all 54 of them, together, not just to “watch” but to take the role that they did, encircling us, and blessing the rings, and tossing the stone.” Kelly believes that because theirs was a second marriage, it was especially important not to get “tied in to the ‘glitz and glamour’ of a wedding versus the meaningful intimate vows that it

suitcase together. At another, the couple, which had endured a long distance relationship for four years prior to their marriage, placed artifacts from their courtship into a time capsule to be opened on their 10th wedding anniversary. Densmore admits that a celebrant ceremony is not for everyone. She describes her clients as “old souls

Many of the couples she works with see their vows as the foundation to their marriage. “Vows can be the rudder in a marriage. Real, intentional vows can be reviewed and renewed every year by a couple on their anniversary date,” offers Densmore. “Without that clarity, it is easy to drift, “ While most of her ceremonies are on Vancouver Island, Densmore has

should be.” Densmore believes actions or rituals can be as important as the vows themselves. Ceremonies designed by Densmore have been performed using an oathing stone, a sea salt ritual and handcuffs. In the latter, the groom was a former police chief. In one wedding a couple of travelers packed their first

entering marriage or warmly wiser the second or third time around.” Many don’t fit into the traditional mold: they have lived together, already have families or children, are of mixed heritages or faiths or same sex couples. “They are entering marriage mindfully and have some important things they want to say and experience.”

created unique ceremonies for couples all over North America. You can visit her website at: or contact her at 1.877.290.5065. by Sharon Hughes-Geekie

Photos by Karen Pantuso Photography

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n a Saturday afternoon in July in 1982, I attended an outdoor wedding. If it could go wrong it did. It will be remembered by all that attended as the outdoor wedding horror story. Had I not actually been there, I would not believe all that occurred that special day. The wedding was at the groom’s parents ranch in Missouri. A lovely home with a pool, gardens, groves of trees, and the livestock. The ceremony was held on the west side of their home looking out over a lush field of green. Three hundred white chairs aligned a flower-draped aisle for the bride and groom to exchange their vows. Horses frolicking and cows grazing in the distance made a beautiful picture for the event. It had rained earlier that morning and the ground was still damp and moist. Arriving with gift in hand, we were escorted to the pool area. The finishing touches were being placed on the six-tier wedding cake, as we placed our present on the gift table. A very nice young man attempted to usher us to our seats. The morning


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showers had proved to be just enough rain to form small puddles and mud in the gardens. Every

woman in heels was sinking into the ground as soon as she made a single step. Each man had mud covering their dress shoes and pant legs. It was just the beginning. The sun was strong and bearing down at exactly two o’clock when the ceremony began. We were later told the temperature hit 102 degrees that afternoon. The humidity from the rain lingered in the air as the music began. A drunk groom, several groomsmen, and a pastor stood waiting for the bride to appear. Beautiful flowers were beginning to wilt as the flower

girl and ring bearer walked down the aisle. The bridesmaids slowly sank in mud as they made their way to the altar. Standing for the bride, the sweating guests were relieved to have an opportunity to move. Dressed in her mother’s wedding dress of heavy satin and nine-foot train, the bride was a vision in white. Her father dripping in perspiration held her arm as they descended down the aisle. Ten steps from her destination, she sank in the mud and could not be budged. Smiling for the world to see, she made several attends to dislodge her footing before she went toppling over. The beautiful bride was now a picture on white satin and brown mud. When the gasps subsided and the bride was given to the groom the vows were begun. The pastor was a visiting relative. He was a talker. A man that was not bothered by the heat. Twenty minutes in to his rambling, the ring bearer wet his pants. Thirty minutes in, the groom became sick at his stomach. We will never know if

OMG it was the alcohol, the smell of urine, or the heat that caused him to vomit. But, vomit he did. An hour into the ceremony, the horses had stopped frolicking and the cows had moved to see what all the excitement was about. At three thirty that hot day, three hundred guests witnessed a bull servicing his herd behind the bride and groom. I do not recall if the laughter started then or when the ushers jumped the fence to stop the commotion. The vows were finally concluded at four o’clock as the Budweiser truck came blowing his horn done the lane. Suit jackets all removed, hair flat and wet from the heat, and drying mud on the feet of the less than happy crowd was making for a dreary start to the reception. The crowd moved from the garden to the pool to find a surprise awaiting them. There sitting in the sun was a six tier wedding cake with melted icing dripping from the layers. All that remained of the masterpiece was a very perky looking bride and groom figure sitting onto. The bride was crying as they cut the dried out cake, the groom was feeling better as he slammed down cold Budweiser’s, and the guests

were happy as the food was served. While the bride was getting her dress cleaned up for photos, the men in the wedding party were having their pictures taken. Standing in front of the pool with drinks hidden in hand, stood the groom, the groom’s father, and the bride’s father. The photographer was adjusting the groom’s collar as a scream erupted. A large flock of birds had flown overhead depositing a white runny gift on a near by table. The ladies scream had startled the photographer enough to lose her balance. Thus, the tuxedo clad gentlemen and the photographer all fell into the pool. The wedding portraits were taken after the honeymoon, needless to say. The reception would have had more classic moments, I am sure, had it not been cut short. On that hot, muggy, and memorable day it began

to rain as the bride danced with her father. It was a fitting conclusion to the outdoor wedding horror. To those of us that actually attended the wedding that hot July day and their 25th wedding anniversary this year, it is simply referred to as the bull sex wedding.

by Murray Musser

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s there anywhere else on earth that has more iconic landmarks in one place then New York City? The Statue of Liberty; the Brooklyn Bridge; Grand Central Station; Central Park; Times Square; the Empire State Building; Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Gardens – just to name a few. This magical place is where immigrants came in search of the American dream and New Year’s eve is celebrated live and virtually by millions world wide. It is the birthplace of television favorites like Seinfeld, Friends and The Cosby Show and where Barbara Streisand was

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Funny Girl, Cher found the man of her dreams in Moonstruck, and Harry Met Sally.

Forget about finding the right change. The Metro Card, available at any subway station, is an easy, inexpensive way of seeing the sights. The unlimited Metro Card allows you to ride on trains and buses as often as you like over a specific time period. A single day pass sells for $8.25, a seven-day pass for $27 and a 14-day pass for $51. Trains run 24/7 and the longest you should have to wait for a bus or train is 15 minutes.

It is also the place to which countless newly weds travel to launch their lives together in the traditional ritual known as the Honeymoon. New York City truly offers something for everyone – from the romantic to the scenic - the artistic to the historic. Designer fashions abound, shopping opportunities are endless and you can sample food from any ethnicity in the world.

ATTRACTIONS Guggenheim Museum

ACCOMMODATION Because so many of New York’s attractions are in the Manhattan area, many couples opt to stay near Times Square. If you are looking for a luxurious hotel with spacious rooms, gorgeous bathrooms, room service, fitness facilities or wonderful views, expect to pay between $200 and $350 per night. Alternatively, the more price conscious couple can get a small but clean, comfortable room with complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express – Times Square South for less than $200 per night. For the best rates, check out the many travel websites: www.expedia. com or or www.

Rockerfeller Center

Before you set off to see the sights you may wish to purchase a New York City Pass. This pass provides you with free entry into more than 70 attractions enables you to fast-track or line jump at over 55 attractions – a huge time saver – and comes with a 176-page guide book that provides the directions to and the hours of operation for every attraction. Passes are $80 per person for one day or $130 for two days. For a minimal additional charge you can add a hopon, hop-off bus package to your pass. There is a discount for purchasing your pass on-line and, purchasing the pass in advance of your honeymoon enables you to use the guidebook to plan your itinerary.

TIMES SQUARE This is a great launching off spot, particularly if you are staying nearby. The bright neon billboards, endless


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stores, quaint restaurants, intriguing street performers and vast selection of Broadway performance options make for a colourful and exciting introduction to New York. At the Times Square Visitors Centre, 1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets, you can you can book a tour, purchase a Metro Card, or tickets to on and off Broadway performances. On Fridays at noon there is a free behind the scenes walking tour of Times Square. Just show up and join the group. Discount tickets of 25 or 50 per cent to same day performances are available at the TKTS booth located at Broadway and 47th St. Tickets for Wednesday and Saturday matinees are on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evening performance tickets can be purchased between 3 and 8 p.m.

STATUE OF LIBERTY New York’s most recognizable landmark, the Statue of Liberty is a must see. To get an up-close view, take the Staten Island Ferry, also a New York icon. This 25-minute free ferry ride taxis you from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island. Boat excursions to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island can also be purchased at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. This park offers wonderful views of New York City Harbour and is home to Castle Clinton National Monument. continued on page 60 February 2012


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When we hear the word “bellissima” we autom something (or someone) beautiful; simp


ellissima Fashions has been around (in one form or another) bringing beautiful clothing to women for over 35 years. Back in 1973 the husband and wife team of River and Serena began a business of importing clothing which turned out to be a much harder endeavour than expected, especially collecting money from shop owners. However, they had already caught the ‘fashion bug’ so decided to open a retail store of their own. In 1975, the first Serena Fashions (now known as Bellissima Fashions) store opened on Pender Street in downtown Vancouver. In 1981, they joined up with Serena’s sister, Viviana, and expanded to Alberta. Since then, Bellissima Fashions has grown from one store with four staff members to twenty-two stores throughout BC and Alberta, with over two hundred employees. Over the years Viviana has noticed a change in what customers are looking for. “People are investing in quality clothing; much more so than before. Quality and uniqueness sells.”


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Bellissima will always carry some classic fashions; however, they’ve found that today’s woman wants to express herself with newer fashions. “Our customers want to look stylish and ageless,” says Viviana from her Calgary office. “Fashion is how we feel about ourselves. We are finding that with our suppliers as well; tastes have changed. A lot of it has to do with television, fashion shows and make over shows.” “Serena Fashions was originally aimed at bringing reasonably priced work clothing to women,” explains Serena. “As the years went by our


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customers became more established and we evolved into Bellissima.” The choice to move away from work clothes was economy driven. “With all the low priced clothing out there we couldn’t compete so we decided to move in another direction and go for quality and uniqueness, even though it is more expensive.” Bellissima has an in-house designer who studied fashion design in Paris, and much of their clothing line is made in Vancouver. “We are proud that we employ as many local people as possible in the making of our Bellissima clothing line,” says Serena.

At Bellissima, staff are trained to understand the truism that everything you wear is a statement about yourself; it is your self expression. “Our staff help people pick out items that compliment things that are already in their wardrobe,” explains Serena. “We have a lot of regular customers that keep coming back because they love our service.” Bellissima staff take special pains to ensure only quality goes out of their store. “We test every piece of clothing that comes in here,” says Serena. “We follow the cleaning instructions, and if the colour fades, or it shrinks or falls apart, we won’t put it in our store; especially if it is our private label clothes.” These sisters may live and work in different provinces; but they get together often as they literally search the world for fashions. “We started going to New York to find unique

clothing. Over time more and more of our competitors have followed our lead and also started buying out of New York so now we have expanded our clothing line to Europe,” says Serena. Viviana adds, “We are travelling even more and working even harder to bring the fashions that women want into our stores.” Both Serena and Viviana agree on one very important thing. “When you go out to buy clothes, don’t think about age and size; if it feels like you, and it’s your statement, then it is right for you. When we go to Europe we notice that Europeans don’t worry about their size or age, they wear what feels right to them, and so should you.”

by Darcy Nybo

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Fun...Spring 2012

by Jan Johnson Tigerlily Fashions


How lucky we’ve been this year...a relatively mild winter, and now we’re in for a fun Spring season fashion-wise. Whimsical prints and bright colours ruled the runways at Spring Fashion Shows. You’ll be seeing prints with birds, fruit, butterflies, feathers – anything goes! Florals are also everywhere, ranging from soft and muted to bright tropical prints. For those who lean toward the more classic prints, you’ll be happy to see big, wide stripes, medallion and baroque prints. There will also still be a touch of the famous Missoni zigzags, as well as mixed stripe and floral patches. And if you want to be really cutting edge, wear a top featuring a face or figure on it – wicked!


The colours for Spring are guaranteed to make you feel happy. Orange rules (after all, what colour makes more of a statement?), and you’ll see lots of it from the brightest acid oranges to corals to peachy/blush shades. Touches of yellow are popping up like sunshine, as well as greens from apple to avocado. Pink is still with us, mostly in the form of eye-popping fuchsia, and watch for navy to make a comeback. Of course, if you’re a black & white purist,

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artfully disguise or display different features. If you’re wearing jeans, be sure they have some bling if you want to be “au courant”. A little glitz goes a long way with denim!

you won’t be disappointed. Many Spring looks feature bold and graphic prints in classic black and white... heaven!

In accessories, the big news is the smaller bag – one that you can wear cross-body or hold as a clutch and that won’t weigh you down. Look for them in bright, happy colours to mix with your bright, happy Spring fashions!

You’ll be happy to hear that the fabrics you’ll be wearing for Spring are light and luxurious: rayon’s, light cottons and slinky poly blends. The styles you’ll be strutting in are equally fun and striking. Dresses are long – at least to the knee – and feature haltertops, bodice twists, one shoulder looks (think Roman or Greek goddesses) and asymmetrical hems. A touch of 1920’s influence is evident in long, lean dresses with dropped waists. Tunic tops with shark bite hems and patched prints mixing stripes and florals are still huge; fun and flattering, they work for a lot of women. Spring’s most fun tops feature pleats, twists, draping and ruching to February 2012



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mortar & pestle apparel Created by Vancouver-based designer, Jillian Zdunich, mortar & pestle apparel was launched in March 2011 and has been steadily expanding ever since, with boutiques nationwide now carrying the womenswear line. In 2009, Jillian made the decision to pursue her dream of designing clothing. She enrolled in the prestigious Blanche MacDonald Centre and, after graduating in November 2010 from the fashion design program, jillian immediately began to develop her clothing line. The result of her creative talents is reected in each garment within the line. Paying close attention to ďŹ t, detail, and overall wearability, each piece is created with functionality, comfort and practicality in mind. mortar & pestle is produced, from concept to ďŹ nished product, in Vancouver, with all fabrics and notions being locally sourced. February 2012






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Anti -Aging Products


ith a huge variety of anti-aging products to choose from in skin care, many consumers are left wondering what product to buy. When searching specifically for an eye cream there are a lot of considerations to take into account. What are your goals from this product? What ingredients are effective? Is the product’s price comparable to other products with similar actives?


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Skin Care - Wh in an Eye Cream Using only natural products in your anti-aging arsenal is very important. Many of the big skin care companies like to sneak in nasty little additives assuming the consumer will not notice. For years this was the case, but with the Internet and education of the general consumer these days, people expect more from their skin care products. It used to be that having parabens and mineral oil in an eye or face cream was just fine, but now with modern science showing just how harmful these additives can be, consumers will just not tolerate it. People want to be able to read the back of a label and understand and feel comfortable

with the ingredients featured. More consumers are becoming of the mind frame that if you would not eat it or put the substance in your body, then you definitely do not want to be putting it onto your skin daily. This is solid thinking as it is now clearly illustrated through countless scientific studies that what you put on your skin can easily pass into your blood stream. Given that the skin around the eyes is some of the most delicate, a product that is designed specifically for this region is essential. The eye area is very unique and the skin in this region is very thin, delicate and

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susceptible to damage. A product has to be designed with all of this in mind to truly be effective around the eyes.

A good anti-aging eye cream should incorporate 2 different vital elements.


It should have wrinkle fighting active ingredients - This could be a variety of things including coenzyme Q10, antioxidants, retinol, vitamin C and peptides such as Dermaxyl, Matrixyl 3000, Haloxyl and Syntacks. These ingredients help reduce

the appearance of wrinkles on the delicate skin directly beside and below the eyes. Peptides specifically can help produce collagen, hyaluronic acid and other vital molecules that the skin needs to stay healthy.


It should have anti-inflammatory/ tightening ingredients - This includes a variety of different actives including vitamin K, and wheat protein. Peptides such as ReguAge and Eyeliss are very effective in reducing dark circles, discoloration and swelling around the eyes by increasing microcirculation and

lymphatic drainage. Other natural ingredients such as buckwheat can help further reduce discoloration and inflammation. If you find an all-natural eye cream that incorporates both of these essentials, you should be happy with your purchase. The reduction in wrinkles and bags under the eyes can give someone the dramatic, youthful changing look they have been looking for, without the need for needles or surgery.

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Beauty Christian Dior In 1947 Christian Dior’s first collection was considered astonishing and shocking, completely overturning the styles of the era with its floral-inspired shapes, rich colours and full skirts - thus the moniker “New Look”.

We’d like to introduce the Beauty Crazed team Lisamarie and Christelle. Their catchy and fun tag-line is “We Have Problems with Restraint”. Named by Elle Magazine as one of Canada’s top style blogs, Beauty Crazed is chock full of witty reviews on makeup, nail polish, hair products, accessories, perfume–you name it, they’ve gabbed about it! Lisamarie and Christelle admit they have “problems with restraint” Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Dior Vernis - $24 - 997 Blue Label - the edgy navy from the Dior Rock Collection 707 Gris Montagne - from the Dior Spring 2011 Collection of the same name.


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Inspiration from the New Look was drawn for new mascara - Diorshow New Look - with a revolutionary formula that creates multi-dimensional volume for a dramatic, lashmultiplying effect.

5-Coleurs Eye shadow New Look Collection - $60 - they were the stars of Spring 1947 which have now been reinvented with an updated twist for 2012. Available in: 734 Grege - introduced in 1947, Dior created shades of white, brown or beige to go with each collection then in 1951 the natural element was reveled in a variation of brown named Terre de Frace which is at the heart of this palette 834 Rose Porcelaine - rose was one of Christian Dior’s favourite shades which reminded him of his childhood home hence this palette of pastel violet tones 254 Bleu de Paris - a tribute to the Versailles blue of MarieAntoinette reinterpreted in a soft version imbued with Parisian chic 454 Royal Khaki - green tinged with a hint of yellow which appeared as a grand evening gown was the first shade to be crowned by Christian Dior and is not reinterpreted as an eye shadow accessorized by gold and pearl shades.

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Yves St. Laurent As with all YSL products, the packaging is stunning - I especially like that they have the colour window in the front that is not only great for knowing how much product you have left but also makes it easier to figure out which colour it is if you have more than one! The tapered brush is also great for precise application - I put it on just using the applicator with no additional help from my lip brush and it went on perfectly!

shu uemura For the spring / summer 2012 mode make-up collection, shu uemura invites you to a universe of never before seen spring shades and reflections - a stunning celestial garden. Creamy Dome Blusher - $29 Limited Edition - a silky, creamy textured blush in fairy pink bright pink and sunlight peach - orange-pink Gloss Unlimited - $29 - Limited Edition - in blooming pink - innocent pink and corona orange - lustrous orange-pink





Inspired by the country’s range of stunning shades – as seen in vivid tulips, windmill-dotted hillsides and bustling canals – the collection’s twelve shades offer a mixture of sophisticated neutrals and highlypigmented bright. 1. Did You ’ear About Van Gogh? Rumor has it…this sandy bisque is a work of art. 2. Dutch ’Ya Just Love OPI? All of Holland hollers for this crowdpleasing plum. 3. I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! This sassy steel-blue shimmer means business! 4. I Have Herring Problem What’s that you say? I need to “sea” this shimmery green-blue? 5. Pedal Faster Suzi! This pink lavender shimmer will have you “wheeling.” 6. Kiss Me on My Tulips A smooch-worthy shade of hot pink. 7. Gouda Gouda Two Shoes Take a walk on the wild side with this robust rose. 8. A Roll in The Hague Take advantage of this frisky little orange. 9. Vampsterdam A deep purple for a divine diva. 10. Wooden Shoe Like to Know? It’s no secret…everybody loves this shimmery chocolate-brown. 11. Red Lights Ahead…Where? This coral-packed red is the hottest in the district. 12. Thanks a WindMillion You totally deserve this breezy sea green.

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Tired Eyes ? (give your eyes a POP!


our eyes tell more about you than just about any other physical feature. When it comes to your emotions, your energy levels, and your true feelings, it’s all in your eyes. So what do you do when you have a late night, a rough week, or a long day and it shows? Whether it’s a big day at work, a special date, or any other important event, sometimes you just can’t afford to look tired and worn out. Use these makeup tricks to help disguise tired eyes for good. You will want to start with a good concealer in a slightly warmer shade (a more yellowish tone) than your skin. Dab a tiny bit of concealer on the inside corner of your eye and blend it into your skin by tapping lightly with your ring finger. The warmth of your


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finger helps to make the concealer supple. This makes it easier to blend and helps give it a natural look against your skin. Blend towards the outside of your nose and over the general inner corner of your eye. This area is often deep set on many women’s faces, and usually has a bluish tone to it since skin is thin and more delicate in that area. Lightening the area and neutralizing the color can help your eyes appear brighter. If you have undereye circles, you will also use the same shade of concealer to take care of the undereye area as well. Dab another tiny bit of concealer just beneath the inner corner of each eye. Blend with your ring finger and tap lightly to blend the concealer around the rest of your undereye area. Undereye circles are darkest towards the inner corner of

the eye and fade towards the outer edge of the undereye area, which is why you will want to start near the inner corner and blend outwards. Next, apply a skin brightening foundation. Alternatively, apply your regular foundation and dust a reflective skinfinish or highlighter product in select areas to give your skin a refreshing glow. This will help to give your tired skin a boost. This next makeup trick helps your eyes appear more open and fresh. Use a slightly pearly eyeliner pencil in a shade anywhere between cream and pale beige. Some people recommend using white for this technique, but white almost always ends up looking too obvious and unnatural - especially up close! The best shades to use are ones that have a pearly or radiant finish (not

too shimmery, not too matte). Use the pencil to highlight and lightly line the very inner corner of your eye. Then use it to line the inner lash line of your lower lid. This is not the lash line underneath your lower lash, it’s the actual thin line of skin between your eyeball and your lower lashes! Some call it the “waterline” or the “inner lash line”. A lot of people don’t usually apply eyeliner to this area, but it’s one of the best kept secrets when it comes to giving tired eyes a pop. Finally, go ahead and apply your normal eyeshadow from your eyelid to your brow bone. Choose a color that complements your skin tone and gives a pearl or satin sheen to your lid. Slightly shimmery neutral shades work perfectly. Using the right color will complement the rest of these

makeup techniques on these “tired” days. Next, apply eyeliner along your upper lashline only. Then, use an eyelash curler to curl your upper eyelashes. This helps to open up your eyes even more. Finish off your look by applying two thick coats of mascara. Now that you have finished your tired eye “fix”, you’re ready to take on anything. Just don’t forget the most important part of your look: your smile! MAC_Girl writes reviews on MAC Cosmetics makeup products, as well as reviews on other makeup brand products. Visit to find additional information and reviews on all MAC makeup products including MAC Cosmetics for eyes, lips, nails, face and body.

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How by Lori Lynn Smith

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“rejection is painful, but it is not our pain to bear”

t’s not a mistake that we only see ourselves as a reflection in a mirror. Who we truly are comes from within and not from the outside. If you are feeling in need of a change, maybe today is the day to paint a new self-portrait. How do most of us gauge our image? We look through the lenses of others. What they see shapes who we are. There is something wrong with that picture for sure. Let’s think about this for a moment. Everything that we are originates inside of us. Our brain stores memories from our past. It also stores our learned behaviors like riding a bike or walking. An emotional tag is attached to each of these events. There is no possible way that another human being could have access to those brain imprints. With that being the case, how can they look at us from the outside and tell us what we should be all about? It’s impossible. What we project comes from who we perceive ourselves to be inside. If someone doesn’t like that then they are rejecting us. Rejection is painful, but it is not our pain to bear. The pain belongs to the other person. If they have a problem with what they see in us, there is a problem with their lens. We tend to criticize in others the very traits that we wish we had ourselves. That’s how the green-eyed monster works.

It is true that sometimes we can have character traits that rub people the wrong way. If you are too blunt or too indecisive, people may tend to shy away from you. Someone pointing this out will do so from a place of love not criticism. They want the best for you so they take the time to help. That is in sharp contrast to someone whose words cut deep when they are supposed to be “doing it for your own good.” As humans, we were created to grow and evolve. Part of growth is realizing characteristics that we don’t need anymore and getting rid of them. It is okay to reinvent yourself as long as you are doing it for the benefit of you and not someone else. In life we meet very few genuine people. We are usually suspicious of them because we often hide behind a mask ourselves. It is refreshing to know people who are not afraid to be accepting of themselves, flaws and all. They could teach us a thing or two about painting our own selfportrait.

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Ovarian Cancer by Dr. Lianne Lacroix


he word cancer strikes fear in every woman’s heart and none is scarier than ovarian cancer. It is hard to detect, usually found too late and often fatal. However we must look at cancer with some perspective. The greatest killer of women in our country of 32 million people half of which are females of all ages, is not cancer at all but heart disease and strokes. Somehow people are not afraid of these conditions and are reluctant to change their lifestyles to decrease the well-known risks. Quitting smoking and following a good diet to avoid obesity would go a long way to ease this health burden.


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will appear two or three years before other symptoms.

The most common number one cancer killer of women is lung cancer caused by smoking- another lethal but often ignored health danger. In one year, 9,200 Canadian women will die of lung cancer. This cancer is also often found too late and very difficult to treat. All smokers should indeed be quite afraid of this sad fate. Number two cancer is breast cancer, the most common cancer of women where 22,400 women in Canada will develop this cancer per year and 5,300 will die from it, often after fighting for many years. Number three cancer is colon cancer killing 4,100 women per year. We do have an easy screening test for this cancer called occult blood in the stool. A patient collects a tiny stool sample with a wooden stick and smears it on a small piece of cardboard for three days in a row. It is then tested in the lab for invisible drops of blood caused by early colon cancers. These

Number four cancer killer is pancreatic cancer at 1,950 poor women per year. This cancer is hard to detect, hard to prevent and usually fatal. Very sad. Ovarian cancer comes in at number five, killing 1,700 Canadian women per year. From that number, 10 to 15 % are caused by the hereditary BRCA 1 or 2 genes. Other risk factors for ovarian cancer include postmenopausal age over 50, obesity, infertility and infertility drug treatments. Factors that decrease the chance of ovarian cancer include taking oral contraceptives for two years or more as a younger woman, breastfeeding and pregnancy. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and non-specific making it very hard to arrive at an early diagnosis. These include pelvic pain, urinary symptoms, enlarging abdomen, fatigue and feeling sick and the universal abdominal bloating and gas that we all get. continued on page 52

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he reality is that there is no such thing as safe sun tanning. Whether your skin turns brown or red from the UV rays from the sun or a tanning bed, it is dangerous. You are increasing your risk of skin cancer, cataracts, suppressing your immune system and breaking down the collagen in your skin resulting in wrinkles, sagging skin and premature aging. And none of these things make you appear richer, sexier or more successful.


ovarian cancer-screening test. We do not have one. The test CA 125 to which they are referring is not good for screening. Many times we have seen women with ovarian cancer present with a negative CA125. Many other women have a false positive CA 125 leading to endless worry and needless investigations. Conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pneumonia, and menstruation can all give false results.


months should see their doctor for assessment and possible referral to a gynaecologist. In conclusion, fear of cancer is realistic in many ways, especially for stressedout smoking, alcohol drinking, obese, non-exercising women who eat fast food all the time. They do not look after their health and to me no excuse is acceptable. Sooner or later they will develop either a heart attack or cancer of some kind or both. Then they will tell me that they have seen the light and will now begin to follow a healthier lifestyle. Why not decide to start a healthy lifestyle today, before developing a critical heath problem and save yourself a lot of grief…

Tanning occurs when ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun damage your DNA. Your skin reacts by producing melanin, or a tan, as a protective measure. The deeper the tan, the harder your skin is fighting to protect itself from sun damage -- the first step on the road to skin cancer. Sun Screen contains SPF or a Sun Protection Factor that reacts with the sun to create an invisible barrier that reduces the impact of UV rays on your skin. The higher the SPF rating, the more protection you are receiving. Unlike sun block, which has no SPF rating and completely blocks UV rays, sunscreen still enables you to get a tan. For people intent on sporting a tan, the safest alternative is a selftanning lotion, spray or gel. The

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( Myth 1: Having a tan makes you appear richer, sexier or more successful. Myth 2: Having a “base tan” prior to vacationing someplace warm, protects you from burning and reduces your chances of getting skin cancer. Myth 3: Tanning salons are a safe alternative to natural tanning.

before going outdoors as self-tanners do not typically contain SPF. Self-tan products are available in most drug stores and pharmacies for less than $20. For a flawless, professional self-tan, visit a spa. There you can get a full body exfoliation and airbrush bronzing. This involves standing in a booth and a technician spraying a fine mist of tanner over your entire body.


active ingredient in self-tanners is dihydoxyacetone or DHA. DHA does not effect skin pigmentation, nor do UV rays activate it. The DHA causes a chemical reaction with the amino acids in the dead layer of cells on the skin service. Depending on the product, the tan lasts anywhere from three to 10 days. You can increase the darkness and longevity of the tan by regularly reapplying the product. Make sure you apply sunscreen

Myth 4: If I wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30, I will be safe.

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Travel Sh Typhoid . Diphtheria . Malaria by Sharon Hughes-Geekie


hese nasty sounding diseases occur in countries far away. They have nothing to do with us folk in Canada, unless we decide to travel. I recently decided to beat the winter doldrums and signed on to accompany a friend on a spontaneous trip to Mexico. I actually had six weeks to prepare for the trip, and I did. I arranged for childcare; booked the kennel for the dog and cat; arranged for someone to look after the house, and by extension, my bird. I converted Canadian dollars into Pesos, and oh yes, I bought a new swimsuit. It wasn’t until exactly seven days before I was slated to leave that it occurred to me that I hadn’t had a Tetanus shot in more than 10 years. I called the Travel Immunization Clinic and asked for an appointment. I was told they didn’t have any openings


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for at least a week but if I wanted to forego the consultation with a doctor, they could squeeze me in the following day. Having traveled in Central and South America in my pre-parent days, I knew a Tetanus shot probably wasn’t enough. I checked various sites on the Internet - my favorite being From these I determined that Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended no matter where you travel, and a Typhoid vaccination is recommended for Mexico. You actually don’t even need to travel to become infected with Tetanus and Hepatitis A. Tetanus is caused by bacterial spores found in soil that enter the body through an injury or wound. Hepatitis A is a liver disease spread by contaminated food or water. According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, Hepatitis

A, which is highly contagious even before you know you are sick, is prevalent among travelers staying in all-inclusive resorts and high-quality hotels. Typhoid is a potentially fatal disease, also transmitted from human to human via contaminated food and drinking water. At the Travel Immunization Clinic Ifill out the paper work outlining where I am traveling to, when and for how long. The nurse scans my form and, rather than admonishing me for leaving things to the last minute, is very helpful. For a cost of $60, she provides me with a 3in-one vaccination against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio and a vaccination for Hepatitis A. Had I booked the recommended six weeks in advance, I could have been inoculated against Typhoid, Hepatitis B and received a doctor’s prescription for Traveler’s Diarrhea (TD) medication.

hots I know first hand that a serious case of TD can ruin a trip. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) at www. advocates using bismuth subsalicylate, the active ingredient found in Pepto-Bismol, as a preventative measure. CDC states two ounces of the liquid or two chewable tablets taken four times per day reduces the incidence of TD from 40 to 14 per cent. This shortterm treatment should not be used by people taking aspirin or anticoagulants as there are possible side effects: blackening of the tongue and stool, constipation and nausea. Other strategies for preventing TD, especially in countries where clean water is an issue, include:

* Washing your hands before Alcohol based hand eating. sanitizers enable you to do this anywhere; any time. * Selecting foods that are freshly cooked and served piping hot. * Avoiding ice, diluted beverages such as reconstituted fruit juice and foods washed in water such as salads. * Avoiding raw or undercooked meat and seafood, and unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables.

I am refusing to let the fear of diarrhea or potentially deadly diseases for which I am not vaccinated, spoil my first adult-only vacation in 17 years. If I survive this trip, I will do things differently next time. As recommended, I will visit the immunization clinic six weeks before I travel, and I will shop for swimwear at the end of summer when everything is on sale!

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Chef Patrick Loewen


he thing I love about serving a rich and creamy risotto at dinner, is that it is so much more filling than expected. At a reception, a good risotto course will guarantee guests are well satisfied by the end. I use a small portion in my eight course menu, and it gives me confidence that seven other small intricate courses, will leave everybody happy, and it pairs nicely with an open bar. This dish balances new flavours with cutting edge techniques. Every part of the cauliflower is used, and the coco jellies add a sense of elegance, refinement, and excitement. This dish requires love and evokes emotion.

Patrick Loewen began his cooking career in the kitchen cafeteria of a boarding school in the west of Ireland. He graduated and entered into his apprenticeship, at Chez Pierre’s in Galway. After returning to Victoria to marry his pen pal, he spent the last ten years working in the finest Hotels and Resorts in Victoria’s inner harbor. It was in Victoria, where he finished his training under the guidance of members of team BC, and the Captain of Team Canada. Patrick is committed to supporting local farmers, while creating strong, bold flavours from simple ingredients. “I love how sophisticated diners have become; thanks to the food network, everyone is a foodie and most diners know more about


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cauliflower risotto Trim and separate your cauliflower before starting and measure out all of your other components. Start your stock next, then coco jelly recipe. Then start the cauliflower chips, followed by the cauliflower cream recipe. Cut your coco jellies and return to the refrigerator. Begin risotto and arrange your prep items. Reserve half of your cauliflower cream, set aside with coco dust, coco jellies, cauliflower disc, and chips. Finish your risotto and line up your plates. Place a large spoon of cauliflower cream in the centre of the plate, top it with a generous scoop of risotto, place 3 cauliflower discs and four cauliflower cubes on top and finish with cauliflower chips and a light coco dusting. You want to be ready to serve immediately after you place your jellies because they will begin to melt.

Cauliflower Chips: Shave Cauli Florets with a peeler, starting at the stock and peeling down to the floret. They should look like cross cuts of tiny trees. Oven dry on parchment @ 200F for 45 minutes. (30 pcs.)

Cauliflower Discs: Reserve the stalk of the cauliflower. Cut the ends and peel it lengthwise until it is a smooth barrel shape. Peel discs of cauliflower stalk off the end and soak them in cold water. (24 pcs.)

Cauliflower Stock Cauli Florets - ¼ Head White Onion - 1/2 Smashed Garlic - 1 Clove Sliced Celery - 1 Stalk Butter - 1 Tbsp Cauli - Trim Soften the 1st 5 ingredients, on medium heat. Just soften them,

(Serves 8)

don’t colour them. Add 2 L. cold water and bring to a boil. Add Cauli Trim and scrap, and reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes, strain , and return to pot. Keep on minimum heat so it’s ready for risotto.

Cauliflower Cream Cauli Florets - ¼ head Butter - 4 Tbsp Brown butter on medium heat, add florets.Caramelize florets stirring constantly 10 minutes. Cool slightly and puree, thin with milk if needed.

Coco Jelly Water - 125ml Coco - 1 tsp Gelatin - 1 tsp Soak gelatin for five minutes in 1 tbsp of the water. Boil the remaining water, turn off heat, add coco and gelatin. Pour in small flat bottom dish and set in freezer for 10 minutes.

Cauliflower Risotto Butter - 2 Tbs Cauli Florets - ¼ head Onion - 1/2 Garlic - 1 clove Celery - 1 stalk Arborio Rice -1 cup Cauli Stock - 2L Cauli Cream- 200ml. Parmesan, chives and salt and pepper as needed

Method Saute the 1st 5 ingredients, till soft, add Arborio rice, and stir till well coated. Continously ladle in hot stock so that liquid always just covers the rice. Stir risotto constantly - this breaks down starch and gives the

dish its creaminess. Cook untill the rice looses its crunch and begins to soften. Remove from heat. Add half of your cauli cream, Parm, Chives (1 Tbs) and Salt, Pepper to taste. Prepare your items for plating.

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Jade Dresser

And wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t notice the chipped drawer until I brought it home. Dont’cha hate it when this happens? I bought two colors for this project. What you see below is Valspar paint, in Favorite Jade, and Gravity. What you see on the dresser is ONLY Favorite Jade. I decided I didn’t like the Gravity Grey as the two-tone between the Jade and wood was enough. I didn’t prime this piece as I wanted the wood to show through the paint. Very little paint was put on the brush and long strokes were used all in one direction. A dry brush was used just after to spread the paint even thinner. When it was all dried, a sanding block helped age the corners. It was then sealed with a spray Polyurethane.

So back to the chipped drawer. I thought I would try to fix it and if all else fails, I would take out two drawers from the top and put shelves and baskets… but I really wanted to fix that drawer. And I did.



ere it is in it’s original state. Very dated, missing a few handles and lets be truthful, slightly unattractive.



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Here’s how I did it. Wood filler and a putty knife. Glob on some wood filler.. not a whole lot as you’ll want to do this in two steps so that it dries. Let dry at least overnight. Then sand it down to get your corner shape and put some more on. Let it dry again.

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Sand the corner shape with a sanding block. Again, after the first application. As a few of the smaller handles were missing, I bought new knobs and plates and sprayed them black with the other original larger handles. For the new ones to fit, new holes were drilled. She’s finally done, and I must say, I think she’s become a personal favorite of mine. And you’d never know where that chipped drawer is.

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NEW YORK continued from page 33 BROOKLYN BRIDGE Built in 1983, this suspension bridge crosses New York City’s lower East river connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. Open 24 hours, the entrance to the bridge is in Manhattan across from City Hall. Although you can see it from afar, a bike ride or romantic stroll along the bridge’s pedestrian path is definitely worth the effort.

MUSEUM MILE Museum Mile, so-named because of its concentration of nine museums in a single area, runs along Fifth Avenue between East 82nd and East 105th Streets. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, featuring more than two million works from around the globe, is one of the biggest art museums in the world. It runs from 82nd to 86th St. and is definitely worth a visit. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located at 88th St, houses prized pieces from Pablo Picasso and other well-known artists as well as a variety of innovative exhibitions. The architecture of this cylindrical building is fascinating. Visitors view the exhibits from a massive ramp that spirals around the interior of the museum.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING According to scientists at Cornell University, the Empire State Building is the most photographed landmark in the world. Soaring 1,454 feet into the air in Midtown Manhattan, visitors receive an unobstructed 360degree view of the Big Apple from the 102nd floor observatory. Check out the Dare to Dream exhibit on the 80thfloor explaining how the building was engineered. And to cap off the


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honeymoon experience, enjoy romantic city views and live music on floor 88.

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT Located in Lower Manhattan, this area features 200 shops and restaurants. The South Street Seaport Museum on Fulton Street, explores the history of the Port of New York. It includes 16 galleries and six historic ships. Admission is $5. Sails and cruises are extra and should be reserved in advance. On the corner of John and Front Streets you can purchase discount tickets to on and off Broadway performances at the TKTS booth. It is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday for evening performances. Matinee performances can be bought the day before.

CENTRAL PARK Carriage rides through Central Park are extremely popular among honeymooners. The park features rolling hills, ponds, Central Park Zoo, a free performing arts festival in the summer and ice skating at Donald Trump’s Wollman Rink in winter.

touring the Big Apple, visit the city’s official site There you can download a free official visitor guide…and start making plans.


MANHATTAN MOVIE TOURS This three-hour tour embarks from Ellen’s Stardust Diner on a luxury tour bus and travels to 60 locations used in television shows and movies filmed in Manhattan. Television screens aboard the bus enable you to see scenes from the location while you view it in real life. For prices and booking information, visit

BRONX ZOO Spanning over 265 acres, this zoo is home to more than 5,000 animals representing more than 600 species and can be reached by public transit, including an express bus from Manhattan. For a mere $16 per person adult admission, you can visit natural habitat exhibits including the Congo Gorilla Forest, Wild Asia Monorail, Tiger Mountain and Madagascar. These attractions are just the beginning. There is no shortage of things to see, do and experience in New York. And although it lacks the sun and sand of some of the more popular honeymoon destinations, this is a great alternative for couples that are looking to explore handin-hand an exciting and vibrant city with some of the most wellknown landmarks in the world. For comprehensive information on February 2012


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