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Signature Little Ones is an online boutique that oers high quality, luxurious and personalized gifts for any little one to enjoy. Our goal is to exceed the standards of today’s urban parents and gift givers by selecting the most unique items. All of our products have received the baby, toddler, and big kid seal of approval. If you are looking for the perfect one of-a-kind gift, you will be sure to nd it here at Signature Little Ones

Lulu et Elle Photography: Let us capture your special memories weather on-site or in our studio Event Planning: Let our team of professionals take charge to help plan your special occasion Signature Art: Have our artist come to your home and create a one-of-a-kind master piece Custom Carpets: Let your imagination run wild and have us create a custom carpet for your home Custom Room Decor: Let our tallented team of designers bring your rooms vision to life

Making Unique Gifts Personal


LIKE US ON FOLLOW US ON WWW.SIGNATURELITTLEONES.COM

Signature Little Ones is an online boutique that oers high quality, luxurious and personalized gifts for any little one to enjoy. Our goal is to exceed the standards of today’s urban parents and gift givers by selecting the most unique items. All of our products have received the baby, toddler, and big kid seal of approval. If you are looking for the perfect one of-a-kind gift, you will be sure to nd it here at Signature Little Ones

Lulu et Elle Photography: Let us capture your special memories weather on-site or in our studio Event Planning: Let our team of professionals take charge to help plan your special occasion Signature Art: Have our artist come to your home and create a one-of-a-kind master piece Custom Carpets: Let your imagination run wild and have us create a custom carpet for your home Custom Room Decor: Let our tallented team of designers bring your rooms vision to life

Making Unique Gifts Personal


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Marilyn Monroe™; Rights of Publicity and Persona Rights: The Estate of Marilyn Monroe, LLC marilynmonroe.com Photographed by Milton H Greene © 2012 Joshua Greene


Volume 1 | No. 1

Chronicle

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Sunday May 26, 2013

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12           CONTRIBUTORS 13           NEWS + MOODS 14           THE BREAKFAST DATE 22           DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT 28           KIDS AT PLAY 32           RED CANDY APPLES 40           CURATED ECO FINDS 44           LOCAL ARTISANS 46           EDITOR’S PICKS 48           FEATURED ENTREPRENEUR 50           FEATURED ARTIST 54           VINTAGE GLAM 64           THE TEA PARTY 72           KEY TO MY HEART 74           TIME CAPSULE 78           ALICE IN WONDERLAND 84           LACE AND BURLAP 90           RANDOM GOODNESS 92           SEASONS OF LOVE 94           HER STORY 98           FEATURED AUTHOR 100 THINGS WE LOVE

Happy Spring!


Volume 1 | No. 1

Chronicle

12           CONTRIBUTORS 13           NEWS + MOODS 14           THE BREAKFAST DATE 22           DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT 28           KIDS AT PLAY 32           RED CANDY APPLES 40           CURATED ECO FINDS 44           LOCAL ARTISANS 46           EDITOR’S PICKS 48           FEATURED ENTREPRENEUR 50           FEATURED ARTIST 54           VINTAGE GLAM 64           THE TEA PARTY 72           KEY TO MY HEART 74           TIME CAPSULE 78           ALICE IN WONDERLAND 84           LACE AND BURLAP 90           RANDOM GOODNESS 92           HER STORY 96           FEATURED AUTHOR 98 THINGS WE LOVE

Happy Spring!


THANK YOU to our wonderful friends and

AMAZING CONTRIBUTORS!

SPRING 2013 VOLUME 1 | NO.1 VINTAGE GLAM

Photographers Kristina Raimi Laukkanen Sakorafas Tara West Carla Silva Therese De Jesus Emma Smallbone Bridget Redmond Visionaries Magdalena Czerny Laura Hearn Sara Baig Rita Al-Shaikh Nadia Colella Rosanne Dizennio Adrienne Chau Jennier Arp Eunmi Park Margarita Oudalova Irene Lo   Special Guests   Erica Ashmore Eni Buiron Mai Richardson Anissa Holmes Christina Mckenzie

Welcome to the inaugural issue of COCOLILY Magazine. We are thrilled to have you a part of the wonderful journey we are embarking.  We introduce you to the first boutique magazine for mom, child + hostess with a whimsically modern twist.   COCOLILY Magazine offers its readers truly unique content they will not find anywhere else. Showcasing celebrations, charming inspirations, real issues, curated fabulous finds; all complemented by overflows of stunning photography, gorgeous styling and chic fashion for women and little lovelies.   COCOLILY Magazine brings everyone together to see things through the eyes of a child and to make a change in today’s world; all while being connected on one level.   COCOLILY Magazine is a trend setting publication with mainstream appeal that aims to showcase artists, photographers, designers, inventors, creators, dreamers, kids, stylists, women, moms and hostesses.   COCOLILY Magazine...real life with a dash of whimsical charm, sprinkle of magical imagination, a flavour of nostalgia and a pinch of modern love.   Signed with love,  

Founder, Editor in Chief + Creative Director


THANK YOU to our wonderful friends and

AMAZING CONTRIBUTORS!

SPRING 2013 VOLUME 1 | NO.1 VINTAGE GLAM

Photographers Kristina Raimi Laukkanen Sakorafas Tara West Carla Silva Therese De Jesus Emma Smallbone Bridget Redmond Visionaries Magdalena Czerny Laura Hearn Sara Baig Rita Al-Shaikh Nadia Colella Rosanne Dizennio Adrienne Chau Jennier Arp Eunmi Park Margarita Oudalova Irene Lo   Special Guests   Erica Ashmore Eni Buiron Mai Richardson Anissa Holmes Christina Mckenzie

Welcome to the inaugural issue of COCOLILY Magazine. We are thrilled to have you a part of the wonderful journey we are embarking.  We introduce you to the first boutique magazine for mom, child + hostess with a whimsically modern twist.   COCOLILY Magazine offers its readers truly unique content they will not find anywhere else. Showcasing celebrations, charming inspirations, real issues, curated fabulous finds; all complemented by overflows of stunning photography, gorgeous styling and chic fashion for women and little lovelies.   COCOLILY Magazine brings everyone together to see things through the eyes of a child and to make a change in today’s world; all while being connected on one level.   COCOLILY Magazine is a trend setting publication with mainstream appeal that aims to showcase artists, photographers, designers, inventors, creators, dreamers, kids, stylists, women, moms and hostesses.   COCOLILY Magazine...real life with a dash of whimsical charm, sprinkle of magical imagination, a flavour of nostalgia and a pinch of modern love.   Signed with love,  

Founder, Editor in Chief + Creative Director


T h e B r e a k fa s t Dat e

concept + producer Renee Dimitrovski photography Pear Studios location Marilyn Monroe Cafe, Oakville, Ontario child Natalie mom Eva prop stylist Magdalena Czerny wardrobe stylist Renee Dimitrovski | Magdalena Czerny hair + makeup Mobile Makeup Artistry Group casting director Renee Dimitrovski

handbag THE SHOE COMPANY accessories OWN handkerchief OWN pearls OWN shoes THE SHOE COMPANY pearls OWN


T h e B r e a k fa s t Dat e

concept + producer Renee Dimitrovski photography Pear Studios location Marilyn Monroe Cafe, Oakville, Ontario child Natalie mom Eva prop stylist Magdalena Czerny wardrobe stylist Renee Dimitrovski | Magdalena Czerny hair + makeup Mobile Makeup Artistry Group casting director Renee Dimitrovski

handbag THE SHOE COMPANY accessories OWN handkerchief OWN pearls OWN shoes THE SHOE COMPANY pearls OWN


{Eva} dress OWN accessories OWN {Natalie} top OLD NAVY hair accessories DAVID DUNKLEY

THIS PAGE dress OWN accessories OWN shoes THE SHOE COMPANY NEXT PAGE {Eva} coat SENTALER fascinator DAVID DUNKLEY clutch LE CHATEAU shoes THE SHOE COMPANY {Natalie} coat OWN shoes OWN leggings OLD NAVY hair accessory DAVID DUNKLEY


{Eva} dress OWN accessories OWN {Natalie} top OLD NAVY hair accessories DAVID DUNKLEY

THIS PAGE dress OWN accessories OWN shoes THE SHOE COMPANY NEXT PAGE {Eva} coat SENTALER fascinator DAVID DUNKLEY clutch LE CHATEAU shoes THE SHOE COMPANY {Natalie} coat OWN shoes OWN leggings OLD NAVY hair accessory DAVID DUNKLEY


{Eva} jacket PINK TARTAN pants PINK TARTAN blouse PINK TARTAN shoes THE SHOE COMPANY {Natalie} sweater OLD NAVY pants OLD NAVY shirt OLD NAVY shoes OWN


{Eva} jacket PINK TARTAN pants PINK TARTAN blouse PINK TARTAN shoes THE SHOE COMPANY {Natalie} sweater OLD NAVY pants OLD NAVY shirt OLD NAVY shoes OWN


sweater OLD NAVY blouse OLD NAVY pants LE CHATEAU hair accessory OWN earrings OWN shoes THE SHOE COMPANY

jacket PINK TARTAN pants PINK TARTAN handbag THE SHOE COMPANY shoes THE SHOE COMPANY handkerchief OWN earrings + necklace OWN


sweater OLD NAVY blouse OLD NAVY pants LE CHATEAU hair accessory OWN earrings OWN shoes THE SHOE COMPANY

jacket PINK TARTAN pants PINK TARTAN handbag THE SHOE COMPANY shoes THE SHOE COMPANY handkerchief OWN earrings + necklace OWN


Dreams Ta k e F l i g h t photography Photasia Children Editorial Portraits child Christopher prop stylist Anny Lo | Amanda Cordero wardrobe stylist Jacqueline Thi Truong apparel + accessories Childrens Place | H&M venue Canadian Air & Space Museum


Dreams Ta k e F l i g h t photography Photasia Children Editorial Portraits child Christopher prop stylist Anny Lo | Amanda Cordero wardrobe stylist Jacqueline Thi Truong apparel + accessories Childrens Place | H&M venue Canadian Air & Space Museum


WORDS FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER The reason we chose this venue was because Christopher really adores anything to do with aircrafts and military memorabilia. He is always building aeroplane models with his father; it ’s their quality time together and both their hobbies. So I searched around to find if there was a location that we would incorporate his interest and love for the shoot. I really enjoy seeing the joy and interest in my little models eyes when on a shoot and they are lost/ transported in this world of play and make believe (that ’s when you capture those true treasured candid moments. Our favourite moment of the day was when the Museum Director allowed Christopher to go aboard the Havilland CS2F tracker which was off limits to the public. His face just lit up and he was lost in there closet to an hour he had so much fun piloting this plane. – Carla Silva


WORDS FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER The reason we chose this venue was because Christopher really adores anything to do with aircrafts and military memorabilia. He is always building aeroplane models with his father; it ’s their quality time together and both their hobbies. So I searched around to find if there was a location that we would incorporate his interest and love for the shoot. I really enjoy seeing the joy and interest in my little models eyes when on a shoot and they are lost/ transported in this world of play and make believe (that ’s when you capture those true treasured candid moments. Our favourite moment of the day was when the Museum Director allowed Christopher to go aboard the Havilland CS2F tracker which was off limits to the public. His face just lit up and he was lost in there closet to an hour he had so much fun piloting this plane. – Carla Silva


Kids At Play photography BAREBONEPHOTO kiddies Ella + Shane


Kids At Play photography BAREBONEPHOTO kiddies Ella + Shane


WORDS FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER This was a playmate session. So much fun! Just had to capture the kiddies having fun. Who wouldn’t love that!– Emma Smallbone


WORDS FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER This was a playmate session. So much fun! Just had to capture the kiddies having fun. Who wouldn’t love that!– Emma Smallbone


Candy

Red Apples photography Therese De Jesus of Artiese Studios muchkins Noah + Sophia concept + prop stylist Stacked Events


Candy

Red Apples photography Therese De Jesus of Artiese Studios muchkins Noah + Sophia concept + prop stylist Stacked Events


WORDS FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER Aaron and Jenny from Stacked Events were behind the whole concept and I immediately got on board for the shoot. They were early for the shoot to set up and when I arrived I saw a cute little setting of mini vintage furniture and DIY windmill, they even made candy apples as props and for consumption. Noah and Sophia were very cooperative, they even knew how to pose! I position the kids where I want them to be and let them do what kids do..Be curious. – Therese De Jesus


WORDS FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER Aaron and Jenny from Stacked Events were behind the whole concept and I immediately got on board for the shoot. They were early for the shoot to set up and when I arrived I saw a cute little setting of mini vintage furniture and DIY windmill, they even made candy apples as props and for consumption. Noah and Sophia were very cooperative, they even knew how to pose! I position the kids where I want them to be and let them do what kids do..Be curious. – Therese De Jesus


Curated Finds

RUSTIC LOG

Curated by Erica

DESKTOP ORGANIZER

SUNBURST CLOCK RECYCLED GLASS JARS

SPHERE BASKET

HAND OF BUDDHA DRIFTWOOD DOCK

HORN FRAME


Curated Finds

RUSTIC LOG

Curated by Erica

DESKTOP ORGANIZER

SUNBURST CLOCK RECYCLED GLASS JARS

SPHERE BASKET

HAND OF BUDDHA DRIFTWOOD DOCK

HORN FRAME


for kids Curated Finds continue...

WORDS FROM THE CURATOR Get inspired with green living this Spring – Erica Ashmore of Everything Mom & Baby


for kids Curated Finds continue...

WORDS FROM THE CURATOR Get inspired with green living this Spring – Erica Ashmore of Everything Mom & Baby


LocaL ArTisanS

Artwork by Ilona Brodi

Paintings by Kira May at Walnut Studios

NATURE BIKE, 2012, Acrylic paint and pencil crayon on wood block

CROCODILE CHAIR, 2012, Acrylic paint and pencil crayon on wood block

Belly Dancer, oil on wood panel

PINK PEONY, 2012, Acrylic paint and pencil crayon on wood block

Gramma, oil on canvas >

COW OVER THE MOON *Limited edition FROG PRINCE *Limited edition


LocaL ArTisanS

Artwork by Ilona Brodi

Paintings by Kira May at Walnut Studios

NATURE BIKE, 2012, Acrylic paint and pencil crayon on wood block

CROCODILE CHAIR, 2012, Acrylic paint and pencil crayon on wood block

Belly Dancer, oil on wood panel

PINK PEONY, 2012, Acrylic paint and pencil crayon on wood block

Gramma, oil on canvas >

COW OVER THE MOON *Limited edition FROG PRINCE *Limited edition


Diamonds + Glam

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Etsy Love 1. Emerald Quartz Glamour Earrings by OhKuol 2. The “What a Glamour” Pearl and Rhinestone dangle clip earrings, One of a kind Couture by Monikque

3. Old Hollywood Glamour Sequin Hair Flower Fascinator by Chantilly Lace Designs

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4. Gala Velvet Dress by Anomal Couture

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5. Vintage 1950’s Fifties Cocktail Party Dress by Rappi – Available at Youthstep on Etsy

Home

6. Starry String Lights - Diamond Lights on Silver Wire Restoration Hardware

7. Wallbanger Hanging Bar Shop Horne

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8. Crystal Lightbulb A Plus R Store

Cool Bits + Moods

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9. Famous Red Notebook

10. 600 Polaroid Biz Kit Fab.com

11. Layover Bag Blue by Pan AM Fab.com 12. Typhoon Peppermills

Pantone.com 13. USB/Stand-Alone Ten-Key Calculator APlusRStore.com

14. Large Oval Shades of Amythe by Craig Ewing

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Precious Creations

15. Diamond Bracelet Watch Cartier

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Diamonds + Glam

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Etsy Love 1. Emerald Quartz Glamour Earrings by OhKuol 2. The “What a Glamour” Pearl and Rhinestone dangle clip earrings, One of a kind Couture by Monikque

3. Old Hollywood Glamour Sequin Hair Flower Fascinator by Chantilly Lace Designs

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4. Gala Velvet Dress by Anomal Couture

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5. Vintage 1950’s Fifties Cocktail Party Dress by Rappi – Available at Youthstep on Etsy

Home

6. Starry String Lights - Diamond Lights on Silver Wire Restoration Hardware

7. Wallbanger Hanging Bar Shop Horne

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8. Crystal Lightbulb A Plus R Store

Cool Bits + Moods

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9. Famous Red Notebook

10. 600 Polaroid Biz Kit Fab.com

11. Layover Bag Blue by Pan AM Fab.com 12. Typhoon Peppermills

Pantone.com 13. USB/Stand-Alone Ten-Key Calculator APlusRStore.com

14. Large Oval Shades of Amythe by Craig Ewing

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Precious Creations

15. Diamond Bracelet Watch Cartier

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Q & A with

Eni + Lulu Q: WHAT IS LULU ET GIGI ALL ABOUT? A:  LuLu et GiGi is a couture clothing company for children. Unique, chic, clean European lines, specializing in luxe fabrics and catering to the discerning parent and child. Q:  HOW DID LULU et GIGI COME TO BE? A:   I started to make clothes for my daughter, and looked online to see what “boutiques” were making. I thought, “Hey, I can do that too” and I did. I taught myself how to sew on my first peasant top and although I have evolved and finetuned my craft, I don’t think I will ever forget how incredible I felt after my first “creation.”               Q:  WHAT WAS THE PROCESS THAT GOT YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? A:    LuLu et GiGi really was an evolution.  In the beginning I made mostly cotton peasant dresses & pants with ruffles; what I call very American Style, I sold a few pieces here and there, but it really wasn’t my passion. I simply thought I could make a business out of making and selling clothes like so many other online boutiques.  But my business was stagnant. I was drifting.  It wasn’t until I stumbled upon some vintage fabric, that my imagination took flight. I had these visions of what I would love to create with it. That was my turning point.  That was the moment where I realized I had a real passion for creating couture. I love to create a statement.  I love clean and simple European lines. This has become my trademark. Q:   WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE WOMEN WHO WANT TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS? A:   My best advice would be follow your passion.  Find your niche; really specialize, but do something you truly love, as that transcends into your work.  Believe in what you do, regardless of the trends or advice of others.  And never under value yourself or your product! Q:    MARKETING IS KEY IN ANY BUSINESS, WHICH MARKETING PORTALS HAVE YOU USED FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND WHICH WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FOR YOU? A:    I have used several marketing tools, from runway shows to Facebook.  However, I find that for me and the nature of my business, client referrals are my best marking tool. There is no better marketing then word of mouth and happy clients.  I would truly love to take my business to the next level and really brand myself. Q:     HOW DO YOU JUGGLE BEING A BUSINESSWOMAN AND MOM? A:   You can be consumed by your work, and I have felt like I was juggling all the time especially if you run your business from home. I used to work 12-14 hour days, every day, this really took a toll on me and my family. Now I try to keep “regular” business hours and I take Sundays off. Family really has to participate and be supportive in your dream/business, it is team work.  My husband and 7 year old daughter are an active part of  LuLu et GiGi.  They are also more than vocal in letting me know when I need to walk away from work, as I still tend to be consumed by what I do, my family  is my reality check, they keep me in balance, and now with our newest editions - twin girls, we really pull together to find that balance! 

Q:     WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WINE? A:    I actually don’t drink wine. However, I do love a good glass of Champagne on occasion. My father in law comes from the Region of Champagne, France. And there is this family run winery, they make the BEST Champagne I have ever had, and it’s pink!   Q:    WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHOCOLATE? A:   There is a small family business in Aix En Provence, France called “ Leonard Parli” they are most famous for their French Nougat, but I simply adore their chocolate... it is to die for! Q:    WHAT IS ONE SONG THAT MOTIVATES YOU NO MATTER HOW BAD OF A DAY YOU’VE HAD? A:   Girl Gone Wild  by Madonna....it makes me move!  Q:    COCOLILY MAGAZINE IS ALL ABOUT CELEBRATION + INSPIRATION, WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE MOST ABOUT LIFE AND WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION? A:   What I celebrate most about life, is life itself.  It is so intricate, so abundant. It is everything all rolled into one, the wonderful, the terrible and everything in between.  It shapes us, teaches us...my family, my children, the fact that I am here, experiencing all that I can is such a celebration for me. I lived in Italy for 2 years and the Italians really taught me about “la dolce vita” and how to celebrate everything life has to offer! I do not have one thing that inspires me. I find inspiration everywhere, it is whatever speaks to me in the moment.  A blooming flower, a gentle breeze, glistening snow, a piano concerto, a painting, the laughter of my children, the smile from a stranger, but perhaps the most inspiring is love and a passion for life. As long as I remain open there is love and inspiration everywhere.


Q & A with

Eni + Lulu Q: WHAT IS LULU ET GIGI ALL ABOUT? A:  LuLu et GiGi is a couture clothing company for children. Unique, chic, clean European lines, specializing in luxe fabrics and catering to the discerning parent and child. Q:  HOW DID LULU et GIGI COME TO BE? A:   I started to make clothes for my daughter, and looked online to see what “boutiques” were making. I thought, “Hey, I can do that too” and I did. I taught myself how to sew on my first peasant top and although I have evolved and finetuned my craft, I don’t think I will ever forget how incredible I felt after my first “creation.”               Q:  WHAT WAS THE PROCESS THAT GOT YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? A:    LuLu et GiGi really was an evolution.  In the beginning I made mostly cotton peasant dresses & pants with ruffles; what I call very American Style, I sold a few pieces here and there, but it really wasn’t my passion. I simply thought I could make a business out of making and selling clothes like so many other online boutiques.  But my business was stagnant. I was drifting.  It wasn’t until I stumbled upon some vintage fabric, that my imagination took flight. I had these visions of what I would love to create with it. That was my turning point.  That was the moment where I realized I had a real passion for creating couture. I love to create a statement.  I love clean and simple European lines. This has become my trademark. Q:   WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE WOMEN WHO WANT TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS? A:   My best advice would be follow your passion.  Find your niche; really specialize, but do something you truly love, as that transcends into your work.  Believe in what you do, regardless of the trends or advice of others.  And never under value yourself or your product! Q:    MARKETING IS KEY IN ANY BUSINESS, WHICH MARKETING PORTALS HAVE YOU USED FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND WHICH WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FOR YOU? A:    I have used several marketing tools, from runway shows to Facebook.  However, I find that for me and the nature of my business, client referrals are my best marking tool. There is no better marketing then word of mouth and happy clients.  I would truly love to take my business to the next level and really brand myself. Q:     HOW DO YOU JUGGLE BEING A BUSINESSWOMAN AND MOM? A:   You can be consumed by your work, and I have felt like I was juggling all the time especially if you run your business from home. I used to work 12-14 hour days, every day, this really took a toll on me and my family. Now I try to keep “regular” business hours and I take Sundays off. Family really has to participate and be supportive in your dream/business, it is team work.  My husband and 7 year old daughter are an active part of  LuLu et GiGi.  They are also more than vocal in letting me know when I need to walk away from work, as I still tend to be consumed by what I do, my family  is my reality check, they keep me in balance, and now with our newest editions - twin girls, we really pull together to find that balance! 

Q:     WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WINE? A:    I actually don’t drink wine. However, I do love a good glass of Champagne on occasion. My father in law comes from the Region of Champagne, France. And there is this family run winery, they make the BEST Champagne I have ever had, and it’s pink!   Q:    WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHOCOLATE? A:   There is a small family business in Aix En Provence, France called “ Leonard Parli” they are most famous for their French Nougat, but I simply adore their chocolate... it is to die for! Q:    WHAT IS ONE SONG THAT MOTIVATES YOU NO MATTER HOW BAD OF A DAY YOU’VE HAD? A:   Girl Gone Wild  by Madonna....it makes me move!  Q:    COCOLILY MAGAZINE IS ALL ABOUT CELEBRATION + INSPIRATION, WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE MOST ABOUT LIFE AND WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION? A:   What I celebrate most about life, is life itself.  It is so intricate, so abundant. It is everything all rolled into one, the wonderful, the terrible and everything in between.  It shapes us, teaches us...my family, my children, the fact that I am here, experiencing all that I can is such a celebration for me. I lived in Italy for 2 years and the Italians really taught me about “la dolce vita” and how to celebrate everything life has to offer! I do not have one thing that inspires me. I find inspiration everywhere, it is whatever speaks to me in the moment.  A blooming flower, a gentle breeze, glistening snow, a piano concerto, a painting, the laughter of my children, the smile from a stranger, but perhaps the most inspiring is love and a passion for life. As long as I remain open there is love and inspiration everywhere.


Sweet Love

Featured Artist:

By Cocoa Cakery

Words from Christina, The Cocoa Cakery Artist It all got started when I saw Cake Boss on TV in 2010. I have a degree in Visual Arts from York University and had the artistic know-how, but never thought to use it on cake! My daughters first birthday was approaching in April, so I gave it a try a few times before her party. By June The Cocoa Cakery was born and has been busy ever since. I will be celebrating 3 years on June 24, 2013. I decided on the name for two reasons, I love fashion and am inspired by other women who have so much boldness, and Coco Chanel is definitely one of those women, hence my “c’s”. The “cocoa bundt cake” family recipe inspired the baking aspect portion of the name. I think it works! Photog raphy By SSV


Sweet Love

Featured Artist:

By Cocoa Cakery

Words from Christina, The Cocoa Cakery Artist It all got started when I saw Cake Boss on TV in 2010. I have a degree in Visual Arts from York University and had the artistic know-how, but never thought to use it on cake! My daughters first birthday was approaching in April, so I gave it a try a few times before her party. By June The Cocoa Cakery was born and has been busy ever since. I will be celebrating 3 years on June 24, 2013. I decided on the name for two reasons, I love fashion and am inspired by other women who have so much boldness, and Coco Chanel is definitely one of those women, hence my “c’s”. The “cocoa bundt cake” family recipe inspired the baking aspect portion of the name. I think it works! Photog raphy By SSV


Pink Vintage: A delicate pink fondant covered cake with scrolled gold adornments and soft pink frills, tufted, quilted and pearls. This cake is the image of little girl vintage couture.

Tiffany: Crisp Tiffany boxes stacked and tied with a sweet sugar bow makes any little gem-loving girl the perfect finish to her glam party. Cookies & Cupcakes Personalized embossed cookies in chocolate and vanilla with rose piped cupcakes with varying shades of pink in creamy  buttercream.

Citrus Blend: A soft buttercream cake with lacy frills and just the right amount of pink. Topped with spring flowers either edible or sugar.

The Cocoa Cakery, owned and operated by Christina McKenzie, is all about style and taste. The combination of these two wonderful entities coming together in the form

White Pearl: A sweet edible pearl encrusted minicake filled with delicious layers of cake and buttercream. Topped with a spring bloom.

of sugar, flour and of course cocoa. Cocoa Cakery is proud to provide cakes of all flavours, styles and design that suit the clients’ taste buds and current event.


Pink Vintage: A delicate pink fondant covered cake with scrolled gold adornments and soft pink frills, tufted, quilted and pearls. This cake is the image of little girl vintage couture.

Tiffany: Crisp Tiffany boxes stacked and tied with a sweet sugar bow makes any little gem-loving girl the perfect finish to her glam party. Cookies & Cupcakes Personalized embossed cookies in chocolate and vanilla with rose piped cupcakes with varying shades of pink in creamy  buttercream.

Citrus Blend: A soft buttercream cake with lacy frills and just the right amount of pink. Topped with spring flowers either edible or sugar.

The Cocoa Cakery, owned and operated by Christina McKenzie, is all about style and taste. The combination of these two wonderful entities coming together in the form

White Pearl: A sweet edible pearl encrusted minicake filled with delicious layers of cake and buttercream. Topped with a spring bloom.

of sugar, flour and of course cocoa. Cocoa Cakery is proud to provide cakes of all flavours, styles and design that suit the clients’ taste buds and current event.


FLORENTINA

Vintage Glam

This ornately printed floral cake pays homage to Italy’s rich artistic traditions. Floral frescos, renaissance tapestries, lacy fabrics and rich religious colors. Inspired by the aesthetic of old world excess this cake features a hand painted quirky floral print encircled by black lace trim and adorned with sugared black and gold gum paste roses. Flavor: Vanilla bean cake layered with homemade salted caramel, crème Anglaise buttercream and spice toffee crunch. NADIA & CO.


FLORENTINA

Vintage Glam

This ornately printed floral cake pays homage to Italy’s rich artistic traditions. Floral frescos, renaissance tapestries, lacy fabrics and rich religious colors. Inspired by the aesthetic of old world excess this cake features a hand painted quirky floral print encircled by black lace trim and adorned with sugared black and gold gum paste roses. Flavor: Vanilla bean cake layered with homemade salted caramel, crème Anglaise buttercream and spice toffee crunch. NADIA & CO.


PARISIAN MACARON

PURPLE ROSES

Crispy chewy almond meringue biscuits are sandwiched together with sinfully sweet fillings, to create a homogenous bite of divinity. Available in a variety of flavors.

Beautifully created using Genuine Birch wrap with twine details, the flowers were created in a vintage and whimsical arrangement using Purple Roses, Lavender Spray Roses, Purple Anemonies, Miniature Gerbera, Cincer Arabicum and accents of Brunia Berries and Dusty Miller.

NADIA & CO.

Floral arrangements by DIZENNIO FLORAL Photos by LABOUR OF LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

PEACH & IVORY A very elegant and vintage arrangement created in a mercury glass vase using Peach & Ivory David Austin Roses, with Ivory Spray Roses, Succulents, Stocks, Brunia Berries, Seeded Eucalyptus with accents of Thistle and Dusty Miller. Floral arrangements by DIZENNIO FLORAL Photo by LISA CRISPO PHOTOGRAPHY


PARISIAN MACARON

PURPLE ROSES

Crispy chewy almond meringue biscuits are sandwiched together with sinfully sweet fillings, to create a homogenous bite of divinity. Available in a variety of flavors.

Beautifully created using Genuine Birch wrap with twine details, the flowers were created in a vintage and whimsical arrangement using Purple Roses, Lavender Spray Roses, Purple Anemonies, Miniature Gerbera, Cincer Arabicum and accents of Brunia Berries and Dusty Miller.

NADIA & CO.

Floral arrangements by DIZENNIO FLORAL Photos by LABOUR OF LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

PEACH & IVORY A very elegant and vintage arrangement created in a mercury glass vase using Peach & Ivory David Austin Roses, with Ivory Spray Roses, Succulents, Stocks, Brunia Berries, Seeded Eucalyptus with accents of Thistle and Dusty Miller. Floral arrangements by DIZENNIO FLORAL Photo by LISA CRISPO PHOTOGRAPHY


SPRING TEA

EVENING SOIREE

Hand-painted rose cake with pink accent perfect for any occasion. Inside you will find a moist green tea cake with cream cheese icing.

Chocolate bourbon cake with hazelnut buttercream, lemon cupcakes with classic vanilla buttercream, cake-pops are vanilla with strawberry buttercream.

CAKEAHOLIC

CAKEAHOLIC

COCKTAIL PARTY POST CARDS A vintage chic postcard style print invite. PEPPERCORN & POPPY Photo by HELLO FOTO INC.


SPRING TEA

EVENING SOIREE

Hand-painted rose cake with pink accent perfect for any occasion. Inside you will find a moist green tea cake with cream cheese icing.

Chocolate bourbon cake with hazelnut buttercream, lemon cupcakes with classic vanilla buttercream, cake-pops are vanilla with strawberry buttercream.

CAKEAHOLIC

CAKEAHOLIC

COCKTAIL PARTY POST CARDS A vintage chic postcard style print invite. PEPPERCORN & POPPY Photo by HELLO FOTO INC.


GLAM CAKE POPS

FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

Taking the vintage glam to a fresh look, the cake pops were for any celebration occasion with babies. SweeterE Cake Artist, Eunmi Park describes her pieces as “fresh and simple meets vintage glam”. The antique gold geometric shapes represent a vintage glam trend with a combination of the striped straws that adds the fresh and clean look. She has incorporated doilies and babies breath as part of the backdrop to accent the delicate vintage glam design of the cake pops. The Flavour: Vanilla bean cake pops covered in white chocolate. Fondant geometric shape covered in vintage gold dust. Each piece is accented with vintage gold butterflies and bees and ivory sugar pearls.

Imagine sitting in a brightly lit dining room, your guests are comfortably sitting at your grandmother’s table and chairs while sipping some wine and indulging in an abundance of chocolate and macarons. Everyone can smell the beautiful scent that the garden roses give, it definitely feels like spring. The warm glow of the candles (even in day light) provides warmth and glam glow to the tablescape.You sit down and realize how every piece on the table has a story to tell yet it feels it belongs to you, right here, today. Vintage china, crystal glassware, old urns, flowers, chocolate and macarons have never felt so chic and genteel.  You make your surrounding by how you feel, and at this moment you felt a bit of vintage  and a bit of glam! - Creative Director:  Margarita Oudalova of The Bouquet

CLASSY CUPCAKES Whether it’s a vintage glam themed birthday party or a tea party, these cupcakes are designed to show class and glam. The Cake Artists inspirations are from the fashion of 1920’s. Feminine and glamorous colour theme of dusty pink, white and gray, the roses and the feathers are accented with vintage gold. Pearls are also used for accents, which also ties to the 1920’s fashion theme. The Flavour: Vanilla bean cupcakes covered in honeycomb texture fondant. Each pieces are accented with handmade sugar paste roses or feathers. SWEETERE CAKES AND CONFECTIONS Photo by HELLO FOTO INC

THE BOUQUET - FLOWERS & DECOR Photo by BEN KATAN PHOTOGRAPHY


GLAM CAKE POPS

FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

Taking the vintage glam to a fresh look, the cake pops were for any celebration occasion with babies. SweeterE Cake Artist, Eunmi Park describes her pieces as “fresh and simple meets vintage glam”. The antique gold geometric shapes represent a vintage glam trend with a combination of the striped straws that adds the fresh and clean look. She has incorporated doilies and babies breath as part of the backdrop to accent the delicate vintage glam design of the cake pops. The Flavour: Vanilla bean cake pops covered in white chocolate. Fondant geometric shape covered in vintage gold dust. Each piece is accented with vintage gold butterflies and bees and ivory sugar pearls.

Imagine sitting in a brightly lit dining room, your guests are comfortably sitting at your grandmother’s table and chairs while sipping some wine and indulging in an abundance of chocolate and macarons. Everyone can smell the beautiful scent that the garden roses give, it definitely feels like spring. The warm glow of the candles (even in day light) provides warmth and glam glow to the tablescape.You sit down and realize how every piece on the table has a story to tell yet it feels it belongs to you, right here, today. Vintage china, crystal glassware, old urns, flowers, chocolate and macarons have never felt so chic and genteel.  You make your surrounding by how you feel, and at this moment you felt a bit of vintage  and a bit of glam! - Creative Director:  Margarita Oudalova of The Bouquet

CLASSY CUPCAKES Whether it’s a vintage glam themed birthday party or a tea party, these cupcakes are designed to show class and glam. The Cake Artists inspirations are from the fashion of 1920’s. Feminine and glamorous colour theme of dusty pink, white and gray, the roses and the feathers are accented with vintage gold. Pearls are also used for accents, which also ties to the 1920’s fashion theme. The Flavour: Vanilla bean cupcakes covered in honeycomb texture fondant. Each pieces are accented with handmade sugar paste roses or feathers. SWEETERE CAKES AND CONFECTIONS Photo by HELLO FOTO INC

THE BOUQUET - FLOWERS & DECOR Photo by BEN KATAN PHOTOGRAPHY


FRENCH CLASSIC

HEAVENLY GOLD

Theme of this creation is “when New York chic meets French classic.”  The Cake Artist, Irene Lo, used 4 unequal height of tiers as the structure to set a modern base. By adding a hint of yellow into the pink as the base color, and with the subtle beading and details, a chic modern design is transformed into this French classic image. Using silk flowers instead of fondant flowers to make this budget friendly for clients.   The Flavour: Vanilla cake with lemon curd and lemon guava buttercream. Silk flowers.

In keeping with the color theme of black, white and gold, the cake chosen was fudgy chocolate cake and heavenly vanilla cake with vanilla bean buttercream adorned with sugar fashion flowers and rice paper feathers. BLOOM CAKE CO. Photo by JUSTIN WONG PHOTOGRAPHY

IRENE & CAKES Photo by JZ PHOTOGRAPHY

SHABBY CHIC A romantic, shabby chic cake in pastel mint green and pink. Design elements include draped stringed sugar pearls, stencilled peacock feathers, lace texture, sugar fashion flowers and rice paper feather bouquets with the entire cake done in a satin sheen. BLOOM CAKE CO. Photo by JUSTIN WONG PHOTOGRAPHY


FRENCH CLASSIC

HEAVENLY GOLD

Theme of this creation is “when New York chic meets French classic.”  The Cake Artist, Irene Lo, used 4 unequal height of tiers as the structure to set a modern base. By adding a hint of yellow into the pink as the base color, and with the subtle beading and details, a chic modern design is transformed into this French classic image. Using silk flowers instead of fondant flowers to make this budget friendly for clients.   The Flavour: Vanilla cake with lemon curd and lemon guava buttercream. Silk flowers.

In keeping with the color theme of black, white and gold, the cake chosen was fudgy chocolate cake and heavenly vanilla cake with vanilla bean buttercream adorned with sugar fashion flowers and rice paper feathers. BLOOM CAKE CO. Photo by JUSTIN WONG PHOTOGRAPHY

IRENE & CAKES Photo by JZ PHOTOGRAPHY

SHABBY CHIC A romantic, shabby chic cake in pastel mint green and pink. Design elements include draped stringed sugar pearls, stencilled peacock feathers, lace texture, sugar fashion flowers and rice paper feather bouquets with the entire cake done in a satin sheen. BLOOM CAKE CO. Photo by JUSTIN WONG PHOTOGRAPHY


The

Tea Party concept Magdalena Czerny producer Renee Dimitrovski photography Tara West Photography location Mississauga, Ontario moms Marissa | Tania | Melanie | Antonella prop stylist Magdalena Czerny wardrobe stylist Magdalena Czerny hair + makeup Charmartistry tea dresses Maelle Vintage Dresses fascinators Blair Nadeau Millinery shoes Own jewellery Tanya Vidoni Jewellry fashion accessories Own china Vintage China Hire flowers Coquette Studios chairs Ultimate Wedding Project linens Own vintage props Own pastries Periwinkle Sweets cupcakes Oh So Chic Celebrations casting director Magdalena Czerny | Renee Dimitrovski receipe by Design.Bake.Run


The

Tea Party concept Magdalena Czerny producer Renee Dimitrovski photography Tara West Photography location Mississauga, Ontario moms Marissa | Tania | Melanie | Antonella prop stylist Magdalena Czerny wardrobe stylist Magdalena Czerny hair + makeup Charmartistry tea dresses Maelle Vintage Dresses fascinators Blair Nadeau Millinery shoes Own jewellery Tanya Vidoni Jewellry fashion accessories Own china Vintage China Hire flowers Coquette Studios chairs Ultimate Wedding Project linens Own vintage props Own pastries Periwinkle Sweets cupcakes Oh So Chic Celebrations casting director Magdalena Czerny | Renee Dimitrovski receipe by Design.Bake.Run


Vanilla, Mint and Lemon Tea 1 vanilla bean, split in half, seeds separated ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, firmly packed 1 lemon ¼ cup granulated sugar 7 cups water 2 tbsp. Black tea leaves Garnish Optional:  fresh mint leaves and slice of lemon Cut 8-10 thin slices from the lemon and place all the ingredients (vanilla bean, vanilla seeds, mint leaves, lemons, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Add the black tea leaves. Cover and set aside for 3 minutes to infuse. Strain into a teapot and serve with mint and extra lemon slice.

Brown Sugar Salted Caramel Macarons macaron batter: 1 cup powdered sugar 3/4 cup almond meal 2 large egg whites, at room temperature 5 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed salted caramel filling: 1 bag of kraft caramel bits 2 tablespoons of milk (you can use water too) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1-2 cups powdered sugar (optional, I use this to thicken my caramel a bit) to make the macaron batter/shells: 1. line two baking sheets with parchment paper and have a pastr y bag with a plain tip (about 1/2- inch, 2 cm) ready. 2. sift together the powdered sugar and almond meal so there are no lumps. set aside. 3. in the bowl of a standing electric mixer (or if you prefer, you can use a bowl and hand mixer), beat the egg whites until they begin to rise and hold their shape. while whipping, beat in the brown sugar until ver y stiff and firm, about 2 minutes. 4. carefully fold the dr y ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula. when the mixture is just smooth and there are no streaks of egg white, stop folding and scrape the batter into the pastr y bag (standing the bag in a tall glass helps if you’re alone).

5. 6. 7.

pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1.35-inch circles evenly spaced one-inch apart. rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons. then let it sit for at least 30-60 minutes depending on humidity before baking them in the oven. about 10-15 minutes before baking, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. bake for 15 minutes. once macaron shells are out of the oven, let them sit for 30-60 seconds before removing the hot baking sheet underneath. let the macarons cool completely before removing them from the parchment paper.

for the salted caramel filling: 1. put the caramel bits with the milk and sea salt in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes (i usually do it in 30 second increments). 2. once it looks like the bits are melted or soft enough to stir, take it out and stir until ever ything is fully incorporated. 3. let it cool until it ’s thick enough to spread. if it ’s still too runny, it ’s not ready yet. at this point, you can add in the powdered sugar to thicken up the mixture so you can use it quicker if you like. otherwise, i say hang out for a bit until it ’s ready. of course, if you’ve gone too long and the mixture is too stiff to spread, you can pop it back in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it. to assemble the macaron cookies: 1. before assembling these cookies, make sure to pair up all the cookie shells so they are as close as possible in size. 2. using a knife, spread a good amount of the salted caramel on the inside of the macarons then sandwich them together. 3. let them stand at least one day (keep them refrigerated) before serving (serve at room temperature), to meld the flavors. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. makes 20-24 macarons.


Vanilla, Mint and Lemon Tea 1 vanilla bean, split in half, seeds separated ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, firmly packed 1 lemon ¼ cup granulated sugar 7 cups water 2 tbsp. Black tea leaves Garnish Optional:  fresh mint leaves and slice of lemon Cut 8-10 thin slices from the lemon and place all the ingredients (vanilla bean, vanilla seeds, mint leaves, lemons, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Add the black tea leaves. Cover and set aside for 3 minutes to infuse. Strain into a teapot and serve with mint and extra lemon slice.

Brown Sugar Salted Caramel Macarons macaron batter: 1 cup powdered sugar 3/4 cup almond meal 2 large egg whites, at room temperature 5 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed salted caramel filling: 1 bag of kraft caramel bits 2 tablespoons of milk (you can use water too) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1-2 cups powdered sugar (optional, I use this to thicken my caramel a bit) to make the macaron batter/shells: 1. line two baking sheets with parchment paper and have a pastr y bag with a plain tip (about 1/2- inch, 2 cm) ready. 2. sift together the powdered sugar and almond meal so there are no lumps. set aside. 3. in the bowl of a standing electric mixer (or if you prefer, you can use a bowl and hand mixer), beat the egg whites until they begin to rise and hold their shape. while whipping, beat in the brown sugar until ver y stiff and firm, about 2 minutes. 4. carefully fold the dr y ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula. when the mixture is just smooth and there are no streaks of egg white, stop folding and scrape the batter into the pastr y bag (standing the bag in a tall glass helps if you’re alone).

5. 6. 7.

pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1.35-inch circles evenly spaced one-inch apart. rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons. then let it sit for at least 30-60 minutes depending on humidity before baking them in the oven. about 10-15 minutes before baking, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. bake for 15 minutes. once macaron shells are out of the oven, let them sit for 30-60 seconds before removing the hot baking sheet underneath. let the macarons cool completely before removing them from the parchment paper.

for the salted caramel filling: 1. put the caramel bits with the milk and sea salt in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes (i usually do it in 30 second increments). 2. once it looks like the bits are melted or soft enough to stir, take it out and stir until ever ything is fully incorporated. 3. let it cool until it ’s thick enough to spread. if it ’s still too runny, it ’s not ready yet. at this point, you can add in the powdered sugar to thicken up the mixture so you can use it quicker if you like. otherwise, i say hang out for a bit until it ’s ready. of course, if you’ve gone too long and the mixture is too stiff to spread, you can pop it back in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it. to assemble the macaron cookies: 1. before assembling these cookies, make sure to pair up all the cookie shells so they are as close as possible in size. 2. using a knife, spread a good amount of the salted caramel on the inside of the macarons then sandwich them together. 3. let them stand at least one day (keep them refrigerated) before serving (serve at room temperature), to meld the flavors. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. makes 20-24 macarons.


Key to

my Heart WORDS FROM THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Challenged with designing an event that would embody the significance of the occasion we immediately thought of a key - a baptism is the beginning of a journey in faith and we used the symbolic crown to represent the glory of God. Individual seating with vintage keys and extra tag for wishes to be left as a keepsake, old mason jars sprayed gold and a simple dessert display created a elegant affair. – Rita

photography Simply Sienna – Style Defined design, styling + decor Simply Sienna – Style Defined seating cards Simply Sienna – Style Defined sweet bar Simply Sienna – Style Defined cakes Noisette Pastry Works


Key to

my Heart WORDS FROM THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Challenged with designing an event that would embody the significance of the occasion we immediately thought of a key - a baptism is the beginning of a journey in faith and we used the symbolic crown to represent the glory of God. Individual seating with vintage keys and extra tag for wishes to be left as a keepsake, old mason jars sprayed gold and a simple dessert display created a elegant affair. – Rita

photography Simply Sienna – Style Defined design, styling + decor Simply Sienna – Style Defined seating cards Simply Sienna – Style Defined sweet bar Simply Sienna – Style Defined cakes Noisette Pastry Works


The

Time Capsule Words from Mom This was my son’s first birthday. He is my only child and excitement got the best of me very quickly as his birthday was approaching.  Since I am in the business of events, I felt like this was a perfect opportunity to express my creativity.  One of the first things I had decided was that I was going to make this party as memorable as possible.  I already knew Kiran (my son) was never going to remember this day, but hell or high water, I was going to create memories for him to enjoy one day.  I had seen on the web different kids party ideas and came across a time capsule done for a child.  I thought this was brilliant and that became the inspiration for the entire birthday.     The time capsule, which is to be presented to him on his 18th birthday, was an opportunity for guests to bring something they wanted to share with Kiran instead of more toys.  The only rule was that it had to be something that was current during his first year of life.   From that came the personalized water bottles with his picture on it, a photo memory garland of all twelve months, a photo booth with props, and personalized popcorn snack boxes.  

After we went through our guest list and realized we were having over 40 people, we enlisted the help of my husband’s cousin’s catering company to provide the finger foods.  I made a special sangria for the adults and hired one of my servers to be the bartender.   Kiran had his very own giant cupcake made just for him which was surprisingly healthy, and I ordered mini cupcakes for the adults from a friend of mine who runs a wonderful cupcake bakery.  We really pooled all our resources to pull this party off and the final touch was our photographer Chad.  I’ve known Chad for a while but had never worked directly with him.  I have to say he has given us the very memory we wanted to capture.     Not only did Kiran have a ton of fun with the other children, stuck his face in a giant cake, received more presents then we knew what to do with, but the best of all was his time capsule was filled with such unique items  Along with 400 photos, he will enjoy special and private gifts from all the people who are in his life on his.  – Anissa


The

Time Capsule Words from Mom This was my son’s first birthday. He is my only child and excitement got the best of me very quickly as his birthday was approaching.  Since I am in the business of events, I felt like this was a perfect opportunity to express my creativity.  One of the first things I had decided was that I was going to make this party as memorable as possible.  I already knew Kiran (my son) was never going to remember this day, but hell or high water, I was going to create memories for him to enjoy one day.  I had seen on the web different kids party ideas and came across a time capsule done for a child.  I thought this was brilliant and that became the inspiration for the entire birthday.     The time capsule, which is to be presented to him on his 18th birthday, was an opportunity for guests to bring something they wanted to share with Kiran instead of more toys.  The only rule was that it had to be something that was current during his first year of life.   From that came the personalized water bottles with his picture on it, a photo memory garland of all twelve months, a photo booth with props, and personalized popcorn snack boxes.  

After we went through our guest list and realized we were having over 40 people, we enlisted the help of my husband’s cousin’s catering company to provide the finger foods.  I made a special sangria for the adults and hired one of my servers to be the bartender.   Kiran had his very own giant cupcake made just for him which was surprisingly healthy, and I ordered mini cupcakes for the adults from a friend of mine who runs a wonderful cupcake bakery.  We really pooled all our resources to pull this party off and the final touch was our photographer Chad.  I’ve known Chad for a while but had never worked directly with him.  I have to say he has given us the very memory we wanted to capture.     Not only did Kiran have a ton of fun with the other children, stuck his face in a giant cake, received more presents then we knew what to do with, but the best of all was his time capsule was filled with such unique items  Along with 400 photos, he will enjoy special and private gifts from all the people who are in his life on his.  – Anissa


photography Chad Munro child Kiran mom Anissa staff + creative concept Iris Blue Event Staffing cake + cupcakes Bite Me Bakery catering Grape Vine Catering childs apparel Baby Gap location North York


photography Chad Munro child Kiran mom Anissa staff + creative concept Iris Blue Event Staffing cake + cupcakes Bite Me Bakery catering Grape Vine Catering childs apparel Baby Gap location North York


Alice in

Wonderland

creative director Sara Baig Designs: Wedding Stylist And Event Coordinator creative title Alice In Wonderland Inspired Baby Shower photography G+H Photography parents to be Fatimah & Ruby macaron tower Bobbette And Belle Artisanal Pastries macarons Bobbette And Belle Artisanal Pastries cake pops + cupcakes  Edible Elegance


Alice in

Wonderland

creative director Sara Baig Designs: Wedding Stylist And Event Coordinator creative title Alice In Wonderland Inspired Baby Shower photography G+H Photography parents to be Fatimah & Ruby macaron tower Bobbette And Belle Artisanal Pastries macarons Bobbette And Belle Artisanal Pastries cake pops + cupcakes  Edible Elegance


Lace &

Burlap WORDS FROM THE CREATIVE TEAM Rebecca Hall of Rebecca Hall Photography hosted a fundraiser photo shoot in support of the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation in November 2012. The day was filled with laughter, empowerment and beauty. Many local businesses donated their services or sample products in support of this wonderful cause. 2Sweeties and By Invitation Only Designs styled this table to reflect the vintage glam theme of the event. A gorgeous handmade banner made with lace, burlap, raffia, sheer ribbons, fresh water pearls and rhinestones was the perfect backdrop for the table. Vintage cake stands and glassware showcased the coordinating candies as well as the freshly baked cake pops, snickerdoodle cupcakes topped with cinnamon buttercream, and hand painted sugar cookies. The guests left with beautiful treat bags filled with sweets from the table.   – Laura of 2Sweeties Cake Pop Company

Vintage Glam dessert table styled using a soft pink and cream colour palette with pearl, lace, burlap and ribbon embellishments. Sweet treats included snickerdoodle cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream, cake pops, and hand painted sugar cookies.


Lace &

Burlap WORDS FROM THE CREATIVE TEAM Rebecca Hall of Rebecca Hall Photography hosted a fundraiser photo shoot in support of the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation in November 2012. The day was filled with laughter, empowerment and beauty. Many local businesses donated their services or sample products in support of this wonderful cause. 2Sweeties and By Invitation Only Designs styled this table to reflect the vintage glam theme of the event. A gorgeous handmade banner made with lace, burlap, raffia, sheer ribbons, fresh water pearls and rhinestones was the perfect backdrop for the table. Vintage cake stands and glassware showcased the coordinating candies as well as the freshly baked cake pops, snickerdoodle cupcakes topped with cinnamon buttercream, and hand painted sugar cookies. The guests left with beautiful treat bags filled with sweets from the table.   – Laura of 2Sweeties Cake Pop Company

Vintage Glam dessert table styled using a soft pink and cream colour palette with pearl, lace, burlap and ribbon embellishments. Sweet treats included snickerdoodle cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream, cake pops, and hand painted sugar cookies.


photography Rebecca Hall Photography styling 2Sweeties Cake Pop Company | By Invitation Only Designs cake pops, cookies + cupcakes 2Sweeties Cake Pop Company paper stationary By Invitation Only Designs | Pinkchair Creative table decor + banner By Invitation Only Designs | Pinkchair Creative fabric flowers By Invitation Only Designs | Pink Cha


photography Rebecca Hall Photography styling 2Sweeties Cake Pop Company | By Invitation Only Designs cake pops, cookies + cupcakes 2Sweeties Cake Pop Company paper stationary By Invitation Only Designs | Pinkchair Creative table decor + banner By Invitation Only Designs | Pinkchair Creative fabric flowers By Invitation Only Designs | Pink Cha


SPARKLING HAPPINESS

Random Goodness

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS…

Hold the door open for someone. It’s a polite and thoughtful act you can do on a daily basis – with a smile - whether it’s at work, home or the store. Let Someone Go in Line in Front of You. We live in a fast-paced world and want everything done in a snap. Try to slow down and on a weekly basis, let the person in front of you go first. This could be done at the grocery store or at the coffee shop. Your little random act of kindness might make the person’s day.

While you’re at it, try to practice to be more patient while waiting in line. Don’t complain, sigh or give dirty looks to the person in front of you when they are taking a long time. Your impatience will not make the line go any faster and being gracious will help make the world a better place, one nice act at a time.

COCOLILY RULE NO.1 Play music all day, every day. COCOLILY RULE NO. 2 Laugh more, giggle more and be silly more.   COCOLILY RULE NO. 3 Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.   COCOLILY RULE NO. 4 You are you, and that’s a beautiful thing.   COCOLILY RULE NO. 5 Life is too short for bad wine.

Finding something so funny but you can’t laugh out loud and trying to hold that laughter in. Resurfacing from lack of sleep or post partum depression and truly realizing how much you love your child.   Having that first sip of coffee in the early morning.   Cooking with local ingredients for good company.

SPRING TO DO LIST

Your seasonal bucket list and we recommend at least one for Spring. Run a marathon. Learn to play golf. Take horseback riding lessons. Take up fishing. Learn to sail. Play tennis. Learn conversational Spanish. Star t weekly theme night dinners where you feature a new country’s cuisine, customs, ar t and history. Learn enough Italian to be able to understand opera. Sing Karaoke. Build a Jazz library. Learn to Salsa and Rhumba. Learn to fly a plane. Experience weightlessness. Visit the Grand Canyon. Learn how to play chess. Fly kites. Make models of cars, ships or airplanes. Build a doll house. Take up gourmet cooking. Read the complete works of Shakespeare.

One Person Can Make a Difference.

Online Petitions in Circulation. Tell Kellogg’s: Artificial Food Dyes Don’t Belong in Our Kids’ Fruit Snacks Join us in telling Kellogg’s to remove food dyes from its fruit snacks. Kids (and their moms) deserve healthier snack options. Save Marineland’s Animals - Ontario has no laws controlling aquariums and zoos, or protecting the animals inside. Without those laws no one will be able to save the animals of Marineland.  

Final NOTE

You’re a woman. You’re you. Live your life with style, grace and love. xoxo


SPARKLING HAPPINESS

Random Goodness

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS…

Hold the door open for someone. It’s a polite and thoughtful act you can do on a daily basis – with a smile - whether it’s at work, home or the store. Let Someone Go in Line in Front of You. We live in a fast-paced world and want everything done in a snap. Try to slow down and on a weekly basis, let the person in front of you go first. This could be done at the grocery store or at the coffee shop. Your little random act of kindness might make the person’s day.

While you’re at it, try to practice to be more patient while waiting in line. Don’t complain, sigh or give dirty looks to the person in front of you when they are taking a long time. Your impatience will not make the line go any faster and being gracious will help make the world a better place, one nice act at a time.

COCOLILY RULE NO.1 Play music all day, every day. COCOLILY RULE NO. 2 Laugh more, giggle more and be silly more.   COCOLILY RULE NO. 3 Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.   COCOLILY RULE NO. 4 You are you, and that’s a beautiful thing.   COCOLILY RULE NO. 5 Life is too short for bad wine.

Finding something so funny but you can’t laugh out loud and trying to hold that laughter in. Resurfacing from lack of sleep or post partum depression and truly realizing how much you love your child.   Having that first sip of coffee in the early morning.   Cooking with local ingredients for good company.

SPRING TO DO LIST

Your seasonal bucket list and we recommend at least one for Spring. Run a marathon. Learn to play golf. Take horseback riding lessons. Take up fishing. Learn to sail. Play tennis. Learn conversational Spanish. Star t weekly theme night dinners where you feature a new country’s cuisine, customs, ar t and history. Learn enough Italian to be able to understand opera. Sing Karaoke. Build a Jazz library. Learn to Salsa and Rhumba. Learn to fly a plane. Experience weightlessness. Visit the Grand Canyon. Learn how to play chess. Fly kites. Make models of cars, ships or airplanes. Build a doll house. Take up gourmet cooking. Read the complete works of Shakespeare.

One Person Can Make a Difference.

Online Petitions in Circulation. Tell Kellogg’s: Artificial Food Dyes Don’t Belong in Our Kids’ Fruit Snacks Join us in telling Kellogg’s to remove food dyes from its fruit snacks. Kids (and their moms) deserve healthier snack options. Save Marineland’s Animals - Ontario has no laws controlling aquariums and zoos, or protecting the animals inside. Without those laws no one will be able to save the animals of Marineland.  

Final NOTE

You’re a woman. You’re you. Live your life with style, grace and love. xoxo


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as he can. He thinks he’s playing a game but he doesn’t know that he is stimulating my nerves so that I can walk. Throughout the day, my vision could be blurred, or my body may have pain, all of which delay me. I am determined though to get my son to school on time so I push myself. From there, I head to Senso 3C where I speak with clients, interview candidates, plan events and try to grow the business.  I have an extensive amount of emails and phone calls that I return daily.  I am usually done work by 6:30pm where I will either meet a friend, chair a meeting, or head home.  I try to spend time with my son before he goes to bed.  Once he’s asleep, I log onto my computer where I will respond to inquiries or process orders regarding my website, Occasion Giftware.  I make lunches for my family and make a point to complete at least one chore before I go to bed every night.  By doing so, my weekends aren’t as hectic so I can spend more time with my husband and son.  Having MS is difficult because I do have daily symptoms that sometimes get in the way.  I consider myself to be a philanthropist and allocate several hours in a week to volunteer.  I am an Ambassador with the MS Society and avidly involve myself in speaking engagements and planning their events.  My night ends around midnight.  Q:  WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DAILY STRUGGLE AND HOW DO YOU COPE WITH IT? A:  I want to spend more time with my son.  I often rush home so I can read a book or play a game with him before he goes to bed.  I have much improvement to do in the ‘work/life’ balance scenario.  I struggle with leaving the tasks at work unfinished so I can be home to be with my son.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION? A: Entrepreneur. Owner of Occasion Giftware and Managing Partner of Senso 3C. I am also a mother and a wife. Q: HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE? A: 1 son, 4 ½ years old. Q:  TELL US SOMETHING YOU ARE COMFORTABLE SHARING ABOUT YOUR SON A:  My son is hilarious.  He has a great sense of humour and tries very hard to make my husband and I laugh by making funny faces at us. I love this age as we can carry on a very good conversation together.  His mind intrigues me as he’s very calculative – he looks at how things are made and strategically enjoys the power of cause & effect. His memory is amazing – there are times where he will remind us of a story that happened so long ago. He has brought out the best in my family. My husband and I have become more patient. My parents have become sillier and happier. He is quite shy in public so we are working with him to relieve him of his social anxiety. We are currently working in getting him the help he needs so he can experience all that life has to offer. Q:  DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WEEK DAY? A:  Nutso! I have Multiple Sclerosis so my mornings are varied depending on how I feel. There are mornings where my hands and feet are numb or tingly - I will ask my son to squeeze my feet as hard

I also struggle with memory. I have ‘foggy brain’ and often find myself confused and forgetful.  I sometimes feel detached from ‘the moment’ and try very hard to concentrate.  To help, I take very copious notes and have a close relationship with my blackberry.  When I park, I take a picture so I remember where my car is. My memo pad is full of notes. Q:  WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST BATTLES SO FAR IN LIFE AND TELL US HOW IT’S AFFECTED YOU AS A WOMAN? A:  Having Multiple Sclerosis is very difficult.  I have daily symptoms that include extreme lethargy, tingling, numbness and confusion.  I have also experienced blurry vision and have tremendous pain at times.  I am very focused to do well in life and sometimes my symptoms get in the way.  I would love to be able to go to sleep at night without any issues but when my body is in a relaxed state, my symptoms increase.  The worst feeling is laying down at night because I feel like someone is pouring hundreds of bugs all over my body.  I have extreme itching and tingling.  I have made myself bleed because the itching is so excruciating.  I know how important it is to receive a good night’s sleep but I purposely go to bed late so that when I lay my head on my pillow, I can fall asleep.  I do pay for it in the morning but I am okay with having ‘panda eyes’ if it means I can fall asleep without feeling my symptoms. Having a disability has definitely changed me as a woman.  I have taken risks that I may not have taken otherwise. 


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as he can. He thinks he’s playing a game but he doesn’t know that he is stimulating my nerves so that I can walk. Throughout the day, my vision could be blurred, or my body may have pain, all of which delay me. I am determined though to get my son to school on time so I push myself. From there, I head to Senso 3C where I speak with clients, interview candidates, plan events and try to grow the business.  I have an extensive amount of emails and phone calls that I return daily.  I am usually done work by 6:30pm where I will either meet a friend, chair a meeting, or head home.  I try to spend time with my son before he goes to bed.  Once he’s asleep, I log onto my computer where I will respond to inquiries or process orders regarding my website, Occasion Giftware.  I make lunches for my family and make a point to complete at least one chore before I go to bed every night.  By doing so, my weekends aren’t as hectic so I can spend more time with my husband and son.  Having MS is difficult because I do have daily symptoms that sometimes get in the way.  I consider myself to be a philanthropist and allocate several hours in a week to volunteer.  I am an Ambassador with the MS Society and avidly involve myself in speaking engagements and planning their events.  My night ends around midnight.  Q:  WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DAILY STRUGGLE AND HOW DO YOU COPE WITH IT? A:  I want to spend more time with my son.  I often rush home so I can read a book or play a game with him before he goes to bed.  I have much improvement to do in the ‘work/life’ balance scenario.  I struggle with leaving the tasks at work unfinished so I can be home to be with my son.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION? A: Entrepreneur. Owner of Occasion Giftware and Managing Partner of Senso 3C. I am also a mother and a wife. Q: HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE? A: 1 son, 4 ½ years old. Q:  TELL US SOMETHING YOU ARE COMFORTABLE SHARING ABOUT YOUR SON A:  My son is hilarious.  He has a great sense of humour and tries very hard to make my husband and I laugh by making funny faces at us. I love this age as we can carry on a very good conversation together.  His mind intrigues me as he’s very calculative – he looks at how things are made and strategically enjoys the power of cause & effect. His memory is amazing – there are times where he will remind us of a story that happened so long ago. He has brought out the best in my family. My husband and I have become more patient. My parents have become sillier and happier. He is quite shy in public so we are working with him to relieve him of his social anxiety. We are currently working in getting him the help he needs so he can experience all that life has to offer. Q:  DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WEEK DAY? A:  Nutso! I have Multiple Sclerosis so my mornings are varied depending on how I feel. There are mornings where my hands and feet are numb or tingly - I will ask my son to squeeze my feet as hard

I also struggle with memory. I have ‘foggy brain’ and often find myself confused and forgetful.  I sometimes feel detached from ‘the moment’ and try very hard to concentrate.  To help, I take very copious notes and have a close relationship with my blackberry.  When I park, I take a picture so I remember where my car is. My memo pad is full of notes. Q:  WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST BATTLES SO FAR IN LIFE AND TELL US HOW IT’S AFFECTED YOU AS A WOMAN? A:  Having Multiple Sclerosis is very difficult.  I have daily symptoms that include extreme lethargy, tingling, numbness and confusion.  I have also experienced blurry vision and have tremendous pain at times.  I am very focused to do well in life and sometimes my symptoms get in the way.  I would love to be able to go to sleep at night without any issues but when my body is in a relaxed state, my symptoms increase.  The worst feeling is laying down at night because I feel like someone is pouring hundreds of bugs all over my body.  I have extreme itching and tingling.  I have made myself bleed because the itching is so excruciating.  I know how important it is to receive a good night’s sleep but I purposely go to bed late so that when I lay my head on my pillow, I can fall asleep.  I do pay for it in the morning but I am okay with having ‘panda eyes’ if it means I can fall asleep without feeling my symptoms. Having a disability has definitely changed me as a woman.  I have taken risks that I may not have taken otherwise. 


I tried out for the hit show Dragons’ Den and even though one Dragon said I was the worst presenter, I schlepped my pride off the ground and used it to my advantage. I can now speak in front of people and can easily engage my audience.  I love events but had always been too scared to plan my own.  Last year, I was blessed to work with a great team of volunteers that helped me plan Family Jingle & Mingle, a shared Christmas party for companies and people.  I plan to host this event every year and I am determined to keep growing it.   At the end of that night, I felt aches and pains, but it simply didn’t matter – I executed a dream and that’s a great accomplishment I am so proud of. I have also learned to laugh at my mistakes.  I am the kind of person that will push the door when it says pull.  I laugh when trying to tell a funny story.  I often forget the point of the story I am telling. I have put lipstick underneath my eyes thinking it was concealer.  Oh well, I can just laugh it off now.  Q:  WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? A:  I fear when and how I will tell my son that mommy has MS.  I also fear the possibility of my disease progressing and the inability to care for my family the way I should.  I am working very hard now to prepare myself for my future, my unknown future. Q:  WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DREAM OR GOAL THAT YOU ARE ASPRING TO ACHIEVE? A:  I would like to arrange a fundraising event whereby I interview Montel Williams onstage.  Montel Williams has Multiple Sclerosis and has a very compelling story to share.  Even though he doesn’t know me (yet J), I have made attempts to reach him with my business plan.  I envision a packed theatre with people that are excited to hear our presentation. We both have the ability to motivate people onstage.  It would be an honour to reach out to people that have an illness, that are caring for someone with an illness or know someone with an illness.  I am very optimistic that we can change thinking and instead of saying, ‘Why Not Me’, we can say, ‘Why Not Me’.  Hmmm, sounds like a catchy title for my book. As weak as my memory is, there is one commitment that I made to my friend Raiman that I will not forget.  Raiman has ran marathons in honour of me, and donated proceeds to the MS Society.  A friend that does this kind of selfless act is a beautiful person that I hold in the highest regards.  I promised Raiman that one day, I would stand on a stage and thank him publically.  I know that day will come.  Q:  WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 THINGS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? a.       Stand on a stage and motivate people that have illnesses. b.      Enjoy a lovely vacation in Disneyworld with my family. c.       Write a book (and it would be really nice to have it published). Q:  GREATEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? A:  I love reading Maya Angelou’s quotes.  One of my favourites is, “When you learn, teach.  When you get, give.”  This is so true for me. I have learned how to cope with my disease and still maintain a relatively normal life (is there such a thing as ‘normal’?).  I am now in the phase of teaching others what I have learned.  I give whenever and however I can. 

Q: WHAT IS ONE SECRET THAT YOU’RE ANXIOUS TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE? A:  It took me 7 years of marriage to finally learn how to take the acidity out of homemade tomato sauce.  The secret?  Add the sauce to some boiling water and add a carrot while cooking.  Ta-da...no more acidity.  Thanks for the tip Ma! Q:  WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE HOUSEHOLD CHORE AND WHY? A:  Ironing.  I never quite learned how to get the creases out of sleeves.  The time that I invested in ironing seemed to be quite labouring only to find that I was creating more lines with the fabric folding underneath the iron.  The solution?  My husband does the ironing now. Q:  WHAT ARE SOME INDULGENCES THAT YOU DO FOR YOURSELF? A:  Spending time with my girlfriends, walking through leaves in the fall, hot apple cider, breaded cauliflower, and napping.  I also enjoy the adrenaline rush when I get a really good deal on something – I enjoy the art of negotiating and being frugal.  I also LOVE my rocking chair.  I very much enjoy the soothing feeling of rocking.  I used it when my son was a baby to feed him and I still rock on it, 4 years later. Q:  COCOLILY MAGAZINE IS ALL ABOUT CELEBRATION + INSPIRATION, WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE MOST ABOUT LIFE AND WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION? A:  Without hesitation, my family.  I find that many of the decisions I make in my life surround my son and husband.  I enjoy teaching my son and seeing him grow.  I enjoy family dinners with my parents and my brother’s family - I take pleasure in seeing my little man interact with his little niece and watch them develop together.  I love my parents so much – they truly have impacted my life in more ways than I can express in words.  I appreciate my husbands’ commitment to making our crazy and hectic lives work.  Despite extreme lethargy and chronic pain, I am living my life with grace and love.  I am talkative and often opinionated.  I can be obnoxious at times.  I care for people that may not care about me.  I fight for what I believe in and am stubborn.  I am respectful of the elderly and believe that everyone should volunteer. I will listen to you, even if you don’t listen to me.  Giving up is not an option in my books. I have learned the difference to living life and living life to the fullest.  To live a truly happy and satisfying life, I have learned to celebrate it by enjoying what I love to do and surrounding myself with positive people.  Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.  It’s not a matter of circumstance, but by choice.  I choose to live a life that matters.  I celebrate my life and those who are in my circle.  I don’t drink alcohol so I’ll raise my glass of orange juice...’to life’.


I tried out for the hit show Dragons’ Den and even though one Dragon said I was the worst presenter, I schlepped my pride off the ground and used it to my advantage. I can now speak in front of people and can easily engage my audience.  I love events but had always been too scared to plan my own.  Last year, I was blessed to work with a great team of volunteers that helped me plan Family Jingle & Mingle, a shared Christmas party for companies and people.  I plan to host this event every year and I am determined to keep growing it.   At the end of that night, I felt aches and pains, but it simply didn’t matter – I executed a dream and that’s a great accomplishment I am so proud of. I have also learned to laugh at my mistakes.  I am the kind of person that will push the door when it says pull.  I laugh when trying to tell a funny story.  I often forget the point of the story I am telling. I have put lipstick underneath my eyes thinking it was concealer.  Oh well, I can just laugh it off now.  Q:  WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? A:  I fear when and how I will tell my son that mommy has MS.  I also fear the possibility of my disease progressing and the inability to care for my family the way I should.  I am working very hard now to prepare myself for my future, my unknown future. Q:  WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DREAM OR GOAL THAT YOU ARE ASPRING TO ACHIEVE? A:  I would like to arrange a fundraising event whereby I interview Montel Williams onstage.  Montel Williams has Multiple Sclerosis and has a very compelling story to share.  Even though he doesn’t know me (yet J), I have made attempts to reach him with my business plan.  I envision a packed theatre with people that are excited to hear our presentation. We both have the ability to motivate people onstage.  It would be an honour to reach out to people that have an illness, that are caring for someone with an illness or know someone with an illness.  I am very optimistic that we can change thinking and instead of saying, ‘Why Not Me’, we can say, ‘Why Not Me’.  Hmmm, sounds like a catchy title for my book. As weak as my memory is, there is one commitment that I made to my friend Raiman that I will not forget.  Raiman has ran marathons in honour of me, and donated proceeds to the MS Society.  A friend that does this kind of selfless act is a beautiful person that I hold in the highest regards.  I promised Raiman that one day, I would stand on a stage and thank him publically.  I know that day will come.  Q:  WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 THINGS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? a.       Stand on a stage and motivate people that have illnesses. b.      Enjoy a lovely vacation in Disneyworld with my family. c.       Write a book (and it would be really nice to have it published). Q:  GREATEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? A:  I love reading Maya Angelou’s quotes.  One of my favourites is, “When you learn, teach.  When you get, give.”  This is so true for me. I have learned how to cope with my disease and still maintain a relatively normal life (is there such a thing as ‘normal’?).  I am now in the phase of teaching others what I have learned.  I give whenever and however I can. 

Q: WHAT IS ONE SECRET THAT YOU’RE ANXIOUS TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE? A:  It took me 7 years of marriage to finally learn how to take the acidity out of homemade tomato sauce.  The secret?  Add the sauce to some boiling water and add a carrot while cooking.  Ta-da...no more acidity.  Thanks for the tip Ma! Q:  WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE HOUSEHOLD CHORE AND WHY? A:  Ironing.  I never quite learned how to get the creases out of sleeves.  The time that I invested in ironing seemed to be quite labouring only to find that I was creating more lines with the fabric folding underneath the iron.  The solution?  My husband does the ironing now. Q:  WHAT ARE SOME INDULGENCES THAT YOU DO FOR YOURSELF? A:  Spending time with my girlfriends, walking through leaves in the fall, hot apple cider, breaded cauliflower, and napping.  I also enjoy the adrenaline rush when I get a really good deal on something – I enjoy the art of negotiating and being frugal.  I also LOVE my rocking chair.  I very much enjoy the soothing feeling of rocking.  I used it when my son was a baby to feed him and I still rock on it, 4 years later. Q:  COCOLILY MAGAZINE IS ALL ABOUT CELEBRATION + INSPIRATION, WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE MOST ABOUT LIFE AND WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION? A:  Without hesitation, my family.  I find that many of the decisions I make in my life surround my son and husband.  I enjoy teaching my son and seeing him grow.  I enjoy family dinners with my parents and my brother’s family - I take pleasure in seeing my little man interact with his little niece and watch them develop together.  I love my parents so much – they truly have impacted my life in more ways than I can express in words.  I appreciate my husbands’ commitment to making our crazy and hectic lives work.  Despite extreme lethargy and chronic pain, I am living my life with grace and love.  I am talkative and often opinionated.  I can be obnoxious at times.  I care for people that may not care about me.  I fight for what I believe in and am stubborn.  I am respectful of the elderly and believe that everyone should volunteer. I will listen to you, even if you don’t listen to me.  Giving up is not an option in my books. I have learned the difference to living life and living life to the fullest.  To live a truly happy and satisfying life, I have learned to celebrate it by enjoying what I love to do and surrounding myself with positive people.  Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.  It’s not a matter of circumstance, but by choice.  I choose to live a life that matters.  I celebrate my life and those who are in my circle.  I don’t drink alcohol so I’ll raise my glass of orange juice...’to life’.


I could trust, whose products really work, are safe and stylish, and don’t break the bank? Long story short, a few years later I launched The Honest Company, a nontoxic, eco-friendly stylish family products brand. I wanted to write The Honest Life to bring what I’ve learned through launching the company and true trial-and-error to all busy women and moms looking for information on how to live naturally. 

Q. YOU’RE AN ENTREPRENEUR, AN ACTRESS, MARRIED WITH TWO LITTLE GIRLS AND NOW AN AUTHOR – HOW DO YOU JUGGLE IT ALL?  WHAT TIPS CAN YOU OFFER OTHER BUSY MOMS? A: For me it’s all about organization. If I can stay organized, then I have more time to spend with my family and friends. I share all my tips and tricks throughout the book. For example, I make Haven’s meals on the weekend so that she has something homemade to eat all week long. Grains are especially easy to make on a Sunday and use in various creative ways throughout the week. Getting ready in the morning has become a cinch now that I’ve identified my favorite makeup products (most of which I list in the book), and I’ve found a way to label and organize them. Now that I’ve made an “honest living” routine, I have so much more peace of mind because I’m no longer worrying about the health and safety ramifications of the lipstick I use or the meal I give my kids. It frees up a lot of time. And, at the end of the day, as long as my girls are happy and healthy I don’t mind if something doesn’t get checked off my to-do list. 

Q. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “HONEST” AS IT RELATES TO STYLE? A: Honest Style has a few meanings for me. It’s about loving your body. It’s about being thoughtful about how you shop and consume. I love seeing all the new ways the eco-fashion industry is growing. Shopping vintage is also a key ingredient for me. Honest Style also is having great basics—the perfect jeans, a fitted blazer (ties together any look!), the go-to little black dress, etc. And most importantly, it’s about staying true to your own personal style. I know that can be a hard thing to define, but I offer a shortcut workshop in the book on how to find what really inspires you and works for your lifestyle—all while having fun.

Q&A WITH

JESSICA ALBA about her new book: The Honest Life

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE HONEST LIFE? A: Honestly, it all started with a load of laundry. While I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was feeling the new mama jitters about giving her the best start in life and bringing her into a safe and nurturing environment. I began washing her clothes with the detergent that my mom had always used on me — one that is a well-known “baby-safe” brand — and I had an immediate allergic reaction. Uncontrollable sneezing, itchy red welts all over my hands, the works. I started to ask questions: Why would this “safe” product cause this kind of reaction? Why couldn’t I find a company that

Q. WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECTS YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR HOME? A: Refurnishing our home almost entirely with vintage furniture—I’m a huge fan of Craigslist, eBay, thisisnotikea.com and my local thrift stores. Antique and vintage pieces not only lower your home’s carbon footprint, but it also ensures that each piece is unique and comes with a story. I also love making statement pieces from unexpected sources. During a trip to France a few years ago, I found these incredible vintage sheets with really happy patterns and had no idea what to do with them until we started putting together Haven’s nursery and I realized it’s wall art!  Q. THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT TIPS AND “SHORT-CUTS” IN THE HONEST LIFE – WHAT IS THE BEST PARENTING ADVICE YOU’RE RECEIVED?  WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE EXPECTING MOMS?   A:  We all want to do the best we can for our families but we can’t be superheroes all the time while balancing everything. Pay attention to the “dishonest ingredients” I list throughout the book, but don’t get too toxin obsessed. Natural living isn’t about a huge lifestyle overhaul. It’s about doing what you can and focusing on small attainable steps that make the most sense for you and your family. 

Q. HOW DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL READ YOUR BOOK? A:  I wanted to create a colorful how-to for people who want to make a healthy and non-toxic home without giving up the fun, fashionable things. I really hope my book offers moms and women little tips that will add up and make a big difference—that they’ll be inspired to make the ideas their own and find what works for them. The book is written so that even if you have only 10 minutes to scan one chapter you will still walk away with something valuable.


I could trust, whose products really work, are safe and stylish, and don’t break the bank? Long story short, a few years later I launched The Honest Company, a nontoxic, eco-friendly stylish family products brand. I wanted to write The Honest Life to bring what I’ve learned through launching the company and true trial-and-error to all busy women and moms looking for information on how to live naturally. 

Q. YOU’RE AN ENTREPRENEUR, AN ACTRESS, MARRIED WITH TWO LITTLE GIRLS AND NOW AN AUTHOR – HOW DO YOU JUGGLE IT ALL?  WHAT TIPS CAN YOU OFFER OTHER BUSY MOMS? A: For me it’s all about organization. If I can stay organized, then I have more time to spend with my family and friends. I share all my tips and tricks throughout the book. For example, I make Haven’s meals on the weekend so that she has something homemade to eat all week long. Grains are especially easy to make on a Sunday and use in various creative ways throughout the week. Getting ready in the morning has become a cinch now that I’ve identified my favorite makeup products (most of which I list in the book), and I’ve found a way to label and organize them. Now that I’ve made an “honest living” routine, I have so much more peace of mind because I’m no longer worrying about the health and safety ramifications of the lipstick I use or the meal I give my kids. It frees up a lot of time. And, at the end of the day, as long as my girls are happy and healthy I don’t mind if something doesn’t get checked off my to-do list. 

Q. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “HONEST” AS IT RELATES TO STYLE? A: Honest Style has a few meanings for me. It’s about loving your body. It’s about being thoughtful about how you shop and consume. I love seeing all the new ways the eco-fashion industry is growing. Shopping vintage is also a key ingredient for me. Honest Style also is having great basics—the perfect jeans, a fitted blazer (ties together any look!), the go-to little black dress, etc. And most importantly, it’s about staying true to your own personal style. I know that can be a hard thing to define, but I offer a shortcut workshop in the book on how to find what really inspires you and works for your lifestyle—all while having fun.

Q&A WITH

JESSICA ALBA about her new book: The Honest Life

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE HONEST LIFE? A: Honestly, it all started with a load of laundry. While I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was feeling the new mama jitters about giving her the best start in life and bringing her into a safe and nurturing environment. I began washing her clothes with the detergent that my mom had always used on me — one that is a well-known “baby-safe” brand — and I had an immediate allergic reaction. Uncontrollable sneezing, itchy red welts all over my hands, the works. I started to ask questions: Why would this “safe” product cause this kind of reaction? Why couldn’t I find a company that

Q. WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECTS YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR HOME? A: Refurnishing our home almost entirely with vintage furniture—I’m a huge fan of Craigslist, eBay, thisisnotikea.com and my local thrift stores. Antique and vintage pieces not only lower your home’s carbon footprint, but it also ensures that each piece is unique and comes with a story. I also love making statement pieces from unexpected sources. During a trip to France a few years ago, I found these incredible vintage sheets with really happy patterns and had no idea what to do with them until we started putting together Haven’s nursery and I realized it’s wall art!  Q. THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT TIPS AND “SHORT-CUTS” IN THE HONEST LIFE – WHAT IS THE BEST PARENTING ADVICE YOU’RE RECEIVED?  WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE EXPECTING MOMS?   A:  We all want to do the best we can for our families but we can’t be superheroes all the time while balancing everything. Pay attention to the “dishonest ingredients” I list throughout the book, but don’t get too toxin obsessed. Natural living isn’t about a huge lifestyle overhaul. It’s about doing what you can and focusing on small attainable steps that make the most sense for you and your family. 

Q. HOW DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL READ YOUR BOOK? A:  I wanted to create a colorful how-to for people who want to make a healthy and non-toxic home without giving up the fun, fashionable things. I really hope my book offers moms and women little tips that will add up and make a big difference—that they’ll be inspired to make the ideas their own and find what works for them. The book is written so that even if you have only 10 minutes to scan one chapter you will still walk away with something valuable.


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Cocolily Magazine Spring 2013 vol.1 no.1  
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