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A new season is upon us and that means it’s time to once again


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say good-bye to the old and welcome the new. And of course


Karmen Rifai

the best part about summer’s end is all the exciting new

Editorial Intern

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trends, images and must-haves! To celebrate we packed this

Art Director

Feroz Khan

issue full of what’s to come for fall including the latest

Overseas Marketing

Sushil Rahul

collection launches from Manish Malhotra, Franco Mirabelli, Joe Fresh Public Relations

Sadaf Ikhlaq Contributors:

Basil Waris, Cynara Geissler, Eastern Illusion, Franco Mirabelli, Henal Shah, Jason Cameron, Kamran Hameed, Khayati Gupta, Raoul Juneja, Sanjay Agnihotri, Shirley Wu, Sindi Sharma, Sonia Sharma.

and more. We have you covered from coast to coast to keep you on-trend this autumn. One of the highlights of this issue is our cover shoot with Dilshad Burman – host of V-mix, Omni TV. Make sure to check out all the details on page 24. Come with us behind the scene and witness Shirley Wu transform Dilshad from the normal walk in the park to a dazzling model ready for the catwalk on page 14. Behind the camera is Kamran from Qvison photography

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16 30 PAGEANT Miss India-Canada 2013 Crowned


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35 MAKEUP Shirley Wu – In High Demand



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24 IN THE SPOTLIGHT Dilshad Burman - V-Mix Host, Omni TV

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26 DESIGNER PROFILE Franco Mirabelli

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MODEL: DILSHAD BURMAN V-Mix Omni Tv host Dilshad Burman, keeps you updated on the multicultural music, arts and culture scene with her own unique flair. MAKEUP & HAIR STYLIST: SHIRLEY WU Shirley is passionate about what she does and provides her clients with a most attentive ear. Shirley specializes in bridal hair and makeup and offers a consultation session. LOCATION Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu Salon & Spa, Mississauga A full-service salon, featuring elegant finishes, state of the art equipment and prestige beauty brands while offering personalized service, a relaxing atmosphere every woman’s beauty needs! PHOTGRAPHER: KAMRAN – QVISION PHOTOGRAPHY Kamran especializes in various shoots whether you want a portfolio, portraiture, fashion, beauty or coverage of events.

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Manish Malhotra Showcases his Collection at the Grand Finale of Delhi Couture Week 2013.

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Photos: Courtesy of Manish Malhotra


anish’s collection is inspired by the princely states of India in the 1930s, an era celebrating opulence. The silhouettes and embroidery echo the splendour of Indian - European architecture. By striking a unique balance between traditional Indian craftsmanship and the classic minimalism of the west, Manish lends elegance and charm to this collection. The cross-cultural ties created a very unique genre of fashion and culture - an old-world mix of traditional Indian motifs, and the influences of British culture on the affluent Indian Lifestyle. French shoe designer Christian Louboutin worked closely with Manish Malhotra for his Couture show, using existing shoe designs which were specially fabricated to complement the collection. The models walked the ramp in these stunning creations, which were a striking mélange of Manish Malhotra’s craftsmanship and Louboutin’s designs. Everyone in attendance was on their feet with applause as Deepika Padukone walked the ramp in a beautiful blue lehenga, along with Shahrukh Khan to support Manish. The front row of the completely packed show included Sunanda Tharoor, Shashi Tharoor, JJValaya, Amaan & Ayaan, Rohit Shetty, Sheetal Mafatlal, amongst several others.

Speaking about his inspiration for the Couture collection, Manish said, “In the 1930s, India was a country trying to find her voice. It was the age of opulence, and of affluence. Even as

viceroys conducted matters of state, kings, queens, princes and princesses ruled over their own domains. The cross-cultural ties created a very unique genre of fashion and culture, which I am very inspired by. Whether in the fabrics, royalty and the ruling class favoured, and the silhouettes they wore, or in the architecture, and the art, there was cross-pollination at work. While designing this collection, I could imagine a Maharani, dressed in a layered lehenga ensemble, embellished with antique gold, walking down a corridor with her entourage, to meet the Viceroy in his regalia. Their conversations, conducted through a screen, echoed in my mind.” The collection includes all of his signature styles, crafted using rich textiles like velvet and old textured silks. Sculpted silhouettes of the ensembles are further accentuated by the use of flowing and feminine fabrics, adorned with antique gold embroidery and dull silver thread work by craftsmen. Manish has also beautifully incorporated Chantilly lace, which is reminiscent of that time, and reflects the old-world charm of opulent India. The palette of this 1930s-inspired couture collection is coloured with saturated, jewel like shades and tints of red, royal blue, mustard, olive, beige and ochre, which adds to the vintage appeal of the outfits. SEPT. / OCT. 2013 17


Manish Malhotra

Showcases his Collection at the Grand Finale of Delhi Couture Week 2013.

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Manish Malhotra

Showcases his Collection at the Grand Finale of Delhi Couture Week 2013.

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‘Reflections’byManish Malhotra At Lakmé Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013.

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Ayan Mukherjee, Karishma Kapoor and Manish Malhotra.

The primary influences are from Rajasthan and Kutch - the mirror work, traditional colour blocking and a palette of deep green,

Urmila Matondkar with Manish Malhotra.

dark beige, and mustard, which are all characteristic of these regions. The collection also features textured silks, youthful bright

Photos: Courtesy of Manish Malhotra


umbai: ‘Reflections’, the Festive collection by Manish Malhotra, was showcased at the opening of Lakmé FashionWeek Fall/Winter 2013, on 22nd August at the Grand Hyatt. The front row of a completely packed show included Karishma Kapoor, Kajol, Karan Johar, Shabana Azmi, Neha Dhupia, Ayushman Khurana, Farah Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor, Maheep Kapoor, Ayan Mukherjee, Marc Robinson, Tanisha Mukherjee, Sheetal Mafatlal, Farah Ali Khan, Zarine Khan and Devita Saraf amongst several others. Speaking about his collection, Manish said, “‘Reflections’, my festive collection for this season, is high on colour and on new silhouettes, while it plays with the concept of lightness of being with celebration in mind. To me, a festive occasion is a wonderful blend of tradition, culture, rituals, colours, and intensity of emotions. Time-honoured practices come together with special occasions and new traditions to create happy times. It is this melding of the old and the new that has inspired ‘Reflections’.”

Karishma Kapoor, Manish Malhotra and Shabana Azmi.

Kajol and Manish Malhotra. Jacqueline Fernandes Farah Khan

colours, saturated hues, and Manish’s signature thread-work and custom-created Zari work from Kashmir. ‘Reflections’, therefore, marries the best of India’s sartorial heritage, with youth, and sparkle. Manish Malhotra has created a trendsetting new silhouette - the Ghagra Pant, which is a fusion of the Sharara and the classic pant. This new creation is a fun and very stylish alternative to the Lehenga. Manish has also reinterpreted the traditional Rajasthani

koti silhouette to create a Koti top, which can be worn with Saris, or Ghagras. This inventive and vivacious collection by Manish Malhotra offers several options for a bride and her entourage to choose from, for pre-wedding ceremonies and festivities. ‘Reflections’ by Manish Malhotra, along with his diffusion line for men and women, will be available at his new store in Mumbai.

Kajol, Lara Dutta,Tanisha Mukherjee and Manish Malhotra.

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Dilshad Burman Photo: Kam Qvision

V-Mix Host, Omni TV

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Photos: Rob Ramlackhan


orn in Mumbai, India, Dilshad Burman was surrounded by its glamour and energy and grew up with a passion for music, film, television and the performing arts. While studying for her degree in English Literature at Mumbai University, Dilshad joined 93.5 RED FM at just 19 years old! Producing a 4 hour talk radio show introduced her to the world of media production, writing and editing. She was heavily involved in theatre throughout her university years. Clubbing her love for a visual medium with her passion for broadcast media, she went on to study Television Broadcasting at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in 2005. Thereafter, having completed her diploma in Broadcasting, Dilshad moved to the bright lights of Toronto for a news editing internship with Omni Television in 2007. Even though she left a lasting impression on the editing and production teams, Omni was not quite ready for her. Dilshad went on to secure a Video Technician position at Westbury National Show Systems in Scarborough, thereby attaining her postgraduation work permit and taking the first steps to setting up life in Canada. As a Video Technician, Dilshad worked on all the video related aspects of LIVE events. This included prepping equipment at the company’s warehouse and loading heavy cases onto trucks, setting up the gear and operating cameras, projectors and switchers. For close to three years Dilshad did everything from run cable to liaise with clients,

with a steady goal of establishing herself in the country and attaining her Permanent Residency. On July 1st 2010, she did exactly that, attaining landed immigrant status on Canada Day, which also happens to be her birthday! Slowly but surely, Dilshad worked her way back to Omni Television. Training after hours at the channel , she updated her editing skills and joined the team as a freelance news editor. Although she thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced newsroom environment, behind the scenes was not where she was meant to be. Her passion for performance and natural charisma in front of the camera impressed the producers at Omni and transported her to the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards red carpet in 2011- her first ever LIVE television experience.

Amid frenzied fans and Bollywood big wigs, Dilshad got her first taste of hosting and reporting. Needless to say her performance at the IIFA’s made a huge impression! The ease with which she interacted with the likes of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Shah Rukh Khan brought her numerous accolades and as she says herself “proved my mettle in a trial by fire!” A few months later Omni Television launched V-Mix; Canada’s first national TV show covering contemporary South Asian artists, while also providing indie Canadian musicians and amateur performers a platform to showcase their talent. They didn’t look too far for the host of this new show, as they already had an inhouse powerhouse! Dilshad took the reigns as host of V-Mix when it officially launched in October 2011. Since then the show has amassed a huge fan base and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2012. Dilshad has received rave reviews in the press and has graced the covers of several magazines including Canadian Immigrant, Desi News and South Asian Generation Next. She has also been featured in the London Free Press, Fusia Magazine & South Asian Woman Magazine among several others. V-Mix is currently in its third season and airs every Sunday at 4:00pm (ET) on Omni2. Dilshad brings you the latest on the multicultural music, arts and culture scene with her own unique flair, stellar fashion sense and quirky personality! SEPT. / OCT. 2013 25


Franco Mirabelli Captures Fall/Winter 2013/14 with a Cool Collection.


eaturing his trademark attention to precise lines and luxe Italian fabrics, he gives classic suiting, ladylike dresses and relaxed sportswear a sexy urban edge. Tailoring in the Couture Tradition Franco’s signature suiting for Fall/Winter 2013/14 is more sharply tailored than in previous seasons. Pick-stitching on lapels gives men’s wear inspired suiting a handmade, couture feel while ruching on jackets and

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lady like dresses adds a sense of structure and contemporary styling. Look for pencil-thin, pegged skirts and skinny pants accentuating a slender silhouette. Ruffle shirts and animal print knit tops soften the look. Man-made, Italian stretch technical fabrics provide comfort and offer transeasonal wear. Jewel Tones and Black – A Perfect Cocktail Dressing Mix Twilight and black sprinkles combine to create

shots of sophisticated colour for cocktail dressing in Holiday 2013/14. Look for Audrey Hepburn-inspired dresses and couture-inspired suiting that can take you from breakfast to elegant soirees. Skirts are elegantly pleated while pants have wide waistbands. Both shrugs, capelets and dresses feature ruching and funky zip details. Casual Dressing at its Best with The M-Line Long-known for his Italian fabrications, Franco’s alternative to suiting features the perfect relaxed, stretch viscose nylon moto jacket. Available in black and charcoal grey, this wardrobe staple can ‘go anywhere with

Photos Courtesy by Franco Mirabelli

anything and is a must have for Fall/Winter 2013/14. Pima cotton stretch knit tops in a colour palette of crimson, ivory, charcoal and black range from crisp, tailored looks to zip front skinny tops. They are a cool complement to Franco’s full range of pant silhouettes that include ankle cropped to skinny pencil legged. Bamboo knits – from clean, modern tees to sexy, draped tops – add an eco-friendly touch to Franco’s more casual grouping. The Great Coats Faux fur and antiqued tweeds with zip detailing add an urban feel and boho chic feel to Franco’s Fall Winter 2013/14 Collection. The coats have been designed to be worn over both the Franco Mirabelli and M-Line collections. Franco Mirabelli’s Fall/Winter 2013/14 is available at his three Mirabelli stores in Toronto – BayviewVillage Shopping Centre, 456 Eglinton AvenueWest and 1130Yonge Street – as well as at fine women’s boutiques across Canada and the United States.

Franco Mirabelli

ABOUT THE DESIGNER With three corporate stores in Toronto, Canada, and an ever-growing wholesale business that spans the United States and Canada, Franco Mirabelli continues to distinguish himself as one of Canada’s strongest fashion talents. After studying design at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Franco was tapped by the Anne Klein Company as a design assistant under the guidance of head designers Donna Karan and Lous Dell’Olio. Following several years of training, Franco returned to his hometown and launched the FRANCO MIRABELLI collection. Mirabelli's ready-to-wear sportswear collection is designed and manufactured in Toronto, where he owns three retail boutiques called MIRABELLI. The collection wholesales across Canada to the country's finest boutiques, and a continuing demand for the line has landed his label in premiere stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom in the U.S. and in major department stores such as Palacio de Hierro in Mexico, and specialty shops in Dubai, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. His design talents were brought in to create original uniforms for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Canada's first and only opera house located in Toronto. Mirabelli's label has developed a reputation as a hip, sophisticated line. His designs reflect his European roots, with an emphasis on luxurious European fabrics and precise tailoring. His signature style has been described as elegant, modern, and sexy and has been lauded by Womenswear Daily and noted in publications such as Vogue, Ocean Drive, Flare, Fashion, and The Globe and Mail. The City of Toronto has recognized his accomplishments with both an Industry Achievement Award for Excellence in Fashion Design, and a Designer of the Year Award. He was also presented the Arts and Culture Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Toronto, and his personal style has been recognized with a Man of Style Award. The Fashion Group International of Toronto has honoured his achievements with a tribute evening, along with other Canadians, called the Night of Stars. He is a strong believer in giving back to the community that has supported him and has a long history of supporting numerous charities. He has lent both his product and his time to raising funds for events, such as the Celebration of Hope Fashion Show for the Markham Stouffville Hospital, Windfall Clothing, the National Ballet School, the Children's Miracle Network, the Hospital for Sick Kids, CANFAR, Red Cross International, the Teddy Bear Affair for the Children's Aid Foundation, the United Way, FACE, Fashion Cares, the Ontario March of Dimes and the Canadian Cancer Society.

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2013 COLLECTION A modern mix of masculine and feminine. Top-To-Toe black dressing with hits of white and cream. Moto jackets with studs and spikes, made softer with Tux pants and heels. The blazer loosely reimagined in sequins. A sophisticated camo print in shiny shades of silver. Jewels stitched on skinny jeans. The new knee-length and mid-calf hemlines. Silk screen cityscapes on Tunics, worn over wide leg pants. Structured coats,

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faux fur jackets, and modern capes.

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Miss India-Canada 2013 Crowned …and drives away with a Chevrolet Spark


t was a night of entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one; the 23rd Annual Miss India-Canada Event, which was presented by Chevrolet had it all. The sold out show was truly a memorable experience that those present will remember for years to come. Brita was once again the associate sponsor this year. At the end of the evening, Harleen Malhans of Toronto, Ontario won the esteemed title of Miss India-Canada 2013. Other sponsors included Om Financial, Cuisine of India Catering, NHS Family Trust, Quality Street and Bigen Speedy Hair Colour, to name a few. This year’s show will be telecasted on Zee TV Canada, the exclusive broadcast partner. With a red carpet entrance, dazzling cocktail hour, and stunning stage set provided by Dream Party Decor, patrons were “Wowed” right from the very beginning. The 16 delegates began the evening with a high-energy dance sequence that captivated the audience and kept them in their seats for the remainder of the evening. Notable attendees were Huse Madhavji, from television hit series’: Saving Hope and Combat Hospital; Ms. Charandasi, Consul & Head of Chancery, and Mr. Pardeep Kumar, Vice Consul – Consulate General of India Toronto, to name a few.

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Soon after, the opening host, Aashish Rajhans, introduced the emcees for the evening – Karen Johnson, weather anchor of CTV’s Canada AM, and Mohit Rajhans, segment producer at Breakfast Television. They commenced the evening by introducing the distinguished Panel of Judges: Gurdeep Ahluwalia – CoHost of CP24 Breakfast and Anchor CP24; Deepti Aurora, Gala Committee Member – Scarborough Hospital Foundation; Rahul Bhardwaj, President – Om Financial; Dr. Arvi Grover, Director of Cardiovascular Research – KMH Cardiology; Hossein Hassani, Senior Manager of Customer Marketing – General Motors of Canada; Soula Kioussis, Director of Marketing – The Clorox Company of Canada;

Sangita Patel, Co-Host – Entertainment Tonight Canada; Rahul Shastri, Senior Partner – Kagan Shastri LLP, Melanie Solmon, President – Exec Assess. The judges were then put to the test as each delegate completed the first three segments: Evening Gown, Talent, and Indian Dress. Next, the emcees announced that Harleen Malhans of Toronto, ON won the Chevrolet Spark Award for Best Performance and the Zee Tv Canada Tv Personality Award, Aradhna Juneja of Toronto, ON won the Brita Miss Congeniality Award, Ruchika Bindra of Montreal, QC won Miss Photogenic, and Neha Bhatia of Scarborough, ON won the People’s Choice Award.

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Organizers, Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma were then called upon to say a few words and present UK Bhangra sensation, Jassi Sidhu with the Special Achievement Award for his contribution to South Asian music. The top 5 finalists were then announced in random order: Jasreen Cheema of Brampton, ON; Reema Khithani of Mississauga, ON; Harleen Malhans of Toronto, ON; Nikki Shah of Richmond Hill, ON; and Lavanya Hiremath of Vancouver, BC. The final segment of Question & Answer involved asking each contestant a different question by the panel of judges. As the anticipation of the winner grew, the audience was treated to two jaw dropping entertainment piece by two young, talented singers named Mohit and Anjali doing a fusion mash up. Patrons waited in complete silence as Karen and Mohit announced the results from the accounting firm of Kunjar Sharma and Associates. The Second Runner-up was Reema Khithani, the First Runner-up was Nikki Shah and this year’s Miss India-Canada 2013 was Harleen Malhans. Harleen Malhans was born and raised in the beautiful, multicultural city of Toronto, Ontario. The 23-year-old is the youngest of four daughters.. She has been fortunate

enough to share the stage with the Indian actress and politician Jaya Prada and one of India's most influential vocalists, Manna Dey. Harleen successfully earned a B.A. in Communication Studies at York University. Currently, Harleen stays busy by juggling a career at Canada Protection Plan, assisting in the production of various shows with a Canadian television network, and is also the upcoming fashion host of a new Torontobased television show. It is her life-long dream to become a successful and well respected South Asian television personality. Harleen passionately feels it is crucial to

have positive South Asian role models in the media world who inspire and lead by example for younger generations. The experience of winning the Miss India-Canada 2013 crown has reconfirmed Harleen’s belief that hard work, dedication, a positive mindset and a good sense of humour can result in a winning combination. After the show, Mr. Sanjay Agnihotri remarked “This certainly was the most successful Miss India-Canada event to date. We were honoured to have Chevrolet on board for the very first time, and Brita back with us for a second consecutive year. And of course, having the Chevrolet Spark as our Grand Prize has made this year’s show incredibly special. I am also delighted that the audience not only got to witness a truly glamorous event, but also walked away with some complimentary give-aways, of which a Brita Filter bottle was included in each gift bag. Moreover, we are overwhelmed with the support we received from the community this year. I am also very proud that we have associated ourselves with a noteworthy cause: We Are Your Sisters (WAYS).”

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Design – Maria Fernanda.

Design – Izabella Almazan. Lisa Ray and Jason Dehni.

Maria Fernanda walks the ramp with her models. UN President - Almas Jiwani (left) with Assistant.


F ashion&Trends 1st Annual Mexican Fashion Week 2013

he 1st Annual Mexican Fashion Week (MFW) had its debut in Toronto on August 17th, 2013 at the prestigious Spoke Club. MFW 2013 was presented by Networking Worldwide in association with Toronto Fashion Academy (TFA) located in the Fashion District. The one-day event was coordinated by Just Creative Services (JCS), an Event Management Company that works within the Entertainment & Fashion industry to help manage, create and produce extraordinary events throughout North America. JCS manages as well as produces events of all types - corporate as well as personal. Networking Worldwide is a leading event management agency specializing in corporate events throughout Canada and abroad. The Presenting Sponsor for MFW 2013 was TFA (Toronto Fashion Academy), the only academy in Canada which caters to training in Modeling, Makeup Artistry, Fashion Styling, Hair-styling, Fashion Photography, Acting and Dance. Toronto Fashion Academy was designed on the basis of perfecting and exhaling the true quality of our artist’s within the Fashion Industry – because, you are fashion at TFA! 32 SEPT. / OCT. 2013

Design of Angel Grave (Finale designer).

Lisa Ray was the guest of honour at the event alongside her husband, Jason Dehni cheering and motivating the models and designers walking down the ramp. The guest-list encompassed from UN Women Canada’s president - Almas Jiwani to well-known personnel from the fashion industry. Alongside them, Toronto is Fashion’s bloggers, Richard Fabriegui and Marc Daniel Piercy were also present. Mexican Fashion Week showcased the talent of six emerging designers hailing from all parts of Mexico, displaying their Fall/Winter collection. Angel Grave from Mexico City; Enrique Mendoza from Puebla; Izabella Almazan from Mexico City; Nayeli Lira from Guadalajara; Ana Patricia and Maria Fernanda from Puebla. Toronto graciously welcomed the Mexican talent in an evening that was a mix of culture, party and fashion. Jason Cameron CEO of Toronto Fashion Academy welcomed and promised that this would not be the last time North America will see the multi-talented Latin designers and models, they are coming back with more so stay tuned for MFW 2014!

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Hector Montes (left) CEO of Networking Worldwide and Jason Cameron (right) CEO of Toronto Fashion Academy.


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hirley Wu’s passion for hair and makeup began while working for Lily Beauty Salon - her mother’s salon in Lahore, Pakistan. Dedicated to her craft, Shirley is passionate about what she does and provides her clients with a most attentive ear. With over 30 years of experience, Shirley specializes in bridal hair and makeup and offers a consultation session well in advance to discuss the colour and style that will be used on the wedding day, to ensure that the big day is a stress free and joyous one. The goal is to enhance the bride’s natural beauty, giving her one more reason to feel beautiful and confident on the special day. Shirley accomplishes this through using Motives, Custom Blend Foundation and Airbrush.


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Shirley is also a certified makeup instructor offering classes for basic and advanced makeup application and techniques. Beauty Concept Salon & Spa in Mississauga A one stop shop for their clients, their main goal is to provide superior, innovative service. Featuring separate areas for hair, makeup and esthetics, the 2300sq.ft space offer full service package of bridal hair, makeup, dressing, image consulting, hair treatment, cut, style, manicure, pedicure, body treatments, facials, self-grooming workshop and retail with quality products. Shirley’s team consists of a nutrition and lifestyle coach that can help you customize a program leading to a healthier skin and overall wellness.

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Hayari A Singular Perfume Collection from Paris Brings its Couture Scentsation to the States.


aris, the city of romance and fashionable women, will share the newest collection of fragrances with women in the United States. The fragrances come from the couture house of Nabil Hayari. Designed by one of the most distinctive Parisian fashion designers, the collection of three singular fragrant perfumes has been created for women who are drawn to the allure of elegant scents and who appreciate the concept of exclusivity. Luxury defines Hayari Couture Creations. In his collections Hayari blends chic and

elegance that celebrity patrons have sought out for their red carpet entrances. Nabil Hayari is regarded as the quintessential designer and now he links this glamour with the creation of breathtaking perfumes that capture the essence of his luxury brand. The collection of Hayari perfumes has already become a favored scent of European women. Now, just in time for the holiday gift giving season, three distinctive and exclusive Hayari fragrances have landed in the United States. Each of the three scents “Goldy,” “Only For Her,” and “Broderie,” has its own unique personality. Each scent is numbered and bottled in faceted flacons, capped with glass dome toppers. Etched on the front of each flacon is the distinctive gold “H” ribbon logo. The fragrances are cradled in specially designed flip open boxes that emulate a blossoming flower. To expand his prestigious fashion label, Nabil Hayari made an entrance into the world of perfumes in 2010. His first inaugurated perfume is “Only For Her.” It is seductive, dynamic and sparkling. An ultra feminine scent this original fragrance has been created by Robertet’s Sidonie Lancesseur (the nose behind 3 of By Killian’s perfumes). Its elegant scent releases a generous sun-kissed grapefruit fragrance. It is enhanced by a blend of Egyptian jasmine, peony and

magnolia. Beneath these fresh notes, there are hints of the warm and sensual fragrances of sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla. “Goldy Perfume” reflects a warm powdery and woody glow. Robertet’s Dorothee Piot is the nose behind this scent. It is a special blend of white jasmine and orange blossom with base notes of sandalwood, musk and cedar. “Goldy” has a hither-to power drawing immediate attention to the woman wearing it. “Broderie,” from Hayari Paris, has been inspired by embroidery and lace, which Mr. Hayari incorporates into his fashion collections. The perfume exudes a lovely fragility. The fragrance is feminine and elegant which is expressed through an element of lily and gardenia extract. These delicate fragrances are completed by the powerful and sensual fragrances of sandalwood, amber and patchouli resulting in an unforgettably fragrant experience. It has been created by Sidonie Lancesseur of Robertet. Today women have a wardrobe of perfumes they wear for each time of day, occasion or activity. Much like a collection of fine jewelry that adorns a fashion look, the Hayari trio of perfumes will be a must-have accessory to add to an elegant woman’s style. Hayari Perfumes are available exclusively at C. O. Bigelow in NewYork City, NY.

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You’ll find a different world on the other side of the golden doors.

TheGolden Door Spa

Escondido, California


n Sunday, January 4, 1959, a group of 12 women arrived at a converted, Spanish adobe-style motel, stepped through a pair of jeweled ‘golden’ doors, and into history. They paid approximately $250 $300 for a weeklong spa experience and were the first guests to visit what is known today as the acclaimed Golden Door. Tens of thousands of guests would follow these women, eager to experience the first week-long spa program to combine fitness and beauty.

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The vision of Deborah Szekely – now widely acknowledged as the founder of the modern spa movement – the Golden Door was originally conceived as an intimate and luxurious sister spa to the Rancho La Puerto fitness resort in Mexico (founded by Szekely with her late husband, Professor Edmond Szekely in 1940). Early Golden Door guests included Hollywood stars such as Debby Reynolds, Gloria Swanson, Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor, movie director Stanley Kramer, author and philosopher Alduous Huxley and fashion designer Bill Blass.

In 1975 the Golden Door moved to its current location just one mile west of the original site; about 40 minutes north of San Diego. Built in the style of traditional Japanese Honjin Inns - designed to offer welcome and relaxation - the new facility was the first-ever purpose-built destination spa. Now welcoming up to 40 guests per week, the spa is dedicated to fostering a balance of mind, body and spirit through a complete, personalized well-being program that incorporates the latest therapies and technologies with proven techniques and concepts.

SPECIAL SERVICES GOLDEN DOOR SIGNATURE CITRUS BLEND SEA SALT SCRUB WITH AVOCADO An ambrosial treatment using the scrub, bath gel and shea butter from the Signature Citrus blend collection and a final application of Botanical Body Oil. GOLDEN DOOR PINEAPPLE SCRUB A tropical sensation, using a combination of Golden Door’s Pineapple Collection and Botanical Body Oil and Moisturizer GOLDEN DOOR BOTANICAL BODY SCRUB Lavish application of the Botanical Collection: Bath & Shower Gel, Body Oil and Body Moisturizer - the “essential trio” – follow exfoliation with the Botanical Enzyme Scrub. GOLDEN DOOR VITAMIN K AND GINKGO BILOBA PROTEIN EYE MASQUE Golden Door’s Eye Gel with Vitamin K is applied around the eyes which are then covered with eye pads made from Ginkgo Biloba. While these go to work a pressure point facial and scalp massage lulls you to deep relaxation.

The sun rises over the koi pond. A moment of serenity while walking the labyrinth.. Tranquility of mind and body during a body treatment.

GOLDEN DOOR TRANQUILITY FACIAL Depending on skin type, our Active Herbal or Green Tea masques are used as part of this stress-release facial. GOLDEN DOOR SIGNATURE FACIAL Gentle exfoliation using Daily, Weekly Foaming Scrub (if appropriate for skin type) is followed by an oxygen facial masque and finished with a treatment of Golden Door’s Golden C serum.

A guest delights in the bliss of an Island Paradise Seashell massage.

Photos Courtesy Golden Door Spa

LOCATIONS In addition to the original destination spa, Golden Door resort spas can be found at the following properties within the Waldorf Astoria Collection: Park City, Utah; The Boulders Resort, Carefree, Arizona; the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida; and the El Conquistador in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico.

The spa’s 4:1 staff-to-guest ratio ensures an incomparable level of service and attention to detail, encouraging most guests – more than 60 percent – to return time-and-time again; any guests have visited 10, 20, even 50 times. Each day of the week-long stay is customized to meet each guests specific goals; hiking, fitness classes, mind/body pursuits, educational lectures, a healthy sprinkling of fun, and soothing and reviving spa therapies are carefully scheduled to ensure each individual the perfect spa visit; enabling them to attain balance within their own lives that is at the heart of the Golden Door’s philosophy. Boot Camp provides fun and exercise in the fresh air.

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Dreams of Jewels Lily Collins Hits London’s ITV Studios in Elahn.


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ily Collins exudes elegance in Elahn Jewels while making an appearance at ITV Studios’ “Daybreak” on August 19th, 2013 in London. The actress wore the Yellow Gold Overlap Ring and the Yellow Gold Knuckle Bands by Elahn Jewels for her appearance on the show. Lily has also been seen wearing the line throughout the press tour for her new movie “The Mortal Instruments.” Elahn Jewelry is the collaborative line by Leora Talmor and her mother Elahn. Elahn’s inspiration for the line came from her dreams of gems while growing up in Jerusalem. The line has a modern edge while adding gothic, victorian, and ancient eastern elements and making the pieces timeless and classic. The collection includes a mixture of rustic mined and sliced diamonds combined with classicly cut diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, rutilated quartz, and moonstones set in antiqued silver and gold. Elahn Jewelry has already been seen on Jennifer Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jessica Simpson, and is available for purchase at

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MODEL PROFILE Hair & Makeup: All Done Up Studios Wardrobe: Crossover Bollywood Se Accesories: Crossover Bollywood Se Agency: Maijah Lewk Models/Talent Photo: Jason Chang Photography, Glimmer Studios Location: Vancouver, B.C.


Setting Out “I’m a Bride in one Shoot and a Sultry Fashionista in the other.”


indi Sharma, of Fijian-Indian ancestry started modeling through an agency when she was 15. Despite her starting at a young age, her parents were quite supportive. Sharma currently attends the Sauder School of Business at UBC with an intended major in finance with the hopes of becoming a corporate financier. “Modeling is my hobby, although it pays well, but also gives me a chance to interact with different personas at every photo-shoot.” Sindi recently entered the acting world and has received training by one of the most renown casting directors in B.C. Vancouver. Sindi plans on focusing more on commercial acting and editorial modeling in the upcoming future. When Sindi isn’t modeling, she’s fulfilling her role as an appointed executive member in numerous clubs at her business school. She plans to continue modeling until she graduates and eventually pursue her Masters in Business Administration.

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MIX & MATCH Monsoon Crystal Nacklace Accessorize Exotic Clutch Bag

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Fall means Bringing Back the Classic Black. Jazz it up with Bursts of Gold, Jewels and Colours.

Monsoon Traditional Style Embroidered Dress

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Gladiator Sandals aren’t just for the Ancients. Jazz up your Fall Look with a Stylish Pair of these Bad-Boys.

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Xetum Automatic Timepieces for the Discerning Individual


odern precision timepieces Xetum timepieces seamlessly blend modern design with Swiss precision. Each Xetum timepiece is made in Switzerland’s Jura Valley, using time tested methods. But our timepiece styling embodies clean, modern aesthetics. Old-world craftsmanship doesn’t have to mean old school design. Personal customer experience Of course, it’s not just about the timepiece - it’s about the experience you have with it. That’s why Xetum offers a level of personal attention that is often forgotten in a massmarket world. When you speak with someone at Xetum, you’ll be speaking with someone who is passionate about timepieces and who really cares that you have a great experience. Eco-friendly operations Xetum’s products, packaging and operations have been designed from the ground up with environmental responsibility in mind: From the renewable cork on our naturally tanned straps, to our watch boxes made using rubberwood from trees that might otherwise have been burned down, to support of reforestation efforts, Xetum has made environmental responsibility a priority.

appreciate the craftsmanship of a Swiss made mechanical timepiece. Build substantial, but not oversized Xetum offers a collection of well-designed timepieces that fit in any professional or social setting. When you pick up a Xetum timepiece, you’ll notice a substantial, durable feel. But when you put it on your wrist, you won’t feel overwhelmed. Because a timepiece should be your accessory, not the other way around.

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OUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY Design in an accessible, modern aesthetic Xetum timepieces embody a clean, modern aesthetic. Our signature lugless cases have no excess decoration or markings. At the same time, our timepieces are not stark, inaccessible pieces that look more at home in a modern art gallery than on your wrist.
















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SkinAuthority®Man Hi-Tech Grooming Gear For Skin™


amed a hiking must-have by the Discovery Channel and a leading grooming product by The NewYork Times, Skin Authority MAN is taking charge. Skin Authority MAN is a daily regimen of revolutionary anti-aging products designed to address the challenging needs of men’s skin. This simple daily skin workout reverses the signs of aging to produce skin that is fit, youthful and free from irritation. “The days of men grabbing products from their wife’s counter are over. With 83% of men being attracted to products which are specifically packaged for them and males spending $3.5 billion a year on plastic surgery*, it is clear that there is no longer a negative stigma to men taking steps to look better or younger,” said Skin Authority CEO Celeste Hilling. “Skin Authority MAN delivers what today’s men want: visible results from the first drop and the virtual coaching needed to stick with it long enough to reach their personal skin goal.”

Skin Authority MAN combines the best of nature and skin care science to undo and ward off the negative effects of aging, sun, stress and pollution. Technology tuned to men includes: Dry Finish Technology™ – goes on clear, absorbs easily. Skin feels smooth, soft and dry to the touch. AOX Technology™ Boost – antioxidant boost enhances immune defense and accelerates healthy-looking skin. Multi-Purpose Design – each product packs a one-two punch to keep the routine simple. Skin Coaching for Success – free phone and web support by a professional skin care coach ensures ongoing success throughout a lifetime of change. See Skin Authority MAN in action: Watch the video. Skin Authority MAN launches four Age Defying Basics: 1. Age Defying Daily Wash – antibacterial gel removes dirt and oil, leaves skin refreshed and ready for a shave.

2. Age Defying Shave Serum – revolutionary serum lifts the hair shaft, not the skin, for an ultra close, irritation-free shave. Moisturizes with powerful skin softening extracts. 3. Age Defying Conditioning Toner – firms and tones skin as it calms irritation and prevents razor bumps. 4. Age Defying Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 UVA 4-Stars – water resistant, lightweight moisturizer provides full-spectrum UV protection to minimize aging effects of the sun. About Skin Authority Skin Authority is the leading skin care lifestyle company. Through professional guidance & coaching, powerful & pure products, and profound professional treatment experiences, Skin Authority helps consumers make healthy choices to ensure a lifetime of youthful, radiant skin. Skin Authority is available exclusively at more than 250 leading spa partners, high-end retailers as well as online through

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oungest of his three siblings, Kamal started learning music at the age of five from his uncle Shauqat Ali Dewana, who became his musical mentor. Despite opposition from his father, Kamal left his studies to pursue his musical ambition. This versatile artist became a household name in 2010 when he was selected as a contestant in singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar. At the grande finale, held at Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai on December 25, 2010, he went on to win the show. Composer duo Vishal-Shekhar who were also mentors on the show, became his real life mentors and eventually offered him his debut playback song, Wallah Re Wallah in Tees Maar Khan. In 2013 he rose to prominence with the song ‘Jhooth Bolliy’ from Jolly LLB. He also won many awards and accolades

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like Zee Cine Award for Fresh New Talent, Mirchi Music Award for Male vocalist of the year and Upcoming Male Vocalist of the Year, Stardust Award for New Music Sensation (Male) and the 2013 People’s Choice Award for the Favourite Male Singer. In Mississauga, Ontario, Kamal Khan headed the Third Annual Bollywood Monster Mashup on August 24, 2013 at the Mississauga Celebration Square. Bollywood Monster Mashup (BMM), Canada’s largest Bollywood show, presented by Clorox is a festival where people from all cultures have fun and get together to witness world class entertainment and exclusive performances. “It was an honour to perform for the thousands of people at Bollywood Monster Mashup this year, I am really touched that Bollywood is so popular in Canada.” – Kamal Khan

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Kamal Khan Singing Sensation




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Come to My Heart

Prita Chhabra Releases Her 4th Music Video Canadian recording artist Prita Chhabra supported the release of her new Bollywood inspired music video “Aaja (Come To My Heart)” with a performance at 5th annual Ottawa South Asian Fest, held annually at Confederation Park. Prita presented a world premiere of her “Aaja” video at the 13th annual Reel World Film Festival in Toronto this past April, followed the next day by Prita standing side-by-side with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on-stage at Parliament Hill, to perform the Canadian national anthem commemorating Canada’s ‘Baisakhi’ celebrations. No stranger to Ottawa, Prita also made history December 2011 as the first South Asian recording artist to sing the national anthems for the NHL, appearing on-ice at the Ottawa 62 SEPT. / OCT. 2013

Senators vs. Boston Bruins game in a sari. A headliner of Ottawa’s South Asian Fest in 2009 and 2011, Prita will be supporting their 2013 edition alongside Denmark’s urban superstar Imran Khan. Prita’s “Aaja” video reflects a softer side of the Montreal born, Orlando based recording artist, pairing the beauty of Florida’s sun and shores to capture the

love song’s R&B and Hindi fusion. Prita’s “Aaja” song was produced by multi-platinum Montreal fusion artists JoSH. Prita met her “Aaja” video’s director, Omar Shaikh, at the 2011 Tampa India International Film Festival, when Prita was being featured at the festival alongside Canadian comedy superstar Russell Peters. Shaikh, based in Tampa, has worked with the likes of American rap stars Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti on his past music videos. Prita’s next Canadian performance will be in Fall 2013 as part of the cast of “Land of the Eternals”, pairing the recording artist with renowned figure skaters Elvis Stojko and Roselle Doyle at the Richmond Hill Centre For the Performing Arts, for Prita’s first foray into the world of theatre.

Photo: Mona Ubhi

Singing Sensation

Avina Shah

Photos: Omar Shaikh

Late last year, Prita won ‘Best World Music’ at the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Awards, for her “Roots” and “Dance” projects. In 2011, Prita released her debut music video “Roots” in 3D, which featured former WWE superstar Tiger Ali Singh and Canadian YouTube sensation Jus Reign. She also released her second video “God Be With You” to commemorate World Aids Day 2011. In 2012, Prita released her “Dance” music video featuring UK singer Navin Kundra, which was filmed at Toronto’s YongeDundas Square during the Desifest South Asian music festival. The “Dance” video was seen by millions around the world, when it was picked up by India’s LIFE OK network and shown during their India Republic Day programming.

Since the release of her charity debut single ‘Tere Bina’, followed by the fun dance track ‘Dil Deweena’, Avina Shah has been performing at events across the globe. She is now back with her brand new single ‘Aao Na’, a romantic love song, yearning for someone that is not in your life anymore and wanting to reunite with them for just one more night. ‘My new song is very different to my other releases; it’s a deep and meaningful ballad, very dreamy, very wishful. It’s a very different kind of love song this time, I think it’s something a lot of people will be able to relate to’. Said Avina The music video has been filmed in Los Angeles, California at the Malibu El Matador Beach, which has been a popular shooting location for many singing artists such as Beyoncé and Britney Spears. Her versatile vocal ability and performances have led her to gaining nationwide and international support from the public as well as leading Asian Radio stations and TV channels that have aired her songs extensively. This has led her to be a successful part of the UK and worldwide music scene. Due to the unique signature

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Releases New Single ‘Aao Na’

sound of her music, which fuses together Avina's melodious Hindi vocals with western style music; she has expanded her listenership across continents with thousands of fans and followers from an extensive range of cultures and musical backgrounds. Having gained her intense cultural vocal and music training in India, her talent has taken her across the globe to locations within Europe, Africa, US, Far East and the Middle East, where she has lent her vocals to external music projects as well as performing as a professional singer. Avina, who strives to show no shortcomings in her music, plans to do more meaningful songs and has a few surprises up her sleeve in the near future. SEPT. / OCT. 2013 63


Home is where the Heart is Bring life Back to your Home with light airy Colours and Accessories. Just because the days are getting Darker, doesn’t mean your Home has to.

Marks and Spencer Home Collection Autumn 2013

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Littlewoods Tribal African Masks

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Aged Peppercorn Cheeze This soft cheese will impress even dairy lovers. If you’re in a rush, skip the fermentation process. Serve with dehydrated crackers, grapes, and olives. Yes, miracles do exist! Makes about 2 cups (500 mL) 2 cups (500 mL) cashews, soaked for 30 minutes or more ¼ cup (60 mL) lemon juice ½ – ¾ cup (125–185 mL) purified water, or as needed ½ tsp probiotic powder (approximately 3 plant-based probiotic capsules) ¾ tsp Himalayan salt 2–3 tsp coarsely ground peppercorns 1–2 tbsp whole peppercorn, for garnish (optional)

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In a blender, blend cashews with lemon juice, water, and probiotics until smooth. Add salt and blend again. Add more water if needed to attain a smooth consistency. Note: If you don’t have a blender, in a food processor process cashews, lemon juice, and probiotics with about ½ cup [125 mL] water to make a creamy mixture. Stop processing occasionally and scrape down sides with a spatula. Texture should be thick and smooth. Pour mixture into a nut mylk bag or cheesecloth-lined colander over a bowl. Wrap cloth to cover and place a weight of about 5 lbs (2.25 kg) on top. (I use a large Mason jar filled with water.) Place in a warm location and allow to ferment for 24 hours.

The longer it ferments, the stronger and tangier the cheeze will taste. (If you want to speed up the process, place in dehydrator or infra-red sauna.) Once fermented, remove cheeze from cloth and transfer to a bowl, adding coarsely ground peppercorn, mixing until well incorporated. Place cheeze into a small ring mould and garnish with whole peppercorns and refrigerate; it will firm up as it chills. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, cheeze will last up to 10 days. Variation: To develop a rind on the cheeze, place it in a mold lined with plastic wrap and dehydrate (105˚F [41˚C]) for an additional 12–24 hours.

Righteous Brownies with Caramel Frosting Makes about 12–16 brownies


1 cup (250 mL) dry pecans 1 cup (250 mL) dry walnuts 1 cup (250 mL) coconut flour ⅛ tsp Himalayan salt ½ cup (125 mL) pitted Medjool dates ¾ cup (185 mL) cacao powder 2 tbsp almond butter ½ cup (125 mL) maple syrup 1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup (250 mL) cashews, soaked for 30 minutes or more ½ cup (125 mL) maple syrup ¼ cup (60 mL) coconut sugar 1 tbsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp Himalayan salt 1 tsp lucuma powder (optional) ¼ cup (60 mL) melted coconut oil ¼ cup (60 mL) cacao nibs, for garnish

In a food processor, process pecans, walnuts, coconut flour, and ⅛ tsp salt until finely ground. Add dates, cacao powder, almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and blend until well combined. Evenly press mixture into 8 x 8-in (2-L) pan.

In a blender or food processor, blend cashews, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla extract, ¼ tsp salt, and lucuma powder until smooth. Add coconut oil and blend until well combined. Spread frosting over brownies and sprinkle with cacao nibs.

Rad PadThai Makes 4 – 6 servings Sauce makes 1. cups [375 mL] NOODLES 6 medium zucchinis ¼ cup (60 mL) finely sliced red cabbage 1 small carrot, julienned ½ cup (125 mL) chopped fresh cilantro 1 green onion, thinly sliced, for garnish 2 tbsp basil, chopped, for garnish 2 quartered Roma tomatoes ½ lime, quartered

Slice zucchini into thirds, then spiralize into thin noodles. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and top with cabbage, carrots, and cilantro. Set aside while you make sauce.


¼ cup (60 mL) lime juice 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger 1 garlic clove 2 tbsp gluten-free tamari 2 tbsp maple syrup ¼ cup (60 mL) chopped Roma tomatoes ¼cup (80 mL) purified water ¼ cup (60 mL) almond butter 1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes 1 tbsp coconut oil

In a blender, blend all sauce ingredients except coconut oil until smooth. Add coconut oil and briefly blend again. Pour sauce over vegetables and toss to combine well. Top with green onions and basil. Serve with quartered Roma tomatoes on the side and lime to squeeze over top. SEPT. / OCT. 2013 67



She adopted a raw lifestyle which helped her recover from clinical depression, anorexia and bulimia, and completely transformed her life. She has since studied at the Ann Wigmore Institute, the Hippocrates Health Institute, the Optimum Health Institute, the Gerson Institute, and the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. She is a raw foods consultant and restauranteur (owner of SimplyRaw Express – a raw foods restaurant in Ottawa) and promotes a whole food, nutrient-rich diet designed for optimal health. At 52, Natasha leads a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle participating regularly in long distance running, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and yoga in Ottawa.

atasha Kyssa is a former international fashion model who transformed her unhealthy lifestyle by turning to raw foods almost 25 years ago. Based on fresh plant foods – vegan, gluten-free, toxin-free, and simply delicious – her recipes are showcased in The Simply Raw Kitchen. Natasha is committed to integrating healthy principles into mainstream lifestyles, and is passionate about inspiring others to make practical changes that will enrich their lives. In The Simply Raw Kitchen, she offers a guide to this lifestyle with 134 delicious recipes such as Taco Verde and Righteous Brownies with Caramel Frosting; readers who cannot tolerate all raw are offered cooked vegan Central European classics such as Babuschka’s Borscht, Mushroom Goulash, and Romanian Cabbage Rolls, from her mother’s recipes.

The Simply Raw Kitchen Plant-powered, Gluten-free, and mostly Raw Recipes for Healthy Living by Natasha Kyssa Raised by two very traditional European parents, Natasha grew up on a natural, unrefined diet and learned about the benefits of wholesome foods from her mother. In her mid-twenties, Natasha’s career as an international model was launched, a fast paced, jet-setting lifestyle, with constant travel between Canada, Europe, the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, and South East Asia. After eight successful years in front of the camera, Natasha grew weary of the glamorous fashion scene and returned home. 68 SEPT. / OCT. 2013

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side from offering a great selection of critically acclaimed new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM models, Oakville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Ltd., Located at 270 Oak Park Boulevard Oakville, Ontario, also keeps an extensive catalogue of used cars on hand. What’s more, their auto financing gurus are ready to turn you from a shopper to owner, on your terms. That means finding a car loan and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM lease that you’re comfortable with. Oakville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Ltd. isn’t, however, just a great resource for shoppers. Owners will love the onsite car service and maintenance department. Staffed with highly trained technicians using only the finest Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & RAM parts, it subtracts the headache from the car-care equation. “As your neighbor, we remain committed to you and your new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or used car from the day you set foot in our showroom to the time you return for 70 SEPT. / OCT. 2013

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