I Like Her Style Vancouver • Issue 9

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Photo: Iulia Agnew

COV E R S T O RY The Founders of I Like Her Style Vancouver: Jody Belanger | @jody_belanger Kyla Getty | @kylagetty

F EAT UR ES & CON T RIBU T O RS PRIVILEGE | @styleforthepriv Codi Lynn | @creativewifeandjoyfulworker Jillian Harris | @jillianharris Nira Arora | @niraarora Jake & Taylor Aller | @relationshipproject White Table Catering Co. | @whitetablecatering Jasmine Hoffman | @jasminehoffman

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Celebrating our second year, I Like Her Style Vancouver is a Lower Mainland Women’s Media Movement designed to harness the strength of today’s fastest growing platforms, including: online, social media, You Tube and the crown jewel – our luxurious, glossy print magazine.


Lauren O’Grady | @vancityhairbylo @lifestyled_vancouver Lindsay Dent | @_lindsaymitchell Seilyn Diaz | @seilyndiaz Heidi Tobler | @everythingbutthegroom Monte Durham | @therealmontedurham Tara Armstrong | taraarmstrong.ca TurnFit | @TurnFit.ca Megan Edwards, Janet Reynolds | @theund8ables Danielle Wiebe, Nancy Deol, and

Codi Lynn

Jillian Harris

Nira Arora




Sydnee Ricci | @vancitybusinessbabes

HA I R & MA K E U P Jasmine Hoffman | @jasminehoffman Lauren O’Grady | @vancityhairbylo @lifestyled_vancouver AX Art | @axartmu

SHOOT CONS I D E RAT IO N S Niche Boutique Florals | @nicheboutiqueflorals Hanaki Floral | @hanakifloral

Relationship Project

White Table Catering Co.



Bloom Assembly | @bloomassembly The Victor at Parq Vancouver | @thevictorvancouver Jeweliette Jewellery | @jewlietteshop Blush Bridal | @blush_bridal

P HOTOGR A PH Y Iulia Agnew | @iulia.agnew Brooklyn D Photography | @brooklyndphotography Mackenzie Dempsey | @mackenziejdempsey Julie Christine | @juliechristinephotography Simply Sweet Photography | @nomo.simplysweetphotography This Is It Studios | @thisisitstudios Mat Lo | Mat Lo Productions Lucky Studios | Lucky Studios @wonderful_ida @nancydeol Shutterstock.com Additional Sources Provided Throughout Thank you to everyone who made this issue possible!

JODY BELANGER • Chief Business Director jody@ilikeherstylevancouver.com KYLA GETTY • Chief Creative Director kyla@ilikeherstylevancouver.com


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PRIV Talks

By PRIVILEGE Listen now on apple itunes and the Podcasts App

EP97 - Dec 4, 2018 Magazine founders join PRIV founder Donni Rae and Leah. Jody shares her big secret, magazine talk & more!


Next Episode Launches

FEBURARY 12, 2019

PRIV Talks is a boss babe driven podcast brought to you from the hard working, wine loving girls of PRIVILEGE Clothing – @styleforthepriv


FROM THE EDITOR Pop the Champagne... (and sparkling apple juice for moi), I Like Her Style Vancouver has hit 2 years full of unforgettable memories and 9 Issues of the magazine to document the journey. I am so excited to be kicking off Volume 3 with our Winter Celebrate & Create Issue! Gracing the cover is none other than yours truly and co-founder Kyla Getty! That’s right, we did it – we finally made the cover of our own magazine hehe! What better time to share our story and shed some light on the ride to get here than on this very special 2 year milestone! Its time to celebrate the life we have had together (as best friends and business partners) and create the dreams we hold for the future (oh boy, are there lots of those floating around). This is our year… and if it’s ours then it’s yours too, my friend! This media movement is not one that we ride alone, our community fuels us! Drum-roll please… we have an amazing line up of contributors for this next year and I cannot wait to introduce them to you (although, they need no introduction as they are local stars in my eyes). So, if you haven’t already sneaked a peek, they are: the undeniable inspiration, superwoman and fan fave: Jillian Harris. The lady who knows hot when she sees it: Nira Arora. The creative momma with soul and a heart of gold: Codi Lynn of Creative Wife & Joyful Worker. The couple that knows how to make our mouths water and tummies happy: White Table Catering. Lastly, the duo who is committed to love, and gives it to ya straight: The Relationship Project! Wow! It still blows me away every time I share this list as I am so grateful and can’t believe we are so lucky to have such talented and authentic partners. Speaking of exciting new partnerships... have your heard? ILHSV will be hitting the global sound waves with our quarterly PRIV Talks Podcast collab, where we get down to the good stuff – girl talk with no limits! See page left for details! Hold on, don’t go yet, there’s more! In this issue we embrace all things worth celebrating and harness the beauty of creation in both special events and in our lives. We have a stunning bridal feature that’ll make you swoon by the very talented Simply Sweet Photography and a fabulous line up of vendors alongside her. We then take it to one of our favourite bridal shops in town – Everything But The Groom! Say Yes To The Dress – that’s the goal for every Bride-To-Be and we have celebrity expert Monte Durham share his wisdom to get you there! What’s an issue without a powerhouse woman to celebrate, and this Winter we shine a light on our dear friend and Marketing & Communications Consultant, Tara Armstrong. Finally, we have beauty for your big day covered – Jasmine Hoffman & Hair By Lo share their top product picks and tips! All of this, and so much more! I love a new year – not only to create new beginnings, but also to reflect on the year behind you and to express gratitude for the person it has lead you to become today (even through all the tough times, lord knows we have all had them). I am eager to celebrate with all of you as you read through these pages and I feel empowered to create the year of our dreams together for 2019! I have so much to celebrate in the coming year with my sweet bundle of joy arriving this summer. I’ll be thrilled to introduce him or her to my incredible I Like Her Style Vancouver family to see why Mommy is blessed to have the career that she does (the lil nugget will also be a special part of it all!) Let’s celebrate!

Photo: Brooklyn D Photography

xoxo JODY

Jody Belanger Co-Founder Chief Business Director @jody_belanger

NEXT EVENT 1st Wine & Mingle of 2019 with the ILHSV Ladies!

MONDAY, JANUARY 28 • 6-8PM WILDTALE YALETOWN 1079 Mainland Street Tickets on sale now – ilikeherstylevancouver.com ILHS Society Members attend for free – RSVP required Complimentary glass of wine with ticket


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Ballet Lounge @balletlounge www.balletlounge.com 1340 Granville Street, Vancouver BC 15% off classes *Not to be combined with any other discount/promo.

Beauty Corner @beautycorner.ca www.beautycorner.ca 1591 West 6th Ave, Vancouver BC 15% off first lash appointment & $50 off permanent makeup services Bloom Assembly @bloomassembly www.bloomassembly.com 10% off Purchases Canadian Craft Tours @canadiancrafttours www.canadiancrafttours.ca 10% off your Booking

Photo: Iulia Agnew

This is THE it Club for any woman living in BC’s Lower Mainland who wants to keep her finger on the pulse! With the exclusive I Like Her Style Society Membership card, women have the opportunity to become a VIP in our community. This is a society that any woman can empower herself to be part of. Our annual members will be granted VIP Website & Special Event Access, meet friendly, fabulous women, and enjoy I Like Her Style Exclusive Member Benefits and Discounts at local shops, boutiques and on services, too!


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Chique Boutique @chiqueboutiqueyvr www.chiqueboutique.ca 1505 W 66 Ave, Vancouver, BC 25% off Purchases

Promotions for Members DeGianni Designs @degiannidesigns www.degiannidesigns.com $125 on initial consultation (Regular Price $200) Limited Time: Coupon of $100 to use towards initial consultation Valid January - March 2019 Earrings & Stuff @earringsandstuff www.earringsandstuff.com 15% off Purchases Ecokubiks @ecokubiks www.ecokubiks.com 15% off Etsy Shop Purchases Evolution Yoga & Pilates @evolutionstudios www.evolution-studios.ca #101- 20457 Fraser Highway, Langley BC 15% off Classes Fine Finds Boutique @finefindsboutique www.finefindsboutique.com 1014 Mainland Street, Vancouver BC 10% off Regular Priced Items Giovanna Averill Interiors Inc. @gperotav www.giovannaaverillinteriors.com $300 On-site 90 Minute Interior Design Working Session (Reg. $550) Ink & Hair @inkandhair www.inkandhair.ca 1591 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC 20% off on any Cosmetic Tattooing Service* Limited Time: Free Lash Lift + Keratin Infusion (value $115) with any service or retail purchase $150+ Valid until Jan 31, 2019 *Not to be combined with any other discount/promo.

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*Regular priced items only and limited on some accessories.

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Visit ilikeherstylevancouver.com for our growing list of Retailers and Promotions for Members. For information on becoming an Official Society Retailer, contact jody@ilikeherstylevancouver.com








Most Photos Shown: Brooklyn D Photography

There ain’t no party like a Pop-Up Party with I Like Her Style Vancouver and hostess extraordinaire: Little White House & Co! On October 26th, we celebrated the launch of our Fall Fashion & Styling Issue with Cover Girls Cece Krecsy & Natasha Isaak, the women behind the Little White House & Co. Our Magazine partners were welcomed to pop up in the space, offering a unique shopping experience with so much goodness all in one spot! Guests shared delightful sweet treats while shopping the vendor booths, sipping champagne in the Chit Chat Lounge, and testing their luck with a chance to win prizes! An Instagram Giveaway valued over $750 from our generous pop-up partners was won by the lovely Ginna of @thenewmercantile. One lucky lady won the most epic surprise while visiting during her lunch break with her Mom - a full makeover! Brianna Bourdon was styled from head to toe by the fashion maven, boutique owners – Cece and Natasha! Afterwards, Brianna was gifted a makeup glam session by Fort Langley neighbour Su Casa Spa. The prize was all wrapped up with a bow by the talented Brooklyn D Photography, who captured this beauty in her new look!

CONNECT ON SOCIAL @littlewhitehouseco

Thank you partners

Thank you to our Pop-Up Partners who made this day extra special: Little White House & Co. @littlewhitehouseco, Su Casa Spa @sucasaspa, The Mason Jar @themasonjarhomedecor, Slate Jewelry @slatejewelry, West Coast Leslie @westcoastleslie, Hayes Sweets Bakeshop @hayessweetsbakeshop, Bevefresco @bevefresco, Pure Beauty By Fara @purebeautybyfara, Free Reign @thefreereignlife, Little Rose Party Company @littlerosepartycompany, Brooklyn D Photography @brooklyndphotography

@ilikeherstylevancouver | the CELEBRATE & CREATE issue



C R E AT E Y O U R C E L E B R AT I O N LO O K Celebrating her 19th year in Vancouver’s makeup industry, Jasmine Hoffman has rightfully become the authority on glamour!

Recognized as one of BC's top wedding makeup artists, she’s worked with celebs such as Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Halle Berry, and Kaitlyn Bristowe. She is also the artist behind many of the photoshoots for this issue, including our cover story!

This is our Celebrate & Create issue – and with so many special events on the horizon, we went to Jasmine Hoffman for help on how to create the perfect celebratory look. So what’s in Jasmine’s special event makeup kit at the moment? Here are her tips, tricks & must-have beauty products right now!

LASHES Over the years, lashes have become a huge trend. I love local brands like Lady Lash Club and Dollar Lash Club for their selection of styles and quality.

Pro-Tip: Always trim your lashes so the band follows your natural lash line. Trim your lashes with a rounded corner so they don’t feel sharp.

Pro-Tip: Use a good quality glue so the lashes last all day. I love Shu Uemura Lash Glue. >> But my biggest tip when applying false eyelashes is: patience! Allow time for the lashes and glue to fully set before applying any liner or mascara otherwise they may lift later on.


I love this Shimmer Heights Mini Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set. It comes with the shades: kitten, cloud & twig. These are perfect to wear alone or paired with the glitter and glow shadows for extra sparkle. You can apply with fingers or a soft eye shadow brush. The texture is silky and dries fast – so it’s best to blend one eye at a time.


This has become one of my favorite makeup lines! The Cream Shadows, Shadow Pencils and Eyeshadow Palettes have amazing textures and high quality pigments. One of my all-time favorite products is the Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow in Marie Antoinette. This shade works on all skin tones and is the perfect shadow to be used alone or layered into a smokey look.


The perfect palette with a mix of bronzer, highlight, and blush in neutral bronze and pink tones. Ideal for your celebration or everyday look. Great to take on vacation, keeping all of your colours together in one convenient palette!



Setting sprays are a great way to keep your make up lasting all day while toning down any powder residue. I love the Too Faced Unicorn Tears Refresh Mist. It has a soft fruity scent and gives a glow to the skin. Other favorites are the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and K’pure Keep Going Energizing Essential Oil Spray.

Photography: Iulia Agnew | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Hair: Lauren O’Grady – Vancity Hair By Lo, Lifestyled Vancouver | Florals: Niche Boutique Florals





CONNECT ON SOCIAL @vancityhairbylo The hairstylist responsible for Jody and Kyla’s covergirl looks for this issue, Lauren (Lo) O’Grady of Lifestyled Vancouver has been in the biz for 7 years. Having recently opened her own private luxury hair studio in downtown Vancouver, she specializes in major hair transformations such as extensions, hair pieces, color corrections, and hair disorders. She takes the time to really listen to her clients needs and tailor each appointment appropriately. Ask her any hair question and she’ll have the answer!


Hides split ends and tames fly-aways, letting your hair shine and giving it a smoothness so rich you’ll want to stay home with yourself.

MACGYVER: Allows you to mould, control and style with touchable texture, volume and separation.


A lightweight, dry, flexible hairspray and yes, wait for it... it’s water soluble!


A dry strong, finishing hairspray. Spray it and let your hair be.

Photography: Iulia Agnew | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Hair: Lauren O’Grady | Location: The Victor




The women behind I Like Her Style Vancouver celebrate 2 years in print and get real about the perfectly imperfect journey behind it all.

Kyla Getty Co-Founder Creative Director @kylagetty

Jody Belanger Co-Founder Chief Business Director @jody_belanger

PHOTOSHOOT CREATIVE TEAM Photography: Iulia Agnew @iulia.agnew | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman @jasminehoffman | Hair: Lauren O’Grady – Vancity Hair By Lo, Lifestyled Vancouver @vancityhairbylo Florals: Niche Boutique Florals @nicheboutiqueflorals | Location: The Victor located at Parq Vancouver @thevictorvancouver


I Like Her Style ... complimentary, sassy, fun and stylish. We brainstormed and listed countless name ideas for what would become this magazine and media movement... but we knew from the beginning that it had to be I Like Her Style. Now here we are – celebrating two years of magazine issues, and the brand that has unfolded to become all of the things we dreamed it would be. As many of you who have followed our brand closely will know, we are childhood friends who grew up together with countless creative endeavors under our belts. Originally, we lived across the street from one another. Kyla (being two years older than Jody) even attended her baby shower when she was born – and our stories have been entwined over the years since. From epic Barbie® playdates, to Jody standing up for Kyla as a bridesmaid - the constant in our friendship has been that we have grown together, always creating and dreaming – and always supporting one another. We have also grown together on our spiritual paths, encouraging each other to positively attract the things that fuel our souls, to set forth with intention – and to always trust the journey. The journey to create this magazine and media brand together was born from twists and turns in life, which led us to a pivotal moment where we went out on a limb together. Jody made the life-changing decision to leave the career that she had built, with over a decade in the fashion industry, to move back from Calgary to the Lower Mainland where the two grew up together. Kyla, who had an ad agency background and had previously published an Alberta-based womens magazine, was ready to come off of her 2-year maternity leave and get creative once again. Jody’s move was the tall order required to begin this business together. It was not taken lightly by either of us, but when it was decided to be a ‘go’... something ignited which can only be described as a flicker of magic. This magical energy that we shared in the months following as we dreamed up our vision for this brand was heart-fluttering. It was the kind of thing that keeps you up at night with a notebook in hand, jotting down endless visions and new ideas. It was the feeling of falling in love and being on the receiving end of pure unadulterated inspiration. Friends, when and if you are every fortunate to experience this sort of energy – we say to hold on tight... you are surely onto something amazing. And to share this with a lifelong friend? How lucky are we?

Behind the scenes: for better or for worse...

As all entrepreneurs who go into business together are recommended to do - we took the natural next step and moved in together! (Kidding about the ‘recommendation’.) For us at the time, it was necessary. So, when Jody arrived back to the Lower Mainland, she moved in with Kyla... along with her husband and 2 daughters. During this time, we were one big happy family with zero boundaries and absolutely no distinction between a work/life/friendship balance. There was however, a LOT of wine! We launched our brand on social media in August of 2016 and the very first issue hit circulation in January of 2017. A lot has changed since the early days of building the brand and getting our first magazine issue off of the ground. We have celebrated amazing partnerships with sensational women who have shared their stories and expertise in our issues. We have brought the magazine to life in an array of events. We have grown our business to include Lindsay Dent and Seilyn Diaz – the most lovely and supportive gals we could hope to have on our team. We have been featured on panels, in other publications, podcasts and more. It has certainly not all been smooth sailing. There have been ups, downs, and downright flops along this action-packed ride... but we are both so proud to see the shape it has taken and the community that has come together. It feels like just yesterday that we were toasting at our initial launch.

Fun Fact: Before launching I Like Her Style Vancouver, we intended to first launch a magazine that would be specific to Langley – where we were both living. We had hoped that it would be a great way to dip our toe into the world of publishing and grow our market on a smaller scale before diving into our master plan: I Like Her Style Vancouver, which would include the entire Lower Mainland. From the early beginnings, our Langley magazine concept was met with roadblocks galore! We found out a competing publication was also trying to get off of the ground at the same time, the locals weren’t as excited about the idea as we were, and we were repeatedly met with suggestions to think bigger than just one region. The writing was on the wall and all signs were pointing to us taking the leap. You have to know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em... and we decided to follow the direction that we were being pushed in. We launched ILHSV and haven’t looked back. Thanks to everyone for their tough love!

On working with a friend: We get asked a lot about what it’s like to work with a friend and if we recommend it. This is a tough one because the dynamics within friendships can be completely different depending on your personalities. Each duo is different! While we have a lot of similarities, we DO have a lot of differences, too. Taking a personality test and comparing our results has been absolutely invaluable, opening up a window into understanding how each other’s thought processes work... and what makes us tick! Above all else, our friendship is the non-negotiable - most important puzzle piece at the heart of all that we do. Over our 2+ years in business together, we have assessed and re-assessed how we work best. After getting the business off the ground as 50/50 partners who both shared overlapping tasks... (and sometimes ran around in circles!) we realized the need to re-evaluate. Jody took the lead as Owner and Editor. Kyla chose to move into the role of Creative Director, which allowed her to focus on her expertise in graphic design and visuals. We set ourselves up with a strategy for success, in our individual ‘genius zones’.

@ilikeherstylevancouver | 2 nd ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 2019


“Neither Jody or I have a sister. We grew up together from such a young age that we have been that for one another. We have countless inside jokes and we usually know what the other is thinking! It’s a very special thing to share a bond like that amongst women. Our team and our community is our sisterhood. This is a day and age where we embrace raw authenticity. It is our hope that through this media movement, we allow women to share themselves & their stories. We open up the doors to our friendship and invite all women inside.” – Kyla Getty

“We get asked a lot – ‘why a print magazine?’ In this era of social media and ‘roundthe-clock content at your fingertips, we celebrate all modes of media that are uplifting and inspirational. That is why we created this fabulous ‘Women’s Media Movement’. And though we have a blast publishing online and in video, our quarterly magazines in glossy print are such a gift. Kyla and I are both traditional pen-and-paper girls. We love planners, notebooks and greeting cards. There’s absolutely nothing like cuddling up with a good magazine and flipping through the pages to uncover the treasures found inside. Being able to publish in print is something that I am exceptionally proud of. We are so grateful to our advertisers and supporters over the past two years who have allowed us to keep our print issues flowing ‘hot off of the press’ and into the hands of our readers.” – Jody Belanger

My favourite thing about working with ILHSV is getting the opportunity to meet and work with incredibly inspiring and ambitious women in Vancouver. The amount of support, love and respect we have for one another is absolutely unbelievable. I sometimes have to pinch myself as I could not feel any luckier to be a part of this team. It makes me feel like I have finally found my tribe of people who understand my truth, make me feel valuable and always encourage me to be myself without having to compromise my own values, goals or ambitions. – Lindsay Dent, Sales & Promotions Rep

Being part of I Like Her Style Vancouver has been an amazing journey of growth and relationship-building with wonderful like minded ladies. The best feeling for me personally comes from delivering the magazine to our advertisers – seeing their faces light up when they see their ads. It’s priceless. – Seilyn Diaz, Sales & Promotions Rep

Creating a business with the hope of making a mark in the vast landscape of Vancouver may feel like a daunting task. Let our story be an example to you that big dreams can come to life when you feel that spark that you just have to share with the world. The journey will never be on a one-way path down easy street. You may need to take a leap of faith, make tough decisions, and probably sacrifices, as well. You will need to learn to flex, edit, adapt and change it up. If you’re fortunate like us, you might get to share it all with someone remarkable – surrounded by the support of amazing people along the way. We’re oh-so-grateful for each chapter in this story and can’t wait to see what’s next! Happy 2 Years, Vancouver!

x o x o J O DY & K Y L A





While a bottle of wine is ALWAYS a winner

Host of Love It Or List It Vancouver (Canada) & Love It Or List It Too (USA), spokesperson for international brands, interior designer, and publisher of original lifestyle content, we are thrilled to welcome Jillian as our newest contributor! This issue marks one year since ‘Team Jilly’ was featured on our 1st Anniversary Issue’s cover! Jillian’s signature blend of highbrow/low-brow style makes her relatable to both small-town and city gals alike. With creativity and infectious energy, Jillian’s love for fashion, decor, food, fitness, travel, and family is fully expressed at JillianHarris.com and through her collaborations. Her other happy place? Surrounded by family & friends at home in Kelowna with her fiancé Justin, baby girl Annie, son Leo, and their boxer pup Nacho Cilantro.

(in my books, anyway) it’s also fun to get a little more creative AND personal with your hostess gifts! So today I’m sharing three different hostess gifts you can bring along to your next dinner date that will surely knock their socks off!

Photos: Provided by Team Jilly, Mackenzie Dempsey @mackenziejdempsey

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F O R T H E C O F F E E LOV E R What’s better than some fresh coffee beans, cute new mugs, and HOMEMADE coffee cream? Ummmm pretty much nothing! LOL! If you know a friend who LOVES coffee or is in the middle of moving, this is the perfect gift to help their cooking and/or packing energy last!

IN THIS BASKET WE INCLUDED: * Vegan Almond / Hazelnut Coffee Cream (recipe below) * Enamel mugs * Antique spoons tied with ribbon (you can find these at any antique local store!) * Fresh cherries in a bowl (use whatever is in season!) * Tea towel * Bag of favourite / local coffee * Bud Vase for fresh flowers

ALMOND CREAM RECIPE Ingredients: * 1/2 cup raw almonds * 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts * 2 Medjool Dates * 1 tsp cinnamon * 1 tsp vanilla * 1/2 tsp sea salt * 2 cups filtered water Directions: 1. Soak almonds and hazelnuts overnight or for at least 8 hours. 2. Rinse thoroughly in strainer and place in a high-speed blender along with the dates, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt and water. Blend on high for two minutes. Strain through nut milking bag. 3. Strain through nut milking bag. Alternatively, you can use cheese cloth or an old dish towel! 4. Store in airtight container for up to 4 days.








FOR THE BRUNCH BABE Bringing wine to a dinner party is awesome, but sometimes it’s nice for the host not to have to worry about breakfast the next morning! Waking up to fresh berries, vegan yogurt, and homemade granola to make breakfast parfaits after one too

* Homemade granola (recipe below) * Local fresh fruit or berries (use whatever’s in season!) * Vegan yogurt (Yoso is great, or homemade if you have the time) * Fresh flowers in a bud vase * Jar of local honey (we used Nude Bee Honey but ANY local honey will do!) * Wood honey dipper stick * A sweet note or tag * Tea Towel

many glasses of wine the night before is a sweet gesture that goes a long way! Hosting dinner parties is a lot of work, so it’s nice for your host to have one less thing to worry about the following morning. Write a handwritten thank you note to include with the granola recipe for an added touch!

HOMEMADE GRANOLA RECIPE Ingredients: * 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted * 1/2 cup maple syrup * 3/4 tsp sea salt * 1 tsp cinnamon * 3 1/2 cups rolled oats * 2 cups crisp rice cereal * 1/2 cup walnuts (or other nut/seed) * 1/2 cup shredded coconut * 3 tbsp chia seeds (or flax, hemp etc.) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325F 2. Mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add the oats, crisp rice, nuts, coconut and chia seeds. Mix. 3. Spread the granola mixture on a large rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Use 2 sheets if it looks crowded. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toasty, stirring every 15 minutes to ensure even crispness. Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to one month.

Buying gifts for new parents can be tough, especially when you’re unsure of what they actually need. Buying practical, functional (and not to mention CUTE!) items from local small shops or your favourite store is the perfect way to celebrate their new addition and help a mama out. This basket includes all essentials a new mom could possibly need, including granola bars for those late night feeds!

IN THIS BASKET WE INCLUDED: * Granola Bars (recipe below) * Building blocks * Teether (The teether we included is from Otherware!) * Baby book * Mini Mocs (These are from Freshly Picked!) * Baby blanket * Gingham romper (This is from Thimble Collection) * Toy

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# GRANOLA BAR RECIPE Ingredients: * 1 cup pitted dates * 1 cup rolled oats * 1/2 cup shredded coconut * 2 tbsp melted coconut oil * 1/3 cup peanut butter (sub sunflower seed butter for nut-free version!) * 1/2 tsp vanilla extract * 1/2 tsp sea salt Directions: 1. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and set aside. 2. Place dates in a food processor and process until the dates are finely chopped and form a ball. 3. Add the oats and process for a few seconds until finely chopped. Add the coconut, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and sea salt. Process until mixture is fully combined.

4. Scoop mixture into 8×8 pan and fresh down firmly and evenly until the mixture is compact and smooth. 5. Place the pan in the freezer for about 10 minutes. 6. Remove pan from freezer and slice the bars. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to one month.

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This Valentine’s Day Inspired DIY was created by Codi Lynn, founder of the blog Creative Wife & Joyful Worker. As well as being a magazine contributor, Codi Lynn is a graphic designer and blogger working full time doing what she loves: designing beautiful content that motivates people to create. If you’d like to see more lifestyle, design and travel content from Codi Lynn and her family make sure to follow along at @creativewifeandjoyfulworker on Instagram.



Over the Christmas holidays I was knee deep in Pinterest boards and exploring all the holiday feels, and that’s when I stumbled upon it, an absolutely stunning ornament made from popsicle sticks. That was it, popsicle sticks and a little hot glue held this creation together. That’s when I started to think about what I could create with popsicle sticks and how could I bring them to life. I loved that they are so durable, allowing you to add weight without damaging the structure. As my brain wheels started to turn I imagined up this floral heart garland with mini clothespins to hang pictures. I was onto something here.

Just a quick trip to the store, a few materials later and I was focused on creating this floral heart shaped garland. I found the first heart took me the most time, deciding where to place each flower and seeing what the overall look would become as I rearranged a few times. After that the rest was a breeze, I got into a groove and five hearts were done in no time. Each one fastened with a mini clothespin that is perfect for hanging your child’s artwork, family photos or anything else you love.

DIRECTIONS: MATERIALS: • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks • Ribbon • Popsicle Sticks • Faux Florals and Greenery (pluck the flowers off the tops so you just have the heads) • Mini Clothespins

1. Grab four popsicles for each heart that you want to make. I made five hearts, using 20 popsicle sticks. For each heart you want to break in half 2 of the 4 popsicle sticks. These will create the arches of your heart. Hot glue gun the abrasive edges at the top to form a point. From there grab the two regular sized popsicle sticks and hot clue gun to the outsides to finish off your heart shape 2. Hot glue gun your mini clothespin onto the bottom point of your heart. Apply pressure to ensure it has a strong connection. 3. If using greenery apply that onto some areas around the heart, you can see in my final photo that I sparingly used mine just in a few places around the heart shape, not everywhere.

4. Apply florals on top of the greenery and popsicle sticks to fully cover the wood, or as desired. 5. Lay out your ribbon and place the hearts along with the desired places, allowing you to see and create a similar distance between each heart before fastening. Once arranged, hot glue gun each heart into place. Let set. 6. Hang in your home and attach some of your favorite photos, valentine cards, or drawings with the mini clothespins.

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However, it is not just the big day itself that should be special: all the preparation in the weeks and months leading up to it should be unforgettable as well. That is what Everything But The Groom Bridal Boutique specializes in – making sure the entire process of preparing for your wedding is a fun, fantastic, and fulfilling experience.

“We know there is a lot involved in getting married. With so many details to plan, there is a lot on your mind,” said EBTG owner Heidi Tobler. “That’s why we provide an outstanding customer service experience that will help guide you from gown selection right through to the alterations process.” Tobler established Everything But The Groom at 20478 Fraser Highway in the one-way section of downtown Langley City after planning her own wedding. Based on her experience, she knew what she wanted when it came to choosing a gown, and sought to provide that atmosphere and selection to other brides-to-be.

Photography: Brooklyn D Photography | Hair & Makeup: AX Art | Location: Everything But The Groom Bridal Boutique | Creative Director: Jody Belanger

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The result is an elegant yet funky boutique that offers more than 200 designer bridal gowns in a range of prices with a staff of smart, approachable, and knowledgeable women who specialize in finding exactly what will make a bride happy, while ensuring she is comfortable throughout. With sizes ranging from 4 - 30 and one of the largest plus size collections in the Lower Mainland, EBTG has something for everyone. The boutique’s experienced stylists have worked with all dress styles and body types. “All brides want to be beautiful on their wedding day and we are pleased to help make that happen,” said Tobler, who has over 13 years experience in the bridal gown industry. “Everything But The Groom’s stylists are up-to-date on the latest bridal trends and are able to help you choose the best gown for your figure.”


Everything But The Groom brings a personal touch to the wedding gown shopping experience in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere, with spacious lounges for the bride and her entourage. Reservations are encouraged to ensure all bridal parties get the time and attention they deserve and stylists can outfit brides with a head-to-toe look thanks to the many veils, jewelry pieces, and accessories available in the store. Trendy gifts for the bride-to-be are also available at Everything But The Groom, which is also the go-to place for grad and prom gowns in an abundance of styles and colours. Throughout the year, the boutique holds exciting designer trunk shows to showcase the season’s hottest designs as well as special events, including the upcoming Show Me the Monte. Everything But The Groom is bringing Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta star Monte Durham to Langley City’s Cascades Casino on the evening of Friday, January 18th, for a night of fun and fashion. Monte will also be on location in-store at Everything But The Groom for bridal consultations on Saturday and Sunday, January 19th and 20th. To book a consultation, event tickets, or more information, visit everythingbutthegroom.ca or call 604.534.9474. @ilikeherstylevancouver | 2 nd ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 2019



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What are the hot new bridal trends we can look forward to in 2019? Bridal trends for 2019 seem to be a return to coverage with soft flowing skirts, buttons and bows. What are some trends you will be advising your clients to stay away from this season? The main things to stay away from are too tight or a bad fitting dress and any color on the gown as in belts or ribbons, monochromatic is the way to go. How would you describe the bridal style in Western Canada from your time spent here with Brides-To-Be? The difference in demographic is big everywhere, state side a CA bride will have a different dress and wedding then say a NY bride. I find Western Canadian brides are more likely to have an outdoor wedding, where state side we are seeing a return to more formal and seated dinners. When should a Bride-To-Be start wedding dress shopping? How far in advance from their wedding date? The Bride-To-Be should start looking 5-8 months out from the wedding date, once the location, time and date are secured. You want to make sure your dress matches your venue. What should the Bride-To-Be bring with them wedding dress shopping? The best thing for the Bride-To-Be to bring to her appointment is the shoe she is planning to wear on the wedding day or a heel height that is close to it.

What style of dress would you recommend for the following body types: The Circle, The Hourglass, The Rectangle, The Triangle, The Inverted Triangle? Lets face it the A-line is the most flattering fit for all body types. I recommend a bride try on every style – you never know what looks great on a hanger until you see it on yourself. What is your go-to favourite fabric for bridal gowns? My favorite fabric is a silk satin. I like the movement and it looks great in all styles of gowns, plus it's very bridal. Bridesmaids dresses – all matching or different styles? Short or long? Bride pays or the Bridesmaids buy their own? I'm seeing the bride help out with the purchase of the Maids dresses or pay them in full, but this is not the norm and should not be expected. There seems to be different styles on the maids and in the same color family. The big trend is neutral for the maids. How would you recommend accessorizing a bridal look? Accessorizing the bride – keep it simple for a daytime wedding and bring on the bling for after 5 o'clock. A veil is a must-have accessory for all brides. How important is it to wear the right under garments with your dress? Its very IMPORTANT to wear the right under garments be sure to follow the advice of the salon and seamstress.

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Where can a bride save money if she is on a budget? Where do you insist that she NOT cut back on cost? This is where the bride and groom need to decide what's important to them and how they want their wedding to be remembered. To some brides and grooms, it’s all about the party and not so much about the ceremony. Others want the ceremony to the be best part with readings and flowers making a statement. I will tell you if the Bride is in a dress she loves, all her photos will be picture perfect.

How has Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Dress influenced upcoming bridal trends? The Royal Wedding has had a slight influence on brides choices in gowns. We are not seeing total coverage however there are more cap sleeves and higher necklines than in the past, with less adornment and more intricate detail on the gowns, and with less bling. Meaghan Markle, the now Duchess of Sussex has more brides wanting longer veils and tiaras, as well.

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Owners of White Table Catering, Mark and Carlyanne have a passion for entertaining and producing quality catered events. Often entertaining 300+ people in a weekend, it’s no secret that the team at White Table Catering loves to be a part of celebrations.

“BIG CELEBRATIONS TO SMALL ONES, IT’S THE MOMENTS WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE THAT MATTER That’s what we keep in mind when working with our clients as well as celebrating in our home with family and friends. We started catering because we enjoy hosting and elevating moments into beautiful experiences with family and friends. The business is an extension of who we are”. Together with our incredible team, it’s our joy to create meaningful celebrations and nights to remember.


PHOTOSHOOT CREATIVE TEAM Photography: Brooklyn D Photography | Recipes, Food Preparation & Styling: White Table Catering Co. | Florals: Bloom Assembly | Creative Director: Jody Belanger


A welcome or signature cocktail is a great way to add a personalized touch to your bar service without having to provide too many options at the bar. Tool Tip: SERVING TRAY – Pre-pour drinks and display on a serving tray placed on a beverage cart or kitchen island to elevate the presentation by creating a “drink display”.


Offer guests a fun and interactive option by setting out a variety of soda water with fresh pressed juices and simple syrups. “With our infused water station being so popular over the last couple of years, we added soda water with juices to our offering. It also provides a great alternative to alcohol. Plus it’s healthy, fun and looks pretty too!”. Shown in photo: Soda Water Bar Station Tool Tip: BEVERAGE TUB – Chilling tubs are a great way to beautifully display drinks in a way that allows guests to help themselves. (Not to mention saving you a lot of fridge space!) Chilling Tub Shown: Pottery Barn


Interactive grazing stations and “meals in a bite” are popular entertaining food trends this year, focusing on the experience of eating. Cobb Salad bites are super simple and versatile for many types of celebrations. Shown in photo: Cobb Salad Bites. Tool Tip: WOODEN BOARD – Whether in our industrial kitchen or at home, wooden boards are a go-to for displaying our food. Charcuterie, main protein items, bread displays and appetizers are all great items to plate on wooden boards. They don’t chip, are a beautiful way to present food, and add variety to your platters. They also look great on your countertop, so you don’t have to worry about storage!


Give your guests a full experience! Remember, people eat with their eyes first, so make the food the highlight of the party. Garnish can be as simple as a carefully drizzled sauce or a pinch of well-placed herbs. Sometimes less is more. We prefer natural garnishes that are beautiful as well as tasty and we try not to over manipulate the food. The goal is to highlight it’s natural beauty and flavour. When in doubt add height for visual impact and dimension! Tool Tip: SQUEEZE BOTTLE, MANDOLIN AND MICROPLANE – Squeeze bottles help you to add a clean sophistication to your plating by drizzling sauces and coulis or fine drops of thicker items like aioli. They allow for better control and consistency. Mandolins don’t have to be expensive to be effective. A new sharp blade is the most important aspect, not a variety of attachments. Plastic mandolins are common in fine dining restaurants, rendering impressive, paper-thin garnishes. Microplanes allow for zest, chocolate shavings and other finishing touches.


Bringing dessert to the table allows guests to share and serve each other while creating another social aspect to your evening. Serve up a variety of individual mini desserts on tiered cake stands or trays to allow guests to choose their own or encourage sharing by bringing whole desserts that guests can cut. Tool Tip: VARIOUS CAKE STANDS – Cake stands are a must-have in every kitchen. We use cake stands for everything! From displays, to charcuterie, to dessert or even to display bowls of sauces. Having various sized cake stands will help you create levels and dimension when displaying your food with minimal effort. @ilikeherstylevancouver | the CELEBRATE & CREATE issue



SERVES 4-6 Ingredients:

3 green medium zucchinis 1 bunch Italian parsley 1 bunch basil 2 cloves garlic 1 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup olive oil 2 oz white wine salt and pepper cherry tomatoes Directions: Boil water seasoned with salt. Spiralize zucchini and set aside. Place tomatoes into a hot pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Saute with salt and freshly cracked pepper until the skins just split. Setting aside a generous pinch of almonds and basil leaves for garnish, place remaining ingredients into a blender or mortar and pestleand blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Dunk zucchini pasta into boiling water for 5 seconds and strain immediately. Toss with pesto and garnish with tomatoes, basil and sliced almonds.


SERVES 4-6 Ingredients:


3 cups brussel sprouts cut in half

1/3 cup tahini

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup water

salt and pepper

1/4 cup lemon juice 2 garlic cloves


salt and pepper

1 pomegranate 100g goat cheese Directions: Toss brussel sprouts in olive oil and salt and pepper. Set aside. For tahini dressing blend dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper and pour into a squeeze bottle. Place brussel sprouts facing cut side down into a medium hot pan. Brown well and toss. Cook until tender but firm. Plate in a bowl and garnish with tahini dressing, goat cheese and pomegranates.

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Tip: For headache free pomegranate seeds, cut it in half sideways. Then hit the top with a spoon into a bowl of water. Scoop away floating white piff and strain.


SERVES 6-8 Tart:


6 oz chocolate wafers

1 oz macadamia nuts

5 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla

Ganache: 1 cup chopped dark callebaut chocolate 1 cup chopped milk callebaut chocolate

3 rosemary leaves 2 tablespoons superfine sugar 1 piping bag and star tip

1 cup heavy cream Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Blend chocolate wafers in a food processor into fine crumbs. Stir crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a bowl. Place into non stick tart pan and bake for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Place heavy cream into a heavy bottom sauce pan and heat. Transfer hot cream into a bowl with all of the callebaut chocolate. Let the chocolate sit in the hot cream for 3 minutes before stirring into a smooth consistency. Place or pipe into the tart shell and cool in the fridge overnight. In a bowl add 1/2 cup whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla and whip with a hand held blender until stiff, then use a piping bag to pipe onto the chocolate tart. Dip rosemary into the superfine sugar. Garnish the tart with rosemary and macadamia nuts. Serve and enjoy! Tip: If your in a pinch, you can make superfine sugar from regular granulated sugar in a blender.





8oz soda

4 blackberries

4oz gin

4 cocktail skewers

Simple Syrup:

4 lime wedges

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 mint sprigs

1/3 cup water 1/2 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz lime juice 1 cup blackberries Directions: Add sugar, lemon juice, lime juice, water and berries into a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let simmer until sugar and berries are dissolved and syrup is thick. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pushing syrup through with the back of a spoon. Cool and pour into a bottle. Gently squirt blackberry syrup onto the bottom of your cocktail glasses. Top with ice. Mix gin and soda separately and pour gently and slowly into all cups without overly agitating the syrup. Garnish with a skewered blackberry and top with lime and mint. 41

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Tara Armstrong, is an independent Marketing & Communications Consultant who is celebrating her recent leap from a corporate position into the world of entrepreneurship with an exciting new Marketing & Communications firm of her own! It was something she had always considered, though the fear of the unknown was daunting. Once the stars seemed to align for her to make the move, she moved!

Communications, which was known to represent top UK names in the entertainment industry. After moving back to Vancouver, she enjoyed over six years with Glowbal Restaurant Group – moving her way up from Marketing Coordinator to Director of Marketing. She then joined the opening team of Blau & Associates (located at Parq Vancouver) as Director of Marketing for restaurants. She feels very fortunate to have learned so much from all her experiences and truly enjoyed her time at all of them.

A friend to I Like Her Style Vancouver, she was a key partner in this magazine’s launch event at Coast Restaurant. Having specialized in working with some of Vancouver’s most noteworthy restaurants, she’s in the business of marketing an industry centered around dining & celebration.

Blau & Associates was the first client to sign on with her new company – a testament to her value of strong relationships and integrity. Every new client and project are cherished by Tara and the celebration of them are her career highlights. With big dreams to expand her team, work her way East and South, and have the best restaurants in the country on her roster, she reminds herself of the best advice she has received to keep her motivated – ‘Just go for it! The only difference between doing something and not is just doing it!’

Tara’s career journey began once she completed graduate school. She moved to London for a PR Agency internship at Public Eye

PHOTOSHOOT CREATIVE TEAM Photography: Iulia Agnew | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Hair: Vancity Hair By Lo, Lifestyled Vancouver | Location: The Victor at Parq Vancouver | Creative Directors: Jody Belanger & Kyla Getty

How is celebration present in your everyday life with a career in Marketing? Celebration is present everyday with a career in RESTAURANT marketing. People are always looking for a reason to celebrate – what better job is there than sharing places to celebrate over good food in some of the city’s most beautiful rooms.


When creating a marketing strategy for a client, where do you begin? I always go experience my client’s establishment as a “secret shopper” before sitting down to a strategy meeting. Knowing how a regular customer experiences the client’s services are always are great starting point for planning.


What do you love most about working in the hospitality industry? To me there is nothing better than going out to a new restaurant, trying a new dish, becoming friends with your server, or sitting at the bar watching the bartenders make drinks. Have you ever watched the action happening in the kitchen or at the pass? It’s exciting! From holes in the wall to fine dining, to me, there is nothing better. I love being able to tell the story of these restaurants so that others can experience the thrill of them too. What has been the best compliment you have ever received from a client? A client recently told me they had never worked with anyone so efficient. For some reason that brought the biggest smile to my face.

You wear so many hats in your life, what is one constant value you bring throughout all of them? Integrity. Always.

How do you keep your creative juices flowing and get out of a creative rut? Drink wine. Just kidding (sort of).

What are some of your favourite dining spots in Vancouver? How about cocktails spots? Dessert Spots? The Victor, Savio Volpe, Coast, Nook, The Flying Pig, Giardino, and Nightingale are all go-tos for a fun dinner. Have you ever had the Society Cake or the Brookie at Honey Salt? Dessert heaven. Dinasty Dumpling House or Feast for Saturday mornings. Keefer Bar and D6 for cocktails. Five Guys for a burger.

I find other people inspiring - learning what they’ve done and what they had to do to get where they are today. I am constantly reaching out to people to meet for coffee and more often than not I leave a meeting with a refreshed outlook. I’ve also seemed to take up baking when I get stressed. Decorating cookies really seems to get the creative juices flowing!

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CREATING A HAPPIER & HEALTHIER YOU FOR 2019 It’s a new year and a new opportunity to create the life of our dreams – with equals parts happy and healthy. The idea of making the necessary changes can be daunting and often the fear of the unknown or failure can be what stops you from making the commitment! How amazing would it be to find the right support to guide you in the direction of crushing your goals? The reality is there are a ton of resources out there (perhaps too many), but who can you trust? What if we told you we have all you need in one team of professionals ready to be your tribe through this journey? TurnFit Personal Trainers are it! They are a team who has contagious passion, positive attitudes, and who are invested in their own education to provide you with the most effective knowledge to create a better you! What’s your preferred workout style – in person or online using a custom App? They offer it all... and so much more! Are the reasons why you think you can’t create a happier and healthier life already running through your head? Are you thinking, “well that would be nice, but it is just not possible for me and my life”? One of the most common excuses is, “I don’t have time”, which translates into “It is not a priority yet”! Take a good look at your day and schedule tasks in a way that allows you to free up 30 minutes to 1 hour a day to invest in yourself and creating a happier and healthier you.

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As a woman, you may tend to put everyone else before yourself as natural care-giver who loves helping others. That needs to change this year! If you do not take care of yourself, you will eventually become helpless to the one’s you love. Think about it. When you are on a flight and they educate us on what to do in case of an emergency, the guideline is for the mother to put on her own oxygen mask before her child’s. Makes you think right? It is time to view your health and happiness as an emergency situation this year. Finding that right partner to guide you in this new approach is so crucial to your success and at TurnFit they have a reputation for making their clients feel safe and supported. Where do you start? Let’s chat about some simple things that you can commit to that will act as a catalyst to a year of positive change. REALISTIC SCHEDULE – set a plan that you can realistically commit to. Being overly ambitious will lead to burn-out and disappointment. 80/20 RULE – a great long term healthy living goal is doing 80% of the things that are good for you (eating healthy, exercise, meditation) and then 20% can be spent doing the things that make us human (drinks with friends, pizza night, binge watching Netflix). STAY HYDRATED – commit to buying a new water bottle that never leaves your side and aim for 2-3 litres of water a day for increased hydration, energy, metabolism, and to help you make overall better food choices. BE KIND TO YOURSELF – stop those self-limiting thoughts and quiet that “inner bitch” who says things to you that you would never dare say to another human being. Re-train your brain to the new you who treats yourself right. At TurnFit, they believe in the power of Proactive Healthcare as it is way easier than being reactive to an injury or disease. Their health & fitness philosophy and training plans are catered to YOU specifically and produce results that will be life changing. TurnFit Owner, David Turnbull, reminds us that, “Your health is your greatest wealth. If you want to be healthier and happier, do not wait for ‘the right time’. The right time is NOW! Time is the only thing in life we don’t get back!” 2019 is the year to make the biggest investment of your life – invest in your health!










Ahhhh yes, it’s that time of year yet again ladies! Valentine’s Day is on its way and wedding season will be in full force before we know it (we also just realized we need to start working on our summer bodies). We know the effect that this can have on oneself when single. You know the feeling – trying to pretend you didn’t see the handsome man pass you on the sidewalk with a bouquet of roses in hand on February 14th. Or ticking off “one guest” on the RSVP for your best friend’s wedding. Most of us (but probably all of us) have endured this at least once during our lifetime. Some of us are left asking ourselves, “why me?”


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Well, we are two of those women, and trust us, we’ve been there! We are Megan Edwards and Janet Reynolds, also known as, “The Und8ables”. Where did the name come from, you ask? Maybe you didn’t, but we’ll tell you anyway! Throughout the last decade or so, we’ve been the ones sitting alone in the darkest corner at a wedding, binge eating chocolate on Valentine’s Day, buying ourselves flowers just to fill that empty space on our table (and perhaps in our hearts). There was a time when Megan was given a dozen long stem roses on Valentine’s Day; only to find out later that the guys mom had purchased them because he had been too busy playing video games. We have crawled through the trenches of singledom, often coming out unscathed, yet sometimes emerging with tears of frustration - hence the name “The Und8ables”. Trust us, we are actually date-able. We’re strong, career driven women with decently good hair and somewhat dewy skin. We knew we could either let these epic dating fails get us down; perhaps become hermits, or even cat ladies (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), but instead we took our woes to paper and wrote a book! “Girl it’s Not You (it’s definitely him)” is our labour of love. We put pen to paper, writing down our horrific dating experiences, as well as the experiences of numerous women in our lives. It was therapeutic; hearing the stories of fiercely strong, educated women, bonding over wine (a lot of wine), and coming to the realization that it wasn’t just us suffering from bad date-itis. So, to all of the other women out there who are worrying about this time of year, we have two words for you: GIRL POWER! Put on your best dress, get pampered, and live your best life. Be proud of who you are, and where you are in life. Kill it, like the amazing “Und8able” you are! email: theund8ables@gmail.com


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5 Things To Stop Doing To Create An Exceptional Relationship Whew, how is it 2019 already? We are in just as much shock as you! There are so many things telling you to START this and that for the new year, but let’s make things easier by STOPPING a few habits. In the spirit of the new year, we’re sharing our top 5 things you should STOP doing this year to co-create the exceptional relationship you’ve been wishing for.

1. Blaming.

Let’s get real here. To quote our she-hero, Brene Brown, “Blaming is the discharge of pain and discomfort.” It’s not productive in relationships and in fact, is often damaging as a whole. Listen, we get it. It can be so satisfying to have a certain ‘cause’ for a problem. It can feel like a momentary sense of comfort knowing who’s fault it is, even if that means we’re blaming ourselves. But it’s not worth it. Try this: Identify your desire to blame in the situation and ask for a pause. Then reconvene in 20 (yes, twenty) minutes to discuss only how you feel. Then try gently apologizing for your responsibilities in the conflict. Then, if you feel heard, dissect the situation to see if there’s really an issue to be resolved or not. Trust us, it’s worth it.

2. Making fun – at their expense.

We all know those partners who are the ‘class clowns’, who love making others laugh and who might cross a line (or two) when it comes to making others chuckle. They might throw in a jab at their partners to keep the laughs going... y’know what we mean? Don’t think we’re just accusing the males here, females do it, too. In relationships, it’s our duty to protect our partners. That means never allowing them to be the butt of a joke, especially when it’s our own. We get it, they’re intended as jokes... light teasing, kidding even! But when it comes down to it, making fun is anything but light. It is corrosive to the foundation of trust in relationships and can cause hurt feelings, resentment, score keeping, and contempt. Ew.

3. Getting defensive.

Ah, our good friend the Ego. It’s our defense warrior whenever we feel threatened, hurt, or vulnerable. It’s not something we want to rid ourselves of, it can be a good thing! But when it comes to relationships, it’s often not. (Just to be clear we’re not talking about abusive or unsafe relationships.) When in conflict with our partners and that defensiveness begins to rear it’s head, stop. Try instead to take a break. Then, when your heart has stopped racing, ask yourself, “What do I feel threatened, hurt or vulnerable about?”. Is it fear? Is it pain? Is it confusion? Are you just plain hungry? Hey – that’s a thing! Get curious and really start to dive deeper when it comes to defensiveness. It’s a game changer. Photo: Lucky Studios

4. Letting your goals go.

How often have we conceded what we really want for the sake of our relationships? Now, before you think, “Not me!”, think again. That business you wanted to start but couldn’t find time for, waking up early to work out even when your partner doesn’t like to be bothered, settling for half goals because it’s just too much work to try to keep the standards where you wish they would be? Sound familiar? Yeah, us too. We were there and it sucked. We’ve discovered that in exceptional relationships, the partners communicate their goals clearly and support each other in achieving them – even when it takes effort or is inconvenient. Whoa, right? We’d suggest showing your partner this article and starting the conversation(s) around the goals you both have and what support would look like for the two of you. You’ve got this!

5. Turning away.

John Gottman, founder of The Gottman Institute, was able to predict with over 90% accuracy which couples would stay married over a 6 year period and which would divorce based on ONE THING. (Holy crap – what is the thing?!) According to his studies, couples who “Turned Towards” bids of affection 80% of the time or higher would stay married and those who did only 33% of the time or less, would not. According to the institute, “Once you start to get intentional about your bids (attempt from one partner to another for attention, affirmation, affection, or any other positive connection), you can start to “Turn Towards”. To “miss” a bid is to “turn away.” Turning away can be devastating.” So, that’s settled then, right? Don’t turn away! Alrighty, there you have it! Our top 5 things to STOP doing! What do you think? Will you try them out? Did we miss any? Please feel free to let us know and keep the conversation going over on our instagram @RelationshipProject! We’d love to hear from ya.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED? - 4 Weeks of Topical 3-Hour Workshops - Interactive Learning Sessions - Private Facebook and Accountability Group - Comprehensive Workbook - Coaching throughout on topics such a Goal Setting, Social Media, Marketing, Sales, Productivity etc. FIND OUT MORE AT: www.businessbabescollective.com/action-takers-club

WHAT OUR PAST STUDENTS ARE SAYING: “I never knew I could be so productive and having the support and help of the other women made it feel like nothing could stop me. If you are thinking at all of being a part of the Action Takers Club – DO IT. It will be the best decision you make for your business – and for you.” - Taylor Aller, Relationship Project

I loved Action Takers Club! Half marketing and business strategy crash course, half boss lady support group. As a new entrepreneur coming from a creative background, this was a perfect fit for me. I now have a better idea of what to focus on and work towards in my business over the next few months! - Kelly Graham, The Funky Fresh Design

I strongly believe that everyone would benefit from the Action Takers Club! I was very impressed by everything that I learned in the 4 weeks the course took place. Something I really liked about it was how the class emphasized organizing and focusing on the multitude of daily tasks to make them more manageable. Danielle was outstanding! She’s passionate, very knowledgeable and gave me a whole new perspective on how to continue building my business. Having taken many business courses in the past, I highly recommend the Action Takers Club to everyone! - Flavia Genisans, Pacific Basket Company

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Since this is the celebrations issue - why not take this opportunity to celebrate YOU?! Fresh off the holiday season and into the brand new year... I don’t know about YOU, but I’m kind of done! Are YOU picking up what I’m putting down? It can be exhausting, with the months of lead up, the actual holidays, the events, the activities, the festivities and then comes the aftermath! Wow YOU have earned yourself a personal celebration. Congratulations to YOU for always making it through, because from personal experience, I can attest – it ain’t easy!

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Here are a few ways YOU can take a moment to celebrate YOU– guilt free!

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You need a night out on the town. But even if you can’t find the time quite yet, you can at least feel the part! Let me introduce you to Maneater by Smashbox – a beautiful metallic matte liquid lipstick! Want to know how I came across this lipstick? I was out for dinner with a girlfriend and our server was wearing it. I stopped her, mid ‘specials of the night’ announcement! I completely interrupted her to ask, “what lipstick are you wearing?” It’s the perfect, glistening, pearly, metallic red! Nothing else needed. Keep your face makeup simple and let your lips be the statement! Are you salivating yet? Grab it now!



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