My Favourite Wellness Instagrammers

For years, I avoided Instagram. But at the end of 2015, I took the plunge and now I wonder how I ever lived without it. I can’t stop myself from snapping photos of any and everything. Most of all, I love connecting with like-minded people from all over the world.

This year, I’m focused on getting my health back on track and gaining weight in a healthy way. I’m making an extra special effort to eat more of what’s good for me, enjoy my favourite snacks (gelato, sea salt dark chocolate, caramel popcorn!) in moderation, rest when my body says so (I’m someone who pushes myself even when I’m sick or exhausted), stick to a workout routine, go on regular brunch dates with the girls, and let go of toxic relationships.

Today, I’m sharing the women who are inspiring me on my health journey…

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Vickie Chountalos

Toronto-based Certified Nutritionist and CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Vickie Chountalos is one of those people you feel comfortable around the moment you meet them. I first met Vickie when Village Juicery opened up in my neighbourhood last year and we became instant friends. She is passionate about being in control, specifically when it comes to her health.

Instagram highlights: Uplifting posts on self-love and letting go of the things that are holding you back, stunning food photos, and delicious recipes that nourish the body and soul.

Follow Vickie on Instagram @theholisticboss and check out her website The Holistic Boss.

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Melissa Offner

Melissa is a content creator and world explorer with a passion for running, surfing, and the great outdoors. Last summer, I started following Melissa’s fitness journey and adventures on Instagram. Melissa suffered a back injury last year and took time off to heal. She handled this situation with such grace and positivity. She viewed it as an opportunity to learn and grow; perspective really does make all the difference. I’m so happy she has fully recovered and is back doing what she loves. Her attitude is infectious and she inspires me to kick fear to the curb and live fully!

Instagram highlights: Fitness and running inspo, outdoor adventures, travel, the most amazing murals, posts on self love, self-care, and acceptance.

Follow Melissa on Instagram @melsays and check out her website Melsays.

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Amanda Morgan

Amanda Morgan is a clinical nutritionist and yoga instructor living between Connecticut and New York City. She is also the founder of the cleverly named wellness and lifestyle website, Healthy Wifestyle. Last night, I read through all of her posts on Instagram. Amanda doesn’t sugar coat anything and I don’t think I’ve encountered anyone as real, vulnerable, and encouraging as her in a really long time. It’s so refreshing! I love that she’s willing to talk openly about those issues women are too often afraid to talk about. She gives women the permission (and a safe space) to be 100% real about their fears and insecurities.

Instagram highlights: Real talk, tips on healthy relationships, yummy and good-for-you recipes, yoga, and travel.

Follow Amanda on Instagram @healthy_wifestyle and check out her blog Healthy Wifestyle.

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Ella Mills

Ella Mills is the owner of The MaE Deli, writer of several cookbooks, and wellness advocate behind the hugely popular food blog, Deliciously Ella. I started following Ella’s wellness journey three years ago and she inspired me to give plant-based foods a fair try. Last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Ella at the Toronto book signing for her second book, Deliciously Ella Everyday. She truly is a beautiful soul with a great sense of humour!

Instagram highlights: Real talk on social media and comparison, inspiring posts on self-love and self-care, simple plant-based recipes (and gorgeous photos of said recipes), behind-the-scenes of her business, yoga, and travel.

Follow Ella on Instagram @deliciouslyella and check out her blog Deliciously Ella.

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Mia Harris

Two years ago, Mia Harris left her corporate job in banking to follow her heart for nutrition and helping people. And she’s never looking back. For the past 7 months, she’s been living her dream as a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle coach. Splitting her time between Los Angeles, CA and her home in Victoria, BC, Mia feels incredibly grateful that her job allows her to connect with awesome people from all around the world. She enjoys hiking, cooking, going to the beach, and she’s currently taking extra courses in women’s health.

Instagram highlights: Nourishing and delicious recipes, inspiring posts on eating well and following your dreams, nutrition tips, rainforest scenes, beach and sunset shots.

Follow Mia on Instagram @miaharrisnutrition and check out her website Mia Harris Nutrition. Mia has a blog in the works, so stay tuned!

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McKel Hill

McKel Hill is a Nashville-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, wellness coach, and founder of the wildly popular Nutrition Stripped blog. I’ve been a regular reader for three years now and I drop everything when her weekly newsletter lands in my inbox. McKel is on a mission to “share simple recipes and actionable advice to make healthy living simple and available for anyone and everyone.”

Instagram highlights: Beautiful, delicious, and simple whole food recipes, nutrition tips, wellness advice, fitness motivation (workout playlists + videos), and food for thought.

Follow McKel on Instagram @nutritionstripped and check out her blog Nutrition Stripped.

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Griffin McKenzie Hill

Born and raised in Kentucky, Griffin now calls Colorado Springs home. A dancer for most of her life and a lover of kale and leggings, Griffin opened her studio Pure Barre Colorado Springs in 2014. She followed me on Instagram earlier this week and I’m so happy she did. The photos from her barre classes have inspired me to head back to the studio ASAP.

Instagram highlights: Real talk on body love and self-care, business posts, ski trips, and mountain views.

Follow Griffin on Instagram @griffinmckenzie and check out her blog Griffin McKenzie.

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Jordan Younger

Jordan Younger is a Los Angeles-based yoga teacher, wellness podcaster, and the blogger behind the wellness and lifestyle blog, The Balanced Blonde. A few weeks ago, one of her beautiful photos (a shot of her doing yoga on a beach in Bora Bora) popped up in my explore feed, so naturally I ended up scrolling through all her photos.

Instagram highlights: All things yoga, handstands, travel, yummy bowls of goodness, and natural beauty tips.

Follow Jordan on Instagram @thebalancedblonde, check out her blog The Balanced Blonde, and listen to her Soul on Fire podcast.

Are you on Instagram? What are your favourite accounts to follow? What are your 2017 goals and what keeps you motivated?  I’d love to hear in comments!

5 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Toronto Christmas Market at sunset

When December rolls around, our attention turns to finding the perfect gift for our loved ones, decorating our homes, and planning holiday dinners and parties. It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity so each year I take the time to slow down, step back from it all, give thanks, and show love to others.

While I believe in giving back year round, non-profit and community groups really feel the crunch around the holidays.

If you’re looking to brighten the lives of others this holiday season, here are 5 ways you can give back…

Donate to a cause that matters to you.

Non-profit and community organizations abound so do some research and choose one that speaks to you.

Here’s a list of causes I believe in:

Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund. Founded in 1906, this charity provides 45,000 underprivileged children with a gift at Christmastime. Children who receive gift boxes are referred by social and community service agencies and often come from low-income, single-parent families and new immigrant homes. All donations are used to purchase gift boxes filled with warm clothing, a toy, candy, and dental hygiene items.

Holiday Helpers Canada. This charity has made it their mission to grant Christmas wishes in the Greater Toronto Area. All donations help provide Christmas packages to low-income families with young children. Each package includes a decorated Christmas tree, a grocery store gift card for a Christmas dinner, and gifts for each family member from their wish lists. You can choose an option that fits your budget.

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. Now in its 105th year, the fund provides direct assistance to those struggling in New York and beyond. All money collected is distributed to individuals through the fund’s eight participating organizations. Here’s a list of the organizations. Also, the stories of those who benefited or may benefit from the fund are so incredibly moving.

Make blessing bags and hand them out to the homeless.

Canadian winters can be downright brutal even when you’re all bundled up. When the temperature drops and the wind chill reaches dangerous levels, people living on the street more often than not refuse to go to a shelter. A few years ago, the city was hit by an ice storm so a couple of friends and I decided to put together blessing bags for the homeless.

Gather your friends, pool your money together, visit your local Walmart and stock up on hats, gloves, socks, travel-sized toiletries, grocery store and coffee shop gift cards, and pack items in large freezer bags or backpacks. Write an encouraging note and slip it inside each bag. Hit the streets on Christmas Eve and hand them out to the homeless.

Donate urgent need items to a shelter of your choice.

Youth, homeless, and women’s shelters depend on the public for everything from winter gear to baby formula to personal hygiene items to bed sheets. If you live in the Toronto area, local shelters are accepting holiday gifts. Here’s a list of Toronto-based agencies and their holiday wish lists.

Volunteer as a food sorter at your local food bank.

According to the Daily Bread Food Bank’s 2016 Who’s Hungry report, “The average monthly income of people coming to food banks in Toronto is $750. After rent and utilities are paid, people are left with $7.09 per day on average to pay for other necessities.” As we move into the holiday season, food banks really feel the strain as the demand for food aid soars.

If you live in the Toronto area, Daily Bread Food Bank needs volunteers for its Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts. Grab your family, friends, and co-workers and spend a couple of hours sorting food. Online registration begins on December 6.

Give gifts that give back.

Davids Tea Me to We Tea Tin, $18. Davids Tea worked together with Me to We to create this fruity, all-natural tea blend. Each purchase provides three months of clean water to a child in Kenya.

Davids Tea Me to We Colour Changing Travel Mug, $35. A travel mug (that changes colour!) for the tea lover on your list. Davids Tea partnered with Me to We to create this beautiful leak-proof, double-walled travel mug. Each purchase provides six months of clean water to a child in Kenya.

The Little Market Cool & Calm Soaking Salt, $18. This soaking salt contains a blend of peppermint essential oil and pink Himalayan sea salt. Each batch is made with care by Bright Endeavors, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to helping young mothers get out of poverty through their paid transitional jobs program. Each purchase provides young women with coaching, guidance, and job training.

Paisley + Sparrow Chevron Necklace, $34. This gorgeous chevron necklace is the perfect gift for the fashionista on your list. Handcrafted by a survivor of modern day slavery, each purchase provides women who have survived sex trafficking with counseling, education, medical support, and employment.

Kiehl’s FAILE Collection for a Cause, $45. This gift set includes the brand’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream, and Limited Edition Creme de Corps. All profits go to Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States. Each purchase provides 415 meals to those in need.

How are you giving back this holiday season? Feel free to share in the comments!

15 in 2015

Old WaysHappy 2015, everyone! I am terrible at making and keeping New Year’s resolutions. So this year, I decided to choose 15 simple steps to guide my everyday instead. Let’s do this!

1. Be intentional about reading the Scripture every single day.

2. When anxiety, worry and fear surface, deal with these feelings right away. Take the problem to God and state it clearly. “Cast all anxiety on him because he cares for you.” || 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

3. Be bold and brave. God calls us to take courage. It is ours for the taking. Since He knows that bravery can be scary, He gifts us with his presence. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” ||  Joshua 1:9 ESV

4. Talk about my blessings more than my burdens. Complain less.

5. Give thanks in all circumstances; when life is calm and especially when it gets stormy.

6. Let it go. Forgive, forgive, forgive. Extend grace to others as God shows me grace every single day.

7. Walk in God’s love and show compassion to everyone I encounter.

8. Speak the truth in love, be vulnerable, share my hurts and encourage others.

9. Remember that waiting isn’t a bad thing. Wait with purpose and know that God is working.

10. Always have at least one read on the go.

11. Learn a new skill. Take photography, HTML and CCS or french lessons maybe?

12. Eat and sleep well.

13. Be intentional about ballet.

14. Savour the simple, beautiful everyday moments.

15. Be gentle, kind and patient with myself.

I’m curious. What’s on your list?

Fall Reads 2014

Has anyone else noticed it’s getting really dark really early in the evenings?! While I’m a bit sad to say goodbye to long summer days, I’m excited to welcome Autumn and all her gifts: a chill in the air, cozy sweaters, cute boots, flannel blankets, pumpkin spice lattes with real pumpkin, and new beginnings. It’s also the perfect season to stay indoors and devour a good read.

So to get into the spirit of fall, I’ve put together a list of books I hope to fall into this season…

The Accidental Creative The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

Who doesn’t want to be more creative and productive? Kenzie from over at Hello Neverland spoke so highly of this book in this post. So I knew I had to add it to my list. Before running out to the bookstore, I checked out accidentalcreative.com, listened to a couple of Henry’s podcasts and read chapter 1 of the book here.

die emptyDie Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

“Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you. Choose to die empty.” I swear I am going to adopt this as my daily mantra. In his follow-up to The Accidental Creative, Henry points out that most of us live as though we will always have tomorrow to do our most important work. But tomorrow is promised to none of us. Die Empty will help bring clarity and a sense of urgency to how you approach your work every day. Henry shows us how to cultivate the mind-set and methods we need to be enthusiastic about what we do, push through mental blocks, and unleash our best work each day.

This is where I leave youThis Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

The death of Judd Foxman’s father brings the entire Foxman family together for the first time in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife who’s affair with Judd’s boss has recently become public. Mourning the loss of his father and the failure of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of his family as they grant their father’s dying wish: to sit Shiva for the seven days following the funeral.

The film of the same name made its world premiere at TIFF this year. Mark your calendars: It comes out in theatres on September 19.

Secret DaughterSecret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

In her engaging first novel, Shilpi Somaya Gowda interweaves the stories of two families and the daughter that binds them. Somer is newly married and has started her career as a doctor in San Francisco. Her life is pretty perfect until she makes the gut wrenching discovery she cannot have children. In a remote village in India, Kavita makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter’s life by giving her up. Somer and her husband decide to adopt and they fall in love with the beautiful little girl in the photo, while Kavita is haunted by thoughts of the daughter she had to give away.

Kirkus calls it: “Fiction with a conscience, as two couples worlds apart are linked by an adopted child….A lightweight fable of family division and reconciliation, gaining intensity and depth from the author’s sharp social observations.”

A Path AppearsA Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best seller Half the Sky, comes an essential narrative about making a difference at home and abroad. With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the husband-and-wife team analyze the art and science of giving and identify successful local and global initiatives. The authors paint vibrant portraits of real people making the world a better place and lay out a road map for how we can do the same – whether by donating our time, money or unique skills to a cause.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline comes a novel about love in the workplace. Journalists Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that the IT department is monitoring their work e-mail. But this doesn’t stop them from sending each other hilarious emails about the ins and outs of their personal lives. I am already quarter way through and each flip of the page has me in a fit of giggles. This is my first Rowell book and it certainly won’t be my last!

traveling lightTraveling Light by Max Lucado

I read this book during my first year at university and it really shifted my perspective. I knew I had to share it with my loved ones. So that Christmas, I bought a few copies for friends and family. With the Twenty-third Psalm as his guide, Lucado reminds us that God wants us to release those burdens we were never intended to carry. He invites us to set down any spiritual baggage that might be weighing us down – worry (the big one for me), fear, guilt, loneliness, grief, hopelessness, self-reliance, envy, shame, disappointment at the feet of God. I decided now was the perfect time to re-read this one.

All's fairAll’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe by Stephanie Simons

Since appearing on The Bachelor in 2005, Simons has worn many shoes. Dating and fashion writer for top publications, TV style expert, editorial strategist for brands like Banana Republic and since this summer, an accomplished author. All’s Fair in Love and Wardrobe puts a glamorous spin on shopping for love, serving up fashion and dating advice from a fashion editor.

This review, complete with notable quotes on The Single Diaries sealed the deal for me.

Do you crave reading a particular genre over another during the fall months? I would love to hear.

Summer Reads 2014

I’m currently reading Jason Priestley: a memoir and it’s a real page-turner. I highly recommend it! I’m pretty sure I’ll finish it by next week and I’m already on the lookout for my next read. Whenever summer rolls around, I always have at least 5 books on my reading list. When I’m heading out, I make sure to throw a book in my bag. The subway is so unreliable and I don’t like being stuck with nothing to do.

When I’m having trouble finding my next read, I usually turn to What Should I Read Next? and Goodreads for recommendations. Here’s a list of the books I hope to get lost in this summer.

paris lettersParis Letters by Janice MacLeod

The author Janice MacLeod sums it up perfectly: “After 110 years of writing junk mail in advertising, I devised an exit strategy to finance my own sabbatical. My Shawshank Redemption, if you will. When I met my financial goal, I skipped town and traveled with nothing more than my suitcase and a small set of watercolors. Along the way, I painted letters about my travels and mailed them to friends.”

The Art of FallingThe Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft

Craft’s debut novel is the story of a young woman trying to come to terms with her body and the dance world that has repeatedly rejected her. After suffering a traumatic fall, Penny wakes up and is forced to confront the memories that have always haunted her.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Named “#1 fiction Book of 2012” by TIME Magazine, The Fault in Our Stars has been on my must-read list for a year now. I guess I’ve been stalling because, as a thyroid cancer survivor, I tend to shy away from reading books about cancer. But I’ve heard nothing but praise so I don’t think I can hold back for much longer.

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Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

The debut novel from Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fame centers around a struggling actress trying to make it in New York City.

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Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Named one of the “18 Books you can’t miss this May” by Oprah.com, Reichl’s new novel is about a young woman who moves from California to New York to take a job at the iconic food magazine, Delicious.

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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Part memoir, part career handbook, #GIRLBOSS tells Amoruso’s extraordinary personal story and offers career advice for young women and insights on entrepreneurship.

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What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

In her debut memoir, TV writer Kristin Newman shares her adventures traveling the world and falling in love with strangers while all her friends at home are getting married and having kids. I finished the first chapter in the bookstore. It’s definitely a fun read.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What’s on your summer reading list?

Farewell Nelson Mandela

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As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison. – Nelson Mandela

How many of us would be able to utter these words after spending 27 years behind bars? I know I probably wouldn’t. I doubt that I’d be able to forgive so easily. But he did. For Mandela, no prison walls could stop his light from shining. It’s amazing how one person can have such an immense impact on the lives of so many.

Mandela won over 250 awards in four decades, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen. He taught us that nothing is impossible! The world lost a truly incredible human being today. Rest in peace, Mr. Mandela. Your work is done.

Getting back to nature

exterior Quebec home

The owners of this beautiful property in the Canadian Laurentians region in Quebec wanted to be able to enjoy the charms of the surrounding forest from the comfort of their home. The house sits flat on the ground so as not to disturb the landscape. Large floor to ceiling glass windows, movable panels, and a skylight let natural light in and bring the house closer to nature. The exterior of the house is lined with cedar slats while the wood dominates the kitchen and bathrooms. I love that the owners drew inspiration from their natural surroundings and created a home that’s in tune with the environment.

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A bay window lets natural light into the kitchen. Wood facade line the interior walls.

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A stove foundry – open on both sides by glass doors subtly separates the living room from the dining area and kitchen.

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The patio and dining room seems to be outdoors thanks to the skylight. An iron stove keeps the area warm and cozy during the winter months.

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While lounging by the indoor pool, the owners won’t see forest views, but they will receive natural light thanks to straight line grooves in the wall.

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I love the parquet floors and warm tones in this master bedroom. I also love the simplicity of the furniture and I’d love to wake up to a view like that every morning.

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This is my dream bathroom right here.

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Moodboard ~ Winter fun

winter funToday I plan on doing absolutely nothing. The rain is really coming down outside and it’s a lil’ bit chilly. I’m here picturing myself sitting in a ski lodge somewhere, sipping on hot chocolate after braving the slopes. *sigh* This afternoon, the Christmas season officially kicks off with the Santa Claus parade downtown. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year and lately, I’ve found so much seasonal inspiration around the web. Take a look and whatever you’re doing this Sunday, enjoy!

1. Who doesn’t love hot chocolate topped with homemade toasted marshmallows? This decadent treat courtesy of Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere has me dreaming of cold winter nights on the couch!

2. Cozy knits? Yes please.

3. I’m in love with event stylist, Camille Styles’ snowed-in dinner party idea complete with tons of fluffy cushions, a roaring fire, and lots and lots of wine.

4. Snowy path in Central Park. Stunning!

5. Twinkly Christmas lights always puts me in the Christmas spirit!

6. Snowflakes keep falling on my head!

7. All I want for Christmas is this fur vest.

8. Nothing more cozy than snuggling under plaid flannel sheets on a cold, wintry night.

9. Whistler Blackcomb in beautiful British Columbia, I can’t wait to meet you this winter!

All images can be found via my Pinterest page.

International Day of the Girl 2013

idogToday is the second International Day of the Girl. With the help of Plan Canada and the support of Canadians who petitioned the Federal Government, the UN officially declared October 11 “International Day of the Girl Child” back in 2011.

Sadly, girls in many parts of the world face abuse and discrimination simply because they are girls. Millions of girls are denied access to an education and forced to get married and have children while they are still children themselves.

This year’s theme is “Innovating for girls’ education” and events organized around the world are bringing attention to the obstacles that girls still face in terms of access to education. The focus is on smart and creative use of technology like:

  • Keeping girls safe as they walk to and from school
  • Improving sanitary facilities
  • Deploying mobile technology for teaching and learning to reach girls, especially in remote areas

The global statistics are alarming:

  • Globally, 1 in 5 girls of lower secondary level is out of school (source: UNESCO)
  • 70 per cent of the one billion people living in poverty are women and girls (source: UN Women)
  • Girls’ primary school completion rates are below 50 per cent in most poor countries (source: UNESCO)
  • 65 million girls do not attend primary or secondary school (source: UNESCO)
  • Every 3 seconds another girl is forced into marriage (source: Plan’s Breaking Vows)
  • 1 in every 3 girls in the developing world is married by the age of 18 (source: UNICEF 2011, “The State of the World’s Children”)
  • About 16 million girls aged 15-19 give birth every year (source: World Health Organization)
  • The leading cause of death for young women aged 15-19 in developing countries is pregnancy (source: World Health Organization)

But if given the chance to get an education, girls are 6 times less likely to be married as children. And for every extra year a girl stays in school, her income can increase by 15 to 25 per cent.

I’m proud of Canada for transforming this movement into a global one. I hope International Day of the Girl isn’t just viewed as an annual observance but as a springboard for improving the lives of girls every day.

Discover ways that you can contribute to the global initiative and fight for the rights of girls around the world.

Visit Because I am a Girl to find out how to make a difference.

Beauty Cravings :: Inspiring Hair and Makeup SS 2014

When it comes to beauty trends for spring/summer 2014, there’s no shortage of inspiration. Braids, slicked-back hair (the ‘I just stepped out of the pool’ look), low ponytails, vivid matte lips, neon eye makeup and even no makeup graced the catwalks. Here are a few of the hair and makeup looks I can’t wait to try out….

Bold matte lips

bold matte orange lips

Matte lips in neon orange

Get the look: Mix Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lip Colour in Carnival with Colourburst Matte Balm in Mischievous (both shades come out in the spring)

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Shiny lips in berry

Get the look: Use MAC Lip Pencil in Vino with MAC Violetta Lipstick over top.

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Matte lips in bubblegum pink and neon orange

Get the look: Trace lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Pinkie then fill them in with a custom-made Lipmix (white and crimson pigment)

Glittery eyes

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Metallic gold-painted brows and lids with streak of colour above upper lash line at Dior

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Shimmery eyes

Get the look: Brown eye shadow Lancome Shadow & Line Palette in Bronze Armour. Add rose-gold loose glitter on the center of eyelids.

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Duo-gold eyes at Maiyet

Get the look: Glaze eyes in Bronze then dab metallic MAC Pigments in Gold into the inner and outer corners of the eyes.

Braids

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Messy French braids at Rachel Zoe

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Tousled plaits

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Warrior braids

Updos

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Elegant updos decorated with coins, jewels and leaves

floral accented up dos

Flower-accented updos

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Messy braided crowns

Low ponytails

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Low textured ponytails at Honor

jason wu ponies

Sleek, center-parted low ponytails

lanvin messy ponytails

Elegant, tousled ponytails

I’m especially loving the golden eyes at Dior, the berry lips at Nicole Miller and the fishtail updos at Rebecca Minkoff.

Which spring trends are at the top of your must-try list?