Active Recovery at Misfit Studio’s Yoga & Pilates Sanctuary

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Misfit Studio

Roughly 7 weeks into my training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, I injured my IT Band on my left leg, which is a very common overuse injury for runners and cyclists. It affects the tissue that runs from the side of your hip all the way down past your knee. The inflammation manifests itself as a deep pain in the outer thigh and a piercing sharp pain on the outside of the knee. The extremist that I am got so caught up in running a few months before the race, I had stopped doing any active recovery workouts like yoga and Pilates . I was advised by my trainer Eva Redpath and physiotherapist to cut down the number of days I was running and bring Pilates back into my workout schedule immediately. Pilates strengthens the smaller muscles that sometimes get overlooked when running, making it a great element to add to your training, especially when prepping for a race.

Misfit Studios

Misfit Studio

Misfit Studio

I turned to a beautiful movement studio in downtown Toronto that specializes in Pilates, yoga and dance; to stretch and lean out before the race with instructor Michelle Jobin. If you’re in the city you may already be familiar with Misfit Studio, who has recently moved into a new location not far from where they were once located. They can be now found on the 3rd floor of a converted church on Queen St West. Created in 1864, the space has huge stain glass windows allowing for beautiful light to flow into the practice rooms. With exposed brick, antique details and juxtaposed with modern design, Misfit is unlike any other studio in the city.

Amber Joilat

Founder Amber Joliat (above) uses her background in ballet and modern movement to enhance her Pilates and yoga style and leads a collective group of forward thinking instructors that each have their own individual approach to teaching who can help clients connect on a deeper level and achieve their goals. I’ve been asked by many of you via email and social media about my preference between Pilates and yoga and I really do equally love both forms of practice.; however when I do yoga it is usually in the form of Bikram (hot yoga).  At Misfit, my go-to would be one of the reformer classes. Once intimidated by the reformer machine, I’ve come to appreciate how it helps perfect my form ensuring that I am getting the most out of each exercise. Adding tension to the machine allows me to push myself harder than I would solely using my body weight in a mat Pilates class.

Misfit Studio

Nike Studio Wrap

Nike Studio Wrap

When practicing any of the above noted activities, I prefer to be in light minimal clothing often opting for a tank and training shorts/tights and I’m never without my trusted studio wraps on my feet. Designed to take you from the studio to the street, this innovative three-part system has been updated and gives a barefoot feel without sacrificing support, style and traction.  The ribbon, which is optional, customizes support when wrapped under the arch and around the ankle.  It comes with a mesh bag to protect the wraps when washing and it also accompanied by a flat shoe that conveniently slips on over the wrap to avoid me from having to bring an extra pair of shoes to the studio for my workout.

Misfit Studio

What I’m Wearing: Studio Wraps c/o Nike // G87 Tank c/o Nike // Pro Core 3″ Compression Shorts c/o Nike 

Misfit StudioPhotography by Nathalia Allen  – AMillionMinds.ca (@amillionminds)

From now until the end of November, Misfit Studio has set up a discount code (Misfit Studio x So Sasha) for $5 off for either a mat or reformer class in the studio. For more information on classes, rates and location head to MISFITSTUDIO.com. If you have any questions regarding my yoga/pilates practice, concerns or would like to share your Misfit experience with me, shoot me an email at info@sosasha.com or tweet me @sashaexeter.

Posted on by Sasha in FITNESS, HEALTH & WELLNESS Leave a comment

Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco Race Report

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

It’s been a little over a week since I finished my first half marathon and to be honest, it’s taken me this long to fully digest the experience. For me, this was more than just a half marathon race, which should be monumental enough, but it was much bigger to me than you may anticipate. Unbeknownst to pretty much everyone, with the exception of family and extremely close friends, I’ve been silently suffering from a rare kidney disease for years that was diagnosed 14 years ago. To make matters worse, in 2009 I was shockingly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain illness that can be extremely debilitating. For roughly two years after my Fibro diagnosis, I was pretty much out of commission. I was in and out of hospitals, bed rest for most of the time and 25 lbs larger than my current weight. I was seeing some of the best renal and pain specialists in the city and they all unanimously concluded the same thing…that I would not be able to enjoy the active life I once lived and that they would just do what they could to keep me as comfortable as possible aka fill my body with so my pharmaceutical meds that I felt like I was in a coma.  I spent majority of my life playing tennis at an international level, therefore being in excruciating pain everyday and hearing that my quality of life would never be the same, lead to a depression. Cue more meds from the docs. It was a mess. In a brief moment of clarity one day, I mustered up the energy to turn on my laptop in bed and started doing some research on how I could treat my condition in a way that was less taxing physically and emotionally than traditional medicine. After a few weeks it was clear it was going to come down to the following; 1) exercise/movement 2) alternative medicine 3) physical and mental therapy and 4) diet change. At this point, exercise felt like an outrageous goal…I couldn’t even walk to the bathroom without being in tears, but I read over and over again that doing at least 30 mins a day would not only stabilize the pain but also release endorphins which would ultimately help with the depression.

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

This was the birth of my running journey. Running was never something I previous enjoyed. I did it only when it was forced upon me by my tennis coaches and it was never long distances. You are probably wondering why the heck I would pick up distance running then. To be honest, it was easily accessible. I didn’t need a ton of gear to participate, it was something I could do by myself, I could just roll out the door and literally hit the ground running and it got me outside breathing fresh air. I began in June 2012 with humble beginnings – and I mean humble. I am actually crying as I write this. I could not even run around my block, but not once did I let this get me down. My first goal was to run 2K without stopping and once I tackled that I aimed for 5k. By the end of that summer I had gained the stamina and strength to run 10K without stopping. I was shocked and I think my family was too.  With them and the help of an amazing well balanced medical team consisting of a Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Osteopath, Chiropractor, Nutritionist, Reiki Specialist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, and Pain Specialists, I was starting to feel better than I’ve felt in years. Not only that…I was now hooked to running. Oddly enough I told myself that one day I will be strong enough to run a half marathon but never said it to anyone, a tiny bit afraid people would think I am crazy. Fast forward to July 2014, after taking my training and running to a new level, I was given the opportunity to run in my first half marathon. A Nike Women’s Half Marathon at that…in San Francisco, legit probably just as difficult as running a full marathon because of hilly terrain.

Nike Team Canada

Nike Women's Half MarathonMoments to never forget; pre-race with my tribe and our team making the Run Nike Women banner on the website and #WeRunSF mobile app

I had been running consistently before my #WeRunSF training officially started but I also utilized the amazing support provided by Nike Canada for myself and three other team members; Karen Kwan – Freelance Writer, Marathoner and Founder of Health and Swellness, Justine Iaboni – Features Editor for Kenton Magazine and Founder of Jetset Justine, and Melissa Greer – Digital Editor of Best Health Magazinewhich consisted of special runs with Nike pacers, private NTC workouts with Master Trainer Eva Redpath, hydration and nutrition sessions at Greenhouse Juice Co, and I also used the Nike Women’s We Run SF training app that the brand developed specifically for the race. Up until the end of August, I was in a great place in my training until Labour Day weekend when I started to get a piercing sharp pain in my knee on my Saturday long run. Two weeks later I discovered that I developed an IT band injury that also resulted in lateral runner’s knee. The WORST! Thanks to Eva Redpath, I was hooked up with an awesome therapist who understood that not running the race wasn’t an option and between physio, acupuncture, massage, plenty of ice, a foam roller and reducing my runs from six to three days a week allowed me to get to that race in one piece. At this point my only goal should have been to cross that finish line but with my competitive nature, I of course internally set a time for myself to beat that I refused to share with anyone else. My Dad, knowing exactly how I am, sent me about 5 text messages from the night before the race until it was time for me to leave the hotel the next morning, reminding me that this is NOT the Olympics and to just take it easy on myself.

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

On race day I realized I made a rookie mistake…with all the excitement in the city, sight seeing with Karen, media team meals, time spent in Union Square at the Nike Women’s Expo Tent and our 3 mile shake out run by the Golden Gate Bridge, we had no time to drive through the route. I knew from the map and the time lapsed video on the Run Nike Women Facebook page that it was going to be primarily uphill but had no idea how ridiculously steep they were going to be. On a positive note though, we couldn’t have asked for better run weather. It was 16 degrees (celcius), extremely foggy for over half of the race, which sucked because I couldn’t take in the scenery but at least the sun wasn’t blazing down on me and a few km’s into the race a cool mist started to fall on the runners. I swear, it was like having a personal assistant spraying me with Evian Facial Spray. Even with these ideal circumstances, it didn’t make up for the hills we were facing. Please take note that none of these photos are actually taken on hills – probably because the photogs themselves didn’t want to make the trek. I was blessed to have my running bestie Karen beside me the entire way. For my first race, it was kind of awesome to have a seasoned marathoner to help keep my pace and guide me through the thousands of runners. This lady knows what she’s doing…although she did run this race after running a full marathon in Chicago a week before, which made her sanity questionable. Karen convinced me that this run was just for fun for her and that she had not studied the course either and mid race she pulled out a sheet of paper that appeared to be a crib sheet of some sort with scribbled handwriting. For the remainder of the race I was convinced she had a route cheat sheet that she was hiding from me…turned out it was just her pace band to help her run a personal best, so our friendship has remained in tact and all was forgiven ;-)

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

I had no pace band for myself and had not gone through the course beforehand but I did have the Nike+ Running app, Nike+ SportsWatch GPS, Karen, plus the bands, cheerleaders and fans along the way for motivation. However, when I got to mile 10 I didn’t think I could go any further. I swear that hill was almost a mile long. My left leg was falling apart by that time, I was really fatigued and possibly was hitting a wall. It hurt. A lot. Climbing mountains; emotionally, mentally and physically was exhausting. I wanted to stop. I wanted the pain to go away…it didn’t but somehow I kept going. I thought of everything it took for me to get to this point. All of the pain, suffering and hardship I endured over the last 14 years. I thought of all of YOU. The kind words of encouragement each of you have said to me. The belief all of you had in me. Believe me when I say it took me up that final hill. When I crossed that finish line and was asked, “How do you feel?” all I could them the finish line crew was that I was thankful.  I immediately checked the time on my app, which I knew was not entirely accurate but I was pleased to know that I had beat my goal time. My goal was to finish in two hours and I completed my first hilly half in 1:52:31 minutes. In out of 25,000 runners I came in 1,165 and placed in the top 4% in my age division. That was good enough for me but to be then rewarded with a gorgeous piece of jewellery from Tiffany & Co to commemorate the achievement was just the cherry on top of an already amazing sundae. My eyes still water and I get goosebumps when I think of it. This sport has played a role in saving me and has brought so much joy into my life. I have met so many phenomenal people through this journey from all over the world and developed a strong bond with the three ladies I shared this half marathon experience with. I hope by opening up about my health issues, it will motivate some of you to lace up and start running. If I could overcome my challenges, you can too. It was a tough road and only those who were along for the ride could marginally understand but some how I persevered…hence why I have the word “perseverance” tattooed on the inside of my right wrist. As a constant reminder of how far I have come. In the next few months I will continue to share more about my path to good health as I am sure it will be beneficial to you whether you’re faced with an illness or not. Reinvention is real. Start today. Own the pen to the story you’re writing!

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

Nike Women's Half Marathon San Francisco

Nike Women's Half Marathon San FranciscoPhotography courtesy of Nike US, Alexander Liang of Kenton Magazine and my Instagram account 

I would like to say a special thank you to the Nike Canada team; Claire Rankine, Danielle Gibson, Josh Graham for this opportunity, Eva Redpath, Nike NYC Running Coach Chris Bennett, all the Pacers, my boys from the Queen West Run Club who always push me to keep up with them, the supportive people at Vitamin Water and my medical team – you all have played an integral role in my training. Last but not least, my friends, family and strangers who have been my personal cheer squad every step of the way. One half marathon down…and plenty more to go!

Posted on by Sasha in FITNESS, HEALTH & WELLNESS Leave a comment

EVENT ALERT: Motif “Art of Expression” Exhibit & Reception

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Motif Art of Expression

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an art aficionado by any means but I can certainly appreciate great work when I see it and like most others in my age demographic, pop and abstract art are the genres I tend to gravitate to the most. Most likely because of the use of identifiable imagery drawn from either mass media and pop culture which was part of an international phenomenon started by the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Motif Art of Expression

Prior to making my first purchase, I had been under the assumption that purchasing beautiful pieces for my home would require a large financial investment, but learned over the past couple years that’s not necessarily true. And since discovering that, I’m always looking for dope new artists and work to add to my growing collection. I recently stumbled upon two young and exceptionally gifted artists who hail from Habana, Cuba and immediately fell in love. Jean Pierre, a self trained portrait artist who paints the “dance of faces” and Jorge Arriaza Gonzalez, an abstract painter inspired by his newly found freedom who describes his work as “an expression of spontaneity“.

Motif Art of Expression

Motif Art of Expression

Motif Art of Expression

Motif Art of Expression

With popularity of Cuban art quickly gaining in Europe, the trend is beginning to filter into Canada. After successfully showing here in Toronto earlier this year, Pierre and Gonzalez will be showing their work once again for one day only this weekend at the MOTIF “Art of Expression” exhibit and reception. These truly unique pieces will be on display and available for sale; prices will range between $150-$1,000. In the market for something personalized? Attendees can commission custom pieces based on any photos, colour schemes based on personal style and landscapes, while enjoying live music and refreshments. A portion of the proceeds will go to help support “Move to Learn Therapy” an organization that helps transform the lives of children with special needs through physiotherapy.

Motif Art of Expression

Posted on by Sasha in ART & DESIGN, EVENTS Leave a comment

Frequent Flyer In-Flight Essentials

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Frequent Flyer In-Fight Essentials

I used to have a difficult time on long-haul flights often suffering from extreme boredom, nausea, occasional claustrophobia and severe skin dryness but now I think I have this “frequent flyer” thing down pat. Although I hate the process of checking in, security and customs, I have come to relish the quiet time I have during a flight and enjoy catching up on some much needed sleep, writing, reading and newly released films. Over the week I have spent some considerable time traveling with the Nike Canada team covering the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco and Nike Women Summit in New York City and had pleasant in-flight experiences with the help of a few of my “MUST-HAVE” items.

ON BOARD BEAUTY

evian facial mist

I like to keep my make-up minimal when traveling…I mean, how else do you expect me to fall asleep on the shoulder of the passenger beside me without leaving a makeup imprint from my face behind? Therefore, while on board I’m sans makeup with the exception of a neutral colour lip balm like Smith’s Rosebud Salve, which has proven to be a lifesaver and frequently spray my face and neck with Evian Facial Spray. The cabin air is stale and dry, which can be harsh on the skin. Evian mist not only moisturizes but also refreshens and tones as well.  I always purchase the 50ml bottle, which is small enough to not cause issues with the TSA regulations. For additional skin hydration I lather on Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream and Moroccanoil’s Hand CreamPrior to landing, I usually apply a bold lipstick like a classic Chanel red or Ruby Woo by MAC to brighten up my face and Younique mascara to open up my tired eyes. Last but not least, with this ebola virus scare and just germs in general, it’s imperative to carry hand sanitizer. The smell of hand sanitizer bothers me but L’Occitane En Provence’s Lavender Hand Purifying Gel has lavender and other essential oils that makes it smell heavenly.

ENTERTAINMENT ESSENTIALS

next issue

As a lover of fashion and interior design, I am usually the girl with 200 page magazines in my carry-on luggage complaining my bag is too heavy BUT that issue is now a thing of the past with Next Issue.  Its a genius app that can be downloaded onto your computer or fave wireless devices that gives you access to over 100 of the best magazines in the world. On my way from Toronto to San Francisco I spent the entire flight reading the latest issues of InStyle Architecture’s Digest, and Vogue. If I’m not knocked out catching up sleep, working, or reading, I am watching movies or listening to endless music on Spotify  with my Revo Wireless headphones from Jabra that turn out to be perfect for drowning out the sound of a baby crying.

SLEEP & HEALTH NECESSITIES

dream water

Sleep is ideal when heading to a destination where there is a time zone difference and seeing as though my sleeping pattern is pretty erratic, I usually require a bit of assistance. A sleep mask is mandatory for early morning flights and I’m really digging my new chic Agent Provocateur Eye Mask – it does a superb job at blocking out annoying sunlight pouring through the windows.  I also discovered a product called Dream Water a few months ago…it’s so brilliant, I can’t travel without it.  It’s an all natural, drug free sleep aid that contains a mixture of GABA (Gamma Amminobutyric Acid) and Melatonin; both supplements to aid to relaxation and sleep.  Just a small sip of Dream Water and I’m asleep until the Pilot announces our decent to our arrival city. Last but not least, I always make sure to have Aleeve on hand when traveling. There is nothing worst than putting a wrench in your travel plans by arriving in another country or city with a headache.

Also, I always keep these “must-haves” stored in a backpack or large hand bag that easily fits underneath the seat in front of me. If it’s packed in a case it will stay above me in the overhead compartment the entire flight.  Tweet me and let me know what some of your in-flight “Must Haves” are @sashaexeter!

Posted on by Sasha in LIFESTYLE, TECH, TRAVEL Leave a comment

Tiffany & Co’s Google+ Hangout #ShopTheHangout

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Tiffany Google+ Hangout

Google+ hangouts are becoming really popular these days, especially in the fashion and beauty industry. It’s an amazing way for brands to connect, engage and interact with the consumer. Today I am happy to announce that Tiffany & Co will be holding a very special “digital hangout” hosted by their Design Director Francesca Amfitheatrof, model Coco Rocha, Aimee Song of “Song of Style” and Anne Slowey, Elle magazine’s Fashion News Director. These four ladies will be chatting all things fashion and design in addition to sharing their respective experiences in media at noon. Grab some take-out, a fresh pressed juice and hang with these inspiring ladies today as you nosh on your lunch!

When: Tuesday October 21st, 2014 at 12pm EST (9am PST)

Where:  http://bit.ly/TiffanyHangout

Posted on by Sasha in ART & DESIGN, FASHION Leave a comment

Grey Goose Canada x So Sasha WMCFW Giveaway

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Grey Goose x World Mastercard Fashion Week

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the year again for Canadian designers to show their Spring/Summer collections at World Mastercard Fashion Week here in Toronto. From October 20th-25th; designers, media and fashion lovers will be flocking to David Pecault Square to celebrate what’s to come in fashion next season.

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Grey Goose Canada to give you all a chance to win a pair of tickets to the highly anticipated Mackage SS15 runway show. Mackage not only has the most impressive leather and outerwear collections but they are also known for having the most beautiful runway designs at the tents – for their last Fall/Winter show, the brand had maple leafs imprinted into the runway and the season before that, models strutted down a high gloss gold runway.  In all honesty, It is one of the shows I look forward to the most each season.  This year, Grey Goose Canada is celebrating both Canadian designers and tastemakers who fly beyond and defy expectations as an official sponsor at this year’s World Mastercard Fashion Week.

Entering the contest is really easy. Simply tweet “@SashaExeter I want to win a pair of tickets to see @Mackage’s SS15 runway show #GreyGoosexWMCFW” for your chance to win. To be eligible you must be over the age of 18. Winner will be picked at random. Contest ends Sunday September 19th, 2014 at midnight EST. Winner of the contest will be announced via Twitter on Monday October 20th at 10am EST. Good luck everyone!

Posted on by Sasha in EVENTS, FASHION Leave a comment

Rocker Chic in Classic Biker Boots

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Vince Camuto Tatumm Boot

Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to say goodbye to our strappy, open toe sandals for a while and say hello to more weather appropriate footwear – enter the classic biker boot. Biker boots have been a mainstay in my footwear collection over the past few years because of their perfectly chic and rugged combination. What I adore most about rocking this style of boot, they actually look better the more beat up and worn in they are…meaning they can last you several years. Surprisingly, biker boots are quite versatile and even the most girlie of girls can find a pair to fit their vibe. Not to mention, they are the ideal item to wear in between seasons to expertly pull together a transitional fall look.

Vince Camuto Tatumm Boots

Nella Bella Sutton Nu SOHO bag

Nella Bella Sutton Nu Soho

Although these biker boots pretty much go with everything, I love to style them in more of an unexpected way with an outfit that’s feminine but interjects some tomboy elements. To achieve this look I chose leather, leather and leather. Some may disagree with leather from head to toe but it can be done in my opinion if each piece has a different texture of leather. I found these killer boots a few weeks ago at Vince Camuto’s Toronto flagship location in Yorkdale which I paired with one of my current obsessions this season, a floral moto jacket. It’s a brilliant piece in which the cut is more on the masculine side but the red roses make it anything but. I am really into the dope chain detailing on the boot’s upper, which adds to the rocker-chic aesthetic. A classic skater skirt, sunnies, a vintage felt hat and my go-to bag right now from Nella Bella (which I have been using as everything from a handbag to carry-on luggage these days) are additional pieces I used to round out my look.

424 Fifth Floral Moto Jacket

Vince Camuto Tatumm BootsPhotography by Nathalia Allen (@amillionminds) – www.amillionminds.ca

What I’m Wearing: Tatuum Biker Boot c/o Vince Camuto // Floral Moto Jacket c/o 424 Fifth (the brand is also available at The Bay in Canada) // Sutton Nu Soho Bag c/o Nella Bella // Leather Skirt (old) // Tank (old) by Killigrew // Sunnies by Rayban // Hat (Vintage)

Posted on by Sasha in FASHION, WHAT I'M WEARING Leave a comment

My Dermalogica Little Grey Pass Journey to Flaunt Boutique

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Dermalogica Little Grey Pass

My journey to great skin with Dermalogica Canada began this past summer when I became a Brand Ambassador. I wasted no time in introducing the company’s cult fave products into my skincare regime and also started regular Dermalogia facial treatments. During my ambassadorship, my primary job has been to try out the brand’s Little Grey Pass program and share my experience with all of you. Essentially, for those of you who want to participate in the program, you will get a unique opportunity to try out some of the city’s best spas and enjoy personalized facial treatments with Dermalogica products.  My first post was on my visit to Jiva Spa & Salon, which can be found here if you missed it. My introductory facial was so amazing, I actually went back to Jiva for another one to get red carpet ready for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Last week it was time to get my second stamp on my Dermalogica passport and it couldn’t have come at a better time. After a summer of sweaty half marathon training followed by unwelcomed colder temperatures due to the change of season, I was in dire need of some skin TLC. Turns out, I was in the most capable of hands with the lovely Tamara Vault, the Dermalogica expert at Flaunt Boutique; a chic and industrial inspired beauty salon in Toronto’s Lesliville neighbourhood. After a quick face mapping diagnosis, Tamara identified some pigmentation issues around my hairline, which she credits to not evenly applying my sunscreen, some dehydration spots under my eyes, some sensitivity around the cheek area and comedones on both the chin and cheek area. In case you are unfamiliar with the term “comedone”, it simply refers to the bumps on the skin that are a result of a clogged pore. The pore could be partially or fully blocked, which causes the formation of either a blackhead or whitehead. As I wrote this post it sounded like there are a ton of issues, but I promise you my skin has seriously come a long way since I started back in July. I attribute this improvement to regularly using Dermalogica’s Sebum Clearing Masque, which is an oil absorbing masque that not only detoxifies skin but also prevents breakouts. The salicylic acid has been helping with the natural exfoliation that I was in desperate need of to clear all the congestion from my pores. Also, a dramatic increase in water has also been very beneficial.

Flaunt Boutique

I showed up to my appointment sans makeup so Tamara could delve right into my deep cleansing face treatment, which began with a gentle facial massage using the Pre-Cleanse, which was followed by the Skin Resurfacing Cleanser. Once my face was clean, Tamara expertly mixed one of my fave’s, the Daily Micro Exfoliant with accelerator 35 and a purifying botanical mixer. Of course you can’t get optimal cleansing without extractions – which is not my favourite part of getting facials.  During this process a scaling fluid was used with the Medi Bac Cleansing Complex. This step was intensified with the use of a high frequency wand. This device works by delivering an alternating high frequency electric current to the skin. Both thermal and electrical energy are delivered when the wand makes contact with the skin. This energy stimulates underlying skin collagen, cells and amazingly kills any bacteria by providing oxidized Oxygen, all helping the skin to rebound quickly after all the extractions.

After further calming my skin with a colloidal oatmeal Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Masque with a calming botanical mixer and yet another blissful massage – yes massage #2 – my face was rinsed and treated with the Daily Resurfacer, UltraCalming Mist, Multi Vitamin Power Firm, UltraCalming Serum Concentrate and Active MoistAs you can probably imagine, my skin felt hydrated, super clean and taunt. Not to mention, I was relaxed and super calm after the much needed rub down from Tamara, great music and candles. Post appointment, I had an evening full of events and she was kind enough to apply the brand’s SkinPerfect Primer, which worked wonders. It gave my skin a flawless, even tone after I applied my make-up, which stayed put for the entire night. And if that’s not enough, Tamara hooked me up with a private station so I can straighten my hair before walking out the door.

Dermalogica Little Grey Pass

The extensive and customized “Deep Cleansing Face Treatment” lasts just over an hour and costs $90, which I guarantee will be the best 90 bucks you’ve ever spent. Your skin will thank you! For more information on Dermalogica and their products, head over to www.dermalogica.ca and click here to sign up for the Little Grey Pass and start your own journey to amazing skin. For more info on Flaunt Boutique, details on their services and more, check out www.flauntboutique.ca.

Posted on by Sasha in BEAUTY Leave a comment

The Return of Neoprene in a Modern Moto by Minty Meets Munt

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Minty Meets Munt Biker Jacket

I recently spoke to Roslyn Soloman, a Fashion & Lifestyle Editor at Sun Media about the growing athletic trend in fashion and gave my style advice on how women can effectively incorporate sportswear into their wardrobe (article can be found here). In said article, I noted that neoprene was a fantastic option for those who have a bit of trepidation introducing athletic inspired pieces into their look. Like neoprene or not, this rubbery, synthetic fabric has resurfaced in a major way this year in the industry and has come a long way since “Body Glove” in the 90s – remember them?!?! From Alexander Wang, who has paired it with luxe fabrics like chiffon, the boys at Proenza Schouler who has created sculpturally futuristic jackets with the fabric and Christian Louboutin’s neon-hued “Scuba” booties that sold out almost immediately, it is clear that the fan base for neoprene is wide spread.

Minty Meets Munt

Minty Meets Munt Moto Jacket

Minty Meets Munt Moto Jacket

So why is it making such a huge comeback? The industry may attribute it to a 90s fashion revival while others claim a fascination with the experimental possibilities of high tech fabrications, which probably prompted the fad for neoprene the first time around, or that it’s reflective of the sport silhouette that has emerged as a significant trend this year.

Minty Meets Munt Moto Jacket

Minty Meets Munt Moto JacketPhotography by Nathalia Allen (@amillionminds) www.amillionminds.ca

Whatever the reason is for it’s current relevancy, I’m 100% on board. I used to think it was not a good thing to revisit a fashion trend that’s your own vintage but this fashion forward moto jacket by my new fave Aussie label, Minty Meets Munt, made it impossible to not break my rule.  This moto is the brand’s iconic jacket for this season and if you happen to be one of those people who don’t believe in white after Labour Day, then you’re in luck because it also comes in classic black and a leopard print/black combo. Sticking to the athletic inspired theme, I’ve paired the jacket with a Nike training tank, high waisted skirt and was shot in this beautifully lit tunnel by an emerging photography talent Nathalia Allen (Styling Tip: I’ve folded the tank underneath to create the illusion of a crop top!)

What I’m Wearing: White Neoprene Biker Jacket c/o Minty Meets Munt // Tank/Crop Top (old) c/o Nike // Skirt c/o Wildred Free by Aritzia // Shoes (old) c/o Call It Spring

Posted on by Sasha in FASHION, UNCATEGORIZED, WHAT I'M WEARING Leave a comment

Automotive Review: The 2014 Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin

Video shot & edited by Robert Okine (robertokine.com) | Music “It’s New” Produced by SOUL

Thanks to Cadillac Canada I rode in style all summer long in a few vehicles from the brand’s 2014 line to get better acquainted with the design, performance and technology that can be found within it’s current portfolio. After spending significant time in the 2014 CTS and ATS , I was treated to an extended experience with the XTS Platinum Collection, one of the most technologically advanced production cars in the brand’s history. With it’s enhanced space, entertainment features and luxurious interior design inspired by the fashion and home furnishing industries – it came as no surprise that I fell totally in love.

2014 Cadillac XTS

I feel that is it is only right that any vehicle I drive reflects me and my lifestyle. Call me crazy but because of my love for cars, I look at them as an extension of who I am and similar to fashion, cars can sometimes be a way to express yourself without having to say a word. Design aesthetic is of course important, but performance and technology are also key touch points . I want to feel safe in a vehicle – whether that’s having a confident feeling of power when accelerating or over taking traffic on the highway or feeling safe knowing camera based detection systems will help me avoid collisions. And although, I don’t have kiddies, space is still very much a welcome feature both in the cabin and in the trunk for my friends, various changes of clothes for photo shoots, and luggage for press/road trips.

2014 Cadillac XTS

2014 Cadillac XTS

My black on black XTS Platinum Collection turned heads just about everywhere I went because of it’s clean lines and dramatic presence. Not to be outdone by the exterior, the vehicle’s interior is really what blew me away. The brand’s design team didn’t cut any corners when it came to leather and other interior materials. For example, the cut and sew treatment of the leather – is an element the team borrowed from fashion. During the design process, Cadillac studied how the industry chooses leathers for shoes and handbags to design the XTS’s interior in a way that would be an extension of products with which luxury consumers already interact with. In addition to the beautifully wrapped leather seats, wood grain accents contrasting stitching, illuminated sill plates, and ambient interior lighting – every single detail is considered. The extended space in the rear cabin was a hit amongst my friends and family who I carted  around the city and brought along on my luxury road trip adventure to Montreal for my So Sasha x W Hotel Experience. 

2014 Cadillac XTS

2014 Cadillac XTS

Even my rear seat passengers over 6 feet tall sat happily in the backseat with absolutely no complaints about lack of leg room. While having to sit in the backseat of a car is usually a passengers least fave thing to do, the XTS manages to turn this into a treat; with oversized fold-down arm rests that houses additional storage and audio/video remote controls, integrated rear controls for both temperature and radio, rear side window shades, rear entertainment system with dual screens accompanied by two Cadillac Bose noise cancelling headphones. The vehicle offers more interior space than other mid sized luxury cars, particularly in the backseat, where it has four inches more leg room than the Mercedes Benz E Class, BMW 5 Series and approximately two more than the Audi A6.

2014 Cadillac XTS

One of the main reason I love Cadillac vehicles is because of the advanced technology features. The CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system always acts as a welcome distraction for passengers while sitting in traffic. With access to XM Satellite radio and listening to music out of  a Bose Studio Surround Sound – 14 speaker system with two additional personal speakers on the top of each front seat, the XTS creates a superior music listening experience. And if that’s not enough, the powerful amp and AudioPilot noise compensation technology takes it to a completely different level. The 8 inch multi-touch capacitive screen in the “infotainment” system is really easy to use and as I am seldom driving alone, it’s nice to have multiple charging outlets and the capacity to pair up to 10 bluetooth enable devices. CUE also responds to my voice commands, has a 3-D GPS nav system and for when things really hit the fan and I am in need of major help, I can always rely on the On-Star service to help me with directions, recommend restaurants in the area and provide assistance in the event an emergency arises. Low on gas and not familiar with the area? Not a problem — the XTS lists the closet gas stations, provides a list of all the locations in close proximity and directions to each when the vehicle is low on fuel.

2014 Cadillac XTS

Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection

Here’s the skinny…for those of you who are car geeks like myself, unfortunately this model doesn’t pack the heat and speed of the much talked about V model, which has 410 hp, but it still has enough get up and go to not have you bored while driving. Average fuel consumption was to be expected with approximately 9.9-10.3 litres/100km (combined city and highway driving). Larger than any other sedan I think I’ve ever driven measuring in at over 200 inches long, means there is a cargo advantage over other vehicles in it’s category with room for 5 or more suitcases. With this size, it was really beneficial to have features such as lane departure warning, side obstacle sensors, forward collision alert and rear cross traffic alerts, which notified me of any potential danger via driver seat vibrations – all standard in the Platinum Collection. And inspired thinking from the brand team made it possible for the ultrasonic front and rear park assist that helps drivers parallel park the car. With that said, XTS is an ultra chic, comfortable ride and all around good place to spend time whether it be on long road trips or short city driving. The price point for the XTS Premium Collection with all the bells and whistles comes in at $67,655. For additional details on the 2014 XTS click here and to learn more about the brand head over to www.cadillac.ca.

Posted on by Sasha in AUTOMOTIVE Leave a comment
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 34 35   Next »
Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: