Product Review: Cuisinart’s Life Changing Juice Extractor

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Cuisinart-CJE-1000Over the past month of so I’ve been using Cuisinart’s juice extractor at home and I loved it so much that it was the focus of the second episode in the Cuisinart video series I am doing with my “Cooking With Cuisinart” crew; Garrett of Gtonge1.com and Casie of CasieStewart.com. For far too long I avoided prepping my own juices at home worrying about it being too time consuming and the thought of a difficult clean up process, but learned my fears were completely unwarranted. Although I have used both the large and compact juice extractors, turns out that the larger one better meets my juicing needs. Majority of my juices are prepared with hard fruits and veggies and the 5 speed control dial and 1000 watts of power allows for optimal extracting with ingredients such as beets, carrots, apples, and ginger – some of the ingredients I use on a regular basis. With a 3″ (7.5 cm) tube opening, the juicer can accommodate larger items without having to cut them into smaller pieces, virtually eliminating the prep time for recipes. After trying out every single recipe from the Cuisinart Juice Recipe book (which is included with the machine) within the first two days of using it, I was thrilled to discover that it has a built in foam management filter disk.

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Similar to the rest of the products offered in the Cuisinart brand portfolio, the quality and sleek design is unmatched by any it’s competitors. Also setting it apart from the pack, this machine is uber quiet. I was shocked to discover that I could quietly juice early in the morning and not disturb anyone else. And the best part, the clean up is super fast and simple. I use a small compost bag  to line the 2 litre pulp container and it conveniently contains the waste, allowing for easy disposal. The locking hinge eliminates necessary spills, the entire machine breaks down so easily and is dishwasher save, making clean up ridiculously simple.

Cuisinart Juicers

Want to learn more about this kitchen necessity? Visit Cuisinart.ca or visit the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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Boho Inspired Festival Fashion | What I’m Wearing

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Forever 21 Festival Fashion

With Coachella wrapping  up this weekend, arguably the most fashionable of all music fests, I couldn’t help but get bitten by the festival fashion bug. And although today will be the last sunset for the festival goers that made the trek to the desert, we are just at the beginning of festival season. Whether you are attending Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, or Osheaga this year, boho chic clothing has been flowing into stores and with the help of my friends at Forever 21, I got to create my own DIY festival fashion look.

Forever 21 Festival Fashion

Forever 21 Festival Fashion

From what I’ve learned, there is an art to festival dressing, usually because these events take place during extremely hot times of the year, so being comfortable, staying cool during the day, and warm at night is key. I cut and slashed high waisted black denim shorts with the help of a few things laying around the house; a cheese grater, box cutter and tweezers – to create the perfectly distressed shorts. After a few hours of distressing, cutting and washing, I paired them with a burnout drop arm tank, kimono, comfy boots with crochet detailing and just the right amount of boho inspired jewelry.

Forever Festival

Forever Festival

Forever 21 Festival FashionPhotos by Tiffany Sin www.tiffanysphoto.ca

What I’m Wearing: Wanderlast Paisley Kimono courtesy of Forever 21 // Tank Top courtesy of Forever 21 similar here // Denim Shorts (with a little DIY) courtesy of Forever 21 // Rustic Girl Boots courtesy of Forever 21 // Accessories courtesy of Forever 21

 

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Collabo Alert | Mary Katrantzou for Adidas Originals

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Addidas x Mary Katrantzou

In recent years I have become somewhat of a slave for capsule collections and collaborations – even suffering an injury or two in attempt to secure a highly covetable item. As of late, Adidas has been back on the fash scene radar ever since Celine’s Creative Director Phoebe Philo was seen wearing a pair of Stan Smith’s. Now, Editors and “It-Girls” alike are rocking these classic whites with just about everything in their wardrobe.

Off the heels of the brand’s announcement of their eco-friendly sneaker and apparel collabo with Pharrell Williams and the upcoming sneaker line with Kanye (allegedly dropping in June), they revealed earlier this week they will be teaming up with London based designer Mary Katrantzou next. Known for her epic kaleidoscope prints, florals and tons of colour, it will be interesting to see how she incorporates her aesthetic into the line.

The Mary Katrantzou for Adidas Originals line is available November 2014 – and I’m more than happy to suffer a few bruises in order to secure a couple key pieces!

 

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Midi Skirts and Crop Tops Are Always A Good Idea

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424 Fifth Midi Skirt

My Mother always told me to show off my best assets, which I like to think are my legs, so for years I gravitated to skirts with short hemlines. After seeing the latest skirt trend all over the runway during fashion week I have finally been swayed from mini to midi skirts.

424 Fifth Patent Leather Bomber Jacket

424 Fifth

424 Fifth Midi Skirt

Longer than right-below-the-knee and shorter than a maxi, the versatile midi skirt is ultra ladylike and elegant. Always looking for a way to juxtapose my looks, I balanced this demure skirt from 424 Fifth’s Spring collection with the perfect cotton, long sleeved crop top and leather jacket. The key to keeping this look classy with a crop is to only allow a sliver of skin to be shown between the skirt and the shirt.

424 Fifth Midi Skirt

424 Fifth

Photos by Tiffany Sin www.tiffanysphoto.ca

What I’m Wearing: Poly Faille Calf-Length Skirt in Citron courtesy of 424 Fifth // Patent Leather Bomber Jacket courtesy of 424 Fifth // Wilfred Free Georgia T-Shirt by Wilfred // Sunnies by Rayban // Shoes by Call It Spring

Shop 424 Fifth’s Spring collection now exclusively in stores at The Bay in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the US.

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Tuxedo Inspired Blazer + Leather | What I’m Wearing

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Whitney Eve Blazer

While I’m not usually a huge fan of celeb designers and their collections, I have fallen in love with Whitney Eve’s Spring 2014 collection. Influenced by the Westcoaster’s laid back, chic style, the contemporary collection is full of eclectic flirty separates, exclusive custom prints and even menswear inspired pieces like this sexy blazer with 3/4 length rushed sleeves. Water colours is the clear theme for Eve’s current collection and can be found in shorts, shirts, and dresses – like this gorgeous shift dress I wore a few months back. Although being in between seasons can make it difficult to pull outfits together sometimes, this line has several great transitional pieces that can take you from now until Fall.

Whitney Eve Collection

Whitney Eve  CollectionPhotographed with Christian Thompson of ChristianConfidential.com

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J Crew Collection Leather PantsPhotography by Samantha Clarke www.samanthaclarke.net

What I’m Wearing: “Puddle” Blazer courtesy of Whitney Eve // Leather Pants by J.Crew Collection // Clutch courtesy of Nella Bella // Rose Gold Ring courtesy of By Alona // Shoes courtesy of Call It Spring

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Cooking With Cuisinart: Juicing Made Quick & Easy at Home

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I’m a huge fan of juicing and for the last year and a half I’ve made a habit of doing 3 or 5 day juice cleanses, once per quarter. I have become obsessed with both the physical and psychological benefits that I went from cleansing just every three months to also juicing once a week on Sundays. Trust me when I say it’s an easy decision and simple sacrifice after experiencing the benefits first hand. Consuming fruits and veggies in juice format instead of eating them whole is great because your body absorbs the nutrients much quicker and also gives your body’s digestive system a much needed rest from breaking down processed foods. More importantly, juicing can also help reduce the risk of some cancers, boost immune systems, remove unwanted toxins from the body, reduce pain related issues due to inflammation, improve skin and sleep issues and if that’s not enough, it helps with weight loss – which is everyone’s goal after packing on winter lbs.

Cooking With Cuisinart

Cooking With Cuisinart

In the second installment of our Cooking With Cuisinart series, I shared one of my favourite juices after a yoga class with  Garrett and Casie using Cuisinart’s Full Size Juice Extractor:. Super fast and easy, it was the perfect way to recharge and rehydrate after a demanding Moksha Yoga session.

“Ginger Beet Juice Recipe”

1 medium size orange

3 kale leaves

2 medium sized Fuji apples

2 medium sized carrots

1 large beet

1 1-inch piece of peeled ginger

Ice Cubes (optional)

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Missed our first episode of the #CookingWithCuisinart video series? Find out what we made with the Combo Steam + Convection Oven
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Staying Balanced with Moksha Hot Yoga & Nike

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Nike Women's Sculpt Pant

With 16 hour workdays, battling horrendous commuter traffic, late night events and stress from a demanding  day job, I will admit at times its difficult to keep it together. When people ask me how I stay afloat, I tell them I credit my sanity to regular exercise, specifically yoga. When time permits, my go-to workout is a hot yoga class at one of Moksha Yoga’s various studios in the city. I am all about “Wellness Multitasking” when time is limited and practicing yoga in a heated space elevates the heart rate; which makes the body work harder, heavy sweating helps flush toxins out of the body, and heat allows your muscles to really warm up so you can approach the postures from a safe place. Last but not least, the intensity creates an excellent cardiovascular workout. Why is Moksha my go-to hot yoga studio? Found across Canada and the US, these locations adhere to green principles such as sustainable flooring and energy efficient heating.

Nike Training

They say 15 minutes of exercise is better than no exercise at all and sometimes that’s all my schedule permits. When I need to de-stress and get centered with very little time, I turn to Traci Copeland’s new 15 minute Vinyasa Rush Studio Workout on the Nike+ Training Club app which you can download for free here. Requiring no equipment and very little space, I can squeeze in this quick workout at 5:30am at home before work, during lunch or while traveling.

Nike Studio WrapPhotos by Tiffany Sin www.tiffanysphoto.ca

What I’m Wearing: My ideal yoga outfit is one that is both fashionable and functional and I have finally found the perfect pant in Nike’s Sculpt Training Capri’s.They have a compression fit for extra support, the high waistband helps keep my butt covered while doing downward dogs and stretching, while the spandex and seams help sculpt the lines of my lower body making me look super slim! I’ve paired my Scuplt’s with the brand’s Studio Wrap, a three-part footwear system for protection and support for yoga and barre classes, and the Pro Core Fitted Tank.

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Green With Envy | What I’m Wearing

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424 Fifth Ponte Dress

If you are still suffering from seasonal blues from what we will forever remember as the longest winter EVER…there is only one thing I can suggest to help bring you out of that funk – wear bright colours! I find that when I do, I have no other choice but to be in a happy mood.  This lime green shift dress from 424 Fifth was a non-negotiable and needed to be added to my wardrobe effective immediately.

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As we all know, accessories are supposed to enhance an outfit but I get stopped several times a day every time I leave the house with this bag. I think the beachscape  has women daydreaming of a wanderlust destination and because it’s oversized, you can fit literally every single essential you will need inside to take you from day to night. Loving the beachy vibes? Then you are in luck because 424 Fifth has made this a theme throughout their Spring collection and it can also be found in on a pencil skirt and 3/4 length sleeve topper.

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IMG_2983Photos by Tiffany Sin www.tiffanysphotos.ca

What I’m Wearing: Ponte Dolphin Hem Dress courtesy of 424 Fifth // Shoes by Manolo Blahnik // Faux Fur Vest (vintage) // Sunnies courtesy of Forever 21 // Oversized Palm Clutch courtesy of 424 Fifth // Rose Gold Watch courtesy of Caravelle New York

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Spring Essentials | Neutrals & The Perfect Trench

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Ann Taylor Trench Coat

As I sulked all winter I spent quite a bit of time day dreaming about what I plan to wear next season once spring has arrived and now that it’s here (well…sort of), it’s time for me to start putting those plans into action. First on my list was to immediately ditch some of the black I have been habitually wearing since November because I have mourning the death of Summer 2013. For the first time  in what seems like forever, I’ve pulled together a look featuring a gorgeous subtle snakeskin midi skirt and sweater that plays up the neutral colours in the rest of the outfit and headed to my all-time favourite bake shop in the city PS by Pretty Sweet.

Ann Taylor Flutter Print Skirt

Ann Taylor Flutter Print Skirt

PS By Pretty SweetPS By Pretty Sweet’s famous blondies, chocolate chip cookies, coconut macarons and brownies – baked fresh daily

Plan B, get a classic trench, which I scored a few weeks ago from the Ann Taylor location at Yorkdale. This timeless, double breasted trench is part of the brand’s “A-List” essentials and has classic details and a stand-up collar, that I am sure will make anyone still look chic even in torrential downpour.

Ann Taylor Flutter Print Skirt

Ann Taylor Timless Trench Coat

Photography by Tiffany Sin www.tiffanysphoto.ca

What I’m Wearing: Timeless Trench Coat found here // Flutter Print Skirt found here // Sweater found here // Heels found here – all pieces courtesy of Ann Taylor

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My Ride In Style x Cadillac Fashion Week Experience

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Attending World Mastercard Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter 2014 collections was made extra special this season because I got to partner with my friend Christian Thompson and the amazing people at Cadillac Canada to hit up the top 5 shows during the week – and thanks to the luxury automobile company, we arrived in style to the tents in the sleek new Cadillac CTS sedan. With the temperatures still below zero, we thoroughly enjoyed the heated steering wheel feature, the car was spacious enough to fit our fellow blogger friends when we headed out to after parties, and we couldn’t get enough of the amazing BOSE noise-cancelling sound system. The heart and soul of the vehicle called “CUE” (Cadillac User Experience) was the perfect tool that navigated our routes to shows, allowed us to connect multiple iPhones to the entertainment system so we had plenty of music to choose from and even when we were low on gas, it directed us to the top 10 closest gas stations within the area. The CTS was the perfect accessory for Toronto Fashion Week. The CTS has both beauty and brains, no luxury detail was spared and the advanced technology features are super impressive; a driver awareness package that has lane departure warnings and rear cross traffic alerts and the best feature is the Automatic Parking Assist. The vehicle scans a parking lot for an available space and automatically steers itself into a parallel space only requiring the driver to use the accelerator and brake when needed.

Cadillac CTSWorld Mastercard Fashion WeekWorld Mastercard Fashion WeekThe week was all about fall fashion so it was only appropriate that we started it off with Line Knitwear, who is known in Canada for their high quality knits that combine both style and practicality. I was pleasantly surprised to see so much depth in the collection, co-designed by friends, John Muscat and Jennifer Wells, who said their inspiration for the line came from the hidden wonders of the forest and bold colours of nature. Sitting across from us during the show was none other than Supermodel Coco Rocha, who looked absolutely stunning . The 25 year old Toronto native wore a blood orange top from Greta Constantine paired with a Zac Posen high waisted skirt.

Line Knitwear Fall/Winter 2014

What I Saw: Tons of angora in the form of crop tops and mini skirts that came in the prettiest macaron hues, form fitting pencil skirts, and gorgeous outerwear. Texture was a huge theme throughout each vignette and the silhouettes in the collection seemed like a nod to the “Mad Men” era (aka the 50s). What I Loved: The stunning winter white ensemble (sweater and lacey mini) literally made me temporarily lose my breathe, bodycon textured sweater dresses and a croc embossed leather moto and pencil skirt. The latter so good that I wanted to rip the look off the model on the runway. Also catching my attention on the runway…the cool, edgy ear cuffs and the flowy side swept locks on the models.

Line Knitwear Fall 2014Line Knitwear Fall 2014Backstage post show with Christian Thompson and designers John Muscat & Jennifer Wells of Line Knitwear

Grace Lee World Mastercard Fashion WeekLead Artist for Maybelline NY & Key MUA for World Mastercard Fashion Week Grace Lee doing her thing backstage

GSUS Sindustries Fall 2014

It’s been almost 6 years since Amsterdam cult fave brand showed a collection at Toronto Fashion Week. Why you may ask? “Simply because it’s long overdue…” says GSUS Sindustries Canadian Marketing Manager Everton McDougall. I couldn’t agree more. I have been a long time fan of the brand after discovering it out west in Vancouver in 2006 and still collect key pieces each season. GSUS has slowly made a resurgence as of late in the Canadian market with a successful press preview of their Spring/Summer Collection at the end of 2013 and has plans to expand into the American market. What I Saw: The edgy Dutch company latest line aptly titled, “Tour Des Alpes”, was inspired by both the brand’s cultural heritage and the outdoors – which McDougall calls “The Boyscout meets Alps Folklore” resulting in a ton of folklore prints found in the knits. Taking a different (and refreshing) approach to the runway experience, GSUS had local singer/songwriters Cylenz, Peter-John and Q-Benjamin perform as models walked in ultra cozy cardis, printed long johns and graphic printed dresses.

GSUS Fall 2014 Collection World Mastercard Fashion Week

What I Loved: Models wearing bold burgundy lips while classic 8 hole Doc Martens were paired with dresses and skirts…a total nod to the 90s which was so cool! The top on my list was the ultimate plaid boyfriend blazer that could easily be a staple in any female’s closet this fall and of course the classic denim the brand is quintessentially known for. Overall, the joint effort of Everton McDougall, Ian Lee and Stylist Sharad Mohan in putting together the looks and entertainment for the runway presentation was a hit!

GSUS fall winter 2014 GSUS Fall Winter 2014 CollectionIt was all about fur, plaid and leather during Pink Tartan’s runway show on Day 3. Expecting to see another collection of preppy looks, I was pleased to see that Newport-Mimran combined a perfect juxtaposition between Uptown Chic and the Cool Downtown Girl that we can expect to see come fall.

Pink Tartan Fall 2014 collection

Pink Tartan kept in line with the brand’s core aesthetic but played with fabrics, texture and colour. What I Saw: Copious amounts of elegant outerwear…probably the best outerwear I’ve seen from PT to date, plaid pants, skirts (both midi length and above the knee) and cropped jackets in addition to fur mitts, stoles, and vests. What I loved: Pretty much everything as per usual but I had to choose in no particular order; the chocolate midi skirt, which was brilliantly paired with a fur stole and sweatshirt; a brocade skirt with major layer elements on top and a quilted full skirt with chunky knitted sweater and wool moto jacket. I really admire how Newport-Mimran has taken a chance with this collection and tried something a bit different. If we end up seeing a lot of these looks hitting retail racks, the brand may be able to gain fans in an entirely different demographic by appealing to a younger crowd. It has been ages since Pink Tartan showed on the same evening as Newport-Mimran’s husband’s brand Joe Fresh. Both designers used this opportunity to join forces for an after party which was held at Lee on King St West; where media, socialites and buyers sipped on prosecco and noshed on super tasty bites prepped by the staff at Lee.

Pink Tartan Fall Winter 2014 CollectionPink Tartan Fall Winter 2014 CollectionMackage Fall Winter 2014With Christian Thompson of ChristianConfidential.com and Designers Elisa Dahan & Eran Elfassi of Mackage

Each season there are a few things that stand out during fashion week; 1) the outstanding leather pieces that are created by the design duo behind Mackage, 2) the unique design of the runway for the models to walk on – in October it was a high gloss, lacquered gold and this season they got everyone into the spirit of fall with a leaf covered runway and 3) my backstage conversations with Elisa and Eran. I always ask the the pair what their favourite looks are from the collection and enjoy hearing them go back and forth arguing about who is right. But surprisingly last week they agreed that their faves was the head-to-toe plaid. Not only is the Mackage team known for putting together a great show, but they always have pretty awesome celebs sitting front row and the coolest after-parties that nobody wants to miss. Last week they hosted an exclusive event inside Citizen where hottie DJ Brendan Fallis spun tunes all night. What I Saw: Oversized fur-trim hooded jackets, chic crossbody bags, and looks accessorized with hats (fedoras, baseball caps, beanies, etc). What I Loved: There really was just too much goodness in the show for me to handle. The midnight blue leather skirt and oversized army jacket with fur trimmed hood needs to somehow miraculously get into my closet. Extremely happy to see that quilted leather will be a main stay this season. Every woman seated  in David Pecault Square that evening lost it over the quilted crop top and pencil skirt.

Mackage Fall Winter 2014 Collection

Mackage Fall Winter 2014 Collection

I couldn’t think of a better way to close out the week than the Mikael D show. Presented off site in Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar, it was the perfect space to show off the gorgeous collection from the Canadian designer. For those who are unfamiliar with Mikael D, its creations are as close as one can get to couture here in this country.  They are literally pieces of art and really can only be appreciated fully close up in an intimate setting. I was lucky enough to head backstage before the show started to get up close and personal with the garments thanks to team at Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+ and also chat with Lead Stylist from Solo Bace, Paul Pereria, to find out what the inspiration was behind the hair looks and the products used to create them.

Mikael D Fall Winter 2014 CollectionBackstage pre-show at Mikael D Fall Winter 2014 Collection runway show

According to the Beirut-born, Montreal based designer, “I wanted to partner with Paul (and Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+) because I felt that he shared my vision, because they could take the hair design to the next level. With dresses like these, the hair is so important, it is a key part of the ensemble, not just accessory.” Upon chatting with Paul, it was clear that he did in fact get Mikael’s vision and ideas. He mentioned that he first saw the garments when he went to meet the designer at Toronto’s Templar Hotel and immediately picked up on the “Deconstructed Chic” vibe, which inspired him immediately to create an updated look based loosely on the 60s beehive. To obtain the looks he used some of my fave products from the Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+ line of products; the Blow & Go Thick (leave-in spray), Schwarzkopf Professional Session Extreme Hold Spray, and my new hair crush product the Sea Salt Spray…while also incorporating Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+ Dust It to create major volume and hold.

Mikael D Fall Winter 2014 Collection

Mikael D Fall Winter 2014 Collection

What I Saw:  Mikael’s collection stayed true to it’s roots of ultra glam with the floor length gowns with intricate detailing and delicate beading that probably took countless hours to create. Cocktail length dresses and mini metallic looks with gold appliques and whimsical lace makes any of these perfect for any red carpet situation. What I Loved: The raw brick walled space as the venue which was set up as in a rather relaxed environment. The official wine sponsor of the night was Apothic Red and being able to sip vino while watching a fashion show was a great touch. The black floor length sheer gown with lace legging underlay, the gold off the shoulder mini and full skirted ball gown wedding dress stole the show, literally leaving us wanting more.

Mikael D Fall Winter 2014 Collection

World Mastercard Fashion Week

Ride In Style x Cadillac

World Mastercard Fashion Week

World Mastercard Fashion Week

Ride In Style x Cadillac World Mastercard Fashion WeekPhotos by Tiffany Sin (www.tiffanysphoto.ca) and George Pimental

Special thank you to all those that made this all-access fashion week experience possible - Cadillac Canada, General Motors Canada, the team at both ASC Public Relations and MacIntyre Communications, Line Knitwear, Mackage, GSUS Sindustries, Pink Tartan, Mikael D, Schwarzkopf OSIS+, and last but not least BAZZUL Toronto for the dressing me.

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