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Marcelle Benedict: Stripes and Pins Runway Show!

We are too often inclined to just go to the closest mall and buy clothing in any ordinary retail store… and we buy clothing that half of the population owns..  What we really need to realize is their is a large amount of VERY talented clothing designers in our city, who also offer affordable prices and badass/unique designs, and for some, even custom made!  Now what more could you ask for?

Shop Local, Support Local!

STRIPES & PINS charity Fashion Show!

May 10th at 7h30pm
Saint-Brigid’s Center for the Arts

I had the pleasure, with my assistant Brianne Lacasse, to work with some great local talents at the Marcelle Benedict Stripes and Pins Runway Show.  I worked along side 4 other Makeup Artists from the region of which included Rosalind Chen and Krista Gregory. We were focused on re-creating a 1920’s vibe, bringing the prohibition era back through the makeup the models would strut that runway in.  Im seriously in love with my line of work. Check out the backstage photo coverage here.

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The local rising stars Andréanne Jobin and Sterowashout offered live music for the evening and the guests were treated with a dance performance by Extravadanse and free snacks from Wontonmama. The event was also equiped with a fun photobooth brought to you by Shutterbug!

The designers present were; Boutique L’HexagoneAria Frances and of course Marcelle Benedicte as headliner.  Also presenting his graphic clothing designs was Babes & Gents.  See their work on the runway by checking out Moose Photography‘s event coverage here!

We all had such a great time, the stress levels were kept at a minimum, the people involved were very pleasant to work with. It was seriously such an amazing event, very well organized.  Big high five to the organizing team!

For red carpet pictures click here.

All proceeds of the event are going to Solidarité Jeunesse

Looking forward to next years event!
Ciao for now,
– Mimii

 

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Get to know Marcelle Benedicte:
site : www.MarcelleBenedicte.com
facebook : Marcelle Bénédicte
twitter / instagram : @couture_MB

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terra20: Opening of a new store!

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 I have officially fallen in love..

No more adventuring all the way to Kanata with my roomie and dragging her into terra20 just so I could day dream about being able to use the ecobar, or to look at the ‘oh so pretty’ cosmetic section…it was always just out of reach for me.  I cannot explain the excitement I felt when I began hearing rumours about a potential new store at their anniversary event back in September. Now here it is, terra20 in Wellington West!

On Friday November 1st, they had an exclusive VIP shopping event..how exciting that I was actually invited! Let me tell ya, I was one happy camper walking into this store.  Not only was my cousin, Josée aka ‘Vegan Bananas‘, there to greet me at the entrance, she also greeted me as the newest member of the terra20 team!  As I walked into the store, I was overwhelmed at the contemporary beauty they had created.

For those of you who are reading this thinking; ‘What the heck is terra20?’ Tisk Tisk!

Heres what Terra20 is all about in a snap:

About terra20:
A pioneer in green department store retailing, terra20 works closely with brand partners and guests to find the most environmentally sound products available. terra20’s first two stores and head office are in Ottawa. The company plans to open additional stores across Canada in the near future and has an online store with more than 8,500 product offerings. For more information visit http://www.terra20.com.

So now to talk about my experience in… *pause for effect*  ‘THE COSMETIC SECTION’!

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First, let’s start off with their prestige brand, ‘Daniel Thompson‘. I actually had the privilege of meeting Mr.Thompson himself, and his trusty sidekick at the Anniversary event. We got to talk about the products and his view for the future of his company.  Great guys with great ambitions!  If there was one product I had really enjoyed during my mini makeover at the event, it was the Absolute Light (I will eventually post a review on the product and link it here as well).

The awesomeness doesn’t stop there! I got to snag myself samples of Kaia face and eye cream, booster serum, and a facial cleansing cloth. Kaia, a brand suited for people like me with busy lifestyles, is eco-friendly and vegan! I cannot wait to try these out and discover more about the product line!

There is more…lots more!

Next up, we have Zorah, a high-end brand that is petroleum free!  What really strikes me about this brand is their precious oils, especially their usage of argan oil. As we all know, argan oil is becoming a major hit in the mainstream world, or so says Dr. Oz (yea, I sometimes watch the show…it happens). Argan oil acts as a superb renewal agent for not only the skin, but in its purest form, also is amazing for the hair and cuticles.

However, the line that first caught my eye as I walked into the store, (I’d say mostly for the artwork on their brochures and stuff…I’m a very visual person) is Sappho Organic Cosmetics!  Seriously, click the hyperlink and check out the art work!  I actually posted the brochure on the wall in my room : ). I believe this will be the cosmetic line I will be testing and reviewing first! Oh Joséeeeee….prepare your makeup brushes cause i’m coming in for a makeover!

LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST!  *drum roll* …  PURPLE URCHIN!
Now this is something to be excited about!  Local vendors, and I for sure am one to ‘Support Local‘!SupportLocal-newmark

Their soaps are to die for! I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who thinks this.
* Check out Vegan Bananas’s review on their Lemon Meringue Hand Balm and Chocolate Face Mask.

Now, I could sit here all night and name every other product line they have available, thankfully I can just link you to a full list, for you to do a little of your own exploring : ).   HERE!
* Please note, the mother store carries all lines, the Wellington West location is more of a specialized department store.

PS: Don’t forget to check out poo-poo paper! ACTUALLY MADE FROM POOP! Yes, you read correctly…did I catch your attention? ; ) …I know I’m going to buy some poop during my next visit! hehe.

In short, I’m in love with this store, and will be turning visits into habits . I mean, I definitely have to refill my ecobar cleaning products!

Until we meet again, mon chéri,

xx; Mimii

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Edited by: Christina Sousa