Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hip + Urban Mom's Gift Guide

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Best Mom Tea Set

This lovely set includes a generously sized tea cup, single-serve stainless steel infuser and ceramic stir spoon. ($24.50) I'll be gifting this to my mom along with a few tins of her favourite organic + natural Lily Lemon teas. (From $8)

Crown Flora Terrarium Workshop

A custom terrarium made with love is the perfect gift for mom! All plants, deco, tools and glassware are included in this fun 2 hrs workshop happening May 1. ($195)

Matters Natural Products

Revitalizing tired muscles, this after-sports heat rub is made for athletic moms, moms who are constantly on the go and anyone else who likes it hot! ($18) I also love the All Heal Salve, an ointment for soothing irritated dry skin, cuts & scrapes and cracked heels. ($18) Matter is one of my favourite beauty brands and makes plant-based products for all types of moms.

Reminisce, gossip, laugh and enjoy your special day with mom!

Nothing beats spending quality time together so book a mother-daughter date for brunch at Cibo Wine Bar or Colette Grande Cafe, indulge in fancy high tea at Shangri-La Hotel or make it a girls weekend getaway at Ste Anne's Spa.

FitKicks Shoes

Every active mom has got to have a pair (or two) of these! Stylishly practical, these shoes are super comfortable and easily fits into a handbag. The soft stretchy upper is form-fitting and the sole is made with durable flex rubber. Great for the beach, traveling or city cruising! ($25)

Amopé Pedi Perfect Wet&Dry Foot File

Honour Mom for everything she does to help you stand on your own two feet. This new waterproof, rechargeable and dual-speed foot file, makes it quick and easy to buff away hard skin - perfect to use in the bath where mom can enjoy some well deserved ‘me time’! ($65)

Reebok ZPump Fusion 2.0

As a hip + urban mom myself, I am super pumped for these light-weight and versatile kicks made for running, walking and chasing around toddlers! Powered by The Pump (a classic technology from the good ol' 80's), the air-filled cage inflates to support your foot with a customized fit. ($125)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

My Spring Event Picks 2016

By: Lisa Ng

Spring is here! 

Which means it's time to come out from hibernation and get outside and start doing things. There are lots of great events happening in Toronto this spring and here are my top picks:

Doors Open Toronto - Explore the city like you've never seen before and go behind-the-scenes during Doors Open. Happening in Toronto May 28-29 on the weekend. At locations throughout the city. Hop on your bike to get around easily!

Mac & Cheese Festival - Returning to Toronto June 3-5 and to a new location at Ontario Place West Island! Enjoy variations of your favourite comfort food with local restaurants participating.

Luminato - Each June the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to play, share and create. Get outside and see some starting June 10-26.

Woman's Mountain Bike Ride - Want to get out there and ride? This group meets every Wednesday at the Evergreen Brick Works for 1.5 hour ride by bike. Rentals are also available!

Salsa Saturday - Lula Lounge hosts a dance lesson and live band on April 30th and has events every Saturday. Dinner and a show is only $54 and includes a four-course meal.



Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring Foodie & Drink Events

Dishes from Taste of Toronto 2015

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Clear your calendars and bring out those stretchy pants because these mouth-watering events are happening soon... Bon Appétit!

Asian Food Fest
April 29 to May 15

Craving Chinese, Korean BBQ, Japanese Izakaya/Ramen, Thai, Malaysian or Indian Food? Why not sample it all! 60 Asian restaurants throughout GTA will be serving up delicious prix fixe menus during this 2 week festival.

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies
April 29 & June 11

SOBDL is hosting another one of their secret bevy-sized events end of the month. Also don't miss out on Canada's Biggest All Ladies Craft Beer Festival in June!

Veggielicious
May 6-22

A celebration of Toronto’s compassionate, mouth-watering cuisine. Enjoy exclusive vegetarian and vegan prix-fixe menus ranging from $15-$40 at over 40 restaurants and bakeries!

Kampai
June 3

This massive sake festival is back for its 5th year at the Distillery District and will feature more than 150 sakes as well as Japanese food from local restaurants and vendors.

Taste of Toronto
June 23-26

The ultimate foodie wonderland is back for its 3rd year! Indulge in four days of gourmet eating, drinking, entertainment and group sessions where you can learn tricks of the trade from world-class chefs!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Blackwatch Sample Sale


By: Lisa Ng
Looking for a good spring sample sale?
Blackwatch is hosting one next weekend with up to 70% off mens, womens, childrenswear and outerwear. All items are final sale, credit cards will be accepted. Sample size shoes for women is 7. Brands include: Derek Rose, Drake's, Hackett, John Smedley, Matchless, Ordean, Orlebar Brown, Pyrenex.
Happy shopping!

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Appointments for Clean Water

By Wendy Kam Marcy

I just booked my appointment for Clean Water Day... it's my 2nd year participating!

On Monday, April 25, Civello and Aveda Salons will be donating all hair & spa services directly to WaterAid Canada. This simple gesture will directly provide someone in Madagascar with safe water for life.

Click here for participating salons and reserve your spot to get your hair did for a great cause! Happy Earth Month!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Chuan Spa at The Langham Hotel - Pasadena

By: Lisa Ng

I had the chance to visit the gorgeous Chuan Spa inside of The Langham Hotel in Pasadena earlier this year and I loved my entire experience. It felt like a nice little escape out of the city an easy way to spend an afternoon.

I tried the spa's signature Chuan Yu Facial (1 hour 15 minutes / $230) was ultra-luxe and incorporated elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine during my treatment. My facial began with a steam followed by a cleansing with Kerstin Florian products. The line uses plant and marine ingredients to repair and hydrate the skin. It was incredibly gentle for my skin. 

The highlight of my visit was the pressure point massage using jade – a healing stone. A rounded jade stone was placed on my face and gently pulled across it, helping with blood circulation. It felt incredibly relaxing and did not hurt at all. The jade felt cool on my face and I trusted that my therapist knew exactly what she was doing.

My facialist applied a few accupressure beads into my ear to help with proper organ function. They are tiny beads, taped on with very mini skin-coloured band-aids in and around your ear. I was told that they will fall out on their own and they did after 4-5 days.

I easily made a day out of my visit to Chuan Spa and spent some time lying on a waterbed in their dream room, sipping tea, reading a few magazines and used their steam room, sauna and hot tub. If you have more time, I suggest lunch on this stunning historic property and a walk around the hotel.
Chuan Spa is located beside The Langham Hotel in Pasadena. 

For more information, visit: Chuan Spa online for their full menu.




Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 




Friday, April 8, 2016

Summer Concerts at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate


By: Lisa Ng

Music + wine? Sounds like a killer combo to me. 

Which is why I am super stoked for the 2016 summer concert series at the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The venue will play host to an intimate crowd of 500 in an open-air space with an all Canadian line-up of musical talent from June 9 to September 9. 

Some amazing bands and performances this year by Sam Roberts Band, The Jim Cuddy Band, Stars, The Trews, Bahamas and The Arkells. With a portion of the proceeds to support War Child. It's the perfect way to celebrate a summer night in wine country.

Tickets are on sale at greatestatesniagara.com or by calling 1-866-589-4637 ext. 2

   
Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 



Monday, April 4, 2016

That Time I Saw A Psychic & Life Coach Named Angel

By Wendy Kam Marcy

If you told me that in early spring 2016 I would be talking to a lovely woman named Angel who could communicate with my beloved late grandfather and predict that I'll have 2 kids, I no doubt would have been intrigued but don't expect me not to sneak in a couple of eye rolls!

Angel Morgan is a Life Coach and a Psychic. I was invited by a colleague to meet her at The Spoke Club despite me saying "I wasn't really into this new age stuff".

Needless to say, I had no expectations when I met Angel. She greeted me with a warm smile on a rainy afternoon and told me she felt a lot of "bird energy" as I entered the room. My totem animal is the "heron". A long-legged bird to help me restore my balance.

She quickly went on describing me as a very considerate and intelligent person who knows what I want in life (and is actually on the right track!)... but I need to take deeper breaths and bigger steps to claim the spotlight!

True enough, I'm a bit on the shy and passive side, and over the last few years, I've worked hard on not being afraid to ask for things (squeaky wheel gets the grease!), allowing myself to make choices without worrying about justifying it to others, and learning that saying "no" doesn't automatically make me into a mean girl. Reminding myself that I'm not always responsible for other people's happiness has been liberating!

Alright so I know these things about myself already and needing to be more assertive and not hold myself back is a pretty common thing for women in general. I was entertained but not totally convinced.

During my 45 mins session, Angel passed on a message from my grandfather and talked about some of the late relatives who were looking out for me. She was pretty darn accurate! Hearing about my past from someone who wasn't part of my family was incredibly fascinating yet creepy all at the same time.

My ears finally perked up when Angel asked me if I had specific things I wanted to know - something unveiled from my past, a decision I needed help making in the present or a forecast into my future? I didn't even know I was allowed to ask questions! So of course, I had to find out what was in store for me down the road!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Total Health '16

By Wendy Kam Marcy

The inaugural Total Health Show was held 39 years ago and has since become an anticipated annual spring event with more than 60 international speakers, two demo stages, a raw café, spa oasis and 200+ exhibits devoted to a natural healthy lifestyle.

I'll be there to load up on healthy snacks and products (they always have great show discounts) and I look forward to presentations by nutritionist + wellness lifestyle blogger, Joy McCarthy, nutritionist Julie Daniluk who also hosts The Healthy Gourmet on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and Rachel Parent, GMO educator & activist and founder of Kids Right To Know (she's only 17 btw)!

For more info or to purchase your ticket, click here!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spring Style

By: Lisa Ng

I am super excited about transitioning my wardrobe to Spring! 

Though it's always sunny in LA, the days have been super windy and the nights have been cold. I can't wait to bust out a few florals, bright colours and a sundress or two as things finally warm up a bit more. 

Here a few fun spring style favourites to get you inspired for the new season:

This cute Diamond Tie Neck Blouse from LOFT is great to pair with a pencil skirt for the office or with a pair of jeans for a trip to the Farmers Market. Though I find LOFT to be a hit or miss for me, I have a bit of luck with their blouses, jeans and dress pants. They have a fantastic petite section and when their jeans go on sale, they are only $40! I just bought this skinny modern pair yesterday.
I'm always on the lookout for flowy things that are comfortable to wear on plane rides, long road trips or to an outdoor festival. I am in love with this Traced Stripe Skirt from Anthropologie because it checks all of the boxes. It's casual and chic with a beachy bohemian vibe.
Speaking of summer festivals, H&M's Coachella collection features lots of boho dresses for under $50. This Z and L Cami Mini Dress is one of my favourites and perfect for a super hot day.
My go-to for maxi dresses is definitely Nordstrom. They have lots of casual dresses under $100 and a way bigger selection online compared to what you will find in-store. Free shipping and returns is super helpful too, which means you can try everything on at home and style as you would.


Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay