• Hey!!!

    Ok , so here we are…OCT.1  and as you all know on the 1st of every month we have a special feature called TTWM-of the month, My intention with this monthly feature  is to talk with inspiring, motivating women who are putting out big energy into the universe…And this month is nothing short of amazing……

    Big round of applause for Jackee Guilou

    1.Tell us a bit about yourself

    I am a professional jazz vocalist/composer based in Vancouver BC. I have recorded 2 CDs and am currently working on a 3rd album which features top American/Canadian jazz musicans from NYC, Portland, Toronto and Vancouver.

    2.a)What inspires you?
    People and culture. Food and wine. Plants and animals. Just about everything inspires me. I find it hard not be inspired! I love travelling and have had many songwriting experiences while being away in far off places like Brazil and India. Language had always been something that has intrigued me and I have learned to sing in 7 different languages, my favorite being french and portugese.

    2. b) What motivates you?
    The idea of influencing people to be passionate and stay true to themselves, or at least find a way to discover this, is the reason that I am motivated to make music. It sounds cheesy but I think that it’s really important for people to appreciate each other and recognize our inner beauty by sharing it.

    3. Favorite Beauty Products?
    It would be a toss up between 2 hair products. As a result of coloring my hair blond and dealing with lots of breakage from everyday styling I need to use Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Conditioner to help control my dry ends. I also love applying Redken All Soft to my damp hair before styling which makes it super silky and smooth. As for facial products I have just started using the Osmosis Skin Care line which I purchase at my favorite place in Vancouver for facials and skin therapy: Skn Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic.

    4. Biggest fear?
    I don’t think I am afraid of anything. Sometimes fluorescent lights scare me.

    5. Favorite quote
    “Silence and a deeper silence when the crickets hesitate.” A haiku by Leonard Cohen

    6.a) greatest achievement?
    Winning the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award. It was given to me as a result of my first performance at the 2009 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, my first time singing at any festival, and I was honored to receive such an award.

    6b) greatest struggle?
    Trusting myself. I have extreme moments of feeling very unsure about creative ideas or concepts and sometimes I get scared and chicken out.  I am learning to recognize life’s journey and my own path on the journey, and I now understand that struggle is a natural thing that pushes us to move on and explore deeper within ourselves.

    7. If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
    Joni Mitchell. She was my first songwriting inspiration

    8 What is something about yourself people may not know?
    I am a tap dancer and love to explore rhythm with my feet and body. I also am an actor and I used to perform in full scale musicals across Canada. I did shows like Beauty & The Beast, Cabaret, The King & I, Funny Girl, Cinderella, and The Boyfriend. Once I even went to Moscow, Russia to perform in a show called 42nd Street.

    9. Something that makes you smile?
    Other people smiling makes me smile.

    10. When did you discover your passion for jazz singing?
    When I started to listen to programs on CBC Radio and Radio-Canada. I had visited the Vancouver International Jazz Festival a few times and was curious to learn more about the jazz. I got hooked. I started listening to Katie Malloch’s program Tonic and going to local jazz clubs in Vancouver. I started exploring with jazz and found myself finally free and able to experiment with all of the musical styles that I had been looking to incorporate into my music.

    11. What is your fall fashion must have?
    Scarfs or anything silk. I have recently been sponsored by Adhesif Clothing. They make awesome silk blouses, dresses and silk handkerchiefs out of reclaimed fabrics. Check it out, it’s cool stuff!

    12. What is your ultimate idea of relaxation?
    I can never relax. I really struggle with taking the time to do something for myself that doesn’t involve writing music, recording, self promotion, and touring. But when I do find the time to commit to rest my favorite thing is to snuggle up on the couch with my favorite soft blanket, nicknamed “The Cat Blanket” and have someone give me a head massage while I watch HGTV.

    13. Do you have any healthy eating ideas that you would like to share.
    I have been concentrating on eating lots and lots of grains these days. I’m always finding a new way to incorporate them in a salad or meal and currently have been eating a lot of wild rice (made with homemade chicken stock), brown rice (in a kale salad with humous), barley (cold in a greek salad), couscous, and quinoa (in porridge). As to my acupuncturists recommendation I now eat a lot of apples especially after my morning cup of coffee. This helps to stop the spiking of my blood sugar levels since I find it difficult to eat in the mornings. I have a smoothie a day and use berries, vitamins & minerals supplements in my drink to keep me energized.

    WOW!  Thanks Jackee! I cannot wait to pick up your album, pour a glass of wine and make dinner while listening to your amazing voice! Be sure to check out Jackee on tour. She is heading out on the road to tour British Columbia’s jazz clubs and live music venues. Check out the website for show dates!

    Have an awesome day everyone! Thanks for stopping by and if you want to be next month’s feature, Please email me!


    Daily Affirmation-“My Life is full of little miracles popping up out of the blue.”-Louise Hay

  • Hello!

    I am especially excited to do this post today. Why? Because it is my first ever “Tomboy That Wears Makeup- OF THE MONTH”  (or in the categories, you’ll see it abbreviated TTWM of the month) .

    So, what this means is that every month, (I’ll try to keep it consistent on the 1st) I will be featuring an inspiring, motivating, beautiful (inside and out) positive female. One who can be a role model for us, one who we may  get some sound advice from, or maybe one who motivates us to do the things we know in our hearts we can do. And, it could be someone who just makes you smile. Whatever you get out of it is great.

    Drum roll please….

    Introducing Liis Sober. I had the opportunity to meet Liis a while back and just recently I did her make up for  a photo shoot. As we chatted I realized how perfect she would be for this blog. Let’s chat!

    makeup by me:)

    1.Tell us a bit about yourself
    I am from Estonia, moved to Finland when I was 8, moved to States when I was 19, and I have been to Vancouver for 2 and half years now. I love sports; I have played tennis since I was 8. I played competitively for most of my teen years, I played for the University of Kentucky, now I play for fun and teach as well. I love fashion, I always have. I started modeling when I was 14, I really enjoyed it but tennis was always my priority. I got my bachelors degree in Merchandising and I currently work for the talented Vancouver Designer Shelley Klassen as a director of retail operations in her flagship store Blushing Boutique (579 Richards street).

    2.What inspires/motivates you
    My family inspires me and motivates me. My father is a basketball coach and he has been a coach for almost 30years now. He is inspiring to me because he has a job that he loves and is passionate about. It seems that the people who do what they love are usually the ones who are successful as well. What always gives me strength is that I know no matter what happens I can always count on my family’s support.

    makeup by me:)

    3. Favorite Beauty Product? Mascara! I have short eyelashes so I find that mascara makes a big difference…makes me look like I am awake in the morning..haha

    4. What is your biggest fear?

    I have no fear… I believe that everything happens for a reason and whatever comes my way will make me grow and build me stronger.

    makeup by me:)

    5. What is your favorite quote
    I do not know if these are quotes but they are sayings that I like: “whatever you put out there is what you get back’” and “everything happens for a reason”

    6. What is your greatest achievement?
    Getting a scholarship to a division one University in the states.

    makeup by me:)

    7. If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

    Since my parents, my two sisters and I live in 4 different countries I would love to get us all together for lunch.

    8. What is something about yourself people may not know?

    I enjoy painting with acrylic paints.

    9. Something that makes you smile?
    Watching the sunset!

    10. Do you have a wholesome recipe you’d like to share?
    Super easy Slightly spicy Lentil, barley, mushroom vegetable soup
    Ingredients: 1/3 cup any lentils, 1/3 cup barley, 4-5 small potatoes, 4-5 carrots, 1 onion, 5 mushrooms, 1-2 organic vegetable broth cube(s), salt, 1 tea spoon of red curry paste, 8-9 cups of water
    Combine in a big pot water, lentils and Barley. Bring it to boil and let it simmer for 1 hour.
    Add chopped potatoes, carrots, onions as well as vegetable broth cubes and curry paste. Bring to boil and let it simmer for 25min
    Add chopped mushrooms and simmer another 5-10 min.

    Wow, Liis! You are a superstar and I am sooo trying that soup recipe! Thank you so much for sharing with us and I wish you continued success in your journey!

    See how much fun that is? I am looking for more girls like YOU to interview and feature on this blog, so if you want to be TTWM of the month, PLEASE email me!

    Enjoy your 1st day of Sept. May you all shine brightly!!!

    Daily affirmation-“Life says “YES” to me.” Louise Hay

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