• Tuesday, We welcome you:)

    Hope your week is off to a great start. Yesterday, I had the privilege of doing makeup for Ravy Minhas Mehroke  (yet again:)
    It seems as though once a week Ravy has an event or photoshoot of some sort and I am grateful to be her go-to makeup artist.

    Ravy is a busy girl! She is the owner of the successful Bombay Brow Bar in Yaletown, Vancouver.  They seriously ROCK at doing eyebrows.

    Here’s a couple looks I’ve done with Ravy.

    Top 2 photos taken by Go Lucky Photography

    Be sure to visit the Bombay Brow Bar if you live in Van. This is were Frieda Pinto gets her brows done when she’s in town!!!

    Frieda Pinto and Karen the Brow sculptress

    If you can’t make it out to Vancouver to get your brows done, you can always shape them up at home. Here is an eye guide to how the ideal brow should look. Use a pencil to map out the points a, b and c. The middle point is the highest arch. If you tweeze, do it by a window in natural light so you can see everything:) Sometimes shaping can take a couple months, if your brows are not at your desired shape. I have had to grow in my brows a few times and start over because of a tweeze happy episode.

    I also like to trim my Bert brows by brushing them up, then trim some hair, brush them down and trim some hair. It makes them look neat and clean.

    Once you have shaped, tweezed and trimmed, it’s time for brow makeup. (optional)
    When picking eyebrow tones, always go a bit lighter than your brow hair. (like if you have black brows, get a dark brown-never black) Use light strokes with an angle brush to fill in any spots. As you age, your brows actually get shorter, so ladies, you may need to be filling them in a bit on the ends to match the ideal eyebrow.. But again, the key is finding the right color, and a light hand. To keep them in place you can use a brow wax, and for an inexpensive option, use clear mascara (works awesome!!)

    Are you comfortable doing your own brows? Where is the best place to get brows done where you live?

    Have a perfectly shaped day!

    Daily affirmation “I am willing to learn how to take good care of my body.”-Louise Hay

  • Hello! It’s Monday:)

    Let’s run out of the blocks on a good foot! Here’s a video with me sharing one of my new favorite recipes.

    I got this recipe from ohsheglows.com

    Here’s what you need

    • 2 cans of chickpeas
    • 3 cups white vinegar
    • 1 tsp Coarse sea salt
    • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

    Rinse chickpeas, bring vinegar and chickpeas to a boil, let it sit for 30min, line a baking sheet with tin foil,  preheat oven to about 400,  massage chickpeas with olive oil and salt before putting them in oven, bake for about 40min, keep an eye on them, you want brown/crispy-not burnt!

    Take them to a movie, instead of getting popcorn?

    Let me know how it goes! Do you have any non processed recipes we would like?

    Daily affirmation
    I release the need to blame others.” -Louise Hay

  • Happy Sunday!
    I slept in a bit today, guess I needed it!  Once I finally did get up, we ran to Tim’s, got some coffee and headed out to the ball diamond to play in a softball tournament with some friends. I use to play fairly competitive ball growing up, so I feel right at home on the field! I wish I played more. My boyfriend got a home run! woo hoo!
    Here ‘s me hitting the ball:)
    Now GIVER!!!
    I played softball all day, came home, had a quick Vega shake and now I am turning around and going to go to another one of my favorite things….
    Singing tonight with my amazing choir! I wrote this post on facebook  a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to share it with you here:)
    I have been in and out of the VOC Gospel choir for 10 years. When I moved to the states I was “out” of the choir for almost 6 years! But when I came back to Vancouver, I said…”I need to find Checo!’ Get me back in the VOC.

    The reason the choir is what it is, is because of an extraordinary man who leads the choir named Checo Tohomaso. Years ago I remember Checo showing me his photo albums of him on tour with Marvin Gaye and Lionel Ritchie. In the pictures they all had massive afro’s and bell bottoms on, standing outside their tour bus. Checo toured the world with these guys, singing backups and playing keys!! Checo was so humble about his success, and I just thought to myself, “wow I am so blessed to be a part of this choir” He is so talented it blows my mind.
    So here I am, back in Vancouver, and then Checo left the choir:( to take some time off and go back home (Florida, Hawii…-he’s always somewhere hot! lol)

    But…Now he is back, VOC is rockin and last night was unlike anything I have ever experienced. We had a great practice, I sat beside a sweet young asian girl who didn’t speak very good english, but man could she sing. We were both Alto’s so I said…”ok…please sing louder in my ear so I can hear our part…you sound so good!!” She just laughed and carried on singing her heart out.
    At the end of choir, everyone was dispersing, putting away chairs, talking, getting ready to leave. THEN…this same girl I sat beside, took Checo aside and said she was about to go under radiation and would like for him to keep her in his prayers. WELL… of course Checo stops and gets on the mic and tells everyone the situation, that WE ALL need to pray for this young girl. Then, without an ounce of hesitation EVERYONE stopped whatever they were doing and all congregated around this girl…THEN…one of the soloists grabbed the mic and started saying a prayer for this girl and everyone gathered and put their hands on each others backs (kinda like avitar, lol) but the prayer continued and tears were pouring down this girls face. It was such a powerful moment. (of course I was bawling!) There were no ego’s, just love and caring for another human being. Someone I just met that night. I hope she has a very fast recovery and that she is soon at 100% health. I hope that the choirs loving energy fought out some of her dis-ease.
    I am grateful to have experienced such a vibrant moment.

    Checo and I :)
    Looking good!!
    I’m back there somewhere! I see my tattoo!! ha
    This is when a few of us from choir got to sing backups for the New Kids On The Block!! So much fun!

    Are you involved in something in your community you love? Please do share!

    Daily affirmation: ”I let go of all expectations” -Louise Hay

  • Good morning!

    Hope your ready to enjoy this summertime Saturday.

    I just got back from a 5km run and i’m getting ready to spend a few hours at my friends skin clinic in Yaletown, Vancouver. A couple members of the staff are away in Palm Springs this weekend, so I’m going to help out and answer phones, keep things under control at the front! I can confidently say, this is the best skin care place in Vancouver and if you live here, you should check it out. sknclinic.ca

    I cut my own bangs again last night!! BAD IDEA after a glass of wine. They look okay, but I should just go get them cut professionally already.yes, these are the scissors I used!!! YIKES!!!

    Do you ever cut your own hair?

    This was after a parade went by our apartment. That was fun!

    inflatable puppy

    Well, I gotta run…so have a great day ok!!

    Daily affirmation

    “I am in tip top shape.” Louise Hay

  • Gooooooood Morning Vietnam!!! (remember that Robin Williams movie?)

    How’s your Friday going? Shaping up to be a nice day here. I am warming up my voice as I write this, I have a lot of auditions this am.

    Had an “a ha” moment….As I have been getting healthier and eating better, I have been cooking more and I noticed the lack of counter space I have. Then I eyed up my microwave and thought “do I really need you?” You know how sometimes you ponder ideas and think, ahh, I better think about this for a bit. I didn’t even flinch. It was like-microwave, you are gone. NOW. BAM. So we put it down by the “community area” of my building, where people leave things they no loner want.

    bye bye lil buddy!!

    I've always been know for my beautiful hand writing!

    Felt good to get rid of it, and the extra counter space is amazing!! If we have leftovers, just throw em in the oven, or in a frying pan on the stove.

    How are your eating habits this week? Have you been eating clean, whole foods? Wanna try a recipe that is full of iron and a great snack…..INTRODUCING KALE CHIPS.  (got the recipe from Allrecipes.com)

    Ingredients

    • 1 bunch kale
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

    Directions

    1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
    3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

    *here is before I put them in the oven…

    *and after…

    My boyfriend is obsessed with them. They are sooo good. Light and Crispy.

    Last thing I want to mention today is affirmations. Do you do affirmations? I try to do them, but I often forget, so I have decided that everyday I will leave an affirmation at the end of my post. (to remind us both:) I will use ones from Louise Hay and then when I run out of ones from her, maybe i’ll start making them up…we’ll see. She has like 2 years worth tho! ha.

    So the best way to do this is just for 30 seconds or so, close your eyes and say the affirmation over in your head and really feel it and what it means to you. Let me know what you think! Here’s todays:

    I am aware. Louise Hay

    Have an wonderful Friday!