Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Best Part Of Wedding Planning Has Arrived.. Cake Tasting!

Last Friday night we headed to my dear friend and cake maker extraordinaire Jen's of Custom Cakes By Jenz house to taste her most popular as well as my fav flavours for our wedding cake.

Jen and I have been friends for over 10 years now and since she began her baking adventure she has been my go to gal for all my cake and cupcake needs so when I got engaged I didn't even worry about the cake because I always knew I would ask her to design it.

Without saying too much, together we have come up with a classy yet chic design that I cant wait to see on the day of! She gets me and she puts up with my ever changing mind and that's why I love her!

She also invited us to stay for dinner... now I must mention at this point that her husband is as fab a cook as she is a baker so I couldnt say no.  We started with a caprice salad, just look as this presentation!
Then we were presented with fresh oysters followed by a seafood pasta and this amazing fish which I cant remember the name of but it was amazing!
After we stuffed our face and gave ourselves a food break we moved on to the reason we were there... CAKE! We tried everything from her to die for coconut to her new apple spice flavour which let me just tell you left me begging for more! She gave us generous sized samples in the form of cupcakes and mini cupcakes and took her time to explain everything from what flavours work best with others and what would work best for our fall wedding.
Jen is also adding to our sweet table with cake pops. Something that is new to her but never one to say no to a challenge she pulled it off and had mock ups for us to try. They turned out amazing!! So moist and bite sized, I cant wait to see these displayed.
We then talked about the styling of the cake. Its going to be 5 tiers... yes 5! I wanted height and she suggested adding another layer would give me the drama I wanted. Here is a mock up she threw together to give me an idea of the height. Don't mind the square in middle though.
My cake has been one of the least stressful parts of my wedding and a HUGE part of that had to do with Jen! Her "no problem" attitude is amazing and her skills are second to none. I have zero doubt that my wedding cake will be stunning and taste amazing.

THANK YOU JEN! I heart you!!

If you are in the Toronto/ GTA area I highly suggest checking her out. Not only is she VERY reasonably priced and her cakes look amazing, they taste amazing too which is the best part!

Visit her website or her Facebook page to see samples and connect with her for all your cake needs.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Im a Cougar in My Cougar Boots!

Can I tell you a secret?

I'm about to marry a man 5 years younger than me *gasp*. There are some who think its no big deal and then there are others who lovingly call me a cougar :) I don't know if Id consider myself a "cougar" BUT I do know one thing.... I love me some Cougar Boots!!

My friends over at Matchstick thought of me for their new campaign with Cougar Boots a Canadian company that makes products that are able to withstand even the harshest Canadian winters. Thank god for them because Ive been a cold toe sufferer every winter and Ive never been able to find a boot that actually keeps me warm.... Until now!

The boots arrived in this fun box which makes storing them in the summer easy!
The style I chose was called Mirage, it has a cute wedge and is made of both leather and suede.
I have to say I was really worried these wouldn't fit as I have a hard time with high boots thanks to my stupid...I mean sexy thick calves so when I tried these on and they didn't zip all the way up I wasn't shocked but not one to give up on such a fabulous boot I slouched them down a bit and stretched the "elastic" part on the back of the boot around and voila they zipped up!

So yes I have to wear them slightly slouchy but you know what? It works! Ive had so many compliments on them that I don't care that they don't go all the way up to my knees. If you do however want to see a good example of someone who's legs they do go up to check out my girl Lena's review.

This is how they look on moi... excuse the bad Blackberry pic.... not so bad huh?
These are seriously one of the most comfy boots I've ever tried on. There was no "breaking in" period required and even after hours and hours of running errands for the wedding my feet still felt great!

Check out some of the details on these babies. First the cute and stylish faux zipper detail at the front.
As I mentioned there is a little bit of elastic give at the back which comes in very handy for me and my sexy thick calves lol.
There is even a leather strap just to make it all that more stylish on the back on the ankle.
The inside is lined with polar plush fleece and these boots are waterproof so I'm pretty much covered for 3 out of 4 seasons here in Canada with these!!
I couldn't be happier with my new Cougar Boots! I would recommend them to anyone who's in the market for a quality pair of boots that will last you years!

Check out the Cougar Boot website for a location nearest you or to shop online!

* This product was sent by PR for consideration however all reviews are based on my own opinions.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Get Into The Halloween Spirit With LUSH!

LUSH’s limited edition Halloween and Day of the Dead products have arrived and this year they have online only exclusives as well as in store products to get you in the spirit!


Being a LONG time fan of LUSH, You can imagine my excitement when I opened the door and the delivery guy handed me this... 






I rushed to open it and found some of the Limited-Edition Halloween items you can get in stores! Woohoo!



Ive been obsessed with shower gels ever since our new master bathroom had a rain shower installed so I was so looking forward to trying the GHOST shower gel out. It smells amazing and has a slight pretty iridescent sheen to it.



GHOST SHOWER GEL
($17.95 for 250ml / $27.95 for 500ml)
Spiritually uplifting & shimmery
Made with rose and dove orchid infusions, this shower gel is translucent, lovely and only around for a moment before it disappears.


The Calavara Bath Bomb is something that's totally new to me. I'm not really a bath person BUT I have a very special young lady in my life who lives for LUSH's bath bombs and I know she will be so excited to try this one out. This too smells amazing and although a little messy when handling Ive heard great things about these bombs.



CALAVERA BATH BOMB ($5.95)
An explosion of vibrant colors to lift your spirits!
Calaveras are an iconic image for Mexican Day of the Deadcelebrations, and we at LUSH like to fill ours up with marigold petals and zesty lime oil to make your bath time festive, not frightening!


Lastly the Pumpkin Soap is not only fun but smells spicy and yummy just like pumpkin pie! It gives off an amazing fall feeling when smelling it and just like LUSH's other soaps you cant go wrong with this one!



PUMPKIN SOAP ($6.95)
Our spicy Fall soap warms you up when you're chilled to the bone
This limited edition soap is pumpkin-colored and shaped with a lovely and rejuvenating scent of cinnamon, good enough to eat.


If you are a LUSH fan like myself you know that limited editions don't last so head to your  local LUSH store or shop online in your pj's for these amazing Limited-Edition Halloween goodies!


* These products were sent by PR for consideration however all reviews are based on my own opinions.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Video: September's Luxe Box By Loose Buttons

Yup, I'm a wee bit late with this review/video but as the saying goes... better late than never!

 If you've spent any time on social media lately you've heard about a fab Canadian based company called Loose Button and their equally fab Luxe Boxes. Ever wondered what type of items the box consists of?

Below is a video explaining what was in my September Luxe Box and what I thought of it.



So what are your thoughts on Loose Button's Luxe Box?
Are you already a subscriber?

* This product was sent by PR for consideration however all reviews are based on my own opinions.
 
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

On a Mission To Find a Coffee Shop That Provides #EqualCanada Sweeteners!

Remember my fabulous coffee date with a little princess last week? Well I was given the task again by the lovely folks at Collective Bias #Cbias to go on a mission to see if any local restaurant or coffee shop of my choice offered Equal #EqualCanada.

I chose Timothy's Cafe at our local mall for my coffee/catch up date with my girl Amelia. Well actually if you want the truth, my future husband had his bachelor party yesterday and was um... well hung over. His hangover food craving? EDO JAPAN! The only place to get Edo Japan near us was the mall as so I was sent of 2 missions., 1 for Equal and 1 for Edo lol.


I dont normally go to Timothy's as I generally think Tim Hortons when I was tea or coffee but this mission to find a place that serves Equal had me wanting to try something different. I looked around and found the area where they stocked all their sugars and sweeteners and noticed yet again that little blue Equal package was mission.


We placed our order, green teas with a shot of ginger in it (very refreshing) and then Amelia asked the girl serving us if they had any Equal available... the answer was (as suspected) nope...

They had all kinds of coffee and teas but no Equal Sweeteners... At this point I was told I wasn't allowed to take pictures so that kinda put a damper on the mission and we left.


And so the quest continues....

CHEERS!

For more information on Equal Canada visit:
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* This Shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias but views expressed are my own.

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Giveaway- WIN some Bling Bling Courtesy of Vendors’ Flea Market

Toronto/GTA Ladies listen up!


I'm excited to be working with Vendors’ Flea Market in Brampton, to bring you a local giveaway contest! Now, it’s no secret that when people think of “Flea Markets”, they don’t usually think of forward thinking tech-savvy businesses, but Vendor’s Flea Market isn’t your usual market! Not only is their blog a great place to get vendor information, updates on booth contests, giveaways and special events, but by joining them on their social media networks, you get access to community-only giveaways, specials and more!  
Vendors’ Flea Market, conveniently located 1 light East of Airport Road at 53 Parkhurst Avenue, offers hundreds of vendors, an International food court, excellent prices on high-ticket items like fine jewelry and electronic items and much more! They even have a HUGE discounted cosmetics area, with brand name goodies for a steal! They strive to be the kind of flea market that local businesses want to join, and local residents want to visit. 


What’s the prize? 
The giveaway prizes, to be awarded to two readers here on Faces by Farah, are:
1) A costume jewelry ring-the perfect thing to add a little “bling” to your wardrobe or to wrap up and give as a gift! (The Holidays are around the corner!)


2) A FREE jewelry cleaning Cloth! We all have that special piece of jewelry that could use a little shine-up to get back the sparkle, and now you can take this piece to a professional for cleaning free of charge!



Here’s how to enter:  
Note: The winner will be chosen randomly, so remember that the more times you enter the more likely you are to win!


Each step you complete equals 1 entry! Just remember to come back here to this site, and leave a comment for EACH step you complete, letting us know you’ve done it!


Mandatory entries:
* Like Vendors’ Flea Market on Facebook
* Follow Vendors' Flea Market on Twitter
* Tweet this: Im entered 2 #win a bling ring via @facesbyfarah & @vendorsflea market in #Brampton Visit http://ow.ly/6YJTU to enter #toronto #ontario


Extra entries: 

* Like Faces By Farah on Facebook
* Follow @FacesByFarah on Twitter


This contest will run from Oct. 16-Oct. 22, and is open to Local Toronto GTA area residents only. The winners will be contacted with instructions on claiming their prize on Oct. 25th! Good Luck, and have fun! 



Note: The lucky winners of this contest will be required to pick up/claim their prize IN PERSON at the Flea Market during business hours, so please only enter if you are local. 



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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Skin Hates Me!

With exactly 1 month till I become a MRS the stress is mounting and my skin is hating me for it!

Little tiny break outs everywhere.... tonight I'm going to take a minute to forget about all the vendor meetings, to do lists, DIY projects, problems and stress and have some me time with my Elizabeth Grant Collagen Face Pad..... EG's solution to ALL my problems... at least for half an hour!

*Serenity Now*

 
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

I Never Say No To Coffee!

I know a great opportunity when I get one so when Collective Bias  #CBias and Equal Canada #EqualCanada asked if I wanted to go on a coffee date to Tim Hortans I simply couldn't refuse!

Naturally I asked my BFF and her adorable 10 month old who I lovingly call Fuzz to join me at our local stand alone Tim Hortans.

Our purpose for going that afternoon was to find out if indeed Tim Hortans offered its customers Equal Sweetener as an option. I was actually curious about this because I always take my coffee with two milks and one sweetener but I never normally ask what brand of sweetener they used.

We waltzed in and placed our order. 1 double double for my bff, 1 two milk one sweetener for moi, 1 cheese biscuit for Fuzz and 1 chicken wrap on whole wheat to split. I then asked if they had Equal Sweetener and got an apologetic "no sorry" I asked if any other locations provided it and he wasn't sure but gave me extra packs of the other brands stuff. I was surprised to see the lack of options since Equal is usually offered everywhere.


Guess Fuzz wasnt too happy about this news...

Before I left I wanted to fill out my comment card I had to go through almost the entire staff to locate them and I finally did only to find out no one knew where I was supposed to drop it off LOL. Ah well I tried! 

I so needed this Friday catch up session, see one of my fav lil princesses, man I need a coffee because wedding planning is all I think about these days - break! 

*This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias  #cbias however all of the opinions are my own.*


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Think Pink For One Of The Breast Causes!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign that takes place every October to help increase awareness and raise funds for research into things like its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. The campaign is also a great opportunity to remind us ladies to be breast aware for earlier detection.
You can help raise awareness and help a charitable cause by thinking PINK this October! Here are just some of the many fabulous pink items out this month that support the cause.
Limited Edition BIC® Luminère® Candle Lighter
Retailing at just $6.99, us Canadians have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and survivors across the country. 
BIC® Luminère® candle lighters are available at major grocery and department stores across Canada including Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, LCL, Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, and Home & Hardware


Will donate 20% of all their distribution sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to provide funding for FREE mammograms, education and cancer research.
Available at cureologybeauty.com



Is offering 20% off all PINK Z Palettes for the entire month of October!

These are the ultimate customizable palettes! Ive talked about these palettes before, they are made with great quality and the clear top is genius!
Available at zpalette.com



PINK SHATTER Pink of Hearts Polish

"Shatter" Breast cancer with every purchase of this limited edition polish. OPI will be donating $5000 to ReThink Breast Cancer.
Available at Caryl Baker Visage and OPI.com

I think its so important to remind our mothers, daughters, friends and all the ladies in our lives that regular breast exams are a must. Fear & shame won't help save lives...early detection does!


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