My Favourite Places in Bali

These days, it seems like anyone and everyone has either been to Bali, or is planning to go. I recently went and was certainly not disappointed. I went from the end of February to the beginning of March, for 12 days including the insane amount of travel time to get there. It was pretty hot (about 30 degrees celsius) and extremely humid the entire time. Technically it was the end of rainy season, but it barely rained while we were there! And when it did, it was usually just overnight…. Read More

Want Better Hair and Nails? Take Your Vitamins

Every time I get my nails done (which I am terribly overdue for, seriously you should see the chipped 2-month-old mani I’m currently rocking), the technician always comments on how strong and long my nails are. She will often even call other staff members over to see for themselves. A bit over the top? Sure. But I suppose this is like nice teeth to a dentist, a beautiful piece of wood to a carpenter, a perfectly lit set to a photographer… you get my point. I have nice nails that… Read More

Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Feel Good About Giving

And receiving for that matter! As you know if you read my post Love, Death, and Mother’s Day, this day is a particularly tough one for me. But that doesn’t mean that I still can’t bring together a small list of ideas for you to gift to the special mother in your life. I’ve selected these ideas because they hit one or all of the following characteristics: local, organic/natural/handmade, or are no/low waste. I truly believe that every time we spend money, we cast a vote for the world we… Read More

Love, Death, and Mother’s Day

Oh, Mother’s Day. One of the toughest days of the year for me. And before I tell you why, I must make a disclaimer that I’m not looking for pity or sympathy. Telling my story simply helps people to understand why I am sensitive about this day, and why I am so hard on everyone to treat their mom like the queen that she is on this special day. Warning, I’m about to talk about some pretty heavy stuff, so I must make a trigger warning. I lost my mom to breast… Read More

Instahacks: The Benefits of Influencer Marketing for Your Business

Influencer marketing has become huge over the past couple of years. With 92% of consumers now trusting influencers more than an advertisement or traditional celebrity endorsement, it’s no wonder marketers of all kinds are shifting their budgets from traditional initiatives such as print to this rapidly evolving strategy. In 2016, most marketers using influencer marketing spent between $25,000 – $50,000 per program, and planned to double that spend to $50,000 – $100,000 per campaign for 2017. The proof is really in the pudding. I’ve been on both ends of influencer marketing… Read More

SKYE Footwear: Combining Style, Comfort, and Sustainability

I’m happy to be writing about yet another local Vancouver-based company this week. SKYE Footwear, a shoe company just off the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign (they surpassed their goal of $30,000 USD to raise a total of $43,000 USD!), has now launched into retail with three styles now available for purchase on their website. Founded on the premise of offering comfortable and stylish unisex designs that work with busy, active lifestyles, the company has also developed their shoe in a way that mitigates their environmental footprint. We all know that… Read More