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Celebrate Canada 150 | Toronto Events

By: Dana Sondak

Canada, a country of new beginnings, acceptance, freedom, All Dressed chips and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars. We’re the land of maple syrup, poutine and hockey.

To commemorate Canada’s 150 birthday there are some special events happening across Canada.  Here are some events happening in Toronto

Snap & Share Photo Contest

Toronto City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square

Entry period: May 15 – July 31 | No cost to submit entry

Every year Toronto holds a photo contest. This year, the contest returns with a special TO Canada with Love category. This gives the opportunity for people to submit their photos of Toronto’s parks, natural spaces and recreation centres for a chance to win prizes and have their photos featured in City of Toronto publications. Share your photos on social media with #SnapShareTO, and submit your entries at toronto.ca/photocontest.

Canada Days

 

When: June 30 to July 3 | Cost: Free

Prepare for four days of fun with this citywide celebration. There will be a four-day festival at Nathan Phillips Square from June 30 to July 3 and one-day events at Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West and Scarborough Civic Centre on July 1. Barenaked Ladies, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, dvsn, Belly, Basia Bulat and many more will be performing at these locations throughout these days, so don’t miss out! Full details can be found on toronto.ca/canadadays.  

ROMWalks Plus: 150 Years of King Street

When: June 11, July 2, August 13, September 10 | Cost: Tickets: $10.00

Take a tour down King Street East and see how the community, businesses, public buildings, shops and transit have evolved from fruition to present day. These tours are rain or shine, so be prepared to bring an umbrella! Click here for full details.

Carly Rae Jepsen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

When: June 17 | Cost: $75.00

The “Call Me Maybe” singer herself is making her must-see TSO debut! JUNO Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing her hit singles at Roy Thomson Hall with a full orchestra. Definitely not to be missed! Click here for full details and tickets.

 Splash!: Canada 150

When: June 23 | Cost: $35.00

This year, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is hosting a special event series with five themed parties throughout the year! On June 23, swim over to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. This event is 19+ and will feature Canadian-themed music, food, drinks and an epic Caesar bar. Sharks, jellyfish and Caesars? Count us in! Check out the other themed parties that will happen later this year and buy tickets here!

Ontario 150 Tour

When: July 1 – August 13 | Cost: Free

From July 1 – August 13, the Ontario 150 Tour will travel to six ports in Ontario to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Featuring the West Coast Lumberjack Show, the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, Rhythm of the Nation (Rythme de la Nation), live music and lots of fun. Who wouldn’t want to see the World’s Largest Rubber Duck??

Catch the Ontario 150 Tour in any of the following ports: Toronto, Owen Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Midland, Amherstberg and Brockville. For more info click here.

Downsview Park Canada Day Festival

When: July 1 | Cost: Free

For those that don’t want to make the trek downtown, head over to Downsview Park for food, rides, music and a fireworks display at sunset to end the day with a bang! (No pun intended). Fun for the whole family! **Disclaimer: entry may be free, but food and drink are not. For more information click here.

Nuit Blanche Toronto

When: September 30, 2017 | Cost: Free

The sunset to sunrise contemporary art event is back for its 12th year in Toronto. This year’s theme “Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures” focuses on Canada’s history as a nation.

The installations will focus on notions of Identity and Nationhood, including Migration, Displacement, Colonialism, Power and Privilege, Settlement, the Natural Landscape, Distance, Exploration, Adaptation and Reconciliation. See a full map of art installations online at nbto.com.

 

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5 Minute Makeup Routine for an on-the-go PR Professional

By Dana Sondak

Mornings can be tough and putting on your makeup at 8 a.m. can be a daunting task when it’s hard to open your eyes, so we’ve put together a five-minute makeup routine to make your lives easier.

Skincare

Having a skincare routine will make your makeup application easier, faster and flawless. Cleanse and hydrate your face at night and first thing in the morning. Consistency is key for clear skin. We love The Ordinary line which is under the umbrella of Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty Company. There are three products we love, which will help hydrate your skin and get it ready to apply makeup. Prices range from $4.90 to $17.80. All the products are lightweight and fragrance free. No fuss, no frills; truly “clinical formulations with integrity”.

Step 1: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG | Price: $6.70

This water-based solution will help with those pesky undereye bags and puffiness.

Step 2: Salicylic Acid 2% Solution | Price: $4.90

Use this to help clear any current breakouts and prevent future ones.

Step 3: Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA | Price: $5.80

This lightweight and fast absorbing cream is the last step to leave your skin hydrated and prepped for makeup. Price: $5.80

Now we’re ready for a quick makeup routine that will leave you feeling polished and professional.

 

Primer

Start with an illuminating or dewy primer to make your makeup last longer, look smoother and give your skin a healthy glow. NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Illuminating Primer is a great option for a low cost ($20 CAD).

 

Concealer

Next, spot conceal under your eyes and on any blemishes you want to cover up. No need for a full face of foundation. Using a bit of concealer will still give you the coverage you want, and take away the chance of having cakey foundation throughout the day.

 

Powder

Most people wouldn’t consider this a necessary step; we think otherwise. Dust a light layer of any powder over the concealer to make it last longer, look more natural and keep oil at bay.

 

Bronzer or Blush

If you want a more bronzed contoured look, use any brush and dust your favourite bronzer along the hollow of your cheeks (line your brush up with your tragus and the corner of your mouth as a guide) and the corners of your forehead. You’ll look sunkissed and put together.

If you’re more into a rosy flush, use a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks to add some colour and life to your face and skip the bronzer (or use both if you’re feeling rebellious).   

The Elf Beauty Blush and Bronzer Duo has both in one convenient package.

 

Eyebrows

This step may be unnecessary for some but lightly filling in or shaping your eyebrows can make you look polished. Use a tinted brow gel, like the Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel and comb through your brows to help fill in sparse areas by mimicking real hair strands, and keep the hairs in place (and going in the right direction).

 

Mascara

A bit of mascara goes a long way. Apply on top and bottom lashes (yes, even the baby bottom lashes). This will open your eyes, making you look more awake and complete the look. Don’t waste your money on a high-end mascara. The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara by Maybelline has a mega brush to separate and lengthen for clump free lashes.

 

Tinted Lip Balm

Finish the look by using a tinted lip balm to hydrate your lips and give them a light wash of colour. You can throw one in your purse and reapply without worrying about smudging your lipstick, or sticky lipgloss.   

 

Tips

For an even faster makeup routine find multi-use products. Nudestix Nudies is an all over face colour that’s quick and easy to use. Swipe on your cheeks, lips and eyes and blend with your finger or the brush conveniently on the other side of the stick, for a natural “no makeup” makeup look.

Use a hydrating mist for a midday boost. This will freshen up your makeup and add some moisture giving you a fresh glow. The Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater retails for only $9 CAD, and is small enough to keep in your purse.

Have your own makeup tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Become a morning person by changing up your coffee routine

By Leah Dermo

Between work, family, friends, personal fitness, eating properly and finding time for our hobbies, our hectic schedules can often feel like a balancing act. Most days, we need a little caffeine kick to give us that motivation to push through the rest of our to-do list. If you’re familiar with the world of public relations and communications, you fall into the category of most caffeinated profession (before police, teachers and doctors). The average Canadian drinks about 152 liters of coffee each year, placing coffee as the most commonly consumed beverage in the country (even before water).

If you follow any of our social media accounts (@glo_comm), you’ll know one thing about TeamGLO is that we love our coffee. While most of us have fallen into the same daily Starbucks routine, TeamGlo wants to inspire change and add a little creativity to your mug of morning glory.

Here are some different ideas to spruce up your coffee routine this spring:

 

 

1. Vanilla Latte Smoothie Bowl 

Smoothie bowls have been taking over Instagram for months, and for obvious reason: they’re good for you, delicious and almost too beautiful to eat (almost). Thanks to Pinterest and ToneItUp.com, we’ve found a smoothie bowl that gives you the right amount of flavour, nutrition and kick to start any day on the right foot. Check out the full recipe here:

½ cup almond milk (made into ice cubes)

¾ cup unsweetend almond milk (optional: chocolate almond milk)

1 shot espresso

1 scoop Vanilla Latte Perfect Fit Protein (or any vanilla protein)

½ cup frozen banana slices

 

Source: https://www.toneitup.com/recipe/vanilla-latte-smoothie-bowl/

 

 

2. Coffee smoothie 

Experiment with different ingredients such as bananas, rolled oats, cocoa powder, flax seeds, honey, cinnamon, frozen fruit, almond or soy milk, avocado and whatever else you can think of. Ingredients and amounts will vary depending on the person and preferences, and keep in mind, trial and error is a critical step before perfecting your coffee smoothie.

For those who are taking your personal fitness to a new level this year, jacking up your coffee might be the next step. In a blender, add a cup of your morning joe, one scoop your favourite protein (Vanilla or Chocolate flavour would be the ideal flavour blend), ice and ¼ cup of almond or soy milk for a DIY jacked up iced cappuccino

 

3. Bulletproof coffee

Bulletproof coffee has been taking the internet by storm and is increasingly becoming more popular for those who are choosing a healthy lifestyle. Like many health trends, people will often jump on the bandwagon without knowing the actual health benefits or how it’s any better from the old way of doing things.

By adding a creamy fat to your coffee such as butter, coconut oil or coconut cream, the caffeine is metabolized which increases energy and cognitive function while regulating cholesterol. Sweeteners used in bulletproof coffees like cocoa, vanilla, honey and maple syrup are all significantly better for your overall health than the bleached granular sugar packets that are available at most coffee shops. Cinnamon and coffee is like PB and J, however what some people may not know is that cinnamon allows for glucose regulation for people with insulin issues. These are just a few of the health benefits of bulletproof coffee, although, we would not recommend using this to replace breakfast or any meal as it does not provide your body with all the necessary nutrients that you get from a nutritious meal.

 

 

4. DIY Iced coffee

Not only will you save money by making your own iced coffee, but making it with coffee ice cubes make your drink less watered down and will give you that extra kick you need. Make one to two extra cups of coffee one morning and let it cool down while you’re getting ready for work or class. Before you head out, pour the excess coffee into ice trays and leave in the freezer for the rest of the day. They’ll be good to go by the time you need your next coffee fix!

 

5. Spiked

Coffee and alcohol is like Sonny and Cher– they just work together. There are so many specialty coffees you can make from the comfort of your own home as the perfect end to a dinner party or a long day. Add Bailey’s, whiskey, bourbon, sambuca or vanilla vodka to your cup of coffee to warm you and your guests from the inside out.  

 

 

How do you take your coffee? We’d love to hear your coffee hacks & tips. If you liked this post, share to your social networks and tag GLO Communications 🙂

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Planning the perfect girls getaway

By: Leah Dermo

Everyone has their own travel essentials. Some would never hop on a plane without their camera while others wouldn’t leave their house without a neck pillow and the latest Cosmo magazine. Oscar Wilde says he never travels without his diary … BUT we say never travel without your best girls.

There’s nothing quite like a good girl squad to make for the perfect vacation. Between rooming with your besties, having your meals prepared for you, being served frozen cocktails and staying up way past your bedtime to dance the night away, the ultimate girls getaway can cure almost anything.

There’s a lot of thought and planning that goes into any great trip. To avoid disagreements we’ve compiled some tips to keep in mind when planning the ultimate girls’ getaway for the best girls’ weekend yet!

Be selective:

It’s critical to make sure the group you’re going with gets along (at least for the most part). Nothing will ruin a trip faster than two frenemies hashing it out when you’re sharing rooms. Sometimes, the smaller the group the better; it’s easier to commit with a small group of a few good friends who genuinely care about each other rather than going with a big group who are competing to get what they want.

Decide what you want from the vacation:

It’s also important to make sure that everyone who is going has a similar goal in mind or has similar interests so there will be minimal disagreements, not only on your vacation, but in the planning process beforehand. Do you want to have your meals prepared by some of the best chefs in the world for the perfect Instagram photo opp? Do you want to go on adventures and party until the sun comes up or would you prefer peace and quiet? Do you want a little bit of both? Whatever your preference is for your trip, make sure everyone has a say to avoid anyone feeling left out.

Compromise:

Unless you travel regularly, a trip is usually a special occasion. Since everyone on the trip is going to be saving a lot of their hard-earned cash to go away, it’s important to consider everyone’s thoughts, feelings and preferences around the destination, airline and hotel. Although you might not necessarily all get exactly what you want every time, a little give and take never hurt anyone and is crucial for a successful trip.

Do your research :

Be prepared and do your research on where you are going, how your getting there, where you will be staying and everything in between! Google when the best time of year is to visit, when hurricane season is, hotels, restaurants and bar reviews, must-see places, excursions, customs (whether to tip your bartender and how much is expected), etc. Although the Internet can be particularly useful for seeking answers, it wouldn’t hurt to use a few different platforms such as travel agencies and social networks to see what previous travellers think you should know before embarking on your next journey. Some of our favourite go-to travel sites are DK Eyewitness Travel and Travelzoo  which covers the latest travel news and deals.

Plan, but don’t marry your plan:

Some of us would have no problem getting on a plane tomorrow with a backpack and no set plan,  while for others, they have already planned out tomorrow’s outfit. While it’s certainly important to be organized for your adventure, it’s also important to be flexible, especially in a group. Imagine “subject to change” is stamped across your itinerary so you don’t feel bad about missing your 8 a.m. snorkeling session for a late brunch with the girls.
Although planning a group trip may seem stressful at times, keep in mind, the purpose of this trip is to have fun and take a break from the stresses of everyday life. Try to enjoy every moment, from chaotic to-do lists to foreign airports, because memories come from the least expected adventures of the trip. 

 

 

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