Twist the bones and bend the back

820x421-2-2spell.jpgSeeing as j’adore Halloween I figured I would post about some of my favourite sisters….. no, not my sisters but the SANDERSON SISTERS!


Not only do I love how they are all about eternal life, they’re all about their sisters!






…. and boys



They sing, they dance, they go on an ‘adventure’ to get Book and  look fabulous doing it!



These sisters ARE Halloween for me, I can’t wait for this weekend so I can decorate my house and watch Hocus Pocus and channel my inner witch-y sister!

I did a quiz on Buzzfeed to find out which sister I would be… I got Winnifred!

Which sister did you get?


Ais xo

Women Crush Wednesday: Louise Penny

This week’s WCW is the author Louise Penny.  

 I’ve mentioned before that I spent the summer reading her Inspector Gamache mystery series. As luck has it, my book club chose the newest Louise Penny book for our November book. So I’m back at it with Inspector Gamache and loving it. 

Thank you Ms. Penny!

Here are just a few of the reasons I find her mystery series so compelling. 

It’s set in Canada. And she really gets the Great White North. 

She describes the crisp white snow of the Quebec wilderness and I feel at home. 

She captures the creature comforts of the Canadian winter and has me looking forward to a crackling fire while a fresh snow fall decorated the yard. 

Coffee, French bread, cheese. 

The characters are just as rich. The mystery is compelling without being tense or gruesome. So, thank you Ms. Penny for the perfect sofa-in-front-of-crackling-fire book. 




Girl Power!

These girls were my preteen years



I loved that all they wanted to do was sing, and hang out with each other. ✌🏻

I definitely pulled ideas from each of their wardrobes to create whatever ” style” I thought I had. I remember in grade 7 I had a pair of platform sneakers that I wore EVERYDAY. Niamho and S both had a pair as well. #triplets



There were MANY summers at the lake where I would pull Niamho and our younger cousins into one of the back rooms all so I could teach them the newest choreograph I had come up with to go to Wannabe.
My older cousins, S , aunts/ uncles and parents all had to tolerate A LOT of performances

These girls were all about promoting women being independent, strong and totally fearless! They broke through the charts adding pop back into the industry when r&b , alt rock and hip hop were dominating. They opened the door for so many women artists and girl groups!

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I think it’s time for another reunion tour!spicegirls4


Ais xo


This girl can literally do it all, dance, act, direct, she even learned how to do taekwondo  and archery for a role! She is awesome!

She can pull off blue and green!  That’s right! I’m talking about Zoe Saldana

This down to earth woman is a mother of 3 and her husband deserves a shout out because he took her last name!! How badass is that?!  Girl power!


I first fell in love with Zoe when I saw Center Stage where she played the role of Eva. She is so graceful and gentle you can’t take your eyes off her when she dances.

danceAvatar, Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, Crossroads, Pirates of the Caribbean, her resume just gets better and better and is still growing! She has signed on to movies all the way up until 2025! Talk about being in demand!

Anyone who has worked with her is always raving about how kind she is and how hard working she is. She stays focused and trains as hard as she can to be able to do the role justice. She even met with the original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols. She is all about promoting women in the industry and around the world!

We will be seeing so much more of this rad chick and I am ready for it!zs

So what? You’re Still a Rockstar!


This week has been total rollercoaster for the pop music world  with Taylor Swift’s new video, if anyone has missed it, you can watch it here. It seems like everyone is decoding the disses in her new video and especially the last scene.


Throughout the  video she brings forth all the past shade from other celebrities and media as well as her past “characters/old self” to  break down all her old stereotypes and reputations. As always Taylor gets the last word in a fight and she brings(ends?) this fight to all her haters.

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Now I love TSwizzle and I have major respect for her new vid which tries to rid herself of her past and her haters yet this week I think Taylor should take a note out of the baddest, rocking-est, feminist, self love promoter Pink!


Pink is cool, wise, strong and the epitome of a badass woman! Pink has met her fair share of haters yet she always stands up for her true self and promotes self love beyond all.

At the VMAs this week she won the Vanguard Award and delivered such a moving and inspiring speech for all.


Pink calls on everyone to love themselves, to celebrate what makes us different and to be true to who we are. Pink has never failed in being just who she is and encouraging us all to live our own truths. When the world gets you down pull a Pink, go home, make a powerpoint and remember to be yourself.

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And if that doesn’t work, rock out to this song, cause so what? You are still a Rockstar!!

WCW: Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants


This week our WCW goes out to a group of women. We think this group is pretty appropriate given that we are a sisterhood (but for real).

So here are 5 reasons we WCW the ladies of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants: Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrara.

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  1. #Squadgoals

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2. Longevity: Although it’s been over a decade since the first move, the stars of the Sisterhood of the Travelling pants are still the very best of friends.

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They are planning for a future Sisterhood with their children.

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3. They celebrate each other.

We love that they are each other’s Champions and support network.

Here’s an example. Amber Tamblyn had her directorial debut this year with Paint it Black.  The sisterhood showed up for her.  Amber Tamblyn is quoted as saying, “She’s (America’s) seen the movie like four times at this point. She’s sort of like my biggest champion in seeing it. It’s Blake’s first time seeing it, it’s Alexis’ first time seeing it. So, we all go to each other’s stuff and all support each other.”

When America Ferrara was in a play, who showed up to cheer her on? Her Sister Squad!

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This sisterhood cheers on each other’s accomplishments. That gets three cheers from us.

4. They cherish their friendships 

5. They celebrate Women

Here they are at different Womens Marches, marching for women, together.

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Women supporting women. That’s something we get behind.


I love Kandee (you should too)

Kandee Johnson is so much fun!

Kandee-Johnson-SinfulColors-Nail-PolishShe is a makeup artist who not only does classic makeup styles she also does incredible transformations.I found her years ago when I was searching YouTube for Halloween makeup tutorials. Boy did I get lucky finding her! Whether it is for every day make up or totally wild makeup her vlogs are amazing and so super helpful!  She takes you step by step showing you which makeup products she uses and how she uses them. She also shows you tips and tricks of the trade and di14650724_10153974761951662_133408480220038796_nfferent ways to get the same look depending on your level of makeup skills. She does celebrity makeup working on shows, movies, commercials and special appearances. Conan O’Brien, Janice Dickinson and Katy Perry are just a few of the celebrities she has worked on.

She is extremely positive and passionate. Many of her followers reach out to her for support and she is always there for a virtual hug or real one if stopped in person.

Next to her makeup and fashion blog she also has a mommy and everyday blog called Kandeeland. It focuses more on her day-to-day life, crafts, cooking and her children.

Kandee and I are similar in the sense that we both love glitter, sparkles and anything shiny. The beautiful thing I like the most about her is that she can find a shimmer of beauty in all situations and knows how to shine.

The vlog that hooked me is below and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!


If you are into costumes, cool bright hair or makeup you’ll be hooked!

Happy Make-uping



Each Wednesday one of us will be posting about Wicked Women or more popularly known as our Women Crush Wednesday (WCW).

I’m up first and these days my WCW is Roxy Earle.

If you don’t know her, can I suggest: get to know her!

She’s a Torontonian, body positivity activist and a lover of everything fabulous.

Roxy looking Glam. (Is there any other kind of Roxy?)

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Roxy, please excuse me borrowing the photographs!

I started following Roxy when I saw her on Real Housewives of Toronto.  What I admired first was how articulate she was in a conflict.  During the show, Roxy was “confronted” (I put confronted in quotes because when it fell flat due to Roxy’s eloquent response, the anticipated confrontation fizzled), by a fellow housewife who decided she was going to educate and scold Roxy.  Roxy responded respectfully and maturely – and she shut it down!

Maybe I pay special attention to that given my profession, but when somebody can say precisely what they intend to say in the face of someone yelling at them, I say bravo.

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Following on that, I watched Roxy with interest and when she turned her experience and new fame into a body positivity movement, the WCW was solidified.

Add to that her profound love of her dog, Lola, and she got me. If only I could treat Q to the kind of pampering her pooch gets.

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What dog doesn’t need her nails did?

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And, these shirts! The cutest, Am I right?

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I follow Roxy on instagram and can say that she regularly gets her glam squad to prep her for her big days out on the town.

I had an event in Toronto last month and tried to book the same glam squad: Fancy Face, but they were all booked up  Next time Fancy Face, next time!  What I love, is that they come to your house as you get ready there.  Such luxury.

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Now if you weren’t convinced already, you should know she also loves her current hometown Toronto.  Although we are based on Ottawa, I totally respect the Canadian pride.  Plus my head office is in Toronto and looks out on a similar beautiful view.

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Roxy, I look forward to seeing what everyday adventures you go on next.

Thank you!