Posts Written On November 08, 2013

The Bite Before Christmas @Bite_Bar

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“Tis the season of indulging, sharing time with family and friends and…biting?”

December is less than a month away, which means the holiday season/Christmas are like tomorrow (not really but you get what I mean.) So seeing as it’s already freezing cold like the holiday season, and Christmas is right around the corner; I vote that the holiday season starts now. And what better way to kick off the holiday season than with something sweet and Christmasy!

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sweet goodness!

Nisha, found of Toronto’s premiere bite-sized dessert bar Bite Bar, recently invited us to a tasting preview of the Bite Bar Holiday menu. If you’re a dessert lover like me, you can only imagine how excited I was to get there, and get to tasting ALL of the sweet treats! The menu was mouthwatering, featuring items like Naughty and Nice Bite sized chocolate cookie sandwiches with Bite Bar’s signature raspberry vodka buttercream, Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecakelettes, Bite Bar’s Cranberry Apple Spiked Cider and more! Our night was made even sweeter as we got to hang out with some of our favourite bloggers; and you know it was only a matter of time before we were laughing, taking selfies, as well as  tweeting, instagraming, and Facebooking all the decadence that we were being treated to. It was a deliciously fun night 🙂 Okay enough talking, more pictures. Enjoy!

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Naughty and Nice: Bite sized chocolate cookie sandwich with Bite Bar’s signature raspberry vodka buttercream. Yum!
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Bite Bar Cranberry Apple Spiked Cider!
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Dear Santa- December’s Bite of The Month!
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Nisha Amin-Agnihotri : Founder, Bite Bar
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some light reading…
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while I treated myself to a Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecakelette 🙂
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The lovely Telly enjoying the Bite Bar Chocolate Eggnog Martini 🙂
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Finger-licking good. You can’t fake that!
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Gourmet marshmallow bars in classic white chocolate, gingerbread and chocolate orange flavours.
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Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecakelettes with a peppermint infusion and chocolate mint sauce. So so good!
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Bite Bar Chocolate Eggnog Martini
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Yeah you do! The lovely Carcia 🙂
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#selfies all day everyday baby 🙂
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Yes indeed!
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Christmas cupcake gift bites!
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Christmas cupcake gift bites!
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Naughty and Nice Bite sized chocolate cookie sandwich. So cute!
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The Bite Bar wall! I want this in my condo.
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Dear Santa… I’ve been a really good girl 🙂
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What’s in your ‘Dear Santa’ letter?
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We love us some Meg!!
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Hey Nisha
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Such a fun night!

Some of my favourite things about the Bite Bar preview? I enjoyed all the treats, but I loved loved LOVED the Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecakelettes, the Bite Bar Cranberry Apple Spiked Cider was the bomb, I absolutely adored the Bite Bar wall, and of course it’s always fun times hanging out with some of my favourite people! Oh I also love that I was able to eat as many different treats as I wanted without feeling full and/or sick, all because of the cute (and tasty) little bite sizes! Bonus!!

A big thank you to Nisha for inviting us and spoiling us rotten with delicious treats and drinks. We had an amazing time as you can see!

stay sweet!

Bella

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Hurray! Now available @BurtsBees for Dogs

It is not secret that i LOVE my dog and i LOVE Burt’s Bees products so imagine my excitement when I found out there are now dog products!

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Here are a ton of new items and I can’t wait to try out the dental products, the shampoos and also the Nose and Paw Lotion! How cute! Jacob tried the Soothing Shampoo and Spray today. This cleanser features Eucalyptus Oil to provide powerful soothing and cooling to skin irritations and Honey to moisturize and hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. He looks bright, white, smooth and soft!

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The spray can also be used on the dog’s bed!

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Fetch…for pets! announces a new partnership with Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, a premier pet food and pet supply distributor. Phillips Pet will sell Burt’s Bees™ Natural Pet Care, a natural grooming and oral care line for dogs manufactured by Fetch…for pets!. The products will be available at the 12 Phillips Pet Food and Supplies distribution centers, which are strategically located across the United States.  Burt’s Bees™ Natural Pet Care is currently available from their distribution centers in Easton, PA and Taunton, MA with plans to fully roll out by 2014.

Find out more at http://burtsbeespets.com/

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Beauty Preview with Shiseido and Cle de Peau #ShiseidoWaterfall

The perfect way to break into the reality of Fall and to say hello to November is to attend a Spring 2014 Beauty Preview host by Shiseido and Cle de Peau at the Waterfall Mansion.  Located on the quaint 80th St in the Upper East Side. This venue is stunning!  I knew I had arrived when I saw the front gate that matched the perforated invited I received a few weeks back!

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I knew just a bit about Shiseido because because my mom cannot stop raving about them but I haven’t used any of their color cosmetics and skincare regularly. I was so interested and impressed by this event’s elegant presentation and product showcase!

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One of the really exciting Limited Edition products is this SPF foundation with a traditional kimono inspired design on the top. Each station had a Shiseido beauty expert explain and demo the products thoroughly.

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An actual waterfall inside the house!  How zen and beautiful. Notice the Shiseido logo projected on the waterfall for a really nice touch.  While perusing the spring collection, we had a complimentary sushi bar throughout the entire event, paired with coffee, teas and lychee drinks too!

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So I came home with a HUGE goodie bag of all the products and I can’t wait to try and review them all.  Here is a sneak peek at some of the new shades of the Lacquer Gloss and Lacquer Rouge.

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rs306Lacquer Gloss – There are 8 new shades coming this Spring!

Inspired by suki-urushi or “transparent lacquer.” Suki-urushi is a style of traditional Japanese lacquerware which involves high-quality raw lacquer that has a transparent, glossy finish with clear color.

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 Inspired by Japanese lacquer artistry, this 9,000-year old technique delivers exceptional lustrous shine and an almost wet-looking finish to a wide variety of pieces, called “lacquerware.

I will show you the swatches in Feb!

 

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@AYIDating Shares Eyebrow-Raising Data–Check It!

Are you ready for some insight into the wonderful world of dating? Cuz we’ve got the stats!

AYI.com (Are You Interested) is a fantastic way to meet people on Facebook that you might not otherwise get to interact with. What it does is connect you with singles who share the same interests (and friends!) as you. But with a recently launched filtering feature, users can now define the parameters and browse folks by ethnicity, body type, height and more.

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Here’s what the app looks like:

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and here:

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AYI.com has more than 70 million users and offers a completely integrated Facebook, iPhone and Android app, as well as a trusty website for at-home browsing.

Now for the stats! AYI.com analyzed over 2.4 million interactions among its current user base in the U.S. and found that:

  •  Asian woman had the highest success rate with online dating because they appealed to, and were also the preferred ethnicity for all men (except Asian men who preferred Latina women)
  •  Asian women preferred men of a different race
  • Men of black/African descent were the least likely to get a response (except from women of black/African descent, who are 3x more likely to reply than a non-black woman)
  • Women of black/African descent were the least likely to get a response from all men
  • Asian, Latina and white women preferred white men over other races while women of black/African descent preferred all over races over white men
  • Men of black/African descent and white men are more likely to respond to women of different races
  • White women are 2.4x more likely to respond to white men than men of black/African descent

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Eye-opening stuff, right? Maybe not? Let us know your thoughts!

Check out AYI’s blog to see more and then go ahead and sign up for the app–who knows, love might be waiting for you just around the Facebook corner!

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@ilovelucius and so can you!

Brooklyn’s Lucius have just released one of the best albums of the year, “Wildewoman”. I preordered the record after seeing this live performance of a song that would soon become one of my favorites on the record, “Turn it Around”.

My shiny new vinyl arrived in the mail at just the right time. While home sick from work, I was greeted at the door with the package I had been waiting for– Thank you, Mr. Postman!

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Because I scored the preorder, the cover of my record was signed by the entire band– neat! The package also included a Lucius lollipop to compliment the artwork and general vibe of the record. You see, Lucius’ sugar-sweet dual vocals are accompanied by a solid band of classy and talented gentlemen, combining to create a modern day girl group a la The Ronetttes. The result is a perfect pop record capable of making you smile at any given moment.

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Other standout tracks include the emotional heartstring-pulling “Go Home,” an epic tale of escape in “The Two of Us on the Run” and the catchy title-track, “Wildewoman.”

Lucius’ debut album is out now in the US and Canada.  Get it on vinyl or CD: http://po.st/wildewoman or on iTunes: http://po.st/wwitunes.  For tour dates, mailing list and more: http://ilovelucius.com/

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