Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

I have recently grown an obsession with organic “earthy” skin care products. I am so tired of buying drug mart cosmetics that exhaust my skin with harsh chemicals, not to mention buying expensive cosmetics at Holt Renfrew isn’t any better.

My boyfriend’s mother is a huge fan of this organic/vegan cosmetic line called LUSH. When she showed me their products I instantly fell in love, especially with the decadent containers the products come in. Lush cosmetics are handmade, it literally says on the back of each product the date it was made and who actually made the product.

Lush products are 100% vegetarian, 83% vegan, and 60% preservative-free (though these numbers fluctuate, as the product range changes frequently) and feature grapefruit juice, vanilla beans, avocado butter, rosemary oil, and fresh papaya and coconut. I mean…YUM! Every time I use their products I feel like I’m on a tropical island.

I highly recommend this fresh handmade cosmetic line. They have stores all over the world and you can also shop online. It’s a very SoCal product, people who try to survive harsh winters on their skin like me will love this, it gives your skin this softness as if you live on a beach in California!

Here is their website for Canadian’s

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Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

As I promised here is the cabbage soup diet recipe. You can find the recipe anywhere on the internet but I do substitute different things for my own taste buds and comfort! Some of the cabbage soup recipes online are really bland so feel free to play around with it and tailor it to your liking. But remember to stay away from anything high in calories or in fat as you don’t want to jeopordize your diet with a poor choice of ingredient.

What you need:

  •  Large green onions (also called “spring” onions) I substitute garlic for onions, as I don’t like onions
  • 2 green peppers (or red, your choice)
  • 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 container (10 oz. or so) mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • Half a head of cabbage
  • 1 package spice only soup mix (In the US, Liptons is a good choice) this is also optional although it does give your soup a better taste and it can be healthy if you find one low in sodium and low in calories
  • 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
  • 1 48oz can Low Sodium V8 juice (optional) I use 12 cups of water instead as I don’t like V8 juice
  • Season to taste with pepper, parsley, curry, garlic, etc. (Little to NO SALT!)


Slice green onions or garlic (as much as you feel necessary), put in a pot on medium heat and start to sauté with cooking spray, I use pam (extra virgin olive oil). Do this until the onions are whiter/clearer in color (about 4-6 minutes) and if your choosing garlic wait until they start to sizzle and turn darker.

Cut green pepper stem end off, then cut pepper in half to take out the seeds and membrane. Cut the green pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot or red pepper your choice.

Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to pot.

Clean carrots, mushrooms, and celery, cut into bite size pieces and toss them in. Add tomatoes now, too.

If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.

For seasonings, you can use a spice soup packet of your choice (no noodles!).  You can add any spices you like instead (make sure not to add much salt, if any at all).

Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the 48 oz of Low Sodium V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup simmer for a long time – about 2 hours or until vegetables are tender.


My next post will be on how the diet works and it’s seven day plan to loosing weight!IMG_8075imagesimagesCA4TJSM7

World MasterCard Fashion Week

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure and privilege to attend Toronto Fashion Week to preview FALL 2013 collections from different designers with an industry pass. Having an industry or media pass is always a big bonus because you get access to all things VIP, fantastic seats and of course the ability to get amazing snapshots of the stunning models.

I attended all 5 days of fashion week and it was HECTIC for sure. Between getting ready and running around for my job…I was walking on a fine line. However, it was an exciting week.. experimenting with different hair, make-up , outfits and photoshoots. What more can a girl ask for?

I saw tons and tons of designers collections such as: Joe Fresh, Mackage, Pink Tartan, Rudsak, Vawk, Christopher Bates (who is so handsome), Korhani Home, Soia & Kyo, Ashtiani…any many more!

The greatest part of the entire week is the networking opportunities and the ability to meet such fabulous people who do fabulous things! My ultimate moment at Toronto Fashion Week was when I made it to the TORONTO STAR under street style. It felt really good but weird to open a newspaper I read religiously and see myself on page 2 with amazing designers, models etc.

I mean come on….I’m just a twenty something year-old girl 😉

Front Row Seats!!

Front Row Seats!!


Front Row Action! Loving it!

Front Row Action! Loving it!



Korhani Home...Simply divine.

Korhani Home…Simply divine.


Chloe comme Parris

Chloe comme Parris


Laura Siegel

Laura Siegel


Beautiful venue

Beautiful venue


Matthew Gallagher

Matthew Gallagher



Can't believe this model looked my way...amazing shot!

Can’t believe this model looked my way…amazing shot!



Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh


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Still can't believe I took this picture...took a lot of focus!

Still can’t believe I took this picture…took a lot of focus!


Toronto Star feature!

Toronto Star feature!


Post-show cuddles with the boyfriend

Post-show cuddles with the boyfriend


My Day 3 Outfit

My Day 3 Outfit


At the Thompson Hotel for 7 for All Mankind Party!

At the Thompson Hotel for 7 for All Mankind Party!



Me in the Toronto Star on the bottom right corner. Featured with Pink Tartan and Bustle models!

Me in the Toronto Star on the bottom right corner. Featured with Pink Tartan and Bustle models!

Hope you enjoy my personal photos of World Mastercard Fashion Week!

xoxo DB

Polished Beauty Bar

Hello everyone! Here is a picture of me when I had my eyelash extensions over the summer. Eyelash extensions are a life saver and they look super natural. I had them on for quite some time and it saved me a lot of time. I would wake up in the morning and not have to put on any eye make-up which was amazing. How it works? You first get a full set and than every two week or three weeks  you get them filled. No mascara needed! phew!

If you live in the Toronto GTA I highly recommend Polished Beauty Bar…visit their website @

They also do all sorts of spa treatments, friendly staff, very clean..its the place to be!

You will look LASH FANTASTIC!

Diana ‘s Health & Fitness Tips

Here are some of the things I do to keep my body in shape. Lately I haven’t been following all these tricks but I am going to get back into the swing of it. I noticed that the more I eat crappy food the worse I feel. I tend to be low on energy and lazy. So really these tips I’m providing is something that I have done and for me it works and helps me live an energetic lifestyle. With a kinesiology background I believe I know what I am talking about;)

1. Burn more calories than you eat

This is something I recommend if you are trying to loose weight. If you are just trying to maintain your weight than I would burn about half of what you eat or less. You will notice that every time you eat that crappy food, its a pain in the butt to go work it off. So think before you eat that pizza!

2. Run Run RUN!!!!

Honestly, this is one of the best things you can do to burn fat and stay in shape. Running helps your overall body look fabulous, it gives you a wide-rang workout. So whether its running outside, or on the treadmill and elliptical …DO IT. I typically would run for about 6o minutes a day at least 5 days a week. That is hard to do…so try running for at least 40 minutes a day. Or break it 30 min in the morning and 30 min at night.

3. Cardiovascular exercise

This goes in hand with running. Dieting often decreases metabolism, so the trick is to counteract that decrease by exercising and raising your metabolism.

4. Eat in moderation

Thats right….don’t eat like the world is about to end and you have to consume everything in sight. Eat slowly and small portions and you will notice how full you can actually get. Eat enough so you are content but don’t stuff yourself and get full to the point where you want to go to bed!

5. Stay away from fried food and junk food

Seriously, it makes you fat instantly. The second I eat fried calamari or anything fried for that matter, my stomach suddenly makes me look 5 months pregnant. A quick way to look and feel better, is to cut out the really crappy food. Don’t eat those chocolate bars, chips or any of that!! Not worth it! You feel gross after…yuck!

6. Eat Green..don’t miss out on Veggies

If it’s green….eat it. You can eat as much of it as you want, it’s super good for you. I usually stick to tons of spinach and broccoli. I also love carrots, if you are super hungry and are in the midst of making something, carrots are amazing to snack on.

7. Eat high fibre food

High fibre food keeps you full for a longer period of time. I get my fibre from oats, grains, oatmeal, apples….all sorts of things.

8. Bulk up on protein

I am a vegetarian so I don’t bulk up on meat. BUT I do eat lots of beans… lentil soup so good and filling. I also incorporate tuna a lot into my eating ritual. Almonds are really great too. If you eat meat….don’t eat any meat when your out..lots of fat and grossness..yuck, cook it at home and stick to a lean chicken breast.

9. Stay away from cheese

You heard me. I know its so delicious but don’t eat it. It’s so high in calories and the smallest bite becomes addictive and it goes straight to your hips and bum.

10. Eat a minimum of carbs

I am not a carb hater. BUT if you are going to eat bread at least eat whole wheat or multigrain. And don’t eat carbs more than twice a day. SO if you have bread for breakfast or lunch..don’t eat pasta for dinner! Try to avoid carbs…there are lots of other tasty things you can eat. When I think of bread I think of cardboard. Its boring…and doesnt look that yummy.

Hope that helps, if you have any questions feel free to email me at

I will be posting more on diet/health and fitness…stay tuned:)

Cinque Terre

More pics from Italy while exploring the 5 most beautiful little villages through Cinque Terre! Love the looks in all these pics and the summer feel to them! Cinque Terre has the most insanely beautiful scenic views when hiking, I highly recommend it. My favourite in particular was Monterroso which offers a stunning beach unlike the other villages that are too high up in mountains..yet still beautiful of course.