The spark of true love is the dream that each of us pursues ~ Donatella Versace
I’m a fragrance queen, I don’t leave the house without spritzing on a perfume that reflects my current mood or ‘completes’ my outfit. I’m just as interested in what’s new in the world of men’s colognes. Dave Lackie held a beautiful launch party to celebrate Versace’s’ Ero’s Flame at Terroni’s on Adelaide last week. A chic event space on the 2nd floor was transformed into a Miami-esque dinner party, complete with palm leaves towering over dinner guests in tall black vases, gold lamps gently glowing over bouquets of geraniums, roses and scattered oranges, a nod to the notes of the fragrance. It was the perfect escape from the blizzard that was happening in downtown Toronto, just outside the front doors.
Beauty and finance are not something that usually go together, and when I saw Dave Lackie was hosting an even for just that, I was intrigued. It seemed to pop up at just the right time, too! My husband and I have been trying to sort our finances out since the wedding, and were in right in the middle of taking an investing and finance course online, too.
I’m not sure about you guys, but I wouldn’t call myself money savvy. I mean, I’m good at saving, have some mutual funds and an RRSP account through my workplace but wouldn’t be able to get into any detail about what exactly the accounts meant for me, how they’d help me later in life and where all my investments are going. I let my banker handle that!
In Dave we trust, so when he brought his own personal financial expert Jay Papernick (Check him out here: https://www.assante.com/advisors/jpapernick/) to speak to his followers gathers in a hall at 15 York St, we were hanging off his every word. I chatted with a few of Dave’s Babe’s over some wine and veggie spring rolls before the event started and we were all on the same page when it came to money. It scared us, it made us feel uncomfortable and we wish we knew more about it, especially living in such a big city like Toronto where the rent and mortgages seem to climb higher every week and a decent meal out will set you back a nice chunk of change.
It’s not every day that you get invited to preview the world’s latest fragrance experience. When I had the option to attend a Davie Lackie party at Yorkdale Mall’s Hudson’s Bay to test out the first scent installation of its kind I definitely could not say no.
I’ve never not ‘liked’ my facial features per se, but I’ve always wondered what I would look like with fuller lips… with a wedding coming up in May, now seemed like the time to make any changes. Wedding photos last forever and it’s a time you want to look back on looking your best.
Wedding aside, I like to have fun with makeup and I usually enjoy wearing a bright lipstick (goes perfect with any outfit!) The thought of having a plumper pout has always been really tempting to me. I decided to take the leap when I found Therapeutic Aesthetics online. Ada, the aesthetics nurse practitioner, was quick to answer any question I had, explain the process more in depth and had multiple (and impressive!) before and after photos of clients that had me yearning for a nice full smile. Ada graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master in Nursing and has extensive medical background in Emergency and Intensive Care. After working at hospitals like Sick Kids and University Health Network she began to follow her passion in the medical aesthetics field.
Ada is certified through Allergan Canada and APT Medical Aesthetics in non-surgical facial enhancement, so you’re in good hands, ladies. Not only that, but when it comes to making drastic (to me, at least) changes to my face, I would prefer a ‘woman’s touch’. Us girls seem to know what looks most natural and what specific areas to focus on, I mean, most of us have been lining our lips and perfecting our own ‘lip look’ with makeup for years. We’ve gotten a lot of practice!
After a few back and forth messages we decided to meet at her King Street West office. Ada was lovely and professional. She eased my worries, which were mainly about the needles, I’m pretty nervous around them. She had the brilliant (and client friendly) method of transferring Restylane into an insulin needle, which is much smaller and in her words “much easier to control”. It sounded like a win-win. Even more so when I saw the originally packaging and needle the Restylane came with. Yikes.
Hey! I'm Sarah! A 30 something living in downtown Toronto with a great guy and an OK dog. I love seeing what my city has to offer and try to hit up as many fun events or attractions as I can! I haven't slept since 2004.