January 29, 2017

My Style Profile


I’m super excited to have been featured on the Fresh Collective Style Profile. It’s a blog series, run by a fashion boutique in Toronto that highlights local professional women. They stock versatile, beautiful; comfortable fashions mostly by local independent designers.  I absolutely loved the experience and working together with the owner Laura-Jean and the delight-able Steph to discover the best looks for me.  Want to check out my profile? You can do so here: Char’s Style!

July 15, 2016

Vegan Makeup Demo by Makeup Artist Daneille Mattis

Looking for an awesome makeup artist in Toronto? Then you’ve got to check out Daneille Mattis from Glam by Dan! She creates gorgeous, natural makeup looks that are soft and glamorous, and allow the model’s beauty to shine brightly. Dan specializes in wedding and event makeup. She’s quite popular on YouTube and Instagram with over 25,000 followers, and in addition to her beauty biz, she’s also a full time business student. As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of this young woman and her work!

I invited Daneille to pop over and create her signature ‘Glam by Dan’ look using Arbonne’s vegan makeup, and the result was stunning. It goes to show, you can use pure, safe, beneficial makeup and still get a gorgeous, radiant look.  I’ve seen her makeup skills in action many times, including two weddings where she was taking excellent care of the brides and their accompanying wedding parties.  As you can imagine, Daneille comes highly recommended by her clients.  If you’d like to get in touch with her, you can do so at: Bookings@daneillemattismua.com

Shop the look:

Makeup Primer
CC Cream – Medium
Perfecting Liquid Foundation with SPF 15 Deep Bronze
Got You Covered Mineral Powder Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Cocoa
Sheer Glow Highlighter
Setting Pretty Translucent Loose Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Blush, Dusty Rose
It’s A Long Story® Mascara
It’s All in the Eyes Eye Shadow, Monsoon
It’s A Fine Line Pencil Eye Liner, Carbon
Glossed Over Lip Gloss, Calla
Arbonne Cosmetics Brush Set

April 25, 2016

Spring into Style


This past weekend, I got together with some amazing friends and did a fabulous Sprint into Style event.  We ate delicious food, networked, laughed a lot and overall had an absolute blast!

Truly Epic Spring into Style Event

My friend Annika from The Stylish Reid gave us her top 5 fashion tips for spring.  My friend Katherine O’neil, National Vice President for Arbonne International showcased the amazing new products (like the Genius Ultra ultrasound facial tool) that were launched at our annual conference in Vegas; and my friend Daneille Mattis from Daneille Mattis Makeup Artistry did a great makeup tutorial on our gorgeous model Min.

Min before and after

We had such a fantastic time that I couldn’t help but wonder?  Why don’t we do this more often?  Why don’t we get together with our friends salon style and have fun while we learn something new?  In the past, that’s how music styles were formed, art was innovated and philosophical ideas were created.  So why not step away from our computers and smart phones (at least a bit), and get together with our friends to celebrate where we are on our journey and what we’re excited and dreaming about doing in our future. I’m going try to do this more, how about you?

August 21, 2013

‘One Epic Mom’ included in Top 100 Canadian Travel Blog!

After a summer of camping and cottage fun I came back home to an absolutely wonderful surprise!  I was nominated and listed as one of Canada’s top 100 travel blogs.  Who knew that writing about my passion for travel would yield such an exciting honour.  As you can tell I’m super stoked! What a great way to wind down my summer of outdoor fun.  Here are some pics of how my little family spent our epic summer.

Dancing up a storm at Toronto’s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival


Enjoying cottage life in Muskoka


Muskoka 2

Camping in the Bruce Peninsula

Bruce Peninsula

Eating Fish & Chips and BeaverTails in Tobermory


Meeting new additions to our extended family

Epic baby cousins

Gorging on yummy food at RibFest


Having fun at the Canadian National Exhibition

CNEAs you can tell, we had a blast this summer!  To see all of the other wanderlusting Canucks who made it on the exclusive travel blogs list, check out The Top 100 Canadian Travel Blogs; you will find me listed under ‘One Epic Mom’.



August 2, 2013

Vow renewal on the beach in Antigua

If you are looking to get married or renew your vows in the Caribbean, Europe, Italy, America, Australia or any of the Tropical Islands then I have the perfect wedding planner for you. Daniela Lani, the managing director of All Worlds Weddings and Bliss Weddings is a wedding planner extraordinaire who will make your special day truly magical. If you can dream it, she can make it happen. She was absolutely wonderful! We were truly impressed by how friendly, patient and professional she was.

epic mom vow renewal

For our ten year vow renewal, we knew we wanted a simple, elegant ceremony on the beach in Antigua. I was born there and had been promising my in-laws to take them to see my island for years. From the first moment I contacted Daniela with my vision she was enthusiastic to help me plan my big day. She listened to my ideas, and made creative and practical suggestions to the overall outline of my day. She took into consideration how much we wanted to spend and created a beautiful event that perfectly fit our budget.

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The day of the vow renewal started out rainy but I wasn’t worried because I knew Daniela’s team had a contingency plan. Once the rain blew over, we were met by Simone, our hostess for the day, who took us to a vehicle and transported us to Ffryes Beach for the ceremony. Picture this if you can:  white pearlescent sand, turquoise water lapping gracefully against the shore, a lovely arch covered in white flowing fabric and beautiful tropical flowers. The men had boutonnieres pinned to their lapels and the women were shown to white chairs flanked by pretty baskets holding white umbrellas (just in case it rained again). I was given a beautiful white and green bouquet of flowers that matched our colour theme perfectly. Before I knew it, I was walking down an aisle of petals on the sand to the arch, turning to speak my vows to my loving husband of ten wonderful years. I couldn’t stop smiling as my father-in-law read the special sermon that he had prepared. It was such a gift to have him speak those words of blessing over us, as he did ten years ago on our wedding day. We wrote special vows to each other that included our children; we called it our ‘family vows’. When the ceremony concluded, we toasted our family’s health with sparkling wine for the adults and juice for the children, all provided by Daniela’s company. Then it was time to cut the cake – a beautiful, traditional, Caribbean wedding rum cake with white icing. It was so delicious we couldn’t stop eating it! We actually finished the entire cake before leaving the beach.

epic family

Our photos were taken by Shelly from Shelly Chadburn Photography and she was great at getting us to relax and be comfortable in front of the camera. Usually I’m the one at all the family events making sure everyone is ok, drinks are filled, wallflowers are engaged in conversation, and capturing the moments with my camera.  So it was great to engage the services of someone who knows their craft so well. For once, I felt like I could stop running around and simply enjoy the experience. At Shelly’s prompting I did just that. I stopped trying to manage my kids, stopped trying to play the hostess, stopped the general business that’s become such a part of my life since becoming a mother, and relaxed into the arms of my husband. Shelly’s personality really complimented Daniela’s team and I felt they worked well together to give us a treasured memory filled with love, peace and joy. Technically speaking, Shelly put a lot of care into taking and editing some gorgeous photos for us. All in all, we found that she had a perfect balance of professionalism, insight and artistry. My only concern was that it took a very long time to receive the photos. However, because of Shelly, we have many beautiful, timeless photographs that wonderfully capture a particularly special time in our lives.

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Once the formal part of the vow renewal was over, we changed into our swimsuits and got ready to relax on the beach. Daniela and her team provided a picnic lunch of sandwiches, fruits and juice. We spent most of the afternoon swimming, eating, lounging under beach umbrellas, laughing, making memories, and having the time of our lives. We really appreciated Simone, who while maintaining a consummate professionalism, was also very down to earth and a wonderful breath of fresh air.

epic parents and tot

I would highly recommend Daniela and her team to help plan your next event.  Whether you are planning a wedding or vow renewal in Europe, America, the Caribbean, any tropical island, Australia or in her birth land of Italy, Daniela will take excellent care of you.   She took the stress out of our vow renewal and thanks to her and her team we had the perfect day. From the beginning of the planning process to the execution of this event, we were very impressed by the passion and  love that Daniela, Simone and the rest of the team put in to organizing and coordinating our day.

epic family vow renewal

To Daniela and her team, thank you for transforming our vow renewal dreams into such a beautiful reality. Our family who attended couldn’t stop gushing about what an amazing job you and your team did and how nice everyone was! We appreciate your making our vow renewal unforgettable.  If we could do it all over again we wouldn’t change a thing. The hard work of this team of professionals made our day absolutely perfect. Thanks again!

Five star wedding planner contact:
Daniela Lani
Managing Director
All World Weddings
Bliss Weddings
Italy +39 335 1783668
Antigua +1 268 7320055

Photographer contact:
Shelley Chadburn
+1 268 7644676