Just wash the front: No time for a full shampoo and blow-dry? Just wash and dry your bangs (or the front section of your hair) and then tie the rest back in a bun. This look is slick – and super-quick! If you want to leave your tresses loose, just add a little texture by curling a few sections with a curling iron and…voila! It’ll look like you’ve got a freshly washed coif.
Try dry shampoo: Introducing your new BFF: dry shampoo. The trick is to spray it on from a 15-centimetre distance and then not touch it for at least two minutes. Give the spray some time to work its magic (say, while you’re doing your makeup), and then shake out your tresses and finish off your coif with a little straightening cream (or dry conditioner) on your tips.
Style it while you sleep – part 2: If you know you won’t have time to style your hair in the morning, give yourself a side braid or a topknot the night before. Make sure your ’do is tight before you hit the sack; that way you’ll wake up to an intentionally messy (and oh-so-trendy!) coif.
Plan for the mega-rush days: Stick a hat on it!
Don’t bother: The quickest way to do your makeup? Skip it altogether and head out with a real-deal #wokeuplikethis look. For ladies who aren’t totally comfortable going 100 percent makeup-free, here are some great time-saving makeup tips.
Stick to the basics: The trick is to focus on prods that’ll give you the most “wow!” for the least effort. Enter: liquid eyeliner and bright lipstick. You’ll always look put together with a chic cat eye or a colourful lippy. Add a little concealer and some mascara and you’re good to go!
Get your glow on: A good illuminator can do wonders for your complexion. It’s the quickest way to get a gorgeous radiant glow – even when you’re feeling kind of worn out. BB creams are also a good bet, especially if they have a high SPF (think 50 or 60). They’ll unify your skin and protect it at the same time. Nice!
Get beautiful brows: When it comes to your brows, go for a gel (like Benefit’s Gimme Brow gel) rather than fussing with a powder and a bevelled brush.
Go for the gloss: If you’re not great at applying lipstick in a hurry, go for a coloured gloss instead. It’s much easier to put on, and the look is just as hot!
Simplify your shadow: The easiest eye makeup? Apply a champagne-coloured iridescent cream shadow over the entire upper lid. Use your finger for ultra-speedy application, and then finish the look with a quick coat of mascara.
Keep a backup: Always keep a few makeup essentials in your handbag. You can put your mascara on at the office if you didn’t have time before leaving the house.
Need perfect nails? Give yourself a mani makeover
If your mani has seen better days but you don’t have time for a new one, hide imperfections by adding a contrasting colour on the end of each nail. Otherwise, grab a sparkly overcoat and paint it over the whole nail or create a cool shading effect.
What to wear?
Select your inspo: Create a Pinterest board of awesome outfit ideas. That way you’ll always have some inspo on days when you really can’t decide what to wear.
Grab your go-tos: Have a few tried-and-tested outfits ready to go. Knowing you can grab your “meeting day” outfit or your “going out after work” ensemble helps cut planning time in half. Keep pix of your fave outfits on your phone, and refer to them when you’re not sure what to rock.
Just add heels: Throw on some heels. Nothing pulls a look together like a great pair of heels.
Keep it simple: Be sure to have some fuss-free items in your wardrobe. You want to be able to grab that wrinkle-free top (or that jersey knit dress) on mornings when time is super-tight.
When in doubt, LBD it: Always have an LBD on hand. It’s the easiest one-step outfit, and it goes with every accessory you own. So simple!
Choose easy accessories: Keep your baubles and accessories in plain view. You don’t want to be searching in a jewellery box for that perfect statement necklace. And who has time to rifle through drawers for that outfit-making scarf? Keep fave pieces out and ready for those throw-it-on-and-go days.
More saving tips:
Prep your breakfast: Prepare your breakfast the night before. Cooking oatmeal before bed means you’ll only have to reheat it the next day.
Eat at the office: Eat breakfast at the office. A packet of instant oatmeal is easy to throw in your purse and can be prepared once you arrive. Also, fruit is a great on-the-go brekkie, so stock up on apples, bananas and other easy-to-eat options.
Take it to go: Invest in a good Thermos, and drink your coffee en route. You probably don’t have time to savour your java at home, but if coffee is non-negotiable in the mornings (we hear you!), at least you can sip in style during your morning commute.
Have a no-phone rule: Put the cellphone down when you’re at home, and make a point of checking news and social media on public transit only. Nothing helps pass in-transit time like scrolling down your friends’ feeds and checking your fave mobile news pages and apps.
Turn off the TV: Turn off the TV while you’re getting ready in the morning. Instead, rock some high-energy tunes to get you pumped for the day. If you find music distracting, just keep things quiet and head out the door as fast as you can.
It’s been an interesting month. For the past three and a half weeks I’ve been wearing an Apple Watch, only taking it off to shower and sleep. I was the only Canadian journalist to get their hands on the device before the official launch, and despite my best efforts to keep it hidden, the stylish device drew lot of attention no matter where I went.
Just a simple glance at my Apple Watch in a public spot had people approaching me, asking me about it. The funny thing is, every person who questioned me about the device asked the same two questions: Do you like like it?” and “What do you use it for?”.
If you read my review I posted earlier this month you’ll already know the answer to the first question. Yes, I really do like Apple Watch, but after spending 25 days with it I have come to realize something; the watch got better as time went on. Not only did I become more familiar with the user interface, but more apps launched, proving the watch to be even more useful than it was on March 30th when I put it on for the first time.
Am I still wearing an Apple Watch? Absolutely! What do I actually use it for? Read on to see just how useful Apple Watch can be in day to day life.
A common feature found in the majority of smart watches on the market. This is by far the feature I used the most over the past 3 weeks. Every time a message, mail or social media notification arrived on my iPhone, I would be notified on my watch with a distinctive vibration and chime. Notifications allowed me to filter my communications, preventing me from pulling out my iPhone each and every time it made a noise. A quick glance at my wrist gave me the basic info on who was texting or emailing. If it was important I simply held up my wrist and the full message would display. If the message wasn’t important I dropped my wrist and my watch went back to sleep. I found Apple Watch to be a great way to discretely check incoming messages without being rude or obvious during meetings or dinner.
I know…it surprised me too! Sounds ridiculous. Answering phone calls on an Apple Watch when everyone can hear what you’re discussing? While I didn’t have many full length conversations on the watch I did use it to answer my phone when it wasn’t readily accessible. There were times when I left my iPhone on my desk while running to the mail room at the office or to another cubicle for a quick meeting. When my phone would ring I was able to answer it on my watch and tell the caller to hold on while I retrieved my iPhone or I would call them right back. I loved the fact I never missed a call, even when my phone wasn’t with me.
This is quickly becoming my favourite way to send a text! When you receive a message on your Apple Watch you can respond in one of three ways. You can use the pre-programmed quick generic responses (which you can change in the menu). You can send an animated emoticon, or you can reply via dictation. I was surprised just how well the voice recognition worked. There were only a few words I noticed it had difficulties dictating, and for the most part it was extremely accurate. It’s much faster than typing a response. The only issue is if dictation is wrong, there is no easy way to make a correction without erasing the entire message and starting again.
Controlling the lights in my home
Just a few days ago the Insteon and Hue apps appeared in the Apple Watch App store. I happen to have a few Insteon home automation devices along with Hue lighting in my home so I was excited to test these out. Within minutes I was turning lights off and on in my home and changing the colour of the Hue LEDs we have installed in our basement – all from my wrist. I could also check in on our youngest daughter as she slept through the live view of the Insteon camera we have installed in her room.
Buying my Morning (and afternoon) Coffee
Apple Pay hasn’t launched in Canada just yet, but you can still make purchases at Starbucks using only your Apple Watch. I tend to prefer Starbucks coffee so luck happened to be on my side in this case. By using the built-in Passbook app, I was able to add my Starbucks card to my watch. The QR code appears on the watch face which I scanned at the till then walked away. There is even an option for tipping. I The Baristas would always get excited when I scanned the watch shouting out how cool it was.
Boarding my flights
Like the Starbucks App, your Air Canada boarding passes can also be added to your Passbook. I tend to fly quite a bit with my job. In the past three weeks I boarded six Air Canada flights. Each time I was able to go to the gate, scan my watch, and walk onboard without fishing for my paper boarding pass. Each time I was expecting resistance to questions from the gate agent, and every time I got the same response “that’s awesome!”. Sure I could always flash the QR code my phone, but thats just one more thing to carry.
Discovering new music
As a huge music fan I was quite excited when Tim Cook announced Shazam would appear in app form in Apple Watch. Last week it appeared on my watch. Not only can the app turn on the mic on your iPhone and identify songs, it will display lyrics on your wrist and give you the option to buy the sing from iTunes on your iPhone. I have used this app countless times for lyric information. Yes…I’m the guy who sings along to songs in the vehicle.
Find My iPhone
I did even realize this feature existed until I found it hidden in the watch menu. I have a bad habit of misplacing my iPhone in our house. Pressing the Find my iPhone icon on Apple Watch causes your iPhone to emit a chime which helps you track it down. I have used this feature more times than I care to admit…and was thankful for it each time I did.
Measuring my heart rate
Easily the most reliable heart rate monitor of any smart watch I have tried. Apple watch uses a combination of LED lights, light sensitive photodiodes and infrared light to detect the amount of blood flowing through your wrist at any given time. Whether I was on an piece of exercise equipment in the gym, or out for a run or bike ride, the heart rate monitor was always able to find my pulse. I also love the fact Apple Watch automatically measured my heart rate every 10 minutes (whether you tell it to or not) to help measure how many calories I burned.
Listening to music during for my workout
Initially I didn’t think this was a feature I would use…but that quickly changed. With 2GB of onboard storage you can store approx 250 of your favourite songs then play them back through Bluetooth headphones. I found this perfect for the gym or running outdoors. Changing audio tracks was as simple as tapping the screen. 250 songs may not seem like a lot compared to what you can store on your iPhone, but it’s enough to ensure there are no repeats during your workout.
Of course I used the watch for much more than the purposes listed above. I was able to get turn by turn directions to a restaurant using the built-in Maps app. I was able to unlock my hotel room by tapping Apple Watch on my door at the W Hotel in Times Square. I also hailed an Uber car through the Uber app in New York.
As I write this, dozens more apps are populating in the Apple Watch App Store. I already see some Canadian banking apps going live, a Pizza Pizza app which lets me order pizza from my watch, plus productivity apps like Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote. The first 25 days with Apple Watch are behind me… who knows what the next 25 will hold.
Heading to Walt Disney World? Overwhelmed by the amount of rides and attractions that you and your family could do? We have compiled a list of must-do rides for each of the different kingdoms! Whether you’re travelling with young kids, tweens, or teens, these attractions will be perfect for your next trip to Walt Disney World!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride
One of the Disney classics, take to the skies on a ride with Dumbo. Perfect for any age, kids can choose to ride high in the sky or lower with each Dumbo having its own Dumbo-themed gondola control. The ride is located right in Storybook Circus in Magic Kingdom and FastPass+ is available if you aren’t feeling the long wait.
Seven Dwarf Mines
Discover the world of the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White at the Seven Dwarf Mines. Located in Fantasy Land in Magic Kingdom, this thrilling rollercoaster with small drops, kids will make their way through the forest and then into the mine where the dwarfs spend their day. This attraction is new, so make sure to get there early or get the FastPass+!
Have you ever wanted to experience flying? Now you can with Soarin’ at Epcot. Soar through the skies of California from aerial heights on this ride. The ride features sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, the California mountains, and beautiful orange fields. What makes this ride even more interesting? The adding of smells such as pine as you head up the California Mountains, or citrus as you make your way across the orange fields. Soarin’ will leave you speechless and wanting more. There is a height restriction of 40-inches on this ride but it is perfect for kids and tweens looking for an exhilarating flight.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Hop aboard a ‘clamobile’ and help Marlin and Dory find Nemo once again! Swim through the beautiful coral reefs, dodge the jellyfish, and hang out with Crush the sea turtle for an adventure. This ride is perfect for any age and will be a favourite for any Nemo fan!
Disney Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Midway Mayhem!
Step into Andy’s room from Toy Story and take part in a 4D carnival tram ride. Riders take part in a carnival game by laser shooting 3D objects allowing riders to compete against each other. This game is open to any height and is perfect for any kid looking for a thrill without the drops of a rollercoaster.
Rock n Roll Rollercoaster
Perfect for older kids looking for a adventure, the Rock n Roll Rollercoaster is sure to be a rockn’ good time. The rollercoaster is Aerosmith-themed as you enter your super stretched limo and take the rock star life full speed ahead. With loops, and a high-acceleration start, this rollercoaster is sure to entertain anyone.
Disney Animal Kingdom
Its Tough to be a Bug
Located inside the tree of life in Animal Kingdom is the Its Tough to be a Bug 3D show. Filled with dazzling surprises, this show keeps everyone wanting more. The 3D aspects allow kids to feel like the bug characters are talking directly to them, and the when some unexpected bugs arrive some 4D elements are incorporated making the show even more magical. This show is perfect for kids young kids and especially those that are a fan of the “A Bugs Life” movie.
You can’t go to Animal Kingdom without going taking part in a safari! Take a look at real life animals on this safari ride. In an open air safari vehicle, visit many such as Zebra, Ostrich, Warthog, Rhino’s, and so much more. This is perfect for young kids as there is so much to learn and look at during this safari ride!
Check out some pictures of the Walt Disney World rides featured above:
Do you have a favourite ride at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!
For the funny bone
If you need a good laugh after a hard day, these are the shows for you.
30 Rock: With the entire 30 Rock collection on shomi, it will take no time to finish all seasons with Tina Fey’s clever writing, hilarious directing, and acting. 30 Rock is sure to keep you laughing until the very end.
Modern Family: Still on the air is Modern Family, but don’t fret watch the entire first three seasons on shomi and get caught up with this hilarious, unconventional family as they deal with their daily lives.
For the nostalgic
Are you wanting to relive your past? Now, your television selection can feel like you are living in your teenage years! shomi has a wide variety of shows that are blasts from the past and let you step into your nostalgic years.
Boy Meets World: After being off the air for over 15 years, you can now relive the 90s as Cory, Shawn, and Topanga take on the world and their teacher Mr. Feeney. The amount of denim-on-denim, and plaid-on-plaid will remind you of your younger years for sure.
The Office: You may be asking, The Office? Nostalgic? However it has been three years since The Office has been off air and that is far too long. Well have no fear, season one through seven are here to cure you of your Office blues. With iconic characters like Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, and Jim and Pam this show hits the marks perfectly in hilarity.
If you’re looking to have a laugh and just pure enjoyment on TV look no further than these two shows.
Jane the Virgin: Follow Jane through her journey as she discovers she has been artificially inseminated. You’re sure to laugh, cry and everything in-between as Jane faces her new life with the hardships to come.
2 Broke Girls: Another feel-good show, 2 Broke Girls follows two girls that meet while waiting in a greasy diner and hope to find their successful career path. With the comedic cast, 2 Broke Girls is a show that everyone can relate to in some way or another.
For the jaw droppers
These shows are sure to give you fright and are not for the faint of heart. With zombies, dramatic families, and a witch coven these shows are sure to keep you glued to your seat.
American Horror Story: American Horror Story is a show that will put your mind to the test, where each season dives into different characters and places such as an insane asylum, a witch coven, and a haunted house. As we wait for the highly anticipated new season, catch up on old episodes by binge watching on shomi.
Shameless: Based in the suburbs of Chicago, Shameless takes controversial to the next level. With six kids living in a house ran by their 20 year-old sister, the kooky next-door neighbors and an inebriated William H. Macey thrown into the mix, this show will surely keep you wanting more.
shomi-exclusives iZombie & Transparent
These new series are making headlines, and shomi is the only place to watch them in Canada.
iZombie: This sci-fi series features medical resident turned zombie ‘Liv’ who helps solves murders with her new zombie-induced “talent”. iZombie is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as you are immersed into this alternative world where zombies roam the earth.
Transparent: Making headlines after winning multiple Golden Globes this year, Transparent is finally available to Canadians and on shomi. As a father reintroduces himself as a women to his family, secrets start to unravel and everyone finally starts to understand who they really are.
From toys to magazines, from office supplies to clothes, clutter is bound to build up within your home sometimes! But no need to worry, Yanic Simard shares some key tips on how to get rid of clutter to restore order to your space:
- To decide what stays in your space and what doesn’t, start with taking everything out of your space (minus your furniture) to start fresh.
- Remove extra furniture out of the space, such as office chairs.
- When you are putting your things back in the room, only bring back the essentials plus some décor. This will also help you create a focal space.
- Try not to over-do it with artwork.
- When you go shopping, make sure that what you are bringing into your home is necessary. Do not force items in your space just because you got them on sale. Resist the temptation!
- When you have less items in your space, you will be able to concentrate on the small number of beautiful pieces that you do have.
- Return the extra pieces into your room back to where they belong, organize them or give them away.
For more de-cluttering tips from Yanic, watch the video below:
Check out how many Hammers I dropped on ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘The Age of Adaline’ HERE.
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