Friday, January 6, 2012

Oribe Hair Care

I am now hooked on Oribe hair care - thanks to my stylist Sandro at Pop Hair - the styling creme is wonderful! It gives great hold and body and definition without the crunchy texture of my old Deva Curl gel - even the next day - the hold is still there. I also am in love with the conditioner - my scalp feels hydrated and it gives enough conditioning without weighing my hair down - I can't way to try the shampoo. Aside from the the containers are elegant and gorgeous - the shampoo and conditioner bottles are also different shapes so no problem when you're fumbling for the right one in the shower.

I am also trying out Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is lovely. I adore their Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Products - delicious scent but not overpowering and very moisturizing. I like the scrub alot too, I love sugar scrubs but find alot of product is lost, i.e.seems to melt....Kiehl's has ingeniously but their  exfoliant in a cream base in a tube. Smart.

Last night was another great Toronto Arts and Culture meetup -with the Queen West Arts Crawl - starting at Twist Gallery - "New World Order" - I loved one of the paintings called "Pancakes" - a shiny acrylic and resin mix - a turquoise background and colourful circles - it made me very happy. Then onto Alison Milne's gallery on Walnut - a great new space with emerging artists, then onto Krumpler on Queen to check out some  heavy duty backpacks and luggage in fun colours - that will be a go to spot when I need a brand new bag.

We trekked down to St. Stanislau Catholic Church on Denison next and got a fascinating history lesson on the Polish community in Toronto - specifically its origins in what was known as "The Ward". The church was a former Presbyterian one and with declining attendance in the early 20th century was purchased by beer baron Mr. O'Keefe. Interestingly the Polish Credit Union had it's beginnings in the church as well...in the bad old days as recent as the 1950's it was pretty much impossible for new immigrants to get loans from banks - hence the need for their own financial institution. Eventually the Polish community has moved westward to Roncesvalles and further - Mississauga and Brampton.

The only low point was my veggie burger at Shanghai Cowgirl when we socialized afterwards - it was like cafeteria food - a lacklustre Yves burger on a white bread bun. I know you can do better...I guess I have been spoiled by good veg burgers at my fave veg restaurants and places like Craft Burger and Hero - which do good ones.

By the way, loving the new dehyrdator - making tamari almonds as I write. I have also made flax crackers and a couple of rounds of kale chips...it makes it difficult to comtemplate buying them again.

We have a new TV, a Toshiba 40" - and I'm enjoying some old sitcoms like "Mary Tyler Moore" and "Rhoda" - I love Rhoda's wardrobe so funky and colourful - I understand that raw cookbook author and icon Mimi Kirk had something to do with that look!
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