Cilantro Lime Tofu Bowls

June 25, 2020 at 10:00AM

An easy and simple vegan recipe for tofu bowls with rice and a zesty cilantro lime sauce. These cilantro lime tofu bowls come together quickly for a full meal-in-one that everyone will enjoy! I’m a big believer that all people are capable of change. How do I know this? Because I used to hate cilantro…and now I love it. I know, I know there’s probably a lot of other convincing facts that would lead one to believe that we can all change but this is the one I’m going with. Because despite the commonly held belief that not liking cilantro is a genetic thing, I am case in point that you can beat even your own genes. I don’t really know when it happened either. I’m pretty sure somewhere in the deep archives of THM you’ll find a blog post where I vilify cilantro, but somewhere along the way I just got tired of hating it. I try not to be a fussy eater and hate having to waste something because I’m not into the taste. It seemed easier to learn to enjoy cilantro than worry about it being sneakily added. And now, I’m kind of obsessed. It has officially […]

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Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

June 25, 2020 at 05:42PM

blueberry cheesecake bar on a plate topped with fresh berriesThese Blueberry Cheesecake Bars are the perfect summer treat! Equal parts tart and sweet, and paired with a delicious graham cracker crust. Enjoy! Can’t get enough dessert bars? These strawberry oatmeal bars or these healthy lemon bars are some of the most popular bars on Fit Foodie Finds! A Healthier Cheesecake Bar Now, …

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Author Emily Richter | Fitfoodiefinds
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5 Tips For A Productive Day

June 25, 2020 at 12:00PM

Whether you work from home, in an office, or are the CEO of the household, most of us have some control over how and when we accomplish our weekly tasks. These 5 tips for a productive day have helped keep me more organized, focused, and productive.  I love to read/learn/listen about all things LIFE. How…

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We’re Beauty Editors, and These Are the Products We Actually Buy

June 25, 2020 at 06:30PM

As a beauty editor, I receive a lot of beauty products for free. It’s kind of part of the job. In order to keep up with the constantly growing market, it’s really important to have as much experience with a large variety of products as possible. While we beauty editors are by no means skin, makeup or hair experts, we are product experts. And that’s our job.

In order to offer up the best advice on foundationmoisturiser or even hair dye, really we need to have tried the product out for ourselves. Because at the end of the day, if it’s a total flop, we’re not going to want to recommend it. It makes sense then that our beauty routines are rarely constant. Most days require trying something new and swapping one product out for another. And although it is great to get to experience so much, it makes it hard when you come across one product you really, really love.

So although there’s no doubt that we have an abundance of new products at our finger tips, what we don’t have is a free product hotline that allows us to reorder products we really love without having to, you know, actually part with some money. And in a weird way, for a beauty editors to actually buy a product, I believe said editor has to love something more than a non–beauty editor might. Why buy a new serum when you have another five waiting on the shelf? Because you simply can’t imagine your routine without it—that’s why.

To get insight into the items we beauty editors simply can’t imagine being without, I reached out to some of my fellow eds for the products they insist on buying themselves, and this is what they had to say.

“I literally just ordered another one of these. It’s the easiest, no-fuss mask for when the dehydration lines on my forehead get out of control. It has the consistency of a heavy (gel-like) cream, and when my skin is really dry, it drinks this up. In fact, this might be the third tub I’ve got through.”

“I discovered these eye masks on holiday in Tokyo a few years ago, and I bought as many as I could possibly squeeze into my suitcase back with me. Essentially, they look like a sanitary towel (with ear hooks), so not in the least bit glamorous, but when you put them on, they gradually heat up, and honest to god, these give me the best night sleep. (I wear mine with my regular eye mask over the top for maximum light blocking.) After I finished my Japan stash, I thought I’d never have a good night’s sleep again, until some of my Instagram followers told me they were now sold in Superdrug. They’re more expensive than in Japan, but I bought three boxes before lockdown hit, and safe to say I’ve gone through them all.”

“If you know me, you’ll know that I have an unhealthy obsession with buying KKW Beauty and Kylie Cosmetics products. I blame it on the ‘hard-to-find’ appeal. (I just love a makeup chase.) I have bought three of these. It’s the best contour product I have ever used. Kim said she designed it to make contouring an easy, non-scary option for everyone, and she nailed it. It’s so easy to scribble on your face, and it blends out like the definition of a dream. It makes me feel like I have Mario Dedivanovic in my pocket at all times.” Editor’s Note: Although KKW Beauty does offer international shipping, please note that your ordered items are subject to additional duties, customs and tax charges.

“I admit I am a concealer obsessive. I tend to wear a very minimal base every day, so my search for the perfect all-serving concealer has been thorough. This Estée Lauder number is medium coverage but creamy so you can blend it easily to cover any pesky spots or areas of redness. It’s long-wearing, never creases under my eyes, and the radiant effect is thanks to the camelina oil that gives my skin a fresh finish. As soon as I run out, this will be straight into my online basket.”

“This was the first Aēsop skincare product I tried, and I was immediately hooked. It is a real gem for sensitive types. I love a cream cleanser so that my skin never dries out. This Purifying Facial Cream contains white clay to really clean your skin of makeup, pollution and any buildup of oil. The botanicals such as chamomile bud are rich in fatty acids so my skin is left supple post-wash. I am on my second tube and will keep repurchasing to keep my skin happy and clear.”

“Toner, that often-forgotten step, has really helped to rebalance my skin’s pH level, therefore keeping my breakouts at bay. This toner from Jalue is my secret find. It doesn’t strip your skin, and the rose, neroli and willow bark help to rid any last bits of dirt left on the surface of your skin. While the added golden ingredient that is hyaluronic acid refreshes and hydrates, giving you a real glow. It’s a little pricey but being 200 ml, the price per dribble is definitely worth it.”

“I’m pretty well-known for my soft lips; you can poll the men I’ve dated and the friends who always question why mine never seem to chap. I think some of it is rather annoyingly down to a few hard-to-replicate variables such as genetics and what have you, but I have this balm to thank for 95% of my famed lip texture. “It’s seen me through 10-hour flights, blizzards and unexplained lockdown-induced dryness. The packaging says it’s an overnight lip treatment, but it works within moments. It’s basically the equivalent of a deep conditioner but for lips.”

“I’m ashamed to say this, but I only got my eyebrow game together a few years ago. My sparse, growth-resistant brows didn’t encourage me to spend much time on them, but as soon as I tried this, I felt like I’d reached something akin to a transcendent state.  “The superfine pencil allows me to re-create brow hairs with precise strokes that look natural and don’t budge. I got fed up of faffing around with brow pomades and gels, and using this has cut down both the time I’d spend trying to figure my eyebrows out and the stress too. I usually buy two at a time out of fear that I’ll lose one or even worse that it gets discontinued.” 

“It sounds hyperbolic, but this serum is great skin, bottled. Bear with me on how it works. Its hero ingredient is reishi mushroom extract, which encourages the formation of new Langerhans cells and enhances the function of existing ones. Langerhans cells are immune cells that are activated in response to external cell damage and UV light. Essentially, they’re your skin’s first line of defence, so arming them is key to preventing damage. Yet their real pièce de résistance is that they help defend the skin against internal damage such as stress so that it can’t have such an impact on your complexion. It’s akin to starting your day with a relaxing yoga class so you’re ready to work calmly and bat off stress. Honestly though? You won’t care about how the science works; you’ll be too busy admiring the results.”

“I must get sent new mascara launches weekly, and yet nothing even comes close to this lash lengthener. For me, it’s the brush. The bristles are perfectly positioned to comb through my lashes without clumping. Ever. Two coats and my tiny mole eyes go from zero to hero.”

“In my eyes, this tinted moisturiser can do no wrong (apart from possibly extending the shade range). It’s perfection. The coverage is sheer but buildable, and the finish is dewy but never shiny. I can apply it slap-dash with my fingers, and in 30 seconds look considerably better than I did before. I mean, what more could you want from a tinted moisturiser? I will repurchase this until my dying day.”

“In an effort to try and moisturise my body every single day, I’ve amassed quite a stockpile of products to try. And while I’m all for an over-the-top, ultra-luxurious body product, I needed something I could easily top up (without spending my entire weekly food shop budget) if I’m to make this moisturising thing a habit. The Body Shop British Rose Body Yoghurt has a gel-cream formula meaning it soaks into the skin fast, and I adore the light rose scent. I also religiously buy the British Rose Body Wash, too.”

“I’m constantly switching up my skincare all in the name of, well, my job. But there’s one product that will always take front-row seat in my bathroom cabinet, Medik8 Breakout Defence and Age Repair. The oil-free serum contains copper PCA, niacinamide, and beta-glucan to help reduce blemishes and combat congestion, while simultaneously improving the appearance of fine lines. It’s a little tube of magic. Oh, and a little goes a long way, which means a single tube will last you for months.”

“Huda Beauty always comes through with the eye shadow palettes. This one is truly a classic that I will likely keep purchasing. It’s pocket-size with all my main everyday colours and rich in pigment. What more could you ask for? I use the shade Rich.”

“Pricey, but it does things to my lashes that I didn’t know my lashes could do. One minute they’re naked; next, they’re long and voluminous. *Eye flutter.* “

“I love concealer. Mostly because I really need it. I have dark under-eye circles, and I have spent my whole life trying to find ways to cover them up. A few years ago, I came across this. Because I’m all about the glow, the word matte put me off, but upon swatching it, I saw that actually it was probably just what I needed. Easy to apply, this stuff melts into the skin and covers just about anything, all while leaving a natural finish. I refuse to be without a pot, not now, not ever.”

“Long before I was a beauty editor, I religiously purchased this unisex cologne every year, so why would I suddenly stop? Like fresh orange and grapefruit but with a deep woody, leather base that makes people stop you in the street, this cult fragrance will always be front and centre of my perfume collection, alongside its sister (or brother if you’d prefer) scent, Colonia Essenza.”

“Anyone who knows me knows that I feel really passionately about luxe bath products. If a bath product doesn’t make me feel like a million pounds, then I simply don’t want to hear about it. The reason that my bath-and-body product bar is set so high is because I was introduced to this stuff so early on in my career. It’s a £41 bubble bath, which seems absolutely ridiculous, but I challenge you to buy a tub of Honey Bath and not go back for another. Every scent is as great as the next, and I recently got Who What Wear UK editor Emma Spedding onto this stuff too. I think she’s grateful, but a £41 love affair with a bath soak is definitely an expensive one.”

“Not only do I appreciate its formulation of 12% ascorbyl glucoside (the stablest and most water-soluble derivative of vitamin C), which is scientifically proven to block free radicals and pollution, but its texture is loveable and lightweight, too. And unlike other vitamin C serums, it doesn’t smell like hot dogs, rather a glass of fizzy orange. Did I mention my skin is noticeably brighter immediately after applying? What’s not to love?”

“From gel nails and pedicures to removing unwanted hair, I’m always up for the challenge of trying beauty treatments out at-home. I feel foolish paying for something I can do myself. Elyure Dybrow has been a mainstay in my beauty stash since 2015. The tinting kit, which costs around a fiver, grants me full defined arches in 10 minutes flat. Instructions are simple, it’s foolproof, and it allows me to wear less makeup and still look put-together.”

“There are a handful of products I always ensure I have a backup of, and Glossier’s Lash Slick mascara is one of them. Sure, new mascaras are often introduced into the mix, but I couldn’t be without Lash Slick. The tubing mascara does a fine job of separating, lengthening and volumising my lashes without a smudge in sight. Its effect is customisable. I find you can build masses of volume by waiting a few seconds between every other coat or so. And it comes off easily. It just washes off. I’m obsessed.”

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How Streetwear Brand Mobilize is Encouraging an Indigenous Movement Through Design

June 25, 2020 at 09:45PM

“Waskawêwin is the Cree word for movement,” says Dusty LeGrande, founder of the Edmonton-based streetwear brand Mobilize. Fitting, then, that it’s a name given to a collection of pieces created under the label. But, as he notes, the brand’s name and philosophy “encompass more things than clothes.”

LeGrande’s presence in community activism has taken on many forms from mentor to liaison, and he notes that amidst the groundswell of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks, his city has the potential to “set precedent within Canada” when it comes to addressing systemic racism and rebuilding infrastructures to radically improve the lives of marginalized groups. “We have a community that’s ready for this change on a conscious level,” he says. “So [we] can function more freely, and there can be true justice. And so people of colour don’t have to face systemic racism in different ways.”

Activism has also been expressed on the runway during Mobilize’s shows. LeGrande says that it’s imperative that the models–all friends and family–are “representing themselves on the runway”, not simply conforming to what fashion audiences have become accustomed to. He notes that the brand’s pieces are inclusive and gender-free, and that they stand up to any appropriated look. “It’s a way of breaking down stereotypes,” he says of the designs. This authenticity is what makes Mobilize so exciting to watch as a brand. Here, LeGrande share the story of how the line was started, how design can bring people together, and how he disrupts the fashion industry one runway show at a time.

Tell me about the story of your brand.

Besides the appropriation that existed with Diesel and all these other [fashion] companies, I hadn’t seen imagery in street style before that represented Indigenous people. And it was at a small market in Hawaii, where I saw [them] transforming symbols–for example the [Air] Jordan symbol–into Indigenous warriors. They were adding elements to those designs. And that sparked something in my brain like, oh yeah, there isn’t Indigenous imagery in clothing. I had always loved clothing–it comes from my family. My mother is probably the most stylish person I’ve ever met in my life. And from a young age I was always playing dress up, and was in costume. I didn’t grow up with a tv and I had a really incredible imagination. So clothing was always a way of representing myself.

As I got older, I started learning about the ways that Cree people used clothing–how it represented the different animals that were around, or the different types of artwork, and they would intertwine that into their clothing and that became their story. When they would go into meeting places, for instance a Pow Wow when nations would come together, people could know who they are just by simply seeing what they’re wearing.

So, it was sort of those two aspects coming together with the youth world. Since I was twelve, I was coaching young Indigenous athletes in basketball. I ended up playing college basketball, and through my teen and early adult years, I was a mentor through sport for Indigenous youth. Then I joined the social sector and started working with youth that are in foster and group homes. I saw these young kids who grew up in the foster care system, and most of them are Indigenous youth. And that’s because of the residential school presence and a lot of other systemic things. A lot of them don’t have a connection to their culture. They started to see my clothing; I’ve always customized my own stuff, like denim jackets.

The intention was always to create a product that would connect Indigenous youth with their identity, to empower them, and to educate them about their own history. And to do that through clothing–to find a means that they’re already passionate about, which was streetwear. And further to that, educating non-Indigenous people about Indigenous people through clothing as well.

What’s the significance of the name Mobilize?

I never like to take full credit for anything I do. In our way, there’s the ancestral presence and the community around us that inspires us and influences us. And it was much of my mentors and the people I looked up to that built this way of thinking into me, about impacting the next generation and creating healthier spaces. And doing it first within [my] community and watching that circle grow from there. A lot of what I do with Mobilize is here within the community; people don’t really know about it because to me that’s sacred work within those spaces. That’s connecting with youth and telling them stories; sharing any knowledge that I have and connecting them with some really cool people so they can learn more stories so they know what’s possible. That’s one thing I’ve noticed–that the youth weren’t dreaming. When I was a mentor, if I could get to that place with them and create this relationship that would inspire them to dream, that was the most special thing.

I was designing Mobilize years before it began. I had the name We The Cree. But as it went, the concept of impacting not just my community but then impacting Canada–Turtle Island–the world, grew; to take it to those stages is a big goal that I have. I would love to show in New York, in Tokyo. And some of those places have come knocking. So it’s been cool to talk about these things and to manifest them, and to show young people that you can go after these things, no matter who you are and what your background is. If your heart is in it, you can do it. I wanted to take these stories to bigger spaces, and We The Cree became too exclusive, so I scrapped that name.

I have three daughters–my third daughter was born in 2018. She was born in January. About a month later, one of my closest Kookums, which is one of my grandmothers, passed away. And it was like a new life coming into this world and then one of my rocks, a strong woman in my family, moved on to the spirit world. I was like, if you really want to do you this you might as well roll the dice and go for it. So that energy came into play, and at that point I decided that Mobilize wasn’t just going to be clothing, it was going to be a movement.

I started writing down all the things I was trying to do in an art book, and ‘mobilize’ was one of those words. It was about six months of getting all the drawings and collections together, and thinking about what I wanted to do first. Just dreaming, basically. I had an uncle who has passed away years ago, and in my family, he and I were the only two people that studied business; he was one of those people who just went for their ideas. It was like finally that energy had created substance in what I was going to do, and things started to be laid out. The pieces started falling together. So it was on my uncle’s birthday that I started an Instagram–at that point, I had chosen the name Mobilize. I wanted to flip the military concept of that word, and bring it into a softer, more community-driven way of thinking.

As Cree people, our first great law is love–that we move with love, and love the other people around us. So mobilize was a word to get people’s attention but then to teach them about what it means to us, and what it means to create community and spaces where there could be representation of all kinds of people.

Mobilize has never been about selling clothes; it’s about telling those stories, and utilizing clothes as a platform to reach spaces where it has a bigger audience. I flip back to that book constantly and think, that name was always there.

Even where we are now, today, with what’s going on, people are coming together. And that’s what I mean when I say I don’t like to take full credit, because I’m not sure I fully chose that name. Maybe it was appropriate for the work that was ahead of me.

You’ve shown during fashion week and operated within the “traditional” fashion world in that way. How do you think the industry needs to change to better allow for people like you to have a spotlight? Like, if there was one thing you could change tomorrow, what would it be?

I have a few of my cousins that were modelling for many years, and even myself, I was curious about it at a young age and explored it a little bit. I got to see the fashion world from that side, from the body shaming to the idea of, you need to be ‘this’.

One thing that I’ve always done is I never ask permission. I do the shows however I want to do the shows. I bring dancers, I bring performers; my sister is a performance artist–she’s brought a Polaroid camera on the [runway] and taken pictures of herself.

We go into these spaces and we give them no choice. We open it up. I’ve been doing this from the very first fashion show I did, which was at Western Canada Fashion Week. I brought people of all sizes, my father walked in the show–I just try to show real people. As a designer I have that privilege to go into these spaces, [but] usually they push back first. They don’t want us to do the show like that; they prefer if the models all look the same or [we] use their models. I never use the models from the event, I always bring my own models. They’re my people, and I know the energy is what’s needed. It’s always interesting because after the show, those in attendance feel that energy and they respond to it in a much different way.

In my experience, I’ve been brought back for shows because people love it, and they’ve never seen something like it. They’ve never had people push it that hard. So when I talk about going to these spaces in London and Tokyo, it’s like in infiltration mode. I want to get in, just so I can give them a whole different experience and open their eyes. When you get people to be uncomfortable, they’ll grow. [People] may be conservative but they’re business-oriented; as soon as they see the crowd, then they’re on board. They say, oh, the people like it so I like it. We can probably make money off it.

In all the shows I’ve done, I’ve brought the whole art community together–not just the design community. I’ve done shows with live musical performances, and I’ve had b-boys perform. My friend walked down the entire runway on his hands. Sometimes it’s not about the outfit, it’s about the energy and the person. It’s reflective of our community, and that’s the teaching I’m trying to bring. We’re all different people and we’re all beautiful in our way.

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Texture Talk: Makeup Artist Tracy Peart on Embracing Her Natural Hair During Quarantine

June 25, 2020 at 07:40PM

The Covid lockdown and stay-at-home orders have no doubt effected our relationships with our go-to beauty routines. Here, Tracy Peart, a body positivity advocate and the resident makeup artist for CityTV’s Breakfast Television Toronto and Cityline, shares how months of quarantine life has shifted her hair routine from a long-standing love affair with protective braids to fully embracing her natural coils and hopscotching between hairstyles. Read on for her hair journey and what she’s learned along the way.

Pre-Covid hair journey:

“I always had somebody else doing my hair basically my whole life. Of course, I styled my hair and things like that, but I’ve never really dealt with my natural hair from beginning to end on my own. I started wearing braid extensions about 13 years ago. I relaxed my hair before that and I hated the process. I hated the burning and all of that, and just felt like my hair wasn’t healthy. Eventually, I decided to cut my hair very short, but it was still relaxed. My hair felt like too much work and I just didn’t want to go through the chemical straightening process anymore, so that’s when I started my braid journey. I wanted something that was going to protect my hair: braids are a lot less stress on natural hair and my hair felt much healthier.

For me, everybody should find a style that works for their lifestyle. I didn’t start wearing braids because I didn’t like the way my natural hair looked. It came down to time for me. I’ve been waking up at 4:00 AM for work for, like, 15 years, and I don’t have time to give attention to my natural hair in the morning. Protective styles like braids are just so much easier and faster for me. Yes, braids take a lot of time when you’re putting them in and taking them out: my go-to braiding technique takes four hours to put in (I don’t just do straight single braids) and roughly two hours to take out, which I undo myself. But there are weeks in between where you don’t really have to do much. I would go see my hairstylist every six to eight weeks, and in between I wash and condition my hair and run product along the scalp to keep it moisturized. That was my routine. My hair was pretty much done in 10 minutes and I mostly let it air dry. Sometimes I would scrunch it and use a diffuser for curl definition or put it all up, but I didn’t find my hair was a lot of maintenance. It was very simple. Transferring to braids from relaxed hair just made sense for me.”

Hair under quarantine:

“Honestly, I’m glad this all happened because I wasn’t very educated on my own hair before this. And I don’t pretend that this was my choice: This pandemic forced me to embrace my curls with salons being closed, and I didn’t want to go the route of going into hiding and not wanting to be seen. I know a lot of women who are hiding right now because they feel like their hair doesn’t look good. Many people are going through the same thing right now. And it doesn’t matter what race you are: There are so many women who are dependent upon salons, whether to get their hair done, their eyebrows waxed or nails done. We all have to learn everything by ourselves right now.

It’s been quite the hair journey with everything shut down. I’ve learned so much about my natural hair and so much about the styles I can do. I’ve been playing around with side parts, Afro puffs, Bantu knots, braids and twist outs to figure out which curl pattern I like the most. I also do wash-n-gos. I’ve been going on YouTube and watching all these video tutorials to learn, and even embrace the techniques that fail. It’s been fun, but, at the same time, the more I’m getting familiar with my hair, the more I’m realizing just how much time and love natural hair takes. Some hair techniques can take me two to three hours. And that’s the main reason why I didn’t wear it like this before. It wasn’t because of how it looked — I love my hair — a lot of it was time. I also was not aware of how much constant moisture free-flowing natural hair needs, with oils and products, to keep it looking soft and healthy. With protective styles like braids, you moisturize your hair, yes, but not in the same way as you would with hair worn in its natural state.”

Post-quarantine plans:

“I know that I will go back to braids — they’re just much easier for my lifestyle — but not right away. Before, my routine was to take my braids out that night and the next morning I was at the hairdresser. I didn’t expose my hair to anybody because I didn’t know what to do with it. But now, I’m glad I have relief moving forward: I feel like I can go a week or even a month in between my braids because I now know how to handle it. I won’t be so regimented. That’s what I love about what I’ve experienced within this quarantine journey. I’m more open to and have the freedom now to experiment with different hairstyles.”

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