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Dragon paddlers reach The Hill and nearing $20,000 for Gilda’s Club

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

The Dragons Abreast Toronto team of dragon boat paddlers we told you about last month achieved their Canada Day 20th anniversary celebration goal of reaching Parliament Hill on Canada Day after a six-day paddle along 100 km of the Rideau Canal. In the process, the breast cancer survivors group, started by east TO resident Eleanor Nielsen, wanted to raise $10,000 for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, a charity that assists women battling cancer. At press time the group had way exceeded that, raising over $18,000 for Gilda’s. Their hope was to be on Parliament Hill during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding but that was thwarted by heavy security around the Hill. “We got to the base of Parliament Hill but security was so tight we couldn’t wait to go through the lines to get on...

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From the beach to the ballroom: summer hair care has its challenges

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

\ By Andrea Freedman \ Summer’s here and the days are longer.  It is great when you can enjoy the sunshine all day, but before you know it, it is time to go out for the evening.  So how do you transform your “beach hair,” that’s spent the day either getting soaked and sunned or stuffed inside a swimming cap, into a gorgeous coif that’s ready for the evening ball?  Efi Karipidis, owner and senior stylist at Elements Hair Design salon at 473 Cosburn Avenue has some easy tips to keep your hair looking great this summer, without having to waste an entire beautiful day working on it. Even before you step outside, there are preventative steps you can take to keep your hair from becoming dry in the sun.  Karipidis recommends using a leave-in conditioner.  “Anything with an...

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Helping hair recover from summer and getting into the fall swing

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016

By Andrea Freedman During this especially hot summer, many of us spent as much time as we could in swimming pools to stay cool. Now that the glow of summer is beginning to fade, split ends and damaged hair color may suddenly seem more noticeable than they did during the summer months. As September comes, with lots of social gatherings as well as parent-teacher meetings and back-to-work functions, some of us might be in need of a major hair overhaul. Not to mention new styles may be in order for the upcoming season! I spoke with Efi Karipidis at Elements Hair Design at 473 Cosburn Avenue about what can be done to help your hair look refreshed and in style after Labor Day. Haircut to get rid of dry, sun beaten ends Nothing brings hair back to life like...

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EY fitness firm can now teach you how to teach yoga

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016

– By Tina Novotny – East York fitness studio Main Fitness recently qualified as an official School of Yoga with the world renowned Yoga Alliance and plans to offer classes training teachers in the discipline. The company already offers classes in many forms of yoga including hatha yoga, Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, yin/yan yoga, yoga therapy, vinyasa yoga, and yoga for athletes. The teacher training program is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher course, offered along with workshops that can be used as CEC for yoga teachers. The studio also offers over 70 group exercise classes a week in weights, pilates, KC X-Fitt, kettlebells, bosu ,zumba, cycle and fusion. You can pay-as-you-go or there are membership programs. For more info visit, call 647-352-3347 or drop by at 138 Main...

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Fast and easy ways to beat the winter body blahs

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016

For a while it seemed that the weather would never feel like winter and that we might escape the cold for just one year. But now that reality has set in and the “winter blahs” are a real emotional and physical prospect, there are fortunately some things we can do to feel at our best this season.

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Eyebrow care isn’t just for the ladies

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016

\ by Andrea Freedman \ It is not always easy to keep up with regular grooming habits and feel our best once the cold weather arrives, but nicely shaped eyebrows can give eyes a fresh, more youthful appearance, even during the winter months. According to Mary Thrani, co-owner of MT Hair Studio at 25 Overlea Boulevard, eyebrow grooming is not only for the ladies –fellas, there’s no need for a uni-brow! With regard to how to care for your brows, whether you are male or female Mary does not recommend waxing around the eyes. If you are waxing your eyebrows, you (or your aesthetician) are actually pulling the skin around the eye. Because that skin is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of our skin, over time, she warns, waxing can result in more wrinkles around the...

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