Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Years Resolution Time!

Every year, around this time, we do the same. We take a look back at the year and think about what we’d like to change in the new year. I personally love new years resolutions. Sure, people argue that no one actually follows through with their resolutions. For the first month, the gyms might be packed, but eventually they’ll become emptier as people trade in their resolution for a Big Mac. But even if that is the case, I still think its’ extremely valuable for people to have a reason to look back and reflect on their year. I love reviewing what I’ve improved on, what perhaps needs more work, and all of the great memories I’ve created during that year. It’s a great way to make sure that you’re more self aware. Plus, it gives you an excuse to create goals. So many people don’t recognize the power of goal setting. Its great to dream! Even if perhaps you don’t fulfill your goal in the timeline you originally set out, you never know when you might revisit that goal and succeed.

Goals work best when they are:
Specific
Measurable
Realistic

I also find that it is easiest to follow through on goals where I can easily monitor progress and congratulate myself on each obstacle I overcome. Its great to have a final end goal, but I can motivate myself better when I have a series of smaller goals that lead to a large goal. That way you never feel overwhelmed or discouraged!

What’s your new years resolution?

Need some inspiration for your new years party? Check out these outfits featuring Orangefish Jewelry:






Saturday, December 25, 2010

Boxing Day Sale!

It’s every girl’s favorite day of the year: Boxing Day! You know what that means…big sales, amazing deals, and full shopping bags. But unfortunately, it also means huge lines, and having to fight that feisty lady over that cute pair of shoes you both want. The boxing day routine can get a bit tiresome. We love the deals but hate the drama! The Solution: shop at Orangefish’s awesome boxing day sale! We have all the amazing deals that you can get right from your desk chair, couch, or even bed. You can relax and recline with a nice cup of tea while picking up envious items. Then your purchases will be delivered right to your front door!

So what will be on sale?

Jewlery! 
Check our some of your favorite pieces you’ve been lusting over for months. From fun and colourful pieces to simple and chic silver necklaces, there’s something for every style. 

Kids Stuff!
We have adorable clothing for young children. There are also kid size aprons for the mini chef in the making. Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean you can’t still make Christmas cookies together!

Guys Gear!
Guys need a little sale love too. All our amazing unique and stylish men’s cufflinks are on sale today only! There’s sports themed links, Canadian pride links, camo links, and lots more. Add a little extra flourish to a black suit!

And so much more including, greeting cards, pet accessories, clothing, funky soap, and tote bags. This sale is for this week only though, so swim on over and hook all your favorite items before they disappear!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Magical Moments Contest Results

Our Magical Moments contest was a huge success! We received some heart warming entries about everyone’s favorite memory. And of course, we do have some big winners! Drum roll please…

In first place we have: Jessica Kimbel with “the day our son was born”. Jessica swept away the competition with 331 votes! Way to go! We hope you enjoy your Lotus Ring with 30 interchangeable marbles and your $75 Orangefish gift card.
In second place is Stephanie Hayes with her memory of “finding out I was pregnant”. Thanks to her 98 votes, Stephanie has won a  Bra Bag and a Panty Pak as well as a $50 Orangefish gift card.

Finally, in third place we have S. Kienlen and their magical moment of “our wedding”. Congratulations! You’ve won a pair of chic buds and a $25 Orangefish gift card.


We hope everyone enjoyed our contest! We loved hearing about all your favorite memories. The Orangefish Team hopes you have a wonderful holiday and make some more Magical Moments. 
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Helper: 15% off this weekend only!

We all know that your long holiday gift list can start to get a bit pricey. That’s why Orangefish is offering 15% off all our brand new and restocked items this Friday to Sunday! These items are hot hot hot though, so get them while they last! We only order limited quantities and you won’t want to miss out on that perfect gift. Just use the promo code HHMMWKD16 to get your 15% off!

We’ve just received some brand new products!
Check out the new designs for the WubaNub. The little MVP design is adorable for the young sports fan in training. There are also four new stuffed animals from the Cheery Cheeks bunch. These are great gifts for the young ones on your list.

We also have restocked some of our best stocking stuffers. The Ballmania lip balm is smooth on your lips and perfectly kissable. The fun designs are sure to put a smile on your face. We’ve brought in some new designs called “lips Ahoy”, inspired by sailing adventures at sea. Don’t forget to check out the new USB sticks too. There’s a design for everyone at any age. The Stars Wars series will please any Sci Fi fan. The Hello Kitty USBs are a fun and stylish gift for the young teen girl.

If you’re looking for a deal this holiday season head on over to Orangefish.ca this weekend and get the most unique products at amazing prices! And don’t forget, if you recommend the site to a friend and they make a purchase we’ll credit your account with 10 dollars! There’s nothing like brightening your holiday with free money!

Also, our Magical Moments Contest is still running until December 19! Go to our Facebook page and enter for your chance to win some amazing prices!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Magical Moments Contest Reminder!

Don't forget to enter out Magical Moments contest. It runs until December 20th, so get your entries in!


Entering is so easy! Just go to our website or Facebook page and share your holiday story. Then, get your friends to vote for your entry. The more people you tell, the better your chances are of winning. Prizes will be given out to the entries with the most votes.


We have some amazing prizes!
First prize is the popular sterling silver Lotus Ring with 30 interchangeable marbles and a $75.00 Orangefish gift card.


The second prize winner will receive the Bra Bag and Panty Pak as well as a $50.00 Orangefish gift card.


The third prize winner will get the new Chic Earbuds and a $25.00 Orangefish gift card.


Go to our facebook page and click on the contest tab to enter!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Stocking Stuffers!

Orangefish has these new products in that prove you can make anything fun and creative. These home supplies are an extension of the office supplies line we launched earlier this fall. They are just in time for the Holidays. They all make great stocking stuffers because of their small size, and fun nature.

 For example, I’ll bet you never thought a tea strainer could be interesting. Think again. This adorable strainer, shaped like a flower is just too cool. Perfect for the tea lover in your life! Wrap it up with some gourmet teas and you’ve got the perfect gift! 

Any contact wearer knows how boring those little contact cases are. Not to mention difficult to handle because they’re so small. This contact case is definitely not boring. Its whimsical and colourful. And because it sits higher off the counter, and is heavier, it will make putting in your contacts a breeze.

Soap is just plain old soap right? Wrong. When you put it on this adorable soap dish shaped like a turtle you have the perfect little accessory for your bathroom or kitchen. Its’ perfect for all age groups but is also a great way to get the little ones excited about proper hand washing hygiene. 
Finally, the holidays are when you bring out your best linens and use the fancy guest table. But there’s also plenty of hot serving dishes around that are the mortal enemy to any gorgeous wooden table. That’s where these fun trivets come in. Their cool shape and bright colour are a great addition to any table year round.

These products make perfect stocking stuffers for family and friends. They’re practical, fun, and stylish! The perfect combination!

Check out Orangefish.ca to see these and other stocking stuffers.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

GG's Official Holiday Gift Guide!

Nothing feels better than finding the perfect gift for a loved one. You anticipate the smile on their face and their excited reaction and you just can’t wait to give it to them. But sometimes this is easier said then done. Ever have that person who you just can’t find the perfect gift for? I know I have! So here’s my guide to help you out this holiday season. Orangefish.ca has got amazing and thoughtful gifts for every person on your list.

Little Rascals: Don’t know what to get your young ones on your list? Check out these ideas.
Crayon Carrier: The perfect way to organize all their colouring supplies for road trips, or long sits in the waiting room
Aprons: Get the kids involved with cooking your holiday dinner with these adorable aprons.
Cupcake necklace: Trying to cut down on the sweets the kids are eating? This cupcake necklace is a sweet gift for the young girl or teenager with no sugar required.
Moni Poni: These hair accessories make it easy to do hair, and look super stylish too!


Women: Fabulous gifts for a gal pal, girlfriend, wife, or sister
Bra Bag & Panty Pak: Just in time for holiday vacations. The Bra Bag and Panty pack keep your delicates protected and looking good.
Key Finder charms: Give the gift of sparkle, and no more lost keys!
Purse Hook Bangle: A stylish 3-in-one accessory and purse hook
Lotus Ring or Necklace: This ring comes with 30 interchangeable marbles. Perfect for the indecisive fashionista!
Chic Buds: The sparkly way to accessorize your iPod
Men: Show a little love for the men in your life with these great gifts
Star Wars USB Keys: These usb keys are geek-chic
Grid It: Give the gift of organization.
Sport Cufflinks: men need some style too. These cufflinks inspired by sports are a great addition to any suit.
 Rock Buds: Banish boring headphones with these babies

Podmates: Gifts to impress anyone at your office
USB Keys: Bring some extra fun to the office
Business Card Cases: these cases help to keep all your business cards organized. A great gift for the entrepreneur!
Check out even more gift ideas at Orangefish.ca!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Just Hooked: Portable Flats for all your sore feet emergencies

I love my heels. And the higher the better! Unfortunately, that usually means that halfway through the night my poor feet are either killing me or completely numb. At a certain point, every girl wishes they had brought a pair of flats with them. Even Carrie and her Manolo Blahnik’s has experienced the dreaded walk home from dinner or a party in heels that are too high, too tight, and slightly impractical (though totally cute!).

Enter Damn Heels. The perfect solution! Now you can wear your heels, and when you start to feel that tell-tale pain in the soles of your feet, you can pop the small and convenient damn heels pouch out of your clutch. The black pouch contains small adorable black patent flats that are folded inside. Just like magic the pouch expands into a stylish reusable bag decorated with a pop-art style pattern of heel silhouettes. Pop your painful heels into the bag and slip on the comfy flats to give your poor feet a much deserved break.

Damn heels is a great solution for walking home or taking the subway back from the office or a party. They are also great for weddings, where half way through the night you end up wishing you hadn’t worn your sky-high pointy toes heels. Get dancing and don’t let your feet hold you back!

Damn heels is definitely something I’ll be carrying in my purse now!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Magical Moments Contest!

Our fall “What’s Your Wish” Contest was a huge hit! So we’re running another one just in time for the holidays.

The holidays are full of magical moments. Whether its revealing the new family puppy, setting out milk and cookies for Santa, building snowmen, or waking up way too early Christmas morning to open presents under the tree, everyone has that special moment they look forward to every holiday. 

Orangefish has created the Magical Moments contest. We want to hear your favorite holiday memories and give you the chance to win some amazing prizes. Entering is so easy! Just go to our website or Facebook page and share your holiday story. Then, get your friends to vote for your entry. The more people you tell, the better your chances are of winning. Prizes will be given out to the entries with the most votes.

First prize is the popular sterling silver Lotus Ring with 30 interchangeable marbles and a $75.00 Orangefish gift card.
The second prize winner will receive the Bra Bag and Panty Pak as well as a $50.00 Orangefish gift card.
 

The third prize winner will get the new Chic Earbuds and a $25.00 Orangefish gift card.
All those wonderful prizes and all you have to do to win one is tell us your favorite memory and get your Facebook friends to vote! Get into the holiday spirit and you might just win an early gift!

Check it out on our Facebook page: Facbook.com/Orangefish.ca. Then click on the contest tab to enter!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Just Hooked: Get Organized and Writing!

Clutter can manage to cramp even the most dedicated fashionista’s style. It’s happened to all of us. Those few extra receipts and wrappings pile up in the bottom of your purse and you have to dig for what seems like an eternity to find your lip gloss or cell phone. Though you haven’t quite approached Hoarder territory, the disorganization makes it difficult to find something when you need it most (like your business card for a possible networking opportunity, or your phone to plug in the number of the cutie from the restaurant).

I have good news for disorganized purses, bags and cars everywhere! Orangfish has just hooked a new product called Grid-It that makes organization easy. The series of elasticized bands that adjust to fit any size object will keep everything in place so you’ll know exactly where to find your pen or wallet in record time. The great thing is you can use it pretty much anywhere you need a little extra order. It can be used as a sun visor organizer, a 3 ring binder accessory, and in your purse or laptop bag. This little gadget is so versatile! This is a lifesaver for self-admitted pack-rats or purse over-stuffers. But it’s also great for even the neatest people since it keeps everything conveniently at your fingertips. This is a practical gift for anyone on your holiday list this year. It’s the gift of organization!

Where do you need organization most in your life right now?

Have you ever had a special notebook where you jotted down your plans, favorite recipes, goals, sketches or just random thoughts you had? Getting your thoughts out on paper is a great way to organize all the ideas whizzing around in your brain. You’ll feel relieved after, and its always fun looking at old notebooks years later.

Of course, the notebooks you write in can’t just be plain and boring. They have to be as special and unique as the thoughts you write in them. Orangefish has just hooked my new favorite journals. They have sayings on the font in big colourful letters like “I’m going to change the world and this is my plan”, “I’m going to be a rockstar and this is my plan”, “I’m going to be the boss and this is my plan”, “I’m going to be a Nobel Prize winner and this is my plan”, and “I’m going to be ridiculously rich and this is my plan”. The notebooks are a whimsical concoction of sentimentality mixed with a hint of cleverness and humour. You’ll definitely find me carrying around one of these this holiday season. It’s a great gift idea and comes at the perfect time for New Years resolutions. What’s a better motivator to achieve your goals than an adorable notebook? Wrap up the “Change the World” notebook with a special eco-friendly gift. Or combine the “Rockstar” notebook with a new ipod for the perfect gift for your favorite music lover.

Orangefish has also hooked another set of notebooks. The brightly coloured journals are labeled with titles like “Chefs I met and liked”, “Shopaholics I met and liked”, or “Lovers I had and liked”. Jot down all your favorite memories so you’ll never forget them. Then years later, share them with your friends or family. For a thoughtful gift for the friend who loves to cook, wrap the “Chefs I met and liked” journal together with a new cookbook, or tickets to a special cooking convention or classes.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Party Etiquette 101

With the holidays comes the holiday parties. These can either be the best or the worst part of the season. Awkward, drama-filled parties are no fun for the host or the guests but exciting and friendly ones can be a ton of fun. So here is my guide to surviving the holiday party season.

1. Don’t be late!
I love being fashionable. But in this case, being fashionably late is not very stylish. This is especially true of dinner parties. Chances are, the host has carefully planned every second of the party, and has made sure that all the food would remain warm and fresh. A good host also knows to wait for all the guests to arrive before serving the food. So, if you’re late, everyone will be sitting impatiently (and probably very hungry) waiting for you. Nothing is more awkward then showing up late and having a tablefull of angry, hungry faces staring at you. And when the food is finally served it will probably either be cold or overcooked. So please, don’t be fashionably late, be fashionably on time.

2. Holiday Fashion
One of my favorite parts! There’s nothing like getting dolled up for a glamorous cocktail or dinner party. The usual rules of clothing etiquette apply here. You’re not going to a club, so watch how short your hemlines are and how deep the v-neck is (especially if it’s a family friendly party). Here are some stylish outfits I put together for casual, semi-casual, and formal parties. I’ve used some ultra chic Orangefish accessories to add some extra bling. The holidays and new years is a great excuse to add sparkle to your outfits!


3. Table Manners
Please, I beg of you, use basic table manners. I’m sure we’ve all seen people eating with their hands, double dipping, reaching across the table, or picking their teeth and wondered “what were you thinking”. Of course you don’t have to act like you’re out for tea with the Queen of England but you also don’t have to eat like you’ve never seen a utensil before.

4. Hostess Gifts
Though this may seem like a small detail, it makes a huge difference. If someone is gracious enough to invite you over, its polite to at least bring a small gift. This can be a a bottle of wine, or a home decoration. If you are staying at their house overnight, consider purchasing a larger gift.
These Napkin rings are a great hostess gift that is both practical and stylish: http://www.orangefish.ca/products/bargainbuys/$25.00/1/blackandrednapkinrings

These winestoppers are a great alternative for the typical wine gift. Attach them to a nice bottle of wine with a pretty ribbon and you’ve got a perfect gift! http://www.orangefish.ca/products/bargainbuys/$25.00/1/heartwinestopper

Just relax and have fun at this years holiday parties. As long as you don’t make any comments about your aunt’s bad haircut, or point out that someone has been eating a few too many Christmas cookies, you’re sure to have a great time. The Holidays are about friendship and family so banish the drama and bring on the laughter! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Orangefish on FabFind.com!

Have you been eyeing a product on Orangefish for the last few months but haven’t been able to buy it yet? Well, here’s your chance! Orangefish is taking part in a unique opportunity with the website FabFind.com. If you’re a dedicated online shopper you may have seen websites like Groupon and Cliquesave popping up all around. The idea of these websites is that a superb deal is offered, but only in very limited quantities. So what’s the deal Orangefish is offering? It’s a $50.00 gift card for $25.00. Yes, you read that right, that’s 50% off! The event is just this Friday so don’t miss out! Go to FabFind.com on Friday to check it out!

If you’ve been product page stalking some of our coolest items this could be your chance to grab it at an amazing price! Check out our Fancy Lotus Ring with 30 interchangeable marbles. It goes with every outfit and you get 30 rings for the price of one. It doesn’t get much better than that! It would make the perfect gift, but be careful, you might just end up keeping it for yourself! The Bra bag and Panty Pak are another Orangefish favorite. The bra bag offers a solution that every girl would love! It doesn’t sacrifice any space and protects your delicates at the same time. And it’s super stylish so it’s fashionista-friendly! The floral cosmetic case is one of our newer products that is taking the site by storm. It is a retro-style cosmetic case made from the material used for those stylized floral bathing caps you see in old movies. It’s waterproof and super stylish! The key finder charms are another fabulous combination of style and function. The sparkly charm attaches to the outside of your purse, while another magnet attaches to the inside of the bag. The inside magnet holds your keys in place so you’ll never have to dig in the bottom of your bag again! The FUMI Pursehook is a totally unique item. It’s a bracelet, purse accessory, and purse holder all in one! I’ve seen some dirty floors in my time, and it always hurts me to have to put my brand new fancy purse onto the floor. The FUMI keeps your bag off the floor and attached to the table. Then, when you’re done using it for that purpose, it becomes a totally fab bracelet! Our newest product is Chic Buds, adorable headphones decorated with swarovski crystals! Totally cool! We also have a load of new baby and children’s products that would make great gifts this Holiday season.

Check out FabFind.com on Friday to get your amazing deal!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Help Us Pick a Charitable Organization!


While I plan out my holiday season I can’t help but feel grateful for everything I’ve been given in my life. Many of us vacation during the holidays, buy gifts, enjoy cozy cocktail parties, and feast on holiday treats. But the holidays are also the season for giving, and for looking to help those who can’t enjoy holidays in the same way we can. Not everyone can afford a fancy Christmas ham, or to stuff the kids stockings full of goodies. Every person deserves to have a carefree holiday where they don’t have to worry about whether they can afford to eat that day. There are a bunch of websites that make it easy for people to give some of their holiday fund to those who need it most. Alternativegifts.org is a great example. It lets you purchase small gifts like chickens, school books, or medicine for specific regions around the world. It’s also a great gift idea for the person in your life who doesn’t need anything but would like to help others.

Orangefish also wants to give this Holiday season. Every year we like to support specific charities like Verity Girls Club, and Autism Ontario. This year we’re looking for new unique charities to give to. That’s why we need your help! Do you know any charitable organizations that could directly benefit from Orangefish’s support? If you do, please let us know and help us make a difference!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reminder! The Holiday Hunt

Hi everyone, 
just wanted to remind you all about the fabulous event Orangefish is running on November 17. That's only in a few days!

The Holidays are a hectic time for everyone. Orangefish wants you to enjoy your holidays stress free. We’ve gathered experts who have tonnes of valuable tips and tricks to make this the best holiday yet! You can have all the style and fun without all the stress! 

Holiday Decorating - Getting into the festive spirit starts at home. Jessica Kelly will provide you with useful tips on how to bring a little holiday cheer and style into your home as she shares some great decorating ideas based on the latest holiday trends. 

Unique Gift Ideas - Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge especially if you are trying to stay within a budget. Janet Lewis will share stylish and unique gift recommendations for everyone on your list this holiday season. 

Gift Wrapping - Presentation makes a big difference and adds a special personal touch to all of your gifts so representatives from the Creative Bag will demonstrate how to finish off the perfect gift with the perfect wrapping. 

Holiday Drinks - Impress your guests with your mixology skills! Representatives from PMA Canada will help you source delicious and fun drink recipes for holiday cocktail party. 

Tickets are limited so grab them today for only $20.00 or $25.00 at the door. This includes a drink ticket, a gift bag, and a chance to win fantastic door prizes. 

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity!

http://orangefishtheholidayhunt.eventbrite.com/


Friday, November 12, 2010

Rock Out In Style

If you’ve read enough of my blogs you may have realized that I believe anything can be an accessory. This is especially true of electronics. Any analysis of our current society will say that we live in a wired world, and really who can deny it? So why not embrace it! One of the biggest woes of modern culture is standardization. Sure, all the iPod headphones look the same, but now yours doesn’t have too! Add a personal touch to your iPod with Chic Buds. These stylish headphones are decorated with swarovski crystals. The extra bit of sparkle makes a big difference! It’s an attention grabber, and you can’t help but feel like a princess when you’re donning swarovskis. 

Got a guy in your life.  Add a personal touch to his iPod or smart phone with Rock Buds. These stylish headphones are decorated with with cool designs that will add to your personal style. 

The retractor ensures that your ear buds will never get tangled again. And thank goodness too! I don’t know how many times I’ve had to untangle and unknot my mess of headphones. I’m so excited to sport chic buds this winter! I may just have to buy some for all my friends though, because once you see them you can’t help but love them! These headphones would make the perfect gift for anyone from a teenager to someone in their fourties. Everyone could use a little extra sparkle in their life!


You can find these new goodies at Orangefish.ca

What’s your favorite song right now on your iPod?




Wednesday, November 10, 2010

GG's Guide to Having Fun with Makeup!

Makeup can be just as fun to experiment with as clothing and accessories. I love changing up my usual eyeshadow colour, or adding a winged eyeliner tip, or even trying out a red lip. Of course, as we change and age our makeup preferences change as well. But makeup should be fun at any age! So here’s my quick summary of this years makeup trends as well as tips for everyone from teens to fourty +.

Teens:
This is a pretty broad age category from 13-19. I know when I was 13 I wasn’t wearing much more than cotton candy flavoured lip gloss. But at 19, I definitely already had a fully stocked makeup bag. The key to teen makeup is looking fresh faced. Selena Gomez (or her makeup artist) always seems to nail this youthful look. She does a bit of eyeliner, with a light dusting of neutral eyeshadow (light pink or brown), some mascara, a touch of blush, and a slightly tinted lip gloss. The emphasis tends to not be on the eyeshadow but the eyelashes and the eyeliner. Less is more at this age. Just have fun with it!


Trendy Twenties and Thirties:
It’s all about finding a balance between wanting to have fun with makeup while still keeping it professional while you build a professional career for yourself. There’s a time and a place for leopard print nails, but your conservative office job is definitely not the place to try it out. But outside the office you can experiment with colour and different styles. I know I love rocking a gorgeous purple eyeshadow for night time.

The Smokey Eye is an all time favorite of mine as well. However, I like using brown instead of black or grey. It looks more natural and the great thing is, you can wear a light smokey look for work, and just pack your eyeshadow in your purse and add a little extra before you head out for a night on the town or a hot date. Just add some liquid liner, and some more lip gloss and you’re all set! I know girls, liquid liner is intimidating and if you’ve never used it, you probably have nightmares about it ending up all over the place. But I’m telling you, it’s worth experimenting with. It leaves a nice clean line and you can have a little extra fun with winged tips (my current favorite night look).

Here's a look at a fab day look and night look from Beyonce.



Fabulous Fourties +
It’s all about the moisture! First, drink water, and lots of it. Then make sure to moisturize your lips, face, neck, and body. Caking on foundation is the least flattering thing anyone can do for their skin. If your complexion is even, consider using a tinted moisturizer instead (or for a homemade fix mix a little foundation together with your moisturizer). It will keep your skin from looking powdery while still giving it a finished look.
I know girls love sparkly things. But shimmery makeup is no ones friend after 35. It accentuates any lines or wrinkles you might have. Matte eyeshadows are your new best friend!
This is a great step by step guide to a full face of makeup for women over 40 from Beautysurvival.com.
http://www.beautysurvival.com/Beyond40/beyond40-steps.html
or if you are able to, try out a makeup consultation. It's great to get an expert's help to pick out your perfect shades and teach you application techniques to bring out your unique beauty. Check out Grace Makeup


GG Makeup Trend Report:
Matte lips, matte skin, and khaki nails are totally in this fall and winter. I’ve tried all three of these trends and have a few things to say. First of all, Khaki/neutral nails can look quite chic if you pick the colour that matches your skin tone well. Chanel’s “Particuliere” was sold out for most of the summer and is a great example of this trend. I have to admit though, I still like the fun pop of colour of a red nail (it’s an oldie but a goodie). I am not a fan at all of the Matte skin trend. I think it looks 100% fake. The point of foundation is to try and make people believe that you’re not even wearing any foundation and your skin naturally looks that good (if only!). I like a more dewey fresh faced look for any age group. Matte Lips can be stylish as long as you apply enough lipstick. If you’re wearing a darker lipstick, make sure your lips are well moisturized a few days before so your lipstick won’t look cakey, or creased.


 My number one tip:
Glamour is all in your confidence. Trends are a great starting point but always make sure to wear what you love. It’s all about showing your personality and having fun with your makeup. Makeup shouldn’t be about covering up, but about highlighting the things that make you a unique and beautiful person.

Check out this fabulous makeup bag from Orangefish.ca. It’s totally funky and will make sure to brighten your morning makeup routine. 

Do you have any secret beauty tips to share?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Just Hooked: Wearable Art!

Orangefish has just hooked a bunch of new and fabulous designs in our sterling silver necklaces! These unique and whimsical pendant designs add extra charm and shine to any outfit. Whether you pair it with a cute cocktail dress or a blazer and jeans, these necklaces are perfect! I love them for work especially because they’re so sophisticated but still have the healthy dose of fun that I always look for in accessories. The best part is, because it’s sterling silver you can know that your necklace will stay sparkling for years to come. There are so many different designs so you can pick one that you feel truly represents your personality. I love the butterfly and the cherry blossoms because they remind me of the beauty of nature.


They’re coming in just in time for Christmas too! Cute, stylish and definitely for those that have a hobby or are passionate about something. Don’t be shy – show the world what you love! Consider the tree or butterfly for nature lovers, the cupcake or ice cream for your gals that have a sweet tooth, the bike for those crazy city cyclists or the music note for the dj’s that are constantly dropping a beat. There is even a 4 leaf clover for the Irish and the double circle for those that believe what goes around comes around…again and again. The price point is modest and the value is great! Wrap it up with a pretty bow and box, and add a special card and you have a thoughtful beautiful gift. This is most definitely wearable art that connects to the soul.


Check out all the new designs out at Orangefish.ca


What is your favorite design?




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Holiday Hunt!


“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” At least it should be. Unfortunately, all the stress surrounding gifts, dinner parties, decorating, and perfecting Grandma’s pie recipe takes some of the fun out of the Holidays. I’m sure you want to spend your time with your family and friends instead of worrying about how you can balance your time between finding that perfect gift for your niece and decorating your table. But I also know that you want the holidays to be picture perfect! Thank goodness Orangefish is running an awesome event in November called “The Holiday Hunt”. Expert presenters will give you handy tips on how to pull off a memorable holiday without all the stress. And of course, they’ll be tips on how to do all this on a budget!

Here’s a Summary of our fabulous presenters:

Holiday Decorating - Getting into the festive spirit starts at home.  Jessica Kelly will provide you with useful tips on how to bring a little holiday cheer and style into your home as she shares some great decorating ideas based on the latest holiday trends.

Unique Gift Ideas - Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge especially if you are trying to stay within a budget. Janet Lewis will share stylish and unique gift recommendations for everyone on your list this holiday season.

Gift Wrapping - Presentation makes a big difference and adds a special personal touch to all of your gifts so representatives from the Creative Bag will demonstrate how to finish off the perfect gift with the perfect wrapping.

Holiday Drinks - Impress your guests with your mixology skills!  Representatives from PMA Canada will help you source delicious and fun drink recipes for holiday cocktail party.

The event is happening on November 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the chic and fabulous Women’s Member’s Club Verity in Downtown Toronto. Tickets are only $20 and not only does that get you some exclusive tips but also a gift bag, a drink ticket, and a chance to win some amazing door prizes. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Tickets are limited, so purchase them soon and don’t miss out!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Your Purse's New Best Friend!



It’s happened to the best of us: the dreaded “lost your keys in your stylish of-the-season bottomless purse” syndrome. This is even more embarrassing if you’re in public while doing it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look very lady-like. But a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do! It seems like no matter how organized or clean your purse is, your keys always manage to hide in the weirdest nook or cranny. Well not any more! You will never have to root through your bag again! And of course you know I wouldn’t be so excited if it wasn’t fashionista-friendly too. Orangefish has hooked these awesome key finder charms. They keep your keys in an easy to find place while looking totally cute. It works for purses, backpacks, briefcases, and even diaper bags (yes, diapers can be fashionable too!) It comes in so many different designs that you can find one for any personality and age group. From crowns to hearts to music notes to flowers, there’s a charm for everyone! They use a super strong magnet that can go through almost any purse material. The magnet goes on the inside of you purse, and the keys stick to it. Then the sparkly charm goes on the outside for a little extra bling! The perfect marriage of style and function: brought to you by Orangefish.ca.


 Have you ever lost your keys? Where’s the weirdest place you’ve found them?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Early Halloween: New products and Costume Ideas!

Haunted attractions, ghost tours, bonfires and trick or treating is just around the corner so get into the spirit for the festival of the dead.  Here are three quick tips to get into the other world!


1.  Get your hands on this custom made Skull Chain necklace so you will be the most stylish and sassy scallywag at the party. Check it out at Orangefish.ca!

2.   Boo!  Send out some scary but cute Hallowe’en greetings to your fellow matey’s.
3.  Happy Hallowe’en!  Decorate your home with a special message on the chalkboard vase.

Halloween is only a few days away but for all you procrastinators out there who are still looking for some good costume ideas, I’ve got a few up my sleeve. I picked simple costumes that are easy to put together in a few minutes using items you probably already have in your closet. Halloween is a ton of fun, but dragging yourself from costume shop to costume shop to find the perfect get-up and ending up spending $70.00 on a mediocre costume is no fun at all (I speak form personal experience!). Here are a few of my favs (some of which I’ve actually tried before)

Birthday/Christmas Present.
This is so easy its ridiculous. All you need is a large plastic gift bag with either Christmas print or birthday print from the dollar store. I’m not talking about those stiff gift bags you put tissue paper in but the giant ones made from garbage bag material that are used for very large gifts. Just cut off the bottom of the bag and then step into the middle of it. (you may need to adjust the fit using some tape) Use gift string or ribbon to fit the bag around your waist and create a flattering shape. The finishing touch is a giant present bow that you can attach to a headband and wear on your head.

Lady Gaga
This is a hugely popular costume this year. Pick your favorite Gaga outfit (preferably not her controversial meat dress) and get together a crazy collection of leotards, tights, glasses, and a blonde wig.

The Night Sky
Wear a flattering black dress or shirt and pant combo. Then, using metallic gold paper, cut out stars in different shapes. Or use glow in the dark stars for a little extra fun! Tape these stars to your black clothing. Then, using the star garland you can buy around Christmas time that goes on your tree, create a crown for your head. Then, use some gold glitter eyeshadow to add a little extra sparkle. You can also put gold sparkles in your hair or on your body. This is great last minute option! And it’ll cost only a dollar or two.

iPod
This works great if you’re in a group. You can all be the different iPod colours. Get a solid colour dress in one of the iPod nano colours. Then, cut out the shape of the iPod screen and wheel. Tape them to the front of your dress. Now this is the fun part! On the back, create your own phrase starting with “i” and tape it to you. For example, “iMove” or “iSing” or “iFlirt” . Pick something that suits your personality or has a bit of humor. If you have children, you can be the larger white or black classic iPod and they can be the colourful iPod nanos.

The Single Ladies
We all love this Beyonce music video! All you need is a black leotard, some skin coloured tights, black heels, and a nice big ring. And maybe some major confidence to pull off the no-pants look.
Another music video related costume is Madonna in the like a virgin video or one of your other favorite videos. Her style is so recognizable everyone will know who you are!

And there you have it! Halloween ideas compliments of Galaxy Girl! Good luck with your costume hunt and feel free to add any ideas you have in the comments section below!
Remember to have a happy and safe night whether you are tricking or treating!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Wonderful World of Fall TV

Now that we’re into October, its time to look at how our favorite fall tv shows are doing. First, I need to start with the biggest television show in Canada right now, The Big Bang Theory. It regularly gets 3 to 4 million viewers in a country with only 33 million people in it! Now that’s impressive! I’ve been a fan of Big Bang Theory since the beginning of season two, and I have to say it just keeps getting better! If you’re not familiar with the show, you should be. It’s a comedy about 4 nerdy science geniuses and a blonde waitress/actress. As I’m sure you can guess, hilarity enues. I fall on the floor laughing at least once an episode. This season has gone above and beyond my expectations and I would highly recommend it. And a Canadian band sings the theme song! That wins them extra points with me!


Last years big success Glee has been a bit of a disappointment this fall. I’ve always been a huge musical fan, and throw a little Jane Lynch humor in and you’ve got me sold. But it seems that this fall the show is just lacking that special quirk it had last year. Even the Brittany Spears tribute episode didn’t compare to their Madonna episode. I have yet to feel the raw emotion I felt when Kurt’s father defended his son against Finn’s homophobic remarks. And I haven’t laughed as hard as I did at typical Brittany quotes like "When I pulled my hamstring I went to a misogynist" or "I'm pretty sure my cat's been reading my diary." How are you other Gleeks out there feeling about this season?

Grey’s Anatomy, a perennial favorite of mine has also been a little lackluster. I miss the days of McDreamy, McSteamy, and McVet. Season 1,2, and 3 are definitely the most memorable for me. There's a part deep down inside me that keeps wishing McVet would make a reappearance. He was a total cutie. I feel like recently they’ve just been dragging out something that maybe should quit while it’s ahead. Don’t get me wrong, the shocking season finale was amazing…but where do you go from there? Anyone agree with me? Disagree?

One show I have yet to watch, but am considering getting into is Mad Men. Are there any Mad Men fans out there? What do you think? Should I watch it? 

If you’ve been keeping up with any amazing shows, please comment down below and let me know. I may have some openings in my weekly tv schedule with all the disappointments this season. 

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