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    Weddings in the 6ix; Venues We LOVE!

    Your wedding venue is one of the first big decisions you make and sets the tone for your wedding and all the planning that follows. Whether elegant or boho, casual or formal, the GTA and surrounding areas have plenty of venue choices. Seeing as we have been to one or two or all of them as the fabulous mobile beauty team that we are, we wanted to highlight the venues we love for glam perfect weddings in the 6ix!

    The Hunt Club

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    Founded in 1895, The Toronto Hunt Club packs on the charm, with rolling greenery and beautifully charactered interiors. Think of old-world charm and an outdoor feel, but with all the amenities you need to pull off one epic wedding! Bonus? The guys might be able to get a round of golf in before the big day.

    Why we love it:

    • Seats up to 180 guests
    • Menu Tasting for the Bride and Groom
    • Complimentary Parking
    • Onsite Photography Locations
    • All Location Rental and Set-Up Fees
    • Supplier Referrals
    • Private Bridal Suite/Washrooms
    • Amenity Baskets
    • Bridal Suite Lunch and Champagne Service

    Graydon Manor

    We don’t know about you, but anything built for a wealthy man in the roaring ’20s has our vote for a fabulous venue and Graydon Hall Manor doesn’t disappoint. Think romantic vistas, beautiful gardens, and bubbling fountains. Inside, the elegance and luxury you would expect from the era captured in the rooms ornate detailing, large fireplaces and period furniture.

    Why we love it:

    • Spectacular gardens – for cocktails, dining, or breathtaking photos
    • Elegant dining rooms
    • Private bridal dressing room
    • Air-conditioned interior
    • Terrace canopy to seat up to 250 guests
    • Parking for 120 cars
    • Facilities to host up to 250 guests for a seated reception

    The Great Hall

    bride in front of a window

    History-loving brides and grooms, we’ve got you covered! The Great Hall located in Toronto’s West End has a classic Victorian feel but with 21st-century sensibilities. With four separate rooms, each with their own distinct charm and personality, customizing your perfect day and night has never been easier. And with whitewashed interiors, large windows, a movie-esque stage and red brick facade, they’ve got your photo backdrops covered!

    Why We Love it:

    • String lighting
    • Uplighting packages
    • Bridal suites
    • Silk draping decor
    • Valet parking
    • Speciality drink creations
    • Custom-tailored rental packages
    • Sound and lighting systems

    Malaparte

    When you are choosing a venue owned by O&B you know you’re event will be fabulous! Whichever venue you choose in the O&B empire includes personalized consulting and access to their full-service planning studio and of course, their incredible service and cuisine. For this post though we want to highlight Malaparte. It is one of the best venues for those of you who want a true wedding in the 6ix vibe. Located on the 6th floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, you” enjoy floor to ceiling windows, incredible city views and a rooftop reception space.

    Why we love it:

    • service staff
    • table numbers
    • printed menus
    • tables & chairs
    • in-house dance floor
    • outdoor games
    • table flatware & glassware
    • standard white linens (tablecloths and napkins)
    • Can accommodate 150 seated, 300 for a reception
    • outdoor lounge furniture
    • fully dressed 1400 sq. ft. tent with draped ceiling and chandeliers

    The Estates of Sunnybrook

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    With three separate buildings, each more fabulous than the first, The Estates of Sunnybrook truly has something for everyone. Want formal ballrooms and grandiose architecture? Vaughan Estate is your venue. Having a more intimate, cozy wedding? Then you want The Coach House. Looking for gardens and a romantic ambience? McLean House is your best bet. And with each building self-contained, including venue, washrooms, gardens and entrance, you won’t have to worry about run-ins with rival weddings. Just kidding about the rival part – maybe.

    Why we love it:

    • Self-contained venues
    • Rental cost covers the cost of the room set-up; standard tables & chairs, white linens, tableware and candles, plus the cost of servers and bartenders
    • A Maitre d’ dedicated to your event is also included (seriously, how cool is this?)

    We will be highlighting more Weddings in the 6ix and venues we love in the coming months so stay tuned! And remember – whichever venue you choose, stay true to your vision – it’s your big day, no one else’s, so get a little selfish if you need to and have the BEST time!

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  • InBeauty

    Meet the Team; The Triple N’s

    Our newest team members and the final in our roundup, are Nicole and Niamh. Whether doing hair or makeup these ladies have talent to spare! Read on to find out a little about them, their quirks and the best advice they’ve ever been given.  

    Nicole

    a young woman in a park

    Name: Nicole
    NickName: Nikki
    Born: Manila, Philippines
    Live: Downtown Toronto
    Favorite food: too many to name, usually falls in the savoury deep-fried variety
    Coffee or tea: black coffee
    Red, white or rose: Red
     If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? I actually really love Toronto
    Hobby: plant lady, cat lady, cooking
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Romantic comedy
    Best piece of advice you were given? There will always be people better than you, people worse than you, and people who are equally the same. So it’s best to stay in your own lane and stop comparing and just do what is fulfilling to you. 
    Spirit animal: cats, obviously 🙂

     

    Niamh

    young woman in front of black background

    Name: Niamh Mc Cann
    NickName: Sneevers
    Born: Dublin, Ireland 
    Live: Beaches
    Favorite food: Cheese is my life!
    Coffee or tea: Irish tea & espresso over ice 
    Red, white, rose: All of them!
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Here & Now!
    Hobby: salsa dancing & cycling
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Comedy
    Best piece of advice you were given? Less is more!
    Spirit animal: Dogs 

    Natalie

    woman with makeup on

    Name: Natalie
    NickName: Nat or NattyBorn
    Born: Scarborough 
    Live: Hamilton
    Favorite food: Nachos, Pizza and Hamburgers
    Coffee or tea: Coffee 
    Red, white, rose: Rose
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Hawaii
    Hobby: Makeup and Sleeping
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Suspense
    Best piece of advice you were given? Live, love and laugh
    Spirit animal: Butterfly

    Interested in turning your passion into a #dreamjob? Drop a line to Shira@theblushparlour.com
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    Meet the Team: Jessica and Leah

    Next up on the glam squad are Jessica and Leah, two of our recent additions to the glam squad and ever so talented makeup artists!
    Read on to find out a little about them, their quirks and the best advice they’ve ever been given.
     

    Jessica

    Name: Jessica Hencke
    NickName: Jess 
    Born: Toronto
    Live: Toronto (Cabbagetown) 
    Favorite food: omg so hard… hash browns? Vegan Tacos, bibimbap, aloo gobi… I absolutely can not choose 
    Coffee or tea: COFFEE 
    Red, white, rose: ooooo depends.. ideally, a crispy cold white on a patio on a hot day 
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?  On a train in Germany travelling with my Nintendo Switch and my boyfriend
    Hobby: I love to read (any kind of long series will do the trick, I never want them to end) 
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? an Epic! 
    Best piece of advice you were given? Act confident and no one will question you
    Spirit animal: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
     

    Leah

    Name:  Leah
    NickName: None
    Born: Brantford
    Live: Toronto
    Favorite food: sushi
    Coffee or tea: coffee, coffee, coffee
    Red, white, rose: all the wine! If I had to choose,  champagne
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Anywhere with a nice beach and great weather
    Hobby: floral arranging
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Rom-com
    Best piece of advice you were given? Pick your battles. There is no point in being upset over silly little things. 
    Spirit animal: Otter
     
    Coming up we’ll introduce you to Natalie and Niamh!
     
    Ready to book right now?! Head over HERE
     
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    Meet The Team: Rebecca and Taylor

    Next up on the glam squad are Rebecca and Taylor. Taylor is an ever so talented hair and makeup artist and Rebecca is one of our newest members to the glam squad. Read on to find out a little about them, their quirks and the best advice they’ve ever been given.
     

    Rebecca 

    Name: Rebecca Nicole 
    NickName: Becky 
    Born: Port Dover, ON. 
    Live: Toronto 
    Favorite food: Anything off the bbq 
    Coffee or tea: Coffee
    Red, white, rose: Red!
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Anywhere along the Mediterranean 
    Hobby: playing guitar & bike rides along the lakeshore 
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Maybe one a a rom com 
    Best piece of advice you were given? “ If it doesn’t work out atleast it’s a story”…everything is just a learning opportunity. 
    Spirit animal: Dolphin 
     

    Taylor

     
    Name: Taylor
    NickName: Tay Tay
    Born: Toronto
    Live: Toronto
    Favorite food: Steak and mashed potatoes
    Coffee or tea: Coffee
    Red, white, rose: Red
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? California
    Hobby: Dancing
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Romantic comedy
    Best piece of advice you were given? Dream Big
    Spirit animal: Owl
     
     
     
    Coming up next week, we’ll introduce you to Jessica and Leah!
     
    Ready to book right now?! Head over HERE
     
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  • InBeauty

    Meet the Team: Sarah and Kristi ~ the Unicorns

    We love getting to know all our clients and thought it was about time we return the favor, especially considering how our team has grown over the last year. So please join us over the next few weeks as we introduce you to our incredible team and they share some funny insights and the best advice they’ve ever been given.
     

    SARAH 

    One of the original team members, Sarah, is our unicorn – does makeup and hair, is always excited to take a booking and makes our bridal/glam clients visions a flawless reality! We asked her a few fun and quirky questions, here’s what she had to say…
     

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    Name: Sarah
    NickName: Sarah Marina Jelly Beana
    Born: Hamilton, ON
    Live: Downtown TO
    Favorite food: cheese
    Coffee or tea: coffee
    Red, white, rose: Rose
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Australia and/or New Zealand
    Hobby: reading & working out
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Comedy for sure, with 3 kids I’m always finding myself in questionable situations!
    Best piece of advice you were given? Trust your instincts. Keep going.
    Spirit animal: cat. I love relaxing and I’m very selective about which humans I love!
     

    KRISTI

    Kristi is our other unicorn – a hair and makeup whiz, she is constantly requested personally by our clients for the way she makes them look and feel. When she’s not glamming with us, she is snuggled up with her sweet little girl. 
     
    Name: Kristi
    NickName: Never had one. People always just felt I was a “Kristi!”
    Born: Newmarket, ON
    Live: Pickering, ON
    Favorite food: oh So tough. Are we talking meals or dessert? For a meal, give me The Kegs prime rib dinner with garlic mashed potatoes. For desert, warm brownie with ice cream and whip cream on top.
    Coffee or tea: TEA PLEASE! I’m that weird person who never liked coffee but I can spend $50 at the drop of a hat at Davids tea.
    Red, white, rose: Yes, yes and yes
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? With my 16-month-old baby girl, Gwendolyn
    Hobby: acting in community theatre, anything makeup related
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Romantic comedy. I’m like that quirky leading lady trying to balance everything and hitting lots of bumps along the road.
    Best piece of advice you were given? I’m still waiting on it. Any suggestions?
    Spirit animal: The unicorn from “Nella the Princess Night.” The Treehouse channel is on repeat at my house.
     
    Coming up next week, we’ll introduce you to Rebecca and Leah – two of the awesome additions to our team this year!
     
    Ready to book right now?! Head over HERE
     
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  • InBeauty

    Meet the Team; Shira Ben, Lead Makeup and Angie Cole, Lead Hair

     
    We love getting to know all our clients and thought it was about time we return the favor, especially considering how our team has grown over the last year. So please join us over the next few weeks as we introduce you to our incredible team and they share some funny insights and the best advice they’ve ever been given.
     

    SHIRA BEN

    Our first team member, the original team member is Shira Ben. Founder of The Blush Parlour, makeup maven over at Stop, Drop and Makeup, a wifey and Mama, Shira has built a thriving business out of her passion and talents as a makeup lover and artist. We asked her a few fun and quirky questions, here’s what she had to say…
     

    Shira been makeup artist

    Name: Shira 
    NickName: My Dad calls me Chichi
    Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
    Lives: Toronto 
    Favorite food: Avocado anything !!! 
    Coffee or tea: COFFEE – Americano Mistos to be exact 
    Red, white, rose: California Cabernet Sauvignon, please!
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Right here, right now
    Hobby: Haha does doing my makeup count? 
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Comedy 
    Best piece of advice? Be nice to everyone. This advice has always been good to me.
    Spirit animal: Chihuahua  small and yappy 
     

     

    Angie Cole

    Angie Cole is an incredible human and hair aficionado, and when she is not making the world a better place as a Social Worker, she is wowing clients with her hair talents and know-how. She got the same round of questions, check out her answers below…
     
    Hair stylist Angi ColeName: Angie Cole
    NickName: Ang
    Born: Ottawa
    Lives: Toronto
    Favorite food: Gluten-free baked goods
    Coffee or tea: Coffee
    Red, white, rose: Depends on the season 😉
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Hawaii or Paris – my homes away from home!
    Hobby: Singing
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Musical Theatre
    Best piece of advice? ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’ – Nelson Mandela 
    Spirit animal: my dog, Pandora
     
    Coming up next week, we’ll introduce you to Sarah and Kristi – two of the best makeup and hair artists out there today!
     
    Ready to book right now?! Head over HERE
     
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    Freshen up! Why a Tutorial is EXACTLY what you need right now!

    We hit 20 degrees yesterday and armed with our amazing, lightweight, yet super-powered sunscreen (check out our faves HERE) we are soaking in the sun over here at The Blush Parlour!  

    Every year around this time our thoughts turn to changing over our wardrobes, getting those much-needed highlights and freshening up our glam strategy.

    For freshening up your wardrobe and keeping on-trend for Spring you have to check out this fabulous list from Elle. For hair color change-ups, Allure puts together THE hair color trends for Spring HERE. And for glam strategy, there is no better way to update your glam plan than at one of our tutorials at our studio in Liberty Village.

    Still not sure how it can up your beauty game? Let us count the ways …

    1. Seasonal transitions; your beauty routine, products, and palettes should adjust with the seasons in order to get the most out of your products and your skin. Lightweight summer creams will do nothing for you in Winter, except getting wasted through overuse and heavy winter creams in summer will create clogged pores and a dull complexion. And ain’t nobody got time for that! Our tutorials run all year long and are seasonally curated, so you are sure to get the best products for both the season and your skin, with a palette and techniques sure to keep you on-trend
    2. Do you ever lie in bed at night and wish that you could have all the money back you ever spent on products that didn’t work or looked terrible? No? Just us then? We do. All the time! And this is yet another reason why a tutorial might be exactly what you need. First, the products we showcase are tried, tested and true. We love them and our clients love them, and we know they deliver. Second, you try each of the products over the course of the tutorial, allowing you to see what they feel and look like on you, without the upfront expense!
    3. Not to pat ourselves on the back here, but we are really good at what we do. Our artists have decades of experience in the industry and are continually updating their techniques. During a tutorial, not only do you get to test out the products, you get the double-advantage of our expertise in application, tips, tricks, and best practices. Not to mention some bubbly, some great tunes, samples and notes and instructions to reference whenever you need – a super fun and invaluable resource if we do say so ourselves
    1. Ch, ch, changes! So, you know about makeup and hair and have a good grasp of product and technique. No need for a tutorial, right? Think again! A hair and makeup tutorial is a great way to experiment with looks outside your comfort zone and skill set. Up your makeup and hair game by trying something new, on-trend or plain old different. Always go for beach waves? Let’s try a boho braid! Always do a red lip? Let’s try a neutral shade! Thinking outside the box with a beauty expert will take your makeup/hair places you didn’t know you wanted to go!
    2. Our clients LOVE them! Like LaRoux, who had this to say, “I recently did a Hair 101 How to Style Your Hair class at the Blush Parlour and it has completely changed my haircare and styling routine. I feel much more confident in getting an easy achievable style incorporated into my routine. Total game changer for me! Thank you, Angie!” or Talia, who had this to say, “I took a makeup class with Shira and it was a game changer. Talk about tips and tricks that I didn’t have a clue about. It really elevated my makeup game. Can’t wait to take the next one!” Or finally Anne, who said, “This was a great team to work with! I had a one on one make up tutorial that went beyond my expectations. The experience was completely tailored to my look and comfort. Will be back for a holiday evening makeup tutorial!”

    So now that we have you convinced and ready to join us for a tutorial, head over HERE to nab your tickets!

    We can’t wait to see you there

    XO The Blush Parlour

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