Get back-to-school ready with Lucid's fashion, beauty, and health & wellness gift guide

From beauty and health products/services, to sustainable wardrobe staples for the whole family - we've got the you covered as we head into the cooler months

Although it might feel like the warmer days just arrived, fall is right around the corner. You know what that means— it's time to start packing your shower caddies and book bags to get ready for the school year ahead. While you might not be looking forward to the imminent long nights of studying, Lucid's fall gift guide is guaranteed to get you excited about your return to school - whether it be pre-school to college.

With a carefully curated line up from Province Apothecary, La Ceiba Botanical Skincare, Mini Mioche, Xicama™Erin Tracy Bridal and Fine Jewellery, Clarissa Borg Cosmetics,  Pretty in the City Brow and Lash Bar, ANARA Hemp Denim, and All You Are Robes,.We've got you covered on all things beauty, health, and wellness, or fashion and accessory related.

Whether you're heading back to high school, moving away to college, or preparing your little ones for kindergarten, this list has something for everyone.

The Ultimate Back-to-School/Fall Gift Guide for 2019

1. Province Apothecary

The skincare experts at Province Apothecary know a thing or two about developing healthy routines for a glowing complexion. This fall, they've got your back with high-performance, organic, and natural beauty essentials to keep your skin hydrated and healthy all year long. Province Apothecary's selection of hand-crafted products are created in small-batches using high quality, local, and ethically sourced ingredients. Their entire line is free of petroleum, parabens, synthetic fragrances and chemicals, dyes, pesticides and GMOs— making it the A+ addition to your fall skincare lineup. 

 

 

Dual Action Jade Facial Roller - $44

Experience radiant results instantly with this dual-action jade roller, crafted from high-quality Xiuyan Jade. While the studded end helps reduce the look of fine lines and gently exfoliates, the smooth end cools and calms the skin, releasing muscle tension and encouraging lymphatic function. Use this hand-made tool by itself or with a Province Apothecary serum to instantly unwind from a long day of studying, and take your skincare routine to the next level.

 

 

 

Moisturizing Cleanser + Make Up Remover - $44 

This award-winning cleanser is must-have for busy students! Working to remove makeup & excess oil and cleanse, this product is a serious time-saver. While raspberry oil stimulates cell turnover, rejuvenating the skin, lavender heals blemishes and has relaxing, restorative properties. This essential oil blend calms, reduces stress, and relaxes your parasympathetic nervous system. Stay nourished, balanced, and soothed using ingredients you can actually pronounce.

 


Organic Facial Cloths - $15 (Two cloths)

Province Apothecary makes (begrudgingly) taking off your makeup late at night easy. This is the softest, most plush skincare accessory you never knew you needed. The Organic Cotton Facial Cloths are ideal for gently removing dirt and makeup. Each reusable cloth has one smooth side and one that is lightly textured. They're gentle for all skin types and are perfect for gently removing the Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Make Up Remover. Each pack contains 2 cloths, 7"x8". 

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Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum -
$76

Great for all skin types, this nourishing face serum replenishes your skin’s health while hydrating and stimulating skin on a cellular level. High in antioxidants, Neroli and Frankincense reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin tone. If you want to look rested despite long days and nights of studying, the Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum is your new holy-grail product!

 

 

 

Calm Down Therapeutic Roll On - $32

This blend, which can be applied to the temples whenever you're feeling stressed, promotes a sense of well-being and relaxation to allow a moment of peace. While mandarin calms irritability, nervousness, stress, and anxiety, Bergamot and Frankincense relax the mind and body. Neroli relieves chronic anxiety and stress, and Roman chamomile calms and relieves irritation and irritability.

 

 

 

2. La Ceiba Botanical Skincare

La Ceiba Botanical Skincare is Toronto's newest all-natural skincare line. La Ceiba's heritage is rooted in their advocacy against chemicals, as well as their ongoing quest to find a healthier alternative for each skincare need, using one of the world's oldest sciences: botany. Offering hand-crafted and unrefined products such as their signature Jasmine & Blood Orange Facial Serum and Roman Chamomile Toner, La Ceiba proves that all you need to nurture your skin is nature's most potent and natural formulations. At La Ceiba, they believe that your beauty routine should be something to look forward to, rather than a hasty chore. Their all-natural products are designed to be simple, effective, and yet luxurious, helping transform your skincare routine into a personal ritual, within which you can unwind and tune into yourself and nature. After all, even during your busiest and most stressful weeks of school, it's important to make time for yourself!

 

 

Hydrating Body Oil - $70

This highly moisturizing oil formula is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It nourishes your skin while maintaining the skin's moisture barrier, leaving your skin soft and smooth. This oil is perfect for when seasons change and the skin tends to become irritated, as it instantly soothes dry and itchy skin. Use the Hydrating Body Oil when your skin needs a little extra love! 

 

 

 


Antioxidant Mask - $75

Need to de-stress? This powder mask, rich is antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, is easy to apply and perfect for when you need to unwind after a long day of class. Simply mix with water and apply evenly to the face and neck, gently remove 10-12 minutes later, and instantly feel refreshed. Bonus: this mask promotes elasticity, improves the texture of skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines.  

 

 

Signature Facial Serum Jasmine & Blood Orange - $120

This highly moisturizing oil formula promotes skin elasticity, maintains the skin's moisture barrier, improves skin texture, and reduces the sings of aging. The signature serum is guaranteed to leave your skin feeling nourished and hydrated. If you're looking to revamp your skincare routine this fall and ensure that your skin stays hydrated through the changing seasons, this product is for you!

 

 

 

Rose Toner - $80

Need a quick pick-me-up between class and the library? A quick mist of La Ceiba's Rose Toner does the trick! This toner will immediately give moisture back to your skin and soothe irritation. The combination of Rose Otto floral water and Rock Rose floral water is amazing for diminishing wrinkles and rejuvenating your complexion.

 

 

 

 

3. Mini Mioche

Even though we’re only just on the cusp of summer, back-to-school will be here before we know it. Mini Mioche has you covered with the best sustainable basics for a happy kid and a healthy planet. For fall 2019, mini mioche is excited to be introducing two brand new collections. Just in time for BTS, the company will be launching a new bamboo/organic cotton collection. As with their cult-favourite organic cotton basics, the bamboo blend fabric will be knit and dyed locally and exclusively for the brand. Pricing for the bamboo/cotton collection will range from $21 - $42.

Our top picks from the NEW Bamboo collection:


Headband

Colours: black, grey mix, dusk, brick and blush

Fabric content: 63% bamboo, 27% organic cotton, 10% lycra

Sizes: infant/child/youth

Pricing: $21

 

 

Sleeper

Colours: grey mix, dusk, blush

 63% bamboo/27% cotton/10% lycra

Sizes: 0-3 months – 4 years

Pricing: $42

 

 

 

Slouch Pant

Colours: Black, grey mix, dusk

63% bamboo/27% cotton/10% lycra

Sizes: 6-12 months to 11/12 years

Pricing: $40 - $44

 

 

In addition to the new bamboo line, mm will be introducing a collection of hand-knit accessories made with 100% organic wool and lined with upcycled fleece. The knits collection will be the company’s first foray into manufacturing outside of Canada, with production taking place at a women’s co-operative facility in Nepal. The mini mioche knit collection will include toques, mitts and winter staples in simple gender neutral colours ranging in price from $25 - $35. 

Our top picks from the Knits collection: 

 

Ribbed Toque with Pom

100% organic merino wool

5 colour ways

Sizes: 0-18 m, 1-4y, 5y+

Pricing: $35

 

Mittens

100% organic merino wool

Lined in upcycled sherpa fleece

4 colour ways

Sizes: 0-18m, 1-4y, 5+y

Pricing: $25

 

 

 

Striped Toque

100% organic merino wool

Lined in upcycled polar fleece

2 colour ways

Sizes: 0-18m, 1-4y, 5y+

Pricing: $28

 

 

More of our top mm picks for fall:

 

Bike Romper with Collar

Colours: olive, heather grey, black, beechwood, teal

Fabric: 100% organic cotton for solid colours

90% organic cotton/10% PES for heather grey

Sizes: 0-3 months to 6 years 

Pricing: $56 - $58

 

 

 

Slouchy Overalls

Colours: Blush, Beechwood, Navy, Army

100% organic cotton slub 

Sizes: 6-12 months to 6 years

Pricing: $47 - $49

 

 

 

 

Zip-up Bomber

Colours: Black, Olive

100% organic cotton fleece 

Sizes: 6-12 months to 8 years

Pricing: $53 - $55

 

 

 

 

 

4. Erin Tracy

Want to revamp your fall look without having to invest in a whole new wardrobe? A few new pieces of fine jewelry will do the trick! Whether your desired back-to-school look is bold and edgy or subtle and refined, Erin Tracy Jewelry has something for you. Using a wide variety of responsibly sourced materials— from diamonds, gemstones, and gold to concrete and acrylic— Erin Tracy's handcrafted and unique jewelry will be sure to dazzle. As a leader in design, it is no surprise that Erin Tracy's award winning pieces have been recognized in various high-profile publications such as the Globe and Mail, Fashion Magazine, Wedding Bells, Flare, Elle Canada and more. No matter your budget or aesthetic, Erin Tracy's timeless and one-of-a-kind pieces will have you looking fabulous for your return to school. And if you're not returning to school, but your little ones are, Erin Tracy's MINI collection for kids has got you covered!

 

CHARMED Slink Earrings

$520.00

Yellow Gold

CHARMED Rings

$420.00

14K Rose and White Gold, Diamond

 

 

CHARMED Lucky Charmed Initial Tag Bracelet

$45.00- $220.00

Sterling Silver

 

MINIS With Brave Wings She Flies

$60.00

Sterling Silver

 

MINIS You Are The Pineapple Of My Eye

$145.00

10K Yellow Gold

 

MINIS Make A Wish

$60.00

Sterling Silver

 

 

TALON Claw Earrings Small

$145.00

Sterling Silver, Crystals

 

 

 

 

 

5. Xicama™

Go with your gut this fall, and enjoy the the world's first jicama-based functional cocktail, Xicamix (Hee-kah-mix), created by L.A.'s newest superfood brand, Xicama. Available in three refreshing flavours— Spicy Watermelon, Coconut Pineapple, and Cucumber Ginger— Xicamix can either be mixed with your favourite spirits, or simply served with sparkling water on ice. Whether you're celebrating your last exam with a few cocktails, or looking for a healthy non-alcoholic drink alternative during study season, this versatile and delicious beverage will be your go-to. 

The star superfood ingredient of Xicamix, jicama (hee-kamah), is a root vegetable native to Mexico with a fresh and lightly sweet taste. Celebrity food experts, such as Goop's Gwyneth Paltrow, Food Network's Rachael Ray, and Genius Foods author Max Lugavere, are naming Jicama "The Superfood of 2019", for its ability to nourish the body with Vitamin C, prebiotic fibre, and essential vitamins to boost gut and immune health. Xicamix is the better-for-you cocktail that you can feel good about enjoying. Drink to good health. Buena Salud!

8 oz Xicamix bottle

$7.99
 
Xicamix (3 Pack)
 
$24.99
 
 
Now available via shopify 

 

 

6. Clarissa Borg Cosmetics

If you want to look and feel your very best for your return to school this fall, it's time to update your beauty routine. Luckily, Clarissa Borg Cosmetics, founded by award-winning makeup artist Clarissa Borg, has everything you need to refresh your back-to-school look. Boasting a wide variety of brand new makeup products and accessories, Borg's collections are luxurious, high-quality, and affordable— so you can revamp your makeup collection without breaking the bank. Whether your preferred fall look is modern and bright, or classic and nude, Clarissa Borg Cosmetics is guaranteed to take your beauty routine to the next level. 

Liquid Matte Lipstick - $20

 

This full coverage lip stain provides beautiful long-lasting colour. The creamy texture and lightweight stain offer a matte long-wear finish. The vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, and vitamin E infused formula leaves lips feeling soft and moisturized. Available in multiple shades. 

 

 

 

              Shade: Latte             Shade: Mulberry

 

True Black Gel Liner Pot- $18

This waterproof and long-lasting formula will not crease or smudge, providing impeccable hold. The eyeliner glides on smoothly and precisely and provides immediate colour intensity with a luminous finish. 

 
 
 

Pro Waterproof Gel Lip Liner- $20

Shade: Cocoa Loco

This extremely long wearing, waterproof formula glides onto lips for transfer-proof, non-feathering wear for up to 7 hours. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HD Perfect Canvas Primer- $24

This lightweight, oil-free primer transforms your face into a flawless and smooth canvas, enhances the skin’s texture, and primes the skin for makeup application. 

 
 
 
 
Chocolate lip scrub- $12
 
This gentle lip scrub cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions, leaving lips incredibly soft, smooth and hydrated. It gently buffs away dry flakes with sugar crystals and natural humectants, while conditioning chapped lips with Shea butter and Jojoba oil, leaving them ready for lipstick application. 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Pretty in the City
 
With the busiest months of the year quickly approaching, it's time to start prepping yourself for a low-maintenance beauty routine. Let's face it— while we all want to look our best through the school year, applying a full face of makeup every morning isn't always feasible. Luckily, Pretty in the City has got you covered with bespoke long-lasting lash and brow services to enhance, compliment, and balance the symmetry of your face. Offering eyelash extensions, microblading, ombre powder brows, eyeliner tattoos, brow shaping, and more, you can ditch the brow pencils and mascara, and achieve the low-maintenance, fresh-faced look that we all strive for. As Toronto's most trusted beauty boutique, Pretty in the City will be sure to have you looking bright and beautiful from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep.
 
Eyelash Extensions
 
At Pretty in the City, their artists are highly skilled at creating natural looking sets of lash extensions that last. When done right, lash extensions are every girl's best accessory. Using special tweezers to apply lash extensions expertly to each individual natural lash, PIC's extension sets will allow you to wake up look effortlessly gorgeous every day, without ever appearing over-done. While they offer several different services for lashes, such as the Classic Natural set and Volume Superlush set, our favourite option for fall is the new Hybrid set. Pretty in the City's Hybrid lash extensions are a combination of the Classic and Volume sets— creating beautiful and noticeable results, without being over the top. 
 
 
Microblading
 
Microblading is a relatively new technique to North America. Using a manual hand tool, your artist will etch a pattern of lines that mimic your own hair growth pattern while implanting pigment simultaneously. The result: natural looking brows that blend in with your existing brow hairs, and that require virtually no maintenance. With Pretty in the City being voted one of the best places for microblading in Canada and Toronto by Fashion Magazine and BlogTO, you know you're in the best of hands.
 
 
 
 
Ombre Powder Brows

Ombre Powder brows are just the opposite of a hair stroke brow done with the microblading technique. The end result is a soft powder shaded effect, much like the look of using brow powder. The artist is able to control the amount of colour deposited, from very light and soft colour, to much more bold, saturated colour. This technique is done with a permanent makeup machine. If you want soft, consistent pigment all school year long, Ombre Powder brows are for you! Or, if you can't decide between Ombre Powder or microblading services, opt for the combination brow, which uses both techniques for optimal results. 


 
Eyeliner Tattoo
 
For eyeliner tattooing, colour is deposited along the lash line to create the effect of a full lash line. If you're looking for a bold result, extending the colour slightly above the lash line creates the look of permanent eyeliner. There are many variations to this enhancement, such as with a wing, without, soft or sharp edges. The end result is always the same - subtly enhanced, well-defined eyes without appearing obvious.
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. ANARA Denim
 
Jeans that are as good for your booty as they are for our planet. Meet A N A R A hemp denim - designed in Canada and ethically manufactured in Australia. While they may feel like your favourite pair of ultra-comfy, high-quality, every-day jeans, A N A R A denim is uniquely different. They use a fabric blend of over 50% hemp to reduce the global impact of their jeans, which means they're using way less water and land than all-cotton denim. As well, they've invested in bio-degradable packaging, use zero herbicides or pesticides, are vegan-friendly and are apart of the Fashion Revolution - advocating for fair pay and safe working conditions within the fashion industry. Plus hemp is 4x more durable than cotton, so you'll invest in one pair which you can love for years to come. Bye bye, fast fashion!
 
They've launched with one flagship style for women and one for men. The ladies are a high-waisted jean with a slim leg, classic royal blue wash, and, wait for it, real pockets. The men's jeans have a natural waist, a straight leg with a taper at the ankle, and are an indigo blue wash. Both featuring their mountain inspired stitch pattern on the back pocket and a vegan leather patch. Aiming to flatter multiple body types while offering a classic style that can be worn season after season. 
 
Feel empowered. Live powerfully. #WearTheChange.
 
 
 
 
9. All You Are 

Get dorm room ready with this super functional, well designed and flattering robe. Most robes aren’t designed with your real life in mind— until now. The All You Are Robe was designed to solve all the reasons why you either dislike the robes you’ve worn before, or don’t wear one at all. It's beautiful design is guaranteed to make you feel feminine and effortlessly put together, with its slim sleeves, short but not too short length, and built-in belt. Plus, as the fabric is absorbent, comfortable, and never clingy, its coziness is unmatched by any other robe you've tried. The All You Are robe is the perfect dorm-room accessory— so cute that you can confidently walk back from the shower or answer your door in it, and so comfy that you'll wonder why you never tried All You Are before. 

 

The Robe - $125

A built-in belt defines your waist and never gets lost.

Slim, three-quarter length sleeves never get in your way. 

Deep pockets are functional without the added bulk. 

100% cotton French Terry (sweatshirt material!) is absorbent and cozy but not clingy.

And a secret message under the cuff (your possibilities are endless) is a reminder of All You Are.

Fits true to size. 



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About: Province Apothecary is a holistic skincare and wellness brand recognized both for it’s effective natural skincare products and custom organic facials. PA is leading the way in green beauty with a unique blend of 100% active plant based, synthetic-free ingredients, establishing itself as a brand focused on a whole-body approach to beauty.

Owner and founder Julie Clark's journey into natural skincare developed out of her own struggles with allergies and eczema. Unable to find products that were pure and effective enough to heal her sensitive skin, she began blending her own. Now an accredited Holistic Health Practitioner and Aromatherapist, Julie continues to develop new products drawing inspiration from her facial clients, the weather and the seasons.

Province Apothecary sources the highest quality organic, wildcrafted ingredients from each Canadian Province and hand-blends these ingredients in small batches to create skincare that will nourish + balance skin. Julie’s favorite ingredients include: seaweed from Nova Scotia, maple syrup from Quebec, organic sunflower oil from Ontario, organic beeswax from Alberta, organic lentil flour from Manitoba, and organic raspberry oil and glacial clay from British Columbia. PA is blending the wilds of Canada into nourishing and balancing skincare.

All products are free from: petroleum, parabens, synthetic fragrances and ingredients, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, dyes, alcohol, solvents, pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), palm oil or derivatives, cosmetic grade ingredients and toxins of any kind.

Stockists: 175 Canadian +  USA retailers including CAP BeautyFollainFree PeopleWhole Foods MarketThe Detox MarketWell.caErewhon Market, and Credo Beauty to name a few.   All products can be ordered online both in Canada and the US - and can shipped nationally.

Visibility: Province Apothecary PA has been featured internationally in print and online by VogueW MagazineHuffington PostInStyle.comAllureBridesByrdieWell and GoodGarance DoréWallpaperCool HuntingProteinRefinery 29, and Our Body Book.  In addition, a number of Canadian publications including: Canadian LivingFashion MagazineEn Route MagazineChatelaineFlareElle CanadaToday’s ParentToronto LifeGlobe and Mail, and The Toronto Star.

 

   

 

About: La Ceiba is a Toronto-based, all-natural skincare line. La Ceiba’s heritage is rooted in their advocacy against chemicals and their ongoing quest to find a healthier alternative for each skin care need, using one of the world’s oldest sciences: botany. At La Ceiba, their belief is that nature has all the answers. They want to enable you to engage in self-care with products that are handcrafted from nature’s most potent formulations, which they have hand-crafted using plants and natural oils. Their incredible products will bring you to the realization that nature is the only thing needed to nurture your skin. 

At La Ceiba, they believe that skincare routines should be a soothing, luxurious way to begin and end your day, rather than a hastily done chore. Each step should bring a bit more magic to your face and body. La Ceiba believes in the sacredness of rituals, and that starting a personal skin care routine is a way to replenish and relax while reconnecting with yourself, as nature is the ultimate apothecary.

La Ceiba is also determined to incorporate sustainable practices into their each and every step. They use recyclable glass bottles and 100% recycled paper for their boxes, as well as plant-based biodegradable tape and recycled shipping labels. Everything used by La Ceiba is a conscious choice to incorporate sustainability into their manufacturing and shipping.

La Ceiba was founded by Merih Solaklar, who was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, and moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 19. Her journey into natural skincare began after taking a soap making workshop, during which she learned about the vast number of harsh chemicals and toxins used in our everyday skincare products. As our skin is our first line of defence, Merih realized that our skin needs to be protected from the various products that falsely claim to care for it. After studying the plants and oils of the Amazon and other Indigenous parts of the world, as well as analyzing, testing, and experimenting with different natural ingredients, her obsession with botany grew, leading to the establishment of La Ceiba Botanical Skincare.

La Ceiba products are available for purchase through their website, and can be shipped to Canada, the United States, and Turkey.

  

About: Erin Tracy Bridal and Fine Jewellery is a purveyor of custom bridal and ready-made fine jewellery. Employing the industry’s best craftspeople, lead designer Erin Tracy has been creating unique and special pieces on site at the Toronto-based studio since 2003. The work of an avid traveler, her jewellery embraces diverse cultural influences—from the American Southwest to Scandinavia to Japan. But it always remains unmistakably her own.

Erin’s innate creativity and strong design sensibilities were honed by her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design, from which she took her Bachelor’s degree in design. Since then, the virtuosity of her work has attracted a large and loyal following of repeat clients across North America, Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Erin Tracy is an award-winning designer with over a decade of design experience and while her reputation has been built largely by word of mouth, her artistry has been recognized in such high-profile publications as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Flare, Fashion Magazine, Elle Canada, Wedding Bells and Canadian Jeweller.  She was most recently profiled as a jewellery expert on CityLine, CHCH Morning Live, and E! Canada.

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About: mini mioche is a line of ethically-made, sustainable, unisex fashion basics for babies and kids. mini mioche creates super soft, comfortable clothing that kids want to live in, that parents feel great about buying, and that can easily be passed down from one child to the next, regardless of gender. Their stylish, wearable and durable collections are truly unparalleled by any other children's apparel brand.

mini mioche was founded in 2008 by Alyssa Kerbel, just 12 weeks after the birth of her first child. Alyssa wanted to dress her daughter in a similar way to how she dresses— in simple, high-quality, gender-neutral pieces. Such a thing did not exist for infants, so Alyssa set out to create a small collection of organic, ethically-made unisex basics for infants newborn to 24 months. Since then, her small collection has grown significantly to include sizing from newborn to 12 years, with a timeless, unisex core basics collection and seasonal fashion collection. The company has also expanded to include two brick & mortar retail locations in downtown Toronto, as well as a new brick & mortar store in the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.

mini mioche sees the value in partnering with like-minded organizations to bring about great things. The 519, The Teresa Group, Shine the Light On, TEAM Dog Rescue, the UN Refugee Agency Canada and SheEO are just a few of the organizations they have partnered with to offer unique products, while giving back to important social causes. mini mioche also offers an in-store donation program where you can bring in your gently used children's clothing items and receive a discount off your in-store purchase that day.

Visibility: Since its establishment in 2008, mini mioche has been featured in various high profile publications such as Harper's Bazaar, A Green Beauty, Mother Magazine, LA Times, Toronto Life, The Toronto StarThe National Post, The Grid, Monacle, Anokhi, Today's Parent, Chatelaine, NOW, and more. mini mioche has been on the Canadian Business Growth500 list of Canada's fastest growing companies for the past two consecutive years (2017 and 2018).

Stocklists: mini mioche can be found at any of their 3 locations in Toronto and Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, or can be bought online

 

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About: Mona Sharma is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Wellness Coach, and NLP practitioner based in L.A. and Toronto. She's a mother to Elijah and baby India, a wife to Craig, who is a film director, and the founder and CEO of Xicama™, an innovative line of functional food and beverage products that deliver the gut and immune boosting benefits of Jicama.

In her late twenties, while working a high-powered, high-stress role in the corporate beauty world, Mona began to experience chronic anxiety, severe digestive issues, and heart palpitations that persisted after two heart surgeries. After hitting rock bottom, she decided to switch gears and turn her attention to her personal health, returning to her roots of living on an Ashram with her parents. She began to make use of the tools she obtained on the Ashram, where emphasis was placed on bringing the mind and body back to balance through yoga, meditation, mantras, and Ayurvedic meals. After healing from her major health issues, Mona shifted her professional career toward health and wellness. She began working with professional athletes, celebrities, and CEO's to bring balance back to their lives, as well as peace and happiness back to their mindset, so they could thrive.

For over a decade, Mona has worked with clients on mind-body connection, the link between inflammation, gut health and vitality, and the foods that fuel optimal health. One day, while pregnant with baby India, Mona was eating Jicama in her kitchen with her husband, when they decided to pull out the juicer to make some Jicama juice. Aware of its benefits for gut health and immunity, they kept the conversation going, leading to the establishment of her own company, IQ Foods International— for which Xicama™, an innovative jicama-based food and beverage line, is the flagship brand.

Mona's philosophy is that it's time for us to take back our health, and decide that we are worth more than living with symptoms we've gotten used to. Food, meditation, and movement are the ultimate pillars to a vibrant mind and body for life.

  

 

 

About: Clarissa Borg Cosmetics was established in October of 2018 by Clarissa Borg and business partner, Maurizio Bruno. Bonding over their extensive business experience and creative backgrounds, as well as recent bouts of personal strife, Borg and Bruno created Clarissa Borg Cosmetics just three weeks after their initial introduction. Maurizio worked as a hairdresser, whom later left the field to begin other business ventures. Their goal with this new line is to use Borg's experience in beauty and aesthetics to create high quality, cruelty free, affordable makeup in the most desirable shades, leaving customers feeling more beautiful than ever. “Whether a stay at home mom, busy professional or on the stage," says co-founder and industry vet Borg, "We just want you to feel beautiful while you perform, everyday.”

Boasting an extensive career in the beauty industry, Clarissa began doing makeup at the age of fifteen, attended school for makeup and aesthetics at the age of seventeen, and by the age of nineteen was working at the first Elite Yorkville Salon in Toronto, eventually becoming a shareholder. Since 2003, Clarissa has won 11 makeup-based awards with TONI&GUY, has been a finalist every year entered, and has also been a finalist at the Canadian Hairdressing Awards. She finds photo shoots to be her greatest source of passion and creativity, which keep her motivated through the day-to-day tasks of running her business. While Borg & Bruno developed Clarissa Borg Cosmetics as a simple, lip wear oriented makeup line, expansion is already in the works, providing customers with an even greater range of high quality, affordable, and stunning products for every platform!

 

 

About: Established in 2005, Pretty In The City Lash & Brow Bar has been providing exceptional aesthetic services with cutting edge techniques, high-level professionalism, and the best products on the market for twelve years. Founder and master stylist, Veronica Tran, focuses on bespoke lash and brow services to enhance, compliment and balance the symmetry to your face. Quality takes time, and each appointment is timed accordingly to allow for individual customization, proper implementation of skilled techniques, and sanitation protocols. The lash and brow technicians are well trained and dedicated to their craft. Customers of the beauty parlour experience unparalleled expertise in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Pretty In The City founder, Veronica Tran, is one of the first estheticians in Toronto, to train in the art of eyelash extensions, attending workshops in both Toronto and New York.  Her expertise can be seen in many national magazines including Flare, FASHION, Elle Canada, Elevate, and Best Health. She holds several eyelash extension certifications in both classic and volume techniques, a diploma as a Skin Care Technician and Permanent Make-Up Technician, as well as several certificates for infection control. Attending workshops, seminars, and conferences on an annual basis, Veronica is always up to date with the newest innovations and industry standards. Her latest accomplishments include several master classes for Volume Eyelash Extensions and Microblading with well-regarded industry professionals such as Irina Levchuk, Daria Chuprys, and Branko Babic. Veronica is also one of the first in Canada to be certified with PhiBrows.

Visibility: Veronica and Pretty in the City have been featured in The Globe and Mail, Elle, Elle Canada, Flare Magazine, Fashion Magazine, American Spa, Toronto Beauty Reviews and more.

 

    

 

About: ANARA is a sustainable fashion brand creating premium hemp-based denim jeans. By using over 50% hemp to create their jeans, they're reducing land-use, water consumption, as well as using zero pesticides or herbicides.

Designed in Canada and made ethically in Australia, ANARA is apart of the Fashion Revolution - advocating for fair pay and safe working conditions within the fashion industry.

Giving individuals the ability to impact our planet as well as the people who rely on it, one pair of ultra-comfy jeans at a time.

Recently featured in CBC, and having just launched on Earth Day in April of 2019 - stay tuned for more coverage.

 

  

 

About: All You Are is a collection of fully-functional yet feminine and flattering robes made for the modern day woman. Designed to create a solution to the current market of bulk, unflattering, or clingy robes; Paranjape set out to design he robe she wanted -- one that looked chic after a shower of over her PJs but still worked with and enhanced your life. We're talking slim sleeves, a built-in belt, and a fabric that was cozy and comfortable, yet never clingy. The All You Are robe was designed for flipping pancakes, playing with kiddies, opening the front door, and spending a lazy Sunday in. This robe was designed for you.

In addition to founding All You Are, Kena is the co-founder of BRIKA, an innovative retail concept focused on highlighting and supporting emerging artisans and designers. Kena has 15+ years of experience in retail including creating and managing retail merchandising strategies for Indigo, Joe Fresh and Gap as well as a high-end eco-friendly concept. She currently sits on the advisory board of the David Sobey Center for Innovation in Retailing and Services.

Visibility: AYA Robes have been featured in Best Health, Elle Canada, DINE, and the Kena was recently featured on The Marilyn Dennis show has been recently featured on Marilyn Dennis Show sharing her story on International Women's Day.

Kena has been described as a wise and courageous challenger who inspires through her compelling personal stories and warm, nourishing style. You can reach her via email at kena@allyouare.ca.

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