Beauty Local Loves

Rhode + Rue Cosmetics

It’s a lovely sunny morning when I meet Emily for a latte at Propeller Coffee in Roncesvalle to chat about her makeup and skincare line, Rhode and Rue. Emily has an old soul, and is immediately someone you feel as though you have known forever.  We first met at the Leslieville Flea Holiday Market when I stopped to chat and fawn over her beautiful mineral-based creations. First introduced to the art of mixing pigmented oxides, minerals and mica to create beautiful colours while…

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It was the most WONDERFUL time of the year – One of a Kind Show, Spring 2016 roundup

The first time I went to the OOAKS show, I was pretty sure I would only find  sweaters and dickies, key chain bobbles, garden gnome’esque ceramics, tea-pot cosies and wind catchers. Not that there is anything wrong with these things, (especially wind catchers, that are having a bit of a comeback these days) but I didn’t think I would find anything particularly mind-blowing. I was wrong. I recently hit up the Spring OOAKS2016 and as is becoming a new tradition of…

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By the sea, by the beautiful sea + Saltwater Collective

Although this winter has been a relatively easy one, the sun was calling us, and so Alex and I took off to Belize for 10 days of jungle + island fun. We started inland at a fairly remote jungle lodge (run by an ex-MTV EuroVJ once named London’s most hated woman (and who in fact turned out to be lovely) and her husband, a former pro-league football player). The jungle was amazing. We caved, we rode horses through thick brush and down steep riverbanks (…

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Beauty Local Loves

Robi Luxury Skin Care

Last Christmas, I decided I was going to shop locally as much as possible to find the perfect presents for all my favourite people. Not only did I find some completely different unique and very cool things, it forced me to get out and explore different neighbourhoods around the City. In fact, I actually looked forward to  Christmas shopping, (especially when it involves a hot chocolate, flask of baileys and a couple of fun girlies exploring the shops along Queen West)…

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Gettin’ Lippy with LIPS by Danilea

Happy Belated New Year lovelies! I took a hiatus over the holidays as getting this blog up and running was a lot more work than I initially imagined. During my time off, I also determined that I don’t necessarily want to limit Brook+Queen to only non-toxic products (but will still be LOTS of that here), since there are so many people imagining and creating amazing treasures in and around Toronto.  So while I am broadening the scope of what I’ll write about here, I’ll really be narrowing my focus on…

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Vapour Soft Focus Foundation

After tossing my Nars tinted moisturizer, I was on the hunt for something new. Although I don’t have “problem skin” per se, it tends to be on the dry side 10/12 months of the year, and I do like to have at least light coverage to even out my freckles. I had done a little research online, but wanted to get some advice, as this was my first foray into the world of natural foundations, so I strolled down to The Detox Market on King Street…

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Body Local Loves

Leaves of Trees – Hand Lotion Review

I recently stumbled across, Collected Joy, a little store tucked away in the Toronto east end in the up and coming Kingston Road Village. The owner, Sharon, is a delight, and the items in her store are all hand-picked with, well joy.   I stopped in recently with A, as we needed a birthday present for his Mum, and as often happens, I ended up with a little present for myself too – a tube of Orange Blossom Argan Oil hand and body lotion from Leaves of Trees. I have…

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Meet Dominique Del Col – Creator of Wildwood + Owner of Rowan Homespun Market

I happened upon Rowan Homespun earlier this summer, while exploring my neighbourhood of Queen Street East. Rowan has a whimsical/general store vibe, and is full of carefully cultivated treasures (including macrame wall hangings, antique finds and pretty pottery pieces) as well as Wildwood, a beautiful line of small-batch natural skin care remedies and tonics, by owner and modern day potion-mixologist,  Dominique Del Col. I met Dominique on a couple occasions; once, as I was frantically running in just before a flight to France to get…

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Recipes + Elixirs

Mocha Power Bites

A started his new-ish job last week, which came with early mornings and long nights at the office. With both of us having busy weeks ahead I thought we needed some handy grab-and-go power snacks that would give us a power/caffeine boost when we needed it. I whipped up these tasty morsels over the weekend which are loaded with healthy fats, fibre, anti-oxidants, protein (dear chia seeds: I love you) and caffeine and provide a hit of something chocolate-y, without being too sweet. They really…

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Body

Do you even Frank?

Seriously, do you? Because if you don’t you are definitely missing out. This little brown bag of scrubby coffee-y goodness is one of my all time favourite ways to scrub off the day or the greyish hue my skin gets when I forget to drink water (I’m a camel) or just haven’t bothered to moisturize for a few days. Frank is a delicious blend of robusta coffee, oils (like grapeseed and coconut), sugar and a few other natural ingredients and comes…

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