#FFinds: Jetsetter Essentials

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In the fast-paced world of public relations, it’s important to always be prepared — even when traveling to fabulous and exotic destinations.

Get an insider’s peek at our vacation must-haves — finds that will keep you fresh and business-ready, because you never know who you’ll meet on the beach.

  1. Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes – For a fresh face at a moment’s notice, these wipes are perfect for a refresh on the plane or wipe down post-beach. They melt away layers of excess oil, sunscreen, waterproof make-up, and even environmental pollutants. 
  2. Cell Phone Back-Up Battery – As PR pros always on-the-go, we operate around the clock. Never leave home without your favourite travel companion — an extra phone battery to keep your envy-inducing Instagrams coming all day long.
  3. Oversized Sunnies – Protect yourself from the sun, or better yet, hide those tired eyes showing one-too-many of last night’s mojitos. This season, we recommend a mod shape in a pastel hue for a pop of pretty. Our latest purchase is a pair of Illestevas from our friends at Queen West’s ZANE.
  4. Ted Baker London Scarf – In need of a bathing suit cover-up? Having a frizzy hair day? Use a tropical scarf as a wrap for a practical yet fun multi-use beach companion.
  5. Tight’n’tiny Card Holder – Keep your room key and business cards at the tips of your fingers with a minimal APC card wallet.
  6. essence cosmetics bronzer – Take your tan to the next level with a highlighting bronzer. Your sun-kissed cheekbones will be glowing, instantly.
  7. AZURE Magazine – Who doesn’t love good reading material? Stay up-to-date on the world of design and architecture’s latest with this Canadian-made source for all things contemporary.
  8. Brimmed Hat – Beat the heat in style with a versatile hat, perfect for a casual afternoon stroll.
  9. Ted Baker London iPad case – Ideal for protecting your tablet from the sandy interior of your beach tote (we love this colour-blocked carry all from Marni!), so you can connect online whenever, wherever.  

Happy travelling!

Putting the “Work” in Workout: 5 Ways to Stay Fit at the Office

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As PR professionals, we have mastered the art of multitasking, and with summer just around the corner, we thought we would share some of our favourite tips for staying fit while we work. From taking a few extra steps throughout the day to easy deskercises, here are Faulhaber’s top five fitness tips.

1. Best Foot Forward

Experts say that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to your health. Take a break from your chair and computer screen and get moving. In the morning, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re feeling ambitious, take two stairs at a time every other flight for a real leg burn. At your lunch hour, take a walk around the block with a coworker. The fresh air will help clear and refresh your mind before you tackle the rest of the day. Taking the time to get up and move your body whenever you can is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensuring continuous blood circulation in your arms and legs.

2. Crunch Time

Spending eight or more hours sitting down can take a toll on your body, so try this silent and sneaky workout. Squeeze your core muscles tightly for five to 10 seconds and then release, repeating for 12-15 reps. Sitting up straight in your chair, with your feet flat on the ground also engages your abdominal muscles and promotes proper posture.

3. Skinny Dipping

Get strong and slender arms with simple tricep dips. These can be done almost anywhere, including your office. Using your desk or non-rolling chair, sit at the edge and place hands on either side of your body while gripping the chair for stability. With feet a few steps away from your body, bend your arms so that you dip down, hold and then straighten. 

4. Legs for Days

You can tighten your thighs with this easy move, all at the comfort of your desk. Work the core, quadriceps and hip flexors by sitting up tall in your seat, contracting your abs and lifting one foot off the floor about six inches, maintaining a 90-degree bend in the knee. Hold that position for 10 seconds and then lower before moving on to the other leg. 

5. The Sky’s the Limit

Last but not least, stretching is essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body. It can help de-stress and avoid stiffness and sore muscles. Pain in the shoulders and neck can affect productivity, so it’s important to take time to consciously elongate the back and neck. Every couple of hours stretch your arms up, interlock fingers and reach towards the back. Take a few seconds to breathe and clear your mind. 

#FridayFavourite: Concrete

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At the end of each week, we’ll be showcasing extra special lifestyle finds, hand-picked by our team of culture vultures. Sourced everywhere from local Toronto workshops to glamorous European boutiques, be sure to check in each week for our staff-selected #FridayFavourite.

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Phaidon's Concrete explores the world’s most versatile and abundant building material. Often considered dull and cold, this coffee table topper highlights its range of spectacular potential.

Collating fascinating concrete buildings by some of the most celebrated architects of the last century, it features familiar projects from Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, alongside work from some of the leading lights of contemporary architecture, including Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron. Organized into sections like Form, Expression, Light, Scale, and so on, the book juxtaposes images to create comparison and promote discussion.

Sit down and get ready for a thought-provoking, surprisingly beautiful chronicle of concrete’s versatility.  - Jillian

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Buy it here.

Celebrate Karma with THOMAS SABO

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Calling all shoppers from the east to the west! To celebrate the launch of its new Karma Beads collection, THOMAS SABO will be hosting a series of events in all Canadian shops and we want YOU to be there!

We’ll be live on location at Vancouver’s Richmond Centre on April 24th and would love to meet you! If you’re in the surrounding area, we encourage you to swing by and experience the new collection with us. 

RSVP at http://shop.thomassabo.com/CA-en/events/start to secure your spot today!

Details for the Richmond Centre event and all other locations are listed below:

Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Vancouver

Richmond Centre | Unit 1530

6551 Number 3 Road | Richmond BC V6Y 2B6

Date: 24.04.2014

Time: 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Calgary

Chinook Centre | Suite 1221

6455 Macleod Trail SW | Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

Date: 26.04.2014

Time: 12:00 am - 09:00 pm

Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Edmonton

West Edmonton Mall | 8882 170 Street NW

Ste 2356, Unit E-212 | Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7

Date: 26.04.2014

Time: 12:00 am - 09:00 pm

Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Laval

Carrefour Laval | Shop No. R029 | 3035 Boul. Le Carrefour

Laval QC H7T 1C8

Date: 26.04.2014

Time: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Metropolis

Metropolis at Metrotown | Unit 208

4820 Kingsway | Burnaby, BC V5H 4P1

Date: 26.04.2014

Time: 12:00 am - 09:00 pm

Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Oakridge

Oakridge Centre | Unit 250

650 West 41st Ave | Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9

Date: 26.04.2014

Time: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm

Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Quebec

Place Rosemere | 401 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Local M18

Rosemere, QC J7A 3T2

Date: 26.04.2014

Time: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

Place: THOMAS SABO Shop Toronto

Yorkdale Shopping Centre | Unit 221A

3401 Dufferin St | Toronto, ON M6A 3A1

Date: 26.04.2014

Time: 12:00 am – 09:00 pm

#FGoes: Family Fun Sunday at Design Exchange

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Christine, Zoë, Jack and friends play at Design Exchange

Looking for weekend activities that the entire family will (actually) enjoy? Canada’s Design Museum, Design Exchange has you covered.

With the last edition taking place this weekend, make DX’s This Is Not A Toy Family Sundays your next group outing. Explore the larger-than-life show, featuring gigantic plush toys, intricately designed miniatures, and a rainbow vortex, no less, all the while enjoying kiddo-minded programming along the way.

Children can follow the exhibition activity book, create bespoke Kidrobot MUNNYs, dress up in fashion facemasks and personal accessories inspired by the designer toys on display, and get in line for a snazzy face paint by artists Sarah Febbraro and Elizabeth Underhill. 

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Date: Sunday, April 13th

Time: 12pm to 4pm

Tickets: Free with museum admission. Alternatively, Family Passes can be purchased for $37 online here or at the door (valid for two adults and up to four children under 12).

www.dx.org

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Jack buckles up for a custom design

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Zoë enters the FriendsWithYou “Rainbow Vortex”

ALWAYS FRESH: Boxfresh

Boxfresh is one of the best-loved street-wear brands from over the pond and staple to the shoe-game of the freshest fellows in Canada. The brand has transfused young, creative style enthusiasts with their innovative passion for design and street culture. Keeping on the pulse has allowed Boxfresh to continue to be a trendsetter and creator for the urban and the original.

This year, the brand is celebrating its 25th anniversary and in honour of their quarter of a century mark, Boxfresh has released their freshest collection of men’s footwear for SS14. Sure to give sneaker aficionados a kick-start to spring, the line includes two limited edition shoes featuring the new #Katashi sole.

With the ‘always fresh’ reputation of creating innovative, sports-luxe styles, the Boxfresh Katashi sole is made from rubber, making it a tough and hardwearing shoe with genuinely cool style and design to boot.

So lace up your kicks and hit the nearest Browns to snag up your limited edition #Katashi collection. And go ahead, buy both styles. We won’t judge.

www.boxfresh.com

@boxfresh

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FFinds: Elderflower Margarita

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It finally feels like the beginning of spring and we can’t wait to have our first sun inspired cocktail of the year. The Elderflower Margarita is a Faulhaber favourite from the bar at Parts & Labour!

Elderflower Margarita

1.5oz Tequila

.75 oz St Germain Elderflower liquor

.5 Agave Nectar

1 oz fresh lime juice

Shaken and served on ice.

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Stay tuned for the new spring menu at P&L!

Hours:  Monday & Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday to Saturday – 6pm to 2am (Dinner – 6pm to 11pm)

Sunday – 11am to 2am (Brunch – 11am to 3pm; Dinner – 6pm to 11pm)

Address: 1566 Queen Street West, Toronto

Website: www.partsandlabour.ca

Twitter: @partsnlabour

Facebook: PartsandLabourTO