Skoah: Simply Powerful Skin Care

skoah-kleansing-lotionCraving some relaxation and pampering, hoping to beat the end of winter blues and get some glow back to my seemingly lacklustre skin, I visited Skoah in Yaletown for my first ever facial yesterday.

I opted for their Facialiscious treatment, as it seemed to be the best for a facial virgin such as myself.

The treatment was 75 minutes long and included cleansing, three masks, a skin analysis, some (fairly painless) extractions and divine massage of the face, shoulders,  neck, scalp, arms, hands, legs and feet. I loved settling into the cozy, heated bed between warm blankets and being given soothing cleansing and exfoliating treatments while I gently fell into relaxed bliss.

My skin felt so smooth and soft afterwards. I got up, got dressed and looked in the mirror, examining my face closely. I couldn’t believe how incredible my skin looked… and without any makeup!

Skoah doesn’t get side tracked with a bunch of unnecessary pomp and pageantry. They give you all the relaxation of a high end spa, without the superficial, stuffy feel. They are laid back, relaxed, easy to talk to and they know skin care. Plus, their products are simple, easy to understand, do what they promise and smell absolutely delicious.

I walked out feeling fantastic. I got the amazing, ethereal glowing skin that I had hoped for and purchased a bag full of products to use at home. Knowing how important it is to take good care of your skin (especially now that I am not in my 20s any more), I definitely plan to make  Skoah “workouts” a regular part of my skin care routine.

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Unbearable Lightness

Photo: Amazon

As I stretched out in the sunshine last week on a sandy beach in Cabo San Lucas, I didn’t have my usual easy, breezy, vacay style beach read in my hands. My choice instead was Portia de Rossi’s book, Unbearable Lightness. The gripping memoir detailing her battle with anorexia and bulimia is written with painstaking thoroughness – the writing is simple, yet infused with brutal honesty, and Portia is a very compelling storyteller.

Before she found love and happiness with the woman of her dreams, Portia spent years living a secret life. A closeted lesbian, she says she was terrified of being outed. She was also waging a vicious battle with an eating disorder. At rock bottom, she starved herself down to 82 pounds. Her book lays everything bare, and this from a woman who, though she had achieved fame, fought so fiercely to achieve perfect privacy that she lied about almost every aspect of her life not only to the press and her co-workers, but to her family and friends as well. Already emotionally fragile, with her  self-esteem rigidly tied to her body weight and the size of her thighs, she increased the stakes by convincing herself that in order to maintain her career in Hollywood and escape a brutal life of  mediocrity, she had to both stay in the closet and shrink down in size. This idea that she had to keep up the facade isolated her, consumed her every waking moment, and made her extremely ill.

I’ve poured over the pages of many books about eating disorders and body image throughout the years, but I found this one to be a particularly emotional read for me. Body image is something that I ferociously struggle with. I’ve allowed my body to be the target of some of my harshest judgments and at times, even the barometer by which I have measured my self worth. I wish I didn’t do this. I especially wish that at 30 years old, I wasn’t still hung up on it to some degree. I am well aware that my body does not define me and shouldn’t, yet in my own head I have often let it.

Portia’s voice in Unbearable Lightness shares the most honest, candid account of the toll a tyrannical body image can exact. She articulates the thoughts and behaviours of someone battling an eating disorder in a  raw and insightful way.  Portia has said that she did not want to write the book from the perspective of a healthy person talking about their eating disorder in the past tense. Brutally honest and at times graphic, she says the book is written from the perspective of the sick person.

“I thought it was so important to be honest and to go so deeply…into the crazy part,” says Portia. “Even though I was kind of afraid to do it because I thought maybe everyone would think that I’m nuts. But I think it’s really valuable because there is a point where a diet becomes a disorder.”

I cried through many parts of this book, both because my heart broke for Portia and because it frightened me how much I could relate to some of her disordered patterns. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time in my life obsessing over food, eating, weight loss and my body. I  have engaged in problematic food and weight behaviour off and on  since I was about 12 years old. I’ve been on both ends of the weight spectrum- a size 16 at my heaviest and down to sickly, skin and bones at my thinnest. I know what it is to get into that mindset where you want to be thin more than anything else to the point where it’s all you can think about. I have gotten myself so thin that my face is drawn, my bones are showing and my family and friends are worried; but all I can focus on are the areas I don’t think are small enough . I have congratulated myself for being able to get through days of eating next to nothing and given myself pats on the back for putting in excruciating overtime at the gym.

Given my propensity to see my body in a critical light, I think that Unbearable Lightness was an important read for me because it reminded me of how damaging that kind of close scrutiny can be if you don’t get a handle on it.  Portia wrote this book without holding back. It came from a very real place and she puts out some of her most devastating moments for everyone to see. It’s a brave move, and it will help a great many people who struggle with food, image, sexuality, self esteem, or feeling like an outsider. In other words, if you are human, you’ll be deeply impacted by this book.

Photo: People

This is Portia’s first book but I really hope she continues to write, because she definitely has an incredible gift.

Royal Perfection

My love affair with the Royal Family began when I was a little girl. I can remember wanting to be just like Princess Diana when I grew up. She was beautiful, stylish and warm hearted; a true icon. These days little girls have a new Princess to look up to. Kate Middleton may not have made it to Vancouver while she was in Canada with her 40+ outfits in tow recently; however, I’ve certainly been fawning over everything she has been wearing. Kate is absolutely stunning and fits the bill for a princess to perfection.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their North American Tour on Thursday, June 30th. The Duchess has demonstrated her exquisite style at each stop. William and Kate are elegant, down to earth and very obviously head over heels in love. They are truly a breath of fresh air.

Here’s a look at some of my favourite outfits and photos of the couple over their recent days in North America.

Photos taken from various sources and are not property of Work In Progress.

Girl Crush: Erin Andrews

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Being a sports fan myself, ESPN anchor Erin Andrews has long been on my radar. Since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of covering NBA or NCAA basketball games from the sidelines, so I’ve always been envious of what Ms. Andrews gets to do for a living. Truth be told, after watching her run on Dancing With The Stars, and following her every tweet, I’m pretty convinced that we’re long lost BFFs. She’s my kind of girl.

Andrews joined ESPN in May 2004 as a reporter for the network’s National Hockey League coverage. Since the 2004 season, she has served as a reporter for the ESPN College Football Saturday telecast, the Saturday Primetime college basketball game and Big Ten college basketball coverage. In 2005, she added Major League Baseball sideline reporting to her duties. She also provides reports and features on Great Outdoor Games coverage.

I want to watch a game with Erin. Not only does she know her stuff, but she seems super nice. And fun!  In short: she comes across accessible and friendly. She isn’t afraid to be a goof and she really loves sports.

Too many sports media types think it is all about displaying their overwhelming personality, the sound of their own voice — not realizing it is as off-putting as it is allegedly “brand-building.”

As a sideline reporter – and, now as a video game feature and NFL Draft fixture – Erin staked out a seat right in the middle of the action. Next to the players and coaches for sure, but equally important, next to the fans.  High Visibility + Open Personality = Accessibility and ultimately, Popularity.

Sports media reflects the direction of the rest of the world. We have moved away from  I-know-best shouting and moved into a world of connections, of  “friending” and “following.” And we want to connect with people who we genuinely like – or who we think we would like. That’s Erin.

Erin Andrews has become the queen of sports media because she has made herself accessible on the arena sideline and in your living room.

Note: Photos are not property of Work in Progress. They have been taken from various sources.

The Versatile Blogger

The fabulous Chloe of  This Girl’s City bestowed upon me the honour of receiving The Versatile Blogger Award. I was extra touched because I heart Chloe’s blog and her tweets. I also took it as the swift kick in the butt I needed to finally make me post something on here. (I didn’t post any entries in March! Who am I? I was busy getting my ducks in a row!)

For my part, I’m to share seven random facts about myself…so here we go:

  1. I have a crazy memory for detail. Often, I am teased by my friends about my ability to pull out random facts or recount detailed happenings and direct quotes from the past. I can probably tell you what outfit I was wearing to every single event that I have ever attended. I’m not kidding.
  2. As a kid, I was obsessed with repeats of the ’60s television show The Monkees. I owned tapes of all their music and I wanted to marry Davy Jones.
  3. I am a master at the game 21 and can out shoot all of the best basketballin’ boys and girls I know…even when I’m wearing a dress and heels.
  4. I am addicted to buying magazines; fashion, sports, music, tabloids, you name it. For years, I kept them all and housed a massive collection in my bedroom. It got to the point where my parents forced me to purge most of them, for fear that the floor of my room would cave in. I am currently in recovery for this addiction. The only magazines that I usually still buy monthly are Nylon and Vogue. And I read magazines from back to front, always- never front to back.
  5. I sing at the top of my lungs when I’m alone in my car; my favourites to sing along to? Matt Good and Alanis Morissette. Occasionally I pump up the Britney. I actually prefer to drive places alone because I love to sing in my car and won’t do it if I have a passenger.
  6. The Montreal Canadiens were my favourite hockey team growing up. I was head over heels in love with Patrick Roy. At age 10, I could be seen walking around fully decked out in Habs gear. I had it all, including boxer shorts (which I wore hanging down underneath my Umbros) plus an array of t-shirts, hoodies, hats and track pants. I even owned Habs socks and running shoes.
  7. I often compare situations in life to episodes of Friends. I have been known to insert random Friends quotes into regular conversation. (This happens more frequently when Smith is around.) I tend to speak about Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as if they’re my real friends.

Now I get to pay this prestigious honour forward. I want to know seven random facts about these babes:

Mel

Smelly Danielly

City Cinders

Gus Greeper

Phaeds

Logical Harmony

Alternative Housewife