Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I'M BACK! Well...sort of!

Hey Everyone! 

I know it's been a long long time and prior to this post you would have known that I had transferred my blog to Wordpress.  Well things have changed and I am back with 2 brand new sites.  A Bridal Site with a mini blog and a new portfolio site.  So won't you come and visit me there?  Hope to see you all soon! :)

Donna Marie


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Farewell's time to move on.

Headshot for Blush Pretty
Makeup: Naomi Mundy for Blush Pretty
Hair: Monica Le for Blush Pretty

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to apologize for my lack of posts on my blog lately.  I have been extremely busy this summer with wedding season and I've had trouble finding time to actually sit down and blog about anything.  It's also hard being a mom of 3 little ones and when I do get the chance to relax all I really want to do is sleep! 

But now that wedding season is coming to a close I thought I'd get back into the groove of things.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I will no longer be blogging...on this blog site anyway.  I have decided to move on to newer and better things and have transferred this blog over to Wordpress.  I even have a new domain name!  It's bittersweet but I am excited.  

So if you follow me here on blogger please go visit my new blog!  There are other ways of following me.  Just click the email icon on the top of my new blog and follow me that way.  

Without further a do I want to bid a farewell to Blogger and say hello to Wordpress!  

I will see you all there!

Here's the link to my new blog: 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Feature Friday: DJ SARA SIMMS

I've decided to introduce to you guys a different concept to my blog where I will be featuring someone who I think is inspiring and who is just so darn cool!  Every Friday make sure you check back to see who I'll be featuring!

This Friday I've decided to feature someone who has been in the music biz for over 10 years!  If you don't already know her, I'd like to introduce you to DJ SARA SIMMS.  I had the pleasure of doing Sara's makeup for her photo shoot last month.  Not only is Sara talented but she is so cool and super nice!  Read on to get to know her more!

1. How did you get into DJing and what type of music do you play?  
I started DJing when I was a teenager.  I grew up going to all-night raves, watching DJ battle tapes and shopping for vinyl in record stores.

In my sets, I play dubstep, electro, techno, house, and future garage or '2step'.  I'm a turntablist, and like to add layers of skratching on top of my sets to make them unique.

2. What would you say is the best part of your job?
I really love music, so being able to mix and play tracks is a real blessing for me.  I  love seeing happy people dancing and laughing together on the floor!

3. What are some memorable places that you've played?
Recently I played at AIR in Tokyo, Japan was amazing!  Last year I opened for the Friendly Fires in on the beach in Cannes, France and toured through the US with Melleefresh.  Melleefresh and I played a really memorable event together in Seattle.  I also participated in a DJ battle in Miami that was fun!

4.  What was the first album  that you ever bought with your own money?
My first LP?  It was an Electronica compilation on Pussyfoot Records.  The first CD was probably a Canadian indie rock band, or Jewel's first album.

5.  When you're not dj-ing what do you like to do in your spare time?
Workout!  I love to exercise, I like to do yoga, dance, run, lift weights, do kickboxing and Pilates.  I like to eat tasty vegetarian dishes, and hang out with my little sister.  I'm also learning how to program synthesizers, so tweaking knobs and creating new sounds takes up a lot of my time.

6.  How would you describe your fashion style?
A mix of east and west.  I'm influenced by Japan's Harajuku styles, but like to add my own flavor by incorporating original jewelry pieces and belts.  I love high heels, feathers, and anything that sparkles.

7.  What are some of your favorite beauty products and why?
A few of my fav beauty products are Benefit's 'Hello Flawless', I love how this powder makes my complexion look!  I really like their lip glosses too, they seem to have just the right amount of shimmer.  I love LancĂ´me eyeshadows, their color pigment is good, and they last on my eyes for a long time   I just started using the Bare Escentuals  line, and am enjoying using their 'buxom' waterproof smoky eye stick.  I like it because the waterproof formula lasts on my eyes for a long time!

8.  What is your definition of beauty?
Looking and feeling glamorous!

9.  What can we expect to see from DJ Sara Simms in the future?
You'll have to watch and listen my website and social media to find out...

10. Do you have a motto or words of wisdom that you live by?
Do what you love and be courageous.  Don't be afraid to try new things in life; know that the universe will fundamentally support anything you would like to do!    Keep learning, be kind, and always give love.

Check out Sara's new DJ mix, featuring tracks by Toronto’s own Melleefresh!  
The first 100 people get to download it for FREE
Click on the cover to listen and download

Photography by Robin Gartner
Makeup by Donna Marie
Jewellery by Persuasion Designs
Hairpiece by Melle Onyshuk

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gleam Body and Lip Radiance by Melanie Mills Review

I'm a little bummed because of the weather we've been having as of late.  I wish summer would get here soon!  If you're a little down because there's no sun here's a little something to pick you up!  I was sent some products from the Gleam Radiance collection by Makeup Artist Melanie Mills and they're definitely something worth checking out.  

If you've watched Dancing with the Stars you may have noticed how radiant and glowing the dancer's are.  That's because they're all wearing Melanie's Gleam Body Radiance!  The product was created specifically for the show by Melanie and to this day they all still wear it!  The product comes in a 30 mL/1 fl.oz tube.  The consistency feels very much like a lotion.  All you have to do is squeeze a little product out and slather on the parts of your body where you'd like to have nice healthy glow.  I like to use this especially on my legs if I wear a skirt.  I'm not a huge fan of my legs but with this on I don't mind so much showing them off a little. 

A little squirt out of the tube
This is the color "Rose Gold" suitable for light/medium skin tones like myself

Slightly blended

 Fully blended

I'm a sucker for anything nude!  Nude lip color that is!  So I chose the color "Naked" from the Lip Radiance collection.  Naked is a peachy nude which I think is great for my light to medium toned skin.  First off I love the smell of the gloss as it has a sweet vanilla like scent to it.  The feel of the lipgloss was surprisingly not sticky because when you first see it on the gloss wand it looks pretty thick.  The gloss applies nice and smoothly and doesn't settle deeply into the fine lines of my lips making them appear smooth and plump.  I would highly recommend this gloss especially if you like a nude lip! And did I mention that Lip Radiance is made with organic and botanical ingredients?  That's a bonus in my book!  So slather it on 'cause this stuff is actually good for your lips!  I think I may have to get a few more colors for my kit as well!

All in all I really like these products.  So if you girls are like me and can't wait for the summer.  Why not get a head start with GLEAM!

I should also mention that Melanie was recently featured in May's InStyle Magazine and just filmed a segment for Dr. OZ about how spray tans can make one look thinner for summer. The segment will air on April 25!! So stay tuned and check your local listings!
For more information on GLEAM and the Makeup Artist behind the brand please visit