Friday, July 29, 2011

Superwoman - Alicia Keys

Feeling out of sorts? Here's a tune from R&B powerhouse singer Alicia Keys to remind you of your inner strength. As Keys croons, when things get tough, just think to yourself "even when I'm a mess, I still put on a vest with an S on my chest, oh yes, I'm a Superwoman".

Have a great weekend, superwomen, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gals We Admire: Dawn Chubai

Photo by Toranj Kayvon
Styling: Claudia Da Ponte; Hair and Makeup: Brianna Errelat

Vancouverites wake up to her cheerful personality, but she's much more than just the co-host of Citytv's Breakfast Television. Find out more about the versatile career of TV personality Dawn Chubai who also happens to be a professional jazz singer.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Movie Worth Watching: The Help

We love when books are adapted into films, and we are counting on DreamWorks' version of The Help to be just as riveting as the
#1 New York Times bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett. Here's a quick synopsis of what the film is about:

The Help
stars Emma Stone (Easy A) as Skeeter, Academy Award–nominated Viola Davis (Doubt) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Watch the trailer here:

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Growing Up Too Fast

We read a great article about adolescent girls and the pressures they face in today's society. Katrina Onstad makes some valid points in her article What do teen fashion models say about femininity today? (originally published in The Globe and Mail on Saturday, July 16, 2011), including aknowledging that "girls are sexual, and that playing and experimenting with that new sexuality is a huge part of the transition into adulthood." However, she also argues that young girls need to do this far away from the spotlight if they want to make it through their teenage years "healthy and unscathed". We couldn't agree with Onstad more.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

All Smiles at the Office

Toothpaste out of can? Sounds strange at first, but once we put the new Sensodyne Iso-active Toothpaste to the test, we were won over by the impressive results. This toothpaste starts out as a gel and turns into a foam as you brush your teeth. Once we finish brushing, we're left with a clean feeling in our entire mouth and plus we get the extra protection from sensitivity. With this toothpaste as part of our morning regimen, we can confidently walk into the office flashing our colleagues a bright, beautiful smile. Available in Multi Action or Whitening.
$9.95 (100 mL) at pharmacies and other major retailers

Friday, July 22, 2011

More - Usher

Happy Friday! Kick off the weekend with one of the summer's hottest tracks from R&B sensation Usher. We're loving this song, whether bopping to it in the car or dancing to it at the club.

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gals We Admire: Karine Idrissi

She uses her social media prowess to help promote one of the hottest cosmetic brands in Canada. Find out more about the exciting and fabulous career of Karine Idrissi.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How to Find Your Ideal Career

Thought you knew what you wanted to be when you grew up? Career Counselor and U.S. News Contributing Editor Marty Nemko begs to differ. Check out this video of Nemko offering tips on how to find the career that's ideal for you:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

4 Steps to a Remarkable Career

On her radio talk show, The Zoomer Report, Libby Znaimer recently talked about how to have a remarkable work career in four easy steps. The advice comes from an article in Psychology Today by leadership expert Dr. Ronald RiggioWe especially agree with step three, which stresses positive relationships as a key factor in having a fulfilling career.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Brand New Chick - Anjulie

Here's the clean version of a fun track by Anjulie. Do as the Canadian pop singer and songwriter says and "put your face to the sky, get your sunglasses on and hit up your stride" this weekend and you'll be feeling like a brand new chick.

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gals We Admire: Shereen Arazm


She's a proud native of Toronto, and with her long list of credentials in the restaurant business, it's no wonder Shereen Arazm was the ideal candidate for the role of resident judge on hit reality TV show Top Chef Canada. Find out more about this top-notch career gal who's been described as "a vanguard of Los Angeles dining and entertaining", and is the creative force behind such Hollywood hot spots as sushi staple Geisha House and Italian eatery Terroni (which also has two Toronto locations).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Career Spouses Need to Work Together

A working mom's life ain't easy, and we need support from our working spouses to keep the household running so that we can perform at the top of our game at the office and at home. The benefits for both women and the corporate world are numerous.

Take it from someone who knows. Check out the video below of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaking
at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010., held in Davos, Switzerland in January 2010. Sandberg reflects on her experiences as a mother and a businesswoman, and emphasizes the importance of working moms getting help from working dads.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shop the Socially Responsible Way

We think it's a pretty fair stereotype to say most of us career gals love to shop. But it doesn't mean we can't be socially responsible about it. We recently read How to be a Socially Conscious Consumer by Kate Jongbloed, an enlightening post on the Because I am a Girl blog (originally published on July 8, 2011). As Jongbloed states, "much of the food we eat and clothes we wear was grown or produced in developing countries", making us "connected to girls in the developing world through the purchases we make". If this isn't something you think about when you're shopping, perhaps it's time to become more aware of this important global issue. In her post, Jongbloed also offers six simple tips on how to buy goods that are ethically produced and traded.

Click here to read the entire post or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Get Your Grill On

After a day of work, some of us career gals find it most relaxing (and dare we say, even therapeutic) to get into the kitchen and prepare a good meal. We like getting our grill on with the GreenPan Square Grill Pan from the Stockholm collection, one of our favourite and oft-used cookware items. Don't be fooled by the contemporary and elegant look—beyond its pretty exterior is one serious non-stick pan that performs. This premium quality Belgian pan grills steaks and fish to perfection, and is also great for veggies, or cooking bacon and eggs. Bonus: the pan is made using Thermolon non-stick technology, which lets us cook most meals on low to medium temperatures so we can simultaneously save on our energy bill and help the environment. Talk about a well-thought out piece of cookware!

$110 (approx) at gourmet cookware stores or visit to locate your nearest retailer

Friday, July 8, 2011

Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

With so much of the summer still ahead of us, enjoy every minute you can in the sun and be sure to pump up the volume when you hear this infectious hit on the radio.

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gals We Admire: Heather Greenwood Davis


As a child, Heather Greenwood Davis wanted to be a writer when she grew up—and that's exactly what she became. Learn more about this travel writer, columnist, and
"globetrotting mama". Plus, find out what words of wisdom Davis has to offer other career gals.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Career Advice From Montrealers

Employment website hit the streets of Montreal to get opinions from workers and hiring managers about what they think it takes to get your foot in the door and land the job. We particularly liked one manager's advice that "personality is what gets you a job in addition to your competence."

For more great job-seeking tips, check out this video:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

10 Ideas for Getting Rid of Work Stress

Had a rough week at the office? Jennifer Villamere, Senior Web Editor at Canadian Living, has some great ideas in her article 10 ways to de-stress from a hectic work week on how to put your job troubles aside. And we say, why even wait until Friday to employ some of these strategies? All of Villamere's tips for unwinding are handy on any day of the week.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Deep Sleep Thanks to a Sheep

To keep up with our work and home responsibilities, we working moms need every minute of shut-eye possible. And that can only happen when our little one is comfortably snoozing first. To assist us with this task, we tried out the Cloud B Sleep Sheep, an adorable sound machine that produces four soothing sounds to help baby fall asleep. Choose from a mother’s calming heartbeat, ocean waves, spring showers, or harmonious whale songs, all of which are lulling sounds that will create a tranquil environment for baby to doze off to. This stuffed animal gets our stamp of our approval—don’t be surprised if you’re in baby’s room and wind up falling asleep to the peaceful sounds, too!

$39.99 at

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Taking Chances - Céline Dion

We're so proud to be living in a country that lets us express ourselves and gives us the opportunities to take chances with our careers and business aspirations. So what do you say, ladies? Get inspired by Canadian diva and international superstar Céline Dion to jump off the edge and take a chance to be the Canadian career gal you've always wanted to be.

HAPPY CANADA DAY to all of our lovely CCGs out there!

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you all on Monday!