5 Minutes 5 Questions: Diana Richardson

I worked with a lot of people in 2013 for the launch of my book. One in particular has been my go-to since then and I’m grateful to call her my friend. Her name is Diana Richardson and she’s an awesome makeup artist and she just launched her own website.

Follow her on Instagram: dianarichardson123 and don’t forget to ‘Like’ her page on Facebook: Diana’s Artistry.

Here is 5 minutes/5 questions with the sweet, kind and talented Diana Richardson:

1) How long have you lived in Vancouver? 

I have lived in Vancouver for almost 3 years now.

2) What is your favorite makeup product and why?

My favorite makeup product would have to be a beauty oil. Beauty oil’s are essential for our skin and will enhance the look of make up application significantly. Beautiful make up starts with beautiful skin!

3) When did you start doing make up? 

I’ve been doing makeup for 2 ½ years

4) Tell me about your favorite characteristic of a person’s face and why.

My favorite characteristics on a person’s face would have to be their eyes. Eyes are the “Mirror of the soul.” You want the main feature on your face to “sparkle.”

5) Name three characteristics (in no particular order) on your Love List?

Sense of humor. You can never get bored with someone that will flirt and make you laugh 🙂
Romantic. I love a guy that will go out of his way to make me feel appreciated. It’s so important to keep the romance alive!
Intelligence. A guy with looks is great, but a guy with brains is even better. You don’t want an idiot trying to guide you in life!

5 Minutes 5 Questions: Joey Armstrong

I’m so excited to be teaming up with this food/lifestyle photographer this summer for my first shoot in Vancouver (go figure!). Her name is Joey Armstrong and we first met when I frequented a local deli to buy beef jerky. I’m excited to see Joey in her element as she captures moments of fun at Soirette for the shoot!

Check Joey out on Instagram/Twitter: @joey_arm_strong and ‘Like’ her Facebook page: joey armstrong photography

Here is 5 minutes/5 questions with the lovely and creative Joey Armstrong:

1) How long have you lived in Vancouver?

just over 7 years!

2) What is your favourite thing about being behind the camera?

it’s a weird mixture of excitement and fear, to have the power and ability to create images that truly capture the beauty or the feeling of the subject itself (whether it’s a farmer’s market bounty of gorgeous produce, or an adorable family that loves that loves each other so much).

3) What is your most favourite picture you have ever taken?

tough question; i’m really indecisive! i don’t think i have a favourite picture ever taken, but my most recent favourite would be a photo i took of a dad & his young daughter fishing by the river (i love the look of pure joy on her face, and the water splashing everywhere).

4) What is your single best piece of advice for aspiring photographers?

failure, or the feeling of failure, is normal and totally okay – just make sure you move on, learn from it, and don’t take it personally.

5) What are the top three characteristics on your Love List (characteristics or qualities you are looking for in a potential mate or your current mate)?

patience. humour. helpfulness.


6th Review: Very true!

I’ve always mocked my husband for making lists – to-do lists, lists of pros and cons, shopping lists. But now I wonder how I would have faired when we met, had he ever written down a love list.

In The Love List, a Guide to Getting Who You Want, Elena Murzello shares her list, and how it has changed over the past decade as she continues her search for love. Combined with research and interviews, this nurse, actress and MBA grad has combined her left and right brains to create a process that guides the reader into developing their own Love List.

A Love List, in this instance, is a list of those critical features you look for in a mate. They draw from your own preferences and experiences, but, as we learn in the book, also rely on evolutionary psychology.

Murzello writes about the science of evolution, the drunken tears shed after a bad break-up, online dating, and believing (or not) in “the one.”

Each chapter provides the reader a series of “questions to ponder,” which combine to aid in the creation of their own Love List.

Murzello wears many hats, but openly admits in the preface she is not “a writer.” Regardless, her writing is clear and concise, and the chapters of the Love List combine to develop a complete story. Wrapping up in only 70 pages, the book is an easy read, with enough light-hearted anecdotes to balance out the science and the flow charts.

The take-away message from The Love List: “Every pot has a lid.”

But to find it, you need to know what kind of pot you are, and what type of lid will fit. That’s where your own Love List will serve as a guide.

Mia, Calgary

5th Review: Thanks for the constructive criticism!

A great first book!
Elena did a lovely job of mixing personal anecdotes with other’s
lived experiences and reference to other author’s on the topic so smoothly it made it easy to read. There were some sections that I would have liked to see go further with the subject – what to do with those you should just avoid for instance – I liked the identifiers but how to avoid them?? Especially when one seems to only run into that type of person.
I’ll await the next instalment – there will be a next one right?
Faye, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island