T’Zikal New York

As the weather changes and I pull out my winter coat, I think fondly – not too long ago I was in Bali enjoying my latest favorite spa treatment. The cream hair massage is super. Imagine having a scalp massage for an hour, while your hair is covered in fresh coconut cream and different fresh spices. Needless to say, I had the treatment three different times on my trip. It was incredible.

At home, I struggle to find something remotely similar to the wonderful aromatic treatment I had abroad. I’m hard pressed to find a fresh, ripe coconut ready to be cracked open for my hair treatment at the local grocery and no freshly picked spices at my disposable to build my concoction. In fact, it’s hard to find beauty products on the market that are made without other additives, artificial colors and dyes. It’s nice to see that the use of simple ingredients and traditional techniques can yield fantastic results.



The T’zikal (derived from the Mayan word meaning sanctified or blessed) Beauty Group from New York City follows such suit by using Ojon oil, from the fruit of Palm Nut Tree. A single tree yields 8,000 nuts which is just enough to produce three cups of pure oil. Once the nut is cracked open, its boiled in a kettle for 5-7 hours and the oil is extracted. What’s so special about Ojon oil anyway? Its nutrient rich in omega oils which help replenish and rebuild hair, leaving it extraordinarily soft and shiny.

On my trip to New York, I got to experience the T’zikal collection first hand and have some fun things in store. Be sure to stay tuned and for more information and where to purchase T’zikal products visit their site.


Give a Sh!rt !


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As September approaches, there is a faint smell of new stationary and new clothes that fills the fall air and warms my heart. I love fashion, so I can shop at any time and that’s what I plan to do this weekend in NYC (if i can survive the heat!).

New York is known as a one of the greatest fashion cities in the world, and as people consume over 80 billion pieces of clothing each year; the clothing industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters.

Did you know that it can take over 700 gallons of water to make one cotton T-shirt? That’s a crazy amount of water just to make one t-shirt.

I’m partial to my super soft T-shirts that have been worn in myself. They are great to sleep in and they always fit just right. You can get the same, soft appeal from a thrifted shirt (at the fraction of the price too).

The campaign #IGIVEASHIRT, Value Village challenges 1 million people to choose a thrifted T-shirt over a new one to save over a 1,000 Olympic Sized Swimming Pools worth of water!

That’s huge! To help spread awareness of the cause, you can join me at the Vancouver Aquarium for an art installation on August 17 and show that you give a sh!rt about your clothing footprint.

Check out this video of the installation.