Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ffn Beauty Council: Elle Iakovenko

Elle is what we like to consider a true go-getter. Being a female full of determination and ambition, Elle has had amazing opportunities doing everything she loves everyday. Her expertise in fitness and nutrition has allowed her to develop her own company Elle Fitness, where she trains females on the basic principle… you can do it. The FFN team is very excited to have her on board and cannot wait to share some of her fabulous insight!

Click here to learn more about Elle Fitness!

My favourite website: The Health Library on Nutraways. is a phenomenal place where you can cross-reference and learn everything from A to Z about health conditions, drugs, vitamins and herbs, foods, recipes by ingredients, allergies, sports supplements, exercise and get all of your questions answered by a live Registered Holistic Nutritionist via chat! It is also an online vitamin and supplement store where you can stock up on all your vitamins and supplements at the lowest prices!

Product I can’t live without: ESTROsmart by Lorna Vanderhaege

My favourite book: A Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormones by Lorna Vanderhaege

My favourite quote: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!

I would do a makeover on_______ because ________: an overweight child/teenager because it will change the remainder of their life forever, set the proper foundation for success and teach them a discipline they will be able to implement and carry through all facets of their life.

My best beauty tips: A good night’s rest may be the best medicine out there. To help relax the mind and ease your tense body into a deep restful slumber, I always recommend taking an all natural Valerian supplement and a Melatonin pill. These don’t cause a dependency in the body. In fact, Melatonin is a hormone produced by the brain as soon as the lights are off! It is also a strong breast-cancer fighter and is safe to take without worry!

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A Look at Emotional Intelligence by Christine Porcaro

Forbes released its list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. It was great to see all the amazing women featured and the different roles they have played in shaping the world in which we live.

Looking at this list made me reflect on some of the amazing women I have had the pleasure of working with over the past year. Most recently, I got to sit in on an interview with Colleen Stanley, author of the book Emotional Intelligence for Sales Success.

Colleen is energetic, passionate and intelligent. Hearing her talk about the effects of emotional intelligence (EI) in business definitely taught me a few things about how sales can be improved. This different perspective is very valuable and I am lucky to be able to share some tips from her interview.

Colleen identified two EI skills that can play a major role in sales success. She defined these as the following:
“Self awareness and impulse control are two Emotional Intelligence skills that can dramatically improve a salesperson’s ability to listen more and speak less. Self awareness is the ability to recognize ‘triggers’ that cause nonproductive responses. Impulse control is the ability to delay the temptation to act. It is the ability to LOOK before you leap.”

These are both skills that we have all heard of

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before but not necessarily in relation to sales in business. Being able to identify these EI skills and seeing if you possess them creates a different perspective on how to improve your ability to perform in sales.

There are so many great things to learn in regards to emotional intelligence so I encourage you to read Colleen Stanley’s, “Emotional Intelligence for Sales Success.” This different perspective to approaching sales is both powerful and insightful.
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Questions for you – share your thoughts below!
Who are your top female inspirations in the business world?
If you could dine with any successful female (dead or alive) and pick her brain, who would you pick?
What are your thoughts when it comes to mixing emotional intelligence with business?

You Will Get a Day Tomorrow… by Dorthe Enger

My favourite Norwegian children song was written by Norwegian poet, Alf Proysen in 1967, and translated to English, it has a chorus that goes something like this “You will get a day tomorrow that is pure and unspoiled, with clean sheets of paper and crayons to go with, then you can correct all the mistakes from yesterday and you will feel great tomorrow night. But if you do not make it, and everything is just as sad, then you will hear again the soothing voice coming through the pine tops:
You will get a day tomorrow that is pure and unspoiled, with clean sheets of paper and crayons to go with.

Already as a child I knew that this was good stuff, no matter how much trouble I was in, or how bad I screwed up, I always believed it would (most likely) be all good by the end of the next day…

Now, many years later, being an entrepreneur I’m finding that the lesson that I learned from this chorus, is one of the most important lessons that I ever learned.

The entrepreneurial road is no doubt incredibly exciting and fulfilling, except for the days in between that are polluted with worry or self doubt, and then you have all the mistakes that are done along the way that tend to leave you feeling frustrated or ashamed and sometimes even useless.

Those are the days when Proysens song comes in extra handy, “You’ll get a new day tomorrow…”.
The message is so simple that it’s easy to take for granted and forget it’s importance.
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Questions for you – share with us below!
Do you have any childhood stories that still inspire you?
Do you believe that you can restart with a fresh day and why?

Because it is true, You will have a new day tomorrow that you can make into whatever you want. You can stay where you are, or you can enjoy something new. Instead of reliving the past, or disappointments that have already occurred, you can be brave and move on, turn the page and let go. Instead of beating yourself up over mistakes that are done, you can choose to forgive yourself and find the lessons to be learned. Instead of getting stuck in a recycled destructive thought pattern you can allow yourself to try a new direction.

So if you’re having one of those shitty days, remember that you’ll for sure get clean sheets of paper tomorrow, but it’s up to you to use your crayons to make it better than today, and if the drawing is not to your liking, there’s always a new day coming right up.

Fabulous Females Travel in Style by Jane Applegate

Rome–On the final day of my fabulous Italian vacation, here’s a bit of advice for fabulous females traveling solo. This was my first solo working vacation. I shot new videos for our networks during first two weeks in Amsterdam and Paris, but chose to visit Italy on my holiday.

I wouldn’t recommend visiting Italy in August. Now, I know why there are no Italians in Italy. I’ve never been so hot and sticky. Taking two showers a day and napping in mid-afternoon was essential.

Traveling on the clean and super-speedy Italian ‘fast trains,’ (up to 230 kilometers an hour) and splurging on first class tickets was the way to go. (First class tickets are only a few euros more than second class).

I’ve been to Italy before–40 years ago with a backpack, so I focused on just the highlights. I enjoyed the Accademia Gallery and Peggy Guggenheim home and art collection in Venice. The Coliseum and Medici Palace in Rome, but I didn’t push myself to see everything. It was just too unbearable hot and humid.

Staying in fabulous hotels added an extra level of joy and comfort to my adventure.
In Florence, I would recommend Palazzo Niccolini, an elegant, historic home located right outside the square around il Duomo. My room was a luxurious haven from the heat. I took full advantage of the deep bathtub and lovely bath salts in the marble bathroom. There was also a massive, modern shower.

Breakfast was a perfect cappuccino and a slice of fresh-baked and sugar-dusted lemon cake. (Yogurt and boiled eggs for protein). The location was perfect for exploring the historic sites, but a bit too close to all the fabulous leather and glitzy jewelry shops. Prices in Florence are comparable to New York, but after visiting a half dozen leather shops, I splurged on a perfect casual jacket–zippered, black and trimmed with cranberry leather inside the collar and cuffs. The shop owner was willing to negotiate a fair price for the jacket and matching black gloves.

In Venice, I stayed at a nine-room secret jewel of a hotel with a garden–Locanda Novecento. It’s tucked away on a tiny street near the Grand Canal. I enjoyed dinner every night in a larger square nearby, at dusk before the crescent moon rose.

Venice is a seductive and fancy shopping center. There are hundreds of high-end jewelry shops, shops selling Murano glass, accessories and a zillion boutiques. You can spend hours wandering through Fendi, Bulgari, Missoni an Dolce & Gabbana. There are no bargains, but shopping is a pastime for fabulous females. I visited the fish and fruit markets, but only to admire the fresh produce.

One critical travel tip is to always seek out posh hotels for a cold drink and a clean bathroom. Wherever I went, I looked for the finest hotels to take a break from the heat and hustle of the streets. I had a lovely cocktail in the Westin Excelsior in Rome, which arrived with a bowl of the most delicious green olives and a side dish of hazelnuts. Those nibbles were almost enough to serve as dinner. (But, of course, I had dinner as well).

Tired of museums, I decided my stay in Naples would be all about visiting an island. I stayed in the Mercure hotel within sight of the port. At 8:30 a.m. I was on the boat to Ischia, an island just about an hour off the coast of Naples. I think I was the only American on the boat, which was packed with locals toting beach bags and towels. Ischia’s harbor front is lined with cafes and tacky souvenir shops, so I wandered into the hills. I stopped at a bakery and ended up with a rich tart covered with maraschino cherries, too rich to finish it all. I wandered into the courtyard of a charming hotel tucked into the rocky hillside, in search of a restaurant. Instead, I found a bathroom near the bar and made myself at home.

Finding no place to eat, I walked back toward the harbor and ducked through a gate leading to the lovely Pagoda Resort. Remember, it’s easy to pretend you are a guest anywhere if you act as if you are. The private beach was crowded with families and couples. I found an empty chair near the beach in the shade, very tempted to jump in the cool water, but not sure if my black camisole and underwear would really pass as a bathing suit. (I left my bathing suit in the hotel, which was stupid, since Ischia is a beach resort).

Refreshed for more exploring, I decided to take the 2:30 p.m. boat back to Naples, so a divine seafood lunch was in order. I visited all the restaurants along the harbor and selected the one with beautiful linens and a shady terrace. I savored my fruitti di mare (seafood pasta), a half liter of icy white wine and chewy bread drenched in olive oil.

Enjoying your own company takes time getting used to. I admit I have felt lonely once in a while. But if you are looking to refresh and recharge, there is no better place than Italy.
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Questions for you – share with us below!
Have you ever traveled alone? What are your thoughts on traveling solo in a foreign country?
What travel advice do you find most helpful from your experiences?
What are three things you CANNOT travel without?!

Heal Your Money Story with Jennifer Longmore

There is nothing like saving money for something exciting or even a simple rainy day fund. But the catch with future planning is actually making sure you put the money aside and not feel guilty, stressed or anxious. If you ever find yourself wanting to plan something financially long term, but not sure where to start, let us introduce you to Jennifer Longmore’s amazing 2-day program, Heal Your Money Story Live Intensive (you might also remember Jennifer’s September Diva Date Nights!).

Over the course of two days, you will work closley with Soul Purpose expert Jennifer Longmore and learn everything from how to manage your money, how to plan a secure & confident financial future and how you think about your money & ways you can change a negative perspective! If you think you could use a few tips and trick on how to better manage your life’s financial goals, this event is for you!

What: Heal Your Money Story with Jennifer Longmore
Where: Hotel Le Soliel – 567 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC
When: Event details are sent out to all attendees once registered!
Click here to learn more about Jennifer Longmore’s Heal Your Money Story event!

Make My Cake by Christine Porcaro

In New York City it is hard to stand out in such a big crowd. Businesses need to go above and beyond to get noticed and to succeed. In Harlem, there is a great bakery that not only sells an amazing product but provides support in many different forms to its surrounding community. Make My Cake is a business built on tradition, a respect for delicious, well-made food and a love of family. I wanted to highlight this business because above all of that, it is also a business that was inspired, formed, and realized by women.

I had the privilege to talk with Aliyyah Baylor, co-owner of Make My Cake, about the experience of entering one of her bakeries: “Coming to Make My Cake will provide an experience of total comfort. We want people to experience what real hospitality is right in the heart of New York City.”
Aliyyah grew up in a household where dessert was a part of everyday life. It brought family and friends together, indulged their taste buds and started some great conversation. With the amazing recipes of her grandmother Josephine Smith, the brains of her mother Jo-Ann Baylor and her own drive and vision, Make My Cake came into being. It will be celebrating its “Sweet 16” starting this November. I encourage you to check out their website where lists of events throughout the upcoming months will be listed.

Make My Cake is able to go above and beyond because it not only sells a great product but they also make sure that their staff is well trained and just as passionate about their bakery. They have an internship/apprenticeship program where employees are taught hands-on how a bakery is run. The growth of the business, however, does not affect the quality of their product: “If I am not going to eat it, I am not going to sell it, “Aliyyah states proudly. Make My Cake enriches the skills of its employees and at the same time puts out top quality baked goods.

If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in NYC, head straight to Make My Cake.
Upcoming events for Make My Cake include:
NY Food and Wine Festival – October 11th-14th
Demo at De Gustibus – October 25th
Make My Cakes Sweet 16! (Celebrating with different events November, December and January)