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Personal event prep: food, fashion and beauty fixes

As event planners with busy days and exciting nights, finding time to look and dress the part sometimes ends up on a lower rung of the ladder. That doesn’t mean it’s not important; it just means letting go of usual haunts and finding new places for a quick fix. Here are some great spots for a polish change, a blow-out, a wax, a quick snack, a new dress and great accessories:

Beauty fix

Ritual is an awesome go-to for a helping hand. With a nail polish change for $10, not only is time saved but money, too. There may not be time for the full manicure, but you can fake it with a shiny new coat of OPI’s latest and greatest. For events that require a little more glam, Ritual also blows your hair out to perfection for $33.

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Another great option for blowouts, a luxury that always ensures a polished look, is Blo Dry Bar. With locations all over the city, it’s the perfect last minute option for $35. Plus, you’ll save time on styling your own hair (leaving hands free to answer emails on your BlackBerry).

And for a speedy, quality wax, whether for brows ($15), legs ($20 for half, $40 for full) or anywhere else, Fuzz Wax Bar is your new best friend. Dedicated to wax services only for men and women, Toronto’s first wax bar has experts ready and waiting to get you in and out, fuzz-free. No fuss or frills here – just affordable services in a professional, sophisticated, clean environment.

A quick snack

When time is lacking, food inevitably gets put on the back burner. This quick and cheap solution may seem obvious, but yes, it is the grocery store. Since most grocery stores these days have prepared food as well as aisles galore of snacks and ready-to-eat meals, your local market is ideal to grab a bite.

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Otherwise it’s always a great idea to keep snacks around the office should you need to grab something quick as you run out the door – stock up at the fruit and veggie stands outside convenience stores across the city. And remember, a great energy bar (like Lära Bars) and a bottle of water will keep you going for longer than that Red Bull or coffee.

A new outfit

In our industry, recycling the same outfits again and again is not an option, but we don’t want to buy a new outfit three times a week either. Best solution? Dress rentals. Here are two amazing spots: REmix Clothing is one of the best places in Toronto to rent an entire outfit – they have shoes, accessories and designer dresses.

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Rent Frock Repeat is also a great option and perhaps even more convenient as you can order your dress online. Once you become a member, all you have to do is choose a dress and give your shipping information. When you’re finished with the dress, simply send it back in a prepaid envelope. Both options are the perfect time and budget-savers.


Whether it’s a pair of coloured or patterned tights (Joe Fresh has a great selection), or costume jewellery to dress up a casual dress, bold accessories can really make an outfit. Urban Outfitters has a great selection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and if you’re not too concerned with the lifespan of your jewels, you are almost guaranteed to find something trendy and affordable at H&M or Forever 21.

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Quick and easy fixes are key in an industry where you are constantly on the go, but always expected to be on and looking your best. These tips are inexpensive, time sensitive ways that require minimal input, but will have fantastic results.

Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski

Since launching her boutique public relations agency over a decade ago, Goldblatt-Sadowski's successfully clever campaigns have made her a marketing go-to for clients in the lifestyle, fashion, health, beauty, and entertainment industries. Media personalities love Debra and her talented crew of publicists for their on-the-ball information and quick reply to all inquiries.

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