Well, that's all folks. In-person auditions for Gillette's Drafted, the search for Canada's next sports broadcaster, are over! Done! Of course, you can still submit video auditions online but your ch...
Bianca Teixeira is a Toronto-based fashion and beauty writer who aspires to one day have her wardrobe auctioned off to the masses. Except her new green cigarette pants. And the black fringe tunic even though it's a little short.
Hey Drafted fans! I hope you enjoyed your weekend off from my snarking on people who are just innocent auditioners, standing in front of a camera, asking it to love them. In this edition of Gillette's...
05/27/2013 11:37 EDT
It was brought to my attention after the first Drafted recap was posted that "shoot outs" should have been "shootouts" so APOLOGIES to any crazy sports fan whose eye twitched when they read my typo....
05/13/2013 11:45 EDT
For the past two years I've been actively recapping Drafted, a reality show put on by The Score and Gillette to find Canada's next sports broadcaster. I usually hate reality shows but Drafted really resonants with me because (A) it's a show about people pursuing their lifelong dream of talking about sports for a living and (B) what's more fun than watching emotional breakdowns when they fail at it?
05/06/2013 12:33 EDT
I had hoped to write an article about how awesome the cleanse was, how great I felt afterward, how yes, I was a bit hungry but thinking of how many toxins I had flushed out was gratification enough. Unfortunately, I'll never get to write that article because I failed. I failed hard and miserably.
04/20/2013 09:04 EDT
When I was given the chance to sit down with celebrity hair stylist Dee Daly and grill her on the many hair secrets you just know she has in her perfectly coifed head, I couldn't help but sneak in a few questions I've had for some time.
03/25/2013 05:43 EDT
If you're a new dog owner like me and think you're alone in the weird turns your life has taken, you're not. I compiled a list of things I can't believe I do now thanks to Freddy. The good, the bad and the oh-so-friggin-nasty. You've been warned...
02/14/2013 08:24 EST
I registered for the balance ball hour and maybe only because I once saw a picture of Carrie Bradshaw doing it in heels. Balance Ball classes get you working out to fast-paced music and with an assortment of differently sized and weighted balls.
01/29/2013 05:45 EST
After taking a month off from writing this column (Woohoo! No working out!) I decided to come back swinging...literally. Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai Academy was where I had to go if I wanted to take this challenge seriously. High-ranking cool dudes from Georges St-Pierre to Michael Pitt have stopped by this studio and that alone is enough to get me in it.
01/17/2013 08:06 EST
Hey Bianca, it's me, your inner voice. How are you girl? It's time we got real. Every year you make the dumbest New Year's resolutions and I laugh myself into a coma because they're the absolute worst. Anyway, this year it's going to be different. I'm setting our resolutions this time and you're going to follow them.
01/02/2013 05:18 EST
with Christmas chomping down on my heels, I've been doing quick trips to random stores in an effort to pick up those oh-so-perfect gifts for my family members. Now that I've done some legwork, I'm comfortable in providing you with some tips for holiday shopping when you've left it down to the wire. Here are some dos and don'ts.
12/19/2012 11:45 EST
One of the most popular forms of fitness these days is the one you can do at home, in your living room with your dog watching and judging. Oh the judging. How could I begin to talk about fads and trends in fitness without subjecting myself to the creepy world of workout DVDs?
12/17/2012 08:26 EST
If you haven't heard about Kangoo don't worry, you're in a huge group. Not one person I've told of my escapade knew what I was talking about. They're boots that resemble ski shoes with oval springs attached to the bottom. The trick to Kangoo boots is to keep moving! Once you get to hopping, you'll never want to stop. This class is tough!
11/28/2012 12:35 EST
Zumba. Everyone is always talking about Zumba. Whenever I mention my workout quest to friends and family they practically unite in saying "Zumba! Have you tried Zumba yet? Why haven't you Zumba'd?!" Well, listen up you guys, I finally went out and tested Zumba. Sold.
11/09/2012 05:50 EST
A few weeks into my quest for the best workout, a workout buddy mentioned a machine called The Reformer. While describing its uses, I could not get the picture of an 18th-century torture device out of my mind. After expressing interest (and fear) towards it, our instructor decided to move our pilates workout onto The Reformer. Joy.
10/26/2012 08:03 EDT
When I worked near Queen Street West and Bathurst Street, I would pass a sign on my walk that advertised classes at Barreworks Toronto. The woman on the sign is SO toned, glistening with sweat and in possession of a set of abs I want, so I took the stairs up to the studio two at a time. A feat I almost used as another entry for my workout diary. Seriously. So so many stairs.
10/19/2012 05:38 EDT
While everyone who attends music festivals is worth watching, the hula hooping girls were my favourites. Luckily for me, Toronto has classes to turn me into my pretend alter-ego of a hippie hula girl. My third and final class with Brass Vixens was a hula hooping class and I was determined to give those girls a run for their money. In class I start off spinning it around my torso and am beyond happy to find that it's just like riding a bike.
10/12/2012 05:17 EDT
When I decided to start writing this column, pole dancing was the first and foremost workout that I wanted to try. I enjoy a good night out at a club and might have even won a dance-off or two. I'm back at Brass Vixens for this class. Owner and instructor Shannon is once again at the front of the room, closest to the mirror to lead me through the embarrassment that is to come.
10/05/2012 08:09 EDT
When I first heard about the Aerial Strength class offered by Brass Vixens on Queen West, I have to admit, I pictured something totally different. Buoyed by the website's proclamation that aerial would "relieve tension and back pressure, improve digestion and posture and stimulate cleansing and body renewal" all while swaying in a hammock, I signed up!
09/28/2012 05:09 EDT
My second workout fad test! This week I decided to sign up for a spin class at Quad on King Street West. The lucky girl that I am, the class I wandered into happened to be high intensity with Marc. In addition to spinning like we're on a flat road, we'd also be climbing three hills. Fabulous. I explained to the instructor that I was new to the regime and he promised to let me take it easy. And then gently let me know that I had set up my handle bars backwards. Great start.
09/14/2012 07:55 EDT
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