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Denise Garrido http://blog.denisegarrido.com Blog Mon, 03 Sep 2018 19:05:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 3 Months Of Hard Work: Photoshoot http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2013/05/3-months-of-hard-work-photoshoot-part-2/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2013/05/3-months-of-hard-work-photoshoot-part-2/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 22:32:29 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=543 Part 2: Glamour Swimsuit Shoot

In the second part of my shoot with Rhett Morita, we tried to capture glamour and fun, while highlighting all my hard work over the past three months, in preparation for Miss Universe Canada.

Thank you to Master Delfs for teaching me the discipline and perseverance I needed for this; Fight2befit for designing and helping me execute this training program; Beauty Bar Laser Clinic and Exhale Spa & Salon for the final touches of my skin and hair; and finally, to Rhett for masterfully capturing my three months of hard work.

Here’s Part 2 of the photoshoot!

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Beauty Bar Gives The Freedom To Move http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2013/04/beauty-bar-gives-the-freedom-to-move/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2013/04/beauty-bar-gives-the-freedom-to-move/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:35:18 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=522 Last week, I visited my friends at Beauty Bar Laser Clinic (at 675 Yonge St), and had the opportunity to give the Accent XL a shot.

I have always had very tight shoulders/outer pectorals, caused predominantly by years of pushups in TaeKwon-Do.  I am proud of my strong upper body, but could do without the pain and tightness.

When my friend Ashraf recommended the Accent XL, I was curious to learn more.  It happens that the Accent XL is a form of thermotherapy.  It heats up the skin tissues (right into the dermis), which increases blood flow to the area, providing nutrients, oxygen, and even stimulating the collagen tissues.

What this meant for me, was from that single treatment, I felt reduced pain, relief of muscle spasm/tightness, and just more range of motion of my arms from a more flexible joint.  As I am in the midst of training for Miss Universe Canada, this now allows me to train with even more freedom.

There are other uses for the Accent XL, such as esthetics, contouring, and even fibromyalgia pain treatment, but each person is advised to do their own homework before proceeding with any treatment. What I can assure you is that Beauty Bar Laser Clinic is excellent at what they do, and I would highly recommend them.  This particular service is only available at 675 Yonge St.

Thank you Beauty Bar Laser Clinic!

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New Head Shot: Shoutout to Thomas Ray Photography http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2013/03/new-head-shot-shoutout-to-thomas-ray-photography/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2013/03/new-head-shot-shoutout-to-thomas-ray-photography/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:49:12 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=499 Wanted to Shout Out to Thomas Ray, who photographed my most recent head shots.

It was a pleasure shooting with you, and I feel we captured the essence of what I was aiming for.

Thank you!!

Photo by Thomas Ray
To visit his website, please click here.

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Countdown to Miss Universe Canada: Week 10 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2013/03/countdown-to-miss-universe-canada-week-10/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2013/03/countdown-to-miss-universe-canada-week-10/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:53:11 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=476 Today was my first day of the beginning—the beginning of some body pampering (to offset my ongoing, intensive fitness training) as I prepare for the Miss Universe Canada pageant in May.  I need to go looking my best, that’s why I enlisted the help of my expert friends at Beauty Bar Laser Clinic.

Upon arriving at Beauty Bar Laser Clinic in Toronto, I had a pleasant registration process  with their friendly staff, and then I was off to give my face a rejuvenating treatment with a HydraFacialTM followed by WaveLight Teeth Whitening.

Now, I’m assuming most people know what teeth whitening is, but for those (and myself included prior to trying it out) that don’t really know what a HydraFacial is, here’s a little description below.

A HydraFacialTM is a pain-free, skin resurfacing treatment for all skin types.  It cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, all while hydrating with high-quality serums, infused with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid.

The process is similar to a microdermabrasion treatment, however, instead of blasting crystals on the face to exfoliate, it uses a spiral tip that is applied in stroking movements over the skin. The tip simultaneously applies the skin serums, and then vacuums it off, along with dead skin and debris—making the treatment less harsh and more efficient.

What does this mean? Fine lines, pore size and hyperpigmentation is decreased, and you are left with a much healthier, youthful complexion.

So what other kinds of serums does Beauty Bar have for my skin?

Beauty Bar Laser Clinic is one of the exclusive providers of the #1 Vitamin C Serums in the worlds: VivierSkin.

Vivier  Pharma produces the highest concentration of medical grade Vitamin C, and Vitamin C is known for being a powerful antioxidant (that destroys radicals that age the skin) and also key component in the production of collagen in the skin. Your skin will love you for it!

VivierSkin line, available at Beauty Bar Laser Clinic

Thank you Beauty Bar!! #Beautybarlaser

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Combating Bullying with Heroism http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/09/combating-bullying-with-heroism/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/09/combating-bullying-with-heroism/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:14:07 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=468  School Heroes Unite is a Pro-Heroism program. 
Bullying is winnable battle and the solution lies with where we choose to focus our energy. 

Mother Teresa when asked to participate in anti-war demonstrations said “I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there”. I believe we need to focus on what we want, not what we don’t want. 

School Heroes Unite does just that, with the focus on being a hero rather than being an anti-bullying program. 

School Heroes Unite celebrates diversity, fosters empathy, promotes teamwork and unleashes the inner hero.

Share the video below to promote heroism and combat bullying, so that this program can touch more lives.

With Gratitude,

Denise 🙂

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The Chase (In India) ;) http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/08/the-chase-in-india/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/08/the-chase-in-india/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:15:32 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=458 Featuring the beautiful children of Healthy Kids Happy Kids
Co-Directed and Filmed By Shashi Manchala and Sandeep Vemu
Special Thanks to Satish Sikha and Deanna Neville-Verardi

I hope you enjoy this small video just as much as I enjoyed working with such happy, wonderful children and adults!

With Gratitude,


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Perseverance http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/06/perseverance/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/06/perseverance/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:04:45 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=452

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Tuesdays with Morrie: What is life? http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/03/tuesdays-with-morrie-what-is-life/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/03/tuesdays-with-morrie-what-is-life/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:15:29 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=422

Mitch and his dying, but full of life and inspiration, professor, Morrie. (http://mitchalbom.com)

I recently completed a very inspiring book about life.  A book that emphasizes the importance of maximizing every moment of each day and fully appreciating the relationships that we have.

Thank you to my friend, Paulette, for introducing me to a book that hs touched my heart: Tuesdays with Morrie.

Each chapter focuses on an aspect of life, that Dr. Morrie Schwartz, professor at Brandeis University in Massachusets, shares with his student (and author of the book), Mitch Albom.

Although a simple read, it was a profound book, as Morrie , who is slowy dying with ALS, has more realizations about the meaning of life, and shares these with his student at his home, every Tuesday.

Some of the life lessons he presents, I want to share with you.  I hope this small taste of his wisdom may also inspire you and allow you to become even more appreciative of what you have in your life.

With love.


The Twelvth Tuesday
We Talk About Forgiveness

“Forgive yourself before you die.  Then forgive others.”

“There is no point in keeping vengeance or stubbornness.  These things”–he sighed–“these things I so regret in my life.  Pride.  Vanity.  Why do we do the things we do?”

The importance of forgiving was my question.  I had seen those movies where the patriarch of the family is on his death bed and he calls for his estranged son so that he can make peace before he goes.  I wondered if Morrie had any of that inside him, a sudden need to say “I’m sorry” before he died?

Morrie nodded…”A friend of mine…His name was Norman.  We used to spend so much time together.  We went swimming.  We took rides to New York.  He had me over to his house in Cambridge, and he sculpted that bust of me down in his basement.  It took several weeks to do it, but he really wanted to get it right.”

…”Well here’s the sad part of the story,” Morrie said.  “Norman and his wife moved away to Chicago.  A little while later, my wife, Charlotte, had to have a pretty serious operation.  Norman and his wife never got in touch with us.  I know they knew about it.  Charlotte and I were very hurt because they never called to see how she was.  So we dropped the relationship.

“Over the years, I met Norman a few times and he always tried to reconcile, but I didn’t accept it.  I wasn’t satisfied with his explanation.  I was prideful.  I shrugged him off.”

His voice choked. 

“Mitch…a few years ago…he died of cancer.  I feel so sad.  I never got to see him.  I never got to forgive.  It pains me now so much…”

…Sorry, I said.

“Don’t be,” he whispered.  “Tears are okay.”

I continued rubbing lotion into his lifeless toes.  He wept for a few minutes, alone with his memories.

“It’s not just other people we need to forgive, Mitch,” he finally whispered.  We also need to forgive ourselves.”


“Yes.  For all the things we didn’t do.  All the things we should have done.  You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened.  That doesn’t help you when you get to where I am.

“I always wished I had done more with my work; I wished I had written more books.  I used to beat myself up over it.  Now I see that never did any good.  Make peace.  You need to make peace with yourself and everyone around you.”

“Forgive yourself. Forgive others.”

Albom, M. (1997). Tuesdays with morrie: an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson. (pp. 164-167). New York, USA: Broadway Books.

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Fashion Show Fundraiser Hyderabad, India: Dec 8 & 9 ,2011 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/03/fashion-show-fundraiser-hyderabad-india-dec-8-9-2011/ http://blog.denisegarrido.com/2012/03/fashion-show-fundraiser-hyderabad-india-dec-8-9-2011/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 01:02:08 +0000 http://blog.denisegarrido.com/?p=397 On December 8th and 9th, a fashion show was held at Sarovar Premiere hotel in Hyderabad to fundraise for the HEALTHY KIDS HAPPY KIDS foundation.

That evening we wore beautiful India attire and western evening gowns.

Fashion show fundraising for HEALTHY KIDS HAPPY KIDS Dec 8/9th 2011


Promoting the HEALTHY KIDS HAPPY KIDS foundation


Auctioning off signed T-Shirts at the end of the fashion show and promoting HEALTHY KIDS HAPPY KIDS foundation

Following the fashion show/fundraiser, we also enjoyed a special surprise for my birthday. We went on a quick trip to Hussain Sagar Lake to enjoy a beautiful night view of the lit up statue of Buddha that lies in the middle of the lake.

Peace and love.

Birthday surprise visit to the monument of Buddha on Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad

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