On April 30, I attended the Women at their Best Event at the Nottawasaga Inn. The ‘Crystal Ballroom’, an extravagant venue, was perfect to accommodate vendor booths around the room, a catwalk stage and comfortable seating. As the guests were arriving I sold raffle tickets to support Stevenson Memorial hospital, My Sister’s Place and Girl Guides of Canada. Everyone was so generous and the prizes for the raffle were definitely worth it! The night began with some financial advice, followed by an eye-opening presentation about Stevenson Memorial hospital. Barb’s Clothes Closet, located in Alliston, displayed some lovely spring and summer fashions on the runway before guests were invited to taste some goodies and view the exhibitors. (The cookies were delicious!) Next there was a performance from the Nicole Jacklin School of Dance, the studio which I used to dance at. They performed a flash-mob and had all of the women on their feet! Two solo pieces were danced as well.

To end the night, Canadian best-selling author and storyteller, Sue Kenney, captivated the crowd with her inspirational story of self-discovery while walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I had the chance to speak with her afterwards where she signed one of her books for me!

I loved being a part of this event and have to say that my favourite part was when I was handing out raffle tickets, a girl slightly younger than me came up to ask me how I got involved with pageants. I loved telling her all about the process and learned that she was interested in competing as well! I want to use my title to inspire girls and I can already tell how truly rewarding it is.

Check back soon for my next blog. (I apologize for the poor-quality of the photo to your left, I just wanted to snap a picture of my outfit!) xo

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I will be dedicating some of my blog posts to my platform which is fitness and healthy active living. As a student in high school managing homework, a part time job and extra-curricular activities, I understand the struggle that many teens and young people have with making healthy eating choices and making time to exercise. There are times when my meals are based on convenience and not how healthy or nutritious the food really is. Although I would like to spend time planning and prepping my meals for the week on a Sunday, I realistically know that will not happen. I am very motivated and dedicated to my health and fitness but I can also be very lazy. This is why my posts are not going to be directed to someone who has copious amounts of free time on their hands or someone who is looking for a dramatic lifestyle change. I am looking to provide tips, recipes and workout routines which are easy and quick and will ultimately result in a healthier you!

10 Easy Tips to Becoming the Best ‘You’

1. Do NOT Drink Your Calories, Opt for Water!

As amazing as carbonated drinks are, they are filled with sugar and calories galore! As you probably know, water is the best way to hydrate but it can get boring very fast. Limit yourself to real fruit juices or try flavored water to spice things up. Drink a glass of water in the morning to start your metabolism, flush out toxins and keep your skin glowing. (Invest in a reusable water bottle, unlike in the photo.)

2. Sleep

8-10 hours of sleep every night is ideal. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, weekends included! This way you will always wake up feeling fully rested and motivated to take on another day.



3. Look at the Ingredients 

Know what you are putting into your body! Natural foods that you make yourself are always better than pre-processed foods. Try introducing new foods to your meals such as kale, quinoa or tofu.


4. Everything in Moderation

As tempting as it may be to eat that entire bag of chips or popcorn, use a bowl to limit how much you are eating. Check the bag for a serving sample so you can accurately know how many calories you are consuming.

5. Make the Healthy Options Available

You cant expect to make healthier choices when they are nowhere to be found in your house right? Grocery shop for fruits and vegetables, the more colour the better. Snacking healthy will make such a difference in the long run. You’ll feel better and have more energy from eating an apple rather than a chocolate bar. If you know you are going to be hungry later, bring some food with you from home to avoid buying fast food.

6. Exercise

This does not mean you have to have a gym membership! Consider your level of fitness and set a small goal that is attainable. Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator, walk for fifteen minutes every day, ride your bicycle to the store instead of driving. There are many excellent and quick workout videos that can be done at home. I personally enjoy doing yoga after school because it is a good way to release stress from the day and does not leave me too fatigued to make it through the night. Research and find what works for you!

7. Do Not Pollute Your Body

Smoking and or excessive drinking takes a toll on your health and can make it much harder to reach your fitness goals. Quit smoking and drink in moderation to ensure you are making the most of your hard work!

8. Find Support

A friend or family member who has relatively the same goals as you can act as the motivation you need to keep going. Now you are not only working for yourself, but someone else as well. Take turns researching new healthy recipes every week or putting together a weekly circuit.

9. Socialize in Healthier Ways

Plan to do something active with your group of friends. Try a yoga class together, go bowling or for a walk in the park. Invite friends over and have a healthy dinner party or pot luck instead of eating out. Plan to hangout at times that do not coincide with meal time so you will not feel the urge to buy fast food.

10. Remember Your Mental Health

Becoming healthy involves a lot of hard work that will not be easy if you are dealing with many other problems in your life. Find a way to deal with stress such as talking to someone or meditating to be sure that you are ready to push your body and accomplish the goals you are setting for yourself.

Thanks for reading, please comment with YOUR tips, I am by no means an expert and love learning. Feel free to send me a message on Facebook or Twitter with any fitness or health questions you have. Thank you!


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King Emmerson, 0-23 months division

On St.Patrick’s day this year I had the opportunity to judge the All Canadian Pageants‘ Shamrock Pageant in Barrie. The pageant was open to all age groups from just months old to the teen division, with both girls and boys participating.

“We believe the greatest gift you can give your child is self-esteem and self-confidence. In our books, you are a winner the minute you step on our stage. By simply participating we know you will take something positive away with you from this experience,” as stated on the All Canadian Pageants’ website.

Everyone had the chance to win tiaras, gifts and a chance to attend the finals in April. Each participant walked away with something and I loved being a part of pageantry for the next generation. The children were absolutely adorable, especially the boys in their costumes. I hope I will have the opportunity to judge another pageant in the future or help ‘behind the scenes’ offering encouragement and tips.

Beautiful and confident young women in the making!

I think that pageants have a positive effect on children and teach them great transferable skills. Pageants promote self-confidence and teach children how to present themselves in a respectful way. Goal setting is promoted and there can be the same level of competition in a pageant that you may find in a sporting league. Yes, the little girls love to dress up and have their hair done, but it goes deeper than that with the friendships that are formed and the sense of accomplishment each child feels as they bring home a sash or crown. Although there are horrible pageant stereotypes that can be associated with the show Toddlers and Tiaras, many pageants for young age groups are considered “natural” and strongly discourage heavy makeup, tanning, fake teeth etc. I hope that pageants will become more well known for positive attributes and would like to use my title to show people what pageantry is really all about!

Check out the All Canadian Pageants’ Facebook page here for more adorable photos and upcoming events!

My Facebook page also has some more photos from the day, click here!


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The Red Dress Gala this past weekend (April 20) was absolutely amazing! We were at rehearsal all day from 10am until the end of the show around 11pm. Everyone was so dedicated and it made everything run smoothly. We were lucky enough to receive catered food throughout the day (thank goodness) and it was exciting to watch everything come together.

Little Red Riding Hood

We had our hair and makeup professionally done throughout the day and it was definitely necessary for the extensive wolf costume in Little Red Riding Hood. They looked amazing! The show was also photographed by numerous photographers and I am excited to see all of the pictures.


Myself, Kim, Molly and Veronica

I bet you could not guess what I was wearing. Along with wearing an outfit from The Red Tulip in Barrie, I wore two one-of-a-kind balloon dresses! The dress was literally, constructed from balloons, designed by Kim Keogh of GOOF Balloons. They were works of art and although difficult to get on and off (you wouldn’t believe) it was such a unique experience. As the guests arrived adorning their beautiful red attire, I stood by the main doors displaying the dress. They attracted much media attention and I posed for many pictures. Afterwards I was rushed backstage to change into my Red Tulip outfit to open the show as a book reader for the fairy tale theme.

After intermission, I had the opportunity to help with the cake auction to raise money for the heart and stroke foundation. I had the privilege of meeting Miss Brazil Canada as she presented a dessert as well. She is so beautiful, definitely a great pageant role model.

I changed into another balloon dress and posed in the crowd throughout the second half, leading the runway train to conclude the show. I would like to thank Sandra and her team for their dedication, they produced and amazing show and everyone is grateful for the effort and time they put into this event!

You can see even more pictures on my Facebook page here!

Daniela Correia, Miss Brazil Canada

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On Friday April 19th, I volunteered a couple of hours after school in Barrie at the Prom Blitz Project at the Kozlov mall.  The Prom Blitz Project promotes self-confidence and beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. I donated some dresses on behalf of friends and family and was delighted when a dress I brought was the first to be chosen! I acted as a personal shopper for the girls, getting to know a bit about them and what they were looking for, then selected dresses for them to try on. There was also a wide variety of stunning jewelry and undergarments donated by La Senza. I know how important prom is, as I am a graduating student myself, and I loved having the opportunity to help other girls feel beautiful.

Pictured here is myself and the lovely Shannon Murree, one of the Prom Blitz directors and volunteer coordinator. She is so kind and outgoing, it was great to work with her!

The Prom Blitz will most likely take place next year as well so save your dresses and I highly encourage you to take advantage of this volunteering opportunity. Check out the Facebook page as well for more info and pictures!

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Carly and I last summer

Shortly after being crowned, each Ontario finalist was given two tickets to attend a screening of the movie “Beautiful Creatures” in Toronto before it was released. My best friend Carly accompanied me and we made it a fun night out, although it was also very stressful. Carly drove us there and driving in Toronto can be quite… hectic to say the least. Being ‘country girls’, we were out of our element trying to find parking and ended up being a tad late. However, the movie was great! A big thank you to Warner bros for the tickets.

You can watch the trailer here, it should be hitting the shelves soon!

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I will be a part of this year’s Red Dress Gala in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation! The event is taking place this Saturday, April 20, at Liberty North in Barrie. Tickets are $60 or two for $100. The night features a Sandra Roberts Fashion Show “Once Upon a Time”, silent auction, heart healthy dessert auction, photo booth and so much more!

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through: the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy. This is incorporated into my platform which is promoting fitness and healthy active living.

The Red Dress is the official symbol of The Heart Truth campaign. “It’s feminine, strong and confident, capturing the spirit of the cause in a symbol that women across Canada can identify with and feel proud of. The Red Dress represents women’s courage and passion and their power for change as they share the truth with others and raise awareness about the importance of heart health.” as posted on the Red Dress Gala Barrie Facebook page.

I met Sandra Roberts through a mutual friend and arranged a meeting at her fabulous Imago boutique in Barrie. She asked me to be a part of the fashion show and (of course) I agreed. Here is some information about Sandra which I found at http://www.ecofestbarrie.ca/includes/Enviro.php.

“Sandra Roberts is the CEO and creative visionary who started PIE Magazine, Imago Zine, Pie Media Group and now Pie Face kids Bookazine. With over nine years of experience in publishing, building teams and styling, Roberts had an interest in offering an affordable luxury lifestyle publication that attracts advertisers and creates a medium to be seen in print and online to Barrie and on a national brand scale. Her talent and knack for developing outstanding teams has led to PIE Magazine being a Canada-wide publication.”

She is so accomplished and seems to have fun with everything she does, I really enjoy working with her and I know others do as well. The fashion show has a fairy tale theme incorporating Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping beauty. With both male and female models, of all ages, this is sure to be a great event!

Click here to check out the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s event page for the RDG, you can purchase tickets online. As well, please click on the link below to watch a short Youtube video in support of this event!

Red Dress Gala

Thanks for reading, check out my post-show blog here!

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A quick update on the initial media attention I received after my crowning.

I was featured in my local newspaper, the Alliston Herald; the article was written by a fellow student, Kelsey, which put me at ease as it was my first interview. You can find the article here.

I was then interviewed on the radio for a local station in Barrie, B101. I met with Chris Liedtke who was so enthusiastic and outgoing, he made the experience a blast! You can listen to a recording of the interview here, (I still find it strange to listen to my own voice).

Lastly, I appeared on the show ‘Daytime’ for Rogers TV in Barrie with the lovely Miss Teen Southwestern Ontario World 2013, Tricia. Check out her blog if you get the chance! Being on television was definitely the most nerve-wracking experience out of the three but it went very well. Unfortunately, I am not able to link this and I was not able to watch it either, as I do not have Rogers.

Thank you for reading!

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Hey everyone,

First and foremost I would like to thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you will continue to follow me throughout my journey to nationals! Remember to look under the “About Me” section to your right to like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. I am a social media enthusiast and will be updating regularly on those sites!

What does it take to be a pageant girl? Although there is certain criteria the judges are looking for, the wide variety of girls that I met at the provincial pageant in Ontario and the ones which I have come to know from other provinces, lead me to believe that there is no absolute answer to that question. From my experience, I believe that pageants bring out the best in every girl. Everyone was very encouraging and friendly and the weekend was fun with ample room for personal growth and discovery in the ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.

Although I want to change the stigma associated with pageants and boast about the Miss Teen Canada World system, this blog entry is an introduction to myself!

My name is Kayla Karrandjas and I am a seventeen year old student from the small town of Alliston Ontario. Majority of the population in my town are farmers and we have an annual Potato Festival to celebrate their contributions. I enjoy the country and loved having a large backyard to play in when I was younger but as we recently moved to the center of town, I find it much more convenient with only a thirty minute walk to school. (The walk is horrible in the winter months but I don’t complain, the exercise is good!) My high school is also very small with only approximately 1500 students.

I have applied to many large universities in large cities and I am very excited to experience a different way of life this fall. Wish me luck! I hope to become a teacher and place very high importance on education. I have been on the honor role at my school every year and try to balance my classes and extra-curricular activities efficiently. I have been a dancer for my entire life, two years competitively  until this year when I made the decision to stop in order to ensure that I maintained my grades. I have also been a soccer player my entire life and enjoy acting as well. My love for the stage is what inspired me to enter the pageant.

My platform which I am promoting throughout my reign is fitness and healthy active living. I absolutely love yoga as I am able to use my flexibility from dance as well as work on stability and target certain muscle groups. It is harder than it seems! You can check out more of my yoga pictures on my Instagram page here. I will be fundraising at this year’s Everfest (I’ll explain more later) as well as co-MCing the MS walk in my area. I hope to become an inspiration for children, teens and even adults.


That is all for now but I will be posting regularly  so remember to check back soon and follow my pages! Thank you.


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