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#MogoLife Interview with Jackie Kai Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery

Jackie Kai Ellis - Life is sweet. Just ask Jackie Kai Ellis. Between whipping up pastries that will blow your mind at Beaucoup Bakery, hosting foodie holidays in France (The Paris Tours) and writing all about food, she’s on a permanent sugar high! She took off her apron just long enough to dish on Vancouver’s hidden gems, her fave spots to get her grub on, and the secret to the perfect cookie. #nomnom OUR INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE **What’s a typical day in your life like?** First things first, I check in on Beaucoup every morning. Each day is different, but it’s usually a mix of meetings, taste testing for the bakery, and creating recipes for TV appearances and articles I’m working on. Right now I’m writing for [Scout Mag](, [Van Sun](, [Vitamin Daily](, [Hayo]( and the [Food Network]( **Where do you get your inspiration for your recipes?** I love eating and discovering food, and originally I started cooking so I could taste those hard-to-find recipes that I couldn’t track down anywhere in Vancouver. Part of my inspiration comes from

These New Year’s Resolutions Have Had It With You!

Oh great. It’s a new year. A time when we humans have decided to thrust a stake in the ground and declare the many ways we shall improve in our  very core humanness in the year to come. No pressure or anything. We don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer on the situation. Resolutions can be great! There are those among us that really take them to heart and emerge as fit, smart, clever and funny people who use their weekends to volunteer and clean up litter.  They are an inspiration to us all. At Mogo, we’re in the business of growth and success, so we’re pretty chummy with resolutions. You could say, we rub elbows with them on  a daily basis. This year, we wanted to get to the bottom of the problem. So, we asked the three most popular of resolutions (not to brag, but, they are good friends of ours) to write directly to you and dissect the problem from their opinion. Hi, it’s your gym membership. I can’t make excuses for you anymore. Do you hear me? Don’t look me in the eye on January 1st and make a

Moments On Instagram That Will Forever Define 2014

With the world turning more and more towards social media for pop culture and world news, it isn’t a surprise that Instagram houses many moments that will forever define 2014. If you haven’t already seen these trending events splashed across the feeds of the most populated Instagram accounts over the course of the year, you must have hibernated far too long. Or maybe your iPhone screen broke? No need to panic, though – just scroll down and we’ll get you caught up on the year in just minutes.  JANUARY Pharrell spearheads a trend apparently worth stealing (and repeating throughout the year) with his debut of the Vivienne Westwood’s Mountain Hat at the Grammys. FEBRUARY Sochi Olympic Gold Winner, Mikaela Shiffrin, stops by the @voguemagazine offices and has her pretty token photographed – making this one of the “most liked” images of the Olympics 2014.  MARCH While hosting the Oscars this year, Ellen Degeneres spearheads a billion dollar selfie (which also became the most retweeted message of all-time) with star-studded group including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, and Meryl Streep. It also got 1.3 million likes on Instagram.  APRIL Cara Delevingne puts her

#MogoLife Interview with Daniel Torjman of 18 Waits.

Daniel Torjman - We recently got the privilege to talk menswear with Daniel Torjman, Creative director of the clothing label [18 Waits]( 18 waits is a menswear brand that prides itself in exceptional quality and superior craftsmanship. The brand has a real authentic mid western vibe, while still maintaining a tailored elegance. Since founding the brand in 2008, Daniel has been featured in a number of high profile publications including Men’s Health, The New York Times, Flare, Macleans, and many more. Not to mention his extensive client list that includes Patrick J. Adams from the hit show Suits. OUR INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL How would you describe your style? Elegantly dishevelled. What got you into fashion in the first place? I always loved clothes and expressing yourself and who you are by what you wear. Ever since I was young it interested me. What is your favorite item in your wardrobe? A super old vintage Bob Dylan t-shirt. **You feel your best when wearing…** A hat. And great socks. How do you approach getting dressed every day? I wear the same pair of pants almost every day so that doesn’t really change. I don’t even

Kastor & Pollux's 5 Holiday Gift Guides and Do More With Your *BAE* On A Budget

Happy Holidays err’body! Are you ready to #GetJolly this year? Or are you sad and suffering from broken bank account syndrome? Don’t worry – as usual, we’re here to save the (holi)DAY! Whether you were on Santa’s naughty or nice list this year, you don’t need to be naughty with your credit cards in order to DO MORE over the holidays. We got together with Kastor and Pollux to format this message in an entertaining way and wound up creating the “Do More With Your BAE On A Budget” video. Check out the video below to see how you and your S.O. can do more but spend less this season — with fun & festive pastimes like sharing a hot cup o’ cocoa or caroling off-key. If you’re trying to do more but spend less in your holiday gift giving this month, Kastor & Pollux– along with Mogo’s Prepaid Visa® Card – have your back. Over the past couple of weeks, Kastor & Pollux posted five gift guides to their Instagram account — each with items under $100. The goal was not only to round up some thoughtful gifts for your luv’d ones, but