2017 Year in Review with the C&C Team

2017 Year in Review with the C&C Team

It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to an end. And what a year it’s been! We’ve had the opportunity to work on so many amazing projects with our clients. Along with sharing in so many LOL moments (and, there have been a few!), witnessing the emergence of game changing trends, and enjoying some unforgettable destinations – all the while working hard and loving every minute of PR life.
 
As we get ready for the holidays, we wanted to share some of our favourite memories and moments of 2017:
 
Cathy Cowan
 
Favourite moment of 2017
Producing the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Awards Gala was definitely a shining moment of my 2017 and in fact, a highlight of my entire career. First off, the 10 Honourees were unbelievable women doing such good in communities across this country it left everyone in the room heart warmed and inspired. There was not a dry eye in the house after hearing about the incredible work these selfless women do to help less fortunate Canadians – and having the opportunity to work with Canada’s brightest media personalities to shine a spotlight on these women was incredibly rewarding. Plus, working with L’Oreal Paris spokesperson Blake Lively was incredible. Lots of fun moments throughout her PR Day and then when she was on the red carpet before the Gala, and I was ushering everyone through their photos with her, she called out to me and insisted I join in the photos too. PR people are often the ‘wo/men behind the curtain’ so meant a lot to me that she recognized and appreciated the work we do during such a hectic yet magical day.
 
Two products that got you through the year
My vanity is overflowing with L’Oreal Paris beauty essentials I can’t live without and two of my faves (can I really only pick two?!) are L’Oreal Paris Infallible Super Slim eyeliner and L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay masks. Jamieson Vitamins Melatonin has saved the day (and night) for me countless times helping me nod off when mother nature wouldn’t. And…I got reintroduced to delicious Milestones’ Bellinis this year….oh how I’d missed them so 
 
The first thing you do in the morning
Latte – stat! For everyone’s safety. 
 
Holiday plans
Christmas has always been a huge, over-the-top event with my family since I was a kid! Presents and food galore! It’s a Christmas Eve surprise so don’t tell them (shhhh)…but this year I’ve bought my hubby, son and myself matching onesie PJs to wear for Christmas morning. Pretty sure they won’t be as excited as I am, but I can’t wait!
 
Biggest LOL moment
I can’t get into all the details…but let’s just say it involved Margaret suggesting a Valentine’s Day STD campaign and leave it at that! Sooo funny!
 
What are you looking forward to most for 2018?
I know I’m supposed to say something professional and profound here…but no one’s going to buy it, so I’ll come clean and say the Royal Wedding!! (of course!) Kate and William’s baby too! Going to be an amazing year for the royal family – so much fun!
 
Margaret Batuszkin
 
Favourite moment of 2017
The inaugural L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Awards Gala. Very inspiring and proud to be part of this outstanding program and community that recognizes strong, selfless women who find the beauty in giving back to their communities.
 
Least favourite moment of 2017
Being mocked by my C&C colleagues for my vacation notices… BTW: I’m on holidays now till Jan 4
 
Two products that got you through the year
Voluminous XFiber Mascara by L’Oreal Paris (love, love!) as it gives me the false lash look! And, I can play with the volume for day or night looks. I also love my new Mackage toque (thanks Hugo!). It’s definitely getting me through these colder temps – while still looking stylish!
 
Favourite travel spot for 2017
Definitely #roadtripping with my rock star hubby through four states in the US this summer while he was on tour. It’s so fun to see all the backstage action and watching him perform on stage! Plus it was fun to keep saying ‘I’m with the band.’
 
Favourite holiday tradition
I live on a hobby horse farm and always go to the barn at midnight on Christmas Eve. It’s magical. Especially if it’s snowing! Love my winter wonderland and all the wildlife that I share the land with.
 
Favourite trend of 2017
The #metoo movement where women are breaking their silence and taking their power back.   I’m so proud of my fellow women who have found their voice and are speaking their truth – while standing up for themselves and other women.
 
Katherine Clark
 
Favourite moment of 2017
Landing in the Galapagos Islands – it exceeded all expectations and expectations were very high!
 
Two products that got you through the year
Jamieson Vitamin B12 Energy Spray and Yorkshire Gold Tea
 
The first thing you do in the morning
I’m a news junkie. I make a cup of tea and read the news online for an hour.
 
Favourite travel spot for 2017
Galapagos Islands – there is simply no other place like it in the world
 
Biggest LOL moment
Not biggest, but definitely most frequent – Margaret’s vacation notices. She starts sending them at least a month before each vacation 😊
 
What are you looking forward to most for 2018?
Going to Paris for a girls trip with my daughters and my mother
 
Karina Moskvitin
 
Favourite moment of 2017
Not to be repetitive with my fellow team members, but the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Awards gala was truly one for the books. It was not only an incredible experience to help put it all together, but getting the opportunity to meet the ten incredible honourees and hear first-hand the countless ways that they serve their communities was both humbling and inspiring. This program really shows the difference between doing well and doing good! Absolutely can’t wait for WOW 2018!
 
Least favourite moment of 2017
One of my mantras for 2017 was to try and see the positive in everything. While we all experience frustrating and difficult moments, in hindsight most things that happen are just not that bad!
 
Two products that got you through the year
Voluminous Mascara from L’Oreal Paris has been a staple in my makeup bag for over 15 years, and it’s a part of my daily make up routine. That being said – I am beyond obsessed with the new Voluminous Lash Paradise, especially when I want that extra pop! My other go-to product is the Colour Riche Matte (#102). I have a tube in multiple places. Both products are on my desert island list!
 
The first thing you do in the morning
Without fail: hot cup of lemon water and 5-Minute Journal! It sets the start of my day. Followed by a much-needed coffee!
 
Holiday plans
PJs, Puzzling, Knitting, Eating, Movies….REPEAT!
 
Favourite trend of 2017
Live videos – it’s been one of my favourite ways to get a deeper look into a brand or company and see what new and exciting things they’re coming out with. Also, I personally love the option on Insta-story that allows you to delay your posts. It allows you to make any edits/create any captions on your own time later.
 
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
 
Cheers –
 
Cowan & Company