#OffToTheRaces with Woodbine Racing

woodbine-racetrack-vanessa-cesarioWhile majority of the time I’m decked out in 90% boy clothes, I must admit – I love a good excuse to get all fancy-shmancy and dressed up. I also 100% consider myself a ‘hat person’. So for these reasons (plus the fact that I’m going with my buds Dani & Bianca from the #KPSQUAD), I’m pretty excited to be attending this year’s Queen’s Plate in Toronto. Happening Sunday July 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm, it promises to be a glam day full of cool fascinators, outfit ogling, and ~beauteous~ horses. I’ve never attended one, but I’ve heard some cool things through the grapevine: 1.) The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race 2.) Occasionally The Queen herself (as well as other members of the royal family) like to roll through! Follow our adventure via social media – and stay tuned for a video blog of our day at the races. Now comes the fun part…online shopping for some seriously cool headwear!

P.S. If you make it out to Woodbine Racetrack this summer, make sure to take a racetrack selfie and tweet the photo using hashtag #OffToTheRaces to be entered to win $1000 gift card! Easy peasy. Winner will be chosen at the end of the race season.

Wanna come watch the race with us? Get your tickets here!

This post was created in partnership with Woodbine Racetrack.

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Bridge + Bardot

BRIDGE-BARDOT-1BRIDGE-BARDOT-2BRIDGE-BARDOT-3-EDITVintage…it’s one of those things that you either have a knack for or don’t. The ladies of Dundas West boutique Bridge + Bardot clearly have that knack. I discovered their shop during a vintage crawl a few months back and was really impressed at how concisely curated it was: flannels of every kind, glam sequined frocks, conversation starting accessories and those perfect mom jeans that you’d need to spend hours foraging for in a Salvation Army. And while I do love ‘real’ thrifting every now and then (and the satisfaction of finding a treasure), I must admit – it’s pretty convenient to ‘cheat’ and have someone else do that rack-scouring step for you!

And great news if you’re not located in Toronto – Bridge + Bardot launched their online shop today so you can shop their finds from wherever you are!

crop top & leather pants; Bridge + Bardot, heels, similar here

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Leather Crop + Culottes

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Culottes have to be classified as one of my top 3 most-favoured man repelling garments. I think it’s the silhouette that really gets me. Or the fact that they are so airy and comfy. Whichever it is, I probably wear them more than I should, but it’s chill. I paired these Motel Rocks ones with my all-time favourite croptop and basic Zara sandals (to mimic the clean lines going on above) but AF1’s would be equally as swaggy for daytime.

culottes: Motel Rocks, (here) top: American Apparel (here) sandals: Zara (sold out, similar here)

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#MyInstaxStory with Fujifilm

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Pretty pumped to announce that I was recently cast in my first ever commercial – and a commercial for one of my fav things, no less! When Casie Stewart (who directed the shoot + social campaign for it) approached me for a project featuring the Fujifilm Instax, I was obvs super excited. As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of the Instax and have had one for about a year now. Casie did a great job with curating the crew and locations: Fellow co-stars (ha!) were Lauren ‘O’Nizzle’ O’Neil and Andrew ‘Gunnarolla‘ Gunadie, and Becca Lemire shot the images (taken at Trinity Bellwoods Park and The Store On Queen – shoutout to Hubby Angela and Wifey Vava for opening the store early for us!). The commercial, produced by 1188 will be airing on TV, YouTube and social – so keep an eye out for me 😉

See the commercial + images from the shoot below.

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A Tale of Transitions: Reflection

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Looking back at the #ATaleOfTransitions project I’ve been working on with Neutrogena, I’m realizing that it couldn’t have come at a better possible time. As you might have guessed, I’m in that weird ~not a girl, not yet a woman~ semi-awkward transitional stage in my life. If by some strange occurrence that wasn’t completely evident to you (maybe you only know me be my somewhat composed online persona), then I’m guessing the videos and stories I shared throughout this probably clued you right in on my weird/embarrassing/spastic side.

I’ve gotten into and out of my fair share of pickles and/or dumb/unfair/hard situations in my 23 years of life so far. I’ve also come to realize that unfortunately, life doesn’t get easier as you get older. Getting rejected by your middle school crush is nothing compared to breaking up with someone you actually were in love with, and getting fired from your mall gig at 16 is small beans compared to being let-go by your dream employer (from a job that you actually need to pay the bills, at that). Life is full of highs and lows – and it will always present you with forks in the road.

But you know that saying “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it”? It’s true. Or “One day you’re the pigeon, one day you’re the statue”? Yeah, that too. And I know I’m being way too cliché, but I really do believe that everything happens for a reason – whether you realize it at the time or 10 years after the fact. Confronting (and being able to laugh at) life’s ups and downs is absolutely vital if you want to be a strong, confident #girlboss. You’re going to make mistakes no matter what, so why live life being scared to do so? Take chances and be bold. Live life. Embrace change. Ride the wave.

One piece of knowledge I can offer having been through some tough situations: you will always get through them. It may seem like the WORST possible thing to happen at the time – the end of your world as you know it, even! – but in 99% of cases, you end up being able to look back and recognize that you actually learned something/benefited after all. You’ll probably even be able to look back and laugh eventually. Especially if it involves acrylic nails or a hideous prom dress.

Changes are a part of life and the ones that happen when you’re a young adult represent some of the biggest transitions. Our latest innovation: Hydro Boost gel creams for face and eye feature purified hyaluronic acid, instantly quenches and infuses skin with an abundance of moisture, so your skin will feel smooth and supple day after day. For more information, visit us at www.neutrogena.ca/hydroboost

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#DestinationChic with Marciano

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If you saw these pics via Instagram already – you’ll know I had mentioned that I was working on a collaboration with Marciano. Now, when I was in high school, Marciano was the spot for sleek & sexy dresses. It was where you went if you had a high-profile club event and needed a hot outfit. It was where everyone’s cool older sisters shopped. Upon entering university, I no longer had a life time to go out, let alone time to shop for a new going-out outfit every week…so my visits tapered off. But after getting the chance to visit Marciano recently for this project, I must say I was wowed – they’ve gone towards a much more streamlined direction. I found some really awesome and sleek pieces – from the silky joggers I’m wearing above, to a stunning beigey-nude bralette.

Part of the collab involved me hosting a super fun event with W Magazine at the Toronto Eaton Centre – and overall, it was a great night, full of shopping, snacks, Crystal Head Vodka, Wink’s Eyelash applications, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the below for pics from evening.

top: here, pants, here, shoes, here, all Marciano

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#ManiMasterpieces with Shoppers Drug Mart

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I’ve briefly mentioned my high-school nail obsession via social media (check some visuals here) here and there. Here’s the full story on it: there was a time where I used to be super into doing my nails. I would go for a full set, with crazy intricate designs, every 3 weeks. They were ridiculously long and gaudy…and to be honest, I think I subconsciously shied away from doing anything at all to my nails for years afterwards to compensate! But, I’ve gotta admit, I really do miss playing around with nail art! I forgot how much fun experimenting with colours, brushes & patterns can be (and how nice it is to have nails that don’t look like a boys!). So I’m excited to say that over the next month I’ll be doing a fun project with Shoppers Drug Mart called #ManiMasterpieces, where I’ll be sharing a bunch of posts via Instagram with my own take on summer nail looks. I’m honestly SO excited to get all creative with it and see what I come up with! My first look, called “Graphic Arts,” is one I was challenged to recreate by Shopper’s – the original used super bright colours, but obviously I decided to go towards the minimal side. I’m excited that minimalism is back in style, and with the influx of other cool nail trends popping up – from the rise of greys & nudes, to matte topcoats, to gradients – I can’t wait to show you guys all the designs I have planned. Make sure to follow along via my Instagram for all the looks!

products: Nailene Perfect tips & toes, here, Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in “Black Out” here, Misslyn nail polish in “597”, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in “Show Steel-er”, Essie nail lacquer in “bikini so teeny”, hereCeramix Glaze in “Pure”, Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy top coat

Step 1: Apply 2 coats of Ceramic Glaze in Pure and let dry.

Step 2: Using Nailene Perfect tips & toes, divide the nail into 4 shapes.

Step 3: Fill in each shape with a different colour. Slowly remove tape before it dries.

Step 4: Once dry, finish with a clear top coat like Ceramic Glaze Fast Drying Top Coat.

Get your hands on the latest nail looks at Shoppers Drug Mart. Plus, from May 23 – June 19, get 15x the Shoppers Optimum Points when you spend $15 or more on participating nail products.

shoppersdrugmart.ca/nailthelook

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A Tale of Transitions with Neutrogena | Videos

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So remember that project I’ve been working on with Neutrogena (more on it here)? The videos we shot for it are finally live and they are so funny! Featuring real life stories by Ania Boniecka of aniab.net, Natalie Ho of mylittlesecrets.ca, Alicia Quan of aliciafashionista.ca, and Katelyn Zborowski of katelynsaid.com.

Check ‘em out on the next page – but please don’t make fun of my prom dress!!

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Equinox | Pilates

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An innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates, pilates teaches the body awareness and good posture while increasing core strength, flexibility, and mobility. After easing into my Equinox fitness journey with yoga around 6 months back (more on that here), I recently started introducing pilates into my routine. It has become one of my favourites for many reasons: I like that the controlled movements get me into a flow similar to yoga, but I also love that it tests my core strength.

Cool, calm and intimate, the private pilates studio at Equinox provides the perfect setting for optimal transformation to take place. Pair this with their state-of-the-art equipment and the industry’s best instructors, and you’re guaranteed a workout that takes your body to new levels. Whether its standard pilates or pilates fusion, both classes target the core, help with alignment, breathing, coordination and balance, and are a great “in-between-day” workout to high intensity classes (like my favs STACKED! & Metcon3).

wearing: Nike Dri-Fit Epic Lux Crop, here, & Pro Classic Sports Bra, here

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Review | Neutrogena Hydro Boost

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If you know me, you know I’m kind of a skin freak and have been since a young age. I never sleep without removing my makeup, make a conscious effort to eat and drink things that classify as “skin food” (a.k.a avocados, coconut water, sweet potatoes, salmon), and I avoid the sun at all costs. So when it comes to the actual product that I put onto my skin, you can bet that I’m a purist. The first moisturizer I ever started using (over – gasp!- a decade ago) was Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin, which my mother turned me onto. She’s used it for literally as long as I can remember!

Now as much as I’m a die-hard fan of that product, Neutrogena’s latest launch, Hydro Boost, might just be my new favourite. Here’s a bit about the technology behind it: Hydro Boost is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid – an ingredient naturally found in our bodies that helps keep the skin supple and youthful. (Hyaluronic Acid infuses your skin and acts like a sponge, absorbing more than 1,000 times its weight!) The only problem is, we start losing it over time.

Now that I’m moving into my mid-twenties, it’s the perfect time to start reaping the benefits of the added Hyaluronic Acid in Hydro Boost. It helps the skin hold on to moisture, keeping it looking visibly smooth and healthy-looking day after day. I love how refreshing and lightweight the gel consistency is, how it instantly hydrates the skin, and my favourite part – how it absorbs immediately! I also am super keen on the fact that I can apply makeup literally right away without that greasy, slippery feel. (Because, honestly, who really waits 5 minutes for moisturizer to absorb in the morning! #aintnobodygottimeforthat!) Even better, makeup actually stays on with it as a base better than anything I’ve ever used. It’s honestly a bit like a primer, and ensures no contour falling down my face, no muddy bronzer…and with the matching Hydro Boost eye cream – no mascara puddles, eye shadow creasing, and no liquid eyeliner smudging. Personally, I have a tough time with my combination skin (oily forehead and chin, semi-dry cheeks and weirdly enough, nostrils) and it seems to do the job for both – managing the greasy zones and keeping the dry spots moisturized for a full 24 hours. Kind of miraculous, really!

Changes are a part of life and the ones that happen when you’re a young adult represent some of the biggest transitions. Our latest innovation: Hydro Boost gel creams for face and eye feature purified hyaluronic acid, instantly quenches and infuses skin with an abundance of moisture, so your skin will feel smooth and supple day after day. For more information, visit us at www.neutrogena.ca/hydroboost

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