Charming Events! TK in Montreal, Father’s Day, Taste, and Modern Man

It’s been a crazy few weeks, not that I’m complaining. It seems as though it’s a summer of events for Charming Media and I am super fine with that.

About a week and a half ago, I was in Montreal with Turkish Airlines to celebrate the launch of flights between Montreal and Istanbul (official post here)

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Super fun times! The flying chefs came in to bring us delicious food and there were over 300 people at the celebration gala!

I got home on the Thursday evening  then started to prep for Toronto Taste in support of Second Harvest! It was an incredible evening! So many people came out and supported the cause and celebrated some of the best food and wine offerings in the city!

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Our next big event this summer is the Modern Man event! We are very excited for this one, as it’s the only event in the city that caters specifically to the Modern Man!

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We’ll be filling Roy Thompson Hall with incredible live performances, men’s fashion and accessory exhibitors, delicious food, VIPs, premium drinks and more! Tickets are currently just $40! Head to the Modern Man website now!

In all the excitement of events, I didn’t forget Father’s Day either! If you’re in the Toronto PATH today and still haven’t picked up a gift for dad, check out my gift selections on the Urban Lifestylist Blog!

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That’s it for now! Happy Friday the 13th!

 

 

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#TorontoTaste – Just 6 Days Away!

I feel very lucky this year that Charming Media is the official pro bono PR agency of Toronto’s food rescue charity, Second Harvest. And while being associated with such an incredible cause is fabulous, we are also very lucky to be working on helping to promote Toronto’s most prestigious food and beverage event of the year, Toronto Taste!

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This is an event that celebrates the culinary spirit of the city with some of Toronto’s top chefs and beverage purveyors. I have never been, so I am SO excited that I get to go this year! Even if it’s in a working capacity :) I’m excited to taste some creations from Toronto Taste ambassadors Mark McEwan, Bob Blumer and Roger Mooking!

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Toronto Taste 2014

Indulge in 70 amazing gourmet food and beverage stations. Mix and mingle with celebrity chefs in a breathtaking lakeside locale in downtown Toronto. Relish in the gratification of supporting Second Harvest’s food rescue program.

Presented by The Daniels Corporation.

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 6pm
Lakeside, Corus Quay

Tickets are $250 each
(Includes food and drink. A tax receipt will be issued for $125)

Dress:
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While the $250 dollar price tag may seem a bit daunting at first, I like to look at it as only $125 due to the $125 tax receipt that can be claimed. Also, I spend $125 on a night out for one meal with appetizers and a bottle of wine. This is an EVENT. Actually, it is THE EVENT! You get all you can eat and drink, it’s outdoors, it’s an actual experience, and you get to leave with the feeling that you actually did something good, as all the money and profits go to supporting Second Harvest throughout the year, keeping trucks on the road, rescuing food and bringing it to people who really need it.

Here’s where you can buy tickets! Please share this post with your friends and help spread the word of this incredible cause!

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Perfect Peep Toes

I’m wildly into peep toe booties or shooties these days. I think because of how long it took for summer to actually arrive that I tried to get my toes some air even though it was still a bit chilly out.

Here are my top three favourite peep toe shoes!

These from Le Chateau are amazing! Italian leather, velcro back and SUPER comfy! I’ve been wearing these non-stop, even with dresses and shorts! The thicker heel makes them easier to walk in that most high shoes and they are super versatile.

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I have been eyeing these little numbers from Ann Taylor for a while. They are actually too gorgeous and perfect for words. It was one of those “I don’t really NEED them” but I visited them at the store twice and could not stop thinking about them. Stunning colour and beautiful laser-cut design. Ann Taylor shoes tend to be rather manageable in terms of walking. These can also be worn with just about anything from shorts, pants, skirts and dresses.

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And here’s a great combo of the two. The ever fabulous Jeanne Beker recently launched her own line at the Shoe Company. This shoe is definitely one of my favourites from the line. I love the snakeskin details!
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Are you a peep toe shootie fan? What’s your fave?

 

 

 

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Eat Prepd – Toronto’s Newest Food Delivery Service

There are plenty of awesome food delivery services in the city, such as those that send organic fruits and vegetables to your door, those that let you order right off the computer, those that bring juiced cleanses to you directly on a daily basis. Prepd is the first of its kind to deliver complete and easy recipes with all the ingredients that you need to prepare them with right to your front door.

I love cooking but I hate ingredient shopping so I always just end up cooking the same meals over and over with the same stuff we buy each week. Drives Brody nuts so he ends up cooking most of the time so we have something different.

Prepd is an incredible concept.

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The following box of fresh ingredients was delivered to my door, along with recipes and instructions.

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For a busy gal like me, I love this. I also love that you get exactly what you need in terms of ingredients so you aren’t left with a guilty feeling while your veggies that you haven’t had a chance to ear wrinkle and fade away in the crisper. I’m also way into supporting new local businesses, especially ones with great concepts like this one.

Want to give Prepd a go? I have some coupon codes for you!

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The first one is $60 off (ie free order for 2 people) with a limit of 2 uses and the 2nd one is $30 off (ie 50% off an order for 2 people) with a limit of 4 uses.
If you have a particularly busy week in the foreseeable future, I suggest giving Prepd a go to see how it can make things just a little bit easier and more delicious! Enjoy!

 

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Launch of Toronto’s Urban Lifestylist Blog – Live Life, Don’t Live In Malls

I feel like I’m always up to something fun and this latest project with Oxford Properties is no different. Charming Media is working with Oxford on an innovative initiative to help Torontonians guide themselves through the incredible offerings inside one of its most trafficked spaces, the Toronto PATH AND I’m contributing too! As a hard working entrepreneur, I value my free time very much. Weekends are meant for living life, not living in malls. But, as a fashion and beauty lover, well, I DO need to get my fix. The Urban Lifestylist blog has been put in place to help Torontonians who are traversing through the PATH on a day to day basis to get the items they need and want during their day to day, leaving more free time for the best things.

In addition to contributions from myself, the Urban Lifestylist Blog will be populated with helpful articles on gift guides, fashion and beauty tips, food and drink picks and so much more from some of Toronto’s favourite writers, Nicki Laborie from ViewTheVibe.com, Sonya Davidson from AZNModern.com and Dani Goddard from GirslofTO.com .

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The Toronto PATH is full of really awesome retailers like Nine West, Brooks Brothers, MAC, Body Shop, Pandora, Smart Set, and more. There is really everything you need!

Check out my first post in the intro! Get the full article here and stay tuned as myself and these lovely gals charm our way through Royal Bank Plaza, Richmond Adelaide Centre and Metro Centre this summer!

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Summer IS HERE! Book Your Long Weekend Stay at Viamede NOW!

It honestly could not have been a better weekend. Not only was the weather incredible, but I got to spend it at one of my favourite places, Viamede with some of my favourite people.

I get to Viamede as often as I possibly can. Not only is it one of the incredible accounts I get to work on at Charming Media, it is also only a 2 hour trip away from the big city (traffic depending) and a slice of heaven on Stoney Lake. It’s essentially cottaging with all the fixings, like incredible food, a pub, and the hotel luxuries of a shower and a comfy bed.

This weekend, we celebrated #Viamede14Open, the opening after a long winter of renos. We had an incredible time! I even did karaoke for the first time “WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY!”! And I played FROLF for the first time.

Here’s a photo cluster of some of my favourite shots taken by guests (and my own faves!)

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If you are still looking for something to do this long weekend, call Viamede NOW and book  your stay. You won’t regret it. Plus, you’ll get 10% off and complimentary bottle of wine for your room! Just mention this blog!

Enjoy the SUNSHINE! And happy Monday!

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Toronto Review – Should You Visit a Psychic?

So since my last post about my epic Dubai fail, I have been moving forward, as I do whenever life kicks me in the face. In spite of my “killer attitude” and “positive vibes”, I still felt a bit down last weekend while I watched the gals explore the new Le Chateau store, ride camels and discover Dubai. I mean, what human wouldn’t?

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So I was feeling bleak (and let’s be honest, who isn’t with this weather). I am lucky for my friends though. My biz partner, Mel, saw I could use a pick me up and a reminder that “everything happens for a reason” so she treated me to an hour long sesh with her psychic.

The fact that Melissa has her own personal psychic on speed dial is precisely one of the reasons why we are so well paired for business. She’s wonderfully optimistic and a cheerleader and I tend to be too serious and cynical and pessimistic at times so I bring her down to earth as needed and she pushes me to get my head out of my ass when required. Which I really required last weekend. And what better way to get your head out of your ass than visiting a psychic!

So, this particular psychic works out of her home. It’s a nice home too. No crystal balls or beaded curtains in sight. She’s a mom and grandmother and very kind. I took the stance that I would not give her any leading information because I wanted to see what she was all about and if she could pinpoint me without me telling her anything.

Maybe it was the week I had had, but once she started talking to me I almost felt like crying. She was saying some intense stuff, mostly about my relationship with Brody, stuff that I already knew really but it was nice to hear it. She told me I’m a girl who marries only for love and never for circumstance or money (would you believe that I was in a position to marry both out of circumstance and for money, like twice before? It’s true!).

She told me that Brody was the love of my life and my best friend and that the only thing that will ever bring us apart is death. I knew that, but confirmation is nice.

She told me about our personalities, about his (she never met him) and about mine (she never met be before) and why our personalities make us a perfect fit. He is the King of Wands and I am the Queen of Cups.

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 FYI:

The King of Wands: Creative, Inspiring, Forceful, Charismatic and Bold

The Queen of Cups: Loving, Tenderhearted, Intuitive, Psychic and Spiritual 

Then we did some more tarot reading. First card I pulled:

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That was a nice one to see.

From reading my cards, the psychic told me I’d be very successful, that there were demons in my past that I need to let go of, because they are the only thing that could stop me from achieving my dreams now in that I tend to let them override my inner strength with self-consciousness and incessant worry that I am not capable of pulling off the things in my life that I will come to pull of.

I pulled this card as well.

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She said that I break my own heart too much.  I let worry over come me. I let self-doubt and self-hate consume me too much. That’s certainly true. I always worry about something and if there is nothing to worry about, I will find it. I will also find something to hate on about myself as well.

She says that I will have children. And I pulled the Knight of Wands card, who will be apple of his father’s eye. That is a nice thought.

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I really enjoyed the card reading portion. A lot of it was true. It surprised me how much was true actually. About Brody and about myself and about my career and about what I let hold me back.

The stuff that I didn’t buy was the “One of your dead grandmothers is here to talk to you”. Both my grandmothers are alive. So apparently it was my great grandmother. Then someone else with the letter G. My grandpa, Giuseppe? Sure, that’s him.

Ok, what I don’t get is why do your dead relatives only tell psychics the first letter of their names? This was the part when my bull shit detector started to flash. That said, I know that dead relatives DO actually come to psychics sometimes, because one time, my best friend Becky had all her friends come over for her birthday and invited a psychic and a dead relative came and really laid on some heavy stuff that was ALL true to one of the attendees, something that no reaching-for-it psychic could have come up with. So, I guess it happens and when it doesn’t happen, the psychic needs to come up with some crap or other. That’s the nature of the biz, right? Because at the end of the day, it’s still a business and you want your customers to come back.

At the end of the session, I did feel better. It was probably exactly what the doctor ordered, because while my intuition (QUEEN OF CUPS, SEEEEE!) told me there was some evident BS happening, it also told me that there was some prominent truths being shared and I liked that.

Here’s Cathy Starkman’s info if you want to book a session. She has appeared on Proud FM with Mike Chalut! www.cathystarkman.com

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So I’m Not In Dubai, But There’s Always 100 Brightsides

I’ve always been honest on this blog, about when I’m right and when I’m wrong. Recently, life has been soaring, like uncontrollably. Look at my past few posts, what a happy little bee I’ve been. But do you remember that oh-so-foreboding post in which I was blabbing about the fabulousness that is my life and was painting my finger nails with bright pink polish called “Burst My Bubble”?

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Well don’t blame the polish for what I’m about to divulge here. It is still an awesome colour and I love it.

So as you KNOW, I have been plugging away at this Dubai trip. Not just like, shopping and packing, but prepping and arranging for upgrades and working with Le Chateau on a media plan and something else that hasn’t even been announced yet. The trip got picked up by Marketing Magazine too.

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Read more here

Also, in the background of these fabulous trips, there is a lot of stress on the people who plan them. Like A LOT. Like a “keep you up at night” type of stress as you recap your to do list and make sure everyone is good to fly and comfortable and has the right information. Do you have any idea how scary it is to fly media half way across the world? And sometimes, you are so worried about everyone else, you forget to make sure you have yourself covered.

This is how far I got to Dubai. Check us out with our Samsonite Luggage, in line to check our BAGS! Instagram photo:

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Sidenote: Corporate partnerships are a massive part of my career. Creating long lasting relationships and working with awesome brands like Samsonite really help elevate all the experiences I am able to provide for my clients and the media I work with. So you better believe I will promote them every chance I get, including lots of Instagram posts, Twitter, Facebook and blog mentions. If we’re getting a little too mainstream for you over here, no stress, I totally understand but only YOU know where the unfollow button is on your account. Your cute comments are only cute to you and the people you prostrate your dejection with. L.O.L.

That said, ok. I am not kidding. That Samsonite bag is incredible. I was literally just spinning it over and over and looked up and saw a bunch of Turkish people laughing at me. I told them about the bag and they understood. It’s so LIGHT and spinny and manageable. I’m really happy I got to use it for all of 2 hours! 

And here we stand, before the imperial baggage check-in, that moment of truth when just as your stress slowly starts to delayer itself from your body because, hey, we’re doing this! We’re going to Dubai! Excitement can start to creep over you. It’s ok now. You pulled it off. Let’s make this happen!

SNAP BACK TO REALITY! Because what’s the ONE thing you forgot about? What’s the ONE thing you forgot to check? Who’s the ONE person you forgot to worry about? Yourself and your stupid passport.

My passport expires in June. I thought I had more time. I did not have more time. You need a passport that is valid for 3 months still before entering Dubai. My ultimate bad. Like how could anyone be more negligent regarding their own self? I guess I am truly not superman in spite of all the smoke and mirrors and my desire to prove myself a supernatural being, I am just human and to err is to human and all  that jazz.

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Who knew I’d be unpacking my Samsonite so soon?

So, with my auto responder still on, I granted myself a pity party for a couple extra hours of sleep this morning and then woke up, went to Starbucks, checked in with the #4DaysToDubai hashtag to make sure the gals enjoyed their flight on Turkish Airlines comfort class (who wouldn’t?) and made it to Istanbul and were enjoying their layover in the luxurious CIP Lounge (they did) as I pulled my butt out of bed, walked to Starbucks, grabbed a massive coffee and here I am.

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Really, going on this trip was a bonus to all the planning and I can’t complain. Turkish Airlines is an amazing client, and I am one of the luckiest girls in the world to be working with them. Like honestly and truly. I couldn’t be more grateful to be able to work with such a fantastic group. And there will be more experiences for me to look forward to (there already are!) And this just means that my body will be a rested for the work I have ahead of me all the things on my plate to conquer next week and the week after and the week after that.

Even superman makes mistakes :) It’s all part of living a charmed life.

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Dreaming of Desert Safaris and Glittery Golden Markets: #4DaysInDubai Packing and Itinerary

What do you pack for 4 days in Dubai and how do you pack it? Our #4DaysInDubai trip with Le Chateau and Turkish Airlines Canada is going to be such a luxurious whirlwind and let’s be honest with each other, it will also be an exhausting whirlwind, but luxurious and indulgent nonetheless. I mean, how often do you get the opportunity to fly Comfort Class to Dubai for shopping and a few dinners and a nighttime safari tour then come back? But it will be a once in a lifetime experience and I am SO excited.

First things first: Packing!

Samsonite Canada generously sent us all a 26″ Spinner from their B-Lite-r collection. B-Lite-r is right. This bad boy weighs only 3.13 Kg making it perfect for international travel. You can pack more and bring home more souvenirs and still stay under your weight limit!

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As mentioned before, Le Chateau provided everyone with a generous gift card to pack gorgeous outfits for the trip. The tricky part is remembering that this is Dubai is a Muslim country, so along with the following pieces, I’m bring a light scarf to to throw over my shoulders:

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LOVE these pieces! So me!

We’re flying comfort class on Turkish Airlines which is just dreamy!

 

So what’s on the itinerary? The first day will take us to the famous Dubai Mall where we will check out the new Le Chateau store.

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Then we are having lunch and a tour of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa!

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In the evening, we will be going on a desert safari and a stargazing tour!

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The next day we will be glittering in gold, lots and lots of gold. We are heading the world famous Gold Souk!

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Need I say more?

Dinner will be a poolside tent one at EWAAN at the Palace downtown Dubai

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I am certain there will be lots more adventures in between and I am so excited for this opportunity. 2 more sleeps. Make sure to follow the #4DaysInDubai hashtag!

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Life’s Good: Beer Tasting, Wine Clubbing and Toronto Spa/Patio/Shopping

What a way to celebrate the first warm weekend in a loooong while. I’ve been feeling particularly refreshed after my week in Phoenix and excitement is building for our upcoming #4DaysInDubai trip with Turkish Airlines and Le Chateau and this weekend was the icing on the cake.

I started a day early and joined Miss Jamie Leigh TO at the Biermarkt launch of their latest brew, Honkers Ale. The beer wasn’t exactly my cup of tea but I did enjoy the meal and can see how many people would very much appreciate the new brew.

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Here is Jamie, obligingly smelling her palm as instructed by the brewer prior to tasting.

The menu was outstanding.
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To finish, we had a dessert charcuterie which was HEAVENLY. I’ve never had anything like this.

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On Friday night, my friend Alisha and I checked out iYellow Wine club’s Spring Sippers wine school event in the iYellow Wine Club cave which, just like all of iYellow’s events, was divine. Learnt a lot, met some lovely people and drank some delicious wines.

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I highly recommend check out one of their classes and DEFINITELY their wine tours!

Saturday was the creme de la creme of indulgence and delight. The weather was warm and I drove with music up and windows down to Doll Face Spa for some incredibly relaxing (and very effective) Venus Freeze treatments (summer is coming!). Doll Face is my favourite place and have been known to do the best lashes in town (more on them later!)

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After the spa, I had a sunny patio brunch with white wine spritzers with my gal pal Nicki from ViewTheVibe and our other pal, Adam!

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How amazing it was to be able to sit outside!

The final stop of the day was awesome. Le Chateau sent everyone going on the #4DaysinDubai trip a little travel care package and a hefty gift certificate to go pick out our hot jet-setter outfits for our trip.

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I got 4 gorgeous summer dresses, a new top, a cardi for the plane and some cute shoes! Will show in a different post! The whole day just made me realize that I should really cut back on my tendency to stress and worry and just enjoy life because right now, oh my goodness, is it good!

I finished up the weekend with a run, a veggie shop for the week and a cute polish job with this summer Burst Your Bubble from Trind. Is that ironic? Because I’m really liking this bubble I have happening right now and don’t want anything to burst it!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so at peace so I’m rolling with it and am dedicated to enjoying the ride while it lasts.

Have a great week, lovelies!

 

 

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