Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sept 2 - Art Drop Day

Did you know that today is Art Drop Day?  This is a great concept thought up by Jake Parker, and you can read all about it at his site.  It's basically an open call for artists of all kinds to create a piece, and leave it for someone to discover in a public place.

I love this idea so much - sharing art with strangers! It's a wonderful concept, and a great way to connect to people in your neighbourhood.  Add some contact info to your art, and maybe you'll make a new friend!

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Toronto: Taste of the Danforth 2014

Toronto is a city that is full of things to do - especially in the summer.  One of the more popular events, the Taste of the Danforth street festival is currently celebrating its 21st year in action.  At the Taste of the Danforth, you'll be able to try all sorts of different foods - ranging from the typical Greek fare found on the Danforth, to Thai, North American cuisine like wings, hot dogs and burgers, and then some.

The dessert options are also plentiful.  There are traditional Greek desserts like baklava, but you can also try some macarons, crepes, cupcakes, ice cream, gelato, waffles... pretty much anything your heart desires.




There's even some healthier options.  My personal favourite being this awesome pineapple juice... IN A PINEAPPLE!  The same vendor offered coconut water (in a coconut!).  And I saw some pretty cool looking avocado chocolate popsicles.  There were lots of freshly squeezed organic juices.

Plenty of ways to eat well and also follow the paleo diet, for sure! Lots of meat on sticks.  Lots of fruits and veggies.








There's also entertainment, taking place along three different stages.  At 8pm last night, I watched the opening ceremony of the Taste of the Danforth, which featured all of Toronto's mayoral candidates, as well as premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne.

Throughout the weekend, you'll be able to catch various musical and performing acts from 12pm until 12am today (Saturday), and 12pm to 8pm on Sunday.  Check the official site for the schedule.

To round out the events, there's a kiddie midway, plenty of free treats handed out by various companies (I noticed Excel Gum, Nature's Path Organics and Astro Yogurt, among others!) and lots of contests and events being held.

The Taste of the Danforth does attract a lot of people, so be prepared to battle crowds and wait in line.  If you pack a little bit of patience, you'll be sure to have a good time!


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Monday, July 28, 2014

ModCloth 70% off sale is happening again!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Christmas in July!  No, not really... but my favourite site to shop at, ModCloth.com is having a 70% off "So Long Summer" sale... this is the best time to score great deals on some super pretty clothes and accessories.  Because it's 70% off, most of the deals are final sale, so I would recommend reading the reviews and knowing your measurements well before ordering - or having a friend that is a similar size that you might want to swap with later!

Oh, and by the way, I don't get any sort of commission or kickback from this... I just really love this site - but I sure wouldn't mind if someone gifted me one of the items on this list!


Here are some of my favourites:

Brandon Bird's Astonishing World of Art (book - on sale for $4.99)
Rockin' and A Bowlin' (earrings - on sale for $5.99)
Watch and Glisten (necklace - on sale for $8.99)
Follow My Footsteps in coral (shoes - on sale for $10.99)
Destined to Dream (necklace - on sale for $10.99)
Simply Scout in peach (top - on sale for $10.99)
It's Bow or Never (top - on sale for $13.99)
Beloved Barista (top - on sale for $14.99)
Stopping for Fro Yo (hoodie - on sale for $14.99)
Retro Radio Personality (dress - on sale for $16.99)
Delicate at Dawn (top - on sale for $16.99)
Golly Good Time (top - on sale for $17.99)
Skull House Rock (top - on sale for $17.99)
Dance on Air in cherry (shoes - on sale for $19.99)
Up for Adventure (top - on sale for $19.99)
Partake in Peppermint (skirt - on sale for $20.99)
Fateful Timing (dress - on sale for $21.99)
Home Sweet Homey (dress - on sale for $25.99)
Yesteryear's Finest (dress - on sale for $26.99)
Classic Stunner (dress - on sale for $29.99)
Elaborate Effort (dress - on sale for $29.99)
Tie it Together (dress - on sale for $32.99)
Sultry Songstress (dress - on sale for $40.99)
Sure Hits The Spot (dress - on sale for $43.99)
Pearl, You Know It's True (shoes - on sale for $47.99)
All That and Demure in midnight (dress - on sale for $56.99)


I could definitely go on and on, but those are a few of the super stand-out items for me - what about you?  Did you see anything you love? Making any purchases?  Leave links in the comments!







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Monday, July 21, 2014

Gander, Newfoundland: frozen in mid-century time

Gander Airport 6I recently had the chance to travel to Newfoundland for work.  I stayed in Gander, which is a small town in north-eastern Newfoundland.  Gander became a popular travel hub around the 1960s as a refuelling port for transatlantic flights, which earned it the nickname "the crossroads of the world".  However, as airplane technology became more efficient, it became less useful as a refuelling point, and these days, though the international/secure area of the airport is still in use, it is much less frequent than it was back in the mid-century.  As such, the international area of the Gander Airport is like a time capsule, frozen in mid-century goodness.

My coworkers and I were able to take a private tour of the international area and I was in heaven.  Everything is beautiful and clean and pristine.  The security guard who showed us around has been an employee for many years, and he had all the inside information.  He even took us into the ladies washroom, and showed us where Queen Elizabeth sat, applying her makeup.  (Yup.  There was a section with chairs, a long mirror and a ledge for make-up applying!)

  Gander Airport 5 
  Gander Airport 2 
  Gander Airport 1


Albatross Hotel
You can also see the mid-century influences in various buildings around town - which is a little slice of heaven for someone who loves the 1950s & 60s as much as I do!   The Albatross Hotel (left) is located on the Trans-Canada Highway and looks super cool from the outside, architecturally.  (I didn't actually walk inside, but from reading reviews on tripadvisor, unfortunately I don't think the mid-century theme continues inside - if I owned a place that looked like this, I would totally play up the furniture and art on the inside to make it all seamless!)


Hotel Gander Over at the Hotel Gander, my coworkers and I had some dinner (or supper, as Newfoundlanders like to call it!) in the hotel restaurant before we took in a little comedy show.  I was super in love with this aviation-themed, mid-century style artwork on the walls.  Wish I could've taken these home with me!

Overall, I found Gander to be a quaint little town, but with not too many entertainment, shopping, or food/patio options.  I'm still trying to figure out exactly what the locals do for fun.  But they are all SUPER friendly.  And the mid-century feel to this town was amazing!



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Friday, June 13, 2014

Lazy Girl's Tortellini Salad

I recently started a new job, and I've found that they like to do potluck food days for various occasions. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries... if there's a reason, there's a food day. So when a surprise potluck was planned for my boss's boss's boss (catch that?), I knew I had to make something with a little more pizzazz than my standard desserts.

So I went to some web friends, who pointed me in the direction of a tortellini salad. It seemed simple enough for even me to make, given that I rarely cook. I thought I'd share my easy, lazy's girls version of Tortellini Salad.

Ingredients:
- One bag of Cheese Tortellini
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Baby Spinach
- One jar of Roasted Red Peppers
- Other veggies as you see fit

For my tortellini, I went with a full bag of Barilla's Cheese and Spinach Tortellini. I simply followed the directions on the bag to cook the pasta. Once they were done, I strained out the water and let them sit to cool down.

While the pasta was cooking, I sliced the red peppers into thinner slices, so it could easily be tossed with the rest of the salad. I placed them into the container I'd be taking with me to work and refrigerated it while I waited for the pasta to cool.

After about 30 minutes, I checked to make sure the pasta had cooled down, then put the pasta into the container with the red peppers. I chopped up some baby spinach and added that on top, then poured some balsamic vinaigrette over it all. With a large spoon, I mixed it all up to get it nice and covered with dressing.

You'll want to let it cool for a few hours. Be sure to mix it up again when serving to ensure you get the peppers and spinach, since they may settle. Then enjoy!

Voila! I got compliments from my co-workers on it and I look forward to the next occasion to make this easy dish again.



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Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure

It seems that my favourite way to try out new products these days is when I receive them through an Influenster voxbox - and I am definitely not complaining about that!  My latest product that I received were these imPRESS press-on manicure by Broadway Nails.  I can honestly say I have never used false nails before, and I was a bit skeptical, but they turned out to be pretty great!

The most difficult part in the entire process (which really wasn't all that difficult!) was selecting the sizes that best fit my nails.  After laying them all out in a row, I proceeded to use the alcohol swab to clean my nails, and then applied each one, starting from the pinky nail and leaving the thumbs for last.

The fit was pretty good for my fingers, except for in a few places where the edge didn't quite meet the cuticle.  They were a little too long for me, since I'm used to having relatively short nails - but I was able to use a nail clipper and file on them to cut them down to a length that worked well for me!

I've had them on for 5 days now and they've stood up to dish washings, hair washings, photoshoots and days in the sun!  My nails do grow pretty fast though, so I don't think I'll keep them on to much longer as it's starting to get more noticeable that the nails aren't quite perfect.

Ultimately, I would recommend them for a quick fix - if you need a manicure in a hurry for a special event, these would be great.  They took less than 5 minutes to apply, and I got lots of compliments on them!




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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Color Me Rad 5K

So yesterday I ran/walked/jogged my first ever 5K. A few months back I got a Groupon to run Color Me Rad, a colorfully fun race that will wreck your shower afterwards.

I was up and out the door at 8AM to get to the race venue. After finding my friends, picking up the final registration packet, missing the Zumba warm up (sad faces) and generally getting our bearings, we headed to the starting line for our wave.


There was a very energetic gentleman on a microphone getting us hyped before we were let loose and even before we started running, there were color bombs being thrown around, showering us with spots of colors. Despite the intense heat, especially running on mostly asphalt, we pushed forward through various color stations.

But it was a lot of fun! We were handed more color bombs at the finish line and started pelting each other with them to make ourselves more colorful. When we were done, we looked a MESS!! I brought towels to sit on in the car for the ride home, and it seems like most others did the same.

All in all, it was a great morning spent with great people having great fun. If you haven't tried this 5K (or any other fun sounding 5K) I highly recommend it!
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