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Toronto Home Tour Pt. 1


Christian Confidential Well guys… I think I’m officially becoming an adult. It’s taken a long time to get here but I think I’m slowly morphing into one. I came to this conclusion after moving back to Toronto and noticing how  picky I was when it came to deciding on how I’d like to decorate my new space. Honestly, beforehand I never really gave interior decorating much attention, as long as my home was modern, clean and minimal, I was cool with it.

This time around, I really wanted my space to reflect my personality, my interests and my distinguished style. It took me a while to really figure out what I wanted but two months later, I’m finally content with the overall vibe and aesthetic of the living room.

The words that I would use to describe the space are; minimal, clean, light, cozy, feminine, masculine, hints of luxury, fashion forward, and thought out.

I really wanted to create a space that I would be comfortable in, that would really showcase who I am and was welcoming. The first thing that I purchased was a floor length mirror. I knew that I didn’t want  to have a tv in the living room and would much rather prefer a statement wall that would include a full length mirror (which helps in making the space seem larger) and accent table (Terrace Side Table from West Elm)  that would house some of my favourite items.

Christian ConfidentialChristian ConfidentialYves Saint Laurent Christian ConfidentialThe second thing I purchased, which took the longest to both decide on and have delivered, was my couch. I wrestled between getting a light or dark coloured couch FOREVER! Ideally, if I wasn’t accident prone I would’ve opted for a lighter colour but knowing how I am, I thought getting a darker colour, would be more practical. I ended up getting this  couch from Structube and ultimately, I’m happy with my decision.

Once I finalized the couch and creating the statement wall featuring the mirror, everything else came together rather easily. I’m not afraid of mixing  gold with silver so choosing the gold accent table that I opted for and putting it beside the mirror (which, I purchased from Ikea)made sense to me, aesthetically.

I decided to get a clear/glass coffee table to provide the illusion of more space, which I also think compliments the floor length mirror’s silver finishing. Christian ConfidentialWhat’s left? The carpet, accessories and art work. In regards to the carpet, I wanted something light in colour and felt good under the feet. Truthfully, I like this carpet but I’m also open to a carpet with more of a  silky/shine finish and may end up changing it later on.

In terms of accessories, which was probably my favourite stuff to pick out, I got a lot of them from H&M Home.  Naturally, being a fan of the brand for their diverse men’s offering, I was excited to see what they had in store for their home collection. From the cushions on the couch, to the decorations on the coffee table and candles and vases on the accent table – I was able to select them all from H&M!

Last but not least, the artwork on the wall. Sigh, they’re both from an artist that goes by the name Peytil who’s located in Sweden. I originally got these two prints for my flat in London and I just couldn’t leave them behind. I am beyond in love with them and in so many ways, I feel like they totally reflect my personality and complete the space. If you’re looking for something some art work to spice up your space, I’d recommend checking out his site as he has so many great options. The two that I got are titled; Matador and Jules – I also have my eyes on The Gemini print as well and he ships worldwide.

I hope that you guys like this post as much as I enjoyed putting my living room together! I’ll be back once, I’ve completed the whole space with a home tour – probably via Youtube though! Stay tuned for some fall fashion content coming soon and scroll down for more pics!

Christian 

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World Pride NYC with MasterCard!

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So, I’m back on the blog today coming off the high of being in New York for World Pride. Jay Strut and I had the pleasure of flying in for the weekend and participating in a few cool activations around the celebration, thanks to Mastercard!

Pride month has to be one of my favourite months of the year. It’s filled with so much positive energy, excitement and is an opportunity to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community’s history, current initiatives and future goals for equality and inclusivity.

On Saturday, Jay and I had the opportunity to attend Pride Island – which was like being at a music festival on a pier that began in the day and finished at night. The highlights for me from Pride Island were getting to see Teyana Taylor and the iconic Grace Jones perform. Another highlight was having full access to the Mastercard lounge where we were able to chill, charge our phones and recharge with a cocktail! As much as I loved watching the performances, crowds are definitely not my favourite thing so it was great to have an area that we could chill out at between performances and catch our breath.

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On Sunday, Jay and I attended Pride Fest, which was also a cool experience! It’s basically like a street party, with performances and brand activations happening throughout. We stopped by the Mastercard booth, which ended up being the highlight of the entire trip. I got to see one of my closest friends Jay get her FIRST EVER payment card with her chosen name on it! This might not be a big deal to everybody but for some members of the LGBTQ+ community this is major! To witness my friend beam with excitement and joy once her card was created was something else -I couldn’t have been happier!

Mastercard made this possible through its introduction of the True Name card, which calls on the industry to allow transgender and non-binary people in particular to have their chosen name on their personal debit, credit or prepaid card.

For me, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the month of Pride than with this experience. Even though this may not affect me personally, to see how big of an impact this moment had on one of my closest friends warms my heart. If there’s anything that I can always get behind, it’s the push for inclusivity!

Christian

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Lifestyle

The Perfect Stay: The Four Seasons

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Can you guys believe that it’s almost December 1st? Like where has the time gone! Over the last two months or so, I’d say that I’ve been busier than usual, which is definitely a good thing. With traveling, work and my personal life, I was definitely starting to feel a bit drained. Knowing that the upcoming month isn’t going to slow down I decided to have a short staycation  at one of my favourite hotels in the city, The Four Seasons.

I stayed in one of the hotels luxury suites and brought my younger cousin along to join in on the r&r. We went to the gym, ordered room service, visited a local lounge  and called it a night quite early (I had a shoot the next day with Perry Ellis).

This staycation was exactly what I needed. There’s nothing more relaxing than forgetting about your responsibilities for a day and just listening to what your body and mind needs every now and then.

As always, I took a few snaps for you guys to scroll through!

Christian

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What I’m Wearing

Cashmere-blend Coat – H&M Basic Tank – H&M | Wide-Leg Pants with Belt – H&M | Classic High Top SneakersSAINT LAURENT |
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Padded Jacket – H&M | Oversized HoodieVintage | Men’s Adidas Originals by AW Track Pants – Adidas | High-Top Sneakers ℅ - OFF WHITE |

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Lifestyle, Miami

Twenty-Something

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So… It’s officially been about a week since my birthday and let’s just say that I’m still thinking about how much fun it was. Every year I usually throw a big dinner or have a party of some sort but this year I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something low-key with a small group of people and just kind of go with the flow.  A few of my friends (Shayna, Jay and Vanessa) and I have been talking about how much fun it would be if we all went to Miami together one day, which spawned the idea of this birthday trip. We overpacked our carry-ons with swimsuits, workout gear and party outfits and hopped on an early morning flight to meet our good friends from New York in Miami for an unforgettable couple of days.

@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialIt’s crazy what great company, a beach, some champagne and good music can do for the soul. From start to finish, there was never a dull moment. The highlight moment for me on this trip had to be my birthday dinner at Zuma. The food was amazing, the service was great and the conversations left me feeling inspired and grateful. We spoke about personal goals, life, what we’re thankful for and what we’re looking to accomplish within the next year. Everyone was honest and so supportive of one another and to me that’s the beauty of life and great relationships.
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This was one of those trips that I’ll always look back on and cherish the memories that were created. The universe works in the most craziest of ways. A week before I left on this trip, I was fighting a lot of anxiety. I felt like no matter what I was doing, I wasn’t getting ahead in certain areas of my life. Fast forward to the end of this trip, I left with a total different perspective, a more positive outlook and feeling extremely blessed and grateful. I know that I have work to do in order to accomplish what I want to do in life and I think that this year will be all about change and advancement. It’s not going to be easy, I know that there will be uncomfortable moments but I’m ready to take the plunge and see what’s out there for me!

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I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that sent there wishes on or around my birthday – it truly does mean a lot! Thank you to my friends that made this trip what it was, thank you for just being you and allowing me to be the crazy person that I am haha!

As always, I snapped some photos along the way. I hope you guys enjoy these travel post, I’ll be back with some style post later this week!

Christian 
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Places we loved on this trip…

Stay – Grand Beach Hotel

To Eat – Carpaccio Komodo Soho Beach House | River Yacht Club

To Party – Liv Nightclub | Rockwell | Mokai | E11even King Of Diamonds

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The Perfect Sunday ft. Merchant Sons

@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialSince I started Christian Confidential (which seems like forever ago), my life has changed in so many ways. I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to work on some really cool projects, travel to places that I’ve only dreamed of and build some really great friendships along the way. That being said, when you’re running your own business it’s very easy to get caught up in all of the day-to-day tasks that you never really get a chance to ‘clock out’ from work. Over time, I’ve learned that this type of living is not sustainable and sooner than later you’ll end up burning out. It’s a tricky balance to try and grasp, especially if you’re a control freak (ahem meeee) and want to be involved in everything!

 Three years ago, I spent a few months abroad living in Paris and really took a liking to their ‘way of living’. My favourite day of the week out there always happened to be Sunday. The energy of the city was different, there was a very ‘laid back’, ‘do things on your own time’ type of vibe that I loved. Since being back in Toronto, I’ve attempted to integrate that same ‘way of living’ as much as I can into my own life. Sunday is the one day for me, where I can wake up late (guilt-free) and put no real pressure on myself to complete things.

My friends over at Merchant Sons, a new home decor retailer based out of Toronto, Canada asked me to describe what the ‘perfect Sunday‘ looks like to me and instead of just telling them, I decided to take them along with me (and you guys, of course).

@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialLike I mentioned earlier, on Sunday I do as little or as much as I want. I may stay in bed until 11:00am and watch the latest release on Netflix (Chewing Gum, anyone?) or flip through magazines. I may go to the gym or I may go for a run through the city. I might meet up with the boys and grab brunch or an early dinner, or I might go catch a movie on my own.

For me, Sunday’s are about things being easy, which is also what I love about Merchant Sons. They create practical things that we all use on a regular basis with a mantra in mind of making life easier. Whether it’s cozy bedding sets, scented candles, blankets or pillows they’re all made to look great, provide comfort and support your lifestyle!

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In collaboration with Merchant Sons, my team and I put together a little video + photos, giving you guys a glimpse into what a typical Sunday can look like for me. The main message that I want you guys to take away from this post is to always make time for yourself. As important as it is to work hard to achieve and attain the things that you want it’s just as important to recharge, reflect and relax.

Christian
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What’s In My Place

Complete Bed Set | Towel Set | Sweatshirt Cushions | Sweatshirt Blanket | Scented Candles

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Film by Tin Mantra Productions for Christian Confidential

Photography by Christian Thompson & Sean O’Neill for Christian Confidential

Friends featured in the film: Jason Oliveira and Daniel Hundertmark

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Lifestyle, Toronto

Views // Lavelle

christian confidential | christian thompsonEarlier this week, I took some much needed ‘social time’ to catch up with my friend Jaime over lunch at Toronto’s hot spot, Lavelle. I find it crazy how even though I’m not able to meet up with my friends as often as I’d like, whenever I do, it’s like nothing changed – I love that! Jaime and I fully caught up on life over a few glasses of rosé (obsessed with anything rosé  at the moment), delicious food (the agnolotti pasta is a must try) and one of the best views of Toronto, in my opinion. I snapped a few pics as always for you guys below!

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Lunch At Planta

christian confidential | Planta At the beginning of 2017, I told myself that I would be more open to trying different types of foods and restaurants. Not to say that I’m a picky eater or anything, it’s just that usually when I find a restaurant or two that I like, those naturally become my go-to’s. That being said, the other day I decided to check out a fairly new restaurant located right outside of Yorkville called, Planta. It’s an upscale vegan restaurant known for it’s very well curated menu. I’ve heard good things about it so I was excited to check it out and see if it held up to its hype. My friends Shayna and Jay came along and we definitely had a great time!  We decided to just order a bunch of things and share. The highlights for me, were the crab cakes and the cauliflower tots! Check out some images, I snapped below xo!

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Lifestyle, Street Style

New Year // Same Vibe


christian thompson | christian confidentialHi bb’s – I hope that 2017 is off to a great start for ya! It’s crazy to me how time just keeps flying by, I can barely keep up haha! I promised myself that this year, I’m going to continue to push boundaries in all areas of my life especially the blog. I have this rule that I placed on myself that doesn’t allow me to do the same thing that I did last year unless it’s done on a bigger scale. That being said, this year will be no exception, I really want to do dope shit and challenge myself to continuously grow creatively. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that I’m excited and nervous to share with you guys within the upcoming months, so be patient with me.

Also, I wanna just say a huge thank you to you all for continuing to stick by me! Nowadays EVERYONE is an influencer or blogger or whatever you wanna call me, and I hope that you guys know that I appreciate each and every one of you – let’s live out our dreams this year!
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 What I’m Wearing

Baseball Bomber Jacket – EXPRESS | Cotton Zip Front Hoodie – EXPRESS | Black Skinny Fit Denim  – EXPRESS | Hi-Top Sneakers (old) – AXEL ARIGATO |

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Grooming, Lifestyle

The Key To Confidence

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Recently, I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine about confidence. He was asking me for a few tips on how he could build his own and where I get mine from. After discussing it with him for a while, I really took in how significant of a role confidence plays in our lives. There are numerous ways to build confidence but for me, I’m the most confident when I feel and look my best. I teamed up with Philips on a cool project to showcase what a’ Day In My Life’ looks like and how having a  Multigroom 5000 contributes to the confidence that I need to pursue my passions.

I’ve always lived my life with the optimism that everything can change in a moment – it’s literally been the driving factor that has kept me somewhat sane haha! When I’ve been in a bad place in my life, I’d remind myself that it’ll pass and when everything is going really well it also reminds to appreciate the moment. That being said, you never know what might happen, or who you’ll meet on any given day so it’s important to try and put your best self out there as consistently as possible.

You’ll rarely (and I mean rarely) catch me with a clean shaven face or a full blown beard, I’m the guy that likes scruff but not too much scruff (I’m picky, I know haha). It’s important to have a  good shaver in your arsenal to clean up those random hairs and trim your beard when it’s getting too long (or your barber isn’t available) . That’s what I like about the Multigroom 5000, it provides you with good trimming level options, it has turbo power boost (cuts down shaving time) and makes you feel like you’re in total control.

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A good chunk of my work involves being in front of the camera and interacting with people, so having a well groomed face is pretty important for me. It might sound trivial to some people but it’s one less thing that I have to worry about and one more thing that makes me feel better about myself.

We shot this lifestyle video over the course of two days to give you guys a glimpse into what a regular day can consist of for me. Check it out below and I hope that you guys like it!

Learn more details about the Philips Multigroom 5000 here.

Until next time,

Christian

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