If there’s one thing torontonians don’t take for granted, it’s summer! Whether it’s soaking up the sun by a pool, running along Lakeshore or hanging out on a patio, trust me we’re all over it! The other day, my friend Jaime and I met up for lunch to catch up on life and decided to check out Colette Grand Café. Colette’s been a go-to for me for a while now and honestly, I can’t see it changing anytime soon! I’ve been obsessed with sea food recently (more than usual) so oysters were a must along with the Poulet Á La Créole & a few cocktails. Check out some images I snapped below of our hang out! Thanks Colette as always for the great hospitality!
Apparently I can’t get enough of the french language in my life. Fresh off my return from Paris, last week I hopped on a plane to Montreal, Quebec for a futuristic soirée titled, #ALTcourt. #ALTcourt (Alternative Court) was the kick-off party for the Rogers Cup produced by National Bank. It was an edgy, yet trendy party celebrating both fashion and lifestyle. Being that the Rogers Cup takes place in both Toronto and Montreal, the National Bank team flew out 12 Toronto influencers to get the full #ALTcourt experience! Great music, beautiful people, dope art installations and curated cocktails equals, a great night! If you were following along on my Snapchat (CC.Christian), you got to see IRL (In Real Time) how much fun the evening was. If not, no worries – check out the photos & video below to get a glimpse into the fun-filled evening!
One of the main things that I love about having my blog is the ability to look back at some of the milestones or experiences that I’ve had in life thus far. As I’m sure you guys have noticed, I take a more personal approach to the content that I create – treating each blog post more of like an online journal entry. Coming close to the end of my content from Paris, I wanted to share with you guys something that I’ve been practising for quite some time now when it comes to how I live my life.
If there’s anything that I’ve learned over the last few years, is that nothing in life is guaranteed. 5 years ago, I was a recent college graduate, fell in love for the first time and had a clear picture of what my future would look like both personally and professionally. As the years went by, the same “clear picture” of my what future would look like became less clear, until it wasn’t visible at all. I wasn’t doing anything with my education, I broke up with my first love, and I felt lost in every way possible.
*** side note *** I’m a gemini so I feel things more than most people. My highs are the highest and my lows are the lowest (trust me… I wish I was being dramatic).
Fast forward to the present day, I use the knowledge that I learned from college regularly, I get to do what I love on a daily basis and have found a more positive perspective on life than I ever thought possible… how? – Gratitude!
Gratitude -the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Instead of focusing on the negatives that were happening in my life, I started honing in on the positives. Every morning I would wake up and say out loud 5 things that I was thankful for (health, a roof over my head, new underwear, 5 extra minutes of sleep – you name it. It suddenly made me more appreciative of everything that I had in my life, which helped me attract even more! One of my best friends/photographer Shayna and I were having a heart to heart, on one of our last nights in Paris. At one point we looked at each other and said damn, we’re having a moment, while drinking wine on a terrace in Paris – the universe is good! We’re both not necessarily where we want to be in life, and life might not be what we initially pictured it to be but we’re on the right path and for that, we’re thankful! I truly believe that acknowledging the blessings that come into your life (big or small) and being optimistic in unfavourable situations will always lead you to a brighter outcome!
Thank you guys for reading – this was a long one for me!
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of collaborating on a cool men’s training initiative with Adidas Canada. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you already know how much of an integral role fitness plays in my lifestyle. I’m very competitive when it comes to sports and working out (blame it on the countless years of running track and playing football) – so when it comes to the type of workout gear that I wear, I want it to be the best. Recently, I was introduced to a new pair of men’s training shoes by Adidas called the Pure Boost ZG‘s and I’m not going to lie, they’re pretty bad ass! They’ve got just the right amount of boost technology to keep you feeling light on your feet and stable enough to react to quick movements.
I invited a few of my boys to come out and put these kicks to the test during a high intensity training session. My personal trainer, Adam Reynolds and co-founder of Catalyst Health curated a crazy circuit for us to complete including the use of weights, medicine balls, rowing machines, Airdyne bikes, Woodway treadmills & much more! To say that this training session was a tough one is an understatement but at the end of it we were all happy that we pushed through it! In regards to the apparel and footwear, they held up to the hype that I shared with the guys before the session. To see more of what went down during the bootcamp, my team put together a little video for you to take a look at below!
Until next time,
What We’re Wearing
photography by Shayna Desir & video by Alexander Kim for Christian Confidential.com
Last month, I had the pleasure of hosting a cocktail party for Armani Exchange! There’s nothing that I love more than a crisp glass of bubbly, fashion, music and good company. I love collaborating with cool brands that are always trying to keep things fresh and stay ahead of the game. Armani Exchange‘s latest collection definitely showcases those attributes and has something for even the most pickiest fashion enthusiast to fall in love with. I wanted to find an outfit that was a happy medium between dressing up and being super casual, which is what I think overall is the vibe of the brand. I opted for a pair of slim fit denim, a navy blazer and a floral sweater, which I absolutely fell in love with! The Christian Confidential team was all over this event and made a little video for you to get a glimpse into what went down that evening – check it out below!
Thank you to everyone that came out and helped us celebrate the brands latest collection!
Christian What I’m Wearing
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It’s been a little while since I’ve last posted, please forgive me! It’s all been for good reasons though, I’ve got a lot of cool projects coming up that I’m very excited to share with you guys, I just want it to be perfect when I do. That being said, let’s get to the topic at hand of this blog post… don’t settle. This is something that we hear very often but let’s be honest it’s a lot easier said than done, especially in the realm of love!
I’m on a beautiful twisted journey, that I have no control of xx – That’s a recent quote that I posted on social media that really resonates with me in regards to how I feel about life right now. Over the last few months, consciously and subconsciously I’ve been doing a lot of self discovery and soul searching. I’ve been exploring different ways to create a deeper connection with the universe, myself, and those closest to me. It’s been interesting, frustrating, exciting and intimidating all at the same time. Last week I decided that I needed to get out of the city for a few days and just have some quality time to myself. I chose Miami, Florida as my destination… it’s close by, it’s familiar and for me there’s nothing more calming than the beach and warm weather. The time away was exactly what I needed, from the moment I arrived to my last evening in the sunshine state, the universe continuously sent me signs that strengthened my recent discoveries. It was a magical experience that I can’t even properly describe with words and maybe that’s just how it’s supposed to be. I don’t want to get too much into details about my discoveries as of yet but incase you guys are going through something similar I’d encourage you guys to explore those feelings. Don’t brush them off and think things will just get better, those feelings will come back and it’s the universe’s way of telling you to dig deeper, usually within yourself. Ask yourself questions like what makes you happy, what makes you feel fulfilled, what are you passionate about, are you pursuing your purpose? Be prepared to answer those questions honestly and to explore why you’ve come to those conclusions. On a side note, one thing that I do want to share is that if you can, try traveling alone. I almost forgot how liberating and powerful it can be. Going to a new place in the world where nobody knows you and you have to do everything on your own helps build your confidence and self-esteem like nothing else.
Out with the old and in with the new… clothes that is! Spring is finally here and with the arrival of the new season, it’s time to slowly but surely lose those heavy parkas and knitted sweaters and start replacing them with lighter more breathable clothing! With that being said, you’re probably in the market to add some new pieces to your wardrobe. Hudson’s Bay just launched their spring look book featuring a carefully curated selections of brands to match the most stylish of men’s aesthetic. I’ve recently partnered with the brand to highlight and style a few pieces from their portfolio to give you guys a little style inspiration! Continue Reading…