Hi guys, I hope that life has been treating you well these days. I’m definitely still on a high from my trip to Paris. It’s my third time traveling to this beautiful city and I must admit that every time I visit, I fall more & more in love. I feel like everyone has a place in the world that makes them feel extra special inside, and for me, it’s Paris!
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to head out to New York City for the global launch of the NMD sneakers by Adidas Originals. Two days in Soho, learning about kicks, a party and having free time to explore my surroundings sounds like the perfect Break From Toronto,to me. New York is that magical city where no matter how many times you visit there will always be something new to discover. The NMD shoe was inspired by street culture and New York was the perfect place to launch it. Whenever I search for street style inspiration the first two places that come to mind are New York and Paris. The NMD was designed for the the wanderer, the urban traveler, someone that appreciates the old but is always looking for what’s next. I don’t know about you but it sounds like these sneakers were made for our generation. This is the first release from the NMD series and from the looks of it, things are about to get real LIT. Check out some of my favourite snaps and a few of my recommendations next time you’re visiting Soho.
Stay: The Roxy Hotel | Exercise: SoulCycle | Lunch: Sanctuary T | Dinner: Stanton Social (the chicken & waffles are so good)|Drinks: NOMO SOHO (great atmosphere) | Photography by: Shayna Desir & Christian Thompson for ChristianConfidential.com
Until next time,
It’s December 1st and as I sit down and write this travel post, I must say that the last half of this year has truly been a blessed one. One of the things that I love about being a blogger is that it opens doors to opportunities that can sometimes be life changing. Last month I got the opportunity to travel to the island of Tobago and learn a little bit about their lifestyle and fashion.
The great people at Fashion Vanguard invited us down to check out their inaugural fashion buyers exhibition. This exhibition showcased 9 reputable designers with roots from the island.
I, of course had my favourites and gravitated towards more of your staples/essentials from a brand titled I Say U Clothing. It’s cool to see what works in regards to fashion in other parts of the world and it’s even cooler to see the influence of different cultures reflected in the garments. Linen (for it’s breathability, I’m sure) was a common fabric used throughout a lot of the featured designers especially the menswear line, Millhouse. Neoprene, which is one of my favourite materials this year was very well displayed throughout some of the womenswear designers such as, Lush Kingdom. Photography by: Vitina Blumenthal for ChristianConfidential.comAfter taking in all the dope fashion, it was time to get a taste of the Tobago lifestyle. Beautiful weather, friendly people and great food (I tried shark for the first time), I’m not really sure what else I could’ve asked for. We spent some time at Pigeon Point beach, partied at the infamous ‘Shade’ nightclub and relaxed by the pool at our villa. All in all, this was a great experience and Tobago is filled with hidden gems and treasure both in fashion and lifestyle. If you’re looking for a destination to unwind and reflect, Tobago is a destination to consider. A special thank you to everyone that made our stay what it was especially; Jamilia, Karen, Kery & Kevon.
Until next time,
There’s nothing that I love more than travelling, except maybe travelling with close friends! This year has definitely been one for the books. It’s the year that I’ve taken the most risks, rediscovered myself as a single person, and felt the most pressure to make things happen for me professionally! That being said, at the end of last month it was time to put away my laptop and unwind for a few days. My friends, Shayna and Vanessa who have both been working uber hard thought that it would be dope to go on a mini getaway and celebrate life, explore another city and catch some sun. Chosen Destination: Miami Stay: Thompson Miami Beach Our Go-to’s: Soho House, Lincoln Road, Bodega South Beach Breakfast: La Provence Dinner: Cecconi’s Miami Nightlife: LIV on Sunday (obviously)!
The thing that I love about Miami is that it’s like those ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books that you used to read when you were a kid. You can do ‘the most’ or as ‘little’ as you’d like and still have a great time. We opted for something in between the two extremes and legit, never had a dull moment! If you’re looking for a quick getaway, I’d move Miami up to the top of your list.
I love to travel, whether it’s a short trip to Miami with friends or a whirlwind adventure to Europe, I’m always down! With that being said, I don’t know about you but packing and making sure that I have everything before I head to the airport sometimes gives me anxiety. Did I bring the right amount of outfits? Am I overpacking? Did I remember to bring my passport? Ugh…It’s a lot! I’ve put together a little travel essential list to at least help you remember to pack these items as for me, they’re crucial.
Fashion week is about to wrap up in Toronto and as if that wasn’t enough fashion for me, I’m headed to Trinidad & Tobago to take in even more. My friends over at Fashion Vanguard have invited me to take a peak into their Buyer’s Exhibition this weekend and learn about the culture and lifestyle of Tobago. You guys know I’m a wanderer so I’ll be taking in as much of the experience and sharing it with you all on the blog and via social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat)!
Stay tuned & talk soon!
A little over a week ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Portland, Oregon to visit Nike headquarters. If you’re a true enthusiast of the brand, visiting headquarters also known as campus is a pretty big deal. This is where all the big decisions get made, products get tested, innovations are perfected, and athletes like Lebron James come to have their meetings.
I got the chance to explore campus and visit the buildings and facilities that are all named after prominent people affiliated with the brand such as; Tiger Woods, Bo Jackson and everyones favourite Michael Jordan. Not only was I able to explore headquarters I got to sit in and learn about Nike’s commitment to revolutionizing the sport of Lacrosse.Even though Lacrosse is Canada’s national sport, I didn’t really know too much about it as I was committed to other sports in high school. After listening to various lacrosse players like Kara Cannizzaro and the Thompson Brothers, I learned that the sport takes a lot of finesse, agility and speed. Right now, I’ve been participating in the brands ‘Find Your Fast’ challenge which is all about being a faster and smarter runner. Therefore hearing about how important speed is in the sport of Lacrosse was pretty cool.Myself along with a few other media outlets got to see the current apparel, footwear and equipment offerings that Nike has available for the sport + see the unveiling of the new Huarache V cleats inspired by athlete Jeremy Thompson.All in all, visiting campus + learning about the brands commitment to elevating the sport of Lacrosse was a really cool experience. It definitely opened my eyes and interest to the sport and gave me a glimpse into how much work it takes to be great at it. Take a look through some of the photos that I snapped along the way and shoot me an email to let me know if you’d give the sport a shot… I’m not going to lie the shoes alone had me ready to sign up!
It’s official, I am now another year older and hopefully a little wiser. Last weekend was definitely filled with a lot of love, laughter and positive vibes all around. The night before my birthday (June 18th), I decided to host a little get together for a few friends. We nibbled on charcuterie and cheese boards, sipped on Freixenet Cava, stayed hydrated with Boxed Water and danced to only the best trap music.. Fetty Wap anyone?! At midnight we made a quick toast & kept the party going. I honestly don’t think that there’s a better way to ring in your birthday than being surrounded by a beautiful group of friends, old and new. Yashana R, Asia F, Christina P, Alexander L, Sasha E, Zineb S, Stace G, Shayna D, Salina G, Justine & Daniel H.
My friends at General Motors gave me crimson red wheels for the weekend!
On my actual birthday, I decided to keep it low key and dedicated the day to taking care of myself (gym, spa, healthy eating and a good night sleep). It’s exactly what I needed to be ready for the adventures that I would get up to on Saturday.After shooting the ‘Live Beautifully’ – The Lifestyle Series Pt. 2 a few weeks back a few of my friends and I have been itching to head back out to Niagara-on-the-Lake to visit some more wineries. An amazing opportunity came up to not only visit a winery but attend the 3rd annual Niagara Wine Festival Tailgate Party. The Christian Confidential team & friends packed our day bags, buckled up and headed out to our first stop, Mike Weir Winery courtesy of Buick Canada in the 2015, Enclave. A crowd favourite for the roomy interior and the OnStar capabilities, which may have saved us from getting lost once or twice.
Mike Weir Winery is definitely a special place – beautiful space, great wine, delicious food (you NEED to try their fries) and an amazing view. We enjoyed bottles of their Underdog wine as well as their Vinyāsa wine, which is a great choice if you’re looking for something low in calories.
After spending a relaxing afternoon on the Mike Weir patio, we were off to our next destination, The Niagara Wine Festival Tailgate Party. My friends and I weren’t really sure what to expect at this event but trust me when I say we were all glad we came out to play. An array of food, wine and culture, there was something for everyone. The party took place in a vineyard and hosted approximately 700 people. . A special thank you to Kimberly Hundertmark for the amazing hospitality that evening.
After the tailgate party we spent the rest of the night in Niagara Falls, eating cotton candy and ice cream sandwiches while taking in the falls. It was the perfect ending to an amazing day. The highlight for me this weekend was being able to see my friends old and new come together and experiencing this with me. I’m all about creating memories through experiences and this past weekend allowed me to create new ones with people that I love. On that note, I’m looking forward to what 26 has to offer!
I’m uber excited to present the second instalment of my #LiveBeautifully lifestyle series in collaboration with Lacoste. If you’ve been following along via social media you already know that part two’s highlighted focus is, the importance of travel. Over the last few years, I have been fortunate to be given certain opportunities that have allowed me to travel and I can honestly say that every time I’ve gone away, I’ve come back a better person. Whether it be that I’ve learned something new, found a new source of inspiration or have become more open minded to a foreign subject, I always gain something of substance.
A lot of people make the excuse that they don’t have time to travel and that’s understandable to a certain extent but I wanted to showcase how travelling doesn’t always have to be a big production . It could be as simple as getting into a car by yourself or with friends and heading on a road trip. Maybe it’s for the weekend or even just for the day, sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to allow yourself to refuel and recharge.
This was my first time driving a car from the ‘Buick family’ and I have to say it won’t be my last. I’m not the biggest car guy and I won’t pretend that I know everything about them but one thing I do know is how smooth of a ride the Regal proved to be. Our car had all the bells and whistles, including OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, which everybody loved. My friends and I were able to stream songs off of Youtube and do some social media stuff on our ipads while being on the road. It’s something that you may not even think of but having that feature totally elevated our driving experience!As soon as we arrived in Jordan, Ontario we were ready to explore. It’s a small community with casual restaurants, spas and super friendly people. We ended up checking out what is probably one of the main reasons why people visit this town, Cave Spring Cellars. I was introduced to the brand approximately 3 years ago and have been an avid supporter ever since. Getting the chance to not only visit the winery but learn a little bit of the history behind the company + being able to share this experience with two of my friends, is what living beautifully is all about. Our gracious host DeeDee has been working with the brand for approximately 11 years and proved to be very knowledgeable not only about the brand but the wine industry as a whole. Daniel, Gordon & I got the chance to taste test various wines from their catalogue and pair them with mini dishes that really brought out the flavours and aromas of each wine. If you ever find yourself in Jordan, visiting Cave Spring Cellars is a must. Make sure to also pick up a bottle of their Dolomite wine (it was the crowd favourite), which is only available for purchase at their winery/store front.Take a look at the video my creative partner Silvex produced from our experience!
I couldn’t talk about living beautifully even if the focus is on travel and not mention fashion. As important as I think traveling is, what you decide to wear while travelling is just as important. I always take three things into consideration when it comes to what I’m wearing/packing for a getaway; style, versatility and comfort. I always try to be prepared for whatever may come my way while being away from home. I tend to lean towards bringing more of my classic/staple pieces i.e; polos, layering tees, a clean pair of sneakers or two and at least one cool accessory. A good example of an item that checks off all boxes are the shoes that Daniel chose to wear, the ‘Misano Sport’ from Lacoste’s Spring Summer 2015 collection. They’re a classic colour with premium leather on the upper body, they can be easily paired with a variety of outfits and provide enough support to be able to be worn all day. For us, this was only a one day getaway but for longer trips, I definitely suggest using this checklist so that you don’t overpack or even worse under-pack.‘Misano Sport‘ – Lacoste SS15 – Photography By: Shayna DesirI think that we live in a world where we always feel the need to be doing something and because of that we forget to make time for ourselves and or things that we really enjoy. Everyone has their own idea of what a good time is but I’ve never heard someone say they don’t enjoy traveling. I am aware of the positive effects that traveling has had on my life, personally and professionally and its something that I highly recommend. There is so much out there in the world to see and do, even in our own backyard. Remember, travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer! Until next time.
In the month of October I got the chance to spend a few days in one of my favourite cities, New York. Knowing-beforehand that it was going to be a short getaway I had a very short but important to do list while being there. 1. A quick visit to Barney’s – who am I kidding, there was nothing quick about it, I was in heaven! 2. A short walk to the New York Public Library – ever since I watched “Sex And The City” the movie and Carrie referenced the library as ” The classic New York landmark that housed all the great love stories”, I’ve been obsessed with it. I’m a little bit of a hopeless romantic and something about that line has just stuck with me…sigh. 3. The Jeff Koons ‘A Retrospective’ exhibit that was being held at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art. Luckily for me, I was staying at the Waldorf hotel which was coincidently walking distance from all of my ‘Must Visits’.
The Jeff Koons exhibit was breathtaking.. I was there during the closing weekend of the exhibit which may have made the energy in the museum that much more exhilarating. The Exhibit covered pretty much every floor of the museum except one. It housed everything from his early works to his most recent. The thing that I love about his work is that it can be enjoyed by everyone.. children, teenagers and adults it transcends age and in some way bridges the gap between different generations especially with his Celebration Series. Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the showcase – I hope you guys enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. xo #TravelWithChristian
The Balloon Dog (Yellow) – which is from his Celebration Series has to be my favourite from the exhibit. Koons derived inspiration from his personal life when it came to this piece specifically. His son was heading back to Rome which would enable them from consistent contact with one another and in order to show his son that he was always thinking of him he created this piece.
Katy?! Katy Perry…Is that you?! I had to do a double look!
The Gazing Ball – represents an act of generosity … | & I obviously couldn’t leave out Michael & Bubbles (1988)
I’m not really sure why but this advertisement spoke to me in comparison to his other work in the same category. The only thing that I can say is that this image is very different from the type of advertisement that I would’ve imagined for a brand like Hennessy to have commissioned in a good way though.Popeye – I couldn’t resist!