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Automobiles, Lifestyle, Niagara On The Lake, Travel

Birthday Weekend Recap

Christian 2.6 | Birthday RecapChristian 2.6 | Birthday RecapIt’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.Christian 2.6 | Birthday RecapChristian 2.6 | Birthday Recap  Yashana R, Asia F, Christina P, Alexander L, Sasha E, Zineb S, Stace G, Shayna D, Salina G, Justine & Daniel H.

Christian 2.6 | Birthday RecapMy 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.Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetChristian 2.6 | Birthday RecapAfter 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.

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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.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetChristian 2.6 | Birthday RecapProcessed with VSCOcam with c8 presetAfter 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.

Christian 2.6 | Birthday RecapChristian 2.6 | Birthday RecapChristian 2.6 | Birthday RecapProcessed with VSCOcam with c8 presetAfter 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!

Christian

Live Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian Confidential
Automobiles, Niagara On The Lake, Travel

Live Beautifully – The Lifestyle Series Pt. 2

Live Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialI’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.

Live Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialWith the help of Lacoste and my friends at General Motors I picked up my friends Daniel and Gordon and went off on a road trip to Jordan, Ontario, in the 2015 Buick Regal.

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!Live Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialLive Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialAs 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.Live Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialTake a look at the video my creative partner Silvex produced from our experience!

 

Live Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian Confidential

Live Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialI 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.Live Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialLive Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialMisano Sport‘ – Lacoste SS15 – Photography By: Shayna DesirLive Beautifully Pt.2 | Christian ConfidentialI 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.

Christian

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