Hi guys, I’m back on the blog today to share a cool travel post and contest that I’ve partnered on with Marriott International in celebration of Canada’s big 150! Marriott International decided to team up with a few canadian bloggers and have them visit various cities across the country to explore and take in some of Canada’s most known and hidden gems. For me, coincidentally, I was asked to visit Ottawa, which is actually my hometown so I was more than happy to participate. I’ll be sharing more about my favourite places to visit and things to do in a later post but for now I’ll be giving you guys a glimpse into my stay at The Westin (a hotel apart of the Marriott International family), and giving you guys the details on how you can potentially stay here as well by entering Marriott’s Epic Canada Adventure Sweepstake!
Whenever I’m looking for a hotel to stay at in a new city, I always pay close attention to the location. Is it central, is it easy to get to, is it safe, are there good restaurants close by etc.. If you’re like me, then the Westin is perfect for you. It’s centrally located, easy to catch a cab, tons of tourist attractions nearby and has good restaurants (The Shore Club is located inside the hotel) and shopping literally steps away (Nordstrom anyone?!).
When designing my experience at the Westin, I wanted to make sure that I got to experience the best that they had to offer. I ended up staying in a beautiful Junior Suite that had floor to ceiling windows aka a lot of natural light and the perfect view of the Parliament. The Westin hotel is all about making sure their guests move, feel, work and play well. Whether you’re looking for healthy food options, spa services, dinner recommendations (the concierge staff was so helpful), a proper gym (they have two and a pool), or comfortable meeting space, the Westin has it all covered! Additional perks of staying at this hotel, is that they have a run club that guests are encouraged to participate in and car service (sponsored by Cadillac) that you can have access to when booking certain suites.
Now, let’s talk about this contest – Marriott’s Epic Canada Adventure Sweepstakes! The contest launches today (June, 22nd) and will be open for four weeks. All you have to do to enter is visit Marriott Canada or SPG Canada. There will be a total of 5 contest winners from Canada and the United States, 3 of which will win ‘epic’ adventures at Marriott Canada locations and 2 will win ‘epic’ adventures at Starwood Canada locations. What’s included in these ‘epic’ adventures? Flight and accommodations for the contest winner and a guest, $1000.00 CAD spending money and a complimentary experience/activity.
I’ll be crossing my fingers for you guys, good luck!
If you’ve been on social media over the last few days I’m sure you’ve seen the buzz surrounding the May 1st digital release of one of the biggest movies of the year, 50 Shades of Grey. Well I’ve teamed up with Universal Pictures to not only give a few of my lucky readers the chance to win a DVD package of the movie, (which is available in stores May 8th) but also to give you guys an idea on how you can celebrate bringing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s home.
As I’m sure a lot of you all know, I tend to lean more on the romantic side of the spectrum, so for me, this was a cool project to work on. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way than to treat yourself or your lover to a romantic night in, that’ll get you in the mood for the steamy romance of Christian and Anastasia.
I’m a visual person so I’ve put together a few photos and a short video clip to give you guys an idea of how you can have the perfect night in..
To recreate this experience yourself, here’s a list of the items that I used:
Champagne – Whenever I’m treating myself, champagne is always included in the equation. Maybe I’m childish but the bubbles always make me smile uncontrollably .
Red Roses – I’ve never met a person that didn’t feel special when they received a bouquet of roses. Put them in a vase beside your champagne and snacks or sprinkle the petals around to give you more of a romantic feel.
Bath Bomb- Every now and then, who doesn’t like a good soak in the tub? La Vanille from Bathorium is definitely one of my go-to bath bombs.
Candles- It’s all about being committed, candles not only help you relax but sets the vibe of the evening.
Chocolate - You’ll need something to snack on while you’re watching #FiftyShades of Grey and Godiva chocolates are honestly one my favourites!
I hope that this post gave you a few ideas on how you can celebrate your night in with 50 Shades of Grey. If you’d like to win a copy of the movie, look out for a special post on my Instagram later today and tag a friend that you know will be watching the movie too!
The holiday season is well underway and if you’re anything like me you’re probably rummaging through your closet trying to find things to wear for all of those holiday parties. My friends at Forever 21 asked me to put together what I would consider the perfect “holiday party” outfit, and this is what I came up with. Black denim, an oxford shirt, tie, a velveteen blazer & light brown accessories. Feeling comfortable and on trend are two important factors when I consider what to wear and this look checks off both of those boxes. Opting for black denim instead of dress pants keeps me in my comfort zone and deciding to make the highlight of my outfit the velveteen blazer keeps me on trend with almost every holiday collection out there.
What I’m Wearing
Velveteen Blazer – FOREVER21 | Oxford Collared Shirt – FOREVER21 | Clean Wash Skinny Jeans – FOREVER21| Grey Pattern Tie – VINTAGE |Tanned -Brown Leather Shoes – LACOSTE
Forever 21 & Christian Confidential want to help YOU look your best this holiday season so we’re giving away a $150.00 gift card! The contest is super easy all you have to do is:
1. Follow both Forever 21 and Christian Confidential on Instagram
2. Comment underneath the photo below on Instagram with the item you want to unwrap the most from Forever 21’s Holiday shop!
The contest will run from December, 9th 2014 until December, 16 2014 & the winner will be announced via Instagram!
***Contest is open to Canadians only excluding Quebec. ***
Ps.. Toronto readers, cant get enough Forever 21?! The brand has 3 new locations for you to shop at this holiday season Yorkdale, Dufferin & Square One mall
Christian Confidential & Forever 21 want to send you ‘Back 2 School’ in Style this fall with a $150.00 CAD gift card. All you have to do is:
1. Follow both @ChristianConfidential & @Forever21 on Instagram!
2. Comment on this photo on my Instagram account & tell us what YOU want from Forever 21’s Back To School Collection!
For some inspiration here are a few of my favourite pieces to help you make a fashion statement this fall.
Men - Zippered Drawstring Hoodie Women – Drapey Batwing Cardigan
*This contest is only open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) and runs from Tuesday, August 12th 2014 until Tuesday, August 19th 2014 11:59pm Eastern Time. The winner will be announced Wednesday, August 20th 2014 on Instagram.
It’s the second week of August which means two things here in Toronto; 1 – there’s only a few ‘good’ weather weeks left for us & 2 – it’s time to start thinking about your fall wardrobe. The thing I love the most about fall is being able to add levels to your outfits effortlessly through layering. I tend to start my fall shopping by purchasing the basics first; sweaters, sweatshirts, basic tees, the standard pants & denim for the season. This style post I did with Forever 21 will give you a little bit of insight of how I’ll be building my outfits this fall.
What I’m Wearing
Zippered Drawstring Hoodie – FOREVER 21 | Colour-blocked Cotton Tee Shirt –FOREVER 21 | Jack Purcell (old) – CONVERSE | Khaki Joggers – FOREVER21 | New York Yankees Fitted – NEW ERA | Colour-blocked Drawstring Canvas Bag – FOREVR21
I’m very pleased to announce that “The Brunch Fixe” presented by Christian Confidential and Lacoste Canada last Sunday was a huge success! The event took place at Smith Restaurant in downtown, Toronto and guests enjoyed a pre-fixe menu, great music and amazing company. Those who were in attendance also got a chance to get an exclusive preview of the Lacoste Spring/Summer 2015 footwear line.
Missed the second instalment of “The Brunch Fixe” series? Check out the video for a glimpse of what went down.
As part of my collaboration with Lacoste, I’ve styled some Spring/Summer Lacoste essential looks with items from the brand’s new Miami Collection at the Lacoste Yorkdale flagship store.
Want an opportunity to win a $100 gift card and a pair of kicks? Head to Lacoste Yorkdale (or a location nearest you), snap a photo of your favourite item and post it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #LacosteGiveaway for a chance to win. Contest runs from Friday June 13th, 2014 to Friday June 20th, 2014 and open to Ontario residents only.
Good luck guys & I can’t wait to see your favourite picks!
CONTEST RULES:*No purchase necessary. Limited to one chance to win per customer. The prize is one Lacoste gift card of $100 and one pair of footwear ( Retail value of up to $250). The total prize value is $350. You have one chance of winning out of 356 entries. Contest ends at 12:59pm on June 20, 2014. The selected winner will have to correctly answer an unaided, time limited, mathematical skill-testing question in order to win their prize. The winning participant will be contacted by Christian Confidential within 24-48 hrs. Upon receiving the complete mailing address, Pentland Canada INC will send the prize by mail. This contest is in no way administered by Pentland Canada Inc. and/or Devanlay Canada. The organizer is not associated with Pentland Canada Inc or Devanlay Canada in any way, except as sponsors of the LacosteGiveaway in collaboration with Christian Confidential. Pentland Canada Inc nor Devanlay Canada cannot be held responsible for any matter pertaining to the contest. The information provided by the entrants to this contest are collected by the organizer, not Pentland Canada Inc. or Devanlay Canada. Devanlay, its agents, and their respective suppliers, employees, representatives or mandatories, and the persons with whom they are domiciled, may not enter the contest. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.