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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
@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialFor more information on Merchant Sons, visit them here!

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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Street Style

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@CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL @CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIALSo… it legit feels like it’s been forever since I’ve last posted but here I am with some new material for you guys! Last week I was working on a cool lifestyle project with a Toronto based home interior company (Merchant Sons) that allowed me to involve some of my close friends in the process. Jason and Daniel aka my brothers and I spent an afternoon with a camera crew visiting some of the hidden gems in my neighbourhood. I love ‘working’ with these guys because it literally feels like we’re just hanging out. Daniel always has a new story to share and Jason is always full of positive energy.

Our last shoot location for the day was at a minimally designed coffee shop called, PUB PRK (Public Park). The Café  had a dope concrete wall across from it that I noticed and instantly wanted to shoot on. Earlier in the day, I styled the guys (and myself) in some of my favourite casual pieces and once we wrapped for the day we shot for a bit. The thing that I like most about these looks are that they’re all lit on their own but when they’re all captured together, the vibe is brought to another level. Each look is different but has an athletic, casual, spring vibe to them that ties them all together.  Stay tuned to see the final project featured on the blog later this week  but in the meantime enjoy the fashion aspect of it!

Christian 

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What I’m Wearing

Oversized Denim Jacket – ZARA | Champion Hoodie – URBAN OUTFITTERS | Men’s NYC 7/8 Pants – ADIDAS | Tsugi Shinsei Men’s Training Shoe –PUMA |

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Events, Fitness, Lifestyle

Join The Boost Movement – Event Recap

Christian Confidential | Adidas 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! Christian Confidential | Adidas 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,

Christian Christian Confidential | Adidas Christian Confidential | Adidas

Adam Reynolds, Kyle Mottley, Jordan Addesi, Luke Bilyk, Ish Morris, Kyle Reid, Brandon Kaplan, Steven Bole, Daniel Hundertmark, Jason Oliveira

What We’re Wearing 

Men’s Prime Tank – ADIDAS | Men’s Pure Boost ZG Trainer shoes - ADIDAS | Men’s Standard 19 Shorts – ADIDAS |

photography by Shayna Desir & video by Alexander Kim for Christian Confidential.com

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Events, Fitness, Lifestyle

Christian Confidential x Equinox Presents: STACKED!

Equinox | Christian ConfidentialEquinox | Christian ConfidentialA little over a week ago, the Christian Confidential team had the pleasure of collaborating with Equinox Toronto in putting together an influencer event! I’ve been working with the brand for a year now creating digital content and we felt that it was time to spice things up and do something bigger! We decided to throw an intimate fitness event for some of my friends who happen to dub as some of Toronto’s top male influencers and fitness enthusiasts.

The class that we selected is one that the brand is highly recognized for, STACKED! – led by top fitness instructor Eva Redpath! This class is no joke and is definitely a sweat burner. 45 minutes long 12 different exercises in total, 30 seconds to perform, and 30 seconds to recover… let’s just say you’ll never leave this class feeling like you didn’t get pushed to your limits. Equinox | Christian ConfidentialWhat I’m Wearing

Basic Tank – HM | Training Shorts SS16 (similar here) – Adidas | Training Tights SS16 (similar here) – Adidas | Ultra Boost Shoes – Adidas |  Equinox | Christian ConfidentialDaniel’s Shoe Game: Men’s Energy Boost ESM by AdidasEquinox | Christian ConfidentialTo let you guys get a real glimpse of what really went down during our workout session, we’ve put together a short clip for you to take a look at below.

 

 Video Directed by: Silvex for ChristianConfidential.com

Equinox | Christian ConfidentialA healthy dose of cardio and strength training, STACKED! might have you questioning your decision of taking this class while you’re doing it but once it’s over you’ll be more than happy that you did! This is only one of the numerous classes that Equinox has and with the launch of Equinox Yorkville (coming soon), I can’t wait to host my friends again (and maybe a few of our readers) in 2016.

Until next time,

ChristianEquinox | Christian ConfidentialPhotography by: Shayna Desir for ChristianConfidential.com

Guests from Left to Right

Barrett Lucak | Jay Oliveira | Ish Morris | Daniel Hundy | Nykeem Provo | Daniel Ocean | Kyle Hoto Reid | Eva Redpath |Isaac Levy

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Fashion, Street Style

Street Style Guide Pt.2

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetAs promised, we’re back this week with part two of our ‘Street Style’ guide! The thing that I love about street style and fashion in general is that it’s totally your choice of how creative or simple you want to be with it. I always tell my boys that finding a happy medium within those two ends of the spectrum is the best way to go.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to go against the grain. Fashion is all about having fun and expressing yourself! Try on those fitted denim, rock those all black overalls! At the end of the day, you’ll know if it works for you or not. Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset
As I mentioned in part 1 street style is all about swag, and finding your own way of rocking an outfit is the fun part about it.
TIP: An easy way of bringing more depth into your outfit is by layering. Yes, layering, it’s not only for your preppy inspired looks anymore. Look at Kanye West, one of my favourite street style guys, you’ll very rarely find him wearing only one tee or crewneck.  Try experimenting with different lengths and fabrics when putting your outfits together. For example; I styled Daniel with a simple denim button up and complimented it with a long line tee underneath. image1
When in doubt dress from the bottom up. I don’t know if a lot of people do this or it’s just me because of my love of sneakers but I tend to find it easier. Knowing the type of kicks that you want to wear and building your outfit around them is a trick that I like to use a lot.
TIP: Slender kicks are your best friends when it comes to skinny jeans and hi-tops are your best friends when it comes to joggers. If you’re on a budget grab yourself a pair of black and white  Hi-Tops! They pair well with the style of bottoms above,super versatile and the more you wear them, the more character they have. Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetPhotography by: Shayna Desir for ChristianConfidential.comProcessed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset
Thanks for coming back and checking out part two of our ‘Street Style’ guide! Hopefully you guys found the tips informative and got to take a thing or two out of this post. As always, don’t be afraid to drop me a line if you have any questions or comments!
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Street Style Guide Pt.1 | Style Post

christian confidentialIt’s Fashion Week here in Toronto, and in celebration of it my team and I wanted to do something  special. We’ve put together a two part street style guide featuring some of my favourite pieces for the season. Within these visual guides, I’ve put together six looks that incorporate my essentials, statement pieces, minimalism, and swag. For me, when I think about what really draws me towards this style of dressing is that it embodies confidence. Not to take anything away from the dapper dudes, but 9 out of 10 guys look great in a suit, but with street style if it’s not done correctly you can very easily look like a hot mess. With street style it’s all about swag, you wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you. christian confidentialchristian confidentialI styled my friends (Daniel & Jay) and myself in looks that showcase my take on street style. Fitted joggers, bombers, motto jackets, oversized tees, long line tees and fresh sneakers…sigh, you can’t forget about the sneakers!

TIP #1: When it comes to building your sneaker collection, start with the classics and when in doubt opt for pairs in black, white or grey. They’ll play the best with your outfits and never go out of style. christian confidential

I’ve said this before so it should come as no surprise that when it comes to clothes, as much as I search for dope fashion, I search just as much for comfort. Fashion Week is the perfect example for when opting for that edgy street look might come in handy. You’re running around from show to show to gift lounges to maybe even an after party or two! I don’t know about you but a pair of Tubulars sound like the ideal pair of shoes to be sporting on days like that. christian confidential
If you want to do street style right, a good item to have in your arsenal is a leather or faux leather jacket. The great thing about fast fashion these days is that you’re able to get nice pieces at affordable prices. For example; you wouldn’t believe how much the motto jackets that we’re wearing costs… you’ve gotta love Forever 21 for that.
TIP #2: Black is your best friend. I’ve never met a person that didn’t look great in black. It makes for the perfect base to build your outfits with, it’s super versatile and let’s you get away with repeating it more times than any other colour option. I stock up on black tanks, tees, basic sweatshirts and jeans all the time and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot. christian confidential

photography by: Shayna Desir for Christian Confidential.com

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Live Beautifully – The Lifestyle Series Pt. 3 | By Christian Confidential & Lacoste


Lacoste | Christian ConfidentialLacoste | Christian ConfidentialThis past weekend I challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone and experience something that I’ve never done before. If you’ve been following along via social media you’re aware that my friends and I took a short trip to Hamilton, Ontario to part take in some outdoor activities. 

With that being said, I’m excited to share with you all the third instalment of my #LiveBeautifully lifestyle series in collaboration with Lacoste. This time around I wanted to highlight the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, specifically the importance of being active and the benefits of eating healthy.
The last few weeks, we’ve been having beautiful weather so I wanted to find something that my friends and I could participate in that wasn’t apart of our regular physical activities (running, training, basketball) that still allowed us to catch up and be social. My creative partner suggested that we head over to Hamilton and go on a hike and that’s exactly what we did. I’m a city boy so I never really thought of hiking to be my ‘thing’ but after talking to my friends and seeing how enthusiastic they were about it, I was down to try it out and face my fear of heights!

Lacoste | Christian ConfidentialWe made our way over to Dundas Peak and Webster’s Falls which are both equally beautiful. It’s crazy to think that places like this have been so close by to us and it’s the first time we visited them.

The hike itself was great for a beginner. It wasn’t super long and had a lot of moments where you wanted to stop and take photos allowing you to take short breaks. We made it to the peak and decided to set up shop to eat our lunches courtesy of Belmonte Raw and take in the view. Lacoste | Christian Confidential
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It was a hot day and my friends and I know the importance of staying hydrated and consuming  the right types of food when being active. We all had specially made raw organic meals that were full of nutrients and vitamins to keep us happy and energized, along with juices and plenty of water. My favourite juice this time around was ‘Hydrate’  – it has activated charcoal, alkaline water, lemon and coconut sugar which is great for post workouts. It’s also great for hangovers but we’ll save those details for another post!

This was my first hike and I couldn’t of thought of a better group of friends to experience this with. We laughed, caught up on life and documented the experience through video and photos. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into our experience.

Video Directed by: Alexander Brian Kim & Photography by: Shayna Desir for Christian ConfidentialLacoste | Christian ConfidentialProcessed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetYou guys know that I may not know the most about outdoors and or hiking but I do know a thing or two about fashion. I couldn’t talk about living beautifully and not mention my footwear or apparel. Call me crazy but hike or no hike, crisp white sneakers get me all the time. I decided to wear my new Ampthill LCR SPM sneakers on this hike and they provided me with the right amount of comfort and stability to run around with my friends all day. If you’re not as much of a risk takers as I am to wear white on a hike, they also offer them in a grey colour way with red accents.  The thing that I love about Lacoste and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before is that they offer classic pieces that no matter what you’re doing (hiking, golfing, brunch, the movies) you always look sharp, which to me is what I call living beautifully! Lacoste | Christian ConfidentialI had such a great time on this little adventure and I hope that it encourages you all to be more active and to try new things! Be active, eat clean, explore new places, wear nice clothes and shoes while doing it all!

Christian

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#BETRUE – Promoting Equality in Sports & Athletics | Lifestyle & Fitness

#BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

If you’ve been following @ChristianConfidential via social media you may have noticed that my team and I have been working on a  special project with Nike Canada to promote their latest #BETRUE initiative.

#BETRUE is a capsule collection inspired by the LGBT community and celebrates the passion and pursuit of sports by all athletes. The brand helped fund the LGBT Sports Coalition and continues to provide it with support through the  #BETRUE collection.

#BeTrue is a movement that I’m very proud to endorse as it promotes both positivity and equality in sports and in life in general. With the help of Nike Canada, the Christian Confidential team put together a digital campaign that features three awesome guys and myself who are all from different walks of life that come together for our love of athletics, in this case running. With that being said, I think it’s time for you all to meet the guys!#BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

 Meet my friend Nykeem Provo. He’s an up and coming actor and an all around great guy! We met a few years ago at Soho House Toronto and connected instantly over our interest in the arts & entertainment. Nykeem’s favourite sports include basketball, soccer and running. ” I support equality everywhere, but especially in sports. That’s solely due to the fact that no matter what a persons sexual preference is, it doesn’t make them less human. Straight, gay, asexual, we’re all one! – N.Provo

Favourite athlete & why: My favourite athlete is Kobe Bryant. His talent is undeniable and his work ethic is relentless.

Favourite music to work out to: As weird as this may sound, my favourite music to listen to while working out is classical. – More specifically, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber

What does ‘Being True’ mean to you: “Being True” to me, means to love yourself and others with one objective in mind, growth!#BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

While growing up, sports and athletics have always played an integral role in my life. I honestly couldn’t picture what I would be like without athletics, whether it be earning the running back position in football, playing the middle position in volleyball or going to Ofsaa in high school for triple jump. Sports have helped shape the person that I am today. It builds character, discipline and grace – all traits that are just as useful on and off the field. I stand behind the ideas of the #BETRUE initiative as I believe promoting equality in sports and life all together is important. No one should be discriminated based on their sexual preference or discouraged from playing their favourite sport. I wear this shirt with confidence & pride and encourage you all to #BETRUE.

Favourite athlete & why: I would have to agree with Nykeem and say Kobe Bryant. He’s been in the game for a long time and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

Favourite music to work out to: Hip hop and Trap music always help keep me going when I’m ready to give up.

What does “Being True” mean to you: “Being True” to me, means being as honest as you possibly can with yourself about who you truly are. For some people it’s more difficult than others but when you’re capable of accepting and embracing your core, the good and the bad, it’s truly a beautiful thing.


Get a glimpse into the speed training session that Nykeem, Christian, Daniel & Benjamin participated in to showcase how discrimination based on sexual preference has no place in the realm sports and athletics. #BETRUE #NikeRunning #ChristianConfidential #BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

 Meet my friend and Christian Confidential contributor, Daniel Hundertmark. He works in social media and is also a model based in Toronto, Canada. I was introduced to Daniel by a really close friend of mine and originally connected over our passion for fitness and health. His favourite sports include football, basketball and running. “I support equality within sports because it’s the 21st century and this shouldn’t even be an issue at this point. Whatever an individual’s sexual preference is does not make them less competent than someone that identifies as heterosexual.“ – D.Hundertmark

Favourite athlete & why: My favourite athlete is Connor McDavid. I admire him for his commitment to physical fitness, nutrition, and his willingness to share his knowledge with others on and off the ice.

Favourite music to work out: Trap music is my go-to, when it comes to working out!

What does “Being True” mean to you: “Being True” to me, means not having to put up a façade in order to impress the people around you. “Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” – Nelson Mandela #BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

Meet my friend Benjamin Fraser, he’s a recent marketing graduate, a social media influencer for IN Magazine and one of the nicest ‘cool’ guys you’ll ever meet! We both grew up in Ottawa and made our way to Toronto. We connected over our love of fashion and street style and have been friends ever since. Ben’s favourite sports are snowboarding, running and cross training. “I support equality in sports because it can seen as the ultimate equalizer. I think it gives people the opportunity to be seen for their talent and dedication rather than their sexuality.” – B.Fraser

Favourite athlete & why: I can think of a few professional athletes that I admire but my favourite athletes have to be the ones that I interact with on a regular basis – either through run club or cross training. They are the ones that truly inspire me to push harder and reach new fitness goals.

Favourite music to work out to: Cyril Hahn and Kaytranada always keep me going!

What does “Being True” mean to you: “Being True” to me, means knowing and understanding yourself and drawing confidence from that. It brings me a lot of happiness and pride to be able to say that I work with brands like Nike that show their acceptance and support by promoting campaigns like this! It’s a huge step forward and I’m proud to be apart of it. #BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL

I would like to say thank you to all of those that followed along and engaged with us during this two day digital project. I hope that we were able to shed some light and raise awareness to the movement of inclusion, equality and positivity within sports and athletics. This is a subject matter that means a lot to me and if even only one person read this post and felt empowered or encouraged to not let ignorance get in the way of them participating in sports, I would consider this a huge success. Be the the change that you want to see, always #BETRUE

Video Directed by: Alexander Brian Kim | Photography by: Shayna Désir 

Apparel and Footwear courtesy of: Nike Canada

#BETRUE Capsule Collection is available in the Nike Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre as of Saturday, 20th.

Featured Items: ShoesNike 3.0 Flyknit + Nike LunarGlide 6  Shorts: Nike Phenom 2 in 1

Shirts: #BETRUE Collection . Nike Dri-Fit Knit Tank . Nike Dri-Fit Contour Shirt