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My Stay At The Westin + Contest Announcement!

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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!

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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.

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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!

Christian 

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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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Lifestyle, Paris

The Importance of Gratitude

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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!

Christian 

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War Zone | Christian Confidential
Lifestyle, Street Style

War Zone

War Zone | Christian ConfidentialCan you guys believe that it’s February already?! Honestly, the way that time is flying by,definitely freaks me out. Which kind of leads me to my point for this blog post. Over the last few months, I’ve learned more & more how valuable time truly is and how important it is, not to waste it. Here are a few things that I’ve been putting into action lately and have seen some pretty stellar results so far.

1. If there’s something that you want to do write it down! By writing your goals down it makes you feel more responsible to follow through with them. Brainstorm ideas, create a plan and put it into action. Trust me when I say, nothing feels more fulfilling than being able to check things off your bucket list.
2. Stop caring about what other people think. This one is much easier said than done, but it’s definitely worth attempting. In the past I’ve let the opinions of others prevent me from doing things that I wanted to do and over time realized that if I’m not hurting anyone and it makes me happy, I’m going to do it! Life is too short to not do the things that you love!
3. Cut out the dead weight in your life! Energy is very contagious and being surrounded by people with negative energy is toxic and draining. Don’t get me wrong, we all have bad days but if every interaction with a ‘friend’ or ‘lover’ leaves you feeling some type of way… it’s time to let them go. It can be hard at first but once it’s done you’ll be thankful that you did.
4. Lastly, trust in yourself and the timing of your life. I’ve shared this with you guys before but I can’t stress how important it is. A lot of us hold super high expectations for ourselves and if we don’t meet those expectations by a specific time frame we get really down. I’ve learned that what’s meant to be, will happen when it’s the right time (in all areas of life). Your sole responsibility is to work hard, have patience, be positive and be ready when the opportunity presents itself.
If you’ve got any tips that you’d like to share with me, give me a shout, I’m always looking to learn new things christian@christianconfidential.com 

What I’m Wearing

Camo Jacket  – MANIERE DE VOIR

Funnel Neck Sweatshirt – FOREVER21 (similar here) | Ripped Denim – TOPMAN (similar here) | Air Force 1’s – NIKE |

seasonal blues| lifestyle post
Lifestyle

Seasonal Blues

seasonal blues| lifestyle postHey guys, I hope that you’re doing well. Is it just me or is this cold weather getting to anyone else? I tend to usually find the brighter side of every situation but these last few weeks have been rough and I couldn’t figure out why. In general, life has been great; personal, professional, love life (non existent) lol but all in all I can’t complain.  So what’s been bothering me? Sigh… the weather, the cold! Born and raised in Canada and I still can’t embrace the cold temperatures, the abundance of snow (it’s coming) and the lack of sunlight that we have to endure. I can very easily want to stay in bed all day, lose motivation & start making bad decisions… eating wise that is! seasonal blues| lifestyle postThat being said, I’m not one to stay down for long so I’ve slowly but surely started to get back on track. I’ve gone back to making my ‘5 things I’m thankful for’ list in the morning, making sure that I go to the gym (group classes help when you’re lacking motivation) , eating clean, and  adding some colour into my wardrobe. Actually, what do you guys think about my mustard yellow sweatshirt? I’m obsessed with it and it’s not black, white or grey! Anyways, I just thought I’d share, incase any of you are going ‘through it’ and weren’t sure why. I’ll be back this week with some travel content, so come back soon and have the best day!

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#BETRUE | #CHRISTIANCONFIDENTIAL
Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle

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

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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

Lacoste x Christian Confidential
Events, Fashion, Lifestyle, Spotilight

SS14 Lacoste Essentials x Christian Confidential | Collaboration

Lacoste x Christian Confidential

I’m very happy to announce that Christian Confidential has partnered with Lacoste Canada to help you kickstart your summer!

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I recently hit up their Yorkdale flagship store with my good friends Ben Fraser & Sasha Exeter of SoSasha.com to pick out our SS14 must-haves, check out this behind-the-scenes clip to take a look at our work in progress and see them model my looks!

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There’s more coming, stay tuned & i’ll share as I can. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram via the official hashtag #LacostexChristianConfidential.

For more information on our upcoming Brunch Fixe x Lacoste event & to buy tickets, click here: http://ow.ly/x9Wpi 

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A special thank you to the entire team for their hard work so far on the project!

xo,

Christian

The Brunch Fixe x Lacoste
Events, Fashion, Lifestyle, The Circle

The Brunch Fixe x Lacoste | Event

 

The Brunch Fixe x Lacoste

You are invited to the second instalment of “The Brunch Fixe” by Christian Confidential in collaboration with Lacoste Canada & Smith Restaurant. Please find all pertinent information below, and please note that tickets will sell out fast as seating is extremely limited.

Sunday, June 8

Smith Restaurant, 553 Church Street

2pm sharp to 5pm

Soundtrack by: Olen Only

As part of out take on how Sunday afternoons should be, let us satisfy your brunch cravings; delicious food, great music, cocktails & amazing company.

Tickets include a pre-fixe style brunch & a welcome cocktail. Please purchase your tickets online here: http://ow.ly/wVgxV

 

I hope to see you there!

xo,

Christian

Razon | Christian Confidential
Fashion, Lifestyle, Spotilight

Razon Eyewear | Spotlight

Razon | Christian ConfidentialOn a recent trip to Miami I had the pleasure of meeting with Sebastian Leguizamon, one of the creators of Razon eyewear, an inspiring up-and-coming brand that is about to help push Miami’s homegrown design scene to the next level.

Sporting a refined, elegant, and almost entirely wooden form, Razon eyewear draws inspiration from Miami’s own transformative design culture.  Walking around the Wynwood Art District, Sebastian really sold us on his passion for the brand & the lifestyle he feels it represents.

Razon | Christian ConfidentialRazon | Christian Confidential Razon | Christian ConfidentialRazon | Christian ConfidentialRazon | Christian ConfidentialAlthough I could see myself taking home any of the three available colours, I must admit that I think the matte black version is in a class of its own.  And if it’s more than great style that you’re looking for, Razon has partnered with Eyejusters to help supply reading glasses to those in need – we love it when we see great brands get behind worthy causes!

Razon is set to debut their first style at Lou Lou Vie March 26th during Miami’s Winter Music Conference – if you’re lucky enough to be in town, be sure to check them out!  In the meantime, be sure to check out their official website seetherazon.com which goes live March 10th.

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Check out this video below to learn more about Eyejusters !

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