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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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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.

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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!

 

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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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50 Shades of Grey | Christian Confidential
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A Special Night In – Inspired by 50 Shades of Grey | + Giveaway

50 Shades of Grey | Christian Confidential 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..


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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!

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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!

Christian

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Live Beautifully – The Lifestyle Series by Christian Confidential & Lacoste

Live Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteWhat has seemed like such a long time coming, spring has finally arrived and is hopefully here to stay. With that being said, there’s a lot of great things on deck that I can’t wait to share with you guys. First up, Christian Confidential has partnered with Lacoste on their global lifestyle campaign Live Beautifully. Last year, Lacoste and Christian Confidential teamed up to put on the successful Brunch Fixe event and because of the great time that we had working together we’ve decided to team up again. This time around we’ll be creating a 3 part spring/summer vignette series that will highlight fashion, lifestyle & ways that you too can #LiveBeautifully.Live Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteLive Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteLive Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteFor the first entry of this series, I chose to highlight the significant role that friendship plays in living a beautiful life. With the help of my favourite parisian inspired restaurant Colette Grand Cafe, I was able to spend some quality time with a few of my good friends. There’s no better way  to catch up with your friends than over  Sunday brunch and if you’re looking for a place that knows how to do it in style, Colette is the perfect location.  Great food, refreshing cocktails (ask them to make you a Jolie cocktail, it’s my favourite), amazing ambiance and excellent customer service, you’ll never leave disappointed. Check out the video that my creative partner Alexander Kim created to give you  guys a better glimpse into our experience.

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Live Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteLive Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteFor me, the friendships that I’ve made along my journey have really helped mold the person that I am today. Sometimes life can get extremely busy and you don’t always get the chance to spend as much time with the ones you love. I chose to highlight the importance of not only making time for your loved ones but making that time together really count.Live Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteLive Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteI wouldn’t be able to talk about living beautifully without mentioning the importance of fashion. Bright colours, soft palettes and fresh sneakers are the perfect way to welcome the new season. My friends Daniel, Nykeem, Isaac and I really tried to highlight the various ways that you can express your unique style within this series. Whether you’re preference leans towards polos or light sweaters to classic white sneakers or stylish boots Lacoste’s spring/summer collection has something for everyone. With the brands continued commitment to innovation, quality and style, Lacoste is a company that I can always recommend to others without hesitation.Live Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteLive Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteLive Beautifully | Lacoste Christian Confidential ColetteI hope that you guys enjoyed the first instalment of the Live Beautifully series as much as we did creating it! Thank you to everyone that helped make this possible, the Christian Confidential team, Lacoste, Deck Agency, Colette Grand Café and my friends for being apart of this initiative.

Christian

For more information on the apparel and footwear featured in this post, please visit Lacoste.com

To learn more about Colette Grand Café or to make a reservation please visit ColetteToronto.com

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Lifestyle Meets Fashion | Christian Confidential x Forever 21

Christian Confidential x Forever 21Christian Confidential x Forever 21It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like fall in Canada, which means it’s time to bundle up and accessorize to stay warm while looking your best. I got the chance to be a little more creative with this style post by collaborating with my Forever 21 family on a little video called ‘Lifestyle Meets Fashion’. (click here to see the video)  In this video, I incorporated some of my fall fashion essentials such as knitted cardigans, black denim, chelsea boots & a few accessories. This is the perfect outfit if you’re on the go – allowing you to stay warm, comfortable and stylish at the same time! 

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Cable Knit Cardigan –  FOREVER21 | Paneled Dark Wash Skinny Jeans  – FOREVER21  | Ribbed Knit Beanie – FOREVER21| Suede Chelsea Boots    VINTAGE | Burnished Metal & Chain Bracelet – FOREVER21Square Tortoise Aviator Sunglasses – FOREVER21

The Brunch Fixe | Christian Confidential Lacoste
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The Brunch Fixe Recap & Contest Announcement! | Collaboration

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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.

The Brunch Fixe | Christian Confidential Lacoste The Brunch Fixe | Christian Confidential Missed the second instalment of “The Brunch Fixe” series? Check out the video for a glimpse of what went down.

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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.

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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.

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Good luck guys & I can’t wait to see your favourite picks!

Christian 

 

 

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.  

Lacoste x Christian Confidential
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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