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Lifestyle, Miami

Twenty-Something

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So… It’s officially been about a week since my birthday and let’s just say that I’m still thinking about how much fun it was. Every year I usually throw a big dinner or have a party of some sort but this year I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something low-key with a small group of people and just kind of go with the flow.  A few of my friends (Shayna, Jay and Vanessa) and I have been talking about how much fun it would be if we all went to Miami together one day, which spawned the idea of this birthday trip. We overpacked our carry-ons with swimsuits, workout gear and party outfits and hopped on an early morning flight to meet our good friends from New York in Miami for an unforgettable couple of days.

@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialIt’s crazy what great company, a beach, some champagne and good music can do for the soul. From start to finish, there was never a dull moment. The highlight moment for me on this trip had to be my birthday dinner at Zuma. The food was amazing, the service was great and the conversations left me feeling inspired and grateful. We spoke about personal goals, life, what we’re thankful for and what we’re looking to accomplish within the next year. Everyone was honest and so supportive of one another and to me that’s the beauty of life and great relationships.
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This was one of those trips that I’ll always look back on and cherish the memories that were created. The universe works in the most craziest of ways. A week before I left on this trip, I was fighting a lot of anxiety. I felt like no matter what I was doing, I wasn’t getting ahead in certain areas of my life. Fast forward to the end of this trip, I left with a total different perspective, a more positive outlook and feeling extremely blessed and grateful. I know that I have work to do in order to accomplish what I want to do in life and I think that this year will be all about change and advancement. It’s not going to be easy, I know that there will be uncomfortable moments but I’m ready to take the plunge and see what’s out there for me!

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I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that sent there wishes on or around my birthday – it truly does mean a lot! Thank you to my friends that made this trip what it was, thank you for just being you and allowing me to be the crazy person that I am haha!

As always, I snapped some photos along the way. I hope you guys enjoy these travel post, I’ll be back with some style post later this week!

Christian 
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Places we loved on this trip…

Stay – Grand Beach Hotel

To Eat – Carpaccio Komodo Soho Beach House | River Yacht Club

To Party – Liv Nightclub | Rockwell | Mokai | E11even King Of Diamonds

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christian confidential | NYFW 17
Fashion, New York

NYFW 17 Photo Diary


christian confidential | NYFW 17New York Fashion Week… (sigh) where do I even begin? I told you guys that I was originally set to be in New York for a cool project that I was filming that coincided with Fashion Week (Women’s). I decided to extend my stay in the city to explore, shop and see a few more shows + presentations. I’ve only been to Fashion Week in New York once before which was a lot of fun but this time around the whole experience was kicked up to another level.

One thing that I’ve learned when it comes to  traveling + work is that, it’s so important to have a great team with you and good friends (Shayna, Sean, Jay + Vanessa) – it really makes the experience so much better! From attending shows, to shooting street style, to presentations + appointments, late dinners to the after parties… there was never a dull moment.

As always, I had my camera with me + iPhone 7 (the camera changed my life, review coming shortly) documenting as much of my time away as I could. Keep scrolling down to see some of my favourite moments.

Christian

Shows + Presentations included in this post:

Club Monaco, Lacoste, Nina Tiari, J.Crew, Vivienne Tam, Chanel

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christian confidential | vegas
Las Vegas, Travel

Las Vegas

christian confidential | vegaschristian confidential | vegasSo, it’s been a bit over a week since I’ve been back from Vegas and I already miss it! From lounging by our hotel pool, to our crazy daytime adventures, to the great food, to our wild nights… it was such a blast! My friends Vanessa, Jay & I had the chance to curate our Vegas trip with the help of ExpediaCA and their newly launched #VegasYou feature. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas, I’d suggest that you check it out, especially if you’ve never been. It’s designed to help you pick out the best place to stay based on what you want to do in Vegas i.e.; hotels with the best pools, best fine dining, best shopping etc.. We’re all suckers for fine dining, minimal design and more boutique style hotels, so the SLS Las Vegas won us over!

Another cool thing about the #VegasYou feature is that when it separates the hotels into different categories, it also breaks down what each place has to offer – making it super easy for you to scout the places that you want to check out aka a time saver.

If you’re heading to Vegas, the best advice I can give you is to go there with an open mind and a good group of friends. It’s a place where anything and everything can happen… honestly, truly (insert Joanne The Scammer voice)! Some of the highlights for me, had to be our helicopter ride over the Vegas strip at night – so beautiful, our spontaneous road trip to the dessert,  our last supper at Mr.Chow and our visit to the Neon Museum (who knew that Vegas had so much history, it was really cool to learn)!

As always, I’ve listed a few places worth checking out while in Vegas (mostly to eat & party) + snapped a few pics!

To eat: IN-N-OUT - need I say more?  Mr. Chow - the vibe & the food are so on point! Lavo  – the patio has a great view of the strip! Beauty & Essex supper club vibes! The Perq – great breakfast spot!

To Party: OMNIA craziest nightclub I’ve experienced! Marquee  - a fun crowd! The Light - interesting crowd but the most fun we had!

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Lifestyle, Miami, Travel

The 305

Miami | Travel With ChristianMiami | Travel With ChristianThere’s nothing that I love more than travelling, except maybe travelling with close friends! This year has definitely been one for the books. It’s the year that I’ve taken the most risks, rediscovered myself as a single person, and felt the most pressure to make things happen for me professionally! That being said, at the end of last month it was time to put away my laptop and unwind for a few days. My friends, Shayna and Vanessa who have both been working uber hard thought that it would be dope to go on a mini getaway and celebrate life, explore another city and catch some sun. Miami | Travel With ChristianChosen Destination: Miami Stay: Thompson Miami Beach  Our Go-to’s: Soho House, Lincoln Road, Bodega South Beach  Breakfast: La Provence Dinner: Cecconi’s Miami Nightlife: LIV on Sunday (obviously)!

The thing that I love about Miami is that it’s like those ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books that you used to read when you were a kid. You can do ‘the most’ or as ‘little’ as you’d like and still have a great time. We opted for something in between the two extremes and legit, never had a dull moment! If you’re looking for a quick getaway, I’d move Miami up to the top of your list.

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#MogoPerks | Christian Confidential
Events, Fitness

(How To) Get The Shot

#MogoPerks | Christian ConfidentialLast week I had the pleasure of hosting MOGO Financial‘s first influencer event in Toronto. If you haven’t heard of MOGO, it’s a financial company based out of Vancouver that has a focus on helping it’s customers be more conscious  on their spending habits by promoting pre paid credit cards as well as providing low interest rate for various types of loans. The thing that I like about working with this brand is that they’re always pushing the envelope, listening to what their customers want and introducing their ever growing #mogoperks community to cool concepts and ideas, such as this event!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetInstagram, is a huge phenomenon for our generation and with that comes the pressure of getting the perfect shot. Mogo with the help of Kastor & Pollux came up with a dope concept to combine fitness, photography and social media all together. My friends Daniel & Luke came out to help me host a small group of influencers + a few #mogoperks members. We ventured out to  Sky Zone to get our sweat on and learn how to grab the perfect motion shot from two of Toronto’s prominent photographers Othello Grey and Neva.#MogoPerks | Christian ConfidentialIt was a blast and  the results were… well take a look for yourself! Clean, in focus and Insta-worthy!  To get in on the fun, sign up to become a #mogoperks member by heading to their website here.

Until next time,

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.

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