PASSIONATE VOICES + SAY MEDIA: Canada’s Social Media Cool Kid

Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview I did for SAY Media’s blog ‘SAY DAILY’. SAY is an awesome company out of San Francisco that works with “passionate voices” like me to to pair us up with brands and stuff. They publish cute venn diagrams each Friday.

Your blog is called Casie Stewart: This Is My Life – in 140 characters or less, what is your life? Lots of hard work & dedication turning my dreams a reality. Celebrating life’s moments and making the most of each day. Awesome!

You’re a social media expert in Canada – what are some of your social media secrets for the rest of us? Life is about building relationships and so is social media.  If you want to grow your audience, have conversations about other things than ‘just’ your business. You’ll make more friends that way.

Start a blog! A blog is the home for everything you do online. Use Disqus commenting so that Twitter & Facebook are integrated within your commenting system.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Some of their other voices are Tavi Genvison, Seth Godin, and The Sartorialist. Check out interviews with Honestly WTF fashion babe Leah Chernikoff.  The HTC campaign I was in last year was with SAY and so are the fancy advertisements in my sidebar.

In December we went to the their holiday party in Toronto and guess who was in their signage?! Me! I was totally surprised. I know Mum would have loved to see it. Next stop, billboard then broadway! Ok, no broadway but billboard has a nice ring to it.

Stay warm out there!!

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This evening I got an email from a blog reader who recently moved here from England. She said she loved my passion for life. I was sitting at my computer looking at a list of things I should have done already and feeling slightly overwhelmed. Her few words changed my day. I don’t really share emails I get from people but sometimes they are inspiring, this was one. Thank you Ashley 🙂

I love GIF making and the internet. It’s amazing how we connect using it. Think, you are reading this right now. I wrote it after being inspired by an email that someone wrote to me after reading this very same location that we are connecting at right here again after they were inspired by something I did outside. Crazy isn’t it?

Found this empty park place near Fort York & Bathurst the other day. Jumped around a bit.

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Posed for this photo and a plane was landing right behind me as I turned around. Neato!

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Remember how I always say “You are younger today than you will ever be again.” I’m reminding you to make the most of each day. Maybe there is someone you want to send an email to & thank them? I wrote a quick note to Mum letting I know I’m thinking of her. They are sailing somewhere near Virginia at this very moment. I bet it’s beautiful.

Thursday I go to Boston with my sister to see friends. Tres excited! A getaway from the city always makes me love it more. Flying Porter & planning to walk to the airport. Basically walking from my house straight to Boston! Yeeow!

Have an awesome day!

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So, this is quite exciting and big…the FIRST EVER American Apparel rummage sale in Toronto. Get ready to throw some elbows! Prices are up to 85% off! Absolutely everything is under $50 and prices start at $2. Honestly. Can you believe it?

It’s free admission and located at 590 King St. West [King & Portland]. It’s on all weekend and for exact times check the Facebook event page.

When you get back from the rummage sale with hands full of new gear, empty out your closet and throw your clothes up on shopmyclothes.com. They promote the recycling and reuse of clothes and accessories. I’m all for it.

This Toronto based company was started by a friend of mine and told me that 85% of used clothes go unrecycled! That means style is going in the garbage! AH! NO! Most of my really awesome clothes are second hand and I love clothing swaps. I’ve got a stack of photos and stuff to upload to the site this weekend. You’ll start seeing ads around the city and on the subway soon but we know you saw it here first.

I love this awesomely-cool-stylish-art-attack by blog friend Gloria writer of Urbanebloc.com.

Keep up with other cool Toronto Blog Girls by visiting the site here.

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Last week I picked up this book from a second hand book store on Queen Street. As a child I often spent time sewing with mum at the kitchen table. She used to make all of our dance costumes for competitions and recitals. As for myself, I’d come up with some interesting fashion designs and sometimes dress up my little sister in my ‘unique’ styles. The book has a great introduction to designing & drawing and the best part, it is from 1992! Second hand book stores are so full of life and wonder, you can go on an adventure, travel in time or visit countries & royals. I’m looking forward to the winter to bust out the sewing machine and create some vintage classic, 1992 inspired pieces!
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Celebrating Canada 150 w/ Great Canadian Cheese

What a nice surprise it was to receive this package, cheese! 🧀🧀🧀 To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada is highlighting three distinct Canadian cheese from local cheesemakers.  This weekend I’ll be hosting a friend from NYC at the cottage and treating her to wine and great Canadian cheese.

Canada has a tradition of producing high-quality, great tasting cheese. A couple years ago I was in Montreal and visited Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs, one of the top cheese makers in the province. It was so cool to see how and where cheese is made. Tasting fresh cheese really gave me an appreciation for it. Safe to say my suitcase was loaded up with cheese for my trip home!

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Growing up I didn’t eat a lot of cheese but *luckily* I grew out of that lactose allergy in my teens. I had hardly tried anything other than cheddar and mozzarella before Sean and I  started dating 7 years ago. Since then,  he’s shown me a whole new world of great cheese! There’s so many great varieties, and ways to eat it; sharp ones, super soft ones, melted cheese in general, cheese with garlic, on crackers, with potatoes, pizza, fruit, or my personal fav, with vegemite on toast.

Hand cut Charcuterie from Drake Commissary, Comox Camembert, Natural Pastures (British Columbia) + Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, Cows Creamery (Prince Edward Island), Muskoka made Fig jelly, Ontario blueberries

Hand cut Charcuterie from Drake Commissary, Comox Camembert, Natural Pastures (British Columbia) + Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, Cows Creamery (Prince Edward Island), Muskoka made Fig jelly, Ontario blueberries


A Bit of History

Cheese making in Canada goes back to our French and English heritage, “French settlers brought over methods for making soft, ripened cheeses, while United Empire Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, introduced the distinctly British characteristics of cheddar“.

In my research, I learned cheese making in Canada can be traced back to the early 1600s but it wasn’t until 1864 when the first cheese factory was set up. Cheese making in Canada is older than the country itself! By 1867, there were over 200 cheese factories in Ontario alone. 🧀

 “Our great Canadian cheeses start with 100% Canadian quality milk, which are produced by our passionate dairy farmers in a sustainable way’ said Sebastien Bergeron, Director of Marketing for DFC.

Representing the best of the best in Canadian cheese, Dairy Farmers of Canada has hand-picked three highly-awarded varieties to share as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. My favourite from the three DFC sent over is the Avonlea Cheddar. The recipe is from Scotland, and the flavour comes from the salt air, iron-rich soil, and Holstein cows milk.

My sample cheese board, I needed to test everything before the weekend ok! Canadian Cheese + Mill Street Canadian Beer


Join me in celebrating Canada and the dairy farmers who help make cheese possible by sharing great Canadian cheese with your friends and family this weekend. 🇨🇦🧀

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A couple weeks ago I had Emily help me at the cottage with hosting hacks for summer (see that post here!). The other night I gave a few of the recipes by Chef Sahir for buterball.ca a whirl. I made a spinach salad, tacos, and burgers for our last night as a fam at the cottage before back to school.

The directions weren’t hard to follow and the shopping list feature made it easy to see what things we needed/already had. Scroll down to compare my photos with the professional ones, we didn’t do too bad. 😋 Thanks to Sean for being an all star helper on this one! ILY!

There’s plenty of time to bbq before ‘old man winter’ so fire it up and give one of these  recipes a go!

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Recipe 1: Beet, Spinach and Apple Salad, w/ Pomegranate Vinaigrette

I love beets and they’re so good in salad. Instead of peeling, cooking, and cooling them I picked up pre-cooked from the salad section at Loblaws. No shame! The almonds are a nice touch with pomegranate dressing. 🍎🍏

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How to Make the Beet, Spinach, Apple Salad ✔️ shopping list

  1. For dressing, place all ingredients except oil in blender container; cover. Blend well. With blender running, gradually add oil through opening at top of blender, blending well after each addition. Pour dressing into storage container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. For salad, combine all ingredients, except almonds. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Whisk dressing and toss with salad mixture just before serving. Sprinkle almonds on top.

Recipe 2: Turkey Tacos

These tacos were so good. I ended up making a breakfast taco and then having the rest of the leftovers after the cottage drive. I added to the filling with a great Chipotle & Cheddar salad from Dole that comes pre-mixed with kale, cabbage, and toppings. We grilled a few hot peppers to go with the tacos too. I love the spice!!!!!!

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How to Make Chef Sahir’s Delicious Turkey Tacos ✔️ shopping list

  1. Heat oil in a skillet and sauté turkey and onion. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) to heat up taco shells.
  2. Add garlic, turmeric, chili powder, salt, paprika, pepper, and water. Cook uncovered until water evaporates, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Heat taco shells for 3 minutes.
  4. Using a spoon, fill shells with mixture and garnish with diced tomatoes, grated cheese, salsa, guacamole, or sour cream to taste.

Recipe 3: Athens Turkey Burger

I got small grape tomatoes instead of Roma tomatoes but they were still delicious. Obvs! I absolutely love cooking tomatoes in the oven like this. If you love garlic throw in a couple whole garlics cloves. I cooked some extra garlic and tomatoes to add to breakfast the next morning. I skipped the olive tapenade because I don’t like olives!

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How to Make the Athens Turkey Burger ✔️ shopping list

  1. Combine Feta and whipping cream in a bowl. Whisk until mixture is smooth and slightly thickened. Tip: Can be made day in advance.
  2. Combine kalamata and almond tapenade ingredients in a food processor until mostly smooth, but not a puree.
  3. Combine roma tomato ingredients in mixing bowl then coat evenly with olive oil. Slowly roast in 275°f oven for 3 hours, until softened and flavors intensified.
  4. Cook Frozen burgers on grill as per package directions (approximately. 5-7 minutes on medium heat, being careful not to cook outside too fast.)
  5. Cut buns and half. Grill on direct heat until nicely toasted.
  6. Spread 1 tbsp. of tapenade on bottom buns, and then evenly distribute Feta mousse.
  7. Top with Romaine, burgers then slow roasted Tomatoes. Top and Enjoy!

Each recipe can be found at butterball.ca and I’ve linked to them above. The original recipe photos are below.  See?! We did pretty good! 

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Working with Butterball Canada this summer has also introduced me to a few new recipes to switch things up with my cottage cooking.I’ve got my eye on recipes for Thanksgiving and winter soups. Whiskey marinade? Yes. 

It may be the end of ‘summer holidays‘ but remember it’s still officially summer until the 21st of September. Try a ‘summer of turkey’ recipe already!  Check my hosting hacks from the last post for your next dinner party, link below.

Happy grillin’!

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Simple Summer Hosting Hacks for Outdoor Dining

 

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Interview | The Noteworthys – BTS with a Blogger Extraordinaire

I was recently interviewed for thenoteworthys.co, a Canadian site you’ll find a carefully curated collection of unique, high-quality, often hand-made items by emerging designers. They love to take you behind the scenes (BTS) to learn about inspiration and workmanship behind designers they feature. They also like to feature people like ME.

Being ‘Noteworthy’ means following your passion in creating a life you love living. Now THAT is something I am totally down with! I can agree, being Noteworthy “ means taking a leap to of faith to follow your dreams.

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They asked, what does Noteworthy mean to me? Read the full interview here and see my top 5 picks from the store below.

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Top 5 Noteworthy Must-Haves 


1)  Crystal Crop Top. Looking good Misty Fox!

2)  Leather Envelope Clutch (Large). Perfect for a digital girl on the go!

3)  Robin Waxed Tan Jacket. Love this + matching shirt = A+

4)  Polka Dot French Bowtie. I need this! 

5)  Karoo Oxford Dress. Adorable!

 

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I’m doing my first TEDx talk this weekend at Western University and I’m pretty excited about it. The theme is The Human Condition and I’m talking about the internet and myself.  I think you will find intersting. PLUS it’s only about 15 minutes!  I’m not sure what time I’m on stage yet but I would really love you to watch me. I don’t ask for much and I seriously  think it will be entertaining and maybe you’ll even have some feelings.

Last night my sister and I went to visit mum for dinner and had an EPIC sing along to Adele on the way. I will edit the video this weekend but you might pee your pants. This is a small indication of the passion we had performing.

We all went out to buy lotto tickets together and this is my mum on the phone. Is she not the cutest ever. LOVE YOU. I should check mine, imagine I won?

Made me happy to see this on the table at mum’s house. I asked her for dinner to make shepherds pie and self-saucing chocolate pudding like she used to when we were kids. Nothing quite like family time and laughs around the dinner table. Since Scion Canada gave me a car this week I’m trying to make the most of every moment.

I’ll make sure to tell you when my talk is on Saturday as soon as I find out. When I don’t think about it I’m kinda nervous but when I practise and start rehearsing or talking to myself in the mirror. I feel excited!

Hope you’re having a great day 🙂 

 

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Earth Day + The Ford Eco Tour 2015

I arrived in Detroit nice and early for a quick media trip about how Ford is making their business green. I’ve been on a few media trips with Ford Canada to Dearborn, Michigan and absolutely love working with them. They always cover every single little detail so I was kinda excited to see what we’d be getting up to.

The Marriott I stayed at was quite lovely and I was really into the rugs/floors.

Look at this place! Regal!

  

This happens all the time. Remember how excited I was that for ONE TIME Starbucks got it right the other day? THE STRUGGLE IS REAL GUYS.  My driver was really nice though.

Kicking myself for not trying to see if this bad boy worked. Do you think it did? It would have a made a good Snapchat regardless.

Got a warm welcome and my itinerary before heading to my room for a refresh. I was lucky enough to catch 30 min of Young & The Restless before lunch.  The two Jacks thing is weird.

Had to stroll past these beautiful trees before getting to my room and my god did they ever smell amazing. It was SOOOOO windy though. That probably helped with me being able to smell them but I really didn’t mind.

Impressed with how Ford integrates innovation to every element of their business. Their commitment to sustainability was the foundation of everything we learned. Carol Kordich spoke about spearheading the adoption of aggressive Ford guidelines for using recycled content in car fabric.

I loved her energy and passion for this stuff. It’s wonderful to see someone who really loves their job. They’re the FIRST automaker to use REPREVE brand yarn in seat fabric and plastic bottles in fabric. The REPRIVE microfibre was insanely soft. It would be neat to see clothes made out of these fabrics.  Like my notes?

I’ve got more updates about my little jaunt across the pond with Ford, this was only the start of Day 1. Thanks Ford Canada and NPR for educating me and making Earth Day special. If you’re interested in a behind the scenes look at Ford production or thoughts on sustainability visit their blog at blog.ford.ca.

<3 CASIE

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Video Feature: Portraits by IB w/ @IbraheemYoussef

On Friday I met up with artist/designer/photographer Ibraheem Youssef for a portrait session in his Portraits by IB collection. I took him through my internet and creativity fuelled, hyper connected reality.  We did a quick Meerkat livestream at Jimmy’s coffee then popped into graffiti alley, Queen West to capture a video in the sunshine.

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Portraits by IB on Instagram

Meet Casie Stewart @casiestewart. A fashion, travel & technology blogger. She self describes her style as “Bright, vintagy & always changing”. I personally like her passion and willingness to experiment and push boundaries of style! Spotted at Portland and Queen in Toronto, Canada. //// Shades by@Burgerandfriends – Rings & Necklace by @shopforjayu – Blazer vintage – Scarf from #Thailand– Leather jacket from @rudsak – Shoes by@lechateauStyle – Tights by @joefresh 

Saw these two little Doge at Jimmy’s. Much cuteness!

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It’s so nice outside today, get off the computer and soak up the sunshine!

<3 CASIE

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Wanna Earn Free Leafs tickets? Follow @TheFordFanatic :)

I usually get to one NHL hockey game per year. This season I’m taking Sean thanks to MLSE & The Ford Fanatic. I love going to the see the Leafs play and I hardly ever remember who wins. This year, Ford Canada has partnered with the Leafs to help #fansgofurther.  To date, between MLSE and Ford through the FordFANatic, approximately 4,800 tickets have been awarded to fans for 24 home games. I love it!

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How you can earn free Leafs Games tickets

The purpose of the program is to engage, surprise and delight fans in a season-long program awarding positivity and passion both online and off . Fans have the opportunity to earn tickets and watch a game in the Ford Fan Deck. Follow @TheFordFanatic and take part in their weekly challenge. There’s still a few weeks left in the season. Official R&R of the contest can be found here.

Behind the Twitter handle is Sarah D. and she’s been a Leafs fan as long as she remembers. Being Canadian, it’s in her blood. Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Sarah and her peers cheered for any of the original 6 teams but, Sarah’s cheers have always been for the Leafs. Sarah was 18 when she first saw the Leafs play, when she came to Toronto to see a pre-season game. She remembers it as one of the most surreal experiences of her life, being able to see Darcy Tucker fight someone right in front of her, got her hooked for life!

My first game was when I was 16 and won tickets to see a game after Darryl Sittler presented me with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Cambridge. Drove to Toronto with mum and a family friend, we saw a game at Maple Leaf Gardens. I have such fond memories of that day.

To win tickets to a game before the 2015 season is over, follow @TheFordFanatic and take part in their weekly challenge. I’ll be at a game on the 31st of March. Will be spring by then!

<3 CASIE

 

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An Afternoon w/ Susur Lee at Bent Restauraunt

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Bent Restaurant w/ world-renowned chef Susur Lee, learning about his cooking an sampling the upcoming Veggielicious menu. The five-course vegetarian menu runs September 9th-20th at Bent, which he owns with his sons. Yes, he is holding two fish in the photo but they’re for the raw sushi bar!

First on the Veggielicious menu is ‘Dip Three Ways’, a mixture of hummus, baba ganoush, olives, and spicy mustard seed tomato stew.  These didn’t last long!

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We started by making meringue desserts so they could bake while we explored the menu. I’m quite familiar w/ meringue as the Pavlova is a famous New Zealand dessert I’ve been making with mum as long as I can remember. We were given Susur Lee’s merengue recipe so I’m planning whip up a batch at the cottage this weekend and impress Sean’s parents. Look out!

Below on the left is the meringue Chef made and mine is on the right. Added some almonds to fancy it up a bit. It was delicious. Scroll down to see the dessert presentation, it was a thing of beauty.

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Chickpea Tempura Tofu

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Wild Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

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French Merengie w/ Golden Licorice, feat. wild blueberry, peaches, passionfruit syrup, raspberry coulis!

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They have some stellar cocktails you can check out on Instagram at @bentcocktails.

This is the Asian Caesar, the most popular cocktail at Bent. It’s got a whole bunch of ingredients including soy & Hoisin sauce. Yep, that’s an oyster on there too.

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Veggielicious at Bent runs from Spet. 9-20th so make a reso and take your fav veggie lover for a nice meal. There’s a raw sushi bar too.
For more info visit bentrestaurant.com.

Huge thank you to Chef Susur Lee and the team at Bent for a great experience!

 <3 CASIE

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Ok here’s a MASSIVE TBT on the month of March from 2009 – 2013. I love looking back on things I’ve done. It’s so easy to forget! The main reason I started this blog in 2005 was so I could remember more. It totally worked!

On this day last year Sean sent me flowers to the office .What a darling. Love you!

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I also blogged about Andy Warhol on this day last year. Sean and I were getting ready to go on a trip to Boston too. See posts tagged March 2013 here.

Two years ago on this day I was at The Gladstone for an event. Loved those boots so much. And RIP that leather jacket.

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Took part in a round table w/ Russ Martin from Marketing Magazine about Rdio & music streaming in Canada.

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It was MUCH nicer outside and I visited the Toronto Music Garden. Took this using 360 Panoramic app in iPhone from  hTO Park (Urban Beach) which is right beside the lake.

Around this time two years ago I filmed ‘It’s All About Me’ documentary that last year won several film festival awards. I’m in another documentary that will be on the festival circuit soon. Pretty neat if you ask me!

In March 2011 I was a Personal Branding expert with Levi’s. I love looking back on this stuff, I forget how many things I’ve done!

Here are some tips on building your personal brand to help  establish yourself online:

  • Set a goal: Make a plan for your brand. What are you passionate about? What do you want to be known for?
  • Start a blog: Use WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger or Posterous to create a free home for your online activity.
  • Find a mentor: Find someone who is doing what you want to do and introduce yourself, learn from them and get inspired.
  • TGIF: Twitter, Google, Internet, Facebook: Create profiles for yourself online and update them regularly with things that align with your brand.
  • Get Involved: Seek out events related to your passion and get involved by volunteering. This is a great way to grow your brand, meet others and learn from experts. – See more here.

In March 2010 I was working at MuchMusic. Our office was in the Much Store before we moved into 299 Queen Street next door.

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At this time I helped MTV Canada name & launch FORA, a magazine at first and now a full on beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog. I was the Features Editor in charge of managing contributors. That was fun, I always wanted to work on a magazine.

I hardly had any tattoos back then and just got this anchor with two stars and a heart. I was so happy with it! That little arm is covered in tattoos now.

I was posting desk photos back then too.

In 2009, my sister Jenie was a dancer for the Raptors on the Raptors Dance Pak.

I ran into this performance artist on the street. It was pretty nice out that day and he made up a song on the spot for me. Do you like it? 😛

I was doing heaps of drawing back then too. Anyone remember this?

Ok, that’s all for now! Hope you have a wonderful day. Take a second to look back and remember some of the awesome thing you’ve done too.

<3 CASIE

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Look BEYOND your imagination!

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Happy Monday!

Stopped by the Eaton Centre over the weekend to pick up a few things for my upcoming trip and check out the new Fruits & Passion store. I was sent a few goodies from their new new Eco-Beauty collection BEYOND recently.  I posted about a great contest they had for a trip to the Galapagos Islands a few weeks ago, hopefully you entered. I’m still available to go with you if you win. he he!

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How cute are these little face masks. I can use all three TYVM. I’m going to try one tonight so stay tuned! I’ll post a mask face on Instagram 🙂

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Hope your week is off to a great start. I’m feeling full of energy and the sun is shining oh so bright. I can’t wait to share some exciting news with you SOON!

 

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