Polette Eyewear – Celebrate Summer w/ a 30% Off Discount Code!

You guys know how much I LOVE my sunnies. I’ve amassed a huge collection over the years. The last 6 months I’ve upped my game and added some of my most stylish pairs EVER from polette Eyewear in France.

To celebrate summer and my partnership, polette has created a discount code FOR YOU!


Up until July 24th you will get a 30% discount off your order with the code: Coconut.

Code is valid on all online catalog except for the Sales category.

One of the greatest things about polette, (aside from the huge selection) is the prices. The company was started by a young entrepreneur with the goal of cutting out the middleman to offer great eyewear at affordable prices.  The team is young, artistic, and fun, which you can see shine through in their advertising.


The polette blog has style advice and cute road trip diaries. Here’s a couple great looks you can find on the site right now: 

  
A few of my fav pairs!

  

Visit  polette.com to make your first purchase and tag me when your order arrives. Love to know what ones you pick! I’m placing an order today too. 😎

Here’s to a great week!

❤️ CASIE

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The Perfect Summer Road Trip #SummerCovered

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road with your BFFs and ditch the concrete jungle. I love packing up the car and heading up north, to Montreal, or across the border. I’ve had some pretty epic road trips over the years!

Once a couple friends and I drove to Austin, Texas for SXSW and another time we drove and sang our way to Chicago.  Another one of my favs was a road trip to Montreal, so great in the summer!

There’s always a few things I make sure to stock up on before hitting the road and you can find them all at Shoppers Drug Mart. This is my second post in partnership with Shoppers, your one-stop spot before you hit the open road for a summer road trip. Did someone say snacks?

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SUMMER ROAD TRIP ESSENTIALS:

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Snacks are KEY to long (or short) road trips! I like having a mixture of salty and sweet. Let me tell you I could down a bag of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn before leaving the driveway, it’s delicious! This PC dark chocolate will last you from start to finish, and if you don’t eat the whole thing on the car ride you can use this bitter-sweet bar in baking.

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I prefer cruising with the windows down, feeling the wind in my hair vs. AC and windows up. However, this means you’re gonna get sweaty, electrolytes in Gatorade will keep you hydrated for the long ride. On that note, pack Lady Speed Stick in your purse, it won’t leave a residue and gives you 48-hour protection.

I also recommend packing some wipes that can be used for cleaning up messy hands, spills, or wiping off makeup. All that’s left to to do now is top up on gas, map your route, put on a playlist, and GO.

Take note, when you visit Shoppers between June 20th – July 17th and spend $10 or more using your Optimum card, you’ll receive a PIN card. Simply enter the PIN code at shoppersdrugmart.ca/summercontest for a chance to win 1 of 5 Prizes of $5,000. Now that’ll make a super sweet road trip! Car upgrade anyone?

Once you’ve stocked up on all the goods you’ll ready to hit the open road. Heading to the cottage? Check out my post on cottage essentials here. For more products and to find your closest SDM, visit shoppersdrugmart.ca/funinthesun. Safe travels!

<3 CASIE

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The Perfect Cottage Weekend #SummerCovered

If you’re new here or you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ll be well aware just how much I love to cottage. I like spending weekends in Muskoka, on the dock, on the boat, tanning, floating, or cooking up a big feast for our guests. I’ve partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart to share a few of my cottage weekend essentials.

One of the neat things about this post, my next post about The Perfect Summer Road Trip and working with Shoppers Drug Mart is, I’m truly an expert in their products. I used to work at Shoppers in my hometown! I spent the better part of evenings and weekends behind the cosmetics counter during college.

Ok, now onto a few items to make..

THE PERFECT COTTAGE WEEKEND:

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A long day in the sun can be really draining, it’s hard work being cottage fabulous! It’s really important to make sure you stay hydrated, drink lots of water, and ALWAYS wear sunscreen. Even if it’s not sunny! I like this Neutrogena product because it’s dry and not greasy. I keep this Dove antiperspirant in the shared bathroom because aside from smelling nice, the spray means any of our guests can have a little spritz should they need it. Wink, wink.

I recommend wearing this bug spray with deet in the daytime, not just at night. Those little mosquitos (aka mozzies!) have no limits. They’ll nip your ankles and arms no matter WHAT time of day. For some reason they love me and I always start the summer with heaps of bites (like right now, so itchy!). If you’re an allergy sufferer, take a caplet before you get to the cottage so your defences are up, you don’t want anything ruining your relaxing weekend.

After a day in the sun boating, swimming, tanning, take care of your skin by applying this super soothing lotion. Oatmeal and shea butter will leave your skin felling soft and smelling lovely.

I really love sitting on the dock and watching the stars long after sunset. Roasting marshmallows is a cottage tradition along with making s’mores. The PC S’mores Bites are a delicious before you break out the President’s Choice s’mores kit.

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Other items I recommend packing include a nice big sun-hat, a good book, towel, and bathing suit. Also, don’t forget sunnies, I usually pack  few different pairs for selfies. You now me, ha! 🙂

If you’re heading to the cottage, Shoppers Drug Mart is a one-stop shop to get almost everything you need for a great weekend. You can also pick up a bunch of things for your host if you’re staying at someone else’s cottage.

When you visit Shoppers between June 20th – July 17th and spend $10 or more using your Optimum card, you’ll receive a PIN card. Enter the PIN code  at shoppersdrugmart.ca/summercontest for a chance to win 1 of 5 Prizes of $5,000. Trust me, $5,000 will reallllllly make it a perfect cottage weekend!

Thanks Shoppers for stocking me up and to find more great products and summer inspiration visit shoppersdrugmart.ca/funinthesun. Here’s to happy cottaging!

<3 CASIE

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The Zombies Guide to Surviving Among the Living: Communicating Like a Human

Last week I introduced you to The Zombies Guide to Surviving Among Living as part of my partnership with shomi, and my love for all things zombie. This week, we’re onto Chapter 2 of the guide, communicating like a human. If there’s anything I know REALLLLLY well it’s communicating like a modern millennial. Here’s a couple tips (and GIFs) on just that!

 

If you’re a zombie girl (boy) living in a human world, you want to hide all chances of someone recognizing your cravings for brains or zombie-like drone in your voice. They key here, always text. Don’t pick up that phone!

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When texting, avoid all zombie related conversations like eating brains, your fav blood type, inability to tan, or again your craving for brains.

Make sure you use short forms like OMG, IRL, TBT, OMW, WTF, and FTW. Also, try to use as FEW words as possible, one word answers are great! Typing ‘kk’ to a response is sure way to show friend that you’re a true human (you might even annoy them like their other BFFS).

If someone tries to spark up a conversation, reach for your phone and pretend it’s an important call “I’ve gotta take this’. Then walk away. You’ll be able to avoid small talk without seeming (too) rude.

Humans can be kinda touchy-feely, so another tip to communicating is to give in, and hug it out.  It’s gonna be weird, but after a while you might begin to like it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on communicating when you’re a zombie jus’ tryna live amongst the humans. Check out the trailer for iZombie here and get yourself a free 30-day trial here.
Next week we’re onto Chapter 3: Eating and Drinking. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #shomi #TheZombiesGuide.
CASIE

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The Zombies Guide to Surviving Among The Living: How to Selfie

As you might know, I’m quite the expert in being a zombie, or at least dressing like one! Well, my skills in zombiesm have paid off! Over the next three weeks I’ve teamed up with shomi to deliver you some tips on how to survive as a zombie amongst a world of humans.

The new 13-part one-hour drama, iZombie (from the brains that brought you Veronica Mars) is now available to Canadians, exclusively on shomi.

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I think you’ll enjoy my take on how to survive among the living with tips from the Zombie Guide. This week we start with Chapter 1, Social Behaviour.

 

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Some notes on the above tips from my professional experience as someone who has taken about 10,000 selfies. In order to appear extra human, take selfie in any public space. Stop, drop, selfie anywhere and everywhere. Especially in the middle of a busy sidewalk, at the mall, just be careful not to selfie while crossing the street. You might die again. Another tip is to add a filter, or even double filter to make yourself look less dead. I personally like, Rise, Lo-Fi, and Valencia in Instagram to add a bit of extra brightness.

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Here you see happy Zombie girl in the grocery store. Smiling like she’s ALIIIIIIVE.

Take a peek at the trailer for iZombie below and get a free 30-day trial here. I’ll be sharing more tips from my experience as a zombie over the next three weeks. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #shomi #TheZombiesGuide.

Stay safe out there and use your BRAIIIIIIIINS!

CASIE

 

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Top Chefs + Top Brewers = WIN! 🍻Brewers Plate! 🍻

Love beer? Love food? Love summer? Love rock n’roll? Who doesn’t!?

The Brewers Plate is a local sustainable feast celebrating TO’s breweries, chefs, farmers, and food artisans. It takes place May 13th, 2015 at Corus Quay. So, put May 13 in your calendar (Wednesday next week) and go buy a  Brewers Plate ticket right NOW.

It’s a one-of-a-kind evening of unique food and beer pairings from 20 Top Toronto Chefs and 20 Top Ontario Brewers. Once you get a ticket ($95) you can eat/drink as much as you can handle (responsibly of course tho).  Last year’s event was sold out.

Text this post to your BFF, BF, parent, or a pal you’ve not seen in a while and say ‘wanna go to 🍻🍛??”

For tickets, click HERE. 🎫
To see what chefs are coming, click HERE. 🍔🍢🍤
To see the line up of brewers, click HERE. 🍻 🍻


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The theme is ROCK N’ ROLL and I suggest pairing your fav band t-shirt with jeans, maybe a blazer? Thinking I might bust out this Iron Maiden shirt in some type of stylish summery fashion.

Kinda like this but no tights.

To make it even BETTER, the night supports a great cause, Friends Of The Greenbelt Foundation.  Check out all the sponsors and more about the event at brewersplatetoronto.org.

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU GUYS THERE! 💛☀️

CASIE

WIN 2 TICKETS TO BREWERS PLATE NEXT WEEK!

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Fill Your Cup and Reward Yourself w/ Coffee ☕️

Ahh, this view. Goes so well with a coffee ☕️ in the morning! I’ll be spending lots of time working from this office the next few months. In other news, Second Cup Coffee Co. has a new rewards programs and I’m giving YOU some rewards right now, scroll down for deets.

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Have you been to a Second Cup Coffee Co. lately? They went through a rebrand recently and have a new sleek, modern look. The coffee is also great. They’ve recently introduced SecondCup Coffee Co. Rewards, a loyalty program w/ mobile app where you earn points on every dollar spent. See details in the video below.

Made in Canada for Canadians, the app also allows members to:

  • Find out when there’s a new promotion, a nearby offer, or a customized offer.
  • Pay for purchases directly from the app.
  • Top up their card balance with easy reload.
  • Track rewards and redeem when desired. Find a Second Cup café with the Café Locator.
  • Pay for purchases and collect points using the Second Cup Coffee Co. Rewards app on the brand new Apple® Watch.

I really like how brands are getting on this mobile rewards train. I think we’ll see more and more retailers putting out things like this to give back to customers. I’m all for mobile payments! 🙌🏼

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To become a member, pick up a card in café or download the FREE Second Cup Coffee Co.™ Rewards app from the App Store or Google Play.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Win yourself a Second Cup Coffee Co. Prize pack worth over $100. Scroll down for easy entry! For more information about the new rewards program please visit secondcup.com/rewards.

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What’s your fav room in the house??? #housie

In my latest little project with TD Canada I’ve joined them in celebrating the places we live. Whether it’s your first place or a fresh start somewhere new, there’s always one room in the house you like the most.

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In my last place I loved the living room, remember this view overlooking Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto? I spent hours staring out those windows.

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TD Canada is encouraging people to share their fav room in the house with a #housie, a 360-degree video selfie of your home. My fav room in our house is the roof top patio. Last summer I had a lovely garden up there and spruced up the place with some new furniture.

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My TD Canada #housie

How to create your own – I’m sure you know!

Love to see your fav room in the house and how you celebrate your home. I need to celebrate today by doing some cleaning! Once uploaded to Twitter or Instagram your vid will be added to the others on tdhousie.com.

<3 CASIE

 

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Distracted Driving is a Modern Problem

Last week I mentioned the OneTap app in a post along with the importance of NOT texting while driving. If you have an Android phone, download this app right now. Think of the olden days when people drove around without distraction of a mobile phone, then think about now…so many distractions.

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OneTap is an app that keeps drivers focussed on the road. I know updates can be distracting (my phone is buzzing all day!) but there’s no text, email, tweet, or status update worth risking your life. When you look away from the road it’s like driving blind and an accident can happen in a split second.

Key features of OneTap App

• Prevent distractions from calls, texts and alerts
• Activate manually, or let it detect when you’re driving and turn on automatically
• Easily review collected alerts when you arrive at your destination
• Track your driving habits and be safer behind the wheel
• Keep on eye on your family’s distracted driving
• Send and receive urgent calls and messages—OneTap will notify you when you should pull over to receive an important message

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Download OneTap here and I’ll keep you posted as soon as it’s available for iPhone!

DRIVE SAFE and keep your eyes on the road!

<3 CASIE

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All The Girly Things Post on a Sunny Friday

First things first, HAPPY FRIDAY! Started my day with some work and an amazing croissant from Cafe Neon in my hood.  I’m all out of Tassimo so ventures out into the cold sunshine to treat myself.  I really love working from home and for myself. It’s been about six months and I’ve got myself a schedule. I can’t wait till summer when my schedule means staying up at the cottage during the week here and there and morning coffee on the dock after kayaking.

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I’ve started a new subscription with NextIssue, the Netflix of magazines and I love it. I spend so much time on my phone, and love magazines, but buying heaps and carrying them around is not practical for me. They’ve given me a code for you to get a 60 day trial (double the regular offer), visit this link and use 60free to sign up.

Mum joined me at The Spoke Club for the press preview of Behind The Red Carpet film. Doesn’t she look amazing? Thanks for coming Mum! Love you. The film is on CBC’s doc channel 9pm, Feb. 23rd.

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I’M A JUNIOR MOVIE STAR! Ok, let’s not get carried away here. You CAN see all my film/tv stuff on IMDB tho. Let’s hope for more this year. I’m working on a few things and hope they pan out. You might be seeing even more of my face, if you can believe it.

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Are you on Snapchat? ADD ME OMG RIGHT NOW.

You know I love short videos and this is your behind the scenes look at even more of my life and silliness and things I do in the day. You’ll not regret it. You’ll find me at: CASIESTEWART.

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Stopped into The Loft Toronto for a little snip to clean up my hair before the shoot this weekend. Sylvie and I chatted about pixel hair and made a date to try it in 2 weeks. I’ll share more on that next week.

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Stopped by Le Chateau to pull some clothes for the Shop for Jayu shoot. I’m super stoked and also kinda nervous about it. Lots to organize. Had a nightmare about it last night!

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Queen Street West, RIP old furrier. It’s being replaced by this ugly store. I mean, it’s fine for the mall but QW is losing the uniqueness with each and every big chain that pulls up in the hood.

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That’s all for now. Looking forward to a double date w/ Lozzie later. Off to get my nails done so I’m all dolled up on Sunday! WEEEEEE!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

<3 CASIE

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Air Optix Colors: Green Eyes, Yeah The Spotlight, Shines Upon You

In today’s adventures, I’m trying out my latest pair of Air Optix Color contacts, Gemstone Green.

@AirOptixColors Gemstone Green, @casiestewart #blonde #blogger

I absolutely loved my last pair of Brilliant Blue contacts (see the post here) and how they dramatically changed my look. I have hazel/green eyes so adding these Air Optix Colors to my natural eyes is more of an enhancement.

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Here’s a breakdown on what makes these contacts unique:

  • They use 3-in-1 color technology to define, transform, and brighten.
  • Comfort; as a n00b to wearing contacts, I’ve learned they’re really comfortable. I forget I’m wearing them until I look in the mirror and then I’m like WHOA.
  • Breathability – Even if work for cosmetic reasons (like me!) they’re great for daily wear.
  • Beauty – I love wearing glasses and now contacts are a cool way to enhance my look. They’re used by celebs and a fav of Nina Dobrev.

@AirOptixColors Gemstone Green, @casiestewart #blonde #blogger

There’s an array of colors available and I’m hoping to try them all. You can get a rainbow pack which has 3 colours of your choice (2 lenses of each colour). Otherwise, AIR OPTIX COLORS are available in 2 packs or 6 packs of any given colour. Ask your eye doctor about them next time you get your eyes checked!

@AirOptixColors Gemstone Green, @casiestewart #blonde #blogger

@AirOptixColors Gemstone Green, @casiestewart #blonde #blogger

If you’d like more info about Air Optix Color Contacts visit airoptixcolors.ca. If you wanna ask me about my experience or share yours, Tweet me @casiestewart!

Smile with your eyes and have a great day! 🙂

<3 CASIE

 

* Disclosure: Although I sometimes receive compensation from companies to test and blog about stuff, I always give my honest opinion and the views and opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I’m really into these new contacts and how they change my look. Ok, selfie time!

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Spa Review: Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris

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Last week I was invited to Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris at the Shangri-La in Toronto. Let me tell you, spending Monday afternoon at a spa is a GREAT way to start the week or really finish off a weekend. There’s nothing like escaping your life and slipping away into a world of relaxation.

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The PR team invited me to experience one of their treatments and I chose to go for a Hammam & Gommage. This steam and body exfoliation is part of the authentic traditions of the Middle East.

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When I arrived I was taken into the change room, given a private locker, and a robe. I put my winter layers in the closet and hopped into the soft robe and went to the lounge area where I started to relax instantly. I had my own little booth with dim lighting. I sipped fruit infused water, tea, and snacked on dried fruit & nuts (see above).

After a few minutes I was taken to the Hammam steam room where I relaxed on a Jerusalem gold marble for about 20 minutes. It felt SO good to just lay there and let my mind wander as I soaked up the steam. The Hammam cleanses your body while stimulating your senses and imagination.

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Next, I was treated to an invigorating full body Gommage (exfoliation) using eucalyptus infused black Moroccan soap. This experience is considered to be the ultimate detoxification treatment and I can agree 100%.

I felt so good after the Hamman & Gommage, I didn’t want to leave! I went back to my private booth in the waiting area and laid back down. I wasn’t ready to face the world. Within a few minutes I was delivered some tea, fruit and baklava. See, you wouldn’t want to leave either!

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I absolutely love visiting the spa and highly recommend Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris at Toronto’s Shangri-La. Thank you MacIntyre Communications for inviting me, I’d gladly go back. I don’t think I’ll every turn down an invite for a spa day or massage. You gotta treat yourself.

If you’re looking to treat someone special in your life for the holidays, send them to the spa. Better yet, go together! Any questions, let me know. You can book appointments at mirajcaudaliespa.com and check Twitter and Facebook for gifts and giveaways.

Happy holidays!

<3 CASIE

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We had Thanksgiving up at the cottage this year and it was so great! We headed up north on Friday to spend time with Sean’s parents and family. I planned to do some work around the house on Monday but instead I slept in, relaxed, and watched Netflix. It was a holiday!

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Fall is a time of year we give thanks and think about what we’re grateful for. Target contacted a bunch of Canadian bloggers and asked us to share what we’re thankFALL for. Scroll down for a few of my favourite things and a chance to win a $250 gift card from Target Canada.

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Sending love and hugs through the internet to my whole fam. So happy to be able to hug them or pick up the phone and give them a ring anytime. I recently went home to see my parents so I didn’t make the trek to KW this weekend but I’ll be back home to see them again soon. Much love to all my sisters and quite thankful for Facebook so I can see all my Kiwi cuzzies in New Zealand. Yay Internet!

FRIENDS

Lucky to have great friends around me! These are old photos of Lauren, Carly, Raymi, and Keri, our OG blog crew. We’ve had some rad times over the years!

THE INTERNET

I am extremely thankful for the Internet. It’s enhanced my life in SO many ways, I can’t imagine a world without it. We probably wouldn’t even know each other! I’m really happy that I’ve used the internet to document my life over the last 10 years. Hard to believe it’s been so freakin’ long!

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MY LOVE

Sean, this one’s for you baby! So thankful to have a wonderful boyfriend who is also my best friend. We love travelling, spending time at the cottage, or just sittin’ around watching Netflix. I don’t share too much about him but it’s important to give him a shout out! LOVE YOU BAEEEEEE.

What are YOU thankFALL for? Good luck on winning the Target gift card 🙂

CASIE

Target Canada ‪#‎ThankFALL‬

 

 

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Rdio New Music Weekly – feat My Girl @SURY_JK!

I’ve been using Rdio since 2010. I LOVE this service. Currently listening to Lightbulbs by Fujiya & Miyagi. Have a bunch of posts tagged Rdio from the last two years here if you wanna check’ em out.

Sury is in this Rdio New Music Weekly – featuring Yamantaka, Sonic Titan. The extended version will be released soon and I’ll update the vid then. Animation studio Tendril.

<3 CASIE

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