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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.

FAMILY

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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Picked up a massive package yesterday filled with new BEYOND products from Fruits & Passion’s new brand. If ya don’t know, Fruits & Passion is a Canadian-based boutique and the new BEYOND line launches today in Canada  (will be available in Quebec and online soon). Scroll down for deets on a great travel contest they’re hosting.

It’s about time you went on a vacation, right?

 #LookBEYOND Galapagos Adventure contest!

CONTEST! WIN A TRIP TO GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

 #LookBEYOND Galapagos Adventure contest!

For the month of October, Fruits & Passion is giving  customers an opportunity to win the ultimate eco-adventure.

Visit the fruits-passion.ca for a chance to sail the Galapagos on a voyage that encompasses the very best of the Northern Islands.

You’ll encounter local wildlife including sea lions (gah!), iguanas, giant tortoises and exotic birds of all shapes and sizes doing their thang in this wild slice of paradise.

Products range from facial care, make-up, body and hair care. The BEYOND line is eco-friendly and features all natural beauty products from earth-conscious suppliers and manufacturers.

Twitter:  @Fruits_Passion #LOOKBEYOND
Facebook: Fruits & Passion English
Instagram: @fruits_passion #LOOKBEYOND

BEYOND helps make people and the environment beautiful, together.

If you win, you can TOTALLY take me. I love vacations and I’m really good at them. Check out some of my past adventures before you ask me to join! (I kid I kid). No, I’m totally serious!

Enjoy the beautiful day!

CASIE

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VIP Reception at Hot House Cafe. Casie Stewart and Antoine Gaber, Producer/ Director of It's All About Me - Feature Documentary

Last month was the Global premiere and this month the film is making the rounds at the Ottawa Film Festival. Above I’m at the VIP Reception at Hot House Cafe with Antoine Gaber, Producer/ Director of It’s All About Me. See what you missed in the short retrospective film below of the Feature Documentary ” It’s all about ME” from the world premiere screening at COMMFFEST Global Film Festival on 14 September 2013.  See all photos from the event here, some of my favs below.

Jenie, Mum, Sean, and I had a blast at this together. So cute!

VIP reception at Hot House Cafe. Stewart Family members(left), with Casie Stewart (center), Sean Evans(right)

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I spoke on a panel with some of the lead people in the movie after the film premiere.

Red carpet at the screening. Christianne Cruz and Casie Stewart ready for the screening of It's All About Me - Feature Documentary

Christianne Cruz and myself ready for the screening.

Mum & sisters, love you so much!

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Thanks everyone for your support!

<3 CASIE

 

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Watched both of these in the last 24 hours. The LG one is funnier I reckon but both good. I love the LG one but that’s probably because of the accent and  location that remind me of the hills of beautiful New Zealand.

What Came First - The Chicken or the Mercedes? #advertising #thisismylife

On YouTube, the Mercedes Benz chicken is dated Sept. 23rd, 2013 on w/ 3,983,000+ views and the LG chicken is dated Sept. 27th, 2013 w/ 503,400+ views. They’ve been making news on Mashable and more. I wonder if the chickens are related or have the same agent?

Mercedes Chicken

LG Chicken

Who are the creatives and where did they both get the divine idea to use chicken head motion to illustrate the product at the SAME TIME? Reddit probably.

 

I don’t even know…

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The last few weeks have been filled with so many great things and it’s not about to stop! I found out yesterday that the documentary I filmed last year with director Antoine Gaber about genY and millennials has been selected and will be premiering at the Commfest Global Film Festival on September 14th. I’m moving from small screen and second screen TO THE BIG SCREEN!

It's All About Me - Official Selection for Commfest Film Festival

The feature documentary “It’s all about ME” will be screened on Saturday 14 September 2013 at 8:30PM at the Rainbow Cinema (80 Front St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5E 1T4). I’ll keep you posted about tickets and when I’ll be walking the red carpet! 🙂

Watch the It’s All About ME Trailer

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