I know a lot about cars man. I can look at any car’s headlights and tell you exactly which way it’s coming. – Mitch

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Now dinner. xo Casie

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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¬†‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äėjust‚Äô your business. You‚Äôll 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 weekend I was snuggled up on the couch with my computer enjoying some facetime with my TV. Instead of leaving the house (for anything) decided it was a great idea to browse a few of my fav sites in search of deals. YAY CYBER WEEK!

Recently,¬†Mark’s reintroduced online shopping, so, inorder to let you know how easy it is to order, I made a few purchases myself. Last year I got a Denver Hayes super soft cardigan and it’s been all around the world and back. I’ve worn it heaps so I ordered myself this soft drape cardigan in dark olive. To match my eyes of course!

The process was super easy and I received an order¬†confirmation¬†by email soon as the order was placed. Shipping is free until the end of the year so get your orders in. They’ve¬†got a bunch of gifts under $30 like really warm socks, slippers, fur hats and yes, a snowball thrower. I picked up a few other little things but can’t say what since my sister and Mum are regular readers ūüėČ

 

If you make a purchase before the end of November you can be entered to win your entire shopping cart. Visit marks.com for detals & deals. Happy shopping!

If you make a purchase before the end of November you’ll be entered to win your entire shopping cart.

 

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I’ve attended both¬†The Art of Leadership¬†and¬†The Art of Marketing¬†and left each event inspired with new thoughts in my pocket. My friends at The Art of… have got it going on. There’s a bunch of great people who make these massive events happen.

Tuesday at MTCC is The Art of Sales,¬†a unique one-day conference featuring five amazing international speakers. One of them is NYT best selling author¬†Seth Goodin¬†(125k+ on @Twitter). I’ve never met Seth but I know his blog and he also works with SAY Media.

I have 2 tickets for you to attend.

If you would like to go then watch this and tell me your favourite part in the comments. I will take both winners out for lunch on conference day. Approximate value of each prize = $450/ticket + lunch experience/pricele$$. BONUS!

Conference is at Metro Toronto Convention Centre and goes from 8:30am-4:30pm, Tuesday November 22. [How is it almost DECEMBER? ahh.]

If you are in sales you probably have a fav line and will like that I posted this. If you are in sales and you have NOT seem this then…

PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN. Coffee’s for closers only.

If you have never commented, it’s easy, don’t like, be shy. I’m not shy. Winning is fun. Watch the video leave’ a commento and win. Voila!

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Over the past year I’ve become close with the Mark’s brand but I’ve been familiar with it my entire life. I remember going to the store in my home town ¬†with Mum as kid. I’m pretty sure it’s still there. It’s awesome to see how this Canadian retailer has transformed from what I knew as only work clothes to all kinds of things I now mix into my fashioney wardrobe.

Mark‚Äôs new e-commerce site launched on November 2.¬†I’ve recently joined the online shopping craze and love it. There’s something about getting clothes in the mail that makes me oh so happy. This is exciting for them since their previous transactional e-commerce site was removed in April¬†in order to create a better user experience, particularly in ensuring absolute accuracy in pricing, style numbers, etc.¬†Mark‚Äôs has taken its previous site with an updated design and improved checkout experience.¬†They also added a ratings and review section to get feedback.

“This site is a testament to the great products we sell and a direct reflection of the quality and innovation that Mark’s has come to represent,” said Kristine Arcand, Online Business Manager for Mark’s. “Customers will find an easy online shopping experience with products that are delivered right to your door, free of delivery and handling charges within 10 business days… how smart is that?”¬† Tres smart.

Last year for holiday I posted a bunch of¬†my favourite things¬†and one of them is the Denver Hayes super soft cardigan. I’ve lived in it for the last year. The¬†Mark’s¬†FW 2011¬†Lookbook features a few different version of my treasured favourite. Mum, you are probably gonna get one for Christmas, so, act surprised ok.


In ¬†celebration of the launch of their new e-commerce site, Mark‚Äôs is offering free shipping until the end of the year.¬†How great is that? You don’t have to leave the house OR pay shipping!

* My other Mark’s posts/contests can be seen here, here, and here.

 

 

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“Like power, you get Love by giving it” ¬†Page 53

Been reading this book. ¬†So many good quotes. It starts off with all these references to brands I’ve worked with and countless stories about New Zealand. I had to put it down a few pages in. ¬†I was overwhelmed by coincidences. (They’re not coincidences.) I’ve been in Love with the Saatchi & Saatchi brand for a long time. They’re a Lovemark of mine. Thanks Shannon for the gift, I love it.

“Love marks of the new century will be the brands and businesses that create emotional connections with the communities and networks they live in.” Page 60

“Keep it simple: set high standards andthen exceed them. Meet, Beat, Repeat.” Page 62

Marcus Troy posted this today. If you don’t know him he is a smart guys & lifestyle blogger who really gets personal branding. Read about him on LegendsLeague. Page is from the book “Be Great”. I bought it after reading a few pages.

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Yesterday Sam & I had an awesome lunch at Bohemian Embassy. Cool spot. Right in my Queen West hood at 571 Queen.

Foursquare told me it was my first ever German joint. Sehr k√ľhl freundes!

Lots of good food & micro brews.

Black salt & home made pretzels + mustard. We took them home after. So good, so frisch¬†ūüôā

I love want this light fixture.

Tried blood sausage for the first time. I love sausages but the blood part scared me. I had veal schnitzel, Es war so geschmackvoll!

The kitchen made us the best Cr√®me br√Ľl√©e topped with CANDIED BACON. YES CANDIED EFFING BACON> OMFG. I can haz for brekky?

Today FabFind has  a dealio offering $15 for $30 at Bohemian Embassy. Go check it out. Our awesome server Max said they are pretty busy on weekends. Good date spot. You seriously need to try that candied bacon. Get the deal HERE or click the image below.

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This is a screenshot of the new HTC campaign you might see on sports, entertainment & lifestyle sites across Canada.

Thing is, you might see it, you might not, I might not. If you do, could you pretty please screen cap and send to me or link in the comments. I will send you something very secial in the mail (snail) if you do.

Thank you & Happy Friday. More updates later today rushing out the door to TedXToronto right now. Catch the live stream bat¬†live.tedxtoronto.com.¬†ūüôā

 

Thanks Jonny Bunning for this!

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Starting Monday I’m in a national advertising campaign with HTC!¬†They’ve chosen to feature me in a new campaign that will¬†¬†run for 14 weeks on lifestyle and entertainment sites across Canada.

I’ve been working with¬†Say Media¬†for a few months. Have you ever noticed the video ads in my sidebar? That’s them. I’m their leading lifestyle blogger in Canada.¬†SAY is a rad company based out of San Francisco who works with the internet’s leading voices including Seth Goden and Brian Clark (@copyblogger). ¬†Check ’em out below ūüôā

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Synthetic grass from Synlawn. It’s pretty. Thanks JOE!

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Biggest news of the day so far, Google buys Motorola for 12.5 billion! OMG.

This is exciting for Android users and especially me cause I’m friends with Motorola and been using their devices for almost two years.¬†It’s a match made in heaven I reckon. ¬†Google CEO Larry Page wrote about the acquisition on the Google blog here.

“Motorola‚Äôs total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere.”

Google, Android & Motorola are three of my most loved brands. Once I blogged about Google being my boyfriend, you know how I have affairs with technology. Remember this special guy too? In a statement, Google said ”¬†‚Äúwill enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem.‚ÄĚ

Hella yeah super charge. I wonder what devices & stuff they’ll have now? Hmm.

This is my most recent device, ¬†Moto Android, the DEFY. It’s super sturdy and “life proof”, scratch resistant, water resistant and has a swipe keyboard which I’ve really grown to love. I blogged about it here. I used my HTC the other day and typing one letter at a time w/ no swipe was like using a typewriter.

Before DEFY I had Milestone which was also my fav. That phone is bigger and has a real keyboard. Expecting a new version of that to be out any minute now.

BTW did you know I am left handed?  Vintage denim jacket from clothing swap, handmade leather bag made in Brazil from Bellwoods garage sale, Kabbalah string, blue bracelet from Kayita, pearlies from when I was a kid.

Right arm. Heart onesie from H&M, feather tattoo, bracelet by Katiya, ruler bracelet from Jacqvon on Etsy.

Last night I read this interesting article “Stop coddling the Super-Rich” on NY Times by Warren Buffet. You might find it interesting. I was kinda shocked at what he said. Good on him.

P.S. Friday I wore a super cute outfit and this is lovely. xo

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