Started bright and cold early this morning and went to a blogger breakfast with Ford Canada at the Canadian International Auto Show. It is damn cold out here today. My new MotoG smartwatch tells me it’s -22 right now. I’ve also completed my 10K steps for the day so I’m gonna stop working early.
Totally got spoilt for Valentines Day by Motorola because they sent me a NEW PHONE and the MotoG watch. I’m in love with wearables and this things is an absolute vision of beauty.
THANK YOU MOTOROLA. ILU!
Felt a little bit bad for my bf who got me a great gift but when he see’s all the things that arrive from the Internet, it’s hard to compete. Not that he has to but, I did get a bunch of gifts this year. I’ll share more goodies over the weekend.
I arrived to the auto show to the wrong area and was surrounded by the sales meeting team and walked in all leopard print, bright red, and standing out like a sore thumb. (As usual, but more here when everyone was wearing black and suits!)
Finally asked someone and located the blogger crew.
Sent a photo of this cute little hybrid hot rod, Hot Wheels to my dad. Would love to drive one of these little bad boys!
I woke up in a Bugatti! Ok, woke up and saw a Bugatti.
Always wanted one of these. Still might have one someday!
Had a Valentines lunch date with Alison.
Had a heart shaped pizza delivered to Sean’s office for him. Pizza my heart. 🙂
Travelled on the GO train to visit Keri for a slumber party. Can’t forget your BFFs on Valentines Day! READ HER BLOG HERE. SHE IS REALLY AWESOME.
Ahhhhh, the country! Nothing but the sound of… well, NOTHING.
Lloyd is my dad’s name. Gave him a ring when I saw this, figured it was a sign. GET IT? A SIGN.
And now I am starting the weekend early and going to have some beers with Keri. SO happy it’s the weeeeeeeekend.
Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful few days filled with love, or friends, or drinks, whatever makes you happy. Don’t forget to treat someone you love, EVEN IF IT’S YOURSELF!
As a publisher in the world of fashion, I’ve got access to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week LIVE. I’ll pop a link in my sidebar so you can watch the shows anytime, over the next few days. Scroll down for the video and the list of designers on the catwalk today. People are getting seated for the first show of the day right now!
Today’s NYFW shows:
Nicholas K, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Richard Chai, Costello Tagliapietra, Tadashi Shoji, Desigual, TOME, Nike Levi’s Kids Rock, Todd Snyder. Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection, Charity Water
Looking forward to the Desigual show as one of their recent campaigns features Canadian model, Winnie Harlow. I imagine she’ll be walking the runway. Team Canada!
You might have seen this photo on Instagram or Facebook but today I got some cool news. Sean I are on the cover of a small newspaper outside Calgary, Alberta. The digital edition is now online and the print version comes out tomorrow! Check this out! Read the full article here.
South St. Burger wanted to recreate some iconic kisses and ours is clearly ‘Lady and The Tramp’. You can also see us on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
If you stop by a South. St. Burger on Valentines Day be sure to show them and kiss for some free fries! Sean and I had burgers and fries after our shoot and they’re really good. New York Fries were always a fav of mine growing up. I used to get them all the mall with Dad and my sister.
Check out Lauren and Steve recreating this iconic kiss. Love it!
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
This week I went to a nice little event at the new Saje Wellness store on Queen Street. During TIFF I went to the NKPR IT Lounge and was introduced to the brand.
When I told my friend I was using oils she called me a hippie but this is NOT that old school hippie stuff! There are heaps of benefits to using essential oils, read about 9 benefits here from Balance Me Beautiful.
Saje Wellness uses all natural oils and has heaps of different wellness products and accessories. My first experience was this little pocket pharmacy. It’s awesome to keep in your purse or carry-on when travelling. My fav product is the Peppermint Halo that’s amazing for headaches. It’s cooling and calming and now one of my ‘essential’ items.
I was pretty impressed to see how big the store was and how many products they have.
They hooked up us bloggers & media peeps with our choice of nebulizer. It helps reduce dust and other common allergens while creating a pleasing atmosphere of aromatherapy. I picked the Aromagem in black because I thought it was sexiest!
One thing I learned last night was that the recommended 10-15 drops was too much for me. It really fills the air and I found 5 drops to be enough.
Saje has 22 locations across British Columbia, Alberta, Winnipeg and Ontario and you can check out their products at saje.ca.
I’m SO ready for the weekend. It’s my sisters birthday on Sunday and we’re staying at the Royal York Hotel. I can’t wait, it’s going to be super relaxing! Might just bring my nebulizer to fill the air with aromatherapy.
With Celebrity Photographer George Pimentel at Cast Screening, Sept 2014 (WireImage/Getty)
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s with great pride I share with you that one of the documentaries I was in recently is going to be featured on CBC! Behind The Red Carpet, an in depth look at what goes on behind the making of one of the worlds biggest film festivals will be featured on the CBC Documentary Channel on Feb. 23rd, 2015 at 9pm.
Watch the Promo Trailer
In a world of smoke and mirrors, we expose the movers, shakers and key players who puppeteer the brightest talent and engineer the most exclusive events during one of the biggest film festivals in the world.
Top Special Interest Movies for Today in New Zealand
In other news, I was informed by our Director/Producer that Behind the Red Carpet is a Top 10 Film on iTunes in New Zealand in the Special Interest Category. I’m so happy! I’ve tagged all my friends and family in NZ to give it a watch. You can download or rent it here.
There’s likely going to be a media screening and event at CBC and I think it would be really cool to invite some of you guys (if I can!). Please share this post with your friends and family, would love you to watch it! If you can’t wait till then, rent it on iTunes or GooglePlay. Check out the film on IMDB or the website for more info.
Will keep you posted of any other details around the film! Thanks for tuning in and supporting me in all my adventures! 🙂
Years ago I used to work in film & tv as a background actress. I spent hours, and hours sitting in holding waiting to be called to set. It was a really fun experience and I met heaps of cool people. One summer I spent months working on the set of American Pie: Beta House.
There were heaps of really cool people on that set including now CP24 weather reporter Patricia Jaggernauth, recording artist Ish Morris, actress Meghan Heffern, and my sister (who had her own trailer for part of the summer). Eugene Levy was in it too.
Below is a little diary entry wrote while sitting in background holding on the set of Degrassi at Degrassi High in 2008. This photo was taken years later when I worked at MuchMusic & MTV and was given a Degrassi shirt.
I started thinking to myself as I sit in Background Holding for Degrassi High…. Here I am working on a show I’ve never seen surrounded by a bunch of people whom either I’ve met over the last six weeks or are new faces. Its’ great. I hear the sound of “Its Raining Men” on the set, I’ve managed once again to avoid being used or getting on camera. (This is often a goal! lol) It’s a total dream when you get to spend the day sitting in Holding, getting paid to do whatever it is your little heard desires until they call for lunch or “everyone on set”. I’m hoping that today I make it until lunch.
My first experience as a Background Performer was working on the set of “American Pie presents Beta House”. I was booked with my sister to do four days of continuity at a mansion in Thornhill. The place was beautiful! We met at Background Holding, a circus tent in the middle of a shopping mall parking lot. As we checked in with casting at a mere 6:30am the tent began to fill up quickly with about 200 extras who had been booked to work that day. Lucky enough, I was with my sister so I wasn’t alone. Today is my first day working without her and when you’re by yourself, the desire to be on camera and have a good time, for me at least, is very low. I would much rather sit here in the background and work on something else.
The first day of American Pie turned out to be quite fun. We managed to meet some great people and looked forward the next few days. As each day passed we made more friends, all of which included the cast and crew, writer, producer and the casting team.
Now, keep in mind, being a background performer is not as glamorous as you might initially think. At first we didn’t stop by hair and makeup, although there is no escaping wardrobe. They will not let you go anywhere without checking your outfit. Trust me, if you brought one thing in your bag that you would rather not wear, chances are wardrobe will make you wear it, that is, if you haven’t’ made friends with them yet. There is food provided, which is great. Here’s hoping I get booked for more days, this is pretty fun.
Oh man, those were some great memories. If you’ve got time and are looking for something fun to do, there’s always jobs for background performers. I learned heaps about how film & TV are made and just how many people it takes to make something you watch on a screen. I’ve done a bit of tv, commercials, and film since then. Did you ever see my commercial for the Comedy Network? I played the role of ‘Hipster Girl’ and said “I expose people to magic”. That was fun.
Here’s to Thursday, ‘best day of the week’ as Keri says. I’ve got lots more TBT stories to share over the next few months.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hey guys! On Dec. 22nd I’m hosting a session on BLOGGING at The Gladstone Hotel in their new workshop series. Tickets are going fast and I’ve been told there’s just a few more. The night will cover tips and tricks on starting a blog and how to build an audience.
The Get School’d series brings you knowledge on diverse topics such as growing and maintaining a beard, blogging, learning ukulele, indoor gardening, wine tasting etc. The goal is to be fun and educational. I’m planning to take a few upcoming classes myself.
If you’re gonna be there, let me know. Feel free to come with questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you!
The other day I was at Good Day Hair Shop in Kensington for a little pop-up party and DRAGONETTE was there. The performance was intimate; small venue and less than 100 people. Here’s some photos via She Does the City by Becca Lemire.
We decided to kick the party up a notch and dance with lead singer Martina Sorbara. Everyone threw their hands in the air and sang along. It was a magical moment!
Good Day Hair Shop is in Kensington and you can find them at gooddayhairshop.com. That reminds me, I need a haircut!
Casie Stewart is a Canadian writer, director, and entrepreneur. She’s an award-winning content creator and expert in digital. During her decade-long career in media, she’s been named Canadian Screen Award Winner (Voice Pioneer), Best Travel Blog, and Top 30 Lifestyle Blogs in Canada. Casie has been a keynote speaker at SXSW, NXNE, TEDx, and spoken at YouTube Canada and the United Nations of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and loves summer weekends at the cottage when she’s not travelling around the world.