Events

Events, usually they have a hashtag.

This weekend I’m taking my sister Carynn on a date to Woodbine Racetrack for her very first time. Instead of eating at the concession, we’re getting a lil’ fancier at Favourites Dining Room (located on the 2nd Floor, west end).  It IS Thanksgiving weekend after all! Thanks Woodbine!

If you’re just tuning in or don’t recall, I’ve partnered with Woodbine for the entire racing season. See my previous adventures with Dawn at Ricoh Mile, the Queen’s Plate w/ Carla, and the first race of the season, Woodbine Oaks w/ Sean.  

  The racing season goes until November so you’ve still got time to plan a little outing. If you are a smoker, you’ll be happy to know there’s smoking areas and you can actually smoke beside the track. Crazy I know. 

  
Woodbine has an #OffToTheRaces contest running the entire season where you can win $1,000 Woodbine Racetrack gift card just by snapping a selfie at the racetrack and post to Twitter/Instagram w/ the #OffToTheRaces hashtag.

Get more info on Woodbine and upcoming races by visit their website at woodbineentertainment.com.

 CASIE

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Last month I was a guest speaker at MaRS Discovery District for the We Are Wearables event themed around cameras and capturing the future. Last time I spoke at MaRS I was on a panel about panels, see here.  I love being in this building, it’s always filled with smart minds, creators, and people making a difference in the world.

This event, in partnership with Best Buy Canada, took a deep dive into how wearable cameras and new technologies are changing the way we capture our lives.

One of the things I was really intrigued by was the ion Snapcam for lifelogging. It’s a 1½” square that weighs just over an ounce, you snap it on via magnet/carabiner clip and tap once for still camera shots or twice to start HD video. Then, it connects wirelessly to your smartphone for instant uploading. I need one of these ASAP. 

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Before ending the night, a panel made up of Giovanni Tomaselli – Founder and CEO of iON Worldwide, Zayn Jaffer – Director of Merchandising, Emerging Business at Best Buy Canada,  Oskar Kalmaru – Co-founder & CMO of Narrative, Steve Mann – the Father of Wearable Computing and Chief Scientist at Meta, Tom Fowler – Chief Marketing Officer at Recon Instruments and one of Canada’s top bloggers and pioneer in social media, Casie Stewart sat down with We Are Wearables founder, Tom Emrich to talk about lifelogging and the impact of wearable cameras on society.

Read more about the night at wearewearables.com

The next We Are Wearables look sat Sports & Entertainment and there’s another event on October 13th that covers Changing the Game of Sport. See more about upcoming events and Wearable happenings at wearewearables.com/events.

Will keep you posted for my next public speaking gig, love to see you there!

CASIE

 

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Last week the girls from Fitzroy Boutique opened their latest pop-up at 12 Ossington. They’re partnered with adidas Originals and during Nuit Blanche last weekend, you could have your new kicks customized by two awesome Toronto artists, Andre Kan or Madison Van Rijn.

My shoes were customized by Madison (above) and I picked a little love note envelope similar to a tattoo on  my right arm. I’ve had a few pairs of shoes customized over the years with my name so now, I’m adding adidas to my collection.

Photo by Becca Lemire for She Does the City

I also love the dress Julie (one of the Fitzroy babes) was wearing and I picked one up for myself. I was feeling pretty tired after going to WeDay so a little retail therapy was JUST what I needed.

Photo by Becca Lemire for She does the City

Photo by Becca Lemire for She Does The City

Photo by Becca Lemire for She Does the City

The pop-up runs until the end of November. I suggest making sure there’s some room on your fav credit card because there so many really nice items in the store. If you can’t make it there IRL, check out @FitzroyBoutique on Instagram or visit shopfitzroy.com to shop online.

Thanks again for having me ladies! 😘😍

CASIE

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The INSIDE OUT Project is ‘a global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art’ created by world renowned street artist JR. Photobooths for this project have travelled all around the world photographing regular people and turning their faces into massive art installations (Paris, London, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, etc) since 2011.

  Last week I waited in line for about an hour with Paddy Jane and Jennifer Hollett (former Much VJ, current NDP candidate) at Nathan Phillips Square on the last Toronto dat of photos from the INSIDE OUT project. I really wanted to have my face be part of it! IMG_2292.JPG This past weekend during Nuit Blanche, I was spotted! A couple people sent messages with photos of my face in the square. So cool. Here’s a shot of it being wheat pasted to the concrete.

Photo via BlogTO

The documentary on the INSIDE OUT project is on iTunes and I’m planning to watch it soon. If you’re keen to look for some familiar faces downtown, the portraits will be in Nathan Phillips Square and around the city until October 12th.

💛🎨 CASIE

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Last weekend I went on an epic cottage adventure. If you were following Twitter or Snapchat you’d have seen a bunch of tweets from myself and Lauren as 2 planes landed on our lake and took us flying around Muskoka for the afternoon. My guests included Lauren, Steve, Sean, and one other special guest…a golden KD noodle. Ok so you’re thinking what? A Noodle? Yes, a NOODLE! 

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KD is celebrating the love it’s fans have for it in a way that’s truly worthy,  WITH GOLD. Until October 5, Canadians have the chance to win a 1-LB 24K Gold Noodle, worth approximately $30,000 CAN. To enter pop by your local grocer and pick up a limited edition box of KD Gold. Next, enter your unique PIN, found inside specially marked 4 and 12 pack bundles of KD Macaroni & Cheese, at kdgold.ca.  No the noodle is not in the KD box! It’s pretty heavy!  You can also win hundreds of instant prizes, including gold-plated KD cuff links, sunglasses, flip flips, or a gold plated coin.

If you’re wondering how I like my KD, I like to switch it up, sometimes ketchup, maybe hot dogs, other times a healthy dash of black pepper. As a side note, I didn’t actually try Kraft Dinner until I went to college. My parents are from New Zealand and they don’t have KD there. Thankfully my college crew introduced me! It’s one of those things everyone has in their pantry and sometimes the perfect fix  to feed your hunger.

My KD Golden Noodle Adventure in Muskoka

Here’s a few snaps from our float plane experience. We flew from Bala to Port Carling, went for lunch, and flew back. It was beautiful to experience an aerial view of Muskoka this time of year, the leaves are all starting to change. Special thanks to our pilots at Lake Country Airways for a great trip!

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Our friends from across the lake saw us off cottage style proper, a sea doo chase!

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Magical.

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Hey Lauren & Steve!

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I would love to be a pilot one day. I was feeling like Paris Hilton at this moment as we rode off in our private planes. I could get used to this! 

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Landed in Port Carling

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Sweet ride!

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After lunch it was time to head back to the cottage. Me n’ my crew! 

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Thanks KD for an awesome and unforgettable afternoon. I think the noodle enjoyed it! Ha.

For info on how YOU can win the golden noodle visit kdgold.ca or check out  @KraftDinner on Twitter or Facebook.com/kraftdinner.

🎈💛✈️💯 CASIE

 

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Thursday was a busy one! I went to 4 media events and was home just after 8pm. It’s fun but exhausting! Today is chill time, hair, nails, lunch, art show w/ bae. 

Had a great kickoff to fall yesterday w/ LCBO & Wine Country Ontario over lunch hosted by Chef Lynn Crawford (Food Network Canada & The Cooking Channel). The event featured a Thanksgiving menu prepared by Chef Lynn, along with several other talented winemakers, chefs, and food artisans from Ontario.

I don’t go to heaps of ‘foodie’ events, although I enjoy them! It’s always a bit funny for me because the foodies are REALLY serious about the food, flavours, textures, pairings. I love listening. My take is usually, much more relaxed, a lifestyle writer approach. Does it taste good? Can I cook this at home? Will my friends like it? Can I impress the BF/parents?

Here’s some Tweet highlights from the #LCBOTasteLocal event:

We learned how to make a thanksgiving feats like a pro using preservatives, and items from local markets, and our own backyards. The menu is now available at LCBO stores across Ontario and looks like the top photo in this post. The little book features ideas for hosting, cocktail & cocktails, food/wine pairings, and recipes.

I’m not 100% on our plans for thanksgiving yet this year but it’s one of my fav meals of the entire year. Would love to Chef Lynn’s cauliflower & celery root mash w/ onion thyme marmalade. Like, how good does that sound?!

Here’s to a great weekend. Heading up to the cottage w/ Lauren & our BFs tomorrow and flying Muskoka in private planes on Sunday. **Pinch me!** This is my life, gahhhhh!

💛☀️✈️😎✌️CASIE

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Last week I visited the NKPR IT Lounge at the TIFF bell Lightbox. This lounge, hosted by NKPR, celebrates it’s 10th year and brings together an array of great products and sponsors, to offer gifts to celebrities in town for the festival.

I was very Ellen Degeneres/Justin Bieber when I visited. haha. 

Celebrating 10 and 40 years respectively, NKPR’s highly sought-after IT Lounge and the Toronto International Film Festival will officially partner for the first time – a coming together of the decades – to create an exclusive anniversary Festival experience at TIFF. … In 2006, NKPR’s IT Lounge was the first gifting suite in North America to bring cause to the forefront. This tradition of giving back continues, and in 2015 a donation will be made to Artists for Peace and Justice for every celebrity who sits for a portrait.

Since Last Week An Array of Celebrities Rolled Through

 

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What’s in the NKPR It Lounge Swag Bag?

 

The winner will receive premium festival treats below, plus extras including an eOne DVD collection of popular films from previous TIFF years.

  • – Racinne Lady I Messaging Rejuvenation System $69.99
  • – Saje Natural Wellness Pocket Pharmacy $59.95
  • – OGX Beauty Organix Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment $14.50
  • – Case of Flow water
  • – BottleGreen Sparkling Elderflower Water
  • – David’s Tea – Pumpkin Chai
  • – Barilla Pasta
  • – CROSS Pen
  • – Square One – $50 Gift Card
  • – Festival Hair Essentials Pack from Goody valued at $50
  • – Fuzz Wax Bar – 1 free service
  • – Tom Tailor Canvas Bag

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Enter to Win an The NKPR IT Lounge Celebrity Swag Bag

 

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For an EXTRA entry retweet this tweet and comment on this Facebook post. Each one will get you another entry and increase your chances of winning the mega prize. Open to anyone in Canada. Sorry Americano & overseas friends!  Contest closes in one week. Happy TIFF! RT This Tweet Comment on This Post

😀💛🎬🎥CASIE

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Last week I was invited to hang out at Second Cup on King and learn about how to make the perfect Flat White. The flat white is a fav in Australia and New Zealand, something I’m very familiar with!  When I lived in Australia, each morning I’d ride my bike over to the Le Paris Go cafe in Bondi Beach and get a flat white to start my day. I’m so glad it’s made it’s way to Canada!

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Nicole from She Does the City, me, Wendy from Hip Urban Girl, Nicole from Dainty Girl

The girls and I sat down at the coffee bar with Second Cup’s in-house coffee expert and curator Pat Russell, Senior Product Developer. Pat has been with Second Cup since 1996, so he REALLY knows his stuff.

The flat white is known for its smooth texture which highlights the true taste of the espresso, without any bitterness or excess of milk. It features a double shot of Second Cup’s rich Espresso Forte, velvety steamed milk, and a thin layer of micro-foam. I prefer a flat white over a latte because it has less milk.  (I had a lactose allergy growing up so I try to do have too much milk these days.) If you’re not a milk drinker, you can request your flat white be made with almond or soy milk for a bit of added sweetness and nutty flavour.  Another thing to note is the Flat White is only available in one size – an 8oz/250 ml cup – this is to preserve the proper ratio of espresso to milk.

How a Flat White is Different than Other Coffee Drinks
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I invite you to switch up your coffee routine and try a Second Cup Flat White yourself. In other news, from September 1-30, 2015, Second Cup Rewards members earn 5x points on all Flat Whites. If you buy 3 Flat Whites, you earn enough points to get one free! Sign up here.

Find Second Cup TwitterFacebook and Instagram or check out their website for exclusive offers and product information. Share your thoughts on the new Flat White w/ hashtag #SCFlatWhite, love to know your thoughts!

☕️😀 CASIE

* Post sponsored by Second Cup Coffee Co.
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