Last week I told you an awesome story about how Telus went out of their way to do something awesome for one of their longest standing customers, Ramona. See that story here. This week, they are sponsoring a story on my blog for me to highlight someone in my community. I’ll be donating the money earned from this post to the story I’m about to share.

I’ve picked a friend who has contributed to the Toronto tech & social community for years, graced the stage with her burlesque skills, and recently displayed the utmost strength as she was recently diagnosed with Cancer.

I’d like you to meet Carolyn Van.

Carolyn is a 28 year old young woman, born & raised downtown Toronto.  She loves spending time in dance studios, tweeting & talking about technology and sharingher love for design. She’s an educator, entrepreneur, innovator and all around amazing human.

In mid-March 2014, Carolyn was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer. I can only imagine what it would be like for a woman who is so busy working, teaching, speaking, and making the world a better place, to have Cancer disrupt her mojo. I’m impressed with Carolyn’s ability to remain positive and share her story. She’s been documenting her ups and downs on her blog “Cancer Chose The Wrong Woman to F%$! With“.

I’ve known Carolyn for a few years and two years ago we were part of the Army of Sass with the fine ladies below (and my sister!). Run by Carla Catherwood, the Army of Sass is a burlesque troupe empowering women to put on their high heels, share their high hopes, and bust a move on stage. We had so much fun!

We performed in December 2012 at the Mod Club for 2 nights to a totally sold venue each night. It was a an amazing bonding experience for us all. The experience of performing on stage for a packed house is so energizing!

I’ve joined some of Carolyn’s closest friends from the Toronto dance and technology communities,  to put together a fundraiser for her on July 30, 2014. The “No Good Woman Left Behind” fundraiser at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club will be in Carolyn’s honour and to drive awareness of Lymphoma Cancer. Event ticket and auction proceeds will go towards helping to subside her medical and personal costs during treatment and healing.

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You’ll be able bid on some fantastic gift packages from Toronto Symphony OrchestraArts & Crafts ProductionsHigh Heels High Hopes and see performances  To donate, get tickets, or find out more information visit nogoodwomanleftbehind.com.

 I would like to thank Telus for sponsoring me to highlight a strong person I admire in my community. Carolyn has been reading my blog and been a friend for years. I’ll be donating the money earned to No Good Woman Left Behind and I hope to see you at the event on July 3o, 2014.

With love,

<3 CASIE

TELUS truly cares about the communities where we live, work and play. Putting customers first is our top priority and guides everyttelusvideohing we do, from our Give Where We Live philosophy to our Customers First days.  See how TELUS gave loyal customer, Ramona, a big surprise to thank her for being such a great customer for almost 20 years. Watch it here.

 

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I had a lovely and relaxing weekend. Went to Screemers on Friday night for a good scare and spent Saturday afternoon at Hammam Spa. I’ve gone there a few times lately as a way to treat myself to some relaxation. this time I went a little early to relax in the steam room before my full body mud wrap. My skin felt like silk after!

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Thank you Hammam Spa for this little gift bag! I had tweeted them the day before about the 20% Stylicity discount (available now!) and they left me some goodies. Oh how I love the Internet!

This little pink makeup bag is from Ted Baker London and I  keep it in my purse to freshen up my look since I often head to events right after work. In it are always a few of my fav things:

  • Essence Nailpolish – dries fast!
  • Essence mascara – not expensive but great volume
  • Rescue Remedy – if you have anxiety, this stuff is for you!
  • Elizabeth Grant blue stick for redness – this stuff is great!
  • Burts Bees – staple!
  • Elizabeth Grant dark circle concealer
  • Dermologica Age Smart primer & tinted moisturizer – both with SPF
  • Moroccanoil Moisturizer stays at home but it’s great and smells wonderful

I recieved a few things in the mail this week to get me ready for Fashion Week. A new toothbrush from Phillips and a whitening pen. I take really good care of my teeth so these were  a treat! In other news, I was in an electric toothbrush commercial when I was 16. It aired in the USA.

These D. Scholl’s accessories will come in handy this week too. I don’t always wear heels but when I do, it can be painful! I’ve got a set of the cushions for the balls of your feel in my shoes today and they are like little pillows.

I finished off my weekend with a day at the cottage in Muskoka with my love. The calm cool air was so refreshing. It’s starting to get cool up there though!

I hope you have an awesome week. I’ll be at the tents every night till Friday covering shows and hanging with my fashion family. It’s always exciting to see what hits the runway, who sits where, and of course, who is wearing what.

Here’s to a great first day of World Mastercard Fashion Week!

<3 CASIE

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Yesterday FASHION Magazine published an interview they did with me this week. It’s the first in their new series on stylish movers and shakers leading the pack in the world of social media. Thanks Renee Tse for the  kind words. If you read it, leave a comment on the post!

Below is their kind intro. Click to read the interview!

FASHION Magazine - Social Media Star

While social media may be just a hobby for some of us, Casie Stewart’s life is all about digital platforms. As the social media director of Community Agency (a circle of artsy and techy people) and a dedicated blogger since 2005, it’s pretty accurate to say social media has taken over Stewart’s life. From documenting her every movement on her blog to conversing with her 15,000+ ‘Tweeters’, she has built relationships across the world via social media. But out of every social media platform she’s on, Twitter is by far her favourite.

Thanks to Twitter, Stewart’s living a whirlwind life she never dreamed possible. She’s partnered with companies like Virgin America, Ted Baker London, Thomas Sabo and Telus (just to name a few) and is currently the host of Coral TV, a platform for ladies who are interested in everything about the internet. Whether you’re looking for opinions on fashion and technology or just some inspiration, Stewart’s sense of humour and positive tone on her blog is sure to make your day. From talking about her social media obsessions to her upcoming partnership with TIFF, we caught up with Casie Stewart for this week’s social media star feature.

<3 CASIE

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I had no idea who was playing in the first round today when my Rogers Cup tickets arrived from National Bank.I though a Monday night match with my man would be a nice way to finnish off a great long weekend.

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I’ve never been to this tennis match  because I’ve been so hardcore Telus for ages. I still love Telus. It’s crazy how sporting events are branded. Brands everywhere, everywhere a brand, brand. I really liked the Xerox 360 camera booth (got a poster and flipbook) and I won a magazine from the Rogers Zone, the National Bank booth with Andrew Richards Design furniture was a nice place to relax. I saw several charging stations and had free parking with the tickets.  There is a shuttle from parking to front door and it’s on until August 11th. Overal fun time and so cool to see IRL, actually.

Turns out I picked a great night to come to a match…

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Two awesome players (and sisters woot!), Venus and Serena Williams played doubles in an exhibition w/ Monica Seles and Eugenie Bouchard. Not bad for my first ever professional tennis match.

 

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Wearing new pants I got at Ted Baker in NY. Had a great dinner of sushi, roast beef, vegetables, and fried chicken in the Buick Canada premium lounge. Sat in the National Bank Financial section.

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I absolutely love how quiet it is when they are playing tennis. All you hear are the sounds players make and dishes clanging in sponsor boxes. I used to take tennis lessons in high school at the Doon Raquet Club. I like this game.

Fresh made chocolates from Lindt. The new caramel is delicious!

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Spandy Andy dancing with Venus Williams! image Williams Sisters on the court.

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Thank you National Bank for the sweet seats. Fun experience! Hope weekend was good. RT if you wish you took the day off 😛

CASIE

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I got a nice little surprise the other day when I received an email from Clarity that I had made their Independence Day Bossome List. Out of their archive of 14,000+ experts, I was chosen to be featured! This post is a selection of 10 Clarity Experts they feel are a miss between BOSS and AWESOME. It’s an honor to be featured in this group as both Chris Brogan and Saul Colt are people in the world of social media  I look to for inspiration.

Clarity is a marketplace for business advice. They make it easy for you to find, schedule and pay for expert advice over the phone to grow your business. I’m a verified expert in branding, social media, and marketing. You can call me anytime! View my profile on Clarity here and book a call today.

Check out my little blurb below and read the full July 4th Bossome list here.

Clarity’s Bossome List  – Casie Stewart

Top reasons to call her…

  • Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Why we like her…

Adventure capitalist Casie Stewart has documented her adventures across the globe at her blog, casiestewart.com. Currently working as Director of Social Media at Community, Casie has worked as brand ambassador with companies like Ted Baker London, Thomas Sabo, HTC, Canon and Telus. And she has impeccable funky fashion sense. Which is bossome.

Talk to Casie Stewart on Clarity


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Yesterday my friends at Telus hosted a Google+ Hangout at the Toronto HQ to learn about Blackberry Z10. I tuned in over lunch to see my bestie Keri Blog. I heard her ask a questions while I was working and snapped this photo. Then I text it to her. Then I saw her check her phone. That is what we call META.

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After work I went to Telus HQ to pick up my very own Blackberry Z10. The building is really neat. You should creep on by if you are in the hood or going to the ACC.  I took this 360 stereographic standing inside a silo type sales centre. These types of shots take practice but they are some of my favs.

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Along with a Blackberry z10 Telus SPONSORED A GIANT PANDA IN MY NAME. Can you believe it? I’m a parent.  I’m a Mommy blogger! I named Ai for Love. 我爱你。Wǒ ài nǐ (I love you). We  both like bamboo, roaming, and black & white fashion.

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I’ve been given two months service to really give the Blackberry z10 a fair go. My iPhone will still be primary device but you know me, I like to test out new things. I have high hopes for Blackberry as I am from Waterloo Region and I remember RIM growing up. In 1999, RIM introduced the BlackBerry 850 pager, I was in high school  (I had a pager in 1997). I remember the endless “RIM job’ jokes in college, university, and still now (they never really got old! haha).

RIM/Blackberry did so much for the area I grew up in and I would really love to see them succeed. I’m not gonna call it a comeback until I’ve had my hands all over it to form an honest opinion.

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Last week I hanging with the lovely Natalie Deane from Cosmo TV at the Carlu for the official launch with all the city’s media & socialites. We had a hoot chatting up the social crowd, tasting everything in the room, and taking seflies with sass.

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They had Ja Rule? Flo Rida perform which I though was a strange choice (why not someone Canadian guys?) but overall it was nice to see the room filled with glowing faces from the light of Blackberry. Telus invited me to join their team in VIP where I ate some really delicious chocolates and talked about the new device.

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I’m looking forward to seeing that this little BB can do. I’ve only taken one photo and haven’t shopped the app store yet. I’m saving that for the weekend when I am in chill/hibernating mode.

<3 CASIE

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This article originally appeared in the Nov. 30 issue of Marketing as part of “Being Influential”.

Casie Stewart has been many things. She’s worked as a consultant, brand ambassador, spokesperson, copywriter and community manager. Until this autumn, she juggled freelance work as each along with sponsorship deals with brands like Canadian Club, LG and Cadbury seeking mentions on her life blog and social streams.

Then in September she made the jump into the agency world, accepting a position as director of social media at Community, a small Toronto-based agency that works on campaigns for clients like LiveNation, Heineken and Bacardi.

Stewart says she’ll maintain her social presence (which includes 14,000+ followers on Twitter) despite her new nine-to-five and is participating in upcoming influencer programs by Ted Baker London and Telus. At Community, Stewart is using her personal network of influencers and experience as a blogger to inform client work.

As a sought-after influencer, Stewart’s participated in dozens of social campaigns. These are four of the best. READ HERE.

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Went to the Grey Cup Players Gala Award Party at MTCC on Thursday. It was fun. Got to thank my Telus peeps in person for party and game tickets. Lauren and I danced front stage while Kardinal performed and then we went home (to the internet). I’ve never been to a REAL pro football game, only college or Uni. AND, in other amazing news…I JUST FOUND OUT JUSTIN BIEBER IS PERFORMING AT THE HALF-TIME SHOW! OMFG. Judge me, I don’t care. I love the Biebs. Our shirts were delivered today along with a football and some Grey Cup gear from Telus. THANK GUYS! Excited for the event tomorrow 🙂

 

CFL Awards Players Party

Storified by CASIE STEWART · Sat, Nov 24 2012 11:40:01

Lauren and Casie do the #GreyCup this Sunday. BUT WHAT TO WEAR?!?! #cfl http://instagr.am/p/SWvJZlDaKz/Lauren O’Neil
Money Jane FTW @kardinalO killin’ it. #greycup @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre http://instagr.am/p/SW2G07Sa-X/CASIE STEWART
Many don’t have much to be thankful for-or so they think. Life is a series of situations that we learn from. Be thankful for everything!KARDINALOFFISHALL
Joe killin it in the wingman contest. #redhot #greycup http://pic.twitter.com/VOFlobBfCASIE STEWART
@laurenonizzle isnt that the one and only @casiestewart?FS Local Toronto
"Where were you guys?""Taking pictures of ourselves in the bathroom, obvs." http://instagr.am/p/SW8Jr1jaKD/Lauren O’Neil
RT @EmmaBMiller: Have a whole new love for hip hop @kardinalO tn w/ @DonnaARamirez @auwai_inc @1loveto @casiestewart http://pic.twitter.com/VFSbZAoJKARDINALOFFISHALL
Kardi just pwned some chick from who rushed onstage and tried to put a cowboy hat on his head. "NEVER," he says, tossing it away. #ArgosLauren O’Neil
@JoeyChannelZero getting all juiced up for the ultimate wingman contest. w./ @laurenonizzle @casiestewart http://pic.twitter.com/5dkwB6JGScott A. Cavalheiro
@casiestewart @donnaaramirez @emmabmiller @kardinalo @auwai_inc @1loveto can’t wait!TELUS
It’s the little things like this that show me why we are besties @laurenonizzle. @ Pulp And Fiber http://instagr.am/p/SYqtv8ya_k/CASIE STEWART
Shirts for us @laurenonizzle #CFL #greycup http://pic.twitter.com/p1JgznqUCASIE STEWART

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