TIFF | Bask-It Style Lounge 2023

This year’s Toronto International Film Fest was so much fun. I was hot off the heels of Venice Film Fest and the whole experience felt like a movie. One of my favorite events every TIFF season is the Bask-It Style lounge hosted by Glo Communications. They bring together a variety of brands spanning fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, inviting media to discover what’s new and take home a great selection of items.

Natalie and I met up to view the brands together and it was truly a great time. We had our makeup done by Stila, hair by Marc Anthony, tried on glasses by Victoria Beckham, and more. One of the BEST gifts was the Philips Sonicare Prestige, it has Bluetooth, an app, and uses AI to get to know your mouth. Incredible!

We sampled wine from the Rueda region in Spain. A personal favorite of mine, ever since I visited the region back in 2019 (see here!). Wine sommelier Renée Sferrazza was on site to take us through the different blends and I took home a 2020 bottle of Nēkora by Diez Siglos. Renée was a guest on our Cast of Creators podcast earlier this year, listen here.

My hair was looking gorge thanks to Alanna who was using Marc Anthony products. It was nice to see her as we met a week before on a big shoot for Metro Grocery.

Stilla Cosmetics was the makeup partner and I’ve been using their products for years, the liquid eyeliner and eyeshadow pallets are favorites. At the lounge I discovered an incredible product I’ve been using every single day since, it’s called Stila One Step Correct and it’s a skin tone correcting & brightening primer. It works instantly to tone down redness or dark circles. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

I also got a tan from Sophie with St. Tropez tan, my favorite self-tanner of all time. I’ve been using it year-round for ages. I wrapped up my experience looking glam, tanned, and ready for my next event.

Thank you Jess, the team at Glo Communications, and all the brands involved for hosting a wonderful time. Photos by Ryan Emberley/Kennedy Pollard.

Venice Film Festival 2023

At the start of September, Sean and I flew to Italy for the Venice Film Festival. His immersive documentary, Spots of Light was accepted into the Venice Film Festival competition! It was also my first time in Italy!

We arrived in style with an Official Festival car picking us up from the airport and taking us to the airport boat dock. I’d been dreaming of taking a fancy water taxi and arriving just like Lady Gaga’s iconic arrival in 2018. It was close to that, aside from the paparazzi and me dangling my feet off the side of the boat lol. We arrived at the Excelsior Hotel (where all the celebrities are dropped off!) and were whisked away to another festival driver for hotel delivery. I was loving every moment!

After checking in, we met up with Spots of Light Director Adam Weingrod and Producer Kobi Mizrahi. We took a short boat ride to the Immersive Island as Adam was speaking on a panel.

Their film was very well received and although they didn’t win an award, being selected for the Venice Film Competition is quite an honor! Congratulations!

Watch the Trailer for Spots of Light

Spots of Light is an immersive VR documentary that takes viewers into the extraordinary journey of Dan Layani, who as a young soldier tragically lost his sight in combat in 1982. Despite facing this life-altering setback, Dan propelled himself forward as he pursued his education, found love, and raised four children. After 25 years of living in darkness, a miraculous opportunity presented itself for Dan to undergo an experimental surgery to bring back his sight. With his vision restored, Dan was able to behold his beloved wife and his four children, for the very first time.

See more @ spotsoflight.com

I have so many photos of Italian cops and security, there were a lot of babes. 🤣

We stayed in a really cute old villa that served an amazing breakfast and had glass chandeliers.

On our last day, we took another water taxi from the Excelsior Hotel, through the main Venice Island, and then to the airport. The weather was perfect and it was so nice to experience the Canals. Overall, great trip! I definitely want to go back and explore Italy!

Smythe | FW23 + Pre-Spring 2024

Smythe FW 2023

I recently went to preview the SMYTHE FW23 / PS24 collections at the Ace Hotel. The collections are GORGEOUS, I loved the colors, shapes, and fabrics.

Smythe makes the most beautiful blazers and suits, love this fit!

This was my absolute favorite item I saw that day! A 2-piece suit with sparkle details down the pants and blazer, LOVE IT. 😍

This sleeveless turtleneck is so cute, great style/colour for fall/winter! To shop the latest looks from Smythe visit shopsmythe.ca and follow @smythethebrand on Instagram.

Side note, the Ace Hotel is SO NICE. It was my first time there and I definitely to go back for a staycation.

There were a bunch of gorgeous dresses in fun prints and sparkles. This gold lamé dress was STUNNING! I ended up borrowing it for the Vence Film Festival! Wore it to an event at the Immersive Island and to the premiere event for Tatami.

Venice Film! Thank you Esther Garnick & the Smythe team!