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Photoset | YYZ Magazine: Issue 7 Launch Party

Photoset | YYZ Magazine: Issue 7 Launch Party

Here’s a few snaps from the YYZ Magazine Issue 7 launch party last week. See the full gallery here. Above is Editorial Director Lonelle Selbo ¬†with (my man crush) model and man about town, Paul Mason.

The digital issue was released mid November and you can find the print version at Chapters and select stores around the city. I wrote about Dundas West in this issue and you can find my photo by George Pimentel on the masthead.  Photocred to Brian Hamilton for the photos in this post. Love this one of me! Thanks Brian. LMK what you of the issue, read it here.


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Notable Awards for Young Professionals

Notable Awards for Young Professionals

Today is the last day to vote for your fav people from Ontario¬†in the Notable Awards powered hosted by Notable.ca. I’m nominated in the Best Blog category for Toronto. It’s my second time being nominated for a Notable Award, I was up for Best Personal Brand in 2011.

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I swore that after winning the Virgin American Provocateur competition I’d never ask people¬†to vote for me again, I know it can be a bother, but here I am. I’m up against some really great blogs that are run by more than one person which is pretty cool. It’s awesome¬†to be nominated with amongst my peers.¬†You can vote¬†for me here and pick out¬†your favs in other categories here. ¬†In other interesting¬†news I’m Nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award (for the second time) in the Canadian Weblog Awards, winners announced next week for that.

I’ve been a big supporter of Notable and Julian since he started in back in 2008. In 2009,¬†Julian and Notable document the top bloggers in Toronto, including me. They don’t all blog anymore but you’ll recognize¬†Raymi the Minx, and Lisa Charlieboy in these photos. Below¬†is another one from 2009, we’ve come a long way since then!

I had a quick chat with Julian this week about the Notable Awards and what’s next for the company. Scroll down for a recent video I did with Notable for their Icon Series and PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE.

Interview w/ Julian Brass from Notable

Julian and I chatted on the phone and I did my best to get it all down! Thanks Julian! Follow him on Twitter at @JulianBrass.

  • What was the inspiration behind creating Notable??
    • We as young professionals have so much potential, to live our dreams and help other live theirs. Notable is¬†the brand that helps young professionals realize it’s up to themselves to make a change. The idea came to me when I was¬†coming and going job from my job in Solicon Valley and back home (to Toronto). When it came to where friends and peers were getting information about their professional, social, non-profit information, it was a fragmented experience. There was no central location, not one brand to bring it all together.
  • What makes a Notable young professional?
    • Someone who is a hardworking, driven, young professional who also enjoys travel, a fun night out, and community. We talk about the¬†living the 360 degree Notable lifestyle, N360. A person who is dedicated to their¬†career, progressing each day, not just working, they’re living living life to the fullest, and you’re finding a way to make a difference in the world.
  • Biggest challenge in creating Notable?
    • When we started back in 2008, no one really understood the concept. People weren’t appreciating what we were trying to do. We might be in the GenX or GenY, but as a group we’re not the norm, we’re young professionals who really stand for something.
  • How was your team grown since 2008?
    • When I¬†started in 2008. it was just me and a small editorial team. We’re at about 20 in various roles now.
  • What’s next for Notable?
    • Well, we’re relaunching the site very soon. We’re also evolving the brand w/ the intention of being THE¬†brand for young professionals. ¬†From charity to education, we’re everything a young professional cares about.


My Tiles Arrived! What is Tile and Why Am I Excited?

My Tiles Arrived! What is Tile and Why Am I Excited?

With the Tile app you can locate anything you want. I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve lost my phone, wallet, or something valuable. If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years, you might remember a few tragic incidents! Now, I don’t have to worry!

Tile was a Kickstarted I supported in 2013, they surpassed their goal raising $2.6 million, the most successful campaign to at the time. Pebble watch blew this campaign out of the water with $10 million not long after.


Tile is a $25 Bluetooth-enabled chip that attaches to a possession (ex. keychain, wallet, boyfriend, child) and is locatable on Tile’s iPhone app. What makes Tile different from almost every other similar device is that Tile’s users are all connected through the cloud, creating a giant search net that negates the disadvantage of Bluetooth’s extremely short range.

Connecting my Tiles was super easy once I downloaded the app. Press the ‘e’ to activate bluetooth, it makes a sound, place Tile on phone screen to connect, name the device, done.


I’m pretty stoked to have them¬†since¬†it’s the LONGEST I’ve EVER¬†waited for something I bought online. That’s Kickstarter for ya, had to wait for production since they were just a prototype at the time. I’ve got one on my keys, wallet, and Sean’s keys so they are never lost. ūüėČ ¬†If you wanna join the Tile crew, check out tileapp.com.

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OVER APP for World AIDS Day

In other news, one of my fav editing apps, Over, has gone RED for World AIDS Day. The new pack is full of great designs! I purchased it for $4.99, all proceeds go to AIDS research. This app is awesome for adding text to images or art to make them look like posters. I made the stuff below really quick. For more about the app watch the Over episode of THIS: The Hot Internet Show on Coral.






Have an awesome day!




I Got a Vajacial.

I Got a Vajacial.

A what?¬†A Vajacial is the same concept as a facial, except it’s for the bikini area…

I got to Fuzz Wax Bar for my first time. Had been walking around the house for 20 min before I left, was almost late. I was nervous. Asking myself all kinda questions like, what’s gonna happen? Will it be a girl? Where ‘exactly’ does this happen in that¬†region? Is this gonna hurt? I’ve never had a Brazilian. I was nervous.

Vajacial Starter pack: sign up, room alone, disrobe, wait for it.


The experience was good. Once I was on the table with a towel covering waist to thighs, I relaxed. I Felt calm. A nice young woman did the treatment and her Irish accent was lovely, we had a couple laughs too. It was over in 20 minutes. I did not at any time have anxiety or feel like she went too close to my private parts.  This had me nervous earlier.

The Vajacial is a¬†five step process and here’s how it went down:

  1. She cleansed the skin around my bikini area with antibacterial towelettes. Towels were soft.
  2. Second she put on an exfoliator that’s used to¬†remove dead skin cells in preparation for extractions. The exfoliant was really gentle too.
  3. I had a blindfold on so I didn’t see this part but she used Tweezers and a lancet to extract any ingrown hairs trapped
    under the skin. If you have really coarse hair or are prone to ingrown hairs, I can imagine this being a bit painful.
  4. She put a mask to help with the removal of any ingrown hairs.¬†Next she grabbed a high-frequency wand and I had to take off my blindfold to see this thing. I know¬†they’re used in facials but I’d never seen one. It helps to infuse the product deeper into the skin and¬†treat deep rooted ingrown hairs, it also vibrates a little bit.
    • How it works:¬†A glass electrode is filled with a Neon or Argon gas, where a high frequency current is conducted onto the skins surface.
  5. Last step was moisturizer, gently applied to calm, soothe, and¬†lock in moisture. I was feeling fresh! I took of my blindfold, it was over.¬†My skin felt really soft. I would do it again. Great way to give your¬†‘area’ some TLC. ¬†ūüėČ


Was recommended this bikini brush and Fuzz’ very own Skin Perfecting Body Scrub to make sure my skin all over is soft and smooth. Winter can be a real stress on your skin so it’s important to take good care of it.

I hardly¬†write this kind of ¬†‘intimate’¬†stuff so if you have any questions I didn’t answer, please ASK!¬†If you wanna give it a go, book online at¬†Fuzz Wax Bar and say I sent you.¬†You can find Fuzz Wax Bar on Facebook,¬†Twitter and Instagram; hashtag #FuzzVajacial.

Thanks Olena and NKPR for twisting my arm and thank you Jessica and Florence for the goodies. I’ve finally worked up the courage to go for a Brazilian!



Life | Domestic Success, A Sign!

Life | Domestic Success, A Sign!


I found what I thought was a passport on a ledge. When I turned it over the pages flew open to this page. It must be a sign I’m on the right track. Have been doing more domestic things lately and spending¬†time at home. This weekend I made holiday shortbread. Sean had to take it to the office so we didn’t eat it all!

It’s the little things that make all the difference. You have to be open to catch them with your eyes, or they will pass you by.



UPDATE: When I got some there was a DOUBLE RAINBOW!


Tech | We’re All Just Trying to Figure It Out

Tech | We’re All Just Trying to Figure It Out

This might be one of my fav photos I’ve ever taken. I love it. Snapped with iPhone on a whim while leaving my sisters place. It brings back memories, nostalgia, I’m not even certain what exactly, just old times.


Found the¬†quote below over the weekend and it resonated with me. I’ve been¬†reading here and there about ¬†impostor syndrome, the inability to¬†unable to internalize¬†accomplishments. When you feel like someone is going ‘figure you out’, realize you don’t know what you’re doing, see right through your whole charade. ‘Impostor Syndrome is the domain of the high achiever. Those who set the bar low are rarely it‚Äôs victim’ (Forbes).

It’s ok to not know what you’re doing, We’re all trying to figure it out as we go.¬†I used to get severe anxiety before¬†going to events, being on stage, speaking. ¬†It’s not that people wouldn’t like me, it’s that they would, and sometimes I didn’t know exactly what I was doing but I was going on experience, and making it up as I go. ¬†Being in the world of social media before it was a business (or industry!) has taught me to realx and roll with it.¬†Preparation, constant¬†innovation, and trying new things has kept me ahead, made me a ‘pioneer’. (It always¬†weirds me out when someone calls me that, the thought of ME being part of the start of something.)

  A photo posted by C A S I E S T E W A R T (@casiestewart) on

So I got to thinking about blogs and authenticity and why people even blog these days, and I thought about why they started. A blog, formerly WebLog was a place for non-tecnical users of the WWW to write about and discuss a topic.

A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual[citation], occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject.

The whole world of blogging has changed so much. It’s like people blog for the things, the invites. I roll my eyes when someone’s feed is contest, after contest, shilling competing brands. It looks cheap. Once I spoke at a conference with a girl who had 50k Instagram followers but she hardly gets 20 likes per photo. The worst is when you’re following someone and think, ‘wow they’re doing great’ then the next day they gain 10K in followers out of nowhere. Social media and blogging are built on reputation, one sure way to 1) lose all credibility, and 2) look like a narcissistic¬†idiot is¬†to buy a bunch of followers.¬†There’s even services you can subscribe to now that will give you X amount of likes per photo for a monthly service¬†fee. It’s not hard to see through. Kinda makes it all seem so blah.


I started my blog¬†as a way to keep more memories about people, places, things, and thoughts. I’ve become addicted to documenting and if I don’t write¬†things down, I’m afraid I’ll forget. Twitter has been really great for keeping memories, also Google.¬†¬†From my research on Impostor Syndrome, it’s quite common in successful women. If you ever feel the anxiety creeping over you, couple good reads below.

Those are my thoughts for the day. Hoping to get outside and soak up some sun. It was 15 degrees at 9am. Not bad for November, baby!

Remember, you’ll never be younger than you are today so make the most of it. ūüôā




Fashion | BaffiCollection Wooden Lapels for Movember

Fashion | BaffiCollection Wooden Lapels for Movember

This year for Movember my friend has created a line of wooden lapel pins that are little tiny moustaches.  Whether you can or can’t grow a moustache, you can show your love for the MO and support the cause with a Baffi Moustache lapel pin. 25% of all sales will be donated to Movember Canada fort the month of Movember. These make a great gift ($20) for the stylish man or lady in your life. These lapels are mine!


You can order your Baffi Movember lapel right here AND please use promo code ‘CasieMO’. You’ll be entered to win a Baffi Holiday Box with 2 Moustache Pins and 2 wooden pocket squares valued at $175.

BAFFI wooden pocket squares and lapel pins.

I can’t grow a MO so I show my support in other ways. Remember the MoSista pinup girl calendar I was in? You can see all posts tagged Movember here or check out my MoSista profile here. The Bloggers of Movember Canada network has raised $500 so far.


With love from Queen West where I am surrounded by beards and moustaches all year!



Tech | Oculus, Wearables, and My Connected Life

Tech | Oculus, Wearables, and My Connected Life

One of 1188’s latest ventures is Occupied VR and last night they were on ETalk! Ben Mulroney tried the experience they designed for David Cronenberg’s Body Mind Change. (You might remember me taking part in Body Mind Change last year.) The Rift Teaser launches on the 24th of November. I tried it at the office and it was intense. It’s amazing how immersive Oculus is when you’re tapped into sight and sound. It totally freaked me out, I jumped up out my seat and screamed!

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Later this week I’m attending the monthly We Are Wearables meet up at MaRS Discovery District. There’s still a few tickets if you’d like to join! (Free) There’s a¬†Smartwatch Panel w/Motorola & TELUS¬†with a discussion on¬†Nielsen’s recent Connected Life survey on Canadian Trends¬†in wearables and wearable consumers.


I was really into social media before it hit the mainstream and I’m really into wearables lately. Sometimes it’s hard to believe how huge social media has become, I can only imagine the impact wearable technology will have on us over the next five years. I want to know and learn as much as I can!

Old photo of Keri and I that came up when I Googled “casiestewart, nerd” Ha!

I’ve been thinking about how connected I am to the internet and it’s rare I go 15¬†5minutes without my phone having a notification, checking email, or taking a photo. ¬†I was working away and my battery died this morning and¬†to be honest, I¬†was so productive for that period of time! ¬†Techlogy makes us more productive and distracts us¬†all the same.

I’ve got lots to get done today so here’s to productivity!

It may be freezing cold outside (if you are in NA) but try not to let it get you down. Put on all your winter warmies and greet the day with a smile.






Travel | Take Me Away To…Cuba!

Travel | Take Me Away To…Cuba!

Since it’s winter and we’re all¬†dreaming of sunshine, I’ve decided to get a little¬†more organized with my travel stories. Starting this week and each following Tuesday, I’ll be writing about my¬†adventures past, present, and future. As part of my quest to keep more memories, it’s great to relive those moments and what better time than¬†RIGHT NOW. Guys, it’s -5 in Toronto right now and I’m wearing a big fur hat as I work.

This week, we adventure to Cuba! I visited Havana back in 2010 w/ a friend. We stayed at Hotel Nacional, a famous spot where gangsters, famous people, and socialites used to hang out. The hotel opened in 1930 and Notable guests include Ernest Hemingway, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Backstreet Boys, Naomi Campbell and¬†tbh there’s so many!

I absolutely love being in a country that speaks another language. Best way to learn I reckon! I danced to the sounds of Buena Vista Social Club, ate delicious fresh fish, and took in heaps of history about Cuba. ¬†Each day I watched different coloured¬†taxis roll up with old white walled tires. It was like going back in time, I loved it. ¬†My dad builds hot rods so I’ve been around old cars like this my whole life.

My friends at Air Transat¬†made this video¬†a couple weeks ago and gave away all-inclusive trips¬†to passengers. Did any of you guys see the Cuban Cab? Would you have taken a ride? I can’t imagine the being handed a trip so random like¬†this! I could love to go back to Cuba. Especially today!

Stay warm out there!




CottageLife | So Long Sweet Summer Home

CottageLife | So Long Sweet Summer Home

I rolled down the window as soon as we got to cottage county this weekend, Toronto didn’t have snow yet and I wanted fresh air. It smelled like winter, crisp and clean. Closing the cottage is bittersweet, it looks so nice all¬†covered in snow but we can’t stay. I wanted to. I imagined staying up for weeks, making fires, taking trips to town for¬†groceries. Wearing jogging pants.


There was more snow than I thought and it crunched with each step.  Tossed a few snowballs in the lake and watched them stay in little circles. The water is really, really, cold, small ponds alongside the road are freezing over.


Picked up this blanket and mugs from the Target for TOMS collection. They were sold out of the poncho I wanted but I got Sean one of the chambray shirts. He has at least five that look similar but this one was nice. He’s totally one of those ‘Lumbersexuals’ ¬†everyone is talking about with a beard, who wears plaid and the Canadian tuxedo (denim on denim).


Had to pour out our homemade beer and tried snow painting. No Picasso!


Winter is a season I find inspiring.¬†¬†I’m planning to lay low and hibernate the next few months. Working on something I hope to launch in April.

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus

For now, lights out at the cottage. The very last step of closing for the season.
Until next time Muskoka, see you in the spring.




Fashion | Gifts that Keep on Giving, TOMS for Target

Fashion | Gifts that Keep on Giving, TOMS for Target

Starting November 16th¬†you can find a special collection by TOMS at¬†Target stores across North America. The limited-edition collection is co-designed by TOMS founder and chief shoe giver, Blake Mycoskie and goes along with TOMS One for One¬ģ giving model where every purchase helps a person in need.

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Along withe the collection they also created this totally awesome ‘Together Sweater’ inspired by TOMS One for One. Naturall, I tried it on with all my fav people. I love togetherness. Sean has agreed to wear it to a ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Party’ and I reckon it’s a contest winner! Sorry guys, the sweater ISN’T for sale.


They’ve got items for for men, women, kids, and home and with this collection, Target is donating a blanket, meals or shoes in partnership with TOMS and North America-based charities American Red Cross Disaster Relief, Canadian Red Cross, Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. Each product displays the corresponding donations so¬†you¬†can easily see how your purchase is helping someone out.

I’ve got a couple pairs of TOMS and have picked¬†a few of my fav items from the Target collection below.

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Love this poncho and am hoping to score one bright and early tomorrow morning. Each purchase will give a blanket so someone in need.

Sean’s fav outfit is chambray shirts and jeans, aka the Canadian tuxedo. The plan is to pick one of these up for him and by doing that, TOMS will provide one week of meals through one of their selected charities.

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The kids clothes are especially cute and by picking something up for your fav lil’ shorty you’re doing some good. ¬†This t-shirt gives 1 week of meals and the hoodie 1¬†blanket.

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The housewares items are all under $30 and make great gifts. I’m a fan of these little journals. Nothing like afresh new notebook for jottin’ down ideas!


The TOMS for Target collection is available for a limited time at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada starting tomorrow, Sunday November 16, 2014. My plan is to get there bright and early and pick up my favs! See the whole collection at target.ca.

I know it’s only November but I’m totally in the holiday spirit. I started Christmas shopping last week and I can’t wait for holiday parties.¬†You can count on seeing the Together Sweater a few times before Christmas too.¬†¬†If you’re in the mood for some holiday tunes, check out the hap-hap-happiest Christmas playlist on Rdio.

Tweet me at @casiestewart w/ your fav item from the TOMS for Target collection for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Here’s to a holly jolly Christmas! ūüôā





Fashion | Rudsak, A Sample Sale for The Cool Rebel

Fashion | Rudsak, A Sample Sale for The Cool Rebel

Popped¬†into the Rudsak sample sale yesterday just after 10am when it opened and there were heaps of shoppers filling their arms. It comes at the perfect time of year since winter just hit!¬†There’s a ton of shoes, bags, accessories (hats, gloves, wallets etc), as well as winter coats and spring/fall leather jackets.

In a preview of the sale the other day I picked up a new leather/fur jacket, purse, and boots.





The sale is at 99 Sudbury and runs November 13th-16th. Full details below.





If you’re¬†not familiar with Rudsak you might want to check out my posts from their April¬†sample sale, fashion week, and the store opening at Yorkdale earlier this year. Founded in Montreal in 1994, Rudsak is a brand that celebrates the authentic¬†cool rebel. They’ve got a rock and roll attitude with a focus on quality leather. This year they celebrated 20 years with a capsule collection named after 20 rockstar greats with only 20 of each item available.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the goodies¬†you’ll find at 99 Sudbury this weekend…





If you stop by I’d LOVE to see what you get. Yesterday I got Sean a nice black scarf and this hat/scarf for myself. ¬†Find Rudsak on Instagram at @Rudsak, Twitter @RusdakCanada, and Facebook/RudsakCanada.



Dinner with Chef Chef Nina Compton + Saint Lucia Tourism

Dinner with Chef Chef Nina Compton + Saint Lucia Tourism

On Monday night I travelled to Toronto’s Queen East for a mini escape to Saint Lucia with Chef Nina Compton and their tourism board. I’ve never been to Saint¬†Lucia¬†but I’ve also never wanted to go more than right now after tasting the food and hearing travel stories from other guests.

Chef Nina cooked up some seriously delicious food. My fav was the cacao beef short rib with polenta and baby veg. The spicy cacao martini was a nice start to the night. You might recognize her from Bravo’s Top Chef, she was the runner-up and fan favourite on the most recent season. Chef Nina is in Toronto as the first culinary ambassador of Saint Lucia. Now that’s an awesome gig!

Chef Nina Compton, culinary ambassador of Saint Lucia=

Here’s some snaps from the night by the lovely Becca Lemire. Did you know Saint Lucia, aside form it’s natural beauty, has a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. DRIVE IN VOLCANO. A DRIVE IN VOLCANO. I can only imagine the other magical wonders waiting there for me.

Chef Nina Compton, culinary ambassador of Saint Lucia

Photographer: Becca Lemire

Photographer: Becca Lemire

Photographer: Becca Lemire

Thanks to the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and Chef Nina Compton for a delicious dinner and some time to catch up with Andrew (aka Dobbernation). I had a great time meeting Charlene who has been reading THIS IS MY LIFE for years had never ran into me IRL. HI CHARLENE. It’s a truly humbling and awesome¬†experience meeting people who have been reading for a while. It’s nice to get to know ya. You know heaps about me!

Here’s to a wonderful day. It may be getting cold outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the sunshine wherever you go.


Fashion | Look Into My Eyes, Air Optix Colors Canadian Launch

Fashion | Look Into My Eyes, Air Optix Colors Canadian Launch

Last week I went to the Air Optix Colors launch w/¬†Cohn & Wolfe. I got to pick out a pair of colour contacts and have my makeup done. This photo is really close, I hope it doesn’t scare you lol. Reminds me I’ve aged! Those lines are from lots of smiles though.¬†My usual hazel green eyes were transformed w/ this vivid Sterling Grey. I’m not a usual contacts wearer but these guys come in a variety of colours and last 30 days. ¬†There’s a really bright blue I’d love to try! You can check them out at¬†airoptixcolors.ca

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Loved this fur. Sadly it’s not mine, was just there for the photo booth. Quick reminder that Rudsak Canada is having a sample sale starting tomorrow at 99 Sudbury and there will be heaps of leather and fur goodies. I’ll have a sneak peek for you tomorrow!



About Casie Stewart

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.


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