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Rainy day, Relaxation, Recharge

Sunday. Couch. Computer.
Screens. Silence. Shows.

Rain. Gloom. Dreary.
Slow. Snacks.
Love. Lazy.

Cut, copy, paste.
Scrolling, scrolling.

Watching Halt and Catch Fire, a show about computing and getting ready for the week. All photos in this post are from casiestewart.tumblr.com. Been scrolling and pinning heaps, don’t mind a rainy day at home. . Also watched Kidnapping Kidnapping Mr. Heineken¬†and John Wick.

Here’s to a great week.

Lots of sunshine on it’s way!

<3 CASIE

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Hot Pop Factory’s New Laser Cutting Studio

Hot Pop Factory’s New Laser Cutting Studio

Received a neat gift in the mail, a personalized pack of laser cut coasters from my friends at Hot Pop Factory.  You may recognize their name from previous posts about their 3D printing. jewellery, and courses (see posts here). I love their work!

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

How neat are these! The glasses image is from a pair of sunnies¬†I own that say ‘Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye’. Co-founder¬†Biying Miao emailed to say she was sending me a little something to do with their new laser cut studio in Toronto but I didn’t know it would be so awesome!

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

The team has opened the new laser cutting studio and mad ie super fast, professional, and to make your idea reality. Simply visit this link for info and email them with your design for a quote.

How Get Something Laser Cut

1. Design or download a black and white image

2. Send your design to Hot Pop Factory’s Toronto laser cutting studio or local maker space.

3. Decide where you’d like to put that design, it could be on a wooden or leather coaster or even a mason jar or vintage leather belt (Image 03 Attached)

 

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

4. Your artwork can then be turned into a custom product by a laser cutting machine

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

5. Pick up or get your finished product in the mail when complete. Ta da!

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

I reckon these would make a great gift for parents, friends, wedding, or to commemorate a special moment in your life. Big thanks to the Hot Pop Factory for thinking of me and sending such a lovely gift!

<3 CASIE

Hot Pop Factory's New Laser Cutting Studio Toronto

 

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The Zombies Guide to Surviving Among the Living: Communicating Like a Human

The Zombies Guide to Surviving Among the Living: Communicating Like a Human

Last week I introduced you to The Zombies Guide to Surviving Among Living as part of my partnership with shomi, and my love for all things zombie. This week, we’re onto Chapter 2 of the guide, communicating like a human. If there’s anything I know REALLLLLY well it’s communicating like a modern millennial. Here’s a couple tips (and GIFs) on just that!

 

If you’re a zombie girl (boy) living in a human world, you want to hide all chances of someone recognizing your cravings for brains or zombie-like drone in your voice. They key here, always text. Don’t pick up that phone!

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When texting, avoid all zombie related conversations like eating brains, your fav blood type, inability to tan, or again your craving for brains.

Make sure you use short forms like OMG, IRL, TBT, OMW, WTF, and FTW. Also, try to use as FEW words as possible, one word answers are great! Typing ‘kk’ to a response is sure way to show friend that you’re a true human (you might even annoy them like their other BFFS).

If someone tries to spark up a conversation, reach for your phone and pretend it’s an important call “I’ve gotta take this’. Then walk away. You’ll be able to avoid small talk without seeming (too) rude.

Humans can be kinda touchy-feely, so another tip to communicating is to give in, and hug it out.  It’s gonna be weird, but after a while you might begin to like it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on communicating when you’re a zombie jus’ tryna live amongst the humans. Check out the trailer for iZombie here and get yourself a free 30-day trial here.
Next week we’re onto Chapter 3: Eating and Drinking. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #shomi #TheZombiesGuide.
CASIE

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TEDxWomen – Distillery District, Toronto

TEDxWomen – Distillery District, Toronto

Today I’m on the lower east side at TEDxWomen in the Distillery District. I’m a guest of Carla Catherwood, founder and CEO of the Army of Sass.  100 women were selected to attend the event today so I’m feeling quite lucky!

 

Carla just left the stage and rocked it!  She  spoke about Army of Sass, how it’s grown, and the effect it has on women. 

 

I can tell you honestly, being part of the AOS group has changed my life. Last night she did her talk for and a whole bunch of of has tears then a big, sweaty group hug. It was the absolute best.  

You can purchase a ticket to our THROWBACK show June 6th or June 13th right here

 

Just heard a talk from Emily Wright, you may have read about her in Toronto Life magazine. Private school girl turned homeless, drug addict. Her story was touching  and inspiring.  

 

It’s only half way through the day and I’m feeling super inspired. Also driven, motivated, and proud of the things I’ve accomplished. 

Reminder for today, You ARE important, talented, and beautiful.  You CAN accomplish anything you set your mind to. Don’t stand in your way, GO, CONQUER. 

Sending you sunshine through the Internet,

💛 CASIE

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Good Coffee, Paris Dreams, Always a Good Idea

Good Coffee, Paris Dreams, Always a Good Idea

Well hello there! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNANG. Yesterday was super nice out. It was hot by 8am! I’ve been leaving the house bright and early lately visiting my new fav coffee shop, Cafe Neon. They’ve got a killer BLT and the coffee ¬†is fair trade and delicious. Latte art lovely too. ‚ėēÔłŹ

Good Coffee, Paris Dreams, Always a Good Idea

In between working from the home office I visited the garden centre across the bridge and picked up a few new herbs for my garden.

I’ve actually got real things growing this year. 🌱🌼🌱 Last year was a doozy and nothing lasted longer than 2 weeks. By the time we have a larger garden area, I’ll be a pro!

Received a nice gift from Dove in NYC, a canvas with a collage of words I’ve used in tweets. Very thoughtful and personalize, it came with a handwritten note. THANK YOU.

Yesterday I was lucky to find a copy of VICE magazine at Rock Lobster (Queen West). Haven’t picked one up in ages. I’ve collected heaps over the years, a bunch from Australia when I lived there.

When I first moved to Toronto in 2005, one of my fav things to do on the weekend was visit the VICE store at Queen at Spadina where ADIDAS is now. They had clothes, CDs, back issues, random products. The mixes were so good, I bet I’ve got a few tucked away in storage.

Went to Colette Grand Caf√© at the Thompson Hotel this week. It’s so beautiful. I’d like to go sit there again in the afternoon and have drinks. Wear a scarf and act Parisian. Been meaning to get that book. Have you read it? This one. ¬†I just ordered it. I’m going to Paris this year.

Had fries, mozzarella salad, and asparagus. All good. They used to have a cauliflower appetizer, if you see it on the menu there again, try it!

I’ve got heaps of running around today so hoping the rain holds off till the evening. Sending sunshine your way!

<3 CASIE

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Yesterday was one of those days.

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You’ll never be younger than you are today so make the most of every moment.

You’ll never be younger than you are today so make the most of every moment.

Last week really tuckered me OUT. ¬†Fitting 5 days work into 4 days is exhausting. I spent most of the weekend relaxing, horizontal on the couch¬†at home and at the cottage. On Friday night, there was¬†nothing I wanted more than to stay on our¬†couch, watch Jeopardy then a movie, and get a good sleep. Saw Lucy and Still Alice this weekend. Alice was very sad, Lucy was cool but didn’t actually make¬†much sense.

Took a few mins to chill in the sun on the 1188 patio Friday. The afternoon sun out¬†back is perfect for taking a break from the AC or working from your phone as I so often do. ¬†Modern millennial mama.¬†‚ėÄÔłŹ💁

Walked past these dudes on Friday¬†and found this amusing. Think they’re aware of the twinsies thing happening here? This stock image is ‘three guys matching w/ lunch bags’.

Manicure was holding up nice on Friday but a weekend at the cottage is a sure way to ruin it. Will be taking part in Manucute Monday before tonight’s event at the Shangri-La w/ Maybelline Canada.¬†💅🏼

Feeling super relaxed after doing next to nothing but ride in the boat, sit in the sun, and watch movies yesterday. I can’t believe it’s almost June. I’ve got some fun brand partnerships coming up including a trip to Calgary¬†with their tourism board.

Also looking forward to¬†Bestival and seeing Florence & The Machine again. Will definitely be taking a water taxi across to the island. The website says something about fancy dress so I’m thinking about wearing a costume instead of ‘festival wear’.

 

I’m off to Colette Grand Caf√© for meeting and a bite. Lots to get done, felling well rested.
Remember, you’ll never be younger than you are today so make the most of every moment.

With love,

CASIE

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‚ėÄÔłŹ self-pres¬∑er¬∑va¬∑tion + re¬∑lax¬∑a¬∑tion ‚ėÄÔłŹ¬†

‚ėÄÔłŹ self-pres¬∑er¬∑va¬∑tion + re¬∑lax¬∑a¬∑tion ‚ėÄÔłŹ¬†

Beautiful day for a boat ride on the lake. Kawartha ice cream, magazines. Relaxation station for preservation. Cottage life. ūüíõ

    

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Don’t Hate, Appreciate! Selfie Queen, New Tricks, New Treats

Don’t Hate, Appreciate! Selfie Queen, New Tricks, New Treats

Omg heyyyyy! It’s FRIDAYYYYY or FRIYAY as kids call it these days. Woke up to find out my blog was BROKEN. Urgh.

Always a scare. I imagine it’s like your child being unable to function. My blog is my baby and when it’s got a cold 403 error and not operating, my heart sinks and I panic. It’s ok tho, fixed now bc you are reading THIS!

Don't Hate, Appreciate! Selfie Queen + New Tricks, New Treats

Went to dinner at the Trump Hotel last night because I am I fancy lady¬†for a press event with LG Canada. I was given a brand new, unlocked (from Korea) LG G4 to test drive. I love new gadgets so much. My fav things about this phone so far is the selfie camera. ¬†It’s got that beauty feature to perfect your skin (no editing required), there’s a front facing flash, and you can signal with your hand to take a selfie.

The PR team was like ‘Casie you’ll love these selfie features’ as then handed over the phone. Then, in the middle of the product demo I got called a ‘Selfie Queen’ in front of everyone. I don’t mind. I’d proud of my selfie skills. I have been taking photos of myself¬†before they even had a name. ¬†You’ll get about 12,300 results if you google my name and ‘selfie’. That takes real dedication! This is an oldie from 2008 when I lived in the East end at Broadview & Danforth. I was an IT recruiter in the financial district back then, seems like a 100 years ago now.

After I passed by the new Yo Sox store to see Ryan and the gang. The once pop-up is now ¬†permanent and they’ve got a bunch of other neat Toronto things in the shop. They’re got a sweet collab coming with Thank You Toronto.¬†For Every Product Sold, Thank You‚ĄĘ Toronto Feeds One Person.

Left my mark as usual. You’ll see this bench when you stop by for a visit.

Don't Hate, Appreciate! Selfie Queen, New Tricks, New Treats, YO SOX

Since Sean was working¬†late I picked him up a TORONTO VS EVERYBODY t-shirt and I got a sweatshirt. Finally tried the Bud Light Apple as well, not bad. It’s like a¬†juice beer.

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This morning I cut the sleeves off to make my sweater summery. I might cut them more before the end of the day. I dig this look.

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You like?¬†It’s a sweater but a t-shirt, ultimate comfort and not too hot.

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Used my little JOBY stand to snap these pix on the LG G4. I also love using the HISY mobile remote for iPhone. Selfie game strong. I’ve gotta reset my GoPro before that little guy is back in the self photography game.

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Stop by the new Yo Sox store at Queen/ Portland, it’s inside the old tattoo shop at Tattoo Rock Parlour. Message me if you do, our office is across the street and maybe I’ll be there.

Totally feeling this ‘don’t hate, appreciate’ wall decal.

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HAPPY FRIDAY!

CASIE

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Pin-Up Picnic this Weekend in Bellwoods!

Pin-Up Picnic this Weekend in Bellwoods!

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On Saturday the Army of Sass is hosting a pin-up picnic! I can’t wait. Been trying to decide on an outfit and there’s just so much to pick from. It’s gonna be cute and in Bellwoods if you wanna pass by.¬†Details on Facebook.

ALSO, our next show is THROWBACK: 80s & 90s and it’s seriously totally awesome. Pop June 6th & 13th (we have 2 shows)¬†in your iCal¬†and I’ll have a link for tickets any day now.

Pin-Up Picnic Inspiration

 

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The Zombies Guide to Surviving Among The Living: How to Selfie

The Zombies Guide to Surviving Among The Living: How to Selfie

As you might know, I’m quite the expert in being¬†a zombie, or at least dressing like one! Well, my skills in zombiesm have paid off! Over the next three weeks I’ve teamed up with shomi¬†to deliver you some tips on how to survive as a zombie amongst a world of humans.

The new 13-part one-hour drama, iZombie (from the brains that brought you Veronica Mars) is now available to Canadians, exclusively on shomi.

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I think you’ll enjoy my take on how to survive among the living¬†with tips from the Zombie Guide. This week we start with Chapter 1, Social Behaviour.

 

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Some notes on the above tips from my professional experience as someone who has taken about 10,000 selfies. In order to appear extra human, take selfie in any public space. Stop, drop, selfie anywhere and everywhere. Especially in the middle of a busy sidewalk, at the mall, just be careful not to selfie while crossing the street. You might die again. Another tip is to add a filter, or even double filter to make yourself look less dead. I personally like, Rise, Lo-Fi, and Valencia in Instagram to add a bit of extra brightness.

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Here you see happy Zombie girl in the grocery store. Smiling like she’s ALIIIIIIVE.

Take a peek at the trailer for iZombie¬†below and get a free 30-day trial here. I’ll be sharing more tips from my experience as a zombie over¬†the next three weeks. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags¬†#shomi #TheZombiesGuide.

Stay safe out there and use your BRAIIIIIIIINS!

CASIE

 

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Long Weekend, Short Recap, in Photos

Long Weekend, Short Recap, in Photos

I’m sure by now you are more than aware I was at the cottage this weekend. 

Hopefully you never tire of lake life photos and scenery. Here’s a few pix before I come back later today and add stories. 

   
                           

 Aaaaaand, we’re back! Will update this later! 

XOXO CASIE

 

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My Experience with an Uber Driver Yesterday

My Experience with an Uber Driver Yesterday

As you may know from the news, there’s lots of talk about Uber around the world and especially in Toronto. Last week I went to the rally at city hall with my friend to show support for Uber & UberX (non-taxi people doing pickups) with heaps of other riders and drivers.

 

Yesterday I took a record (for me), 5 UberX cars in one day.

  1. Home to 1188 Office
  2. 1188 to The Brewers Plate
  3. Brewers Plate to Netflix Thowback Party
  4. Netflix to Army of Sass dance rehearsal
  5. Rehearsal to Home

When I ran to dance class from the 4th car I left my wallet in the car. I didn’t realize till after dance. This was after frantically tearing my bag apart and scouring the studio. I sent a DM (private message on Twitter) to @UberCanada and asked if they could help.  It was 10:36pm.

  

By 10:42, my wallet was found and Uber Canada text me a contact number for my UberX driver who had my little wallet.  I rung him and arranged it to be dropped off at my HOUSE.

THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED IN ANOTHER TAXI.

Have you ever left something in a taxi? It’s basically a lost cause. I lost a wallet and an iPhone last year and there was no way to track down the driver or car.  With Uber, my stuff was safe and sound with the driver and back to within an hour of realizing it was missing.

There’s a bunch of things I really love about Uber (especially UberX) and it’s that drivers are never on the phone, cars are clean, and they’re generally really nice. Also the following list that you will not find with a traditional or Beck taxi.

  1. You know who is picking up and when. You’ve got the drivers name, contact.
  2. You can see on the map where your driver is at all times.
  3. You get a notification on your phone when they arrive.
  4. There’s no cash exchange or need to tip extra, payment is automatically on your credit card.
  5. Your receipt is emailed to you.
  6. You have the ability to rate your drivers and give feedback when the ride is complete.

I wanted to share this experience because Uber gets a bad wrap from some people out there but if you look at the taxi industry, it’s about TIME it got up to speed. I’m glad we have a mayor that supports the service and I hope that Uber is here to STAY!

<3 CASIE                🚘 vrooooooom!

 

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I Had a GREAT Birthday! Sunshine, Patios, BFFs, Love

Friday was my 33rd birthday and I had an awesome day. I didn’t want to have a huge night out or wake up feeling groggy, true sign of getting older I guess. I’m feeling really happy and excited about where I am in my life. Being in a good place gives you reason to welcome¬†being a year older with open arms.

On Friday I had margaritas and snacks on the Valdez patio with a bunch of my BFFs. The BBQ there is open till 3pm and the food is AWESOME. Huge thanks to Cameron (Untitled&Co) for snapping pix of us girls. We had a blast! So many laughs.

    

Have a ton of photos on my phone too. The sunshine on Valdez patio is perfect 2pm+ for afternoon drinks and tanning. Love these girls so much, L-R Lauren, Maria, Carla.

Cam, designer owner of Untitled&Co, you should check them out at untitledandco.com.
Charmaine just moved here from¬†LA, creep her IG, she’s a babe.

Lauren + Chloe (the other half of Untitled&Co!)

 

Perfect SUN!  

Later in the evening Sean picked up an amazing Mexican dinner and we ate it at Cherry Beach watching the  sunset. It was perfect.

Thanks all for the birthday wishes. I’m excited for all the things the next year will bring!

<3 CASIE

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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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