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HTC One Guest Post by Vanessa Grillone

What do you value in life or in a job? What do you want for your future? What are your goals? I’ve been trying to answer these questions as clearly as I possibly can without being influenced by others. I’m finding it tougher to be authentic in my twenties, than I did when I was younger. Your mid-twenties come with a lot of second-guessing, a lot of doubt, and many many questions. With the constant use of social media comes the pressure to conform, which is why I follow blogs that feel authentic. Blogs that aren’t solely about every single product said blogger uses. Seeing them hang their individuality proudly makes me want to be authentic, online and in person and every other way possible. That’s a huge factor in my love for casiestewart.com. You can tell that Casie doesn’t blog for the sake of blogging, she writes about things…

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#OfftotheRaces: The Queen’s Plate 2015 at Woodbine Racetrack

Last weekend I took Carla to Woodbine Racetrack for her very first Queen’s Plate. In case you missed my post about it last week, the Queen’s Plate is the oldest continuously run race in North America and Canada‘s oldest thoroughbred horse race, having been founded in 1860. (Wiki). We attended the Hats & Horseshoes party and dressed according to the ReThink at the Races theme in black and white. My dress is an oldie from JacFlash that has a cape and I absolutely love it. It’s that LBD I can always count on when I need to throw on a dress and feel fabulous.  (LBD = Little  Black Dress)   Picked up my hat at Winners while in Ottawa with Mum last week. Bag is Betsy Johnson, shoes Nasty Gal – Shoe Cult, necklace is vintage silver from Tiffany’s (Sean got me me a couple years ago). Glasses are from Polette Eyewear in…

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Did Something Neat and It’s Coming to Your Screens! #myinstaxstory

I’ve been working with 1188 a couple months now and recently directed the shoot + social campaign for my first commercial! Yay! Fuji Instax commercial will be on TV, YouTube and social. I’m pretty excited about the whole thing. I’ve always loved working behind the scenes, casting, and being in charge of things, so this is quite neat! FujiFilm Instax Commercial #myinstaxstory I cast three amazing people in the commercial Lauren O’Nizzle, Andrew ‘Gunnarolla‘ Gunadie, and Vanessa Cesario, and the shoot was shot by Becca Lemire. It’s a bit hard to tell how cute the photos are from the commercial above but they are totes adorable. We shot in Trinity Bellwoods Park and at The Store on Queen. Shoutout to Hubby Angela and Wifey Vava from TSOQ for opening the store early for us! Here’s a few snaps from the shoot!     Follow Lauren on Twitter Follow Vanessa on Instagram Subscribe to Gunnarolla…

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Treat Yo Self! Book A Holiday Hair & Makeup Appointment

I recently booked a professional makeup artist to come over and do my makeup before a holiday event. It was SUCH an awesome experience. Having your hair and makeup done by a professional makes a HUGE difference. It’s amazing how much you can learn from a couple hours with an expert. I had Rimmel Canada spokesperson Vanessa Jarman over to doll me up and show me some tricks. She lined my eyes with Rimmel waterproof eyeliner before anything else, and told me to squish my eyes together ‘like I mean it’. This lined the inside of my eyes with a waterproof liner protecting my makeup from fading over the course of the night. She also taught me to use an angle brush or small eyeshadow brush to set my liner with something dry (ie. eyeshadow). I learned about colours to wear for my skin, blending and layering makeup, and using different sized brushes for different parts of the face. I’d been using a rather large…

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Next Level Selfie Action | HTC One M8 from Telus

One thing I love about my blog job almost more than the clothes, makeup, jewellery, and trips around the world is GETTING NEW GADGETS! My friends at Telus emailed me on Tuesday to offer me the brand new HTC One M8. I was ecstatic! The device comes out from Telus on April 10th so I’m super stoked to have one before then. I used to have the old HTC One before I spilled water on it. RIP old buddy. I’ve done lots of work with HTC over the last few years and been featured in two HTC campaigns with SayMedia. Last year they had a big one to be the next HTC Influencer and the winner won consulting from me. The winner was Vanessa Grillone and we had a blast working together. Remember this?  OK SO THE IMPORTANT THING HERE IS… THE HTC One M8 HAS A DUAL CAMERA! A WHAT? A CAMERA…

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War of the Words | Toronto Poetry Slam

On Saturday I went to my first Poetry Slam w/ Vanessa Grillone and her cousin. It was so awesome! I ended up being one of the judges. When I was 14 I published an anthology of poetry and prose so this was super neat.

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone, Find Magic

Been loving my walk to work the last week. It’s great to be in a creative office surrounded by art and internet.  Our building is about 10 minutes from my door, major score! Greeted by this sign when I walk in. There’a all kinds of creative, vintagey things around here. Will give you a tour one of these days. I did not wear the right shoes for snow! Doh. Shoudl really know better. Yesterday I took my mentee to the AGO for his first visit and to see the Guggenheim exhibit. We walked around and talked about her future eventually coming up with a plan and some actionable items. Vanessa Grillone won the HTC One contest earlier this year and part of the prize was mentorship from me. See her post about winning here and a guest post on my blog here. I absolutely love the AGo and have been…

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Alicia Keys Rocks Canadian Designed Eyewear – AND THE WINNER IS….

I’ve posted about Clearly Contacts a few times over the last two years and built a pretty good relationship with them. Remember summer Sixties Summer Love, Ray Bans, and once I interviewed Canadian eyewear designer Derek Cardigan. Today, I got am email from PR that Alicia Keys is wearing Derek’s glasses in her new video! In support of Canadian talent I give props to Derek Cardigan AND Clearly Contacts is giving you a pair of these exact glasses. Deets on how to enter below! See Alicia Keys looking like a babe in these glasses…. Now see yourself in these glasses looking fabulous… How do I win? You know the drillio, tweet me and Clearly Contacts by clicking below. If you do it right away you have a better chance of winning. I would like to get your order in before Friday so you get them next week! The glasses retail for $89 and can…

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And the LAZY PANTS Winner is…

Thank you everyone who entered the LAZY PANTS contest. After putting all the names in random.org, the WINNER IS SHELDON. Thanks bro! I’m wearing mine right now after spending most the day horizontal on the couch being lazzzzzzzy. Take a look at the entries and please enter next contest. I’ll try and arrange another giveaway soon! Follow @ThatsLazy on Twitter/Instagram! [View the story “LAZY PANTS CONTEST ENTRIES” on Storify] LAZY PANTS CONTEST ENTRIES Storified by CASIE STEWART · Sun, Nov 18 2012 19:10:02 Feeling so lazy after 9 hours of serving pizza – wonder who won them #itsLazy pants from @casiestewartVanessa Grillone @CasieStewart I need LAZYSUPPORT. Pup needs something cozy to lay on during the long winter days #thatslazy #pupcuddles http://pic.twitter.com/jE7rMEJPVanessa Grillone Hey @casiestewart & @thatslazy, I want a pair of those pants, but I’m too lazy to think of a good reason why #thatslazySheldon Levine It’s tiring being King…

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Fashion Friday: Wanelo, NastyGal, Sherway Gardens winners

Been loving a couple online shops lately. I don’t buy as much in real life as I do in my dreams but I like the ideas they give  me to spice up my existing wardrobe.  This image is from the Wanelo email. Wanelo is “a way to find unique products and stores you have never heard of.” I’ve been drooling a bit, figured I should share! I hate the emails from Nasty Gal, they read my mind and know exactly what I want/am wearing. The ads follow me around online, taunting me with things they know I want. JERKS! These emails are what made me cave and buy a few pairs of Jeffrey Campbell shoes. Everything they send out is so nice and they have a monthly lookbook. I think I have all these outfits on some vintage variation. I love Jane Fonda in this Pucci Pre-Fall outfit. My fav…

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Drum Roll Please… The #NXNEi Winners are @ericatweetheart & @misslau!

There were a heap of entries! Thank you. I have a special code for two people to get 50% off a NXNEi pass. If you are interested, please let me know. First come, first serve! My panels are BOTH on Thursday, June 14th at 9:30am and 10:45am.  I hope you can make it! See the full schedule for details. [View the story “NXNEi 2012 Contest Entries” on Storify] NXNEi 2012 Contest Entries Giving away two passes for NXNE Interactive 2012. Enter here: https://casiestewart.com/nxnei-2012-ticket-giveaway Storified by CASIE STEWART · Wed, Jun 06 2012 17:52:30 Genuinely curious to check out @casiestewart’s Psychology of Narcissism panel @NXNEi http://nxne.com/interactive/presentations/#5289 #pickmecasieAshley Gibson I’d (also) love to see @newmindspace’s panel "never ask permission" @NXNEi because they do awesome things! #pickmecasie http://ow.ly/1N2z6JLauren Souch Oh yeah I wanna see @casiestewart’s panel @NXNEi because she is #AWESOME. http://nxne.com/interactive/presentations/#5323 https://casiestewart.com/nxne-2012-ticket-giveaway #pickmecasieMatt Vernhout Hoping to see @casiestewart talk about ‘making social giveaways win win’…

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yesterday on twitter, this happened:

this is so damn hot “@kevinjn: The photos to accompany the video http://t.co/dJUEMKX (just saw it – via @TheHudsonsBayCo)” # My rain day outfit today http://t.co/WdBfQgV via @cammipham. Thanks babe 🙂 # blogs in flipboard are so beautiful. turning the pages of a magazine, i love it. never seen mine so pretty. # I would never go on #wipeout but I like watching it. Looks harrrrrrrd. # tweeting from #ipad keyboard. less fun than lean back typing with fingers. seems more workish but is easier for sure. good for writing. # The #yandr today was so intense. # îŒ«î€ąîŒŹîŒ­îŒȘ #love # Woot: Despite Competitors, Netflix Earnings Rise 88% http://on.mash.to/ga6inz # Reckon this weather calls for a hot tub + bed early! # soar higher. # Mmmm treats. #easter http://twitpic.com/4phv8c # i just love diana ok. and prince harry. # hahaha. RT @someecards: I'll marry you if you promise to stop…

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we are all born superstars

Looking at my own house from the tarmac at Porter. It took me <15min to walk there, in heels. Who WALKS to the airport? You bet your ass I felt damn cool strollin’ rollin’ in that door. Right before I boarded the plane something awesome happened, I got my first ever FULL PATDOWN in PUBLIC! It was done by a hot babe and we were giggling. I told her I was gonna blog about it. I had the hugest smile on my face the whole time. They really pat you down all over if ya know what I mean 😉 Toronto Island is quite pretty, will look even nicer once the trees get all greened up. I really notice a differnece between my old camera (Cannon Elph) and the new camera (Olympus XZ-1) when taking shots from the air. New is MUCH clearer. Started reading the poetry book sent to…

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yesterday on twitter, this happened:

Lots of @charliesheen references at #canlit If anyone here banged him it would be me. http://twitpic.com/4682rr # one of those nights i'm making sure i have shorts on under my dress. look out dancefloor! #canlit # oh how i swoon over a young Nick Newman. #dreamboat #yandr # you can count on it RT @HausofKraus: I expect some Charlie Sheen-esq quotes tonight from #CanLIT # Office visit (@ 1188 Films) http://4sq.com/hUT72M # kinda excited for this in May. http://fetishfactory.com/16year # whoa first login to @fetlife in over 6 weeks. # music is played for love, cruisin is made for love http://goo.gl/fb/UNhAl #blog # the BritBrit interview RT @jacobjunior7: @casiestewart http://tinyurl.com/4psuzzp 😀 # what should i wear to #CanLit is there a theme other than AWESOME? # go see @annavon kick some ASS! RT @blogTO: Girlfight (a women's boxing tournament) is happening tonight! http://bit.ly/dJhTGm # found it: blog post from last…

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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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