It’s all business babe! Went for a walk down a secret alley that April’s friend found filled with colourful garage doors. I absolutely love finding hidden gems like this in the city. So fun!
Spent the last week at the cottage and it was so nice. Worked s few days and had 4 days of vacation. I needed it. I had burnout. Last night I felt refreshed and got a jump on work for the week. I was excited this morning. Aside from the fact that I have a torn muscle in my leg and have been limping for a couple of days. Been really trying to rest it as I’m booked to walk in a big fashion show on Friday for Evan Biddell. Ahhhhh!
In other news, our plants are really growing + she’s back from burnout, ready to blog again.
Cruisin’ together at sunset on the lake. Nice end to a lovely week up north. There’s nothing like nature to reset your mind and body.
Ring the bells that still can ringLeoanrd Cohen, “Anthem”
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
OH MY, WHAT A GREAT DAY! I went to visit mum for the first time in almost a year. I wanted to make sure I was fully vaccinated before going to visit her. I know there’s still a chance of transmission but I needed to see her. I missed her so much. We went to Winners (as usual!) got groceries, then I helped a bit in the kitchen. It was so incredibly nice to be home and hug her again.
I love you mum.
After work, I biked over to see my girlfriends at The Fitzroy to try on dresses for an upcoming wedding. Emily’s mum is getting married next month and I want to wear something nice. It’s been AGES since I’ve dressed up and gone out somewhere fancy, this is the perfect event. I’m not telling which dress I picked but I’d love to know your fav.
What to do at Niagara Falls? When we think of Niagara Falls, our minds instantly wander to the group of three waterfalls that span the border between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the United States. The image we have in our heads has been printed on millions upon millions of postcards and sent around the world by the estimated 13 million visitors that go each year.
Niagara Falls is a unique location and has a lot more to offer than just the waterfalls. The great thing about a trip to Niagara Falls is that you can do so heaps of activities in a short period of time. If you’re looking to get the most out of your weekend away, here’s a list of five of the best things to do.
Horseshoe Falls is the largest of the three main waterfalls in Niagara and even though it is an obvious pick, your trip would not be complete without a visit.
Additionally, if you want to experience the falls firsthand, you can take a boat trip and get upfront and centre. Be ready to get a little wet!
When it comes to nightlife, gambling is something that is at the heart of Niagara Falls, on both sides of the river! There’s a great selection of casinos so you won’t find it difficult to find one you like. If you’re in the mood for gambling, try your hand at online sports betting. You can take in the excitement of a game and the activities of Niagara Falls at the same time. A win-win to me!
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory
Horseshoe Falls is spectacular, but if you are looking for the perfect peaceful follow-up, then head on over to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory. The site is an amazing 100-acre space, which is home to thousands of species of plants, including an amazing collection of butterflies.
WildPlay Mistrider Zipline
If you can’t get enough of the waterfalls, there is another exciting way to get the perfect view! The zipline allows you to fly 67 metres high and reach speeds of 40 mph. ? If you want to be one with nature, I can’t think of a more hands-on approach!
If you’re not feeling adventurous, or want to unwind after the zip line, this is a sightseeing opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. It is Canada’s largest observation wheel, towering 53 metres, and is the perfect way to round off your trip. Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views of both the Horseshoe, American Falls, and the Niagara River.
Next time someone says that the only thing Niagara Falls has to offer is the waterfall, you know what to tell them! I hope you enjoy your trip.
My friend invited me to stop into the re-opening of D Luxe Lab, a premier cosmetic treatment clinic located in the heart of Yorkville. It’s absolutely beautiful!
I sat down for a chat with the female founder, Dema Najjar scroll down for my interview with her. Dema is an immigrant to Canada from Syria and a graduate of Rotman Business School’s MBA program, alongside many other talents. I had a consultation followed by treatment with Dr. Basil.
I’m very happy with the results, workin’ to keep my face looking rested and refreshed!
As a female immigrant in Canada, how did you best prepare yourself for becoming a business owner?
I moved to Canada with the intention of establishing a connection with Canadian culture and community. I completed an Executive MBA at Rotman School of Business and then integrated the Canadian work force. I spent 5 years working in the financial industry at MCAP, which allowed me to build and expand my knowledge base of this industry, as well as to grant me exposure to meet new and different people.
From this, I was able to better understand Canadian culture and experience daily life as a Canadian. Through my work with MCAP, I gained valuable insight into agreements and deal-making, which encouraged me to pursue a Global Professional Masters of Laws at U of T.
During the past ten years in Canada, I have had the chance to work in finance, marketing and accounting, and through my network, I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to many wonderful people who have encouraged me along the way.
A couple of years ago, I took a step back and began thinking of how I could combine my Canadian experience with that of my family’s in Syria. After evaluating the cosmetic beauty industry market and establishing that it was the right time for me to enter this market, I took the giant step in pursuing my passion.
I wanted to bring something new to the industry and ensure that I would be adding value to the client’s experience.
The world is starting to open up again but tbh, I’m happy mostly staying home. I haven’t dined inside a restaurant yet and I’m not sure if I’m ready to go to events. I’ve still got another week until I’m fully vaccinated but the risk of getting covid is still there.
Michelle gifted me this great vintage blazer that belonged to her mum. Throw on a fun jumpsuit and it’s business casual baby!
Starting to feel better from the vaccine side effects. I want to get back to myself. haven’t run in days.
Tomorrow we’re helping Sean’s parents pack up their house for a few hours. I plan to spend the rest of the day working in my room and I am happy to do it. Feel so grateful for my space and the projects I’m doing. By end of summer, I’ll be sharing more about my work with Hvr and our new app. I am so excited!
Looking forward to this week. I love Monday because you never know what the day might bring. Sending you sunshine and ALL THE BEST FOR A GREAT DAY.
Watched ‘See You In My Dreams’ on Netflix today, cute movie, bit sad. This song is nice tho.
Take time for yourself. Take yourself on a date. Take yourself for dinner. Take yourself for ice cream. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t take time for granted.
You’re looking at the face of a Toronto woman who is fully vaccinated. Had the afternoon off work to get my 2nd dose of Pfizer and biked down to St. Joseph’s Hospital for my appointment. Pretty smooth process, everyone was nice, I wore a dress.
On my ride home I stopped into my new favourite takeaway shop in Roncy, Sunnyside Provisions. It’s really cute, they have heaps of local food, soups, sandwiches, snacks, beer & wine. I got the roast beef sandwich (incredible!), local fish for dinner, a couple of cocktails, and a Flake bar for dessert. (As kids we used to get Cadbury Flake bars sent from our fam in New Zealand, they were so hard to find here!)
Sean is still up at the cottage until tomorrow. I’ve got a half-day on Friday and plan to do next to nothing all weekend. My reaction to the first vaccine was brutal and I was sick for three days. Really hope that doesn’t happen again but if it does, I’m prepared.
Please stay safe out there. This weekend we pass 500 days and the sooner we all get vaccinated, we can hopefully have some type of normal-ish life. Whatever that means, I’ve never been normal!
On Day 495 she wore red lipstick and felt a renewed sense of self. With her dark pandemic locks, she put her unwashed hair in a braid, threw on some jewelry, and headed out on her vintage-style bike. She met up with a friend to catch up, the daily download on everything. The girls walked backstreets of Dundas West and got popsicles on Queen West.
On the ride home, Casie stopped to take a photo of ‘billboard’ and thought, ‘that would be a great place for my face’.
And as she typed this she thought, “Why don’t I write in the third person a little more? It’s kinda fun.”
At home, she opened her mail to find a Tiki Party gift complete with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. Although she had work to do, knowing she had ice in the freezer, she reached for the blender.
She worked and typed will dreaming of Pina Coladas in a tropical destination. Thought about buying some nice jewelry from Hestia Jewels. One day, she will travel again, her suitcase is ready and waiting. Outfits too.