CURES STUDIO

Okay, ladies and gentleman… just because sandal season is coming to an end it does not mean you need to neglect your feet. Yes, mitten weather is quickly approaching but your hands still deserve to feel healthy and pretty.

I can admit that growing up, I was never good to my nails and took very poor care of them. I rarely got my nails done because at the jobs I had; they would immediately get ruined. Not to mention… I am a nail biter. I am not proud of this and I am getting a lot better because I don’t want ugly 10-year-old boy fingers for the rest of my life. I want to have natural, long, strong, healthy nails that people assume are fake because they are so beautiful.

I highly recommend checking out CURES STUDIO in Liberty Village, Toronto. I tried them for the first time and what an amazing experience. The studio is stunning and so clean, which is most important to me. The facility is toxic free and they only use high-quality products.. even some local ones too! One of my favorites being the scrub by VO BATH & CO.

Not only is there studio beautiful, they really do an amazing job and the girls take great care of you. This is the perfect place to bring your BFF for her birthday or to make it your regular beauty spot.

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How to plan a Summer Fiesta.

The past few months I have been planning a surprise Fiesta for my boyfriend, Adam. I fell in love with this theme while scrolling endlessly through Pinterest. I knew his friends and family would love it and it would be a lot of fun! I wanted to completely transform his backyard and pull off the perfect fiesta inspired surprise party. This took a lot of planning and list making. I wanted to include the most beautiful decorations and food and of course, have all of Adams closest friends there. Most of the decorations I found on Etsy, I will link all of the items below the photos. A lot of planning goes into a party, especially when there is a theme in place and you are a perfectionist.

When it comes to choosing the decorations there are lots of large party supply stores you can find what you need at, Although; I prefer to support smaller online companies and use unique, handmade decorations.

 

Taco Bar

Preparing a Taco Bar will definitely set the Fiesta mood for your party. Prepping all the toppings are the most time-consuming part of it all, then just put it all into bowls. If there is a guest with a dietary restriction or allergy this is a great option for everyone. Depending on the toppings there are vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free picks. People can help themselves. You can easily speed up the prep process by purchasing pre cut and made toppings, such as the pico and guac.

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“I ❤ Nachos” sign – Just Say It Food Toppers , Cactus Trays – The Cozy Casita
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Photo Wall

Creating a DIY Photo Booth will make your next party way more fun! Your family and friends will be crowding around the photo booth area. If you’ve got a party coming up soon, really consider adding a photo booth area they definitely add a ton of creativity to your photos. I got fun Photo booth props from Bash Events and Decor and everyone had a lot of fun with them.

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Fiesta props – Bash Events and Decor, Fiesta Dress’s – Beelia BoutiqueErica Maree
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Gold Circle garland – designbyGeja , “Taco bout a party” garland – TrendiConfetti
 

Balloons


Whats a party without balloons? It was crucial for me to get a hold of some fun and unique balloons to really make this Fiesta come together. Adding some mylar balloons or even buying a helium tank can improve the look of any themed party.

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Large Balloons on ground – Marlins Place, Multi Colour pom-pom Garland – Nocturnal Blue

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Pink Fiesta Balloons – Pretty Little Social
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Cactus Balloon – MurmismeParty
 

 

Drinks


Having a mini bar at the fiesta was a great idea. Everyone loved the Mojito pitcher and was a great touch to the party. Here I also had stir sticks, straws, cups, mint, and lime for everyone to help themselves. Having a few other drink options available is a good idea too. I chose to do Jarritos, Tequila, Rum, and Beer.

 

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Tassels – Bash Events and Decor
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Fiesta Stir Sticks – Bash Events and Decor
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Striped Straws – Bash Events and Decor , Pineapple Straws – Baby Mint Love
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Dessert

For me, dessert is almost as important as dinner… So go big or go home. I wanted the fiesta to have a variety of different sweets so that the guests can really have exactly what they want. The cake was absolutely beautiful by Sammie and the subtle lemon flavor was delicious. I couldn’t have asked for a more fiesta inspired cake! The toppers from The Little Jasmine Shop were so special and really felt handmade and custom. Angela, the owner wrote me the sweetest card, I will continue to support her business and her hard work pays off.

 

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Vanilla Cactus Cake – Sammies Cups n Cakes, Doughnuts – Jelly Modern, “Taco bout a Party” Cake Topper – Couronne Boutique, Moustache Toppers – Creating Your Memories
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Gluten Free Doughnuts – Jelly Modern, Fiesta Topper – Little Jasmine Shop
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Handmade Toppers – Little Jasmine Shop, Cupcakes – Desmond and Beatrice
 

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Handmade Toppers – Little Jasmine Shop, Cupcakes – Desmond and Beatrice

Thank you to everyone who contributed and made Adams Fiesta a success.

Relaxation with SAJE Wellness

Saje Wellness just opened their store at Scarborough Town Centre. I first discovered this company about a year ago on social media and had been dying to get myself a diffuser from them. They make essential oils which are 100% natural and are distilled from so many plants. This means flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, and trees. They are distilled and harvested from all around the world depending on where that plant grows naturally.  Each of the essential oils offers different healing purposes and depending on the oil, can be applied directly on the skin or diffuser.

What originally interested me in Saje Wellness is that they are based out of Canada. They provide a natural and safe way to heal your body from all sorts of ailments. Most of the time, using chemicals to heal your body will result in future complications. I have honestly used my diffuser to heal a headache, get a better sleep and give me a refreshed feeling when I wake up.

I recommend trying out a diffuser from Saje even if you just want to freshen up a room in your house. My bedroom can get a bit stuffy sometimes or will even smell like whatever was cooked for dinner. As soon as I turn the diffuser on, it transforms my room and makes the air feel clean and smell fresh. I love my diffuser and use it every night, I can’t help it!

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12 Vacation Must-Haves Under $200

Since Summer 2017 is quickly approaching and so is my holiday, I thought I would put together a few of my faves for my luggage. Everything is linked below so make sure to check some of them out.

 


Mother ripped denim shorts
130 CAD – stylebop.com

Anine Bing bikini bottom swimwear
105 CAD – farfetch.com

Anine Bing swim suit top
105 CAD – farfetch.com

Pink romper
86 CAD – goodnightmacaroon.co

Soludos shoes
86 CAD – zappos.com

Indego Africa brown handbag
99 CAD – domino.com

Mimi Lu gold filled jewelry
90 CAD – revolve.com

Gorjana beaded chain necklace
86 CAD – revolve.com

Kate Spade raffia hat
130 CAD – nordstrom.com

Gift sets kit
76 CAD – sephora.com

Kassatex cabana stripe beach towel
120 CAD – neimanmarcus.com

Hungry Amoo – Toronto

The most recent restaurant that I have visited, Hungry Amoo. This is a great spot for snacks and drinks on Ossington, you have to check out! All the dishes that I tried were creative and so flavourful. Hungry Amoo offers dishes from different international cuisines, some of which I had never tried before. Something that I really love about this restaurant is that the menu is seasonal and changes based on which ingredients are most fresh.

All the employees here were very friendly and helpful, especially our server Yasmine. She was passionate about the menu and explained how it worked, so we could get a better understanding of the type of cuisine. Yasmine also recommended a few dishes, which I found really nice. Needless to say, we were definitely taken care of @ Hungry Amoo.

But my favorite thing about eating @ Hungry Amoo, is that we left with belly’s full of wonderful food! And all of it was gluten-free.

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Cool bar setup! Delicious cocktails too, most of which I had never heard of before. I tried the pomegranate spritz and I found it had such a unique flavour. This is definitely a great place to go for drinks with friends!

 

 

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Tamarind Beef (GF) $12

Crispy Pulled Brisket, Cashew, Date sauce, Brussel Sprout. This dish was by far, the favorite dish of the evening. The beef was so tender and cooked beautifully. I had never tried Tamarind Beef before, and I was really impressed.

 

Overall, I had a great experience dining at Hungry Amoo. I would recommend trying it out here because the menu is so diverse and unique. They master all different cuisines, theres a bit of everything.

 

Thank you to the Hungry Amoo Team and to Yasmine for being such a great help! I will be back to try the Pistachio Soup.

 

 

Platito – Toronto

A couple of days ago, I visited Platito for dinner. This is somewhere I had been meaning to go for a while now. I was attracted to this restaurant because of the fried chicken and purple waffle pictures going viral on Instagram. This damn waffle really caught my eye and had me adding Platito, to my list of cool Toronto restaurants to visit.

I had the pleasure of dining with a few other foodies, which was awesome. @EatFamous and @FeedMeToronto are two Instagram foodies, both really friendly and fun people. These two Instagrammers are both people I look up to in this industry and learned a lot from them. Thank you Ryan and Gerry!

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The moment I had been waiting for! FRIED CHICKEN AND UBE WAFFLES. And lets not forget the Maple Butter! This whole dish was my favorite.

Thank you Platito Team for the great food and service. I had an amazing time and enjoyed some awesome Filipino Soul Food!

 

AQUIS Hair Towels

Recently, I have begun a new hair routine to strengthen my thin and broken locks. A product that has already made a difference is my new AQUIS Hair Towel.  I received this towel about 2 weeks ago and have used it after every hair wash. It is made to soak all of the water out of your hair to reduce the use of a blow dryer. When hair is wet it is most vulnerable, so minimizing heat is very important. Aquis is made up of a material that quickly and safely drys the hair. The longer that your hair stays wet, the more it stretches and water it absorbs. But, when it gets too stretched and bloated the keratin bonds rupture and your hair loses all natural elasticity. So it’s crucial to dry your hair fast to prevent damage. But to do so in a way that doesn’t stress or stretch your hair. It is lightweight, so it does not pull on your head and you can continue with your beauty routine while having this gentle towel on. 

I got LUXE LONG HAIR TOWEL in Moody Grey and Ive noticed that by keeping this towel on my head for as little as ten minutes, my hair is about 75-80% dry. This is perfect for the winter months because coming out of the shower with wet hair, is uncomfortably chilly. This drys the hair fast and damage-free. 

You can find these towels at Sephora or @ AQUIS.COM

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Thank you again AQUIS. 

Upper Deck by Fran’s

Upper Deck by Fran’sis a spot I had been wanting to check out for a while now and finally got to see what I was missing. The minute that I walked through the door, it was exactly what I was hoping for. An all-season rooftop restaurant with a lively, fun and friendly atmosphere. The deck was heated and covered by a retractable ceiling but still that rooftop feel. I thought this was such a great idea because even when it is snowing this winter, dining on the roof should not be a problem. I would choose the Upper Deck for a gathering with a large group of friends because it has everything you really need. TV’s surround the bar area, the food is amazing, the service is spectacular, there is a projector screen (perfect for a sports game or award show) and large seating areas (great for big parties).

Another sweet thing about Upper Deck by Frans is that they offer a $5.00 section on the menu. I tried two things on this menu, both which were super tasty.

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Tenderloin Skewers, $5 (from Upper Deck by Fran’s $5 menu) – Beef tenderloin skewers served with a cheese dipping sauce.
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Fried Green Beans, $5 (from Upper Deck by Fran’s $5 menu) – Green beans, battered and deep-fried.

These are both amazing options from the $5.00 menu, but what really had my heart was the burger that I indulged in (not from the $5 menu).

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Legendary Banquet Burger, $13.99 (also available at all Fran’s locations)
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Fran’s founder Francis “Fran” Deck invented this classic – otherwise known as the Bacon Cheeseburger – in 1940 (it was originally called the “Forest Hill Burger”). They recently updated the classic: a half-pound house-made patty topped with Bourbon Maple Bacon and melted Canadian cheddar. All Upper Deck by Fran’s burger patties are freshly-made, in-house, everyday.

Of course, with every great burger there has to be crispy, golden fries!

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While dining here on the Upper Deck @ Frans, we were treated to some mouthwatering milkshakes.

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Chocolate Milkshake and Strawberry Milkshake, $7 (each) – Milkshakes also available at Fran’s

Last but never forgotten, the greatest sweet treat …

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Pecan Pie

Loaded with pecans, baked in a crisp and buttery pie shell.

I really enjoyed my time on the Upper Deck and cannot wait to go back and try the Famous Red Velvet Cheesecake. 

Thank you Gillian and the Team at Fran’s. This was a great evening, I will deffinately be back soon!

Swimsuits For All x Ashley Graham

I am super excited to be talking about my recent collaboration with Swimsuits For All and Ashley Graham. For those of you that are not familiar with Ashley Graham, she is the hottest model and body activist in the world right now. She is an inspiration to me because she has a positive attitude towards being “different” in an industry where most look the same. She is a strong woman who loves her self and is proud of the body she has.

The Secret Agent Black Swimsuit, which I had requested for the collaboration was designed by Ashley Graham. Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All is an exclusive collection which features 11 pieces made for your killer curves.

Shipping was quick, came within a couple of days and I couldn’t wait to try my sexy swimsuit on! I was a bit worried about how it would fit me because I had never worked with these sizes before. I ordered the smallest size that the bathing suit came in which is a size 1o. I typically wear a size 4-6 so when I ordered it I wasn’t sure if it would fit. I must say that I felt amazing when I put it on, the size was perfect on every area of my body. It was so comfortable and fit my body like a glove.  I would order a few sizes up than your usual size just to be sure because the sizes run smaller.

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Swimsuits For All is such an amazing company, I really recommend checking them out!
Thank you Ashley Graham for adding to my one piece bathing suit collection, I am officially obsessed with this one.

Peace Treats – Ossington, Toronto

This weekend, I went to the cutest treat shop @ The Peace Collective store on Ossington. I had seen Peace Treats on Instagram and was attracted to their colourful and fun feed. They specialize in gourmet milkshakes and every month they will be adding a new treat!

Without a doubt, Peace Treats will become the “I have to go here” spot, especially for an Instagram post of these creative milkshake masterpieces. It was visually and tastefully satisfying, I can’t wait to go back and try the other items on the menu. The prices are reasonable for something so heavenly and delicious. I got the Go Shawty It’s Your Birthday and the D.R.E.A.M shakes.

Check out Peace Treats on 131 Ossington Ave.

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