Holiday gift giving with Laline x STC

This year, December has really flown by and the holiday season is quickly approaching. I decided that this year I would make things easy and head over to Scarborough town centre. I can get everything that I need, for everyone on my list all under one roof. Scarborough Town Centre is always adding in great stores and services to the mall and I look forward to what is to come in 2020!
I decided to go to the brand new Laline store and pick up beauty products and home essentials that would be great for a lot of the special people that are on my list. I found everything from body creams, to bath bombs, to body scrubs in such pretty packaging! They even have great scented men’s grooming products in store.
Laline at STC has a ton of gift varieties and it is all very affordably priced for the quality of product! There are a ton of scents that are absolutely incredible and I knew that I could check off many names from my holiday gift list here. I found exactly what I was looking for and more.
I highly recommend stopping by Laline at STC this holiday season and check out all of the incredible products and deals they have right now! Here are some of my favourites for gift giving… this includes gifts to myself. I can’t resist great beauty products.


  • Better Butter Cream, Musk
  • Body Cream, Vanilla Pink Pepper
  • Refreshing Face Mist
  • Cosmetic Bag Set
  • Car Air Freshener, Violet Amber
  • Body Mist, Vanilla Patchouli
  • Men Facial Cream, Mr Laline
  • Body Milk, Shea & Kukui
  • Moisturizing Lip Balm, Mint
  • Scented Candle, Musk

Sunday Drives with Ford Canada

Who doesn’t love a good summer adventure? I headed off to Prince Edward County with Ford Canada and friends. The perfect city escape, PEC is only about a 2 hour drive outside of Toronto. We drove the 2019 Ford Explorer and embarked on a weekend full of fun!
There is something so special about Prince Edward County and so much to discover in the surrounding areas. What I loved the most about the Ford Explorer is how big it was and how safe I felt driving it. The Explorer is the perfect vehicle for any Canadian road trip or Sunday Drive. Having 6 seats plus tons of extra room for bags, snacks and whatever else you may need to have the ultimate on road experience.
 Having SYNC3 with Apple Car Play and Android Auto was so convenient in the Ford Explorer! With a full car of friends, we kept the tunes cranking all drive long. SYNC3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offers a simple music search which made for a safer and stress free drive. To add, the B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen offered us a superior and immersive listening experience throughout the entire drive.
Having a car full of friends is great, but not so great when everyone needs to charge their phones. Thanks to the Ford Explorer we had a No-hassle charging experience. With fast-charging USB ports and 12-volt outlets, all of our devices were fully charged by the time we arrived in PEC. No sharing the charging cord necessary! I have only ever seen this incredible addition in a Ford.
We spent the weekend eating, exploring and enjoying. Heading to local restaurants and cafes for bites and coffee was a daily ritual. There are also tons on winery’s nearby and can be easily and safely accessed by bike too! Another pit stop to take while in PEC, is perfect for any Sunday Drive. We stopped at the Mustang Drive-in and could not have had a better seat; The Ford Explorer. The interior was truly like no other, this modern vehicle was made for a PEC drive in experience. Prince Edward County should be on everyone’s summer bucket-list, and if you can; visit in a Ford!

Sweet treats for Easter at STC

When shopping for Easter gifts, there is nothing better than sweet treats! Giving the gift of chocolate, candy or something freshly baked is so simple at STC.

I always head to Lindt or Godiva when making chocolate purchases because of the quality. At the STC stores they have tons of gifting options including baskets and boxes.

One of my favourite Easter gifts to receive is candy from Squish. They always have such a wide variety and come out with the cutest holiday flavours. I couldn’t resist and picked up a pack of the “hop around” candies just for myself.

Last but not least the baked goodies! I absolutely love Eva’s chimney cones and before they showed up in STC, I used to track down their food truck all across Toronto for them. The flakey dough filled with ice cream is the tastiest treat for Easter and for any day of the year!

Top 5 Friday – Best Lattes in Toronto

Introducing the first ever; Freckles, Food and Fashion, Top 5 Friday! I am sharing my favorite places to go for lattes in Toronto. As you may have seen on my Instagram before, I do not drink dairy anymore and have eliminated it from my diet. Therefore, these Toronto coffee shops and cafes that I am sharing all have dairy-free milk alternatives. I strongly believe that if someone can make an outstanding dairy-free latte; the way they make ones WITH milk, are 100x better. I have found it really difficult to find baristas that do not burn the dairy-free milk. For the perfect latte, I go to these 5 places…

My all-time favorite latte! I have had my fair share of Lamanna’s coffee and it never gets old in my books. I used to work there for a number of years, and still go back regularly for there outstanding lattes. What I like the most about Lamanna’s is; how consistent they are. They continue to create product that is of quality and tastes so damn good every single time. They have managed to master, literally perfect the almond milk latte. I have yet to try one better. Also, don’t forget to try the Nutella croissants… they are my weakness. They do not cheap out with the Nutella, it’s filled and gooey!

Who knew that you could find a crazy good latte inside of a furniture shop!? Thirty six knots has the most trendy furniture and incredible coffee. They have a super modern set-up and a small area to sit and enjoy your coffee. Although, I typically take mine to go because I love walking around in that area on a nice day.

I recently started going here for the oat milk lattes and I am hooked! They have such a cute space and love the Summerhill location best. The baristas are super friendly and helpful. If you are looking for a great place to get work done and grab a coffee, Boxcar is your place!

I fell in love with Neo coffee when I began college a few years ago and love the lattes here. This is such a great place to get a small bite, grab a coffee and get to work…if you can find a seat. They also carry Sloane Tea at Neo too, if you prefer tea over coffee. Go for the Heavenly Cream, it is one of my faves.

A true neighborhood gem. I love heading to The Birchcliff for a latte and while I am there, I cannot help but pick up a brownie. I am so happy that a coffee shop opened in the birch cliff community. My family owns a small business in the area and for years there was no place for us to get coffee. We love supporting local businesses, especially ones that have friendly employees!

Holiday Party Looks x STC

‘Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the mall

People are shopping, but no longer for Fall

Winter is coming, Holiday outfits are a must

Get ready for that party, its time to adjust.

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the stores

All of the shoppers are happy, with their holiday scores

The best dressed at the party, it’s easy to be

Everything that you are looking for at Shop STC

For most of us; the holiday season means celebrations. This may mean catching up with great friends and family, work parties and New Year’s Eve, and everything else that comes with the holidays. During these times, we want to feel and look our best no matter where we are celebrating. Some of the seasons latest trends that I found at STC are; faux fur jackets, sequin statements, and wide leg pants.

I’m shopping at;






Steve Madden

The STC gift card can be used at a variety of STC stores including all of the above. The gift card also includes services, which is great so that you are able to get your hair or makeup done at the mall as well.  One of my favorite things about using my STC gift card is all of the great restaurants I am able to use it at. It’s so easy to Eat, Shop and Play at STC. There are no monthly service fees, no expiry date, and balances can be checked online.


I am loving simple makeup for my holiday’s parties this year. Some of the makeup essentials I use when getting glam for the season are found at STC Sephora. One of my go-to liquid eyeshadows is called Kitten by Stila Cosmetics. I use this shadow on its own and I also use it to blend with other colours. Another product that I wear constantly during the holidays is; Charlotte Tilbury, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl. 

Dress: Top Shop
Shoes: Zara

Dress: Zara
Jacket: Zara
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Zara

Dress: Zara
Cardigan: H&M

Shoes: Steve Madden

Jacket: Aritzia
Pants: H&M
Bag: Top Shop
Shoes: Aldo

Jacket: H&M
Top: Zara
Necklace: Swarovski

Gift Guides for everyone!

Gifts for her under $25
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Gifts for your girlfriend under $200
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Luxury gifts for her under $500
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Gifts for him under $25
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Gifts for your boyfriend under $200
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Luxury gifts for him under $500
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Gifts for your brother
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Gifts for your BFF under $100
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Gifts for parents
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Gifts for a Jet-setter
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Gifts for teachers under $30
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Gifts for the entertainer
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Gifts for the Dog Owner
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Gifts for the movie buff
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Gifts for the fitness enthusiast
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Discovering new treasures with the 2018 Ford Escape

Lately, the weather has been so beautiful and I have been craving adventure more and more. Now that my vacations have officially come to an end, I have been having major summertime sadness . Sometimes, it is nice to change up routine and visit places that you have never been before. So last weekend, I did just that! I made a day trip to Aberfoyle Market in Guelph, just to have a different scenery on a gorgeous Sunday morning.

I drove the 2018 Ford Escape, which made the ride go by super quick; no sore backs and no getting lost. Ford Motors, has made it possible to adventure cost-effectively and cut your carbon emisisons with the start-stop feature. This is great when you are stopped in traffic because it prevents the car from using unnessary fuel.

A key component when going on a road-trip, is to make sure that you know where you are going. One of my favourite features of the vehicle, is the voice activated navigation system. This was super easy to use and I found it to be a better gps than any I have used before. It’s amazing to have voice activated features because this allows you to remain hands free. With the simple touch of one button, you will be on your way to your destination in no time.

The feature that I found most desirable in the 2018 Ford Escape, was the self park assist. I am really bad parallel parker..I’ve actually never met someone who was good. I have always found it tricky because when another car is waiting behind me. I end up turning my wheels 638291 million times then shifting from drive-reverse like a mad woman.

Halloween Costume ideas that you can style again.

Halloween; the one day out of the year that you can dress however you want, and get away with it. Ever since I was little, my parents never allowed me to wear those Halloween costumes that anyone and everyone goes to buy at your average-joe party store. I’m still not sure if it was the cheap material or high prices that made my parents feel this way but LUCKILY, I have a very crafty mom who can make anything something special. I must admit, I had some of the most amazing costumes as a kid.

As for me, I am not the craftiest in terms of sewing and actually building a costume from scratch. Over the past few years, I have built my costumes with statement pieces I either had in my closet or pieces seen online. Halloween for me is about building and elevating essentials while throwing in 1-2 statement pieces, that can still be worn time and time again. Its all about looking the part and doing a killer job of it. Being able to transform those leather pants into a cat woman suit and a month later, wear them to class with sneakers and simple crewneck. When looking for the perfect Halloween costume, look for main pieces that can be re-worn just styled in a totally different way. I have attached a variety of ideas down below to elevate simple costumes and re-wear them long after the occasion.CLICK HERE to shop Halloween 2018 costumes.  I can’t wait to see what you all come up with and hoped that this helped.

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Denver Travel Guide

Every time I visit Denver, Colorado I feel so healthy and motivated. I try to travel to Denver once a year to visit family and always feel so at peace when I am there. Just spending a weekend here is incredible and so refreshing. I love traveling to hip, modern and fun cities and I find Denver so unique. Only 3-4 hours away from Toronto, the flight is a reasonable distance away for the perfect weekend getaway. I stayed at the AC Denver Downtown by Marriott and had the most incredible experience.

Downtown Denver is a fantastic spot for some of the best rooftop bars, hip healthy restaurants, and Instagram worthy hotels. Consider checking out a local market for a bite to eat, I love Denver’s Central Market for this. The freshly baked pastries and desserts at Izzio Bakery are to die for. Another one of my favorite spots is, Denver’s Union Station; it has the cutest esthetic and little shops! They have a little ice cream shop called Milkbox, a colorful flower boutique, and a delicious coffee shop all under one roof!

When finding a hotel in a city you are not familiar with, it can be a tricky and confusing process. Personally, I ask myself a few questions when searching for the right accommodations for me. Is the hotel Instagram worthy?, Is this a suitable location for a foodie? Is the hotel in a safe and exciting neighbourhood? Well…. I found all of the answers that I was looking for at The AC Denver Downtown by Marriott! This hotel was everything I wanted and more completely exceeded all of my expectations.

I stayed in the King Deluxe Suite and everything was amazing especially the view! The floor to ceiling windows stretched across one side of the room and had the most gorgeous view of the mountains from the comfort of my bed. The room and hotel decor were European and urban-influenced, very modern and chic. If you get hungry, try checking out the in hotel restaurants; Corinne, AC Kitchen and Bar AC. During my stay, I indulged at all of the in house eateries and would highly recommend trying one of the fresh juices at Corinne for breakfast. At the Bar AC, the Strawberry Fields cocktail was unlike any other; I highly recommend ordering it! Everytime I stay at a hotel, I love ordering room service because I find that it adds to the experience and breaks up the difference of your everyday routine. Make your stay a bit more special by requesting decadent macaron and chocolates.

I would highly reccomend visiting Denver this summer! There are endless possiblities in terms of shopping, culinary, nature, relaxation, and athletic adventures. Discover more on my Instagram @MelinaMagnatta_


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Denver Union Station’s Milkbox
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Denver Union Station; Flower Shop


Denver Union Station


Thank you again AC HOTEL DENVER for an excellent stay. I cant wait to check out other AC locations for my next travels.