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Friday, April 18, 2014

Lollapalooza 2014 - Chicago

If you're lamenting the fact that you missed out on Coachella this year, never fear - there is always Lollapalooza. The three-day festival held in Chicago is much more accessible via a short flight on Porter Airlines or about an eight-hour drive from Toronto. I also love the fact that it takes place in a city full of hotels and does not involve a three-hour drive into the desert.

Tickets are still available via StubHub, Platinum Passes or by booking a package. You might even get a shot closer to the date when peeps who change their mind about attending start unloading their tickets online. Packages are actually half-decent at $1600 and include VIP passes for two people with accommodations.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

3 Classic Coats For Your Spring Wardrobe

Even when the weather's getting warmer, it's still quite cool at night. Of course you can wear a cardi or a wrap to layer up but you're just not going to feel as warm, dry or put together unless you're wearing coat at this time of year. Having the right array of jackets to top various spring looks is essential to pulling it all together effortlessly so here are 3 classic must-haves for every hip urban girl's spring wardrobe:

Banana Republic New Classic Trench in Navy, $275
1. The Trench:   Perfect for the rainy season, often belted to accentuate curves and conservative enough to wear to the office or at evening soirees, the trench is function and sophistication at it's best. Choose classic tan or try navy for a more formal look. If you're lucky enough to find a breathable version that flares and hits just above the knee, try sporting it as a dress for a different look. Très chic!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EVENT: Happy Birthday Lou Dawg's

Toronto's favourite BBQ joint, Lou Dawg's is celebrating 5 years of southern hospitality and good times at 589 King St West with a lineup of wet-nap-required festivities kicking off Thursday, April 17 at its anniversary bash!

Come join the fun:

  • 12:00 pm - 12:00 am: FREE Mighty Loutine (pulled pork poutine) all day with the purchase of a Pistonhead Kustom Lager.
  • 6:00 pm - Slow Smoked Rib Eating Contest. Tweet @LouDawgs to enter (5 spots are available).
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 am - Live New Orleans jazz, blues and country music.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hip + Urban Spa: The Ritz Carlton - Toronto

The Ritz Carlton Spa Toronto is located on the 5th Floor and features North America’s only Spa My Blend by Clarins. The Spa is a 23,000 square foot light filled retreat with a co-ed relaxation room, green tea infused Vitality Pools, an aromatherapy steam room, sauna, and champagne nail bar. Bring your bathing suit and take a dip in the indoor saltwater pool and hot tub. The spa was recently awarded #1 Spa in the World from Travel + Leisure's 2013 World's Best Awards.

The Clarins My Blend Facial at The Ritz Carlton Toronto was by far the most thorough facial I have ever received. It was also the most priciest, which definitely proves that you get what you pay for.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

EVENT: The Original Wedding Soiree presents The Grand Carnival

Hey Brides-To-Be! Congrats, he finally put a ring on it and now the fun begins... but where to start? Whether you're planning to say "I do" in an intimate wedding with your favourite people or going to glam it up large and in-charge, you don't want to miss The Original Wedding Soiree!

A love affair taking place on Sunday, April 27 at The Warehouse Event Venue (35 Carl Hall Road).

This curated & interactive wedding show will feature:

  • Local Wedding Library
  • Mini Consultations
  • Live Inspiration Installations - the first in Toronto!
  • Live Entertainment
  • Specialty Food Stations
  • Moveable Feast: Outdoor Food Trucks with Bistro Tent
  • And a Carnaval de Paris theme that promises to wow attendees

Tickets are $30 + HST and includes one cocktail, delicious appetizers, a tote bag, valet parking and more.

Special discount for hip + urban brides: Purchase your ticket before April 21 and get 45% off when ordering via Eventbrite. Enter promo code "HUG2014". Enjoy the show!

You can find The Original Wedding Soiree on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Curated Mother's Day Gift Boxes

Taking the stress out of gift giving, BRIKA founders Jen Lee Koss and Kena Paranjape have put the final ribbons on their specially curated Mother's Day gift boxes, coined ‘DONE + DELIVERED’.

Each hand-selected item in each gift box has a story. BRIKA serves as a retail platform for female artisans across North America. This community of 'makers' celebrates modern craft and the idea that our lives are as beautiful as we wish to make them.

Boxes are available for a limited time. Mother's Day gift boxes range in price between from $59 to $89. All boxes include a selection of home and body care items from makers such as: Tokyo Factory, Anna Joyce, Fine Day Press and C'est Jolie.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

5 Spots To Score Stylish Rain Gear

I have never been so happy to see rain. Seriously. April showers bring those May flowers but more importantly, they send the ice and snow right down the sewers where it belongs. Still, the dreary-ness can get to a girl so I've been scoping out chic rain gear to make it through. 

Here my top 5 spots to score stylish rain gear:

Raindrops is a puddle jumper's paradise offering a wide selection of high quality and designer umbrellas, rain boots, and water resistant outerwear for the whole family. Though they do offer an online store, I'd recommend visiting the boutique inside The Holt Renfew Centre, Concourse Level at 50 Bloor Street West for a better shopping experience.

Sold online and at Holts in Canada, Trout Rainwear makes a mean slicker. And by "mean" I mean fabulous. Though they do fall into the investment piece category, the collection is made from breathable fabrics that are also 100% waterproof making them perfect for spring, summer and even early fall weather. Plus, a few of their spring / summer pieces are actually reversible. Two coats, three do the math. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Coachella THIS Weekend!

Coachella is happening THIS weekend. 

Can't make it to the desert? Set an alert on your calendar and stream the whole thing live at your office starting Friday afternoon! Doors open at 11 AM PST and the first couple of bands should probably be rolling on at around Noon.

I'm most excited about Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Foster the People, MGMT, Beck and the Pet Shop Boys. Who are you looking forward to?

Weekend 1 can be streamed at

Friday, April 4, 2014

Checking In: The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

After staying in what feels like a million hotels - it's the little details that keep the Four Seasons at the top of my list. Housekeeping was so nice to leave a bookmark, when they noticed that Paul was using a receipt to keep the page marked in his book. On checkout day, they left three clear TSA-approved ziploc bags next to my toiletries for my carry-on bag. The staff truly anticipate every need before you even know you need it. That's the stuff I really begin to notice now and that's what separates this luxury hotel brand from the others.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto features 217 guest rooms and 42 suites at 55 stories and only recently opened in 2012. The adjoining residential tower is home to some pretty serious condos with 210 units and both buildings were built from the ground up. This brand new hotel replaced the cement block that was the former Four Seasons just south of the new location. The decor is very modern and cool - not stuffy at all. I liked the lightness of it all with an undertone that made you just want to relax.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Our Favourite Spring Trends in 3 Easy Looks

Ladies, it seems mother nature has officially given us the green light to welcome warmer temperatures and I know you're itching to shed those winter layers like I am. If your spring wardrobe is looking a little sparse, here are my favourite trends of the season showcased in 3 easy to wear looks: 

Look 1: Borrowed & Blue - If you're still missing that cozy pair of artfully shredded boyfriend jeans, this is the season to get them because denim (especially the faded and worn variety) is huge. Wear with other subtly masculine silhouettes like a button down shirt (also a major staple) but keep it soft and tonal with bold blue accessories, a major colour way for the season.

My picks: Calypso St Barth long sleeve shirt, 150 CAD / J.Crew blue jeans, 150 CAD / TOMS flat shoes, 77 CAD / Diana Tracy Collection Pacifica Necklacee, $35 CAD.

Spring Trends 2014: Pastel Garden

Look 2: Pastel Garden - Let your spring style bloom with pastels and floral prints but pull in a dark neutral like black, navy or slate to create contrast. It's far easier to wear. Don't be afraid to mix your prints - just be sure the palette complements. For example, both the florals in the top and shoe have black and white and the scales of print are varied. You don't have to go ladylike with your pastels but tea length skirts are the hem line of the moment. Above the navel it's all about the crop top and I love the juxtaposition of a longer hem with a little midriff. As they say, opposites really do attract.