Friday, October 30, 2015

Happening Weekend: Zombies, Ghouls & Pumpkins!

Toronto Halloween Weekend Events Listing 2015

This weekend is going to be an outlandish weekend full of zombies, superheros, celebrity look-a-likes, and everything in between. Happy Halloween! And for those who are not into the holiday, there are plenty of things to do in Toronto completely unrelated.

Here are my top picks for events and happenings in Toronto for Halloween Weekend!:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Skincare Review: Clean & Clear Skin!

Clean & Clear Oil-Free Skincare Routine Review

I was fortunate to be blessed with such fantastic skin that most people are shocked to hear my age (thanks mom). But because of this, I didn't really take care of my skin or follow a beauty routine when I was a teenager. Unfortunately ever since my twenties, I have struggled with large blemishes that appear out of the blue and take FOREVER to disappear. And now in my late thirties, this dilemma is not only still here, but has become increasingly embarrassing when dealing with the public and going out on dates (maybe this is reason people think I'm younger than I am?). So when I had the opportunity to test out Clean & Clear's Oil-free skincare routine, I jumped at the chance.

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Who knows, maybe skincare products I should've used when I was a teen, will work now that I'm an adult?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Exhibit: Pop Art Brought to The Popular Masses!

Andy Warhol: Revisited Exhibition Review

Over the past year, pop art has exploded onto the Canadian art scene with a resurgence that I haven't noticed in a longtime. From Douglas Coupland's simultaneous solo exhibitions at MOCCA and the ROM earlier this year to the amazing Jean-Michel Basquait exhibit at the AGO, it feels like pop art has gained popularity again. And for the past few months, Toronto has been home to Canada's largest Andy Warhol exhibition, Andy Warhol: Revisited, at a pop-up art gallery near the corner of Bay and Bloor streets downtown Toronto.

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Marilyn Monroe (selected works), 1967
I finally had the opportunity to visit Andy Warhol: Revisited and was transported to Warhol's world, if only for a short time.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Happening Weekend: Lightsabers, Beer & Art!

Toronto Weekend Events Listing for October 23 - 25, 2015

The last few weeks have been really busy for me and this weekend is no exception. With a weekend jam-packed full of events squeezed between personal time with friends and my computer, I may need another weekend to recover from this one. And it all starts tonight as I   with thousands of Torontians) cheer on the Blue Jays in the hope that they keep the World Series dream alive!

Here are my top picks for amazing events happening in Toronto this weekend:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Toronto Artist Spotlight: The Funny Man Who Just Wants To Be Loved!

Canadian Comedian David Andrew Brent Profile

I love to laugh. I love to cry. So when I first saw Toronto-based comedian David Andrew Brent's stand-up act at the recent Just For Laughs Festival in Toronto, I knew I found a kindred spirit. You may have seen Brent in his viral Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation video that has garnered almost 2 million views on You Tube or caught one his stand-up comedy acts at local clubs or more recently, during the Just For Laughs Festival.
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I was lucky enough to catch Brent's feature-length act, Ricky Gervais at JFL42 and had the opportunity to meet the funny man himself as well as ask him some questions about his inspiration, his new company Brickworks Entertainment and his future plans.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Skincare Review: Sleeping Last Night (and Day) Away with Laneige!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Review

I've never tried a sleeping mask before, I was always afraid of the mess the mask might leave on my pillow and how uncomfortable it might make me feel and I would never get my beauty sleep. That's why when I received a complimentary Laneige Water Sleeping Mask for testing purposes from Influenster, I was a quite skeptical if I would like it.

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All my fears were put to rest, quite literally, the first time I used this fabulous product!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Exhibit: Photos of the World!

World Press Photo 2015 Photo Contest Exhibition

For almost 60 years, World Press Photo has been hosting a photojournalism contest where they have captured the best and worst our world and humanity has to offer. A jury selects the best photos to take home the top prizes in several categories and prints of these photos take a world tour with a stop in Toronto.

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2nd Prize Singles, General News by Massimo Sestini, Italy
The World Press Photo 2015 Photo Contest Exhibition is open to the public for free at The Allan Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place and I highly recommend a visit.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Happening Weekend: Inside Out and Come Together!

Toronto Thanksgiving Long Weekend Events Listing

This weekend is not only Thanksgiving but it's the last long weekend of the year. I know there is sometimes a long weekend or two around Christmas (not always) but it's usually packed full of holiday craziness that I consider Thanksgiving as the last long weekend of the year. While most people try to spend this weekend with family, I for one am spending it in the city catching up work and things to do around the apartment. I also want to spend some time with some friends and catch some amazing exhibits happening in Toronto, as well as events.

Here are my top picks for events happening this Thanksgiving long weekend in Toronto!:

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Event!: An All-Night Art Party!

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto Recap

Last Saturday night was one of my favourite annual Toronto events - Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. I have been going to Nuit Blanche since I moved back to Toronto almost eight years ago and it fast became one my never-miss events. It's an all-night celebration of contemporary art and the Toronto itself - two of my favourite things!

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Over the years, I have seen some amazing installations and some that just made me scratch my head. I always strive to visit at least ten large installations and if I enjoyed half of them, I call the night a success. I usually see more than ten, stopping along my way at small renegade installations that dot the city's major walkways.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

My Style: Casual Fringe!

Vero Moda Fringe Poncho Casual Outfit

Fringe has been a style trend since the beginning of this year and it doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. Same with distressed denim, every where I look I see jeans with holes and rips in them (much to the dismay of my father:). So I embraced both these trends and created a fun and comfortable look.

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Most pieces in this outfit are not new and I have featured them in past My Style Posts. The only new piece is the fun fringe Vero Moda poncho I got on sale at Hudson's Bay.

Monday, October 05, 2015

P.s!: Fabulous Fall!

September Blog Roundup & October Preview

Is it just me or has this year flown by?! I can't believe that it's October and Fall is here! This month is packed full of events and happenings not just for me, but for a lot of people. October started off with a bang this past weekend with one of my favourite annual Toronto events, Nuit Blanche. And this coming weekend marks one of the last long weekends of the year, when many people will be getting together with friends and families and celebrating Thanksgiving. And don't forget that the last day of the month, October 31, is Halloween which is a great reason to dress up like a someone (or something) you've always wanted to be.

I had alot of fun throughout September. I got to take my 2 years-old nephew to his first art show at Gladstone Hotel. He was enthralled at all the textile art at the Hard Twist exhibit and he can't wait for me to take him on his next art trip. I also got to see some amazing exhibits at the AGO including Picturing the Americas, which helped me chose my next big travel adventure. And I finally found a beauty product that helped my eyebrows look as beautiful as I always knew they could be.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Happening Weekend: October's White Night!

Toronto Weekend Events Listing for October 2 - 4, 2015

It's the first weekend of October and the first one that has some really cool weather (if today is any indication). But don't let the weather stop you from the plenty of amazing events happening in Toronto like one of my all-time favourites -  Nuit Blanche (this will be my seventh year attending). So grab a tuque and a scarf and get out there.

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Here are my top picks for events and happenings in Toronto this weekend!:

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