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Fashion Week life vs. real life

 

Probably one of the craziest weeks of the season (at least for me) is almost done, attempting to balance my part-time job, my studies (in the midst of midterms, yikes!), and representing The Lifestyle Bistro at Toronto Fashion Week.

I managed to do the near impossible, and convince my corporate boyfriend (who is FAR from the fashion industry) to attend a show with me on Day 1 of Toronto Fashion Week. The result? We survived! Continue reading Fashion Week life vs. real life

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Pre-TFW: a look into the Toronto fashion scene

Up until I started my blog and started getting slightly more involved with the fashion industry, I didn’t know much about Canadian designers other than Pink Tartan, Mackage, and Rudsak.

With Toronto Fashion Week just a couple days away, it’s safe to say I am definitely more up to date. And quite frankly, if I plan to keep writing about fashion on The Lifestyle Bistro, it would be embarrassing not to know the designers who work a mere 20-minute drive away (I’m a suburban girl). Continue reading Pre-TFW: a look into the Toronto fashion scene

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give me your shoes!

Hoarding might as well be my full-time job, because I am just so damn good at it. Clothes, boxes, paper shopping bags (you know, the pretty ones), journals, old paperwork, children’s jewellery… I admit it, I have too much stuff that I don’t even use, and in most cases, I don’t even know it exists anymore. That’s why I’ve decided that this year, I will declutter once and for all. Continue reading give me your shoes!

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fashion, style, or none of the above

With several Fashion Weeks recently coming to an end (and others just getting started), there has been a lot of discussion regarding the fashionistas photographed more than the runway models: Street Style “models”. Several bloggers already brought up the topic of personal style and other thoughts along that line… So now, it’s my turn. Continue reading fashion, style, or none of the above

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Toronto Christmas Market

It’s that time of year again – holiday shopping, sitting by the fireplace, and perhaps going out to your local Christmas Market. What’s great about these markets is that you get the opportunity to see locally-made goods (which is rare at this day and age), whether it be ornaments, decorations, clothing, accessories, or even candy. Continue reading Toronto Christmas Market

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Toronto Fashion Week – monday’s details

This is actually my first time attending any Fashion Week, though I have stalked numerous photos from events all across the globe. I already had a good sense of what to expect, how to dress for that “street style” thing, and what shows I would be most interested in. Continue reading Toronto Fashion Week – monday’s details

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falltime at Edwards Gardens

Monday, having been the last long weekend of the year (literally!) was such a perfect day to be at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. If you have the chance to go in the next couple weeks, definitely take the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful scenery. Continue reading falltime at Edwards Gardens

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a little bit of french: Colette Grand Cafe

Do you ever find yourself somewhere, and think to yourself, my god am I lucky to be here. That is exactly how I felt when a good friend invited me for a coffee at Colette. Had she invited someone else, or had she never even heard of it, I would probably never discover this absolutely perfect little place. Continue reading a little bit of french: Colette Grand Cafe

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5 small easy ways to eat and drink healthier – instantly!

  1. Replace all juices and sodas with water. At moments of thirst we usually crave something sweet, but we are only worsening the situation. Sugars are fairly dehydrating, therefore doing the opposite of what you want your drink to do. Not to mention the amount of unnecessary calories in those drinks.
  2. Lose the caramel from your caramel macchiato. I’ve made this transition myself, and that is exactly how I learned to appreciate REAL, tasty coffee. You will really save yourself on extra fat (and cash) if you simply order a cappuccino or a latte. The syrup and the drizzle account for about an extra 100 calories. Do you need those calories? No, you don’t.
  3. Ask for the dressing on the side. Believe it or not, sometimes ordering a salad is not the best “I’m on a diet” choice at a restaurant. In many cases, the dressing – what makes your salad so scrumptious and delicious – is harming you more than the veggies are helping you. To help yourself, you can either completely skip the dressing, or ask for it on the side. If the restaurant’s given dressing choice is extremely caloric, it may be a good idea to simply ask for some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the side instead.
  4. Reject the cold water at the restaurant. Yes, I am encouraging you to be that picky customer who asks for hot water with lemon. Drinking cold water during your meal is probably one of the most common nutrition mistakes. The cold temperature of the water slows down your metabolism – making the breakdown of the foods you are attempting to digest much slower, and giving your body a greater chance to hold onto all the wrong things. Drinking warm water will help you burn off and digest your meal much more easily.
  5. Glass of red wine over everything. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mojito, my caesar, my cosmopolitan, and of course, my beer. But when push comes to shove, and it’s time to make healthier choices in a drinking environment, red wine is the way to go. Research goes to show that the nutrients in red wine can break down fats and lower blood pressure. Drinking and losing weight?! What could be better, am I right?

Continue reading 5 small easy ways to eat and drink healthier – instantly!

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Toronto, THIS is real coffee

You must understand, I am not your typical Starbucks girl, who can’t go a day without her No Fat Soy Iced Caramel Macchiato. Truth to be told, I’m not any Starbucks girl AT ALL. As soon as I developed a taste for good coffee (and by coffee, I mean espresso), there was no turning back. Continue reading Toronto, THIS is real coffee