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Hey Guys! It’s official pageant week and the fun has already begun! We kicked of the week with a VIP sponsorship party! Oh what fun it was, to not only meet all of the lovely girls, but a few of our amazing sponsors!!!!! Ok lets begin this deicide blog to our wonderful sponsors….
I’m on the far right with the black shoes!
Street Chic Canada
To start of this blog I would love to start of with Street Chic Magazine Canada! In a previous blog post of mine I had the opportunity to interview my fellow Torontonians about their style and how they make it unique. Street Chic Canada gave me the wonderful opportunity to not only promote lovely Toronto, but what Torontoions ways of expressing themselves through their unique style. Street Chic Magazine Canada gave me the opportunity to write my first fashion article and interview some very stylish torontions. What an amazing opportunity Thank you again! Street Chic Canada Is devoted in finding Toronto/Canada amazing fashion on the streets! They promote the individuality and culture that Canada has to offer. As well as the unique people that shine with their style choices. Here is a link to their one of a kind website! As well as my link to my article!
It was so lovely to meet the editor Lily of Street Chic Magazine Canada. From the moment I meet Lily I had to tell her how much fashion is such a huge influence on my life. And how from my perspective can boost your confidence to showing your true personality shining throuout your own unique style! Also how Street Chic Canada gives the opportunity to promote individuality and self expressions in Canada. Thank You again to both Lilly and Rob Cambell for providing us with this once in a life time opportunity! Thank you for the lovely flower earnings as well! They go with everything I wear!
Are You Up to the Time? Watch Collection.
Keeping track of time in life is so important, especially during pageant week! So why not look spectacular when in a rush! Our classic and safisitaed watch sponsor is the Uptothetime Watches has various styles for every single of one of you! Whether you go modern like me! With a classy all silver watch or a red classic colour is always a great way to make a style statement! No matter where you are its always important pay attention to the detail of your overall outfit which is your assccrories! The Uptothetime Watches supports children’s education. With every item sold 10% of the purchase will go to children having a stronger education.
Thank you the Wandering Minstrel Music school for giving the girls a chance to show of their amazing voices! Also thank you for providing us This was a great way to get to know all the gals and their amazing voices! Also thank you for providing us with various music instruments as well to show off the talents! https://wanderingminstrel.ca/
Hashtagio social media aggregator is a major part of the social media here at Miss Teenage Canada! We are using the hastage #MTC2017 and shows up on the instgram feed! Hastago has collected these images in a montage syle online! http://hashtagio.com/
This was definitely on of my fav parts of the night! Meeting my other half Miss World Toronto! Alice was promoting of our sponsors Super Adorbs Jewellery and fashion excseories! These pieces really enhance the style of your outfit! I got the most beautiful head band with a design of all black lace! It’s a very Dolce and Gabbana, which I love! They really do have styles for everyone! You can buy their items online as well as here In Toronto! https://www.superadorbs.co/
The perfect beauty queen smile starts with a bright white teeth!Thank you Archer Dental for providing us with some wonderful products! I feel always most confident when I smile and love these products! http://www.archerdental.ca/
Golden Glamour Goddess
Golden Glamour goddess! Wow what a beautiful name! These are the wonderful sponsors providing us with golden tans and hair products! I defiantly felt like a goddess when trying their lovely products! Thank you for sponsoring Miss Teenage Canada! http://www.gggoddesses.com/
Nine West Shoes! Our official shoe sponsor! I love this adorable black heel shoes! They are mix of classy and chic! It’s a great shoe in the daytime and the evening! For work or for fun! https://www.ninewest.ca/
My Final Platform Blog!
My “The Beauty Inisde” Children’s Book!
Partnership with the Breast Cancer Society of Canada
The day has arrived and it was so nice meeting everyone! Good Luck to all – it’s going to be an amazing week!
My final blog is dear to my heart. In keeping with my “Find Your Beauty Inside” Campaign, I’ve partnered with the Breast Cancer Society of Canada to increase awareness for breast cancer research. I’m truly honored. My Beauty Inside journey has further inspired me to take action and promote the empowerment of girls – so during my time as Miss Teenage Toronto – I wrote a children’s book! Honestly, this was so personally rewarding for me – as no matter what the outcome is after the pageant, I’m very happy to have completed one of my life dreams!
About The Beauty Inside Children’s Book
An effective way of sending the message of girl (and youth) empowerment is through a story!
My book was based on my personal experience with bullying and my goal was to create an inspirational book that young girls could relate to and give them confidence. I wrote the book from the perspective of the main character that I created and named Olive. Her name is very significant – as the meaning of Olive is peace.
Olive is creative in the way she dresses – she wears a pink polkadot dress, ribbons in her hair and pink shoes. She loves doing kind things for others such as handing out ice cream on the first day of her new school. Olive throughout the book however is continually bullied for being herself. She later finds a friend who supports her and encourages her be herself and be confident. Olive is inspired and Finds her Beauty Inside! She is confident and fearless!
I dedicated my children’s book to my mom for her endless love and support.
Reading my The Beauty Inside Children’s Book at Glen Briar Academy
I had the opportunity to read my book for the very first time to children (ages 4 -12) at the Glen Briar Academy School during their annual summer camp! I also had a chance to take to utilize my theatre skills by playing a fun drama game with the children! I had each child in the class select a scene from the book that has the most meaning to them and reenact it! They enjoyed the game immensely – and related to be made fun of and felt a sense of personal healing when we helped resolve it. Iwas touched when we asked the children what they felt the book was about after the reading it. They excitedly responded “it’s about your Beauty Inside!!” and “Feeling good about yourself!”
My Partnership With The Breast Cancer Society Of Canada
As my “Beauty Inside” Campaign advocates the empowerment of women, I wanted to work with an organization that supports the same. After my mother’s day walk in May held by the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC), I was approached by the BCSC to work in partnership with them. I’m very honored to work with the BCSC as they support lifesaving research and help women find courage and strength every single day. So far I’ve raised $300 for breast cancer research and plan to continue my fundraising efforts during Breast Cancer month in October 2017.
Wishing everyone a Beauty Inside Day
I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend! Our second blog challenge involved speaking with Torontonians about their fashion style and photographing them in their stylish outfits! I enjoyed having the opportunity to interview and getting to know people – people with differing interests and diverse backgrounds.
This challenge was exceptionally rewarding for me as taking photos presents the opportunity to showcase and reflect a person’s individuality and character. (including my own!) I interviewed quite a few Torontonians and selected the top three individuals that reflected the different and unique styles worn in Toronto. You can see my full interviews with the three fashionistas in my latest Montage!
Yorkville & Cumberland Street
I selected Cumberland Street in the Yorkville Toronto area to find Torontonians with amazing style! Primarily the street was selected due to its unique style and fashion diversity. When seeking clothing of style, impeccable design, ingenuity and originality – I think Yorkville and directly go to Cumberland Street. The people in area have a strong sense of individuality and sense of style – and just by taking a short walk and observing the area, it’s immediately evident is hot spot is a fashion nugget!
The area is a major shopping magnet – another reason for the location selection for the interviews and photographs! There is a wide spectrum of stores on the street with designer labels as Kate Spade and Tanya Heath. The other side of the spectrum includes boutique stores such as “Maxi Boutique” and “Rainbow Boutique”. The area and street surroundings alone project beauty and style – starting with the quaint old-fashioned style brown tiles, to the walkway of pink flowers – showcasing and celebrating femininity. Even the signage adds to the classic style of the area – the visual fashion advertisements create a catwalk of fashion creating the feeling of a live fashion show!
Having your own unique Style
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” —Coco Chanel.
Fashion Icon Coco Chanel had a major impact on women’s clothing and in the fashion industry. The quote expresses staying true to one’s self and style – because every woman is truly one of a kind.
My Yorkville Cumberland Street style inspiration came from the unique styles of Torontonians. The three ladies specifically were chosen based on their unique style and individuality. All three ladies used fashion to express themselves and their individual style – they are true to themselves and portray an image to the world about their true selves.
Meet Emily – Cool Girl meets Chic
The first Torontonian interviewed was Emily – she’s18 years young and a student with the most wonderful sense of style! Emily admires bold designers such as Jeremy Scott and is confident and loyal with her style choices. She truly reflects the title of “Cool Girl Meets Chic” as her style is distinct and simple, yet on trend. Her black top paired with a velvet tanned skirt and tanned stiletto boots is very on point with Toronto fashion! Emily’s advice to girls on their fashion choices revolves around individuality and is reflected in her comments: “Whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you feel comfortable, is the best!”
Meet Nihan – Elegance Meets the Modern Day Gal
The second girl is Nihan – who is 17 and recently graduated from high school. She hands down has one of my favorite looks of the day! She blends classic and modern in her wardrobe by adding an elegant jacket over a modern bralette and a sheer black top. She keeps her style casual with jeans and white sunglasses. A signature looks of the Yorkville area and quite often worn by celebrities! She describes her looks to be “Organic” and “Natural” and her overall style as “Lazy Chic”. Nihan admires the designer Versace and if she designed an outfit it would consist of faux leather. When asked about empowerment of girls and the message she would relay under a shoe – she expressed simply listing the letter “I” under shoes to empower girls. “You need to feel like your true self and make sure it’s comfortable!”.
Meet Arya Classic Rock Meets The Future Girl
Last but definitely not least, we have Arya – while working as a professional Theatre stage actor, she is finishing up her Degree at York University! She’s confident and the same is reflected in her fashion style choices. Her style is fluid and varies day to day and her selections are based on her mood. “But usually I would say it’s very edgy with a Boho kind a feel to it” she expressed. Arya is on trend with a white star tank top, black jean and completes her looks with a leather black jacket. Her signature style is marked with distinctive accessories and her unique brightly colored hair. She admires the work of Alexander McQueen and carries an open-minded attitude towards fashion and embracing various styles much like the late designer
When asked about an accessory she would design to promote the empowerment of women, she replied “It would be a black leather cuff, in the front of it would be two silver sterling hands holding each other”. This accessory is a reflection of Arya and represents the strength of women.
Alexia Your classic Modern Girl (Me!)
I’m 19 years old and going into second year at York University in the AMPD (Arts, Media, Production & Design) program. My passions are with photography and writing. Some of my recent awards include Outstanding Achievement for Film & Editing and my recent accomplishments include writing a children’s book which reflects my platform and girl empowerment.
I also photographed the three girls for Street Chic Magazine. I decided to wear a one piece jumpsuit in a bright hot pink and black heel shoe. With all my wardrobe selections I aim to project a confident style while staying true to my individual style.
If I were to have my own shoe line, the message conveyed would be about the empowerment of girls. Under the shoe, the message would state my platform’s campaign “Find Your Beauty Inside”. The purpose would be to inspire all girls to positive; to be confident; believe in themselves; to be FEARLESS; and they will accomplish everything they set their minds to and accomplish their dreams.
Link To Street Chic Article!
Toronto. T.O. The Six. Is the place to be! It’s the most exciting, vibrant, and cultural city across our Beautiful and Breathtaking Canada! Toronto is such a buzz these days more than ever!
What comes to mind when you think of Toronto? Well here are just a few examples that come to mind….
Torontonians! We are known for being great people and polite!
- Diversity! Toronto is admired and loved around the world for our diverse cultures!
- Arts and Films! Toronto hosts the annual and world famous TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). People from all over the world travel to Toronto to attend Canadian and International film premieres and catch a glimpse of the film stars
- Music! Toronto holds festivals such as the Toronto Jazz Festival and we have so much home grown talent such as Drake, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber!
- Sports! Home to the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argos & the Toronto Maple Leafs!
- Landmarks! Top on the list is the CN Tower & the Edgewalk!
- The spectacular Toronto skyline! Identified world-wide and seen in many films!
- Markets! We love our markets! Distillery District being one of the top ones!
- Markets! We love our markets! Distillery District being one of the top ones!
- Shopping & Restaurants! Dining in Yorkville is second to none!
Toronto ranks high as one of the top cities to live in the world – as it has everything anyone could ask for and seek – culture, history, great food & entertainment and amazing welcoming people. I’ve decided to select my favorite area in Toronto and the area that reflects all of the above – the charming yet modern Yorkville area!
Yorkville http://bloor-yorkville.com/ has an abundance of history – being named after the Town of York, it had the distinction of being the first art in village in Toronto. In recent years Yorkville was officially recognized by Heritage Toronto for being home to Canadian music history. Despite being part of the big city of Toronto, Yorkville has always maintained its own identity and has become a main shopping magnet!
Yorkville is a favorite area of mine because of it’s culture, unique restaurants, shopping, markets, sitting areas, and events. The variety of stores only adds to what makes this area so special and unique. The area boasts both classic and modern surroundings and a visual favorite by many photographers. Many Torontonians and visitors take their event photos in Yorkville; displaying the old fashioned yet classic look from the heritage buildings and the modern vibe from more current buildings. I’ve grown up in Toronto and the Yorkville area has always been it’s my main destination when seeking a peaceful stroll to reflect and focus. If you’re looking for a great place to take a break from our fast paced Toronto life – I highly recommend spending the entire day and evening in Yorkville!
Let’s spend the day together in Yorkville!
The Yorkville area is a main Toronto’s hot spot with endless shops and cafes many transformed from exquisite Victorian homes. You can enjoy Yorkville by strolling through the shops and its art galleries specializing in local artists and sculptures. Above all Yorkville is known for the shopping and the fashionable and the famous! A major event in Toronto is Toronto International Film Festival whereby Yorkville becomes the festival hub for the film stars – making Yorkville an even more popular location to be at! Other well-known events include the Summer Music in the Park music series and the annual Exotic car show – both taking place throughout the summer in the Yorkville Village.
The Yorkville area is best described as having a laid-back lounge vibe. It’s full of beautiful hotels, great hideaways and roof top lounges offering spectacular city views.
Yorkville is a shopper’s paradise! It’s fashion has no limits offering men’s, women’s and children’s clothing The shops range from major clothing chains stores to International designer brands and haute couture. Yorkville also has Hazelton Lanes an amazing indoor shopping centre!
MY FAVORITE PLACES IN YORKVILLE
Boulder in the Yorkville Parkette – enjoy a refreshing gelato and relax on top of the massive rock! It’s my favorite place to relax and enjoy people watching and all the fancy cars drive by! It’s also the perfect place to catch up on your reading and soak up some rays! Over the winter Holidays this area is transformed into a winter wonderland making the area magical and picturesque. In February the area is again transformed for the famous ICEFEST http://www.bloor-yorkville.com/icefest/ with the highlight of the event being the ice sculpture displays and competition. This competition is held annually and is a truly a spectacular and must see event. This year will be an extra special event to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!
Sassafraz’ http://www.sassafraz.ca/restaurant.aspx Restaurant is major landmark of Yorkville and located in “The Heart of Yorkville”. It’ maintains its French style and architecture projecting both New Time and Old Time style. This quaint yellow Victorian rowhouse has a warm welcoming atmosphere while displaying a modern style. A top dessert on the menu is the chocolate cake! I was so touched by a message they sent to my table!
Fun fact: did you know that Sassafras started the Yorkville Ice Carving Competition? Yes they did!
Not only is Sassafraz the top restaurant in Yorkville, it’s one of the most giving. They continually give back to the Toronto community supporting charities such as the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, The Canadian Foundation for Aids Research, and Second Harvest. The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundations mission is to support and remember firefighters who died saving lives. This charity is particularly special to Sassafraz as in December 13th of 2006, they faced a major fire and since then they wanted to acknowledge the firefighters enormous efforts and their dedication in saving this unique building. Sassafraz further supports the charity by donating $100 dollars to The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation every time a guest reserves a spot in the VIP lounge balcony. On an environmental level, they have incorporated clean air technology into the restaurant with a living bio-wall – which consists of a 20 foot wall of living plants next to a calming waterfall – that filters the indoor air for guests!
On the Arts front, they support and work in partnership with TIFF, support Hotdocs, The Canadian Film Centre and the theatre company Buddies and Bad Times.
It’s evident Sassafraz is committed and dedicated to giving back and helping others – and making a stronger Toronto community – Not only do I enjoy this restaurant for its food and atmosphere, but I can proudly state I’m a customer to a Yorkville establishment that gives back to the Toronto community. For those of you who haven’t been to Sassafraz yet, I highly recommend it next time you’re in beautiful Yorkville, Toronto!
In today’s Blog I’ll be sharing my top Healthy Eating Tips, Fitness Tips, Beauty tips and much more…!!!
Here are my Top 5 Beauty Inside tips – that will not only make you feel more beautiful – but will make your inner beauty, both your mind and your body – just shine!
With today’s blog I hope to inspire everyone to get off your couch, get on your feet and have some fun getting fit!
Vegetables, Fruits, & Water! = Better Skin on the outside and a healthy, strong mind on the inside!
We’ve all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” or “Eat your Vegetables”! But why is it so important to eat these foods?
Below are my Top Fruits & Veggies – I make sure to include these in my weekly healthy eating plans.
- Apples! – Rich in vitamin C, they create collagen which helps healing and promotes healthy skin. Apples also have small amounts of skin-brightening vitamin A, which helps to build healthy skin. (and yes, eat the peel!)
- Blueberries – Great for your skin and known for its high levels of antioxidants that shield your skin against harmful free radicals that can damage the collagen that keeps your skin firm.
- Strawberries – They have biotin which helps build strong hair and nails. Strawberries also help brighten up dull skin and improve your complexion. They also work as a natural exfoliate for your skin – helping remove dead skin cells and help repair and nourish skin.
- Cutecumbers – They keep you hydrated and nourish you with loads of vitamins and skin-friendly minerals. They tighten open pores and rejuvenate your skin. They also gets rid of dark circles by reducing water retention and puffiness (yes, put cutecumber slices on your eyes!)
- ONIONS -They have Vitamin B and can rejuvenate a dull complexion, improve blood circulation, and help protect from UV rays. They help create a youthful, glowing skin with it’s powerful antioxidants.
These are just some of the facts about fruits and veggies! It you find it a challenge getting all these vegetables in your healthy eating plan – BLEND THEM! My favorites are fruit smoothies! (blend orange juice, some strawberries, blueberries and a banana – delicious, & so easy & quick to make)
Fun Fact: my first fruit I ate when I was just a baby was blended fresh peaches! Yum. Now I want a peach after writing this blog.
Exercise helps you in so many ways!
Exercise improves your overall mood! It also can increase your energy levels by strengthening circulation and your heart muscle. It also can help fight many health issues and can help reduce high blood pressure. The more you exercise the more it helps your blood flow and decreases your chances of cardiovascular disease. Why Cardio Exercise? Cardio can help strengthen your heart, muscles and lungs. It also helps you improve your endurance levels. Yes – with regular workouts, you can even burn calories while moving and having fun!
Here are my top Fitness exercise routines – the ones I love the most
- Exercise (Cardio) – Cycling
- Exercise (Cardio) – Boxing
- Exercise (Cardio) – Squats
- Running – with your favorite music
- Weights – Strengthens and tones
Who Loves getting a Facial?! It’s so relaxing and great for your skin! But even though it can help your skin on the outside, you need to help boost your skin from the inside with good healthy eating habits.
TOP Reasons to get a facial – at my Beauty Sponsor Ici Paris Skin Care Clinic & Spa! A warm thank-you to my Beauty esthetician Lia!
- Consultation with professional & experienced skin care esthetician
- Facials deep cleanse your skin – This professional treatment will cleanse your skin, pores and bring out it’s natural radiance
- Skin + hydration = soft radiant face
- Improves circulation and tones – helps nutrients to enrich your skin and brings out your natural glow!
- Exfoliates – all the old skin is removed, making way for bright fresh new skin – gets rid of all the little wrinkles too!
- Stress escape facials – lowers stress levels! It’s been proven that stress can be a factor to causing acne and wrinkles. (SEE top draw prize!)
- You will come out feeling and looking refreshed and beautiful!
My everyday make-up is usually very light – using mainly a lip gloss and mascara, but for evening I also wear foundation, blush and eyeshadow. You should always stick to what you feel natural and comfortable wearing – I love a natural look because I want to look like myself!
For my everyday look at the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, I took the advice from Tanya the make-up artist at Ici Paris Skin Care Clinic & Spa! Thank you Tanya!
Who doesn’t love going out and shopping for clothing!
I love Shopping at Maxi Boutique! Thank you for providing me with amazing style advise and providing me with so many lovely dresses and outfits!
Here are my top style tips!
- Don’t be afraid to Mix and Match colors!
- Patterns are a great way to enhance your look!
- Make sure you feel confident and comfortable in what you are wearing!
Happy July! What a beautiful month it’s turning out to be!
Over the past few months I’ve been super busy fundraising for WE Charity – Free The Children Charity and participating in numerous volunteer opportunities within my community! I’ve also been super busy promoting my title alongside my “Beauty Inside” campaign and platform with endless appearances!
My fundraising efforts include a raffle with AMAZING prizes —with all ticket proceeds going to Free The Children Charity! Here’s list of the AMAZING prizes!
Volunteering and WE- Free the Children Charity Fundraising at Kostatex Children Boutique
I volunteered with my special sponsor – Kostatex Children’s Boutique! This Boutique is dear to my heart because I pretty much grew up in this store! It was my one stop shop for the best clothing – from casual wear to elegant breathtaking dresses! I spent the day helping out children (and parents) with the selection of beautiful dresses and helped in any way that I could. The goal in mind was to make young girls feel like princesses, special, smart and important – TO PUT IN ACTION my Beauty Inside campaign and platform – crucial for all young ladies to build their confidence, starting from their BEAUTY INSIDE and THEN out! I even handed out mini tiaras to represent how beautiful they were inside.
I absolutely loved every minute; spending time within my community and having the opportunity to give back to a unique store that has given me so many years of happiness and beautiful childhood memories. Also in partnership with Kostatex I held a We Free The Children fundraising event right outside the store. The store offered a 10% discount with any raffle ticket purchased. Thank you Kostatex for the raffle ticket prize of $100 dollars off! Thank you Marianna for your generosity, love and support and the wonderful day!
Volunteering at Tim Hortons – Kids Camp Day!
I volunteered at Tim Hortons Camp Day! It was a great day volunteering and supporting Kids Camp Day! All donations made went to supporting children summer camps. To show support I greeted customers, and handed out Kids Camp Day bracelets. My volunteering and appearance drew attention for such a good cause and provided me with the opportunity to help youth and speak to the public about my platform of empowering youth.
Fundraising for WE -Free The Children Charity, Bay & Adelaide Centre.
I devoted two full days to fundraise for Free The Children at the Bay & Adelaide Centre! I handed mini tiaras to every little girl and little toy cars to every little boy (& girl!) that passed by! And every person who made a donation to We – Free the Children Charity received a “Beauty Inside Gift Bag!” I created the Beauty Inside gift bags – and enclosed in a beautiful bag was an assortment of beauty products such as lip balms, moisturizers, mud masks, hand creams, body mists, chocolate kisses and so much more – as well as my pageant promotional flyer! I also made Disney’s “Frozen Baskets” that were full of toys, puzzles, purses, books, and stickers. (just to list a few items!) I also made Frozen Gift Bags”, with coloring books, stickers, hair accessories…etc. inside! With any donation made a gift bag was handed out. It was a HUGE fundraising success! Thank you at Bay and Adelaide Centre for the amazing fundraising spot!
Volunteering at Ici Paris Skin Clinic and Spa and WE- Free the Children Charity Fundraising
On a beautiful sunshine day I volunteered outside of my sponsor’s store – Ici Paris Skin Clinic and Spa and also fundraised for WE – Free The Children charity! I filled my promotional table with gift baskets and gift bags and spa information. I greeted people passing by and introducing them to the spa and the WE charity. It was a great fundraising – offering 10% discount for services at the spa with any donation made to WE! Ici Paris has a top prize offering in my charity raffle of a luxury spa day! Good Luck everyone, I hope you win!
Happy 150th Birthday Canada! I am so proud to live in such a peaceful, diverse and welcoming country – full of amazing people! We all have so much to be thankful for and be proud of !!!!!
One thing about Canadians is we always display our Beauty Inside – the caring and empathetic Canadians that we are – WE ARE THE NORTH – WE ARE STRONG TOGETHER – WE ARE CANADA!
Did you know…there are over 200 languages spoken in Canada! Did you know…that over 41 million people visit Toronto, Canada annually! Did you know…Canadians like to finish a sentence with the word Eh?!
First stop – Nathan Phillips Square!
The square is a main meeting place for major Toronto events and home to our TORONTO sign! Both Torontonians and visitors really enjoy the area – in the summer, enjoy the tranquility of our beautiful pond and in the winter, lace up and enjoy some skating! Did you know….Canada has a population of 36,626,083 million people and Toronto is the most populous city with 2,731,571 million people!!! Amazing, eh???
Our second stop bring us to Canada’s most famous Landmark – the CN Tower! There is so much to do at this Toronto site! –At the bottom of the Canadian National Tower, there is a beautiful waterfall for those who want a relaxing break. The CN Tower also offers 360, a revolving restaurant 1,151 feet high and along with breathtaking views, they have amazing cuisine prepared by top Canadian chefs. BUT for those of you who seek excitement and THRILLS there is our famous the “Edge Walk” – whereby you have the opportunity to WALK around the EDGE of the CN tower! That’s 1,168 feet or 116 storeys high!
Did you know….that our CN tower is 1,815.3 feet high and is the 9th tallest free standing structure in the WORLD! Awesome, eh??
GO JAYS GO!!!! Our third stop brings us to Canada’s favorite baseball team and the Toronto Blue Jay’s game at Rogers Centre! It was a great game against the Baltimore Orioles! Our stadium was full of our Toronto Blue Jay’s Supporting fans! —Did you know…The Toronto Blue Jay’s”, played their first game on April 22nd 1977 and….Won! Fantastic, eh?
After a winning game, to continue the celebration I enjoyed a lovely Canadian Strawberry Ice cream cone! The lovely ice cream truck vendor let me in her kitchen – and so I decided to help her out and hand out some ice cream! She was a True example of us Canadians and our kind and welcoming spirit!
Did you know…Canada ranks seventh WORLDWIDE in overall ice cream consumption? Cool, eh????
Happy June Everyone! Summer and Sunshine is here! Over last few weeks my “Beauty Inside” journey continues and takes me to my Love of the Arts! The Beauty Inside journey is about finding yourself and your passions and appreciating all the beauty life offers! It’s all there for the taking….you just have to know where to look!
Toronto held its annual “Artfest” in historical and one-of-a kind Distillery District! For those of you who perhaps have not been to the unique area – it’s a must! The Art festival showcased the Artistic community with a focus on brilliant works of art. I strolled through the walkways and reflected upon the creative artistic displays, breathtaking paintings and live music artists! This Arts festival also reflected a few pieces of my heart – painting and photography. <3 I love to create artwork through photography and I ended up taking photos at the famous love locks!
As a part of my “The Beauty Inside Campaign” one of my goals is to also find the beauty inside of others – and I did just that! The Artfest was full of community members who are involved with the local artists and support artists. It was an honor to have the opportunity to speak with many of artists about their journeys in the Art world and about their passion for their art.
The Arts presents the window into an Artist’s mind. Their passion, strength and devotion is inspiring. Their never ending dream to bring beauty and their vision into the world – and how willing they are to share their dream with the world.
As an Arts student myself, the Arts present me with the opportunity for self-expression, and the vehicle to communicate my thoughts and feeling to others. Being a part of the Arts allows me to unfold around everyone and enables me to self-express myself in the way that I desire to be portrayed. The Arts allows me to be in tune with my emotions and express them in various ways to others.
The Art world has made me understand that my life environment affects who I am as a person and who I will be in the future. It has increased my awareness of people, places, and new ideas that I would not be otherwise been exposed to. It has opened my eyes to different aspects of the world and increased my awareness of all the possible emotions a person can have and the many different forms of expression that exist. Because of the Arts I have become a more open minded person. I have become a more creative person. This applies to my acting, writing, filming and painting and many other areas of my life. My mind is more capable of being more open to more ideas. The Arts encourage self-expression and allows me to be become the creative person that I want to be.
But What You Make Others See
It’s feeling more and more like summer here in T.O! —-And its feeling like it’s going to be an amazing fundraising summer!
On May 16th it was National Denim Day across Canada! This day was especially important to me, as everyone in Canada is encouraged to wear denim to show their support for the fight against breast cancer.
Here’s a pic of me in my blue jeans!
And here’s a little musical break of Denim Day to get everyone in the summer fundraising spirit! Enjoy!
I volunteered and fundraised for Denim Day while continuing on my journey to promote my “Beauty Inside” Campaign – which encourages everyone to find the Beauty Inside of themselves and give back – I’m empowering women and helping children in need.
The Denim Day event was a great success. It was marked with a pink flower ribbon which was handed out with every $5 donation. I also decided to attract donations by offering some beautiful pink chocolate roses, scrumptious mini cake treats and delicate flower and butterfly cupcakes (all hugged in pink of course!) and Beauty Inside baskets. As you can see in the below picture, my display area was dedicated to the Denim Day and pink theme! I also created my own Beauty Inside baskets made up of luxurious soaps and body lotions. (great feel great items after a long day of volunteering and fundraising!)
I was happy to have had the opportunity to volunteer and bring attention to the day. It was a wonderful experience and an extremely successful fundraising day!
This is my summer challenge for everyone one there – to find The Beauty Inside of YOU and give something back to your friends, family and your community! Feel free to share your great moments with me anytime!