JT in TO

Justin Timberlake and his best pal, Trace Ayala, visited The Hudson Bay Company Queen street store on Jul 16 to promote their clothing brand, William Rast!

Trace and Justin talked about their clothing line and answered fans’ twitter questions. It was just awesome seeing the legendary Justin Timberlake in the flesh!

ps – Thanks to HBC for the refreshing water and cookies 🙂

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Visual Diary – Sassafraz for Summerlicious

In the heart of Yorkville, there is a yellow, Victorian house -aka- Sassafraz Restaurant.
…my mom, Regina and I went there this past Saturday.

After trying their summerlicious menu, we went shopping at Holt Renfrew.
Perfect weekend.

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First Course – Tomatillo gazpacho
crème fraiche / chipotle saffron oil / basil cress (vegetarian)

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Second Course – Harrison Co-op artisan chicken breast
white quinoa pilaf / summer squash ratatouille / natural reduction (local)

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Third Course- Mango and mint bavarois
oat crumble / spiced raspberry coulis

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 Very strange Celine heels! Love them or hate them?

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Visual Diary: Diving into Good Food at Canoe restaurant and bar

Luckily for the budget-minded, Toronto’s Summerlicious (‘special offers’ offered by restaurants throughout the city) is in full effect.

My best friend, Regina, and I decided that we would try Canoe restaurant’s menu. We called on the day of and luckily got a spot for 2:15 Lunch.

Located atop of TD Tower, we marveled at its breath-taking view of Toronto and appreciated the taste and the visual presentation of the food served to us.

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For $25 Lunch we got:

STARTER –
New Farms Chilled Cucumber Soup
Orange Scented Cucumber, Hewitt’s Buttermilk & Dill

(Prepared by Regina’s boyfriend who is one of Canoe’s chefs)

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MAIN- Chicken Campanelle Pasta
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MAIN- Wellington County Flat Iron Steak
Gai Lan, Sarladaise Potatoes & Smoked Mustard AĂŻoli
(BEST STEAK I HAVE EVER EATEN)

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DESSERT –
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse
Coco Caramel & Devil’s Food Cake

(Chocolate and Hazelnut….the keys to my HEART)

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DESSERT – Frozen Yoghurt
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Overall a delightful experience!

a highly recommended restaurant

Posers: Contemporary Portraits

Posers:  Contemporary Portraits

“Posers” is a group exhibition that explores portraiture as a method of documentation and self-expression.

Local artists, illustrators and photographers will go beyond capturing physical likeness, challenging a traditional convention by using a diverse range of visual language – both cultural and contemporary. In examining the poser’s subtleties, the artist not only reveals the subject’s personality and history, but also his/her personal significance to the artist.

Today, portraiture is almost instantaneous – faces are everywhere and not only on people. They are seen on posters and magazines, computer and mobile screens, Facebook profiles and Instagram feeds. Portraits are posted of both humans and animals alike either mocked, adored or loved. Candid or not, these subjects become posers, representing an identity and a society that shapes it.

These studies and observed moments go beyond the simple act of capturing a face – stories are told and insights are unveiled. Collectively, the works in the exhibition will interpret the idea of meaningful portraiture as an ongoing dialogue between the poser, the artist and the society they live in.

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I went to the opening reception at Oz studios with a couple of friends to support the artists involved in the exhibition. We admired the artwork and cheered on one of my best friends, Chelsea Canlas and her revered artworks. The opening reception was filled with admirers, art lovers and locals.

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unFURgettable

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Toronto, Canada had the biggest snow storm in 5 years. I got to leave work early and cuddle with friends on a Friday night.

The storm blanketed my lovely city with 30+ cm of snow..

After the chaos, the storm left a winter wonderland Saturday morning and I took the opportunity to wear my favourite winter coat with (Faux) fur collar and don my fur hat with fur boots.

This was the outcome:

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