This Toronto cafe offers a 2$ latte and it’s delicious

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Nutella cafe in Fort York is just west of the Rogers centre on the Spadina street car route. This hidden gem will get you a fresh pressed coffee (reasons to have fresh pressed coffee) or the choice of a Nutella donut, Nutella danish or an apple pie danish for only 2$ in Canada we call that a toonie. The baristas at this location take pride in creating beautiful designs in the latte which produce a positive effect on the mind and soul and serve the need for any cravings you might have for aesthetic things.IMG_1125.JPG

Nutella is a world famous food brand that globally capitalized on a niche market when they made their hazelnut spread. Nutella recently opened a series of cafes in the last few years and this particular Nutella cafe location is actually unique because it is partnered with urban fresh.

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This beautiful waterfall is just an hour from Toronto and it’s absolutely stunning

September is the perfect month to explore waterfalls as water is at its warmest and attractions are less busy due to many people being back to school.
Websters Falls is not far from Toronto Ontario. Just minutes outside Hamilton Ontario Canada the falls has bridges, nature trails, rustic rock stairs in ruin and a waterfall to explore.

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When looking at the grounds from the path to the right of the driveway take the first path on the right and go up and around the trail to the set of stone bridges.
Two stone bridges cross over a little flowing brook, everything looks like a fairy tale story book scene, this magical setting seems like a great place to propose or take engagement photos. ( fellas you can thank me later) .

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Cross the bridge and look to the left, you will see a fence with gaps to go in and the remains of an old retired trail that once took visitors on guided tours. A decently challenging decent to the bottom awaits you down a rock face, but you will be pleasantly surprised at the trees, rocks and holes to grab on to from the old retired trail. once you make it to the mid point of the hike down follow the clear dirt path and rock stairs remaining from earlier times when the place was more thriving with outdoors enthusiasts with less technology having been available to occupy time. The mid point setting is picturesque and perfect for photo opportunities so make sure your devices are charged. A staircase going to nowhere that looks like it is out of lord of the rings, makes for many possible creative ideas for photoshoots.

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Continue past the stairs and continue the path to the river that flows from the waterfall. The waterfall has several rocks covered in grass you can use to grip with your feet and hop on to. You can go right into the waterfall if you are cautious and balance properly.

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Websters falls is a great place for a family reunion or BBQ celebration with friends as there are several open lands and covered eating areas to cook and eat at and grass to play on or set up games on although I would not recommend the hike down to the waterfall for small children or children who are not used to outdoors climbing.

 

Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier

The worst shopping experience I ever had was one day my girlfriend Laura and myself had done a bunch of shopping and had chosen a bunch of clothes that were on sale and stores only had one piece of the clothes we fell in love with, we got tired and sat down to have a rest, we weren’t organized and left our bags behind. By the time we realized we had messed up our bags were gone. I since that day have created a shopping code that I follow to maximize my shopping trips to the mall or when I travel to a new place to make it more comfortable and time efficient. I have shared the code with you below. Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
Before you go shopping take snaps of outfits you like on celebrities, social media friends , youtube stars, or stylish people from websites to help guide you.Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
Have three areas in the change-room yes maybe and definitely no don’t try, anything you hum and ha about put immediately into the no pile.
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Wear leggings and a tank top for easy changing and trying things over top to save time such as sweaters. I love this look on Cara Loren comfortable and stylish and the hat is nice for entering and exiting the stores. I have really been wearing a ton of black hats with yoga pants and casual tanks lately and it turns heads because it gives off an inspiring vibe of someone who carries themselves with respect to their bodies, fitness and curating a more upbeat personality that is strong, powerful and who isn’t afraid to take risks. Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
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Wear a beige bra or the right undergarments for what you wish to try on like a body shaper or strapless bra. This Wonderbra from Hudson’s Bay is soft and comfortable. I also recommend having a strapless bra for other looks like this strapless convertible bra from joe fresh for only 16$.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. I love to wear comfortable shoes that are easy to slip on and off for shopping like these ophira shoes from GeoxIMG_6838Bring a small water bringing a water is essential because shopping is cardio and stores can be dry.
Put on a bit of makeup, or style hair to shop because if we feel good we are more confident and walk out with better clothes.
My favourite hair styling website to draw inspiration is InStyle 
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Carry a Large Bag a large bag is perfect so you don’t loose any smaller bags with purchases. A bag with lots of pockets like my Luglife Via Travel bag has a compartment just for receipts.  Tips on how to make clothes shopping easier
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Have a budget and do some planning  Decide the outfit you want at the more expensive stores and see if you can find similar pieces to build that wardrobe with sales rack items. Of course treat yourself if you find something unique or you can’t live without but I can usually find a more affordable style of the same clothing that I love and will splurge on a key piece like a bag or shoe.
This recent Elite Daily Article is helpful towards creating and understanding your clothing budget.

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Small Book and pen writing down what you like in a small book and seeing how much each item costs is good for keeping your shopping budget and planning more versatile outfits. I enjoy this planner from ALWAYS X ALWAYS a local Canadian brand that feature the cutest leaf pattern and has been featured on Toronto Bloggers Rebecah of Wishbone and Clover Media Annika of Ferweh Society and Carling of Through her Style 

 

 

 

 

A juice or smoothie it is good to stop for a juice break to collect your thoughts before you make your choices, the sugar gives a rush of energy to go back and make decisions, take time to respect your budget, the clothes you saw and what works with other clothing at home because planning saves return hassles. Village Juicery on College street in Toronto Ontario Canada is delicious and nutritious and a favorite of mine however most towns and cities have a juice bar or one can make their own juices at home.
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Knowing the mall plan, or peeking at the layout of department stores before you navigate the mall can reduce the stress associated  with getting lost and maximizes your efficiency while shopping.
Here is an Example of a mall map most most have plans that are available online for mobile phones and computers. CF Sherway Gardens mall just opened a renovated wing and a brand new Nordstrom in September 2017.

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Limit the time you spend in a store by grabbing all things quickly and at once don’t let one store, especially a dream store you can’t afford take up your time.
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How To Select a Ripe Juicy Pineapple

Step-by-Step Guide To Selecting a Ripe Pineapple

Step 1- Check the color of pineapple skin – The skin should be yellowish gold in color with no white or brown areas. The higher the yellow reaches on the pineapple, the more even the flavor will be throughout the fruit.

Step 2- Look at and feel the texture of the pineapple- A wrinkled texture means the fruit has deteriorated inside, feel the pineapple make sure its firm with a bit of a give to the skin check for soft spots or indents, Look out for any leaks or cracks in the skin and look to see if leaves are stiff and brown.

Step 3- Inspect the pineapple eyes- Carefully inspect the eyes on the top and bottom of the pineapple, the larger the eyes the longer the pineapple stayed on the plant to get ripe and become sweet.

Step 4- Smell the pineapple- The pineapple should smell a bit sweet but not too sweet if you smell a hint of alcohol or the pineapple smells too sweet, it has over-ripened and is not the one.

Step 5- Tap your pineapple and listen to the sound it makes- a ripe pineapple when tapped will sound weighty and dull but an unripened pineapple will sound hollow.

Step 6- Go home with your ripe delicious and nutritious pineapple and enjoy

Step 7- Store your pineapple on the counter and eat it within 3-5 days you can also refrigerate any pineapple that has been sliced but keep in mind once sliced it is almost impossible to look at and know whether it is past its shelf life and always eat within 6 days.

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Clarins New Instant Light Lip Comfort

IMG_3631.PNGClarins revolutionary formula is a fusion of rich in plant active ingredients, directly inspired by the experts who create their face and body oils.

Leaves a shiny, glossy film veil on the lips that is not sticky and slightly sweet, my lips look very moist candy leaves lips a luscious pink, tangerine leaves my lips a juicy rouge and the honey is the perfect shimmer over a nude lipstick and mint adds only shine.

A cocoon applicator does increase pleasure upon application and allows my entire lips to be coated evenly.

Absolute comfort as soon as I apply to my lips, it feels soothing and relieving with a slight warming sensation.

The scents are subtle and I enjoy the esthetics of the delivery, the whimsical colours, mirrored silver tops and a super soft oversized applicator.

The lip oil formula is rich in active ingredients from a unique fusion of plant nutrition varieties.

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Hazelnut smells luxurious, it hydrates skin and contains vitamin E a potent antioxidant that fights environmental stressors and when applied directly to the skin, hazelnut oil provides moisture. The Hazelnut oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Buriti oil extracted from the buriti nut contains high concentrations of oleic acid, tocopherols and carotenoids, especially betacarotene. Recent studies have found it to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun .Its orangey-yellow fruit produces an amber-colored oil which is traditionally prized for its high content of nourishing fatty acids. The oil extracted from the buriti fruit and used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Field Mint– In the wild, field mint grows in sandy and wetland areas and meadows in Europe. However, unlike other varieties of mint, it is generally cultivated for its essential oil – menthol – extracted by crystallization. Clarins Laboratories use this ingredient for its ability to provide an immediate sensation of intense and invigorating freshness. The Field Mint oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

Amaranth Plant – is a symbol of immortality since it does not wither, was considered sacred by the Incas. It has many benefits, including highly nutritious leaves and seeds and various medicinal properties. The amaranth is also an ornamental plant, with its pretty purple flowers that hang in long clusters along its tall, erect stem. Amaranth is rich in antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics that eliminate free radicals. The oil extracted from the amaranth seed is traditionally used to nourish and comfort the skin. The amaranth oil used by Clarins Laboratories is organic.

 

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Kiehl’s Comes to Canada

I recently joined the staff of Kiehl’s Queen Street West for their launch event. I was super excited to see that Kiehl’s opened here in Toronto Canada, because I have been trying to get my hands on their Lip # 1 treatment for years since my cousin brought me back a few from her trip to Korea. The event was fabulous, Kiehl’s didn’t miss a detail.

The event was catered by Kupfert and Kim with fresh coffee from Cali love.

I dug into a few of the chocolate covered strawberries from the locally owned and run shotberry

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Kiehl’s features modern and classic style around their store and their products are all organized by sections making it easy to find just what you are looking for.

Peter Grande is the Assistant manager at the Toronto Eaton Center Kiehl’s location and works with their Canadian Public Relations team he is passionate when it comes to skincare and very knowlegable. I will be returning to Kiel’s Eaton Center sometime over the upcoming weeks for a one on one with Peter so he can create a custom blend oil for my skin. Peter is also a blogger and has some amazing tips and recommendations on his blog  www.itspetergrande.com

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Keihl’s gives back to the community and is a proud sponsor and supporter ofCamp Ooch. 

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Now a little but about the products I took home with me.

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Lip Balm #1 SPF 4 sunscreen. Relieves Cracked or Chapped Lips. Not Tested on Animals. Temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked lips. Helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather.
I Love this lip balm and so does my hubby, great for both men and women it keeps my lips hydrated and smells amazing.
Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25  Made with coconut oil, instantly melts onto lips, providing a cushion of soothing moisture. With antioxidants, including lemon butter, combined with broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen, Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25 provides year-round protection for lips. Lips feel and look softer, smoother and moisturised, and stay hydrated for up to 12 hours after application.
Having been a fan of Lip Balm #1 I was so excited to try the Butterstick in pop of peonies, it is the perfect shade of summery pink, perk of this product is its long lasting I feel this product working its magic hours later as they claim and in the past few weeks I have seen a reduction of lines around my lips due to the amazing natural ingredients.
Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil This all-in one non-comedogenic cleansing formula emulsifies with water to a cleansing milk, gently, yet effectively dissolving even difficult-to-remove makeup and impurities without over-drying. It leaves skin not only fresh and clean but also skin balanced, soothed and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment. made from an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils: Squalane, a planted-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin; Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids; and Lavender Essential Oil. And it’s Soap-free, Sulfate-free, and Mineral Oil free. Perfect one-stop cleanser.
This cleansing oil and makeup remover is the best one I have tried to date, it takes off all of my stubborn mascara and is so gentle and smells luxorious.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate One night. A few drops. Younger-looking skin by morning. Skin’s moisture level is replenished overnight. 99.8% Naturally Derived Ingredients. Helps to recover radiance by morning. Paraben-Free.
This product works so well on my fine lines in my forehead and puffiness around my eyes that happens on mornings after nights when I do not get my recommended 8 hours of sleep.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Unique, concentrated texture.Does not migrate into eyes.Gently moisturizes the delicate eye area. Ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested. Rich and creamy non-migrating formula that delivers moisture to the delicate under eye-area. Gently protects the skin against external aggressors.
Everything recommended to treat my eyes always makes them burn, not Keihl’s, I love how thick the product goes on without looking thick and I do see a reduction of puffiness and dark circles once I use this treatment.
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate Line-reducing skin concentrate, containing 10.5% Vitamin C.Helps reduce the appearance of marionette lines from the corners of the mouth, leading towards the chin.Improves the appearance of crows feet lines and wrinkles as well as Sub-orbital wrinkles in the eye area. Helps to improve skin appearance and texture.
Vitamin C is proven to fight signs of ageing so I was really excited to see Keihl’s brightening concentrate had a high concentrate of vitamin C. This Eye-Brightening Concentrate is like coffee for tired eye and it works fast.

A new bloggers thoughts on the dirty side of Instagram

There are things “Influencers” just don’t want any brands to discover, in today’s blog post I share the secrets the knowledge and the dirty side of Influencers and content creators.

Robot Followers

  • signs of robot followers are
  • lots of profiles with no pictures
  • followers who when you actually click on them, are following 5657 people with only 100 following them or they have 2-16 stock photos

I’m not accusing everybody of buying followers , even though I know people do, but I am encouraging people to go through their followers and block and delete and report their bots.

Follow spikes

One of the most obvious signs of an inauthentic influencer is follow spike. Someone had 100 followers and you check a few days later and they have 20 000.

People claiming to have authentic growth who really grow because they follow a bunch of people who follow them back and then they unfollow them hoping they wont notice

If you notice someone has a ton of followers and are not following a ton of people and they follow you, they will probably only unfollow you once you follow them and hope you don’t notice.

Some people pay companies to grow a following for them by generating likes and getting follows by following to unfollow using software.

lots of followers but no likes or comments 

If someone has thousands of followers and gets 3 likes they are definitely not real.