How does one begin to describe a perfect weekend of music, sunshine, new friendships and dancing until you physically can no longer? On a personal level, Osheaga was all about discovery. From forming new friendships to discovering new artists at my first summer festival ever, it was an eye opening weekend that I never wanted to end!
Big thanks to Chevrolet Canada for sending Gloria and I down to Osheaga in a brand new Chevrolet Trax to experience the festival for the first time. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel the whole weekend at Hotel10 (formerly Opus 10) and we had the chance to bond with the other five Montreal local bloggers/ influencers and the other four Toronto bloggers that were also sent down to cover the festival.
Summer music festivals are so worth the often heavy price tag associated for the weekend. With 110 bands, there was enough variety to satisfy all musical palettes including performances by Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore, Tegan & Sara, Icona Pop to EDM geniuses like Porter Robinson. Needless to say, I’m HOOKED!
With our new ride, the Chevrolet Trax. Such an easy car to drive (even for a scaredy-cat like me!)
Check out our style snaps and more pictures from the festival, after the jump!
When I learned that Toronto was going to be hosting the inaugural Canadian Philippines Fashion Week in June this year, I had no idea what to expect. Trying to find words to describe the sheer talent that was on display is impossible. Fresh, innovative, exciting, classy, stylish, modern all come to mind, but they do not nearly do any of the designers and their artwork justice.
Photo credit: Candice Kaye
On the opening party night, we were treated to a wild evening at the Lexus Downtown location where VINTA debuted their first collection through an exclusive runway presentation. VINTA is a chic and modern Filipiñana clothing line designed in Toronto and manufactured in the Philippines. I had the chance to chat with Caroline Mangosing, the Creative Director behind the line who was the sweetest, and humble being. Having gone to design school 20 years ago, she never thought she would be launching her own collection now, but she saw an opportunity in the market and is just taking off from here.
Photo credit: Candice Kaye
See more images of all the behind-the-scenes action after the jump!
Exciting news my fellow canucks! UK based online retailer boohoo is here to take us by storm! Affordable and trendy are words everyone likes to hear and boohoo is ready to give us all that and much much more. Being fabulous as they as, their launch was celebrated on June 19th with obvious style.
Massive pink balloons, essential macarons, fizzy beverages and racks of explosive clothing greeted attendees right from the get-go. It was one giant sugary sweet cocktail of shoes, fresh flowers, and excited chatter (I don’t mind these kind of cavities). You’re already itching to check them out aren’t you? Be sure to like their Facebook page as well for regular fabulous deals usually handpicked by their loyal shoppers!
Can I get a woohoo for boohoo?
The inaugural Canada Philippine Fashion Week has descended upon us and will be taking over the streets of Toronto from Monday, June 10th to Saturday, June 16th, 2013. The first-ever CPFW will celebrate Filipino and Canadian fashion icons, in addition to supporting up and coming designers with all proceeds to Kol Hope Foundation for Children.
Founded by Jeff Rustia, it’s a promising week featuring Filipino fashion, culture, entertainment and philanthrophy featuring runway shows by top fashion designers from Canada and the Phillipines, world premiere film screenings, live music, art and food. Check out the jam packed schedule
below with all of the events slated for this week.
One of the featured exhibits that I’m most looking forward to is “Project Terno”. Top Canadian designers including David Dixon
, Greta Constantin
e and more will be showcasing one-of-a-kind creations featuring their spin on the terno;
the Filipino butterfly-sleeved dress. Can’t wait to see what they’ll be able to create with the intersection of Canadian and Filipino fashion!
Interested in attending?
CPFW tickets can be purchased online at http://www.canadaphilippinefashionweek.com/box-office/, or via 647.769.HOPE (4673). Hope to see you there!
Photos courtesy of Kaeru Communications
It’s a busy streetcar after work, and I see two young musicians with their guitars and band equipment. I ask them if they’d like my seat but they politely decline. One of them strikes up a conversation and asks where I’m headed. I respond that I’m on my way to a charity gala that night supporting breast cancer and prostate cancer. He nods empathetically and goes on to share a story of a good friend who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer, and his pain of losing his father recently as well to the disease. We only talked for about five minutes but I was so surprised and touched at how open he was to sharing his story with me, a complete stranger to him only five minutes ago. It certainly put the night ahead of me into perspective.
I was honoured to have been invited to attend the Red and White Ball, an annual one night event bringing together Toronto’s young professionals to lend their support to a worthy cause. Since 2002, Red & White has been fully organized and operated by a talented group of 20 something volunteers that have raised more than $100,000 for Rethink Breast Cancer. For their 11th year, the team decided to also lend their efforts to support Prostate Cancer as well, with the appropriate title of “Red & White with a Kiss of Blue”. Read more