It’s been a bit of a whirl
wind week so far. I landed back in Toronto
from a weekend away in NYC and am now getting back on top of work, life, and
all that good stuff.
But today, Dec 11th
(a few days before my birthday) is an exciting day for me! I am part of Blogger Fashion Week with Trend Trunk. If you haven’t heard of the company, it’s an online
place to sell the clothes you no longer wear (and they do all the good stuff
like sort out the price of shipping for you). Extra room in your closet, a few
bucks in your bank account and the opportunity to score some really great deals—And
they’re based in Canada.
Pretty great right?
I’ve got a closet set up,
which you can check out here.
We've only had 1 snow (and that didn't even last), but I've been thinking about my winter wardrobe this week. I've been wearing my favourite 1970's parka, but sometimes you need more of a laid back look.
In the last few months I've found myself on the west coast twice. Once on a trip up the coast from LA to San Fransisco and most recently on a trip from Vancouver to Victoria to Tofino (a place I find hard to believe is actually in Canada).
So you can just quickly scan the photos, here's the recap of the adventure: Vancouver was full of new friends. MS had recently moved there and had a bunch of friends over for the long weekend. As you can imagine, there was clothing and product covering all open spaces in the 1 bedroom apartment. It didn't help that on 2 separate occasions we all went to the Aritzia Warehouse sale where I landed some amazing clothes at unreal prices. A $175 dress for $35. J Brand jeans for $30. I was in clothing heaven. I spent a lot of time wandering the city, renting a bicycle to cycle the entire outskirts of Stanley Park (highly recommended), eating delicious food and catching up with The Stunt Man over $5 caesars.
I landed up taking the ferry to Victoria to see DI (great friend and former Uni roommate) and explore Victoria, BC. Truthfully, I knew very little about the city. I walked a lot, ate some pretty good food, drank too much coffee and landed up using my umbrella just about as much as I thought I would. They were not lying when they said it rains a lot in the west.
The last stop of my adventure was a quick roadtrip to Tofino. I'm in love. Tonfio is Canada's heaven on earth. Beachy, adorable, not much to do. The good life. DI and I both purchased books from the local book store. I picked up The Wolf of Wall Street (soon to be a movie). It's wild. We didn't end up surfing, but did manage an afternoon beachside. And we went camping. In a tent.
Then, all the sudden it was an entire week and a few days later and we were driving back to the airport at 5:30am. A wonderful adventure. Now I understand: West coast, best coast. So, without hesitation:
Finds from the Aritzia Warehouse sale
There was about 500 of these racks full of clothing.
I've been lucky this week landing some pretty sweet tickets! First TIFF and then guest list to the Arts Collective Brewery launch.
My workplace had space on the guest list and a few of us jumped at the opportunity to go. Free beer + food + live entertainment. Will that ever get old?
We arrived shortly after 9, had 2 beers (ok, I had a sip of 2 different beers plus 2 glasses of water... beer has never really been my thing) and watched the live band. The room was full of super hip Queen W folk. I opted to rock my new Aritzia dress (see the picture of me below) and a great necklace I picked up last time I was in Kentucky! Wear what you want, I say!
The evening was pretty great-- a showcase of artists and beer. Or, in their words, a "grassroots beer company fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired
talents of emerging and seasoned artists, musicians, poets,
photographers & filmmakers." Neat, right?
The title of this post could easily have been: "The day I met Harry Potter", because I did, sort of. Let me go back a few steps. I entered a few TIFF related contests hoping to score tickets to a movie. I had neglected to purchase tickets in advanced and at this point in the TIFF game (more than half way through) winning/ receiving tickets to the big premieres is the only option.
I entered an RT to win contest through SKYY Vodka, and won! I lucked out completely and got tickets to Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) & Michael C. Hall (Dexter). The seats ended up being in the mezzanine, beside what I noticed were some prime empty seats. Well, turns out those prime seats were for none other than the ENTIRE cast of the film. Harry Potter and Dexter mere meters away.
I had gone with A and managed to walk out of the mezzanine seating at the same time as Daniel Radcliffe (DR, for short). A and I both got a few words in and I also gave him the "thumbs up". Ugh. Where did that come from? He half smile said "thanks" and gave the thumbs up back. Meeting, successful.
We exited, saw the blacked out cars leave, but no more celebrity sightings on the walk home. I missed Joseph Gordon Levitt (sad) as his movie was premiering a few blocks away. Next year! And that was it. Possibly the beginning and ending of my TIFF13 experience all in one night. But wow, what a great night it was.
The last post I made on my travels was a while before I was
heading stateside. Since that post, I navigated my way up the
California coast from LA to San Fransisco and managed to do 2 long
weekends in Kentucky.
I've been sitting on these photos for far too long (sorry, Internet!). So without further hesitation, here's a snapshot of my California vacation: