Knee high socks are perfect for the beginning of fall. I love combining a comfy oversized shirt with a cute dress. Had the pleasure of checking out the amazing new The Kooples store while I was in Los Angeles last month. The Kooples is a badass rock n’ roll brand from France that I had the pleasure of discovering in Paris two years ago thanks to Offner. I love absolutely every piece the brand puts out. It’s the perfect combination of rock and dainty. I just couldn’t resist the amazing boots that I saw on display!
Last January, I was one of the many Canadians that was thrilled to see the introduction of half-pipe and slopestyle skiing into the Olympic Games at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. I know that many women skiiers including freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke fought incredibly hard to get the sport to where it is today. Another amazing Canadian athlete who’s been paving the way for women in the sport is 26-year-old Montrealer Kaya Turski. Kaya competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and is currently the reigning Winter X Games slopestyle champion. To this day, Kaya has won 4 Winter X Games slopestyle gold medals. Kaya is currently taking some classes at her local community college and will be back to competing in the winter. She’s definitely an inspiration for women in the sport and a force to be reckoned with. I’m honored that she took time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions. Here are my 5 Questions With Kaya Turski:
1) When did you start skiing? Do you remember when you decided that you wanted to compete and take it more seriously?
I skied when I was little, about 3 until 9 years old. Then I played around with snowboarding a little bit but my main focus after that was aggressive inline rollerblading. I competed in park until I was about 14 when I took a break from doing it professionally. When I was 16, I tried skiing for the first time in years and something clicked! I really enjoyed it and caught on pretty quick because of my background in inline skating. I decided to move out to Whistler after high school and the fall semester of college to see what I could do on skis… and then it all took off from there. Once I got into the groove I wanted to start competing, it’s something I’ve always liked. The challenge, the adrenaline, the focus it takes…. all very appealing to me.
2) What is it about freeski that appeals to you and that you love so much?
I like the freedom it gives me. On the hill, I can do (almost) whatever I want. In the air, I can try whatever I feel. And the lifestyle and travel opportunities it has given me have been amazing.
3) Last January, slopestyle skiing made its Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, how much has that impacted the sport and for women more specifically?
It’s hard to say yet how it impacted the sport. I think it’s made it more known, for sure. It’s great to see our sport grow into more mainstream culture. And I think the spirit of free skiing is still there, it’s freestyle core, so all in all I think it was a good thing!
4) You’re currently ranked number 1 in the world by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, what are some of your most memorable moments in your career thus far?
Most memorable moments… that’s a tough one. So many really cool memories. I’ll give you some of my faves… landing my first switch 7! First try, I just thought I could do it and I went for it….. very cool feeling. I think that’s when it clicked that I could potentially take my skiing to the next level. Winning my first X Games! Cliche but always a dream of mine to compete at the X Games. World champs 2013 because it was a really crutch moment…. I was struggling all week and couldn’t wrap my head around anything, and I finally pulled myself together and landed my second run. Some of the best moments are when you’re really struggling and you dig deep and somehow find something within to pull you right into the light.
5) You have a cool web series called “State of Mind”, where you share your life adventures with your fans. What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re not skiing?
I love arts, crafting. I like reading, hanging out with friends, trampolining, the beach, hiking.
I may have turned 29, 30 recently, but I still feel like a kid at heart. There’s nothing I love more than being silly, goofing off, playing around and being mesmerized or fascinated by new things. I wonder if I’ll ever grow out of it… but then again, maybe I shouldn’t. These past couple of days, I’ve been having so much fun walking around my city, exploring new places in Toronto and taking photos. It’s become a fun ritual for Offner and I and goes above and beyond taking photos of clothes.
Speaking of never growing out of something, I don’t think I’ll ever grow out or grow tired of wearing leopard print. Only time will tell I guess… But I particularly like these pants that I got a little while ago because they are a more subtle version of leopard print.
It was a beautiful day in Toronto today. I’ve been enjoying being home these past couple of weeks because I rarely get to be home for more than a couple of days. Plus, it’s a great time of year to be in Toronto, there’s so much going on and so much to do. Though it’s slowly starting to get cold, there are still some beautiful evenings like tonight, which are already made me nostalgic about summer. I feel like summer went by in a flash this year, more so than in recent years. Maybe it was because of the mostly cold and rainy weather or maybe because I spent most of the time away on the road. I’m still not fully ready to put away my summer wardrobe and want to enjoy the outdoors as much as I can, while I can!
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Starting my week off with these colorful treats to brighten up the start of my work week. Long day ahead! I’ll be co-hosting the Polaris Prize pre-show livestream starting at 7pm EST this evening on AUX.TV. If you’re a fan of Canadian music, make sure you watch tonight’s show! You can tune in live here. Jay Baruchel will be hosting the main gala that starts at 8pm EST.
Here’s the first of a series of blogs I’ll be posting on my recent trip to Los Angeles. The theme for this blog is FOOD! If you’ve ever traveled to Los Angeles before, you know that there are always new restaurants opening up in every part of the city. One of the things I love most about traveling is trying out new restaurants everywhere I go. I’ve been vegetarian for over 12 years now and contrary to what most people think, I can eat just about everywhere (especially when traveling to California, where there are so many vegetarian-friendly dishes on all the menus!). I’d definitely say I’m an epicurean vegetarian! Here are 5 food discoveries I made while in LA earlier this month:
1) Fōnuts. Yes, there’s no typo here, fōnuts and not donuts. Fōnuts are donuts but better! Here’s why: they’re not fried, they are baked and/or steamed and come in so many incredible flavors, many of which are gluten-free and vegan. I first heard of fōnuts through Instagram and have been obsessively following their feed for the last couple of months, promising myself I’d check them out next time in LA. And that I did… not only once… or even twice, but three times! And boy was I not disappointed. I’d say, I became mildly obsessed with their baked goods while I was there. The thing I love most about them is that they use fresh and natural ingredients in every fōnut and they are made in-house daily. I love the “cake-like” taste & texture and the clever combination of flavors. They’re also not too filling as a result of not being fried and have a very different texture. Hands down my two favorites were the “Blueberry Earl Grey” and “Peanut Butter Chocolate“. A must if you’re in the Hollywood area. They’re located on West 3rd street, just at the corner of S. Crescent Heights Blvd.
2) Gracias Madre. I had been meaning to go to Gracias Madre last summer and then on my trips since but each time, I ended up somewhere else. Gracias Madre’s is all about serving local, organic and vegan food. Three key words that totally attracted my attention when I had first heard of this amazing restaurant. Added bonus: it’s all Mexican food!! But not any kind of Mexican food, Mexican food done with a modern and clever twist. All of the food we ate at Gracias Madre was so incredibly fresh and flavourful! It was just the right amount of spice and all the dishes were very well balanced. The drinks were also so incredibly tasty. I highly recommend sharing a bunch of plates. My favorite appetizer: “Gorditas“, which are potato cakes accompanied by avocado and cashew cream. My favorite main: “El Plato” a dish with butternut squash, cashew cheese and chorizo mushrooms. My favorite dessert: their incredibly yummy “Fudge Brownie” made with salted mezcal caramel. One of the best parts about eating at Gracias Madre, was being on their incredibly beautiful outdoor terrace. It’s decorated with an outdoor fire place, beautiful lights, lanterns and is in the middle of trees and plants. Super romantic! You can make reservations through OpenTable, just make sure you reserve a little while in advance, the place is always busy.
3) Sqirl. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a better brunch than the one I ate at Sqirl. Sqirl is a small cafe located in the Los Feliz area of LA. It’s packed with young hipsters, businessmen, actors, etc. who all come for their morning coffee, meetings or to just enjoy the incredible food their serve there. They’ve got a few seats inside but also have a great little alcove on the side of their restaurant with a bunch of chairs and tables. What makes Sqirl awesome is not only that everything is made from scratch in-house, including their jams, their almond milk, their hot sauce, etc., it’s also more than just a little cafe. They have an extensive breakfast/brunch and lunch menu that they make fresh in front of your eyes. Everything I tasted there was absolutely to die for! Things you NEED to try when you go to Sqirl: their vanilla bean lemonade, unreal! Also their open faced brioche with kale, tomatillo puree and fried egg. And finally for “dessert” their brioche with homemade jam and freshly milled almond hazelnut butter, WHA?! Take me back now!!
4) Fig & Olive. A discovery that Offner made while looking for new restaurants to check out in LA. The restaurant has definitely become a city hotspot over the last little while. Located on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, Fig & Olive is a beautiful and classy restaurant. The decoration is sophisticated and so are the people that eat there (or they at least seem to be!). They’ve got a great selection of wine and an interesting choice of plates for dinner. Though a little bit more on the pricier side, the food is delicious, tasty and worth dishing out the extra cash. The fish “Paella del mar” seems to be a favorite among customers, including Offner himself. The thing that I also loved, was their incredibly well presented desert. Good times!
5) Commissary. You’ll find this little oasis at The Line Hotel, located in Koreatown. The Line Hotel has only been open since the beginning of 2014 and is already attracting people from all over the world and incredibly hype (I will tell you more about the hotel itself on another upcoming blog!). Commissary is located in a greenhouse and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their entire menu revolves around fruits and vegetables. Though not exclusively a vegetarian restaurant, there are definitely many veggie-friendly dishes. You can either sit at the bar or at one of their beautifully presented tables. The drink menu is original and savoury and so is the food. Another thing that’s super unique about this place, their menu contains no words, just pictures! A clever idea by the one and only chef Roy Choi (founder of the LA Kogi food truck!)! Yup! He’s the one responsible for the remarkably creative menu & space. Totally worth checking out!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit on the blog. Fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to whip out my pants again. Though I’m still completely in denial, I’m excited to start layering again, wearing cool coats and vests and rocking some of the new items I recently got for my fall wardrobe. For the second time this season, I’ve completely cleaned out my closet. It’s a scary thing to empty out the closet but my rule is – if I haven’t worn an item in over six months, maybe it’s time I give it to someone who might. I hate clutter and so it’s a good cleansing experience to do a closet cleanup! I’m excited to be adding new pieces to my wardrobe, pieces that I feel reflect more my mood and vibe these days, which I’ve noticed is a lot more minimalist than it used to be. Maybe it’s just a phase I’m going through but as of late, I’ve been wearing a lot less jewelry (but always stick to some daily favs – Stella & Dot bar necklace, COMMUNION By Joy ring, Etsy wave necklace) and a lot less color and prints. I’ve been keeping my outfits to neutrals mostly. I know the season change has a lot to do with it! One thing’s for sure, I was really inspired by all the shows at NYFW last week. In case you missed it, I created a special Pinterest board with some of my favorite runway looks. Check it out here. What are you most excited about for fall?
I first heard of Lizzie Renaud a few years ago when I was looking to get a new tattoo after having just moved Toronto. Lizzie is one of the top female tattoo artists in Toronto. Not only is she an incredible artist, she is also the owner of the super rad Toronto tattoo shop Speakeasy Tattoo and a few years ago also opened up a luxury nail art studio called Pinky’s Nails in downtown Toronto. Lizzie is not only a badass entrepreneur but also a visionary woman. She’s always on the lookout for new projects and opportunities, which is one of the reasons why this woman is so inspiring. I hope to one day have the pleasure of being tattooed by her. In the meantime, here are my 5 Questions With Lizzie Renaud:
1) When did you start tattooing? What made you want to become a tattoo artist?
I started tattooing in 2003′ish. Those first few years was a lot of learning. I wanted to be a tattooer because I really liked working with people at my first job and I wanted to be a bigger part of it all. It seemed like a good way to make art as a full time job.
2) How much has the perception women tattoo artists changed over the past couple of years?
I think that as long as people keep asking that question, little has changed in general. Clearly we must still stand out as different. I’m not a “woman” tattoo artist just as much as there’s no such thing as a “woman” dentist or “woman” baker. I would love for there to be a day that we are just tattoo artists like anyone else.
3) What in your opinion makes a good tattoo?
I think when a client is able to simplify their tattoo ideas into the fewest elements possible, they will get their best tattoo. I also think that a client should really like the artists style of tattooing before engaging in any work with them.
4) In addition to being a tattoo artist, you are also a businesswoman. You are the owner of the Speakeasy Tattoo shop in Toronto and also Pinky’s Nails, a luxury nail art studio. Why was it important for you to start up both of these businesses?
Sometimes I get ideas for fun projects and they’re fizzled out within a week… Other times a special motivation strikes me and I can see an idea through to a bigger end goal. My two shops are examples of ideas I was just motivated to see through. I think it’s important to take advantage of those feelings.
5) What was it about nail art that you were drawn to? Do you think it’s a trend that’s here to stay?
Nail art was an escape for me, and I can’t really tell you why. Some people like baking, some people do ceramics… Painting nails just was something that let me meditate through a creative medium. I think my fixation on it lead to me wanting to create a dedicated space for it.
Yesterday NYFW came to a close after 8 days of runway shows and events at the Lincoln Center and all across Manhattan. I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorite look posts throughout the week. I’ve created a special Pinterest board with all of my favorite looks from this season. Check it out here. Here are my favorite looks from Day 8 at NYFW. My favorite collection of the day: J Mendel!