My Happy Place

My Happy Place can mean so many different things to so many different people. It can also evolve over time.

My Happy Place, has always been close to the ocean. Whenever I am close to the ocean, I feel at peace, I feel calm and I feel energized. So moving to Vancouver and most recently to North Van, has been such a huge boost for me. I’m happiest when I’m outdoors being active and having the ocean in front of me when I work out is such a huge bonus.

The views from North Van are epic, to say the least. I get to see the city skyline, the ocean as well as the mountains. It’s also so much calmer on the North Shore, allowing me to workout in beautiful spots almost all by myself!

Whether it’s going for a run, cycling, doing a little HIIT circuit, practicing yoga or whatever kind of activity I get up to, doing it outdoors and close to the ocean, is what makes me the happiest!

Hyba is launching a *CONTEST* today. They’re giving you the chance to win a $50 gift card. All you have to do is post a photo of you in your happy place on Instagram and tag @hyba while using the #HybaHappyPlace hashtag for your chance to win. The contest ends September 30th 2017. Good luck!

Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Hyba Reflective High-Impact Sports Bra (get it here), Hyba Fast Track Capri Legging (get it here), Tom Tom Spark 3 Watch (get it here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.

Live Out There

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Life is too short to be indoors. If I could, I would spend every single minute of every day outdoors, exploring the beautiful world around me.

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I recently discovered an amazing Canadian company called Live Out There. Their philosophy immediately resonated with me. The reason why the company started is to provide great gear for those wanting to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors. In addition to providing great gear, they also focus a lot on local Canadian brands, making sure that was is made right here gets out.

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Live Out There recently started their personal shopping program who’s goal is to inspire people to get outside. With so many of us spending our days in offices and in front of computers, we could all use a little extra help to get out there. What’s great about their personal shopping is that you can shop based on budget, style, comfort and performance. What’s also neat is that you’ll connect with one of their specialists who will guide you along the way of your purchases and who will suggest some pieces that could be fitting for your needs. The service is free and offered by real outdoors-folk who truly walk the walk. An additional detail I particularly like is that there is no obligation to buy.

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To celebrate the launch of their personal shopping program, I’m giving you the chance to win $500 worth of gear and apparel from Live Out There. Check my post on Instagram today here for all the details! The winner will be notified by June 30th 2016. Must be a Canadian resident to win.

Photos & hair by: Cabello by Carolina

Toronto Waterfront 10

TW10_logo-TWToronto is getting a brand new 10k run this summer. Called the Toronto Waterfront 10, this new race evolved from the well-known Toronto Yonge Street 10k that usually took place in April of ever year. Now set to take place on Satuday June 25th 2016, this brand new race will showcase some of Toronto’s best running views.

The race will start at Queen and University and similar to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, will head down to lakeshore. The route will then take participants west before returning east along the water. Runners will be able to run along the scenic waterfront for most of the run.

Over 7000 people are expected to race and those who register can also help support any of the three featured charities: the Canadian Olympic Foundation, Second Harvest of Red Door family shelter by fundraising during their training.

On May 12th, the organizers of the #Waterfront10 in collaboration with the RunTOBeer group will be hosting a friendly beer training run that will be starting at the Amsterdamn BrewHouse and that will take runners on some of the actual course route from the Toronto Waterfront 10. The run is open to everyone and will feature 10k, 5k and 3k routes. Once the run complete, the participants will get an exclusive first look at the brand new finishers’ medal for the #Waterfront10. They will also be greeted with a pint of beer and have the chance to meet the pacers, representing the different run clubs in the city, who will be pacing the race on June 25th.

To celebrate this brand new race in Toronto, I am giving away 2 things:

1 free entry into the Toronto Waterfront 10 race

1 free entry to the RunTOBeer event happening on May 12th

For your chance to win, all you have to do is – Follow @melsays on Instagram + comment what event you want to win a spot to below the photo I posted today April 27th 2016 at 12pm talking about the race. I will announce the two winners on Instagram on Sunday May 1st.

See you at the starting line on June 25th!

Engravable Necklace

One of the things I’ve recently been really stoked on are personalized engravable necklaces. I find they add something unique to any outfit. The lovely ladies over at Stella & Dot recently launched their fall collection, which includes a series of pretty customizable and engravable necklaces. I was immediately drawn to their Signature Engravable Bar Necklace, that you can get in either silver or gold. I decided to get myself a super cute gold “MELSAYS” necklace. It’s perfect for layering and for every day wear. I’ve gotten other products from Stella & Dot before and what I like about this brand is their attention to detail. Not only are these products made and delivered incredibly fast, the company also pays special attention to detail, which is always appreciated!

I’m really excited to announce that you too can get yourself a special engravable necklace from Stella & Dot. ENTER THE CONTEST BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD FROM STELLA & DOT! The contest runs until August 15th! *Contest open to residents of Canada only*

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Photos by @Offner

Stella & Dot Gold Signature Engravable Bar (get it here)

Modern Vice Handler Boot (get it here)

The Cast NYC vintage flower dress 

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