LA Theater District

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The architecture in downtown LA is absolutely gorgeous! The Theater District is my favorite area of town because it is filled with tons of gems from the golden age of Hollywood.

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These past couple of years, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time discovering some of the beautiful architecture left from that time, imagining what it was probably like in the early to mid 20th century. I can only imagine big Hollywood premiers or elegant soirées and plays being held in some of these stunning theaters.

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If you are to venture down to the Theater District, some of my favorite buildings to check out are the Palace Theater, Orpheum Theater, Cameo Theater and Roxie Theater, which are located on Broadway. They are just as pretty inside as they are outside. I think the fact that they are a little run down gives them even more charm. I’m happy to see that a lot of them are still being used today for different reasons.

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A must-see if you’re in the area!

Photos by: Laci Havens

What I’m wearing: Elizabeth Stone Jewelry Moon Gazer statement necklace (get it here), Elizabeth Stone Jewelry Moon Gazer Stacking Ring (get it here), The Debut Medium Watches (get it here), Bench dress.

Right Where I Wanna Be

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Life is all about making decisions and taking chances. For the past couple of months, I’ve been struggling to make a big decision that had become pretty darn obvious that I needed to make.

FullSizeRender (16)As much as making big moves in life are incredibly scary, intimidating, etc., they also make you feel alive. I’ve learned in my life thus far that if I’m not happy, I need to take a look at my life, reassess the things that make me happy vs. those that do not and have the courage to eliminate what is making me unhappy. Whether it’s family, friends, lovers, work, etc., all these elements should add something positive to your life and if they do not, then one must have the courage to make the changes necessary in their life to get rid of that negativity.

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After months of pondering, I finally decided to make that decision I had been putting off for a while. The uncertainty that comes along with making that decision is scary but also exhilarating and freeing. I can honestly say that I am now right where I wanna be. Excited for the adventures ahead!

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Sanuk Yoga Gora Gora sandals (get them here), Peace Collective Canadian Bae Boxy Tee (get it here), Anine Bing sunglasses.

Aga Khan Museum

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The architecture of this place is what had me wanting to go for a visit for quite some time now. The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is something else. I couldn’t believe that such a unique place was located just north of downtown. When you visit the Aga Khan Museum you feel like you’ve been transported in a completely different world, a futurist world that is. I love the shape of the building, its clean lines as well as white and grey stones. I hope I’ll get to return to this magical place in the near future.

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Geox D NEBULA (get them here), Bench knit sweater.

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter guys! Though Easter doesn’t actually mean much to me personally, I’m grateful for the day off. This weekend is all about relaxing, enjoying being home and planning for upcoming travels.

I’m beyond excited to be going to Japan at the end of May (one of my lifelong dreams, one more thing to cross off the bucket list, yay!) but in the meantime, I also have to plan a trip to NYC and LA. So there’s a lot of booking and organizing to do in the next couple of weeks. These past couple of weekends, have been so incredibly busy for me with traveling, planning, writing, etc. I’m hoping this extra day off will allow me to unwind a bit as well.

One thing’s for sure, I’m pretty darn stoked to be home for the weekend and will make the most of it.

Now off to brunch in the hood wearing my new favorite BENCH dress, it’s truly the best thing to wear on the weekend!

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Bench Understanding Dress (get it here), KOMONO Estelle Monte Carlo Croc (get it here), The Kooples strapped leather boots (get them here), Speechlust Jewelry Wanderlust necklace (get it here).

Northern Ontario

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Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians!! Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend!

Spent the past week in Northern Ontario traveling for the television show we’re filming across the Canada. On our off days, I’ve been trying to explore each city as much as I can.

This past weekend, I was in Thunder Bay. My last visit here dates back to 2006, while I was on tour across North America, tour managing two bands. I didn’t get much time to visit, so I wanted to make sure I hit up as many spots as I could this past weekend.

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I loved rediscovering the downtown core, some of their newer restaurants and coffee shops. I particularly liked hanging out on Bay St. and Algoma St., it’s a sector that seems to be really developing. It has a lot of Finnish and Scandinavian shops but also a ton of cool places to eat and hang out. Calico Coffee Shop was my go-to hang out spot on Saturday and The Growing Season Juice Collective is without doubt my favorite healthy restaurant in the city. They make amazing vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as healthy cold-pressed juices.

I also really enjoyed visiting their comic shop, the Comic Zone, a place where you’ll find amazing vinyls, dvds, comic books, action figures, etc. So many gems in this shop! Nordcity was also really neat. I think the architecture and the look of the shop really goes well with Northern Ontario.

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We also went for a run on Sunday and checked out the Terry Fox Monument, so make sure you check back soon for a full recap of Thunder Bay’s running routes for my #13Cities13Runs blog series, they are truly beautiful!

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Photos by @Offner

Aldo Hacklack bag (get it here)

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips

Anine Bing Biance Boots in silver (get them here)

Anine Bing double zipper jeans light grey (get them here)

Zara Green Shirt with gold skull buttons

Summer White

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Hope you all had a lovely Canada Day! I spent some time reflecting yesterday on how lucky I am to be living in a country where you can be whatever and whomever you want to be. Though no country is perfect, I’m definitely grateful to live somewhere where as a women you can achieve anything you put your mind to. If you believe it, you can achieve it in Canada. I never want to take that for granted.

Speaking of Canada and this beautiful country, I recently found out that I’ll be spending the entire fall touring across the country in a bus. I haven’t done a cross-Canadian tour or a Canadian road-trip since 2006, so I’m beyond thrilled that I’ll get the opportunity to do so again in the fall. Fall is also such a beautiful time to go across the country, so much to see and discover! I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you via this blog. Definitely stay tuned!

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Photos by @Offner

Nike Juvenate Women’s Shoes (get them here)

Zara jean shorts (get them here)

M for Mendocino White Tee

Team Bench

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The more I workout, the more I get excited about having fun and unique active wear. I was particularly stoked when I received this rad new #TeamBench personalized monogrammed hoodie with my initials on it. The perfect thing to throw on before or after a workout. It’s super comfy, just the right length and also in a color that you can rock with any outfit at the gym, while I run, bike, etc.

Bench Canada has a great line of active wear for women that comprises in tees, shorts, capris, leggings and pants. The hoodie is a great addition to some of my other favorite things I bring with me when I work out – water bottle, tote bag, customized training shoes, healthy snacks, etc. What are some of your go-to items when you work out?

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Photos by @Offner

Bench Canada Trifun Overhead (get it here)

Nike Free TR 5 iD Women’s Training Shoe (get it here)

Nike Toronto water bottle 

Nike gym tote bag

Anine Bing Skinny Jeans Double Zipper Black (get them here)

Bing Obsession

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The Anine Bing obsession continues! As of late, I haven’t been making too many fashion purchases, instead I’ve been saving money for other things (ie. travel, wedding & more!) but I couldn’t resist stopping by the Anine Bing shop while I was in LA last week. I always have the best welcome at her shop and am always tempted to buy absolutely everything in there. Over the past couple of years, my closet has really transformed into almost exclusively Anine Bing threads, can’t really explain why, she just makes the most comfortable and coolest clothes!

My dear friend Maggie (m.y. photography) was nice enough to lend her awesome photography skills for my latest outfit post. We took a little walk to capture the beautiful Southern California scenery. I love all the trees, plants, flowers and landscapes there so much! Hope you guys enjoy these! 😀

Do you have a designer you’re currently obsessed with?

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Photos by: m.y. photography

Anine Bing Straight Ripped Jeans In Black (get them here)

Anine Bing Studded Boots With Buckles (get them here)

Zara silk leopard tank 

The Tempered Room

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A cute new patisserie opened up in Parkdale recently called The Tempered Room. Located on Queen West, this hip new spot is incredibly cute and homey. The owner and chef Bertrand Alépée, is from France and has brought lot’s of his home country to this little café. At the Tempered Room, you’ll find freshly baked croissants (that taste like France and that are way cheaper than Nadège!), croque-monsieurs, chouquettes, baguettes, flans, etc.

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The space is well designed, you can either sit with you computer on a stool at one of their individual tables or at the big table in the front or even right by the windows. They have complimentary wifi for their clients and always have a killer music playlist. Their staff is also very friendly.

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The flavors of the food he presents is very similar to what you would find in France, which warms my heart and makes my mouth water. It’s so rare to find baked goods that really remind me of France in Toronto. The place seems to be pleasing locals as it’s been busy since they’ve opened. They plan on expanding their food menu come winter and are also working on developing special wine, pastry and dinner events in the future. J’ai hâte!

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Photos by @Offner

Adidas Women’s SL Loop Runner Shoes

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips

Anine Bing Double Zipper Jeans – Light Grey (get them here)

Anine Bing Crewneck Knitted Sweater In Snow Melange (get it here)

The 10th Tribe beanie 

Bear Necklace from Three Fates

Light Sky

The sunset was so beautiful tonight! Perfect setting for a little outfit shoot. Orange and black, perfect colors for fall!

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 Photos by @Offner

Target beige ankle boots 

H&M black oversized blazer (similar one here)

 Forever 21 burnt orange zip pocket tee

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

Wave necklace from Etsy

Anine Bing Skinny Jeans Double Zipper Black (get them here)