Road to Nike Women’s 15k – Week 8

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Week recap:

Another week bites the dust! Can’t believe this is recap for week 8! Started off the week with a sweaty 10k morning run on Monday with the #betterforit ladies. As we’re approaching the race, we’re really pushing our limits and making the most of every training session we have. This week, I decided to take a few more rest days, since I can really feel my body starting to fatigue. I did a quick 5k on Wednesday, followed by NTC  class on Thursday morning. This past weekend, I really lacked motivation, I know the cold and the rain really had a lot to do with it. Sunday afternoon came around and I had yet to go out for the long 15k run I had been planning on doing. I mustered up every bit of motivation I had in me and headed out for a solo run in the rainstorm. I wasn’t sure how long I would last but to my utter surprise, it ended up being the longest run I’ve ever done in my entire life. I ran 16k! I think the fact that I was alone and that there was almost no one else running, I felt like I had something to prove. Not to anyone else, just to myself. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I didn’t want to let the rain, the cold, the fact that I was alone, the fact that my hip started hurting and the fact that my phone died and music shut off close to the end, stop me from attaining my goal. I really used this run as meditation. The whole time I was running, I kept telling myself how proud I was of my progress and how far I had come. It wasn’t easy but the satisfaction I got at the end was so worth it!!

How I’m feeling:

I was feeling great until the run on Sunday where my inner and outer upper thigh started hurting. I’ve been icing the area and have been told to take a cold bath, so that will be on my to-do list for this coming week. Like I had mentioned in last week’s blog, the last thing you want, this close to the finish line, is to get injured!

What I’ve learned:

Running in cold weather and rain is way easier than running in heat. Had I known that running in the rain would have been so enjoyable (minus the drenched socks and shoes), I would totally have gone out for rainy runs more often. I’ve always been a girl that loves heat but running in heat is something that I’m just not good at, especially when it’s hot and humid. I know all of our bodies are different but I’m particularly bad at dealing with extreme heat and working out… Unless I’m surfing 😉 I remember running when it was -20C out during the winter and though that was very “extreme” to some, thinking back, it now seems a lot easier than running in the heat. Things that have helped me with running in the heat: wearing a light colored cap (it keeps my head cool), wearing sunglasses and also hydrating A TON the day prior.

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You can do it! As cheesy as this sounds, I’ve learned that you and I, we can do it! We can run this 15k. We’ve been training for close to 10 weeks now and our bodies and minds can handle it. No matter what life throws at us from now until race day, we will cross that finish line. Attitude is everything and I learned that this weekend, when I got out the door to run my longest run yet. If you tell yourself you can do something, you will be able to do it. Plus with all the great prep we’ve been doing, there’s no reason not to! Keep your spirits positive as we get near the end of this journey, it will be so incredibly helpful!

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photo credit: Jess Baumung

Road to Nike Women’s 15k – Week 7

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Week recap:

This past week has been pretty rock n’ roll to say the least! Even if Monday was a holiday last week, the #betterforit ladies and I got out early to clock a 7km run. It being a holiday allowed for a nice peaceful run along the streets of Toronto. Tuesday was my only day off but it was much needed one since I had lined up a double workout on Wednesday. I joined a small group of ladies on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel (the raddest rooftop in the city!) for a #NTC workout as the sun rose. This was my first #DoneBeforeDawn class and boy was it memorable! That night, I also went to the Nike Running Club for a fast 5k run. I was up bright and early the next day for my routine NTC morning class with Eva Redpath, which was a lot harder than I was expecting. I was still sore from the previous morning so my work out was less than stellar. This past weekend, I went up to Blue Mountain for a special fitness retreat and the 1st #BowerFitxKalola with three lovely ladies (thanks for the invite Sasha!) who are also currently training for the 15k. The retreat was organized by Nate Bower, a boxer that I’ve had the chance to meet when I took his boxing class at Equinox (check out my special blog on his class here), as well as Kalola Spa at Blue Mountain. It was really neat to take my training to a different location and switch it up a bit. We had the most awesome weekend hiking up Blue Mountain, playing beach volleyball, doing yoga, boxing, doing some strength training, stretching and also getting a lovely massage at the end of it all. I didn’t get as much running in this past week but it was a nice change of pace!

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How I’m feeling:

Though I don’t feel anything major aching, my knees definitely seemed to still be inflamed a little so I’ve been trying my best to stretch properly, apply cream and not push too hard when training. With only 3 more weeks to go, there’s no time for injury.

What I’ve learned:

Injuries can occur at any moment. This weekend I witnessed one of my friends get injured while training and it was incredibly scary to see. Luckily, her injury wasn’t too serious but it made me realize that injuries can occur at any moment in time. As a result, I’ve become a little more careful with all of my training.

Training in nature is so different. Spending time at the mountain this weekend really gave me a new perspective on training in nature. Training in the city has been wonderful but sometimes seeing new sceneries and changing the location of your training can really help motivate and inspire you, especially when you’ve been training for so many weeks consistently.

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Distance is less intimidating. When I started training, running 5 or even 10km seemed incredibly daunting but with so many runs under my belt, these distances don’t nearly seem as far anymore. There are only a few more weeks to go but having already run 15km three times now, I’m a lot less apprehensive about race day. Yay! 😀

Only 2 more weeks to go!!

WMCFW Fall 2015

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This week has been absolute madness for me. I just got back from NYC on Monday and headed straight into World MasterCard Fashion Week. I decided to go a little more mellow on the shows this year, having been to almost all the shows these past couple of seasons. Though Fashion Week is incredibly inspiring, fun and a great networking opportunity, it’s also incredibly tiring. So this season, I picked and chose the shows I most wanted to attend – Mackage, Hayley Elsaesser, Narces, etc. Catch my recap of some of my favorite moments of World MasterCard Fashion Week this weekend on the blog! Also coming this weekend!! Don’t miss my #5QuestionsWith Hayley Elsaesser!

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Photos by @Offner

Zara striped patchwork tube dress (get it here)

Forever 21 handbag

Zara structured grey coat

Topshop white Oxford shoes

WMCFW SS14 Day 3 Recap

A busy night at the tents for me last night! I’m really happy I was able to catch almost all the runway shows.

My night started off with a refreshing show by Klaxon Howl. It was nice to see a lot of music folks in the crowd for the show. I loved their “mise en scène” for the presentation of their collection. The park bench, lamppost and bicycle were all nice details. I rarely get to see a mens only line, so it was a nice change. The models were either clean shaven or had big beards (so trendy right now!) and a variety of hairstyles. I really appreciated all of Matt Robinson’s dress shirts: the colors he chose, the prints and the fabrics. I think he has a very modern take on workwear. I was happy to hear that all of his lines are made locally and by hand, which is something that I really respect. All in all, his designs represent to me the quintessential urban guy, the one who wants to dress with an edge but also be fashionable.

 

My night continued with a showing from Maison Matthew Gallagher. I loved his opening show projection – a dreamy beach! Right away I was transported into the warmth of summer. The show started off with beautiful white dresses with sheer and light fabrics. I really liked that he incorporated light prints underneath the white on certain designs. My favorite pieces came a little later on in the show, I loved the colored crop tops and fitted long skirts. I credit him for using an interesting mix of fabrics. All of the designs he presented were very feminin and suit the models really well. I liked that they didn’t overpower his designs too much with lot’s of jewelry and accessories. Promising for someone in his late 20s!

All Maison Matthew Gallagher photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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I had really been awaiting the third runway show last night: Mackage! As I’ve mentioned before, their FW13 show last season had been my favorite. Right from the beginning of their 15-minute presentation, I was in full lust mode! I particularly liked their choice of earthy colors that were so well coordinated with either shorts or skirts, simple black pumps and their stellar line of bags. I really liked their idea of adding metallic belts and neck pieces as accessories (um hello gold runway!!). Their jackets are as stunning as ever and seemed very lightweight. I loved this season’s combination trenches and also all the effortlessly cool pieces they had created for men (who said ready-to-wear and comfortable pieces couldn’t be hot!). Their crop tops and sheer tops were awesome. Props to Mackage for making bold coral orange jackets, skirts and bags. My hat goes off to these two designers again… What a sexy line! I would wear every piece in the collection! Now I better start saving up, SS14 is right around the corner!

All Mackage photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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To finish off the night, I headed to the most crowded show of the week: Joe Fresh. It’s always nice seeing so many people show up for his presentation. Elisha Cuthbert, Jake Gold, Kreesha Turner, Jian Gomeshi, were amongst the many local “celebrities” in attendance for the show last night. Props to  Joe Mimran and his team for continually picking a killer soundtrack. Last night’s show tunes included Grimes, You Say Party and Britney‘s new track “Work B**ch”. I kept bobbing my head throughout the entire show! I was delighted to see a lot of navy blue and white pieces come down the runway (I need to start wearing more navy, I know it goes really well with red hair ;)), followed by some bright orange and red pieces (a reoccurring color for the ss14!), blue snakeskin, blue camo and a few black and white looks. My favorite look was the red faux leather pants and shimmery v-neck tee. The animal print clutches also caught my eye. It’s hard not to feel excited about a Joe Fresh line because it’s accessible, affordable and always contains some really fun pieces.

All Joe Fresh photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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All in all, a memorable night at the tents! What were your highlights from last night’s shows? Who are you excited to see tonight and the rest of the week? I sadly won’t be able to go to more WMCFW shows this season due to work commitments but I spent two very inspiring nights at the David Peacaut Square again this season!

 

WMCFW SS14 Day 2 #DailyOutfit

What a crazy night last night! So happy to have kicked off World MasterCard Fashion Week with everyone at David Peacaut Square!

Definitely in need of a pump up track for today’s early morning and busy day of shooting and I found the perfect track! Have you heard the new Childish Gambino? It’s a hit!!

Super busy day today of shooting at work! For the occasion, I’m wearing a more rock n’ roll inspired outfit. I think I’m developping an obsession for big floppy hats! I think it adds a little bit of chic’ness to the overall look. Decked out in Anine Bing, Biko Jewellery and H&M.

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

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

H&M big floppy hat black (similar one here)

Biko Jewellery Desta Cross Necklace (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Telsum Bracelet (get it here)

H&M leopard print top (similar one here)

Biko Jewellery Tall Slice Ring (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

WMCFW SS14 Day 1 Recap

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending two runway shows at the tents located at David Peacaut Square in Toronto for World MasterCard Fashion Week.

I was really excited to see Beaufille, since I had heard of them through several local blogs and via instagram. When I was looking them up, their site caught my attention right away with a very grungy chic vibe, loved the old photographs of Courtney Love, Kate Moss, Nirvana & more! Their current FW13 collection is grungy goodness so I was thrilled to see what they had in store for SS14.

First, their logo is super rad! I loved the fact that they used a surfer rock band to play live during the show. The guys had mad style and chops! All the models had gelled back straight long hair, some were wearing retro shades, others had layers of dark necklaces and others had interesting mid-arm jewelry. I loved that their show start with a lot of whites, then slowly got darker with light prints, then foam green, then sand color, a few shimery fabrics, then navy blue and dark pieces. Their look is effortlessly cool and edgy without losing femininity. I loved their laced pants, their jackets and long flowy dresses. The intricate detail they added in some of their dresses was also a nice touch. Below are some of my favorite pieces from last night’s show. I can totally see myself wearing all of these pieces next summer! Great way to start the night!

All Beaufille photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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I was really looking forward to the second show last night: Pink Tartan‘s SS14 collection. I had seen her two previous shows so I knew I’d been in for a treat. The show started with a beautiful short film. She also decided to start the show with some white dresses and coats. She slowly transitioned to navy blue by layering the blue onto the white pieces, to then pale blue, cream, then black, bold flowers, bright yellow and then finishing up with some black and white combinations and two stunning dresses at the very end. Pink Tartan really knows how to work with the shape of a woman. All of her pieces are always so flattering and I feel they could fit women of all ages and sizes. I adored her navy blue jacket and skirt ensemble. I was also seriously coveting those mid-calf black shimery skirts and the white button up shirt dress. I appreciated the fact that she used simple pointed toe flats to not overpower her creations. Pink Tartan’s designs make me wish I worked in a high fashion office or that I could attend a polo match or Sunday afternoon tea. She always puts a modern and elegant twist on every design she makes. I was once again very pleased with her collection!

All Pink Tartan photos taken from: Michael Ho Photography

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It was also lovely to see some familiar faces last night! I was happy to see one of my favorite ladies @CrystalGibson for a few minutes. Not only is she an amazing person but she’s also a style inspiration!

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Night off tonight but I’m back on Wednesday for more! What did you think of the first night?