Capri c’est fini!

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You may or may not have heard of the 1965 French hit song “Capri c’est fini” by Hervé Villard… Before going to Capri, @Offner kept singing it to me over and over again. It seemed like the song you absolutely had to know if you were going to visit this beautiful island in the south of Italy. I was lucky enough to be invited to a wedding in Capri at the beginning of June (hands down the most beautiful & romantic wedding I’ve ever been to, woah!) and here are some of the things I learned while I was there…

1) If you’re going to Capri, you want to take the Hydrofoil. What is the Hydrofoil you ask? It’s the quickest ferry boat you can take to get to the island from Napoli. They have three different types of ferries, ranging in cost from 12 Euros to 19 Euros for the Hydrofoil, for a 1-way ticket. The extra 7 Euros reduces the time of your trip by almost half. It’ll take you 45-50mins to get there on this high-speed boat. Plus on the way, you get to enjoy a beautiful view of Pompei that you’ll get to see from up close!

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2) Capri vs. Anacapri. The island is divided into two major “villages” if you can call them that. Capri and Anacapri. You have a lot of locals and tourists staying in both of these areas. Anacapri allows you to be more on the west side, see the sunset and be closer to the beach whereas Capri allows you to overlook a lot of the island. Both areas have shops, mini hotels and good restaurants to eat at. We opted to rent an airbnb villa in Capri, yes… a villa! It was dirt cheap and belonged to an elderly couple that was so kind as to rent us their entire place that came with an outdoor wood oven, huge patio, beautiful gardens, etc. It was way cheaper than any of the little hotels on the island and definitely made you feel like you were a local. Both places will require you to walk a lot, there’s lot’s of walking up and down but with such pretty views everywhere on the island, fun shops and beautiful flowers & trees, your walks will be thoroughly enjoyable (just don’t wear heels!)

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3) You’re going to want to rent a boat. Forget all the guided boat tours around the island that end up costing you an arm and a leg, instead round up a few people (max 10) and rent a boat for 100 Euros located just at the bottom of the Funicular. Renting a boat is without a doubt the best thing we did while we were there. Not only did it come equipped with towels and water bottles, it also had a sunshade and allowed us to be completely independent for an entire afternoon. We got to go explore caves, swim, sunbathe, relax, eat and just enjoy the beautiful sights. You can drive around the island in about 2 hours.

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4) Capri cabs are better than any other cabs in the world. Here’s why – they’re all convertibles with sunshades, they fit up to six passengers and some of them even come equipped with a flatscreen, a disco ball and strobe light for nighttime dance parties in the cab… This is for real!

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5) Bring your bathing suit. Yea it’s an obvious one but you HAVE to swim in the Mediterranean sea while you’re in Capri. There are so many different beaches. A lot of them are rocky, so watch out for urchins or little jelly fish here and there, but the water is SUPER clear and so refreshing. It tends to get really hot in Capri and it’s honestly the best way to relax. Plus, lot’s of incredible restaurants that serve fresh seafood and homemade dishes are located right on the waterfront!

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6) Before you go, watching the sunset from Faro is a must. The last night we were in Capri, we were invited to join friends at an amazing beachside bar right beside the lighthouse. You can either just have a drink at the bar or go down a few steps and enjoy delicious traditional cuisine outdoors at Lido Del Faro. They serve delicious homemade pasta dishes, seafood, have a wonderful selection of wines and a super laid-back atmosphere.

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Capri, c’est en effet fini!

Ciao Roma!

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I had the privilege of traveling to Rome with American Airlines for the first time earlier this month. It was my first time in Italy and I was beyond stoked to learn about the culture and visit all of the different monuments. Here are a few travel tips and recommendations if ever you’re thinking of going to Rome soon!

Planning & Preparation:

Download an Italian language app for your smartphone. What’s great about these is that you can use them without data/wifi, so if ever you’re stuck somewhere and you don’t know how to communicate, it’s easy to just pick up your phone and look up a few words. Here are two app recommendations: Italian, Italian LT. To have the extended app version, you have to pay a fee, but I realized that I did just fine with the free version. Plus you end up just picking up words by being there.

Book your TGV tickets in advance. If you’re going to be taking the Trenitalia, which is a TGV (fast-speed train) that goes to just about every big city in Italy, I recommend booking your tickets in advance just because you’ll save a lot of money if you do so. The Trenitalia website is in both English and Italian, so no worries if you haven’t brushed up on your Italian before leaving. I booked my train tickets 1-2 months in advance, and I got a really good rate to get from Rome to Naples. It was 19 Euros a person per way. The train is a really good traveling option if you don’t want to pay too much and also have some bigger distances to do. I went from Rome to Naples, which is approx 230 km apart in an hour with the TGV. Plus they also have free wifi onboard and at the train station. If you already have your ticket purchased in advance, just bring it with you on the train, and a controller will scan it once you’re onboard. You don’t need to arrive more than 30 minutes in advance because sometimes you won’t even get your track number until 10 minutes before departure.

Think of using Airbnb. Airbnb is pretty much the only way we travel now. It’s most often cheaper than renting a hotel room plus you’ll end up getting either a full apartment with kitchenette, balcony, etc. or just more space for yourself and the people you’re travelling with. Also, it’ll help you get away from the tourist areas and stay more where locals live, which is to me, the best way to do it. That way, you get a much better sense of the every day life in the city you’re traveling to.

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Tips for while you’re there:

Don’t tip. Tax & tip is included in everything you pay so you don’t need to leave tip to a cab driver, at the restaurant, bar, etc. Italians love tourists because most of them don’t know that and they always end up leaving tip. You can obviously leave a bit extra if you’ve received outstanding service, but that might be few and far between.

Watch out for cab drivers. Cab drivers are renown for screwing over tourists in Rome. A trip from the airport to downtown Rome should cost you 49 Euros, not more! It’s a flat rate. Also, make sure you show them the exact address you’re going to, or they may drop you off at the wrong place and leave you stranded there (it happened to us!). Make sure they also don’t hide their meter if you’re going to take a cab while you’re going from place to place in the city. They tend to try anything they can to add more fees to the meter (luggage fees, random extra fees… anything really!). The taxicab should have its rate written on the side of their door outside or inside the cab. Also make sure they take you to your final destination… like all the way. Some of the streets in Rome are really tiny but most cars can still pass through. We had one of our drivers, just drop us off and tell us she couldn’t go further, when we first got to Rome with our suitcases. It turned out to be complete bs!

Keep an eye out for your belongings. Though I found Rome to be a lot safer than most places in France, if you’re going to be spending time in train stations or going to tourist attractions, just make sure you always keep an eye on your wallet, purse, phone, etc. Being aloof might result in you losing some of your personal belongings. That said, no need to get paranoid. Just be more vigilant than at home.

Don’t ask for bread. They’ll charge you for it! If you’re from France, Canada or the US, usually when you go to a restaurant, if they bring a bread basket to the table, without you asking they won’t charge you for it. Even if you ask for it, they usually don’t charge you for it (unless you’re at some of those new ultra hipster restaurants in Toronto – lame!). In Rome, whether you ask for bread or not, if the server brings you some to the table, you will most likely end up paying for it, and sometimes up to 4 Euros, which is insane because that’s $6 CAN. They’ll also charge you for your water, since tap water isn’t recommended, you’ll end up paying for water bottles in restaurants.

Ask for wifi. Pretty much every restaurant or bar in Rome have what they call “wifi zones”, which basically mean they have wifi in their restaurant for tourists. So just make sure you ask them for the network and password when you sit down. They may want to type it in themselves so that you don’t know the password and don’t share it with the rest of your friends or family you’re traveling with.

Things to do & where to eat/drink:

The Pantheon, Forum, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum & Piazza di Navona – are just some of the amazing landmarks located in Rome and that are all worth visiting. What’s great is that you can see most of these attractions without paying a dime. You’ll also get a lovely view of the city if you go up to the forum. What baffled me was just how many historic buildings are in Rome, each corner you turn more appear. Most of these buildings are also accompanied with description plates so that you can know what era they’re from and the history behind it.

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Espresso – The famous $1 can definitely be found in Rome and it’s strong! The best way to accompany it with is with one of their nutella or custard filled croissants. Absolutely the best way to start the day.

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Piazza Della Pacce – a great little area located close to Piazza Navona, but a lot less touristy and that has a lot of great restaurants to choose from.

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Frigidarium Gelato – hands down the best place for gelato in the city. There is always a big line up around the corner for this place. It’s located not to far from Piazza Della Pacce. You can get a HUGE cone with two different types of freshly homemade gelato and free white or milk chocolate dipping for a whopping 3 Euros. The owner will even suggest flavor combinations. Just make sure you don’t order Baccio and Limon together, it’s apparently frowned upon hah!

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Tapas – between 5 and 7 pm, a lot of bars in the city serve free tapas to their customers. They serve anything from olives to pizzas, potato dishes, etc. Most of them are really yummy. If you’re looking for a cheap way to eat dinner, this could definitely be an option.

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Cul De Sac – located close to Piazza Navona, hands down the best local restaurant in Rome. It’s been around forever and serves tapas style shareable plates, have a great selection of wine and cheese and a really cute atmosphere. The restaurant is relatively cheap but make sure you either reserve in advance or show up pretty early or it’ll be packed and you will have to wait for a while before getting a table.

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Madonna Dei Monti – the upcoming hipster area of the city. This area isn’t too big but it’s filled with lot’s of cool shops, small boutique hotels, arts markets and bars.

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Hope you enjoyed this blog! Stay tuned for my next travel post on – Capri!

1st Post of 2014! #DailyOutfit

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you’ve all had amazing holidays!! After a month-long break I’m excited to be back home and back to blogging. I took a much needed break but am now filled with more energy than ever. Excited to see what 2014 has in store!

What did you guys get up to during the break? I had the opportunity to travel to France, Montreal and the US. I can’t wait to share my travel adventures with you all. I’ll be posting a special France and Stowe blog in the next couple of days. Looking forward to sharing some of my favorite memories from the trip!

For my first outfit of the year, I’m doing purple and black. I love the delicate bracelet from Lyon designer Sophie Deschamps I received as a gift while I was in France. Everyone in France are wearing them right now. Not only can they be worn all the time but they’re also easily stackable. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of the wonderful time I had!

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 Photos by @Offner

Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Victoria Secret black pocket tee

Biko Jewellery Kyma Neckkace (get it here)

Forever 21 accordeon pleated purple skirt (similar one here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

Sophie Deschamps Grey string bracelet with flower charm (similar one here)

 

 

Holiday Adventure

Today is the day I leave for my month long adventure with @offner! So grateful to be traveling with him again! Excited to be visiting three different countries during this upcoming trip. We’ll be spending the first two and a half weeks in France, followed by a few days back in Canada then off to the US for some snowboarding!

I will be taking a little blogging break during my trip but will post as many updates as a can while on the road. I will also have a full recap with some of my favorite hot spots when I get back, so stay tuned!

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your holidays!!

xo

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Young Americans #DailyOutfit

Back from LA today after an AMAZING trip! I’ll be blogging about my vacation a little later in the week recaping some of the best moments, giving you tips on cool new spots, great foods, etc. Stay tuned for that!

Though I’m already missing the west coast a LOT today, it’s back at work and gearing up for season 2 pilots as well as some upcoming music festivals. I’ve got a busy next couple of months ahead of me!

For today’s outfit, I was inspired by my new vintage David Bowie tee I got on Melrose last week. Love his track “Young Americans”. Have you seen him play it live? Check the video below:

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Forever 21 southwestern trim denim jacket (get it here)

Vintage David Bowie tee

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

 Target being boots 

California Here I Come! #DailyOutfit

The day has finally arrived!!! I’m off to California for some much needed beach time! Can’t wait to see all of my friends, surf, eat delicious food and most importantly relax!

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of helping out my friend, the up and coming Quebec City designer Rudy Bois with a special project in Toronto. I was honored to wear his brand new SS14 collection that will be coming out shortly. In the meantime, here’s a little sneak peek 😉

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Today’s travel outfit is all about black and white and representing the Springsioux tribe!! Love what this Paris brand is all about! Their designs are just perfect!

Ready to take the plane! Wishing you all a fabulous day!

xo

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H&M tie-dye black and white maxi skirt

Springsioux Lady Muerte tee (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Springsioux Horns Ring (get it here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Steve Madden leather booties (similar ones here)

 

 

Mellow Yellow #DailyOutfit

Vacation starts in T-1! It’d be an understatement to say how excited I am to be going away for more than two weeks!

I’m really excited to be helping out one of my friends today – the talented designer Rudy Bois! He’s in Toronto for a special project and has asked me to lend him a hand. I can’t say just yet what it’s for but I’m delighted to be able to help him out. When I was in Quebec City earlier this month, he showed me his new SS14 collection, it was stunning! His choice of color, his fabrics and cuts were perfect! Stay tuned for a sneak peek of his collection coming soon. I can’t wait to wear another one of his creations at this year’s Prix Gémeaux (Gemini Awards in French), coming up on September 15th in Montreal.  The show I host, BRBR has been nominated for an award. I still can’t believe it! We’re up against people I grew up watching… Though I know there’s no way we’ll win the award, it’s still really special to have been nominated 🙂

For today’s outfit, I’m wearing a few shades of cream and yellow and some comfy strappy sandals from Steve Madden that I got in Santa Monica last year. Also wearing my OIA Jules gold shark tooth!

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H&M black short shorts (get them here)

Forever 21 Ganado Denim Vest (get it here)

H&M yellow stretchy jersey tee (similar ones here)

OIA Jules Giant Gold Dipped Shark Tooth Pendant (get it here)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Stella & Dot gold renegade cluster bracelet (get it here)

Forever 21 off-white cuff (similar one here)

Forever 21 etched Geo cuff set gold (get it here)

Steve Madden dual color flexi sandals (similar ones here)

 

Black & Blue #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent my Saturday in Wasaga Beach with friends. Though not a fan of Wasaga’s jersey shore type vibe, it’s always fun to spend a day with your toes in the sand and swimming in a beautiful lake. The waves were so big this weekend, it almost felt like I was swimming in the ocean… almost! I also did two of my favorite things yesterday: had a yummy brunch at The Federal and did a BBQ with friends! Grateful for such a fantastic weekend!

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For today’s outfit, I’m wearing a cute little dress I found last summer in Vermont. I love the silky feel to it and it’s fun print. Today’s arm candy is a mix of black and gold.

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Blue and black print dress 

Forever 21 black bejeweled bib necklace (similar one here)

Rebel & Fuss black and gold skull wrap bracelet (similar one here)

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelets (get them here)

Steve Madden leather booties (similar ones here)

White Wednesday #DailyOutfit

Happy Wednesday!

Hope your week is going well! I’m finding very hard to concentrate at work this week because I’m so stoked for my upcoming trip to LA next week. That said, I’m trying to stay focused and am working on planning out first two festival outings of the summer: the Francofolies de Montreal and the Festival d’été de Québec.

We’re putting together some of the new series that we’ve been working on for BRBR season 2. I should have a little preview for you all in the next couple of weeks 🙂  In the meantime, in case you missed it, you can now watch our 1hr special that we filmed in Ottawa at the Canadian Tulip Festival at the beginning of the month with Hollerado, Hotel Morphée and Pandaléon. Can’t believe over 1200 people showed up for our event! What a memorable night!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcLFx1sscQA&list=UUL6u5j-6kV6vOepVTIdl97w&index=1

For today’s outfit, I’m wearing white, off-white and a pop of neon green. I’ve also decided to layer some of my favorite necklaces: the Biko Jaci necklace & Biko Colby necklace as well as an older H&M neon green necklace. No arm swag today, just a few dainty rings from Verameat (obsessed with the Vampire Crown), Bing Bang & my daily staple – the Lady Muerte ring from Springsioux (have you checked out some of the new fall/winter 2013 items previewed on their site?! You can do so here).

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Forever 21 Ganado Denim Vest (get it here)

Forever 21 neon green tee (similar one here)

Zara white embroidered mini skirt (similar one here)

Biko Neon Blue Colby necklace (get it here)

Biko Jaci Necklace – Lilac (get it here)

H&M neon green bib necklace 

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

Bing Bang Shard Ring (get it here)

Springsioux Lady Muerte ring (get it here)

Lace-Up Platform Boots (similar ones here)