Show & Tell: July 11/14

This has been a great week. My sister and I went to the launch of Entreprenuer Barbie & the Young Entrprenuer Bursary Program from Mattell and we spent our evenings walking with Finn, Gideon and Max at the Marina. It’s so nice to be able to walk out there with the puppies and they love it! Finn has caught a bunny and a duck so far this year – he hasn’t hurt them and I think he was just as startled as they were that he managed to get them! This weekend we were supposed to go to a Pool Party and to a cottage but it looks like we’ll be home instead. Oh well.

I hope you have all had an awesome week and here’s a fun little Show & Tell to get you through the afternoon.

 

A Taste of Savour Stratford

I have to admit that I’ve never been to Stratford. So when Jason and I were invited to the Toronto launch event for A Taste of Savour Stratford, well we couldn’t pass it up. We headed down to The Mill Street Brew Hall in Toronto for a preview of the Perth County Culinary Festival (which is coming up this July 19-20, 2014) and it was a delicious time!

The event (and the festival theme this year) was a showcase of food From Coast to Coast to Coast created by Chef Jason A. Robin of the Mill St Brew Hall using Perth County ingredients.

We also got to meet the chef presenters and Stratford Chefs School grads who are involved in the Savour Stratford Festival.

  • Rich Francis, chef/owner, Aboriginal Culinary Concepts, current Top Chef Canada competitor and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • Carl Heinrich, chef/co-owner, Richmond Station, Top Chef Canada winner and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • Doug McNish, award-winning vegan cookbook author, Eat Raw, Eat Well
  • Jennifer McLagan, chef and award-winning cookbook author, Odd Bits
  • Yva Santini, chef, Pazzo restaurant, Top 30 Under 30 recipient and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • The Wine Sisters, sommeliers presenting unexplored Ontario wines

We had drinks from  Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers. I had their Vodka and Jason tried their Rye & we left the Gin for next time :) You can get them in the LCBO or even better, visit their new distillery & sipping room located on the Niagara Wine Route.

They also make a collection of Bitters and Fruit Spirits, but we didn’t try them.

 

My drink was a Vodka and Lemonade with fresh strawberries. It was so delicious and I love that Dillon’s are a 100% Canadian distillery.

 

It was such a beautiful, sunny evening that it was hard to get good pictures with my iPhone.

We sampled the 2012 Cabernet Merlot from Reif Estates Winery and we both really liked it. I’m a red wine kind of girl and this is one that I’m adding to my list for home.

There were also beers from Mill Street Brewery – their Organic, Tankhouse (one of Jason’s favourites) and the Lemon Tea Beer, which is one of my all time favourites.

It was an event full of deliciousness and some good learning, because we also got to try Rosewood Estates Winery’s Mead – a femented honey beverage which is the first and oldest version of alcohol. I had never heard of it before and it was delicious. We met Kristina Roman and she is a 3rd Generation Beekeeper and they use a traditional method of taking care of the bees, which means that they don’t move their homes around, but use a permanent structure/location. Honestly, I asked so many questions and I am looking forward to taking a wine tour on our next trip out Beamsville way. Another great reason why we need to SAVE THE BEES.

It was a great preview and we are looking forward to heading down to Stratford for our first time to enjoy the festival.

 

The List – Online Clothing Stores

One of my favourite things to do is to online window shop. I’m always looking for new online clothing stores and have had a great list saved in my GoogleBookmarks for years. Recently I’ve shared some of my favorites with friends, so thought I should share it with you all as well.

This list is alphabetical and I’ve added a handy legend. I’ve labelled local/Canadian companies because paying customs on orders adds so much to the cost and can be a shock at the post office.

This will be an ever evolving list and if you have any websites to add or a review you’d like to contribute via guest post, send me a message or comment below and I’ll update the list.

LEGEND

Canada-Flag-icon– Canadian owned
purple-check-icon I’ve purchased from this online shop
Star-icon– Click the star for my  review on carlyanne.com
BOLD– Canadian website version, ships from Canada – no customs fees
Regular– US based or ships from US – expect customs fees
Italics– Ships from or Company based Overseas – expect customs fees and longer delivery times
*Full disclosure – If there is a * beside the store name, this means I signed up for an affiliate link, so if you click on the link and purchase an item I will get a commission from the sale.

LINKS

    • Ann Taylor - We champion the modern working woman and her love of fashion and offer a unique combination of fashion, work and flattering fit. .
    • BabyGirl Boutique - A gaggle of geeky fashionistas in PDX dedicated to scouring the globe for the hottest, cutest, sassiest retro, rockabilly, and pinup fashions!
    • Betsey Johnson Like red lipstick on the mouth, my products wake up and brighten and bring the wearer to life…drawing attention to her beauty and specialness…her moods and movements her…dreams and fantasies” – Betsey Johnson
    • Bicyclette Boutique Canada-Flag-icon - A clothing boutique and a lifestyle brand that merges downtown, city life with a whimsical twist – street style meets fairy tale – you can also visit them in person at 880 QUEEN ST. W. TORONTO, ON
    • Bluenotes Canada-Flag-icon - Our roots are in denim and we service the casual, yet fashionable lifestyle 
    • BooHoo - From Manchester’s best kept fashion secret combining cutting-edge design with an affordable price tag. Our philosophy is pretty simple: we don’t take fashion or life too seriously.
    • Dress911 Canada-Flag-icon  - A a small team that works to provide Canadians with an amazing selection of uniquely cute and fun fashions at great value.
    • DressLily - An international online fashion clothing and accessory store that focuses on the very latest in affordable fashion styles – most of the same items as Rose Wholesale
    • Dynamite Canada-Flag-icon purple-check-icon – A Montreal based retailer with affordable trends that allow customers to go from the office to a chic night on the town, or a casual weekend, with an urban flar.
    • eve and enoch Canada-Flag-icon- An Edmonton, Alberta based company that makes all of their clothing handmade in the studio, we believe in making clothing that makes you feel great
    • Forever 21 Canada * purple-check-icon -The Canadian site for Forever 21 features the latest trends at affordable prices.
    • Gap Canada - The Canadian site for Gap, an All-American classic style
    • Guess Canada - The Canadian site for Guess by the Marciano brothers, a young, sexy and adventurous style.
    • Hate and Heartbreak Canada-Flag-icon - A a collection of unique and few of a kind clothes and accessories from film and wardrobe sets across Canada, curated by actress Kristin Fairlie. Hate and Heartbreak is about what comes after. Get out there and get it.
    • H&M Canada - The Candian site for H&M, a European retailer that have hottest trends to the best in basics at an affordable price.
    • Jacob Canada-Flag-icon - A Montreal based company with a chic style that is essential and enduring, surprising and inspiring. Style that knows who you are and is not afraid to let you feel fabulous.
    • Lily Boutique* - an online boutique based out of Kentucky with cute dresses and other ladies and juniors clothing
    • Mango - The Canadian site for Barcelona based Mango, fashion for the young, urban woman.
    • Mexx Canada* – The Canadian site for Mexx, a global brand founded and based in Amsterdam that inspires confidence, possibilities and fun.
    • Missguided - A UK based, online store that aims to stay on top of the latest trends in order to provide the best that the fashion world has to offer. 
    • Nasty Gal - An LA based company, founded in 2006 by Sophia Amoruso (author of GirlBoss) Nasty Gal is a global online destination for fashion-forward, free-thinking girls. In just five short years, the shop has grown to become an international style source offering both new and vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories. The name was inspired by the song and album “Nasty Gal.” Betty Davis, the patron saint of badass women, was known for her unapologetically sexy funk music which comprises our vision of femininity—complete with lamé platform thigh-high boots.
    • Onze Shop Canada-Flag-icon - A Montreal based clothing shop featuring feminine, vintage inspired dresses and more.
    • PinUp Girl Clothing - Started in 1999 by Laura Byrnes, this California based clothing company specializes in the highest quality vintage inspired fashion, shoes and accessories for women of every size! Their original designs are cut to flatter your curves and make you look as beautiful as you feel, at prices to fit every budget
    • Rebel Circus - An NYC based company featuring pinup, punk rock, alternative, rockabilly and tattoo clothing. 
    • Ricki’s Canada-Flag-icon - A Canadian clothing store that carries the latest looks for work & weekend, in sizes 0-18, with pants in multiple lengths.  They carry everything from suiting options to great mix and match pieces, jeans, tees, and more.
    • Rose Wholesale purple-check-icon – A Singapore based online clothing retailer that sells the latest designs at wholesale prices - most of the same items as DressLily
    • RW & Co Canada-Flag-icon - A Canadian retailer featuring modern collections designed to inspire confident, individual style from workday to weekend, and with a strong focus on quality and attention to detail
    • RoseGal - A Chinese based retailer, RoseGal was started by a group of friends who all share a deep and abiding passion for stunning clothing and fashion. Specifically, it is the intimate fusion of endless possibilities that vintage and modern apparel has to offer.
    • Simons Canada-Flag-icon - Le Maison Simons has been in business since 1840 and evolved into a specialty fashion retailer in 1952. They are now an online department store featuring fashionwith physical locations in Alberta & Quebec.
    • Urban Outfitters - The Canadian site for Urban Outfitters. They offer an eclectic mix of merchandise. from men’s & women’s apparel and accessories for the educated, urban-minded individual in the 18 to 30 year-old range.
    • Victoria’s Secret purple-check-icon The world’s best bras. The sexiest lingerie. From beauty & sleepwear to fashion & swim.
    • White House, Black Market - They started as a single, tiny neighborhood boutique in Baltimore, Maryland and their passion has always been to make women feel beautiful with clothing that features the honest simplicity of black and white, and the remarkable individuality of the different styles they build from it.
    • YesStyle - The Canadian site for YesStyle, they feature fashion and lifestyle products from Asia.
    • Zara - The Canadian site for the Spanish clothing and accessories retailer featuring chic, trendy and casual clothing.

 

Show & Tell: July 04, 2014

Happy 4th of July to all my American family and friends! We’ll be celebrating with an American BBQ in our backyard tonight.

Summer is finally here and the weather is beautiful. I can’t wait to spend the weekend outside with my puppy and then Sunday is the Divalicious 6 ladies cruise with Kristin.

  • You HAVE to see these aerials photos of the Alberta Tar Sands. The environmental destruction is shocking to see and I can’t believe this is happening in our country. Why are we not moving towards a green fuel solution and instead devastating the Boreal Forest in search of Oil?
  • 31 year old pilot Amelia Rose Earhart is on the quest of her namesake to become the youngest woman to fly a single-engine airplane around the world. Such an inspiring story and honestly, what else was she supposed to do with a name like that!?
  • Higher Perspective shared a great post on Original Unvertpackt, a new concept supermarket in Germany that is the first waste free supermarket in the world. None of their products come in a disposable box, bag, jar or other container and they encourage consumers to bring reusable containers to the store. I would LOVE to see this happen in Toronto.
  • I am the worst morning person and I have the hardest time getting out of bed before 9am. I don’t know what it is so I’m always on the hunt for tips and tricks to get me up and running by 730! These 5 Health Mistakes Your’re Making by 10am were great advice.
  • One of my girlfriends shared this on Facebook a while back and I had to post here. It’s a recipe for DIY Sunscreen!
  • I’m a small girl and was a Size 0 and weighed under 100lbs until my mid-20′s. Since I’ve gotten older and my metabolism slowed down I’ve gained some weight and a couple sizes, but am still a pretty small person. I read This One’s For My Skinny Sisters by and it was a really good read. We should respect each other’s body size whether we are big or small or something in between.
  • Hold Fast and Stay Gold – A Canadian Tattoo Story raised 110% of it’s funding on Indiegogo! I am really excited to follow along on their travels and can’t wait to see the final documentary on the history of the Canadian tattoo industry.
  • I liked the tips in this article 8 Workplace Resolutions for Women – but I don’t like that they used the word “bitch”. It’s demeaning and they could have said “the boss”.
  • Jason sent me this on FB earlier this week and I love it 10 Signs Your Partner Is The Best Friend You Have In This World
  • And finally, if you haven’t seen Sia’s Chandelier video (featuring Maddie Ziegler who is beyond fantastic), then stop what you are doing, put on your headphones and watch this.

 

Join us at Divalicious 6

This Sunday July 6th Kristin and I will be attending Divalicious 6, an afternoon ladies cruise aboard the Yankee Lady with the ladies of DivaGirl Inc.  There are a couple of exclusive tickets left for this exciting event and they’re $30 in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door, so if you want to join us, get them now!

Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Location: Yankee Lady Charters.
390 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T1
Time: Boarding at 12PM: Sail: 1-4PM
Dress code: Nautical Style
Policies: Females only. ID required. Tickets NOT sold at door.

Tickets: $30 advance tickets. Available until 24 hours prior to event date

Five years ago, DivaGirl Inc. launched Divalicious as the official DivaGirl Fitness Launch Party at Cheval Bar. The night was a smashing success that dazzled 200 Divas and featured 45 fabulous Sponsors.

Over the next 4 years DivaGirl added Shop Socials to mix, moved poolside to popular venues including C Lounge and Muzik NIght Club and more than doubled attendance to 500+ guests for what is now known as Torontoʼs hottest Girls Night Out of the summer.

This year the Divalicious 6 ups the ante and the exclusive nature of the event by setting sail with 290 women for an afternoon ladies cruise like no other.

We’re keeping the dance fitness workshops, beauty services, shopping marketplace and full-on fabulous but adding a twist with this year’s new venue , a 115 ft. luxury mega-yacht, aptly named the Yankee Lady.

Hope to see you there!

 

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