Don’t Do Anything But Drive When You’re Driving

photo c/o Grey Hatcher

Ontario has now made it clear that distracted driving is a serious issue and will be dealt with accordingly.
New fines have now been added to the proposed legislation. It is expected to pass this spring, and has support from all the parties. Here’s what you should know moving forward (no pun intended):

  • ·         Distract driving fines increased to $280 from $155 (Tuesday – today) regardless of the legislation.
  • ·         Fines for using cellphones while driving range from $300 to $1,000, plus three demerit points (according to the changes in the Highway Traffic Act)
  • ·         Fines for opening a door in a cyclist’s path range from $300 to $1,000, plus three demerit points. Motorists have to stay one metre away from cyclists on the road.
  • ·         Fines for cyclists not using required reflectors and lights range from $60 to $500.

For more information, visit: www.thestar.com


Travel The World { Tag }


Found this tag off Zia’s blog “Bits of Days” and thought it would be appropriate since it wasn’t too long ago since I got back from travelling!

1. Where are you from in the world?

I was born, raised, and still live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2. Have you been overseas? When/Where?

I’ve been overseas numerous of times. I’ve been to Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Brunei, Germany, and Italy.

3. Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?

I prefer to travel to a country when it’s summer. It’s easier to pack lighter, it’s more comfortable to just wear variations of t-shirts and shorts, and it just feels more lively.

4. Summer or winter fashion?

I adore both types of fashion. Love crops and high-waisted shorts in the summer, and tons of layering in the winter. But I don’t like humidity or having to wear a jacket.

5. Where is somewhere you would love to travel too?

I’d love to visit the UK, South Korea, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Hawaii, or Australia.

6. Name your essential makeup items for the beach

When I go to the beach, I intend to swim, and makeup does not last when the waves hit your face. The only thing I would even think to grab is probably a waterproof brow pencil because God knows even the fish in the water would die from fright from my sad brows.

7. Are you currently saving up for a trip?

I’m always saving for a trip.

8. Do you like/dislike traveling?

I absolutely love travelling. I love being submerged in culture – language, food, religion… everything. I’ve been travelling since I was 3.

9. Name a place in the world you would love to shop.

There isn’t a specific place, because I’m an avid shopper. I’m sure I can satisfy my shopping hunger in just about any country.

10. What accent in the world is your favorite to hear?

British and French. Easily.


♡ YORKDALE HAUL: Sephora, Brandy Melville, Topshop, MAC/The Bay

I rarely ever come to this mall because it’s completely out of my way. But ever since they announced a Brandy Melville would be opening there, I’ve been resisting (with utmost discipline) the temptation to visit Yorkdale mall. Why? Accompanied by BM are Sephora, Topshop, H&M, Zara, and American Apparel. So many visually appealing and wallet stimulating stores to shop at…

Unfortunately I had only gotten there at 7:45pm after a work shift. The mall closes at 9pm, and everyone knows that my love for makeup keeps me in Sephora for at least half an hour.

That being said, the first place I went to was Sephora. I needed to use my 10% off VIB coupon, so I picked up some goodies: Naked “Basics” palette (x2), Makeup Forever’s Aquabrow in 25, Nars Matte Lipstick in Bangkok, Sephora retractable brow pencil in Nutmeg Brown.

Next stop was Brandy Melville. There were so many basics that I wanted to pick up, but I’d already be going over my budget for the day. I originally went to get three graphic shirts but one of the three were no where to be found (fancy as f*ck crop tee). Unfortunate. The two extras I picked up were a long maxi skirt and a crop microfibre tee with shoulder eyelets.

At Topshop, I surprisingly didn’t find anything that I absolutely loved and wouldn’t mind paying a pretty penny for. That being said, I did walk out with frilly socks (I’ve been searching for some forever!) that I could pair with maryjane heels. 3 for $13!

Ending off my haul at The Bay, I originally went for the intention of buying Fluidline in “Blacktrak” and Liquidlast liner in “Point Black”… I ended up coming home with a frost and matte lipstick. Both of which I was consulted and suggested. I swatched them in store, and I’m happy that I finally found a nude and pink lippy that don’t make me look dead or – dare I say – “ratchet“.


♡ MARCH HAUL: Urban Outfitters, Missha, Holika Holika

Took a trip to Pacific Mall in Markham, Ont. with my Dad and little sisters. I’ve never bought anything from there other than phone cases, false eyelashes, and food.

Today, I picked up a few skincare and makeup items. It’s pretty exciting, especially since I’ve never tried Asian products before (a bit ironic, I’m sure).

Please let me know if you’re interested in seeing a review on any of the products discussed.


We Day 2012

Today marks the event which ties children and young people all over the world together and leads global change. It is the event which makes young people realize they have the power to take action and do something to change the world for the better.

I remember going to the giant Me to We conference at the Air Canada Centre back in 2007 when it all started. I was only in grade 11 then, and it was one of the main reasons I ended up going into journalism as opposed to dentistry – what a switch! I know. It was Ben Mulroney who was hosting and informed us of the power we had as young people. I realized that I had the power to create good and help others see the good through words, pictures, and film. Not that becoming a dentist wouldn’t do good… He made young adults like me feel empowered to make a change. And that’s exactly what children and young people need.

We can make the world a better place by working together and doing good. A little bit of kindness goes a long way. You could make someone’s day just by smiling at them, or maybe picking up that security pass-card that someone might not have known they dropped (personal experience). If we all did one little act of kindness, I’m sure it would make the world a much nicer place to live in.

For more information on We Day and upcoming events in a city near you, check out: http://www.weday.com/


Toronto: Plan Your Canada Day Weekend Now!

Exciting news for families and music-lovers, there’s a ton of events going on around the GTA! Plan your weekend ahead of time:

For Saturday, June 30th:

Going Global (CIBC)
Music, dancing, storytelling, games – great fun for families
$$$: Free
Where?: Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W.)
When?: All day

Family Pride
Activities and entertainment for families and children
$$$: Free
Where?: Church Street Junior Public School
When?: 10am – 5pm

Whichurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival
Enjoy the popular street market, as well as contest, games, entertainment and music.
$$$: Free
Where?: Stouffville Memorial Park (Burkholder St.)
When?: All day

For Sunday, July 1st:

Carly Rae Jepsen & Dragonette
Puss in Boots live, extreme soccer shows, rock climbing, stilt walkers, jugglers, the Skyscraping Cirque Show
$$$: Free
Where?: Mississauga Celebrate Square
When?: 1pm – 10:30pm

Mariana’s Trench & April Wine
Amusement rides, children’s stage, wrestling, fireworks
$$$: Free
Powerade Centre (Brampton)
When?: 12pm – 10pm

Queen’s Park
Live stage performances, rides, and crafts
$$$: Free
Where?: 111 Wellesley St. W.
When?: Noon

Mel Lastman Square
Live music performances, and fireworks
$$$: Free
Where?: 5100 Yonge St.
When?: 5pm

Strawberry Festival at Downey’s Farm Market
Live entertainment, antique tractors and cars, farm animals, and ready-to-pick strawberries
$$$: Free
Where?: 13682 Heart Lake Road (Brampton)
When?: 9am – 5pm

Kinsmen Park
Live entertainment, bouncy castles, games and prizes, rides, free stuff for teens, fireworks, afternoon tea for seniors
$$$: Free
Where?: 705 Sandy Beach Road (Pickering)
When?: noon – 11pm

For Monday, July 2nd:

CHIN Picnic (Scotiabank)
Zero Gravity Circus shows, Birds of Prey, petting zoo, and K-9 Dog Challenges
$$$: Free
Where?: Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Blvd.)
When?: 11am-11pm

Toronto Ribfest Food & Music Festival
Food, entertainment, kids zone
$$$: Free
Where?: Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd.)
When?: 11am-11pm

My Little Pony Live
Live streaming of shows
$$$: Free
Where?: Bramalea City Centre (Brampton)
When?: Noon & 2pm


Happy National Aboriginal Day!

Today, Canada puts a spotlight on diverse cultures, heritage, and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal people. It gives people a chance to educate themselves on Aboriginal culture, including their contributions towards the progress and development of Canada.

There are three main aboriginal groups found in Canada: The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. They all are given an opportunity today to showcase their different spiritual beliefs, values, heritage, customs, cultural practices, language, and proud achievements.

Events are held all across Canada, so look out for traditional scenes like fry bread and moose stew feasts, and sacred fire extinguishing ceremonies.

In the Northwest Territories, National Aboriginal Day is a paid holiday. But in other parts of Canada (like Toronto), it is not a statutory holiday.

If you’re in Ontario, and you’re looking to indulge in the culture of Aboriginals, here are some events taking place all day:

Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising
5:30 a.m.
City Hall Podium roof
100 Queen St. W.

Monthly Mass and Pot Luck/ Aboriginals Got Talent
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
N’Swakamok Native Friendship Center
110 Elm Street  (Sudbury)

First Nations’ drumming, dancing and sunset ceremony
6 p.m. – sunset
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Blvd.
National Aboriginal Day Lighting
9:00 p.m.
CN Tower
301 Front St. West