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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

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Travel The World { Tag }

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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.

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♡ 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“.

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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/