Toronto’s Best Cupcake

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A few months ago, amidst finals stress and sleep deprived study sessions, my friend Alex and I decided we wanted to find Toronto’s best cupcake. We’d just been sorrily disappointed after eating some cupcakes from the Eaton Centre (they may look good, but the Urban Eatery cupcakes are a trap), and felt morally obligated to find a tasty treat worth eating.

Thus, the cupcake challenge was born!

We googled “best cupcakes in Toronto”, compiled a list of four bakeries (Bunners, Prairie Girl, Dlish, and Bobette & Belle), which seemed to appear on every blog post we pulled up, and made up a rating scale to judge each treat!

Our scale consisted of: Prettiness, moisture, frosting to cake ratio (if there is the right amount of frosting for the cake), balanced sweetness (between the frosting and cake), texture (for both frosting and cake), size, flavour overall, and value. Each item on the list was rated out of five, and then we tallied up all the points!

To help make our rating easier, we standardized the type of cupcake we would buy from each location, settling on a classic, chocolate cake with vanilla icing.

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Bunners

Firstly, excuse my (very) poor photography skills here. I didn’t realize that every single picture we took was blurry until after we ate the whole thing up!

Our first stop was Bunner’s on Dundas (there’s another location in Kensington Market)! This bake shop prides itself on gluten free and vegan products and is highly spoken of. Bunner’s didn’t offer a chocolate cupcake with vanilla icing, so we just got chocolate on chocolate.

Review — Firstly, we noticed that the store itself was not exactly welcoming. There was nowhere to sit (it was quite small) and though it was early in the morning, somehow it was quite dark inside. Their selection of cupcake flavours was quite small, and we were a little disappointed to see so few combinations. Atmosphere aside, the Bunner’s cupcake ($4.20) was very large and the icing was nicely piped. The cupcake itself was pretty moist, but the texture was off, it was very grainy and clumpy and the cake was very heavy. The icing also had a strange texture and didn’t sit well on the tongue. There was just the right amount of icing (which proved to be hard to find at the other cupcake locations) and while the icing was sweeter than we would’ve liked, it was balanced out well by the cake.

Overall, we were pretty disappointed with the texture and general flavour of the cupcake.

Prettiness — 2.5/5

Moisture — 3/5

Frosting to Cake Ratio — 5/5

Balanced Sweetness — 3/5

Texture — 2/5

Size — 5/5

Flavour Overall — 1/5

Value — 1.5/5

Total: 23/40

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Dlish

Dlish, a cute little bakery on Queen, was ranked Toronto’s Best Cupcake in 2014 and runner up this year! We ordered a chocolate cupcake with vanilla icing, but they boast a big selection of flavours.

Review — What really killed it for this cupcake (in our opinion) was the icing. The cake itself was pretty standard in texture, moisture and flavour, but the icing was way too sweet. Vanilla is usually a sugary flavour when it comes to icing, but this one was a bit over kill, and to make matters worse, it was grainy and didn’t taste all that authentic. The sprinkles on top were a great touch and they added a lot to the texture.

Overall, this was a pretty average cupcake, nothing all that special. We would’ve been happier had the icing been less sweet, but if you’re in the are, definitely check them out.

Prettiness — 2.5/5

Moisture — 3/5

Frosting to Cake Ratio — 3/5

Balanced Sweetness — 2/5

Texture — 4/5

Size — 2.5/5

Flavour Overall — 2.5/5

Value — 2.5/5

Total: 22/40

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Prairie Girl Bakery

Also excuse this poor photo. Lighting in the PATH is not ideal!

This gem is hidden under the heart of the financial district, in the PATH. It’s a little out of the way, but they have so many options it’s totally worth it! Again, we got a chocolate cupcake with vanilla icing.

Review — Let me start by raving about the cake from this place. It was airy, light, moist, everything you could want in a cake. Alex and I were barely able to speak we were so pleased. Sadly, the icing was the downfall of this cupcake as well. Not only was it too sweet and too thick, but it was barely vanilla at all! In fact we got a really strong cream cheese flavour (which is usually fine, but not when you’re expecting vanilla). Honestly, the unexpectedness of it threw us for a bit of a loop.

Prettiness — 3/5

Moisture — 5/5

Frosting to Cake Ratio — 2/5

Balanced Sweetness — 2.5/5

Texture — 5/5

Size — 5/5

Flavour Overall — 3/5

Value — 3.5/5

Total: 29/40

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Bobbette & Belle

This Leslieville gem is honestly one of the most adorable little bakeries I’ve ever been to! Alex and I were happily surprised by an inviting and stylish sitting area, and we’ve already made plans to go back just because it was so cute! The music was also on point if that’s your kind of thing! Once again, we got a standard chocolate cupcake with vanilla icing.

Lighting was also incredible at this location (as you can tell in this not terrible photo)!

Review — We had big hopes for this little cupcake. It was pretty (prime piping and sprinkle work), and it was from a really pretty place. Sadly, it was only average, and the frosting again, was it’s downfall. The icing was way too sweet, and I know I said that about the others, but somehow, this was the worst of them all. Had the cake been less sweet, it would’ve balanced out the icing, but alas, this was not the case.

Prettiness — 4/5

Moisture — 4/5

Frosting to Cake Ratio — 5/5

Balanced Sweetness — 2/5

Texture — 4/5

Size — 3.5/5

Flavour Overall — 2.5/5

Value — 2.5/5

Total: 27.5/40

A Note From Alex:

Someone once said “a cupcake can make even the worst day a little bit brighter”. Ok, that someone was me, but honestly a good cupcake – or any dessert for that matter – can help ease some of life’s problems. That’s why Lauren and I knew we had to go on a mission to find Toronto’s Best Cupcake!

Obviously, this can be kind of tough, especially since judging foods can be a pretty subjective sport. Some people like a cupcake with really sweet frosting, others only want a little bit of frosting; the list of preferences could really go on forever…That’s why we tried to stick with a set of criteria that we could use to rate them in an unbiased way (as you can tell we have this whole cupcake judging thing down to a science, we could get PhD’s at this point tbh).

As Lauren said, we went to four different bakeries and ate four cupcakes. One cupcake looked pretty but didn’t taste all that great, another was just average, the third had super amazing cake, and the fourth was sold from the cutest shop which definitely made up for the lacklustre cupcake. Oddly enough, at each bakery we found that the frosting was their downfall – I would label myself as a lover of all frostings so that was pretty disappointing to me.

All in all though, I got to tour around Toronto with some amazing company eating cupcakes all day so regardless of the outcome I had a super fun time!

Official Verdict: Toronto’s Best Cupcake? Yet to be found.

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While we were happy to have spent the day eating cupcakes and exploring our amazing city, Alex and I were a little bit disappointed after these treats failed to live up to our expectations. Of course none of them were terrible, but they all followed a similar downfall. Decent cake, and incredibly over sweet icing. As we walked home from Leslieville, something dawned on us! Why couldn’t we, try to make our own perfect cupcake? So, in the next instalment of The Cupcake Challenge, we’ll be taking you through our recipe for creating the best (or our best) cupcake!

I hope you enjoyed this segment, and if you’d like to see something similar but for other foods (like pizza, hamburgers or ice cream) don’t hesitate to sound off in the comments!

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10 Things I Learnt In First Year

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Last fall I embarked on a crazy, scary, exciting new adventure…University! In September I showed up at my beautiful residence, unpacked and organized my dorm, said adios to my high school days and hello to the new ones ahead. It was a crazy year overall. I made friends, lost friends, studied really hard, pushed myself, and have come out the other side a completely different person! The whole year was a rollercoaster and though it was difficult and scary, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

While it was an exciting time, it proved a big change (obviously) and I faced a lot of challenges in my academics and social life. I struggled to make the grades I thought I should, missed my parents, and didn’t make nearly as many friends as I had imagined. Though it certainly was crazy, I learned so much about myself and the type of life I want to build for myself, so I am grateful it went the way it did.

While I learnt a lot of things, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the major lessons I learnt, so here are the ten most important things!

Trust The Universe

Sometimes things get out of hand and you feel like you have no control over your own life! Things and people start running away from you, or it feels like you’re drowning in school work. First year is a time of great change, and we all face a ton of challenges in those eight months. So many things are thrown at us and we’re expected to react properly with only a moments notice. While things can often feel overwhelming, I learnt that everything happens for a reason. Sure that boy you sort of dated, hurt you, and yes, there were some mean girls and petty drama. Maybe you really bombed a test, had a crazy house mate, or one of a hundred other negatives, but all of these things are opportunities for learning!

I’m a very spiritual and superstitious person (not in the typical religious sense mind you), and while I’ve always believed things happen for a reason, I’ve never been more sure of it until now. The universe has it’s own plan for your life. It twists and turns, drops and jumps, but ultimately, it’s going to take you to exactly where you want to go. As soon as I accepted and believed this from the very bottom of my heart, it became a great comfort to me and was one of the things that got me through the hardest parts of the year.

Some Things Are Temporary

It’s the truth. You likely won’t stay friends with the people you meet at frosh, you don’t have to be BFF’s with your roommate, and it’ll take some time for the new people in your life to stabilize and settle. You might start the year with one group of friends, and end it with a totally different bunch — that’s ok! In fact that’s how it’s supposed to go! Learning what you like in social relationships is a hug part of growing up. In first year (and university in general) you are thrown in with entirely new groups of people, many of whom you won’t gel with. It’s going to take some time to find those you really click with, and sometimes, even when you really want someone to stay, it’s best that they don’t.

The universe has a path for you to follow, and some people just don’t fit in with it. That doesn’t mean you won’t find your place at all, it just might take a little bit longer than it did in High School.

You’re Your Own Hero

This is self explanatory really, but I think it’s been one of the most important things I’ve learnt thus far. Life will get hectic and intense, that’s just the way it is, and you can’t expect someone to always be there to lean on. People are dealing with their own stuff too. This doesn’t mean your best friends won’t help you out when you need it, it just means that you have to be there for yourself every step of the way.

You always have the power to pick yourself off the floor and on to better things. Once we recognize this “superpower” in ourselves, the world doesn’t seem so scary and taking risks doesn’t seem as difficult.

It’s All About Priorities

This is something my dad has always said, and it’s proven true again and again! As much as personality defines ones self, priorities are often the major motivator for any action a person takes and everyones priorities are different.

Keeping this in mind is helpful when you’re in a difficult group work scenario, or if the people you’ve recently become friends with turn out to be the kind of people you don’t want to hang around. Everyone has different things that drive them. If your priorities are really different from someone else’s and you clash because of it, it’s ok to not stay close with that person. It’s ok to pull away from things that are bringing you down, and it’s ok to put yourself first. Recognizing this, though it can be hard to put in to practice, is so helpful in the long run. You (and those other people) deserve to find friendships you can thrive in, and there’s no shame in realizing someone might be the wrong addition to your group.

Not Everyone Has The Same Heart As You

This point builds on the previous one. While everyone has different priorities, everyone also has a different heart. The way you handle hurt, or stress, or anger, are all very different from the way others handle with them. The sooner you accept that everyone is going to react or behave differently in stressful situations, the sooner you’ll be able to stop expecting certain behaviours from them.

People don’t react the way you do or say the things you say in bad situations, and while it’s easy to say “I would’ve done this…” or “I would’ve said that…”, it’s even easier to accept people as they come and recognize that while they may not have done what you would’ve liked, they are doing the best that they can. This takes the stress off everyone, and leads to more open relationships built on trust and acceptance.

Listen To Your Mom

As annoying as it is sometimes, your mom really does know more than you. She always has, and it’s important to listen to her. When she tells you not to date anyone, it’s not because she doesn’t want you to be happy, it’s because she knows it’s not a good time and doesn’t want you to get hurt, and when she tells you everything will be ok, it almost always is.

Keep in touch with her, tell her what’s going on and she will always be there for you. That’s what mom’s do, they fix, and heal, and love when it feels like everything else is going south.

Your Mental Health Matters

This. Is. So. Important. University is crazy. Things are hectic, you’re stressed beyond belief, and people can be rude and hurtful. While ultimately you’re there for academics, never ever, prioritize school work over your mental (or physical) health.

If you are too anxious to focus, take a break. If you can’t open a text book because you’re too sad, seek professional guidance. If you need to drop courses to be at a comfortable spot, do it. Do not ever make academics and school work  worth more than your health and sanity. The only way you can perform optimally, is if you are healthy, happy, and stable in all areas of your life.

Your health matters, so listen to your body, and take breaks or talk to a professional when necessary.

Be Gentle With Yourself 

This point builds on the one above. When you didn’t do as well on a paper as you thought you would, bombed a test, or didn’t read a chapter. Be gentle with yourself.

University is such an adjustment, and you are doing your absolute best. Be gentle with your self talk, encourage yourself, and make sure you praise the hard work you’re doing. Acclimatizing to the social and academic aspects of college life is hard, it’s stressful and there’s no right way to go about it. There is a right way for you though, so don’t compare your experience with that of anyone else’s. You are doing what you need to do for you, and that’s exactly how it should be!

One Day You’ll Meet “The One”

You’re going to meet so many boys (or girls)! You’re going to meet one you click with right away and they might break your heart. You’ll meet some you admire from a distance, and others still that you just don’t click with. There will be tons, and while it seems like an endless game or a string of heart breaks, don’t worry about it, eventually the right person will come along.

Statistically people in our age group aren’t in long lasting relationships. They’re not finding the one yet, and while it might seem like everyone around you is falling in love and getting married, it just isn’t true. You’re not weird or abnormal. Your soul mate is just doing their own thing right now and you should be too.

Quality > Quantity

This lesson applies to everything. Friends, studying, eating, working out, literally everything! The long and the short of it, is that life is special! We’re blessed with so little time on this amazing planet and our job is to build something out of what we’re given, which you can’t do when negativity is tearing you down every step of the way.

Always remember, quality, is far more important than quantity!

Just because you have a million “friends”, doesn’t really mean they all care about you the way they should. If you spend eight hours “studying” for a test, but really just scroll through Instagram, that test likely won’t go well. And if you workout an hour everyday, but barely move a muscle, you won’t reach your goals the way you wished you could.

With social media being such a prominent form of communication, it’s easy to feel like you aren’t cool or popular enough. People are constantly posting pictures of their gazillion new friends and the cool things they do at school, so naturally we  compare our lives to theirs. Really, we should be focused on building our own network filled with people who love and support us. While you might not have a million friends like everyone else seems to, it is far more important to have a few quality buddies.

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Man, this post took so long to write! I’ve honestly been working on it for about a month and finally finished it while waiting for my flight at the airport. Finally! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, because I really enjoyed the process of writing this post. It got me thinking about all the little ways I’ve grown as a person, and helped me appreciate a difficult year.

What are some things you’e learnt this year?

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Carry On Essentials

 

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Deciding what to use as a carry on and what to pack in it, is probably one of life’s greater challenges (#FirstWorldProblems). However, having travelled a great deal with my family I like to think I have carry on packing down to a science. Here are my carry on essentials, and some bagspiration if you’re still searching for “the one”.

As for my own carry on: last fall I got (thank you mom and dad) a beautiful Roots leather backpack, and since then, it’s been my go to travel bag (check it out HERE)! While the bag is a major investment, the quality and timeless shape will serve you for years and years (school bag to diaper bag?) and it honestly looks good with everything.

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A Good Book – A good book will keep boredom at bay if your flight is annoyingly long. I always bring a few so I can read on the plane, during my vacation, and on the way home! Currently Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, and How The Mind Works by Steven Pinker are my carry on reads!

Laptop – In this day and age, bringing laptops on vacation is a no brainer. Whether you use it to get some work done in-between sight seeing, or for movies too and from your destination, it’s a useful extra. If you’re going on a shorter trip, consider excluding this from your packing list, but if not, make sure you put it in a case to stay protected.

Camera – A camera is an obvious companion for any trip and keeping it in your carry on ensures safety and easy access for those moments of inspiration.

Water – While airports don’t let you bring your own water in, be sure to buy a water bottle near your gate, or bring one to fill up! Staying hydrated is so important on long flights which often leave your skin dry and irritated.

Personal Hygiene Stuff & Hair Ties – This stuff is all a no brainer. Hair ties keep your hair up and away from your face, and lip balms, mascara, deoderant, etc. are great for applying post 8 hour flight so you can start your trip with a fresh face and confidence!

Wallet & Passport – These are important for obvious reasons and if you forget one or the other, well my friend, you’ve made a serious boo-boo.

Phone & Headphones – Whether or not I’m actually using my phone on vacation, I like to bring it along to listen to music and to connect to free wifi whenever it’s available!

Journal & Pencil Case – Journaling is another great pastime for a long flight, and is something I’ve begun doing more often this year. Documenting your journey by writing is a great way to stay creative, and is something you can look back on years later!

Thick Socks – Trust me on this one. It gets cold up there in the sky and I do not like having cold feet. A pair of fuzzy socks are the perfect thing to pull on while cruising to your destination, so you can catch some shut eye instead of focusing on how cold your little toes are!

Sunglasses – These babies are mandatory. Not only will they be useful for the rest of your trip, but after an 8 hour night flight, sunnies are my best friend. They hide the gigantic circles under my eyes until I can wash my face, and make me look more chic and put together, and less tired.

Neck Support or Stuffies – Yes I am an adult, and yes I do still travel with my stuffed animals. Honestly, it’s more of a comfort thing than anything else, but it’s always nice to bring a piece of my home with me. They also make for pretty good pillows if necessary.

Something Comfy – I always make sure to bring an extra sweater or big blanket scarf (no matter the temperature of our destination) because, as I said before, it gets chilly up there in the sky!

Gum – It’s good for keeping bad breath at bay and for stopping that annoying ear popping feeling during landing, so make sure to bring a pack (or two) with you.

If you noticed, I didn’t add snacks simply because airports are weird about letting outside food in (better to be safe than sorry) and while things past the security section can be expensive, it’s a great idea to eat something before heading to the airport at all. Whether it’s a light snack or a full meal, you’ll feel ready to take on all the annoying things airports can throw at you!

If you’re still looking for the perfect carry on for all your adventures, here are some great bags that fit the bill!

  1. Longchamp (these bags are amazing and black is the perfect neutral)
  2. Bando’s Everything Tote (pink and metallic. Need I say more?)
  3. Band0’s Getaway Duffle (love the adorable floral print on this one)
  4. Kate Spade Tote (perfect if you’re travelling for business)
  5. Madewell Transport Tote (this bag is absolute perfection)
  6. Madewell Transport Crossbody (perfection with an extendable strap)

There you have it, everything you’ll need to rock that long plane ride and arrive in your destination ready to go!

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Little Wonders Wednesday

Today’s post marks the beginning of a new series you’ll see once in a while on the blog. One Wednesday a month will now be dedicated to remembering the little wonders in life, and all the things that make this world of ours so incredible!

I’ll be writing about 5-10 “little wonders” in an effort to stay grateful and grounded in the present. Life can get so hectic, and sometimes all you need is a few minutes remembering the little things that make this world so awesome!

If you ever want to contribute your own “little wonder” leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to our list for an upcoming post!

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Hot summer sun on your back and shoulders – There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sun on your shoulders. The heat is therapeutic and if you’re lucky, you’ll be rewarded with a tan later.

Getting hand written letters from your friends – Since Facebook and texting have become so widespread, hardly anyone sends letters anymore! So, whenever you do get one in the mail, it is all the more precious.

Walking through puddles in rain boots – There is nothing more satisfying than walking right through a big puddle because you’ve got your trust rubber boots on, and watching other people hop and skip around it. A good splash or two doesn’t hurt either!

Fresh cut flowers – There is actually science on why fresh flowers make us feel so rad, but you wouldn’t have to pull out any numbers to make my buy a bouquet or two of peonies! Flowers smell beautiful and liven up every space they enter!

Getting a package in the mail – There is nothing more exciting than this! Whether you already know what’s in it, or couldn’t have the slightest idea, nothing beats the adrenalin rush of ripping open the packaging and examining your new belongings!

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I hope you’ll enjoy reading this new segment (and hopefully contributing to it) as much as I’ve loved writing it! It’s so important to appreciate the little things in life because they’re always the things that bring us back from the edge and keep us sane through difficult times!

I hope you’re having a lovely day!

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5 Best Travel Outfits

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As awesome as vacations are, I’ve always found the getting to and from part a little bit draining. Flights are long, uncomfortable, have bad food, and I never know quite what to wear or what to bring.

While carry on’s are an entirely separate affair (a post coming on this soon), I’ve come up with a few base outfits, which I gravitate to for different destinations and flight lengths! As you’ll notice (from the pictures) and as I’ll mention, I find it really helpful to stick to a neutral colour palette when choosing a travel outfit. Basics like beige, white, black and pastels are the perfect pieces to bring on vacation as they suit all seasons, most destinations, and are easy to mix and match with the rest of your vacation wardrobe!

I hope this quick guide will be helpful for figuring out how what to wear on those exciting pre-vacation flights!

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The Business Traveller

This sleek outfit is perfect for short flights from city to city (because let’s be real, nobody wants to spend 8+ hours in skinny jeans), can take you off a flight, and right in to a meeting or business event!.

Pair your fave skinnies with a simple blouse, neutral jacket or coat (it’s always cold on a flight), comfy flats and your go to purse that can double as a carry on. A low key colour palette will keep you looking stylish in any season, in every country, and also ensures that you can re-wear these pieces with the rest of your vacation wardrobe!

Check out this set HERE!

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The Long Haul Traveller

This outfit is perfect for longer flights where you need to be comfy, but still want to look cute! A sassy graphic tee, paired with sleek joggers and a bomber jacket will keep you warm and limber enough to get comfy for your flight (I swear sleeping on an airplane requires some gymnastics), and a trusty pair of sneakers will keep your feet happy.

A big backpack lets you keep all your travel essentials in one place and if you get one with a neat pattern or bright colours, it’s an easy way to add personality to any outfit!

Check out this set HERE!

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The European Traveller

Boyfriend jeans are probably my favourite trend right now! They look so put together, but are always so comfy because they’re baggier than our usual skinnies! Pair your favourite boyfriend jeans with an oversized blouse, summery flats, patterned scarf and a big tote to carry all your travel essentials.

This outfit will take you off the plane and right in to cobbled streets and picture perfect farmers markets! A neutral colour palette also makes sure you can mix and match all the pieces with the rest of your vacation wardrobe!

Check out this set HERE!

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The Beach Traveller

A breezy maxi dress, sandals and straw tote make for the perfect flight outfit to a tropical oasis! You’ll be ready for the heat, and can hop right from the airport to your hotel pool without missing a beat.

As I’ve mentioned before, neutral colour palettes are great because you can re-wear items with the other things you’ve brought on vacation!

Check out this set HERE!

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The Gallery Traveller

Whether you’re music festival hopping, or travelling from art gallery to gallery, white jeans are the perfect base to let your personality loose on. Add your favourite blouse, sandals and a sassy jacket (I mean how adorable is this jean jacket??!?!) and you’re ready to hit the coolest exhibits in no time!

Check this set out HERE!

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There you have it! Five easy outfits for those hard to deal with flights! What are your favourite travelling looks?

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Ultimate Workout Playlist

Working out is hard! While I always feel totally great after a good sweat session, getting motivated to start in the first place is always the hardest part of my workout! Because music is such a powerful motivator, I always make sure to have my workout playlist pumping and it honestly makes a world of difference! If I can dance around and sing along to songs that boost me up, my workout is that much more effective!

Here is a list of my favourite songs to workout to! They’re great mood boosters and are the perfect songs to have a dance party to as a warm-up or cool-down!

  1. Needed Me – Rihanna
  2. Work – Rihanna
  3. Formation – Beyonce
  4. Move Your Body – Beyonce
  5. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
  6. Where Are U Now – Justin Bieber
  7. Confident – Demi Lovato
  8. Fireball – Pitbull
  9. Me Too – Meghan Trainor
  10. Jungle Bae – Skrillex & Diplo
  11. Boy Oh Boy – Diplo & GTA
  12. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
  13. Latch – Disclosure Ft. Sam Smith
  14. This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris
  15. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
  16. Watch Out For This – Major Lazer

There you have it! Hope you guys are enjoying this lovely first week of July! I can’t believe summer is half over already!

What are you favourite workout tunes?

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101 in 1001

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I was inspired by Isabella Darden of Yep It’s Prep, to make one of these lists. The basic premis is this: you brainstorm 101 goals you’d like to achieve or things you’d like to try, and then work to complete them in 1001 days (approximately 2.7 years). When I first read Isabella’s list, I thought it would be a great long term project for my first few college years and would serve as something cool to blog about. So, starting today, you will be able to go to the “101 in 1001” page on Pin & Daisy to keep up to date with my list and the progress I’ve made! Hopefully I’ll finish everything (or most things) and can make a whole new one when this time is up. It’s like a bucket list with a time limit, which makes the whole project a lot more realistic.

If you’ve made your own list, or have decided to after reading this, let me know in the comments (with a link) and I’ll tag you on the page for everyone to check out, it’s so much fun to read other peoples lists (I’ve read a LOT of them while trying to come up with the 101 items of my own)!

Without further ado, here is my entire list! It took a few weeks to write in itself (figuring out 101 things I want to accomplish is a lot harder than I thought it would be), but it came together and I couldn’t be happier with it!!

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  1. Volunteer at Sick Kids Hospital
  2. Making working out part of my daily routine (stick to it)
  3. Become a morning person
  4. Master the art of using an agenda/planner
  5. Ombre my hair
  6. Blog consistently for a month (at least three times a week)
  7. Create a blog instagram
  8. Re-define my style
  9. Be accepted in to my program of choice in Uni
  10. Study abroad (Italy preferably)
  11. Travel with a group of friends to Europe
  12. Journal consistently for a month
  13. Run a 5k
  14. Run a 10k
  15. Buy my mom flowers randomly
  16. Host a fancy dinner party for friends
  17. Read 30 new books
  18. Try 30 DIYs (and post about them)
  19. Try 30 new recipes (and post about them)
  20. Bind a book of my own poetry
  21. Visit the ROM
  22. Visit the AGO
  23. Take a day to explore downtown T.O. by myself
  24. Be able to do the splits
  25. Make exam care packages for my best friends
  26. Clean out my closet and organize by colour and style
  27. Meditate everyday for one month
  28. Make yoga a regular part of my weekly routine
  29. Get a tattoo
  30. Create a blog series
  31. Create an inspiration board
  32. Go camping for the first time
  33. Go on a road trip with friends
  34. Get my drivers license
  35. Buy a polaroid camera and take tons of pictures
  36. Take a photography course
  37. Take a cooking course
  38. Put $2000 into my savings account
  39. Take a ballroom dance class
  40. Sign up for ballet lessons again
  41. Go to church every Sunday for a month
  42. Read the entire Harry Potter series
  43. Go a whole month without buying anything for myself
  44. Eat healthy for a whole month — be ruthless and make it a habit
  45. Create the ultimate workspace
  46. Invest in a good pair of pumps (nude and black)
  47. Throw an extravagant themed party for no reason
  48. Go rollerskating (at one of those rink places)
  49. Make a new blogging friend
  50. Send hand written cards to people I love the most
  51. Go to a drive in movie theatre
  52. Make an ombre layer cake (and post about it)
  53. Make a deconstructed layer cake (and post about it)
  54. Have a guest blogger on my blog
  55. Establish and stick to a blogging schedule
  56. Invest in a classic leather tote back
  57. Go apple picking
  58. Do a “colour run” (either running or walking)
  59. Visit a really cute farmers market (blog about it)
  60. Host a fun New Years party with friends and family
  61. Go to Alaska
  62. Get a real job
  63. Take a basic accounting course
  64. Take a basic programming course
  65. Be able to hold a plank for 5 minutes
  66. Buy a new pair of running shoes
  67. Revamp my bedroom
  68. Find and purchase the perfect camel fall/winter coat
  69. Host a fancy tea party for friends
  70. Learn how to make smoothie bowls (blog about it)
  71. Make a double layer pavlova
  72. Start a book club with some friends
  73. Buy a record player
  74. Start collecting records
  75. See an opera
  76. Go to a pumpkin patch
  77. Treat my parents to a fancy dinner on me
  78. Try a Barre Class
  79. Invest in good makeup basics (foundation/coverup & blush)
  80. Plant an indoor herb garden (and keep it alive)
  81. Watch the nutcracker every Christmas (NBC)
  82. Create the perfect gallery wall
  83. Invest in the perfect suit blazer
  84. Complete the “8-week beginner running challenge” or the “couch to 5k” running challenge
  85. Stick with Blogilates monthly calendars
  86. Live in Lisbon on my own for a few months
  87. Invest in a fancy silk pj set
  88. Learn how to french braid on myself
  89. Learn how to make a halo braid on myself
  90. Go somewhere warm (eg. Cuba) with the family
  91. Save up enough money to cover my summer abroad fees
  92. Go to the zoo with my best friends
  93. Take a Zumba class
  94. Go geocaching
  95. Find the perfect trench coat
  96. Visit a friend away at school
  97. Start writing a novel in ernest (get to 100 pages at least)
  98. Compile my favourite instagram photos (and other photos) in to a mini photo album
  99. Host a summer brunch
  100. Become a UofT tour guide
  101. Make fancy homemade ice cream

Thanks for the read, and if you’ve made one of these bad boys yourself, let me know so I can have a read through and post a link!!

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