Grey Goose Canada x So Sasha WMCFW Giveaway

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Grey Goose x World Mastercard Fashion Week

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the year again for Canadian designers to show their Spring/Summer collections at World Mastercard Fashion Week here in Toronto. From October 20th-25th; designers, media and fashion lovers will be flocking to David Pecault Square to celebrate what’s to come in fashion next season.

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Grey Goose Canada to give you all a chance to win a pair of tickets to the highly anticipated Mackage SS15 runway show. Mackage not only has the most impressive leather and outerwear collections but they are also known for having the most beautiful runway designs at the tents – for their last Fall/Winter show, the brand had maple leafs imprinted into the runway and the season before that, models strutted down a high gloss gold runway.  In all honesty, It is one of the shows I look forward to the most each season.  This year, Grey Goose Canada is celebrating both Canadian designers and tastemakers who fly beyond and defy expectations as an official sponsor at this year’s World Mastercard Fashion Week.

Entering the contest is really easy. Simply tweet “@SashaExeter I want to win a pair of tickets to see @Mackage’s SS15 runway show #GreyGoosexWMCFW” for your chance to win. To be eligible you must be over the age of 18. Winner will be picked at random. Contest ends Sunday September 19th, 2014 at midnight EST. Winner of the contest will be announced via Twitter on Monday October 20th at 10am EST. Good luck everyone!

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Rocker Chic in Classic Biker Boots

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Vince Camuto Tatumm Boot

Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to say goodbye to our strappy, open toe sandals for a while and say hello to more weather appropriate footwear – enter the classic biker boot. Biker boots have been a mainstay in my footwear collection over the past few years because of their perfectly chic and rugged combination. What I adore most about rocking this style of boot, they actually look better the more beat up and worn in they are…meaning they can last you several years. Surprisingly, biker boots are quite versatile and even the most girlie of girls can find a pair to fit their vibe. Not to mention, they are the ideal item to wear in between seasons to expertly pull together a transitional fall look.

Vince Camuto Tatumm Boots

Nella Bella Sutton Nu SOHO bag

Nella Bella Sutton Nu Soho

Although these biker boots pretty much go with everything, I love to style them in more of an unexpected way with an outfit that’s feminine but interjects some tomboy elements. To achieve this look I chose leather, leather and leather. Some may disagree with leather from head to toe but it can be done in my opinion if each piece has a different texture of leather. I found these killer boots a few weeks ago at Vince Camuto’s Toronto flagship location in Yorkdale which I paired with one of my current obsessions this season, a floral moto jacket. It’s a brilliant piece in which the cut is more on the masculine side but the red roses make it anything but. I am really into the dope chain detailing on the boot’s upper, which adds to the rocker-chic aesthetic. A classic skater skirt, sunnies, a vintage felt hat and my go-to bag right now from Nella Bella (which I have been using as everything from a handbag to carry-on luggage these days) are additional pieces I used to round out my look.

424 Fifth Floral Moto Jacket

Vince Camuto Tatumm BootsPhotography by Nathalia Allen (@amillionminds) – www.amillionminds.ca

What I’m Wearing: Tatuum Biker Boot c/o Vince Camuto // Floral Moto Jacket c/o 424 Fifth (the brand is also available at The Bay in Canada) // Sutton Nu Soho Bag c/o Nella Bella // Leather Skirt (old) // Tank (old) by Killigrew // Sunnies by Rayban // Hat (Vintage)

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My Dermalogica Little Grey Pass Journey to Flaunt Boutique

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Dermalogica Little Grey Pass

My journey to great skin with Dermalogica Canada began this past summer when I became a Brand Ambassador. I wasted no time in introducing the company’s cult fave products into my skincare regime and also started regular Dermalogia facial treatments. During my ambassadorship, my primary job has been to try out the brand’s Little Grey Pass program and share my experience with all of you. Essentially, for those of you who want to participate in the program, you will get a unique opportunity to try out some of the city’s best spas and enjoy personalized facial treatments with Dermalogica products.  My first post was on my visit to Jiva Spa & Salon, which can be found here if you missed it. My introductory facial was so amazing, I actually went back to Jiva for another one to get red carpet ready for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Last week it was time to get my second stamp on my Dermalogica passport and it couldn’t have come at a better time. After a summer of sweaty half marathon training followed by unwelcomed colder temperatures due to the change of season, I was in dire need of some skin TLC. Turns out, I was in the most capable of hands with the lovely Tamara Vault, the Dermalogica expert at Flaunt Boutique; a chic and industrial inspired beauty salon in Toronto’s Lesliville neighbourhood. After a quick face mapping diagnosis, Tamara identified some pigmentation issues around my hairline, which she credits to not evenly applying my sunscreen, some dehydration spots under my eyes, some sensitivity around the cheek area and comedones on both the chin and cheek area. In case you are unfamiliar with the term “comedone”, it simply refers to the bumps on the skin that are a result of a clogged pore. The pore could be partially or fully blocked, which causes the formation of either a blackhead or whitehead. As I wrote this post it sounded like there are a ton of issues, but I promise you my skin has seriously come a long way since I started back in July. I attribute this improvement to regularly using Dermalogica’s Sebum Clearing Masque, which is an oil absorbing masque that not only detoxifies skin but also prevents breakouts. The salicylic acid has been helping with the natural exfoliation that I was in desperate need of to clear all the congestion from my pores. Also, a dramatic increase in water has also been very beneficial.

Flaunt Boutique

I showed up to my appointment sans makeup so Tamara could delve right into my deep cleansing face treatment, which began with a gentle facial massage using the Pre-Cleanse, which was followed by the Skin Resurfacing Cleanser. Once my face was clean, Tamara expertly mixed one of my fave’s, the Daily Micro Exfoliant with accelerator 35 and a purifying botanical mixer. Of course you can’t get optimal cleansing without extractions – which is not my favourite part of getting facials.  During this process a scaling fluid was used with the Medi Bac Cleansing Complex. This step was intensified with the use of a high frequency wand. This device works by delivering an alternating high frequency electric current to the skin. Both thermal and electrical energy are delivered when the wand makes contact with the skin. This energy stimulates underlying skin collagen, cells and amazingly kills any bacteria by providing oxidized Oxygen, all helping the skin to rebound quickly after all the extractions.

After further calming my skin with a colloidal oatmeal Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Masque with a calming botanical mixer and yet another blissful massage – yes massage #2 – my face was rinsed and treated with the Daily Resurfacer, UltraCalming Mist, Multi Vitamin Power Firm, UltraCalming Serum Concentrate and Active MoistAs you can probably imagine, my skin felt hydrated, super clean and taunt. Not to mention, I was relaxed and super calm after the much needed rub down from Tamara, great music and candles. Post appointment, I had an evening full of events and she was kind enough to apply the brand’s SkinPerfect Primer, which worked wonders. It gave my skin a flawless, even tone after I applied my make-up, which stayed put for the entire night. And if that’s not enough, Tamara hooked me up with a private station so I can straighten my hair before walking out the door.

Dermalogica Little Grey Pass

The extensive and customized “Deep Cleansing Face Treatment” lasts just over an hour and costs $90, which I guarantee will be the best 90 bucks you’ve ever spent. Your skin will thank you! For more information on Dermalogica and their products, head over to www.dermalogica.ca and click here to sign up for the Little Grey Pass and start your own journey to amazing skin. For more info on Flaunt Boutique, details on their services and more, check out www.flauntboutique.ca.

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The Return of Neoprene in a Modern Moto by Minty Meets Munt

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Minty Meets Munt Biker Jacket

I recently spoke to Roslyn Soloman, a Fashion & Lifestyle Editor at Sun Media about the growing athletic trend in fashion and gave my style advice on how women can effectively incorporate sportswear into their wardrobe (article can be found here). In said article, I noted that neoprene was a fantastic option for those who have a bit of trepidation introducing athletic inspired pieces into their look. Like neoprene or not, this rubbery, synthetic fabric has resurfaced in a major way this year in the industry and has come a long way since “Body Glove” in the 90s – remember them?!?! From Alexander Wang, who has paired it with luxe fabrics like chiffon, the boys at Proenza Schouler who has created sculpturally futuristic jackets with the fabric and Christian Louboutin’s neon-hued “Scuba” booties that sold out almost immediately, it is clear that the fan base for neoprene is wide spread.

Minty Meets Munt

Minty Meets Munt Moto Jacket

Minty Meets Munt Moto Jacket

So why is it making such a huge comeback? The industry may attribute it to a 90s fashion revival while others claim a fascination with the experimental possibilities of high tech fabrications, which probably prompted the fad for neoprene the first time around, or that it’s reflective of the sport silhouette that has emerged as a significant trend this year.

Minty Meets Munt Moto Jacket

Minty Meets Munt Moto JacketPhotography by Nathalia Allen (@amillionminds) www.amillionminds.ca

Whatever the reason is for it’s current relevancy, I’m 100% on board. I used to think it was not a good thing to revisit a fashion trend that’s your own vintage but this fashion forward moto jacket by my new fave Aussie label, Minty Meets Munt, made it impossible to not break my rule.  This moto is the brand’s iconic jacket for this season and if you happen to be one of those people who don’t believe in white after Labour Day, then you’re in luck because it also comes in classic black and a leopard print/black combo. Sticking to the athletic inspired theme, I’ve paired the jacket with a Nike training tank, high waisted skirt and was shot in this beautifully lit tunnel by an emerging photography talent Nathalia Allen (Styling Tip: I’ve folded the tank underneath to create the illusion of a crop top!)

What I’m Wearing: White Neoprene Biker Jacket c/o Minty Meets Munt // Tank/Crop Top (old) c/o Nike // Skirt c/o Wildred Free by Aritzia // Shoes (old) c/o Call It Spring

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Automotive Review: The 2014 Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection

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Video shot & edited by Robert Okine (robertokine.com) | Music “It’s New” Produced by SOUL

Thanks to Cadillac Canada I rode in style all summer long in a few vehicles from the brand’s 2014 line to get better acquainted with the design, performance and technology that can be found within it’s current portfolio. After spending significant time in the 2014 CTS and ATS , I was treated to an extended experience with the XTS Platinum Collection, one of the most technologically advanced production cars in the brand’s history. With it’s enhanced space, entertainment features and luxurious interior design inspired by the fashion and home furnishing industries – it came as no surprise that I fell totally in love.

2014 Cadillac XTS

I feel that is it is only right that any vehicle I drive reflects me and my lifestyle. Call me crazy but because of my love for cars, I look at them as an extension of who I am and similar to fashion, cars can sometimes be a way to express yourself without having to say a word. Design aesthetic is of course important, but performance and technology are also key touch points . I want to feel safe in a vehicle – whether that’s having a confident feeling of power when accelerating or over taking traffic on the highway or feeling safe knowing camera based detection systems will help me avoid collisions. And although, I don’t have kiddies, space is still very much a welcome feature both in the cabin and in the trunk for my friends, various changes of clothes for photo shoots, and luggage for press/road trips.

2014 Cadillac XTS

2014 Cadillac XTS

My black on black XTS Platinum Collection turned heads just about everywhere I went because of it’s clean lines and dramatic presence. Not to be outdone by the exterior, the vehicle’s interior is really what blew me away. The brand’s design team didn’t cut any corners when it came to leather and other interior materials. For example, the cut and sew treatment of the leather – is an element the team borrowed from fashion. During the design process, Cadillac studied how the industry chooses leathers for shoes and handbags to design the XTS’s interior in a way that would be an extension of products with which luxury consumers already interact with. In addition to the beautifully wrapped leather seats, wood grain accents contrasting stitching, illuminated sill plates, and ambient interior lighting – every single detail is considered. The extended space in the rear cabin was a hit amongst my friends and family who I carted  around the city and brought along on my luxury road trip adventure to Montreal for my So Sasha x W Hotel Experience. 

2014 Cadillac XTS

2014 Cadillac XTS

Even my rear seat passengers over 6 feet tall sat happily in the backseat with absolutely no complaints about lack of leg room. While having to sit in the backseat of a car is usually a passengers least fave thing to do, the XTS manages to turn this into a treat; with oversized fold-down arm rests that houses additional storage and audio/video remote controls, integrated rear controls for both temperature and radio, rear side window shades, rear entertainment system with dual screens accompanied by two Cadillac Bose noise cancelling headphones. The vehicle offers more interior space than other mid sized luxury cars, particularly in the backseat, where it has four inches more leg room than the Mercedes Benz E Class, BMW 5 Series and approximately two more than the Audi A6.

2014 Cadillac XTS

One of the main reason I love Cadillac vehicles is because of the advanced technology features. The CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system always acts as a welcome distraction for passengers while sitting in traffic. With access to XM Satellite radio and listening to music out of  a Bose Studio Surround Sound – 14 speaker system with two additional personal speakers on the top of each front seat, the XTS creates a superior music listening experience. And if that’s not enough, the powerful amp and AudioPilot noise compensation technology takes it to a completely different level. The 8 inch multi-touch capacitive screen in the “infotainment” system is really easy to use and as I am seldom driving alone, it’s nice to have multiple charging outlets and the capacity to pair up to 10 bluetooth enable devices. CUE also responds to my voice commands, has a 3-D GPS nav system and for when things really hit the fan and I am in need of major help, I can always rely on the On-Star service to help me with directions, recommend restaurants in the area and provide assistance in the event an emergency arises. Low on gas and not familiar with the area? Not a problem — the XTS lists the closet gas stations, provides a list of all the locations in close proximity and directions to each when the vehicle is low on fuel.

2014 Cadillac XTS

Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection

Here’s the skinny…for those of you who are car geeks like myself, unfortunately this model doesn’t pack the heat and speed of the much talked about V model, which has 410 hp, but it still has enough get up and go to not have you bored while driving. Average fuel consumption was to be expected with approximately 9.9-10.3 litres/100km (combined city and highway driving). Larger than any other sedan I think I’ve ever driven measuring in at over 200 inches long, means there is a cargo advantage over other vehicles in it’s category with room for 5 or more suitcases. With this size, it was really beneficial to have features such as lane departure warning, side obstacle sensors, forward collision alert and rear cross traffic alerts, which notified me of any potential danger via driver seat vibrations – all standard in the Platinum Collection. And inspired thinking from the brand team made it possible for the ultrasonic front and rear park assist that helps drivers parallel park the car. With that said, XTS is an ultra chic, comfortable ride and all around good place to spend time whether it be on long road trips or short city driving. The price point for the XTS Premium Collection with all the bells and whistles comes in at $67,655. For additional details on the 2014 XTS click here and to learn more about the brand head over to www.cadillac.ca.

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Endless Music at Your Fingertips with Spotify Canada

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Spotify Canada

Music is a huge part of of everyone’s lives. I am pretty certain that 18 hours of my day is spent listening to music, so it’s no wonder I quickly become bored of my playlists on iTunes. After plenty of rumours and much anticipation, the announcement of Spotify launching in Canada last week was music to my ears (pun intended). For quite some time I have had to listen to my American friends gloat about the vast variety of music they had access to via Spotify and over the last seven days I have been thoroughly enjoying the convenience of having millions of songs at my fingertips. Everything from current hits, fave classics and new discoveries…there is literally something to suit every mood.

Spotify Canada

With so much time commuting in my car and logging km’s on my training runs for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, Spotify has become my new best friend on the road and I have also been enjoying listening to endless selections of tunes while working from my computer. When you train as much as I do, it’s important to have music that compliments your workout. Spotify has a genre specifically just for this, where they have brilliantly categorized playlists for everything from cardio, HIIT, dance workouts, yoga, crossfit mixes, marathon training and various run mixes based on tempo/pace/BPM’s. My friends at Nike have teamed up with Spotify to create an official Run Nike Women account which houses tons of training playlists and the ultimate playlist for race day, which you can be found here if you have already signed up for your account.

Although I am a huge music fan and well versed on many genres, it’s always cool to stumble on new artists and this is a great way to discover new music. The program/app’s discover page helps you out by suggesting new music based on what you’re currently listening to…and this is just the tip of the iceberg. You can also get social and share music on Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and your blog and get entertained for hours with Spotify radio. You can get all of this and more for free but if that’s still not enough, you can always upgrade to a premium account for only $9.99 per month which allows you to download music so you can listen offline in high quality audio with no ad interruptions and no commitment.

Spotify Canada

For more information on Spotify and to download it for free on both your computer and other fave devices click here  and  here.

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#WeRunSF Half Marathon Journey – Nike Long Run in Central Park

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Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

I’m officially three weeks away from the big race day at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco and the team at Nike Canada has been doing a stellar job at preparing me for this experience over the past several weeks, which I will be sharing with you until after I cross that finish line. Lucky for me, I am able to enjoy this process with three other amazing women in media; Melissa Greer Editor at Best Health Magazine, Justine Iaboni Features Editor at Kenton Magazine , and Karen Kwan Freelance Writer, Marathoner and Founder of Health and Swellness. We all have different backgrounds but we are all in this for the same reason – for personal growth and to challenge ourselves. This past weekend we flew into New York City for a whirlwind 24 hours to take over Central Park for our last long (peak) run before the half marathon on October 19th.

We started our Saturday by making a quick visit to Mecca, otherwise known as NikeTown NYC located in Midtown, to take a look at the brand’s latest for women’s running and to pick out some pieces to get us through outdoor running during transitional weather conditions. After what seemed like way too short of a visit (I could have easily stayed for 5 hours), we were whisked uptown by our driver to the Nike Upper East Side location to meet the other media and the Nike New York team that would be hosting us for the remainder of the day.

Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

Making this experience even more special, our run was led by Nike+ NYC Live Running Head Coach Chris Bennett and some Nike Running Pacers from his team. Coach Bennett is no joke…he’s a 4-minute miler on the Olympic Development Nike Farm Team and prior to that he captained both the UNC Tarheel XC and Track teams. Knowing that this was the first half marathon for majority of those in the group, Coach Bennett used his wit, easy demeanour and knowledge to calm us down before embarking on our 20K run.

Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

We departed the UES location and lightly jogged over to Central Park West for a short pep talk form Coach Bennett. Our pre-run discussion was on the importance of stretching, pacing and proper hydration (pre, during and post race). The reasons for stretching is a no brainer, but understanding how to pace yourself in a long race is pivotal to crossing the finish line. More often than not, marathon newbies break away from the pack early on and begin the run at their desired race pace, losing steam half way rather than beginning slow and gaining speed throughout the 13.1 miles (23 km’s). Not only did this tactic allow for my body to properly warm up but I found that it left me with enough gas to successfully tackle the hills and I was able to run a negative split – meaning the time per km was faster in the second half of my run. It was a super hot day in the park with temperatures reaching the mid 80’s, which is pretty ridiculous for September. However, it made for great practice for San Francisco. Unbeknownst to us all, apparently drinking water is not sufficient enough during a warm weather run and we learned that it’s imperative to cool our body temperature down throughout the race by putting ice down our bras (yes, you read that correctly), on our necks, and pouring water over our heads at hydration check points. Truth be told, each did the trick and not once did I feel myself overheating throughout the run and despite a painful IT Band injury I ran at a really decent pace of 5:06/km.

Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

Nike Long Run Central Park 2014

Photography by Nike U.S.

Following our run, the ladies and I headed to New York City’s premier boutique gym Clay Health Club & Spa to wind down, shower and prep for highly anticipated meal at Dos Caminos in Soho. If you happen to live in NYC, are into fitness and have never heard of Clay, you must check it out immediately. With state of the art equipment, organic cafe and rooftop deck in addition to customized training, nutritional services, a spa and a private members lounge with wifi…no other fitness facility in the area can compete. And I couldn’t think of a better way to cheers our training milestone than with celebratory margaritas and Mexican eats at Dos Caminos.

Clay Health Club and Spa

Dos Caminos New York CityA very special thank you to the entire Nike+ NYC team, Coach Chris Bennett, the Pacers, Danielle Gibson and Claire Rankine from Nike Canada for putting together this amazing “Nike Long Run in Central Park” experience. Stay tuned for my next post on hydration featuring my fave juice spot in Toronto, Greenhouse Juice Company!

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Give Back To Your Favourite Cause In Style With 1:Face Watch

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1:Face WatchGiving back to those less fortunate has always been part of my life; whether I’m donating my time to children’s toy drives, dishing out food at the Salvation Army, helping build homes with Habitat of Humanity or running to help find a cure for breast cancer. I am always looking for new ways to bring awareness to charities and hopefully one step closer to banishing some of the hardships people are currently facing in third world countries, so when I heard I could do so by simply wearing a dope watch, I was totally on board.

Created two years ago in Chicago by Fam Mirza (Creative Director of Mirza Minds), 1:Face Watch was born and quickly became a global movement that offers 8 watches – with each attached to a different charity partner or cause. Every watch in the stylish collection is associated with a metric so you can better understand how your purchase is making a difference in the world:

1:Face Watch Colours

For only $50, you can purchase a watch to support a cause near and dear to your heart. My first watch is in support of Hunger, in which my wrist wear will provide 16 meals to those in need and I plan to add more to my collection. Chances are, you will be asked about your watch each time you wear it, giving you a chance to enhance awareness for both 1:Face and the cause you chose to support. In turn, increasing the probabilities of others making a purchase to support that cause or their cause of choice. Essentially…it is a gift that keeps on giving. Stay tuned for an upcoming street style post featuring my “Hunger” watch. For more information on the 1:Face global movement or to order a watch, head to 1FaceWatch.ca. Don’t forget to get social and follow 1:Face Watch on Twitter and Instagram.

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Dine With Cadillac Series – Exclusive Escalade Film Festival Experience

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Dine With Cadillac

Cadillac has been near and dear to my heart over the last year or so and I’ve enjoyed many opportunities working closely with the General Motors Canada family. From media activations, press trips, personal road trips, and lifestyle experiences for SoSasha.com – you name it, Cadillac has blended seamlessly into my life. Although my love for the brand’s luxurious portfolio of vehicles comes across on my site and social media channels, we felt it was time to do something different and introduce a small group of influencers (who have never been exposed to the brand before) to the Cadillac team in an intimate setting to share all the new and exciting things coming down the pipeline in 2015.

Dine With Cadillac

Dine With Cadillac

DineWithCadillac

Dine With Cadillac

I teamed up with my friend Garrett Tonge of Gtonge1.com, who I have collaborated with several times before in the past on lifestyle projects, to launch the #DineWithCadillac series. Our inaugural event took place during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival  and was held at The Spoke Club during the Nikki Beach Toronto  Pop-Up. Over a delicious multi-course brunch served in the venue’s private wine cellar, our guests got to interact with the Cadillac Brand Director, Mahmoud Samara and the PR/Media team, who brought us up to speed on the amazing technologies that will be found later this year in the brand’s 2015 line-up.

Dine With Cadillac

Dine With Cadillac

With We R Addicted Magazine Co-Founder Mark Munroe chatting with Cadillac Brand Director Mahmoud Samara

Dine With Cadillac

From l to r; Natalie Nankil – Media Relations Manager for GM Canada, Bloggers Gracie Carroll of Gracie Carroll.com and Garrett Tonge of Gtonge1.com

Dine With Cadillac

From l to r; Hannah Yakobi – Editor In Chief of Fajo Magazine, Masha Marinkovic – GM Public Relations and Blogger Dani Goddard of GirlsofTO.com

Dine With Cadillac

Dine With Cadillac

With my super busy lifestyle and always being on the go, I can never leave home without multiple charging options for all my mobile devices which leads to a clutter of charging cords around the middle console of my car. Later this year Cadillac will be adding wireless charging technology into the 2015 ATS sport sedan and coupe models, followed by the CTS sport and the Escalade SUV. The wireless charging feature will be in the format of a power mat that will be located inside the storage bin behind the faceplate panel of the entertainment center. And if that’s not enough, Cadillac will also be introducing 4G LTE internet connectivity. The built-in connection will allow passengers access to online content via a Wi-Fi hotspot, which will be able to accommodate up to seven devices. This is pretty much a dream scenario for Bloggers, Social Media Influencers, Real Estate agents, Sales Executives or any other individual that needs internet connectivity for the job throughout the day on the road. Also, it’s an amazing feature for families to have for their children and other passengers when traveling on long road trips.

Dine With Cadillac Escalade

Dine With Cadillac

Dine With Cadillac

Dine With Cadillac

Pictured directly above – the 2015 Cadillac Escalade Premium Collection

After enjoying post brunch bevies on the rooftop, our group was whisked off in chauffeured Escalades to attend the premiere for two of the most anticipated screenings during the festival, “This is Where I Leave You” featuring an all-star cast including Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne and Adam Driver and “The Equalizer” featuring Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace Moretz, made possible by one of our sponsors, L’Oreal Paris Canada. Being a car enthusiast, it should come as no surprise that our transportation in the 2015 Escalade was the highlight of my afternoon. The Silver Coast Metallic exterior colour combined with the luxe Kona Brown interior turned heads as we drove down King St West with the windows down. Cadillac did a superb job of preserving the Escalade’s iconic design while modernizing the car’s feature exterior elements, giving the SUV a chic update. Not to be outdone by the exterior, the Escalade’s cut and sewn nappa leather seats, second row captain chairs, hand wrapped leather middle console and door panels in addition to unique exotic wood accents literally blew my mind. A scenic ride through the city was the perfect introduction to the vehicle, which has me looking forward to getting behind the wheel of one very soon so I am able to share more info on the performance and technology details with you. I have a feeling it may become my new favourite vehicle out from the brand’s line-up.

Dine With Cadillac

Dine With Cadillac

Photos by Robert Okine, Cadillac Canada, and Instagram (Dani Goddard & Sasha Exeter)

I want to take this opportunity and give a huge thank you to Cadillac Canada in addition to L’Oreal Paris Canada, Rimowa, Glaceau Water/Smart Water, The Spoke Club, Nikki Beach Toronto and the Milka Mili Agency for helping make this event possible – and stay tuned for more lifestyle experiences with Garrett and I, in conjunction with General Motors. For more information on Cadillac and it’s vehicles, head to www.cadillac.ca.

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Stay Light, Go Long in the Nike Lunar Glide 6

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Nike Lunar Glide 6

If you’ve been following me on social media over the last six weeks you are already well aware that I will be running in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco next month, which to be honest both excites and freaks me out at the same time. Prior to my marathon training I was running my weekly km’s in Nike Flyknit Free 3.0’s, but since July I transitioned into the brand’s latest innovation for running – The Lunar Glide 6. This year the R&D team at Nike developed the most sustainable lunar glide ever made. The updated Lunarlon foam delivers optimal cushioning and also harnesses a newly reworked Dynamic Support system for tapered support thorough a runner’s natural gait, which is perfect for my mid to long range runs. For those who are unfamiliar with Lunarlon, it can be best described as soft inner foam surrounded by a more stable outer layer, which is the key behind the shoe’s light weight and stability.

Nike Lunar Glide 6

With the training schedule I have been following on the #WeRunSF app in addition to my additional sessions provided by the Nike Canada team, I required a shoe with stability and support but still lightweight enough to not weigh me down. I noticed the difference with the 6 within five minutes of my first run in them – it is the smoothest ride ever and provides quick transition for those moderate overpronators. There are now five “Flywire” cables compare to six that was in the previous shoe that are attached to the sole giving runners the feel of a customized fit. Furthermore, Nike brilliantly used a “Pressure Mapped Outsole” which allows for more traction and stability where needed and “Flex Grooves” allow the shoe to be gender-specific by providing for flexibility throughout your foot strike transition. In addition to all the aforementioned benefits, the new updates to the upper, now redesigned with an ultra-thin, seamless mesh making it more breathable, wraps the entire shoe and covers strategically placed overlays. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into a training session at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium with by bestie Christian Thompson of ChristianConfidential.com:

Videography and Editing by LeSean Harris // Directed by Shane Stirling

Here’s the skinny: although the Flyknit Free 3.0’s were a good enough shoe for my 5-10K runs, there is no other shoe I would rather hit the streets in than the Lunar Glide 6. And I will confidently say that after recommending the shoe to more than a handful of other runners in the past few weeks, you will not be disappointed either. Nike did a superb job at making sure the shoe has a good mix of cushioning and stability, which I’m sure can be quite challenging during the design phase. The only downfall, the white mesh uppers can be difficult to keep clean and one rain run or accidentally hitting a muddy puddle could be disastrous. However, I was successful i washing my pair several times in my front load washing machine and letting them air dry overnight. After logging solid km’s in the updated lunar’s, I can confidently say this shoe can definitely handle the support/demand needs of both newbies and  high mileage runners.

Nike Lunar Glide 6 Women

What I’m Wearing: Lunar Glide 6 Running Shoe c/o Nike // Pro Rival Sports Bra c/o Nike // Dry-Fit Knit Tank Top c/o Nike  // 2″ Printed Rival Short c/o Nike  // Elite Hyper-Lite No Show Socks by Nike 

For more information on the Lunar Glide 6, head to Nike.com. They are available for purchase now online, the Nike Store located in the Toronto Eaton Centre, The Running Room locations and Sport Chek. Interested in being apart of Nike Toronto’s newly re-launched run club? It’s free, open to the public and a fun way to crush extra kilometres each week in the city. In case you missed my post on what you can expect and the training schedule, you can find full details here. 

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