Easy Brunch Recipes: Poached Egg & Avocado Toast

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Poached Egg and Avocado Toast

I have a slight addiction to Eggs Benedict and often told myself that I would eat it everyday if only I knew how to make them. For years I have often wondered how the heck these little perfect pillows containing yolk were made and just figured that recipes that called for poached eggs are reserved for real foodies or those skilled in the culinary arts. Over the summer months I have been hearing about little tips and tricks on how to make the process easier like; adding a teaspoon of white vinegar into the water to stop the eggs from falling apart (Thanks Steve D.) and using the outer rim of a mason jar covers to house each egg while poaching. Both tactics were used and if you ask me, the results were more than I could have asked for. I originally wanted to make a traditionally Eggs Benny but after being sick for the last several days, I thought ingesting a creamy, fatty hollandaise sauce probably wouldn’t have been a great idea – so I opted for this healthy Poached Eggs & Avocado Toast recipe.

What You Will Need

  • 2 organic, free-range eggs
  • slices of bread (whole grain, spelt or ezekiel bread)
  • 1/2 avocado – I actually LOVE avocados and used a whole one…1/2 on each slice of toast
  • 2 tablespoons of shaved parmesan cheese
  • fresh herbs finely chopped (parsley, thyme, or basil) for topping
  • quartered heirloom tomatoes for the side serving
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • *Recipe serves 1

Poached Eggs & Avocado Toast

Bring a pot of water to boil (you must use enough water to cover the eggs when they lay in the bottom). Drop the metal rims (outer rim only) of two mason jar lids into the pot so they are laying flat on the bottom. When the water has boiled, turn off the heat and carefully crack the eggs directly into each rim. Cover the pot and poach for 5 minutes max (4 for super soft, 4:30 for soft, 5 for more for semi-soft yolks).

While the eggs are cooking, toast the bread and smash the avow on each piece of toast. When eggs are finished, use a spatula to lift the eggs out of the water. Gently pull the rim off the eggs (I did it right on the spatula over the water) and place the poached eggs on top of the toast. Sprinkle with parmesan, salt, pepper and fresh herbs. Then serve with fresh quartered heirloom tomatoes. *Adding a teaspoon of white vinegar to the water before boiling helps the eggs stay together in the water!

poached-egg-toast-4Recipe found on Pinterest.com

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Christian Louboutin Takes Nail Polish To New Heights

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Louboutin Rouge

Famous for his ultra sexy shoes with iconic eye-catching crimson soles, designer Christian Louboutin has shifted his focus from footwear to beauty with the launch of his Rouge Louboutin Nail Lacquer Color – a polish that simply demands attention just like his shoes.  Louboutin’s connection to the bold red colour dates back to over two decades ago, “In 1992 I was designing a shoe called Pensées. I was satisfied with the sketch of the shoe, but disappointed when I received the prototype from the factory. I couldn’t put my finger on what was missing, even though the prototype was very similar to the sketch. My assistant was painting her nails red next to me, so I grabbed her polish and proceeded to paint the soles of the shoes red. From that moment on, red soles became my signature. The red sole was born from red nail polish…now I’m going to give back to nails what the shoe took from them years ago.”

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True to Louboutin form, Rouge Louboutin over delivers on the product’s formula, colour and packaging. With it’s luxe glossy back cap tapered like a calligraphy pen and a faceted ombre bottle, inspired by 17th and 18th century European balustrades to house the high-shine lacquer, it accurately captures the designer’s love for art and architecture…with a celebration of colour and form. The rich formula inside the stunning bottle captures the brilliance of the finish in just two coats, using rich pigments to amplify the hue and create a timeless red that works on all skin tones.

“I want the woman to take her time and enjoy this different experience of painting her nails. The pleasure of the object as well as the pleasure of colour. The application will be a painterly and artistic experience, both for her and anyone who may be watching her. My goal is for a woman to feel beautiful, and the most important thing is that she feels satisfied when she looks at herself.” the designer explains.

Rouge Louboutin is now available for purchase exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada for $57 and Sephora locations in the United States for $50.

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American Express Celebrates 25 Years of Front Of The Line

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AmEx FOTL

One of the things I look forward to the most about summer is enjoying some of the amazing concerts and shows that come into this city and being an American Express Cardmember makes these experiences even more memorable by providing unparalleled access to some of the most fabulous events in town. For over two decades, Front Of The Line, has given sports, music, film, foodie and fashion fans the ability to not only purchase seats at the most sought out events prior to tickets going on sale, but they also provide VIP level elevated experiences by offering guests private Cardmember lounges and express bars, in addition to exclusive lines and washroom access. Through Amex’s partnerships with companies like LiveNation, Ticketmaster and Mirvish, they have been able to create these amazing experiences at Toronto’s key entertainment venues like the Molson Amphitheatre , Massey Hall, and Roy Thompson Hall.

AmEx Front of the Line

From L to R; Christian Thompson of Christian Confidential, Jay Strut, Bryan Brock of 1 Love T.O. and Catriona Lamb of Coco and Co.

A couple of weeks ago I had my first FOTL experience at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the program’s 25th anniversary than with a live performance by one of the hottest artists this year – singer/songwriter John Legend. Pre-show, my friends and I breezed through the exclusive entrance, noshed on a tasty dinner provided Barque, then got serenaded by Legend’s velvet voice for over an hour (in some pretty solid seats may I add) before heading to the American Express Cardmember Lounge to chill and enjoy a few cocktails, post show. With the perfect Summer evening weather, it was a pretty epic way to take in a live show.

AmEx FOTL

AmEx FOTL

AmEx FOTL

AmEx FOTL

AmEx Front of the LinePhotography by Robert Poulton

Want a chance to get in on the Front Of The Line experience? Until September 1st, 2014, @AmexCanada will be holding daily contests on Twitter offering tickets to the most covetable theatre, concerts and dining experiences in Canada. Entering is super easy, you must reply to the daily contest question using the hashtag #FOTL25 and the @AmexCanada twitter handle. Twenty-five names will be pulled from the replies collected each day.

Don’t have an Amex card yet but interested in getting one? Visit their site for more information and to see which card is right for you!

This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

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Getting To Know Ann Taylor’s Creative Director Lisa Axelson

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Lisa Axelson

Not too long after launching my site I was blessed with the opportunity to partner with Ann Taylor so the company is very near and dear to my heart. Living in the U.S. for several years I was already familiar with the brand but became an official part of their family when I was named a Brand Ambassador a year and a half ago. Over the course of this time, I have seen the brand transform from creating classic workwear collections for the mature career women to really providing chic and comfy separates that fits into the lifestyle of every woman, of any age. Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the woman that dresses America (and now Canada), Ann Taylor Creative Director Lisa Axelson, and got to pick her brain as to what inspires her day -to-day, insight into her personal style, current obsessions, things she can’t live without and a sneak peek at the upcoming holiday collection!

SE: Each season I look forward to seeing a new twist on the brand with the launch of each collection, with of course a few classic mainstays. What can women expect to see with your upcoming Holiday collection?

LA: I grew up between Seattle and Vancouver and there’s something about the holidays that get me nostalgic about home. Rustic and authentic rugged textures are the main theme but it was important that we made it really modern and urban for today’s woman while keeping it comfy and chic. It is all about bringing the texture into the brand that was inspired by mountains and tress. You will really see my love of knitwear this season. Taking traditional woollens and tweeds and transforming them. We have a plaid coat in black, grey and white, very traditional colours, but the wool is brushed at the mill, pressed and the inside is bonded to neoprene. Neoprene is really huge right now and gives the jacket a really great sculptural look.

Ann Taylor Winter Holiday Collection 2014

SE: Let’s chat about fabrics. There’s seems to be a wide variety of them in your upcoming holiday collection. Probably more than I have seen in any of your past collections…

LA: I love fabric in general and doing new things with fabric, especially at our price point.  You always see fabric experimentation at the high end and I feel that it’s so hard to get that level of experimentation at a lower price point. You will see quite a bit of vegan leather next season…animal friendly AND at a great price point.

SE: I took a sneak peek of the holiday collection before our chat and clearly have my faves. What pieces are near and dear to your heart that you feel will be must-haves?

LA: We have a white textured sweater that I adore and I feel resembles cracked snow. There is also a backless tuxedo jumpsuit that I wore to this year’s CFDA’s. Olivia Palermo was my date for the evening and I felt so cool and chic in my look beside her which is amazing. The bootie is my absolute hands-down favourite shoe from the entire collection. You name it; the “Biker” bootie, the “Quilted” bootie…I love them all. The leather jogger will be my go-to travel pant this Fall with a cashmere sweater and trainers. I am not schlepping around Paris in high heels…I’m just not! *laughs*

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

SE: I love how passionate you are about these items. What are some of your other current obsessions these days?

LA: I am obsessed with all things comfortable. Sweatshirts in brocade fabrics, leather that is comfy and not restricted and outerwear. No closet is truly complete without a few key outerwear pieces!!!

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

SE: I have to be completely honest, I really love your style. You seem to have perfected the “Effortlessly Chic” vibe. Can you share more on your personal style?

LA: Some days call for me to be a bit more formal, so I’m more tailored and pulled together, while on other days I’m the happiest in jeans, a cool top, a jacket over top and some sneakers. I show up to the office looking different every day depending on my work day. There are those days where I have to dash off to a dinner party afterwards in which I throw on some jewellery and exchange the sneakers for a pair of heels.

SE: In the last year or so I have noticed the brand has gone from workwear for the corporate woman to now creating chic and comfortable separates that fit into every woman’s lifestyle for a much wider age demographic. Do you feel pressure to keep up and top every season?

LA: Yes and yes. I don’t know if any of us would be any good if we didn’t feel some sort of pressure. I’ve always felt some sort of pressure since my days at design school.  I frequently have that moment and say to myself, “Oh my God, what if I don’t have the next idea? What is I can’t come up with that moment, that colour, that something that lights my fire?” To help with the design process my team and I  frequently go through the different scenarios of a woman’s life to help in developing a collection that mirrors today’s woman’s lifestyle…which is a bit of a challenge with there being little separation between work, home life and social. And it can be daunting because the deadlines come faster and faster and there’s pressure to deliver for a brand this big but we just have to get passed it and not dwell on it so we can find the inspiration.

SE: Speaking of inspiration, I have always wondered how designers and creative directors do it; find inspiration that is. Do you go out of your way to find it or do you just let it come to you?

LA: I think every designer is different, but for me I almost always have to be out of the office, like away from deadlines, tasks, like out of the work environment and from people asking me questions. *giggles*

SE: That’s pretty funny…but I am guessing you are being dead serious…

LA: Yes…it could be 3am and I’m half asleep and something hits me, a trip to Europe or a week off on Summer vacation. I just find that I have to get away from it and let my mind relax and the ideas just float to the surface. Interior design and architecture tends to flood my inspiration a lot in credit to my parents. My Dad was an Architect who owned his own firm and my Mother worked for him. I was always around it so I often look to that to get my first spark of inspiration. I actually love starting with something that’s non-fashion related because it forces you to think more openly, instead of combing the catwalks because then you are just repeating something someone already did. So I prefer looking to art, books (I love to read) that get me thinking about a storyline. Hemingway’s Moveable Feast was the inspiration for a Fall collection a few seasons ago.

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

SE: Outside of the collection, what are three things that you just couldn’t live without?

LA: Ha…there are quite a few things that I can’t live without. First, maybe Summer vacay. Family…because without them I would never get through the hard times and my iPad – the device for all things inspiring. It’s single handedly changed my life *laughs*. Maybe not for better because it’s with me all the time. Between blogs, shopping, email, music. I do so much research and get really inspired. I mean…forget about it…Pinterest! Once I start, I can’t stop. It is like the rabbit hole.  If it’s 3am and I can’t sleep, there I am tapping and pining my life away.

After viewing some of the key pieces and what Axelson believes are the pillars to the upcoming 2014 Holiday Ann Taylor collection, I am convinced that they will have all your office party, cocktails with the girls, date nights outfit needs and everything in between covered this holiday season. I will be sure to give more updates before the collection hits stores and online. For more information on Ann Taylor and to view their current collection click here – and make sure to follow the brand on Instagram and Twitter for some style inspiration!

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Feminine Floral Footwear

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DSW Canada

I’m afraid to admit it, but another Summer is almost over and with that in mind, I will be wearing as many warm weather inspired pieces as possible until Labour Day weekend. Last week I made a special announcement about DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) coming north of the border and opening stores in Canada, which probably excited you hardcore shoe lovers. Last Tuesday, I got the opportunity to check out the gigantic flagship location which houses 20,000 pairs of men and women’s shoes at the brand’s media preview and to say it was shoe heaven is a major understatement!

DSW Canada

I managed to peel myself out of the event without going too crazy (and by crazy I mean departing with 4 pairs of shoes) and these Ivanka Trump floral print pumps had no choice but to come home with me that night. Both the Canadian locations (Mississauga and Newmarket) are open for business now and trust me, you won’t find a footwear selection and savings like DSW’s anywhere else. Plus, so many brands to choose from, there is literally a shoe to satisfy everyone. What can you expect to find inside the footwear mecca? Shoes from Alice + Olivia , Badgley Mischka, Birkenstock, Converse, Diane Von Furstenberg, Timberland, Dr. Martens, Nine West, Lacoste, Nike and much more.

DSW Canada

7 for all Mankind

What I’m Wearing: Heels c/o DSW Canada // White Denim c/o 7 for all Mankind  // Sweater (old) c/o Gap // Sunnies by RayBan // Clutch (old) c/o  Forever 21

For more information on DSW, store locations and more head to DSWCanada.ca and stay up-to-date on discounts and featured items by following them on Instagram and Facebook

 

 

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Marble MacBook by Nuvango

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Marble MacBook Cover

My love of interior design and Pinterest has fuelled my obsession with Carrera marble in recent months. Growing up my family’s homes over the years have always had beautiful stone work (granite and marble) because my Father has been in the business for 35 years, but there is something about classic Carrera that I will always gravitate to. During one of my late night Pinterest creeping sessions, I stumbled upon a DIY marble MacBook cover and spent that entire weekend trying to locate marble contact paper for a DIY post for the blog – to no avail. Luckily, a little birdie on social media told me about Nuvango (formerly known as Gelaskins). If love art, either buying or creating, then you need to check out their site immediately.

Nuvango

The  site allows you to upload your own photos, customize artwork, or logos and turn them into framed prints, stretched canvases, cases and skins for all your favourite devices. And that’s not all…you can also create an artist profile and sell your art to the world. How dope is that? As you can probably guess, I wasted absolutely no time in finding Carrera marble artwork on the site and ordering a cover and skin for my iPhone and MacBook, which I received just two days after ordering!

Marble MacBook Cover

If you are interested in creating customized art for your device click here. I have received so many compliments on my laptop over the last few weeks it’s insane. To get this exact one, click here to create your Carrera marble skin for any of your Apple, Samsung or Blackberry devices.

 

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My Luxury Road Trip to the W Hotel Montreal with Cadillac

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W Montreal

The W Hotel brand has gained notoriety across the world as the ultimate luxury hotel and last week I had the absolute pleasure to call their Montreal property home for a few days. Located in the city’s historic Banque du Canada building and just blocks away from Old Montreal/The Old Port, it’s a phenomenal location for out of town visitors and for locals interested in a chic stay-cation! Staying within the theme of luxury, we traveled in Cadillac’s new 2014 XTS sedan, which turned out to the best road trip vehicle. With room for four long-legged adults with excessive luggage, 2 rear TV’s with wireless Cadillac headphones, the ingenious CUE (Cadillac User Experience) interface for all our entertainment, navigation and technology needs, our smooth and comfy ride was even better than taking a flight in my opinion. And we weren’t the only ones in love with the vehicle. The XTS’s finely crafted exterior gained so much attention on the streets in Montreal, the valet and hotel guests.

Cadillac XTS

Cadillac XTS

Cadillac XTS

W Hotel Lobby

W Hotels prides themselves with taking their guests through a journey that awakens and engages all of their senses during the course of their stay. Upon entering the dimly lit lobby, I was engulfed in the most sweetest of scents, which turns out to be the brand’s signature mist that is sprayed throughout the property. It has become so popular and synonymous with the hotels, that is now available for sale through W location lifestyle boutiques and online. The music played in all the common areas is unlike what you normally hear in hotels and sets the mood for an ultra chill vibe. When I inquired about the trendy playlist I was informed by the property’s PR & Marketing Manager that the W actually has their own Musical Director, Michaelangelo L’acqua, who carefully curates soundtracks for each location.

Wunderbar

Visually, each square foot of the W Montreal exudes comfort and luxury and with 2.5 bars, home to one of Montreal’s best restos, Otto; and the tranquil Away Spa…let’s jus stay it was sensory overload in a good way. Sidebar, 2.5 bars in fact isn’t a typo. The hotel actually has one of the smallest bars in the world, Bartini, hidden on the ground floor behind the elevators. This tiny space is perfect to kill time waiting to check-in, a quiet pre-dinner drink or even ideal to rent out exclusively for a small bachelor or bachelorette party before hitting the Montreal streets. Directly across from Bartini is the sleek designed Wunderbar, where you will find amazing cocktail concoctions created by highly trained mixologists and music that will have you stumbling to your guest room wee into the early morning. And as if the bar wasn’t already super cool, the gorgeous staff all wear custom dresses by Canadian designer Travis Taddeo. If you’re looking for a more laid back vibe then Plateau, the mezzanine level bar, is just the space for you. Taking some design cues from other W properties in other markets, they definitely made it a point to integrate a Canadian theme with the usage of maple leafs etched into the beautiful bar. And with it’s unique design, wood plank flooring, high ceilings and furniture, it creates the illusion of chilling outside on the perfect summer night!

W Montreal Bartini Plateau Bar

W Montreal Wunderbar

The chic decor and ambiance of Otto is the perfect setting for the restaurant’s elegant italian cuisine. There, you will find seasonal dishes infused with local ingredients created by Executive Chef Yves Lowe and a pretty extensive wine list with bottles from all over the globe. I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience there and noshed on delish seared scallops with chorizo, soya beans and honey mushrooms to start, followed by black cod and honey cake for dessert.  I finished off the meal with a Chateau Faillefer Lafon 2012 ice wine made specifically for the W Montreal – how cool is that? Not to be outdone by the restaurant,  the in-room dining service is pretty phenomenal as well. The signature W Montreal breakfasts in bed were the perfect way to start each morning!

W Montreal

If you have yet to stay at the W Montreal, or any W for that matter, guest room accommodations are available in three general categories and are all very generous in size. The basic guest rooms, which believe me are not basic at all range from 252-328 sqft and the mid-size suites range between 422-580 sqft. All these rooms have oversized windows, ultra-modern design, the ultimate mini bars, open concept bathrooms and plush white robes. The ridiculously stunning penthouses; appropriately named the “Wow” and “Extreme” suites are exactly that and range between 1000-1336 sqft with a multi-level layout, dining area, 20 foot ceilings and large outdoor terraces. Ever left your face wash or fave body lotion at home when traveling? You will be happy to hear that the hotel has Bliss Spa amenities. It is the only hotel I can travel to where I would feel comfortable leaving my Korres face wash behind at home because their amenities and beauty products are so amazing!

W Montreal

W Montreal

W Montreal Mega Room Accommodations 

E Wow Suite

E Wow Suite

E-Wow Suite

E Wow Suite W Montreal

 E – Wow Penthouse Suite

Other Services/Amenities Worth Nothing:

  • FIT Fitness Centre, a beautiful workout environment with state of the art equipment for strength training, pilates and cardio. Open 24/7 for guests convenience
  • Certified “Green” Hotel that practices waste minimization and practices environmental excellence. Each day a guest declines housekeeping services, they are rewarded with 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Points. More in here 
  • The good life at the W Montreal isn’t only for us humans. Your fur babies can also get the star treatment during your stay. With dog walking, grooming services and pet birthday cakes and even an in-room dining menu from Otto, this is a vacay your pet will never forget. More info on the W’s pet policy, fees and menu items here 
  • Away Spa, located on the lower level of the hotel, is a place where guests can restore harmony and balance in a space designed to help you decompress. I enjoyed a few services during my stay and highly recommend the Aroma Polish, which is a 90 minute treatment that includes a full body exfoliation utilizing a volcanic scrub and a 60 minute massage. During my massage my amazing therapist detected some my problem areas due to excessive stress and running and was so kind as to take me through some exercises that I can do at home to help relieve the pain.
  • W Hotel Worldwide App: If you’re a fan of the W properties, then you need to download this free app immediately, which allows you to find and book a room, see special offers, shop the W Store and even download special W Hotel music playlists created for different moods and activities by Musical Director Michaelangelo D’acqua and the brand’s fave DJ’s from around the world.

Here’s the skinny…the property is approximately 10 years old and although it looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye, I think they will be due for a few updates in the next little while. Rumour has it that the property will be undergoing some renovations this Fall to the guest rooms. They do not have complimentary wifi in the guest rooms and it must be purchased for $15/day however, wifi is available for free in the lobby lounge. Minus these two small issues, our stay at the W Montreal was pretty amazing. Going forward it will be difficult to stay at any other hotel property in Montreal as the W’s hospitality game is ON POINT! It’s a hotel that is family friendly but still cool enough for celebrities and stars alike – during my stay I saw Actors/Comedians Seth Rogen and Chevy Chase. Travel Tip: Summer time in Montreal is extremely busy with concerts, conventions, film, music and comedy festivals so it can become a difficult task to find accommodations. I suggest when traveling between May through August, you book as early as possible.

Click here for more information on the W Montreal and follow them on Twitter and Instagram. For more on W Hotels Worldwide, destinations and events, head to WHotels.com. Stay tuned for my full review on the Cadillac XTS

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Updated Post: DSW is Heading to Canada and There’s a Giveaway to Celebrate!

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DSW Canada

I am no different than any other red blooded woman out there…I LOVE SHOES! Each time I make a new shoe purchase I convince myself, it will be the last one for a while and just the like addict I am, I am unconsciously back at it one week later. During my 7 years living in the United States, my love of shoes frequently took me to DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse, where I was able to purchase shoes from my favourite brands guilt-free because their amazing prices. I am thrilled to announce that the DSW team is coming north of the border this month and will open two DSW Canada locations (Mississauga and Newmarket) on Thursday August, 7th at 8am. For all you shoe crazed ladies, the first 200 of you to arrive at either location that day will  receive a $25 gift card to be used towards your purchase.

To celebrate the arrival of DSW Canada I am giving away a $100 gift card for you to spend on any pair of shoes and pssssst…they will be carrying some great brands like; Nike, Nine West, Sam Edelman, Lacoste and some fabulous “surprise brands” that I am sure you’ll love!

You can enter by posting your fave shoes on Instagram and tagging both @sashaexeter and @DSWCanada or head to my Facebook page and comment on the DSW Canada giveaway post telling me why you want to win the gift card.  Contest ends Sunday August 10th, 2014 at 6pm and the winner will be announced via social media and updated in this post on August 11th at 9am. *Please note, the gift card is only valid on purchases in Canada. Good luck!

AND THE LUCKY WINNER OF THE $100 GIFT CARD IS NATALIE PREDDIE! Please email me your mailing address to info@sosasha.com Thank you to everyone who entered! xx

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Converse x Missoni Chuck Taylor All-Star Fall 2014 Collection

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Converse Missoni CollectionI recently added the Converse Fall/Winter media preview here in Toronto and although I’m a fan of the classic kicks the heritage brand has produced for years, the sneak peek I got of the Converse Missoni Chuck Taylor All-Star collection. Converse released the images for the full collection this week and I am confident that fans of both Missoni and Converse will be looking to get their hands on a pair of these zig zag sneakers. The two iconic brands originally joined together back in 2010 to create the first of 8 premium sneaker capsule collections to showcase design, authenticity and craftsmanship.

Converse Chuck All-Star Missoni – Suggested Retail $85-100 USD

Converse Missoni

Converse Missoni

 

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Fancy – Suggested Retail $95-100

Available exclusively for us ladies, the All Star Fancy stays in line with what we expect from the classic Chuck Taylor high’s but has a more feminine silhouette. This beauty will be available in two colour ways; Hollyhock/Auburn and Black/Egret.

Converse Missoni Chuck Taylor All Star Fancy

Converse Missoni All Star Fancy

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni  Exclusively for Nordstrom – Suggested Retail $95

Not quite sure how many of these are going to be produced but I have no doubt that it will be the most popular from the collection as it features Missoni’s classic colour combination and zig zag. This style will also be available in unisex sizes and exclusively at Nordstrom’s. Available in Lucky Stone/Egret.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni

The new Fall collaboration collection will launch exclusively at Norstrom on August 4th and will include one style exclusive to the retailer. The remainder of the collection will be available at Converse retail stores and online August 31st in the US. For my fellow Canadians, the collection will drop north of the border on September 15th and will be sold at Town Shoes, Little Burgundy, Gravity Pope and Live Stock.

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NTC’s Beach Ready Workout for Two Featuring Eva Redpath

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NTC Beach Body Workout

Summertime means many things to many people but to us women, we work hard most of the Winter months to get bikini ready. Seeing as though strong is the new sexy or as Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath would say, “Fit is It!”, we recently hooked up to go through the “Beach Ready” workout from Nike’s NTC+app – and trust me, it’s a lot tougher than it sounds! Unlike most of exercises you will find in the app, which are usually done alone, this specific workout was designed for you to team up with a training partner to help motivate while you strengthen and tone both your core and legs. This quick and dirty workout is only 15 minutes…you can combine it with 30 minutes of cardio to maximize your workout!

NTC Beach Body Workout

NTC Beach Ready Workout

The “Beach Ready” workout and behind-the-scenes video below features Brazilian Beach Volleyball players (and sisters) Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado and has 5 drills including overhead tricep extensions, russian twist ball tosses, single leg deadlifts…and of course, Eva threw in some bonus exercises at the end!

NTC Beach Ready Workout

Photography by Robert Okine RobertOkine.com and video provided by Nike

If you haven’t downloaded the NTC+ app yet, you can do so for free here. Once you have downloaded the app on your phone or iPad, go through the follow steps to locate and begin the workout:

1. Choose “Get Workout” on the home screen

2. Select “Get Focused

3. Choose “Beach Ready Gym Workout

4. Select the “Review Workout” tab to view each exercise in the series

5. Then hit “Download” and you can start the workout when you are ready

What Eva’s Wearing: Nike Pro Padded Sports Bra c/o Nike // G87 Training Tank Top c/o Nike // Legendary Night Light Tight Fit Training Capris c/o Nike // Nike Free Printed 5.0 TR Fit 4  c/o Nike

What I’m Wearing: Pro Rival Bra   c/o Nike // Legendary “Night Light” Tight Fit Training Pants c/o Nike // Nike Free Printed 5.0 TR Fit 4 c/o Nike

In case you missed it, you can check out my last fitness post featuring NTC’s Total Body Sculpting workout here  and you can find additional information on the new Nike Pro Bra Collection and NTC Pop-UP in Toronto here . Good luck and enjoy getting out there and training with a partner. A good friend will count your reps and make you do 10 more ;-)

For motivation and tips,  get social and follow Eva Redpath on Twitter and Instagram!

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