Une Petite Aventure | Montreal Guide #1

Mont Royal Lookout Point

Having moved to Montreal recently for a footwear design internship, its been quite the change from comfortable and homey Ottawa. I secured a place downtown, right off of St. Catherine-Ouest and the ever bustling city is filled with chatter and car noises.

Over the past few weeks the sound of french has become comforting and is bringing back the many hours spent in french immersion during high school, which I still firmly believe I did not learn anything in regards to being bilingual (though I have a certificate that says otherwise). Everything is so new, not knowing anyone in the city but thankfully I have some amazing friends who visit me from Ottawa and over the long weekend we got up to a lot of shenanigans exploring the city together. Never have I walked so much, biked until the pain of the potholes still linger and eat such delicious food.

Kazu: Eggplant appetizer shrimp cakes, chicken meat balls and salmon/tuna salad bowls

Some things to check out for sure next time you're in Montreal:
  1. Kazu: rated a high 91% on Urbanspoon with over 3000 likes, you know this place HAS to be good. Granted the line up can be off-putting, you can always opt for take out. Kazu is a Japanese Restaurant serving an Izakaya style of food, don't go in expecting sushi, you won't be getting any but their Salmon and Tuna Salad Bowl with crispy noodles is quite delicious (definitely recommend!). Homemade ice cream with special toppings also available and definitely worth trying something outside the box, unusual but yummy flavors such as ginger and black tea were equally delicious and has me wondering what plum would taste like. Reasonably priced and delicious, I'd definitely go back...but maybe for takeout, lines are just not my thing. (4.5/5)
  2. Mont Royal Park: The mountain as its called, located about a 20min walk north of downtown is your escape to nature. Tonnes of pathways and trails to hike and explore, also a fantastic look out point, quite the hike but hey, fitness is good for you! Tamtams is also something that happens every Sunday in the park where drums fill the air with a constant rolling beat and people chill. It seems overwhelming and weird at first but after walking around, you notice unique activities people partake in and it makes you want to return and join in on the massive chill-fest. (5/5)
  3. Bixi: Montreal is a fairly small city and with the amount of traffic and aggression on the road, I'd say leave the car at home. If walking isn't your thing definitely grab a Bixi to explore the city, with its many bike lanes and trails its actually faster to travel around the city by bike than any other means. $5 for 24hr use, you can't beat that price! Just remember to dock the bike every 30mins and everything will be just dandy! Bixi also has a handy app which allows you to find the nearest docking stations and where bikes are available. Happy biking :) (4/5)
  4. Nos Thes: Okay don't kill me, but.....their bubble tea might be better than my favourite Chatime. A great atmosphere to catch a quick drink with friends, supposedly good food as well; I'll have to get back to you on that one. Bubble Tea is a guilty pleasure of mine, its those damn tapioca pearls, love the chewy texture and sweetness. It's my go to for dessert if I'm in the mood for something refreshing yet sweet. My usual is a Black Milk Tea BBT with tapicoa pearls and aloe. Really been digging the aloe recently... use to be grass jelly (both are good!) (5/5)
  5. Seoul Chako: Korean BBQ, all you can eat, get ready for a massive food coma! Delicious KBBQ but I gotta say the real star of the show was their sushi. Weird right? But definitely worth it. Top picks from their menu: A mango/smoked salmon roll, marinated lamb special, clams, pork belly and kamikaze roll. (3.5/5)
UPCOMING: SIDIM - May 21 to 23, Free museum day - May 24, Picnik Electronique - May 17 till September

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Tremblant 2015!

Second season boarding and not to brag but I think I've improved a lot since last season! Finally got my first board a gorgeous GNU B-Nice, paired with Ride bindings and Burton Mint boots; I've essentially been out on the hills every weekend. School or no school, snowboarding definitely took priority. With that, I managed two trips to Tremblant, which was some of the best boarding ever! I think I can confidently say that Tremblant is one of the best hills on the east coast. Hopefully next year it will be Whistler but here's a look back at some of the moments captured with my new toy of the new year, the GoPro Hero 4 Silver!


Take it Outside.

Introducing a new aspect to the blog covering sports and healthy living. I know this blog has been heavily focused on solely fashion for so long but I think as I grow and change I see myself focusing more on the outdoors and healthy living. A huge part of of me would love to get into the sporting and performance apparel industry so I guess its a reflection of that. So let it be known that this blog will focus on a mix of sports and fashion; always fashionable but practical.

I know I've been away from the blog for awhile but I think this is the refresh it needs. I spent the majority of the winter on the hills and I've never been happier (minus final year of school stress). Go out and get active! Its super rewarding seeing improvements in your physical and mental capabilities. Push your hardest and you'd be surprised at the results!




Nails | Red Plaid

Wearing: Joe Fresh sweater, DIY Neckwarmer, Garage Socks (here)

Holiday nails in a festive plaid as part of the countdown to Christmas! Can't believe Christmas is only 3 days away and I still haven't completed all my holiday shopping (eeek!). Anyone else scrambling to get those last minute holiday things done as well?

I actually am not a fan of the holidays, way too stressful with school and gift shopping. Summer vacations are so much better but I can't help but dream of a White Christmas. Perfect for snuggling up in front of a fireplace with a giant cup of hot cocoa. How will you be dressing up your nails for this holiday season?

How to:

  1. Paint a base red on all fingers but the ring fingers; paint a black base on the ring fingers
  2. Take a deeper red or jelly type nail polish and do a rough gingham pattern on the red nails
  3. Take a thin stripper brush and paint the black plaid lines; 3 across, 3 vertically
  4. Repeat with gold (single lines)
  5. Top off the ring fingers with a gold glitter
  6. Top coat to seal

Polishes used: Essie's Russian Roulette, OPI's Malaga Wine, Revlon's Black Magic, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Bold Gold and Golden-I


DIY | Tie me up in chains

Wearing: Garage boyfriend shirt, Club Monaco V-neck tee, Shark tooth necklace (here), Layla headphones in rose gold (here
Whew! First semester of my final year is officially over! More time for portfolio and fun things like this highly neglected blog for one. Super sorry for the lack of DIY posts guys, it's just been super hectic! I'll try to shoot as many as possible over the Christmas break to have things lined up in the new year.

I've been searching high and low for my body chain supplies and finally found all of it this morning so what better way to celebrate my first day off in ages than to make a little something special for myself? (I did a post on body chains wayyyyyyy back when here) Delicately chic, it can be worn over or under clothing. I wish I had this over the summer but am looking forward to wearing this for the winter months over sweaters and layered pieces. This body chain DIY took me all of ten minutes to make, most of the time just measuring the desired length of the chain.

What you'll need:

  • Jump rings*
  • Chain*
  • Clasp*
  • Pliers
*I ordered my supplies from this store on etsy; all 14K gold filled so it doesn't tarnish as easily 


  1. Measure out three lengths of chain, one  27", two 16"
  2. Take a jump ring and attach the two ends of the 27" length and one end of each 16" chain together. You should be left with a loop and two open ends
  3. The open ends is where the clasp goes for behind your back. Attach with jump rings; in the end it should look like two loops with a jump ring attaching it together, similar to an infinity sign.


Inspiration | Weighted Chains

Doing a little window shopping I spotted these on the All Saints website. Subtle edgy detailing with large chains. Another DIY to add to my never ending list of to do!

Take any old sweatshirt, add a chain break in the sleeves, sew back. Repeat on a skirt :)

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