My latest awesome find in Montreal: Boutique 1861

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Good morning Loves.  Every single Saturday when I run my weekly errands I walk by one of the coolest places in the city and I didn’t even know it was there.  It’s hard for me to admit that I love something about Montreal because for the past two years all I can think about is leaving.  I would move to New York City in a heartbeat if my boyfriend of 14 years would come with me…but he won’t.  So for the time being I am staying put.

Finding unique shops in Montreal always makes me feel better

I have to admit that Finding cool places around Montreal is helping me hate the city just a little bit less.  Montreal will never be New York City, but for now it will have to do.

I first read about Boutique 1861 from my homegirl Vanessa and last weekend I finally went in.  I would love to say that Boutique 1861 is Montreal’s best kept secret but 50,000 Facebook fans would disagree.  There are two locations in Montreal on St. Laurent street just above Prince Arthur and Ste. Catherine street near St. Marc.

Boutique 1861 is glamour meets girly. 

This is where Carrie Bradshaw would shop if she lived in Montreal. The outfits are reasonable for the amazing quality and uniqueness that you will find in the small store.  You can buy almost anything in the store including shoes, bags and dresses for $70 to $180.  If you shop at Boutique 1861 you are guaranteed that no one else will be wearing the same outfit.  And as a bonus, if you get hungry or thirsty while shopping you can snack on pink lemonade and macaroons. SCORE!

You don’t have to take my word for it, check out how awesome Boutique 1861 is for yourself…


Let me take you to the candy shop: Freak Lunchbox

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Good morning Loves.  I had a relaxing weekend by the pool at my gym – which is a 20 minute walk from my apartment – and I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend too.  We have to take advantage of these summer weekends because before we know it, the leaves will be changing and we will be wearing boots, tights and sweater dresses. Yes?

Saturday afternoon on my way home from the pool I discovered one of the bestest-most funest places ever…a candy shop for adults called Freak Lunchbox.  I have to watch my sugar intake because I believe it’s causing me to gain weight, but I couldn’t resist – I just had to stop in.

Freak Lunchbox has locations across Canada including Halifax, Montreal and Calgary…and it’s totally awesome! OK enough of my sugar rush crush. Check out these pics of Freak Lunchbox and see for yourself. But first, here’s the Candy Shop video because I know you have been singing it in your head since you started to read :-)

 

Freak Lunchbox is so much fun – see for yourself

 

When plastic bags just aren’t enough

 

Bandaids – a totally cool collection of bandaids

 

Have you ever seen so many Pez?

 

The coolest thing I saw in the store – cupcake toothpaste

 

What I should have bought – but didn’t

 

This is what I bought – for only $8.30 – gummy coke bottles, chocolate almonds, lemonade flavour big foots and cupcake cookie dough bite size balls. Awesome!

 

Do I look super excited to go home and eat my candy from Freak Lunchbox?


How to spend the holidays alone and still have fun

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Good morning loves.  If you are like me then you far away from your family and you most likely spent Easter weekend alone.  Some people may be depressed or sad if they can’t be around their family during the holidays, but not me.

Since the breakup of my family almost three years ago my obligation to go home during the holidays is non-existent.  So I guess I should say that I don’t want to go home during the holidays, not that I can’t make it home.  Let me tell you that it’s very relieving not to have the pressure of trying to see all of my family and friends in such a short period of time over the weekend.  I never thought that I would say this but I actually like spending time alone during the holidays.

If you can’t afford to go home for the holidays or if you don’t want to, I am here to tell you that you can enjoy being alone, you just need to find something fun to do.

Fun activities that you can do alone:

- Go on a road trip.  A long weekend is the perfect time to take a getaway.  Find a city that you want to visit within driving distance, hop in your car and get on the road.  Exploring a new city on your own can be a great adventure; you get to do what you want, when you want. I love travelling alone.

- Go for a walk.  Yesterday afternoon I spent two hours walking around my neighbourhood.  None of the stores were open, but I had a great time getting outside and breathing in some fresh air.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon and I enjoyed being outside in the brisk spring air.  Afterwards I came home and jumped into a warm bubble bath with the newest issue of SELF Magazine.  What a lovely Sunday afternoon!

- Find a new restaurant or store.  If you have been waiting and wanting to eat a new restaurant or shop at a new store then now is the perfect time to try it out.  If you find yourself alone on a weekend with nothing to do then why not try something new?

- Have a movie marathon.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than in bed with a long lost TV series on DVD.  This weekend I started watching season 1 of the original Beverly Hills 90210, ah the good old days aka the 90s. I always wanted to be Brenda Walsh when I was a teenager, now I look back and think OMG I can’t believe that I dressed in those clothes and wore my hair in a scrunchie. What is your favourite thing about the 90s? I think mine is the music.

- Workout hard core.  There is no better way to relieve stress and clear your head than with a hard core workout. Take a class, go for a walk and get out of your comfort zone. I really want to try soul cycle, but I can’t find a studio near my apartment in Montreal.

What did you do for fun Easter weekend?

Love Always,

Photo by praktyczny

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Friday Faves: My fave pics and being on the radio

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Happy Friday Everyone. I am feeling great today because I had a great week. Lots of good things happened to me this week and I definitely feel the need to share.

I just got back from an awesome trip to Boston (it was my first time), I had a second job interview with a really great company and I was on the radio! Oh yes that’s right. This week I was featured on the Daybreak Radio Show; I was also featured on the CBC News  in Montreal (my segment starts at 8 mins 37 seconds) as I talked about overcoming debt and shopping tips to stay of debt this holiday season.

Here are some pics from my day in the media:

  

   

Love Always,

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I support The Montreal Children’s Hospital

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On Saturday November 3 I volunteered for the 3rd time at the Splash n Dash event in Montreal.   Splash n Dash is a run-swim-run relay where teams race to raise money in support of The Cedars Cancer Center and the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

I am very pleased to say that this year we raised over $149,500.

I love volunteering for this event because it has a little bit of everything. It is a fun-filled day of activities for kids, good food fromgenerous sponsors and fundraising for a good cause. The relay teams can be made up of family and friends, schools, corporations or celebrities and heroes.  This year the celebrities and heroes included members of the Canadian Olympic team as well as local firefighters. All I can say is hot, hot, hot.

If you would like to participate in or volunteer for Splash n Dash please visit their website.

Love Always,

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