Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Minimalist Approach to Being on TV : #ReelFlySummer – #40, 51

Hello,

This is has been a wild week, mainly because the Kimye baby was born, but more importantly because she was named North West. *Cue the mockery*. But in all seriousness, I started a new, exciting project this week that will take up most of the summer. So if my blogs are ever inconsistently posted…don’t you worry, don’t you worry child.

My latest adventures that I would like for you to divulge to your favorite folks involve being on fudging TV and strutting my stuff somewhere, somehow, for some reason.

#40 Make a Donation to Charity

It’s important to note that a donation to charity is not always monetary. So, when I was asked to ‘model’ (I use that term very lightly) in a small charity fashion show to raise awareness and money for homeless youth, I was completely game. The fashion show was held by Trek for Teens, a foundation run by youth, for youth. The small show managed to raise $600, which is lovely to hear. The show features a runway show, an auction, dancers and singers. If you’d like to contribute, you can visit their website. When I found out I would be participating I wanted to rally my friends so they could help out a great cause as well. You can see them laughing their tiny butts off at me below.

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#51 Go to a Live TV Taping

We were oh so excited for this one. We sent in requests for CityLine and The Marilyn Denis Show at the same time. The MDS got back to us first and so we attended a taping on June 3rd. That day the show was not airing live; thus, the episode actually aired on June 6th.

As soon as we arrived we were escorted to a waiting area where I ran into a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in ages. Small world ey? Any who, we were happy to have at least attempted to dress up because there were too many senior women with blowouts giving us a run for our money. Why is it so important to dress to impress? Well, the better you look, the better the chances of getting seated in a spot that is in the camera scope. Anyways, back to the waiting area. A very energetic Irish man came to wake us up at 9:40. We were then escorted inside the studio where the grueling seat selection process began. We were seated in the far right back corner…literally in the farthest corner. This was funny enough to start what would be an unstoppable wave of inner giggles.

Everyone in the audience was so posh and well tamed…well except for us of course. The minute we were seated we jumped up on stage to warm up Marilyn’s chair for her. The crowd soon followed our lead. S0on after, Marilyn strutted in and we cheered recklessly. There were only two guests in studio that day; design expert Andrew Pike who showed us a Peacock inspired home makeover he did for a couple in the audience and Halina Catherine who taught us how to build a wine room on a budget (there were unfortunately no samples of wine distributed). We realized we were sitting behind the couple who received a makeover; therefore, we would get some airtime. The camera truthfully adds 10 pounds; hence, it should be no surprise that we almost passed out laughing when we spotted ourselves on screen…literally. You’ll have to watch the episode to see the embarrassing moment for yourselves. We became known as the “the giggly girls” that morning.

After the show we were informed that there was an opportunity to be featured in a Walmart x Marilyn Denis Show commercial that would be airing throughout July and August. The commercial has something to do with the big Mom of the Year contest Walmart held around Mother’s Day. We were each asked to respond to question “why do you love your mother”. I promptly responded with the most sarcastic response you can imagine. Watch a snippet below. The most hilarious part was that we went directly after two daughters who gave a response about their 90 year old mother, who was observing behind the camera in tears. Yes we’re deep…I know.

Oh and to the cute guy in a red polo shirt helping with production: call me.

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Next up, I will finally tell you folks all about my birthday spectacle this year!

Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Chic.

xx Neda xx

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Never Stop Eating: #ReelFlySummer – #1, 52

Ni Hao,

My lovely readers, all I have to say is that #ReelFlySummer is a total hit. My best friend and I have been pushed to do so many adventurous tasks thus far this summer, which we would have otherwise never completed. One of the funniest aspects of all this shenanigans is that my other peers have no idea when we are ‘Reel Fly Summering’ so it’s extra entertaining keeping them on edge. Please comment below and tell me if you’ve checked off any bucket list items so far this summer. I live for this stuff so please tell me!

This past week we visited one of Toronto’s most famous markets and then visited a Toronto hotspot to eat our favorite dessert…crepes!

#1 Dine on Crepes @ Chococrêpe

If you know me well, you should know that there is only one delicacy I enjoy more than crepes, and that is chocolate. Lucky for me, Chococrêpe offers crepes with chocolate. Upon seeing a photo of a crepe from this Queen Street hotspot (see the photo below), we knew we had to make a trip. We started with the Three Cheese savoury crepe, which was modestly filled with brie, goat cheese and swiss cheese. It wasn’t much to the eye, but I cannot even begin to explain the taste of this creation. The flavours were….let’s just say…angelic. We followed our savoury crepe with a sweet crepe and opted for the Nutella and Banana toppings. Unfortunately for us, we missed the mark on ordering one of the crepes we had seen in the photos; nonetheless, it was delightful and we’ll be sure to try one of the tasty art pieces upon our next visit!

VERDICT: Chococrêpe is a delish, tiny, intimate spot to dine and tighten the buttons on those jeans. The Three Cheese Crepe is a must-try. Also, Chococrêpe if you’re reading this, we’re dying to know the recipe for your salad dressing! 

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Photo: @Chococrepe Facebook Page

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#52 Deal Find At the St.Lawrence Market

This one started out a bit rocky. We walked into a building which we thought was the St.Lawrence Market only to find an empty space. We stood there confused and giggling for about 10 minutes until we realized the market was across the street. Umm…ya. The market was everything we imagined it would be with fruit, cheese, wine, meat and pastry vendors. There were also tons of sampling opportunities, which you can bet we took full advantage of. To summarize we tried about 30 pretzels and dip, 4 pieces of cheese, 4 samples of wine, and 2 pieces of bagel bread because one of each simply wouldn’t suffice.

The bright, invigorating appearance of the fruits on display made me crave a mango, and made my best friend thirst for watermelon. We just had to buy both. I must say, we were expecting bargain prices aka a ‘deal find’, but that was not the case. For example, two mangoes cost a whopping $4, which is comparable to the prices at a local grocery store such as Loblaws. Arguably, the mangoes in the market were much larger than those at the grocery store…but still.

VERDICT: It’s a rather pretty market to wander through; however, don’t expect to find any bargains. Instead, expect a modern market with ATM machines. Also, I vote they remove meat vendors because I could do without locking eyes with a lobster. 

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What do you think is next? Hint: we were on TV (SQUEAL!).

Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Chic.

xx Neda xx

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Up, Up & Away False Alarm: #ReelFlySummer – #26, 44

Hello Hello,

How’s the weather treating you wherever you are in the world? Over in my corner it is very evident that mother nature has a vendetta against this nation. On another note, I’m going to give one last plea for you mystical creatures to take 30 seconds and vote for me in an online contest I’ve entered. The winner becomes Fruttare Canada’s guest blogger, and gets to travel to various music festivals across Canada and blog about them for the world. Voting takes about 30 seconds and three clicks. Click here, like the Fruttare Canada Facebook page, and finally click shout out beside my picture. You can also leave a lovey dovey comment if you wish to do so. Here’s the link again: http://bit.ly/10jDL9x.

This week, one item in particular really required me to use some persuasion tactics on my partner in crime.

#26 Take a Field Trip to the Airport

Weird, huh? Although I absolutely hate flying, I’m rather fond of airports and the concept of travelling in general. So, after several efforts, I finally convinced my partner that we needed to have a ‘chill’ session at the airport. Her response the first 10 times, and the question on all your minds is why? Well, basically, I get a kick out of watching people’s behaviour at airports. There’s always that one father that’s just overly angry, and that one child that demands to carry their own suitcase, only to drop it 15 times. Yup, I get a kick out of that.

Initially, we made a decent effort to convince our friends we were going on a spontaneous trip via SnapChat. You’ll have to ask them whether we succeeded. For the duration of the day, we wandered the airport, terminal to terminal, making use of the handy dandy terminal link bus. We went on a hunt for lemonades (you’ll know why in the near future, hint: #ReelFlySummer), and sat on a variety of benches, stools, and couches. You can see a video from our trip below filled with 100% wrongful information, right down to our Hangover II movie knowledge.

When we finally decided we had seen enough, we took the terminal link bus to the distant discount parking garage where we had parked our car. We couldn’t help but notice a very modern hotel right next to the garage that was practically begging us to go in and pretend we were guests. We discovered that each floor had a designated colour theme. How’d we know this? Well, likely because we traveled to each floor and made bets on what colour we’d see when the elevator doors swung open. Things got a tad awkward when a hotel visitor joined us for the ride. The lobby of the hotel was fully equipped with Apple computers, a swing chair from the ceiling, and a rocking chair. My partner exclaimed: “this is legit exactly how I want my future house to look”.

VERDICT: The Toronto Pearson Airport is a must-see Toronto attraction as stated by reputable individuals (aka me). Skip the lemonade as it’s overpriced and simply tastes like it’s made from a frozen can. Go on a hunt for the swing chair…it’s definitely worth it. 

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#44 Learn to French Braid

We’re quite capable of doing a standard braid and a fancy shmanzy fishtail braid, but the french braid is one which we have struggled with for years. The level of struggle, especially for my partner, can metaphorically be compared to that of a person climbing Mount Everest. No really.

We decided to turn to our trusted friend Lauren Conrad and learn her french braiding ways using this tutorial. I understood the technique rather quickly, and was able to create somewhat of a braid on my friend’s impeccably short cut (she’s currently channeling a Bradley Cooper inspired do). She, however, managed to create something equivalent to a squirrel’s tail the first four times.

VERDICT: Lauren Conrad must have magical powers if she’s able to do such a complex art without looking. Well you know what Ms. Conrad, I bet you can’t pull off a standard 80’s hairdo. Oh wait… 

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More to come soon!

Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Chic.

xx Neda xx

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