The Right Way to Celebrate a Birthday: #ReelFlySummer – #32, 35

Hello Hello,

Boy oh boy am I in trouble. I know there has been a lengthy wait since the last post but I promise #ReelFlySummer has continued to live on. Tons of items have been checked off; however, the corresponding posts have yet to be written. For insta-updates follow me on Instagram @FashionistaToGo. Some distance makes the heart grow fonder, so it’s all good.

On to the #ReelFlySummer item of the week. This post will be entirely dedicated to the spectacle I refer to as my birthday, which helped us check off the following items off our list:

#32 Take a Roadtrip

#35 Glamping

For my 20th birthday, only one thing was for sure. I wanted to surpass the level of laughter experienced at my 19th birthday, which can be read about here. The itinerary for this year included a two-night trip to Driftwood Cove Marine Resort in Port Severn, Ontario, which was essentially a cottage getaway. I rallied up six of my closest friends, tallying up our total to seven people.  We all met up at my base and took two cars.

From the multiple coolers, suitcases, and inflatable toys (meant for the water of course), we had zero space. As you may already know, in my world, packing light is merely a statement existing in the clouds. Upon completing a designated ritual as requested by my grandpa and grandma every time someone travels, my friends were finely freed from my household. We took some pictures and set off on our wild, barbaric adventure in the wild (aka at a cottage resort).

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It took us just over two hours to get there because we made several stops for Popeyes and toilets. The first thing we did was get onto the canoes and paddle boats and go for a tour around the quiet lake. Although the entire resort was full, it seemed fairly empty because there were tons of facilities and only nine cottages. After making fun of each other’s life jackets for a solid 20 minutes, we set sail. We were by no means naturals. This may have been caused by our uncoordinated personas or simply because we were too busy taking pictures and vines of ourselves.

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Our first barbecue was also not smooth sailing. The princesses of the group took care of making fries and managed to set off the fire alarm, while, the barbaric members of the group took on the grill. One third of the vegetables were fed to the inside of the grill…which is always good. After batting our eyelashes at our neighbours we managed to receive the guidance needed to get it together. We also managed to go through a bottle of tzatziki in about five minutes.

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As the name of the cottage resort suggests, it houses a marina. Quiet resort, secluded docks, lot’s of parked boats, a bunch of rowdy girls…I’ll let you put that all together.

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Dinner featured many wholesome, nutritional options such as nutella and crepes. Following dinner we managed to somehow start a fire. We sat around the fire, sang some Britney Spears tunes, roasted some smores, and swore we saw a moving figure with a flashlight indoors every five minutes.

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The next day was a rainy mess. We took the canoes for a spin and ended up docking at a private resort, which we chose to use for none other than…a landscape for our photos. Unfortunately in this process, one of my friends lost a flip flop valued at 2$ (or 1$ if you consider the fact that she still had the right foot pair). After some synchronized digging, and no success, we left…shoe-less. Oh and as for the Five Phat Pharts nonsense…it’s simply nonsense.

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Next up was a barbecue in the rain…not pretty. We also went for another round of good times at the docks. Three of us jumped right into the freezing cold water. The only optimistic words that we could squeeze out of our blue lips were “i’m seriously sweating” and “this is so relaxing”.

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Sadly, rain meant no campfire, so we had to settle for making smores in the oven. We decided to take a drive around town around 10 pm. You could literally hear a pin drop on the ground. There were no lights anywhere, only trees and bushes. This was a scene right out of a horror movie. After driving around for a bit we found a bar about 45 minutes away that was lit up. We went inside and found four members of civilization. We played some pool and were off again. We ended the night with a sloppy game of twister.

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We took full advantage of our time at Driftwood by packing our stuff in the car early morning and using the facilities for the rest of the day. We played a hardcore game of volleyball where 10% of the game was actually playing volleyball and 90% was chasing after the ball when it fell into the lake. We then started another fire, played would you rather, and reflected on the good times until about 5 pm. It’s been a ball Driftwood, thanks for putting up with us!

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I’ll check in again soon y’all. Put on tons of sunscreen during these scorching days.

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Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Chic.

xx Neda xx

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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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