This past weekend, I experienced something magical. I saw Ed Sheeran during one of his Toronto tour dates (*cue internal happy dance*). I’ve waited over two years to attend a live show, and let me tell you, he did not dissappoint.
My boyfriend, Grant, agreed to attend the show with me when tour dates were released back in March. We took a 6:30AM flight out of St. John’s and our first trip together began! Grant and I boarded the Union Pearson Express – my first train ride ever! My excitement peaked once we reached the city’s vibrant downtown core.
After checking into our hotel (which was a comfortable oasis) we walked the Canadian Walk of Fame. I enjoyed the boardwalk of tiles adorned with Canadian greats. As you may know, I am a true Grey’s Anatomy fan. I did experience a moment of awe while standing on Sandra Oh’s tile.
The Ed Sheeran concert was by far the highlight of my trip. I’m struggling to find words to describe the incredible event. Once Ed appeared on stage, the waterworks began. His setlist included a collection of his recent and older hits, accompanied by a hypnotic lightshow. I’m a diehard Ed Sheeran fan, and will say that his English crooning vocals reduced me to tears of joy for 2 hours. The show became the best concert I’ve ever attended.
I woke on a complete high from the previous night. My energy infused with post-concert euphoria. After a quick breakfast and coffee (My lattes are still delicious in 25 degree heat) we ventured into the subway. (Note: I am terrified of the subway. Being from a small town, this was the second time I ever used one.)
To compensate for dragging him to Ed Sheeran, Grant decided I was due for a Toronto Blue Jays game. I am not a sports fan. This was the first baseball game I attended in my lifetime! Grant eagerly explained the game rules while we watched. I’ll admit, it did feel nice to attend a live game, save for the flying baseballs.
I rounded out the trip with a little retail therapy. I shopped at my favourite destinations that are not available in St. John’s. Stay tuned for M.A.C. product reviews!
What is the best concert you’ve ever attended? Have you ever travelled to Toronto, Canada?
Summer is a popular time to travel. Travel by plane is one of the most common methods to travel across the country or the world. I tweak my travel tips any time I travel during the summer. My Toronto trip is days away (can you say excited!?) and I plan to enact these tips myself.
1) Arrive early
Arrive for your flight with plenty of time to spare. Most airlines recommend checking in for your flight 90 minutes before your flight if traveling within the country. If you are travelling between countries (for example, between Canada and the U.S.) you should arrive 120 minutes before your flight.
2) Pack lightly
I still struggle with this tip. As I write this, I can hear my boyfriend say, “Babe, you only need to pack clothes for two days.” I plan to pack light. Packing lightly will offer flexibility during summer travels. Not only do you have less baggage to worry about, but it is easier to track once your flight lands. You should try to stick to carry-on luggage, if possible.
3) Reconfirm your flight details
You should reconfirm your flight details and check-in time 24-hours in advance of your flight. This reconfirmation will give you advance notice of any delays or changes, like a downsize in aircraft or a change in gate location.
Are you travelling anywhere this summer? What tips do you have regarding air travel?
Today I thought I’d switch up my blog post and feature some local favourites. I rarely mention my hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Newfoundland is a small Canadian province in the middle of the Atlantic. (which happens to be a small Canadian province in the middle of the Atlantic). The warm, sunny weather this weekend inspired me. Today I share my favourite destinations for foodies living in, and visiting, St. John’s.
Newfoundland Chocolate Company
I adore chocolate. The Newfoundland Chocolate Company, founded in 2009, combines delicious chocolate with local flavours. Chocolates are filled with wildberries, seasalt caramel, almonds, and other ingredients. The fresh, handmade chocolates is my chocolate-loving dream. The company crafts a delicious Gelato using many of the same flavours found in their single chocolates. Gelato flavours include vanilla bean, sea salt caramel, and partridgeberry. You’ll find the Newfoundland Chocolate Company in two prime downtown locations – Duckworth Street and Signal Hill.
I frequent Bagel Cafe. The cozy atmosphere offers a slate for hearty breakfast options. I favor the crisp, fluffy Belgain waffles loaded with summer berries. The cafe is located in the heart of the downtown core. It is sandwiched between colourful buildings and ocean views.
Though Starbucks is not local to St. John’s, I placed it on my list. Most of the coffee I drink is bought from one of the Starbucks locations in the city. I enjoy the bright, flavourful blends of the company’s iced coffee, iced tea, and other specialty beverages.
What part of the world are you from? What is your favourite local food destination? Let me know in the comments below!
This summer, I kept busy with travel and writing.
I tend not to travel often. This summer, I took trips to both Florida and Montreal. While in Florida in early June, I spent time relaxing and shopping. This had been my third trip to Orlando, but was the most relaxing one to date. Taking a week to soak up the sun, shop some of my favourite retail outlets, and dine kept me eased. While the purpose of my Montreal trip was for medical reasons, I still snuck in shopping and dining.
I began this blog on a whim, never expecting it to grow as it has. As a teenager, I wrote in my spare time. Since beginning university, I have not had much opportunity to write for leisure. This blog continues to be an effective outlet for my creativity.
I kept busy with leisure activities. I spent most of my days swimming, shopping, and relaxing. I decorated for weddings during a handful of weekends.
A question for my readers: How have you spent the summer?
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Summer is a popular time to travel. I returned from Florida last month, and am heading to Montreal in two weeks! When traveling, there are certain items I always like to bring along. In today’s post, I’m sharing a peek at some of my travel essentials.
Kate Spade purse
This purse has become my go-to when traveling. The size is perfect for holding items, like my passport, and a book. It keeps everything in one place, and keeps my hands free. This purse is also ideal for shopping!
Makeup bag essentials
I like to keep my makeup bag as light as possible when travelling. I narrow my lipstick collection to three tubes – a red, a pink, and a burgundy. For my skin, I include concealer and foundation. I travel with my Naked II palette, as the case is less-prone to potential breaks than the Naked Smoky. Eyeliner and mascara are must-haves also.
As mentioned in my tips and tricks for clear skin post, I use Noxema anti-blemish pads to control blemishes. The container of pads is compact to travel with. I keep makeup wipes in my carry-on bag, and makeup bag, to remove any dirt and oil from my skin. These wipes are ideal after a long day of travelling.
Other crucial items in my carry-on include my cell phone, a notebook (or two!) and a neck-pillow for use during flights.
Will you be travelling anywhere this summer? Feel free to leave a comment!