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Last week, I did something I normally loathe doing – I woke up and was out the door before 8am. I have never been, and quite likely never will be, a morning person.
Normally, you’d be hard pressed to find me awake at that hour unless it’s for something specifically related to a job, but this time it was for the sake of shoes. Spa treatments and shoes.
Skechers knows how to create a morning worth waking up extra early for.
The spring summer 2015 preview of the new line of Skechers took place at Elmwood Spa – the definition of a high end, luxury spa that is worth paying a premium for.
Upon arriving, I was asked if I would like a foot massage and then treated to a delicious breakfast spread – is there any better way to start a morning than this? I think the world would be filled with happy people if everyone got to start their day with happy feet.
After my toes were exfoliated and relaxed, I entered the showroom where we all got a good look at the massive variety of shoes Skechers currently produces.
Admittedly, the last time I owned Skechers was probably grade 8, but back in those days I absolutely adored this brand.
You were the cool kid at school if you were lucky enough to have a pair.
I specifically remember my beloved baby blue chunky foam wedges, my first pair of heeled shoes – I had lusted after them for a while before my parents agreed to buy them for me. I wore them so much that summer that they were grey once fall came around and it was time to start wearing boring shoes again.
While it has been over a decade since I last owned a pair, that is because I had always associated them with running shoes once I outgrew the girls style shoes I had once adored – and sneakers aren’t a type of shoe I wear unless I’m in a gym – AKA never.
But I quickly found out just how expansive the brand has become. While comfortable sneakers for women are obviously their main appeal, they have boot styles that I would happily purchase, and shoes suitable for work - but much more comfortable than the typical dress shoe. AKA I want all of these.
I was lucky enough to take home a pair of their rainbow Skech-Knit Mesh Flex Appeal Memory Foam sneakers as seen above, and man, if I knew running shoes could look this cool and feel this comfortable I might not have had an aversion to wearing them on my walks and while running errands.
The knit idea allows them to be incredibly comfortable – you know how typical athletic shoes don’t really allow your feet to move, and then the leather ends up cracking where your foot bends when you actually do run in them? These will never give you that problem. It also allows them to come in amazing colours and patterns that you would otherwise never see on a shoe.
And can we talk about the idea of built-in memory foam insoles? YES please. I don’t know why this concept doesn’t exist with every shoe that is ever made. It’s essentially a custom insole for your foot – and if you struggle with foot pain as much as I do you’ll understand just how valuable that is.
The knit shoes (and most of their other styles) are also sleeker than most running shoes, they fit closer to your foot, weigh very little, and don’t look bulky on. They’re the perfect shoe to wear to yoga and pilates class – I’ve always struggled with what to wear with my lulus on the way to classes because regular running shoes make you look like bigfoot when you’re wearing tights, and nice shoes look odd with athletic wear.
These are the perfect solution.
It’s safe to say I am happily back on the Skechers train after a 15 year hiatus.
How gorgeous is this live soundtrack to Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren’s 1971 classic, Synchromy ? Absolutely Free was asked to create a new soundtrack this year at TIFF for a special multimedia event, Re-sounding The Films of Norman McLaren.
McLaren’s work and Absolutely Free’s music go incredibly well together.
Also, loving this reminder of TIFF’s Festival Square, and how much fun it was to have King Street closed down that first weekend – not to mention the live music stage.
Remember when we could still be outside and listen to music? Damn you, winter.
Just in time for Christmas, you have the chance to win a brand new Samsung Galaxy Alpha from Virgin Mobile.
As you may know, I am very loyal to the Samsung brand, and have been ever since the Galaxy S III gave me a smartphone alternative to the iPhone that actually compared (and surpassed considering the price difference). Now that I’m on the S5, I still think it’s the greatest.
Also great is paying $45 a month for unlimited text, talk and data – the big three can never compete with that .
While I haven’t had the chance to try the Alpha yet, I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I have no reason to doubt it isn’t as great (or better) than my S5. I am definitely jealous of whoever wins this one! I would love to try it.
Anyhow – the cool part about this phone is that, when you purchase it from Virgin, $5 from every sale goes to their RE*Generation foundation, which helps at-risk and homeless youth find jobs.
Speaking of RE*Generation, if you’re not in need of a new smartphone but still want to help a great cause (and see some awesome tunes), Dan Mangan + Blacksmith will be playing the Mod Club on Monday December 15th in support of it. Tickets are $20 and on sale now, and all proceeds go directly to the cause.
You get to see one of Canada’s finest live performers bring his best collaboration to date to the stage while helping kids find much desired employment – if that isn’t a win, I don’t know what is.
Anyhow, if you do want a chance at the phone, you have a few options to enter. Each option counts for one entry.
1) Sign up for the upcoming (look out for TTRO’s relaunch in 2015) weekly newsletter, which will round up the week’s posts so you don’t miss things like this in the future:
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4) Follow me on Instagram, and heart the photo about this giveaway when it is posted.
Keep in mind that this is a Virgin Mobile Canada phone, so that limits it to Canadians (or people who know a Canadian and want to surprise them with this for Christmas) only.
That’s it! You have until December 17th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be contacted the next day via the email they used to subcribe to the newsletter – so make sure that’s the one you do if you only do one of the above 4 things.
No, I’m not talking about the Cash Cab – this campaign from Air Transat was even better.
A few weeks back, you may have noticed a baby blue 50’s Cuban style taxi roaming the streets of Toronto.
Those who were brave enough to flag it and go for a ride were rewarded with something I am currently dreaming of – an all inclusive Cuban vacation.
Torontonians aren’t known for trying something if it looks out of place, so kudos to those who were brave enough (or in enough of a rush) to go for it. We are all collectively jealous of you and your trip to warmer weather.
As important as travel is to me, I have not yet been to Cuba. It is definitely on my bucket list – and considering how inexpensive it is to go there for an all inclusive week – I am hoping to make that dream come true before winter is over. There is nothing I’m wishing for more as I look outside at the snow falling than a warm beach. I’ve cooped myself up in my house for a couple days now, and am terrified of stepping outside into this minus 3 weather we’re already having. Winter and I have never been friends, and it looks like this is gonna be another long, frozen winter.
Book your Cuba vacation here with Air Transat today and then rub it in everyone’s face with a bunch of selfies on the beach. If I can save up some pennies over the holidays, I’m definitely escaping to Cuba at some point this winter.
The best part of this whole campaign is that they filmed it and made this hilarious video of the surprised patrons. Here’s hoping @AirTransat brings more of these fun, interactive campaigns to Toronto!
What a week. Seriously. There’s a whole lot to talk about this Halloween.
We have a new mayor, and while I’m happy it’s no longer a Ford brother, I firmly believe Tory is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and his policies will be no different than those that Ford loved. He was the CEO of ROGERS for god’s sake.
I am still shocked that the city somehow thinks another conservative mayor is what we need after 4 years of an awful conservative mayor. “At least he’s not Ford!” is what I heard from people I ususally respect – but if all you care about is the city not being on Jimmy Kimmel – then I guess you got what you wanted. This is a rich white man in office to support the rich white men – make no mistake on that one.
His very PR savvy act of asking Olivia and David to join his team was smart, but until he starts undoing the damage Ford did, I don’t believe in him as my mayor any more than I did Ford. Politically they are as similar as it gets.
We also had a “terrorism” scare last week that was actually someone with serious mental illness. How Harper found it appropriate to use it as an excuse to make us all George W. Bush America FUK YEAH I will never understand. The focus here needs to be on taking care of Canadians with mental illness – something Harper has zero interest in. His terrorist rhetoric on the other hand is much better for his “lets make us more American” agenda.
AND THEN – the ball dropped on Jian Ghomeshi. I’ve been silent about this on the blog after being told to ‘wait for the evidence’ but I too, like everyone in the Canadian music/media industry knew about Jian. I mean, I had no idea he was actually this sick – but I heard the warnings/whispers that he’s a real creep with girls and got that icky feeling of a snake crawling around when seeing him interact with young women at events.
A lot of men like to question that article I just linked to – wondering why, if so many in the industry knew about him – no one said anything. The whispers were generally spread among women, to protect women – or from men who knew, to protect women. No doubt there was a collective sigh within the industry when it all went public.
Finally, we don’t have to pretend like we’re not grossed out by him at Polaris Galas and Lena Dunham interviews. We don’t have to whisper to our eager interns at a music party to avoid him at all costs.
- What Kind Of Woman Won’t Report Sexual Assault? To those few people who somehow still defend him via the – why didn’t they go to the police? – question, please read this now. Actually read it. Don’t just skim to the bottom and post a ridiculous comment. This is a lawyer talking about exactly why 9 out of 10 women do not report abuse. Because the 1 who does, almost always lives to regret that decision.
- A brief history of ridiculous things we’ve been asked to believe after famous men were accused of rape And if you need further proof – look only to the cases outlined in this article. Money and fame generally means you have legions of people who will defend you against your victim, as we initially saw with Jian.
- Owen Pallett wrote the best thing anyone in the music industry has put out there so far on all of it He considers Jian a friend – but he will not give his word more validity than that of 4 women, and now we know that number is 9 women and growing.
- I Care About Eight Alleged Victims, Not Jian’s “Due Process” Another great article on how the justice system is incredibly flawed when it comes to sexual assault and date violence.
- The top 15 lost music venues in Toronto On another note – here’s a nostalgic look back at the music venues that once were a vital part of our lives.
- Jeff Tweedy: why the album still matters Love this.
- 2014 is the first year with no platinum albums This is fascinating. I’m not sure what it will mean for the music industry going forward, but as usual, things seem to be changing every single day.
- Arcade Fire’s Funeral and the Legacy of the “WHOA-OH” Can you believe it’s been 10 years? I still remember being new to Toronto, living with my high school friends and having them play me this album. Nothing was the same after that.
- Sounds Just Like This project will show you just how similar most pop songs actually are.
- When Iggy Pop can’t live off his art, what chance do the rest have? Try not to let this depress you.
- Watch Emma Watson Deliver a Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N. (UPDATED) If you somehow missed it, her speech was excellent. Without men joining the conversation, progress will continue to stall.
- Lena Dunham Hilariously, Candidly Interviews Mindy Kaling I adore this conversation between two of my biggest role models.
- How We Love: TED Radio Hour This collection of TED talks on love is brilliant. If you have some spare time today give them a listen.
- Follow-Through Habits for Serial Quitters If you need a little help seeing things through, there are some good tips here.
- 10 Times When It’s Okay to Be Lazy Because sometimes you have to turn off your type A gogogo tendencies or you’ll burn out.
- 5 Ways to Reset Your Work-Life Balance When You’re Crazy Busy And if you are one of those type A’s, you’ll want to read this too.
- And if we needed any more understanding for why women don’t report sexual harassment and abuse of power by powerful men, look only to the way Monica Lewinsky’s reputation was DESTROYED when her name was thrown into the public. Of course, the Ghomeshi case is different in many ways, but the in the end she got shit all over while Bill lost next to nothing. Women don’t forget this: