This trip has been like a dream… Being back in my favorite cities and doing what I love to do!! The city been so exciting between getting to see all my favourite places again and also seeing some shows, designers, familiar faces I haven’t seen in years! It’s so good to be back.. Another plus about this trip is the sense of ease that I’ve been able to have courtesy of my CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card! Whether it’s been on the go, in between shows, before a night on the town or whatever! I have been able to manage my funds and currencies all on one card from wherever I’ve gone.. I am not just saying this but the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card has seriously changed my whole travel game.. In the past, I’ve had to bring a certain amount of cash with me and in some cases under-budgeted for the night or the other way around, I over budgeted and literally LOST my money! Can you imagine the nauseating feeling of literally loosing hundreds of dollars with so many more days to go! #UGH.. Yikes right!?.. With the CIBC Air Canada AC Conversion Prepaid Visa Card you are able to reload your funds from an app right on your smartphone or tablet and exchange your Canadian dollars to 10 different currencies (AUD, CHF, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, MXN, USD, TRY & CAD)!!! The way it works is, it locks in foreign exchange rates when you load a currency so you don’t have to worry about fluctuating rates when you travel and you aren’t charged any additional fees when you use the card (excluding ATM fees) – so you’ll know EXACTLY how much you’re spending on every single transaction! Plus, if you ever do need to make an ATM withdrawal, the card will allow one free withdrawal per month, per country. You can use it in 45 countries around the world wherever Visa is accepted, including online!! This card & technology (which comes with chip and pin security, tap-and-pay, and isn’t linked to my personal bank accounts) has really helped manage and budget my funds on the daily and feel secure while here in Paris which has made the trip that much better!! If anything ever happens to the card, or if I lost it for example, it comes with an emergency card replacement service, emergency cash service and protection from unauthorized use, so I know I’m covered and will still have access to cash when I need it. Oh, and did I mention? It’s free! Or $15 if you want it couriered to you. That all said… I have so much more to share from this beautiful trip so STAY tuned as there is much much more to come!!! XOXO BISOUS JAY

 

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AS my obsession with interior design grows (yeah, that is homeowner talk, I know…) so does my obsession with furniture and accents.. I guess they go hand in hand.. I have always had a love for mouldings on walls and ceilings and this year I definitely want to add these kind of details, however, a little less rococo and a little more minimal, to my space. I can’t wait to start sharing my space with you guys when I feel it is more complete… I am like 50% there!!

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Not all things need to be newly released to be new to us.. In this case, I went to The Internet’s concert here in Toronto last year but must of missed this song waiting for ‘Girl’ to play the entire time.. However, now.. I’ve come across this gem and am absolutely hooked!! This makes me want to get back on a plane to Miami and cruise around late night, dewy skin, top dropped, NO RAIN DROPS and good vibes!! OOOOOH!!!!! enjoy xx

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Debuting at the Spring-Summer 2017 Ready-to-Wear show, the Chanel GABRIELLE bag is a ‘mischievous wink to Gabrielle Chanel’. Karl Lagerfeld wanted it to have the same aesthetic and practical spirit in that blend of strength and elegance that characterises CHANEL handbags. Fitted on a rigid thermoformed base, the main body of the bag is extremely light and ultra-supple: this contrasting structure gives it perfect stability and makes finding belongings effortless. In tune with a continuing search for comfort advocated by the founder of the House, it hugs the silhouette, moving with the gait and never hindering it. Its adjustable strap comes with a double chain woven from leather and golden and silver metal. A highly original detail permitting several ways of wearing it: over the shoulder, across the body or both at the same time, with the chain going over one shoulder and then diagonally across the other.  Here is your first look at the bag via a sketch by Karl Lagerfeld, himself! Also, Karl Lagerfeld has chosen Kristen Stewart, Caroline de Maigret and Pharrell Williams, all CHANEL ambassadors, along with Cara Delevingne, a friend of the House, to embody CHANEL’s GABRIELLE bag.

#TheCHANELGABRIELLEbag

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crop sweater – fenty x puma / boots – balenciaga / jacket – canada goose / bag – hermes
 

Went to Montreal a couple weeks back with friends for a little pre-holiday semi-stay-cation and might I say.. My city didn’t let up! I always say it after this trip will continue to do so now.. I love Montreal, and even a bit more then Toronto sometimes.. I love the thought that Montreal puts into it’s venues and the dark and deep twists you seem to have to keep taking to get to where you need to go.. Down flights of stairs, down back alleys, through cavernous tunnels.. It’s so sexy, chic and of course exciting.. Another thing I love to do in Montreal is visit the Old Port (Old Montreal)… This day was almost perfect, the lightly lit grey skies played the perfect accent to the cobble stone streets and grey compact buildings that line the images.. I wore my Fenty x Puma, long sleeve crop top, new Balenciaga Snow Boots, my Hermes Kelly bag & Canada Goose Expedition jacket through the straps over the shoulder because… #FASHION LOL!!!!!

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When I get hooked on a song.. I GET HOOKED! I get addicted, shaken, not stirred, all sorts of crazy, OBSESSED!!! It doesn’t happen a lot, but when it happens.. IT HAPPENS… Enter Toronto’s Monsieur Desire with Natural Feels.. GIVING ME ALL THE FEELS! You already know I translated this song into a life experience and now I literally GAG over all the straight boys that have come and gone in and out of my life… I feel like it’s about meeting someone and engaging with that person but them not knowing how to handle the situation as it being foreign to them.. Them… having to push through social standards to do what comes natural to them…. IM SHOOK! Listen, vibe out, enjoy! XO

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If you follow me on social media you know that I have been M.I.A. from the blog the last couple of weeks because I’ve been in M.I.A….M.I!! MIAMI – for my annual holiday vacations with my family!!.. It was such a great time, really, honestly, truly had such a blast and am happy to be coming back home with many new memories, and more importantly new friends that I get to journey into 2017 with… I chose the picture above because it basically sums up my state of reality that I have been living in the last couple of weeks.. Almost like a dream world.. But can I say.. I haven’t been this ready to take on a new chapter, being a new year, in a very long time.. I feel a sense of new found hunger to achieve even more goals this year… Although I may have more burdens in 2017 I know that with the right amount of hard work, passion and strategy those burdens become blessings that help propel me to new heights this year!! I am so excited to see what this year has in store for me, for you and for everyone else in between… LET’S GO 2017!!!! xoxoxo

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Oh the holidays!!!! Not only the time of joy, Christmas lights, (a new favourite) mulled wine and whatever else may cometh as the days draw closer to jolly old Christmas…. BUT.. Also… That time of the year when it becomes so unbearably cold here in Canada that the sudden urge to book last minute and random flights to.. I don’t know.. Let’s say.. Miami!? It seems to happen much more frequently and aggressively than normal!! AND… It’s those days, like today where I look outside my window to a grey, cold sky knowing that only a couple hours and something minutes away is a beach, a margarita and an entire city waiting for me to just frolic it up lol!!! But it’s also SUPER annoying because I have a curse where I always book things like this last minute and end up paying wrecked premiums on flights that were half the price only some weeks before!!

This year, I feel slightly more inclined than ever to pursue my travel urges and just literally go with it.. Care to know why!?!?.. Well… I guess if you’ve read this far you clearly are going to find out haha!! This year, hesitation finds itself dissolving into thin air as I learn more and more about all the perks of being an American Express Cardmember!!! First and foremost definitely has to be the new Fixed Points Travel Program – This new program literally has FIXED point redemption rates so I do not have to worry about flying at peak times – WHICH basically means, I won’t have to worry about when I book!! I JUST GOTTA BOOK!!! AND if I am feeling fancy, I can even book Business class with this program which really means there are no borders to how free I can feel when I fly!!

Then the tricky part!!! Finding the perfect place to rest my head come nightfall and planning SO LAST MINUTE!! I am so picky when it comes to hotels when I travel. They need to be chic, clean, pose an opportunity for a good instagram backdrop for a big ol’ chunk of my content and be somewhat economical!! AND THEN the annoying thing is trying to book reso’s at my favorite hot spots in Miami especially during a busy time like Art Basel!!

That all being said, I definitely think it’s time for me to stop the yammering and look into booking considering I only actually got a couple weeks left!! Thankfully with this new program I can even book flights with a fixed point redemption rate over the holidays, so no worrying about fare hikes! Luckily for me, I get to do this with reliability, consistency and ease of use this time around and you can too!! Visit [this link] to learn more about the Fixed Points Travel program for yourself!! Happy and safe travelling this holiday season!!! Xo

This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

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SO if you’ve been following me on insta and snapchat the last few months you will maybe have noticed that I have been realllllly, seriously, getting more and more into make-up!! I mean, it’s always been around and something that I have enjoyed but today I can confidently say that I am now #OBSESSSSSEEEDDDDDD!!!!!.. The last couple of months I’ve been really learning how to not only just wear make-up for a quick fix but how to seriously utilize it and really make things pop, flawless and beautyousssssssss!!!! TO BE HONEST… To this day, when I do my make-up I don’t really know what I am doing, outside applying the basics like foundation and concealer!! I really just have been going with the flow and trying out whatever I got however I think works and this look is no exception!! I used blush as eyeshadow on the eye-lid and under the lower lash-line!!.. I layer my lipsticks… I use bronzer as contour with a kabuki brush!! I just literally… GO with it!!! That being said, I am excited to continue to learn more and more about how to use different products, brushes and what brands really excel for what!! Continue reading for the products I used in this look….

Concealer – MAC Pro Longwar in NW 25
Foundation – MAC Pro Longwear in NW 40
Conealer Layer 2 – NARS Creamy Concealer in Biscuit
Contour – MAC Dark Deep Bronzer
Bronze & Blend Out Contour – Guerlian Terracotta Bronzer
Setting Powder – MAC Prep + Prime Colour Correcting Compact
Baking Powder – NARS Loose Powder in Mountain
Eyeshadow Layer 1 – Urban Decay Naked Palette 3
Eyeshadow Layer 2 – NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Palette
Blush – NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Palette
Highlighter – Haley Bogaert Face + NYX Cosmetics Strobe Of Genius
Eyeliner – Guerlian Black Out Felt Tip Liner
Lips – MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy + BareMinerals Matte Lipstick in Weekend

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This past Art Basel, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Watch Division, announced the appointment of super cool American artist Alec Monopoly as Art Provocateur for the brand… That being said… One thing I am exciting about post-Art-Basel-2016 is that when I get back to Miami in a couple weeks for holidays there is going to be this super iconic 50 foot wall tag by Alec Monopoly at the Mondrian Miami a.k.a the hotel y’all know (if you’ve been following) my family (cousins/aunts/uncles/parents/etc.) all have been staying at the last 10 or so years since it’s opened!!! Continue reading for more photos from the event/unveiling!

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