If you follow me on social media then you will know that a couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a 48 hour jaunte to Montreal with my friends over at Marriott! My fellow blogger friend Vanessa and I were treated to two days of the best the city had to offer and got to try some new experiences that I haven’t during the past times I have gone to Montreal. The reason for this trip was to celebrate Marriott’s Epic Canada Adventure Sweepstakes launching at MarriottCanada150.dja.com and SPGCanada150.dja.com on June 22!!! Marriott is choosing five contest winners from Canada and the United States, where five winners will receive ‘epic’ trips to Canadian Marriott Locations, compiling of a trip for two which includes one hotel room, flights for the winner and one guest, an epic local experiences, as well as $1, 000 CAD spending money!!!!
Being that the trip was in celebration of this new contest, we did things that contest winners would get the chance to do and experience on their trips!! OUR trip started with checking in to the Fabulous Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel located in the heart of the shopping and lifestyle district which I personally love for walking around and running any quick little errands in the city (DUH SHOPPING!)! Following our early check-in to the chic boutique hotel, we quickly refreshed ourselves from our flight and headed off to a unique and personalized food tour experience in one of the famous-for-food districts of Montreal! Here we were treated to delicious bites, bagels, and (my new obsession) white chocolate muffins!!! I am still drooling from the one I had on the tour!
Next we had the pleasure of meeting some friends for dinner at a beautiful restaurant which I literally cannot remember the name of because I was so busy stuffing my face with delicious seafood. Following that and because of the timing of when we were in Montreal we headed off to The Weeknd’s concert in Montreal!!!! Yasssss we went to see The Weeknd and hear some hits from his new Starboy tour at Montreal’s Centre Bell!
The next day we made a point to go check out some of our favourite shops in the city one of them being ‘Atelier New Regime’ and the other, Vintage Frames Company where Vanessa had some shoppers success and found a pair of iconic vintage Tiffany & Co. shades!
That night we got all dolled up and had dinner at the Fabulous W Hotel which is actually also another one of Marriott properties in Montreal and also a property which I had the pleasure of staying at a couple months prior! The hotel’s signature restaurant provided us with some delicious sea and land platters (TUNA CEVICE FOR THE WIN!!!) I chose to have a steak which was so delicious and so necessary considering how long we’ve been running around the city during the day. Following we checked out some nightlife spots around old Montreal and china-town and cheers’d to an amazing way to end the trip!
Marriott’s Epic Canada Adventure Sweepstakes launches at MarriottCanada150.dja.com and SPGCanada150.dja.com on June 22.
- To enter, tag @MarriottIntl in any posts, with the hashtag #TravelwithMarriottCanada.
- Three winners will receive ‘epic’ trips to Canadian Marriott locations. Two winners will receive ‘epic’ trips to Canadian Starwood locations.
- Each contest winner will receive a trip for two, which includes: one hotel room, flights for the winner and one guest and $1,000 CAD spending money.
Winners will be determined on July 24, once contacted, they will have two days to return the paperwork. Marriott will choose five contest winners from Canada and the United States. The five winners will be selected at random by a third party. When entering the contest sweepstakes, applicants will select which epic trip they hope to win from a gallery of options. Each trip will include at least one activity/experience. Winners will have up to one year to redeem their trip based on availability and blackout dates.
Well speaking of YSL beauty products I actually just got a lovely package in the mail rom my lovely friends over at the brand and can not wait to get acquainted with the brand as this will be my first dive into all things YSL Beauté! Im very excited and can already say that I ALREADY love just the packaging alone haha! Such golden gorgeousness lol! Actually wait, I just caught my self in a LIE! LOL!! I just realized that I actually just used the Touche Éclat highlighting concealer stick over the weekend for THIS but otherwise that is it! SO I am excited to try everything else out ESPECIALLY the two things I shot above a.k.a the ‘Couture Variation 10-Color Eye Palette in Palette 4, Underground‘ and the ‘Les Sahariennes Bronzing Powder Shade 2 Fire Opal‘ – SO this means, stay tuned as I work it out with these new goodies!!!! XOJAY
Last night here in Toronto I had the pleasure of attending the ‘CLUB YSL #YSLBeautyCrew‘ party which I have to say… Was such a blast!!!!!!!!! I was dying because I loved walking into the party and just seeing a sea of all black fashion…… SOOOO YSL😍😍!!!!!!!!! The party was filled wall to wall with so many people, lots of familiar faces and of course, enough champagne to keep everyone hydrated (tough life!!! LOL!)…. I actually had such a dope time turning it up with my friends but I have to say… more importantly FINALLY getting acquainted with YSL beauty products as (I’m ashamed to say) I have never used YSL beauty products before!!! It was my first time ever even trying them this night, and I only tried a couple!!! I actually ended up falling in love with a couple things :)… So obviously with that said I am super excited to get to know the brand a bit better and try some of these goodies and the VIP gift bag….. stay tuned 😉 xx
photos x George Pimentel
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the launch event for the new collaboration between Microsoft Surface and GelaSkins at GelaSkins’ headquarters in Toronto’s west west end! It was a high-energy event filled with a bunch of creative people and good vibes!!! To launch Surface Studio in Canada, Microsoft Surface partnered with GelaSkins and six Canadian artists to create a new line of skins that were created on Surface for the Surface line of devices. The six designers, Candice Kaye, Sam Shuter, Lloyd “Tablloyd” Arbour, Soteeoh, Claire Desjardins and Darshie Designs were provided with a Surface device to design their art!! It was so cool to see what the artists came up with while at the event… Also another plus was during the event, one large-scale canvas print from each artist was available so that guests could bid on them to win during a silent auction…and the proceeds from the silent auction went to benefit SKETCH (a Toronto non-profit focused on youth arts)!! I personally got to try out one of the Surface Studio devices as the event and was floored when I used the DJay Pro software by Algoriddim and everything worked so smoothly on the touchscreen.. Another thing that really got me (I am so geeky for admitting this) but I literally was dying over the zero-gravity hinge that allows the device to move at the literal touch of a finger #OMGAWD lol!!! All in all, it was a fun evening with good people and cool tech 🙂 Here are some pictures I took and some from the photographer of the night! Enjoy Xx
Photos courtesy in part x Evan Bergstra
To learn more about Microsoft Surface [click here]
and/or their collaboration with Gelaskins [click here]
(until the end of April, you can get 30% off a GelaSkin
from the Surface Collection using the code MSFT30!)
Jacket – House Of Nonie / Body Harness – Uncuffed Leather
Carrying on with my conversation about my conversation about bring androgynous and exploring a new side of myself – I now more then ever since writing that post find myself pushing even further than I ever have! My emotional connection to being concerned with other peoples perception of me when they see me on the streets quintessentially being in full FISH;
In the gay world, more specifically amongst homosexuals, to act or be fishy is to act or be feminine. Also in the tranny world, to be fishy means to excel at being a woman, without much effort. Fishy is an adjective from the noun fish
#1 – Girl, I didn’t even recognize Jacob, he looked so
fishy, who did his make-up?
#2 – Look at Matt trying to be all fishy with those fake eyelashes!!
(source Urban Dictionary lol)
Example A) above.. My outfit I wore to the 2017 CAFA Awards a few days ago now.. I was so nervous leading up to arriving to the event but now in hindsight, I am so proud of myself for unequivocally dressing exactly as I want to and feel the best version of myself in… This is a very proud moment, not only for this and myself but also because I know that when I push these boundaries I am helping open the minds and expose something different to people who may not understand or think something not positive about people like me for being the way we are!! I am really on this whole liberation of the human nation thing right now and am just so happy (although I do still have some fears) that I get to live in a place a city, a world, and a time (not for all, I understand) where I can SLAY THESE HEAUXS TO THE GRAVE and GIVE MORE LOOKS THAN EVER BEFORE!! YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS…. I HOPE YOU wherever you are ALSO have the courage to push yourself to your happy place whether it be make-up/fashion/art/etc… AND I also hope you stay tuned for more of this personal evolution I am on…… XOJAY
So the last couple of months I have been fortunate enough to have been getting to use and wear the highly coveted Apple AirPods! I can’t lie.. I was super happy when I got them early because they were so coveted but I was actually a little hesitant because I know how much of a SPAS I am and that I literally lose so many things, especially with how hectic my life has been lately travel/work/etc.. I finally sucked it up and accepted that I may lose one or both but at least I got to experience them LOL!!… Now, again, I am going on a couple months and some weeks of wearing them (got them in January) and have to say I am actually really really happy about how things have gone! I have been wearing them through airports, through trains, to/from fashion shows and they actually have ended up being more convenient then the burden I assumed them to be.. Of course, I am a bit more aware but I have to say they stay in when I am on the treadmill, when I am running around the city, when I am basically doing anything.. Another plus is the battery life, they on their own can stand multiple episodes of me streaming my netflix and keeping up with the kardashians.. They keep going from boarding to landing on my flights to Miami and actually have been easy to use during phone calls/etc… I MUST ALSO SAY.. THIS IS NOT A PAID OR SPONSORED POST… I am actually sharing this because I think good things should be shared.. OH AND THE BIGGEST PLUS!?!? Never having to untangle wires again #HALELUYAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! On a side note.. I am also doing a collaboration with Browns Shoes & Puma and am helping give away a pair of tickets to see The Weeknd live in concert in Canada!! So if you have a few minutes go check out my recent instagram and enter for your chance to win!!! XOJAY
What a weekend! What a beautiful dream like effing weekend!! I am still not over all the magic and love I was apart of this past weekend in Aspen, Colorado for my friends Mike & Chloe’s wedding! It was literally a fairy tale come to life (IM STILL SHOOK!!!!).. I am still in awe!!! From bottom of the mountain dance parties ft. Chloe’s favourite rose, Whispering Angel (LOL!!).. To a magic mountain top wedding ceremony outside while the snow elegantly fell against the bride, groom & guests.. OH and Coco (Chloe’s) iconic wedding dress from my moms store Powder Bride!…. Oh god.. And now the fantasy is over and back to reality for now (although, reality really isn’t all that bad <333).. I just know... Now... To see a love like that.. Really inspires me!!!! WHERE IS MY PRINCE CHARMING!?!?!? haha xoxoxo..
O.k. update time…. Finally back and all settled in from the last few months of travelling and excited to start a new chapter of content and collaborations… But first, can I address something? Is it me.. Or has the last bit of time… and today specifically just FLOWN BY.. I swear I feel like it was the morning just a couple hours ago, and now it’s 7:00PM here in Toronto and here I am writing this… It scares me a little bit.. Time, just flying before my own eyes.. I don’t want to let time fly.. I want to live in the time!! Another thing is HOW majora is this photo taken by my guy Brett Clarke, one of my favorite photogs in the city!! Another thing I love about this pic is that it completely showcases where I am right now with my current state of gender/beauty/style/etc.. This is literally me in a nutshell! One thing I really am going to focus on, which really has been a part of me since I’ve started, is the entire androgynous/unisex/genderless approach to fashion, style, beauty & everything else I can get my paws on… I think it’s important to give this sector a voice, especially in social media and along sides with brands because when you really think about it.. There isn’t a real set place for someone like me.. I mean when I first started blogging it really was about personality, charisma, energy and who you were.. Now I feel like everyone is the same.. Everyone is doing the same thing, dressing the same, being one single isotope, they might have a couple different neutrons but all there protons are the same.. And it’s becoming a problem because brands are getting comfortable working with comfortable instead of working with outside of the box and out there… I have been very blessed and fortunate to be able to have worked with and continue to work with the brands that I do and I hope that I can continue to push the boundaries for myself, and of course, those to come!!! Anyways.. Stay tuned for more posts coming up, gonna share some of my favourite moments from the Chanel show I attended in Paris a couple weeks ago (which I haven’t shared on my instagram) as well as whatever comes next, I guess :):) <3 Love you all so much!!! XOJAY
I had such a crazy time at the Rihanna, Puma #FentyXPuma show in Paris during fashion week last week!! It was out of this world and I literally wanted every single piece of clothing that made its way down the runway… Here are some of my favourite highlights and moments I captured from my spot at the Rihanna Fenty show!!!!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of getting up nice and early to have breakfast with Chanel at Toronto’s very own Coco Café, in celebration of the launch of Chanel’s new ROUGE COCO GLOSS! The cafe, which is running from March 1st to 26th, will be offering a variety of on-site activations from Chanel CHANCE “Juice Bar” fragrance consultations a Hydra Beauty “Bubble Bar” that will offer face or hand massages, a Lip Lollipop Bar, a Photo Station a Manicure Bar and Nail Photo Cam as well as Chanel Makeup Master Classes!!! XOJAY