Can’t believe this was already a few weeks ago! Seems like yesterday I was just in New York for Fashion Week and now already only a few more days away until Paris Fashion Week! If you follow me on insta I have NOT yet announced it but YASSSSS your girl is going to Paris for Fashion Week again this weekend for the Chanel show! So excited!! Can’t wait to share all the exciting moments with you guys while down there! Stay tuned! XX

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AS you may know I celebrated the beginning of my birthday month (YES I AM TOTALLY DOING THAT THIS YEAR!) last week here in Toronto!! I had the pleasure of being hosted by one of my favourite restaurants in the city and also my weekly Thursday night spot STK Toronto!! The luxury steakhouse recently opened up a few months ago and has already made an impact on the city being one of the hottest spots to dine and party in the city!! SO… Where was I!! Last Thursday, I invited a few of my friends to join me for a multi-course experience at the hot spot and eat, drink and dance the night away!!! We of course, had signature steak dishes, the now legendary fries and mac and cheese and a bunch of other fab dishes which were accompanied by some of my favourite songs by their regularly scheduled DJ (yes.. this place is basically like one big fun party)…. Here are some of my (that I could capture) favourite memories from the night!

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jacket – Diesel / bag – Hermes / boots – Aldo

 

IF you know me then you know I love a good pairing of visuals and music so before we carry on with any reading PLEASE press play on the music video below to set the ambiance!!!! O.k. Now that that is taken care of.. I am SO happy because after all these years of going to Paris I NEVER got to do this.. Such a simple little stop on the way to an event that made me literally the happiest.. I have always wanted to snap some photos at the Palais Royale, in Paris and just see it in real life, feel it with my own eyes and spirit and I finally got to!! Another thing that I am super excited about is the full acknowledgement of really finding my sense of style and look for the new year.. My style has really changed over the years, from frumpy and layery to confused and street chic to now what I call…. a…. very androgynous, sexy leather biker, casual but always cool vibe!!! This trip has been like a dream for me because I’ve been able to do it as the new and current me.. AS the me that is this dark and sleek creature, who loves to wear make up and get glam and who is just a lot more young, wild and free!!!… It’s crazy because the older I’ve got the younger and more liberated I feel.. That I must say is truly a blessing of age, aside from of course knowledge, wisdom and experience but it’s crazy because when I think about it I probably wouldn’t of let those attributes reach me without this new liberation so it all comes down to that!! UGH!! PARIS JUST GOT ME FEELIN MAGICAL!!!!!!!! Stay tuned for more!! Xo Jay

 

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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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I can’t believe it’s already been some weeks and some days since my trip to Vegas with Expedia and two of my faves Christian & Vanessa!!! It’s funny because If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been to Vegas a couple times in the past and had nice times… But not like this! This was definitely and undeniably… ONE FOR THE BOOKS!!.. This time around I had the pleasure of being invited by Expedia Canada to have and create a #VegasYou experience!! What is Vegas You, you ask? It’s basically a new online destination where YOU can find all things Vegas that fit YOU and YOUR needs! From planning the perfect shopping trip, to organizing the most ideal bachelorette party – All within clicks of a button… #VegasYou categorizes the hotels and destinations and then breaks down all the fab things each spot has to offer saving you sanity and of course much needed TIME that would rather be spent TURNING IT UP in VEGAS!!… BUT YAS!! Back to the trip.. I have to say I probably have NEVER laughed more in my entire life on any trip with friends like this! It was a trip of a trip lol!!

The trip started with us all communally giving input on where to stay.. We scoured Expedia.Ca for the hottest hotels we could find and NATURALLY ended up with the SLS Hotel Las Vegas, which ended up being such an amazing choice… Upon arriving to Vegas we checked in and made an instant dash for the lux pool area adorned in chic white cabana’s, day beds & more… It was so fabulous!! Then we made our way up to our beautiful room (see above) that gave us the perfect backdrop for a bunch of the content we would be capturing throughout the week… After we were all settled in we went on a bit of an adventure on the Vegas strip and sat and watched the sunset between and amidst all of the towering towers and of course, went to visit one of my favourite stores in the city, Barneys New York! #SHOPPPPPPPING!!!!!!

On one of the excursions we made a point to go driving out into the middle of Nevada and into the desert where we would eventually capture some of the most iconic must-do moments! We captured some of the coolest pictures I have taken in a while and had such a memorable adventure.. I CAN’T EVEN DENY IT HUNTY!! I WAS AFRAID!! I was NOT trying to get eaten up by no coyotes or scorpions! It was insane!!! You can see more pictures here in my post: Child Of The Desert

We also went to the Neon Museum which is quintessentially the grave yard for all the Las Vegas neon signs that have stood the test of time… At first, I thought how great of a photo op would this be, and it was, but after actually attending and listening, it was SO fascinating to learn about all the history that Vegas really has, all the scandals, the high’s, the lows, the star studded affairs and mobster scares! It was honestly, truly… SO enlightening!!

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One of the undeniable highlights of this trip had to be doing a late night fly over Las Vegas.. It’s so crazy how something so grand from the ground can look like toys in a video game from miles up! We went at about 8:00PM when we knew the city would be lit up and the sun would be set.. It was like a dream! If YOU reading this, EVER go to Vegas YOU MUST!! Another moment where I was afraid in the moment but quickly got over it when I was able to let go and appreciate the beauty of what human beings are capable of!!!

ALL IN ALL.. What it comes down to is my CHEAT SHEET TO VEGAS!!! Ready!?!?!?.. Here it is!!! TO EAT: BEAUTY & ESSEX, LAVO, TAO, MR.CHOW <-- (my favourite!!) TO SHOP: WHERE ELSE HONEY!?!?! BARNEYS OF COURSE!!! TO PLAY: OMNIA, LIGHT, SURRENDER, NEON MUSEUM, HELICOPTER RIDE OVER LAS VEGAS.. I know I’m missing one.. Wait.. Vanessa & Christian, if you guys are reading this, what’s the nightclub I was having so much fun at I FLIPPED BACK AND FELL OFF DA COUCH!?!?!? LOL!!! TO LOUNGE: THE SLS LAS VEGAS POOL

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This Vegas trip has been so amazing thus far, I can’t believe we’ve already been here for three days. It feels although it’s been a week! If you have been following me on social media you know that I am on this trip with two of my favourite blogger friends courtesy of Expedia!!! We have been doing such fun and exciting things here like this… We drove out into the desert, without any direction and when we felt we found the right place, we just hopped out of the car and dove right into it… Thus, creating, these magical warm, moody, vintage and dusty feeling moments that I never thought I would capture in a million years!!!! What a time!.. Stay tuned for more!!

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Oh how ever do I carry on here…. And how much do I miss the nothingness accompanied by the sounds of the water splashing against the pool and the wind kissing the greenery creating that beautiful sound….. I literally just made a poem or a haiku or whatever about HOW much I miss The Hamptons!!!! I had such a wonderful stay and it was great to have some good quality family time even though I almost went insane come day 7 lol!! Regardless, it’s crazy how calm, peaceful and serene everything is when in The Hamptons.. Definitely can not wait to go back!!! Xx

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flannel – Levi’s / denim – Diesel / sunglasses – Cutler & Gross

So after our week and some days in The Hamptons (which I still of course have to share) we decided to head down to New York for a night before heading back home! Prior to heading to NY we did some shopping and I found two things I have now not stopped being obsessed with! First, is without a doubt this Levi’s flannel that literally gives me Saint Laurent proportion shivers (a few people actually asked me if it were Saint Laurent) and I was like! LOL NOPE!!! Paid about a thousandth of the price and looking just as good haha!! And then there is this Prada moment that… No.. Can we please just take a few seconds to inhale, exhale and give our YASSSSSESSSSSSS!!!! Can’t wait to give this a full lewk for the Couture shows in January!!!!

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What a crazy week! From the Met-Gala afterparties at Gilded Lilly and then at UP & Down which was literally like BA-NANA’s.. I nearly had conniption over how much GLAM was going on at Up & Down after the Met-Gala… Seriously… What else.. AN amazing little trip up to Madison Hermes, which I haven’t been to in so long because for some reason I never make it past 30th in NY lol!… To the Balmain NYC boutique store opening which was so chic and cool ”Hey Olivier!!!”… TO that all leather Balmain jumpsuit that I literally just can’t get enough of right now!! SLAYY MAAMAAAA SLAAAAAY!!!!!! Just a seriously crazy, fun, productive, exquisite week… And here.. is literally what images/clips I captured from the trip… You know what I say!! Sometimes you must be having REAL authentic fun if you don’t have a lot of pictures to document the night!!! That being said………. Enjoy! XOjay

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HELLO 2016!!! Another year has passed and another year comes to fill our lives with new experiences, journeys, stories, adventures, love and……. & whatever else comes along the way… That being said, yes, I was a little bit absent from my blog the last couple of weeks as I was on my annual holiday vacation to Miami… It’s here where I really had the chance to think about what I want for myself next year… I mean.. This year now… what I can see myself doing, what I really want to achieve… I say that because Miami really makes me dream, especially when I am in the design district.. All the glamour, the fashion the luxury..It really helps you keep your sense of standards set high..I feel like luxury and fashion always do that to me.. They keep me dreaming and keep motivated… That’s why I love coming here….Then.. there’s the other side of the spectrum.. The side where… Maybe I am afraid I won’t reach my goals, maybe, I won’t be able to acquire all that I want in 2016….What if no body want’s to follow me anymore in 2016? What if no one cares? What if, what if, what if….So many what if’s from so many different sides.. But oh well.. Can’t live in fear, can we….. All I personally know is that no matter what, everything happens for a reason.. Right!? So.. It’s time to get to work and enjoy the ride!! To everyone reading this!! Happy 2016… Let’s get it!..

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