Malabar – go early to avoid lineups! This place is the grand daddy one stop shop for all your favourite costumes and accessories in downtown TO. They have very knowledgeable staff and carry an extensive array of pre-packaged costumes, rentals, professional makeup, wigs, hats, masks and everything else your little devil’s heart desires.
Spirit Halloween – city slicker ghosts and goblins can now conveniently shop at this popup on Queen Street West. Costumes for the whole family, props and decorations can all be found here. (Get 20% off any item here.)
Creepers – located in Oakville, they call themselves Canada’s creepiest and sexiest Halloween superstore and rightfully so because they’ve got everything! The staff even dress up as their favourite characters. Their “Pop Culture” section is pretty cool with costumes from Harley Quinn, The Walking Dead, Transformers and popular video game heroes.
Exile Vintage – remember Mr. Dressup’s trunk? Well this place in Kensington Market reminds me of it. There are racks and racks of second-hand clothing and vintage pieces that make excellent costumes if you’ve got the creativity.
Bundle up and check out these fun holiday events that will get you into a holly jolly spirit…
Nov 16 to Dec 23 – Experience the romance of an old-world Christmas Market in the Distillery District.
Dec 2 to Jan 2 – Casa Loma is all dressed up for the holidays! Wander through the dazzling lighting display in the gardens and witness Professor Wick’s magic show.
Every Saturday Dec 2 to 30 – Enjoy wintry outdoor activities, shop local gifts and sample tasty eats at the Evergreen’s Winter Village.
Dec 2 – Modern Mama Social kicks off their inaugural event with mini makeovers, delicious nibbles, giveaways and private shopping at Anthropologie.
Dec 3 – This very special edition of The Bunz Flea (cash + trades) is happening just in time to get a good start on your holiday shopping.
Dec 8 – Round up your social media peeps for the annual #HoHoTO Party.
Came home to find this lovely bouquet from the nerd ladies at Camp Tech.
I still remember hobbling into CSI to teach my very first blogging class. I was nervous as heck and 38 weeks pregnant! Last week I taught my LAST class. (We are moving to California!)
It’s been four years of dropping marketing and social media knowledge bombs. I’ve enjoyed sharing my own story of how I turned my hobby blog into an ‘accidental business’ seven years ago. I loved that I inspired hundreds of eager writers to start their own blogs and turn their passion for story-telling into side hustle businesses. And in return, I learned what goes into creating an effective presentation… and have conquered my fear of public speaking!
Avery, Tara and the rest of the CampTech Team, It’s been so much fun geeking out with you ladies! Thank you for letting me be a part of the coolest camp. Xo
Jen McNeeley of SheDoesTheCity.com will be carrying on my blogging torch as of February 2018!
I’ve been reading her blog for a decade and it inspired me to start my own in 2010! I got the chance to get to know Jen while working on various campaigns and as an Amex Ambassador. She rocks and always keeps it real!
Camp Tech offers half and full day workshops with an emphasis on developing practical skills you can use right away. Topics include Digital Marketing, Social Media, Podcasting, WordPress, HTML, Google Adwords, Google Analytics, SEO and more. Expect small classes and instructors that are engaging, fun and know their stuff! Locations in Toronto and Ottawa.
Fall rules with these foodie, frightful and fun events! Here’s what’s happening this month and the next in and around hog town…
Every Friday Sept 29 to Nov 24 – Kick off your weekend at #FNLROM.
Oct 1 to 31 – here’s a roundup of all your spooky Halloween festivities.
Oct 20 to 22 – 400+ cask-conditioned ales, epic eats, raw beats + art, all at this year’s Cask Days.
Oct 25 – The Food for Action dinner is a charity meal featuring 20 chefs from some of Toronto’s top restaurants who will each be preparing a special three-course meal.
Oct 27 – TedxToronto ‘Legacy, what will yours be’ in this year’s theme.
Oct 28 to 29 – From breads to cakes and everything in between, Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show takes you on a gourmet tour of the hottest trends in the world of baking. Get ready to eat, shop and learn!
When CJ was born I found a fabulous tribe of new moms who lived downtown but there was definitely no wine served at our playdates.
And that’s what makes this event extra unique. MomsTO invite you and your babe to their inaugural Very Mommy Wine Festival on September 13 at the Artscape Wychwood Barns.
Join 500 other women to laugh, vent and celebrate the life changing experience of motherhood.
Your $65 ticket includes a swag bag, wine + canapes. And yes, it’s all you can drink and eat ladies!
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or The Ex opens August 18 to September 4 – a bittersweet reminder that summer is officially coming to an end.
My parents brought me in a bassinet when I was a wee little baby (2 months old!) and it’s been my favourite family tradition that I’m now carrying on with CJ. I’m particularly excited this year because he is three and over 3ft tall which means he can start going on some of the midway rides!
I’m also hoping to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse. There will be a viewing party on the CNE grounds Aug 21. Which also happens to be Kids Twoonie Monday so there will be ride specials.
And of course there is all the wacky carnival food!
The menu has just been revealed! So we can expect Canadian classics like the cake poutine chased down with Tim Horton’s Fireworks Chill. Bacon will obviously be slathered on everything, from pancake tacos to salty breakfast bowls. Snack cravers will enjoy the Peanut Butter Sriracha Bites and Spaghetti Donut Balls while the more daring foodie can indulge in Bug Bistro’s vanilla softserve topped with crispy roasted crickets!
Eative even created a Dragon’s Breathe Crepe that claims to produces a fog-like gas that you can blow through your nose and mouth! And yikes, there are rumours of deep fried chicken feet!
The inaugural East Coast Kitchen Party will be hosted Aug 19-20 and the Craft Beer Fest + Food Truck Frenzy will be back for it’s second year on Aug 25-27.
What are you looking forward to the most at CNE this year?
Check out the full schedule and ticket info here.
Slather on that sunscreen and check out these fun events in The 6ix before summer flies by…
June 1 to Aug 18 – Adelaide Eats has extended to mid-month. Check out the food porn!
Aug 4 to 7 – Toronto Food Truck Festival is meals on wheels on another level.
Aug 11 to 13 – indulge in pan Asian food (including the stinky tofu if you dare) and explore the midway at the Waterfront Night Market.
Aug 12 – run with giant unicorns through cloud foam at the Colour Run 5k.
Aug 18 to Sept 4 – Let’s go to The Ex! A family tradition I’m now passing on to my little one.
Aug 19 to 20 – grab a lobster bib for the inaugural East Coast Kitchen Party at CNE.
My favourite time of the year is here! Let’s make this summer deliciously magical starting with these fun events…
May 20 to Oct 7 – take a stroll along the harbour and check out the 75+ vendors at the Waterfront Artisan Market. This event happens every Saturday.
June 13 & 14 – The Stop’s Night Market is an all-you-can-eat fundraiser for night owls.
June 15 to 18 – Taste of Toronto is the ultimate foodie festival for friends who feast.
June 15 – Give Me Liberty After Work Party hosted by Liberty Village BIA.
June 16 to 18 – indulge in tacos, guacamole, churros, tequila, hot sauce and everything Mexican at the Taco Fest.
Hey Toronto, hibernation is over! Get outside and let’s play…
March 18 – Harry Potter Yoga ummm yes this is a real thing!
March 22 – Wakeup, workout + dance party at Daybreaker TO Spring Equinox.
March 29 to April 2 – Support artisans and the handmade revolution at the One of a Kind Show. Win a pair of tix here.
March 27 (and ongoing last Fridays of every month) – LegoLand Discovery Centre is not just for kids, but they have an Adults Night for the young at heart.
March 30 to April 2 – Toronto Yoga Conference will host 100,000 downward dogs, de-stressing workshops and mindful community building. Namaste!
I’m totally not a winter person. Just ask my poor husband who knows all too well that as temperatures drop, my grumpiness soars. This year instead of bitching in my Goose I’m going to try to embrace it like a true Canadian!
Here are a few things I’ve planned…
Guided night time snowshoe hiking at Scenic Caves.
A weekend getaway to Blue Mountain including a visit to Scandinave Spa, of course.
Lots of hot pot, steamy noodle soups and hot chocolate 10 ways!
Taking my son tubing for the first time!
Cozying up at one of these new hidden bars and restaurants.
Checking out Ice Breakers, a series of giant art installations along the waterfront.
Winterlicious with friends (Jan 27 to Feb 9) – Fring’s, Leña and Cluny is on our list.
Do you know there is an inaugural Italian Restaurant Week happening Jan 26 to Feb 5?!