An afternoon in Niagara-on-the-Lake

A couple weeks ago, my boyfriend played hooky for an afternoon and we escaped to Niagara Wine Country. A mere hour and a half on the highway (I loved the lack of traffic), we arrived in Niagara-on-the-Lake, with hunger pangs and a big thirst.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Restaurants

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Our first stop was Ravine Winery Restaurant, a small vineyard in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The winery used to be a family farm, and it still is. They make most of their charcuterie on site, and I was excited to have a farm-to-table experience. We started with a cheese board which was absolutely fantastic. Featuring Quebec cheeses and fresh bread cooked on site (including gluten free bread for me!) it was an indulgent way to kick off our afternoon. Daniel had the Moules Frites which was massive and a great value (under $20), while I had the trout, which was underwhelming in comparison to the cheese plate. I sampled the Ravine Winery Sauvignon Blanc, which was so refreshing and unique.

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I’m wearing a dress from Zara (similar here), shoes from Zara (similar gladiator sandals here), a fringe bag by Rebecca Minkoff, and sunglasses from Forever 21.
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TomTom Spark Review

Ever since I started training for the Nike Women’s 15K last year, I started tracking my runs to see progress. I usually use my phone on an armband, which I found cumbersome. For Christmas, I got an Apple Watch and was excited to be able to work out phone-free, only to realize to track any GPS, you need your phone there too! I was super excited to have the chance to test drive the new TomTom Spark GPS Fitness watch and share an in-depth review of my experience using it.

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TomTom Spark design & battery life
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As for the fashion of the watch, I like that it’s simple and black. I would have preferred a silicone band to make it more comfortable to wear, but I suspect that as the unit pops out, you could swap bands as well. My main complaint is that the plastic on the back of the unit makes for a hot and sweaty device. I tried loosening the watch a bit but if it’s too lose, I worry it won’t be accurate in its heart rate measurements. I think this has more to do with the shape and design of the watch, and perhaps a method for ventilation would improve the wearability for me on a sweaty run! I find the all black to be really sleek, and in comparison to other GPS run watches out there, the design is incredibly aesthetically pleasing, and I have worn it a few times throughout the day to track my steps. During the day, I like that the time display is always visible, as well as the date. I also like that in a couple buttons, I can access my steps data and heart rate information. I find the navigation and accessibility of the data much simpler than on my Apple Watch.

As for the battery life, I found I could wear this watch for a few days in a row to track steps and a couple little workouts and a run or two without losing power. This is MILES ahead of my Apple Watch, which I need to recharge once a day (especially if I track a workout). I would definitely feel more confident going into a race with the TomTom Spark, because I know my tunes would keep playing, while the device would continue to track my run.
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Blue suede shoes

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A great pair of shoes can be the starting point for your entire outfit… especially when they command attention in a bold hue, gravity-defying height, or strappy laces. This couldn’t be more true than when I received my second pair of shoes from the DSW Canada #StyleAndDeliver program, with the gorgeous blue lace up sandals by Zigi Soho. I paired the bright cobalt sandals with a striped and floral print dress featuring blue flowers that are in the same tone as the sandals. I kept things simple with minimal accessories and a great black leather bag.

I’m wearing a striped floral print dress (similar dress here), blue lace up sandals by Zigi Soho c/o DSW Canada, and an Alexander Wang Prisma backpack.… View Full Post

Shop till you drop

Last week, I went on a mission… with articling interviews coming up later this summer, I wanted to make sure I had the perfect power suit to dress the part -which is half the battle!

I had an amazing time shopping with Sarah from Real Life Runway. She was a great shopping companion and helped me decide on the perfect Theory suit from hr2. I got it for a major steal (over 40% off), which is great for a law student on a budget.
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Magenta suede jacket

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When it comes to springtime layering, a suede jacket in a punchy colour is a must-have. This magenta suede jacket offers a chic layer over a fun printed dress.

I’m wearing a magenta suede jacket from Simons (similar pink suede jacket here), printed dress from Zara (similar printed dress from ASOS here), satchel bag from Mackage, and perforated Majorca suede shooties c/o TOMS Canada.

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