Let’s Taste the Summer Beer of Mill St.


This past Friday I was able to get some really fascinating insight from a Mill St. Brewmaster himself — Joel Manning! What a guy, I’d like to make a point to say this man is extremely knowledgeable and was able to convey the stories of each beer in not only a humorous way, but in a way that us, non-brewmaster could understand.


This summer the LCBO has brought in a Mill St. sampling pack, which contains six different types of beers — all of which are awesome!


I’ve been a fan of Mill St.’s Organic beer and the 100th Meridian. However, this past Friday I was exposed to a beautiful new selection of Mill St.’s Ginger Cat, Stargazer Summer Ale and the seasonal Lemon Tea.

The Ginger Cat is a ginger beer that ranks a 5 percent alcohol content. The hints of ginger are subtle and delicious. For those who don’t like ginger, might still consider giving this a taste-test before dismissing it! It’s a Belgian-style witbier or “white beer” made with raw and malted wheat along with orange peel and candied stem ginger added in the brewing process.  

The Stargazer Summer Ale is a 4.1 percent alcohol content brew that came with an adorable story about Manning and his (late) father stargazing one night. This was before the beer had a name, and this story is the reason why it’s called what it is. It’s a session bitter and it’s a very drinkable hoppy ale.

The Lemon Tea is the ultimate summer brew. It was created so simply and easily by combining lemonade and beer. The sweet taste of lemonade is such a traditional summer drink that combining it with a cold brew makes so much sense. It’s pleasing to the adult who is really just a kid at heart.

Some major takeaways from the beer tasting:

Always, always, always try new brews. Like Manning said, if you don’t like it now, try something else expand your palette and try it again in a few months, or even next year

Your palette is always expanding.

The first beer always tastes the best.

My favourite part of this entire presentation had to be the down-to-earth tone, the anecdotes and when Manning said talked about beer it wasn’t on a pretentious level, this quote makes me heart smile and it also makes me want more beer…. “you’re supposed to have a couple of beers and laugh your guts out with your friends”


Mr. Manning Gazing at the Stargazer Bottle – Perfection! PS!! Check out the book on the left hand side of the image. We are so sneaky!

Poster with love,



“That Awkward Moment” When You Cut Yourself Out Of Your Own Life…


Hey there beautiful light green blog I used to know..

This might be the worst blog entry ever! I’ve completely abandoned my own writing space to pursue another — wanna play catch up? Real quick! Here’s what’s up..

I started a job (as previously mentioned) at Trend Hunter! I’m officially working Monday – Friday and writing each day! I’m learning, writing, researching and getting to know a stellar group of individuals.

I still have my job at the LCBO, which has allowed me to continue an almost solid seven day working schedule for the past six weeks.

I’ve been trying new and exciting alcohol (‘Hey Day’ & ‘Apple Crown’…..?) I can’t wait to share these with you guys!

I officially graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a degree, a diploma and with “distinction” — I hadn’t a fucking clue what this meant, I’m used to “honors” but that’s basically… Yay me!

I’ve also mildly attempted to enjoy a life outside these working walls, however, that has mostly consisted of laundry, grocery shopping and searching for a new apartment – oh hey, I’m also trying to get out of Parkdale (sister included).

As you can see my Instagram and Twitter are still active and well, but this poor blog has been cut from the conversation and it’s made me slightly emotional. I’ve been having a terrible day and although I’d love to sit here and vent, the issue at hand won’t matter in a week, let alone a year so instead this recap will suffice as my outlet.

Summary: let’s get to know each other again!

Future: Let’s not let this happen again. Here’s some thing to look forward to from me! TO Pride is currently in session and this week I’m hoping for some interaction (work permitting).

Moving! I’ll definitely be updating this status frequently.

Glamping with Trend Hunter, and other exciting Trend Hunter activities, events, fun days and work updates (Woohoo!!)

LCBO? Yeah… that too, but mostly just beer y’all are going to want to try.

Alright, so there is probably more to say, but let’s keep this short. That’s my life and I’ve been too busy to write – hence I’m about ready for a straight jacket. Actually..

Love, love, love


An Enchanted Afternoon Spent With Shoes


Gotta say, I’m feelin’ pretty whimsically enlightened right now! It could be the (non alcoholic) love potion or the enchanted toadstool cupcakes…

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However, it’s neither of the above, instead, the real culprit giving me this feeling is shoes – Nine West Canada shoes!

A portion of Nine West's 'Rave Riot' collection

A portion of Nine West’s ‘Rave Riot’ collection

Last week, Trend Hunter (my awesome place of employment) received an invitation from Nine West Canada to attend their sneak peek showing of this year’s new collections. When my manager asked me if I was able to attend, I think it took me an entire 13 seconds to reply with a “hell yes!!”

Today, my coworker and I were transported to an enchanted forest – literally. The magical showroom was filled with fantastic shoes, handbags and accessories. Upon entrance our names were on a list, which just happened to be an oversized scroll with flowing cursive writing. As we stepped through the aches of rich foliage we were met by women wearing flower crowns. One, very sweet and informative gal showed us around.

She pointed out themes that were woven into all the collections, as well as, specific notes and trends related to individual collections.

It felt pretty bad-ass to be able to touch the materials and get up close and personal with Nine West’s newest items. All of the products displayed today will be in Canadian stores over the next year – and some can be seen in stores within the next two weeks!

Okay, enough writing, here’s the good stuff:

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Glitz and Glam Collection: Sparkles on sparkles! Fancy and fun girls-night-out shoes and handbags


Glitz and Glam Collection

That Girl Collection: 60s inspired silhouettes Updated T-straps Block heels

That Girl Collection:
60s inspired silhouettes | Updated T-straps | Block heels


Norm Core Collection: Polished & tailored | Clean lines & minimal detail | Inspired by menswear, yet feminine | Textured & floral


Weekend Warrior Collection: Casual | Relaxed | New hardware details | Lace ups | Shearlings



Borrowed From the Boys Collection: Kilities | Oxfords | Munk straps | Smoking slippers. This collection had some seriously comfy looking footwear. The tomboy vibes are so fresh and carry a very feminine aura about them.


11225504_10152705717686370_1698898197_n The colours used for these shoes can literally be worn in any season and it would make sense. The one-side coverage/one-side open was a trend throughout the various collections. 

This collection is bringing back to fanny pack! Couldn’t be more excited about that tidbit! Also, the purse/backpacks are simply great.


Come As You Are Collection: Grunge yet sophisticated | Casual & comfortable | Antique & worn materials | Floral prints


Chunky heels – noted

Grand finale! The sneakiest of all sneak peeks: WILLIAM RAST Footwear AKA the company founded by Justin Timberlake & Trace Ayala


WILLIAM RAST – Female Collection


WILLIAM RAST – Men’s Collection

Fun photos of the decor and theme – Enchanted Forest style!!

The perimeter of the room was delegated to a cohesive flow of tables presenting each collection. Smack in the centre of the room was a long, rectangular table lined with a deep purple cloth. The table was topped with tasty treats like candy apple, edible acorns, chocolate dipped pretzels and refreshments. It also contained mass amounts of delicate floral arrangements and candles floating inside mason jars. Sprinkled among these items were boots, bags and hats sitting on top of tree stumps, or inside glass cases.

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Accessories: New to the Nine West Canada stores will be new accessories such as rosegold watches and statement necklaces!

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New shades - stronger metal and an etched in logo. Popular leoppard print.  Accentuated framing.

New shades – stronger metal and an etched in logo.
Popular leopard print.
Accentuated framing.

Commonalities and consistent trends:

Banana heels

Thin ankle straps & T-straps

Thicker platforms

Block heels

Cow fur

Leopard/animal print


Simple bold-meets-neutral colours

Nine West Canada also gives the cutest parting gift: FAIRY DUST! A clear glass jar that fit in the palm of my hand and contains white sparkling powder was handed to my co-worker and I as we departed. The jar was sealed and tied with a gift card, but, most importantly – fairy dust. Love. LOVE. It can’t get much more enchanting/magical than that.

Fairy Dust!!!

Fairy Dust!!!

Happy Shopping!

Posted with love,


Toronto’s Hidden Artist: Robb Mirsky


In light of this weekend’s Toronto Comic Art Festival, taking place at the Toronto Reference Library, I wanted to share a feature post about a modest, yet insanely talented artist: Robb Mirsky.

Robb has been a co-worker of mine for the past year, but I only recently became aware of his badass talent in comics, and illustrations – he’s the real deal. I discovered Robb’s passion for this art form one day in during a casual conversation at work. We glazed the topic and I didn’t think much of it – until we connected via WordPress. I told him about my blog, he told me about his, I checked it out, and the next thing you know, I’m his biggest fan.

Sure, I claim to be a lover of superheros and I can appreciate the raw talent put into comics. The amount of detail, creative thought and self-motivation is simply inspiring. But, I have to admit, until I saw what Robb could create, I was never fascinated with this art – I’m officially fascinate, and you will be too.

Let me explain. Of course, Robb is attending the TCAF this weekend, so he created this awesome comic to distribute – self promotion is key! Here’s what happens when a slice of Toronto’s talent decides to spew greatness onto paper:

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And, hey, I’m not the only person who appreciates this guys talent. He’s been notice by publications around the city, as he should be; he’s been drawing and creating his original art since the age of 10.

Most recently he had a feature in blogTO as one of the ‘Top 10 Concert Poster Artists in Toronto‘. He created an amazing poster for the music band ‘Garbageface’:


Then, he had this spotlight in ‘Toronto Comic Jam’:http://issuu.com/tomking/docs/tcj_vol_19_iss_4__online_version_/c/su3d3n6

Those are just a few of the places Robb’s work can be seen. If you’re hitting the TCAF make sure you snag a copy of The Lemon Brigade!

I know you’re probably all itching for more so you might as well get social with Robb…

Follow him here: https://twitter.com/RobbMirsky

Or here: https://instagram.com/mirsktoons/

And definitely here: http://robbmirsky.com/

You’ll get to know Robb, and his pure artistic aggression toward so many of life’s daily frustrations with everything he posts. He also enjoys a good beer, ripping on terrible music, and obviously spending time with his beautiful wife and baby boy! He’s a cool guy who just happens to be a stellar artist, so show him some love and let’s get comics back on society’s radar!

Detective Ady… Just Kidding


This blog is dedicated to Jeffrey Orr, whoever, and wherever you are…

Well, hey there sunshine – literally! Such a beautiful Sunday definitely called for a Sunday stroll. Down by the water on Lakeshore Blvd. the sun, and sweet breeze gave life to the waterfront. Bikes, joggers, yoga practices, really really white girls sun bathing, family picnic’s all that fun jazz was a go today! Summer’s here, and although I woke up today thinking I would be writing about my exciting new full-time internship at Tend Hunter which starts tomorrow, I have decided to write, and inform you about the mysterious Jeff Orr.

As I enjoyed the espial aspects of my walk, I found myself searching for a bit of solitude; veering quite directly off the beaten path I leaped down, slipped, and hopped across rocks and cement objects scattered below the parking lot of Oarsman and Lakeshore.

After fully inhaling the view, and peaceful seclusion, I made my way back up to the parking lot; here, I met Jeff. Not in person, more in material-essence. I was looking for the proper place to put my foot, so I wouldn’t bail backwards down the jagged slope; instead of finding my footing, I found a card. A bank card – interesting. A few steps away I saw another bank card, and another, then an air miles card, I got curious and began scouting the whole area. As it turns out I really shouldn’t have been in such a rush to climb back up the slope, my eye caught sight of a wallet – home to the numerous cards – siting so perfectly atop a massive rock a few feet from where I had just been.

Making my way back down I found the only card that was mildly helpful – a health card. Now, I was able to put a face to the name.

I sat on the rock gazing at the water and noticed more cards beneath the surface. And, as much as my curiosity was growing I really wasn’t in the mood for a dip in the questionable water, just to fish out Mr.  Orr’s petro card.

Regardless, my imagination was running, and whether it’s due to my teenage obsession with Law & Order, or my summer reading addiction to Jo Nesbo, I couldn’t stop wondering “why?”

I mean, the cards were scattered, but close together, the wallet was just sitting on a rock as if waiting for me, and there was nothing else. I was actually expecting to see a body in the water floating somewhere close-by or a least some blood on a rock, a watch, a chopped off hand, something! Too far?

Since nothing appeared out the ordinary, I started thinking a drunken stooper (yes, I use Rob Ford terminology) had lead Jeff to dismiss all identification and plastic monetary distributors.

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Giving up, getting slightly bored, and craving an ice coffee, I dismissed the ideas swirling in my mind, and figured my walk back to Parkdale would intertwine me with the police where I could hand over the wallet. At this moment I accepted the forever mysterious Jeff Orr as the sole reason I did not, and cannot be a detective. My short attention span/easily bored personality, and desire for quick turn over were solidified.

But wait, I didn’t run into any mounted police, parked police, or bike-ridding police. Well, I’m in no mood to seek them out so here I am writing this blog. Giving the wallet one last look over, and after creeping the depths of Facebook and LinkedIn, I notice a card which doesn’t belong to Jeff! “Cynthia Orr”, alright I’m in, I’m curious again, and when I type her name into Facebook, there she is, and I quote ‘married to Jeff Orr’ – winner!! Thankfully she is more socially active! Come on, the guys name is Jeff/Jeffrey Orr. Common? Yep. Even with the health card picture, I can’t be certain that it’s a match, but the clues have lined themselves up and I’ll take the shot.

The collection of 10 cards - none of which were originally in this card holder.

The collection of 10 cards – none of which were originally in this card holder.

Thank you, Jeff for entertaining my imagination today, and I hope your wallet finds you well!!

Posted with love,


Emerge Media Awards: How My University Career Ended


I fell in love at Guelph-Humber – with my peers, my professors and my program. Like any love story worth mentioning, it wasn’t always romantic and heart-warming. In fact, sometimes it was a downright brutally unbearable experience. However, someone once told me that you have to step back and look at the bigger picture; if you’re having more ‘ups’ than ‘downs’ keep going, because it will be worth it – on the other hand if you’re having more ‘downs’ than ‘ups’ maybe it’s time to move on. Fortunately, GH gave me more positive, uplifting, character-building, and challenging (in a good way) experiences then any negative situation could trump. Instead of writing a memoir of the past four years, I just wanted to blog about the end. It’s over. And, the way it ended, completely solidified my choice of attending GH in the first place. I was part of something that was, literally a nation-wide, first-ever project created by students, for students.

The bittersweet conclusion to my four year university career at GH, came in the form of the first ever Emerge Media Awards. I’m honoured to have been part of the “planning and logistics” team headed by some of my amazing, talented and dedicated classmates: Mladen Marin, Melanie Raffa – EMA executives Katie Prud’homme – Planning a Logistic Executive and Sasha-Aliya Khan – Media Relations Executive. The wonderfully encouraging “boss” Kathy Ullyott, a professor, mentor, role model and assistant media studies program head, never stopped pushing the team forward – to our limits, and full capabilities.

After months of planning, writing, editing, research, approvals, waiting, pitching, decisions on decisions of decor, venue, speakers, themes, signage, sponsorship, menus, lighting, meetings, phone calls, dead-ends, deadlines, tweaking, adjusting, more decisions, arguments, discussions, laughter, and probably a few tears – it happened. It came together, and the EMA’s were launched, without a hitch!

The Selection Process

The awards themselves give recognition to media students across Canada; in an evening kicked-off with mingling and cocktails, followed by a three course dinner and award distribution. My team prepared and launched the event, to celebrate the current and future generation of media creators. Student works from the 2014 school year were submitted into six categories: Photography, Written Word, Audio Storytelling, Digital Design, Videography and Integrated Communications. Any student with work from 2014, across Canada was eligible to submit! We reached 120 submissions – pretty kick-ass for the first year, no?

The work was then presented to a panel of 31 industry professional judges – CBC Radio host Donna Tranquada, Ryan Da Silva, a promotion producer at Creative Agency at Shaw Media and Corbin Smith, a freelance photojournalist/photo editor, to name a few. After selecting five submissions from each category, these shortlisted entries were invited to the EMA’s on April 20, 2015 – as well as their families, friends, and judges, and anyone interested in attending.

The EMA’s

Beginning at 5:45 pm guests arrived to the ticketed event held at Humber College. They were greeted by the EMA committee, checked in, and were then able to network, chat and view the works of the short listed entries in the Humber concourse. There, they were served hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar was available. Laptops were set up for attendees to view the written, audio and integrated communication submissions. Photography and digital design pieces were set up on physical easels while a large overhead television broadcast the videography submissions.

Humber Concourse

Humber Concourse

At about 6:45 the charming and humorous Mark Onufer (MC for the evening) jumped onto a platform, clinked a wine glass and invited guests to begin taking their seats in the Humber Room restaurant. The ceremony was about to begin!


Oh-so candid shot of Mark letting guests know that IT’S TIME!


Humber Room: Calm before the storm! Beautiful lighting.


Humber Room: Calm before the storm


Guests being seated, and Rogers Television capturing it all!

During the dinner a few touching words were given by Program Head, Media Studies Jerry Chomyn. When dessert was served, Mark welcomed our keynote speaker. Fittingly an incredibly motivating, humbling, and humorous speech was then presented by the one and only Sean Beckingham. The brilliant mind behind the company “Branding and Buzzing“. Sean’s career is notable on multiple levels and a truly epic tale of following your passion, keeping an open mind and accepting all opportunities – while creating your own. As Humber Alumni, Sean and his team have clearly made waves in the realm of social media, and communication.

This epic “selfie” he took was a huge kick-start to his amazing speech.

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There is simply no better way to begin speaking to a group of media professionals, but to take a selfie, and roll right into the speech about social media and WHY WE NEED IT! The major takeaways from Sean, and what he emphasized most were: find what you love, be social, and never stop learning! I was fortunate enough to have found Sean, invite him and ask him to be our speaker. I couldn’t be more proud (of myself!) for choosing such an important individual, who gave a speech that not only benefitted the students, but the industry professionals as well.

I had the pleasure of conversing with Sean and his business partner Marian, throughout the EMA process. After many emails and phone calls, meeting them felt surreal. They were engaging and genuinely invested in the celebratory night for young media professionals. Along with industry judges the night was filled with bright students who have even brighter futures. It was humbling to see the work of my peers being recognized and broadcast – literally by Rogers television.

It’s been covered by Inside Toronto, and that’s just a few days after the event!

The award distribution was a beautiful process, where industry professionals – the judges, were able to actually present the awards to each winner.

A huge congratulations to all the short listed entries which can be seen on the EMA website, and an even bigger congrats to those who brought home an EMA trophy!


Written Word: Nicole Wiart, Grant MacEwan University: “Not like chicken or fish; something new – Meet the people behind Canada’s death revolution.”

Audio Storytelling: Julian Uzielli, Western University: “Knights in homemade armour.”

Digital Design: Nicholas Kattis, Maria Ramage et al, Sheridan College: “What are the Chances?”

Videography: Matthew Rovet, University of Guelph-Humber:”Internment.”

Photography: Katie Wyatt, Niagara College: “Karsh emulation of George Bernard Shaw.”

Integrated Communications: Jessica Pollock, Ryerson University: Promotional campaign for Young Soles


As the ceremony concluded, the guests departed and the EMA team stood by the doors distributing swag-bags, exchanging smiles, and good-byes. The evening came, and went. A memory now, the precedent for EMA teams in years to come, and the conclusion to many of my peers’ University careers.

Posted with all kinds of emotion, sentiment, and most of all, love,