Doors Open – Toronto – 2017

Hi guys and dolls!

This weekend, one of my favourite events in the city took place – Doors Open. It’s such a cool opportunity to see inside buildings that may not otherwise be open to the public, as well as a rare behind the scenes look at public spaces!

By far, the most amazing moment of the day was getting to stand on the stage of my favourite concert venue – Massey Hall, guitar in hand. It was the first time this building was open for Doors Open, and entirely worth the long line to get in!

Here are a few photos I took along the way. More to come soon.

xo,

D

Learning To Dance As An Adult – Update

Ballet Class

With my beginner ballet course coming to an end last Friday evening, I thought it was time to write an update to my post It’s Never Too Late to Fulfill a Dream – Learning to Dance as an Adult.

Before I began the class, I really had to idea what to expect. I worried – Would ballet be too slow-paced and quiet for me? I knew it would be good for my body – But would it be a good work out? Would I break a sweat?

With that, let me start off by saying it was most definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – It certainly was not slow-paced and quiet, and was one of the best things that I’ve done for my body. I love a good workout that doesn’t feel like a work out (because it’s just so darn fun).

The studio at City Dance Corps where the classes were held is quite beautiful – A large corner space with lots of big windows, old hardwood floors, and huge ceilings in an older building on Queen West (one of my fav areas of Toronto). The stairs up to the studio are killer (especially when you’re running late) but make for a great pre-dance warm up/post-dance warm down.

Because the course was spread over just 7 weeks, it was fairly fast-paced. However, our instructor, Marq Frerichs, ensured that we learned the proper technique for each position, as well as terminology before we moved onto the next. I loved that he also made sure to explain the biology behind each movement – Even passing around a tablet in the beginning so that we could all view how our bones aligned. It truly helped to understand just how our muscles and body over-all were working. I found that it greatly aided in becoming more in tune with my body – Not only with the external motions of ballet but the internal as well.

Overall, I left the course feeling like I had gained such a solid base of the basic fundamentals of ballet, as well as the timing and rhythms. I could feel my posture and balance improve with each class. Muscles that I didn’t even know I had have become stronger and stronger. I notice that even the way that I push my cart through the grocery store has changed – I stand taller. I feel more graceful, and above all, I have this insane excitement to keep learning – To keep pushing myself to do more, learn more and become better.

The instructor, Marq’s, impressive resume was one of the things that pushed me to sign up for my course, and he did not disappoint! He has such an enthusiasm not only for ballet but teaching as well, and it’s certainly contagious! Whenever I felt like I wasn’t quite grasping something, he was super encouraging and patient. He made the classes so much fun. I loved how, even though we were all adults, he taught us just like the beginner dancers most of us were. Above all, he created a great atmosphere for learning where you were never afraid or embarrassed to mess up because that’s how you learn!

Overall, I can’t say enough about the experience. I would say it was everything I hoped it would be, however that would be a lie – It was MORE. If I had one complaint, it would be that I wish the course was longer!

I’ve fallen in love with ballet. I even purchased a portable bar for at home so that I can practice my technique. I also have plans to begin taking both power barre, ballet boot camp, and flexibility classes at the same studio to help improve my overall strength, flexibility and cardio routine. And one more thing – Because I loved it so much, I’ve signed up to take the course AGAIN! I actually began classes yesterday with a different instructor – Her teaching approach is very different, and I’m super excited to learn even more. I think the classes with Marqs prepared me so well for this round of classes. I can’t wait to update you all once again as I get further along in this course!

Next month, I plan to begin taking introductory classes at the National Ballet’s In Studio program concurrently with this course at City Dance Corps. I’m going hard at this with my whole heart and everything I’ve got – Proving it is, in fact, never to late to fulfill a dream.

xo,

D

Tour de Dress – ELLE by RW&CO. – Rose Printed Scuba Dress

I thought I would use the beautiful backdrop of Doors Open Toronto last weekend as an opportunity to showcase this beautiful dress from the RW&CO/ELLE collab!

It’s one of the dresses that were in the bags here.

Click on any image to begin a slideshow, and scroll down for links to purchase this look! Stay tuned for the reveal of the second dress in the coming weeks – It’s a stunner!

Dress: ELLE by RW&CO. – Rose printed scuba dressSandals: FULLFORCE, Nine West

xo

D

Doors Open – Toronto – 2015

One of my favourite events in the city is Doors Open – It’s put on once a year in May, and allows people the opportunity to explore and photograph buildings that may not typically have such public access. It’s a day to feel transported to another time and place while remaining in your city! So beautiful.

We also stumbled upon a set for the movie Suicide Squad – Complete with “crashed helicopter”. Super neat!

Here are some photos I took at this year’s event (and of the set) – Keep checking back as I add more throughout the week! Click any image below for slideshow.

High Park Cherry Blossoms – Toronto – 2015

One of the most beautiful sights of Spring here in the city is wandering amidst the cherry blossoms at High Park. The blossoms only last about a week, and peak bloom can only be seen for a couple days so it’s something you can easily miss if you don’t keep a watch on the timing! I’ve had to miss them for the past few years so it was wonderful to spend a few hours surrounded by their beauty this year.

I took a TON of photos – All both taken and edited with my iPhone (no filters). Here’s just a sample of all the beauty!

We picked the perfect day for a visit – Sunny, blue skies, the fading light of sunset, and peak bloom! Click any image below for slideshow.

Location Love – Colette Grand Café

Last weekend I finally decided to check out Colette Grand Café located at King and Bathurst here in Toronto, and let me just stay this place is stunning and somewhat of a hidden gem!!

Colette Interior

Tucked away amid condos and across from a park, you would never suspect the beautiful Parisian style cafe/restaurant/bakery that is hidden inside this unsuspecting building. From the moment you walk in, you are transported away from Toronto and surrounded by some of the most lovely decor I have seen in any restaurant across the city. There are multiple rooms you can choose to be seated – Each filled with stunning natural light, and their own sweet charm.

For this visit, we chose to grab some croissants and macarons from the bakery, and find a seat in the cafe-styled section as the sun set through floor to ceiling windows. We also ordered a wonderful bottle of chardonnay – A stellar combination for a Sunday afternoon.

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