Thursday, April 24, 2014

Adventures in Dating: My Last First Date

The last Thursday of every month Adventures in Dating features a guest blogger or reader to share their dating mishaps, triumphs, tips and tales. This month I am honoured to have my dear friend from University, Christa sharing the story of her last first date.


It was a warm and sunny evening when I drove to Brantford in my Volkswagen Beetle to meet the one I had christened “The Engineer”. He called himself  Brad. Shortly after arriving, I was regretting not offering my cell number, because I didn’t see him anywhere. A minute later, Brad pulled in the parking lot in a champagne-silver Saab. As far as first impressions are concerned, he had just scored a point with a grown-up, elegant vehicle.

Initially, he had already earned brownie points for suggesting a “meeting” (in his opinion) or a “date” (in mine), without any poking or prodding from my end. I was finished with relationships that I steered and controlled my way through – this was a new beginning and I was not going to be taking the reins.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Something Blogged: Personalized Bridesmaid Survival Kit Clutch

You've figured out who to pick as your bridesmaids and you've asked them to be in your wedding. They've got their dresses, shoes and accessories and the wedding day is fast approaching. Now what to give them to say thank you for all their hard work and dedication to your big day?  For me, I found it hard to determine what to give my bridesmaids to let them know how thankful I was that they were a part of my wedding day.

I wanted to give my bridesmaids something they could use on the wedding day, but also something they could use after the wedding. I also wanted their gift to have some personal element to it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

My First Time...

Photo Courtesy of Capti Vision Photography
Last weekend,  I attended my first blogging conference held in downtown Ottawa at the NAC ( a venue I've written about before). Going into the conference, I was excited. As a self-proclaimed "newbie" blogger, I was looking forward to learning how to grow and improve my blog.

The BConnected Conference was a two day affair, bringing together local Canadian bloggers to talk about all aspects of the blogging world. From blogging photography to brand relationships, this conference encompassed it all. On top of this, there was a great list of sponsors to interact with and collect some swag. Giant Tiger, Terra 20, Oasis Juice and Future Shop were on hand to give out juice, gift cards and let us play some Mario Kart!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cat's Adventures in Dating: The One That Got Away

I love writing about my dating disasters, successes, and secrets, but today I want to share a part of my dating history that still fills me with sadness. In my 27 years on this planet, I have had one great love; the one that got away.

K and I met on e-Harmony. To say that we had everything in common would be an understatement. We were gendered versions of each other, right down to his birthday being the day before mine. We agreed on all the same things but had just enough differences that we could still debate and disagree on some matters. We were both from the same culture, and valued all the familiar aspects that came with that. Heck, we were both tall with dark hair and a mutual affinity for fitness. Simply put, we were perfect.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WTF Wednesday

Happy Wednesday fellow readers! I have to say I am really happy with my decision to move WTF Wednesday to a bi-weekly series, because lately the universe has been kind to me and I barely have any WTF moments to share! Here are the few I was able to scrounge up for you:

- Sitting in an airport last week, reading Elaine Lui's book when her publicist sees me reading it and tells me Ms. Lainey herself is on my flight! I end up getting to chat with Lainey, she signs my book and I score an interview with her the next night at her Faculty of Celebrity Studies event! This is a WTF moment in the most awesome way.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ALDO A-List Grand Re-Opening Event at the Ottawa Flagship Store

Tweeting my fab shoe find along with Marilou of Twenty York Street
ALDO kicked off the grand re-opening of their flagship store in the Rideau Centre this weekend with a huge party. All shoe-lovers, shopaholics and fashionistas were invited to hang out with the ALDO staff and style ambassador, Marilou of Twenty York Street to shop and socialize. I was also on hand tweeting, interacting with shoppers and doing a little shopping of my own!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Something Blogged: Plan the PERFECT Honeymoon

Bonus points for shooting this look in the snow!

1. Determine a Budget - Figuring out how much money you have to work with will allow you to pick a destination suited for your budget.

2. Location, Location, Location - Based on the time of year you choose for your honeymoon, this will help with choosing a location. I was thinking Costa Rica for my honeymoon initially, but found out that the time of year I was choosing was their rainy season, so that immediately removed it from my list. Also consider what you want out of your honeymoon: Relaxation? Adventure? Sight Seeing? Figuring out the type of honeymoon you want will also help you pick a location.