SWAK for Heart

Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall is asking you to pucker up, kiss something, and hashtag it #SWAKForHeart.

The Sealed with a Kiss (SWAK) campaign runs from now until Valentine’s Day, and for every post shared to Twitter or Instagram, Upper Canada will donate $1 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

February is Heart Month. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, heart disease and stroke takes one life every seven minutes and 90 per cent of Canadians have at least one risk factor.

If you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s colour, Upper Canada suggests: Russian Red, Ruby Woo, Lady Danger or Viva Glam by Miley Cyrus — you can find those at your local MAC Cosmetics store.

Personally, my favourites are Lady Danger (a classic, matte, retro orange-red), and Viva Glam by Miley Cyrus (bright, amplified creme, gloss-like pink).

Any other suggestions?

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Brightening a “Blue Monday”

Today is generally referred to as “Blue Monday” – a name given to the Monday of the last full week of January, purported to be the most depressing day of the year.

Let’s be honest, it’s probably not the most exciting day of the year; Christmas is over, the holiday bills are tapering off, and it’s extremely cold outside!

But in an attempt to battle the “Blue Monday” blahs, I headed out to Greenwood Park in Ajax – one of my favourite parks in the town – to snap some golden hour photos with my best friend, and to warm up, we enjoyed tea at Maraschino Cafe & Italian Bakery in Pickering Village.

Hopefully you found today’s bright spot, like I did. =)

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Happy Christmas

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. I have been having some technical difficulties with my camera. The ISO keeps automatically changing, even on Manual setting. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I’ve also been having trouble with “banding” on my photos. Both of these issues cause major “grain” in my images. Advice?

Nevertheless, still a great day — despite the camera problems. We had two turkey meals, a great time opening gifts, and some well-deserved time with my cousins.

How was everyone else’s Christmas? I hope Santa was good to you!

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Toronto Christmas Market 2014

One of the holiday events now on my yearly bucket list is the annual Toronto Christmas Market in the city’s historic Distillery District.

The Toronto Christmas Market generally runs from the end of November until the last weekend before Christmas. This is my second year visiting the “festival.” If you haven’t had a chance to see my post from last year, check it out. I stopped by during the evening — the lights always look the best in the darkness of the night.

I waited until the last day to stop by the Christmas Market, mainly because I’ve been pretty busy. Hundreds (if not thousands) of people packed the area to taste the food (i.e., sausages, baked goods and some artisan cheese), while others snapped photos with Santa, and rode the carousel and ferris wheel.

We had fun, although next year, I think I’ll stick to a quieter time to check out the market. It was overly crowded and I wasn’t able to enjoy the vendors as I originally hoped.

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Christmas knick knacks

There’s only eight days before Christmas.

Ask my friends, it’s pretty obvious I’m VERY (overly?) excited for the big day. I have completed my holiday shopping, everything has been wrapped, and all my Christmas cards have been mailed. The only thing left to do is wait.

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