chic.feature: Where Does Your ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ Money Go?

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that BELL LET’S TALK Day was a resounding success. By 4pm yesterday, #BellLetsTalk had an overwhelming 60 million mentions. How incredible is that? It seems like each year the conversation surrounding mental health becomes more and more popular – as it should be. Mental health demands a unification amongst people – it affects every walk of life regardless of background, age, sexuality, or personality type.

So …. the next big questions on our minds: where does all that money go? Kudos to BELL CANADA for being transparent on their donations go! Find out where your hard earned tweets and retweets helped support.


canada.event: Bell Let’s Talk Day + My Story

It’s finally here - BELL LET’S TALK DAY. Unfamiliar with the initiative? BELL CANADA looks to end the stigmatization of mental illness by supporting local initiatives and promoting awareness. Here’s a quick recap of how BELL CANADA will donate to the cause:

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Here I am asking all of you to share your stories and experiences, it only seems fair that I allow you a small glimpse into mine.


monday.must: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Big news for me and chic.toronto – I’ve been asked by HEALTHY MINDS CANADA to be a volunteer social media coordinator for BELL LET’S TALK day, and to raise mental health awareness and initiatives. With this week being host to the annual BELL LET’S TALK day, I’ve decided to make this week’s posts all about mental health.

For this week’s monday.must, comes a book that completely knocked me off my feet. Like a sucker punch to the guy, ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven is a brutally honest look at mental health in teenagers.

(more…) Marwan’s Global Bistro

Via Marwan's Facebook Page

Via Marwan’s Facebook Page

I’m going to need everyone to join me in welcoming Kathryn to chic.toronto. One of the most fun, outgoing, and brilliant ladies I know, Kathryn is my resident go-to for all things food, wine, and fitness. We’re doing something a little different for today’s review – a restaurant review that will have you salivating at your desk!

As much as I don’t like to admit it, I am such a city girl. Anything that you could possibly want is always at your finger tips or a TTC ride away. If you know me at all, you know food has always been an important part my life. So, I am a good source to say the restaurants in Toronto are wicked! From Japanese, Thai, Ethiopian and Caribbean to Hungarian, Italian, Greek and Latin to the greatest bars with the greasiest food and best beer selections.  I have always found a place that fits my heart’s desire when it comes to the restaurant and bar scene in Toronto.

So slap me silly when I found myself in Port Perry Ontario, right near the water on a fall evening having dinner.  I had recently heard of this amazing pop up restaurant, MARWAN’S GLOBAL BISTRO, created by three friends with very unique tastes and experiences.   (more…) Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby

Beneath Beautiful

A little guilty pleasure for this week’s book review! I wasn’t 100% set on this novel at first, but I was consumed immediately (40% read in one sitting doesn’t lie!). I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel, and how it turned out to be something totally different than what I thought. BENEATH BEAUTIFUL by Allison Rushby talks around chance encounters and how doing something solely for yourself can be the most freeing experience ever.


health.toronto: Blu Matter Project + Mental Health

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After months and months of sweating away unhappily on an elliptical, it was as if the heavens parted and yoga entered my life. A huge revelation for me, I’ve seen become immersed in the art of “yoga breathing” and perfecting those hard balancing poses (I’m coming for you, side plank pose).

The best part about my experience with yoga? The calmness. After doing some research, it turns out yoga is a great assistance to those struggling with mental health issues (think depression, anxiety, etc). It is through this research that I stumbled upon the BLU MATTER PROJECT.

(more…) Maskeraide Facial Masks

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Is anyone else’s skin dying a slow winter death? In my case, I haven’t had skin this irritable in …. well, forever (not cool, hormones, not cool). Just to make the situation worse, it’s a Canadian winter – cold, bitter, and dry. My skin is definitely reflecting that environment.

Lucky for me, I got the chance to use a few MASKERAIDE facial masks … and they came right in handy to combat the harsh effects of winter. My full review is under the cut.


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