Life got busy…and fabulous.
I still can’t believe September is ending. This month flew by so quickly and I’ve been enjoying it so much that I haven’t posted anything. But, I’m working on a few posts now so October should be more productive. Instead of doing a bunch of posts about what I’ve been up to this month, I decided to merge them into one massive posts. Get ready for an interesting mix of fashion, beauty, music and travel! Here is my month in photos!
A long weekend in Montreal
It’s been a few years since I’ve been back to Montreal since I graduated from university. It’s one of my favourite cities to travel to because there are always such good vibes, good food and good times. I went with my sister for a few days and we basically went a weekend long food tour. Of course, we stopped at a bunch of tourists’ spots like Old Montreal and the Gay Village when we weren’t heading to another food spot.
Taco Fest Montreal
It just so happened that Taste Montreal was hosting its own Taco Festival while we were there. I’ve been to Taste Toronto’s Taco Fest for the last three years and it’s always so much fun. Going to the festival in Montreal was different but also fun. There were a few vendors from Toronto but it was nice to try tacos from local restaurants too!
If there’s one thing I love more than anything, it’s brunch. Over the summer, I went to Brunch Fest in Toronto and got to sample the best brunch foods in one place. I’ve been dying to go to Montreal for a very specific restaurant called Juliette et Chocolat, but I was excited to try a few new brunch spots too. One of the most popular brunch spots in Montreal right now is L’Avenue. It’s located on Mont–Royal Avenue and it had such a long line outside that my sister and I had to wait over an hour to get a table inside. But, I can definitely say it was worth it. The vibe is street art meets French eatery and there was so much food that didn’t end up finishing it all. I would definitely go back.
Toronto Fashion Week
A couple days later, Fashion Week started in Toronto. I didn’t go to as many shows as I wanted to, but I did go to Narces and Lesley Hampton. They were both fabulous with an endless collection of bright, textured gowns and evening wear. The shows took place at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and it was a completely different space with all the lights and fashion elites filling the first floor.
I obviously took the opportunity to dress up for the shows and pulled my fanciest tulle skirt out of my closet. It’s from Addition Elle’s NYFW capsule collection and I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear it. I paired it with a gold belt that I also got from Addition Elle and a mesh bodysuit with slightly puffed shoulders. It’s one of my favourite bodysuits because it also has the high neck collar and Victorian inspired buttons in the back. I felt like such a queen all I needed was a crown.
Toronto Flower Market
One of my favourite things to do this summer has been to wake up early on Saturday morning and head down to a flower market near my house. It happens at least once a month and always has a different selection of vendors, flowers, and other plants. I bought my sister this adorable succulent plant that sits in a vase shaped like Bulbasaur back in July and she loved it. This month, it was all about dahlias. I must have gotten a couple dozen dahlias for my mom, grandma and myself. I also fell in love with these beautiful dinner plate peonies that I had to get like six. I woke up to this beautiful bouquet for over a week and I loved it.
Sephora popped up
I love a good beauty pop up and this one was probably one of the biggest I’ve been to all summer. Sephora popped up at Yonge-Dundas Square, the heart of downtown Toronto, for just under a week. They had little photo walls, beauty makeovers, and games. It ended up raining so I didn’t get to try everything, but I did manage to squeeze in mini facial at the Fresh truck. I was already a fan of Fresh before, but I absolutely loved the rose-infused line I tried out. I’ll definitely be trying out the full size versions soon.
Lizzo performed in Toronto (again)!
I was fortunate enough to go to two Lizzo concerts this year and I’m still processing how amazing she is. I went to a concert back in May and was counting the days until she came back. This time around, the venue was bigger and I was closer than ever. I went with my best friend and we stood for hours in the pit waiting to see her up close. It was worth it and I got some amazing video of her. It’s so funny how popular she is now compared to the first time I saw her. People are catching on to her talent and I am definitely here for it.
What has September been like for you? Anything fabulous or noteworthy? Tell me in the comments!