This Fall, Joe Fresh asked me to take part in the launch of their new extended (plus size) line and fall fashion trends. I styled some curvy women a few weeks back and presented the looks for a fashion segment on CTV Morning live. For the fall campaign, I also styled some looks for myself. The outfits that I am wearing are part of the standard sizing, although some items are available in the extended collection. Most items I am wearing are size XL.
Keep reading to check out my favourite four fall fashion trends by Joe Fresh this season.
I was invited to taste Batch 49, Second Cup Canada’s newest coffee blend, perfected to suit the Canadian pallet. “Better, not bitter” is their motto and I will admit that I am hooked! The medium brew was full bodied and smooth with no bitter or burnt aftertaste. I did the taste testing with black coffee and it almost reminded me of a light espresso… that good coffee taste we all crave. I could drink this brew without milk, if I had too.
4 tips on how to taste coffee
Drink it black
It can’t be too hot
Take a deep short sniff first
Slurp it in your mouth to splash it all around your tongue to catch all the flavours
Second Cup is reinventing the experience they offer to their customers by focusing on brewing really good coffee and introducing local fare to the mix. Although Second Cup is a Canadian-owned and a publicly-traded franchise, they truly value their franchisees and have gone through great length to focus on local when possible. Recently in Ottawa, all 20 Second Cup locations replaced their food with fresh daily-baked goods from Orleans Bakery! Yum!
Second Cup also offers a full-service mobile app and rewards program… just like its competitors (hint hint)
A trip down memory lane- I remember loitering at Second Cup inside Eglinton Station on Fridays after school. It’s where most of the high-school gal gossip would “brew”, but most of all where we got to connect with each other and hang out in our “civies” (a.k.a. normal streetwear or non-uniform clothes!). Then in University, I’d grab my Second Cup before every 7-10 business class to stay awake. Second Cup has been a huge part of my life, and I am sure it’s the same for you too!
If you know me, you know that I am happy to support Canadian when and where I can. I urge you to give Second Cup a second chance! And if you do, please let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts.
First, I want to thank my pack-rat self for holding onto my Dance Mix ’94 cassette tape, to realise this photo. You now understand why I can not throw anything away! “I’ll hang on to this, just in case… ”
Is anyone else guilty of making mix tapes? My older sister always recorded our favourite songs from the radio and crafted THE best summer mix tapes! Of course, the art was all about starting and stopping the record button at the perfect time. You don’t want to cut the song and you surely don’t want the “AM 640…” tune before your favourite song starts! PS- Only people who grew up in Toronto in the 90s will get that reference. These mix tapes were perfect for listening to your walkman in the car, jamming at home when you’re chilling in your (TINY) room, over plucking your brows or just doing crazy makeovers on yourself with your sister’s Cover Girl makeup! Guilty- sorry Raissa.
At that time, I was too young to be going out, but essentially my getting ready routine hasn’t changed much. Blast a wicked playlist on my phone and get dolled up! If I were to make a Summer 2016 Mixtape, there would be way too much Drake and Justin Bieber on it. Maybe it’s a Toronto thing, maybe they are super talented… I don’t know. They just give me all the feels right now. So here is my ultimate “Getting ready for a Girls Night Out” summer mixtape:
Drake – Too Good (Ft Rihanna)
Fifth Harmony – All In My Head (Flex) Ft. Fetty Wap
Drake – One Dance Feat. Kyla & Wizkid
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Major Lazer – Cold Water (Feat. Justin Bieber & Mø)
Fifth Harmony – Work From Home Ft. Ty Dolla $Ign
Clavin Harris – This Is What You Came For (Feat. Rihanna)
Sia – Cheap Thrills
Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl
OMI – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
So, what if you made all these awesome playlists on Spotify, but wanted to share them with your friends, who are also getting ready at home? What if you wanted to sing along to your favourite songs while getting ready? Well, now you can! Introducing, Airtime, an app that lets you hang out in group video, share music, videos and playlists and so much more! It’s as if Snapchat had a baby with Spotify and you fed it Youtube for breakfast. Now it makes sense right? hahaha
If you join Airtime, make sure you come find me (@Chantal.Sarkisian)!