Escaping in Style: Fashion Art Toronto, Food and Fun with Ford Canada

Fashion Art Toronto Ford Escape 2017 Ford Canada Ottawa Fashion Blogger Chantsy

My first official press tour has sadly come to an end. And what a whirlwind it was. My friend and fellow Ottawa influencer, Katie Hession from Yow City Style, joined me for a road trip to Toronto for the weekend. I drove us in a brand new 2017 Ford Escape, courtesy of Ford Canada. We had a hectic agenda and truly made the best of our time there, sans our family! It’s quite refreshing to travel with someone that has the same interests and goals: do, eat and see all the things in Toronto! No need to deal with kiddies or hangry husbands who want to eat before we have had a chance to photograph our food. I know most of you were following our Instagram stories, and I have to say it was nice staying in touch with Ottawa while we were in Toronto. Hopefully we made you proud, and you were able to enjoy it as much as we did!

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New Orleans Street Style

I went to New Orleans (NOLA) in June for exactly 36 hours with a good friend.

We spent 3 whirl-winding days of walking, shopping, boozing on the street, eating and sweating of the excess pounds from the heat and humidity. I was pooped, let me tell you. I barely had any energy left over for Jazz club hopping on Frenchmen street. It’s hard to travel fast. You want to see everything, go everywhere and do it all!

We visited some vintage boutiques like The Revival Outpost where I got my new glasses and Boho Kimono, the famous Bourbon French Perfume perfumery where I purchased a soft musk that smells fabulously clean.

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musk Bourbon French PerfumeBut can I say something, NOLA is Street Style heaven! The streets are beautiful and the architecture has so much history, it’s almost palpable. That was my favourite part, well that and eating of course.

Here are some pics of the trip.

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Posing for the good old fashion selfie stick in the Porter lounge.
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My Porter essentials
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My first cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee… very good!
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Famous Cafe du Monde Beignets- what a powdered sugar mess!

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Carousel Bar at the Monteleon Hotel
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Alligator Hot Dog from Dat Dog with white trash fries.
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Product testing my DDM Cosmetics- LED Lipstick
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Hotel lobby of the Maison St. Charles on St. Charles Street in the Garden District
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Local Starbucks
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Gorgeous night market on Frenchmen Street
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Found this amazing abandoned derelict building.. STREET STYLE!!!

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As far as street style was concerned, it was quite disappointing. The retailers in the boutiques had a cute boho look to them, because they must dress for the heat! But overall, it was not an exceptionally fashion driven community. If only they realized the opportunities! Here are some fun shots we took.New Orleans Chantal Sarkisian Mode Xlusive Plus Size Blog Ottawa street style 2 New Orleans Chantal Sarkisian Mode Xlusive Plus Size Blog Ottawa Street Style IMG_9400  IMG_9552

Travelabulous helped me build a map of all the sites I visited. If you are thinking of a quick trip to New Orleans, do check it out.

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Travel in style

I’m headed to Vancouver for a few days for some much needed R&R. I’m really looking forward to catching some street style pics of Vancouverites!

As usual, I checked in way too early, because I’m paranoid when I travel. I always give myself more than enough time. I’ll chalk it up to a great opportunity for a blog post!

When you travel, do you bring your best style forward? Are you a fashion chameleon tourist? Do you choose comfort over style? Personally, I’m a healthy mix of all three.

This is me, coffee in hand, patiently waiting to board the plane. I’m wearing my new favourite  wool scarf from “In the Ville” that I bought at the National Women’s Show. I’ve got my cozy green GAP flats, white GAP jeans, denim GAP shirt and black blazer from Casis (wow GAP overload!). 

In hand, I’m lugging my grey ‘alle’ Uashmama bag. It’s perfectly suited to use as a briefcase, fits my laptop and will double as my travel bag once I get to my destination. Shoulder strap here is key! Actually, as I write this post, I spot the same bag on another passenger! How cool is that!

Well, I’m off to see bigger and better things and hopefully come back revived, refreshed and inspired!

Have a great week!

Xox Chantal

PS- packing was a nightmare last night! I tried to plan outfits and just couldn’t hustle through it. 

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