Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Blended Blog Does Toronto

Back again linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell, this time we're talking traveling. I thought it would be fitting to talk about my trip this weekend to Toronto with The Blended Blog ladies. I'm going to follow Christy's lead and do a recap today and then Friday I'll share what I love about each one of the ladies. *Warning this is going to be a long post, but I want to remember it all.

We started planning over a year ago and finally the weekend had come! I packed, unpacked and repacked my bags too many times to count. Laying out all of the clothes, man talk about nerve wracking! I left Thursday morning, super early, got there with plenty of time to spare and had breakfast at a grill cheese truck, it was cute, they made it look like a food truck in the airport. Then off to catch my flight, Deena had asked everyone to take an outfit selfie, so in the middle of the floor with tons of people around I took one of the team and took a selfie.

To my surprise I didn't have anyone sitting next to me on the flight there, that was a nice added bonus.

The lipstick I am wearing is the Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Lip Kit in Rosie

When I arrived and I waited for both Alison and Katie to get there so we could share a ride to the hotel. Once we found each other we took a 2 trains and a taxi, and adventure but no one else I would rather navigate Toronto with.

When we finally got to the hotel Lisa, Andrea, Deena and Christy were waiting at the restaurant, holding down the fort while people slowly started to arrive. We were all starving and we all ordered the burger it did not disappoint.

Andrea was the sweetest thing and brought us all little packages to enjoy, one of them being our very own TBB tank top! Plus some personalize M&M's.

We said our goodnights and went to our rooms. Lana got in the latest because of delays and I couldn't not see her, so I went over there and hung out for a bit and caught up.

Saturday morning we all met for a free breakfast, nothing is better than getting a free hot breakfast. We stayed at the Grand Hotel and Suites in Toronto, highly recommend, we stayed in the two bedroom suites.

Then we hopped on a bus for what seemed like hours...oh wait it was hours.

Dying of boredom, why not take some more selfies.

First we waited an hour for other people to get on the bus, then we drove around for a long while and randomly dropped off 2 people at the outlets (random fact when we picked them up 7 hours later, they only had 3 bags, who shops for 7 hours and get three small bags?), moving on, then we stopped at the cutest town for a quick break and look around.

The others got coffee...at the cutest coffee shop. Don't think I didn't go around and make all those bags line up...
Nicole and I got ice cream...thank you Nicole for not making me feel like a freak and getting ice cream with me. Ice cream is always a good idea in my book.
Then what do you do when multiple people are wearing the same shoes? This picture makes me want to buy a pair...

Then a picture of the converse girls.

Next up was wine tasting and I tried Ice Wine for the first time, so delicious and something we've never had, so I got a bottle to take home.

Then, finally we got to Niagara Falls, seriously, the pictures just do not do it justice! I think everyone should see it once. I cannot wait to take my family back to see it. We only went to the Canadian side, so I would want to go to both sides. First up was lunch, so delicious, or it could have been we hadn't eaten since 7:30am and it was now 1:30pm.

After lunch was our boat tour, yep we got up close and personal with the water. See that boat there...yep we were about to go there.

They gave us these lovely red ponchos to wear.

Lisa enjoyed the falls from inside, it was pretty windy and wet, hehe.

The falls were absolutely stunning. Here is a video I took, yep was willing to sacrifice my phone for this video...luckily no phones were harmed in the making of this video.


After the boat tour we did a little walking around the town, but buying lots of sweets. Have you heard of these, I'm still not sure how to say it. I thought it was a little too sweet for my liking, but a few bites were really good.

After a bazillion hours (or 2) we arrived back at our hotel and got ready for dinner/surprise shower for Shaunacey.

We went to El Catrin and had an awesome 7 course meal. It was Tapas style so we got to taste a bit of everything. Everyones favorite was a corn dish that I could have eaten gallons of.

Sunday was a leisure day and we met for breakfast at 10am and then braved the cold (for me) weather and walked 9 miles  around Toronto seeing all that it had to offer. See that wind in our hair? Yep it was cold and at this point I was doubting my outfit choice. In the end it turned out okay, when in the sun it was perfectly almost warm.

There were so many colorful buildings and some great graffiti walls.

We were getting a bit hungry so we stopped to eat at The Lakeview, really good. Thank you Andrea for sharing a meal with me, it was picture perfect sharing my first Poutine with you.

speaking of graffiti walls, we did a whole photoshoot in an well known ally, and it was definitely an experience. As most of you know taking pictures is sort of embarrassing at times, but in this alley, everyone there was taking outfit pictures/artistic ones, it was so cool to see so many people using the same background and doing their thing, those picture to be disclosed at a later date. But here is one that we took in that alley.

and another, cause what's a photoshoot without at least one group selfie.

Some other fun stuff around town.

We ended up doing some shopping, and then went straight to dinner. No breaks for us, so what we left in at 10am is what we ate dinner in at 8pm. It was sad, we felt like we had just all arrived and now we're sharing our last meal together.

We had lots of laughs, talking, sharing and everything in between. Sunday was a sad day, after over a year of planning it was all ending, too soon! Let's make it a day longer next time ladies shall we? We all wore Andrea's shirts she got us to breakfast for one last meal and of course pictures and a selfie, duh.

You would be surprised at how hard it was to find someone to take a picture of us...people seriously don't know how to take pictures, there were only so many people we could ask before it started to get awkward, Oh well this one will have to do.

Note: If you've been asked to take a picture, don't a)think that putting the camera at your waist and then taking the picture is going to make anyone look good b)get a bunch of ceiling and no feet in the picture, who wants ceiling in their picture? No one. That's who. c)take one picture and hand camera back...it's digital buddy, take a few in quick succession.

A few of the girls left and then it was just us, who wanted to do some more shopping and had 8 hours before their flights.

Roomie picture! What better place than with a Nordies right behind us.

Speaking of which, me and Christy bought the same purse, I knew I was going to like her in real life, I just knew it!

We headed to the airport 3.5 hours early and then I almost end up missing my flight, well sort of, they changed the gate last minute, and loaded everyone 30 minute before they said they were and were calling last calls when they should have just started loading, say what? At least I made it and there was no turbulence and I had a window seat with a gorgeous view.
Until next time ladies!

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