Entertangles – Workout Music

22 06 2011

Hello! Look at me, posting two days in a row! LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ Just a quick one today to share some tunes. My Eurotrip recap will probably take me a while.

The other day I was talking to a friend about how certain songs can bring back vivid memories, transporting you back to that moment when the song made an impact on you.

I was out for a run in the rain one day and near the end of my route there was a steep hill. Normally I stop running and walk it, but then this awesome upbeat song came on my ipod and I felt a burst of will power to try running it.

Today I was out for a long walk listening to my ipod and the song came on and took me back to that day. It’s just an awesome song by an amazing artist, so I thought I’d share it.

The song is Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding. I love her whole album ‘Lights.’

I also love to run to her song Guns and Horses.

 

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Entertangles – Strut for a Cure 2010

26 07 2010

This post is long overdue, but I thought I’d do a little pictorial review of a charity fashion show I went to back in May.

Strut for a Cure is an annual charity fashion show supporting the Coast-to-Coast Against Cancer foundation, an organization that helps childhood cancer charities. Supermodel Coco Rocha helped start up the Strut for a Cure event and headlines the fashion show.

Coco Rocha being interviewed...yes, I was that close! (the guy in the back in the red and white t-shirt is her hubby)

My friend, Caley convinced me to skip class and seize this rare opportunity to dress up, drink up and eat up while mingling with the glitterati, taking in a fashion show featuring the designs of Todd Lynn and watching Dragonette perform live. For $95, I thought the perks and the cause were totally worth it. And it was!

Unfortunately, we arrived fashionably late:

(As you can see, I wore my sexy silver shoes ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Which meant we weren’t able to get into the overcrowded room where the fashion show was taking place. Instead, they projected the show onto a wall.

That gave us the chance to hit the open wine and beer bar and eat some fancy schmancy (and delish) hor d’oeuvres. But we also kept trying to get into the room to see the fashion show and ended up missing the whole thing. The security people were being very strict since the room was over capacity and it was a fire hazard and a liability, yada yada…

However, our persistence paid off.

People started leaving the room after the fashion show since it wasn’t air conditioned and hot as hell in there. We were able to see Dragonette up close and personal!

There was a cool dance performance after Dragonette:

Then I took in some street style:

I love the purple checks! Hot! (shirt from Mexx)

A crazy Beyonce-esque fingerless 'glove' (from an Indian occult shop somewhere in Toronto).

Matching tuxes - adorable! (the guys from Pook toques)

Lovely lace - I love the intricate detailing of lace. I'm really liking the black lace overlay trend.

More intricate details (a Forever 21 necklace. Now that's a classy steal.)

Interesting shoes...can't decide if I love 'em or hate 'em...

Can you tell I'm a little obsessed with edgy footwear?!

After much chatting with random people, drinking, and dancing, we were ready to leave the party in a happy drunken fog with our crazy amazing (cramazing?) SWAG bags.

I had been attempting to get a picture with Coco Rocha all night with no luck. Finally before she left the party early, I snagged this shot. Though, not with her, at least it’s focused (few of my pics that night were ๐Ÿ™‚ )…

Although I had my reservations at first, particularly with the uncertainty of what to expect at the event, I’m so glad I went.

It was just an overall fun night on the town, where I got to get dressed up, have an almost-sorta celebrity encounter, drink free wine and snack on fancy appetizers. I’ll definitely be doing it again next year!





Entertangles: Cuba Recap

1 06 2010

I have been in vacation mode ever since I got back from Cuba. I can’t believe the impact a relaxing vacation can have on the body. All that exam stress just vanished after a few days of sun, sand and surf. Of course, mojitos and unlimited booze helped!

Strangely, it also seemed like the longest week ever. The weeks before and after the trip breezed by, but during, I started to count down the days until we went back home. There’s only so much tanning, swimming and drinking you can do for 7 days straight!

I won’t bore you with the details because, frankly, we didn’t do a whole lot to report back, but I did get some pretty pics.

Here’s the soundtrack of our vacation to get you in the mood…

At Pearson International airport in Toronto, I saw:

We said goodbye:


And endured 4.5 hrs in the air…

To arrive at:

The beaches were beautiful:

The weather the first day was not:

After a few days of on/off rain, we were finally able to enjoy the sun, surf andย sand:

We went into Varadero one day to see the sights and do some souvenir shopping:

Of course, we traveled in style:

I also saw a lot of strange and beautiful critters:


There were dinners and dancing:

Near the end of the trip, we visited:


And enjoyed some:


Followed by:

Finally the week came to an end and we headed home off into the:


But what’s a health blog without some food pics? (However, the buffet meals were not at all appetizing and I forgot to take my camera with me after the first day…)

My friend Emily being cautious for our first meal, sticking to fruit, cukes, potatoes and pasta

Lasagna from the a la carte Italian restaurant

Dessert at the a la carte - Tiramisu

Final Thoughts – The vacation came at the perfect time and really allowed me to learn a lot about myself. I traveled with my good friend and her friends who I didn’t know at all.ย  In the end, we all shared a lot, having spent almost all of our time there together, and became good friends. (Bonus: I progressed with my new years resolutions of getting out of my comfort zone and making new friends!)

Also, I discovered my love for the ocean, stinging salt water and all! Past experiences swimming with slimy fishies in boat-filled diesel-y fresh water lakes and burning my eyes, nose and throat while snorkeling in the salty Caribbean had me convinced I was only meant for chlorine filtered pools, and though I realized last year that swimming is my exercise, finding that I was thriving in the ocean really proved to me I’m a true water sign (cancer)!

It’s already been a month, but since I’m only taking one course in summer school, it’s been hard to get back into work mode. Especially with the nice weather we’ve been having. Makes me want to go back to this:

One day, I’m going to move to the west coast so I can live by the ocean…One day…*sigh*





Entertangles – gLee + Madonna = fabulous!

21 04 2010

I just finished watching Glee’s Madonna episode. First off, all I can say about Glee is they really hit it out of the ballpark with this show. Week after week, it just gets better and better and better. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch ASAP! I was just blown away this week. I definitely think it was the best episode of the season so far. I particularly loved when they paid homage to Madonna’s various iconic looks during the mash-up number.

Anyway, I’m just going to video spam this post with a couple of YouTube vids of my favourite songs from Glee.

First, my all-time fave, Mr. Shue singing Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” I couldn’t find a good quality clip of them performing the song on the show, but Mr. Shue’s dance moves are totally worth watching. *Sigh* what a hottie ๐Ÿ˜‰

And an HQ version of just the song:

From the Madonna episode, I loved when the guys performed “What It Feels Like For a Girl” [edited to add a working video]:

Personally, I’m not a fan of Rachel’s, but girl’s got an amazing voice. Finn’s a cutie, but really, it’s all about the Kurt/Mercedes action. They need more screen time! I thought they did a great job with “4 minutes”:

And of course, Sue Sylvester’s “Vogue” was awesome! Strike a pose.

I’ve got some ipod updating to do.ย  Adios ๐Ÿ™‚





Entertangles – Disastrous First Dates

2 03 2010

Well, I haven’t been able to post in the last two weeks because I’ve been a busy busy girl really taking my new year’s resolutions to heart (ha! I think there’s an unintentional pun in there ๐Ÿ™‚ ).ย  So here’s a recap of how I spent my reading week. Hopefully it will be more entertaining for you than it was for me.

To set this story up a little, let me provide some background info: I’ve been single for two years now. In that time I haven’t really met anyone I was blown away by and with my recent hectic schedule, I haven’t met anyone new lately at all. After having my heart broken, I’ve been content working on myself, dealing with my issues, getting through school, etc.ย  I haven’t been actively looking for a relationship. However, most of my girlfriends are now in serious long-term relationships and it kinda sucks being one of the few single girls in my group of friends.

Motivated by that fact and a friend’s encouragement to try online dating, I got the hell outta my comfort zone and set up a profile on the free dating website Plenty of Fish.ย  I’d actually been hearing good things about the site from people, so I told myself I’d give it a month. Despite having a blog, I feel very uncomfortable putting my picture on a dating website. I still feel the stigma attached to it, I guess.

The nice thing about a dating website is you know the people on there are single and looking. Plus you can usually see what they look like, which helps weed out the guys you don’t find attractive. Now, I’ve been accused of being kind of “shallow” or “superficial” because I’ve refused to be set up with certain friends of friends, but I prefer to think of it as picky (and okay, maybe I am guilty…but just a little!). Anywho, point is I was challenged to be less superficial more…open-minded, and I accepted.

I replied to every guy who sent me an intelligent message. Some of them progressed to longer e-mail conversations, others didn’t. After about 2 weeks, I decided to be bold and suggest meeting a few of the guys I’d been chatting with since my reading week was coming up and I had some free time. I ended up scheduling 5 dates in 3 days.

The Dates:

Tuesday – My first coffee date. I’d been texting back and forth with the guy all day Monday and we talked on the phone briefly. He seemed like a nice guy. With my whole non-superficial mentality, I didn’t really look at his stats. The picture he had on his profile was blurry, but from what I could see, he was cute. Right before we were to meet, he told me to look out for a hot, short Indian guy with curly hair. Boy was I in for a shock when said guy came walking towards me!

When he’d said short, I thought maybe 5’6″ or something. Turns out he was my height!! (I’m 5’2″!) I was wearing my fave Frye boots that have a thick sole and slight heel (maybe 1″), but I was taller than the dude. Plus he looked very different from his picture. I mean, he wasn’t my type anyway, but the truth is, the height thing seriously turned me off. The conversation was decent, no awkwardness, but completely forgettable. I felt bad for truly being so superficial, but he helped me out by incessantly texting me a couple hours later while I was at work. Luckily, he seemed to get the hint when I hadn’t answered his messages by the next day.

Wednesday – I set up 2 dates back-to-back in the evening. One for coffee, the other for drinks. I told each I had promised a friend I’d go to a yoga class with her before or after the scheduled date (sneaky, sneaky!).

The coffee date was painful! The guy was cute, again not my type, but I could have overlooked that if he hadn’t been trying so hard. Our senses of humours did not mesh at all and the trying too hard thing was very unattractive. On top of that, it was only our first date and he was saying things like he didn’t like the idea that I was going on dates with other guys too…I dunno, I was just getting bad vibes from the whole thing, but I thought I’d give him another chance because he said he was really nervous.ย  However, after talking to my girlfriends they all agreed I should trust my instincts and not feel obligated to go out with him again. I took their advice and cancelled the second date.

The guy I met for drinks was pretty cool. We had a good conversation (aided by the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol) only problem was that he reminded me too much of my best guy friend who passed away last year in a motorcycle accident. I’m still trying to work through that loss, last thing I need is a constant reminder.

Thursday – Another day of back-to-back dates. First was another coffee date at a cool little cafe in the Annex called Aroma Espresso Bar. They give you a little chocolate with your tea/coffee :). Sadly, that was the highlight of the date.

The guy was the type of person who tells a story and makes sure to include every little insignificant, boring detail. I learned quite a lot about his life. Not sure if he even knows what I’m studying in school. After sitting through two hours of that (why can’t I channel that endurance into my runs?!), I claimed I had a “family” dinner to go to and was on my way to my dinner date.

My dinner date was a bit of a disappointment on the physical attribute scale. He looked nothing like his profile picture and I failed to see that he was 3 years younger than me. I don’t adhere to most of the cultural norms my parents would like me to follow, and maybe I would consider dating a guy a year younger, but 3 years is a bit much at this point in time. He claimed that he was mature for his age (ha! What guy ever is?).ย  He put up a good front, I’ll give him that, but come on, I’m 23, I’m done with dating boys, I want to date a man! However, he had a really great personality. We had similar senses of humour and just got along really well.

I’m not in the least bit attracted to him and there were little things about him that bothered me (He was jokingly bragging about how well off he is (kind of endearing as well as annoying, and no I’m not a gold digger!) and then (I’m pretty sure) he didn’t leave a tip when he paid the bill – very unattractive), but I feel like we could be good friends. So we’re gonna hit up the movies. I’ll find out then if his annoying traits are deal breakers or just one-time blips.

Overall, it was a very discouraging disheartening (hehe :p) experience. The month is up and I’m done with the online dating scene. It’s just not my thing. I don’t like communicating via e-mail/MSN, I’m more of a face-to-face person. But this little ‘experiment’ helped me out in two major ways:
1) It seriously got me outta my comfort zone. It gave me a huge confidence boost that I really needed.
2) I’ve come to realize I don’t have the time right now to start a relationship. I had absolutely no ‘me’ time that week and got no school work done. Everyone keeps telling me that when I meet the right person, I’ll find the time to get to know them, and I’m sure they’re right, but I’m not going to actively look for them. The whole experience actually made me appreciate being single.

I’ve still got one more first date from that week that had to be rescheduled. Stay tuned for any developments!