Photo Diaries: Copenhagen by Didier Young

The first time I went to Copenhagen was over a year and a half ago, slightly before the launch of www.didieryhc.com . The royal Danish city was a place that I was excited to cross off the top of my bucket list and even though my stay there was short, it was one of the most memorable trips of my life. I did not originally shoot the following images with a blog post in mind, however I recently stumbled upon them on my hard drive and I decided to freshen them up. My editing style has changed since then and it's fascinating to see how a little bit of extra saturation can truly bring an image to life. With that in mind, I am finally posting a photo diary of my favourite European city.

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Food Habits, Keeping New Year Resolutions and the Impact of my Amex Cobalt Card by Didier Young

Let’s face it: I love to eat out. As a full time content creator, I am always in search of new aesthetically pleasing restaurants and I am always eager to try new food. However, as part of my new year resolutions, I had promised myself that I would try to cook at home more often and to eat in a healthier manner. Only eight percent of us manage to keep our new year resolutions while the others will give up within the first few weeks of the year. Am I part of the eight or the ninety-two percent?

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Hotel Guide: Shangri-La Toronto by Didier Young

We all have those times when we start feeling a tad uninspired by our surroundings and feel the need for a change of scenery. At times, that simply means that I need to get out of the house, go for a walk and end up at a coffee shop with my computer. On other occasions, it requires a week long trip somewhere completely different to fully recharge my inspiration tank. However, time doesn't always permit such a luxury and when such a situation arises, one of the best options is to partake in a small staycation here in the city itself. With that in mind, I packed a small overnighter bag and headed over to the Shangri-La hotel.

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The Truth behind Influencer Marketing by Didier Young

By now, we have all heard of the huge controversy that sparked last week between the Charleville Lodge Hotel and blogger Elle Darby. For those who might be unaware of the incident, Elle wrote an email to the hotel to pitch the idea of a free stay at the location in exchange for showcasing them on her social channels to promote awareness of the amenities to her followers. The hotel owner decided to publicly embarrass the blogger by posting her email and his obvious disdain for the blogging community and the whole affair blew out of proportion quite rapidly. I pondered writing about the subject as my views would obviously be considered biased given my profession of choice but I do believe that this is a subject worth talking about. Without further ado, let’s talk about bloggers and the reality behind our “free” things.

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Travel Diaries: Paris by Didier Young

Bonjours Paris! Not unlike most people in the world, I had been daydreaming of visiting the capital of the country that puts such an incredible level of focus on good food and fashion for years. After a week long trip to London, I stepped on a two hour Eurostar train ride and arrived in the french capital. I was ready for four days of stripes, berets, baguettes, cheese and good wine.

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Travel Diaries: London (Part Two) by Didier Young

If you guys all remember, I had a little trip to London a while back and I even wrote a blog post about it. However, my week-long stay in the British capital was far too extensive to cover it all in one article and I promised a part deux to my London post which is now finally live. Two months later. Sorry guys. In part one, I talked about my love for the British culture and its rich architecture and part two will focus on some of the keys places that made my trip absolutely magical.

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A Recap of 2017: Freelancing, Heartbreak, Betrayal and Love by Didier Young

It has been a week since the countdowns have restarted and that we are slowly easing into a brand new year. Heads are slowly blurring out from the food and alcohol induced comas and most of us have already set up the goals that we wish to achieve in 2018. However, one cannot move forward without putting the past to rest and as such, I would like to summarize 2017 briefly.

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Resolutions for 2018 by Didier Young

The Grinch’s heart might have grown thrice in size but in my case, it’s my belly that expanded. With a long and joyful winter holiday season coming to an end, we are now finally entering that time of the year where everyone collectively creates another list of resolutions for the new year, yours truly included. Of course, we all make those lists every year: sometimes the resolutions stick and at other times they dissipate within a week or two. Here are some of the things that I would personally like to achieve this upcoming annual cycle.

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Festive Outfit and Holiday Wishes by Didier Young

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that everybody has been nice all year long and ended up getting the presents that they wanted. Now that this portion of the holiday season is over, we are finally in the finish line towards the new year. Just hold on everyone. You. Can. Do. It. While most of you are now on your Christmas break, as an freelancer my workload isn't quite fully done yet and my days are still somewhat busy. As such, I find myself requiring an outfit that will translate well from day to night and that is end-of-year party appropriate.

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Scents to Impress: What to wear at your End-Of-Year Parties by Didier Young

Isn’t it crazy to think that we are already at the beginning of December? I swear that the year started yesterday and we already have to prepare for one of the busiest time of the year: end-of-year party season. That usually means that, like many of us will and SHOULD be doing, I will be polishing my best shoes, dry cleaning my suits and starting to slick back my hair to look as presentable as possible to finish off the year beautifully. We all dress to impress but many people tend to forget the primordial finishing touch to a memorable appearance: an unforgettable scent.

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Gift Guide for Him at Scarborough Town Centre by Didier Young

While we are experiencing a rather mild December month in Toronto and the streets are still clear of snow, the air is infused with the scent of pine, mulled wine, cinnamon and cheer. That’s right people, Christmas is almost here (I tend to speak in rhyme this time of year).While I traditionally start shopping for my Christmas presents relatively early, I might have slacked off this year but thankfully there are one stop shop destinations like the Scarborough Town Centre where I know that I’ll be able to get most of my shopping done. In the spirit of Christmas, I decided to share a gift guide of items that you could get for the beloved men in your life at STC.

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Fall Look by Didier Young

The temperature has finally gone down in Toronto which means that we have now entered my favourite time of the year: Jumper season. When it comes down to fashion, fall has always been my favourite with its beautiful coats, cosy jumpers and stylish boots. I have always found it hard to put together an elegant look in summer and winter but I usually thrive during the autumnal months. Today’s blog post will be short and sweet and focus on a typical fall look for me.

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SodaStream and Sustainability by Didier Young

A few months ago, I made the acquisition of a little machine called a Sodastream. This wonderful apparatus allows you to carbonate your own water at home, providing you with a near instantaneous source of sparkling water. The consumer in me was quite overzealous in the purchase. It’s not that I wanted the machine. I felt like I needed it. However the more rational part of me wondered: How often would I use a sparkling water maker? Would it be one of those numerous impulse purchases where one would buy a new appliance, use it twice and then let it collect dust in a corner of their kitchen counter?

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Black Friday shopping with Indochino by Didier Young

Everybody loves a good suit. The imperative word here being “good”. A good suit can be worn in different ways: with a white tee shirt and chucks for a casual look or you can wear a crisp shirt and brogues if you’re planning to dress to impress. The range of variables is quite wide but there is one thing that you should never compromise on: a good fit.

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How to Shop During Sale Season by Didier Young

One of my favourite time of the year is coming. For those of you who guessed that I was talking about Christmas, you are wrong: I am talking about sale season. It is no secret that I do have an affinity for shopping and it is not the easiest lifestyle to uphold. As such, I devised my own method to figure out when to buy an item full price, at the beginning of the sales or when I should wait until the end of the sales. Here are some of my tricks.

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Altitude Sports X Canada Goose by Didier Young

In my early twenties, I was faced with one of my biggest life decisions: to move abroad. It wasn’t a decision that came lightly but the move felt necessary for me to be able to further my career. Thus started a year long process of figuring out the pros and cons of the potential contenders for my new home country. We all know how the story ends. I ended up moving to Toronto, Canada, a charming city filled with energy, polite people, good food and intense winters.

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Travel Diaries: London (Part One) by Didier Young

I grew up on a small island that is part of the Common Wealth and when I was old enough, I ended up packing my bags and moving to Canada. All throughout my life, I have been surrounded by the constant image of Queen Elisabeth II and most of my studies were done while following Cambridge’s schooling system. When I am not out and about at night for work events, you’ll usually find me cozied up while drinking tea, eating ginger snaps and rewatching The Crown or Downton Abbey in bed. I might as well be British. As such, it really wasn't much of a shocker when I decided to jet off to London on my latest trip to Europe.

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Trouble in London by Didier Young

Something rather unpleasant happened to me on my way to London: I found out that I had lost my PR card. For those unaccustomed with the term, a permanent residence card allows me to remain permanently in Canada and is the one piece of government issued identification that also allows me to re enter the country as I please. Needless to say that when I found out that I had lost it, I became a nervous wreck on the brink of tears.

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Travelling: Ten Beauty Products I Could Not Live Without by Didier Young

As we all know by now, I love skincare.  Growing up, my mother always put such a big emphasis on properly taking care of our skin, whether it was with the constant reapplication of sunscreen when we were at the beach or going to see the dermatologist when I got my first zit. I was lucky to have her guidance in figuring out which types of products I needed and she was always quite generous in making sure that I was fully stocked up in skincare. The more I aged, the more products I started adding to my daily routine but as I am getting myself ready to embark on a two week trip to Europe, I realized that I couldn't travel with all the products that I love. As such, I decided to narrow it down to ten products, new and old, that I simply couldn't live without.

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