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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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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A day with Lincoln by Didier Young

For the majority of my life, a car has simply been a motor vehicle. As long as it had four wheels and could take me to places, it didn't really matter much to me and I was at a complete loss whenever anyone were to mention a specific car model or the power of an engine. However, my recent experience with Lincoln has completely changed my perception of what cars should be like.

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American Express COBALT card launch party by Didier Young

It is no secret that I love enjoying some of the finer things in life. As a millennial, my lifestyle makes me more inclined to spend money on experiences and to eat out and order in often. 

In an attempt to build up my credit score, I charge most of my expenses to my credit card. In the past, I earned a small rebate each year, however, I wasn't able to reap many benefits from all of the spending on food, travel and entertainment that I was regularly doing. While there is a large variety of credit cards out there, I’ve struggled to find one that truly fits my lifestyle and needs, until today.

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Influencer Agency: Things to Know Before Joining One by Didier Young

The life of an “influencer” always seems like a dream when you look at their social channel. When you sneak a peek at the behind-the-scenes of a project, you’ll notice numerous pitches, emails and phone calls before a contract is even signed. Once the official paper works are done, the true work begins. The creative part of the job is then followed by further emails to seek the approval of the brands and often, you have to fight for your vision and creative direction of the project. I will admit that paper work has never been my forte and as the amount of contracts started increasing, I decided to look into getting an agency to represent me.

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Life Update: Three Months Post Break-Up by Didier Young

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a little while now, you know that I went through a breakup a few months ago. For those of you who do not know about this particular time of my life, you have some reading to catch up on. Over three months have passed and some of the feelings have started to settle in while others haven’t. Over the labour day long weekend, I had a bit too much time to think and it compelled me to write this blog post. 

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The Boy on the Audible Train by Didier Young

Growing up, my parents always put a big emphasis on education. Along with after school tuition and the need to score good grades in class (there is nothing lower than an A in an asian household), my parents always made sure that I was well read. What started out with a collection of Enid Blyton books soon turned into the Harry Potter saga and progressed into the classic Regency fiction of my mother’s favourite, Jane Austen. Over the years, my passion for literature remained a semi-permanent fixture in my life. What started out as a great way to improve my vocabulary became an escape from my everyday life.

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Social Media Insecurities by Didier Young

You know those people who endlessly reminisce about their high school glory days? Not me. I hated high school. Like most kids with a creative inclination, I was persecuted and bullied for not indulging in the banalities of my peers. I was different and the other kids did not like it. From there started the name calling and the body shaming, both from people I dreaded and from others I thought were friends. One year, I was called obese and the next I was deemed anorexic. I was made fun of for idiotic things like having freckles. After I graduated, I finally started to blossom into the person that I was meant to be. I became more confident and prouder of who I was. I finally shed the insecurities that had been thrust upon me for years. At least, that what I thought.

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Le Labo City Exclusives by Didier Young

I will forever think of my dearly beloved mother each time I get a whiff of Coco by Chanel. It was the same scent that her mother used before her, and my own mother would choose to wear the Chanel perfume for special occasions. She had other favourites that she wore on an everyday basis, but Coco by Chanel was so unique, so powerful, elaborate and elegant that it remains the one perfume that reminds me of her without fail. It became her signature scent. 

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Canadian Open (Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank) with Peroni by Didier Young

I have never been one with much of an interest for sports. I have partaken in some of them, mostly because I was required to do so in high school as part of the curriculum. While I did understand the basics of most of them, I simply didn't understand the need or the passion that some people get out of sports. However, I will admit that there is one sport that managed to capture my interest: tennis.

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First time in Osheaga by Didier Young

Although I have been living in Canada since 2009, this season has been a summer of many firsts for me. The last few months saw me camping and eating s’mores near a fireplace, going to my first baseball game and attending Osheaga. For those who might not know, Osheaga is a three day indie music festival hosted in the beautiful city of Montreal. Recently ranked on Forbes as the seventh most lucrative music festival in the world, Osheaga is by far the most important of its kind in Canada.

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Food Basics at Landsdowne and Dupont by Didier Young

I was recently reminiscing about my college years. I remember all the wonderful moments spent in school, learning to bake bread and creating chocolate sculptures. The greasy lunches eaten at the nearby diner. I also remembered that money was a bit tight back then and that forced me to eat out less and cook at home more often. Toronto is blessed with a multitude of different grocery stores, however most of the ones populating the downtown core can get expensive. Thankfully, there were a few oases in the city where one can shop at a lower price range so that they can spend their money on the things they really want, and one of them is the topic of today’s blog post: Food Basics.

 

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