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How to Get Motivated Without Leaving your Bed by Didier Young

We are fast approaching the middle of April and it is still snowing in Toronto. I remember the first year I arrived in Canada, it was already warm enough by Saint Patrick’s day for me to simply walk around in a tee-shirt and now I am still debating if I should put away my parka or not. Sure, snow is quite pretty to look at but this prolonged winter is starting to take a toll on my psyche. During the colder months, I do tend to become a hermit and remain confined in the warm cocoon that I call home. However, spending too much time at home does end up driving me a tad mental plus it’s hard to find the motivation to write when you’re not being exposed to anything new. Here’s a couple of things that you could do to spark some fire back into your daily routine without having to move out of your bed.

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Blogger Drama & The Importance of remaining True to Yourself by Didier Young

As I sat down to write this blog post, it dawned on me that my blog is almost at its two year anniversary. I still feel immensely blessed to be able to call this my full time job and it truly wouldn’t have been possible without all of you. What started off as a platform for me to review new food places and openings in Toronto slowly transitioned into a lifestyle blog and a place where I could share my thoughts and feelings. I remember the first time I decided to publish a personal blog post and I felt so anxious about how it would be received and you guys were so supportive through it all. However, when it came down to somewhat polarized subjects, I obviously garnered a few nods of disapproval.

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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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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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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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A Year in a Blogger's life by Didier Young

The month of June this year marked a few things: It announced the beginning of summer, created the very defined line of a farmer’s tan on my skin and it also marked the one year anniversary of my blog. A year ago, I decided to go fully freelance with my career, quit my stable yet boring full time job and set myself to writing about my personal experiences and opinions and sharing them on this platform. Here are some of the things that I’ve learned along this 365 day journey.

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How to Maintain your White Shirts in the Summer by Didier Young

After an interesting Spring season in Toronto that has earned the city the nickname ToRAINto (at least in my books), I will admit that I am looking forward to the hot days ahead. Summer obviously has a lot of pros: drinking sangrias on patios, laying down in the park with a brand new book, cold brew coffee and most of all ice-cream. However, when you’re a guy, summer also means dumbing down your daily outfits to a max of two clothing pieces. While girls have the option of beautiful floral dresses and cute rompers, the selection for men is a bit lacking especially if you’re used to only wearing solid colours. As such, I have found that season after season, I tend to go back to the same staple look during the hot months: a white t-shirt and shorts. 

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Social Media Impact and Self-entitlement by Didier Young

An event I recently attended was the beginning of a very interesting night for me. Upon arriving at the venue, I was directed to the “Instagram table” where I was sitting quietly until I was very rudely asked to move by a blonde middle aged woman who then proceeded to sit her fellow Instagrammer friends at the table. After this, I decided to take it to my insta-stories to document my particular feeling about this intrusion and it in turn resulted in my inbox being flooded with responses from people who either felt the same way as I did, or that my words were too harsh. Either way, this whole night ignited a few topics that I would love to talk about today on the blog.

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Pandora's Box: The End of a Relationship by Didier Young

I woke up one morning, feeling completely numb and unable to move. I remained in bed for a couple of hours, attempting to finally regain control of my limbs and get on with my day-to-day life but it was all in vain. While it has been common for me to be cursed with small occasional depression spells, this was the first time it had ever hit me to such a magnitude. This took place slightly over a week after me and my partner decided to dissolve our two year relationship. 

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A Change of Scent: Transitional perfumes from Parisian Brand Le Labo by Didier Young

I once had a friend who told me that when it comes to investing in key pieces in your wardrobe, you should always start with a wallet and shoes because those would be the first two things that people will judge you on. However there is one thing that is even more important to invest on: fragrance. While a lot of people downplay the power of fragrances, it is usually the first and last thing that they will notice about you when you are in their presence. No matter if you are carrying a Louis Vuitton wallet and wearing a pair of Ferragamo shoes, if you stink then the illusion is broken. 

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Tipping point by Didier Young

I recently posted an old photo of a restaurant on my Instagram page. I was running low on photos, and it was a photo I never posted before so I figured why not right? The food looked delicious and the location was relatively pretty, yet I refused to geotag or tag the restaurant in the photograph. Why you may ask? Simply because that photo reminded me of the horrible service that I received at that restaurant that day.

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City of Stars by Didier Young

City of Stars, Are you shining just for me? Those few words, lyrics to La La Land’s City of Stars, have been stuck in my head ever since I saw the movie last week.  After winning a record breaking seven Golden Globes this year, the movie is a front running to amass even more gold at the 89th Academy Awards to be held on February 26th. The movie has been a critical and commercial success so far and has been applauded for its revival of the old Hollywood musical genre. It is a story of passion, love and the love for the things you are passionate about. La La Land is a movie about dreamers, made for dreamers, in a time of uncertainty in the world. It is a reflection of what we hold dearest to us and the sacrifices we incur when we strive to reach for our dreams. More than anything, It is a piece that seems airy on the outside but acts as a reflection piece on our own lives.

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Winter skincare: Masks by Didier Young

As we brace ourselves for the upcoming coldest months in Toronto and we start getting over the holiday cheer, the winter blues start settling in slowly. The sun casts a gloomier light on the city and sets earlier. The trees are barren and the ground is covered in ice and slush. Worse of all, my skin starts drying out and is more prone to breakouts and cracks, my lips are chapped and I look dehydrated and dull. Winter is the season where my skin requires the most care, pampering and regular exfoliation. I decided to write a small series of posts about how to take care of my skin during those dire months. Part one of the series focusses on facial masks.

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Resolutions by Didier Young

New year, New me. As we bid adieu to a very interesting 2016, we partake into another big cultural tradition: New Year resolutions. Each January, we choose some goals we would love to achieve throughout the year and we try our best to adhere to them. As a global community being influenced by the same social pressures and beliefs, we do tend to have a somewhat mainstream list of goals we would like to tick off our check lists. However, how realistic are the goals we set and how likely are we to achieve them?

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Winter Village by Didier Young

I am your father. You had me at Hello. I’m gonna make him an offer he won’t refuse. Movies and televisions shows have often been a source of popular culture quotes that transcended time. Each generation of viewers end up adapting their own jargon to the movies of the moment. I remember when Mean Girls came out and everyone could quote the entirety of the movie. To this date, I can still quote parts of it. Isn’t it fetch? In my everyday life, I make a lot of references to such quotes and yesterday I got to use one of my favourite ones from Gilmore Girls. I smell snow.

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Home Scents by Didier Young

Ophtalmoception. Audioception. Gustaoception. Olfacoception. Tactioception. Those are the five senses that are traditionally recognized when one talks about the human nervous system. Each of them comes with its own set of attributes and characteristics and they work together to achieve an all inclusive experience of the environment around us. Scent, along with the sense of hearing, is often the second most used sense we use on the daily. Scents have the power to evoke emotions, memories, desires and repulsions. Each morning, we put on a scent or we try to devoid ourselves of our corporal smell in an attempt to shape the olfactory image we project to society. We often overlook the power of smell and the way it alters the perception of a room but there are multiple ways to create a subtle aromatic environment in our own homes. Today we will talk about three different methods to create such an environment.

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Good Fortune Bar by Didier Young

Toronto’s subway system is the cause of many a heated conversation in Toronto. While it is easy for people to adapt to the simple linear routes taken by the trains, the subway itself seems to incur more issues adapting to its environment. Each weekend is marked by disruptions in the traffic flow and constant maintenance being undertaken in the underground tunnels. The one thing we may all agree about however, is the wide expanse that the subway system covers in the city. While most people would count the Toronto downtown to end at Bloor station, the subway system allows us to explore further areas in the city. One such exploration date took us to Eglinton station to check out Good Fortune Bar.

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McCafé at Home by Didier Young

It is no secret that I have a high affinity for coffee. There was once a blessed time where half a cup of coffee would suffice to render me shaking for hours, but nowadays it takes about three of them to somewhat wake me up. While I do love going out and exploring the city for different coffee places to work at while enjoying my favourite hot beverage, I also tend to require at least one cup of said beverage to get me out of the house. Vicious circle, I know.

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