Event LOVE: #AhSeyOne A Reggae Insiders Musical Journey

On Wednesday night, I found myself laughing, hugging, cheering, sipping on Brugal Rum cocktails, and jamming to some serious tunes by The Sattalites, Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene and Cookie Duster. Ah Sey One is part of the Sceneopolis TO event series, and was hosted by Cameron Bailey, who I’m told is  “reggae aficionado,” however most of you know him as the artistic director of the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF).

Sweet sweet reggae music!

It was truly an awesome evening, the Sattalites gave us a lesson on the basics of reggae music from ska to dancehall, and they even touched on how rhythms differ, dub technology and the context of every genre in between songs.

I don’t normally drink rum… BUT… I will gladly sip on some Brugral Rum!

There seemed to be an endless supply of delicious Jamaican inspired  food and drinks provided by Harlem Restaurant, I mean mini-rotis, jerk chicken quesadillas, sweet potato spring rolls… yum! But what’s good food without good drink? We sipped on tasty Brugal Rum cocktails while eating, and rocking the night away, t’was wonderful!

Can you tell that I was having FUN…

Cameron Bailey and his wife :)

Brugal Rum. Yum.

always love seeing Christina!

Andie :)

Me and Casie! (thanks to praxispr for the the photo!)

Sun Ray!!

(thanks to praxispr for the the photo!)

It was such a fun night, and I met so many lovely people!

Thank you for inviting me :)

♥Bella♥

“Celebrating the Reggae movement and history”

Contest for You & Your Pet @BoswellSpeaks

If you have a furry, friendly companion, this will be a fun contest to enter and for a chance to be a part of Boswell Speaks eBook!

I previously wrote about Boswell Speaks (click here), an illustrated, e-book trilogy by Richard Grossman. It’s based off of Grossman’s Australian Terrier (Boswell) and his Twitter.

This contest begins September 1st, is free to enter, and you can also win prizes! Boswell needs a love companion and all you have to do is ‘tweet’ a photo of your pet to him (@BoswellSpeaks) and explain why they would make a good match!

The first 100 friends to send their photo will receive a flying disk with the Boswell Speaks logo and the winner will receive a $50 gift card from Petco.

Here’s 11-year old Maggie, who might be a little old for Boswell, but then I think she can be a cute, friendly, loving cougar!

For more information go to http://www.richardgrossman.com.

Love These!: React by Sof Sole Insole Line

Did you know that the average person creates over one million pounds of impact to their feet and legs by just walking one mile?! I didn’t, but now that I do I’m making more of an effort to reduce the impact of walking/running on my feet and legs. I recently received two pairs of React Airr Active and React Airr Support by React by Sof Sole, and immediately put them in my running shoes and in my walking shoes to test them out. I noticed the difference IMMEDIATELY. I was able to run longer while at the gym, as my feet were super comfortable, and I didn’t feel that sometimes irritating feeling I get in my feet, ankles and right knew. Magic! Even jump roping (which I love) has become much more enjoyable thanks to these bad boys!

Then I took them for a walk, and walked all over downtown for about 4 hours, and didn’t feel the need to sit down once, or jump on the next street car just so I could rest my feet. It was fantastic. No pain, no nothing. I’m in love.

So what makes these insoles so awesome? Well… they have an ergonomic design which accommodates all foot types and the air chamber and polymer gel technologies maximize performance, shock absorption, breathability and comfort.

The Goods:

  • Polymer Gel Forefoot: Absorbs shock and reduces pressure points during toe off while running of playing sports.
  • Polyurethane Foot Bed: Provides lightweight and durable comfort for the entire foot.
  • Encapsulated Air Chamber: Optimizes cushioning by decelerating impact forces on heel strike and rebounding on lift-off.
  • Contoured Heel and Arch: Designed for athletes with neutral to high arches.
  • Moisture Management: Proprietary technology wicks moisture away from the foot surface and keeps your feet cooler and dryer.

I’ve been wearing mine everywhere, and if I could put them in my heels I would… hmmm that’s an idea. If you’re looking to improve performance in the gym, when playing sports, or just want to make your walking a more pleasant experience; RUN to the nearest Foot Locker and get yourself a pair. Do it. The React Airr Active is available for men and women for $29.99 and the React Airr Support is #34.99, also available for men and women. Now go and get a pair. You’ll thank me later.

Thank you to Sof Sole for sharing this with us!

 ♥Bella♥

Event LOVE: @Burgundy_Brick Build the Future Benefit

I went to the Burgundy Brick Foundation’s 5th “Build the Future” benefit this past Saturday. It was super refreshing to be at an event that was strictly for a good cause, and I was honoured and proud to be supporting the Burgundy Brick Foundation team in their efforts to break the cycle of poverty and to change the community. A lot of us get caught up in our own lives, and struggles (which is understandable cause life can get real tricky), and forget that there’s other people out there that don’t even have a place to call home, so it was good to take a few moments out of my own life and support a cause that looks to improve the lives and quality of living for other members of our community.

So glad this was up, cause I had no idea where I was going… I suck with directions whatever :)

So good catching up with Karim!

lovely :)

such a lovely photo… too bad my camera was being such a jerk, but lovely nonetheless :)

Such good vibes off of this woman!!

just had to take another picture :)

:) :)

the nom noms

bright colours + happy face… can’t go wrong!

smile :)

fell IN LOVE with this jumpsuit…

it… I mean she deserved another picture :)

This was ONLY upstairs, downstairs was even more PACKED!

boppin’ :)

well done ladies :)

The music was good, food was yummy, there were LOTS of people, and Mira was an absolute sweetheart of a host :) Thank you so much to the Burgundy Brick Foundation team for inviting me, and congratulations on a successful event. Wishing you all the best now and in the future!

peace and love

♥Bella♥