1.29.2017

559. Skiing at Blue Mountain

skiing leftbanked
Last week, my friend and I went for a day to Blue Mountain to go skiing for the first time! We had been wanting to go this winter and were so happy we finally did..it was a lot of fun. I love snow and winter-y places, so learning to ski was one of the things on my bucket list. I want to do it every year until I get really good and maybe eventually someday go heli-skiing hahah. But I have a long way to go..as I am really bad at it now. I fell so many times and took forever to get up again lol. Next winter I want to take a trip to a nice ski resort like Whistler in Canada or somewhere in the Alps..

blue mountain
So at Blue Mountain, we did the beginners program. There are 5 levels. At the first level they teach you how to put on and take off the skis. At the second level there was a small high maybe 2 metres high. We were taught how to sideways walk up the hill with our skis on. It was a lot harder than it seems but after awhile I got better at it. Then after we got to the top of that small hill, we'd go down on our skis. I fell the first two times. The second time I fell was very embarrassing (and funny) because I went off to the side so much that I fell into a ditch!! My leg got twisted so I wasn't able to get it to the right position to stand up (since part of the ski was stuck in the snow). The instructor finally came to rescue me..he helped me take the ski off my boot first to twist my leg back lol. Then it took me a long time to pull myself out of the ditch. After I was able to get down successfully without falling on level 2, we went to level 3.

blue mountain beginners
On level 3, we took a "magic carpet" ski lift (photo above) up to the top of a higher hill. It was higher but the incline was not very steep. There we had to learn/practice going down the hill slowly and making stops along the way. Again, I fell the first couple times but eventually was able to get down successfully. That one was my favourite level. After we've mastered it (somewhat), we went up to level 4....

blue mountain beginners
skiing
blue mountain
For some reason, there were no instructors at level 4 but we went to try it anyways. The hill was a bit higher again but it also had a few bumps (moguls?) so you go up and down. I very unsuccessfully rolled down on that one and took awhile to stand back up. What we should've done was gone back to level 3 but we decided to try level 5.

blue mountain beginners
Level 5 was the highest and steepest and we had to take these actual ski lifts up. As I was getting on, one of my poles fell! Off to a bad start lol. One of the workers brought one back up for me though.
At the top of that hill, I looked down and immediately decided I shouldn't do it. I had planned to take the lift back down. Part of me wanted to try going down though just so I could say at least I completed all the levels but I decided against it..as I didn't want to risk an injury.
My friend asked me to take a photo of her and as I was moving to get to a better spot, I kept sliding and crashed right into her. After a few minutes of getting back up, I finally did..only to slide back down again and fall on my butt. I was sitting on the back of the skis I guess..then ended up sliding ALLLLL the way down the entire hill in that position. It was so scary (and funny now)! I was sliding down so fast I wasn't able to stop, and I was in a crouched down position so I wasn't able to get back up or anything. Luckily there were no trees or people in the way for me to crash into. After what seemed like forever, I finally reached the bottom and was able to stop. Definitely not doing that hill again hahahah..but at least now I can say I completed all levels. After that, we went back to level 3.

blue mountain
apres ski fireplace
"Apres-ski" at a cozy Irish pub..warming up beside the fireplace.

skiing leftbanked
Soooo physically exhausted! My body and muscles needed almost a week to fully recover hahah. But can't wait to go again!

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1.26.2017

558. Interior Design Show

Interior Design Show Toronto
Last weekend I attended the annual Interior Design Show here in Toronto, courtesy of National Bank! I went when they had it last year as well and this year, it couldn't have come at a better time because I am just a couple weeks away from doing my renovations (finally!). I was able to get a lot of design inspiration and discover some new companies for my furnishings. I have so many different styles I want to do for my place..it's so hard to decide. Here are some photos of my favourite designs from the show, similar to the style I'm going for.

bathroom design
This is a photo of a photo so that's why it looks a bit weird lol. I love the colour scheme here and the wallpaper is gorgeous. I don't think I will do wallpaper for my place though but I love the look.

bathroom design
bathroom design
Interior Design Show Toronto
Interior Design Show Toronto
Interior Design Show Toronto
National Bank Design Lab
National Bank is the main sponsor of the show and this year, they've partnered with Cityline for the Design Lab. You can go to create, name and share your personal colour for the year and explore different design trends of the season. Here they offered one on one consultations throughout the show, and on Saturday Shai DeLuca-Tamasi and Sharon Grech (design experts of Cityline) were there to offer private consultations as well.

NB Design Lab
National Bank design lab
Mobilia twenties style
Interior Design Show Toronto
Interior Design Show Toronto
Interior Design Show Toronto
Interior Design Show Toronto
Such a cool fireplace! You turn the key thing in front of it to turn it on and off.

SMEG products
Interior Design Show Toronto
Lawless Chair
I love/want this chair..kind of scared to find out how much it'd cost though!

Interior Design Show Toronto
Kitchen design
Interior Design Show Toronto
Interior Design Show Toronto
Inspired by Bearbricks? ;)

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1.19.2017

557. Recent Life

health smoothie
Recently I've been really into making these smoothies at home, since I got a new blender (thanks to my mom). I make 2-3 a day now. My favourite is a green smoothie (kale + apple + pineapple + banana + some more kale + chia seeds + coconut water). It's sooo good. In the photo above I added blueberries to it..but I like the taste better without the blueberries. Just thought it made for a nicer photo to add some blue in there lol. I also like the combination of blueberries + banana + pineapple + almond milk though but if you make that one, just be sure to add a lot more liquid because it gets really thick. That's good for smoothie bowls I guess. I used to hate the idea of smoothies though because I don't like dairy (milk or yogurt) and creamy drinks which is what I thought they all consisted of. But now I love making them with non-dairy ingredients.

I really look forward to getting my renovations finally done and a brand new kitchen..so then I can cook more and I'll definitely be posting a lot more about that here lol.

chia seeds smoothie
ninja blender
I have this Ninja Professional blender..I love how it only makes one cup. Very convenient.

coconut water
Does anyone know the best brand of coconut water there is? There's so many and I don't really know which is the best quality/safest which I want since I drink it so much now as you can see.

chia cacao maca powder
I also got these to mix in to my smoothies. I use chia seeds and maca powder in all my smoothies. The only one I haven't tried so far is cacao powder which I'm not even sure why I bought because I don't like chocolate (if you recall me saying)..but I thought I could add it in anything that didn't taste that good. Even though I don't like chocolate it would be a more familiar taste if you know what I mean. So far all my smoothies have been good so I haven't had the need to add it in lol. I guess I will try it in my oatmeal sometime (whenever I get around to making oatmeal).

green smoothie
delysees eclairs
delysees toronto
saks toronto windows
saks toronto windows
saks fifth avenue windows
saks windows
Irish Embassy
Chicken fingers @ Irish Embassy

real sports bar
Chicken fingers @ Real Sports Bar

stellasport sports bras
My new Adidas/Stella McCartney/Stellasport sports bras!! I really enjoy doing yoga now and I have an addiction to buying new workout clothes. They are a great motivation.

asian desserts
wedluxe show 2017
Canada 150 pass
This year is the 150th anniversary of Canada! All the national parks and many attractions across the country are free admission this year. I am so excited to explore more of my own country this summer!

leftbanked outfit

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