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HUG Cookies & Champagne Holiday Party

It’s that time of year again when the Holiday party invites are starting to pile up, and your iCal is cluttered with events. I know you have lots of swanky parties to choose from in the few weeks leading up to the holidays, but ladies may I suggest one where you get to sample hundreds of delicious cookies made with love by 200 of your closest soon-to-be friends?

The second annual Hip + Urban Girl Cookies and Champagne Holiday Party is happening soon and you should come. You know how much fun I had last year so dont miss out! Get your ticket and then we can start brainstorming yummy cookie ideas together.

Save the date!

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Bon Fête HUG: Hip Urban Girl’s One Year Anniversary Party

Don’t you just love birthdays?

Love for Hug

One of the most notable blogs in Toronto,The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide, just celebrated their one year bloggiversary (that is, the one year anniversary of the birth of their website). To celebrate the momentous occasion, the duo Lisa and Wendy invited 200 of their closest friends to School in Liberty Village for some Birthday fun.

There was “after school snacks” like mini burgers, fruity drinks and delicious baked goods, music by DJ Mike Coombs, a painting station with Paintlounge, and a mobile beauty boost lounge for Joe Fresh makeup touch ups and hydration by Diet Coke.

@Tamika of @shopsocials and @stephullman in the Diet Coke Beauty Boost Lounge

Checkout all the photos from the night on their Facebook Fan Page and some others on The Backseat Stylers, My Fifteen Minutes, and StyleBlog.ca

@Stephullman and I at #HugSchool (Photo by @LaiMai)

Update: Check out some Style Snaps from the Anniversary Party care of Tamika from @shopsocials (yours truly is included)

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Birthday parties are alway a good time; friends, cake, balloons, presents, champagne, maybe some awesome surprises. Now a birthday party for a blog? That has party of the year written all over it!

My friends Lisa and Wendy are hosting a party to celebrate the first anniversary of their wildly popular Toronto blog, HipUrbanGirl.com and you should come. The event will be held June 23rd at School Bakery & Cafe in Liberty Village, which I actually checked out for the first time this weekend and loved.

Tickets ($15) get you:

  • Complimentary drink
  • Baked deliciousness from School Bakery (their jumbo cookies are heaven)
  • Gourmet hor’s d’oeuvres
  • Dance party by DJ Michael Coombs of Prodigy Entertainment
  • First 150 guests  will receive a  $75 gift certificate @ School
  • The Diet Coke Beauty Boost Mobile Salon will be there to get you party-ready with a mini-makeover, manis and samples of Diet Coke

Tweet HUG: @hipurbangirl Tweet SCHOOL: @schoolville
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See you there!

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Buon Appetito! HugTo’s Italian Feast & Friends Night

*WARNING* Reading this post may cause hunger pains. 

Last Thursday evening I had a wonderful meal. Actually, I think I’m still full.

Ready for cooking!

The ladies at Hipurbangirl hosted their latest networking event, Italian Feast & Friends with personal chef Massimo Bruno.

Massimo preparing the pasta

Chef Massimo cooked us a classic Italian 7-course meal at his Kitchen Studio Loft in Corktown, Toronto.

The Menu

We started with platters of antipasti: Buffalo Mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, carpaccio, salami, figs and focaccia bread, then moved on to the primi: handmade cavatelli pasta with tomatoes, arugola and ricotta. Next came the secondo: panfried veal with a lemon sauce and grilled zuccini, and finished the night with a dessert of panna cotta with raspberries and espresso.

Cavatelli Pasta

Everyone crowded around the kitchen with wine in hand as Massimo showed us every step of the meal, and shared with us a bit of his cooking philosophy and his secret ingredients. The best part of the night was having a chance to roll up our sleeves and join in on the pasta making lessons with training from Massimo.  Talk about earning your meal!

Handmade pasta by yours truly

Cooking lessons, a savoury home made meal, wine and some awesome dinner mates made for a perfect night!

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Open for Business

Well I finally did it! This week I officially launched my freelance writing business, The Writing Concierge. I am excited for this new venture and looking forward to working with some great individuals and companies. Thank you to everyone who has already shown their support. I am always looking for advice and feedback, so if you have any for me I would be most appreciative. And of course if you or anyone you know are in need of writing services be in touch!

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HUG Spa Party at Lux Spa

Most who know me are aware of my obsession with nail polish and nail art. Interning at a PR company that represents one of the top nail lacquer brands in North America has just added fuel to this fire. Seeing as my love for painted nails is at an all time high, it was no surprise that I was more than eager to attend the Hip and Urban Girl’s spa party this past week.

First let me say HugTo (co-founded by Lisa and Wendy) puts together some of the most fun and creative networking events in Toronto. They are a great way to meet young professional women in the city for anyone (like me) who is in to networking.

So on Thursday evening, about 40 hip and urban women made their way down to Yorkville for a night of pretty manicures, yummy treats, awesome swag and of course a chance to make friends with some incredibly friendly and talented ladies at Lux Spa.

So many colours, not enough nails!

I attended with my dear friend @StephUllman and also made plans to finally meet one of my Twitter pals @stephaniefusco IRL (that’s In Real Life) for the first time!

@StephUllman @Stephaniefusco and I flashing our new nails (Photo By Stephanie Fusco)

I had an awesome time chatting away with new and old friends while we sipped on cranberry wine and delicious snacks, and waited our turn to give our nails some TLC just in time for the weekend.

Although I have an undying devotion to OPI polish, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try Zoya nail lacquer for the first time ever to get the military green hue I desired.

My Zoya Gemma nails

Thanks to the HUG girls and the amazing staff at Lux Spa in Yorkville for a wonderful evening. I can’t wait for the next event!

Oh how I love manicures!

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2010 Photo Diary

Uploading the last of my 2010 pictures onto iPhoto today, I couldn’t help but browse through all my albums from the last year. The groups of photos sparked so many good times, so many happy memories, and new experiences that made it a year to remember. So I decided it would be fun to put together a little photo diary of my year in review. Here is to a wonderful year and to the start of another great one.

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hugTO’s Cookies & Champagne Party

“Sometimes me think what is love, and then me think love is what last cookie is for. Me give up the last cookie for you” -Cookie Monster

This week I had the pleasure of being @laurenonizzle‘s plus one at the Hip and Urban Girl’s Guide Cookies & Champagne party at the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District.

180 hip and urban Toronto ladies baked over 4,500 yummy sugary goodies that were enjoyed over glasses of champagne. On top of that there were snacks from Crepe Delicious, Pita Break, Summer Fresh and Blossoms Fruit Arrangements, not to mention an array of awesome vendors with lots of pretty things.

Some of the tasty home made treats

I had such a great time mingling with all the bakers, making new friends and sampling treats ranging from High-Five shortbread cookies, to Lavender cookies and the ever classic and always tasty chewy chocolate chip.

The pretty ladies at #HugTo

I wish I could say I still had some cookies left over from the event, but between myself and the rest of the family they hardly lasted 24 hours!

Thanks to the HugTO ladies for a wonderful evening, I can’t wait for your next event!

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Toronto Business Casual presents: The Original Cocktail Party

In an earlier post, I’ve mentioned  my recent fascination with professional networking events. They’ve helped me reconnect with the city, meet likeminded people and practice my schmoozing.

Up next on my social calendar is another night hosted by the networking groupToronto Business Casual. It’s called The Original Cocktail Party, and it will be taking place on the 24th of November at The Stirling Room in the Distillery District.

Visit the TBC website to purchase your tickets

If you’re looking to make a go at your own professional networking goals before the year is through I would highly suggest coming out to the event. It will undoubtedly be filled with talented young minds making their way in the big city, and eager to share their success stories and career aspirations with others. Plus, there is a chance you could win a Stoli Vodka gift basket worth $200. Not a bad deal if you ask me!

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Toronto Business Casual’s Cocktail Couture

Sinatra was crooning, the Stoli was flowing and the Toronto movers and shakers were rubbing shoulders upstairs in the city’s hottest Vodka bar on September 29th.

Vodka, Vodka, Vodka and more Vodka!

It was another sold out event for the city’s premiere networking group, Toronto Business Casual, at Pravda Vodka Bar on Wellington. Roughly 150 young urban professionals were on hand to swap names, stories and business cards as they enjoyed Manhattan-style cocktails courtesy of Stolichnaya® Vodka.

My friend @StephUllman enjoying TBC

I especially enjoyed all those in attendance who ran with the 1960s Manhattan theme and used the occasion to bust out their best Don Draper and Joan Holloway-esque ensembles.

Russian dolls. love them!

Toronto Business Casual offers busy professional in their 20s and 30s the chance to take a break from their 9 to 5 routine and have some fun with like-minded people. Everyone was laughing and socializing all night long, and I’m sure most of the first timers (myself included) will be back for TBC’s next event.

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