My Meltdown Over MLT Down

To say that I like cheese would be like saying that Carrie Bradshaw likes shoes. It’s an understatement and doesn’t quite explain the relationship.
Thankfully, MLT Down is the type of restaurant that understands the love of cheese. The restaurant is made up of various heavenly versions of the basic grilled cheese. When I visited last week, I sat with one of the owners, Aly Moloo (all locations are co-owned by himself and his brother Rahim) and he told me about their experience in the food industry and how MLT Down had originally started in Kingston Ontario. It was apparent that the pair are not only passionate about the food industry, but that they are responsible for all the unique dishes offered and that customer satisfaction is extremely important to them. After going over the menu and not knowing which of the dishes to try, Aly suggested that I get a real taste for what they offer and ordered me three of the most popular items on the menu.
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Leave Your Mark

I am ALL about female empowerment. I love women who support other women, who raise each other up and who are motivated by the success of other women around them. There’s enough success in the world for all of us and the women who realize that are the ones I want to be around.

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Staying Organized

I am an organizational freak. I swear, if I don’t have everything written down in my planner, iPhone calendar and iPad calendar, it will not get done. My friends always laugh at how picky I am with planners, I’ve been through four so far this semester!

People always comment on how organized I am and ask how I’m able to stay on top of all the things I have going on without it being a disaster. My answer is always a few liters of coffee a day (exaggerated I know, but not too far off!) and keeping track of everything I have to do in multiple ways!

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Le Fix Bar Opening

I had the pleasure of attending a media event for the opening of Le Fix Bar, the first blow-dry and beauty bar to open in the West Island. Anyone who knows me knows that I rarely venture out of the downtown area often. I can’t even remember the last time I went out to the West Island for anything other than visiting family. This event had me leaving the comfort of my downtown solitude, in style of course, and heading out west.

The night started out at Juicyyy Lab in St Henri where we were served delicious watermelon juice and gin creations. After some mingling, all the guests were then chauffeured to DDO to Le Fix Bar  by limo; just a casual Thursday!

Walking in to Le Fix is like waking in to a glamorous girls only club. It’s filled with stations where you can get your hair blown out and styled by one of the many talented hair stylists and then head over to the nail stations where you can get your nails done with gel, shellac, or regular nail polish. They were offering pedicures, manicures and some delicious snacks from L’Gros Luxe. Also featured in Le Fix Bar was the new, second location of Juicyyy Lab, serving more delicious, signature drinks. They definitely get 5 stars for both taste and presentation!

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This night was a fashion girls playground. Everywhere you looked there was someone getting their hair done, nails done, a massage or just enjoying the delicious, and instagram worthy, treats. I myself got my hair blown out and it looked fabulous! I am so lazy when it comes to my hair so it felt so nice to have someone wash and style it and it felt even better once I saw the outcome! I am SO picky when it comes to my hair and the stylist I had styled it exactly as I asked.

I recently took a break from gel manicures, my nails were in terrible need of a breather, so I was a little afraid that they wouldn’t have many options available for regular nail polish. Luckily for me they had a variety of different colours, including a pretty light pink colour that I chose to go with!

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After everyone was sufficiently glammed up, the limos arrived whisking everyone back downtown. The party continued at Somwhr Liquor Lounge in the Old Port. The bottles flowed and the music blared and the night ended on the same party note that it started on.

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Feel It On The First – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Alright ladies, listen up!! We all know how much cancer sucks. It takes the people that we love, it ruins lives and families, it’s terrible. And since October is #breastcancerawareness month, we’re going to do just that and raise some awareness!

Now I’ve been lucky enough to have never been affected directly by breast cancer. The women in my family have never had it and no one close to me has either. I also however, have never done a self examination on myself. Ever. As I write this I am embarrassed to admit that at 24 years old I’ve yet to take the time to exam my own body. Well today, all of that changed.

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Adopt, Don’t Shop

I absolutely adore dogs. I always have. They are the sweetest, most loving creatures on this planet. They give you unconditional love and they really are man, and woman’s, best friend.

Three months ago my boyfriend and I made the decision to adopt a dog. we had both wanted one for so long and it felt like it was finally the perfect time to make the commitment. So we started looking online at the SPCA and other animal adoption agencies. I found a few here and there that I thought could possibly be a good fit for us, but none felt right. I kept looking for a few more weeks until one day on my lunch break I found an article from MTL Blog about dogs currently available for adoption. I started browsing through it and found a dog named Pressley. She had the sweetest eyes I had ever seen and just looking at her picture made my heart race. All I wanted to do was hug her.

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The Perks and Pitfalls of Interning

Since graduating from fashion marketing last spring I have interned at two separate public relations companies. The great thing about interning is that generally you do not have a specific position so you’re able to be hands on with different projects and help out in all different fields. The job that you’re doing tends to be less in depth than it would be if you were an actual employee, but you still get to have a taste for the field that you plan to be working in. Interning with a company lets you act as a fly on the wall. You’re able to see everything that goes on, you get first hand experience as to how the field really is and you can gain valuable knowledge for when you are actually working in that field. Generally speaking, your internship will be one of your first “real” jobs after finishing school.

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Why I Chose to Work in Public Relations

I didn’t know what I wanted

After high school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I tested out a variety of cegep programs and I just couldn’t find one that was a good fit for me. I decided to take a break from school and chose to work full time. I moved out on my own and experienced life as a “real adult” with rent and bills to pay. To say that I did not enjoy it would be an understatement. While I loved having the freedom of my own place and being able to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, having all of those responsibilities at such a young age was difficult. I decided that it was time to get back in school and figure out exactly what I wanted. In order to go back to school full time and truly be able to focus on academics, I chose to move back home.

 

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Your Selfish Years

I am not a stressed person. Of course I have stress in my life but I handle it well and am great at not letting it get the best of me or consume me. I am 24 and live on my own, go to school full time and pay everything myself. It’s stressful but very manageable.

One area where I seem to have little control over my stress is my future. It’s normal to stress and worry about what is to come, if I wasn’t feeling any stress I would think that that is not normal. But lately I have started to let it consume my thoughts. I startdoubting my choices, resenting the fact that I am a student and feeling stressed that I don’t have my life figured out. After all, I am already 24. I should be completely settled and have everything set in my personal life, career and financially, right? If you think this sounds ridiculous then you’re more practical than I was allowing myself to be.

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If Not Me, Then Who?

It is no secret to anyone that knows me that I love Harry Potter. I grew up reading the books and spent my teen years anticipating each movie. Hermione Granger was one of the first characters that I was able to connect with. She was smart, brave and determined. A female role that was not common in the other book series that I had been reading.

As I grew older, my admiration for Hermione only grew. The fact that Emma Watson played her in the movies made the character even more appealing. Emma is classy, graceful and an amazing actress. It wasn’t long before I started following her as an actress and soon I had seen everything else she was in. Amongst the Lindsay’s and Paris Hilton’s of the world, Emma’s good girl attitude was something that never wavered.

I have always believed that women and men are equal. I am a strong woman and have tried to surround myself with like minded women. It has never been a second thought to me that men and women are and should be treated as equals. It has never seemed anything but logical to me that both men and women deserve to be treated with the same respect. I believe in gender equality. Yet, I have never felt comfortable associating myself with the term feminist. I share the same beliefs as a feminist but I have never felt comfortable using that word to define myself.

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