Posts Tagged ‘toronto’

Dear @nickiminaj : Your tour rider will give you diabetes

In luxury on February 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Nicki Minaj looking beautiful via Wonderland magazine

Dear old Nicki, new Nicki, whichever one fits.

No. I don’t think you’re a diva at all. I don’t really understand the hype. There’s nothing wrong with wanting fresh pink or white roses (though I would have requested red, they smell nicer) in your tour rider (which I think is fake). And I appreciate the modesty – a humidifier, contact lens solution – but my problem is this: despite your mild attempt at eating fruits and tea with lemon wedges, your rider is full of junk. Dasani water is full of salts and gross.

Perhaps you can take my suggestions for next time.

Safra’s tour rider demands (if I were to ever have one):

  • Two dozen fresh red roses;
  • Joe Malone set of Red Rose scented cologne, body and hand wash, body moisturizers and candles;
  • White tea and pomegranate from Harrods set up;
  • Two platters of organic blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate seeds, sliced blood oranges, ruby grapefruit, purple grapes, and sliced apricots;
  • One glass jug of freshly squeezed orange and ginger juice;
  • One glass jug of freshly squeezed detox juice: beetroot, funnel, carrot, celery;
  • Three glass jugs of freshly squeezed orange and carrot juice;
  • 3 Cases of 1.5 litre bottles of Evian water;
  • Poached eggs with pumpernickel bread (served hot), lots sliced avocados, and spinach;
  • 12 Chicken Shawarma wraps (served hot) with tomatoes, lots of hummus, green olives, purple onions, letter,and garlic sauce;
  • Minestrone MUST BE MADE EXACTLY AS FOLLOWS rich tomatoes with chunky pieces of carrot, leek, onion, tomato and celery with elbow pasta and garnished with green pesto and fresh baby leaf spinach. Please contact the British food chain EAT to confirm;
  • Two large bowls of ‘Big Salad’ from Toronto restaurant Fresh (avocados, jalapenos, black olives, spinach instead of cucumber, baby tomatoes, carrots, red pepper, and hulled hemp on salad greens);
  • One on-site masseuse who specializes in reflexology and Indian head massages;
  • One large platter of assorted cheeses (MUST have blue cheese) with fresh French buns and flat bread served hot;
  • One large platter of Jumbo shrimp, Oysters, shellfish, salmon, mussels and calamari.
Please note: If none of the items requested are on site the engagement will be cancelled immediately.

Notice the difference?

Bye Bye Toronto

In culture on May 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I been up for four days gettin’ money both ways
Dirty and clean, I could use a glass of cold Spades.

Yeah, and I’m just filling up this daily planner
Gettin’ busy ’cause I’m a star, no spangled banner
Don’t get impatient when it takes too long,
Drink it all even when it tastes too strong.
Yeah, I gotta feel alive, even if it kills me,
I promise to always give you me, the real me.

Who, would have thought,
I’d be caught in this life?
Let’s celebrate with a toast,
and get lost in tonight, and make it all light up.
Wait until the sun goes down we gon’ make this bitch light up.
Even when the sun goes down I’m gon’ make it go…

“Light Up” by Drake featuring Jay-Z

You can see some more on my tumblr

Global Musing: Toronto

In Fabric, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing, In the Know, style on June 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I want to say welcome, but that’s kinda lame, so I’ll get to the point.

The brilliant idea of trend spotting switched on a head bulb. I know – don’t ask. The idea of style stocking is so passé that it’s now a washed-out global phenom. Style Photogs are scoring book deals, landing front rows at revered fashion collections, and becoming the point-of-reference for a slew of pop-up Trend agencies.

So why, you ask, would this idea only occur to me now? Well, I scoped it in a certain magazine (that shall be nameless), and I felt it was done so colorfully, so originally but yet, so vaguely, that I had wanted to rip the idea and take it a step further. I want to grab trends from every crevice of the planet. And that, my friends, takes dedication. While I won’t be doing it everyday, I’ll defo be plugging it in once a week (to start). And I have a goal. I won’t share my goal (that’s why it’s a goal), but it’s a feasible one. So here we go.

Toronto guys, for the most part, have an uncategorizable style. One minute it’s eurotrash, the next it’s hipster punk. But lately, the T.O guy’s been rocking a mod-sportif ;  hi-tops – preferably Cr8tive Recs, or Supra – add futuristic funk to an otherwise semi-bland jeans-hoodie combo. Most up-town guys are big on G-Star, but they are, thanks to the cities thriving downtown hipster culture, starting to catch on to American Apparel. But you know, AA’s sweatshirts are being upstaged by the purposely ‘ragged’ staples found at Urban Outfitters or Gap. And that Parisian chic scarf, almost annihilated across the pond, is still going strong here. Distressed Diesel jeans are back with a vengeance, but come to think of it, they never really went anywhere, anyway.

Toronto Ladies are a special bunch. They’re prissy, pretty and completely untouchable. That’s right. They’re shopping like fashion editors. And they’ve ripped their outfits straight off the tear sheets of their favorite society magazines (and H&M) which means they’ve got the confidence to talk their way into the hottest happenings in the city. And not only will you have to buy them (and their crew) drinks and dinner at five-star spots, you’ll have to lavish them with – Marilyn Monroe said it best – Tiffany’s. The T.O girl’s upping Toronto’s ‘it’ style ante with super-short, or maxi-long. She’s got her minx on, she’s a fixture at Sephora and Holt Renfrew. However, vintage is a serious trend in Toronto, and she’s suddenly been empowered by the consignment store. Now, Chanel bags and Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses are right on par with her expenditure budget.

In The Know: Lady Gaga at the ACC, Toronto, Canada

In culture, Fashion, In the Know, music on November 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm

So, I guess now is the time to find out what all the fuss is about. The night I met Lady Gaga, approximately one year ago, it was in a dingy London nightclub called Punk. But I left early because my friend was in a miserable mood. If I had known better I probably should have stayed.

Ms. Gaga is going to be in Toronto. Screw the small venues. She’s headlining her own show at the ACC as a matter of fact, she’s got guys under her (no pun intended) with emerging acts Kid Cudi and Semi Precious Weapons as opening acts. And his royal fartness – Kanye West – has been dropped from the catalogue.

I keep hearing what an amazing performer this woman is, we’ll let’s confirm. I’ll probably see it for myself when she comes around this part of town. In the mean time, check out a sample of what she can do in Beyoncé ‘s “Video Phone” video.

Tickets prices are (incl. GST) $49.50 & $57.50 and available at Ticketmaster and LiveNation.

Who: Lady Gaga featuring Kid Cudi and Semi Precious Weapons

What: Flamboyant Concert

When: Sat, November 28, 2009, 7:30PM

Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., Suite 500, Toronto, ON, M5J 2L2

For more info, visit: LiveNation.

Off The Sales Rack: Carte Blanche, Toronto, Canada

In Fashion, In the Know, Off The Sales Rack, Shopping on November 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm

This is your chance!

For those of you in the Toronto area hoping to add some runway luxe to your collection, this coming 20, 21 and 22, niche boutique CARTE BLANCHE is having a sale on ALL JEREMY SCOTT and GARETH PUGH pieces discounted at 35% off.

You better move quick though, the store is located in the über-hip West Queen West district; an area well versed in eclectic fashion.


What: Sale on all Gareth Pugh and Jeremy Scott pieces.

When: November 20, 21 and 22.

Where: 758 Queen St. West Toronto, Ontario M6J 1E9

For more info, visit:

Engage: An Evening with Stephen King

In Books, culture on November 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Stephen King
Excuse my french, but how fucking cool is that?

Ever since I can remember all I’ve ever wanted to do was congregate with like-minded writers. And now, in my home town (not to mention for a PRICE), I have the opportunity to listen to a man whose books scared the beejeezes out of me, fucked up my mental and made me afraid of the dark to this very day. Well, like they say, confront your fears, that’s the only way they’ll go away. Yes, Stephen King will be here for the launch of his new book ‘UNDER THE DOME.’

OH MY GOSH! And did I mention he’ll be in conversation with the legendary, just-as-creepy David Cronenberg? And Toronto’s primetime TV impresario George Stroumboulopoulos will be hosting?

Come on… How good does this get?!? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tickets are between $28-$33 and are available for purchase at
Who: Stephen King, sidelined by David Cronenberg and George Stroumboulopoulos.

What: Launch of King’s new book “Under the Dome’.

When: Thursday, November 19, 2009. 8:00pm – 9:30pm.

Where: The Canon Theatre , 244 Victoria St., Toronto, ON M5B 1V8.

Contact: (416) 872-1212.

This is a is presented by Chapters Indigo.