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#SEEXPERIENCE: Ziplining in St. Lucia

As an avid adventure seeker, every time I travel one of the first things I do is either search out some really great spots to cliff jump (there’s something about the views and diving into the ocean that gets me every time), or I try out a local adventure I want to do to remember my trip by!

My most recent travels took me to the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia and when in the rainforest why not zipline! I’ve ziplined a few times before both locally and in the Rockies but never in sights as tropical as these ones and let me tell you, the experience was absolutely amazing from start to finish.

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After a short coursr on how to effectively zip down all 12 lines the adventure began. You would think that zipping is easier then it looks, but the truth is you have to remember to slow down before you stop and understand the line you’re about to zip to ensure you make it to the end to avoid getting stuck. You really want to avoid getting stack because as the locals say “we will point, laugh and take pictures of you”. Luckily I only had to experience the embarrassment once and in my defense it was a really long line, but I’m sure we all say that!

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I always love remembering my trips by seeing the amazing sights and creating new experiences, especially ones that each location is known for. This is a great way to truly understand and live the culture in addition to food of course!

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#SELOVES: Post TFW Shopping with StyleDemocracy #NordstromWHSale

Amongst all of the Toronto Fashion Week shows, latest trends and seasonal must haves who doesn’t want to wrap up their week by indulging in some amazing pieces and even more amazing prices. During fashion week we all get shopping fever, well I mean let’s get real, I always have it!

This season StyleDemocracy is bringing back the much anticipated Nordstrom Warehouse Sale to the GTA with sales of up to 80% off original retail prices on some of the hottest brands. Starting Saturday, March 19th through Monday, March 28th the sales are on and like most Warehouse sales you will want to arrive early to avoid disappointment! In addition to these great sales, on Friday, March 18th all StyleDemocracy members (INsiders) will be receiving an additional 10% off.


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Be sure to bring the entire gang with you from spouses and kids to friends and coworkers there are sales on designer brands that the everyone will enjoy and the best part is it’s convenient location at the International Centre in Mississauga will offer free admissions and parking and will be accepting all forms of payment making your mega sale experience that much better and convenient.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#TFW: NARCES Fall Winter 2016

It’s that time of year again, when the runway is ready, the pieces are set and the fashion kids come out to play. On day 1 of Toronto Fashion Week Narces brought detailing to the runway in a whole new way, from beadwork to embellishments and high-low to floor length these styles were absolutely stunning piece after piece.

When fall and winter hits us with their colder days and nights more people go right into hibernation, whether they stay in and skip the party or they simply compromise their attire for a more comfortable and weather appropriate look. Narces covered all those grounds in her Fall Winter 2016 collection, the collection brought the styles of low back and plunge front and the practicality of length and full sleeves into a collection that can be warn on even the coldest of nights.

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Detail and structure are always a big part Narces and the Fall Winter 2016 Collection shows this exactly with wearable pieces that can be spotted at any gala, holiday soirée or wedding.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#SEEXPERIENCES: Staying Active with Pure Barre

For most people, one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and/or get in shape. Unfortunately, come mid-February many have eased off their fitness goals. So what’s the key to staying on track and in-shape? For us, it’s easy, we find something we like and stick to it.

Many New Year’s resolutions seem like a great idea but when they’re too demanding, they become unrealistic. When they’re unrealistic, we get frustrated and give up. I prefer to stick to one main goal: stay active. Although it may seem straightforward enough, it’s easier said than done. Staying active is also easier when you find something you like, whether it’s a jog or a spin class. Recently for me, it’s been about Pure Barre, a newly opened barre studio in downtown Toronto (with many other locations all around the US).

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What I love about Pure Barre is the rhythm. With high energy and upbeat music, the workout feels more like a dance session rather than a class at the studio. The studio is a good size with classes that are small enough for personalized instruction and adjustments for proper form. Although props are encouraged (a Pure Barre ball, weights and stretching bands), you can adjust the workout to your own level or difficulty with or without them. Combining the techniques of ballet barre, yoga and pilates, Pure Barre builds strength, flexibility and also helps stretch and tone through micro-movements. Essentially, it’s a full body work out.

Pure Barre Toronto officially opens in a matter of days and if you’ve fallen off the fitness bandwagon, now is the time to jump back on. Stay active and bounce back into shape with Pure Barre, trust us, your body will thank you for it. For more information on Pure Barre or their schedule go to, purebarre.com.

– Chenessa Lam

Photography courtesy of Tobias Wang

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#SEEXPERIENCE: Come Fly With Me

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving but often wondered why jump out of a perfectly good air plane, or wished you could practice just one time before the big jump, or maybe you’ve never even wanted to jump but you’ve always wondered what the feeling of pure freedom felt like. Well, being an adrenaline junkie like myself, I’ve wanted all of the above which brought along my most recent hobby and new 2016 addiction, indoor skydiving.

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The experience begins with a short class where you will learn a few best practices to remember during your flight. With the dome being quite loud it’s hard to follow direction which is why you will be taught a few basic sign language symbols to be able to adjust your movements to get the best out of your flight. After you’ve learnt to keep your chin up, hips forward and most importantly to stay relaxed you’ll be ready to dive in and soar away.

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Once you’ve experienced indoor skydiving and have mastered a few basic moves you are ready to move onto the next step, this is where you choose to jump out of and air plane or continue to learn indoor skills that can make your experience and flights worth watching. Try flipping, swirling and soaring through the air by signing up for classes where you will learn all the skills needed to fly like a pro.

Get ready to defy the law of gravity and take the next flight out to enjoying your newest hobby and crushing all of your fears of being off solid ground.

For more information on iFly Toronto go to,  iflytoronto.com.  

– Vanessa Cioffi

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