Life Lately, According to my iPhone Pictures

Before Rachel even started working at the CN Tower, she appeared on my Facebook newsfeed as one of those people that Facebook thought I knew since we had many mutual friends. I'll admit, I casually creeped her profile that morning! LOL

That's not the creepy part, the creepy part is meeting her in real life that day!! I had to act like I had no idea what her last name was but I eventually told her that Facebook recommended her to me that morning. She laughed (I'm pretty sure she was weirded out) when I told her but she actually sent me a friend request the next day! I'll admit, I didn't think that we would become super close friends outside of work...

where she would invite me to sleepover (at her beautiful downtown condo!), eat at Fran's at 4:30 in the morning, have sushi dates, introduce each other to our other friends, be comfy taking (hideous) webcam selfies together, be so open to each other about our bowel movements, have the same taste in music, shop at the same online stores, and follow the same bloggers!

In short, we're so in love with each other that she even brings lunch to work for me and willingly gave up her bed and slept on the floor during our sleepover!

"Cindy, you woke up and just said, 'Rachel, you're on the floor? Hahaha!' and just fell back asleep with your arms out."

...I really don't know what I did to deserve such a great friend like her! :-) x



I woke up this morning with a sudden craving for macarons (ok let's be real, I always crave them), and since I finally had one day off, I texted Jessie if she was down to get some today!!

Initially, we were planning to check out Delysees again because they're now selling gelato macarons!!! Two of my favourite things in one! When we were about to meet up with each other, Jessie asked me if I wanted to check out MoRoCo Chocolat instead. Without hesitation, I was sooo down!!!! I've been wanting to check out this place for a while now and I've actually been nagging my sister to take me! Hahaha

The bakery was just as adorable as their website and we were literally in awe! There were so many choices on their menu, but in the end, we opted for their signature chocolate fondue and a plate of macarons!

Their macarons were a little too expensive for my blood but nonetheless, they were amazeballs!!!!! Especially the pistachio one! MUST TRY!

After having dessert with Jessie, Joy met up with me in Yorkville for dinner at Wish Cafe! Ever since I tried their black bean burger with Cody, it has been on my mind to go back and eat it again! It's probably one of my favourite veggie burgers ever. Just thinking about it is making me so happy! LOL

Today was such a day well spent! I started the day with a hard core yoga class, spent time with my two besties, satisfied my macaron cravings, ate my favourite burger, invested in a sturdy backpack, bought two new tops from Zara and somehow... BUMPED INTO MY FRIEND, ALLIE ON THE STREETCAR!



I actually feel pretty awful for neglecting my blog for three weeks now!! Thing is, I decided to change my work availability two weeks ago. I'm basically juggling two full time jobs right now because I'm trying to make as much money (for a new camera + camera lens + vacation + clothes) as I can before I head back to school in September!

I haven't had a day off since and even when I do work only one shift that day, I would use that time to go to yoga or hang with my friends to find some sanity! Don't worry though, I will try my best (somehow) to blog more in the next few days (before I get super backed up on recording events) because I currently have a lot of photos that are sitting on my memory card that I want to share and document on here, so stay tune!!! xx


On the Run

I'll admit, I think I'm really picky when it comes to my concert seats! In other words, I wouldn't even pay for lawn seats just to watch my favourite performers perform on the screen when there is Youtube for that! I'd rather pay to see them live on stage y'know!

At the end of the day, I think the experience triumphs the expenses! With that said, I'm still in awe that my cousin and I got a hold of last minute floor seat tickets to Beyonce and Jay-Z's concert last Wednesday!!!!! When we arrived at the security gates, one of the guards pulled me aside and warned me that if I used my professional camera, they wouldn't hesitate to kick me out! Eek!

I was actually so bummed after I got that warning! However...

When all the lights started to dim to signal that the concert was starting, I discreetly pulled out my camera! Heh heh heh!!!

The crowd started getting up from their seats and everyone literally shifted up a couple of rows and Nancy and I ended up moving 3 rows closer to the stage ...to the EIGHTH row! With that said, HOW CAN I NOT RESIST TAKING PHOTOS WHEN I'M THAT CLOSE!!!!?

In a stadium filled with thousands of people, I couldn't handle how lucky we were to be so close to them!!! Nancy even whispered to me during the concert that this was the best birthday gift ever, which made me so happy to hear!

Jay-Z's (and Kanye's) album was the album I had on repeat all summer last year (I even named my blog posts after his song titles! LOL), so I was pretty much dying of happiness when Jay-Z started singing Tom Ford.

Beyonce and Jay-Z sounds SO GOOD live. I don't even know how they had so much stamina to sing and DANCE for two hours when I could barely sing ...while sitting.

It was so much easier to take sharper photos of Jay-Z since he wasn't shaking his hips every other second like Bey!

HOWEVER, Beyonce looked FLAWLESS in every photo I took of her. She's literally perfect in every angle.

There were so many times during the concert where I had to blink so many times to see if I was dreaming! It was unreeeeeeeal.

This concert was definitely THE HIGHLIGHT of my summer. I don't even know who else I want to see in concert anymore, my life feels so complete right now!!!!

Before I end this, I want to wish my favourite cousin & best friend a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Although our night didn't go as planned (finding a piece of hair in your dinner, missing the last subway home and somehow meeting a nice couple who gave us a ride home!), I HOPE YOU STILL HAD A MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY!! Love you forever and always! xx


Floor Seats

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I seriously cannot believe I got last minute floor seat tickets (ROW 11!) to BEYONCE & JAY-Z'S CONCERT FOR THIS WEDNESDAY! It's definitely the most I had ever spent on concert tickets but c'mon we are talking about Queen B here! AHHHHHH!!!!!!



After my morning yoga class (can't believe I've been committing to it for 4 months now!), I remember Lillian texting me that Quy and her would be on their way shortly to pick me up! When I hopped in their car, they busted out all their camera equipment that I had the chance to use for their photoshoot and on their wedding day!

I was so stunned at their amazing collection of lenses, cameras and flashes!! When we arrived at the location they picked, the weather didn't look so promising. It eventually started to spit here and there but the couple was still down to shoot that day and as long as they were, I was too!!

I'll admit, I felt so much pressure when I was taking photos for them! It was my first time doing photos for an engagement AND my first time working with fancy (and heavy!) equipment. After doing a few shots of the couple, I realized that this was similar to taking photos of my friends! With that thought in mind, I started getting more comfy!

It also helped a lot that Quy and Lillian had ideas of how they wanted their photos to look like and what they wanted to capture! With that said, here are a couple of my favourites that we took on that day before the rain started pouring (and our bellies starting grumbling)!

This was definitely one of the highlights of this summer! Thanks again Lillian and Quy for giving me this opportunity!!! xx