I'm hoping that everyone had a great Victoria Day long weekend! This year, I took advantage of the great weather that we were having in Toronto. I spent the Victoria Day Monday with my family at High Park, which was super fun and relaxing. We walked around and explored some of the trails, got lost, and then took some pictures. We went out for brunch before hand so, though my outfit wasn't really practical for a day of trails and park adventures, it didn't impede my ability to have fun on the long weekend.

Le Northern Belle - Victoria Day Outfit of the Day
|| Hat: Dynamite || Sunglasses: Aldo || Navy Stripe Dress: Forever 21 ||
|| Braided Belt: Forever 21 || Skater Skirt: Aeropostale || Purse: kate spade new york ||
 || Shoes: Sperry Top Sider ||

Le Northern Belle - Victoria Day Outfit of the Day
The May Two-Four weekend is just around the corner! For many Canadians, this weekend, which commemorates Queen Victoria’s Birthday, gives us the chance to throw a party, light some fireworks and have ourselves a three-day weekend (since the Monday is a national holiday). As the official (well, not really official) marker of summer for Canada, you’ll definitely be seeing many families heading up to the cottage, going out on their boats or barbecuing in their backyards. I really look forward to this weekend every year because to me, it means I can now start wearing my bright and fun colours (with just as colourful accessories to match).

Now like I said, May Two-Four is just a week away, and if you’re like me, you’ve most likely have yet to plan how you are are going to be spending  the holiday or the holi-weekend. I, kind of, am going with the flow for this season, so whatever path is laid for me, I will take do that. According to the Weather Network, they predict that it will be a high of 19 degrees, which is pretty warm (Hopefully it stays like this or gets better).

A few ideas have been running through my head over the past couple of weeks and in all honesty, they all seem like wonderful (and plausible ideas) for this long weekend. Whatever it is that you decide to do with this long weekend, make sure to celebrate with those people in life that you love. Nothing is more important than friends and families, so long weekends like these need to be taken advantage. There are only a few days a year where everyone in the country is off. 


Brunch

When is brunch ever a bad idea? With everyone in my family on such hectic and opposite schedules, we rarely have days where we can all come together to sit down and have a meal together. Spending this upcoming Monday morning with a nice brunch is not only an amazing way to start off the day and week, but it’s also a great way to catch up with both friends and/or family. Plus, it’s an activity (loosely used) that includes food! That, and it being a holiday, you can almost guarantee that you’ll get a great turnout of family and friends! Just a heads up, you’ll probably notice a common trend in this post. Comment down below what you think it is!


Watch the Fireworks

Regardless of what holiday it is, you can be sure that there will be a firework show taking place in Toronto. Every year, Ashbridge’s Bay has a firework show for Victoria’s Day. In my 21 years, I have never attended the Victoria’s Day Firework show. Most of those 21 years, the reason was that I had school the next day. This year, I’m hoping to finally get to see the show. Fingers crossed!

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Hiking

Something that I, and many other citizens, tend to forget about Toronto is that is graced with many large and beautiful parks and trails throughout the city. With this year’s Victoria Day Weekend weather prediction being in the low 20s, it is a great day to choose and explore a new park in Toronto. My favourite parks are Riverdale Park, High Park and Colonel Sam Smith Park. One of my summer plans is to see more of Toronto’s parks. I’m hoping to get myself a bike to be able to see as much of these parks as possible. On my new summer parks, the list is:

// Scarborough Bluffs //
// Hanlan’s Point //
// Ward’s Island //
// Trinity-Bellwoods Park //

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!
High Park

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Scarborough Bluffs

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Trinity-Bellwoods Park


Canoeing at the Lake

Along with the city’s great (yet hidden) parks, there are a lot of the activities that one can do at the Toronto Harbourfront. Surprisingly, you can rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard to use on Lake Ontario! If Monday does, in fact, end up being a nice day, this would be an amazing and unique activity to take part in. I used to kayak and canoe at summer camp ever year when I was younger and I always loved it. Along with kayaks and canoes, you can also rent motorboats, however, they do require a boating license and depending on the size of the boat, they may require that you have experience driving.


Cottage

If you're fortunate enough to have your own family cottage or lucky enough to get a cottage rental/Airbnb this close to the long weekend, I would definitely capitalize on this. Heading up to the cottage for the weekend to take some time to relax and forget about life’s responsibilities, even if for a little while, is always a good idea. There is something about removing yourself from the hustle and bustle of city life and putting yourself in a location with no service and greenery for miles, that really calms the soul and the mind (for me at least). 

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Barbecue

It's time to celebrate and the perfect time to through a party! Nothing says par-tay, more than a good barbecue. If there is ever an excuse, no matter how small, to barbecue, then you should use it. Bring out the grill. Invite some people. Have some drinks and kickback! Everyone loves food, and a barbecue definitely takes the cake!

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Baking 

Speaking of cake, why not spend the day baking. For the select few, myself included, who find baking relaxing, this the activity for you. Besides, what’s a Queen’s birthday without a few cupcakes and treats?

Ready for May Two-Four Weekend | Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!



Again, whatever it is you decide to do, make sure your surrounded with the people you love in life. Oh and don’t forget to take pictures to commemorate this long weekend event. 


Have a great Victoria’s Day Weekend, Everyone!

What are you doing for Victoria's Day Weekend? Let me know in the comments!


Hey Everyone! I'm hoping everyone's summers are going great! Looking over my social media platforms, I've been seeing and hearing about many of my friends getting full-time summer jobs/coops/internships and to simply put it, summer hasn't been so great for me so far. I have yet to nail an interview well enough to be offered the job. Job application rejection is probably in the top five things that I sincerely dislike (Obviously no one likes rejection!)

I've definitely been in some kind of funk the past couple of days because, at that point, I had at least applied to 200 jobs. Perhaps I was looking in the wrong places for positions. I'll never know, however, I refuse to feel sad solely on the fact that other people aren't willing to accept me into their company for a summer internship or position. You can't control what the others do, you can only control what you do. 

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So if any of you are currently in a similar position to me, even though it seems like the end of the world to not be offered a summer position at the beginning of the summer, here are some things to do and consider while you're in your funk. Welcome to the club!

It may be hard to see it now, because if you're anything like me, you're so driven and focused on applying to jobs that you lose sight of everything else that is going on. You start to think of all the things you would do if you had a job, and seem to forget all the things that you can do now that you have time. Now I'm not saying forgo the whole job searching mission, but remember that it is still summer break. Summer break should not be spent applying to and searching for jobs from the moment you wake up to the second you fall asleep (cough cough -- me). Take into the things that are going right for you and seize the time you have now, because in all honesty, once you get a job (and you will), free time won't come as easily. 

Along with applying to jobs, I have also tried to improve other parts of my life, just so I have other things to do in a day besides just job applications. 

So, what have I been up to?

I met up with a sorority sister that I hadn't seen in a while, and who was about to leave for a coop position in a couple of days.

I went for hikes with my sister (mostly to end up grabbing Starbucks) on her days off of work. We also had a mini photo shoot 


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I started learning more vegan recipes and continued researching topics surrounding veganism.

I've been walking around parts of Toronto that I hadn't been to before, with my cousin. Like last week Thursday, I finally walked around Kensington market, which was my first time (or perhaps I have been there before and can't remember for the life of me). The week before that, we went to the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)

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I've been finding new ways to improve my blog (better quality picture, making the occasional video, topic brainstorming sessions, etc.)

Trying to network and connect more with bloggers with a similar brand/niche to my blog (Blogging Conference, Social Media Interactions, etc)


Though I don't currently have any paid summer positions, I'm a little bit put at ease that I haven't been completely wasting my summer time just sitting on the couch watching Netflix and tv. I have been somewhat productive during my time off.

Some word of advice

One tip that I want to give to those still on that job search grind is to remember that quality beats quantity. Anyday! Like I said earlier, I had applied to at least 200 jobs, which is alright except for the fact that I literally just submitted my resume for and that was it. I had thought at the time, the more applications, the better my chances. Take the time to tailor your resume and application specifically to the position you are applying to, because chances are, you're more likely to see a positive response from a company if they can tell you put effort into your application. Especially if you're looking for a position or experience in your future career field. No matter how stressed you are and how badly you need a job, quality over quantity! 

Good luck with your job search! I actually have a job interview tonight and tomorrow afternoon, so fingers crossed I land one! 

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I've been blogging for a little less than a year and from all the fangirling I do over the bigger and more established blog, I have come to understand that product reviews are an aspect blogging.

This month, I had the amazing opportunity to work with John Frieda (through Influenster Canada) in order to review one of their hair product lines. I was sent a box (VoxBox) of products to try out and review for the company. 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

The line that was sent to me came from the John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery and included a repairing shampoo, conditioner and creme serum.

I was super excited to be getting the chance to try out these products. I am always on the hunt for a great hair product, however, often times, drug store hair brands don't work well with my hair. Therefore to get multiple perspectives of the product, I recruited my roommate and friend, Emily, to also help test out the product. Thanks Girl!

Alright, time get started on the review.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

My hair is super dry, like all the time, plus I do put, what I think, is a little bit of heat on it. I straighten my hair about once every week, or two, and touch up with a straightener every now and then throughout the week. I can only imagine that putting heat on already super dry hair is the perfect combo for split ends (and I even use a heat protectant). So let's just say when I read the claims that the line was making, I had very high expectations. 

I used this product for a month, washing my hair once a week. After the month was over, I did realize my hair felt softer after each wash, however, in between washes my hair felt dryer than usual (which I obviously didn't like). 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle
I french braided Emily's hair so that it would be less tangled in the morning
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Definitely not my best braiding work, but it got the job done!

Emily had a different experience than I did. Even though she used the product for less time than I did, she found that the products did make her hair feel smoother and softer. Emily naturally has wavy/curly hair, so I decided to straighten her hair to test the frizz control capabilities of the products. I'm pretty sure I may have a little bit too much of the serum on her hair before straightening because it did look a little bit greasy at certain angles. A little dry shampoo helped that out. (It takes a lot of products to make me hair look even remotely greasy, so I tend to forget that sometimes when doing other people's hair!) If you are using the serum, remember that a little bit goes a long way! 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle

John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle


John Frieda Frizz Ease Review | Le Northern Belle


After straightening her hair, we had a birthday party at our house and throughout the night, surprisingly her hair stayed pretty much frizz-free. After asking Emily her thoughts on the products, she liked them and how smooth her hair felt. She would most likely recommend this line of products to another friend.

Special Thanks to Emily for allowing me to doll her up for this mini-photoshoot! To be honest, I don't think one would really complain. Now if only someone would do my hair and make-up for me!




Also, thank you to John Frieda Influenster Canada for sending me these products! All the products mentioned in this post were received complimentary for testing purposes.

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