🎶 I hopped off the plane at YYZ with my sash, and my sparkly crown… 🎶
Hello from Toronto!
The last 48 hours have been exciting; yesterday, I woke up bright and early to catch my flight from Vancouver to Toronto with some of my fellow Regional Delegates from British Columbia – Shawna, Madison and Gabriella. We rocked airport chic with our sashes, crowns, and of course matching jackets. Upon arriving in Toronto, we met up with Ariel, and headed over to our hotel for some BC girls bonding time and beauty sleep.
Today, I woke up with a huge smile on my face because the 2016 search for Miss Teenage Canada has officially begun! The BC girls and I spent the morning relaxing and getting ready for the big day ahead of us. After checking in, I met my roommate Denisse. She is Miss Teenage Manitoba, and is also a fellow Filipino-Canadian. We spent the next couple of hours unpacking our clothing, and ironing our dresses for the week ahead.
At around 7 pm the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada Opening Ceremonies began. I felt a surge of emotions, ranging from nervousness to excitement, as I walked into the ballroom at the Airport Holiday Inn in Toronto.
The party was Ahh-mazing! Do you remember the scene in The Princess Diaries – 2 where Princess Mia had a birthday party and invited all of the princesses from across the globe? Well, the welcome party was a little like that, but way better. There were so many people and things going on, that it was a little overwhelming (but in a good way). I was able to mingle with some of the other 64 delegates and the reigning Miss Teenage Canada Sarah Wojcik.
I am so ready for some fun in the sun! Thank you V.P.I. Canada for the free pair of designer sunglasses; I found my pair on their e-store for $28 plus shipping and handling. These are undoubtedly my new pair favourite shades because they’re so chic. Stay up to date with everything V.P.I. by following them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Check out the BC squad rocking our sunglasses!
I had a blast at Nuvango‘s sharable moment centre. Their clothing is bright, fun, and unique. Each piece of clothing is a functional masterpiece, and every girl can find something to match her style and personality. I had a really tough time deciding which article of clothing I wanted because there were so many options. In the end I chose this crop top masterpiece pictured on the right. I can’t wait to visit the Nuvango headquarters later this week, to get an insider look at this Toronto based artist designed brand. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
My sweet tooth was more than satisfied at the Sweets Canada tasting exhibit. Sam Dhutia of Sweets Canada generously gave out gourmet chocolate bars , depending on each delegate’s individual preferences, as discovered during the tastings. I had the opportunity to taste the dark chocolate ginger bar, and it was absolutely delicious! This chocolate bar had the rich and muted sweetness that I love about dark chocolate, with a surprising kick of ginger, that took the dark chocolate experience to a whole other level.
BRADLEE RYALL GOLF ACADEMY
At the party there was a live mini golf attraction set up by Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy which gave me the chance to test out my golfing skills before we head over to the golf academy on Wednesday to play a one-hole golf game for two ladies golf jackets from SWING active wear. I’ve never golfed before, so I’m very excited that we are being given the opportunity to participate in group lessons this week. If you also want to learn how to golf, the golf academy teaches at 6 different courses west of Toronto.
Golden Glamour Goddesses
Thank you Golden Glamour Goddesses for ensuring that we are pageant ready. They are providing girls a discount on eyelash extensions, spray tanning, and spray whitening. Thank you for helping us unleash our inner goddesses. You can find them on Facebook, and Instagram.
Dreams really do come true here at Miss Teenage Canada; I was able to hone in my inner Katniss Everdeen with thanks to Archer’s Arena. At the party, we did some target practice with a bow and arrow; don’t worry we were completely safe, as there was a giant marshmallow on the pointy end. I’m so thrilled that we are going to play Archery Tag in Toronto at Archers Arena on Thursday July 21, 2016. Be sure to keep an eye out for the hash tag #archerytag to stay up to date with all the action, and by following them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
I look forward to seeing the products that Rimmel London has provided us in our welcome bags.
Oral hygiene is a very important aspect of being a healthy, happy, and confident young woman. Thank you Archer Dental for helping us maintain our beautiful smiles by providing us with specially monogrammed high quality Oral B traveler’s toothbrushes. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
BATA SHOE MUSEUM
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a good pair of shoes can also do the trick! On Tuesday, July 19 we will be visiting the Bata Shoe Museum to see their impressive collection of shoes and artefacts from around the world.
Fishd By EDO
Hashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform. They compiled all of the social media with the hashtag #MissTeenageCanada2016, and projected all of these tweets, instagram photos, and likes live during the party. During the rest of pageant week, you guys will be able to follow all of our activities, and experiences here in Toronto in real time by subscribing to the URL that Hashtagio is providing. But don’t be afraid of missing out on what we’re up to as all of the images and text will be archived in the Miss Teenage Canada site, and the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network.
Storia PR Inc.
A huge thank you goes out to Daphna and Karen Nussbaum of Storia PR in Toronto. They are an integral part of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada experience and will be retweeting and amplifying much of the media we make, everywhere we go. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This night was unforgettable, and a big part of the experience was due to all of our amazing sponsors. Thank you so much for all of the swag. Be sure to keep an eye out through the rest of the week to stay up to date on all of our adventures here in Toronto.