Suddenly – summer has arrived! To be honest, I didn’t think we’d be enjoying days where the temps would hit around 30C – but we are. It’s swimming pool season, barbecue picnic time and eating watermelon slices near a sprinkler.

The city has so much to choose from – and it’s also Summerlicious in the city time!

TORONTO SUMMERLICIOUS: Is set to arrive tomorrow for a few weeks of surprising your taste buds with the best of Toronto’s culinary scene. Summerlicious allows you to enjoy three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner (or both!) at close to 200 of Toronto’s fave restaurants. You can head out to a favourite spot, or try some place new – prices are amazing, reservations, although not required, are certainly encouraged given the repertoire of food talent involved.

A complete list of participating restaurants is available at: Toronto.ca/summerlicious. twitter.com/LiciousTO, on Facebook at facebook.com/LiciousTO and instagram.com/LiciousTO. #LiciousTO


Shakespeare in High Park

SHAKESPEARE IN HIGH PARK: Now in its 37th year, every summer magic is recreated in High Park, where Toronto’s fave outdoor theatre tradition – Shakespeare in High Park – takes place. Presented by Canadian Stage, The working theatre is built from scratch and picnics are encouraged and this year there will be two adaptations of the Bard’s most popular works: The comedic tale of love and desire, Much Ado About Nothing, and the  timeless story of morality and power in Measure for Measure. The event takes place in the High Park Amphitheatre and performances take place on specific dates, so check the website for dates, times and prices – this is a pay-what-you-can event but premium (cushion) seats an be booked online for a $30 donation.

  • Shakespeare In The Park, on until Sept. 1. Check out Canadianstage.com for more details.

  • Wine Fest Toronto

WINE FEST TORONTO: The inaugural Wine Fest Toronto is set to take off this coming Friday to Saturday at the CF Shops at Don Mills, Town Square. Considered the city’s only outdoor celebration of all things wine, the Wine Fest Toronto will be offering guests sips from around the world – from refreshing whites to bold reds – crafted by winemakers in over 12 countries. There will be over 60 different brands of wines to try plus numerous local food trucks and vendors selling delicious fare, all within an outdoor village setting. Of course, the event wouldn’t be complete with out a a DJ and live music playing throughout the event. You’ll also find wine seminars, unusual wine and food pairings, wine-themed games and activations plus wine experts and winemakers. You must be 19 years of age to attend. For additional details as well as prices, check the website.

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– Wine Fest Toronto, July 5-6, CF Shops at Don Mills, Town Square, 1090 Don Miss Rd. Winefesttoronto.com.

 

GLAMOUR IDEAS


Sephora Brazilian Bum Bum Cream;

BRING ON THE BUM BUM: Call me childish (or perhaps child-like) but – I couldn’t resist posting this body moisturizing cream from Sephora: Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (around $59). Apparently it’s infused with “all-powerful Guarana extract” – native to the Amazon basin, especially in Brazil, the Guarana plant has large leaves and clusters of flowers where the caffeine-rich seeds are used in supplements or creams. Well, Brazilian butts are world famous and this luxurious cream can be used all-over your body. And, I’ve always wanted to write Bum Bum somewhere in my shopping pages. Blame the summer heat!

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-Maui Moisture products

MAKE IT A MAUI MOMENT: We may not all be able to visit Maui, but we can certainly enjoy the elements of such tropical islands through products that are inspired by the regions. Like Maui Moisture products, where the shampoos and conditioners are made with unique blends of aloe vera juice and infused with pure coconut water. Maui Moisture is crated into six ranges for all different hair types and textures to help get your hair looking healthy – something for curly hair to dry, damaged hair, or hair that has been chemically damaged. Plus Maui Moisture also offers products for body as well, ranging from body washes to lotions and creams, including a special detoxifying and volcanic ash body scrub. The collections do not use silicones or parabens or sulfates but are vegan with pure, natural products.

 


  • La Roche-Posay Posthelios soothing after-sun gel

LA ROCHE-POSAY: Is the name for an excellent line of face, body and sun care that is recommended by dermatologists worldwide. The company itself dates back to the late 1800s and all the products are rigorously tested with safety standards that go beyond international cosmetics regulations. Plus the products are developed in collaboration with dermatologists and toxicologists – and are tested on very sensitive skin, including skin that is reactive, allergic, acne-prone or damaged. They have a great after-sun cooling cream called Posthelios that is perfect for the summer season – even when you drive the sun can hit you hard, so keep a tube for handy convenience.

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– Check out Laroche-posay.ca for additional details.

SHOPPING:

THE STRIPESPOTTING TOUR: Hudson’s Bay is kicking off the summer season with a mobile pop-up shop that’ll be touring all the hot spots in the city and GTA. This mobile pop-up shop is bringing the best of the brand’s iconic stripes to select areas, and will be running each consecutive weekend through to Aug. 18. The shop will feature Hudson’s Bay’s newest collaboration with such brands as Sunnylife including beach bags, pool floats, dog leashes, and more. NARS Cosmetics is along for the ride providing beauty touch-ups under the #stripespotting cabana. Plus visitors to the pop-up can expect an array of summer activities including bocce ball, colour,bubbles fo r the kids and photo moments. The next event is taking place this Saturday and Sunday at the Salsa on St. Clair, will be at the Waupoos Winery in Picton the following weekend, Woodbine Beach on July 20-21, Harbourfront Centre, July 26 to 28, Wasaga Beach on Aug. 3 t o 5, Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara on-the-Lake on Aug. 10-11 and Shops at Don Mills on Aug. 15-18. #Stripespotting.

DESIGNER SHOE WAREHOUSE SALE: I taking place starting tomorrow to Sunday, and featuring amazing deals on more than 30,000 pairs of shoes – with prices up to 80% off the retail. Loook for brand names including Franco Sarto (love his purses!) Dr. Scholls, Nauralizer, Vince Camuto, Via Spiga, Fergalicious and others.

– Designer Shoe Warehouse Sale, July 5-7, Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Rd., Friday, 10 a.m., to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m., to 5 p.m. Designershoesale.ca.


Celebrating summer with Summerlicious, Shakespeare in High Park and more!

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