Touring Virginia

For the third and final time, I went on my school music trip to Virginia this past week. I adore my music program, and two years ago, we went to New York City and last year we travelled to Boston. We travel to the Heritage Festival and perform for a competition. This year, we won 3 silvers. It’s something I really am going to miss about high school. Music has always been such an amazing opportunity at school, and I’m so happy to have been a part of it. I met so many amazing people, and I have such great memories because of it.

Sight-Seeing

Our first day was spent in Norfolk, a quaint city where we took an afternoon cruise. It reminded me slightly of Boston, or at least the area that we saw. We also spent time in Colonial Williamsburg, a historical walking tour of an interpreted and interactive colonial, american city.

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Although this beach wasn’t nearly as picture-perfect as in the Galapagos, we still had a lot of fun. The water was freezing, so we mostly sat in the sand and hung around the boardwalk. There were some cute shops and restaurants, and some great opportunities for friendly photo shoots!  IMG_2208 IMG_2215 IMG_2228 IMG_2235 IMG_2273 IMG_2277 IMG_2285 IMG_2301 IMG_2560 IMG_2568

Busch Gardens

We took two days at Busch Gardens, a giant amusement park, and it was a blast! The amusement park in itself is divided into countries, from England, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland and Canada. Each country had roller coasters, shops, restaurants and arcade games. We went on a variety of roller coasters and rides, and spent quite a bit of time on the roller coasters.

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This trip was one of the most memorable, something that I won’t forget for a long time. I had so many unforgettable experiences and I know I won’t ever regret it. I was so happy to be with all my friends, and although I’m sad it’s over already, I’m looking forward to many more experiences like this in the future.

 

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Easter With The Family

Yesterday, I spent an afternoon at my aunt and uncle’s house for Easter.  Most of my family came, and I was delighted to see my godfather for the second time on his latest trip back to Montreal. We had a delicious buffet, filled with some traditional Lebanese recipes.

As for the outfit, I was so excited to wear my new floral chiffon pants from Forever 21 that I had just recently purchased. I paired them with a simple black tee, my jean jacket and a short copper chain.

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I absolutely adore this photo! These are all my second cousins, not including the adorable Luke, my godmother’s baby boy. I love these kids so much, they are all wonderful and cheerful boys and girls!

Style Recap: Coachella Weekend One

I thought I’d share with you all a series of some of my favorite looks from the first weekend of Coachella, thanks to Refinery29! You’ll notice a few lovely trends that I’m totally obsessed with at the moment! Kimonos, floral prints, and bright colours are on the top of my list right now!

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April 2014: Must-See Artists at Coachella

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Hope everyone is having a good week! This weekend will be the first of two Coachella weekends, and I’m super excited for both the fashion and of course, the music! I was checking out the setlist, and a lot of the bands and artists are really great! I compiled a list of fairly recent songs from a handful of bands and artists that will be playing at Coachella this weekend and next weekend. What I love about these festivals is that they bring together a wide variety of artists. From dance and electronic to rap and of course alternative, everyone can find something that they love. This playlist is tailored more to my kind of music, in the hopes that everyone can discover some new artists (hopefully), and I’m sure most people will enjoy these songs! Trust me, there are many more as well! Some other artists to check out at Osheaga (or at home) would be The 1975, Drowners, Lana Del Rey, Capital Cities, Arcade Fire, Empire of the Sun, The Naked and Famous, and Rudimental.

Daughter: Live at the Corona

Last night was the night. The Daughter concert had officially arrived, and it was amazing. One of my good friends, Tiana, and I spent the day downtown, but headed to the venue at around 3:30 to wait in line to get front row. It was so much fun, and thank god it was a warm day because we waited outside for a good three and a half hours.

The concert started at 8pm, and we were front row, right in the centre! The opening band was a local find, Pang Attack. They were excellent! Reminded me a bit of The National, another great band. They played all the best songs from their newest EP, Dreamer’s Drug.

Daughter came on at around 9pm. Words can’t even describe how amazing they were. The time flew by, it felt as though they only played for five minutes! They performed with such passion and intense emotion, it was so beautiful. I was blessed to be in their presence.

Once the concert had ended, we stepped outside and ended up meeting the opening band. The best part, after the concert that is, was actually being able to meet Daughter. First, we met the bassist/keyboardist, Luke Saunders, and he was so sweet and polite. He singed my concert ticket, and we got to snap a pic together.

It really became the perfect night after I met lead singer Elena Tonra. She, playing a huge role in my life and being one of my greatest inspirations of all time, was such a beautiful person. Kind, sweet and extremely humble. I was so happy to have been able to meet her, speak to her, and even take a photo together. She too signed my ticket stub, and after I got the opportunity to hug her and tell her how much she meant to me, my life was complete.

It was truly one of the best nights of my life, and I am so grateful to have such an amazing friend who came along with me on my wonderful adventure. Special thanks to my dad as well, who waited around until I met Elena, and filmed the entire meet!

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The opening band, Pang Attack.

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Igor Haefeli, guitarist/bassist of Daughter, You can also see Luke in the background as well.

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Meeting the lead singer of Pang Attack.

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We met, and spent time chatting with Luke Saunders of Daughter.

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Meeting Elena Tonra of Daughter!

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What an amazing memory! I will never forget these moments…

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Dinner in the City

Last night, I went downtown for dinner with friends at local restaurant iBurger. This fancy, futur-esque burger joint is stocked up with electronic menus on the tabletops, and a variety of options for each meal. The concept is unique and creative, and I love it! Sure, it could use a few tweaks, but it was a really cool experience! Anyways, this one caught my eye; a sushi burger! It was stacked with two layers of rice (the bread), avocado (the lettuce), tuna tartare (the meat) and mango (hmm… a little extra!). It wasn’t your traditional burger, and you certainly needed to use a fork and knife, but boy was it good! I would definitely have it again. It was funny to have a sushi burger with fries, but it tasted surprisingly good. The french fries were delicious as well. The perfect mix between crispy and soft, they had the homemade fry taste. We all enjoyed our meals, and the service was fabulous.

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Rock ‘N Share Benefit Concert

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Last night, my band The DayDreamers and I performed with some of our good friends. It was a benefit concert that I organized, called Rock ‘N Share, and all the proceeds went to Dans La Rue, a Montreal organization that aids children living on the streets. I was so fortunate to play in front of such an amazing and supportive crowd, and we raised over $1300 towards the charity.

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