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Unwind and Refresh -Smith and Western NZ

Last week a group of my #instagram darlings and I decided to take a trip to Toronto. With only 45 min to really pack, I decided to bring this show stopper of a dress https://www.smithandwestern.co.nz 

Say hello to the stunning view from the iconic urban resort in the middle of Toronto. http://www.hotelxtoronto.com

Ive officially decided that yellow is the colour for me!! The energy in Toronto was really phenominal with the raptors game around the corner and we felt like #queens

 

Its amazing what a fabulous #ootd can do for your confidence. I stumbled upon the Smith and Western store in a gorgeous area while touring New Zealand a fews back. I was waiting for the perfect Canadian Summers day to show off the look.

 

Tell me if you love it!

 

XO

Jodie

@joudelj

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Lifestyle Travel

Best Girls Weekend – Hotel X Toronto

 

We just got back from an extraordinary weekend at the Hotel X – Lakeshore Urban Resort Nestled in Toronto. This stunning property is truly unique. Toronto is special to me because it was the first place I immigrated too when coming to Canada many years ago.For those of you that know the city well, you can relate that it is busy and congested as most big cities are but here is the best part! The Hotel X is only 5 minutes from Billy Bishop Airport. It is the first Urban Resort in Toronto with so many luxurious features for the entire family 1 to 100.

  • I had the pleasure of going with my girlfriends for some fun in the sun and here are a list to make you #jealous

    The list of amenities are fantastic:
    -Spectacular Views
    -24/7 Concierge
    -Decked Out Movie Theatre
    -Multiple Restaurants
    -10X Fitness Club
    -Yoga
    -No Resort Fees
    -Stunning Swimming Pool
    -Family and Pet Friendly
    -Kandy Gallery Onsite
    -Guerlain Spa (Coming This Fall)

  • I almost forgot to include the shuttle serious and super Lux house car that will transport you within 5km within the downtown core.
  • The best part of the entire weekend was the unmarked hospitality and attention to detail. No matter where I travel in the world this is the part that stands out the most in my heart and mind. I visited the first when they first opened last year and a few of the staff actually remembered me which was super impressive!!
  • There was so much to do on the property (It is huge) that we decided to take our time and soak everything in ….the Rooftop Pond Pool is seriously heavenly and we watched as the sky changed to intense shades as the golden hour approached.
  • We made our way to Maxx,s Kitchen and took a food adventure (BIO BELOW)

    Maxx’s Kitchen offers a vibrant, inviting space enhanced by a spacious balcony for outdoor dining, with unobstructed views of the lake. The restaurant features an electric fireplace, open-concept kitchen with a live cooking station. Ideal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Maxx’s offers a selection of healthy options, comfort foods, and a twist on the everyday classic favourites – bringing a sense of home to every guest. Bold flavours and seasonal, locally sourced ingredients are the focus of each dish.

  • This was a treat👩🏾‍🍳

    Library Club Lounge

    • Breakfast Hours:
    • Monday to Friday from 6:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Saturday, Sunday & Holidays from 7:00 am – 11 am
    • Wine & Cheese:
    • Daily from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • I cant highlight the importance of making time for people we care about and things we love. I enjoy sharing the journey and opening your eyes to the wonders of the world. A small weekend trip is exactly what we needed as a healthy break from the busy lives we all have. Let someone else take care of you for a change.
  • Gather your amazing besties and see you at the HOTELX TORONTO

XO

Jodie

@joudelj

 

These memories will last forever and ever. It was fun and laughter from the moment we met at the Station.

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#Girlboss Lifestyle

What I do for REAL!

Happy Weekend and can we get just real for a moment! I woke up this morning with full intention of getting outside, but I was in total disbelief! Snow at the end of April -(.  I imagined myself going for a run and hitting a patio in the city but BOOM! Mother Nature is playing tricks this year. A cold 2dg brrrr

Ive had a busy week with work, mom life and getting back into my fitness game. One of the TOP questions of the week is “What I Do On A Daily”. Being a mother of four adorable kiddos is my full time #job but they are getting older and their is more time to get a solid routine into play. I would like to call my job a full time “Life ER (Living Life and sharing moments with you!) – I heard this term at a blogging conference and could relate 100%.

THOUGHTS ON LIFESTYLE BLOGGING

I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently to lifestyle blogging, and the still-young and every-growing industry it inhabits.

Unlike fashion or beauty blogging (Which are my loves TOO, which have one particular focus, lifestyle blogging is a unique blend of interests pieced together by the author of each individual lifestyle blog.

For a few years now, I feel like I have been naturally aligning with the ‘lifestyle blogger’ label, rather than a ‘fashion’ one – despite fashion being where I first started.

With this shift to lifestyle, rather than a specific topic, I feel I am able to better share a ‘blend’ of topics which interest me at this stage in my life.

I am going deeper into what lifestyle blogging means for me and how you can hone in on the ‘blend’ of your own lifestyle blog. I hope today’s post will still resonate with you. We are all piecing together our lifestyles, so whether you choose to share yours in a blog format or not, I believe it is worthwhile giving thought to what makes you tick. I follow so many amazing bloggers and each one is so unique. Love watching their journey and reading their posts. I believe that we are all just in transition and the future is exciting.

Thoughts :

NOBODY NEED DEFINE YOUR LIFESTYLE BLOG, OTHER THAN YOU. (You got this)

YOUR SITE is UNIQUE

PERSONAL CURATION OF INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES. THIS CURATION IS WHAT I LIKE TO THINK OF AS YOUR ‘ Cocktail BLEND’.

I am still in the process of finding my flow and im inspired by my readers. Most of my viewers still go directly to Instagram but I believe their is so much more to say on the blog. I lead an interesting and diverse life. Authenticity means everything when it comes to my brand. At the end of each post or story I want the viewer to leave feeling inspired and motivated to be the best they can be. This journey started by complete coincidence and I cant wait to tell you about that someday soon.

 

THANK YOU!!!

I am so blessed to have you here and look forward to sharing my life with you

 

XX Jodie

@joudelj

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