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DAY# 112 of 365- EARTH DAY and the Magical Japanese Cherry Blossoms in High Park!

Happy EARTH DAY!

Today I had planned to do something else for ‘Earth Day’, but a dear friend invited me to see the Japanese Cherry Blossoms in High Park, instead. I like to go with the flow and I don’t really have a set plan everyday during this 365 day journey (and my plans over the past 3 months have often changed the last minute), so I decided at the last minute to go with her and be one with nature. I don’t do this enough, and the weather is getting much warmer and everything is in bloom and coming back to life now that spring is here. So today was the day. Getting out and enjoying nature is one of my favourite things to do.

After seeing the movie ‘Avatar’ yesterday and loving the message of the movie which to me was to ‘appreciate, protect and respect the beauty of nature’, I am reminded to get OUT of my tiny downtown apartment and enjoy nature. And a lot of people are not aware that, Toronto is over 18% PARKLAND, so there is a lot of beautiful nature to enjoy in the big city!

Today marks the 1st weekly series on Toronto 365 of “NATURE IN THE CITY” and I thought going to see the Japanese Cherry Blossoms in High Park, (that were a gift to Toronto from Tokyo many years ago) would be a fitting beginning of this series.

It was my first time seeing the Japanese Cherry Blossoms, even though I was born and raised in Toronto. Its one of those things that I always said I was going to do one day.

What a beautiful expression of nature. It was like we were transported to Japan.

People were walking, talking, singing, taking pictures, eating and EVERYONE was happy and smiling walking through this natural wonderland. When the soft pink petals fell it was like huge pink snow flakes were falling on my head. Living in Toronto for 30-something years, I cant believe this is the 1st time I have witnessed this hidden gem.

Japanese Cherry Blossoms in High Park, in Toronto, Canada

Here is an article about the history, and some interesting information about the Japanese Cherry Blossoms and how they arrived in Toronto….

Celebrating Japanese cherry blossoms in Toronto

I particularly liked this sentence in the article….

“In Japan, cherry blossoms are called sakura, and the delicate and ephemeral blossoms are said to remind the Japanese that life is short, and already over before we really understand that it has begun.”

As my motto for my 365 Day Vacation or Journey through Toronto says…. “Life is to be ENJOYED and LIVED, get out and have FUN!”

I have been fortunate to have vacationed in over 40 countries and 100’s of cities around the world, and after over 3 months of having a daily mini vacation in my home city of TORONTO, I can honestly say this has been my best vacation ever! I love discovering and rediscovering my city. I am having the most fun, meeting so many positive and friendly people, experiencing and learning something new everyday. I LOVE T.O. :-)

Being that is EARTH DAY, I am not going to get on a soapbox and preach to people how they should recycle more and turn off their lights, etc. because I don’t believe that is the most effective way inspire people to respect and take care of nature.

I may be wrong but I personally believe that showing people the beauty of nature or taking their hand and walking them through one of the many beautiful expressions that nature gives us, (as I captured in these pictures below) I think is much more effective and inspiring.

How could anyone not want to protect, respect and take care of NATURE after seeing and experiencing such beauty?

ENJOY

DAY #113 of 365-Real Friends & a day at City TV’s-’CityLine’-Day Time TV Show-FASHION FRIDAYS

Today my dear friend Rose invited me to a live taping of CityTV\’s daytime lifestyle show CITYLINE with \’Tracy Moore\’ The show topic was “Fashion Fridays”.

Here is a a FULL EPISODE of last Fridays Fashion Friday Show…

City Line Apr.23,2010-Fashion Friday Video of the show

The episode we attended will be on Friday April 30th at 9am-10am.

The spring and summer fashions on the show were stunning.  It inspired me to go shopping :-) .   I need to update my wardrobe for the season…its a new and exciting year.  Here are some of the products and clothing from the fashion show….

Jones New York http://www.jny.com/ . All shoes and accessories in JNY segment from the Bay The The Bay Esprit http://www.esprit.com/ Shoes in Esprit segment from Nine West Nine West ADDITIONELLE (JESSICA BIFFI TAPE) Addition Elle

I loved Tracy’s dress.  She said it was from BCBG.   On my shopping trip next week, I will be making a stop there!

The expert guest was the beautiful Lisa Rogers.

Also the very talented, and BRILLIANTLY funny and warm hairstylist Bill Angst of Angst Salon

( located at 240 Queen Street West. Phone: (416) 360-5942).  He kept everyone in stitches throughout the entire show (someone get this man his own show ASAP lol).  Loved him!   Bill Angst did an AMAZING, on the spot makeover on a lady, he plucked from the studio audience, minutes before the show started.  Her best friend volunteered her, you have to love a good friend LOL.  She looked fabulous.  I cant believe he did that in under an hour.  I need to make an appointment with him to get a summer hairdo.

Annesley Broadhead of Cargo Cosmetics was also a one of the expert guests.

It was a really fun day!  I met some really funny and cool fellow audience members.  A lot of laughs and ooh and ahhs at the beautiful clothing, shoes and the results of the fabulous make over.

I have watched the show for many years (CityLine is Canada’s longest running lifestyle show), so it was great to be at a live taping and see how everything happens behind the scenes.

All the City Line staff were friendly and very nice.  The host Tracy Moore is an absolute sweetheart.  She spoke to many of the studio audience members, before, during and after the taping of the show.  Real and so personable.  She is the type of person that when she speaks to you, you feel like you are the only person in the room.  It was such a pleasure meeting her.

And at the end of the day we got a great gift bag.  Some  Nivea body care products and a cotton bathrobe, Cargo Cosmetics lipstick and lipgloss, a Esprit tank top and notepad, Burt\’s Bees Body Kit, and a Jones of New York bag. We were all very happy and grateful! It was a total surprise to me.

So thanks Nivea, Burt’s Bees, Cargo Cosmetics, Esprit, Jones of New York and Tracy Moore and all the wonderful staff of City TV for the gifts, laughs, inspiration and a totally fun morning.

And my friend Rose who is also a hair extension specialist Rose Hair Creations, won a $200 gift bag from Burt’s Bees.  I was so happy for her, she has been such an INSPIRATION to me and a REAL and supportive friend, during the ups and downs in my life.  I admire her strength in the midst of her struggles (just a couple of years ago she had a full kidney transplant… most people would never guess looking at her or speaking to her, she always looks her best and I have never seen her without a smile on her face and she is always the life of the party, making others laugh and feel comfortable) .  Rose ALWAYS positive outlook on life and her words of wisdom are priceless.  She deserved to win this gift.

BTW Tracy is a fellow blogger.  Here is her blog…  Tracy Moore\’s Blog

Thanks City Line and staff and special guests, for making the morning with a dear friend FUN and FABULOUS!

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UPDATE:  I almost forgot to mention that Tracy’s new gorgeous long hairstyle is done by Rose.  Yes Rose is nice and super talented too!  (She also has done a previous Miss Canada’s hair extensions).

Toronto STREET ART#2- Respecting the Craft of Street Art!

Another talented Toronto artist that so graciously shares his gift of creating beautiful art, with other Torontonians.

Some beautiful art to brighten our day,  as we walk about the city streets of downtown Toronto.

Thanks Mr. Chalk Master for making me laugh with your wicked sense of humour and the pleasure of watching you create something so beautiful, out of something as simple as a piece of chalk.

See one of the Chalk Masters masterpieces at Yonge & Dundas, infront of the Eaton Centre Mall, before the rain washed it away…