Do As The Locals Do

IMG_1825_editedFirst off, hope you had a lovely Easter weekend filled with family, friends, fun and of course chocolate!sunday market (3)It’s that time for Travel Tip Tuesday! One of my favourite things when travelling is to do as the locals do. When travelling you most definitely want to check out the famous iconic landmarks that each city holds, but also try to venture off the beaten path. Some of the best foods I’ve eaten were not in touristy restaurants, but mom and pop shops that were not listed on maps! You can find beautiful sites, delicious food and local crafts that are not commercialized when you step out of the main tourist core. Also asking the locals where they like to eat and shop can be helpful and very rewarding! Want to save some cash? You can check out the local grocery stores for snacks to carry with you when exploring.IMG_8532(LR)_editedEnjoy your trip and be adventurous, but with a degree of caution to your surroundings. Any other travel questions? Let me know! And stay tuned for more!

Cheers,
Melissa

Scarf It Up!

I swear half my closet consists of scarves. I really do love them and wear them constantly. Therefore it makes sense that my latest travel tip is to always bring a scarf on a trip. A scarf will not only keep you warm as a blanket (as flights tend to be on the cooler side), but can dual as a pillow (great for trains and buses). You can use them to cover your face for privacy, as an eye mask to shield against bright lights, or folded up as a neck pillow. When travelling in the summer, it can get very hot, but some churches have dress codes and a scarf will be needed to cover your bare shoulders. They also come in handy as seat savers in the movie theatre, at concerts, or when getting standing tickets at the Opera (see my Vienna blog post later this week for more on this).
Apple Picking IMG_2639(LR,PS)And don’t forget that they are a fabulous fashion accessory; they can make any outfit look classy and put together in a second! One of my favourites is NimiNimi scarves! They are not only luxurious silk scarves that are hand rolled in Italy, but for charity! They have also been nominated for a Canadian Arts and Fashion Award, congrats!
sunday market (2)Do you have any other travel questions? Let me know! And stay tuned for more!
“When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.”Cheers,
Melissa

First Amsterdam Audition!

Good news, not even a month in and I’ve had my first audition in Amsterdam! Yay! It was such a lovely fun experience, this city is so friendly and welcoming.  Annnnnd I’ve already scheduled my next audition! Fingers crossed!

Apart from acting and work, I’ve had the chance to see more of this beautiful city! From flea markets (which I love, open rain or shine), to unique restaurants, music festivals, and to fascinating historic buildings.

This city has so much for offer any day, any time of day! And so much art everywhere you look!

Stay tuned for updates and hopefully some good news!

Cheers,
Melissa

Tulips & Theatre; My first week in Amsterdam

I’ve barely been here a week, and already there is so much happening in Amsterdam! This week was the celebration of King’s Day (Koningsdag), formerly known as Queen’s Day. It’s a street festival that happens in the downtown core, all day and night. The population doubles overnight as people dressed in orange come from all over to celebrate. Some photos from the festivities…

I also went to check out the famous Keukenhof! A 79 acre garden, with over 7 million bulbs in bloom. It is so gorgeous and a true work of art.

From garden art to theatre, I had the opportunity to go view Yasmina Reza’s “Art” from Orange Tea Theatre, in Amsterdam. It was thought provoking, real and hilarious all in one. A plot starting from one friends art purchase…

20170428_194302In case you weren’t aware, it was only a year ago this week that my Mom and I were part of the Mothers & Daughters feature in Chatelaine Magazine. Thanks Facebook for the memory! Check it out here:

http://www.chatelaine.com/living/daughters-talk-about-their-mothers/image/6/

Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to follow my social media accounts!

Cheers,
Melissa

Sunset to Sunrise

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In its 10th year in Toronto, Nuit Blanche is a night of contemporary art presented by Scotiabank. Over 110 projects were on display across the city for people to experience for free. If you were willing to brave the cold, rain and extremely long line ups (no matter what time of night), it was a time of reflection and appreciation. Though not all exhibits are for everyone, and some were tough to find, each project was made with immense effort and love for the art from artists worldwide.

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Dominican Destination

Fellow Artists,

I just spent a fabulous week in the gorgeous and breathtaking Punta Cana. Sadly, I can already see my tan slowly fade away in our already fast approaching cold weather. I would like to take a moment to highlight all the many beautiful pieces of artifacts, architecture, paintings and crafts that I saw. Each and every piece I saw was so vibrant and inspiring in its own way. I also had the chance to watch some fabulous shows with local music and talent. Photos below, courtesy of KVDV Photography: http://www.kvdvphotography.com/.

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