Product Love: MotoChic

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As a reporter and host I live in a world full of deadlines, travel, interviews, and on camera reporting. I am always on the go and trying to fit a million and one things into each day. I know in this day and age I am not the only one with a non-stop schedule. We live in a day and age where our lives consist of full time careers, side hustles, passion projects, families, friends, relationships, and if you’re lucky some down time. You need to be able to master the art of multitasking and balancing to have it all, am  I right ladies?

For me a typical work day will consist of catching a flight to a game, jumping off the plane, running to an interview, appearing on camera, editing the feature, a meal if I am lucky, and finally bed. I am always in search of clothes that are comfortable enough to let me take a nap on the plane, but are also stylish enough to go on air.

When I am focusing on my passion project aka my blog, I am usually out on an adventure taking pictures in the great outdoors. I need clothes and accessories  that are comfortable for a long hike, but will also look great in a picture.

Recently I partnered with MotoChic. Their clothing combines innovative design with high performance materials. They have managed to create stylish clothes and accessories and apparel that are perfect for the adventure loving, always on the go, modern day woman.

I love the original idea of MotoChic. The brand was originally inspired by the lack of options for women who ride motorcycles, but the brand has quickly turned into the perfect go to for stylish women on the move.

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One of my absolute favourite products from MotoChic has to be the Lauren Bag. This bag quickly switches from a backpack to a tote bag. It makes it super easy to carry all my essentials while hiking or traveling for work, but then transforms to a stylish tote for pictures or meetings. It fits my laptop and has lots of storage space without looking bulky. I also love that it has reflective panels on the back so people can see me at night.

As an avid hiker I also love their Ladies Cooling Base Layer Top. Not only does it create a flattering shape, but it is also helps cool your body when hiking or biking. Added bonus, they worked with a physiotherapist to use true compression fabrics that helps reduce muscle soreness.

Motochic offers everything from t-shirts to keychains. They offer products that are both practical and stylish that are great for our busy lifestyles.

Now for the best part. You can get 10 % off your Motochic purchase by using the promo code “MIAWGORDON”. Just visit their site; https://dealspotr.com/go/SUYUk and get shopping, but you better hurry this code is only valid until April 21st.

Xo

Mia

 

 

Product Love: Jewel On Fire

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Working on T.V. has its challenges. I have to write scripts, remember my lines, come up with creative interview questions, engage the audience, and try and look my best in the process. Just the other day I was watching back one of my reports when I realized something was missing, I looked well, blah. I had no colour or pop to my outfit. It was in that moment that I was on a mission to find some jewelry that would stand out, but not overshadow. That would compliment my outfit, but not break the bank. High expectations right? Well not actually because I stumbled upon Jewel On Fire.

About Jewel On Fire 

I was really impressed when I started to do my research on the company. After working as jewelry manufacturers for over 50 years, they realized how much stores would mark up the cost of diamonds and gems. UP TO 500% (no wonder diamonds are so unaffordable). Their concept is that regular people like you and me should be able to afford high quality jewelry and so they cut out the middle man. You are able to buy directly from the craftsmen and manufacturers at 90% off retail pricing. Sounds pretty good right? Well it gets better because you can do it from your couch. In fact I am looking at the next piece I want to buy right now.

Just take a look at some of the amazing pieces available on the site. All low cost but real diamonds and gems;

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Not sold just yet? Well how about this, you can get 25% off your Jewel on Fire promo code using the code: MIAWGORDON. Just click the link and get going; https://dealspotr.com/go/urZJt

Whether you are looking for jewelry from a night on the town, your wedding, a gift, or just something to dress up your every day look you can find it here at an affordable price.

Happy Shopping friends,

xo

Mia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Love: Mary Kay Gel Semi Shine Lipstick

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How Jord’s Wooden Watches made me look at time differently

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There is never enough time.

I find myself using that sentence often throughout the day. As a freelance reporter, host, producer, and content creator my days can get hectic to say the least. On a given day, I could have shifts at amazing places like CBC Olympics in the morning and Sportsnet at night. With a schedule that never stops, it is so important for me to keep track of time. That is why for as long as I can remember I have always worn a watch.

But it can’t be just any watch. As I mentioned, I am an on air host and reporter working for companies like Sportsnet and the National Lacrosse League so I need to make sure that the watch I am wearing is stylish, unique, and that it looks great on camera.

It was by fluke that I came across Jord Watches, but I fell in love with this brand as soon as I read a quote on their website;

“Telling More Than Time.

The Value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.”

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It was in that moment that I realized instead of worrying about not having enough time, I need to instead enjoy every project, every job, every story I report, every minute of life.

What I loved about Jord’s Wood Watches is that they are truly unique, timeless, sophisticated, and modern. Everything I need in a watch for reporting and for making sure I am on time for meetings and interviews.

The wooden watch that I chose is the Frankie Series in Zebrawood and Champagne. What originally drue me to the watch was the champagne colours and the elegant feel. This was a watch that would match with every outfit, but would also stand out enough so that people would notice it and that it would show up on camera. It is the perfect mix of classic and funky.

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I wasn’t sure if wooden watches would be heavy, but I was pleasantly surprised at how lightweight and comfortable it is on my wrist. It is the perfect accessory for work, for a date, or for a night out with friends.

To shop all the Jord unique men’s and women’s wooden watches click here

Contest Info time! 

Oh and the best part, is I am partnering with Jord to give one of you lucky readers $100 towards one of their beautiful hand-crafted watches.  It is super easy, all you have to do is full out the info on this link; https://www.woodwatches.com/g/miawgordon

And since we are all winners here, just for entering you get $25 dollars off a Jord Wood Watch!

Giveaway closes on November 12th so what are you waiting for?!? Good luck everyone!

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Xo

Mia

 

Mia Goes M.I.A: The Festival Survival Guide

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One of my favourite summer activities has to be attending music festivals. There is something so special about being out in the sunshine, listening to some incredible music and artists, the unique culture of people from all around the world coming together, the beautiful art, the delicious food, and of course the fun camping.

If you are new to the festival scene, it can seem intimidating and overwhelming. Don’t worry, I am here to help. Having attended several music festivals in the past (5 to be exact) I have learned a few tricks to ensure a successful festival weekend. Today I wanted to share with you my music festival survival handbook.

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Comfort is Key

I know that Coachella’s instagram feed makes one believe music festivals are really fashion shows, but this is just not the case. Reality check, music festivals are hot, sweaty, dirty places. You are sleeping in a tent for days, there is a serious lack of showers, there is dirt everywhere, and it is hot hot hot! This is not the time to crack out your favourite designer duds.

Do not wear white, do not wear expensive, do not wear uncomfortable. In fact everything you do wear you must be ok with ruining or else do not bring.

So what should you bring? From past experience I promise the more comfortable you are, the more you are going to enjoy the experience.

  • Loose shirts: I know, the adorable tight fitting crop top is totally in right? Leave it at home in this case because you are not going to be happy walking around in that for 10 hours straight. Oversized yet stylish shirts for the win
  • Jean Shorts: If any clothing is going to survive the apocalypse it is jeans, so they can survive a simple festival weekend. Bring on the mud, the food, the drinks. None of these are a match for jeans, they will survive the elements.
  • Running Shoes/think sandals: I remember the worst day of my music festival life. I had just bought an adorable pair of fringe heels that would complete my perfect festival outfit. I was wrong. Half way through Kendrick Lamar’s set I needed to quit the dance party because my feet were killing me. Make sure the shoes you rock are made for walking because there will be a lot of walking, and dancing, potential dirt and mud. A music festival is no place for heels or any shoe that is uncomfortable.
  • A blanket scarf: This multi purpose accessory is perfect to add some flare to your outfit and also to sit on if you don’t want to be on the ground.
  • A sweater: This may seem unnecessary since it is the middle of summer but if it rains, or the temps drop at night, you are going to be glad you brought one with you.

So in recap, dress for comfort, don’t bring anything you don’t want ruined, and for god’s sake leave all the heels at home!

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Suns out so protect the guns… and everything else 

Last year at Wayhome a dear friend of mine missed at least one full day because she was suffering form heat stroke. The second day she was still feeling sick. Don’t be that person who wastes your entire festival experience because you didn’t take care of yourself. Music festivals take place during summer, meaning hot temps. They take place all day, which means being outside in these hot temps for hours and hours. Make sure you are taking care of yourself.

  • SPF Yourself: Make sure that you are constantly applying SPF because the sun is not your friend when you are outside all day. Protect that skin!
  • Be the team’s waterboy: Wayhome was fantastic in the sense they had hydration stations laid out, but still so many people were experiencing dehydration. Sun and alcohol are not the best mix, so make sure to add some water to the combination. Even if you aren’t feeling thirsty drink up because when heat stroke sneaks up on you.
  • Bring a hat: Hat’s can be stylish and cool and they can also help keep you cool when you are outside all day.
  • Listen to your body: Despite looking forward to Third Eye Blind all day (yes I am dating myself here) I had to leave half way through their act at once festival because I wasn’t feeling great. Festival grounds do not offer a lot of shaded area, so if you need to, find a spot to take a break whether it be the camp site or a tented area.

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Create Your Own “Glamping” Experience 

This could be the most helpful tip I give you. I am not too keen on camping. Sleeping on the ground for three days straight surrounded by bugs  is not my idea of fun. This year at Wayhome we macgyvered a way to camp in style, and by camp I mean sleep in my car in comfort. I brought a blow up mattress, sheets, and bug nets so we could sleep with the windows down and it was as comfy as a 3.5 star hotel (as comfy as camping can get.)

If you like the idea of sleeping in a tent, I do highly recommend bringing a mattress of some sorts. It is not fun sleeping on the ground and I know this from personal experience.

Bring Snacks 

One of my favourite parts of festivals is the different and delicious food options. Food trucks upon food trucks line the festival grounds. The downside is long lines and expensive options. That is why I am always sure to pack breakfast options as well as snacks for during the day. You aren’t going to want to buy every meal because it is going to cost you and you definitely don’t want to leave your perfect spot right by the stage because your stomach is growling uncontrollably.

Splurge on the Showers 

I have experienced two different types of festivals. Festivals where I showered, and festivals where I didn’t and trust me the showering kind is far superior. Yes there will be hundreds of people on the grounds that haven’t seen a shower in three days, but you don’t want to be one of those people. Pay the extra $$ for a shower pass. It will help you feel more refreshed, energized, and ready for an exciting day of music.

Here are a list of some shower needs during a festival;

  • Dry Shampoo: Your hair will get dirty and greasy. Dry shampoo will be a lifesaver during the weekend
  • Less is more: Don’t go caking on makeup at a music festival. With the hot sun it will melt right off. This is the perfect time to give your skin a bit of a break and go for the natural look
  • Deodorant: Since showers are few and far between make sure you are going a little deodorant overboard to avoid the b/o

Pack a charger

Charing outlets are in high demand and difficult to come across at festivals and in a day and age where if it isn’t online it didn’t happen you want to make sure your phone is as ready as you are. A portable charger for the weekend is key!

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Buddy System

I haven’t really used the buddy system since grade 4, but in a festival environment it is key. When everyone is drinking and having fun it is also important to look out for one another because you never know what can happen. Cell service at festivals is pretty bad and you don’t want to get lost. Make sure you have a meeting point and a friend that you are with at all times because safety should be your number one priority. Safety and having a fun time that is.

And there you have it. My Music Festival Survival Handbook. Have you been to a music festival or are planning on going this summer? I would love to hear from you and for you to share some of your survival ideas.

That is all from now, until I go M.I.A again

xo

Mia