I decided that my city guide would be restricted to where I actually live and work – the University and Adelaide area. This area is quite interesting as it used to be Toronto’s Entertainment District. I love all the restaurants and little secret “photo shoot worthy” spots that my boyfriend and I have painstakingly scouted over the past two years of living here.
What’s my typical day look like at Toronto University and in the Adelaide area? Allow me to give you a play-by-play of a day in the life of Jetset Justine clad in my Bench short-sleeve hoodie, loving on my ‘hood.
8am: I’m still in bed, mostly. My boyfriend sleeps in so sometimes I allow myself to do the same but mostly I’m awake, in bed, checking my IG, emails, tweets etc. This could go on from anywhere between 7am-9am when I get up.
12:00pm: By now the rest of the household is awake and I’m busy making lunch. It’s this new thing I’m trying since I came home from Italy – a bigger lunch and smaller dinner. Sometimes we go to Figo up the street from us instead, if we have a lunch meeting. You can take a mean foodie flat-lay at this place.
2:00pm: Shower, get ready. I’ve picked out this amazing gold bomber from the Jess Glynne x Bench capsule collection (which I originally saw on one of my fave bloggers, @mikutas). I’ve paired it with these super comfy track pants also from Bench and the cutest oversized graphic t-shirt.
3:00pm: We’re out the door and head to a location to shoot. We like to shoot on the rooftop of a parking garage on Adelaide and Simcoe Street (south side, 6th floor). The views from here make it feel like you’re in DTLA and no one is ever there. Go home to change into a pair of shorts or leggings and a sweater. I live in loungewear and absolutely love these cute neon shorts from Bench.
4:00pm: More coffee, obviously. When I’m not making coffee at home, my boyfriend and I love to head to Milano Espresso Bar on Adelaide street for an afternoon pick-me-up. If you do head there for a coffee, try their Stovetop coffee – it’s LIFE-CHANGING.
5:00pm: I’m off to the grocery store, my trusty Loblaws City Market, to pick up something for dinner and maybe a nice bouquet of flowers for the table. I usually get some freshly sliced prosciutto with a fresh baguette and maybe some arugula. I bring the food home and change my outfit for part 2 of my day. This time I put on this gorgeous, leggy, asymmetrical skirt from Bench with a short-sleeve hoodie. Layering is key for me when it comes to my style because I’m usually really cold – even when it’s hot out!
6:00pm: More shooting around Osgoode Hall. I love shooting around here because it makes for a great, faux Milan. If we have time, maybe my boyfriend and I take a walk to Nathan Phillips Square to catch the sunset or pop into CFTO Eaton Centre to meet up with friends or run some errands. Sometimes I skip this second shoot and do a yoga class instead at the Shangri-La Toronto Health Club or BeHot Yoga Studio on the East end.
7:00pm: Head back home to get dinner ready. We eat a candlelit dinner – not because we’re pretentious bozos, it’s because we still haven’t bought a chandelier. It’s an economical (and environmentally friendly) choice. Ok? Usually we have friends over for dinner. We love to entertain.
9:00pm: If our friends don’t join us for dinner, we’ll usually catch up with them at Soho House after dinner for a nightcap. It’s a member’s only club for creatives and I shamelessly spend most of my time there. It’s also three feet away from our apartment. I love to have herbal tea before bed but sometimes I’ll swap that out for a glass of champagne instead. Depends if I plan on sleeping in the next day or not.
11:00pm: Head home, relax on the couch, edit photos, post on IG, answer emails – basically multi-task like a boss until I start to doze off. My boyfriend practically has to carry me to bed and I pass out as soon as my head hits the pillow. Our bedroom is a little oasis where nothing bad can happen. The best part? We have a perfect view of the CN Tower from our bed. I fall asleep to the city sounds and the city lights. I feel totally at home.