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My 5 faves of the week

Food, fitness, fashion & music. My absolute faves.   Here are the 5 things I can’t get out of my head this week!   Falabella by Stella McCartney   I am so madly in love with Stella’s Falabella line for summer, it’s a borderline obsession. Her bags are the perfect mix of sassy and sweet with elegant studded accents and just the right amount of fringe. They come in 7 vibrant colors each evoking a different emotion to fit your personality. I couldn’t even pick a favorite if I tried, so I just want all of them. Mama better get to…

Girl Crush

We live in this 140 character world now where our every move and opinion is easily posted and shared. Social media has just become a part of not only how we live, but how we communicate with one another. It’s a generational language.   And as empowering, uplifting and beautiful as this digital world can be – it has an ugly side. As much as it brings us all together in ways we never thought possible and inspires new ways of thinking – it can be cruel and devastatingly harsh.   For every positive thing I see online there are dozens and dozens of hateful,…

Dropping Tonight: The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Collection by HBC

  Don’t miss us streaming on FACEBOOK LIVE tonight at 7pm to unveil the official Team Canada kit for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. Yours truly will be a part of the pre-show kicking off at 6:30pm with dozens of our Canadian Olympians.     This is an exclusive chance for fans to see what our athletes will be rocking in Rio. Get excited and tune in to the Team Canada page right here on Facebook to give us your opinion.     Hit me up @freshfromalex on twitter and instagram as I live-tweet and post throughout the runway…

Lost too soon…

Bringing life into this world always seems to amaze me. If you’re ever in the hospital and you happen to pass by the newborns or see a young family leave with their baby for the first time, even if you’re not a baby kind of person you have to admit it’s pretty incredible. All of a sudden your life completely changes. You put yourself second for once and selflessly re-prioritize everything to raise this little thing that will soon become a self sufficient (hopefully) adult one day. It’s this wild journey of parenting – that kind of parental love that…

Thunderstorms y Starbucks

Hola a todos! The last couple of days have been a bit of a blur, but I’m thrilled to say that our office is up and running here in Guadalajara and we are ready for our athletes to start arriving. Estamos Listos! I am one of the two member Athlete Services Team here for the Canadian Olympic Committee in the Athlete Village for the 2011 Pan American Games. My wingwoman Veronica Brenner (multiple Olympian in freestyle skiing) and I have been working around the clock to set up the Team Canada lounge – fully equiped with tvs, laptops, snacks, fridges, a…

Life is too short

Bad things don’t happen to good people. Bad things don’t happen to good people. No matter how many times you repeat it over and over in your head and know that it makes logical sense, life doesn’t work like that. Recently, I’ve watched a very close friend of mine deal with hardships that no one would wish on anyone. I look at this incredible girl with such a beautiful spirit and don’t understand why of all people she would have to go through this. It made me think of how short life is, how things can instantly change in a…

Identity

After so many years of playing a part, a role that was just as easily assigned to me as it was to play it, I found myself at a loss for words the other evening. I sat among friends enjoying the last remnants of summer weather when my mood began to cast a shadow over the table. What was wrong? I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It was a combination of things I thought: stress, lack of sleep, deadlines, too many projects, too many flights…. But that wasn’t all that was bothering me. As hard as it is…

Wear a helmet…

Regardless of who you are and what kind of life you live, everyone goes through hard times. Realistically, someone’s worst day could be someone’s best day half way around the world. We should be grateful that in Canada we don’t know what it’s like to live in fear of bombs dropping all around us or not having enough food to eat. When I let myself get so stressed or upset over work or a relationship I always try and remind myself that even though I may be hurting, I have my health and my family and friends. I have the world at…

Thank you

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write a blog for awhile now, but I honestly haven’t had a moment to stop and breathe in the last few weeks. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. I’ve decided that I’m going to stop saying “somehow I end up  being so busy” or “for some reason I can’t seem to find the time to relax” because I’d be lying. Yeah you heard me. Enough of trying to make excuses, for what? This is my life and this is who I am. I know it, you know it. So insert the eye rolls here.…

The Boot Camp Factor

Typically when spring rolls around and people are ridding themselves of all those layers we’ve gotten so used to wearing,  the magazine stands start screaming at you to get that summer body you’ve always wanted. You pull out those light revealing clothes and teeny little bikinis and all of a sudden those boxes of cookiesyou tore through during christmas season (and let’s face it – early spring) aren’t looking like such a good idea now. When I was training full time and proudly calling myself an athlete I always knew that I’d be hitting the gym for 6 hours the next day…