Can you tell I was excited to be there?

Wow, wow, wow!! Last night, the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada sponsor party absolutely blew me away. It was a dream come true to be attending this party, and I loved getting to catch up with all the beautiful, hard-working, 2017 MTC delegates. After months of stalking each other on social media, we finally got to meet each other! I can now say I have friends from all across Canada.

Reunited with my best friend and pageant sister, Nicole!

 

 

 

 

We were welcomed to the beginning of this action-packed-week-to-be by Miss World Toronto 2017, who also competed in Miss Teenage Canada 6 years ago and was able to let us in on some insider information. Michelle Weswaldi, the director of Miss Teenage Canada, Miss World Canada and Top Model Search Canada congratulated us, and we also got to hear from one of my favourite people, Samantha Pierre, Miss Teenage Canada 2016.

Every girl got a new sash that just has the name of their province on it, so of course I was rocking my Ontario one that night as I visited each sponsor booth.

Have to keep the teeth clean somehow!

 

The first sponsor booth I had the opportunity to visit was Archer Dental. Archer Dental gave each girl a little gift bag full of good quality products to keep our teeth clean for this week. Nicole and I of course took this opportunity to take a selfie and show the world our smile! 

I absolutely love this gift bag! Thank you so much!

 

Golden Glamour Goddesses sponsored us girls with a cute little container of body butter and some lovely soap. They also gave us a discount on spray tans so we would have the perfect glow for pageant week! I loved posing in a picture with one of the representatives and my gift bag <3

The cutest sponsor award has to go to Super Adorbs by far (the name says it all!). This sponsor had a table laid out with trendy accessories, one for each girl. I got a cute little pair of polka dot ears, because why not?!

I was so excited when I got to the party and saw the sign for Nine West, one of my favourite shoe companies! Nine West has sponsored every Miss Teenage Canada delegate with a pair of shoes for our swimwear competition, and has also invited all the crazy shoe addicts into their store where a special surprise awaits!! I can not contain my excitement. 

I am so crazy about these shoes! I can’t believe all 59 of us get to wear these on the Miss Teenage Canada Stage. Thank you so much Nine West!

Trendy watch, am I right?!

I kept track of the time over the night with the lovely watch I got to try on and model from our amazing sponsor, Uptothetime. Uptothetime is offering a designer watch to the next Miss Teenage Canada, and after each girl tried on the watch, I don’t know who wouldn’t want it! More motivation to kill it at the pageant, am I right?

Wandering Minstrel Music School introduced a fun giveaway to us all last night, and it involved karaoke! Yes, you just read that right, a giveaway involving karaoke!! I was super pumped, since I have loved singing all my life. All we had to do was sing into an awesome golden microphone that records the song, post a video of us singing on instagram with the hashtag #mtcsongsolo and hope for the most likes! The competition closes on Wednesday and the winner will get to take home the microphone used to record the singing. The microphone can plug right into a mobile device!

Here is a picture of Lily from Street Chic and me!

I got to meet the editors of the magazine I wrote for, Street Chic!! It was really cool to be able to meet the coordinators of this fantastic resource for Canadians. They even gave us girls a lovely pair of earrings!

Overall, the first night of Miss Teenage Canada 2017 was unforgettable, and a huge part of that was because of our amazing sponsors. Thank you to each and everyone, I’m sure I speak with the rest of the girls when I say that I appreciate you all endlessly.

The cake definitely made this night 100x better

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Thank you to Miss Teenage Canada, I just got to discover one of the best Canadian fashion blogs ever, Street Chic! Not only did I get to discover this awesome site that showcases fashion all across Canada, but I even got to write a post on behalf of all the fantastic trends on Brant Street in Burlington, ON. You can read my post if you click this here, I am super excited about it!

In my post on Street Chic, I highlight the power of fashion, and how an outfit can completely transform an individual for a period of time. I’ve always loved this about fashion since I was old enough to have my first vision of my future life. When I was three years old, I wanted nothing more than to be a famous singer, and I felt like I was already one whenever I put on a wig and high heels (or in this case plastic donuts–my first pair of heels ever!) 

In my outfit as a famous singer in 2004

For the Street Chic article, I decided to showcase Brant Street, as I know it for the fashion variety, friendly business owners and gorgeous location.  On a hot Wednesday afternoon, my sister, a friend and I visited Mirella’s Ladies Boutique, Forever Summer and Glamjulz. At each store all three of us were transformed, from elegant princesses, beach babes, to bling divas. The girls and I were extremely excited to try new looks and live vicariously while wearing them. Here is a sneak peek at some of the looks, however to see all of them you can read the full article here!

Here is the back of an exquisite dress I modeled at Mirella’s Ladies Boutique

Hester, my beautiful sister was a perfect model in this fashion adventure!

Meet Natasha, a gorgeous 18 year old girl from Burlington

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My favourite place in the beautiful city of Burlington has been the same throughout my life. The downtown Burlington Pier and Spencer Smith Park has provided me a place to laugh, admire, celebrate, and even just breathe and reflect on my life. Something about standing by the edge of the endless lake, listening to the current and looking at the sun glisten off the water provides a sense of comfort that no other place does. But that’s not the only special thing about this location.

The beautiful pier, taken on an early morning bike ride

The Burlington Pier and Spencer Smith Park are home to one of the biggest festivals in Canada, The Sound of Music. Every summer for two weekends, the land right beside the shore of Lake Ontario is transformed into a concert venue and carnival, full of creative music, rides, delicious food, and most importantly, a hotspot for all members of the community to gather, regardless of age. This year we were blown away by the live performance of Burlington’s hometown band, Walk Off The Earth.

The view from a ride at The Sound of Music Festival!

Even when there isn’t a buzzing festival or celebration there is still a lot to do at the Pier and Spencer Smith Park. As a small child, I spent many hot and humid afternoons cooling off at the splash pad, and then I would get ice cream from a nearby parlour to complete the day. As I grew older my interests in the park changed. Last summer I joined the plague of zombies wandering the park, oblivious of the scenery in our pursuit of rare pokemon to add to our collection on Pokemon Go (And yes, I just admitted that).  

Photoshoot at the Winter Light Display

But summer isn’t the only season to enjoy the attractions at the Pier and Spencer Smith Park. Every winter the venue is transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with dazzling light displays, illuminating the darkest of winter nights. Each year my siblings and I challenge each other to seek out the newest display. 

One of my all-time favourite light displays, the blue Eiffel Tower!

 

 

 

 

This Canada day, I proudly celebrated Canada’s 150th at Spencer Smith Park along with thousands of other members of the community from every walk of life. The Canadian Carnival atmosphere was back, and had everything from hot poutine to beaver tails. At the end of the evening, we were rewarded with the highly anticipated and most spectacular display of pyrotechnics Burlington has to offer.

Fireworks Display on Canada’s 150th Birthday

It is no wonder that MoneySense Magazine choose Burlington as the best mid-size city in Canada for the 5th consecutive year. Who wouldn’t want to live here?!?! But, it isn’t our ranking that matters most, but the warmth of the people and the community spirit that makes me proud to call this place my home.

 

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Music, of all different kinds. A-Capella, guitar, karaoke, and more. World issues portrayed in strings of strong, expressive words, spoken by the mouths of our very own teenagers. Delicious, mouth-watering food and refreshing beverage. Tables full of prizes and goodies, emphasizing the gratitude of the Burlington community on another level. People of all different ages and ethnicity joined together to celebrate a country we are blessed to have in common. This was the scene at the Canada 150 Coffee House and Poetry Slam.

This year, I was nominated for the RBC #Make150Count project. RBC gave selected youth around Canada a $150 grant, with the only instruction of “make your community better for 150.” As soon as I was nominated, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Above all, I wanted to bring together as many people as I could to celebrate Canada, hang-out, and have a chance to recognize the importance and strength being a community means.

RBC #Make150Count Campaign, to visit their site click here

This I felt could best be achieved in a coffee house and poetry slam, as performers of all ages could have a chance for their voice to be heard on a community platform. It also came to mind that I could incorporate fundraising for a global organization, WE Free the Children, a non-profit organization that provides food, water, education and a safe place to children in need worldwide.

Leading up to June 29th, the day of the Coffee House and Poetry Slam, I visited businesses across Burlington and was blown away in how each one was ready to donate and support the spectacular event to be. Check out the goods donated by the community in these pictures! 

Nothing Bundt Cakes on Fairview St. Burlington donated 3 dozen Bundt Cakes!! We had many happy tummies at this event 🙂

Pure in Downtown Burlington donated a lovely house decoration, valued at $50! Centro Garden, also located in downtown Burlington gave a beautiful succulent planter, valued at $39

Anise Apothecary put together a beautiful gift basket, which was a huge hit!

Forever Summer donated two $25 gift cards to her amazing store!

Conspiracy Comics donated 5 sets of two hard cover Castle Comics! There were many fans of Marvel comics eager to win these through the fundraising raffle at the event.

Edible Arrangements gave a lucky winner $50 to their store

Specs On Pearl donated a gift basket for the raffle, valued at over $100!!

The Canada 150 Coffee House and Poetry Slam was more than I possibly could have imagined it to be. 15 talented performers worked up the nerve to get up on stage and perform with their powerful voices. $400 was raised for WE Free the Children through raffles, food purchases and the generosity of the community attending the event. Snapd Burlington captured the essence of this event in a fantastic Facebook Live video, which can be viewed if you click here. Our MC for the night was Tomy Bewick from the Burlington Poetry Slam! I am so thankful that I got the opportunity as Miss Teenage Halton to create such a mind-blowing, multi-purpose, fun, loving event. Thank you so much to my sponsors, performers, those who attended, and those who have endlessly showed me their support. I am forever grateful for my Canadian community, and it was an honor to celebrate that.

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If I was asked to sum up my trip to Europe this April in one word, I think I would end up slurring words like; awesome, excellent, breath-taking, phenomenal, and just-wow into one unrecognizable sound.

My sister and me in front of the canals by the Anne Frank house

On April 6th, I left Canada with a group from my school to embark on the Vimy 100 tour, run by EF Tours. We landed in Amsterdam where I saw the Anne Frank house and fell in love with the canals. My sister and I couldn’t resist to get a cute picture in front of it! We stayed for one night just outside of Amsterdam, in a city called Rotterdam, and there is a huge difference between the two. The streets of Amsterdam are full of old buildings and rows upon rows of brick houses, whereas Rotterdam has more modern buildings, because of the area was bombed in WWII.  

Amsterdam Streets

The Vimy Memorial at Sunset

After Amsterdam we moved on to the main purpose of the trip—Vimy Ridge. 100 years ago, on the 9th of April, thousands of Canadian soldiers fought in the battle that many say was the true mark of the beginning of the Canada as a nation. By nightfall on April 12th, 1917, the Canadian Corps successfully won The Battle of Vimy Ridge, but not without sacrifice. A total of 3,598 Canadian troops died in those brutal three days, and another 7,004 wounded.

My cousin, sister and me wearing our EF Vimy gear

As a Canadian student, it was a privilege to be part of the Vimy 100 ceremony in Vimy Region, France. EF tours provided us with some awesome red Vimy 100 jackets, which I actually ended up using it to shade myself from the intense sunlight, rather than using to keep myself warm. It was a beautiful day in Vimy Region, one that I will never forget.

Juno Beach

 

Our stay in Vimy eventually came to an end, and we moved on to Normandy, France, specifically to Juno beach where many brave Canadians fought and died along the beach. My friends and I had the chance to walk into one of the tiny bunkers not far from the shoreline, watch videos on the battle and learn more about the soldiers who died for our freedom. #ProudCanadian

Paris has always been on my top bucket list of places to go, so I’m sure you can imagine the look on my face as our tour bus came into view of la Tour Eiffel. We spent three nights in the City of Love, shopping, sightseeing and soaking in the view. I got the chance to go up the Eiffel tower, see the Mona Lisa with my own eyes, go shopping at Champs-Élysées and go under the Arc de Triomphe. I practiced some French while there of course, in fact I was stunned at how much French I learned from being in France for only a week. I think I’ll be returning to France very soon…

The London Eye from the ground

Finally, we reached our last destination—London, England. From the moment I stepped off the train, I was absolutely in love with the culture, the buildings, the accents—pretty much everything. Even the “sweets” were something else. The London Eye was the highlight of my visit, because from there I got a true perspective of the city and all its beauty.   

The trip to Europe truly broadened my perspective of life, and I can’t wait to travel again.

Thank you for reading!

All the best,

Lydia, Miss Teenage Halton

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Lydia here, your new Miss Teenage Halton for 2017!

Welcome to my blog! You may want to bookmark this site so you can easily check in on what I’ll be up to this year! Before I talk about what I plan to do this year, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself…

A little bit about me…

I am lucky to live in beautiful downtown Burlington and be educated at the oldest school in Burlington, Burlington Central High School! I’m 15 years old and I live with my amazing mom, older sister and younger brother. One very unique thing about me is that I am a global child. I have blood relations coming from 5 different continents, and I lived in New Zealand for over 9 years, making it 6 different continents I can represent! Whenever there is a form I fill out for my ethnicity, I can only claim that I am mixed. I love learning new things, especially in science. I am in grade 10, and working towards my ultimate career goal of being an anesthetist and also using my medical knowledge in third world countries. I love writing poetry and in the past year I have won two awards in my community for my work. I believe language is such a beautiful, diverse thing, and I really enjoy learning French in school and hope to become fluent in it.

Me in my beautiful dress, sponsored my Mirella's in Downtown Burlington and supplied by J S Collections!!! So thankful for it

Me in my beautiful dress, sponsored by Mirella’s in Downtown Burlington and supplied by J S Collections!!! So thankful for it

 

Entering Miss Teenage Ontario…

Entering a beauty pageant was never on my agenda. I’ve never considered myself a “beauty queen” and I overlooked pageants in general. One day I saw an advertisement for Miss Teenage Canada and I clicked on it. That decision changed my life for the better. I discovered that beauty pageants are so much more than just wearing pretty dresses and putting on makeup (this part is fun!), but it is also about representing your community and being an ambassador for the things you care about. I have always had a special place in my heart for teenagers struggling with mental health, as I have struggled with this myself. I was diagnosed with anorexia, depression and anxiety when I was 14, and every day hasn’t always been easy. I am lucky enough to have a supportive family who provides me with access to services that help me, but I recognize it is not that way for all teens. When I saw that I was eligible for Miss Teenage Canada, I thought, why not put myself out there to stand up for people who need it? Why not try something new? It can’t hurt to try! I applied that same day, and I was accepted to the competition. On January 22nd, I competed in the Ontario provincial competition, and I was chosen as one of 12 finalists to compete for Miss Teenage Canada, and given the title of Miss Teenage Halton 2017!

Here are your Ontario finalists for 2017! Much love to all of them

Here are your Ontario finalists for 2017! Much love to all of them. Congratulations to Miana for winning the title of Miss Teenage Ontario 2017! I am excited to see all these girls at nationals

What I plan to do with my title…

For me, the most important part of this year is what I am going to do with my title. My goal is to help be a part of reducing the negative stigma around teen mental health, and I also want to volunteer as much as I can. MTC-W has chosen WE Free The Children as our cause for fundraising! I have already raised $100 from a Valentine’s Day bake sale at my school to share the love, and I can’t wait to raise even more!

Here are the cookies I sold for WE Free The Children!

Here are the cookies I sold for WE Free The Children!

Thank you for reading! I hope I can make you all proud as your new Miss Teenage Halton representative.

Most sincerely,

Lydia, Miss Teenage Halton 2017

Keep in touch with me on social media! I would love to hear from you! Facebook: Miss Teenage Halton 2017 – Lydia , Twitter: @missthalton2017 , Instagram: @missteenagehalton

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Hey everyone!

The pageant has finally begun.

Yesterday, Sunday the 17th, I arrived in Toronto at approximately 4:30 ready for the week. After being checked in, we were all put into a room until all the girls arrived from across Canada. I made a lot of new friends and talked to almost all of the 64 girls before we were assigned a roommate! My roommate’s name is Charlie, and she’s from Alberta 🙂 I was feeling very nervous at first about being paired with another girl, but I think that Charlie and I are a perfect match! Check out her blog at missteensouthernalberta.com

Around 7pm all of the girls were picked up from their room and brought to the ballroom on the 12th floor. Most of the sponsors for the Miss Teenage Canada 2016 pageant were present and it was pleasure to meet them!

The party was very fun and an amazing way to meet and get to know everyone and which province/region they came from. Everyone looked spectacular in their dresses and crown, it really was a room full of princesses.

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V.P.I Canada

This company provided us with a variety of free, BEAUTIFUL sunglasses at the party that we are able to take home with us and show off!  I absolutely adore my new shades and highly recommend you go check out this store which is located in Toronto, Ontario!

Here is the link to my beautiful new pair of shades! Check them out: https://www.vpicanada.ca/SUNGLASSES/bolero-ladies-cat-eye-polarized-sunglasses-614/ . They currently on SALE for $54.99 + taxes. What an amazing deal. Here is a pic of me in my shades!

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Nuvango

This sponsor is amazing and has done so much for us! At the party they had a table with assorted clothing articles to pick from to take home with us. They had leggings, crop tops, tank tops, and more! Here is a photo of my roommate and I showing off our new swag.

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On tuesday, we were actually able to visit their location in Toronto and see their production line and do an amazing, fun photoshoot with samples from their newest line of clothing. Unfortunately, I will not receive the photos til later… But I am so excited to see them.

https://ca.nuvango.com/

#nuvango #nuvangostyle

Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy

Thank you so much to the Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy for the sponsorship, you guys are awesome! On Wednesday, we were able to go to the Lionhead golf club and learn how to put, chip and drive the ball. At the end, we had a fun little one-hole game for all of the girls to play! Here’s a photo of me at the golf course!

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https://www.bradleeryall.com/

Sweets Canada

Another amazing sponsor for the pageant! They provided us with samples of delicious chocolates at the party as well as gift bags to take home with different types of sweets in it. I loved this group so much, they were so nice!

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Sweets Canada is on Twitter @SweetsCanadaCA

and so is their parent company Q Foods Canada which tweets from @QFoodsCanada

Rimmel London

Although we haven’t met with this sponsor yet, I am so excited to meet with them and see what they have to offer! I use many products by them at home and know their products are AMAZING! Looking forward to a visit. 🙂

Find the team on Instagram & Twitter: @rimmelllondoncan, and on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RimmelLondonCanada

Hashtagio

Hashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform that was at the show collecting all our social media tagged with the #MissTeenageCanada2016  and then projecting it live at the party.  Even better, they make a single feed URL to which our parents and friends can subscribe to follow along in real time as we experience all the different activities here in Toronto.  And the mass of spontaneously issued images and text from all 65 delegates will be archived on this page in the Miss Teenage Canada main site and on the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network / Search for Miss Teenage Canada 2016.

Archer’s Arena

This is an amazing place to go if you are looking to have a lot of fun with family or friends. I loved every minute of it along with the positive energy from the staff! here’s an awesome pic with some friends!

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http://www.archersarena.com/ #combat-archery-toronto

#archersarena #combatachery #gameoffoam #archerytag #championsarena #toronto

Sally Hansen 

We have not yet met with this sponsor but I have heard we are going to very shortly! I am so thrilled as Sally Hansen is a great brand and offers a diverse selection of beauty products! Thank you Sally Hansen!

Website: https://ca.sallyhansen.com/

Instagram & Twitter: @sallyhansenca

Bata Shoe Museum

We visited the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday and it was fabulous! We learnt so much about shoes and the history of their evolution! It’s amazing! A big thank you to the dedicated tour guides who lead us through the museum and showed us many cool pieces!

www.batashoemuseum.ca.

@batashoemuseum   and they collect images marked #batashoemuseum

Fishd by EDO

OMG. AMAZING. I absolutely adore the sushi burritos we were given. They were to die for. Everyone liked them! A great idea with an even better flavour! 🙂 Thank you so much for sponsoring us this year, I am so pleased with your food!

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instagram/twitter/facebook: @fishdbyedo

Storia PR Inc.

This sponsor is awesome! Follows us around and takes cool shots of all of us doing our thing! Check out their instagram to see some pretty cool stuff 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/storiapublicrelations
@StoriaPR,  https://twitter.com/StoriaPR
https://www.instagram.com/storiapr/

Archer Dental

I can’t wait to finally meet with this sponsor and see what they have to offer! Dental hygiene is definitely important and plays a large role in my life. Thank you so much to this sponsor for supporting us.

 

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Hey everyone!

My second blog assignment was to create a roll up banner that could possibly be used at the final Miss Teenage Canada show!

This roll up banner was made on photoshop with vector images that were bought and payed for, resized with proper quality, and assembled onto a banner containing the recommended dimensions of 33×80 inches.

The design of my banner is very simple, classy and definitely represents the Pageant.

Out of all the contestants there will be a winner for the roll up banner design. Their design will appear on the official roll up banner and they will be able to pose with a representative from the company “Sign Source Solutions” at the final event- How amazing! That means that your artwork could be on display for all to see. 🙂

Here is my banner below! Wish me luck.

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Blog Assignment #1: As Miss Teenage Halton Region and a resident in the city of Oakville, my favourite place to visit is our beautiful downtown core, situated on the shore of Lake Ontario. Many times growing up my family and I had visited lakeshore to learn about it’s heritage and important role in history. Lakeshore hosts many popular events such as Midnight Madness, Parades, Music Festivals, and many Seasonal Festivities.

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One of my most cherished memories is when my family and I packed a picnic lunch and then rode our bikes down and spent the day on a blanket on the lake front looking out at the marina and beautiful lighthouse, where we enjoyed the park and played Frisbee.

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Fun Fact about Lakeshore!:

Although there are only 6 blocks in the downtown core; there are 400+ shops, services and restaurants!

For more info, check out this awesome video:

If you ever get the chance to pass through Oakville, come check out our quaint little town, you’ll love it! See ya there 😉

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