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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Why it's okay if you don't work in an industry you're passionate about



Music has always been my passion. When I was a little girl, I attempted to play guitar, broke my own drum kit and lost way too many clarinet reeds. After a failed attempt of being a musician, I decided if I can’t be Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, I want to be the president of Sub Pop Records.

I planned my entire education around my career as a publicist or record head. While completing my BA in communication studies, I volunteered for music festivals, record labels, radio stations and music award shows. I was a faithful street teamer trying to get my name out there and relished in the perks of seeing and meeting my favourite artists. After I graduated university, the next step was to take my postgraduate studies in public relations. This is where my dream started to get a little fuzzy.

The entertainment industry is where I wanted to end up my entire life, but I started to figure out how women and how musicians were treated in the industry and it wasn’t something I was particularly fond of. While at school for public relations, I was exposed to other sectors of PR such as consumer, technology, travel and more. I was overwhelmed by the variety of industries I could possibly end up in and asked myself if music is really what I wanted to do.

I realized that while I love music, it doesn’t mean I have to work in music. You should work in an industry you enjoy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be something you’re passionate in. I knew if I worked in music, my hobby and work would begin to blend together and I may begin to hate it. I know musicians who won’t go to concerts anymore. I know chefs who refuse to cook at home. I know stylists who will only wear a staple black dress. Music has been such an important part of my life that I would not want to jeopardize my relationship with it.

I’m currently applying to internships for school and while I know music may not be the career choice for me, there are countless of opportunities in public relations and marketing I could end up enjoying just as much as music.

Volunteer. Go on informational interviews. Research. Try something different. Who knows, you may just end up being passionate about it.



Sunday, 18 October 2015

Travel guide: Venice on a budget


TO STAY

You’re going to get lost in Venice, it’s inevitable. Staying off the mainland will save you time and money. Although it takes about thirty minutes by taxi boat to get to Camping Rialto, it beats the hour trying to find your way through the Venetian alleyways with all your luggage. For under 15€, you get a two-bed cabin and shared bathroom.


TO EAT

Meal at Taverna San Trovas

Eating in Venice can be pricey, but it doesn’t have to be. For lunch or a light snack, grab a Mozzarella in carrozza (fried mozzarella sandwich) for only 1.60€ or add ham for 2€ at Rosticceria Gislon. For dinner, you can have a three-course meal (including the best pasta you will have in your life) and a shared half litre of wine for under 25€ at Taverna San Trovas.


TO DO


My friend and I on a 'gondola'


Gondola rides can cost 80€ - 100€ depending on the time of day. What if I told you you could take a gondola ride for 2€? Just hop on a traghetto instead! Traghettos are a shared taxi gondola that take you from one side of a canal to the other. You are only on it for a couple minutes, but it’s long enough for you to snap a picture and tell all your friends you’ve been on a gondola in Venice! If you still want to see Venice by water, take an hour boat taxi for 20€.

Island of Burano


My favourite part of Venice are the nearby island villages of Murano, Burano and Torcello. For 20€, you can see all three islands by taking a Venice Islands Tour.


Do not miss the Venice Free Walking Tour. I have taken many walking tours and this one was by far my favourite. Just tip your guide whatever you think they deserve (5-10€) at the end of the tour.

What are your money saving tips for Venice?

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Travel guide: Santorini on a 30 euro budget





Santorini on 30 euros a day may not seem too difficult with the recent financial crisis happening in Greece, but Santorini is one of, if not, the most visited Greek island. This means that while Greece may be cheap, you can easily find yourself throwing your money away like Lil Jon’ at tourist traps.



WHERE TO STAY



My friend and I stayed in Santorini for four nights and split up the nights between two hostels. The first hostel was in the small village of Perissa where we stayed at Youth Anna Hostel for only 5€ a night. For budget travellers who only need a bed, you get what you pay for.


After two nights in quiet Perissa, we moved to a new hostel called Fira Backpacker’s Place in Fira where all the excitement was. For only 15€ a night, you had friendly staff, a prime location, a pool, a lounge area and a super comfy bed.


WHERE TO EAT

Grab a gyro for 2€ at lunch and you will be full for majority of the day. In Perissa, a cheap alternative for dinner is Bob’s Bar where you can get a half liter of wine for 6€, 2€ bottle of beer and mains for under 12€. If you want to splurge for dinner you can get a nice lakeview dinner in Fira at one of the dozens of restaurants for under 20€.

If you want to go out on the town, take advantage of 2€ boxed wine. It may not be the best wine you can get in Greece, but pre-drinking beats forking out 5€ for a bottle of beer while out at 2 Brothers Bar.




WHAT TO DO

Make sure you spend some time in Perissa. You can take advantage of the black sand beach and hike up to Ancient Thera, an ancient city on top of Messavouno mountain (entry is only 2€). Instead of renting an ATV for the famous sunset at Oia, take the 10 km hike from Fira to Oia for gorgeous views and to shed off those gyro calories.

Here is my Santorini budget:



Accommodation
40
Food
66.25
Transportation (buses)
3.8
Activities
2
Total
112.05
Total average/day
28


Is Santorini on your bucket list?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

I'm back!

I just want to take a minute and let all of you know that after a one-year hiatus, Oh Summer Candy is back in service. This past year I have taken time to work, do well in school, travel, explore other blogging opportunities and well, just live life. I want to get back into blogging as a form of creative expression and it doesn't hurt that it works well as a portfolio. I can't wait to get back to blogging for all my followers. Stay tuned!



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Saying Goodbye

Oh Summer Candy has been a part of my life for almost two years now. I have met so many amazing bloggers and people throughout my experience writing for Oh Summer Candy and I am so blessed for the support from the blogger community. I have decided to stop blogging for OSC and begin a new chapter in the blogging world. I began to realize that I wasn't able to write content for OSC that I wanted to, my creativity was limited to only fashion. I want to expand that - but not only for myself, but for other girls as well. 

For the past few months, I have been creating a new collaborative blog called The Duchess. This blog is for females who are tired of the standard posts of "18 Reasons Why Being Single Is Great!" and "10 Snacks Under 100 Calories!". I want to cross some boundaries, step on a few toes, and shock a few people. I also want it to be a community where girls who never quite fit in - fit in. 

In order to make this blog a community, I have allowed girls to submit their work to be published. I have also included a forum for girls to discuss and ask questions about music, feminism, and much more. 

I want to thank each and every one of you for reading my posts. I never thought OSC would be as much of a success as it was and I am so grateful for everything and everyone. I hope you will continue to support me by checking out The Duchess and giving it a read.

Again, one more BIG thank you to everyone! 



Saturday, 3 May 2014

Trend Trunk's Blogger Fashion Week May 5th - 11th


I am happy to announce that I will be featured again on Trend Trunk's Blogger Fashion Week

Blogger Fashion Week (May 5th - May 11th) allows readers like yourself to shop your favourite blogger or bloggers closets. This time, you can shop over 100 closets of Canada's emerging and established bloggers and score deals up to 80% off! Some bloggers have also chosen to donate 100% of their proceeds to their preferred non-profit or charity through Trend Trunk's Closets & Causes Program

What is Trend Trunk? Trend Trunk is basically an online consignment store where people can sell and shop new and previously loved items for up to 80% off the retail price. Trend Trunk has also introduced Shoppes where established stores can sell their own merchandise. 

Remember to follow along with your favourite bloggers this week and connect via social media with the hashtag #BFW. 

Shop on! 


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Spring Must Have: Kimono

Although it may not seem like it here in Canada, it has officially been spring for a little over a week. Fortunately, the weather is supposed to warm up this the week (fingers crossed). That means it's time to put away those heavy winter coats and toss on a kimono. Kimono's are my favourite spring trend right now - not only are they super light for spring, but you are bound to be the best dressed gal at the music festival this summer. 

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What's your favourite spring trend? 


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