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2019: A Visual Diary

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Christmas spent with those nearest and dearest to them and I am sending you well wishes for a healthy, happy New Year! For myself personally, I like to take the last week of the previous year and the first week of the new year as a time to reflect, re-energize and set new goals. This year I tried something different and disconnected from social media which certainly helped a lot – so much of our everyday lives happen online and it was refreshing to unplug and spend time away from devices. Everyone I have spoken to recently have all seemed to say the exact same thing: 2019 was a challenging year. One filled with many great highs and even more lows and I for one am certainly looking forward to seeing what the new year has in store. Rather than look at 2019 in general as a negative I thought it would be worthwhile to look back on happier times. Everything is about perspective and looking back with fresh eyes and a clear mind certainly makes me appreciate the year I have experienced.

Starting off with our travel list by both air, car and rail. Perfectly in order…

Las Vegas, USA > Keflavik, IS > Dublin, IRL > Belfast, NI > Niagara Falls, CA > New York, USA > Montreal, CA > Dublin, IRL > Belfast, NI > Niagara Falls, CA > Haliburton, CA > Buffalo, USA

What does your 2019 travel destination list look like and have you any trips planned for 2020?

2019 began with a trip to one of my favourite cities Las Vegas, Nevada as a birthday present to my partner. The main reason for the trip was to watch our favourite hockey team the San Jose Sharks play the Vegas Golden Knights. The odds were in our favour, or we brought the team some Irish luck, because they won 3-2 and Ricky got a stick signed by his favourite player Brent Burns.

Read my Ultimate Guide to Las Vegas here.

February saw a polar vortex which effected large parts of North America. So much so I stepped outside in -13 degrees Celsius without a coat and said ‘its warm today.’ As a bonus we got to spend so much time at some of the many public outdoor ice rinks around Toronto.

In March we visited the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for the first time.

We also went to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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📍Niagara Falls 🇨🇦

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In April I got to see Ariana Grande during her ‘Sweetener World Tour’ in Scotiabank Arena.

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Ariana Grande – 7 Rings 💍 #SweetenerTour 🍭

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Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next 💅🏻 #SweetenerTour 🍭

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I currently work in one of the top salons in Toronto according to BlogTo. This has been one of my most progressive years in terms of growth, knowledge and ability when it comes to hair. Below is a collection of some of the work I have done throughout the year. If you live in the Toronto area feel free to DM me for a hair consultation and it would mean the world if you could follow my hair account on Instagram: @noelsmithhair.

We travelled to New York in May for my great aunt’s surprise 80th birthday party. Another one of my favourite cities and we ticked a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge off our bucket list. What are some of the things you would tick off your New York City bucket list? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Times Square cant shine as bright as you… ✨

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June was an electric time to be in Toronto. The weather was absolutely gorgeous for the first time in almost six months, patio season was in full swing and the Toronto Raptors (Canada’s only NBA team) were in the play off’s and eventually went on to win. The team brought the cup home to Toronto and the entire city shut down as crowds fled to Nathan Phillips Square to see the winning team.

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Love is in the hair 💁🏼‍♂️

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🏀 #WETHENORTH 🇨🇦 #TorontoRaptors 🦖

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Toronto Gay Pride

Church St (known to the locals as The Village) closes its road to allow a massive street party.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walked the pride parade this year.

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#TorontoPride ft. @spicegirls

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July 1st is Canada Day and we spent it at Canada’s Wonderland.

The first theme park to open in Canada and still the largest to date with over 70 attractions and a phenomenal rollercoaster called Yukon Striker. I can not wait to go back next season! Get your season pass for 2020 by clicking here.

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Celebration Canada 🍁

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If you are ever at a karaoke contest and do not want to sing… do not be afraid to improvise and do your best Britney Spears impersonation.

We travelled to Montreal, Quebec and visited the Thierry Mugler: Couturissime exhibition at Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
(Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.)

It really confused the locals when they realized I was an Irish, English-speaking tourist with a French name!

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Tommy Cafe was divine!! Avocado and Eggs 🥑 with Mimosa 🥂

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“A fear of heights is fear of a desire to jump.”

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In September we travelled back to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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Niagara Falls Hornblower Boat Tour

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I was fortunate enough to spend the day at the Distillery District for the launch of new hair colour Elumen Play by Goldwell.

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Distillery District 🍷

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I also met the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau while he was on Danforth to mark the anniversary of the Danforth shooting.
The trip also came at an appropriate time as he announced plans for a new gun law banning military-style assault rifles.

October kicked off with a tour of our basement apartment here in Toronto.

Remember the video of me dancing to Britney Spears? I got turned into a meme.

Nothing is more autumnal than a trip to cottage county in Northern Ontario.

We then travelled to Buffalo, NY the following week to watch the San Jose Sharks play the Buffalo Sabres.

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Buffalo Sabres vs. San Jose Sharks

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In November I got to meet Todrick Hall during his Haus Party World Tour.

In December I celebrated my 26th trip around the sun.

Thank you to everyone for your love and support over the last 12 months. I can not thank everyone enough and can only hope to better improve and progress in the year ahead. There is a lot of exciting change and announcements to come this year so please check back soon!
Happy New Year Everyone!


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