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Things We Love: Simply Divas charity event! Sunday, April 29th – join in the fun!

SAVE THE DATE for this fabulous event! On Sunday, April 29th come out to The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) to partake in a simply memorable fundraiser that supports FAME, a community- based organization supporting the families and caregivers of individuals suffering from mental illness.

The afternoon is inspired by “amazing women singers and their amazing timeless classic songs”, a few special guests that will be in attendance are Tina Turner, Adele, Gloria Estefan, Ella Fitzgerald and Janice Joplin. The event will also feature talent from the Etobicoke School of the Arts. ESA was recognized by the Fraser Institute in May, 2010 as the top school in the GTA, the ESA is a proud supporter of simply divas since the first event in 2006.

 

Not only will there be plenty of fabulous live talent, there will also be a simply amazing silent auction. The auction will feature goodies ranging from fashion related, to sports and even to food and wine, sounds rather irresistible! To give you a better idea of what you may find on the auction block, here are a few donors, just to name a few; Davids Tea, Downward Dog Yoga Centres, Victoria’s Secret, Sporting Life, Indigo Books & Music, Canada’s Wonderland & us!

Now we can’t forget the amazing food! Throughout the afternoon you will be able to indulge in various types of cuisine provided by several of our favorite chefs and restaurants from around the city. A few familiar restaurants and chefs that will be joining Simply Divas are The Big Ragu, Frida, Aphrodite Cooks, Fidel Gastro’s and Cake Star. 

Come out for an amazing Sunday afternoon and help support a great cause, you are sure to be entertained!

For more information on Simply Divas or to buy tickets please visit their website. We hope to see you all there!

 

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Things We Love – Exploring Around Le Dolci Studio! Queen West

When we’re not baking, decorating cupcakes or hosting classes, we love exploring the neighborhoods that surround our studio.  One of our favorite strips to shop, drop, and eat is Queen West!  The Queen West neighborhood, known for its cafes, contemporary art galleries, and independent clothing stores, is roughly defined as the stretch of land from Spadina Ave. on the east to Dufferin Street on the west.  It’s a wonderful area and we highly recommend exploring it before or after attending one of our decorating classes!

A few of our favorite places:

  • Magic Pony!  We love this adorable, eclectic shop full of one-of-a-kind stationery, jewelry, kitchen accessories, and toys.  Our intern, Deb, is absolutely in love with The Simpsons collectible figurines, Little Red Riding Hood teacups, and gorgeous stationery.
  • Cabaret – a must pop in to! Admire their beautiful vintage dresses and hats (inspired by Jackie O).
  • Anne Sportun Experimental Jewelry where you’ll find gorgeous glittery pieces.
  • MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art).  It’s FREE and the gallery is always hosting new exhibits. Enjoy an afternoon of homegrown and foreign talent here!
  • Exploring works up an appetite so enjoy a sweet nibble at Nadege Patisserie (the rainbow of macarons will make you squeal with delight!) and a meal at Terroni, a fabulous Italian pizzeria and eatery.
  • To end off a great day, relax at the Drake Hotel with a drink and soak in the sights and sounds from their rooftop patio, The Sky Yard in the summer or their cool lounge any other time of year.

Right, tour guide services are complete! Let us know if you want more information on our fabulous area of the city.