Today was finally the day! After waiting 6 months I finally arrived in Toronto this afternoon as Miss Teenage Burlington 2016! The week will be filled with photo shoots, interviews, media events, tours & events and rehearsals, not to mention the actual competitions!
Around 7 o’clock we filed into the ballroom at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport for the opening ceremonies of pageant week, kicking off this year’s search for Miss Teenage Canada. While I was over the moon to be reunited from friends I made at the Ontario pageant back in January and looking forward to all of the experiences & relationships I’m going to sin this week, I was (and still am) super nervous! I’ve honestly never seen a group of young ladies as beautiful (inside & out), intelligent, and welcoming as the ones that I will be surrounded by this week! So knowing these are the girls I’ll be competing against plus my desire gore excellence really makes me nervous and anxious. I’m lucky to have an awesome rookie, though, so stress is much easier to deal with when you have someone to distract you from it!
Talk about the royal treatment! I kid you not, we, the delegates were showered with gifts tonight! Everywhere I looked so,some was handing me something of only the highest quality (free of course). Hats, shirts, new sashes, workout clothes, sunglasses, chocolate, you name it we got it, plus there’s more sponsor gifts we haven’t even gotten yet! It’s all do surreal, I can’t believe I’m here and this is all happening, we are some very lucky (yet deserving) girls! And of course everyone around me wore a big, welcoming smile! Such an awesome environment to kick the week off!
Now I’d like to PERSONALLY introduce you to our Miss Teenage Canada sponsors!
Nuvango is a designer clothing company from right here in Toronto! What makes them so unique I’d that their designer collaborates with artists around the world to create Nuvango’s one of a kind workout pieces! Can’t wait to visit Nuvango headquarters this Tuesday with all of the other delegates!
Considering I brought my sister’s sunglasses not my own today, I am so stocked that each delegate receives a pair of FREE designer sunglasses from V.P.I. Canada!
I was dead set on another pair of aviators (shout out to the girls who helped me search!) So I finally found my pair of aviator sunglasses (as you can see in the picture below!) Thanks VPI Canada – I’ll make you proud.
Here’s a pic of me wearing my shades at the party with friends. *Throughout the week please do Tweet pics to @VPICanada so the good people at the company can read your post and see their sunglasses in action.
Rimmel London provided a surplus of products for the girls’ welcome bags. They set up a make-up station with lots of extras. A lot of fun happened here throughout the evening. Find the team on Instagram & Twitter: @rimmelllondoncan, and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RimmelLondonCanada
Hashtagio is a Marketing Platform that was at the show collecting all our social media tagged with the #MissTeenageCanada2016 and then projecting it live at the party. Parents can also appreciate that Hashtagio created a single feed for our parents & loved ones to keep up with what we’re doing throughout this week! All of the photos and text us delegates post will be streamed & archived on their page on the main page of the Miss Teenage Canada site and on the blog network for everyone to see!
HUGE SHOUTOUT TO THE MAN OF THE NIGHT Sam Dhutia who offered complimentary chocolate tastings for all of us delegates and of course the generous “loot bags” he gave us all to take home-complete with mouth-watering gourmet edible flower chocolate bars and their new chocolate covered nuts! I’ve never eaten anything made with flowers so honestly I didn’t know what I’d think but it was actually a refreshing taste, I’m not a huge chocolate fan but I loved it! And I love nuts so I was in heaven with the white chocolate coated cashews!
Sweets Canada is on Twitter @SweetsCanadaCA and so is their parent company Q Foods Canada which tweets from @QFoodsCanada
Sally Hansen provided products for gift bags and dispensed products (describe in detail) at a make-up station at the welcome party.
Instagram & Twitter: @sallyhansenca
Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy
Our sponsors from Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy came all ready to go with their live mini golf attraction, which I’m convinced saw more selfies & poses than it saw strokes of golf clubs, but what else would you expect? We’ll be visiting the golf academy on Wednesday to play a little game of golf, with 2 ladies golf jackets on the line for the winners of the game, thanks to SWING active wear!
So I felt like Katniss Everdeen last night shooting an arrow that seemed to be almost my size! Don’t worry no one was in danger as there was a giant marshmallow on the end, that came especially in handy when I accidentally released the bow, oopsy! Apparently there was a target but I was too focused on looking cool in my photo, haha! I’m so pumped to visit the Archer’s Arena later this week with all the girls and I’m looking forward to learning how to aim & shoot like a pro!
Oral B offers a huge selection of super high quality toothbrushes, ours we receive are specially monogrammed from Archer a Dental. To me (and other pageant girls) this is so valuable because having healthy, clean & sparkling teeth appearance and health is definitely a very high priority when competing!
Bata Shoe Museum
Bet my mom is super jealous that we will be visiting the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m!
@batashoemuseum and they collect images marked #batashoemuseum
Fishd By EDO
Provided $15 coupon which we will be giving to the Miss Teenage Canada 2016 prize pack
Storia PR Inc.
Delegates are especially advised to seek out and introduce themselves to Daphna and Karen Nussbaum from Storia PR in Toronto. These ladies are part of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada experience and will be retweeting and amplifying much of the media we make, everywhere we go.