Articles by Cassie Drake

Playa Popoyo Nicaragua 99 Surf Lodge | Architect Abroad

Surfing in Nicaragua at 99 Surf Lodge

Situated along Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, Popoyo beach is tucked between two cliff outcroppings and is slowly emerging as the country’s next surf destination. Due to its remote location and lack of accessibility via public transportation, it is still largely undeveloped. Amongst some of the newer accommodation options popping up is 99 Surf Lodge, a sleek and minimalistic beachfront…


Guide to Granada Nicaragua

Perched between the dormant Mombacho volcano and the fresh waters of Lake Nicaragua, the city of Granada is rich in colonial heritage, colourful architecture, great restaurants and bars and due to it being a relatively new travel destination, it will also have you feeling as if you stepped back in time. To begin our adventure we…

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The Top of the Rock NYC

Although I had been up to the Top of the Rock in NYC before, it never disappoints. The 360 degree view over Manhatten is unbeatable, especially with the Chrysler building front and centre. This time around, I pre-purchased tickets for the opening time slot in an effort to beat the crowds, and we had a…

The Ultimate Girl's Christmas Gift Guide | What She Really Wants for Christmas

What I Actually Want for Christmas

Throughout the entire year, I consistently build up a wish list of things I stumble across and fall in love with, leading me to have a full-fledged Christmas gift list nearing the end of the year. I then filter that list down to a curated Christmas catalogue that I share with family and friends. I am…

Club Monaco color White Bartola Sweater | Chunky Cableknit Vest in West Village

Chunky Cable Knit Vest in West Village

I have a love/hate relationship with chunky cable knit sweaters. As Fall is in full swing (and Winter if you’re in Canada!), women are walking around looking incredibly chic in cozy knit sweaters. While a good chunky knit always catches my eye folded on a store display’s shelf, I am constantly disappointed every time I try…

When We Were Young NYC

Wool Trench in NYC & Spontaneous Plans

One evening walking back to our hotel in NYC, we came across the most magnificent balloon backdrop decorating the entire facade of a cafe. I stopped to ask the woman setting it up if this was a grand opening of some sort given the elaborate display of balloons. She said it was for a fashion…

How to Balance a Side Hustle with a 9 to 5

How to Balance a Side Hustle with a 9 to 5

I’ve collaborated with a couple other blogger babes here in Toronto to bring our perspective on building our blog brands all while working full-time. Annika of The Fernweh Society (the maestro of it all), along with Stella of Pretty Little Wings, and I all work in corporate environments by day, and blog by night. The…


Postcard from NYC

NYC is truly The City That Never Sleeps. After a whirlwind long weekend in The Big Apple, arriving back to our downtown-Toronto neighbourhood felt like a quiet sleepy town in comparison. But that is part of what makes it so wonderful, isn’t it? The constant commotion, the energy, the sheer chaos. It’s definitely a place that warrants…


I’ve Finally Found the Perfect Shirt

I’ve finally found the perfect shirt. Or more like, it found me.   I was approached by a colleague who told me about her friend’s clothing company, roz + loki. I agreed to meet the designer behind the brand, Roz Tambyln, who told me about the Kickstarter campaign she was about to launch featuring her new…

Travel in Style- Siffat Haider of Icing & Glitter | Toronto Fashion Blogger

Travel in Style: Siffat of Icing & Glitter

Welcome to the Travel in Style series, in which we interview seriously stylish travelers from around the world how they travel in style. Travel is such a personal experience, and everyone’s trip preferences are so unique that no two people are the same. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty particular when it comes to…

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