Win a Pair of Tickets to Dixonlicious!

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Last year, I attended Dixonlicious, a wonderful event hosted by Dixon Hall to raise funds for food programs in Toronto. Dixonlicious returns this year on Thursday, March 1 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East) and the culinary event of the season promises to be a night to remember! It offers supporters a smorgasbord of delicious food and drinks from top Toronto restaurants and chefs including: The Food DudesBiff's BistroDaniel et DanielHawthorne Food & DrinkSkin + BonesLost Craft BrewingKarlo Estates WinerySoCIAL Lite VodkaWalter Craft Caesar and much more! There will also be musical entertainment and a silent auction for you to bid on big ticket-items and experiences. Attending Dixonlicious is a great opportunity to give back to the community, while enjoying a wonderful night filled with excellent food and company. You will help Dixon Hall to deliver 25,000 meals to those in need. Tickets are $90 and and youth under 30 can obtain tickets for $70. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: dixonhall.org/dixonlicious. Use promotional code GIVEBACK for a 15% discount on ticket prices. 

This year, I am volunteering with Dixon Hall and am giving away two pairs of tickets to two lucky readers valued at $180.00 per pair. There are many ways to enter (see below).  Be sure to follow me on Instagram at @thecharmingmodernist for even more ways to enter. Good luck!   
Open to Canadian residents only, 19+. 
Contest ends Monday, February 26. The winner will be contacted directly and I will also announce the winners' names on social media. 

Toronto Light Fest: The Art of Light

Toronto Light Fest: The Art of Light

Beat the winter blues and come out of hibernation to explore the unique light installations at Toronto Light Fest! Held in the historic Distillery District, the festival features exhibits from local and international artists. 

It's quite romantic to stroll through the Distillery District and take in the glittering lights twinkling against the space's gorgeous backdrop. The outdoor area is magically transformed and is a visual feast for the eyes. Here are a few photos I took of my favourite installations. 

Digital Origami Tigers by LAVA - Australia (pictured above)

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My Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas!

By: Alison Silveira

Earlier this week, I brought you my top picks for big ticket holiday gift ideas. This time, I would like to share some affordable holiday gift ideas with you.

One year for Christmas, my sister-in-law, Charlene gifted me with the holiday collection from David's Tea. Twelve exquisite teas were presented in a beautiful crimson box. I enjoyed all of the flavourful teas and shared them with my work colleagues to warm us up during our winter woes. David's Tea is offering new gift sets, including 'the best of 2016', which features 12 delectable teas, such as apple strudel, coconut cream pie and sweet almond green to name a few. Your friends and family deserve the best, so why not give the 'best of 2016' from David's Tea? This gift box retails for just $26.00.   

I am not a fan of using any synthetic fragrances, as I try not to consume products with many chemicals or strong scents. Saje Natural Wellness offers products that are plant based, vegan, contain no synthetics and are not tested on animals. I adore their Pocket Farmacy, and no, that is not a typo. A collection of five soothing and revitalizing essential roll-on oils come in a compact and convenient carrying case. My favourites include the peppermint halo headache remedy and the stress release tension reducing remedy. I roll the product on my temples, my neck and down to my shoulders and they smell and feel incredible. The Pocket Farmacy retails for $59.95. 

This gorgeous printed scarf from Scotch & Soda is detailed with fringes and dotted with stars. It has a soft finish and is stylish and versatile, as you can wear it to work or even to a trendy restaurant. It's playful, girlish and fun and retails for $65.00.

OGX's extra strength argan oil of Morocco shampoo is made with silk proteins and it provides the ultimate hydration for drab, dry locks. We know that excessive heat styling damages and dries out hair, but this shampoo leaves hair soft, strong and voluminous. Pair it with OGX's extra strength argan oil of Morocco conditioner and you have a one-two punch for luscious, luxurious locks! At $8.00 a bottle, it certainly won't break the bank!

One Of A Kind Show & Sale

By: Alison Silveira

Every year, I always look forward to attending the One of a Kind Show & Sale. I love browsing the stalls filled with exquisite products that are all handmade. It's a wonderful event where you can find special gifts for your loved ones. I enjoy meeting the artisans and learning about their unique products. From handmade jewellery to clothing to furniture and more, the One of a Kind Show and Sale has it all! You can also sign up for DIY workshops, such as decorating holiday cookies or creating greeting cards. 

Date:        November 24 – December 4, 2016
Place:       Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto
Times:      Weekdays & Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Late Night Shopping:      December 1,10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Tickets:      Adults $15; $13 ($2 savings purchasing online); Seniors/Youth (13-17) $7.50; Children (12 & under) free. Buy tickets at the door or online