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High above the clouds in Manitoba.

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Flying over Saskatchewan. So glad to be home.

By the time I was also packed up and ready to sleep it was already 2:30 am. I had to be up by 4:30 am to catch the airport shuttle for my flight back. Unfortunately I slept through my alarm, and woke up at 4:45, so I had to rush downstairs. Thankfully another shuttle came and we drove through the storm to the airport.
It was cold on the plane to Winnipeg, but I slept through most of it. I was happy that another Saskatchewan girl is on the same flight, otherwise I’d be completely lost in the airports. I slept for both the plane rides, and now I am safely home. I was very excited and emotional to see my family. I didn’t know how much I would the fields, the nature, and the living sky. First I plan on catching up on sleep, then it’ll be back to work.

Love,


Audrey

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Getting ready for the big day.

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Ready to dance opening number.

Sakshi and I hastily packed our bags and made sure not to forget anything we needed for today. On the bus to the Queen Elizabeth theatre I took. After rehearsing a couple of times some of the other girls were sent to hair and makeup. We got to wait in the entrance where there was many comfortable couches. I slept again, trying to feel energized. Eventually I was sent to makeup. I didn’t like my hair as much as my photoshoot or prelims makeup, but I didn’t bother to change it. I did, however, like my hair.
All of a sudden it was eight o’clock which meant showtime. We danced our opening number and it was straight to top 20. As they kept calling numbers I patiently waited to hear my number. Number 44, Sakshi, was called and I was instantly so happy for her. I almost forgot that my number wasn’t called. I didn’t cry right away, but seeing the other girls who didn’t make it cry has an influence on you. I was embarrassed that I teared up, I wanted to lose with grace and be strong. Of course everyone who didn’t make it has the right to be upset, the right to feel disappointed. There are girls who I thought would’ve made top 20, but didn’t and vice versa. You never know what the judges are looking for, if it were a different day, circumstance, judge, maybe you would be the winner. This just wasn’t in the cards for me, but it is not a total loss. I’ve been receiving so many wonderful opportunities from this. We’ve all worked so hard, but now the title of Miss Teenage Canada is out of reach. Swimwear was next, and through our shared sadness we had to still smile. IMG_3026IMG_3039
Downstairs the girls and I watched the live stream of the pageant. It was actually great bonding. I got to cheer on some of my close friends in their evening gown walk. I was also able to talk to some of the girls who I didn’t talk to originally.All of a sudden it was down to top 5, Precious, Kathleen, Hanna, Chloe, and Samantha. Many of them answered their on stage question with grace. For crowning, all 54 of the delegates went back on stage to see who would become the next Miss Teenage Canada as well as awards. I want to congratulate my close friends Precious (4th runner up and People’s Choice Award) Kathleen (3rd runner up and highest fundraiser) Hanna (2nd runner up and Best swimwear) and Chloe (1st runner up). Also a big congratulations to the winner of Miss Teenage Canada 2016, Samantha P. from Ottawa, Ontario. I am confident you will have an amazing reign. You guys deserve it! 13620267_1895605504000205_4595223142391248474_n

Lacy is the best!

Lacy is the best!

Also to Aneurin for the academic award and Lacy for Miss Congeniality. Since the majority of my Ontario friends had to leave I was forced to say goodbye to them. It was hard, there were already so many emotions flying around and this just added another layer. I also had to say goodbye to my roommate, who I was so honoured to stay with for the whole week. I’m so glad I met you and got to be weird, honest, and myself around you. I wish you the best of luck on your future endeavours.

Love,


Audrey

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Ready for the Talent Gala.

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The dessert table.

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Such a beautiful moment to witness.

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$150 worth of goodies in this bag.

Saturday we spent the whole day rehearsing. Finally at six we were released from
upstairs and sent to our rooms. I just touched up my hair and makeup and wore my blue provincial dress. Tonight was the Talent Gala, a night where the ladies performed either a 30 second presentation on their platform or a talent of their choice. For supper we had an assortment of salads, breads, pasta, and dainty little desserts; they were all very tasty. I enjoyed watching the other girls perform, many of the girls had beautiful voices. I also sang “Reflection” by Lea Salonga. Once it was over, girls were allowed to visit with their families. This was also the only night where we were allowed to. It was very touching to watch girls and their family reunite. It made me realize that the bond between families is extremely strong, and that they are our greatest support. Since my family couldn’t make it, my roommate and I just took as many pictures as we could.

After that, we were sent upstairs to revive a gift bag from sponsors. We received a pink Miss Teenage Canada bag filled with goodies such as earrings, nail polish, Mac lipstick, lip liner, and Biore products. Marlin, the videographer, filmed us one last time for the activities video. Midnight hit and our chaperone brought my roommate and I back to our room. Sunday would be the biggest day of the whole week.

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Our super messy room, before packing up.

Love,

Audrey

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Rehearsals all day.

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My gown.

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Swimsuit from Hot Water.

We spent the morning rehearsing with Sean and Hollywood. All the girls were anxiously awaiting what the night would bring. We pushed through the long hours of practicing in our silver heels, enduring the pain on our feet. I just kept pushing through it because I know how important it is for the show to look clean and presentable. We went over the opening number, top 20 procedure, swimwear, top 10 procedure, and the crowning ceremony. It is very important to pay attention to the details otherwise you could end up lost in the dances.
Eventually we were sent off to our rooms to wait for hair and makeup. My roommate and I patiently waited until we heard the knock. Upstairs hair and makeup artists were spread out all over the room. I got a different makeup artist this time and she gave me a bold look to match my gown. She put a nice purple shadow as an accent on the under eye too. By the time we finished it was already almost showtime. Luckily, I’m one of the last girls so I had time to change into my swimsuit and gather my thoughts. Both my walks were alright, I felt confident and beautiful. I was so happy my family in Ontario could make it out and support me. I definitely felt the love.

Love,

Audrey

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The awesome ladies!

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Getting a good stretch after a tough workout.

Today we did one of my favourite things in the world, we got to workout! This was a perfect day because it aligned so perfectly with my platform. Besides my family, I have been missing my workouts and healthy eating. Working out, especially boot camp style conditioning, makes you feel so great afterward. The trainers are so encouraging and give such a positive vibe. I definitely worked up a sweat at the Fit Body Project in Toronto. http://thefitbodyproject.ca/

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One of my favourite foods, Sushi!

For lunch we were given a sushi roll from Fish’D by Edo. I got a spicy salmon roll. Most of the girls loved them, but some girls are not a big fan of sushi. I thought it was great, though.

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#Champions

The bus then made its way to Archer’s Arena where we learned how to shoot a bow and arrow and played archery tag. A great pun was made, instead of Game of Thrones it was Game of Foam. Tensions were high as we hid behind the barriers and tried not to get hit by the arrows. A couple of casualties here and there, but all in all, a great experience. http://www.archersarena.com/

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Another awesome day at Miss Teenage Canada pageant.

Soon after we freshened up at the hotel we went to Lone Star Bar and Grill. Great food, great day, a great way to get pumped for Preliminaries tomorrow. The official photo shoot picture is up on Miss Teenage Canada Facebook as well as the website. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenageCanada/photos/pb.33289240294.-2207520000.1469150690./10154214729275295/?type=3&theater

Shout out to Storia PR for amplifying our media.

https://www.facebook.com/storiapublicrelations

FINALIST DETAILS

Love,

Audrey

 

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Who doesn’t love fresh pancakes?

Yesterday we woke up early to eat breakfast at Eggliscious Cafe and Grill again. They served a heavy pancake breakfast.

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My Ontario golf buddies.

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Former Maple Lead and I

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So good.

Shortly after the two groups parted ways on the Bradlee Ryall golf courses. Three talented men, Mario, John, and Ian taught us some of the fundamentals of golfing; putting, chipping, and driving. We had a short putting contest to get the ball through either 50, 75, or 100 holes in a piece of wood. Of course, I wasn’t even close to the target, but that’s okay because I tried. For lunch, we had the most gourmet meal so far this week. There were crispy shrimp tacos, delicate sliders, gluten free margherita pizza, garlic loaf, and a charcuterie platter. It was delicious! Some retired Toronto Maple leaves had an appearance so I took a picture with Darryl Sittler for my dad. https://www.bradleeryall.com/

We were given an hour to prepare our hair and makeup for interview. I’ve always had a love hate relationship with the interview, I think it’s the most intimidating parts of the whole pageant. Since I am one of the last girls we stayed upstairs rehearsing with Sean and Hollywood, the choreographers. The delegates and I rehearsed our opening number as well as practicing our walks. I definitely felt like a beauty queen that day. I think that my interview went well.

For dinner we went out to Dave and Busters which is a restaurant and arcade. My roommate was once again shocked that we don’t have this restaurant in 13833527_1460879020604884_1048811511_oSaskatchewan. Once we finished supper we were given game cards that allowed us to play some arcade games. The fun lasted about half an hour because beauty queens need their beauty sleep. Looking forward to tomorrow’s active outing. Please keep voting for me http://www.missteenagecanada.com/mtcw-finals/finalist-details/548

Love,

Audrey

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The most important meal of the day!

Can’t believe how fast the time is moving, day 3 already! We had a classic bacon and egg breakfast at Egglicious. http://egglicious.ca/

Then it was off to Nuvango (clothing) headquarters. We were shown all around the studio and learned the process of designing as well as creating the pieces. My favorite part was trying on the styles from the new collection. The fabric is so soft and stretchy.I can’t wait to see some of the pictures from our photo shoot. https://ca.nuvango.com/

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#nuvangostyle

After that we visited the Bata Shoe Museum. www.batashoemuseum.ca.

I was quite intrigued by the interesting facts about the shoes. I love shoes, especially fancy ones. We got to see a variety of shoes from Shaquille O’neal’s  giant boot to a

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The most beautiful Queen, wearing a tight fitting corset at the Museum.

dainty Japanese Sandal. The girls and I also learned about the perils of fashions in the past century. Oh the things we, both men and women, do for beauty. #batashoemusem

 

Mississauga’s Square One gave each delegate a $30 gift card she could spend on anything in the mall. There wasn’t much time to browse around the mall, but it was still bigger than any mall in Saskatchewan. My group decided to go to Urban Plan13838231_1460878150604971_1833876292_oet, and I bought a long white dress I plan to use in an upcoming photo-shoot. Thank you for the shopping spree!

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The girls and I got a bit of a break as we changed our outfit for the next event; dinner at Nirvana, the Flavors of India. While patiently waiting for our food the restaurant has us create a Bollywood inspired a video starring Miss Teenage Canada 2015. (I will post link to watch, once I know). The food was tasty, I’ve always been a fan of Indian food, especially Naan bread. I’m so fortunate to have a room mate from another culture, I enjoy asking her about the food and learning her customs. 13838547_1460878153938304_1997693674_o 13720654_1460878170604969_1275254656_ohttp://www.nirvanatheflavoursofindia.com/

Love,

Audrey

 

 

 

 

 

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My MUA and I

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Today we got to sleep in, 8:00 wake up time, for a full day of photo and video shoots. We had a McDonald’s breakfast, complete with fruits, granola bars, and leftover pizza.
While waiting for hair and makeup we worked on the last blog assignment. After what seemed like forever we went upstairs to get ourselves done up. I picked my makeup artist, Julie, and told her that she could do whatever she thought would look best. We chatted the whole time and when she finished I was amazed by how nice it looked. Waiting for hair felt like an eternity, but it was worth the wait. It was the most fabulous hair I have ever had in my life! 13734543_1458780280814758_2058252242_n
I was one of the last girls to get the photo shoot done. I was feeling pretty confident so I was comfortable in front of the photographer. I think all the photo shoots with my sister paid off. More waiting, then it was the video shoot, we had to answer three pageant related questions for it. Although I was tired; I tried to look bubbly in front of the camera.
For supper they served pasta, and I mingled with a new group of girls.
Tonight, I got a spray tan sponsored by Golden Glamour Goddesses. It was very exciting, because I’ve never gotten a spray tan before. I felt very comfortable and she was very informative. If you have ever had one, you’d know how cool it feels on your skin. Hoping I will look beautiful and bronzed for tomorrow’s outing and the pageant.

Love,

Audrey

 

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Yesterday was my first day at Miss Teenage Canada. I boarded my flight 5:30 am from Saskatoon airport to Toronto. Saskatchewan girls were first to make it to the hotel, so we spent it relaxing and waiting for the other girls to come in. We all introduced ourselves to each other, and I met my roommate, from Ontario, Sakshi.

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We almost look like sisters

After going to our room, we fixed our hair and makeup, and changed into dresses. All the delegates were invited to a glamorous Sponsor Party. The room contained tables full of free goodies from MTC sponsors. I was very excited to receive my sash, and start exploring the ballroom.

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Saskatchewan Ladies

V.P.I. Canada Limited Sunglasses and Reading Glasses

This was probably my favourite gift, free designer sunglasses from V.P.I Canada!
https://www.vpicanada.ca/SUNGLASSES/mirror-framed-sunglasses-top-bar-2517/ these are the ones that I picked out.

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Chloe and I showing our shades!

Mirror Framed Sunglasses with Top Bar

  • Plastic & Metal frame
  • 100% U.V. A & B Protection
  • VPI soft case included with each pair
  • Lightweight and Durable

Thank you V.P.I I’ll be wearing these for the rest of the week at outings. Please follow them on Twitter @VPICanada or visit their website https://www.vpicanada.ca/

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More wonderful styles from VPI

Sweets Canada

Another great sponsor, who doesn’t love Chocolate? Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada was provided us with free samples of his delicious, gourmet samples. I received a free milk chocolate bar , and an edible flower chocolate bars, this is a big deal considering they start at $18.00. They taste so good, definitely going to have to share with my family when I return home.

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They come in fancy packaging too!

Sweets Canada is on Twitter @SweetsCanadaCA/  or @QFoodsCanada or visit their website http://sweetscanada.com/

Nuvango Art Gallery & Fashion Lifestyle Brand

This designer provided us with cute tanks, leggings, and crop tops. They carry both active wear and festival wear that come in colorful and artistic prints. They are some of the most unique clothes I have ever seen. #nuvango #nuvangostyle https://ca.nuvango.com/

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#nuvangostyle

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Selfie in my Nuvango shirt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Glamour Goddesses

This table was the flashiest of them all, it was decorated with golden packages. Inside the packages they offered a tanning lotion or an organic Shea butter lotion to retain your tan.   The offer Spray Brightening, Anti-aging spray tans, Individual Eyelash Extensions, Airbrush Makeup and Hair styling. I can’t wait to have a spray tan tonight! https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGlamourGoddesses/13730731_1458212970871489_1723061880_o

Archer’s Arena

Very excited to be going here to play archery tag on Archery Arena this Thursday. Look for the hashtag #archerytag that night to see pics and videos of the girls and I having a blast!

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Giving those Katniss Everdeen vibes.

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This Social Media generated collected all our social media tagged with the #MissTeenageCanada2016 and then projected it live at the party.  We have a single feed URL to which you can subscribe to follow along in real time as we experience all the different activities here in Toronto.  All of our images will be archived on the Miss Teenage Canada main site and on the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network/Search for Miss Teenage Canada 2016.

Bradley Ryall Golf Academy

Last, but not least, another great exhibit at the Party was Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy which teaches golf lessons at several golf courses west of Toronto. This Wednesday we are going to the golf academy to play a one-hole golf game. The prize for winning will be two ladies golf shirts and a hat at the end of our group lessons. I’m super excited, because I am amazing at golf. Just Kidding! Also a quick thank you to Sally Hansen, Rimmel London, Bata shoe museum, Fish’d by Edo, Yogen Fruz, Storia PR Inc. I look forward to seeing what is in the gift bags!

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Practicing my putting.

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Golfing with my best friend in Saskatchewan

Day one was definitely a success! I’m looking forward to the photo and video shoot today!

Love,  Audrey

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Sarah Wojcik, Miss Teenage Canada 2015, cutting the welcome cake.

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I definitely enjoyed the 2nd assignment for the blog, which was to design an image to be blown up for a roll-up banner for the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. I am a visual person, and I am always concerned with achieving the right aesthetic.

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A very versatile printing company! Please check them out.

Sign Source Solutions, a signage company based in Toronto, is generously donating the banner and will be posing with the winning designer. I hope you enjoy my design as much as I do.

I wanted to try a minimalistic, but bold design. I stuck to a simple colour scheme and chose only 2 colours to match and compliment the Miss Teenage Canada logo. “Be your own kind of Beautiful” is a catchy and fitting phrase, so I wanted it to be in the centre. I chose the silhouette of the girl to represent how any one of us could become the next Miss Teenage Canada!

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My design. (Click on the picture, to see a larger version!)

3 days before hopping on the plane for Toronto! So exciting!

Love,

Audrey

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