The Ultimate Girls’ Weekend in Toronto

I have an unprofessional confession to make…I often choose to attend blogger events based on whether my friends will be there. I know…it’s bad! My decision SHOULD be based on career-advancement reasons…but I just love an excuse to spend time with the friends I’ve made through blogging!

Ultimate Girls Weekend in Toronto Staying at the Grand Hotel

A problem with socializing during blogger events is that there’s never enough time to catch up on EVERYTHING we want to talk about. So Mandy, Jenelle, Eleni and I decided to take matters into our own hands and plan a dedicated Girls’ Weekend in Toronto where we could pamper ourselves, relax and hang out to our hearts’ content!

We checked in to The Grand Hotel – a centrally-located luxury boutique hotel in downtown Toronto (it’s only 2 blocks away from the Eaton Centre!!!). The hotel is SO beautiful – with lots of marble floors, crystal chandeliers and a chic colour scheme. The decor is pretty much a blogger’s dream – check out how instagrammable the pool area is:

Neoclassical Swimming Pool at Grand Hotel Toronto

I’d had a stressful couple of weeks leading up to our stay – and I was in dire need of a mini-break! But as soon as we changed into our comfy hotel robes and headed down to the pool area, “vacation-mode” kicked-in and I felt so relaxed.

Our hotel room was ginormous – it was a Junior Suite spread out over two floors, featuring 3 bedrooms (2 kings and 1 queen), pull-out sofa beds and 4 full bathrooms. We also had a pretty patio and a kitchen. The pic below was taken in my bedroom – despite appearances, we were NOT jumping on the bed, we were just testing to make sure that my bed was soft enough! That’s allowed, right? And it was – oh my goodness, it was like sleeping on a cloud! Also – check out the double doors in the picture – they led into the biggest walk-in closet EVER – I SO wish I had a closet that size at home.

We pretty much lived in our Lazy Pants anytime we were in our room. They may look like regular sweatpants – but they are the softest and most comfy sweatpants EVER – they’re kind of addictive because you never want to take them off!

Ultimate Girls Weekend in Toronto Staying at the Grand Hotel Lazy Pants

We knew that we’d be taking a lot of photographs over the weekend – including an outfit photoshoot – so we wanted our beauty game to be on point. For the perfect manicure, we used Joe Fresh Gel Look Nailpolish – an easy to apply polish that gives the glossy look of gel nails in one simple step. The formula doesn’t require any UV lamps, top coat or base coat – it’s chip resistant and lasts up to 14 days! There are 8 pretty colours in this range – I’m wearing Cheesecake (milky white)  – but I also loved Cotton Candy (baby pink) and Blackberry (maroon) – they’re only $5 and are available at Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstores.

Joe Fresh Nail Polish

We love the look of loosely-curled hair – and we wanted all the extra volume we could get – so we used the Volumaniac range from göt2b. We started by prepping our damp hair with the Bodifying Mousse before blowdrying – it provided a natural height to our roots.  Once our hair was dry, we used curling wands to create all-over waves, and then sprayed the Bodifying Hairspray to lock in our styles and make sure they lasted all day.

We were treated to skincare and beauty products by Elizabeth Arden. I loved the Beautiful Color Bold Kiss Lipstick in Luscious Raspberry (I’m applying it in the picture below). It is a flattering shade of hot pink, and the formula is super-moisturizing and pigmented. I was excited to try the All-Over Miracle Oil version of the cult classic Eight Hour Cream. It can be used on your hair, face and body, and has Vitamin E and Tsubaki Oil to provide long-lasting moisture. Eleni used the Fourever Bronzing Powder – which combines highlighter, blush, contour and bronzer in a streamlined compact. She layered the SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster under her moisturizer for a radiant effect.

Mandy brushed the Statement Brow Gel through her brows for a pretty and fuller look. She is a huge fan of the Prevage City Smart Sunscreen because it’s lightweight, non-greasy, and provides SPF50 coverage as well as anti-pollution protection. Jenelle used the Sheer Kiss Lip Oil which combines the hydration of an oil with the pigment of a lipgloss. She applied the Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer underneath her foundation to reduce shine and smooth out uneven texture.

With our hair and makeup complete – we headed down to the lobby to take some outfit pictures before dinner. We all wore spring dresses from GUESS and were gifted colorful flower bouquets thanks to Tonic Blooms.


We had our dinner at Citrus Restaurant – and the food was SO good. I especially recommend the Warm Mushroom Salad – a mix of delicious sauteed mushrooms along with a lemony dressing which was massaged into the greens. Each bite was SO tasty… I definitely need to go back for more!

After eating, we headed over to the Eaton center…for our evening cardio – ok, also because shopping malls are our happy place! We hit
Nordstrom, ZARA and Forever21…I found the cutest leopard print scarf and a pink floral kimono. We then stocked up on soda, chips and cookies and headed back to the room for an epic hangout session. We had SO much to chat about – we knew we had an early start the next morning but it was hard to stop!

The next morning we headed down for a leisurely buffet breakfast, went back to our room to pack up and check out…but thankfully our Girls’ Weekend was not yet over – stay tuned for our Sunday adventures in an upcoming post!

Photography by Janet Kwan Photography

Read the other Girls’ Weekend Posts here: Mandy, Jenelle and Eleni

DISCLAIMER: Thank you to the sponsors who helped make this weekend happen – The Grand Hotel Toronto, Elizabeth Arden, Joe Fresh Beauty, Got2b, Guess, Lazy Pants and Tonic Blooms.


  1. Jenelle Nicole
    May 19, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Yay! It was so much fun!

  2. Elaine
    May 19, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    This sounds like the BEST weekend ever!!!

  3. Beautygirl 24
    May 19, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    How beautiful! The photos look amazing! I totally would only go to events my friends are attending to. Gina is one of the only bloggers I know in real life and if she attended an event, I'd want to go with her 🙂

  4. Dana Mannarino
    May 19, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Oh my gosh! What a fun girls' weekend!Pink Champagne Problems

  5. Jessica J
    May 19, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Sounds like you guys had an amazing time in Toronto! I have been dying to do a girls trip just like this! xo

  6. What Nicole Wore
    May 19, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    This looks like such a blast! Girls' weekends are good for the soul!

  7. Jenn The Body Type Stylist
    May 19, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    This looks like a dream trip!

  8. Little Tree Vintage
    May 19, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    omg you guys are adorable!!

  9. Jasmine @ The Jasmine Maria
    May 20, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I'm so jealous. I would love to do this with my girlfriends.

  10. Ashley
    May 20, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    So cute!! What a fun getaway!

  11. Amy Ortiz
    May 20, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    This is so fun!! You ladies look lovely!

  12. Jenna Colgrove
    May 21, 2017 / 1:54 am

    your weekend looked so fun!!!

  13. Anna E. Fox
    May 21, 2017 / 4:27 am

    What a gorgeous group of girls! So fun!

  14. Sabrina Tan
    May 21, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    those are the prettiest pics!Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

  15. Jenna Boron
    May 21, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Looked like a great time! I enjoyed the pics, too!!

  16. Trendy in Indy
    May 21, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks like so much fun. I really want to do this!xo,Steph@trendyinindy ||

  17. Stephanie Whitman
    May 21, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    This looks like it was SO much fun! You girlies are absolutely adorable, and I now totally want a pair of those pants – I need some for lounging in when I'm working at home!Stephanie //

  18. The Glitter Gospel
    May 21, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    So jealous of that Canadian life! Everything looks so gorgeous there!xx,Lacey

  19. Mariam | The Petite Bijou
    May 21, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Looked like a lot of fun!!!

  20. Rachael Thomas
    May 21, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    This sounds like it was such a great weekend! What a beautiful hotel, and you girls look gorgeous!Rachael

  21. Annie Lail
    May 21, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Toronto is one of my favorite cities! Hope you ladies had fun!

  22. Living Life Pretty
    May 22, 2017 / 1:19 am

    I love getting together with my blogging babes! Looks like the perfect girls getaway weekekend. You all look fabulous.

  23. Dashing Darlin'
    May 22, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Love getaways with the girlfriends. Looks like so much fun. You are all so beautiful!! xoxo,

  24. Amanda Nicole Walker
    May 22, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Looks like such a good time!

  25. Ada
    May 22, 2017 / 3:14 am

    This sounds like such a blast! That hotel looks gorgeous as well.

  26. Nina Lacher
    May 22, 2017 / 4:13 am

    Looks like so much fun!Xo, NinaLaw of Fashion Blog

  27. adriana nudo
    May 22, 2017 / 4:31 am

    These pictures are SO fun! What a blast, the perfect girls weekend!!

  28. Antel Muça
    May 26, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I like the whole styling and photos! Cheers to the photographer who did a great job capturing your style!<3

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