Diary of the Week: Thomas Sabo, TEGH Food and Wine, Juicy fragrance launch and Stirling Room anniversary

Love was in the air as sweeping city views formed the backdrop for Thomas Sabo’s Love Bridge launch. The city’s most notable editors sipped pink champagne with influencers like Schitt’s Creek star Sarah Levy and TV personality Tracy Moore, perusing the range of customizable baubles inspired by Paris’s lock-filled Pont des Arts and begging to be engraved with heartfelt sentiments. As mini poutines saw a blessed union between fries, cheese and duck confit, guests selected their own sweet nothings to be emblazoned on bracelets (in a 30-second process that was silent, might we add!). A select few later flowed out to the patio for a tented dinner under the stars. Swoon!

Eatons, Jackmans, Bitoves – a who’s who of Toronto’s most influential names took a trip to Argentina on Monday, sampling succulent South American fare with expertly paired wines, all in a magical setting by the lake. The Toronto East General Hospital Foundation’s annual food and wine fundraiser, now in its seventh year, welcomed chef Natalia Machado of Chopped fame to head up the night’s culinary wonders, as patrons helped to further the work of the hospital’s compassionate, skilled medical team.


When Juicy Couture opens a new fragrance pop-up on trendy Queen Street West, we smell a fabulous party! Greta Constantine designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong joined actor Cory Lee, blogger Jay Strut and host of influencers at the chic space, hopping from the metallic tattoo station to a fragrance bar – home to the fashion brand’s latest scent, the bold and beautiful I Am Juicy couture. Guests laid down their bevies to be snapped by fashion photog Renata Kaveh in the #selfies studio and boogied to tunes from a live DJ. (And it gets better! On July 17 and 18, 12 pm to 7 pm, the shop offers a free, engraved bottle of the fearless fragrance for anyone who makes a tax-deductible donation of $50 or more to Look Good Feel Better.)

There’s nothing quite like hitting a patio in the hazy days of summer, especially one in Toronto’s spectacular Distillery District – and that’s just what a group of movers and shakers did this week as nightlife hotspot Stirling Room celebrated its fifth anniversary, and a new 100-person outdoor space. Actresses Katie Boland and Melinda Shankar mingled about, nibbling on tasty treats from The Food Dudes alongside musicians Tyler Shaw and Justin Degraff. Mixxit Canada poured up an array of celebratory cocktails, and the scene was just festive enough to entice a visit from a slew of Pan Am and Team USA athletes, from gold medal-winner Sam Mikulak to field hockey star Paige Selenski. Score!

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