Diary of the week: Rethink at the Races, Boulangerie Bleue, Drive for Dreams and LAVELLE

Woodbine Race Track saw a flurry of fashionable activity this week as the city's style set made the trek for a very worthy cause, Rethink at the Races, which supports Rethink's initiatives for young women with breast cancer. More than 100 guests saddled up with an array of fanciful headwear (it was the Queen's Plate, after all!) while taking in the day's races. Tasty cocktails and pampering nail treatments put revellers perfectly at ease... even when their horses came in last place.

Toronto was one of 20 cities to be treated to Grey Goose's tres chic Boulangerie Bleue, a stylish pop-up party that brought the French boulangerie and the French Riviera to the 6. Whimsy was on hand in spades, from the cupcakes in hot air balloons to the entrance bedecked as an authentic French bakery. Once sufficiently carb-loaded, the crowds sipped on Le Grand Fizz summer cocktails while learning how to make martinis and took in a performance by singer Ambur Braid. Late-night crepe and sorbet stations kept the party going well into the night.


Basketball was the catalyst for some very positive change last weekend as the Drive for Dreams foundation raised a whopping $40,000 to help at-risk youth pursue their dreams and extend their education. Hosted at the brand new rooftop venue Lavelle, DJ Jojo Flores provided the tunes as guests tried their hands sinking five baskets across the rooftop pool at the Hoops for Dreams station. Signed jerseys were hot commodities at the silent auction and raffle tickets gave partygoers a shot at courtside tickets. Overall, a slam dunk!

Part restaurant, part pool lounge, all style, oasis in the sky LAVELLE opened in a haze of cocktails and floral prints as a star-studded crowd toasted Peter Freed's latest offering. Nestled high above the developers 629 King Residences, the 16,000-sq-ft space boasts one of the longest rooftop pools in North America and a cocktail menu crafted by French vodka brand Grey Goose (think vodka-infused sorbet). Chicest staycation ever!

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