a bit about Bryanna
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a social media freelancer, as well as fashion and astrology blogger for my website www.starcrossedstyle.com. I love connecting with creative people whose personality shines through their style, and finding out how their astrological profile inspires their journey.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
My worst job was one of my first; a Swiss Chalet Takeout tray organizer. I had to pour hundreds of hot Chalet sauce into tiny containers for each shift, and that stuff is center-of-the-sun-hot! After burning my fingers for about two weeks, I decided to hang up my kitchen safe shoes and work at my university's coffee shop. Making milkshakes is safer, and much more delicious.
Were you born and raised in Toronto? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Toronto?
Although not a natural Torontonian, I have always been drawn to big cities. I was born in Calgary Alberta, and moved to Saudi Arabia around 2000. I came back to Toronto for school, and have loved this city for its opportunities, culture and amazing events!
What’s your current hood in Toronto and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in the Junction, one of the city's most up and coming areas! The best thing about the Junction is the amount of amazing restaurants to choose from, and the worst thing is having to choose between them all!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I love music that's danceable or makes me feel tough! Bass is essential. Jack White, Death from Above 1979, Harrison, Young Guv, Shamir, Peaches, Missy Elliot, Perfume Genius, Deer Tick, Blood Orange, SBTRKT, Drake, Lykke Li, LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie. I don't particularly enjoy screamo music.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I'm not really a sad song person, but if I had to choose, it would be: 1. Looking Glass - Brandy 2. Drake - Hotline Bling 3. Justin Bieber - Sorry
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Doctor Who - because who doesn't love a charismatic face changing timelord. True Detective season 1 - because Matthew McConaughey + Woody Harrelson = life. X-Files for cheesy jump scares. Last but not least, The Real Housewives of Toronto because these ladies live in my city, but not in my world.
Name some spots in Toronto that are good for a Tinder date.
Ronnie's in Kensington! It's cosy, cute, and has ouiji boards in the tables if you're interested in amping up the fear factor. They also have great beer.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
I always love me a good Taylor Swift roast, but where has she been lately?
Who’s your hero and where in Toronto would you take them out for a serious hang?
I'd have to say one of my heroes is a Youtube personality, Rachel Evans from Snarled. She's hilarious and loves weird horror stuff, so I would take her to the Junction's sci-fi and gaming bar, See Scape. The individual table cubicles are themed with creepy gaming decor, which I think she would love!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I spent my 20's shopping at American Apparel and Zara, but now when I have the chance to buy something new I like to shop local at Hayley Elsaesser! She's a local designer who makes bright and psychedelic clothing that proves that black is not always best. Her stuff is cool, comfortable and serves all sizes. I also love shopping at Oak and Fort, a shop that offers minimalist and chic clothing that works for the office or getting that effortless vibe.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The east end of Toronto! Like most of my friends, we don't cross Yonge street unless absolutely necessary! Not to say that there's anything wrong with it, it's a gorgeous part of town with tons of shopping, dining and more. But, when you've got everything in the west end, it's very easy to stay put.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I would like to go up the CN tower, but I never feel the need. It feels like it should be saved for a special occasion or a super clear day. It's a little bit pricey! The great thing about Toronto is that if I want to do something, and it's free or reasonably priced, I'll make it happen. I would definitely recommend it for a visitor! You can even take a CN tower walk around the outer edge, strapped into a very safe suit if you aren't afraid of heights!
Where do you go in Toronto for a casual night out?
I love Shamone, a very colourful and reasonably priced bar that just popped up last year in my neighborhood. It has a great selection of drinks and snacks, as well as great ambiance.
Where would you go in Toronto to celebrate some freaking good news?
I would take my nearest and dearest to The Hole in the Wall in the Junction, because it's cozy and has a great atmosphere!
What’s your choice of transportation in Toronto and why?
Bicycle all the way! If I could bike every single day of the year, I would. It's free, fast, great excercise, and as long as you obey the rules of the road, totally safe. It's perfect for Toronto because you can see so much, and get everywhere quicker than an Uber!
What are the Toronto spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
A first time visitor should definitely make their way to Trinity Bellwoods, because it's a great place to take a coffee and soak up the sun! It's near to some great snack spots like Nadege, It's all Grk, and White Squirrel Coffee! Fun fact, there is a famous Trinity Bellwoods squirrel the cafe is named after! If you spot him, you've got to Instagram him.
What are the Toronto spots tourists should run from screaming?
The club district! If you want to have a great night on the town, the city has a ton of great bars and pubs to hang out at.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Toronto. How do you spend it?
I would have brunch at The Federal, then get all of my friends to the Toronto Island for a great park hang on Wards Island, and wrap up the day with drinks at Swan Dive on Dundas West!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
My absolute favourite vacation city is Barcelona! The beaches are filled with gorgeous sand glass that I could collect all day, there's SO MUCH art, architecture and fantastic Sangria!