Update your summer playlist with hits by Canadian artists

Summer is about good times and good tunes. People dedicate hours towards building the best possible playlist, perfect for any summer activity. This summer the stakes are even higher. You’ll need the best lineup yet to help you celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with true Canadian flare. Here at GLO, we’ve been known to have spontaneous office dance parties so we know a thing or two about perfecting playlists. Get inspired by some of our favourite hits to help start your own 2017 summer playlist.

 

Passionfruit by Drake

Could a Canadian summer playlist be complete without featuring the6 god at least once? The answer is no, sorry. Passionfruit has already taken over the radio and if it hasn’t found it’s way onto your phone yet, make sure it does ASAP!

 

Near to the Wild Heart of Life by the Japandroids

After a five year hiatus, the Japandroids came back with this catchy hit. This song will get you “all fired up” for any summer activity whether you’re embarking on a road trip or you’re in need of a midday pick-me-up.

 

 

Dirt Covered Rhinestone by Jade Mya

This country pop track will definitely get you up and dancing with friends. It’s catchy, it’s fun and best of all it encourages self-love and self-empowerment making it summer anthem material.  

 

I’m the One by DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne

Technically this song only features a Canadian artist but it’s so good we’re hoping you can forgive us. Channel DJ Khaled’s extravagant BBQ vibes and impress guests with your music taste by adding this song to your summer playlist.

 

Worth It by Wes Mason

Every year summer goes by way too quickly. Worth It is the perfect song for when you’re trying to slow things down. Produced here in Toronto, it’s an uplifting and hopeful self-reflection of relationships, essential for getting over your summer fling.

 

There’s Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes

Don’t let anything hold you back this summer. Hike a new trail, explore a national park, learn how to paddleboard or even try all three. Play this song for inspiration and set out to accomplish all your summer goals.

We hope you enjoy our song suggestions. Comment below to let us know what songs you’ll be listening to this summer.

 

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Celebrate Canada 150 | Toronto Events

By: Dana Sondak

Canada, a country of new beginnings, acceptance, freedom, All Dressed chips and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars. We’re the land of maple syrup, poutine and hockey.

To commemorate Canada’s 150 birthday there are some special events happening across Canada.  Here are some events happening in Toronto

Snap & Share Photo Contest

Toronto City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square

Entry period: May 15 – July 31 | No cost to submit entry

Every year Toronto holds a photo contest. This year, the contest returns with a special TO Canada with Love category. This gives the opportunity for people to submit their photos of Toronto’s parks, natural spaces and recreation centres for a chance to win prizes and have their photos featured in City of Toronto publications. Share your photos on social media with #SnapShareTO, and submit your entries at toronto.ca/photocontest.

Canada Days

 

When: June 30 to July 3 | Cost: Free

Prepare for four days of fun with this citywide celebration. There will be a four-day festival at Nathan Phillips Square from June 30 to July 3 and one-day events at Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West and Scarborough Civic Centre on July 1. Barenaked Ladies, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, dvsn, Belly, Basia Bulat and many more will be performing at these locations throughout these days, so don’t miss out! Full details can be found on toronto.ca/canadadays.  

ROMWalks Plus: 150 Years of King Street

When: June 11, July 2, August 13, September 10 | Cost: Tickets: $10.00

Take a tour down King Street East and see how the community, businesses, public buildings, shops and transit have evolved from fruition to present day. These tours are rain or shine, so be prepared to bring an umbrella! Click here for full details.

Carly Rae Jepsen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

When: June 17 | Cost: $75.00

The “Call Me Maybe” singer herself is making her must-see TSO debut! JUNO Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing her hit singles at Roy Thomson Hall with a full orchestra. Definitely not to be missed! Click here for full details and tickets.

 Splash!: Canada 150

When: June 23 | Cost: $35.00

This year, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is hosting a special event series with five themed parties throughout the year! On June 23, swim over to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. This event is 19+ and will feature Canadian-themed music, food, drinks and an epic Caesar bar. Sharks, jellyfish and Caesars? Count us in! Check out the other themed parties that will happen later this year and buy tickets here!

Ontario 150 Tour

When: July 1 – August 13 | Cost: Free

From July 1 – August 13, the Ontario 150 Tour will travel to six ports in Ontario to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Featuring the West Coast Lumberjack Show, the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, Rhythm of the Nation (Rythme de la Nation), live music and lots of fun. Who wouldn’t want to see the World’s Largest Rubber Duck??

Catch the Ontario 150 Tour in any of the following ports: Toronto, Owen Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Midland, Amherstberg and Brockville. For more info click here.

Downsview Park Canada Day Festival

When: July 1 | Cost: Free

For those that don’t want to make the trek downtown, head over to Downsview Park for food, rides, music and a fireworks display at sunset to end the day with a bang! (No pun intended). Fun for the whole family! **Disclaimer: entry may be free, but food and drink are not. For more information click here.

Nuit Blanche Toronto

When: September 30, 2017 | Cost: Free

The sunset to sunrise contemporary art event is back for its 12th year in Toronto. This year’s theme “Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures” focuses on Canada’s history as a nation.

The installations will focus on notions of Identity and Nationhood, including Migration, Displacement, Colonialism, Power and Privilege, Settlement, the Natural Landscape, Distance, Exploration, Adaptation and Reconciliation. See a full map of art installations online at nbto.com.

 

How are you celebrating Canada’s 150th? Let us know on social media!

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  • Team GLO

2017 Father’s Day gift guide

By: Ana Salvagna 

Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Don’t get stuck buying your dad another pair of socks this year. We’ve gathered a list of unique gifts to help you get your dad the gift he deserves.

These handmade Gone Fishing cufflinks from Studio1098 are the perfect gift for the dad who loves to fish but also likes to dress sharp.

Rent your dad his dream car for the day through Turo. The online car rental marketplace allows you to borrow the right car for your needs and wants.  

Help your dad keep his toes warm and comfy in these shearling moccasins from L.L. Bean. The slippers come with L.L. Bean’s 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and they ship for free.

Dad’s work hard and they deserve to relax. This hammock can pack away easily making it perfect for camping. It also has an add-on heater to keep dad toastie on those chilly evenings.

Perfect for the dad looking for a new hobby, this at home beer kit comes with everything a first-time brewer needs.

This Father’s Day, treat the number-one-man in your life to one of these gifts to show him how much he means to you.  

 

Have any other awesome gift suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

 

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5 Minute Makeup Routine for an on-the-go PR Professional

By Dana Sondak

Mornings can be tough and putting on your makeup at 8 a.m. can be a daunting task when it’s hard to open your eyes, so we’ve put together a five-minute makeup routine to make your lives easier.

Skincare

Having a skincare routine will make your makeup application easier, faster and flawless. Cleanse and hydrate your face at night and first thing in the morning. Consistency is key for clear skin. We love The Ordinary line which is under the umbrella of Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty Company. There are three products we love, which will help hydrate your skin and get it ready to apply makeup. Prices range from $4.90 to $17.80. All the products are lightweight and fragrance free. No fuss, no frills; truly “clinical formulations with integrity”.

Step 1: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG | Price: $6.70

This water-based solution will help with those pesky undereye bags and puffiness.

Step 2: Salicylic Acid 2% Solution | Price: $4.90

Use this to help clear any current breakouts and prevent future ones.

Step 3: Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA | Price: $5.80

This lightweight and fast absorbing cream is the last step to leave your skin hydrated and prepped for makeup. Price: $5.80

Now we’re ready for a quick makeup routine that will leave you feeling polished and professional.

 

Primer

Start with an illuminating or dewy primer to make your makeup last longer, look smoother and give your skin a healthy glow. NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Illuminating Primer is a great option for a low cost ($20 CAD).

 

Concealer

Next, spot conceal under your eyes and on any blemishes you want to cover up. No need for a full face of foundation. Using a bit of concealer will still give you the coverage you want, and take away the chance of having cakey foundation throughout the day.

 

Powder

Most people wouldn’t consider this a necessary step; we think otherwise. Dust a light layer of any powder over the concealer to make it last longer, look more natural and keep oil at bay.

 

Bronzer or Blush

If you want a more bronzed contoured look, use any brush and dust your favourite bronzer along the hollow of your cheeks (line your brush up with your tragus and the corner of your mouth as a guide) and the corners of your forehead. You’ll look sunkissed and put together.

If you’re more into a rosy flush, use a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks to add some colour and life to your face and skip the bronzer (or use both if you’re feeling rebellious).   

The Elf Beauty Blush and Bronzer Duo has both in one convenient package.

 

Eyebrows

This step may be unnecessary for some but lightly filling in or shaping your eyebrows can make you look polished. Use a tinted brow gel, like the Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel and comb through your brows to help fill in sparse areas by mimicking real hair strands, and keep the hairs in place (and going in the right direction).

 

Mascara

A bit of mascara goes a long way. Apply on top and bottom lashes (yes, even the baby bottom lashes). This will open your eyes, making you look more awake and complete the look. Don’t waste your money on a high-end mascara. The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara by Maybelline has a mega brush to separate and lengthen for clump free lashes.

 

Tinted Lip Balm

Finish the look by using a tinted lip balm to hydrate your lips and give them a light wash of colour. You can throw one in your purse and reapply without worrying about smudging your lipstick, or sticky lipgloss.   

 

Tips

For an even faster makeup routine find multi-use products. Nudestix Nudies is an all over face colour that’s quick and easy to use. Swipe on your cheeks, lips and eyes and blend with your finger or the brush conveniently on the other side of the stick, for a natural “no makeup” makeup look.

Use a hydrating mist for a midday boost. This will freshen up your makeup and add some moisture giving you a fresh glow. The Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater retails for only $9 CAD, and is small enough to keep in your purse.

Have your own makeup tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments!

 

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6 Coffee Shops Perfect for Every PR Meeting

By Dana Sondak 

Coffee culture in Toronto is booming.

From Thornhill’s Sorelle & Co., to Fashion District’s Quantum Coffee, there’s sure to be a coffee shop with latte art you can Instagram.

With coffee shops popping up in every area, it’s easy to find a cozy spot to have client meetings.

The benefits of having meetings outside of the office?

  1. You get to leave the office for a bit, giving you a break from sitting at your desk.
  2. Creates a comfortable space for both parties. Meeting in a public setting relaxes the meeting, and makes it easier to connect on a more personal, rather than just a professional, level.
  3. Coffee is always a perk.

Here are six coffee shops in Toronto and the GTA that are perfect to take your clients to while experiencing Toronto’s growing coffee scene:

 

1. Sorelle & Co. | Thornhill

Located in a revamped post office, this cafe is sure to bring out your inner Prince/Princess attending a tea party. The interior is decorated with sparkling round, diamond chandeliers, white couches and chairs fit for Royalty. Not only is Sorelle & Co. a worry-free* cafe with a ton of sweet treats to choose from, they also serve soup, salad, wraps and paninis.

What we recommend: Crinkle Chocolate Cookie and a Soy Milk Latte. No dairy here.

* Worry-free: They are completely gluten-free, soy-free, sesame-free, nut-free, preservative-free and vegan.

Click here for more on Sorelle & Co.

 

2. Rooster Coffee House | King St. East

With it’s laid back, hipster vibes and comfy couches, Rooster Coffee House is the place to take your chill clients. The staff is super friendly, the latte art is always on point (and delicious), and their baked goods are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Because you can’t have coffee without a cookie, right?

What we recommend: any latte. Let them amaze you with their latte art skills.

Click here for more on Rooster Coffee House.

 

3. Dineen Coffee Co. | Financial District

Located walking distance from Union, King, and Queen subway stops, Dineen Coffee Co. is a convenient spot for meetings. It’s impressive size compared to most Downtown Toronto coffee shops with lots of seating adds to the great atmosphere.   There may be peak hours but you’re sure to find a quiet spot to sit and chat with your client or co-worker.

What we recommend: The Temperance Espresso Blend, and a fruit and yogurt parfait.

Click here for more on Dineen Coffee Co.

 

4. Cafe Neon | Queen St. West

This Queen West cafe offers more than great coffee. Taking inspiration from Greek Cafe’s (Kafenio) for the name and the overall feel, Cafe Neon serves as a great place for any business meeting, or extended coffee break.  With tons of seating and a great lunch menu you can please your clients with just a coffee, or a lunch meeting.

What we recommend: Winter Salad Bowl (add the goat cheese and grilled chicken).

Click here for more on Cafe Neon.

 

5. Five Elements Espresso Bar | Yorkville  

Yorkville is a hub for great coffee but 5 Elements Espresso is our favourite.  A ton of comfortable seating to hold a meeting, spread over three levels. There are also a great selection of snacks, like protein balls or energy cookies to go with your warm drink, and lunch options.

What we recommend: Matcha Almond Cookie.

Click here for more on 5 Elements Espresso Bar.  

 

6. Quantum Coffee | Fashion District

This spacious and airy coffee shop on the corner of King and Spadina is a great option for business meetings. Though there’s minimal seating inside the cafe itself, if you walk towards the back it opens up into a larger room with tables and chairs. This area is open to the public during the day and is an event space at night.

What we recommend: Ethiopian Sidama Guji Pour Over Iced Coffee.

Click here for more on Quantum Coffee. 

 

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Happy sipping!

      – Team GLO

 

 

Get the Look | Met Gala 2017 Jewellery

By Dana Sondak

Hollywood’s most fashionable dressed to impress at the 2017 Met Gala held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The theme being Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, it was a feast for our eyes, as each celeb seemed to out-do the last. There was no shortage of over-the-top and outrageous fashion with jewellery being no exception. Some stars did the simple route, while others wowed in almost 200 carats of jewels. 

Want to get the look? We’ve found fabulous and affordable pieces that are still sure to make you feel as glitz and glam as the style icons themselves. 

Behati Prinsloo Levine 

Behati Prinsloo Levine stunned in her simple white gown paired with classic diamond chandelier earrings. This is the perfect pairing, a simple silhouette, with statement jewellery. Get a similar look with these gorgeous earrings from Studio1098. Classic, yet always a fashion statement. 

Candice Swanepoel 

Candice Swanepoel looks timeless and beautiful (as usual) in this black, strapless gown and simple and clean jewellery. She opted for dainty diamond rings and bracelets, like these rings from Studio1098. You can wear each ring alone, or stack them, to get hand candy drama while still being effortless and elegant. 

Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin went for full glamour, wearing a diamond bird cage, choker and earrings. The earrings and choker, both from Top Shop are great pieces, (at a great price) to get Baldwin’s look. Top Shop is a go-to for proving you don’t have to break the bank to look glamorous!

Blake Lively

The jewellery show-stopper was Blake Lively. Wearing close to 200 carats worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewels (estimated at 3.5 million dollars), looking as regal as it gets. Not all of us have millions to spend on jewellery, so here are some great dupes, for much less. These teardrop fringe earrings from Anthropologie, and blue and gold Ringly ring sold at Neiman Marcus are statement pieces that can amp up, or add a pop of colour to any outfit. The best part of the ring, is  you can connect it to your smart phone, sending you mobile alerts with a subtle vibrating, track your steps, and so much more! (How cool?!).

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  – Team Glo 

Become a morning person by changing up your coffee routine

By Leah Dermo

Between work, family, friends, personal fitness, eating properly and finding time for our hobbies, our hectic schedules can often feel like a balancing act. Most days, we need a little caffeine kick to give us that motivation to push through the rest of our to-do list. If you’re familiar with the world of public relations and communications, you fall into the category of most caffeinated profession (before police, teachers and doctors). The average Canadian drinks about 152 liters of coffee each year, placing coffee as the most commonly consumed beverage in the country (even before water).

If you follow any of our social media accounts (@glo_comm), you’ll know one thing about TeamGLO is that we love our coffee. While most of us have fallen into the same daily Starbucks routine, TeamGlo wants to inspire change and add a little creativity to your mug of morning glory.

Here are some different ideas to spruce up your coffee routine this spring:

 

 

1. Vanilla Latte Smoothie Bowl 

Smoothie bowls have been taking over Instagram for months, and for obvious reason: they’re good for you, delicious and almost too beautiful to eat (almost). Thanks to Pinterest and ToneItUp.com, we’ve found a smoothie bowl that gives you the right amount of flavour, nutrition and kick to start any day on the right foot. Check out the full recipe here:

½ cup almond milk (made into ice cubes)

¾ cup unsweetend almond milk (optional: chocolate almond milk)

1 shot espresso

1 scoop Vanilla Latte Perfect Fit Protein (or any vanilla protein)

½ cup frozen banana slices

 

Source: https://www.toneitup.com/recipe/vanilla-latte-smoothie-bowl/

 

 

2. Coffee smoothie 

Experiment with different ingredients such as bananas, rolled oats, cocoa powder, flax seeds, honey, cinnamon, frozen fruit, almond or soy milk, avocado and whatever else you can think of. Ingredients and amounts will vary depending on the person and preferences, and keep in mind, trial and error is a critical step before perfecting your coffee smoothie.

For those who are taking your personal fitness to a new level this year, jacking up your coffee might be the next step. In a blender, add a cup of your morning joe, one scoop your favourite protein (Vanilla or Chocolate flavour would be the ideal flavour blend), ice and ¼ cup of almond or soy milk for a DIY jacked up iced cappuccino

 

3. Bulletproof coffee

Bulletproof coffee has been taking the internet by storm and is increasingly becoming more popular for those who are choosing a healthy lifestyle. Like many health trends, people will often jump on the bandwagon without knowing the actual health benefits or how it’s any better from the old way of doing things.

By adding a creamy fat to your coffee such as butter, coconut oil or coconut cream, the caffeine is metabolized which increases energy and cognitive function while regulating cholesterol. Sweeteners used in bulletproof coffees like cocoa, vanilla, honey and maple syrup are all significantly better for your overall health than the bleached granular sugar packets that are available at most coffee shops. Cinnamon and coffee is like PB and J, however what some people may not know is that cinnamon allows for glucose regulation for people with insulin issues. These are just a few of the health benefits of bulletproof coffee, although, we would not recommend using this to replace breakfast or any meal as it does not provide your body with all the necessary nutrients that you get from a nutritious meal.

 

 

4. DIY Iced coffee

Not only will you save money by making your own iced coffee, but making it with coffee ice cubes make your drink less watered down and will give you that extra kick you need. Make one to two extra cups of coffee one morning and let it cool down while you’re getting ready for work or class. Before you head out, pour the excess coffee into ice trays and leave in the freezer for the rest of the day. They’ll be good to go by the time you need your next coffee fix!

 

5. Spiked

Coffee and alcohol is like Sonny and Cher– they just work together. There are so many specialty coffees you can make from the comfort of your own home as the perfect end to a dinner party or a long day. Add Bailey’s, whiskey, bourbon, sambuca or vanilla vodka to your cup of coffee to warm you and your guests from the inside out.  

 

 

How do you take your coffee? We’d love to hear your coffee hacks & tips. If you liked this post, share to your social networks and tag GLO Communications 🙂

-TeamGLO 

Seven tips for applying to a PR internship

By: Leah Dermo

With the digital age evolving, the trend of cold calling and meeting your potential employer face-to-face has moved towards emailing, online career portals and resume websites. More people are applying for the same positions and employers are sifting through hundreds and sometimes thousands of applications. The fight to even gain the opportunity to shake hands with professionals in the industry have become close to impossible, especially with aspiring individuals fresh out of school.  The question remains, how can you be sure to secure an interview? We’ve compiled our top resume tips.  

White space

Less is more. Allowing white space in your resume is less overwhelming and far easier to read. It allows the reader’s eye to be guided throughout the page, which increases the chances of a potential employer to read through the entire page rather than just skimming a few lines.

 

Keep it relevant

Although you are proud of all of the work you have done nobody wants to flip through multiple pages. While it’s definitely important to include relevant volunteer experience, keep in mind this should not exceed the length of your work experience.
As a PR communications professional, getting your point across as clearly and concisely, is the goal. Use short sentences, bullet points and do your best to condense your resume to one page to ensure you keep the attention of your potential employer.

Social media

Most employers will Google search any promising applicants, which is why more people are including their social media handles to make the search a little bit easier. If you chose to include your social media links, be sure your accounts are not private, otherwise, this step is irrelevant.

Formatting

Send as a PDF!

This is a simple, yet critical step that is often overlooked. The proper format to send a resume online. A Microsoft Word or Pages document may not open properly on someone else’s computer or it may open with a completely different layout, design or font. To ensure that your potential employer is viewing your resume properly, send it as a PDF no matter what.

Save as…

Keep in mind whatever you save your document as, this is how it will show up in your email. Employers don’t want to know it’s your fifth draft or that you’re applying to multiple places by calling your resume “ResumeGLO” or “ResumeEatonCentre”. Try to keep it simple and easy for anyone to find, with your name and the position you are applying for (as some organizations may be hiring for multiple positions), like “BillSmithPRInternResume”.

Remember, just like when working in the world of PR, all documents and attachments should be client ready, and your resume and cover letter should be no different.

 

The email

As any professional applying to a job, you are essentially pitching yourself and why you’re a good fit with a company. Make sure the subject line and email is attention grabbing and showcases who you are through your writing style and your overall understanding of the company. Never underestimate your subject line as this is considered your first impression. Is the company you’re applying to playful and fun or corporate and serious? Your subject line, email, resume and cover letter should all be consistent with not only you but also the company.

Photos

While some may feel adding a profile photo to a resume can boost its aesthetic, others will argue otherwise. Ultimately it comes down to your own judgement and what you think is best. If you do chose to include a photo, be sure that it’s professional, in high resolution, and don’t forget to say cheese!

Spell check

Although you’ve probably heard it countless times, we can’t stress this enough! Ensuring your resume and cover letter are error-free can make the difference between getting the job and missing it by a hair. It’s important to remember that although you’re likely great at proofreading, it can be difficult to edit and catch errors in your own work. Our suggestion is ask a friend, family member or colleague to take the time to carefully go through each line of your resume and cover letter for sentence structure, spelling and grammar mistakes. You’ll be surprised what you can miss after you’ve been looking at the same documents for a while.

What are some of your tips and tricks for guaranteeing an interview? We’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Good luck!

– TeamGLO

Top apps for planning a trip on a PR schedule

By: Elizabeth Voss

There’s nothing better than exploring the streets of a foreign city on a warm sunny day, or having a coffee at the cutest café. Living the PR lifestyle can be a little hectic at times especially if you have what seems like 100 projects on the go; throw travel in the mix and things get even crazier. Traveling for work is one of the perks of a communications job, sometimes clients will fly you out to come work on a project, and sometimes you will have to arrange flights for a client to come see you. Whether you’re planning a trip for a client, or yourself we have some apps that are sure to make planning smooth.

Hopper

Hopper is a great app for planning a trip, it takes the guess work out of searching for a flight. Just select a destination and let the app find you the best month, time, and airline to get the most bang for your buck.  The apps uses an algorithm to calculate when the best time to buy and the best time to fly. This is important for the PR girl because it allows you to quote the client with the best most accurate prices.

Tripit

Tripit is also another good app for business travel. The app organizes your flight itinerary, meetings, and hotel information all into one calendar. The information can be easily shared as a document with anyone on your team through email. This makes it easy to coordinate flights with other employees, and keep track of clients as they travel.

 

Concur

Concur makes keeping track of expenses abroad easy. Take a picture of your receipt and upload it to the app in seconds, then quick add for easy approval from management. It makes business expenses easier to manage for all parties and you don’t have to worry about forgetting your receipt.

 

 

Citymapper

Better than Google Maps. Citymapper a user-friendly route planner. Choose from 30 pre-programed cities and find the easiest route to your destination. The app lets you select a number of different variables to get you the best route possible while showing you real-time departures, delays and even the calories you burn on your trip. The best part of the app is that it shows you local fares for your desired method of transportation.

Saw a café you’d like to try while making your way to a museum? Create an account and save destinations for easy access next time!

Google Translate

The holy grail of travel apps, Google translate does just what it says, with its handy picture-to-text translation; it’s easier than ever to read signs and packages while traveling.

No Wi-Fi? Make sure you download the language in the app for offline access!!

 

 

Toilet Finder

It might seem silly, but when you’re in a foreign country or unknown city, of which you don’t speak the language, asking for the nearest bathroom might be a little embarrassing. This app pulls locations for public washrooms around the globe and finds the one closest to you!

 

 

Go ahead and get your travel on! 

Share your work travel tips and tricks!

-Team GLO

Day-to-Night: How to take an outfit from office chic to night time party

By: Elizabeth Voss

In the ever changing business world, it is not uncommon to go straight from the office to an event and Public Relations professionals have mastered this technique. Being in the media industry, it’s critical to always be prepared, that means bringing extra shoes, a blazer, food, and other key pieces to accommodate you throughout your busy day. All this can make you feel a like a crazy bag lady at first, but rest assured we got you covered.

We’re giving you access to our tried and true outfit solutions for the girl on the go.

The Pantsuit

The pantsuit is one of the hardest (but not impossible) outfits to pull off as everything needs to be impeccably tailored.  Some of us are fortunate enough to have a more relaxed workplace but for those gals that aren’t, we found the perfect way to make the day-to-night transition seamless, no pun intended.

Day: If you know you will have to head out after work make sure your daytime outfit incorporates a white shirt; a crisp white shirt as it is the perfect canvas for spicing up an outfit.  Keep it simple and clean, this will make it easier to accessorize without having to carry around a whole new outfit.

Night:  For transitioning to night, layer on the accessories.  Find a necklace, earrings or even a bracelet that easily brings some sparkle to your outfit, this trick can be used for anything from a company dinner to a networking social. Remember you aren’t married to your blazer, if the evening event is super casual you can always forgo the blazer and leave it in the office.

*Tip: Keep a statement necklace or earrings at work, it’s an easy way to dress something up.

Dress

One of the biggest problems a girl faces when wearing a dress or skirt to work is that it’s hard to find a balance between office appropriate and girls night out. This can be especially tricky if you have an event to go to later that day that is a little more upscale.

Day: Comfort is key, when working in an office all day. Knee length dresses or skirts are appropriate for almost all situations and are the easiest to find when shopping. For a day look, throw on a scarf, minimalistic watch and a pair of classic pumps or booties. A scarf helps to make it casual without a ton of effort.

 

Night: For transitioning to night ditch the scarf, and add a cute belt and sophisticated pair of earrings for an effortless way to bring your day dress to a night time event. The best part of wearing a dress is that you will most likely already be wearing heels, so bringing along an extra pair isn’t necessary.

*Tip: Mixed metals can add some fun to an outfit but are more casual, for a formal event stick with either all gold or all silver jewelry.

Casual Office Wear

Let’s be real, not all offices are business casual especially in an industry as creative as PR. Some of us are lucky enough to roll into the office in our favourite band tee and a pair of ripped jeans. This is all fun and games until we’re asked to attend an event afterwork. For most of us this would mean lugging around a bag big enough for a three day getaway, filled with different shoes and outfit options. Or risk being the only girl in the office dressed up that day.

Day: Keeping is simple and casual is easy, a great pair of jeans and a tee shirt will take you far, but since most events are last minute this can make dressing your outfit up a little tricky.

 

Night: If you’ve been paying attention to any of the other tips in this blog you will remember that keeping a pair of heels, a statement necklace and even a fun blazer or jacket, are your key pieces to dressing up your outfit. These same tips apply to casual office wear. The more prepared you are with extra items in the office the less you will have to drag around with you on any given day.

 

*Tip: ACCESSORIZE!!!

Now that we’ve loaded your brain with information, the key things to remember are: (1) almost any outfit can be elevated with a jacket, (2) accessories are pivotal parts in changing any outfit, and (3) keep a pair of classic heels at the office. Keep these things in mind a you are good to go for any unexpected event or dinner that may pop up. 

What are your office styling tips?! 

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