manulife-featureRight after I graduated from Ryerson University, I landed my first job at a PR firm on Bay Street in downtown Toronto. I moved from my student apartment into a more grown-up space, right in the heart of the city on Charles Street, around Bay and Bloor. My new home was across the street from the Manulife Centre and it quickly became my go-to destination for everything. I have so many memories of my time there. There were many dinner-and-a-movie dates with my then boyfriend, countless hours spent browsing Indigo with a cuppa tea from Starbucks, and we even celebrated my sister’s engagement at the Bloor Street Diner, all of our friends descending upon the establishment to surprise the happy couple and celebrate the night away!

That was years ago and despite moving out of the area, I still visit at least once a month, not just because of the nostalgia I feel when I’m there but because it’s the perfect one-stop shopping destination. Whether you need to get your groceries done, buy birthday presents or prep for a night out on the town, you’ll find everything you need there. Here are my top night on the town essentials, all of which you can find at the retailers at the Manulife Centre:

manulife-centre1 Studded Navy Pouch
You’ll need something to hold your essentials while you’re out on the town and this studded pouch is just the thing. Channeling a rock and roll vibe, this richly hued clutch is perfect for keeping your lip gloss, cash and phone all in one place. Indigo, $17.50

2 Voluminous Mascara
Call me a creature of habit but when you find something that works, just stick with it! I’ve been using L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara for at least 10 years and I swear by it. A couple of quick swipes of this long lasting mascara and I’m good to go! Rexall, $10.49

3 Oh My Gloss by Rimmel
A night out on the town calls for a bold red lip! Oh My Gloss lip gloss by Rimmel in Ooh La La is just the ticket! Bright and bold, this gloss will look great without drying out your lips. Rexall, $6.99

4 Candice Ankle Boot
I love the transition from summer to fall, as we bid adieu to sandals and haul out our boots. (And of course, I love when it’s time to invest in a new pair!) These gorgeous ankle boots are perfect for a night on the town, with a 2.75-inch heel that’s great for giving you a boost while still being comfortable to walk in. Ron White Shoes, $295

5 Birks Epic Collection Watch

Sure, we’ve all got phones that can tell us the time but I think there’s something so classic (almost retro, these days!) about wearing a beautiful watch. This gorgeous timepiece is the kind of accessory you’ll cherish for years to come. Birks, $495

6 Manicure/Pedicure

The perfect finishing touch for any night out is a manicure and/or pedicure. Now that fall’s here, your toes may not be visible but it’s still nice to know they’re looking their best. And who doesn’t love a fresh manicure to revive tired nails? Haar Tek Salon, prices vary

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