Raymi gets Golf Lessons with Bradlee Ryall

Earlier in May 2016, myself and eight other influencers were invited to participate in a group golf lesson with Bradlee Ryall at Lionhead Golf Course, fifteen minutes west of YYZ airport.  Here’s me with Mary Bratko, Wedding Girl. She’s a lot of fun.

Bradlee Ryall is fun too, and he’s a super talented golf instructor. At the driving range, he can drive the ball at a green, or at the tractor caged person out combining up the golf balls and actually hit the rig and make the man inside wave at the group.  But I’d say what makes him a good instructor is that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

He’s approachable, charming, and disarming.  His bad jokes erase nervousness. His teaching style is passive and overall he’s fairly easy-to-take. So if you’re bent on learning golf then it may as well be from a total pro like Bradlee.

I’m sure most golf pro’s have to work on their patience. That’s probably the hardest part of their job.

Here’s Bradlee pointing out something that somebody is doing right cause you know he’d never point out anyone who was doing something wrong. Yikes. Group lessons can be embarrassing enough but if the golf instructor is horrible and highlights individuals then.. it can be a nightmare .

Here’s Bradlee talking physics – the driver has 45 degrees of lift! So simply hitting the ball squarely will make a good shot, in theory.

Bradlee taught us how to properly hold a golf club and how the length of our clubs (women’s golf clubs are shorter btw) work in relation to the distance from the ball and your feet and shoulder posture… I don’t remember the rest.. Sorry Bradlee. Refresher please.

See the white jacket he’s wearing? It’s from his own fashion label SWING athletic wear.  These garments are, as I understand, easier to move around in and real easy for people to swing their arms. This is just one more thing that makes him cool – a golf pro with his own clothing line. Love it.

Bradlee is respected as one of Toronto’s top golf pros and his style of golf lessons for juniors is the talk of Mississauga and all parts west down along the lake to St Catherine (Royal Niagara Golf Course). The golf school he made gives all students different coloured rubber bracelets which denote their abilities and makes them desperate to work up to the next colour – i get it.

Look at my foot work here.  You can see I’m just wailing on it.

All I really wanted to do was smash the crap out of some balls. One of my fondest memories is driving golf balls with my bro and mom. I’m a born athlete.  Sports come naturally to me so when Lionhead came onto my radar I was all about it.

I’m going to go back there in time to perfect my swing. I don’t need any help – just more balls to whack.  But yeah Bradlee Ryall is a solid instructor. He’s welcome to watch.  He invited us all back again for another lesson. Be careful what you wish for Brad. Fore!

I was dressed the part that’s for sure. Faking it like you know what you’re doing is half the battle and you achieve that by styling your wardrobe, obvs. I was 20 when I started golfing, so, yeah I ain’t worried.

A satisfying crack after an epic swing refined by my exceptional form.

Alright, so what you need to practice when it comes to using a driver, or any kind of club is..  you need to hyperly-(over)-focus on your stance, your grip, and your posture too. So much so, that it can make you nervous. If you’re trying too hard then you have already failed. I’m not bragging that I am the best because not every swing is going to slam one out of there Happy Gilmore styles but you do get better the more you practice. Just hit the ball in its sweet spot.

If you maintain your body position then you’ll make contact with the ball and see it disappear down the fairway.  Buying and bashing away a bucket of balls is a great way to spend half an hour.

Sometimes I hit the ball so far i couldn’t see where it landed – it probably went in one of those holes in the distance.

Joel from Toronto Guardian came out with us. He was making the most of it and after twenty minutes he had a much better swinghe.

Great way to spend the morning with a #golflesson taught by @ryallgolf followed by VIP treatment lunch. A photo posted by Raymi Lauren (@raymitheminx) on

That’s Marcus from Dine Palace and Leo from Outdoor Covers ca behind him . These guys are good golfers. Well Leo is.

Can you tell it was a chilly windy day? It was. I had to borrow a thermal. Always pack layers you never know what the weather will be like by the time you actually get out on the course.

Instagram pose – #GolfLesson at Lionhead.

When I smile like that it means I am up to no good. Which is one of my favourite past times. Luckily Bradlee Ryall knows just how to engage with hyper active students.  He starts by complimenting and then correcting and then encouraging. He probably said something about my stance. I just wanted to whack them balls.

Leo looked the part. The red hat and golf pants – classy.

All of got to use brand new top of the line NIKE gold gear which was pretty cool as well. I guess there’s a sponsorship somewhere there?

Campbell and I tee off.

Nice work Joel…on all the grass you just obliterated from the green.

Jack Choros is a writer at Huff Post. He wrote about the event I think . I didnt read it but im sure im in it. He also did well in the putting competition… oh yes…  Let me tell you about that.

We were all practicing our putts, and putting away passively on the pastoral greens when suddenly… it got serious. We had a little putting competition.

Here’s what happened.  I went first …

And totally blew it.

Too much pressure when you go first. Next time I will walk softly and carry a big stick aka shut’er up.   Wedding Girl rang bells.

Having Mary there was a godsend because she is a total blog diva like me, and it was nice to feel like the only one who….does as I do. She’s also developing a sweet app right now that I’ll plug if she’s nice enough to me lol.

Why girls “need” to be separated (at times). We get more powerful and snarkier the more familiar we become with each other. You can see the bonding just emanating from our girl power huddle right there. The men seem afraid too. They should be.

Now this funny business.  We posed for pics that ended up in another magazine story about couples fighting during golf lessons on the golf course.




We faked some fighting pics. Marcus does frustration really well and I’m great at being angry.

He has had it with my shenans. Men typically do.

I pulled a Britney.

There’s a pedestal mounted iPad interactive kiosk in the pro shop where students can sign up for golf lessons without having to talk to another human. #golfinabox

Some days life ain’t too shabby being a minx. You get to experience great things and then write about them three weeks later. Should have been sooner …  bad minx.

Golfing really works up an appetite for the ages. We ate gourmet golf food including this ‘Golf Pizza’ you see below at Iggy’s which is the restaurant in Lionhead and this food was freaking great. really really freaking great

It was an amazing lunch (plus drinks!). Lionhead gold club has it going on in the foodieworld too. Expect quality.

Last minute parting shot at front entrance / emblem with Joel from Toronto Guardian.

Goin’ golfin there today eh bud with @torontoguardian @roberrific @ryallgolf

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Thanks again @RyallGolf.

Oakville Eye Exam Minx Style

I was pretty excited to get an eye exam in Oakville at Next Optical at 388 Speers Road near my Nana’s place.  I was able to drop in for a mini visit before I headed over to my appointment.

A surprisingly more informative version of my eye exam story is on Raymi Toronto and you can check it out too after you read this more colourful account. I spread my pics out to both websites so you won’t be reading or seeing the same thing.

Here’s friendly store staff at Next Optical watching me fill in the blanks on the questionnaire. I’m waiting for my espresso to cool down. Time’s ticking…

Looking fierce af is half the battle in life amen sistaaaaahhh.

Preparing for the fiercest eye exam ever.

Lovely wet bar too. Just kidding. This is for sterilizing the chin bar you rest your face on, and the forehead bracket.

This post brings me back to when I used to blog with stoic photos of myself and paragraphs of rambling ranty whatever and call it a day.

VIP treatment always no. Me and my espresso. It was delicious. You have too do all this rigamarole before they let you in to see the optometrist at Next Optical. The lab worker lady makes you sit behind these gadgets just so she can fill in more blanks in your profile on those blue clipboards. Its full service, and permanent – the data stays in the system forever.

Get full account of what happened here on Raymi Toronto

Hugged some random man. (I do that).

When I went back to Next Optical with Julian to pick uo my Dior glasses he fell in love with a pair of PSY discords for himself and had to have them.

Monkey see monkey do.

I have been into sunglasses my entire life. I always have a good pile of different styles on the go. It’s always sad when a pair breaks. Having designer shades is a good way to keep better care of your things, and not sitting on them hopefully.

What now?

Basking in the glory of my newfound beauty. You can see the owner in the mirror behind me lol. I always wonder what these kind folk think about me but then at the same time do not want to know. I am sensitive.

Loved these frames too. Matching yellow on blong hair would have been cool as hell too.

Thoughts? I am happy with my choice fyi but you know I like to always be a bit different.

This is what they look like out in the real world.

Lollipops on deck for the kidlets, big and small.

So now you know where to go to have your eyes checked out. Tell Next Optical Raymi sent you over btw!

When you stand beside an ornate statue with new Dior glasses you own it.

Ready For TIFF With A Spray Tan at Urbansun Tanning Salon

This is me showing off my skin and the small suntan I’ve earned naturally this summer.  Now what you’re about to see is something unnatural, but awesome.  Come with me to Urbansun Tanning Salon in Scarborough (2555 Victoria Park Toronto) and watch me get my glow on for #HangLooseACTRA TIFF party tonight. I’m interviewing A-listers and hope to be a few degrees darker brown than the red carpet.

Off I go now!

Checking in at the front desk. I love leaving my mark in fashion and beauty salons all over the city.

I like this video. Love it. I do the robot. You see me squish lotion through my toes. I am “on point” with delivering some lines. It’s worth the 3:29 of your time. You almost see me naked? Am I selling this enough yet? Shameless beauty.


spray tan time

Getting into the Tan booth.



Lubing up your feet is imperative as you do not want to come out of there with Flintstones feet (whatever I mean by that!) and your toenails and fingernails and entire hands need to be totally covered as well. Trust.

Urbansun Tanning Salon

Noted. Squish the Urbansun together always and you will remember the name. :).

I had a tour of the facilities. Futuristic! I matched too.

Rob was hoping I would teleport to another dimension. Me too buddy.  Being cooped up inside the Starship Sun Capsule 220 Ultra VHR / HP was strangely relaxing, meditative, and I grew contemplative. I had a great idea for my next business card – so grateful to have remembered it just now.  When I post the results of what I dreamed up in there I will link back to this post as the source of the inspiration. You know I bet that happens all the time; people get great ideas when they’re in the Starship!

The science experiment continues. I just stepped out of a cookie making factory. This is right before you take your clothes off and shut the door and push the start button at your own leisure.  Actually there’s a strange disembodied voice talking to you, prompting every move.  So glad I watched the tutorial video that she played when we were out front – it was helpful. Once you press the button the machine fires up and for six seconds you are sprayed on the front. You rock your body and sway along with it, then hop to the other side turn around and your back is done.  Same thing, rocking with your arms at 90 degrees, doing the robot. It’s pretty straight forward. So simple it was hard and I asked a million questions.

Follow Urban Sun on Twitter @UrbansunToronto, and find Urbansun on Facebook, the Eglinton location

Then when it was all said and done. Look on my twitter feed tonight for a photo of the finished result tonight in my red carpet look. Exciting!

HydraFacial PhotoFacial Rejuvenation

Last week I went to Numi Beauty + Laser at 10025 Hurontario st in Brampton for some serious pampering.  I had four separate treatments done in the course of two hours and a spray tan to top it all off. Let me walk you through it.

After chatting with the ladies up front they took me to a cozy little room and I was like, what is going to happen to me in here?

Just relax and get comfortable you are in for a treat…ment or two.

We began with the hydrafacial. This is before all my makeup was lubed and sucked off. You can go with full makeup no problem. #lazy

The HydraFacial MD is like super advanced medical technology which is specially designed by engineers and techies to reduce sun damage, wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea and blemishes with four steps that include cleansing, exfoliation, acid peel, extractions, hydration, lymphatic drainage, red and blue light therapy.  Monette, the attendant, used the machine in combination with a vitamin-enriched serum which had an exfoliate that tingled and supposedly was infused with antioxidants that are formulated to leave your skin looking and feeling younger.

They put your hair in a towel wrap and you can take avant garde videos of yourself for your instagram like I did. I felt very 80’s arrogant chic. I like the moving art videos to change it up when I can.

My face was hydrated and vacuumed over and over again. Then I was massaged into blissdom, and it felt great. HydraFacial hydrates and rejuvenates your skin. It scrubs off a layer of skin (dead skin) and leaves you shining, glowing, youthful and happy. You gotta try it. I’ve done it once before when I was 27 yrs old, and same thing. It’s NOT a one-time treatment but rather is something that you should be doing for yourself and your skin once a month and if you have acne, scarring, hyper pigmentation, sun damage, Rosacea, oily skin, wrinkles then you should visit once every two weeks.

Feeling it! Monette is an excellent esthetician we got along great. I giggled a lot because I have a hyper-sensitive ticklish zone all over my neck. She was patient and we got through it; I was eventually able to relax and enjoy this truly refreshing experience.

My skin is red because this is halfway through. I was smiling the whole way because I felt so good. No shame. Enjoyin’ that! BTW if you go to NUMI be sure to mention my name, wink wink.

Text war with mom. Not enjoying that. Multi-tasking away though.


I got over it though. I look pretty relaxed.

This is what they used on my face.

All makeup is gone. Face is shining.

You got me believing.

Then I got ready for the collagen booth. That’s what its called. Collagen is the main constituent of your skin, eyes, liver and kidneys and this treatment helps replenish depleted collagen supplies; it helps people regain vibrant, healthier and younger looking skin.

You can watch this video from inside of what it’s like. It’s kind of a combination light box work-out closet that tones your body. Incredible. You have to try it to feel it and experience the effects yourself. I loved it. It’s like standing in a suntan-workout booth – you hold onto these bars while being blasted with the light all around you.

You feel vibrations through your whole body like your fat is being sanded/jiggled off and your core feels tightened, your arms, butt, all your trouble areas get majorly vibrated. I want to go again.

This is what you stand on in the collagen booth. It teeter-totters back and forth at a high intensity.

And now the lights are on. This is before I dropped my robe. The only reason why we can’t post the video is because of a few nude scenes starring yours truly. Numi have seen everything so you really are at ease there when you’re in your birthday suit just saying.

I kept my undies on. This was shaking like crazy when I took this.

Requisite art shot.

Raymi the Minx, Kardashian Glow, sun tan lotion,

You would explode if I told you how much that bottle of Kardashian Glow is worth.  Okay on to the next treatment, it’s my legs!

Soprano Laser Hair Removal is for men and women of all skin types and has been proven as a safe and permanent solution for painless hair removal on areas of your face, arms, legs, bikini lines, back, chest and hairlines. I got my legs done..

Lube me up yo.

Lets do this.

Think of all the money I am going to save in razor blades now.


Be strong Raymbo.

State of the art technology!

This part feels really good and soothing.

I look awesome.

Onto the next treatment. Laser Spider Vein Removal and hunting for said spider vessels. It was hard for them!

I’m just that perfect. My legs are flawless – hate to break it to ya ladies.

Oh oh .. look here.. they might have finally found something, oh let’s get it.

Then they wanted to do my nose but I was like lets not. It would have made it super red and my eyes would’ve watered nah I am cool lets pass on that one hehehe.

Next treatment: PhotoFacial on my neck.

This is apparently what Sharon Stone has done to maintain her youthful appearance, and she looks awesome. The Soprano Skin Tightening machine executes a mini laser treatment designed to constrict and rebind loose, wrinkled skin anywhere on the body and face. I had a choice to tone flabby skin on my face, thighs, tummy or under my arms. We chose my neck.

I’m real happy all around with the treatments I had at Numi. We had a little love fest @Numi10 on Twitter and this is Jennifer fyi she’s great! :) Also, NUMI means New ME. Cute.

Look at this technical display panel showing wavelength and buzz tech – all this science is applied to our appearance .. Ladies

Lubing up my neck.

Waiting patiently for the beauty science experiment to begin.

And no it doesn’t hurt. All that much. Just a bit of a zap you can deal.

I was kind of fantasizing about having Kylie Jenner lips but a smooth neck is just as nice.

Spider vessels attack time. This hurt even less. I was scared.

Jennifer was like okay lets do your spider VEIN. Singular. We laughed. But then in this new room and lighting they noticed some other areas to poke me with. Lol beauty industry people gotta love them.

Cozy bed too. Very soft. I reviewed Numi on Yelp and made mention of the beds check it out.

I didn’t even flinch.

Pretty comfortable there. Quite.

Oh lucky day they found some more.

Well I am happy to help you gals out here lol #guineapig.

Raymi settings. No clue what that means. It must be good things.

Spray tan time.

Cover that precious hair.

Stickies for your feet so you don’t have orange soles for the week.

When it was done. My face is shiny and rejuvenated and now going to be an oompa loompa for good measure I love being tan. Matching my lighter makeup has been a little interesting for the last week, though haha.

Love it.

Letting it all hang out at the bar where you can also hang out and sip a protein smoothie, herbal tea or spa water and chat about your health and beauty goals.

Of course.

Great space, great place. You’re awesome Numi thanks for everything! Sincerely. I am still nicely tan and it’s Monday 5 days later.

Visit Numi on Facebook. Be sure to tell them you saw my post if you visit!

Then had some chicken at Nando’s!