How to Trick Your Brain to Stop Buying Cr*p You Don’t Need

We all buy crap we don’t need. The problem is, most of us get smacked upside the head by our load of debt and our brain still doesn’t get the memo that we’ve been spending like we’re on tour with Drake. But how can I stop myself from swiping my credit card for yet another new pair of kicks when I find the last pair of Stan Smith trainers in my size?... you might be thinking. That’s right. You might be shocked to realize it’s not H&M’s socially responsible attitude that keeps you coming back, but a few simple, trickster strategies. Watch out for: red tagged clothing racks that trigger your brain to take action, roadblocks that navigate you in the direction of irresistible temptations, and classic upbeat tunes that trigger dopamine – and perhaps release an anchored memory of your last champagne shower in Vegas – making you feel sexy and happy, and encouraging you to spend, spend, spend. This part is going to freak you out, but it’s a solid tactic to push you towards the realization that you’ve been stockpiling useless garbage, probably for the better part of

Faux Pas No More! Krystin Lee Glammed Her Digs on a Budget

Hurrah! Our room reno challenge was recently slam-dunked on a $500 budget by style guru Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas. With more creativity than money at her disposal, Krystin managed to pull together a fabulous guest bedroom impressive to all guests – even most in-laws! Take a sneak peak into her glammed bedroom while discovering your inspiration for your next DIY makeover project. Headboard: Homesense | Table: Target | Lamp: Target | Magnifying Glass: Target {similar} | Candle: Diptyque | Rug: Rugs USA | Bedding: Crane and Canopy | Leopard Print Pillows: Switch Studio | Dalmatian Print Pillows: Aurelia | Tray: Homesense | Mugs: Chapters | Blanket: Ikea | Pouf: Ebay | Sheer Curtain: Ikea (pom pom trim not included) | Canvases: Michael’s | Light: Bouclair | Pant: Behr from Home Depot | Gold Star Bursts: Target © 2015 Mogo Finance Technology Inc. All rights reserved. Made in Vancouver. Mogo and the Mogo designs are trade-marks of Mogo Finance Technology Inc., used under license. Mogo Financial (B.C.) Inc. Licence 50019 & 50017 / Mogo Financial (Alberta) Inc. Licence 326985 / Mogo Financial (Ontario) Inc. Licence 4716734 / Mogo Financial Inc. Licence BC 50022 Ontario 4716733.

#MogoPerks Party - Toronto

Mogo is throwing their very first Toronto #MogoPerks event on Thursday, April 30th! We've teamed up with Kastor & Pollux to bring MogoMembers an exclusive party featuring cult accessories brand No Fun Press -- filled to the brim with free booze, free pizza, music, giveaways and art installations, to boot! About Kastor & Pollux: Combining design capabilities with social influence, Kastor & Pollux is an independent, multi-platform creative collective founded by Danielle Roche and Bianca Venerayan. About No Fun Press: The brainchild of artist Reilly Hodgson, No Fun Press is a lifestyle/accessories brand for "disgruntled people with discerning taste". Based in Toronto but loved worldwide, this cult brand is known for their signature sarcastic quotes and nostalgic imagery -- No Fun Press's top-quality pins, patches and apparel can be spotted instantly on people About Trevor Wheatley: Trevor is a Toronto based multi-media artist. His main focus is on typography, and the history of public art as seen by people on the street. His most recent work has focused on public installations. About The Creator Class: The Creator Class by content studio FREE is a community of creatives sharing their passions in music, style, adventure, arts and culture with a

MogoPerks: Man Crates Personalized Whiskey Crate

You weren’t born a sophisticated man, nor were you born with an affinity for whiskey. And even though you so desperately wanted to be a “man’s man,” the first time you drank the stuff, it came out your nostrils and disinfected the kitchen sink. Oh well, one less cleaning to take care of… But, Man Crates knows something for sure: the transformation into manhood starts with a strong drink. As does the transformation to gaining respect from your manly peers (not to mention admiration from the man-wanting ladies). That’s where the Personalized Whiskey Crate comes to your boyhood’s rescue, whisking you away into a world of handlebar moustaches, tailored suits, and Cuban cigars. The crate comes as stocked as your brotherless sock drawer: iamge1" title="" /> Two personalized, heavy bottom rocks glasses so you can throw away the Dixie cups, a couple of ice sphere molds to keep your drink cold longer (cause who doesn’t need that?), two slate coasters to protect the your mahogany surfaces, and 33 drams of whisky drinking journal to jot down those inconceivable, or incomprehensible?, drunken thoughts. Plus it also comes with some totally adult snacks to battle the Whiskey flavor

MogoPerks One Under Party!

The perks of being a Mogo Member are pretty sweet if we do say so ourselves – as you can clearly see in this video from our party at One/Under that we had last month. As proponents of the “don’t quit your daydream” lifestyle,  Mogo arranged for a fabulous night of golfing fun at One Under in Vancouver for our members – whom we love so much! From fun photo booths for those model moments (with our MogoCard props, of course) with your friends, to taking a big swing at the $50,000 hole-in-one shot, to the complimentary beer, pizza and charcuterie that was being served, this event produced countless smiles.  Every attendee also left with a Mogo swag bag full of delightful goodies from Postmark Brewing, Later Magazine, and One Under. If you didn’t make it out to this event, do not fret! There’s plenty more where that came from. Mogo is throwing their very first Toronto #MogoPerks event on Thursday, April 30th! They’ve teamed up with Kastor & Pollux to bring MogoMembers an exclusive party featuring cult accessories brand No Fun Press – filled to the brim with free booze, free pizza, music, giveaways, art installations

A Man’s Guide to the Best Spots in Toronto

For most of us Torontonians, hibernating until the flowers bloom is a rite of passage. But what if you’re tired of waiting for mild temperatures and want to see what the city has to offer right now? Well, you are in luck!  Before you start bundling up, take a second and check out my guide of the best spots in Toronto for all of you guys out there. 1. BATL Axe Throwing** *Address: *33 Villiers Street & 213 Sterling Rd If you have ever been a fan of the “Lord of the Rings” movies or secretly always wanted to become a lumberjack, yielding an axe has definitely crossed your mind. Recognising a void for this unique thrill, Matt Wilson took this idea and ran with it. In 2006 he created BATL, a space where men and women can get the sensation of throwing axes. If you are having doubts, Wilson’s motto is “everyone wants to throw an axe, they just don’t know it yet!” For more information visit: batl.ca 2. Mankind Grooming Studio *Address: *477 Richmond Street West & 212 Eglinton Avenue East Whether you’re looking to update your appearance or just want to be

Mogo Perks: August Smart Lock Review and Giveaway!

There’s no feeling like finally getting home at the end of a long night… except for when you realize you’re locked out of your own house at 2 in the morning… in which case, there is a feeling like it, and it’s about as good as being declined access to your own credit card funds or accidentally stepping in dog crap. But wait for it… finally someone has solved this life-ruiner which is also the biggest #firstworldproblem most of us have ever known. We’re giving away an August Smart Lock to one lucky winner – you will forevermore be saved from having to hire an overpriced emergency locksmith or getting busted by the cops dangling from your bedroom window. With this genius, smartphone-controlled device that doesn’t require a key, you can finally take that uncomfortable metal bulge out of your pocket and never worry about becoming momentarily homeless due to your own forgetfulness again. Oh, and the August Lock magically recognizes when you approach your front door, so you never have to add fumbled keys to your mix of eggs, milk, and 72 other grocery bags hanging from your limbs. You can also strategically let your

Mermaid Hair DIY with Kastor and Pollux

Buzzfeed declared that Grey hair is all the rage. (#GrannyHair Is The Hottest New Hair Trend On Instagram ). We all know that a fresh new colour at the stylist can set you back a hundred or two so we paired up with our favourite trend setters, Kastor and Pollux to learn how to DIY this style for only $20! Check out the video here! © 2015 Mogo Finance Technology Inc. All rights reserved. Made in Vancouver. Mogo and the Mogo designs are trade-marks of Mogo Finance Technology Inc., used under license. Mogo Financial (B.C.) Inc. Licence 50019 & 50017 / Mogo Financial (Alberta) Inc. Licence 326985 / Mogo Financial (Ontario) Inc. Licence 4716734 / Mogo Financial Inc. Licence BC 50022 Ontario 4716733.

Popular Community Buzzwords and What They Really Mean

Tune up your inner Rosetta Stone, because if you want to fit in with these groups you better talk the talk, tweet the tweet and feel the burn. Spittin’ the slang with this chain gang will get you much further than a spandex outfit. A rider who parties too hard the night before a big race and is having trouble keeping up with the pace of the race.  A shelled rider will expend all of their energy at the beginning of the race and have nothing left for the finishing sprint and may even abandon the race altogether. * *“Man, I better call it quits after this pint or I”ll be completely shelled for the race tomorrow. Origination from the nickname of a famous Latin American cyclist, to “pep” is to carelessly cross a small body of water on one’s bike, in order to cut corners on a voyage. “If I get there and I’m not feeling it, I’m totally going to pep that creek and get out early.” A rider who wins a race “on bread and water” has won the race reliant on good training and diet, and with no advantage of dope. “I won

Mogo Perks: iPod Nano Review and Giveaway!

At Mogo, we believe in a little thing called jamming. And while we’re certainly fans of PB & J sandwiches – who isn’t?! –  we’re not talking about raspberry jelly, here. No, we’re much more concerned with the type of jamming that gets your body moving and maybe even allows you to forget about your concerns for a little while. From the verse to the chorus, and all the way over the bridge, we highly recommend you tap into the potential that only comes from frequent jam-out sessions. And since music is a life enhancer just like we are, we’ve decided to review and giveaway the latest generation of the iPod Nano – which just so happens to be about the same size as your MogoCard. The thinnest of its iPod ancestors, one lucky winner will be getting a gender-neutral silver Nano, that way nobody will be forced to give away their prize to their girlfriend or their mom for fear of emasculation. As the king/queen of solo jamming sessions, you can put all your favourite tunes on this baby and go to town without the worry of being judged. Whether you know you’re *not the