Friday, April 18, 2014

Farewell Gabriel


Farewell Gabriel García Márquez

One of my favourite author, the great Gabriel García Márquez, passed away yesterday at the age of 87. The Colombian novelist was awarded the Nobel Prize for his majestic "One Hundred Years of Solitude", which sold over 30 million copies all over the world. 

But it's with "Love In The Time Of Cholera" that he won my heart. If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only choose one book, I would pick this one without any hesitation. It's an exalting and beautifully written love story that takes place at the turn of 20th century in a little port city in the Caribbean. This novel is intense, ageless, exhilarating, highly colourful, often painful but always captivating. A must read!

Here are some fascinating quotes from Gabriel García Márquez:

"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

"A true friend is someone who holds your hand and touches your heart."

"Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry."

"Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no."

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it."

"The world was reduced to the surface of her skin, and her inner self was safe from all bitterness."

"There is always something left to love."

Thank you for such wonderful stories Gabriel, may you rest in peace.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign #IDOIT - #JELEFAIS


Breast Observation: I Do It, Because I Can

Although I am the kind of person who tends to look on the bright side of things and takes each moment as an opportunity to learn and to to grow, I must admit that real life isn't always heartwarming and glamorous. While I am usually private about personal matters, for the first time on my blog, I have decided to address a topic very close to my heart: breast cancer.

I was recently approached by the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation to take part in their annual awareness campaign on breast observation.

Until recently, I thought breast cancer was something terrible that only occurred to other women. But when my mother was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer last year, the disease and its repercussions suddenly became real and quite distressing.

Now that my mother has gone through surgery and radiotherapy treatments, my knowledge of breast cancer has grown tremendously. The situation opened my eyes to the importance of adopting a healthier lifestyle such as eating a balance diet as well as reducing my exposure to chemicals and toxins in beauty and household products.

It also made me more proactive about breast observation because it's simply the first step in taking charge of the health of your breasts.

Did you know that:
  • In Quebec 6000 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis this year, and 20% of them will be under 50 years old, before the age at which systematic mammograms are recommended?
  • Breast cancer is the second cause of deaths among women?
  • 78% of women do not check their breast regularly, either because their are afraid they don't know how or they are convinced they can't do it.
If you have questions on how to take action or if you wish to know more about the latest breast health practices, visit www.breastobservation.org

To stay well informed on services provided by the Foundation, visit www.rubanrose.org

To discover all the other ladies who took part in the campaign, feel free to visit the Foundation's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rubanrose

Please share this message to all the women around you and to take charge of your health…because you can!
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Claire Underwood!


"I want to be significant" 

Claire Underwood

Can you imagine that Robin Wright — aka Claire Underwood in the acclaimed Netflix original series "House of Cards"  is turning 46 today? Stunning, isn't! It's quite fascinating to see how her character has become such a fashion icon since the release of the first season last year. I am so enamoured by her chic and minimalist wardrobe. I simply can't get enough of Claire's tailored shift dresses, her black Louboutin Pigalles, her thick-framed glasses and her Oxford shirts. I don't know about you, but that's totally my kind of power dressing!


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Weleda's Invigorating Citrus Collection


Now that we are about to dive into the new season with exciting closet updates, I have to share with you my latest spring skincare find: Weleda's Citrus Collection

I have had a love affair with lemon for as long as I can remember. I am fond of the yellow citrus because it reminds me of growing up in Europe where the lemon tree is in abundance around the Mediterranean basin. That's why lemon is my favourite scent. I love its vibrant colour as well as its fresh and invigorating fragrance. And who doesn't enjoy gelato al limone on a warm summer night?

I have recently made the conscious decision to use more natural products in my beauty routine. It's simply the best approach for both the environment and my own body. I haven't completely switched to all organic products but I aim to introduce natural cosmetics as much as possible in my daily routine. 

In my latest search for toxic-free and chemical-free skincare products, I came across the Swiss brand Weleda, which has been making eco-friendly cosmetics since 1921. I was immediately smitten by the lovely fragrance of the Creamy Body Wash and the Hydrating Body Lotion from the Citrus Collection. As much as I like body lotions and shower gels infused with a floral or fruity essence, I'd rather smell the real thing instead of a pungent and genetically engineered scent. Formulated with zesty organic sun ripened lemons, the Weleda Citrus Collection is right up my alley.

My favourite pick from that line is the silky and luxurious body wash. It is so refreshing and revitalising for the skin. And everytime I use it, I can almost imagine myself sipping limoncello in a fragrant lemon orchard on Italy's Amalfi coast. I am now in the mood for spring!


Catherine xo

Friday, April 4, 2014

Head Turning Florals At Ted Baker





I am really digging the oversized floral print trend this season, I find it quite uplifting. Ted Baker's ultra-modern take on this eye-catching trend is just so chic and feminine. The last dress is beyond irresistible, don't you agree?

Happy Friday everyone!

Catherine xo

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Get Glowing With Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster


The Clarins laboratories have struck gold again! If like me you are searching for the perfect way to obtain that coveted healthy glow without resorting to tanning beds, you will be pleased to know about my latest discovery: the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

The French skincare brand known for its efficient self-tanning line, which includes the famous Delectable Self Tanning Mousse, Delicious Self-Tanning Cream and the Self Tanning Instant Gel, has come up with another wonderful innovation to fix our ghostly pale skin. As much as we like to add a tanning product to our daily beauty routine when April comes around, sometimes it can be quite tiring to introduce another skincare product to the already long moisturiser-serum-sunscreen-primer-foundation-concealer mix. 

The lovely thing about Clarins' latest release is the fact that it's so easy to use. You only need to add three drops of the liquid formula to your favourite moisturiser in the morning and at night to achieve a sunkissed glow. It's simple as that! You can even adjust your tan by managing the amount of drops you use. Made with 99.8% natural ingredients, the Golden Glow Booster doesn't have the overwhelming self-tanner smell we all loathe.

I have been using this newcomer for about a week and I am so delighted with the results. My face now has a subtle warm complexion that is very natural looking. I am so glad I discovered one hassle-free way to keep my face glowing all year round.


Catherine xo
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