Friday, April 29, 2016

Créations Crème de la Crème: A Dazzling Boutique For Party Dresses


Although Montreal is certainly not the size of New York City, our social calendar is filled with exciting events to attend season after season. And like any other woman, I'm always keen to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. 

Last week, I discovered a fabulous destination for party dresses: Créations Crème de la Crème. Don't you like the name? The owners Valerie and Christina Patras had the brilliant idea of showcasing their latest selection of gowns at the new - and stunningly decorated - offices of REV Communications located at Château St-Ambroise. 

The gala, evening, bridesmaid and cocktail attire from the Laval boutique did not disappoint. As everyone swooned over the black and white sweet table from Chocolata, I went browsing the wide assortment of Oscar-worthy dresses. I suddenly spotted an elegant blush number and vanished in the changing room along with my partner in crime, my friend Crissy from Some Velvet Morning

What a festive moment it was to see all the ladies dressed to the nines. Some even had their hair and makeup done by the Wonderblush crew, who shares the studio with REV Communications. The evening was filled with laughter, excitement and great music from the one and only DJ Jovie J. 

Make sure you'll remember this store next time you're faced with the infamous "what will I wear to this event"!

With Crissy Fundaro from Some Velvet Morning and Tuti Do, owner of REV Communications


La Crème de la Crème Boutique is located at 4375 Boul. Notre-Dame #101, Laval H7W 1T4
(450) 934-9318.
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

5 raisons de vivre l'Expérience VIP au Cirque du Soleil


Le Cirque du Soleil est en ville jusqu'au 3 juillet pour présenter Luzia, son tout nouveau spectacle d'inspiration mexicaine. Que signifie Luzia? C'est en fait la contraction de deux mots espagnols: "Luz" pour lumière et "lluvia" pour pluie, deux éléments que l'on retrouve au sein de ce nouvel opus. 

Une soirée - ou un après-midi - au Cirque, c'est la promesse de vivre un divertissement de taille. Si vous souhaitez gâter davantage votre famille ou même vos employés, je vous conseille vivement d'essayer la formule VIP que vous pouvez choisir à l'achat des billets. En plus d'avoir une entrée attitrée ainsi qu'une place de stationnement réservée, les invités de la Suite VIP auront l'occasion de vivre l'expérience gastronomique spécialement conçue pour Luzia par le traiteur Agnus DeiVoici donc les aspects les plus attrayants de cette formule:

1. L'accès aux meilleures place sous le Grand Chapiteau de même qu'un vestiaire, en plus de recevoir du maïs soufflé, le programme du spectacle et un cadeau souvenir.


2. L'alcool est à volonté! Vous aurez l'occasion de choisir parmi une vaste sélection de vins haut de gamme, de bières et de boissons non alcolisées servie avant le spectacle et à l'entracte. 


3. Un assortiment de canapés de luxe (asperge enrobée de chocolat, macaron salé, mini grilled cheese avec boudin, crème brûlée à la polenta...) et une station interactive avec un chef où l'on y prépare des fruits de mers, de la viande et du riz frit à la mexicaine.


4. Côté dessert, le traiteur vous propose un méchoui de sorbet margarita lime, fraise et or où chaque invité peut concevoir le cornet de son choix.


5. Et pour conclure le repas de façon festive, vous aurez accès à une sompteuse table à bonbons où l'on y retrouve macarons, réglisses, guimauves et autres délices dans un éventail de couleurs vives.


Pour plus de détail sur l'Expérience VIP:

Pour réserver:
rsvpcirque@agnusdei.ca
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pearls & Caramel X Picoum


Si vous suivez mon blogue depuis un moment, vous ne serez pas surpris de découvrir ma passion pour les robes. Et surtout pour les petites robes noires. J'aime la féminité, la fluidité des robes. Il n'y rien de plus facile à porter qu'une petit robe noire; il suffit de l'enfiler et d'y agencer quelques accessoires selon notre humeur et notre emploi du temps. Fini le "j'ai rien à me mettre"! Selon moi, la petite robe noire est la solution chic et passe-partout au casse-tête du lundi matin...ou même du vendredi soir. 

J'adore écumer les magasins ainsi que les boutiques en ligne pour en dénicher de nouvelles, c'est d'ailleurs une de mes activités préférées. Je privilégie les robes taillées dans un tissu de qualité et avec une coupe simple et intemporelle.  

C'est sur Picoum, le blogue d'Isabelle Racicot que j'ai trouvé ma dernière acquisition. La pétillante animatrice propose tout un éventail de sujets sur cette nouvelle plateforme. On y discute autant de déco et de lecture que de voyage et de santé. À cela s'ajoute un site transactionnel où l'on retrouve ses vêtements et accessoires de mode préférés. C'est dans cette section du site que j'ai découvert cette chouette robe de la designer montréalaise Mélissa Nepton. J'ai tout de suite aimé sa forme trapèze, sa texture inusitée ET le fait qu'elle ait des poches - ah le bonheur de pouvoir plonger ses mains dans ses poches! Comme j'adore jouer avec les accessoires, pour créer un look plus cocktail, j'ai opté pour des bottes en suède et un chapeau en dentelle sur fond noir. Puis, j’ai complété le tout avec de délicats bracelets en cuir de la marque montrélaise Luxetto (que l'on peut également retrouver sur Picoum). 

Robe Anna Mélissa Nepton Chapeau dentelle BCBG Bracelets Luxetto Bottes Nine West (modèle similaire


Photographie Carlos Gomez
Merci à l'hôtel Omni Mont-Royal de m'avoir avoir invitée à séjourner dans la suite présidentielle
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

I tried the first salt room in Montreal


If you love cooking, you probably know that Himalayan salt is packed with minerals and elements. But did you know that visiting a salt cave could strengthen the immune system and heal some of the most common respiratory and skin ailments? In fact, Himalayan salt is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which is why inhaling pink salt in a cave or salt room can alleviate conditions such as sinusitis, bronchitis, allergies, cold, eczema, psoriasis as well as stress and fatigue.

Very popular in Eastern Europe, Halotherapy, or salt therapy, is finally catching up in North America with salt rooms popping up all over from Florida to Vancouver. Thanks to Elite Laser, the well-established medical spa in Westmount, Montrealers can now decompress in the first salt room in the city. 

What is a session like? Patients sit and unwind - or practice yoga - in a room covered with pink bricks from floor to ceiling. The air feels quite briny, light is dimmed, and you can even taste the salt on your lips since microscopic particles of Himalayan salts are pushed into the air with the help of a halogenerator, a fancy machine designed to grind and vaporize the salt. 

After the session, I left the spa incredibly relaxed. I suddenly understood what owner Tali Hazan had meant when she said: "a 45-minute session is like a week at the beach." I slept like a baby that night and was surprised to see that I was not longer congested the following day. After a long episode of flu & sinusitis, I could finally breathe normally. While Halotherapy can improve many symptoms, it's important to mention that this approach is a complementary treatment to conventional medicine. That being said, next time I have a respiratory infection, I know exactly what I'll do.

Elite Laser (514) 925-3338 - C-250-1 Westmount Square Mall Level - Montreal, QC, H3Z 2P9

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

10 Wedding Gowns That Stole The Show At The #BBA16


I have had the pleasure of attending the Bridal Boudoir Affair, also known as the most glamorous wedding event in town, for quite a few years already. It's THE bridal salon to visit if you want to discover Montreal's most talented professionals to plan your dream wedding. You'll find everything from divine flower arrangements, scrumptious sweet tables, adorable flower girl dresses, innovative caterers, elegant stationery, chic table setting ideas and more! 

But the highlight of this one-day event is the dazzling fashion show. Even if you are not getting married this year, it's always thrilling to see the latest wedding gown trends from exquisite stores such as White Montreal, Antoinette Di Carlo & Galleria Della Sposa. Here are some of my favourite picks featured at the recent BBA16, which includes stunning designs from Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra and Inbal Dror. 

What do you think of the last one? Splendid, isn't?



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Photography: Badger Photography

Friday, April 8, 2016

Les Grands Ballets Announces Their 2016-17 Season And More


The future looks bright for Les Grands Ballets and I couldn't be more thrilled about it. 

Earlier this week, the company announced its 2016-17 season along with plenty of other great news. Not only will Les Grands Ballets celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, but it will also move to its new Espace Danse studios in the Wilder Building located on Bleury St. 

To add to the excitement, the dancers will have the honour of performing with live music as the Orchestra of Les Grands Ballets will join them on five of the six ballets scheduled next season. 

But more importantly, we have learned that 2016-2017 will be Gradimir Pankov's 18th and last season as Artistic Director. After turning the company into a world-renowned institution, Pankov will pass the reins over to dancer-choreographer Ivan Cavallari. The Italian-born, who trained at the Teatro alla Scala Ballet School in Milan, is currently Artistic Director of the Ballet national du Rhin in France.

Ivan Cavallari, future Artistic Director at Les Grands Ballets

Here are the details of season 2016-2017:

 
Romeo & Juliette
By Jean-Christophe Maillot
October 13-28, 2016
 “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
Never was there a more timeless love story than that of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot conveys all of the power of this tragic romance set to Prokofiev’s powerful score.

The Nutcracker
By Fernand Nault
December 10-30, 2016
The entire family happily gathers to celebrate Christmas Eve. As the gifts are handed out to the children, the mysterious Doctor Drosselmeyer offers a beautiful nutcracker to his niece, Clara. During the night, while the young girl lies sound asleep next to her toy, mice and rats invade the room and battle an army of toy soldiers. Clara’s nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince and leads her into an enchanting, fairy-tale world.

Swan Lake
Perm Ballet Opera
By Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
February 22-26, 2017
In Natalia Makarova's version (including choreographies by Frederick Ashton)
 While hunting in the forest, Prince Siegfried encounters a flock of white swans. As he aims his crossbow at the birds, one of them transforms into a beautiful young maiden. She explains that she has been cursed and is a swan by day, a young woman by night. Fearless in the face of dark magic, Prince Siegfried listens only to his heart and falls deeply in love with the mysterious young woman.

Minus One
By Ohad Naharin
March 23-April 1, 2017
 Complex, meticulously crafted, the ballet’s component parts ingeniously interlock to produce what can only be called alchemy. In this explosive homage to dance and dancers, members of Naharin’s troupe speak as part of the piece, each taking turns dancing a solo to a recording of their own voice in which they share personal anecdotes and describe their relationship to dance.

Le Mariage de Figaro
National Ballet of Ukraine
By Victor Yaremenko
April 26-29, 2017
Based on the eponymous work by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais Figaro and his fiancée, Susan, are happy and in love as they get ready for their upcoming wedding. That is until the other inhabitants of the castle begin to interfere... Cherubino imagines the beautiful young woman in his arms, while the Count pursues her relentlessly. As for Figaro, he is reminded of a previous promise of marriage. An eventful wedding in store, to say the least!

Triple-Bill: Falling Angels, Evening Shoes & Searching for Home
By Jiri Kylián ans Stephan Thoss
May 25 -June 3, 2017
Set to Steve Reich’s extraordinary music and percussion, Kylián’s Falling Angelsis a mesmerizing study for eight dancers, a powerful work of the highest order. His pure and refined Evening Songs are set to Dvořák’s a cappella songs of the samename, and performed live by a choir. Finally, Stephan Thoss’s Searching for Home, an inner voyage into the multiplicity of the self, features 16 dancers in a piece inspired by the music of Philip Glass and the images it evokes. Magical, spellbinding.

While you may think that profesional dancers are very serious people, the following anecdote will prove you wrong. During Tuesday's press conference, Cavallari mentioned that it's over his morning coffee that he took the decision to accept the new position. And so after introducing his successor, Pankov added: "We are also happy to announce that we have bought a new coffee machine this morning!".
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