Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Modern Chalet Chic Table Decor


This holiday season, I was inspired to create a different kind of festive decor. Although I have always had a preference for either quite rustic decor or very modern ones - I know, totally at the other side of the spectrum - this year, I was tempted to mix the two. 

I think I have always had a fantasy of celebrating Christmas in a wood lodge where we could watch the magical scenery all covered in white. That's precisely the warm appeal I wanted to bring to my contemporary decor. I just love the idea of adding a chalet chic vibe to my sophisticated white square dinnerware. 

My table decoration concept all started during a recent visit at Rona. That's where I fell for the cosy illuminated lanterns, the glass candle holder in wood finish and - the piece de résistance - the delightful tree ornaments with a fun lodge touch. I mean look the cute acorn, the deer in the snow or the lovely snowman in a bubble, just adorable!

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Image credit: Denis Vayer
dvayer@videotron.ca

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Kiss My Face Favourites

The joy of taking pictures with a young cat
Earlier this year, I took a big decision. While I try to feed my body with good food (most of the time that is because let's face it, I have a sweet tooth!) I thought it would just make sense to introduce more natural products in my beauty routine. The idea was not to make a radical switch in one day or one week. My intention was rather to make a conscious effort to choose greener products whenever possible. To help me follow through, I first decided to tackle three products I use on a daily basis: my toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo. Although I did not mention this important change on my blog, I am happy to report that six months later, I haven't gone back to my old routine. And I am very proud of embracing change slowly but surely.
On this new beauty path, my research have led my to I discover the brand Kiss My Face, which I have featured here a few months ago. I since then had the chance to explore the brand a little bit further and I thought I'd share with you today some of my recent favourites available in some pharmacies, health stores and also at Target.

In the shower I have started using the Olive & Lavender Soap and the Moisture Shave with olive oil and aloe vera. While I try to take shorter showers when it's cold outside, I have noticed that these two products have helped to prevent the hard water effect on my skin. You just can't go wrong with an olive soap. It's such a natural and mild way to restore the moisture to your skin since it's filled with vitamin E and free from chemicals that are usually quite harsh on the body.

With the recent drop in temperature, my dry skin has been enjoying the Honey Calendula Moisturizer. Not only does it smell lovely, but it is also easily absorbed and seriously soothing. On days when I can't be bothered to apply lotion on every inch of my body, I like use the newest product from the brand, Air Kiss with olive and aloe. Although this is the first moisturising spray that I have tried, I must say that it is rather convenient when you are in a rush. However, I don't think that it will replace a proper post-shower pampering session, especially when it's very cold outside. That being said, it's a nifty gadget to have in your bathroom for lazy days or to bring with you on a weekend trip.

What are your favourite products from Kiss My Face?
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Friday, December 12, 2014

La Cure Gourmande

Chocolates, caramels and candied orange zests from La Cure Gourmande
Stylish boxes filled with goodies from La Cure Gourmande
Are you puzzled over the best hostess gift to offer this holiday season? Then, head over to La Cure Gourmande at Place Montréal Trust, the first North American store of the famous French biscuitier.

As you step into this quaint Provencal-styled decor, you'll see an abundance of lovely old-fashioned tins that will bring you back at the beginning of the last century. With these decorative boxes filled with sweets ranging from chocolates, cookies, nougats, caramels to candied orange zests - my absolute favourite! - you will most definitely feel like a kid in a candy store. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you must absolutely try some very French friandises such as the Berlandises (fruit pulp candies invented by the owner some 26 years ago), the choupettes (old fashion lollipops) and the calissons (nougat mixed with strawberry paste). 

La Cure Gourmande is not exclusively about sweets. They also carry a nice selection of savoury artisanal cookies spiced with cumin, herbes de Provence or curry that would make great gifts for a wine and cheese party or simply to have in your pantry for when friends drop by your house last minute.

This is such a magical, colourful and delicious place. I warn you, you'll be tempted to buy the whole store!

La Cure Gourmande is located at Place Montréal Trust, Montréal, level II (métro level). Tel. (514) 700-1058
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Les Interchangeables: Fancy Arm Candy From Paris



Do you know Les Interchangeables, the latest IT accessories from France? Launched in 2007 in Paris and now sold in over 1000 locations around the world, the delicate and mesmerising Swarovski bracelets are finally available in Quebec. These fun and luxurious baubles are handmade in Paris with the most refined stretch satin and come in an impressive array of colours. Dazzling and intricate, these bracelets can easily take you from day to night or be combined with your most cherished pieces. 

Isn't exciting to discover fabulous new trends from abroad...right in time for Christmas!

Les Interchangeables are sold at:
- Boutique du Musée des Beaux Arts, 1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
- Bijouterie Style-Joaillerie St-Jean, 150 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montré
- Boutique Live & Charlie, 9130 boul. Leduc, suite 125, Brossard
- Boutique Kokoon, 1061 ave. Bernard, Outremont
- Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, 3900 boul. Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

L'Archive


Are you looking for the funkiest eyewear around or just curious to discover one of the coolest places in town? 

Then head over to L'Archive, The Vintage Frames Company's brand new flagship in the heart of St-Henri where you'll find the largest selection of designer vintage eyewear under one roof. We are talking of a revolving stock of over 5000 different designer brand frames and sunglasses at any given time. Impressive, isn't! Behind this fascinating project is Corey Shapiro also known as the personal eyewear stylist to musical icons such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Ceelo Green, to name a few. 

Not only is the selection eclectic but the boutique's design is as bold as his owner's vision. This is such a unique place, I don't think I have ever seen anything like it in Montreal. A must see for any fashion lover!

L'Archive is located at 4411 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal. Tel. (438) 381-4068.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Head Over Heels For...

 Cromwell coat by Judith & Charles


I am head over heels for this Cromwell coat from the latest Judith & Charles collection. I have had an eye on this luxurious item from the moment I saw it months ago. But with winter now kicking in, I fancy this plush coat made of a rich alpaca-wool blend. I just love its minimalist shape and sophisticated look. Wouldn't you agree?
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Image credit: Judith & Charles 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Smoked Salmon Blinis


I have always enjoyed the idea of eating smoked salmon blinis during the holidays. There is something undeniably chic and festive about these canapés, probably because they are the perfect companions to a cold glass of champagne. 

As much as these little bites look fancy on a plate, they are incredibly easy to fix. Of course, you always have the option of buying them from your local grocery store. But since I have recently discovered how to prepare them, I though I'd share with you my latest experiment.

I don't think I have ever told you how much I like kitchen gadgets. YES, I do! I may have a tiny kitchen, but that doesn't prevent me from using many of these tools when I cook and bake. I like the coolness, the convenience and the versatility of these accessories. Simply put, they make my life so much easier, especially when I don't have plenty of time to spend in the kitchen.

The latest kitchen appliance I have tried is the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, which was recently launched on the market. Did you know that the single Breakfast Sandwich Maker was THE best selling item from the brand last year? I would have never guessed it.

Originally developed to help prepare the famous Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich in the comfort of your home, I thought it would be interesting to explore how to use this tool to make something completely different. That's when I decided to prepare a batch of these Russian pancakes, with a twist. Often at dinner party, you'll see small cocktail blinis served as appetizers. This time around, I went for a larger size blini to be served as a single starter.  Here is my recipe:

For 6 servings:
1 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
200g (7oz) cream cheese
200g (7oz) sliced smoked salmon
100g of lumpfish roe or caviar

1. Sift the buckwheat flour with the salt and baking powder into a medium bowl. Add the milk and egg to the dry ingredient and whisk. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

2. Cook the blinis for about 2 minutes by using the bottom ring, which sits on the cooking plate of the Hamilton Beach appliance. This way, you'll have beautiful blinis all even in size.


3. Put the blinis in a plate and top each one with some sliced smoked salmon, a dollop of cream cheese and garnish with few roe.
TIP:
To be more efficient, you can make the blinis in advance and simply use the microwave to reheat them once you are ready to assemble your plates.

Enjoy and don't forget to crack a bottle of bubbly!


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy 1st Anniversary Joolz Bar À Bijoux!

A festive ambiance on the 1st anniversary of Joolz Bar À Bijoux
Westmount Fashionista's Jessica Concannon host of the event and Joolz's official brand ambassador
Joolz Bar À Bijoux welcoming enthusiastic ladies and gents on its 1st anniversary
Are you inspired at the idea of sipping bubbly in a jewellery bar surrounded by elegant tufted walls and leopard-print accents? Well, I might just have the perfect place for you; it's called Joolz bar à bijoux
Nestled on Sherbrooke Street in Westmount, this quaint jewellery store is one hidden gem. Whether you prefer pearls, diamonds, Swarovski crystals or even watches, you'll be pleased to know that the boutique carries renowned and exclusive brands ranging from Karl Lagerfeld, Hugo Boss, Philip Gavriel, B Couture, Honora Pearls to OPS Objects. It such a cosy and inspiring place to find a fifty dollar gift or something for a special occasion since you'll find plenty of fabulous brands at a moderate price point.
Good news: To celebrate its 1st anniversary Joolz is offering 25% off of all merchandise until Saturday December 6thA sparkling occasion!

Joozl Bar À Bijoux is located at 4916 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, H3Z 1H3 (438) 386-9888
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