Friday, August 29, 2014

Line Knitwear Fall 2014: Chic & Cosy

While I am thrilled that we are having such an amazing summer in Montreal, I'm also excited that fall, aka the most elegant fashion season, is just around the corner. One of the trends that I look forward to this season is pairing chunky or embellished knit sweaters with more feminine pieces. Lately, have been utterly smitten by Line Knitwear. I mean look at the sophisticated silhouettes from their latest lookbook; it's just so sleek and cosy. 

Don't you like when fashion fits the needs of the modern woman? I certainly do! 

Enjoy the long weekend ahead if us and see you soon!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Latest Etsy Finds: More Watercolours!

I often visit Etsy for dainty jewellery pieces and fun stationnary such as thank you cards and chic pencils. But what I enjoy above all is to find truly inspiring watercolour paintings made by talented artists. Here are my latest colourful finds that could bring an elegant touch to any room:

1. Vogue cover art from Silver Ridge Studio
2. A little bit sexy from Jessica Illustration
3. A macaron day in Paris inspired by Ladurée from Lucile's Kitchen

Which one is your favourite?


Thursday, August 21, 2014

iStore: The New Digital Lifestyle Destination

Get ready to add a new i-word to your vocabulary: the iStore is now open!

I don't pretend to be the geekest woman around, but I'm definitively one who enjoys well-designed gadgets and brilliant accessories.

So it's with sheer enthusiasm that I attended the iStore international launch last week at the Centre Rockland. This exciting new kind of store offers the widest range of digital lifestyle products from the most fashionable brands out there. Instead of having to go to three different stores to find a chic iPad case, cool new headphones or a slim portable battery, you can now visit the iStore in Rockland or the istoreworld online to find all of the above and more.

While the Apple store features around 80% of Mac related products and 20% of products from other brands, the iStore has the opposite business model. So you will still be able to purchase the iPhones, iPads and iPods while browsing through a wide collection of digital lifestyle solutions. The elegant store  - with a gorgeous black and white checkered floor - is divided into distinctive areas such as audio, cases & bags, accessories, connected home, health & fitness, entertainment & lifestyle and mobile devices. And there is even a sound-proof booth where you can test the range of the wireless speakers available in store. I have tried it, it's such a unique experience!

Not only is the selection impressive, but the sleek and stylish store design is just so appealing. It really caters to fashion forward shoppers who are passionate about technology.

Although its first location is in Quebec and the iStore is a Montreal-based company, the owners intend on opening additional stores in various Canadian malls as well as well as exploring international opportunities. 

Isn't cool that Montreal is home to the very first iStore?

The iStore is located on the third floor of the Rockland Center.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Petit Lapin, An Allergen Free and Gluten Free Pâtisserie

If your son had around 30 food related allergies and you couldn't find a cake to celebrate his first birthday, would you consider opening a bakery? Well, that's exactly what Viviane Nguyen, the owner of the Petit Lapin Pâtisserie , did a few months ago.

Over the weekend, I visited her lovely shop to pick up some sweet treats for my mother's upcoming birthday. Nestled discreetly amid other shops on Victoria Street in Westmount, the tiny and colourful bakery offers the cutest selection of cupcakes, macarons, madeleines and donuts. But there is a twist; all the sweets are allergen free, gluten free and lactose free.

I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Viviane while selecting a few mini cupcakes on Saturday. The charming and self-taught baker explained how she started her own business out of concerned for her own son and the many other children who are affected by food allergy. 

As you can imagine, this mother knows a thing or two about food allergies. It was fascinating to hear how her personal experience led her to create organic and vegan sweets that are also free of the following 10 priority food allergens:
- Dairy
- Eggs,
- Soy
- Wheat and gluten
- Peanuts
- Tree nuts
- Fish and seafood
- Sesame,
- Sulfites
- And mustard (who knew!).

That's a meticulous undertaking. And thanks to her efforts, parents can now bring sweets to a party without worries!

Even if you don't suffer from any allergy, I highly recommend this pâtisserie. The mini cupcakes I tried where deliciously moist and sweet. Try the Red Velvet and the lemon ones, they're my favourites. 

Petit Lapin Pâtisserie is located on 342A Victoria Avenue in Westmount. 
Tel. (514) 507-4077

Photo credit: Monique Simone

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy National Roller Coaster Day!

Summer is slowly winding down. But since it ain't over yet, here are some cool vintage photographs to remind you to go crazy and make the most of the it. 

Enjoy your weekend!


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Image credit: Harper's Bazaar

Friday, August 15, 2014

Footsie Reflexology: A Mini Holiday For Your Feet

Raise your hand if you often crave a foot massage...

I am right there with you ladies! And since I have recently found out a great place to unwind while getting your feet pampered, I thought I'd share my latest find with you: Footsie Reflexology.

As I was walking downtown following my last hairdressing appointment, I discovered this unique day spa - on the corner of Maisonneuve and Union - specialised in reflexology. When I opened the doors to enquire about their services, I was delightfully surprised to find the most serene place in the heart of the city

While reflexology is considered an alternative medicine in North America, this medical approach was practice thousands of years ago in China, India and Egypt. It is based on the premise that there are zones on each foot, which correspond to specific organs in the body. 

The benefits of this precise pressure technique are well documented. Among other things it helps:  
- Reduce stress and increase energy
- Enhance blood circulation
- Improve the immune system
- Stimulate nerve function
- And also improve different health conditions.

Opened a few months ago, Footsie Reflexology offers various treatments such as shiatsu body massage, therapeutic massage, hammam sessions and of course, reflexology sessions. I tried the Kwikie, their 30-minute foot massage, as it was very easy to fit in my schedule. 

It was a mind-blowing experience. 

Seriously, what's not to like about sitting in a deep lounge chair while having your feet and calves meticulously rubbed with oil by an experienced Reflexologist? All that while sipping green tea, let me tell you, it feels like heaven. I went into a deep relaxation mode during the session and felt completely rejuvenated following the treatment. I felt as though a massive weight had just been lifted off my shoulders.

It's definitively something to try. And at $30 for the Kwikie, it's a very affordable indulgence. Another thing you can do is book their VIP room and treat your BFF (or lover) to a reflexology session that includes tea and hors d'oeuvres.

When you long to be pampered but you don't have the luxury - nor the time - to book yourself a vacation at a well-being spa in Bali, Footsie Reflexology is just the place for you. I can't promise you'll leave with a nice tan, but I know for a fact that you'll be walking on a cloud on your way out.

I have already gone twice, if that's any indication!

Footsie Reflexology is located at 615 de Maisonneuve West.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

"If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days."

Robin Williams

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