Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Swimmer's Secret To Chlorine-Free Hair

Swimming has long time been my favourite sport. But there is one thing I don't like about it: The effect of chlorine on my hair. Over the years, I have tried countless things to counteract it. I have tried various kinds of shampoos and conditioners, apple cider vinegar, chemical rinses and even baking soda. But nothing really helped remove the harsh chlorine scent and prevent hair discoloration until I recently discover something called SwimSpray.

Not only is it so easy to use, but it's efficient! Here's how it works: Once in the shower, you simply rince off your hair with water, apply around 20 sprays of the product on your hair before using your favourite shampoo and conditioner. It's easy as that and it's completely natural. It's simply made with water and vitamin C, which means that you can also use it on your skin (but I don't...because I just love the smell of chlorine on my skin, I know strange!).

I'm so glad I discovered this spray, it has seriously improved the quality of my hair after my swimming sessions. And I'm sure the blond swimmers out there will be delighted to finally have a product to prevent hair from turning green!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Red's Armor

Have you been following the enthralling TV show Scandal? I mean, what's not to like? Between the stunning Kerry Washington, the brave and loyal gladiators, Olivia Pope's entire wardrobe, the crazy plots, the love triangle and the handsome president of the United States, it's no wonder the show created by Shonda Rhimes has been highly acclaimed!

Lately, I have had quite a fascination with the character of Abby Whelan, aka Red. There is something about her that I find quite appealing since she became White House Press Secretary. It's so captivating to see her navigate behind the scene from one crisis to the next. These days, she appears stronger and more assertive than when she used to work for Olivia Pope. She has always been awesome in her own way, but now she has turn into a poised, witty and kick-ass woman. 

Something struck me the other day as I was watching the season finale. Now that Abby's wardrobe has evolved to fit her recent position, I noticed that we often see her wearing a gold Tiffany's T chain necklace. This sophisticated piece of jewellery is her signature accessory. As such, it reflects her own personality: her brilliant mind, her passionate attitude and her strong work ethic. And it might even be her stylish armor.

Do you have a signature accessory you wear everyday?

Image courtesy of ABC

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Horst: Photographer Of Style

If you love fashion photography, I am sure you have of heard of the legendary Cecil Beaton and Irving Penn. But have you heard of Horst P. Horst, the German-born photographer mostly known for his elegant work with Vogue? The Victoria and Albert Museum in London had the brilliant idea of paying homage to the master of light, form and composition by putting together a retrospective, which just opened in Montreal at the McCord Museum. I had the pleasure of being invited at the opening preview of the Horst: Photographer of Style and it's simply divine! With more than 250 prints - including plenty of portraits and some stunning Vogue covers - and haute couture dresses to swoon over, this is a must for any fashionista and art lover. 

The Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition will take place until August 23rd at the McCord Museum. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Revisiting The 1950s Elegance

Dress: ELLE by RW&CO / shoes: Vince Camuto / Jone necklace: Shopshals / ring: Perrywinkle's / sunnies: Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh II

It was thrilling revisiting Dior's New Look with this darling quilted satin blue dress from the ELLE by RW&CO capsule collection. While I usually prefer wearing shift dresses, I recently discovered the elegance of the fit and flare silhouette. It's ultra-feminine and much easier to pull off than what I expected. The beauty of this particular dress lies in its many details: A lovely cinch waist, rounded shoulders accentuated by cut-outs, a rather full skirt, hidden pockets - who doesn't love a dress with pockets - and a delicate belt. Isn't Dior himself who said "To wear a belt is the most wonderful way to emphasize your waist"? And here's another reason to revisit old classic.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Only a few days to find something special for your mother. To help you narrow it down, here is my colourful Mother's Day gift guide...with something sweet, something pretty and something chic!
1. AERIN makeup brush set, $180  
2. Kiehl's Soy Milk & honey whipped body butter, $71
3. Love, love, love these: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lips Perfector, $22
4. Delicious macarons from l'Atelier du Caramel, which I discovered recently at the Ogilvy VIP Event.
5. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire, $86
6. Give Mom a personalized Longchamp Le Pliage handbag. Simply choose your size and favourite color and add the initials for the perfect final touch! Visit the Longchamp pop-up store at Ogilvy Maroquinerie until May 18th.
7. Of course, flowers are always a nice touch, especially tulips!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pampering Up With Murad's Youth Builder Kit + Giveaway!

Murad Youth Builder Kit
Dreaming of a spa vacation but you are simply too busy at the moment? You should consider pampering yourself with the High Performance Bodycare products from Murad. Here's why...

I have always been intrigued by Californian brand Murad ever since I first spotted the line at my local Sephora. I don't know if it's the clean packaging that initially allured me, the fact that Dr. Murad is a well-respected skincare expert - and the first one to have launched a doctor-branded skincare line - or the hype surrounding many Murad products that made me quite eager to explore the line.

Therefore, I was more than thrilled when the brand recently offered me to try their new Youth Builder Set that contains three products namely the Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser, the Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream and the Firming Peptide Body Treatment.

I am a firm believer in embracing a balanced lifestyle - that includes a clean diet, getting enough sleep, moderate exercise and managing stress - to feel healthy and beautiful. Over the years I have learned that I cannot expect skincare products to fix all my beauty issues, if I don't properly take care of myself. That being said, with summer fast approaching, it's always tempting to intensify the pampering sessions, especially when you have cutting-edge products at your disposal. Here's what I like about the three products from the Murad kit:

- Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser: This ultra-rich cleansing clay formula will turn your shower into such a luxurious experience. Although it looks like hand cream at first, it quickly transforms into a creamy lather that removes impurities and provides a gentle exfoliation - thanks to glycolic acid - while leaving your skin baby soft. If you love vetiver, you'll go absolutely crazy for this deluxe shower gel!

- Firming Peptide Body Treatment: You might not shrink a dress size while using this anti-aging lotion, but if you apply it everyday, you'll see your skin appear much smoother. You'll also notice that the tone and texture of your skin will seam more even, thanks to the peptides that have the ability to boost collagen production.

- Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream: I'm sure you have heard that you should pamper your hands since they are the first to reveal your age. This deliciously rich and fast absorbing hand cream is one of the few hand creams out there to contain anti-aging ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.  It not only restores moisture but it also gives them a youthful appearance. And let's not forget the subtle, yet addictive, bergamot fragrance. Love!

I have paired up with the lovely people at Murad to give one lucky reader the High Performance Bodycare kit (an overall value of $75), right in time for summer. The prize include: 
- Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser, 60ml
- Firming Peptide Body Treatment, 235ml
- Rejuvenating AHA Hand Cream, 75ml
Entries must be submitted by noon on May 19th and a winner will be selected at random on May 20th. 

* The prize can only be awarded to a resident of Canada


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Soaked in Luxury, InWear's Edgier Sister

The Danish brand InWear is beloved by every stylish Montrealer working in the corporate world. It's therefore not surprising that the company recently chose Montreal's Les Cours Mont-Royal as the location of its Canadian flagship. To me, InWear has always been an essential shopping destination for sharp, elegant and modern workwear. It's the place to find a polished kick-ass suit or a versatile dress that will easily take you from the boardroom to a client dinner.

At the official opening, I discovered InWear's sister label beautifully named Soaked in Luxury. I'd say that InWear is a sophisticated weekday wardrobe were as Soaked In Luxury is more about clothing for laid-back urban adventures. You can expect the same exquisite tailoring and feminine silhouettes but with two main differences: edgier looks with plenty of alluring prints! Here are some of my favourite pieces from their spring collection...

Image credit: Soaked in Luxury

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Black Edition

If you love Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse (previously featured on my French Pharmacie Skincare Favs) as much as I do, you'll be pleased to know that the multitasking oil is getting more sophisticated this spring. Indeed, the French skincare brand will be releasing a black lacquered limited-edition bottle of its much celebrated oil this season. Made with a blend of 6 precious vegetable oils and rich in vitamin E, the mythic formula has a delicious citrusy fragrance. I love to use this oil year-round; it's smells beautifully, sinks into the skin very easily while leaving a silky soft finish. I sometimes spray it on my hair and leave it all night as a special treatment. It gives me nourished and shiny hair after I wash them in the morning. Divine!
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