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Birks Rock & Pearl: Elegantly Edgy

Jul 26, 2016

I have always had a thing for pearls. It certainly has something to do with Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall and other Hollywood legends. But also with Coco Chanel, Jackie Kennedy, and Carolina Herrera. I just love the timeless elegance and the exquisite simplicity of pearls. They are the ultimate feminine accessory whether you are fifteen or ninety-two years old. They work in every situation, whether you are heading to a black-tie event or having coffee with friends on a Sunday afternoon.

While I often relish pearls for their classic appeal, I couldn't be more thrilled with the refreshing and modern pearl jewelry we have seen everywhere in the past few years starting with the Mise en Dior studs to the glorious Chanel collar. Even Birks, famous throughout Canada for its breathtaking pearl collections, put his own stamp on the trend last year with Birks Rock & Pearl, a strikingly bold line comprised of edgy, yet ultra-wearable statement pieces. Following the successful launch of the collection last spring, the Canadian jeweller has recently released some new silver only pieces inspired by the architectural details that accentuate the front door of the Montreal flagship.

The first Rock & Pearl piece that caught my eyes was the playful Studs and Pearl Jacket Earrings made with delicate 7mm round fresh water pearls and embellished with equally tiny studs. These earrings aren't your grandmother's pearl studs, yet they are undoubtedly sophisticated. And I like the nod to the history of Montreal; it makes the earrings vintage and modern at once.

For this look, I paired the earrings with the Bypass Ring and created a fancy arm party with three bracelets/bangles from the same collection: The simple bangle, the Bypass bracelet, and my fave, the chic Cuff bracelet.  I'm sure Jackie O' would have approved, because as she once said it: "Pearls are always appropriate.

Catherine xo 

Jewelry: Birks Rock & Pearl - Dress: BCBG
Shoes: Christian Dior
Photography: Joëlle Paquette
Furniture: G-Furn

2 Must-Have Accessories For Every Girl On-The-Go

Jul 22, 2016

Whether you are about to travel abroad, or you are getting ready to spend a long weekend at the cottage, here are two practical items that you should absolutely pack in your suitcase: 

Thanks to this nifty gadget made of aircraft grade aluminum, you can finally smell wonderful anywhere you go without having to carry a heavy perfume bottle in your bag. This pocket-size atomizer bottle can be filled with any of your favourite fragrances in just a few seconds. It can hold up to 50 pumps, deliver an ultra-fine mist and is surprisingly light. It’s so easy to freshen up on the go with this sleek FDA-approved accessory, plus it comes in a wide variety of models.

Everyone knows that a headache can strike at any moment, even in the most idyllic setting (hello Almafi Coast!). Instead of popping pills next time, why don’t you try the new Headache Roll-on by Puressentiel. It’s an all-natural product made with nine essential oils (think eucalyptus and lavender), which helps relax the nervous system and ease the mind. And not only is it very efficient, but it also relieves a headache as soon as you apply it. The trick is to roll on the tube on pressure points such as the middle of your forehead, on your temples, above your eyebrows and even behind your ears. If you like using essential oils, you should also try their S.O.S Travel Roll-on created to prevent and fight travel discomforts as well as their Circulation Ultra Fresh Gel, great to relieve heavy legs after a long flight or road trip. 

Enjoy your time off!

Catherine xo 

Both products can be purchased at your local pharmacies.

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How To Rescue Your Damaged Nails

Jul 11, 2016

I have a confession to make: As much as I enjoy collecting pretty shades of nail polish, I’m rather addicted to gel and acrylic nails. There is something about waking up every day with primped nails or not having to worry about chipping your freshly applied nail polish that I find incredibly enticing. 

While the perks of using gel and acrylic nails are quite obvious, it’s safe to say that these techniques can seriously wreak havoc on your nails. And having dry, brittle and weakened nails is so unpleasant, which is why I have been looking for a repair solution for a long time. I have tried all kinds of home remedies, diy mixtures, expensive treatments, and even supplements such as Biotin. But the results were not always impressive nor sustainable. 

That’s until I discovered CND’s Rescue RXx, a daily keratin treatment designed to improve nail condition in only a week. You can imagine my enthusiasm when I read about the product’s promising claim. At first, I was rather skeptical, but I was also incredibly curious to try this product since my nails were overly splitting and peeling at that time. 

Rescue RXx is infused with jojoba oil, keratin protein, and sweet almond oil, which bonds to natural nails. The application method is straightforward: You simply shake the bottle very well and apply to clean and unvarnished nails by massaging the liquid twice a day for a week. 

After a week of moisturizing my hands with the keratin formula, my nails slowly grew thicker and stronger as though I had spent the week at the beach. While I prefer to have painted nails in general, I decided to pursue the experiment for two more weeks, simply to pamper my hands even more. The result was striking. My brittle nails were now a thing of the past. 

Since I have tried countless of other products to care for my nails without any significative results, I’m thrilled to have finally found an efficient treatment. The only disadvantage of CND’s Rescue RXx is that you have to commit to the idea of having naked nails for at least a week—or more if your nails are extremely dry and weak. But it's such a minor compromise when you think about it. Plus, you can always use a buffer to make them a bit more polished. 

Ever since I discovered this mind-boggling solution, I have been eager to try other nail care products from the brand. A few days ago, I started using the Cuticle Eraser, a lotion formulated with alpha hydroxy acids created to gently exfoliate cuticles daily. I am also enjoying the Solar Oil, their famous nail and cuticle conditioner with vitamin E. Although it's too early to report on these two particular products, I already like the idea of having a proper beauty routine for my nails.

Catherine xo

Photography by Guy Bourdin for Vogue, 1970


3 incontournables crèmes solaires à adopter cet été

Jul 8, 2016

Révolue l'époque des crèmes solaires épaisses et infiniment collantes. De nos jours, les fabricants redoublent d'ingéniosité pour nous proposer des formules non seulement efficaces, mais nettement plus agréables à appliquer. Peu importe vos projets cet été, j’ai pensé partager mes trois incontournables soins pour vous protéger des effets nocifs du soleil dans les semaines à venir : 

Estherderm Adaptasun Lait de soin solaire SPF 20
Mon affection pour la gamme de protection solaire de l’Institut Esthederm n’est plus un secret. Si vous prévoyez vous rendre dans une destination tropicale prochainement : il vous ce faut produit. Comme son nom l’indique, il permet à la peau de s’adapter doucement à recevoir les rayons du soleil en plus d’offrir une protection avancée. Le résultat : Aucun coup de soleil et une peau magnifiquement hâlée et lumineuse. 

Clarins Écran Multi-Protection UV 50
Que ce soit pour prendre l’apéro en terrasse ou se prélasser au parc un dimanche après-midi, cet écran solaire est le compagnon idéal de la citadine qui accorde un soin jaloux à sa routine beauté. Léger, sans huile et offrant un FPS 50, cette lotion agit telle une armure contre les rayons UVA et UVB. De plus, elle ne laisse aucun film blanc si disgracieux en photo.

Vichy Idéal Soleil FPS 30 UVA + UVB
Cette brume rafraîchissante est parfaite pour protéger son corps que ce soit à la plage ou à la piscine puisqu’elle résiste à l’eau et elle s’applique rapidement. Il est vrai que les vaporisateurs solaires sont disponibles sur le marché depuis déjà un moment, mais celui-ci se démarque par son fini invisible et sec, de même que part sa formulation sans alcool ni parabène. C’est aussi un produit essentiel à traîner avec soi lorsque l’on pratique un sport à l’extérieur ou lorsque l’on veut protéger toute la famille lors d’un pique-nique.

Catherine xo

5 Summer Beauty Essentials

Jun 22, 2016
I don't know about you, but when summer rolls around, I'm all for bronzed skin and radiant complexion. As much as I like to play with makeup in general, when the warm weather kicks in, I like to streamline, to simplify my beauty routine with the help of some key multitasking products. Since we are now celebrating the first few days of summer, I thought I'd share my six seasonal beauty essentials, which includes old as well as recent favourites.

Bioderma Photoderm Moisturising Tanning Spray
They say fake it till you make it, which can certainly be relevant for self-tanning considering how dangerous is the sun for our health. Unlike some sunless tanners that create dreadful orange marks, this tanning spray is a joy to use. Not only does it give the most natural sun-kissed glow, but it also dries up in only a few seconds. 

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
I have had one of these finely milled bronzers in my cosmetic bag for years. You just can't go wrong with these matte powders offered in a wide selection of shades. It gives such a healthy and luminous glow, and it's perfect to enhance tanned skin. To follow the advice of Maxime Poulin, Guerlain's International Beauty Artist (featured here), I sweep the bronzer under my cheekbones, along my hairline, and below the jawline. The result is always natural, never shimmery nor streaky. 

Marcelle CC Cream Complete Correction
I have been a fan of Marcelle's iconic BB Cream for a while, but I just recently discovered this CC Cream with SPF 35. This medium coverage tinted moisturizer evens out the complexion while offering a naturally radiant glow. Its lightweight formula is easy to apply either with your hands or a beautyblender for a more precise application, plus it won't melt off your face on muy caliente days.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Shade 10 Pink
Coral is my go-to lip colour for summer; that's why I was so pleased when I saw the latest addition to the Clarins Natural Lip Perfector family. I was already a massive fan of the gel-like formula mainly because it's quite creamy and hydrating. This lipgloss is not too pink, not too orange; it imparts the perfect shade of coral with a subtle sheen that's not at all sticky. Plus, it's so easy to apply that you won't even need a mirror.

Nuxe huile prodigieuse
Summer after summer I rely on this delightfully perfumed gem to pamper my skin and my hair. This sensual dry oil (featured in my French Pharmacie Skincare Favs) is one mighty multitasker that can be used as a body moisturizer, as a hand and foot lotion, as an intensive hair treatment, and to tame fly-aways. I even apply a few drops to highlight my cheeks and brows before heading out at night. The cost of the bottle ($45) can appear a tad extravagant at first, but this multi-purpose oil will last you forever since you only need a few drops.

What are your summer essentials?

Catherine xo

De belles surprises dans les Boîtes Mode du Centre Eaton!

Jun 8, 2016

Enfin, la saison estivale est à nos portes! Même si l'appel du large est invitant, l'été est sans contredit ma saison préférée en ville. Entre la kyrielle de festivals, les cafés glacés et les verres de rosé à siroter, les BBQ improvisés entre amis, les soldes d'été, les pique-niques au parc en famille et tous les bars glacier à explorer (mon ultime plan!) Montréal regorge de plaisirs à savourer ces jours-ci. 

Et pour pleinement profiter de la belle saison, le Centre Eaton a eu la brillante idée de lancer la Boîte Mode. Que contient cette mystérieuse boîte? Elle est remplie d'accessoires mode de ses détaillants et de billets de spectacles, le tout d'une valeur de 400$. Pour mettre la main sur l'une des 30 Boîtes Mode, vous n'avez qu'à vous inscrire aux vitrines interactives à la cour centrale du Centre Eaton et à répondre à quelques questions ludiques. Une boîte sera attribuée à un ou une heureuse gagnante chaque jour jusqu'au 20 juin. 

Mais ce n’est pas tout! Une Boîte Mode de luxe d’une valeur totale de 1500$ sera offerte le 21 juin pour conclure ce mois de festivités. Celle-ci comprend notamment des accessoires hauts de gamme de Rudsak, Aritzia, David’s Tea et Sunglass Hut, une carte-cadeau du Centre Eaton d'une valeur de 400$ ainsi qu'un passeport festivaliers 2016 Juste pour rire. Bonne chance à tous les participants et bon été à Montréal!

Catherine xo