Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Nutcracker Market Is Back In Town!

Maison Christian Faure
The Nutcracker Market opens tomorrow at Palais des Congrès de Montréal! 20,000 visitors are expected to attend this Holiday season must to find plenty of gift ideas for a great cause. Again this year, 10% of all exhibitors' proceeds will go to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal's Nutcracker Fund for Children. This fund allows children from underprivileged neighbourhoods to attend educational workshops and a ballet performance while also helping the Nutcracker production. Here are some of the exhibitors I look forward to see this year: Maison Christian Faure, Alpaga des Appalaches, Les Pétards and Toque et Tablier.

Alpaga des Appalaches
Les Pétards
Toque et Tablier
For more information: The Nutcracker Market 


Monday, November 24, 2014

My ELLE By RW&CO Little Black Dress

About three weeks ago, I was invited to the Montreal flagship of RW&CO's to celebrate the launch of their highly-anticipated ELLE by RW&CO capsule collection comprised of eight chic holiday dresses. At the event, I congratulated Denis Desro, the man behind the stunning collection who also happens to be the Fashion Editor-in-Chief for ELLE Canada and ELLE QUEBEC. While sipping bubbly, he candidly explained how he was inspired to create a modern dress collection that would be both unique and easy to wear.

With that in mind, I eagerly went to the fitting room with four different dresses to try on. After having switched dresses countless times while helping my friends select "the one", I finally picked the retro-inspired black shift dress with leather-like cuffs and flower appliqué. I initially thought that I would go home with the playful black textured dress with the plunging neckline. But when I tried the shift dress something magical happened, I instantly knew this was the one. I think it's the unassuming elegance of that particular dress that felt very Chanel to me. It's not something I would have considered on paper, but sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone to explore the many sides of your personality. And that's what makes fashion so exciting, wouldn't you agree?

Dress: Elle by RW&CO / Faux fur coat: Joe Fresh (old) similar / heels: Jessica Simpson - similar /
Pearl and citrine ring: Perrywinkle's / Pearl earrings: gift

Have you shop the ELLE by RW&CO dress collection? Which one have you picked in the end?

Photo credit: Denis Vayer

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Very Personal Gift

Interested to give a truly personalised gift this Christmas? I have two ideas for you from the fragrance department:

1. For the classic lady, you can't go wrong with My Burberry, the latest British scent from the well-respected fashion house who brought us the iconic trench coat. Not only is the glass bottle so pretty, but the floral fragrance - inspired by a London garden after the rain - is as timeless as can be. To make it an even more special gift, Burberry had the brilliant idea of offering to engrave up to three initials on the bottle. This limited service is available at The Bay Carrefour Laval on November 25 and at Galerie d'Anjou on November 26. Just imagine her expression once she'll discover her very own initials on the bottle: #priceless.

2. For the fashion-forward woman who has just about everything, why not explore the luxurious line Les Exceptions by Mugler launched earlier this year and sold exclusively at The Bay downtown Montreal. This Holiday season, the French brand had the idea of offering an empty bottle nicely packaged, which your friend-mother-daugther - or even brother since the line is unisex - will be able to fill up with one of the five fragrances from the collection. Will it be Oriental Express, Chyprissime, Fougère Furieuse, Supra Flora or the enticing - and my personal favourite - Over The Musk? That's what I call a very personal touch.

Hope you'll find these ideas helpful!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


There is an understated elegance about finishing off an outfit with a delicate, yet sophisticated bracelet. I recently discovered a new jewellery line right up my alley. It's called Luxetto and it is entirely handmade in Montreal by talented Jacinthe Piotte. I have been wearing her Nexie wrap bracelet alone ever since I got it. It such a luxurious statement piece that complements just about any look with finesse. I can't get enough of the ultra-soft leather, the neutral taupe shade and the subtle 14-carat gold-plating clasp, what a beautifully designed accessory. 

And I already have my eyes on the Vani bracelet and the Vika Earrings with tiny Swarovski crystals...Santa, I hope you'll remember this.


Monday, November 17, 2014

3 Eye Palettes To Covet

There is something about eye palettes that makes every woman drool - whether she often wears eye shadow or not. It must be the beautiful harmony of colours, the chic packaging and the anticipation of hours filled with joy exploring the various possible combinations. Here are my current three favourite palettes:

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Palette ($25 single, $39 duo and $50 trio)
This new eye shadow line launched to celebrate the brand's 30th anniversary is declined in 5 different finishes (matte, satiny, iridescent, metallic and diamond). To create your own palette, you can cherry pick from the impressive 210 colours available. These shadows have a unique velvety texture combined with an exceptional colour pay-off. My favourite shade from the collection is number 302, a gorgeous peacock green that looks stunning with brown eyes.

Jouviance Hydra-Colour Quatuor in Cool & Chic ($34)
This slim white case is rather sleek and modern. But don't be fooled by its look, the four complimentary hues can be used alone or layered together, either for day or night looks. The matte and iridescent eye shadows are finely milled, silky soft to the touch and equally long-lasting. The powders can be applied wet or dry, plus the muted brown shade can also be used to fill in brows, which makes it a versatile palette.

Pupa Milano Eye Palette Matt & Chic N.1 ($42)
I love a good neutral palette and this one doesn't disappoint. It features 9 well-coordinated shades, ranging from a light champagne to a muted black, in 4 different finishes (matte, iridescent, satin and pearly). The colours are designed to create endless possibilities from an ultra-neutral eye to a dramatic smokey one. I love how the formula glides on effortlessly to deliver a chic luminous effect.

What are your current favourite eye palettes?


Thursday, November 13, 2014

MIB Awards: Vote For My Blog!

Made in Blog is hosting its second MIB Awards, a Canadian competition which will crown the best blogs in over 20 categories. Guess what? Pearls & Caramel has been nominated in the lifestyle category sponsored this year by W Montreal Hotel. 

To vote for my blog, you simply have to click on the link below:

Thank you so much for your support and your kindness, I look forward to providing you with more elegant stories for you to enjoy. 

You have until November 26th to cast your vote!


Image credit: Hemingwayandhepburn

Monday, November 10, 2014

Can You Resist Nutella?

I dare you to resist some creamy Nutella cupcakes with candied pearls? There's nothing like a little sweetness to kick-start the week, wouldn't you agree? 

Lucky me, a few days ago I received a fancy hot pink box with these precious darlings inside. Made with love by the passionate Sophia from Sophia's Montreal Cupcakes, these tiny cakes are such a treat. The frosting is finger licking good and the cake itself is deliciously moist, so yummy! Sophia started to make gluten-free desserts when her own sister became gluten-intolerant. And so she recently decided to launch her own business since she always had a fondness for cupcakes.

Now that I have tempted you (at least I hope I did), you'll be pleased to know that Sophia has kindly offered to extend a 25% discount to all the Pearls & Caramel readers located in the Montreal area (until Dec. 24th). With the holiday season upon us and all the party planning madness, why not put together a nice sweet table with plenty of scrumptious cupcakes? Just a thought!


For more details:
Sophia's Montreal Cupcakes
Please note that the ones I have tried were gluten-free, but Sophia also makes regular one in a completely separate kitchen.
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