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Sophisticated Black & White

Feb 28, 2013

Whether it’s featured in stripes, dots, florals or colour-blocking, high-contrast black and white is back in fashion favour for spring appearing on everything from skirts to stilettos. Here are a few of my favourite chic picks currently available at a sweet price. 

It might be monochromatic but it's far being boring. Fancy anything?

Catherine xo

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Chanel By Clémence Poésy

Feb 27, 2013

We all knew that Clémence Poésy was a poised French actress, a muse for many Parisian designers as well as a Chanel Ambassador. But who knew that the bohemian blonde was also a talented painter? Indeed, she created a few adorable watercolours (shown above) to depict the latest Chanel Haute Couture show, which she attented front row. Although her paintings are quite small, her attention to details is impressive, especially when you compare them to the original outfits and massive eye makeup.

I was already smitten by Clémence Poésy, but now I have even more reasons to admire her!

Catherine xo

Images via Chanel News

Not Your Average Poncho

Feb 23, 2013

CoatMélissa Nepton/Leggings: JoeFresh/Boots: Nine West/Beanie: Mango/Gloves: Danier /Sunnies: RayBan/Bracelet: Tiffany

I have never pictured myself as a poncho kind a girl. In fact, I don't ever recall wearing one probably because this garment fell in the "I would never be caught dead wearing that" type of category.

But since winter here can feel like groundhog day, especially in the middle of February, I like to play with different coats and accessories to make the cold season a little more exciting. Hence, this grey winter poncho made by Montreal designer Mélissa Nepton. While it's not your everyday coat, this unique poncho has beautiful tailoring details, is surprisingly warm and is quite playful to wear around.

Don't funky and warm designs like these make you love winter?

Catherine xo

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Feb 20, 2013

I have had an overdose of winter lately. Between the wild wind gush, the Siberian cold and the many snowfalls, winter is proving to be quite challenging this year.

To increase my energy level, I have decided to try something different than my usual cup of coffee to wake me up in the morning. Indeed, as I was longing for something deliciously creamy, silky and frothy to help me get through the day, I have recently started making matcha green tea latte.

Here is how I prepare it:
1. In large cup, whisk 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder with 1/2 cup of hot water (but not boiling, otherwise it will taste grassy, yikes!) until you see a small layer of froth appear on the surface. Set aside.
2. Froth 1/2 cup of almond milk (or soy milk) with a frothing wand or a milk frothing device. I like to use my Nespresso Aeroccino Plus, which works like magic. Pour the milk into the cup of water.
3. Add 1 teaspoon of honey, agave sirup or stevia to sweeten the tea.

While this latte is good and comforting, it is also great to boost the metabolism, detoxify the body and to help the mind stay calm, yet alert. Also, by ingesting the chlorophyll-rich leaves instead of simply throwing away a tea bag once it's done steeping, the matcha tea provides more antioxidants than other types of tea. And it even contains 7 times more antioxidants than dark chocolate! That's plenty of reasons to be sipping this soothing latte.

While this green mixture will not bring springtime any sooner, it is definitively helping me get my mojo back!

What do you do to help you get through winter? I'd love to hear your tricks!

Catherine xo

5 Truths About Love

Feb 12, 2013

Are you anticipating or dreading Valentine's Day? With the abundance of red hued gifts, accessories and messages everywhere in the days leading up to February 14th, it's quite hard to ignore this sweet and sassy holiday. And for many of us, Valentine's Day is a time to reflect on love and romance, to pamper our loved ones and even to hope and dream. In honor of this red day, I would like to share with you five love quotes that I find particularly inspiring. Here they are:

"There is only one happiness in life - to love and be loved."
-Georges Sand

"There is no remedy for love but to love more."
-Henry David Thoreau

"You don't love someone because of their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy cars, but because they sing a song only you can hear."
-Oscar Wilde

"There are all kind of love in this world but never the same love twice."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Never love anybody who treats you like you're anybody".
-Oscar Wilde

Feeling inspired by any particular one?

Get pampered or even better, pamper yourself on this Valentine's Day!

Catherine xx
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My Pink Valentine

Feb 11, 2013

For so many people, Valentine's Day is the ultimate Hallmark day. But why not take this opportunity to pamper and cherish the ladies who make a difference in your life? Here is a round-up of pretty pink objects to say "I love you", "thank you", "I admire you" to your BFF, sister, mother and daughter.

1. Pretty Ballerinas Rita cork hot fluo pink, $225CAD
2. Marc by Marc Jacobs neon pink ID leather bracelet Jacobs, $110CAD
3. Christian Dior vintage 70s feather leather gloves, $440CAD
4. Kate Spade New York bow belt, $69CAD
5. BEATS BY DRE Solo HD headphones Tech accessory, $200CAD
6. Sephora Collection jumbo color wand for lips in Uptown Girl, $11CAD
8. Diane Von Furstenberg DVF and the tale of The Empress's New Clothes, $17CAD 
9. Joe Fresh Rose Gloss, Pink, $5.99CAD
10. Marcelle velvety eye shadow in primer rose $15.95CAD

What would you be your number one pick?

Happy Valentine's Day week!

Catherine xx

Winter Gray

Feb 9, 2013
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012

Hope you are keeping warm and chic this weekend!

Catherine xx

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Valentine Gift Guide

Feb 7, 2013

Oh flirty umbrella, leather pleated skirt, flamboyant peplum dress, adorable bow clutch, darling heart sweater, exquisite lingerie, carnal nail polish and glam Valentino heels, I covet thee!

1. Alice + Olivia peplum dress, $340 CAD 
2. Banjo & Matilda knit sweater, $210 CAD 
3. Topshop pleated skirt, $44 CAD
4. Stella McCartney Sam Partying silk-blend balconette bra, $105 CAD 
5. Valentino ankle strap sandals, $945 CAD 
6. Tory Burch studded handbag, $375 CAD 
7. Alexander McQueen red shawl, $465 CAD 
8. San Francisco umbrella company Chihuahua walking stick umbrella, $42 CAD
9. Diane von Furstenberg Mantra "Single Heart" Hard-shell case, $23 
10. Yves Saint Laurent rose lipstick, $34 CAD 
11. NARS Cosmetics Larger than life lipgloss, $26 CAD 
12. Tom Ford nail lacquer carnal red, $39 CAD

Happy Valentine's Day shopping!

Catherine xx

Love Is In The Air

Feb 5, 2013

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share with you some recent favorites:  

1. The first things are the Zoe lariat necklace and the Renegade cluster bracelet from Stella and Dot, which arrived packaged in a lovely red box. I fell for the chic necklace in mix of gold, rose gold and hematite faceted brass beads because I find it quite modern and feminine. It can be worn multiple ways as a necklace and also as a bracelet, which makes it the perfect travel companion. I just love versatile pieces that allows you to be creative with every single look you create. I can't wait to play with my new babies!

2. This bright tomato red nail polish is the InStyle OPI Red, which I received a few days ago. It was initially released in 2009 and is still offered with every new subscriptions to the magazine. While I usually wear light pink polish such as OPI Bubble Bath, this limited edition true red will be just perfect to channel my inner femme fatale on Valentine's Day.

3. The sleek VICHY Code Pureté line is an early Valentine's Day gift for my husband. He got thrilled to try out the 3 steps skincare routine created to treat and prevent skin imperfections, namely ingrown hairs and micro-cuts. The line includes the Purifying cleansing gel, the Purifying shaving foam and the Purifying hydrating fluid, all packaged in vibrant metallic red tubes, which my husband found quite appealing. While he was initially curious to experiment with this new high-tech line, he is particularly pleased with the shaving foam, which efficiently attenuates razor burn and shaving cuts. Guess who has smooth skin now?

Have you been smitten by red products lately? Please tell!

Catherine xx