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Marie-Antoinette Is Coming To Town!

Mar 31, 2014

Get ready to eat cake, the French queen is coming town!

If you have been fascinated by the epic tale of the frivolous and flamboyant Marie-Antoinette as seen through the eyes of author Antonia Fraser and filmmaker Sofia Coppola, you will be thrilled to know that the French queen is coming to town. 

From April 9 to 12, the Houston Ballet will be presenting Marie-Antoinette, a three-act narrative ballet revisiting the life and death of the controversial Austrian princess. Choreographed by Stanton Welch with a sumptuous score by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, this opulent affair will reunite 55 dancers in lavish costumes all designed from historical paintings.

This upcoming productions promises to be a captivating and colourful event. I might just sneak in some macarons in my bag to make this outing even more extravagant and delightful, but please don't tell anyone!

Catherine xo

Watch this video to discover how choreographer Stanton Welch perceived the iconic French queen before creating his very own Marie-Antoinette:

For more details: Les Grands Ballets

Photo credits: Les Grands Ballets

Happy Feet With SWIMS Loafers

Mar 28, 2014

It's Friday and it's still snowing outside, much to everyone's dismay. So to cheer you up, I thought I'd share with you some insanely beautiful photographs from the latest SWIMS lookbook.

No, I don't own a yatch. But that doesn't mean that I can't fancy chic boat shoes such as the famous Norwegian SWIMS loafers. These classic and versatile loafers made in SWIMS' signature rubber come in a bright array of fun colours like turquoise, lime, raspberry, pink, and violet. I am very much in love with the lime ones shown above, they seem like the perfect accessory to pack on a summer holiday.

This colourful campaign makes me want to escape our insane weather to sip tropical cocktails by the pool under a bright-blue sky. Will you be joining me?

Catherine xo

Photo credits: SWIMS

It's A Long Story Mascara By Arbonne

Mar 27, 2014

Are you familiar with the ARBONNE brand?

I had heard of the Swiss beauty company, but I never had the chance to try out any of their paraben-free and cruelty-free products before. Like AVON, Stella & Dot and Tupperware, the beauty brand has a direct-to-consumer business model and is sold primarily at people's home through informal parties and beauty consultants.

That's all I knew about ARBONNE until someone recently introduced me to their sleek mascara named It's a long story. With all the hype surrounding some beauty products these days, it's so refreshing to try out something for the first time without having any particular expectations. Sometimes that's how you find a pleasant surprise.

As a contact lens wearer, I am always on the lookout for a mascara that adds volume without flaking or clumping. I find that some mascaras tend to deliver on one end or the other, but it is quite rare to find one that does both effectively. What I like about It's a long story mascara is the fact that the short bristles create long and dark lashes without any clumping. It's such a charm to use since you only need a few strokes to achieve a very glamorous effect. It feels light on lashes, it is long wearing and it never smears under the eyes. All in all, a great mascara.

Please let me know if you have tried this mascara or other products from ARBONNE.  I am curious to learn more about your own experience with the brand.

Catherine xo

Rituals Time Out Gift Set

Mar 26, 2014

Don't you love when someone brings you back a little something from a recent trip abroad? I certainly do!

Last weekend, a friend of mine who had just returned from the UK stopped by my house to share his latest travel adventures. And he came bearing gifts. Indeed, he spoiled me the luxurious Rituals Time Out Gift Set. Since I had never heard of such skincare products before, he promptly explained that the Dutch brand is all the rage in England at the moment and that it is now available at the NYC upscale store Barneys. He then mentioned that Rituals is the fastest growing beauty brand in Europe and the largest one in the Netherlands.

With such a thrilling introduction, I was quite eager to open the gift box and discover the essence of this "new" brand. My friends know me well. As much as I enjoy traveling, I also love to try out foreign beauty brands because it is often an opportunity to unveil different beauty traditions and learn more about secret ingredients used in other parts of the world. And that is just about the idea behind Rituals.

With the bestselling Time Out Gift Set from their Sakura collection, the company is proposing an exotic pampering escapade to Japan with four products enriched with gentle rice milk and cherry blossom. The body care gift set includes the Zensation shower foam, the Carpe Diem shampoo, the Magic Touch body cream and the Sakura body scrub. Here is how the Sakura collection is described at the back of the chic packaging: "For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated the annual flowering of the Cherry Blossom, or Sakura. This marks an awakening of nature and symbolises that beauty is momentary and life must be enjoyed. Inspired by this tradition, our Sakura collection blends the sweetness of Cherry Blossom with nourishing Organic Rice Milk, to make each day feel like a new beginning." 

I have had a wonderful time indulging with the gorgeous products from the Rituals Time Out Gift Set. I was particularly pleased with the delicious Zensation shower gel, which changes into a creamy foam in contact with water. It is really surprising to see that with only a small amount of product, it quickly turns into a frothy and bubbly texture that leaves skin soft and silky. 

That being said, my favourite item has to be the Magic Touch ultra rich, whipped body cream. This rich cream is definitively the most sophisticated product from the Sakura line. Its texture is just amazingly velvety and though I don't usually like lotions and creams with fragrance, the natural ingredients of rice milk and cherry offer an intoxicating and very subtle smell. It's simply divine! I highly recommend that you try out this fabulous pampering kit.

Catherine xo

Lana Love

Mar 20, 2014

I have been feeling like a total teenager ever since I got my tickets to see Lana Del Rey.

The American beauty will be performing in Montreal on May 5th and I just can't wait to see her at the Bell Centre. I can't recall the last time I had a similar kind of infatuation for a singer or a band. I can listen to her albums over and over again because I feel so enthralled by her captivating voice and her melodious music.

I saw her sing for the first time on Saturday Night Live a year ago and I was so chocked to read all the harsh comments following her live performance. She definitively has a soft and unique voice so perhaps the critics were expecting a lot more energy from her that night.

The only problem when you are so passionate about something or someone is that you tend you have quite high expectations in return. We will see if she can deliver the goods in May and until then, I will listen to Bel Air, Burning Desire and Summertime Sadness endlessly.

Are you also a Lana Del Rey afficionada?

Catherine xo 

Riding In San Remo

Mar 19, 2014

I came across this photograph from an old Vogue Italia this morning and it got me completely obsessed about spring. Though this is black and white image, there is such a glowing luminosity that reminded me of the excitement we feel at the very first signs of spring. Can you imagine yourself riding in San Remo with your head elegantly wrapped with this lightweight scarf? You would only be missing a pair of oversized sunglasses and good company.

Catherine xo 

MINIMIAM: Edible Art

Mar 14, 2014

I came across these brilliant images made by culinary photographers Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle on this great art blog. They are part of a project entitled MINIMIAM, depicting miniature folks in a food setup, which was presented at the Paris International Agriculture Show this past February. You can definitively tell that this married couple is passionate about food given the unique angle of their photographs. 

I hope they brighten your day. Happy Friday everyone!

Catherine xo 

Images credits

In Good Hands

Mar 12, 2014

3 Must-Try Hand Creams 

Although I tend to carry loads of things in my handbag, hand cream is not usually one of them. Up until recently, I used body moisturiser to take care of my hands throughout the year. But with the insanely long and cold winter we are having this season, my hands were longing for some much needed pampering. Here is a round-up of the three favorite hand creams that I have recently discovered and adopted:

Body Shop hemp hand protector:
Packaged in some kind of large tooth paste tube, this beeswax's based hand cream has a lovely earthy smell. I like how this very thick ointment provides long-lasting relief to dry and chapped hands without being greasy. I like to apply this 100% natural cream at night and wake up to baby soft hands.

Nuxe Rêve de miel hand and nail cream: 
I am completely addicted to the gorgeous scent of this French bestseller. Paraben-free and containing 89% ingredients of natural origin, this cream rubs into the skin quickly leaving hands smooth and protected without any greasy residue.

Sonia Kashuk Red Promisia hand cream:
Made with Shea butter, aloe and vitamin e, this rich and affordable formula is quite nourishing and helps conditions nails and cuticles without being sticky. Infuse with sandalwood, jasmine and vanilla, this luxurious cream offers a sensual and lingering fragrance without being overpowering.

Happy pampering!

Catherine xo

Celebrating All The Women

Mar 8, 2014

Happy International Women's Day!

Let's celebrate all the brilliant, elegant, resilient, loving, funny, inspiring, sassy, courageous, intuitive, brave, witty, sensual, expressive, thrilling, driven, patient, strong, proud, energized, protective, compassionate, innovative, positive, caring, hopeful, loyal, open-minded, beautiful, assertive, gentle, wise, connected, kind and fabulous ladies out there!

Catherine xo 

When I Grow Old...

Mar 4, 2014
Linda Rodin in Manhattan

I have been so inspired by the fabulous ladies in my last post, that I have been searching for other mature faces that I could look up to. At 65 years-old, model Linda Rodin is the epitome of understated elegance. I don't know if it's her silver poodle, Winky, or her bold fuchsia lips that makes her so cool. Or is it perhaps her positive outlook on life that makes her a happy and vivacious woman. I'd say all of the above.

Catherine xo

Image from Advanced Style