Although I am more a shoe girl than a bag girl, I sometimes go crazy for a new handbag. This time around it's the latest Longchamp Le Pliage Héritagethat caught my attention when I saw the fall ad campaign featuring Alexa Chung.
As a longtime fan of the French leather goods company, I am thrilled to see the iconic Le Pliage transformed into an elegant leather model in honour of their 20th anniversary. While in the fall I usually prefer to carry handbags in darker shades - such as black, caramel and burgundy - I quite fancy the dreamy ecru hue and the lovely Jack Russell photographed alongside Miss Chung.
Summer in the city can be a blessing, especially after a long and harsh winter like the one we have been through. But once the temperature gets through the roof and you are stuck in town, misery can come crawling fast.
iPhone cases are the ultimate fashion accessories these days. Since we are all glued to our phone - even in the summertime - why not dress it up with a fun and fashionable case. All adorned with whimsical illustrations, here are my favourite picks to add panache to your life this summer:
Last week, I was invited to get a sneak preview of the upcoming Thomas Sabo jewellery collection. Inspired by a fusion of Hollywood glamour and elegance of the modern woman, the Autumn/Winter 2014 offering is all about radiant colours, beautiful design and exquisite Art Deco elements.
At last, summer is here! It's time to enjoy outside festivals, long walks on the beach or in the park, diners al fresco, reading sessions in the garden as well as picnics and barbecues with friends and family. It's also time for a no-fuss beauty routine with some easy to use and foolproof products. Today, I thought I'd share with you my 5 "can't go on vacation without them" skincare and beauty must-have:
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
In the warmer months, the combined effect of the sun, wind, seawater and chlorine can really wreck your skin as well as your hair. Thanks to this multitasker, not only can you pamper and treat your skin properly, but since it is so versatile, you don't have to bring tons of products with you when you travel. As a swimmer, I use this it on the tip of my hair before doing laps to prevent chlorine from messing with my locks. I also use it on my face at night when my skin needs some extra nourishment and also to hydrate my cuticles before going to bed. I often massage my body with it when my skin needs a little TLC after a long day enjoying life outside. A little goes a long way with this product and unlike other oils I have tried in the past, this one is absorbed quickly so you don't have so worry about greasy residue. The subtle tropical fragrance of this mythic oil is absolutely addictive, it's like a mini-vacation in a bottle.
Lush Ocean Salt Face And Body Scrub
There is nothing like giving yourself a good scrub before hitting the beach, lounging by the pool, and applying any tanner. It's the mandatory step to effectively remove dry flaky patches and achieve deliciously smooth skin. Made with organic lime juice, vodka, coarse and fine sea salt, this light blue scrub is like a margarita for your skin. It such a luxurious product to use in the shower. It leaves skin nourished and refreshed, thanks to avocado and coconut cream. I like multitasking beauty products, and this one does just that since you can use it both on your body and on your face.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense
When you take good care of your skin throughout the year, there's no messing around when it comes to using sunscreen in the summer. You need to pull out the big guns. This broad spectrum SPF 50 offers protection against UVA and UVB as well as being water-resistant for 40 minutes. It has quite a lightweight, watery and non-greasy texture that melts into the skin in no time. If you don't like the chalky white film left by some sunscreens, you'll be pleased to use this one as it has a sheer universal tint that adapts to any skin tone while adding a subtle luminosity. It looks very natural once it sets, almost as if you are not wearing anything. And that's just how I like my sunscreen.
If you want to achieve a subtle golden tan and had dreadful adventures with tanning products in the past, this one is for you. It's a clear mist that you spray onto your face or anywhere else you wish to tan. Not only is it refreshing at first, but it also absorbed very quickly, which I find pretty convenient. It will take around twelve hours for the product to develop leaving the skin with a beautiful golden tan that will last quite a few days. It's foolproof and the results are im-pre-ssive.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Audacious
While I prefer natural lips most of the time, when the sun starts warming things up, I just go mad for coral. I now have a wide collection in this happy shade to suit my each and every mood. But one thing my selection was lacking is one lip product in a matte finish. I discovered just the perfect one within the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm line. I must confess that it's the vibrant poppy orange that first caught my eyes with the Audacious crayon. It's such a bold hue and I find that it looks quite chic with a nice tanned complexion. The stick has a creamy texture that is easy to apply and that feels so velvety on the lips.
I couldn't be happier that pineapples are having a fashion moment this season. Not only do I love the sweetness and the juiciness of this exotic fruit, but everytime I smell one I imagine myself on a tropical island. Bold, quirky and playful, the pineapple trend is surpringly easy to rock. Here are my chic picks—from clothing to fashion and home accessories—to add a bright and refreshing spark to your summer!
We have all been told to drink a little red wine everyday because it contains a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. Thanks to SkinCeuticals, aka the "Antioxidant Authority", we can now apply the famous longevity molecule directly to our skin as part of our nigh time beauty regimen.
After developing powerful vitamin C serums (C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF) used in the morning to help neutralise free radical damage from external source like UV, infrared and pollution, the brand looked into ways of boosting skin's nightly repair cycle.
Named Resveratrol B E, their new antioxidant nighttime treatment combines a concentration of pure, stable resveratrol with baicalin and vitamin E to prevent and repair accumulated damages such as loss of elasticity, radiance and density. This powerhouse might come with a hefty price tag ($145), but it is formulated with a 1% concentration of resveratrol making it the highest level available on the market. In a 12-week clinical trial, Resveratrol B E revealed considerable improvement in terms of collagen production, skin density and inflammation reduction.
I have been testing the serum for two consecutive weeks and I have already noticed less redness when I look at my face in the morning. The yellow silky gel is meant to be used at night following cleansing. It instantly melts into skin, leaving the face fresh and smooth.
Now is this the fountain of youth? It's certainly too soon to tell. But considering the results I have obtained so far with Phloretin CF, I am eager to try it for a longer period of time...along with a nice glass of red.
Ladies, there is a new fine jewelry store in town: Perrywinkle's.
Originally from Vermont, the family-run business is known for its finest diamonds, delicate jewels and coloured gemstones. The charming boutique is conveniently located in the hearth of Montreal, on the corner of Maisonneuve and Peel just next to Pandora, which is also owned by the company.
While the brand carries beautiful engagement and wedding rings, I was surprised to discover that all the pieces featured in the store run from $100 to $1000. There is definitively something for every style and every budget from the dainty necklace to the fancy cocktail ring. If you are looking for some baubles and bling to offer your sister or BFF, a visit to Perrywinkle's is a must!