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Another darling Elle By RW&CO Dress Collection

Feb 24, 2015

Attending a wedding this summer? You'll be pleased to know that another ELLE by RW& Co collection will land in store on May 2nd! After a first glitzy and glam holiday collection, the second line will feature eight romantic silhouettes from the mid-50s to the mid-60s. 

It's at the Ritz Carlton that the exclusive collection was unveiled on a freezing February morning. All the ladies swooned over the elegant pastel dresses with utterly feminine details. But the other fun and flirty dresses, in black and blown-up prints, got an equally enthusiastic response from the fashion crowd gathered in the oval ballroom.

Tea, scones, mimosas and millefeuilles...

Dusty pink, powder blue, floral prints, scalloped lace hem, fit and flare designs, trapeze cut, sleek sandals, pretty pink lips...

Plenty of inspiration in such a wonderful setting...perfect to escape the cold and dream about spring's inspiring styles.

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of this fresh and exciting collection. Fancy a particular dress yet? For my part, I can't decide between the breezy maxi-dress and the sophisticated one with bold pastel blossoms. What about you?

Catherine xo
Photo courtesy of RW&CO

Triwa Timepiece

Feb 19, 2015

I have got thrilling news to share with you today! I am delighted to have been named a brand ambassador of the Swedish eyewear and timepiece company Triwa.

The first look I have decided to showcase features the Ivory Lansen Chrono. There is an understated elegance about this unisex watch that I find particularly appealing. The stainless steel link bracelet is quite chic, but it's the stunning white case that first caught my attention. The delicate black and gold details work seamlessly with the large white chronograph dial. I have had shy away from big watches for a while because they seemed to be on everyone's wrist these days. But when I first saw this one, I just couldn't wait to try it on. 

On these images, I have paired my new watch with one of my favourites gold bracelet from Tiffany & Co. It is the Tiffany T chain bracelet from their eponymous collection, which was designed by the very talented silversmith Francesca Amfitheatrof. These two pieces have such clean architectural lines on their own, which is why they look so modern and sophisticated together. 

Stay stylish and warm!

Catherine xo

Parisian Flair

Feb 16, 2015

Having once lived in Paris, I enjoy anything that adds some Parisian flair to my daily life. So when I recently stumbled across these whimsical watercolour paintings on Etsy, I had to share my latest discovery with you. These fine images are from Laura Row Studio. My favourite pieces from her portfolio are the beautifully executed paintings showcasing the Parisian architecture, such as the Royal Monceau featured at the beginning. But the pink ladylike details and the black lace bralettes are just as exquisite.

Catherine xo

Be Your Own Valentine

Feb 13, 2015

Alone for Valentine's Day? It doesn't mean that you should miss on all the fun. Why not take this opportunity to pamper yourself a little...or a lot? You deserve it! Treat yourself to your favourite takeout and enjoy a Netflix marathon. Book yourself a massage, a manicure or a delicious chocolate body scrub. Or spoil yourself with fancy red heels, a luxurious face cream, a hot new lipstick or a sparkly case for your phone. In case you need other ideas... 
Alberta Ferretti red leather shoes $985
Valentino Patent Couture Bow pumps 
Mansur Gavriel black bucket bag $790
David Yurman long earrings $945
Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume $200
 Lise Watier Baiser Velours $27
Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar $62 
Declaré Caviar Perfection Cream $145 
 Aritzia iPhone case $9.99

Happy Valentine's Day!

Catherine xo 

The Lip Balm Line Up

Feb 10, 2015

If you suffer from dry or dehydrated lips, I would like to suggest 6 lip treatments that will pamper your lips right in time for Valentine's Day:

1. The retro lip balm
Smith's Rosebud Salve ($7.50)
This is one of these things I like to keep around; the vintage tin is just so pretty. Don't be fooled by its delicate packaging and rose scent, this light pink balm is great for chapped lips and also for cuticles. A great stocking stuffer gift.

2. The medical lip balm
Uriage Bariéderm Soothing Repair Barrier Lip Balm ($11.95)
This one doesn't come in a pretty packaging, but it doesn't matter since it provides instant and long-lasting relief. I like its airy and comforting texture that helps heal cracked lips. Perfect for snow bunnies.

3. The high tech lip balm
SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair ($39)
This is not your average lip balm. It's a white lotion that you massage onto your lips to exfoliate dead skin cells and prevent premature aging. Although I can't tell at this stage if it helps to smooth deep lines, my lips are definitely softer and fuller thanks to this lip treatment. For the antioxidant junkie. 

4. The no-fuss lip balm
Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue ($4.66)
If you like Vicks, you'll definitely enjoy using this medicated lip balm formulated with eucalyptus and menthol. There is something so refreshing about applying a good old minty balm to smooth wind-chapped lips on the go. A fun budget buy.

5. The innovative lip balm
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil  ($23)
This is an exciting kind of lip treatment formulated with plant oils. It has a delicious honey taste and a texture similar to a thick lipgloss but without any stickiness. I just love the sleek packaging, the soothing formula and the big sponge applicator. Absolutely addictive.

6. The deluxe lip balm
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm ($17)
I keep this healing salve on my nightstand. Since it is quite a thick waxy paste, I prefer to use it before going to bed. I let it work its magic while I sleep and always wake up to the softest lips. A precious find with a divine citrus scent.
Discovered any must-have lip balm lately? 

Catherine xo

Valentine Gift Guide

Feb 6, 2015

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I don't know about you, but I have always enjoyed planning a decadent meal at home to celebrate Cupid. It's much cosier and intimate than going out to a crowded restaurant. And it's the perfect occasion to indulge in delicacies and sweets. For me, this special day is about simple, yet elegant details to make your loved one feel extra special. While flowers and chocolate will always win a woman's heart, sometimes a delicate gift can add many sparks to the day. Here is my curated Valentine's Day gift guide:

Lancôme My French palette, eye shadow palette from the French Innocence Spring collection $68
Make Up For Ever Tease Me nude lip trio inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey movie $38
Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum $114/50ml
Tiffany & Co. Enchant heart pendant in Rubedo $635
La Couleur Couture shade 1950 vegan friendly nail polish $12.99
Miyu Beauty Made With Love Kit $50
Chocolates from Suite 88
And one of my favourite reads...Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Have you read this book? Isn't the most beautiful love story of all time?

Winter Denial

Feb 5, 2015

I have the best winter boots. They are just perfect to brave the tough Montreal weather, the slippery roads and the slush lakes on every street corner. But sometimes, I just can't be bothered to put them on. So very often when it's snowing, I like to take my Stella rain boots from Swims for a stroll around town. They are much more elegant than my massive winter boots. And they remind me that spring is just around the corner. 
Isn't that what we call winter denial?

Catherine xo

Tom Kha Gai: The 10-Minute Soup

Feb 3, 2015

When faced with wicked weather days after days, one of my favourite tricks to keep my spirit high - aside from sipping hot chocolate and trying on new face masks - is to prepare comforting soup. 

Now what if I were to tell you that I have discovered a way to make soup in just 10 minutes, yep! If your wish for 2015 is to eat healthier food, I might just have found something that will make it easier for you to prepare yummy meals: Meet The Boss from Breville.

It might sound like another kitchen appliance. I hear you. But if you like kitchen gadgets, entertain quite a lot and enjoy wholesome cooking with fresh ingredients, this deluxe blender deserves a prime spot on your kitchen counter. 

I have been doing a lot of blending ever since I got this mighty machine. Every week, I make my own almond less than 4 minutes. I also make hummus, tried hollandaise sauce, Chimichurri sauce, pizza dough, pesto, almond flour, sorbet as well as silky smooth green smoothies. Every single recipe I have tried with The Boss is surprisingly creamier. The blade system can pulverise any combination of ingredients into very fine particles, which creates incomparably smooth textures. 

This powerful tool is not your average blender. And I haven't told you the coolest things about it yet...It turns ingredients into warm soup in about 6 minutes and it has an auto-cleaning mode. Once you are done blending, you just add a little amount of soap and water up to the middle of the jug and press "Auto Clean". It's simple as that. 

Now back to our recipe du jour. The Tom Kha Gai soup is a widely popular Thai recipe made with chicken, coconut milk and lemongrass. It is deliciously fragrant and spicy, just perfect to kill a cold. The classic recipe calls for galangal, an aromatic ingredients in the same family as ginger. It has a distinct flavour, which is key in this dish. You should easily find it at an Asian market, but if you don't, you can always use ginger instead. 

Makes 4oz(1L)/Serves 4
2 cups (500ml) chicken stock, at room temperature
14oz (400ml) coconut milk
1 lemongrass stalk, pale section only, roughly chopped
1in (21/2cm) piece galangal or ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
4 kaffir lime leaves
5 coriander roots, scrubbed clean
2 long red chilies, seeds removed, plus 1 extra thinly sliced to garnish
1 tablespoon finely grated palm sugar (I used brown sugar)
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoon fish sauce
2 cooked skinless chicken breasts fillets, shredded
2 red shallots, thinly sliced
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander leavers
Lime wedges, to serve
1. Place stock, coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, coriander roots and chilies into blender jug and secure lid.
Press SOUP until program finishes.
2. Add palm sugar, lime juice fish sauce and secure lid.
Press BLEND 30 seconds or until combined.
Serve: Divide chicken among serving bowls and ladle over soup. Top with shallots, coriander leaves and extra chilli.
I have been making this soup every single week for the past few weeks. It's packed with flavours, quick to make and so heart-warming, especially in these freezing temperatures. I hope you'll try it too!
Bon appétit!

Catherine xo

First image and recipe are a courtesy of Breville Canada.

Paris Secret Or The Best Way To Spend A Sunday Afternoon

Feb 1, 2015

Have you heard of Paris Secret, Carnet de coloriage et promenade antistress? It's the most beautiful colouring book you have ever seen. And it's not for kids, it's for the kid in you! If you fancy a sweet escape to Paris, get yourself this whimsical book, find your coloured pencils, fix yourself a nice cup of tea and start drawing. I can't begin to explain the fun you'll have for a mere $20! Created by the talented French illustrator Zoe De Las Cases, Paris Secret is filled with postcard scenes from La Ville Lumière as well as plenty of flat lay drawings of very French little things such as perfumes, pastries, lingerie, shoes, candies, sunglasses and more. It's absolutely witty and just so relaxing!