Hand Cuffs

March 23, 2014

I do believe that wearing an elegant, understated cuff bracelet or two, without going into arm party territory, is the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. The only bracelet I own right now is a delicate gold chain with a tiny cubic zirconia stone, and while I do love it, I often long for something with a little bit more punch.

I once owned a hinged bangle that was quite perfect, but the hinge came loose and I lost the bracelet. Though I miss it very much, I am reluctant to purchase it again since the hinge was so flimsy — I wouldn’t want to lose it again. I browsed a little to find other options. Continue Reading »

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Getting me through winter

January 21, 2014

Merino sweater

With temperatures ranging from -25°C to -40°C, it’s really hard to convince oneself to get out of the bed in the morning. I don’t handle the cold as well as I used to and have increasingly chosen comfort over appearance to keep myself warm. I have given up my tall black leather boots — they are good-looking but my toes were always icy — and have succumbed to the warmth and comfort of sturdier Sorel winter boots (thank you, boyfriend!). Here are a few other things that helped me get through winter so far. Continue Reading »

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Atame: Aphrodisiac Cuisine

November 29, 2013

Please note that this restaurant is now CLOSED.

My last post was about autumn style, and now there is cold hard snow on the ground. The last few weeks really came and went! I got struck by school and work, and before I knew it, I turned 26 and I am one semester away from finally graduating university. Whoop!

Obviously, birthdays mean restaurant outings, and this year my boyfriend brought me to Átame, which is said to be an aphrodisiac restaurant. Now, let me preface this by saying that I am in no way a prude, but upon learning about the type of place this was going to be, I was a little worried that this wasn’t going to be a nice little romantic evening. Their menu is centered around supposedly aphrodisiac foods and on some nights, there are shows such as erotic tango or 50 Shades of Grey-inspired… who knows what? My boyfriend was quick to reassure me that there was only going to be a female singer with her acoustic guitar that night, and that the restaurant had received great reviews about their food. I was still a little skeptical, but I quickly realized upon arriving that I had overreacted. Continue Reading »

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A Wardrobe for Fall, and Beyond

September 11, 2013

It’s that time of the year: my favourite season rolls around, and I can’t wait to take out my trench coat, sweaters, scarves and ankle boots. With the arrival of fall, I usually crave for something new to fit the colder weather, but I would have to say, right at this moment, I don’t feel any rush to expand or refresh my wardrobe.

I believe I am having a bit of a difficulty reconciling my expenses with the amount of happiness and satisfaction I am actually getting at the moment. I definitely think a reassessment of my spending habits is in order. In an ideal world, I would save absolutely all the money I would be using on shopping for travel instead. I long to fly out somewhere again, spend a week away from my current routine and live some new experiences, more than I wish to acquire something material and new. The reality, however, is that I am nowhere near that mindset yet. I get swayed, I can change my mind easily in just a few days, start obsessing over a sweater or a scarf and completely dismiss what I have just said.

My long-term wishlist still exists, but again, there is no rush, and until I find the perfect piece, I won’t commit to anything. It is definitely not a checklist in any way, but here are some style wants fit for the upcoming months. Continue Reading »

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Wishlist Wednesdays No. 4

August 14, 2013

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Zara Combination Neoprene Ankle Boot / FujiFilm X100S

Affordable options of simple ankle boots with a narrow opening are scarce. The closest thing to perfection I have found is a discontinued Stuart Weitzman model that still sells for hundreds on eBay. These new boots from Zara look amazing, though I would have to see them to reach a final verdict. I am hoping they are suitable to take me through the upcoming autumn months!

When I got my DSLR, and then my prime lens to go with it, I was the happiest girl and lugged my gear around almost everywhere. Over the years, however, I have found myself too lazy to bring such heavy equipment with me just to take casual shots. I have a great compact camera that I use on occasion, but lately I (and my boyfriend) have been lusting after the FujiFilm X100S. It’s a great camera — in looks and in functionality — and I dream about getting my hands on it. It’s a pricey little one, though, so I have to save up. A lot. Isn’t it just beautiful?

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The Perfect Skirt

July 19, 2013

J.Crew Double Crepe Skirt
In order to stick to my shopping goals, I keep a very concise long-term wishlist as far as clothing and accessories are concerned so I can focus on my actual needs when shopping. I do bookmark some items I stumble upon while browsing for later consideration, but a lot of them end up being 86’d when I realize they were just a spur of the moment thing. It’s a good way for me to avoid impulse purchases.

For a long time I had two specific types of skirts on my needs wishlist, chosen because they would integrate my wardrobe seamlessly — at least in my head. One was a grey textured (think tweed-esque) skirt and the other a navy blue skirt. For both pieces I wanted specific characteristics, mostly a flared or tulip shape, a non-flimsy construction and on-seam pockets. While I am still on the hunt for a perfect grey skirt — and I may end up asking my mother to sew me one — I have found the most perfect basic navy skirt in the form of J.Crew’s double crepe skirt. Continue Reading »

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Brunch at Régine Café

June 30, 2013

Latte

Once in a while, you hear about a newly-opened restaurant that you just have to get to as soon as possible. I would say Régine Café is one such restaurant, but I unfortunately only had the chance to go a couple of days ago with two girlfriends. Opened in October of last year, Régine Café specializes in brunch and lunch, all week long. It had gotten really great reviews from customer and media critics alike, it’s near my house and brunch is my favourite meal to go for when I eat out, so needless to say I was very excited.

I wished I had gotten a proper inside shot of the restaurant, but it was decorated in a very shabby chic manner. Multiple ornate frames lined the walls and the furniture was of Victorian style, with brocade and pattern upholstery. Some might think it was all a little kitsch, but I personally found it worked well. Continue Reading »

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Currently Loving No. 1

June 25, 2013

Candles and glass tray

Today is Quebec’s National Holiday and thus a day off! I’ve spent the day so far attempting to put things in order around my place, and taking extra time in the shower. I thought I would take the opportunity to show some things I’ve been loving lately.

I have had a growing obsession with candles since last winter. I never used to like any sort of fragrance, not even perfume, which I don’t wear, but I have found that I could tolerate a good scented candle. I don’t own the fancy Byredos and Dyptiques of the world — just a mini Dyptique Mimosa candle — because they are just too expensive for my budget, but I love what I currently own. Two of my favourites, displayed on this tray, include Voluspa’s Eden and Pear which has a crisp and bright scent, and Aquiesse’s Sandalwood et Vanille, which smells just as lovely as it sounds. I just love walking around Chapters or Indigo (Canadian bookstore chains) and looking at and smelling their candle selection while my boyfriend browses for photography books. Continue Reading »

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Everlane Weekender

June 1, 2013

Everlane Weekender in Black

At the beginning of March, Everlane held an impressive funding campaign in the hopes of making their products available to Canadians. First of all, I must comment on how great that idea was. Asking supporters to pledge an amount of their choice in exchange for store credit and other benefits is an excellent way to gauge how profitable their business would be. Bringing their business over here involves a lot of risks, and they were able to minimize the impact of said risks with this campaign. The campaign was fully funded a few days before the deadline, ensuring the March 21st launch date as well as the opening of a popup shop in Toronto. I was already fascinated with their processes, and they proved to be once again quite innovative.

That said, aside from their great marketing, they of course have very attractive garments as well. I am a big fan of the sleek, streamlined look of their items, and the prices certainly don’t hurt. I pledged a small amount during the campaign which allowed me to benefit from one-time free shipping. I thus ordered the one thing I had been lusting after since the inception of Everlane. Continue Reading »

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Beauty Wishlist

May 1, 2013

Beauty Wishlist

1. Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream / 2. NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder / 3. Laura Mercier Secret Finish / 4. Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder / 5. Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum / 6. Josie Maran Argan Oil / 7. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone / 8. Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Oil Capsules / 9. Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask

This isn’t a beauty blog, but I’ve become quite a beauty product junkie in the last two years. Keeping my shopping resolutions in mind, I have to remember to not overspend, as I’ve been known to drop quite a few pennies on all sorts of cosmetics and skincare products. These wishlist collages help me visualize my wishlist and often force me to assess and narrow down my choices. Continue Reading »

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