Spring is apparently here, although in Canada it still feels like Winter. Here's a quick round-up of some of the fashion trends you will see for Spring 2017 so you can indulge!
Pink - "particularly of the fuchsia variety - flooded the catwalk at shows such as Celine, Valentino, Topshop Unique and Balenciaga. Whether you choose to layer lots of different hues over your separates like at Valentino, or colour block by wearing coats over statement dresses like at Topshop, you won't go wrong as long as it's pink, pink, pink." Cosmopolitan.
Sleeves - Another trend that is taking some time to filter off the catwalk, the detailed sleeve that we'll be embracing during Spring 2017. Think ruffles, flutes, cropped, bunched, oversized - according to Marques' Almeida, Balmain and more, anything goes.
Stripes - Who doesn't love stripes? Fashion's favorite print is timeless and totally wearable. This year, get ready to see stripes in all sizes and colors on everything from chunky sweaters to knit dresses and oversize shirts.
Strong Shoulders - "Voluminous sleeves and architectural shoulder pads reminiscent of the '80s. Balenciaga, Jacquemus (shown here), and Saint Laurent sent various options down the runway for spring 2017, marking the end of this year's much beloved (and overdone) off-the-shoulder silhouette." Allure
Words - "The return of the slogan tee is here, preferably of the feminist variety as seen at Christian Dior and Stella McCartney. Whether you want yours to be political or just super sassy - like Haider Ackermann - try tucking into a maxi skirt and wearing with plenty of eyeliner." Cosmopolitan
Bralettes - Perfect for those with a love of underwear as outerwear, Kendall Jenner's favourite piece of clothing is going to be everywhere for spring. They'll be strappy, as seen on the model herself on the Alexander Wang catwalk, covered in floral prints, as seen at Tory Burch and in luxe velvet textures like at Victoria Beckham.
Ruffles - "Like fancy sleeves, ruffles are transitioning from the autumn/winter catwalks to Spring with a serious kick. We can't wait to try out the romantic ruffles and floral prints that sauntered down the catwalk at Dolce & Gabbana, while Mulberry made theirs look like ruffles were made for the office." Cosmopolitan
When Breathe Becomes Air, is an autobiography written by Paul Kalanithi, about his journey to become a neurosurgeon and his battle with lung cancer.
I've recently joined a book club and got to make the first selection, which was this memoir that has been on my to-read list for a while. It's a well written, thoughtful account of a man who spent the majority of his life trying to understand life and death through his love for words and his passion for neurology.
Paul takes the reader on an emotional journey of unfulfilled dreams, acceptance, and understanding.
By the end of it, I felt I had this new insight into the perspective of the individual behind the white coat - who often sees us at our most vulnerable - into the gap between science (predictable) and basic human emotions (unpredictable) and knowing what sort of life is worth living and coming to terms with that which will never be....a powerful read that I highly recommend.
A few of my favourite quotes:
“Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.”
“There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.”
“Don’t think I ever spent a minute of any day wondering why I did this work, or whether it was worth it. The call to protect life—and not merely life but another’s identity; it is perhaps not too much to say another’s soul—was obvious in its sacredness. Before operating on a patient’s brain, I realized, I must first understand his mind: his identity, his values, what makes his life worth living, and what devastation makes it reasonable to let that life end. The cost of my dedication to succeed was high, and the ineluctable failures brought me nearly unbearable guilt. Those burdens are what make medicine holy and wholly impossible: in taking up another’s cross, one must sometimes get crushed by the weight.”
“The tricky part of illness is that, as you go through it, your values are constantly changing. You try to figure out what matters to you, and then you keep figuring it out. It felt like someone had taken away my credit card and I was having to learn how to budget. You may decide you want to spend your time working as a neurosurgeon, but two months later, you may feel differently. Two months after that, you may want to learn to play the saxophone or devote yourself to the church. Death may be a one-time event, but living with terminal illness is a process.”
“The main message of Jesus, I believed, is that mercy trumps justice every time.”
Over the weekend, I went to go watch Beauty and the Beast and now I want to convince everyone to go watch it!
I was super skeptical and nervous before going to watch the movie because I did not want them to ruin the cartoon for me. This is one of my favourite cartoons and it holds a special place in my heart. The first time I went to Euro Disney in France, this was the first live show I ever watched. Then my first ever Broadway play, in New York, was Beauty and the Beast So as you can tell, I had very high expectations.
But, I loved it! They did justice to all the characters and even after all these years I knew every word to every song (they added 2 more in this movie). I'm not going to go into much detail because I want you to go watch it!!
Go on, book the tickets, already!
Have fun reliving your childhood and escaping into a fantasy!
P.S. We had so many little girls in our show dressed up like Belle....it was the cutest! one started crying when the movie ended and I shared her sentiments exactly.
Over Christmas I purchased a value set by Fresh at Sephora. I love that this brand uses natural ingredients and it is not harsh for your skin. Given that, I always feel that even though the products smell great, they don't make rapid changes overnight (which is what I want!). Since, they do use natural products, it takes time for you to see a difference in your skin. Also, the products are so expensive! I always wait for a sale so I can indulge.
The products in the set were sample sizes but still relatively a really good size compared to some other brands. So here's a quick review of the products that I received in my gift set:
Some of you may remember this product as a birthday gift from Sephora. This is one of my favourite cleansers. Its very gentle and gives you a great clean feel. It does not dry out your skin at all by using harsh chemicals, which is a great bonus.
After hearing so many amazing things about this I really expected to be blown away by this face oil. Alas, I wasn't! I don't hate it, but I definitely won't be purchasing this in the future. I truly notice no difference and I don't think it gives my skin any more help than my moisturizer. It isn't as hydrating as the product claims to be and it took a while for this oil to get absorbed into my skin. I tried using the oil as a primer underneath my foundation and it worked really well (my skin is dry but I wouldn't recommend it for oily skin).
Gives your skin a really nice tingly feeling and is hydrating. I had a few dry patches on my skin and this fixed them right away. My skin felt plump and hydrated after using it but not firmer. A really nice mask but not life-altering!
Another product that you may remember from your birthday gift from Sephora. This is one of my favourite masks from the Fresh line. You can see the rose petals in the mask and it smells so nice! (I love the smell of roses). I use rosewater as a toner so I am biased towards anything that has roses in it! This mask is great for my dry skin and very hydrating. My skin felt firm and soft. It didn't cause any breakouts and gave my skin a nice healthy glow after using it for a few weeks.
I bought this value set from Sephora but you can easily find Fresh products in any department store. Let us know what your favourite product is!
Boots from Zara
So apparently winter is back in Canada! It's already snowing outside...argh!
I recently bought a velvet over the knee boot from Zara and I am obsessed. I wore the above boots to work on Valentine's Day (you know I had to wear red!) and I received so many compliments. I love this trend especially since it's so versatile and a great way to transition into Spring.
You Choose from suede and leather varieties in a range of heights, styles and colours. Whether you love a high heel to lengthen your legs or prefer the comfort of a flat sole, there is an over-the-knee boot for you. Opt for standard black boots to match all your outfits or embrace the new range of browns, soft greys and burgundy. If you’re looking to take this trend to the next level and add some extra wow-factor, pick up a pair of the lace-up variety. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
Over the knee boots can be intimidating especially for first time buyers so here are some general guidelines to help you out and make sure you conquer this statement footwear.
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"Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them"
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Image from Bobette & Belle Website
I recently visited Bobette & Belle with my girls for a coffee and a quick catch-up. Bobette and Belle are knows for their wedding cakes, classic french macarons, cupcakes, pastries and birthday cakes. There are a few locations and we visited their shop on Yonge street.
The bakery is knows to be very "blogger" friendly and the set-up is very chic and honestly it looks like you walked into a "Pinterest" bakery shop. Every little corner is photograph-worthy and super cute.
We visited the shop around 3:30-ish on a weekend and the whole food section was empty except for 1 cupcake and a few macarons. We were so disappointed that they didn't have any food available and they could not re-stock their items either (apparently!). Other than how beautiful the bakery was, there was no other positive i can say about this place. They had run out of hot chocolate (seriously!) and there was barely anything left to eat. We found a corner to sit and enjoy our coffee but the entire place was cluttered with empty coffee cups and plates....it was a mess! None of the tables were wiped down either. I have always refused to sit in a dirty place/restaurant, it's a huge pet peeve of mine. I asked one of the servers to remove some of the plates and she rolled her eyes at me. After a few minutes she came by and picked up the empty cutlery but did not wipe down the area.
Basically we had a really horrible experience. Many people walked in and when they saw the store had no food items; they just walked out. I'm not going to go visit this place again; not sure if their location on Queen St. East is any better. I've been wanting to try this place for a while and was sorely disappointed.
The bakery seems better through pictures and not in real life.
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