Fabulous Friday’s Link UP: A Holiday A Week…

On June 24th we celebrate La St-Jean Baptiste (also known as La Fete Nationale), here in Quebec! We’re lucky to have back to back holidays with Canada day being next week on July 1st!

Usually what you can expect on a non-Covid year…

That usually means fireworks and cook outs, get together s and fun. This year, La St-Jean was very quiet for me- as you know, I’ve moved in with my daughter who’s had a baby; I’m on Nonna duty! And next week will be the same. (Can’t help but wonder how social distancing will work out though…)

As you may have noticed, I’m a little low on the Insta posting and with good reason: Family comes first. But I do want to tell all my blogger friends that it’s not that I don’t want to drop by and read (I do when I can!), there’s just no time. How is it that these little bundles of joys call all the shots, and rule?

Ok so little time! Let’s jump right into this!

Here’s my Favourite Fashion and Lifestyle Link Up Post of the Week!

by Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life‘s post: Summer Fun With Cabana Life + My Favourite Summer Entertaining Tips

How gorgeous is this girl! Check out her fun and delicious recipes as well.

Most Clicked post of last week’s Link Up Party:

Jayme of Jamie Ashcraft’s post: Friday Favourites: Wide Leg Pants

Fun post!

My Favourite Friday Link Up Read

by Hailey of San Francisco Bay Style‘s post: Enjoy Elevation Ten Wine and Discover the Clarksburg Wine Region

Adorable! I want to visit some wineries after this read!

And now…its time for My FRIDAY LINK UP PARTY!!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!Click here to enter

I love this blogging community so much! (Click on the Links below to see where I go read, comment and link up every week!)

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

My Glittery Heart

Not Dead Yet Style

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

Fashion Fairy Dust

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

Fabulous Friday’s Link- Up!

Fabulous Friday and a Fabulous new week for me…Coz I became a Grandmother again!  My second grandson arrived on Monday- and I couldn’t be more excited- I’m bursting with joy!  There is a downside though…due to quarantine, I’m not allowed anywhere near them.  My daughter and husband have to do it all on their own.  Facetime is there for me to give some comfort…but it’s not the same.  A new mom needs help!  I can’t wait for this awful pandemic to leave us for good.

Sorry that you can’t see his face! Mommy is not yet ready for the reveal!

In the meantime I did cook up a storm for them…check out this clip!

And another thing that makes me extra happy is that I finally got my hair done!!  Some streaks, a trim and a few extensions to freshen up the whole look.  Feeling like a million bucks (and anyone who knows me knows…this is honestly the ONLY thing it really takes!).  Check out my before and after:

Before…
After…

This week I didn’t exercise or walk…my bad!  I have to honestly get into this ASAP!  Meanwhile…Here’s my Fabulous Friday List!

Friday’s Favourite Link Up Fashionista:

Chrissy from Granola and Grace  for her Post:

A Classic Dress for All Occasions

Friday’s Most Clicked Link Up post:

Darlene of Aquamarina Stye, for her Post:

STYLE A FLORAL SWING DRESS FOR SUMMER

Friday’s Favourite Link UP Read:

By Angie of Your True Self Blog

Do You Know What Colors Look Best on You?

Have a great Weekend Everyone xx

And now…its time for My FRIDAY LINK UP PARTY!!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!Click here to enter

I love this blogging community so much! (Click on the Links below to see where I go read, comment and link up every week!)

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

My Glittery Heart

Not Dead Yet Style

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

Fashion Fairy Dust

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

Fabulous Friday’s Link Up: Reflections, More Styling…and a Lip Plumping Trick!

Reflection is an ongoing process…but of not much use unless you push it forward with some action.  I’m pushing myself to learn more and make a difference.  It’s a work in progress.  But I am hopeful.  The key reminder is that we are ALL God’s children.

I’m so happy that this message gets passed along throughout our blogging community – it’s so important!! So I want to thank Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge for featuring it as well!!

As for styling- well it’s been such a fun week of print mixing and color smashing (been keeping my Styling Students on their toes!!).  You can read my post here.

Last Week’s LINK UP FAVOURITES:

I picked 4!! INSPIRATION, HISTORY, FASHION, and Most Clicked!

1- For an amazing heart-felt, inspirational and urgently needed read– head on over to Ashley’s Blog: Le Style Rouge

2- Do you know the history of Kimonos??  If you don’t you should head over to High Latitude Style and read  Nicole’s post.  It is so interesting!!

3- And for my favourite fashion look:  Check out Shelbee on the Edge’s post here.  Should she really say good-bye to this look…OMG- please keep this and REWEAR, darling, it’s just too good!!

4- Most Clicked site on the Link Party last Friday was: Nicole’s post, from High Latitude Style: 9 Bloggers Reveal Their Secrets How to Get Bikini Ready Such great tips you’re gonna wanna read!!

I can’t tell you how happy I was to be featured on My Bijou Life Online this week…and the reason being that once again the fabulous WOC I wrote about got another shout out!! If you haven’t read my article- check it out here:

And then… I also remembered that I never shared my Lip Plumping Trick with you my fabulous Divas!! How can I forget this.  Honestly, it works like a charm (without injections…well at least so far!).  Here’s the clip for this. 

Let me know if you try it and how you like it!

And now…its time for My FRIDAY LINK UP PARTY!!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!Click here to enter

I love this blogging community so much! (Click on the Links below to see where I go read, comment and link up every week!)

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

My Glittery Heart

Not Dead Yet Style

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

Fashion Fairy Dust

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

Fabulous Fridays: Fabulous WOC, (plus a Link UP)

It may be Fabulous Friday today- but it certainly was the most unfabulously worst week ever for 2020; proving that we still haven’t learned. This week I did not write my beginning of the week usual styling post.

As you know, my blog is about fashion and lifestyle and a way to uplift and inspire- yet I couldn’t get myself to post this week. I’ve been in reflection mode and bear lots of shame as well. This week, I chose to listen.

Silence and complacency are igniters to oppression- and I want no part of that. I’m against Oppression and Racism. So on this Friday, I’m here-hoping to contribute in some way…

So how can I possibly make a difference on my site? Gave this a lot of thought…and even if my little voice could probably go unheard, that’s still no reason for me to keep silent. I will start one step at a time to do my part- conscientiously.

I Have Faith in God

So here I am ready for my Fabulous Fridays post. Today my post will still be about fashion. Except it won’t be about my life or how I try to inspire through my creativity.

Today I’m featuring WOC that inspire me. These are women creators, whose content I love. Their creativity ignites me! And I want to give them a voice as they grace my platform. Here are women of substance that I follow- I previously posted these ladies on my Insta stories so that’s why the caption on the pics!! Note how fabulous they are- follow them too and enjoy their content.

This girl is a life guru that elevates women on a daily basis – Helping with content, inspiration, meditation, live honest talks…you name it: Sensational. Please check her out : @shika_chica
You want to check out this amazing fashionista! She will give you the best styling tips while brightening up your day! She is the pure definition of swag. She’s from Montreal and we’ve promised to finally meet after Covid to share our love for fashion! Am I lucky or what?! Check her out @ladysoswag
Ruth is the sweetest and oh so stylish in every way! She gives fabulous styling tips and is so encouraging always. Her whole attitude is pure love and kindness- and ultra chic! Check her out @styleaffair_ruth
Oh Miranda darling-my coolest fashionista who wears it like she means it. Bold and gorgeous fashion- Her clips always make my day as does her originality! You’re gonna love her! @bohemianrockstar15
Styling PERFECTION. This beauty is a fashion stylist and her blog posts are amazing always. Her live segments are fantastic as well. check out @lamoumous
So proud of this one’s superb artistic talents! She’s right here in Montreal and I can’t rave enough about her. Check out her site to see her creations! She made one for me which I adore!! @shinyart.ca
Gorgeous girl here is a social media marketing guru with a sunshine heart- also from Montreal! Always ready with tips and inspiration to motivate. After Covid I’m getting together with her!! @agencelifemedia
This 90’s soul MUA puts up these incredible make-up posts (which you all know that as a MUA myself- I can’t get enough of this stuff!) Her reviews are so interesting- love it! @style_by_jade
This beauty’s content is about style, travel and delicious food! She goes to marvelous fashion exhibitions and shows that just make my jaw drop. Love following her @maimiraj
Ok…can we just pause here for a moment to breathe…because she is absolutely breathtaking!! Her sense of fashion just blows me away- fashion creativity and beauty to the max! @fashion_ova_everything
Still very new on the scene, this gorgeousness is an up and coming young Youtuber – model, who posts about skin care and products – you know I love that! @skyekiharaofficial
This loveliness is all about lifestyle, family and inspiration- get your daily dose that will make you smile @forever_char and- her fashion inspiration page which is sooo good! @takeachicpeek
For health, fitness and lifestyle check out Bernice! I love her fashion sense (especially her Ghanaian outfits!!) And I love it when she posts alongside her daugher- please go watch this IGTV!! Love it! @the50something
Are you crazy about colorful fashion like I am? Then Karen Denise’s account you must follow! Rainbow of delicious fashion and style is what you will find @mittenstyled
Empowering women is what this gorgeous woman of substance is all about. Inspiring us is what it’s all about. Plus, I adore her effortless oh so chic ‘s style! @simpleeebeau.t
Boss Lady with flair! Beauty, lifestyle, fashion…her site is all about that journey. Just looking at her page will get you hyped for success @zie.j_
Another Beauty guru after my heart! Her feed shows you extensive arrays of gorgeous makeup collections- drooling time. Love the way she puts it altogether- so creative and incites me all the time. @lamide_johnson
Who is this glamour beauty? Just look at her! You gotta find out for yourself. Fashion inspiration and lifestyle at its best- go check her out: @aboutchristellestyle

And there you have it! These ladies complete my Favourites of the week all in one!

Time for my LINK UP PARTY!!!

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You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!Click here to enter

PLEASE COME JOIN THE FUN!!

(Click on the Links below to see where I go link up every week!)

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

My Glittery Heart

Not Dead Yet Style

Away From the Blue

Robin LaMonte

Fashion Trends and Friends

Ask Suzanne Bell

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

Jenerally Informed

Not Dressed as Lamb

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Anne in Residence

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

Pastries Pumps and Pi

My Purple World

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

My Bijou Life Online

FRIDAY Links:

I also do a Link Party every Friday! Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva

Sharing a Journey

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

Momfessionals.com

FABULOUS FRIDAYS- Outfit Challenges and beauty hacks…

Weekend is here! Does that even make any difference these days? We can’t lose track- so we gotta make it fabulous!

This series is all about those things I’ve loved this week (and the one prior since this is my first Fabulous Fridays segment!)- and some maybe a bit less.

 I’m missing my hairdresser terribly!  But I’ve been lucky to have her ship me my root color.  It turned out pretty good (thanks to my daughter who lives with me and is also a hairdresser), and my blow drying wasn’t bad either!

Still on the beauty topic, I learned a nifty hack for applying mascara!  Just bend the tip! You can watch here:

First things, I had a blast during my #chic robes challenge- loved how so many participated! Have also been joining a few other challenges on Instagram.  The Hodge- Podge Challenge-by Audrey of Affectionately Audrey– was such a hoot! 

She’s actually mixing 8 prints here!!

You had to keep adding prints every day to your look.  Not easy- but super challenging and fun!

My #Walkandtalk with Andrea of Living on Cloud Nine, have been few! 

Blame it on the weather!  But I did so enjoy watching those who tagged us.  If you do walk and talk and want to join our movement just tag me @lucybertoldi and @livingoncloudnine  and we’ll put you in our stories.

What else?  Correcting last minute and putting together new lesson plans for summer courses beginning net week.

Oh, here’s a quick and hearty recipe of what I made:

In the crockpot:  onions, chick peas, boneless chicken thighs, potatoes, tomato coulis.  Add olive oil and your favourite spices.  Turn on high for 4 hours.  Voila!

I have to say that the highlight of this week in fashion for me has been learning about this amazing 91 year-old Georgian Fashionista- MUST WATCH!!

See you next week- Have a Fabulous Weekend my Beautiful Divas ,  Lucy xx

Linking time!

I love reading other great blog posts- so I thought to include some really good ones for you to check out! They have linkup parties where you can link your own posts. Go check them out and show some love. Have a good one!

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

Mutton Style

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

Sharing a Journey

TUESDAY LINKS:

Links a la Mode

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels

The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Anne in Residence

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

Mix and Match Mama

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink

Good Random Fun

Mummabstylish

Thursday Moda by Elegance & Mommyhood

FRIDAY Links:

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

Lizzie in Lace

The Friday FASHIONPHILE: Style Inspiration for Quarant-EASTER!

Even if this holy holiday will be celebrated and spent in a completely different way than what we are used to, it doesn’t mean that we can’t dress up in super duper stylish and fun outfits!

I’ve spent some time perusing some of my favourite blogs and Insta feeds (what else can a girl do with so much time on her hands?!)- and found some amazingly stylish looks that I’m obsessed with. Take a look – see if these inspire you as well!

Let’s begin with a gorgeous jumpsuit! Honestly I’ve never seen a more adorable look or perfect fit. The colours sing to me. Check out this gorgeous ray of sunshine, Andrea, on Instagram at: instagram.com/livingoncloudnine9- or her blog: Living on Cloud Nine


The beautiful and ever-so sweet, Jill can be found at her pretty Instagram feed instagram.com/jmary_likes, where all things pink are loved. Here we see her in an adorable jeans look. She’s dressed it up so perfectly that I think this would make such a glam-casual look for Easter. What do you think?

You want beauty, originality and swag- look no forward than to this creative beauty! Find her on Instagram at: instagram.com/ladysoswag Look at the way she owns her looks. This splash of colour is so inspiring!

I am always in awe at how chic and stylish Suzanne makes everything look- even in her casual ootd’s! How sensational is this dress? Effortless beauty. See more of Suzanne’s gorgeous looks over at her blog Crazy Blonde Life or on instagram.com/crazyblondelife

Beauty plus ecclectic for a look to inspire? Then you must visit this gorgeousness over at: instagram.com/the_refashionista (where old is the new new as she puts it!). You cannot imagine the looks she upcycles and puts together- and what a beauty! Check her out and see how she can inspire your look! A mix of patterns for the holiday- perfect!

Elizabeth is truly a sweetheart and a beauty in every sense of the word. If effervescence is your aim- then go check her site- Fashion thrifting-vintage at its best! Fashionable and wholesome and stylish all the way! /For more inspo see: instagram.con/staygoldengirl

Always something new with Morag- and she makes it so fun! How about a splash of red this Easter (red is so in for spring!). If pants are your thing- how cute is this outfit she styled?! Check out this amazing and creative lady over at: instagram.com/mogzee_m

Love me a great vintage find- and that’s what you’ll get with Annette- she’s totally the expert. Her finds are incredible and you should see how she styles them up. How gorgeous is this dress?? Find more incredible looks over at: A Vintage Splendor and at: instagram.com/vintagesplendor

Ok…so you want original, totally unconventional and incredible looks? Then zoom over to instagram.com/affectionatelyaudrey– where Audrey will mesmorize you! How talented is this young soul? Upcycling and making outfits and jewelry in unimaginable ways; reminiscing the past. Such pretty colours for Easter- just look at these outfits!

Caroline, the brilliant Making it in Manhattan Author, is the meaning of true inspiration itself. This girl can put together magical outfits- honestly this is like right out of fashion fantasy paradise. Outfits in the most delicious palettes you can only dream about- that’s what you’ll be guaranteed on her site Making it in Manhttan and on instagram.com/cvazzana. Who would have thought of this delicious sandals and outfit combination- to die for!!

And here’s another fabulous lady who inspires pure, smooth elegance- Jess from Elegantly Dressed and Stylish-she can also be found at: instagram.com/elegantlydressedandstylish. I love the way she wears this easy flowy yellow beauty!

And then, this adorable fashionista; Samantha of The New York Blonde blog, and at: instagram.com/thenyblonde . This cutie has superb taste and such finesse and poise that she makes any outfit look sparkly and glamorous- stuff fairy-tales are made of. Superbly stylish and always ahead of her game- this girl will always inspire you. I love these looks she’s styling, which I think would be so perfectly pretty for Easter!

The beautiful Kelly dresses up with such flair and ease, you’ll certainly get inspiration from all that she wears. You can find more inspiration by follwing her at 50 Shades of Style, also at: instagram.com/50shadesofstylebykelley– I adore this dress on her! It’s one of my favourites- love it for Easter!

How inspired are you after seeing all these fabulous looks?! These ladies are rocking their style- and I encourage you to find yours! Who says you can’t dress up during Quarantine?

Which was your favourite look?

I love reading other great blog posts- so I thought to include some really good ones for you to check out! They have linkup parties where you can link your own posts. Go check them out and show some love. Have a good one!

MONDAY LINKS

Glass of Glam

Pocket Full of Polka Dots

TUESDAY LINKS:

I Do De Claire

Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Walking in Memphis in High Heels

The Fashion Canvas

Shelbee on the Edge

Style Splash

WEDNESDAY LINKS:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Living on Cloud Nine

Rosy Outlook

Seeking Sunshine

Straight A Style Blog

Anne in Residence

Granola and Grace

The Queen in Between

Coast to Coast

This Blonde Shopping Bag

Is This Mutton

THURSDAY LINKS:

A Labour of Life

High Latitude Style

Doused in Pink

FRIDAY Links:

Shelbee on the Edge

Nancy’s Fashion Style

The Upside to Confinement

Who would have thought it would come to this?  And now we are all in it together- even though we must keep apart.  Can it be that this confinement due to Covid-19 can actually bring us back to a newfound quality-time? We shall not be defeated!

Here are some ideas for how this Montreal girl spends her time:

  • Exercise. It doesn’t have to be something too strenuous (unless you want it to be).   I started taking long walks on a more regular basis.  This helps with the cabin fever and to refresh my mind.  Try taking a different route than usual and start observing the nature around you with more intent- it’s beautiful. Or- my favourite…dance to some 80’s fab music!
  • Cooking! Oh how cooking releases my stress, I can’t say enough about this!  Comfort food and the whole process- I’m loving it.  Why not cook up a recipe that you’ve been dying to make?
Check out the Highlights over at my Instgram feed @lucybertoldi under Yummy and Yummy 2 for tasty recipes
  • Start journaling.  This can be in written form, art, or other.  I make art.  Can anything be more cathartic?  The whole creative process keeps you in the moment (which weirdly enough makes time fly!).  I do mixed media art on canvas but also a lot of journaling.  If you’re interested on seeing more just head on over to my Instagram: @mtl.diva.art

Art heals

  • Meditate- keep your faith.  In the same lines with journaling or making art- try some meditating.  For some this could be in form of prayer, yoga, or whatever other form you get into.  This helps us refocus, regenerate and ultimately brings us inner strength- leading to hope and positivity!
  • DIY’s and projects!  Why not work on some of the things that always get set aside because of no time- can’t use that excuse right now!  Revamp your stuff and feel a self of renewal and accomplishment.  This is probably my favourite thing to do lol!  But projects can also be cleaning out something (like your closet!) …which btw, can also be cathartic!!
  • Sit down with a good book you’ve been longing to read! A bit of quiet time to indulge in the topics you want to learn more about.  Researching new things can be so much fun to help open your horizon for your present job, career, sport or hobby.
Adorned in Dreams, by Elizabeth Wilson is a fashion historian’s dream for real.

Click on link below to watch a clip of my review of Illustration Now! Fashion by, Julius Wiedermann Taschen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2dP8zuPSHI&feature=youtu.be
  • On these same lines, on your own (or with those you’re cooped up with!)- maybe watch a movie (or finish a Netflix series- or start one!) And why not play a game of sorts: cards, monopoly, backgammon…
  • Pamper yourself.  Take the time to finally indulge (without a darn schedule to follow!).  I think I will finally start trying those 12 different masks I have piling up in my try and review bin!
  • Heart-to-heart time with those you love (at home with you- or through Skype, messenger…). What better time to tell those you love how much you care for them?  This could be a good time for those talks you’ve been setting aside for ‘the right time’.
  • Lastly, try to remain positive, thankful and appreciative.  So difficult to do- but certainly doable!  Look at all the positive things you can actually do within this confinement period.  We’ve been geared up to always be on the go-go-go that we’ve forgotten how to stop, be still and appreciate.  Maybe a forced situation such as this one, just maybe, can bring light upon the things that are good around us.  For once we don’t have to say: I don’t have time.

#Confessionoftheday: Reminding myself that the sun always rises. Working hard on not letting anyone or anything take away my joy. A constant battle well worth the fight.

Stay Safe

How to Shop for Perfume…Guilt-Free

So, here we are, smack into the Love month and once again thinking about the perfect gift for that special someone…or maybe…just for us.  Why not?!  Perfume is about the senses, luxury, fantasy, romance, presence, passion, identity, and pure joyful delight.  Women love it all…Except for that price thing.

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Having been around the fashion and beauty industry for quite a while, I’m still dismayed by a certain pattern that keeps repeating itself when it comes to women and fragrance.   Most women come to the fragrance counter and almost want to plunge right into a fragrance that totally envelops them.  Many do so by totally indulging and splurging.  I love that!  Unfortunately, I still see way too many women that are very reluctant to spend on themselves.  They try the scent, get totally absorbed by the splendor of the fragrance…to then sadly walk away, all due to the price.

These same women end up buying the second, third or maybe even last choice on their list mainly based on price; or just not buying at all.  I’ll bet that somewhere down the line they’re hoping to one day own that heavenly bottle they denied themselves.  Will they ever purchase it for themselves- or will they hint away to others until someone finally gets it for them?

 

I’m happy to say that I see this way less in millennial, and even younger, women!  There is so much less guilt on how they spend on fragrance!  I so wish that all women of my generation would take this on as an example.  We need to see and acknowledge all that we have done for others, instead of always waiting at the back of the line.  If you are one of those women who is holding back, I’m here to tell you that we don’t need to justify, it’s time to just own up to ourselves and duly go get what it is that we want- even if it is just perfume!

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I believe fragrance can be life enhancing- no, seriously!  The right scent can actually set or even accentuate a mood for yourself -and others of course😉.   It can also change the way you move and behave, the way you feel and the way you want to be perceived.  Furthermore, it can play an important factor in determining which event, time of day, season, or even, reason for which you’ll be wearing it. Think of your attire…this too will be adapted to your fragrance, or vice-versa.  Fragrance can be your signature.  Is all that not worth the investment (if you can even call it that!).

So how do we stop price from being the deterrent? Next time you’re unsure on whether to purchase the adored fragrance you just splashed on- Consider this:

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  • Necessity: Start thinking of your fragrance as a necessity.  After all, won’t you be splashing this on almost daily- after your shower, before you get dressed? So, I guess you can say it’s part of your hygiene routine.  (You need it).
  • Worth it: 100$- 200$ worth of clothing gets about 6 or 7 uses before it’s set aside.  For about the same amount, a 100ml bottle of fragrance can get you between 6 months to a year of daily wear (and even more I’ve been told!). (Not so expensive after all).
  • Complimentary products: If you still think the price is too hefty all in one shot, then invest slowly:  Start off by purchasing its shower gel and/or body lotion.  Usually at less than half the price each, it’s a good starting point and you’ll still smell delicious.  (Compromise)
  • Rebates: Get your fragrance with your redeemable retailer points or shop during store events, where rebates can be interesting.  You can also ask your fragrance advisor to call you for events and specials, so you’ll be sure to never miss out. (Get on the list and shop smart).
  • Shopping Logic: I have a theory about shopping priorities. If you’re out to spend on something useful, practical and a must- by all means, dive headfirst into doing your homework to get the best bang for your buck.  But when it comes to a feel-good luxury item such as perfume- the decision process to purchase is certainly not of the magnitude of say, buying a car.  Get that fragrance- it’s not a Cadillac. (Makes sense).

If after all this logical reasoning you still can’t justify why you should shop for that heavenly scent you want so badly, I’m not sure how else to convince you on the importance of this frivolous life boosting necessity.  But I’ll give it one more shot:  Maybe you can skip just one supper-date-night this week- and that might do it!  Tried and tested by yours truly…just sayin’!

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#Confessionoftheday: I’m so addicted to my fragrance that I once left the house, forgetting to spritz, that I literally turned the car around to go back home to put some on.  I’ve since purchased the purse size format- so that I won’t leave home ever again without it…unless I switch purses, in which case I’d have to turn the car around again (been there, done that…hey listen, this is my confession here).  Believe me- It’s that worth it.  And…so am I. xx

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Facials: Montreal’s Best Kept Secret…

When it comes to facials, there’s a place where detailed focus, undivided attention and pampering are a priority- and that’s in Montreal…actually, in Laval, Montreal’s close neighbour- at Jenny Bart’s. Today, I was privileged to receive this fabulous service! I was also lucky to get an appointment, because this girl is booked solid- always.

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What makes Jenny’s place so special? Well first of all, her clientele is based mostly on referrals. And, according to most…She really is Montreal’s best kept secret (Ahem, Laval). Her clients come from far and wide knowing that she does not have a ‘one-size- fits- all’, facial routine. She is a true expert. Facials are done according to skin analysis and specific needs. It’s a tailor-made program and treatments are done according to your skin’s needs, health and lifestyle.

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What could be better than a warmed mattress right by a cozy fire, in a freshly scented aromatherapy room?

Jenny is extremely well versed and knowledgeable on all things derma-related, and also takes a particular interest and focus on anti-aging. All this makes her not only extremely interesting to me- but also my go-to source on newest technology and on what works and what doesn’t. For me, at this point, I really want to focus on reversing and slowing the signs of aging, while prolonging my skin’s health.

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This is what I call total relaxation…

Unlike many other professionals who tell you to chuck what you have and buy what’s in their line instead, Jenny advised me on the important agents to look for in my own skin care products. I really appreciated that. Nobody wants to hear they need to throw out every cream they own (for some of us that can be anywhere over $200 a pop- yikes!) This is something I can really appreciate- honesty from an Esthetician.

Jenny does not sell her own line- instead, she tells you which products out there will make a remarkable difference on your skin- and that, is based on an individual analysis. She is also straightforward when revealing your skin’s status and the creams you are already using. So what about My reveal? Apart from sun damage (I’m a sucker for Floridian and Greek beaches, what can I say?), my skin is apparently very well maintained and it shows that I take good care of it! (So happy about that, cause I really do!).

I left my Esthetician with a world of knowledge along with a list of ingredients I should read up on; and of course what I should get for my skin. Surprisingly…none of it will kill my budget. No nonsense advice that I can live with!

Here’s what I got done today:

-Double Cleanse

-Followed by a light chemical peel

-Skin analysis

-Treatment: Light therapy and Toning Therapy

-Anti-Aging Mask

-Face Massage

All this followed by: Serums, Moisturizer and SPF

While relaxing, I also got a hand and forearm massage.

Oh, and did I mention how good my skin feels? It also looks amazing! All I needed today after my facial (because I never leave home without a full face of makeup)- was only a touch of powder, mascara, liner and gloss. I look and feel refreshed and, is it my imagination… or are those darn ‘eleven’s starting to shy away? Booking my next appointment!

That’s that my Darlings! Feeling totally zen.

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Jenny’s Instagram Feed:  @jennybart

#confessionoftheday: Indulgence in taking care of my skin is not a privilege- it’s a necessity!

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