Honour thy Hairdresser…

What do you look for in a hairdresser? Mine is excellent. No. I’m serious. She just gets me. She’s intuitive, fast, fashion forward and genuinely concerned about the health of my hair- and of course- how I feel:)

I need to look stylish and upbeat- while keeping my mane luscious and healthy. I’ve learned that to get all that, you just need to listen to your stylist and…get ready for it: Trust and Obey. That’s right: especially, Obey. Yep- even us hard types MUST learn to do this. So if Cynthia says ‘it’s time to cut, colour, or treat… well, I now Obey.

I learned the hard way. I almost lost all my hair when I insisted on incessantly bleaching it (against Cynthia’s recommendations). I went from : “Wow, who does your hair?!” To: “Woah..wtf happened to your hair?!!”

Thankfully, she did not let me whither away…yes, my hair was now short, but Cynthia put a halt to my commands and started treating it like mad. She also suggested extensions to make me feel and look better. And, soon enough, my hair started growing back…fully and healthy once again.

Now, I get my hair streaked, cut and treated REGULARLY…as Cynthia dictates. And guess what? She’s right! My hair looks GORGEOUS!

If you are ever in the Montreal area (Laval), check out Concept Elite and ask for Cynthia or, the boss herself, Elvira. Both are Fabulous!

Call for an appointment and tell them I’ve recommended! 450- 936-8877

He’s Got Smoothie Written All Over Him…A Healthy Lifestyle


He looks the part alright…healthy, lean and chiseled – that would be my darling husband. One of his health rituals (more on those another time), is making killer smoothies every morning. He’s been making them for years! Going from runny to lumpy, you could say he’s finally mastered the art. And…has finally gotten rebel-girl-me on board.

It took awhile- but I’m now hooked! For those who don’t know me so well, let me tell you a little about my taste buds…how’s about this; I dream of lazy mornings sipping French Vanilla coffee topped with frothy whipped cream and a dash of Bailey’s; while you’re at it, pass me a cigarette. I know, I know, I don’t look the part. Nevertheless, since I wanna stay strong, healthy and beautiful, that whole French Vanilla-puff-puff fantasy is majorly off-limits and the hugest of no-no’s for me- so…delete!

I have to say, it took me awhile to get on the smoothie ride- as I always found reason to resist (not sweet enough, not cold enough, too early, too late, yada yada). Well, after years of resistance, it turns out I now love DH’s smoothies ( even at room temperature – if you can imagine! Apparently it does wonders for the digestive system- rather than shock it). Well what do you know, he’s converted me!

What’s he put in this stuff anyway?
Not all of his secrets are divulged- but here goes his basics:


Recipe for 2 using Magic Bullet:

1 Banana
Handful of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 a mango
1 slice of pineapple
3-4 cherry tomatoes
4″ of a cucumber
1/3 cup water

VARIATIONS and / or ADDITIONS (depending on how we feel, what we need and what’s in our stock):

Handful of broccoli
2 slices of either red or green pepper
A scoop of Greek yogurt
Pumpkin seeds
5-7 almonds

DELICIOUS! What’s in your Smoothie?





Having My April Fill

Spring may be trickling in slowly- but at work, April came in with a blast! It’s been one event after another. 

It started off with the fashion show fundraiser for Fondation En Vue de l’Institut Nazareth et Louis Braille.  Clients with a ticket got private access to shop for a cause, with an amazing 25% off in the exclusive White Space. 

Our Shoe Gala hit the runway with stylish spring   flare. 

Then, we had Guys’ Night Out- our bi- yearly mega sale and big party-time in the whole men’s section. There was food, booze and a live band to entertain everyone. Huge success!

And then there was my own private event (more on that in a later post).  But here’s a little intro to this fun evening…

More to come on this!!

April is still going strong; what’s next? Look for the HUGE Effy sale in our jewelry and accessories department.  

Last but not least, did you think we’d finish the month without a Cosmetics Gala?!   Coming up this April 27th- make sure to reserve soon!

Christmas in Venice

Am I the only one wishing for just a little bit of snow? Not asking for a storm- but hey it’s almost Christmas! All that jingle and lights just doesn’t look right- and the music just doesn’t go at all. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!

And then there are dreamy, magical places that feel perfectly divine even without the fluffy white stuff. Welcome to Christmas in Venice
(Photos: Panorama Italia)







Lisa Eldridge

I’m definitely a Lisa fan and have been admiring her work ever since the Cindy Crawford days of Elle magazine. The looks she develops are as contrasting as it gets- from sci-fi drama glam to primrose debutante. Her every day looks are always perfectly flawless as her cat-walk styles, outrageous. I will be posting some of her videos regularly for learning entertainment. Love her!



Never, ever, wait for the last day to go see a popular exhibition. The lineup at Pointe Calliere Museum in Montreal’s Old Port was exhaustingly discouraging, yet well worth toughing it out- and I’m so glad I did!

Some of my favourite pieces included the warrior helmets adorned in gold. But what really seized the sparkle nymph in me were the high priestess’ arrays of gold jewelry. It’s too bad we weren’t allowed to take any photos as I would have loved to show you a certain aristocratic lady, Kleita’s collection! What impressed me most were the details in the workmanship. I still can’t get over one very clearly detailed gold ring with the engraving: ‘Kleita doran’ (a gift for Kleita)…a gift that was given to her over 4000 years ago. Now that’s impressive!

I leave you with these two clips:

Makeup Artistry…

An art that constantly fascinates…


Here’s a backstage look at a Valentino pre-photo shoot. The shoot was for the Valentino jewelry campaign 2014 (which is to die for btw!) -but what always grabs my attention is watching the pros create their art on a gorgeous canvas. I love seeing these master makeup artists at work.

See the video clip here:


Credits go to Vogue.it

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