Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Quick Travel Guide for a Weekend in Montréal

The mix of  European glamour and down-to-earth Canadian charm makes Montréal one of the most vibrant cities in North America. The city is packed with things to do. There's nature, there's great shopping, there's museums, there's sports and there is almost always a cool festival going on (Just for Laughs, Osheaga, etc. to name a few). The food scene in Montréal is just as diverse as its multi-cultural population, making the city a foodie haven. On top of that, the French-Canadian culture brings a unique 'je ne sais quoi' that simply cannot be replicated outside of Quebec. Here is the essential travel guide for a superbe weekend visit to Montréal:

Photo: The Ritz
1. The Ritz - Recently renovated, but timelessly glamorous, the hotel boasts an in-house spa, nearby shopping, and prime-time proximity to the must-see Mont Royal sight!

2. Le Westin - Le Westin is a tried and true business hotel that is also great for tourists. Le Westin is within walking distance to Old Montreal, St. Catherines Street, The Village, RESO (the underground network of shops and restaurants), and great cafes (see: Olive + Gourmando and Crew Collective)

3. Hôtel William Gray- This contemporary boutique hotel in Old Montreal will make you feel like you're walking the cobblestone streets of a modern-day European fairytale

Photo: Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
1. Visit the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. The museum has an impressive collection of modern and classical art and admission to the permanent collection is always free.

2. Climb Mount Royal in the morning. It is a great hike all year round and a majestic escape right in the middle of the city.

3. See the city by BIXI, Montréal's public bicycle sharing system.

4. See the stunning Notre Dame Basilica (this is where Celine Dion got married)

5. Relax at the Scandinavian Spa Old Montreal with a traditional Scandinavian baths experience.

Photo: Holt Renfrew via PBTH
1. Holt Renfrew - Holt Renfrew is Canada's department store equivalent of Saks Fifth Avenue or Harrod's. The ultra chic Holt's cafe is worth a visit if your shopping works up an appetite. 

2. SSENSE - Montreal is home to the headquarters of the trendy e-commerce site SSENSE's and their only brick and mortar location. Development of a new 5-story concept store is currently underway and the new store will bring very similar vibes to a Dover Street Market in London or a Collette in Paris.

Quick Bites:
Photo: Maison Christian Fauvre
1. Maison Christian Fauvre - This classic and tremendously chic French patisserie has macarons, desserts, and a chocolate almond croissant that should not be missed

2. Olive + Gourmando - Olive + Gourmando is technically a glorified cafe and brunch spot with an amazing pastry selection. Grab a delicious granola bowl and split the chocolate banana brioche with someone who is good at sharing!

3. Mandy's - Vibrant salads are packed with superfood ingredients and millennial staples like avocados in extra-large and colorful china bowls. The location in Old Montreal has french bistro vibes with accents of palm trees and millennial pink. On your way out you can grab one of Mandy's signature china salad bowls, re-useable water bottles, compartes chocolate bars, kale chips, fresh pressed juice and other perfectly branded souvenirs.

Montreal Bagels:
Photo: St. Viateur
1. St-Viateur Bagel Shop - If you do this right, you should be visiting the iconic and longstanding bagel shop and not the bagel cafe. Grab your bagels and cream cheese to go + eat them at a coffee shop around the corner called Felice.

2. Fairmount Bagel - Fairmount is the rival to St-Viateur and makes another well-known and delicious Montreal bagel.

Montreal's Infamous Smoked Meat:
Photo: Yelp
1. Schwartz’s Deli - This is Montreal's most famous deli and home to some of 'Canada's best smoked meat.' You can sit down for the full menu in the original location or pick up sandwiches at the to-go shop next door. Make sure to try the delicious mustard on top of whatever you order.

2. Lester’s Deli - Lester's is the other smoked meat deli in town that is competitively as delicious as Schwartz but loses the edge on history and iconic-ness (read: a bit less touristy and shorter waits)

Photo: Hashtag Voyage
Poutine is gravy, cheese curds, and fries. It sounds and looks gross, but tastes great. You MUST try for yourself to believe it. 

1. La Banquise - La Banquise has over 30 variations of poutine, one of Canada's most treasured dishes.

2. Poutineville - Poutineville gives you the option to build your own poutine dishes with luxe toppings

Photo: L'Actualitie
1. Crew Collective - The Business Development bank of Canada turned a grand and opulent unused-bank into a shared working space where you can grab coffee or book a working space or conference rooms.

2. Tommy Café + Apero - The two story coffee shop sits in a gorgeous historical building in Old Montreal and has an great selection of coffee, sweets, and sandwiches.

Photo: Bar Darling via Taset
1. Bar Darling - Eclectic vintage decor and indoor greenery make Darling the perfect backdrop for drinks over a shared cheese plate. 

2. Bar Henrietta - Bar Henrietta is a cozy hangout with romantic lighthing, great cocktails, and upscale bar snacks. Stop here if you want to fit in with the locals or need to fill time before a late reservation.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Best Oscars Looks Weren't on the Oscars Red Carpet

The Vanity Fair red carpet looks totally eclipsed the actual Oscar's red carpet. The after party was filled with bold fashion statements, clean lines and modern silhouettes. The looks were glam enough for hollywoods biggest night but also refreshingly accessible enough to inspire anyone's upcoming wedding season circuit. Here are the top Oscar's after-party looks from the 2018 Vanity Fair Party:

Emily Ratajkowski in Zac Posen
Kate Beckinsale in fitter black dress and Bulgari jewelry
Naomi Campbell in a white pant suit
Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent
Jenna Dewan Tatum in a Pamella Roland dress
Zendaya in custom Michael Kors
Isla Fischer in a strapless red gown
Tiffany Haddish in a Brandon Maxwell gown
Margot Robbie in Chanel
Danai Gurira in Gabriela Hearst

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Best Dressed at the Oscars 2018

Best Dressed at the Oscars 2018

The ladies of the red carpet dazzled with simple colors in classic silhouettes. These understated looks were the perfect canvas to celebrate the achievements of some of Hollywood's most powerful ladies. Here are our top 10 best dressed from the 2018 Oscars:

1. Margot Robbie in custom Chanel Haute Couture
2. Saoirse Ronan in a Calvin Klein by Appointment
3. Zendaya in Giambattista Valli
4. Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive
5. Allison Janney in Reem Acra
6. Lauren Dern in Calvin Klein by Appointment 
7. iEza Gonzalez in Ralph Lauren
8. Zoey Dutch in Elie Saab
9. Jane Fonda in 44 Francois Premier by Olivier Rousteing
10. Helen Mirren in Reem Acra

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Wallets that are worth the investment


The wallet is an overlooked fashion staple. If you don't have a stylish one, it doesn't matter. A good one tells you a little bit about their owner. With a great color or a fun design, it becomes a conversation starter. When you have a true classic on your hands, you won't stop hearing about how great it is! When done right, it attracts admiration for the polish, sophistication and fun that it and it's owner evoke.

We use our wallets everyday, toting them around in everything from gym bags to work bags to beach bags. So why not invest in a wallet that is classic, versatile, durable, and stylish?

These wallets offer functionality and longevity that will make bring a little fun and sophistication to whatever bag you're reaching into:
1. Balenciaga Classic Money textured-leather wallet, $595 | NET-A-PORTER.COM,
2. Loewe Elephant Charm Keychain Coin Holder, $380; Coin Purse, $450 | LOEWE.COM
3. Classic card holder, grained calfskin & gold-tone metal-black | Chanel
4. Louise Wallet Epi Leather, $1,030 | LOUISVUITTON.COM
5. Saint Laurent Croc-effect patent-leather cardholder, $295 | NET-A-PORTER.COM
6. Gucci Small Marmont Zip Around Wallet, $570 | LN-CC.COM
7. Gucci Dionysus Suede Wallet on a Chain, $790 | BERGDORFGOODMAN.COM
8. Prada Leather Wallet, $370| MYTHERESA.COM

Gucci flap bag


Gucci green wallet

Prada real leather wallet
$410 -

Balenciaga snap bag
$540 -

Loewe elephant key chain

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Listen Your Way Through New Year Resolutions

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One way to keep up with your new year's resolutions is through podcasts. Podcasts are easy to find, easy to listen to, and free to download! Here is a list of podcasts that align with common new years resolutions:

1.Be more mindful: Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Oprah shares a curated collection of spiritual conversations with her friends, spiritual luminaries, figures, authors, thought leaders, and celebrities. It's an accessible and unstuffy way to explore topics on love, grief, forgiveness, happiness, purpose, and so much more.

2.Start that new business idea you've always dreamt about: How I Built This with Guy Raz
Guy Raz sits down with entrepreneurs, dreamers and idealists that started well known and successful companies that we know today (Instagram, Startbucks, Rent the Runway, etc). These entrepreneurs share their personal stories on the road to success and one common theme tends to pop up: trust your gut and go for it!

3. Get more sleep: Sleep With Me | The Podcast That Puts You To Sleep
This podcast is perfect for the nights where you lie in bed staring at the ceiling when you're unable to fall asleep.

4. Create a stable financial plan: Money Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life
Each episode is a mini training on topics such as credit, debt, investing, real estate, business, taxes, insurance, and money management strategies. Better yet, notes from each podcast are available online.

5. Learn a new language: Learn French |
The podcast presents language learning material in a radio talkshow style. The podcast focuses on common phrases, pronunciation, and tips you can't get out the typical textbook. Each podcast has lesson notes and much more on a corresponding website that houses additional learning materials, quizzes, and content. The podcast is available in multiple languages, including: French, Spanish, and German.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Little Black Dresses for New Year's Eve

The little black dress (L.B.D.) is a wardrobe staple. With the right accessories, it can be transformed into the perfect New Year's Eve look. Shop 5 easy New Year's Eve L.B.D. looks below:

1. For the cold weather NYE celebration:
Off-White mock neck mini dress, $884, FARFETCH.COM 
Gucci Gg Marmont Medium Shoulder Bag, $1,980, GUCCI.COM
Mango Pisa Heel Contracts Ankle Boot, $120, VERY.CO.UK

2. For the open bar gala:
Free People Gabby's Party All Night Satin Dress, $120, HARVEYNICHOLS.COM
Rebecca Minkoff Glitter Box Cross Body Bag, $175, SHOPBOP.COM 
Giuseppe Zanotti Harmony Star, $1,150, ORCHARDMILE.COM

3. For the prix-fixe dinner:
Balmain Dress, $4,795, MODAOPERANDI.COM
Alice + Olivia Darla Laser Cut Star Clutch, $425, SAKSFIFTHAVENUE.COM
Stuart Weitzman Clinger Boots, $575, STUARTWEITZMAN.COM 

4. For the party at your favorite dance club:
Black Velvet V Plunge Feather Trim Bodycon Dress, $41, PRETTYLITTLETHING.US
Michael Michael Kors Barbara envelope clutch, $296, FARFETCH.COM
Stuart Weitzman Nudist Song patent-leather sandals, $400, NET-A-PORTER.COM 

5. For the party with your parents:
Black Bardot Wrap Front Bodycon Dress, $38, PRETTYLITTLETHING.COM
Pearl Satin Clutch Bag with Crystal Bead Embroidery Cloud, $4,250, JIMMYCHOO.COM
Manolo Blahnik bb105 Black Velvet Pump, $640, SAVANNAHS.COM