Wednesday, 4 March 2015

In Solidarity Lip Balm

 To celebrate International Women's Day on the 8th March, L'Occitane has a special offering of the Shea Apricot Solidarity Balm. The special lip balm made with shea butter and apricot will nourish and soften the lips. The good thing about this product is that it is only $6 Cdn and 100% of the proceeds will support the women's entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso through the L'Occitane Foundation. This product will not only nourish and soften our lips but also nourish the development of women's small business endeavours in Burkina Faso. Go check it out on their website and also in L'Occitane stores near you. Let us support other women all around the world.  
L'Occitane products are my favourite. Their shea butter products for the face, hands, body and lips are just the best as they are fragrance free and super soft on the skin. Their products are from natural ingredients, the shea butter from the karite trees in Burkina Faso.  Discover the rest of the Shea Collection here. 

Photo credit from L'Occitane

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Icefest15: Frozen In Time

 Canadians do know how to have fun and celebrate our winter. We try not to hibernate despite the cold and snow. Instead, one weekend in February at Bloor-Yorkville in Toronto, we celebrated the Icefest 2015 with this year's theme of Frozen In Time. This year's 10th Anniversary Ice festival brought into icy life the dinosaurs, ancient-Egyptian culture with Pharaohs, sphinx, an Iris ancient bird with clock, chariot, Egyptian Gods and ancient Egyptian animals like the snake and the Egyptian cats. The winner this year, was the dinosaur, carved in ice, forever frozen in time.  

Then forward many years later, there was a magnificent carving of India's Taj Mahal carved from one block of ice. Even in ice, the Taj Mahal looked so grand and majestic. 

This year, there were so many people that it took some patience to take photos. But despite the huge crowds and freezing temperature, there were DJ music, food stalls and drinks offered all for the benefit of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Even in winter time, we do have fun for a good charitable cause. 
This is a Canadian treat made from maple syrup which is boiled then spread on ice here. It is eaten like a lollipop candy. 
 The Ice Bar is back from Sassafraz Restaurant.
 This year offering a Green cold pressed juice. A drink to your health! 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

It's All Good At The Good Press

 This year, one of my intentions is to drink and eat healthy, naturally and organically as much as possible. One of the best things I discovered here in Toronto is The Good Press right in Yorkville which specializes in organic, natural and hard press juices, smoothies and even healthy food like acai bowls. Last weekend, I braved the snow and the cold to visit their store where all the healthy action happens. I discovered that they make their juices on the same day from fresh fruit and vegetable ingredients which they gently press to extract the nectar and pulp directly to obtain the most vitamins, minerals and enzymes. They are proud to say that there is no HPP (hard pressure processing) on their products as this will minimize the health benefits of the juices. Also, the juices are sold from glass bottles and very well packaged to seal in the freshness. Now, I can't wait for the summer season to come so that I can try their fresh and organic smoothies. I love smoothies especially in different flavours. Here's to wellness and eating organically. It's all good!
 At Good Press, they believe that Best Ingredients+Best People+Best Experience=Best Juice. 
They even make their fresh Chocolate milk made from cashews, dates, maple syrup and cacao and Cashew Latte. There are several Green juices too. Discover the Menu.
 They are very creative in labelling their juices like the Eye Spy, Immunity Now and Ruby Tuesday. These are the three juices I purchased: the Eye Spy is made with carrot, apple, lemon and turmeric for anti-inflammatory and Vision support. The Ruby Tuesday is made with beet,carrot,apple,ginger and lemon for toxin flush. Immunity Now is made with grapefruit, orange, ginger, turmeric and echinacea for Immune System Support. I can really taste the freshness of each ingredient when I drank each of these juices. It is not sweet at all unlike other juices.
I admire their business values:



Saturday, 21 February 2015

It's All White In Winter

 It's finally winter here in Toronto. We have been experiencing snowy and freezing temperatures during this month of February. As usual, everything outside is covered with snow. It is all white around us. This week was New York Fashion Week, there were brave fashion ladies who ventured out wearing white all over. Wearing winter whites is for the brave ones who want to stand out and stylish all year round. Just make sure to avoid the slush. 
Photo Credits: Fashion photos are from Phil Oh at and Tommy Ton at

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Chinoiserie at Laduree

During my visit to Paris last October, I made sure that I stopped for breakfast at Laduree on the Left Bank at Rue Bonaparte. It turned out that the decor on Laduree Rue Bonaparte was inspired by chinoiserie with palm trees, chinoiserie wall paper with animals print, red chinese borders, red and green leather seats. The whole place was like an elegant garden conservatory or salon. In the spirit of Chinese New Year on 19 February which celebrates the Green Wooden Sheep, the Chinoiserie decor at Laduree truly celebrates the elegant Eastern design elements right in Paris. 
 For Breakfast, I had the pain perdu with rose sauce and Chantilly cream with cafe creme and apricot juice.

Check here your Horoscope predictions during the Year of the Sheep.

How to be successful in love in the Year of the Sheep.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

 I thought I would share with you one of my favourite stores in Paris on Valentine's Day, Fauchon offers in store lots of love, desire, magnificence, deliciousness, beauty, magic and romance. Everything that we hope for not only on Valentine's Day but everyday of our lives. This shop has a restaurant too where you can taste their gourmet specialities whilst you decide which one of their lovely products to buy. I hope this weekend of love, you will celebrate with chocolates, champagne, wine, macarons and lots of deliciousness and love that our one and only life have  to offer. Enjoy every moment everyday. Give the love to everyone too.