Saturday, July 08, 2017

The Weekend WINEdown - VQA White Wine

For all you Winos out there, this series is for you! After an amazing trip to Greece and Portugal, and experiencing some of the lesser known Wine Countries, I wanted to create somewhat of a Weekly Wine Series where I share with you mini reviews, where to buy the Wines, and The Weekend WINEdown 5 🍷 Rating of Approval. For the first post of The Weekend WINEdown, and in collaboration with Canada's 150th Birthday, I am focusing on VQA White Wines. Number #1: We need to know what VQA stands for and means? VQA stands for Vintners Quality Assurance and is an independent authority that creates and ensures a strict quality assurance program is followed. However, the main aspect for a wine to be considered a VQA is that the grapes must be 100% Ontario-grown.  Like a lot of different wine regions, the VQA helps define the best grape-growing regions and sets standards for the wines. Number #2: Where can I find Regions producing VQA Wines? Within Ontario there are 2 main Wine Regions, Niagara-On-The-Lake and Prince Edward County. Personally, I am a NOTL kind of girl, however PEC produces equally as good wines. With that being said, the 3 Bottles I'm going to share with you this week are all from the Niagara-On-The-Lake Region, 2 bottles from Konzelmann's and 1 from Flat Rock Cellars.
So pour yourself a glass of wine, or two, and enjoy!
Konzelmann 2015 Pinot Blanc🍷🍷🍷🍷($13.95) : This multi Award Winning Wine is a light, medium-dry wine, giving off notes of banana, pear, and a hint of citrus on the nose. While green apple, a subtle minerality, and a crisp acidity take over your palette. An ideal wine for hot summer days on a patio.
Key Pairings: Shellfish | White Meats | Light Cheeses
Flat Rock Cellars 2014 Twisted🍷🍷🍷($17): This trio of grapes, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer, creates an interesting blend of sweet and acidic with hints of apple, pear, lemon, honey, and spices on the nose.
Key Pairings: Spicy Asian Cuisine | Thai Cuisine | Indian Cuisine | Seafood
Konzelmann 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve🍷🍷🍷🍷($18.95): One of my favourite varietals of White Wine has been done to perfection by Herbert Konzelmann himself. This tasty creation has hints of gooseberry and grass on the nose, which transitions into spicy pear, white pepper, and lemon zest on the palette.
Key Pairings: Canapés | Fish | Goats Cheese

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mini Review: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream

After years of thinking I had Oily Skin, it took one facial to learn I have been treating my Skin wrong this entire time. So Influenster sending me the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream couldn't have come at a better time. This cream not only left my skin feeling hydrated all day long, it also didn't come with that greasy after feel. Absorbing into my skin within minutes, therefore allowing flawless make-up application. So what makes this cream so special? The Organic Leaf of Life Extract. This natural ingredient is a hydrating activator that helps increase your skin's hyaluronic acid production, or in simpler terms the skin's natural water retention system. Another amazing benefit of this cream is its Anti-Pollution Protection, from outdoor and indoor pollution. So pretty much the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream is the perfect daytime cream. Easily available at your local Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart/Beauty Boutique locations. So there's no excuse not to get your hands on one of these! I promise you, you will not be disappointed.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kendall Kills Kannes

Chopard x Vanity Fair Party in Cannes

 Dress: Ronald van der Kemp | Earrings: Gucci | Stilettos: Sergio Rossi
Hair Stylist: Jen Atkin | Make Up Artist: Mary Phillips
Stylist: Marni Senofonte

120 Beats Per Minute Red Carpet Premiere

Gown: Giambattista Valli Couture | Jewellery: Chopard | Sockettes: Wolford | Sandals: Jimmy Choo
Hair Stylist: Jen Atkin | Make Up Artist: Mary Phillips
Stylist: Marni Senofonte

On a Yacht in Cannes

Swimsuit: Lisa Marie Fernandez | Hat: Jacquemus
Stylist: Marni Senofonte

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Best Dressed: The Met Gala 2017


Ensemble: Comme des Garçon | Sandals: DSquared2 | Jewelry: Chopard & D'Orazio
Hair Stylist: Yusef | Make Up Artist: Lora Arellano | Nail Artist: Maria Salandra
Stylist: Mel Ottenberg

Chrissy Teigen
 Gown: Marchesa | Jewelry: Lorraine Schwartz | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman
Hair Stylist: Jen Atkins | Make Up Artist: Mary Phillips
Stylist: Monica Rose

Ashley Graham

Gown: H&M | Sandals: Schutz | Earrings & Ring: Piaget
Hair Stylist: Andrew Fitzsimons | Make Up Artist: Allan Avendaño | Nail Artist: Mar y Sol Inzerillo
Stylist: Jeff K. Kim

Kylie Jenner
Gown: Atelier Versace | Jewelry: Lorraine Schwartz
Hair Stylist: Tokyo | Make Up Artist: Ariel Tejada 
Stylist: Jill Jacobs

Janelle Monáe
 Gown: Ralph & Russo | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Hair Stylist: Nikki Nelms | Make Up Artist: Jessica P. Smalls
Stylist: Maeve Reilly

Hailey Baldwin
Gown: Carolina Herrera (Custom) | Jewelry: Lorraine Schwartz | Sandals: Giuseppe Zanotti |
Veil: Gigi Burris (Custom)
Hair Stylist: Florido | Make Up Artist: Robert Sesnek
Stylist: Maeve Reilly

Blake Lively

Gown: Atelier Versace | Jewelry: Lorraine Schwartz | Sandals: Christian Louboutin
Hair Stylist: Rod Ortega | Make Up Artist: Kristofer Buckle | Nail Artist: Elle

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Book Review: "Silent Scream"

This book was twisted from the very start. "Silent Scream" by Angela Marsons is about numerous murders in a small town named Black Country that all end up being tied together by something that happened some 10+ years earlier. As D.I. Kim Stone works through the case, new and shocking evidence is discovered causing herself to sometimes end up in dangerous situations. If you are looking for a novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing who could be the killer, this is the novel for you. Also, Angela Marsons has 3/4 other novels featuring D.I. Kim Stone, if you have read any of the other ones please let me know in the comments below.
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Best Dressed at the Time 100 Gala 2017

Blake Lively

Gown: Marchesa | Jewellery: Ofira Jewelz & Lorraine Swart
Hair Stylist: Rod Ortega | Make Up Artist: Kristofer Buckle | Nail Artist: Elle

Sarah Paulson

Gown: Rodarte | Jewellery: Monique Péan | Shoes: Pedro Garcia
Hair Stylist: Earl Simms | Make Up Artist: Tyron Machhausen
Stylist: Kyla Welsh

Chrissy Teigen

Gown: Angelys Balek |  Clutch: Lee Savage
Hair Stylist: Danielle Priano | Make Up Artist: Renny Vasquez
Stylist: Monica Rose

Kendall & Kylie Showed Up To Impress

No one does Coachcella style better than Kendall and Kylie Jenner and their hosting gig at Bumble's Winter Bumbleland Party was no exception. The two took completely different approaches to their looks which ended up complementing each other perfectly. Kendall opted for sneakers, wide-leg high-waisted trousers, and a matching sequinned crop top and kimono. Completing her look was an oversized ecru hat, layered chockers, and a bold red lip. Kylie went less music festival and more glam, wearing a matching snake print crop top and mini skirt with gold sandals. However, what stole the show was her violet bob, completed with layered gold chains, smokey eye, and nude lip. Although I can't tell you who was better dresses, what I can tell you is that they nailed their hosting fashion!

I Just Can't Get Enough of This Look!

Kim Kardashian West made a rare appearance earlier this month at the Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards wearing a STUNNING sheer gown with exceptional beading detail throughout the bodice and sleeves. This couture creation really showcases Kim's Fashion Icon Status, let alone her killer body. Kim topped off her look with slick wet-looking hair, and signature subtle smokey eye and nude lip combo. To say I'm obsessed with this look would be an understatement. Enough bermuda shorts and oversized t-shirts/sweaters and more of this, who's with me!
 Gown: Givenchy Couture
Hair Stylist: Chris Appleton | Make Up Artist: Omar Rokael Lizama

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cara Delevingne Slays the "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" Press Tour

Cinemacon Las Vegas

Ensemble: Alexander Vaultier | Stilettos: Christian Louboutin 
Hair Stylist: Mara Roszak | Make Up Artist: Molly R Stern
Stylist: Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn

"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" LA Trailer Screening
Ensemble: Mugler | Stilettos: Jimmy Choo
Hair Stylist: Mara Roszak | Make Up Artist: Molly R Stern
Stylist: Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kendall Welcomes Spring In Brights

Usually I'm not a fan of this whole Kardashian Sweatpants trend but I must say there is just something about Kendall Jenner's canary yellow ensemble. I am obsessed with how mixing a silky lace cami with oversized heavy sweatpants stayed ultra chic and feminine. I am also loving how Kendall kept this look ultra cas with flat gladiators, large sunnies, and matching clutch. Pulled back pony and pinky-nude lipstick completed her H2T look.
Cami: Gucci | Sweatpants: Kendall & Kylie | Clutch: Chanel | Sunnies: Celine
Stylist: Monica Rose

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Mini Review: DesignMe Power Dry Me

After a long break from Blogging I am back with an amazing product to share with you all! This is truly a miracle product by Design.Me, their Power Dry Me Mist cuts blow-drying time in literally a 3rd. Usually it took me around 20-30 minutes to completely dry my hair however with 10 sprays of this amazing product blow-drying only takes me 5-7 minutes! Honestly, who doesn't want extra time in the morning to either stay in bed a little bit longer or sit down and enjoy your cup of joe. You are probably wondering who Design.Me is, and like me you aren't alone. This hair brand was created by 4 friends out of Montreal, QC Canada with the sole goal to create high-quality goods that were cruelty, sulfate, paraben, and gluten free, for hair stylists and hair savvy clients, and this product is no exception. I was very sceptical upon first trying it, but will instantly sold when my hair took the same amount of time to fully dry as it usually did to half dry my top layer! This is a must try and can be purchased through Design.Me's online shop for $19.50 USD.

Click HERE to learn more about the product and Design.Me and click HERE to purchase their Power Dry Me Mist.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kim Nails Her On Stage Style

Kim Kardashian West made a rare public appearance at the Family Equality Council's Impact Awards where she presented Jonathon Murray (co-founder of Bunim/Murray Productions) with the Impact Award. Kim wore a body hugging strapless gown with over-sized hooped earrings, low straight pony, and natural makeup. I am loving this subtle, yet sexy look! Such a nice change from the oversized sweaters and sweatpants.

Gown: Rick Owens
Hair Stylist: Andrew Fitzsimons | Make Up Artist: Mario Dedivanovic

This Weekend Can't Come Soon Enough!

Chrissy Teigen walked the red carpet at the LA Premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" last week wearing a Lumiere inspired velvet and fringed frock with matching box clutch, slicked back low bun, gold smokey eye, and dark maroon lip. I am loving this unusual look, dark and vampy, from Chrissy and the dress couldn't have been more appropriate!
Frock: Raisa & Vanessa 
Hair Stylist: Laura Polko | Make Up Artist: Allan Avendano
Stylist: Monica Rose

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mini Review: Bite Beauty Lip Pencil

 Meet the future of Pencil Lip Liners! Earlier last month I was one of the lucky Influenster's who got to test out Bite Beauty's new Pencil Lip Liners complimentary before they hit Sephora shelves. I was sent 2 out of the 20+ Collection to test out and I instantly fell in love with this product. The consistancy is like no other pencil liner, it is very creamy, making it apply smoothly and blend like a dream. I know, like me, you're probably confused, because it's still a pencil liner but the magic formula created by Bite Beauty has once again proven anything is possible in the beauty world when amazing ingredients are being used. I also need to mention the coverage, because, I'm sure you've guess it, it is also top notch. It's extremely opaque but is very lightweight, so your liner doesn't feel chunky and overly layered. It is just a dream product, whether paired with one of Bite's Amuse Bouche Lipsticks or another one of your favourite brands or lipsticks. You just can't go wrong with anything from Bite Beauty, and their new Lip Pencil is no exception!

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil #020 Beige Nude and #044 Rich Mahogany ($20 Each) c/o Influenster
Bite Beauty (Mini) Amuse Bouche Lipstick Honeycomb and Nori ($30 Each) c/o Influenster
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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Best Dressed: 2017 Oscar After-Paries

Vanessa Hudgens @ Elton John's 2017 Oscar Party

 Gown: Kristian Aadnevik | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman | Rings: Effy Jewelry, Levian Jewelry, Djula Jewelry, & Graziela Gems | Jewellery: Jacob Jewelery & EF Collection
Hair Stylist: Dicky Collins | Make Up Artist: Patrick Ta
Stylist: Natalie Saidi

Nina Dobrev @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
 Gown: Christian Dior | Sandals:  Tamara Mellon | Clutch: Yliana Yepez
Hair Stylist: Riawna Capri | Make Up Artist: Spencer Barnes
Stylist: Ilaria Urbinati
Vanessa Hudgens @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Gown: Elie Saab | Sandals: Sophia Webster | Earrings: Fernando Jorge
Hair Stylist: Clayton Hawkins | Make Up Artist: Georgie Eisdell
Stylists: Wendi and Nicole

Janelle Monae @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
 Gown: Alexandre Vauthier | Peep-Toes: Christian Louboutin | Jewellery: Stefere
Hair Stylist: Nikki Nelms | Make Up Artist: Jessica P. Smalls
Stylist: Kate Kohler

Jessica Biel @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Gown: Ralph Lauren | Jewellery: Tiffany & Co. | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman
Hair Stylist: Adir Abergel | Make Up Artist: Kara Yoshimoto Bua
Stylist: Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn

Karlie Kloss @ The 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Gown: Naeem Khan | Jewellery: Cartier | Sandals: Stuart Weitzman | Clutch: Roger Vivier
Hair Stylist: Giannandrea | Make Up Artist: Hung Vanngo 
Stylist: Karla Weich