Monday, 12 January 2015

When two seasons collide

Hello everyone! How cold is it where you live?

Because it is probably cold where you are, if you live anywhere north of Phoenix (yep, there are winter storm warnings in New Mexico as well). Although more typical winter temperatures (whatever that means) are in store according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist, snow, ice and rain will still disrupt air travel from Cleveland to New York City. (So much for that winter escape plan). To sum it all up, spring it is still faaar away.

Which is why I am getting increasingly annoyed at emails about 1) winter escapes 2) wardrobe spring refresh, even if on sale (sorry The Outnet). Who's with me?

Friday, 9 January 2015

A new logo!

Hello everyone and happy Friday!

I am patting myself on the back for quite a productive week, which has unexpectedly ended... with a new logo! I have been toying with this idea for a while and suddenly the color scheme worked out. I hope you like it! (Although right after I had uploaded it to all my social networks' profile I had a last minute idea. Can you spot it in the board above?)

Thursday, 8 January 2015

I am not buying any workout gear (and I am not sorry about it)

Hello everyone! Have you signed up for the gym?

It is the beginning of January, after all, and isn't everyone's top resolution getting in better shape? (I just discovered that the health craze started six months ago, but I had honestly not realized.) The fashion industry knows about it, of course. Every email I get right now (and probably you too) advertises sales of workout clothes. Sears has even discounted his workout machines. This morning quinoa snacks at my local Maxi were on sale.

Although I decided a long time ago not to formalize any more this intention amongst my own resolutions, I am trying to pay more attention to what I eat and how much I get off my butt. This morning I walked up five flight of stairs to get to my office and I felt -- mentally -- quite good about it. I bought the quinoa snacks above for the office -- never miss a good sale --, and I did not hate them.

My goodness now that I think about I am turning into a health monster, for my (admittedly low) standards. But I am not signing up for the gym and I am most definitely not buying any workout gear, because: 1) Over the years, I could have afforded a Chanel bag with the money I spent on gym fees that seldom paid off; 2) I have too many clothes, especially since...; 3) ... you may remember the sport trend has been going strong in the past few seasons, and I have been lured into buying more workout clothes that I needed by convincing myself that I wold have used it for other purposes (which never happened); 4) wasting money on workout clothes makes me feel two times more depressed than wasting money on gym fees alone.

I will just continue to take the stairs. If I really commit to it, I may even try to workout with Karlie Kloss.

Photo: Suri's Burn Book, with the caption: "Always remember that Gisele pays someone to follow her around in case she wants to Instagram her spontaneous yoga."  (If you are like me, you need something to lighten up now that you are read so much about exercising.)

Monday, 5 January 2015

Back to the office in 2015

Hello everyone and happy New Year!

How did you spend the holidays? My parents came back to visit us, so we mixed family time and fun activities outside the house -- although we were all a bit bummed by the lack of snow. In fact, I cannot believe how fast the past two weeks have gone. While we were going through them it felt time was passing by slowly, yet here I am now sitting at my office desk and wondering about those flying reindeers. And those resolutions. (More on the latter in another post).

I am about to leave to run a few errands for tomorrow's Befana, and I am happy about how productive my first morning at the office has been. I have organized my conference travel, got through my emails (delete. delete. repeat delete), tackled the most urgent things, and reconnected with my Garance Doré obsession fascination by ordering these notebooks. (They are not sold out! Order directly through Rifle Paper & Co. if you are interested).

I hope your first day at the office is productive as well! (If not, stay positive: slightly more than 3 hours left to go).

Photo: Flying reindeer by Sandor Weisz via MIT's Tumblr. (Who knew?)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Crazy fashion

Hello everyone!

It has been a (long) while since my last musings on the craziness of fashion (full set here). Here is a really good one though.

If you are still missing a present for someone on your Christmas list, and have a spare 40K in your bank account, fear no more! Neiman Marcus is hosting an exclusive 72-hours sale of Hermes bags, starting at about 38,000 US$.

I mean, can you even spend that much money online? My credit card company calls me when I make a purchase over 1000 CAD...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Happy Cyber Week!

Hello everyone! Did you shop on Cyber Monday?

If you did not, fear not. A few retailers have just endorsed Cyber Week. It is now clear that online shopping has kept 6 million less shoppers than anticipated to show up in American stores last Friday. This is perhaps why Cyber Monday deals have been extended. If they have not, the available discounts at several online stores are still almost as good as those on Black Friday. To keep up with this constant turnaround, follow us on Twitter! I will keep selecting the best deals for Montreal and Canadian shoppers.

Most important, remember that today is actually Giving Tuesday. It may be the best time before the real holiday craze hits to think about how to give back this year.

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Hello everyone! Did you have a good Thanksgiving weekend?

December is generally not a good month for me, so I am preparing mentally for tomorrow by looking back at my Instagram faves from last week. I hope they inspire you as well.

From top left: When December puts me down, I try hard to remember this (via @creaturecomforts) // I wish one day I will be invited to this table (via @garancedore) // Black is not my favorite color, but this spread is tempting me to reconsider (via @thefashionsight) // Fendi, Celine and a Turkey: the best (via @purseblog) // Ez's stuffed creations make me wish I was a child again (via @petitpippin) // Going dark for the holidays never looked so inviting (via @yvonnekone) // There is never enough pie (via @gsp) // Walking around lake Michigan is one of my fondest memories from the time I spent in the US (thanks @designmom for reminding me). 

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