Sunday, May 20, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK The Royal Wedding Edition

Who is your choice for best dressed guest?
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(By now, we all know the princess bride was stunning but did you happen to notice that the majority of the royal wedding guests were also killing it in the style department?!)




In Alexander McQueen

In Emma Louise Designs

In Victoria Beckham

(In Stella McCartney)


(In The Fold)

(In Valentino)

(In Stella McCartney)

(In Suzannah)


Who was best dressed guest at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Lady Kitty Spencer
Gina Torres
Carey Mulligan
The Duchess of Cambridge
Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York
Victoria Beckham
Amal Clooney
Princess Beatrice
Pippa Middleton
Sofia Wellesley
Oprah Winfrey
The Countess of Wessex
Lady Karen Spencer

Saturday, May 19, 2018

LESSONS FOR A LIFE WELL LIVED Turn Those Lemons Into Lemon-Aid

Heavy meals and foods sensitivities can make your lymphatic system sluggish, leaving you with puffy eyes, a bloated tummy and that general 'heavy' feeling that is impossible to shake. When this system becomes blocked, toxins (the yucky junk floating around in our bodies that stop it from running smoothly) can not be released effectively from the body. All this build-up puts strain on the liver, kidneys, digestive and immune systems, not a good thing since you need all your sums and parts to be giving you 100% to reach optimal health, physically and emotionally.

I've heard about the wonders of the morning room-temp lemon water for years and never gave it much thought until this morning while I was sitting for hours at my dealership getting my car serviced when it dawned on me! (longish story but bear with me for a moment).
I explained to the service personnel that my 6-month old car was giving me a little less than the peak performance I was expecting. The service guy ran me through a gamut of questions after which I was waiting for some kind of intense service to be read back to me but all I got was a very simple answer and solution. Occasionally filling my tank with less that premium gasoline was gunking up my fuel injector, causing the system to not run at its peak. Sticking to premium gas and occasionally mixing in a bottle of fuel injector cleaner would remove that sludge, allowing my car to run smoothly and re-boot my acceleration level.
Just in case your still wondering what the heck all that has to do with squeezing a lemon into water, here's the breakdown.
Non-premium gas = heavy processed foods and allergens
fuel injector cleaner = room temperature lemon water
It's as simple as that!

Staring your day with a glass of room-temp water (even warmer if you prefer) with the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon is one of the best  ways to take the load off your lymphs, detoxify you on a cellular level and give you that whole body boost, starting with that zingy lemon scent that signals your brain to go into energy mode. The lemon juice helps flush the liver and colon, while providing imporatant nutrients and valuable natural enzymes. Studies have also shown that lemon juice reduces the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol or the bad stuff) by over 40 percent, compared with drinking water only. Lemon juice is jam-packed with vitamin C and antibacterial/antiviral properties that can also help keep all those colds and infections at bay.
It also might help you shed a little extra baggage due to its alkaline properties. A gaggle of people, including Elle Macpherson (who at 54 is still considered 'The Body' in Super Model circles) swear by an alkaline based diet keeping their bodies fit, healthy and youthful.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

THE COVET LIST Royal Wedding Edition

clockwise from top left
1. paper dolls    2. mug     3. colouring book     4. clotted cream fudge
5. souvenir album      6. 'wedding bouquet' tea     7. tea towel     8. plate

Have you caught royal wedding fever yet??
I've been trying to 'keep calm and carry on' as they say and have resisted getting sucked into all the endless interviews coming from old boyfriends, disgruntled family and even ex-BFF's.
I've passed on the wedding dress predictions and the debate as to who will finally walk the bride down the aisle but I get weak in the knees when it comes to all these royal wedding mementos and souvenirs. These trinkets, that are being sold everywhere from gas stations to luxury department stores are touted as 'must haves' for the true royal fan and who are we to doubt those in the know, if they say we need to commemorate then so be it! 😆😆😆
I usually don't go in for the real kitschy stuff but a few tres cute pieces have caught my eye here and I don't know if I will be able to resist them all. This mug has already come home with me but I think I'll have to rustle up a couple of companions (this and maybe a little fudge to have with me cuppa tea) so that it doesn't get homesick on this side of the pond!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed for April 22-28, 2018

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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In Akris
At the Beautycon Festival NYC 2018 in NYC, New York

In Stella McCartney
('Zodiac' clutch by Naeem Khan, 'BB' pumps by Manolo Blahnik)
At the Royal Albert Hall concert to celebrate the Queen's 92nd birthday in London, England

In Zuhair Murad
At the St. Jude Hope & Heritage Gala in NYC, New York

In Valentino
At the 68th German Film Awards LOLA in Berlin, Germany

At ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada

In Zac Posen
At the Brooks Brothers Bicentennial Celebration in NYC, New York

In Zuhair Murad 
At the Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' premiere in Los Angeles, California

In Retrofete
At the Marvel Studios 'Avengers: Infinity War' premiere in Los Angeles, California

Who is your choice for Best Dressed for April 22-28, 2018?

Zendaya Coleman in Akris
Meghan Markle in Stella McCartney
Jenna Dewan in Zuhair Murad
Diane Kruger in Valentino
Mila Kunis in Sally LaPointe
Katie Holmes in Zac Posen
Danai Gurira in Zuhair Murad
Gwyneth Paltrow in Retrofete

Saturday, April 28, 2018

THE COCKTAIL HOUR Cotton Candy-tini

When I picture the perfect Friday, it always includes some sunshine, a laundry room that can do without calling my name for 48 hours, coming home to dinner on the table and of course, a colourful cocktail, preferably something pink and served on a patio! Since one can never have it all, I did without the patio tonight (it's been warming up here in Toronto but let's not get crazy, we're still in the single digits for the rest of the weekend) but the cocktail was as pink as can be!
Even for someone like myself who doesn't usually prefer my beverages on the sweet side, the Cotton Candy-tini hit the spot since the vodka is only lightly infused with the taste of that yummy confection that reminds me of the funfairs and circuses I used to love as a kid!
TGIF, Cheers!

2 oz. Cotton Candy flavored vodka (I use Pinnacle) 


Combine the vodka, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Serves 1.

Monica Vinader

Monday, April 23, 2018


Iris Apfel

"Life is gray and dull, and you might as well have a little fun when you dress and amuse people"

To learn more about the incomparable Iris Apfel,

Saturday, April 21, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed for April 15-21, 2018

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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In Schiaparelli
(heels by Jimmy Choo)
At the ‘Westworld’ premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, New York

In Ester Abner
At the ‘I Feel Pretty’ premiere in Westwood, California

In Dolce & Gabbana
 At the ‘Blue Night’ premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, New York

In Louis Vuitton
At the ‘I Feel Pretty’ premiere in Los Angeles, California

In J. Mendel
At the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada

In Black Halo
('Milano' pumps by Aquazurra, 'Dionysus' clutch by Gucci)
At the Women’s Empowerment reception during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, England

Who Is Your Choice For Best Dressed This Week?

Thandie Newton in Schiaparelli
Olivia Culpo in Ester Abner
Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce and Gabbana
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Jennifer Nettles in J. Mendel
Meghan Markle in Black Halo