Monday, June 29, 2015

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for June 20-26, 2015

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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In Balmain
At the 'Magic Mike XXL' premiere in Hollywood, California

In Sonia Rykiel
('Astrid' slingbacks by Vince, bag by Lala, 'Joie de Vivre' earrings by Mawi London, 'Park' sunglasses by Elizabeth and James)
Out and about in London, England

In Emilio Pucci
('Jetta' booties by Sophia Webster, clutch by Lee Savage)
At the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, Canada

In Ralph Lauren
At the Vogue and Ralph Lauren Wimbledon summer cocktail party in London, England

In Mugler
(t-strap sandals by Christian Louboutin)
At the 'Hot Pursuit' premiere in Mexico City, Mexico

In Coach
At the 5th Annual Coach and Friends of the High Line Summer Party in NYC, New York

(clutch by Raowulf, bodychain by Lorraine Schwartz)
At the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, Ontario

(clutch by Hayward, bracelets by Monica Vinader, 'Lulu' heels by Aquazzura)
At the Seaport Studios opening in NYC, New York

Friday, June 26, 2015

ABC's OF STYLE: O is for Ombre

(My daughter is just about the sweetest thing since bubblegum.
She also happens to be about the shyest kid you will ever meet. The one who always stands off to the side taking it all in from a glance and whose lip trembles when she is forced to speak.
No exaggeration here, I have family and friends who haven't heard a peep from her in years!
I have convinced her to partake in a little photographic exercise in self-confidence this summer and since she is indulging her mother, it would be just super if you did too!)

O is for Ombre
The trendy city cousin of the summer tie-dye you fell in love with at camp that is sophisticated enough to go from the office to a rooftop patio with an ease that says 'summer is finally here'.
For me, it has always been reminder of the sun-kissed manes you imagine on those California girls who live and breathe the beach!

DRESS // Gap     SUNGLASSES // Ray-Ban     SANDALS // Birkenstock     BAG // Roots     

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


To the visitor clippping his toenails in my backyard.
We are close but not that close and quite frankly, no one wants to be that close to anyone while toenails are flying about!
I thought I was hearing things. That distinct sound of metal cutting through nail was momentarily piercing against the quiet of a lazy afternoon. I continued preparing coffee for your visit, hoping that what I was hearing through the open window was a figment of my imagination, maybe a crafty squirrel engaged in target practice with a miniature bibi gun or something equally ridiculous. But as I walked out back carrying my tray, I realized that my imagination hadn't fooled me at all. There you were, just you and your nail clipper, basking in the sun. Maybe it was the look of utter bewilderment on my face or maybe you just came to your senses but thankfully you finished with your pinky toe, slipped the clipper back into your pocket and your foot back into your sandal. Nevertheless, I thanked the good Lord above for that small mercy.

It's something that shouldn't surprise any of us yet I find myself floored on too many occasions by the sight of people whipping out a nail clipper in public and having at their feet. That goes double for the lady who sat in a waiting room beside me earlier this week and decided to slip off her sandals, lift her feet up onto her chair and vigorously clear the what-not from between her toes.
I don't care how busy you are at home-the subway, a park bench, your desk and especially while visiting a friend is not where you should be grooming yourself in that manner. I could go on and on but I think this one is pretty basic.

NEVER clip your nails (finger or otherwise) in public.

Friday, June 19, 2015

THE COCKTAIL HOUR: The French Martini

I'm lifting a martini glass in the air today and not just because the weekend is well on it's way but because it's National Martini Day and I can't think of a better reason to celebrate!
James Bond might have been a big fan of the classic dry Martini but unfortunately, it has a habit of leaving my face with a bit of a grimace so I opt for something a little sweeter, a colourful combination with a hint of fruit and a whole lot of bubbly.
So this weekend, take out your fanciest Martini glasses (or go rogue and use a whimsical liqueur glass like they did at The Weslodge Saloon in downtown Toronto where I happened upon this drink in the first place) and toast to one of my very favourite 'Lemontree-approved' holidays!

The French Martini

1 1/2 oz Champagne
1/4 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
1/4 ozfresh pineapple juice
1 twist lemon peel

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Champagne, pineapple juice and Chambord. Shake well and pour into Martini glass.
Garnish with lemon peel.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for June 6-12, 2015

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In Delpozo
(clutch Edie Parker, flower sandals by Delpozo)
At the 'Live From New York' premiere in Los Angeles, California

In Alice + Olivia
('Jealous' sandals by Tamara Mellon)
At a Windsor Smith's Homefront book release event in Los Angeles, California

In Stella McCartney
(bracelet by Jack Vartanian, 'Jane' sandals by Saint Laurent)
At the 'Minions' world premiere in London, England

('Juliana' cage booties by Schutz, sunglasses by Westward Leaning, foldover tote by Hayward, silver collar by Capwell & Co)
Out and about in Soho, New York

In Dolce & Gabbana
(jewellery by Jennifer Meyer, 'Chelsea' sandals by Kurt Geiger)
At Spike TV’s Guys Choice 2015 Awards in Culver City, California

In Prada
('Amika' heels by Jimmy Choo)
At the 14th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles, California

In Naeem Khan
At the 2015 Tony Awards in NYC, New York

In Cushnie et Ochs
(sandals by Ralph Lauren, 'Broken Space' clutch by Lee Savage, jewellery by Jennifer Meyer)
At an 'Orangecon' fan event in NYC, New York

In Victoria Beckham
(clutch by Victoria Beckham)
Out and about in NYC, New York

In Valentino
At the 2015 Tony Awards in NYC, New York

Thursday, May 14, 2015

READ: May's Book Club

The warm temperatures and sun have finally returned to us this month and while my days are saved for as many outdoor activities as I can cram into the calendar, I have earmarked any rainy days (or lazy afternoons!) with the names of these books.
Pencilled in and bookmark ready by my side!

Touted as the next 'Gone Girl' thriller, Paula Hawkins' debut novel drew me in with the cryptic opening line “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” but the intertwining voices of three characters sharing their take of  assumed scenarios and what they think they saw kept me turning the pages. Reminiscent of Hitchcock's classic 'Rear Window' fast forwarded to 2015!

Karen Mordecai celebrates every aspect of the glory that once was 'Sunday supper', seen as the gathering of family and friends to connect and exchange. Simple recipes that can be mastered by any level of expertise and stunning photography (I've never seen a fried egg look quite as breathtaking!), I loved the way Ms. Mordecai morphed the essential elements of the Sunday supper into any meal of the day, regardless of who you invite over to break bread with you!

She will always be known as one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (her godfather, HRH The Prince of Wales has even written the foreword!) with a lineage as English as tea and crumpets but India Hicks invites you to take a peek at the life she has built for herself and her family on a island paradise as far removed from palaces and royals as you can get!

 “Japan’s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter" shares the keys to streamlining our homes and lives. The Japanese based method of decluttering your mind via dejunking your home has elevated Marie Kondo to celebrity status in Japan and the honour of being hailed as the 'most organized woman in the world' by people in the know all over the world.

Ever wonder why we choose to continue doing the things we do, even when we know that a change for the better is in order? Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling 'The Happiness Project' dissects the whys, why-nots and hows of changing the age-old habits that hold us back, physically and mentally.

I usually veer away from stories about children meeting an untimely end but my nostalgia for the suburban life of the 1970's caught my eye. Set in Ohio during that decade, Celeste Ng's debut work paints the heartbreaking portrait of a family, unravelling after the disappearance and death of one of their children, a daughter they thought they knew but slowly realize they didn't.

What are you reading this month??

Friday, May 8, 2015

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for May 2-8, 2015

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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(colour-block sandals by Tory Burch)
 At the 1st Annual Bentonville Film Festival in Bettonville, Arkansas

In Sam and Lavi
At an 'Age of Adaline' press event in Los Angeles, California

In Christian Dior
(clutch by Dior, bracelets by Harry Winston)
At the `Mad Max: Fury Road` premiere in Hollywood, California

('Maia' skirt by Tanya Taylor, 'True Blue' sandals by Christian Louboutin, `Daphne` bag by Jason Wu)
At a 'Good Morning America' appearance in NYC, New York

At a Longines event at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. 

In Dior
('Pilgrim' clutch by Roger Vivier, sandals by Dior)
At the UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Gala in Beverly Hills, California

(suede trench by Gucci, 'The Dearest' clutch by Sarah's Bag
At a 'Hamilton' viewing at the Public Theater in NYC, New York

In A.L.C.
Out and about in Los Angeles, California

Monday, May 4, 2015


To the hairstylist telling her client about her date.
Sounds like you had a great time last night and why shouldn't you? You are a (presumably) single young woman enjoying a little fun. How would I know you ask? My son told be all about it.
My 8 year old son who, unfortunately for the poor fellow, had to be dragged along to his mom's appointment. He was quietly sitting in the waiting area being a good boy like he promised his mom, no small feat for a boy who 'needs to dance' while brushing his teeth and and couldn't keep his hands still if he found them glued to one another.
I'm sure the fact that he was in hearing distance of a saucy, swear-word laden story being told by an adult kept his attention better than anything could. You knew he was there. You greeted him upon entrance, asked him if he wanted anything and made his cheeks blush a little bit when you remarked that he was a very handsome boy. So I was a little surprised that you would quickly become oblivious to him (and to everyone else around you) as soon as you turned back to your client and continued the colourful replay of your evening.
His recount of your date and all the sorted 'f-words' you used made for interesting conversation on the way back home which is when he decided to let me in on all that he heard (tucked away in a private room for about 15 minutes, I had missed the whole story).
It was a LONG ride home.
My boy doesn't live in a plastic bubble so I am pretty sure he had heard some of these words before, on the playground or quite possibly at the lips of some other adult who was just as oblivious of him and to the fact that it is pretty darn hard to teach children how we manoeuvre through life with a little courtesy, charm and respect when all they see and hear are inappropriate conversations and foul language from the 'grown-ups who should know better'. It brings to mind a quote from Fred Astaire who once said that "The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any."

We all drop the occasional f-bomb (and sometimes worse) in the heat of the moment but when our everyday vocabulary morphs into a scene from an R-rated movie, we bring ourselves down a notch and take our kids down with us.

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