Monday, September 30, 2013

A TRIP DOWN THE AISLE: Colour Pop Inspiration

By Steph Payne



The autumn and winter wedding season is finally here, and long gone are the hot, light days and vibrant summer colours – or are they?
More and more A/W brides are shunning the ‘traditional’ soft metallic pallets and deep winter hues such as rich purples, blues and reds and are opting for bold, summery splashes of colour – and it looks magnificent.
I always thought that it is far harder on autumn and winter brides to select their colour schemes, but in fact I think that we A/W brides have so much more choice and creativity. I am myself a winter bride, and I have opted for a crisp white and silver colour scheme, but with a little summery twist. Along my journey from fiancée to bride, I have found the best and most effective ways to introduce bursts of bright colour to my day really subtly and effectively. Here are a few ideas, if you are thinking of adding some jewels of colour to your own big day.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

CHIC THIS WEEK :: Best in Show for 14-20, 2013

Who is your choice for best dressed this week"
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ZOE SALDANA
In Longchamp
At the Longchamp flagship store opening in London, England



JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS
In Emilio Pucci
('So Kate' pumps by Christian Louboutin, earrings by Lorainne Schwartz)
At the 'Enough Said' premiere in NYC, New York



EVA MENDES
In New York & Co.
('Decollete 100' pump by Christian Louboutin)
Leaving studio after an appearance on Good Morning America in NYC, New York



BLAKE LIVELY
In Gucci
(strappy sandals and clutch by Gucci)
At the Gucci Spring 2014 runway show during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy



JESSICA PARE
In Bibhu Mohapatra
(earrings by Stephen Webster)
At the Audi and Altuzarra Emmys kick-off party in Hollywood, California



STACY KEIBLER
In Pamella Roland
At 'The Hollywood Reporter's Emmy Party in West Hollywood, California



OLIVIA PALERMO
In Whistles
('Loops' strappy sandal by Stuart Weitzman)
At the 'Kate Moss celebrates Stuart Weitzman' flagship store opening in Milan, Italy



VICTORIA BECKHAM
(pumps by Manolo Blahnik)
At The Global Fund’s 'Green Carpet Challenge' in London, England



NAOMIE HARRIS
('Pandora' clutch by Charlotte Olympia, pumps by Christian Louboutin)
At The Harpers Bazaar LFW closing party at Annabels in London, England



GWYNETH PALTROW
In Lanvin
(heels by Nicholas Kirkwood)
At the 'Thanks for Sharing' premiere in Hollywood, California







Thursday, September 19, 2013

LET THEM EAT CAKE :: Red Velvet Cake Balls

via Bakerella

As a gal who has never been known to say no to a piece of cake, it is an absolute battle for yours truly when it comes to resisting a delightful little cake ball that might happen to roll in front of me. Similar to the cake pop except that we've disposed of the stick formalities and come right down to what matters, a delicious, bite-sized piece of cake, just begging to be popped into the mouth, maybe followed by another...or two!

A long-time favourite in the Lemontree household is the rich red velvet cake, vibrant and decadent is the way we like to roll. Spotted on Bakerella (another fav!) is just what I have been craving lately, the Red Velvet Cake Ball, made downright easy peasy with not-from-scratch ingredients (just another reason for us to indulge in these mouth-watering morsels, as if we needed an extra excuse!)

Click here to be taken to Bakerella for the entire recipe...



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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

OUT FOR A SPIN WITH...Lancome 'Bi-Facil' Eye Make-up Remover



PRICE: $28.00 ($35.00 CAN)

CLAIM TO FAME: "this award-winning phenomenon gently whisks away all types of eye make-up, even waterproof. Simply shake to activate the bi-phase formula that leaves the eye area perfectly clean. The lipid phase lifts off eye make-up, while the water phase contains special emollients to refresh and condition skin without a greasy residue....No wonder there’s a cult following"

OUR THOUGHTS: The great tagline is what caught my attention, if there is an eye make-up remover cult out there, I need to be part of it! I have read a ton of super reviews for Bi-Facil so I figured this might be a product that needed to be in my vanity. I was initially a little disappointed as soon as I pulled the bottle out and I realized that prior to using you must mix and shake to combine the product, a dead giveaway that it was oil based. I tend to stay away from this type of eye make-up remover for one major reason which happens to be my dislike of heavy, oily products around my eyes that linger long after you think you have wiped them away. (Excess oil anywhere on the face and filmy vision is a no-no in my book)
Placing a little bit on a cotton pad I noticed right away that it didn't have the usual greasy appearance on the cotton and it had a delightfully light scent (like a rose bouquet!). Remembering that a book should never be judged by its cover, I filed away the negative thoughts already brewing and placed the pads gently on my eyes, kept them there a few seconds and gently wiped away all my eye make-up. Yes kittens you read correctly, I said 'all', every trace of my eye make-up, mascara included was gone without rubbing. Even nicer was the fact that the initial oily feeling I had around my eye area seemed to vanish after a few minutes, leaving me with a fab soft skin feeling around the eyes! 

IS IT WORTH THE TRIP: A little pricey since there are a few lower priced products that will do a decent job (keyword is decent) but this hard-nosed critic was thoroughly impressed enough to spend the dough, sign me up as the newest cult follower!

TESTED BY: Lily Lemontree

This is not a sponsored post and any opinions stated above are entirely our own.





Saturday, September 14, 2013

CHIC THIS WEEK :: Best in Show for September 7-13, 2013

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JESSICA ALBA
In Ralph Lauren
('Bliesta' sandal by Ralph Lauren)
At the Ralph Lauren S/S 2014 show during NYFW in NYC, New York



THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
In Jenny Packham
At The Tusk Trust Conservation Awards dinner in London, England

Friday, September 13, 2013

THE LOVELY ONES: Claudette Colbert

Claudette Colbert
(Émilie Claudette Chauchoin)
1903-1996


Did you know.....

1. She was born on September 13, 1903 in  Saint-Mandé, Seine, France.
2. In 1928, she married her first husband Norman Foster, an actor and director, but throughout their 7 year marriage, they never lived together or shared a home, supposedly because her mother disliked Foster.
3. She was constantly praised by friends, fans and the press for her sense of style and fashion and  made sure that throughout her career she was always impeccably groomed and dressed.
4. Most shots of her in films were of her left profile as she considered her left side to be her best and rarely allowed full face/right profile shots due to a nose injury that had created a bump on the right. Once an entire set had to be rebuilt after filming had already started so she wouldn't have to show her right side, resulting in some cameramen calling the right side of her face "the dark side of the moon".
5. She is one of only 5 French actors to have ever won an Academy Award, along with Simone Signoret, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard and Jean Dujardin.



To learn more about the lovely Claudette Colbert, Lily Lemontree recommends Claudette Colbert : An Illustrated Biography

Monday, September 9, 2013

MRS. LEMONTREE'S GUIDE ON HOW TO BEHAVE HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE :: No Spitting Allowed!

Oh little Bieber, why??

Unless you are choking and having a medical emergency that requires you to spit to save your life, spitting in public is never appropriate. You wouldn't blow your nose in the air and let the chips fall where they may so to speak and on that train of thought, it is not okay for you to expel 'stuff' out of your mouth in public.
That common-sense seems to evade some of us and even sadder, that lack of knowledge as to what is appropriate in public trickles down to our children.

Now, I am a city girl, born and raised in the great metropolis that is known as Toronto and on those metropolis streets, I have seen my share of 'disgusting wonders' including rampant spitters. Gross as it is, I have done my best to choke back (literally!) my desire to make a comment and looked the other way (what else is there to do really?) but this morning there is a different story to tell.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WHAT SHE SAID: Diana Vreeland


“You know the greatest thing is passion, without it what have you got? I mean if you love someone you can love them as much as you can love them but if it isn’t a passion, it isn’t burning, it isn’t on fire, you haven’t lived.”

Diana Vreeland
1903-1989