CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed for March 10-16, 2019

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In Gucci
At a visit to the Henry Fawcett Children's Centre in London, England

In Stella McCartney
At the People's Postcode Lottery Charity Gala in Edinburgh, Scotland

In Rosa Bloom
('Chiara' sandals by Sophia Webster)
At the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California

In Alex Perry
(pumps by Casadei, jewellery by Dana Rebecca, Sara Weinstock and Nouvel Heritage)
At the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California

In Dorothee Schumacher/Zeynep Arcay
At the opening of Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards in NYC, New York

In Oscar de la Renta
At Disney's "Dumbo" premiere in Los Angeles, California

In Elie Saab
At the 'Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists' premiere in Hollywood, California

In Erdem
('Deneuve' pumps by Aquazzura, clutch by Givenchy)
At a visit to Canada House in London, England

Who is best dressed for March 10-16, 2019?

The Duchess of Cambridge in Gucci
Amal Clooney in Stella McCartney
Taylor Swift in Rosa Bloom
Nicole Scherzinger in Alex Perry
Katie Holmes in Dorothee Schumacher/Zeynep Arcay
Thandie Newton in Oscar de la Renta
Sofia Carson in Elie Saab
The Duchess of Sussex in Erdem


In 2019, aging gracefully ain't for the faint of heart.
I am not saying that I don't fully appreciate the blessing from above it actually is to be allowed to grow old because there are a few things in this life that we are privileged, practically blessed to experience and making it to a ripe old age is definitely one of them.
Heck yeah, I want to live long enough to blow out 100 candles on my birthday cake! I WANT the chance to grow old (as opposed to the alternative)...but 'look old'? That is the part I'm not so sure about. I get it that growing old and looking old come part and parcel but it seems like everywhere I turn, there is some new procedure, some new product line, some new something that promises to prolong the inevitable.

And I know what everyone is saying out there; that '50 is the new 30' and that age ain't nothing but a number. We hear it all the time and while it does make one feel a little better to see the likes of JLo, Gwyneth, Demi and the rest of the 'north of 40' gang strutting their age-defying selves all over the place proving that it can be done, the cold hard truth is that it takes a village; a literal village made up of make-up artists, dermatologists, stylists, personal trainers, medical professionals, nutritionists, facialists, etc. and that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Oh and did I forget to mention the pockets full of cash it takes to pay for the village! That is probably the hardest part of the pill to swallow because most of us simply don't have the massive bank accounts to support 'our village'. One wrong misstep and you've blown your budget and the results you end up with are less than what you were expecting.
So what's with this late-night confession about not wanting to look like I missed the party-boat cruise to the fountain of youth? Because I think I represent the majority of 'north of forties' (and fifties, sixties and beyond) who given the real 411 on what is out there regarding procedures, regimes, nutritional guidance and what they can really do or not do for you, it might make digging into your pocket a little easier (mine too!)
I used to watch a YouTube series also called the Younger Games that starred this awesomely funny actress who would go around reporting on all the latest available out there for those of us who wanted a little tweak here or a little pinch of something there AND make you howl with laughter in the process. Unfortunately, she dropped out of sight early last year and while it was initially a disappointment for me because a) she was beyond entertaining and b) she gave the real goods on what all this 'stuff'' out there could do for you. She was like a beautiful little guinea pig, trying things out and reporting back with a whole lot of humour about the stuff we really wanted to hear about; what was worth the time and money and what was not.
And so one night I thought "why not pick up where she dropped off" and with that, this new series on Lily Lemontree was born!

Next up, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on facial filler!

AT THE TABLE Smoked Salmon on Rye

After already spending what seems like an eternity indoors this winter, I cringe at the thought of having to spend any more time sitting inside than is absolutely necessary.
Unfortunately, since one must keep a clean house and occasionally feed the children that one has had, I have become a pro at finding quick and delicious meals that I can throw together in a flash and not forsake the tasty factor in the process.
I am very lucky that my kiddos are major fish eaters, with a penchant for salmon (one of my favourites!) and they never say no to digging into smoked salmon with a smear of cream cheese on a bagel.
Since some of us are still clinging to our New Year's resolution to kick the carbs (at least try to give them the cold shoulder every once in awhile), I turned to Martha Stewart's take on the traditional. Martha swaps out the heavy bagel for the light crispiness of rye toast.

Perfect for a flash lunch!

8 thin slices rye bread
5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon low-fat cream cheese
1/2 English (hothouse) cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced diagonally
4 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
1/2 medium onion, very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon drained capers, rinsed and patted dry
Freshly ground pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Toast bread slices in oven on a baking sheet, turning once, until golden, about 10 minutes. Spread 2 teaspoons cream cheese on each toast. Divide cucumber, salmon, onions, and capers among toasts; season with pepper. Squeeze lemon juice on top.


"I never expect anything. I just feel things in my gut and I do them. If something sounds exciting and interesting, I do it-and then I worry about it later. Doing new things takes a lot of energy and strength. It's very tiring to make things happen, to learn how to master a skill, to push fears aside. Most people would rather just go with the flow; it's much easier. But it's not very interesting.
And as I always say, you have to be interested to be interesting."

Iris Apfel

THE TEN Best Thanksgiving Toasts

Here's to starting off tomorrow's feast in the true spirit of the day with our top ten favourite Thanksgiving toasts!

“For each new morning with its light. For rest and shelter of the night. For health and food, for love and friends. For everything Thy goodness sends.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
Meister Eckhart

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
William Arthur Ward

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”
Edward Sandford Martin

“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives.”
Terry Lynn Taylor