CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for August 22-28, 2015

Who is your pick for best dressed this week?
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In Madewell
At the No Kid Hungry Breakfast in Beverly Hills, Califoria

In Sportmax
(cropped trousers by Sportmax)
At the American Express 'Rally on the River' event in NYC, New York

In Balmain
(strappy sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti)
At 'The X Factor' press launch in London, England

In Thakoon
(jewellery by Dana Rebecca Designs)
At the Windows 10 and Best Friends Animal Society event in Los Angeles, California

In Valentino
(sandals by Valentino)
At Just Jared's 'Way to Wonderland' party in Hollywood, California

In Prabal Gurung
At the ‘Sleeping With Other People’ premiere in Los Angeles, California.

TRENDING: The Saddle Bag

I love it when a classic favourite of mine becomes the IT piece for the next season and ends up on everyone's wishlist like the saddlebag for this fall!
My first was a caramel brown Coach crossbody with leather as soft as butter. A big deal for the teen-aged me since the Coach name was a tad more 'unattainable' back then. The saddlebag came with a hefty pricetag and required a trek all the way downtown from the 'burbs since Holt Renfrew was the only place to get Coach in Toronto circa 1985. Had I known better in my youth, I would've taken better care of it and refrained from throwing my purse around indiscriminately, allowing it to land wherever it may ('wherever it may' ended up being a gin-soaked corner of a pub booth my friends and I were 'coerced' into sharing with a bunch of fellows we thought were the cats meow, hence my distraction when tossing my purse).
Since I've gotten over my purse-tossing habit and my distraction with boys, I think it's about time I reward myself with this one, my favourite of the picks below!

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After years of short hair (from lob to bob to pixie and back again), I decided that my mid-life crisis would entail growing out my hair and recapturing its youthful glory!
Fast forward two years later and while my hair is longer than its ever been (mid-way down my back), I've come across a few stumbling blocks.
You see, your hair gets older just like you do. Greying hair has turned my silky, smooth hair coarse and kinky in places and the bouncy locks I used to just roll out of bed with have have been relegated to my dreams of 'way back when'. I realized early on that there was a reason long hair just didn't work on all of us past a certain age. In short, my hair looked like it was ageing faster than I was and that just wasn't going to cut it. I didn't think I'd be able to stick to my hair mission until I ran across a supplement called Viviscal that has worked wonders for me and the condition of my hair. A post on the geniuses at Viviscal is promised for the near future but in the mean time, let's get back to todays business shall we?

The summer heat combined with long hair has not been easy for a gal who is used to the breeze cooling the back of her neck. I am always looking for different ways to pull it back somewhat (what's the point of having long hair if you're constantly putting it in a ponytail, am I right?) and still look polished and 'hip' (the reason behind having a mid-life crisis). When I came across Melissa Cook's pretty take on the half-up, half-down look on, I was struck by how easy it looked, even for a long hair novice like myself.
Promising pics on Instagram will follow later today on how my Rosette ponytail turned out!

"Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol ponytail? Luckily, this one takes the same amount of time and is ten times cuter than the average pony look," explains contributor Melissa Cook. "It is perfect for any season or occasion and will have all your friends oohing and ahhing at your amazing styling skills. This rosette embellished ponytail is so pretty and feminine, and it’s exactly what every girl needs in her beauty rotation. Let’s get on with the tutorial, shall we?"

What You Need:
– brush
– two clear elastic bands
– four to five bobby pins
– medium hold hairspray

Begin by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles and part the hair in the preferred spot. Separate off small sections of hair on each side of the head.

Bring the two sections to the back of the head and over the rest of the hair, then tie it together with an elastic band.

Now braid this small ponytail section into a basic three-strand braid and tie off the end with a second elastic band.

Roll the braid up and towards towards the elastic band at the top, creating a rosette shape.

Pin down the edges of the rosette with four to five bobby pins, making sure they stay hidden underneath.

Spray the style with a medium hold hairspray and you are ready to go!

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DRESS Gap (similar here) // LEGGINGS Old Navy (similar here// HAT Old Navy (similar here) // SUNGLASSES Ray-Ban // SHOES Old Navy (similar here)

When my family visits someones house, me and my brother always run to the front door to see who will get to knock on the door. If my brother gets there first, he always rings the door bell and if my parents are really behind us, he tries more than once!
If my mom catches him, he always gets into trouble.
She says that you only ring or knock once and then wait. Ringing the doorbell more than once or twice is annoying for the person inside the house. She says the same goes for knocking. You want to let the person know you are at the front door, not scare them.
Also, never push the door open and walk in, even if it's unlocked. That's just rude and you never know if the person you are visiting is ready for you!
Walk up to the door, ring or knock once and wait for the person to answer. Say hello and wait for the person to invite you in.

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ON THE SHELF: I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam

There are some women who seem to have it all and most importantly, do it all with a smile on their face. Who hasn't wanted to pick the brains of these aforementioned women and discover how they keep everything in balance and live the busy lives that they do without looking like a tornado has passed on through? Where are they hiding the swat team of personal assistants, childcare support and masseuse/manicure masters that must be at their beck and call 24/7? Now, I can finally say "I Know How She Does It"
In comes author and time management expert Laura Vanderkam, who has gone directly to the source-highly successful women with careers AND families who seem to be balancing it with a touch of finesse, all within those 168 hours a week we have been dealt. Vanderkam’s inquisitiveness for dissecting the lives of these 'mentors' and what exactly they are doing with their time is most compelling for those of us who always feel just a step behind. Packed with research like hour-to-hour logs from real-time, highly successful women, who happen to be pulling in over 100k per year and actually sleeping more than the rest of us, this book is sure to help all of us discover how careers, family and all the other good stuff CAN mesh together to create a life well lived!

NOTES TO SELF: Five Things To Do In August 2015

TRY: Nail Polish Astrology I've never put too much into following my astrological sign or horoscope but I was a bit surprised at how spot on the write-up for 'the Fishes' was and how much I loved the colours that the gals at The Coveteur picked for me based on my sign, which just so happens to be Aquarius if you're wondering!

WATCH: Wet Hot American Summer Just the mention of the word 'camp' and I get nostalgic for bunk beds, sing-alongs and afternoon arts and crafts. I also get nostalgic for all the insane shenanagins that were par for course during the weeks spent away at Camp Wannahockaloogie (that gets me every time!) or wherever it was you summered. Imagine my excitement when trailers for the 'prequel' of the 2001 cult classic 'Wet Hot American Summer' started appearing earlier this summer! With all the original cast back including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig and Paul Rudd to just name a few and one Mr. Jon Hamm to sweeten the pot, the 8-episode series hit Netflix exclusively on July 31.

EAT: Salad in a Jar I love to pack a healthy salad for lunch but what I don't love is having to wipe down my bag when my dressing has spilled into the bottom of it! Somebody must have had their thinking cap on when they decided to pack their salad complete with dressing into an airtight mason jar, secure and ready to travel. Wondering how tasty a salad sitting in dressing for a few hours really is? It's all in the 'layering'!

WEAR: Culottes It seems like every year, something comes back from the fashion graveyard to haunt us and for once the memories of me wearing the item the first time around aren't making my skin crawl. The culotte has been showing up on everyone's Instagram since late last winter and now it's making it way into the fall 2015. I have been pining for this pair all summer and they're now on sale!

LISTEN:  'You Don't Own Me' Australian Grace Sewell must have Lesley Gore smiling from above. Sewell's cover, featuring rapper G-Eazy,  of Gore's 1963 feminist anthem will not only have you constantly pressing replay but inviting all the young ladies you know to come closer and take a listen to the still powerful message wrapped in a modern sound.

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for July 31-August 7, 2015

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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In Mother of Pearl
(sandals by Pierre Hardy)
At a news conference in Washington, D.C.

In Antonio Berardi
(silver sandals by Tamara Mellon)
At the  8th Annual Oceana SeaChange Summer Party in Dana Point, California

In Mary Katrantzou
('Altressa' pumps by Christian Louboutin)
At the 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California

In Valentino
(earrings by Jennifer Meyer)
At the 'Fantastic Four' premiere in NYC, New York

In No. 21
On 'The Daily Show' in NYC, New York

In Narciso Rodriguez
On 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' in NYC, New York

In Victoria, Victoria Beckham
(sunglasses by Victoria Beckham, wedges by Lanvin)
Flying out of LAX in Los Angeles, California

In Elie Saab
At the 'Hamilton' opening night on Broadway in NYC, New York



Lemonade is my drink of choice in the summertime. It's always within arms reach in the fridge, swing that door open and it will stare you right in the face. My penchant for a sour pucker was probably what convinced my husband that I would welcome anything that infused a little lemony goodness into the mix. He had a long, tall "Kiss of Summer' waiting for me yesterday when I came home in the evening and nothing else could have hit the spot like it did!


2 oz. Pinnacle Kiwi Strawberry Flavored Vodka 
4 oz. lemonade 
Splash club soda

Mix in a tall glass filled with ice and add a slice of lemon.

(If something tart is not what your tastebuds crave, check out our some of our other picks for your next signature cocktail!)

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ROMPER Gap (no longer available) // HAT Land's End // SUNGLASSES Old Navy (no longer available) // FLIP FLOPS Old Navy

I usually go to camp every summer but for some reason, my mom decided that we (that's me and my brother) were going to stay home this year. I don't mind it really, I like hanging out with my family and my mom takes us out every day all over the place.
We go to the park in my neighbourhood a lot and there are always a bunch of kids there. My brother isn't as shy as I am so he always makes new friends but I have a harder time meeting new people.
My mom is always talking about how important it is to have good manners, especially for a shy kid and she taught me how to properly introduce myself to someone new.
It doesn't have to sound fancy, just look at someone in the eyes (I aim for their face), smile and say "Hi, my name is " and just add your name to the end. The most important part of it all is to make sure you smile and unless of course you are a robot or something, I know we can all do that.
If you do it often enough, it won't seem so scary and most of the time, the person usually smiles back and tells you their name too.
(Sounds simple but I know it is not as easy as that. Trust me, I practise all the time in the mirror when no one is around and I still get scared most of the time but I just do it!)

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