a breath of exotic air.

November 20, 2014

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Last week, one of my dear friends Ariane Laezza opened a beautiful shop in downtown Toronto full of exquisite soaps, lotions, potions and lovely gifts.

But Trinitae is more than just a skincare boutique. Its Jordanian-based products combine cleansing salt and smoothing mud right from the Dead Sea and use extracts from herbs & fruits of the Jordan Valley.

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“My skin is so important to me, so I would never cleanse my body with harmful chemicals,” says Laezza, who has been a fashion model for over a decade. “I spent time in Jordan, exploring the production process of both Nabulsi (an all natural Olive Oil based soap) and Trinitae products where I learned just how much thought and detail goes into every single item. Only the highest quality ingredients are used to create these beautiful products that feel amazing on the skin.”

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All this makes 254 Niagara Street a rare gem in the city, and a must for anyone (you too guys) who loves themselves – and their skin.

** And just in time for the Holiday Season, you can grab some Nabulsi Natural Soap at Holt Renfrew as part of the H Gifts Project.

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Below, Ariane tells us all about this new venture & the lovely treasures at Trinitae.

What is Trinitae all about?

Trinitae is about pampering yourself. It’s about taking time out of your busy schedule, even just for a moment, to quiet down, be in the moment and calm the senses. Our name, Trinitae, is about the balance between body, mind and soul – which also goes beyond skincare alone and includes overall health and wellness; both spiritual and physical. Our motto is “Love Yourself First” because we believe taking care of yourself is an important step in also being kind to others. 

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How did you come to work with Trinitae and open its first retail store in Canada?

My business partner, Hisham Masri, and I had set out to introduce Nabulsi Soap – a traditionally hand-made olive oil soap – to the North American market and founded our company Nubi Trading Co. He later introduced me to Dina and Ghassan Azar, the owners of Trinitae based out of Amman, Jordan. We had discussed the possibility of opening up a store in Toronto but in all honesty I was hesitant about pursuing that aspect of our business. Then I was sent one of the most beautiful gift boxes I had ever received, full of Trinitae products  and was intrigued. They invited me to spend some time in Jordan and explore the Trinitae brand, and as soon as I set foot in their beautifully charming Rainbow Street shop in old Amman I knew this was something we had to pursue. This week we opened our first North American flagship store at Queen and Niagara.

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What makes Trinitae different from other skincare available in Toronto?

We’ve seen a surge of skincare boutiques open up in the city over the last few years, particularly those that focus on natural ingredients and products with an artisanal aspect. Trinitae definitely falls into those categories as we focus on natural, non-toxic ingredients that are paraben and sulfate free and none of our products contain artificial scents or colours. Our Nabulsi Soap is part of one of the oldest soap-making traditions in the world and continues to be hand-made as it has for centuries. However, we are definitely not about trends here at Trinitae. We feel strongly that the quality of your ingredients should stand the test of time and we proudly stand behind all of our products that make it to the shelves.

What sets us apart from other lines here is that our products are enhanced with Dead Sea minerals and extracts from plants and herbs of Jordan’s Fertile Crescent. Jordan is a country that I sort of accidentally fell in love with and was warmly introduced to the most beautiful aspects of its culture; including the food, music, history, natural resources and skincare. There is no way of describing the way your skin feels after using Dead Sea salt and mud on your skin – but if you’ve tried it then you know how amazing and restorative they can be. Our Nabulsi Soap is made of 100% pure olive oil and if you have sensitive skin then this bar will become your best friend; t’s creamy and luscious and perfectly rustic.  At Trinitae, we also strongly place our focus on gifting. We build beautiful, custom gift boxes for both men and women of all ages that I just haven’t seen being done here as much as in the past and I want to bring that back.

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What are your Top 5 Trinitae Must Haves and why?

This is tough because I’m obsessed with all of our products BUT you absolutely have to try our Original Body Lotion ($21). Its base notes are Vanilla, Lavender and Patchouli and it’s one of my absolute favourite scents. Trinitae’s owners started off in the perfume industry and this reflects fully in all of the subtle aromas. You also can’t leave our shop without buying either our Aromatherapy Body Loofah ($14) or Foot Loofah ($7). They come in Lavender, Herbal Citrus and Sweet Orange (and they’re all delicious). Our Aloe Vera Dead Sea Mud Mask ($26) is also a great buy for those cold, rainy nights when all you want to do is stay in, take a bath and watch Netflix (men too). It will make you feel like you’re near the Dead Sea even without that warm, salty sea breeze. And lastly, our Mineral Dead Sea Scrub in Citrus ($18) is necessary next to the bathtub. The next bad day you have, you’ll thank me!

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What are your Top 3 Ultimate Christmas Gifts?

We have gift boxes that range from $40-$200+ so it’s hard to say… I love finding out who someone is buying for or what the occasion is and then deciding what to suggest. We have Dead Sea Salt Crystals with Rose petals and natural Rose scent that is a beauty of a product. If a husband is ever stuck on what to buy his lady then this is it. I would pair that with our Aromatherapy Massage Oil in Lavender ($34) and our Original Foot Cream ($18). Throw in our naturally scented Vanilla Aromatherapy Soap ($11) and you win brownie points for a very, very long time.

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Whats your favorite part of being involved with this brand?

I love being creative, I love beautiful designs and I’ve always been particularly drawn to aromatherapy. Working with Trinitae allows me to be immersed in all of these things and I am grateful for that.

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Finally, what is your personal indulgence from Trinitae and why?

I’ve already mentioned how much I love our Original Body Lotion but my true indulgence is our Soothing Eye Serum with Green Tea ($64). I use it every night before bed and it has this refreshing, cooling effect that is relaxing after a long day. I should mention that I have extremely sensitive skin and this product doesn’t irritate my eyes as some other eye serums I’ve used in the past have. It’s definitely my guilty pleasure that I’m happy to pass on to others!

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Photos by me | www.flickr.com/aleksjassem

* minus the first two! 

 

 

winter warm up

November 18, 2014

The 2015 Pirelli calendar is here! As usual… it doesn’t disappoint, bringing together some of the world’s most sought after models in its 42nd edition.

Watch the girls come to life here:

Calendar Girls: 

Gigi HadidCandice HuffineCarolyn MurphyCameron RussellIsabeli FontanaAdriana LimaRaquel ZimmermannKaren ElsonJoan SmallsNatalia VodianovaSasha Luss and Anna Ewers.

*click for official instagram accts*

Shot by Steven Meisel
Styled by Carine Roitfeld
Makeup by Pat McGrath

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via Vogue

listening to -

November 3, 2014

things you can learn from a 6 month old man

November 3, 2014

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Persistence is a powerful tool when used relentlessly.

There are things worth losing sleep over,
and things worth sleeping through.

Getting excited about a new day (every day) sets the tone for life.

If you don’t like it, toss it.
Preferably at the person who gave it to you.

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Seize opportunity and grab what you desire.
Like someone else’s beer.

Solitary moments of deep reflection are necessary.
Especially in the line at the grocery store.

Don’t knock it till you try (to eat) it.

Be selective with who you let into your personal space.

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People watching is an art in itself. The key is not to blink.

When you fall, pick yourself back up and start over. 

Talking to yourself is a sure bet at an interesting conversation.

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Have people entertain you endlessly whenever possible.

Subtle flirting can really get you places.

Do not underestimate boobs.
They are capable of mending epic catastrophes.

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Defeat people by breaking them down mentally.

Sharing is only ok when you’re done with it yourself.

When all else fails, bust out the sob story.

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Peeing in the bath is just plain efficient.

Never leave a penis unattended.

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roller skate

October 6, 2014

tell me you don’t want to.

via ART & INDUSTRY

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this video.

July 27, 2014

9 1/2 weeks

July 15, 2014

Anja Rubik by Camilla Akrans for Vogue Germany *dying over this spread.

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bardot is back

June 5, 2014

Lara Stone for Porter Magazine

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mommyhood: first few weeks on the job

May 8, 2014

So as it turns out being the caretaker to a newborn ain’t easy, seeing as neither of you know what the hell he wants (is there an app for that yet??).

People don’t like to tell you the truth about the first few weeks, simply claiming they “forgot” as it was blurred by the bliss and miracle of this new angel (insert eyeroll)… I’m thinking it’s simply a front made to protect you from any premature fear.

And I’m not here to burst any bubbles, I’m in love with our lil dude… but let’s get real. Assuming you had any kind of life before, this is one hell of an adjustment.

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SIDENOTE:
If you’re toying with the idea of a baby, make sure you’ll have TIME and INFINITE amounts of patience. Or marry a billionaire and have a Kardashian style nurse squad.

Things to Expect:

You will contemplate suicide within the first week. Probably in the middle of the night when you’re trying to figure out what the hell your whaling baby needs while your confidence is still at an all time low.

There will come a day where you will find yourself sobbing for no reason at all. You can blame this on the fact that your 10 months of super high estrogen levels just plummeted through the ground in a matter of days. Your partner will ask you what’s wrong. There is no answer. Cry it out sister.

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You will want to bash your head through a concrete wall some days when it seems nothing you do is right. Resist the urge to seek too much advice from too many people… trial and error is where it’s at. Remember, you are this kids bitch right now. That is your job.

You will likely read WAY too many online forums and develop slightly obsessive ideas in your head about being a shitty mom. Every kid is different, don’t trust the internet. Trust only  your pediatrician and vent to your other mommy friends. Noone is perfect.

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Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding is not a gift everyone is born with. It can be challenging and might very well start of with pain & tears – but if you’ve chosen this route and believe in all the benefits, stay focused. It gets easier. * I recommend going to a breastfeeding clinic and getting hands on experience.
Also: Lanolin Cream.

You can count on snarky comments and general bitchiness between you and your mate. Just remember it’s Chuckie that’s making you do it. Say sorry.

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The upside?
Seems like sleep deprivation and breastfeeding are quite the post baby diet plan. Given that you weren’t eating for a family of four when you were preggs, all those pounds will magically shed right off.

I’d also like to take this time to give serious props to single moms everywhere. I couldn’t have survived this without the support of hubs and have a whole new respect for these women. Pillars of strength.

Recommended Literature / Websites: 

Shitty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us
Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality
Sleep Sense: Solutions for Child Sleep Problems
The Happiest Baby on the Block
The Man’s Guide to Having a Baby

DR SEARS: The Trusted Resource for Parents
The Best Gift of Life: Inspiring Blog for Moms 

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