postcards from DC

July 3, 2015

I had the the lovely opportunity to pay the Nations Capital a visit last month, and must say it’s an all around great city with a warm and welcoming small town vibe that a Canadian can really appreciate.
Minus the unmarked matte black choppers of course.
But at least they’re glam.

Don’t Leave DC Without

– dinner at Lupe Verde
– a walk through Meridian Hill Park on a Sunday
– waving at the white house and secretly hoping to see Michelle
– a bar night at Madam’s Organ in Adam’s Morgan (clever huh)
– brunch at Open City in Woodley Park
– geeking out at the Newseum
– stuffing face at El Rey Tacos on U Street

L1060789

L1060652

L1060660

L1060663

L1060682

L1060703

*I call the above photo: “gee thanks”

L1060708

L1060713

L1060755

L1060768

L1060648

home life

June 17, 2015

L1060478 L1060490 L1060489 L1060492

how to be a mom (and still be a virgo)

May 16, 2015

Inspired by the thoughts & ramblings of myself and fellow Virgo #rebelmama Nikita (follow @ooh_nikita)

706028c3028a7b3d_Beyonc_-Blue-Carter-relaxed-hot-tubSource-Beyonc_-Knowles.jpg.preview

Wear dark shades to the playground in case of sudden unwelcome eye contact.

Continue to place the same level of importance on style, beauty and general maintenance. Virgo mamas wouldn’t be caught DEAD in a Britney getup of sweatpants and zit cream.

When your baby naps, you meditate. And by meditate I mean clean.

Use play dates to brainstorm and strategize. When the kids play, bonus.

Join various mom groups on facebook and proceed to roll your eyes at almost everything.

Be your moody self where it really matters. “I can’t deal with socializing you today my child. Let’s go sit on a patio by ourselves and observe. I’ll have the pinot noir”.

Organize everything, including diapers, with aesthetic in mind. (Packaging is lazy).

Prepare your home to be photo shoot ready every time someone comes over to visit the babe. This includes  fancy scented candles. (Cheapo ones only enhance the diaper genie experience).

When you’re lazy, be NEXT LEVEL lazy and lay lifelessly on the play mat all day calling your kid back. We work best in extremes.

cameron_diaz

Make lists like it’s a national sport. And if it’s a grocery list, organize by store layout. (Produce first.)

Take your baby’s clothes off at mealtime. The best stains are the ones that never happened.

Put children’s books away by size. Common sense.

Make cleaning a fun game. (Disclaimer: leaving your toddler with a lint roller and a cat may result in unwarranted scraps)

Have your baby’s wardrobe follow society rules. We don’t do public places in our PJ onesie. There’s a time and place for everything.

Get back to the grind as soon as mat leave is up.. and add some personal projects too. A busy mommy is a mommy less likely to hang out on Pinterest all day.

Don’t lose your cool. Chilling the f*ck out is the best ingredient to a successful day with bebe.

We cherish our lifestyle and don’t abandon it after childbirth. Standard Hotel first, Disney all-inclusive cruise NEVER.

Lastly, be sure to link up with at least one fellow Virgo mama so you can trade obsessive compulsive details of every day mama life and strive to reach the impossible: Perfection. Dammit, we’ll come close.

1408528395526_wps_4_Nicole_Richie_and_Daughte

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A DOWNTOWN TORONTO MAMA WHEN…

May 1, 2015

Aleksandra:

Runnin’ through the 6 with my… baby.

ATTENTION fellow Rebel Mamas – follow OhhNikita for a proper take on motherhood!

Originally posted on OOH NIKITA:

Whether she’s pushing a stroller, pulling a wagon, bike-chauffeuring or wearing her little one in a sling, when a Toronto mama passes one of her own kind as she makes her way down the busy city streets, expect a warm smile or a knowing nod; afterall, we are all in this together.  We know the sacrifices we’ve made to remain living within city limits with our kids.  Is it super convenient? No. Is it worth it? Abso-fucking-lutely. So incase you need a reminder… here’s how to know for sure if you’re a bonified downtown mama:

1. It freaks you out when people tell you they’re giving birth somewhere other than Mt. Sinai or Sunnybrooke.

satchv3

2. You are suddenly appauled by the serious lack of wheelchair accessible subway stations on the TTC.

Architecture-of-TTC-Glencairn-Station-in-Toronto

3. You can’t plan play dates with anyone who doesn’t live in your neighbourhood because traffic is so bad that by…

View original 373 more words

when you need to be MIA

January 24, 2015

Ahhh South Beach Miami, the go to destination for snow birds all along the East Coast.

But where to stay.. eat… and most importantly DRINK?
Here’s a shortlist on doing MIA right. (When you’re 30 and over.)

Hotels

552056_131_z

Delano https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/delano
Edition http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach
Raleigh http://raleighhotel.com
Shelbourne http://www.shelbornewyndhamgrand.com
Shoreclub https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals
Soho Beach House http://www.sohobeachhouse.com
The Webster http://thewebstermiami.com

Restaurants

content_Bianca_Terrace_at_Delano
Bianca https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/delano
Cecconis http://cecconismiamibeach.com
Cibo http://www.cibowinebar.com
Cleo http://sbe.com/restaurants/locations/cleo-south-beach/
Juvia http://www.juviamiami.com
Matador Room http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach
Morimoto http://www.shelbornewyndhamgrand.com
Mr Chow http://www.mrchow.com
Nobu http://www.noburestaurants.com
Sushi Samba http://sushisamba.com
Villa Azur http://www.villaazurmiami.com
Zuma http://zumarestaurant.com/zuma-landing/miami

Clubs / Lounges

tumblr_njd7568OH71u44f32o1_1280

Baoli http://www.baolimiami.com
Basement http://basementmiami.com
FDR https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/delano
Hyde Beach http://slshotels.com/southbeach/hyde_beach
Mokai http://www.mokaimiami.com
The Wall http://www.wallmiami.com

Disclaimer:
If you’re 22 or part of a raging bachelorette, just park your ass at LIV.

Miami sans South Beach:
Bal Harbour Shops http://www.balharbourshops.com
Design District http://www.miamidesigndistrict.net
Standard Hotel http://www.standardhotels.com/spa-miami-beach
Sugarcane http://sugarcanerawbargrill.com

la donna del giorno

December 19, 2014

Verna Lisi 
November 8, 1936 – December 18, 2014

Virna Lisi photoshoot

600full-virna-lisi

virna-lisi-dolci-signore

040-virna-lisi-theredlist

tumblr_ngsho7h9yz1qz6f9yo1_r1_1280

tumblr_ngsho7h9yz1qz6f9yo7_400

tumblr_ngsho7h9yz1qz6f9yo5_r1_500

tumblr_ngsho7h9yz1qz6f9yo9_r1_500

tumblr_ngsho7h9yz1qz6f9yo3_500

reincarnation

December 2, 2014

A short film by Karl Lagerfeld feat. Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne, and Geraldine Chaplin for CHANEL

surreal

December 1, 2014

Collages by Sarah Eisenlohr & Eugenia Loli

 

eisenlohr2

Treasure Island

eisenlohr1

tumblr_ne2sfbqvNb1rad1l2o1_1280

“Surrealism is meant to express the real functioning of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.”

Andre Breton, “Surrealist Manifesto” (1924)

VIA Lone Wolf Mag

he-makes-all-things-new

eisenlohr3

Printable up to 8"x8".

Happy Hippy Hippo

Printable up to 9"x9"

medusas & things

December 1, 2014

by Javier Piñón

tumblr_lkbb4zosN91qf066po1_500

tumblr_lfpkqnOdeH1qd3d9oo1_500

EPSON MFP image

javier.pinon_.medusa.105

a breath of exotic air

November 20, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 8.20.34 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 8.20.42 PM

“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.”

L1050375

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.

L1050382

L1050397

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. 

L1050379

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.

L1050384

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.

L1050388

L1050386

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!

L1050389

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.

L1050381

L1050391

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.

L1050377

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!

L1050404

L1050407

L1050410

L1050416

FOLLOW @trinitaetoronto

Photos by me | www.flickr.com/aleksjassem

* minus the first two! 

 

 


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 68 other followers