This winter seems endless. The one good thing about winter? It gives you an excuse to drink hot chocolate 24/7. Nadège Patisserie is a Toronto favourite for this winter treat.
Their Chocolat Chaud is made using special chocolate from Peru that’s only available at Nadège. The chocolate is Illanka 63% Peru Chocolate. It’s rich and made with and served with steamed milk.
Winter is brutal on my skin. I’m sure it’s brutal on yours too. That’s why I knew I had to change up my skin routine for the winter. My biggest problem is dry skin…so I turned to the experts!
Kiehl’s has great products for all skin types, but especially for those looking for some extra moisture.
This 24-hour, intense hydrating cream is uniquely formulated to seal in moisture for dry skin types. Works to relieve tightness and discomfort by ensuring dry skin’s hydration levels are replenished. This surprisingly light-textured, yet intensely hydrating cream effectively retains moisture while helping shield dry skin from moisture depletion.
I use this in the morning to combat dry skin. It’s a cross between a gel and a lotion, and gives you nice light coverage. It doesn’t feel heavy and has a light scent. Provides lots of moisture!
Once a Week
In just one application this ultra-hydrating masque, formulated with Ophiopogon Japonicus, also known as Fountain Plant, fills skin’s ’’hydration reservoir” to help reduce moisture depletion. Combined with skin-protecting Glacial Proteins and moisture-retaining Desert Plants, our formula leaves skin smoother and softer, refreshed and supple. Silicone-Free. Paraben-Free. Fragrance-Free. Colorant-Free.
If you can get your hands on this little jar of miracles, run, don’t walk, to the cashier. This guy has been sold out frequently the last couple of months. It’s like a thick gel that I put on before I go to bed. Let it stay on your skin for 10 minutes and then gently wipe off excess. Go to bed…and wake up with super hydrated skin! It’s my favourite of the products that I tried.
This luxuriously scented cream is light on skin yet rich in 24-hour hydration. This formula is quickly absorbed to deliver deep moisturization with an addictive scent.
This is almost just like butter. It has a cheerful bright yellow colour but it’s more like the consistency of buttercream. Also, it smells amazing. It’s ultra thick formula provides tons of moisture.
This is how I’ve been taking care of my skin this winter. What’s your skin routine?
This week, the new Muppets movie: Muppets Most Wanted opens up in theaters! OPI has partnered with Disney to release this star-studded collection. This collection is part of OPI’s annual spring soft shades collection. Check it out below!
Books on Film at the TIFF Bell Lightbox brings together book and film lovers together for the fourth year in a row. Discuss the transition of books to screen with host Eleanor Wachtel of CBC’s Writers & Company. Filmmakers, authors and experts will discuss the art of adaptation and the sometimes challenging passage from page to screen. Featuring a screening followed by a fascinating and lively discussion, this popular subscription series presents six events on select Mondays from March 3 to June 23.
Films include Mohsin Hamid on The Reluctant Fundamentalist,Yiyun Li on A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, and my favourite, Yann Martel on Life of Pi.
I’m most looking forward to hearing Yann Martel talk about Life of Pi, and finally seeing Life Of Pi on the big screen! I wasn’t able to catch it while it was in theaters.
To see all of the films from the Books on Film series, click here.
I like that Lauren Oliver can write such drastically different books. First, she had Before I Fall, where the main character is forced to relive the last day of her life several times. Then, her popular Delirum series, where love is a disease with a cure. And now…Panic.
Panic has it all. Heartbreak, suspense, high stakes….and tigers?
Panic is a game played by the graduating senior class. The game is simple. Outlast everyone else and winner takes the pot. The game has high stakes and everyone is on edge. Who will win?
Oliver paints a depressingly bleak canvas of the city of Carp, the small town where the novel is set. Heather lives in a trailer park with her younger sister Lily and their neglectful mother. The other main character, Dodge doesn’t have it much better. He lives in a deprecated apartment building with his mother and his now handicapped sister.
The book creates a very tense, uneasy feeling as you read this book, and I felt really sorry for Heather. Things take a terrible turn for her when she is forced to go on the run with her sister. I started to enjoy the book more when she gets a job caring for animals, and develops a relationship with Anne. As the challenges of Panic grow, Heather also grows as a person.
My favourite character is her best friend Bishop. They have an easy relationship that gave the story some relief…up to a point. Nothing is as easy as it seems, and almost everyone has something to hide. This book is intense, and will take you through some unforeseen twists.
It’s worth saying that this is one of the few books by Lauren Oliver that doesn’t involve a dystopian or fantastical element. It’s pure, gritty, reality.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: March. 2, 2014
This spring at the TIFF Bell lightbox, Food on Film returns for its third year!
This series brings together chefs, food experts and film lovers come together to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Each month, series host Matt Galloway, of CBC’s Metro Morning, welcomes celebrated guests from the culinary world to discuss the intersections of cinema, culture and gastronomy.
The series starts on March 12 and all Food on Film screenings will take place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m
Guests and films include: food writer and editor of Lucky Peach magazine Peter Meehan on Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express (March 12); Madhur Jaffrey award-winning actress, author and authority on Indian cuisine, on David Kaplan’s Today’s Special (April 9); chef, founder and owner of Momofuku Milk Bar Christina Tosi on Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (May 7); award-winning mixologist Charlotte Voisey on Douglas Tirola’s documentary Hey Bartender (May 28); author and Toronto Star food columnist Corey Mintz on Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre (June 18); as well as inventor and co-founder of Booker and Dax Dave Arnold on Richard Fleischer’s Soylent Green (July 9).
I’m looking forward to the culinary comedy Today’s Special. How about you?
Check out the full schedule here.
I am incredibly excited at the news that one of my favourite illustrators, Garance Doré, is going to be launching a stationery collection with Rifle Paper Co!
This is great news and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Rifle produces really high quality stationery. The collection includes invitations, notebooks and iphone cases.
The collection will be sold at the French store, Colette, and online on Riffle’s website. Woo hoo! The collection launches in March.