Don’t judge a book by its cover

Written by Sabine Démosthènes

I have loved fashion since I was young, from the time I realized it was a thing.

Watching my sweet Mamma glamming up for our ritual house parties in the 80s, while she likely wished she was more of an Alexis Colby Carrington because she was a fierce and career-oriented woman a that happen to be a fashionista rather than a Kristle Carrington from Dynasty, our favorite show, was a joy for me.

I was in awe of all of her stilettos, pearls necklaces, giant gemstone rings, and dresses. I couldn’t wait to play with them. I wasn’t the only one in that situation.

My mom worked a 9 to 5 job in a clothing manufacture earning a hourly wages while going back to school to have a better career for herself in the 80’s.

She worked so hard during the day. She wasn’t a lawyer, a journalist, a doctor, or a scientist, but she did her best to provide us with the essentials. And yes, fashion was part of that.

I never took my mom less seriously because she loved to have fun with her style and enjoy it. It was the  contrary. I admired her more for not taking herself too seriously and she encouraged me to have the same disposition.

In the 80s, everyone had fun with fashion. From executives (those shoulders pads – uh uh!) to the neon leggings seen on fitness enthusiasts.

Women like Oprah, Jane Fonda, the girls from Salt’N’Pepa and Madonna, even my gym professor and elementary school principal (I loved Mrs. Nantel’s red suit) were having fun with fashion.

In the 90s, Grunge and the streetstyle of Hip-Hop were in full bloom. It was the decade of my ultimate fashion mentor’s style!

I’m still into it today, dressing like her, it is so me now.

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy! The minimalist goddess of all time.

Did we judge her like we crucify some women today for their wardrobe?

No!

So why do we do it in 2018? I read article that said, for example, you are a prominent human rights barrister, you cannot enjoy being creative with your outfit without being judged for not taking your role seriously.

What the heck?!

I find it ridiculous. People must have nothing better to do.

My clothes shouldn’t speak to my accomplishments but actually, my accomplishments should speak for themselves.

For an example, Diana, Princess of Wales had fun with her wardrobe, but it didn’t stop her from being considered the Peoples’ Princess.

I remember a few years ago, at a convention, I had my Gucci eyewear mixed with a Club Monaco T-shirt and a black pencil skirt. Simple, classic. I was given the look: “OMG you are so materialistic for showcasing your sunglasses”.

Someone actually came up to me and commented.

I wasn’t happy about it at all. I was thinking, I’m not judging anyone, why they are doing it to me?

After that, did I stop wearing my eyewear? Or, if I wanted to wear nice clothes, did I think twice?

Hell no!

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to have fun with fashion. Yes, some things can be pricey and some people may think we are pretentious. But, maybe try to take the time to learn about someone personally and then, maybe you won’t say or write such stupid things.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s not be those cynical, sad people that have nothing better to do than judge a book by its cover without reading it.

Let it be.

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Boss Ladies

I couldn’t wait to buy the first Elle Magazine under Garcia’s leadership yesterday. I was literally like a little child in a candy store!

It’s a brand new era for women all around the world. We want to stand up for each other by supporting each and everyone of us (in both small and big ways).

Her editorial was raw and real.

Why “raw”, do you ask?

She wasn’t shy to mention that she was devastated when she was dismissed as ELLE’s fashion director. But, she never settled. Her creativity and determination is refreshing and we can feel it while reading her first essay as the new Editor-in-Chief.

Nina Garcia

I have always been an ELLE lady over a Vogue one. I want to learn more about a woman’s journey rather than looking a thousand pages of publicity.

I love fashion, but I love having some discussion or an interview mixed in. A worldly, fashionable and intelligent woman can read about the next trend and discover the journey of a courageous woman, all in the same magazine.

Nina Garcia is the right woman to take Elle into a new era!

Nina Garcia Quote

I was happily surprised to discover Katrina Lake,the founder and CEO of Stitch Fix (please come to Canada!!). We are the same age and her path to become one of the most promising entrepreneurswasn’t smooth for her, but she never gave up and she made it.

I was so inspired by the end of this article that I actually got the little boost of confidence that I needed. I’m crossing my fingers that Stitch Fix could deliver to Canada.

Katrina Lake

Hmm, maybe I should suggest it.

I saw a nice ad featuring Coco Rocha. I just love this beautiful human being. Her positivity, her spirituality and her just beautiful nature is so nurturing.

I kept smiling while slowly turning the pages.

And then, the main event – La pièce de résistance!

A sit down interview, or should I say a conversation, between two people who were reconnecting while talking about International Women’s Day, the Climate Summit, their children (and grandchildren for John Kerry), violence against women and the willingness to make our voices heard as individual, especially right now in 2018.

Angelina Jolie and John Kerry

This is the best issue I have read in 2018 so far!

The pictures were perfect and so were the articles such as “The Hero We Need”, referring of the Black Panther movie, Ava DuVernay’s “Women in Hollywood” article and Teddy Quinlivan’s essay on being a beautiful transgender model.

Teddy is wow!! She is fearless.

It was a beautiful March issue that I will cherish in my collection.

I can’t wait to see what Nina will show us in April.

http://www.elle.com

https://www.stitchfix.com

Written by Sab Demosthenes

Our Canadian fashion Godmother. Her name is Jessica Mulroney.

Our Canadian fashion godmother. Her name is Jessica Mulroney.

She is sassy.

She is the ultimate cool Montrealer girl.

You know what, she is our fashion godmother.

Jessica

You may have known her already for her segment on the CityLine with one of our favorite TV personality Tracy Moore.

Jessica and Tracy

But let me introduce you to the talented, fashionable and cool Jessica Mulroney.

The first time I read about Jessica was around 2008. I was a die-hard Hello Magazine. I couldn’t wait to buy my copy of Hello during the lunch hour and eating at a nice Italian restaurant looking to Queen Mary Boulevard. I remember the magazine issue talking about Ben and Jessica’s wedding like it was yesterday. I was alone at the restaurant and next to me, Richard Garneau was having lunch. Richard Garneau was our ultimate sports anchor. He gave so much flavour commenting ice skating competition to the Olympic hockey finals. That Friday was magical.

I still wanted to keep my cool but I wasn’t shy reading my Hello Magazine and reading the love story between two people. I got a really soft spot for romance.

Ben and Jessica

I was so taken by the simplicity of Jessica’s dress and I found her to be so beautiful. During that moment, I was curious about this Montrealer fashion style. As the years passed by, I did see more and more her fashion sense. And I liked it. She can be bold but elegant.

My style has always been minimalist with a preppy touch. But I always admired women that take some fashion chances.

Jessica is Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau fashion secret weapon.

For the bride to be, she is a bridal expert. She is collaborating with Kleinfeld and The Bay to help some brides finding their perfect wedding dress.

Kleinfeld

What I like with Jessica is that she is showcasing our Canadian fashion brand. And for that, I say a big amen!

Brand like Sentalar (I will get one of their coats in 2018), Erdem, Judith and Charles, Lucian Matis, Di Carlo Couture, Birks, Aldo Shoes and many more are on the map.

Talking about Meghan Markle look, I was really happy to see Sentalar coats on her during this past weekend.

Meghan Markle

I know that some people may have hoped for a bigger extravaganza look but I love the simplicity of this look. It’s very CBK (Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy).

With the three looks we have witnessed, she is still the same woman that loves our Canadian brand and she isn’t shy of showing it.

World Vision Event

TORONTO, ON – MARCH 22: Jessica Mulroney and actress Meghan Markle attend the World Vision event held at Lumas Gallery on March 22, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

So today, I dedicated this Chronicle to Jessica Mulroney. She is inspiring, she is super cool like I wrote earlier and I’m joining her and many Canadians to showcase our beautiful fashion sense. We have the best of both worlds.

Jessica oxford

We have the chicness of the French Couture fashion and an audacity of a New Yorker.

Thank you Jessica for being a fashion strength in Canada and surely, you will rock this world.

Jessica M 2016

Jessica Mulroney Instagram

Sentaler Website

Lucian Matis Website

Di Carlo Couture Website

Maison Birks Website

Aldo Shoes Website

Written by Sab Demosthenes

The Gals 

It’s been a while since I wrote a fashion post… 
Fashion sketch
What is happening with me? I’m a die hard sports enthusiast with a flare with fashion. 
That’s why I want to write about this fabulous Canadian company that I fell in love with 5 years ago.
Their message is why wait for the man of our dreams (sort of) to give us that shiny rock, a diamond, when we can treat ourselves with one and put it on our right hand. I was so on board with this mentality!
The Right Hand Gal rings
The Right Hand Gal is a Montreal (yeah!) based jewelry company that two passionate sisters have built in the spirit of empowerment, with such beautiful, simplistic jewelry designs. 
Necklace Right Hand Gal
Shawna and Randi Herlich are the two sisters behind this successful Canadian brand.
Their creations are so nicely done and so comfortable. I just can’t get enough of watching their website.
The Right Hand Gal Website
And, the gals are some of nicest people I have met. I met them in Montreal at Billie’s store on a December night in 2013. They both helped me pick up a nice ring in order to bring an outfit to life.
My Right Hand Gal Ring
Until now, when I want to feel I could conquer the world, I wear it with no other jewelry. 
Mission accomplished!
A few actresses, musicians, and public personalities are big fans too. I will leave you the pleasure of Googling their names to find out or go to the Gals website.
Meghan Markle and the Right Hand Gal necklace
This Monday, my post is an ode to my favorite gals. We can be sure the gals will surprise us in 2018 and we will still be amazed by their talent.
Girls power
Gals forever!!

Caroline de Maigret : La plus cool des Parisienne à mes yeux de Montréalaise

Elle est une des icônes de la mode de notre génération. Elle une mélomane incontournable qui adore la musique. Elle est une des femmes les plus cool de cette planète.

Caro

Je vous présente en ce lundi 16 octobre 2017 Caroline de Maigret.

Caroline de Maigret

Pour ceux et celles qui ne la connaisse pas, voici l’occasion de faire sa connaissance et de vous laisser charmer par cette belle parisienne.

Née en 1975 en Neuilly-sur-Seine en France, elle est la fille d’un père politicien et d’une mère championne en natation.

Au cours des années 90, elle a travaillé avec les grands du monde de la photographie tels que Mario Testino et Peter Lindbergh (wow) quand elle résidait à New York. Mais qu’est-ce qui m’a impressionné avec Caroline est une fois de retour à Paris au cours de l’année 2003, elle lance sa boîte de production de musique. Je trouve ça audacieux et vu que j’adore la musique, disons que je la vois comme un modèle à suivre en ce qui concerne poursuivre ses passions et son instinct.

C et Y

Durant la même année, elle rencontre Yarold Poupaud et voilà le début d’une belle collaboration professionnelle et personnelle qui dure encore jusqu’à ce jour. Ils sont juste trop beau ensemble.

Caroline a écrit un livre en collaboration avec ses 3 copines qui sont Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan et Sophie Masqui. Ce livre est un ‘’must ‘’ à avoir chères fashionistas et femmes de ce monde. ‘’How To Be Parisian Wherever You are’’ est un incontournable livre à avoir. On parle toujours de ce style parisien, de cette attitude qu’elle semble à avoir cette Parisienne ultra cool. Le livre le décrit très bien, mais c’est bien plus que les tenues à porter.

Caroline

C’est une question d’attitude. En fait, tout est dans l’attitude. J’adore le chapitre sur les Simones , Not a wedding (tellement moi), cool or cold et la liste continue. Je ne peux pas m’en passer de ce livre.

How To Be Parisian

J’ai bien aimé lire un article qui décrit parfaitement Caroline sur le site web du magazine Elle France lors d’une entrevue avec la journaliste Françoise-Marie Santucci. Je vous partage le lien de cette belle entrevue.

http://www.elle.fr/People/La-vie-des-people/Interviews/Caroline-de-Maigret-Parisienne-de-tous-les-pays-2862092

Peut-être qu’un jour, je pourrais parler avec Caroline de musique avec un regard émerveillé sur son rôle en tant que productrice.

Caroline et Chanel

Et entre une conversation sur Les Beatles et Pink Floyd, on pourrait parler de son expérience de travailler avec Testino, Lagerfeld et Marc Jacobs tout en portant mes chaussures Converse et en sirotant un verre de vino.

Je vous laisse sur ce vidéo super géniale de Caroline de Maigret pour la maison Chanel.

Caroline de Maigret and Chanel Derbies

Son côté super cool ne peut pas passer inaperçu. Que nous réservera Caroline durant l’année 2018?

Caroline de M.

D’autres belles surprises!

http://www.cdmdiary.com/en/

Tala is in the house

While visiting Vogue.com last week before I went to dodo land, I just jump into my bed and read a really good article about my girl, the enfant terrible of fashion Tala Alamuddin.

Tala

I was so happy to read about her on Vogue UK and I know she is preparing the launching of her super cool company Totally Tala in 2018 for the european and american customers.

Her bags are so wicked and her earrings are just divine. Yes, I am fan and I love the fact that fringes is to be a center part of her creativity. As a kid, I was always a little bit more bohemian in my look than glamorous. Now, I’m pretty much more a minimalist but I do love to have an accessory that had that little craziness and fun in my outfit.

With Tala’s accessories, you can add that little fun into your outfit too. She is residing in the beautiful Singapour but you can see that she is a globetrotter and that she probably got inspired by the places she has visited around the globe to create beautiful pieces.

Here’s  a picture of one of her bag that I clearly see myself rocking it to go to work or hanging out at a cool Montreal Café in the Plateau.

George Clooney and wife Amal Clooney seen holding hands as they walked their dog on set of Suburbicon in Los Angeles, CA

Don’t worry guys, The Chronicle and Totally Tala will rock your world in 2018. I won’t say more hihi.

In the meantime, if you want to be totally swept away by the talented and fun Mrs.A, check out her Twitter and Instagram account. It’s off the hook and she managed to put a smile upon your face with her uplifting attitude and sense of humor.

She is truly someone we should watch closely in 2018 and I’m very proud of what she have accomplish so far.

Here the link to the Vogue UK article about Tala. It’s a really good read and the pictures are so beautiful and truly shown Tala’s personality.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/tala-alamuddin-amal-clooney-fashion-line

The world will be totally hook on Tala!

I promise you that.

https://twitter.com/Totally_TALA

Lyons Empire

It is coming!

It will be epic and out of this world.

We got a small taste of it when Jenna Lyon  was the captain of the J.Crew ship.

Jenna

I won’t talk about her departure from J.Crew but instead, her impact on the fashion industry and pop culture on a this Chronicle that will take 2 minutes of your time.

She manage to mix originality with classics.

She didn’t have the easiest childhood. Like me and probably a lot of you, she was bullied because she was in a kid standard different. But she didn’t let her stop her. Instead, she didn’t play the victim and she realize she had a gift. A visionary gift early on.

Automatically, I was attracted to her.

STREET STYLE: J Crew President Jenna Lyons attend New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City

She work really hard to get where she was as the President and Creative Director of J.Crew. She didn’t kiss asses but she is a firm believer of working hard for the things you love.

Actually, her message is to be passionate and with this passion, you will move some big mountains.

My kind of philosophy.

She is laid-back, hard worker and authentic person.

Here some words of wisdom. Even at 34, I still need it from time to time.

Jenna Lyons commencement speech at Parsons 2017

The best is yet to come with Jenna Lyons.

I will sure be the first one to get on this joyride.

Will you ride with us?

J