The St. Tropez Set

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The ideal Mothers Day celebration for me means the spa and afternoon tea. Throw in a lipstick and it’s perfect. So when my husband suggested a road trip… to Calgary (?!), I thought, does he not know me at all? Well it turned out better than I had expected. I got to hangout with my boys and see my cousin, who I don’t see often enough. I was also given the freedom to pick my Mothers Day present(s). I was in for a surprise. When I was in Paris, at the house of Guerlain, I found the perfect perfume for summer. It was quite a bit more than what I expected and having been on holiday for almost two months, my husband suggested I wait. Bad move. As soon as we got back to London, I was kicking myself for not doing a s.s. purchase because I couldn’t find it anywhere. The one department store I found it at was out of stock. So the plan was to have my sisters brother-in-law pick it up from Harrods when he comes down in August, BUT after all that, I found it! In Calgary! It’s exquisite. Since I was on a high, I didn’t realize what I was doing and picked up a couple of other items… All of these things remind me of St. Tropez. If I was there, this is all I would wear. And some K Jacques. It’s a sign, I need to go.

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{Terracotte – the best bronzer ever.}

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{My very first Tom Ford in Spanish Pink. It’s listed as one of the 10 best nudes in Harpers Bazaar, but it’s more of a peachy pink on me. Very 60’s without all of the white, chalky business. They also had one called Indian Rose, I felt obligated, but it didn’t make my haart beat faast like this one. Vary haapy in my haart.}

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Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you amazing mums! Ever since becoming a mother myself, I cannot express my appreciation and gratitude for my own mom. Not that my baby is a monster, he totally rocks! But I am more amazed than ever about how wonderful and awesome my mom is. She does everything! Happily. I wanted to say thank you. Thank you so much for:

1. Always being so optimistic and happy.
2. Having so much energy, even after long, hard days at work.
3. Always taking out time for us and the boys.
4. Being so nurturing and caring and loving us unconditionally.
5. All of your hugs and caresses that unfortunately end in teeth inspections.
6. Always having aloo paratay ready, every weekend, as soon as we got out of bed.
7. Teaching us our history and telling us Sakhi’s when we were little.
8. Teaching us good values and morals, like not to lie. This sounds kind of lame and common sense, but SO many people lie, about such stupid stuff! It never ceases to amaze me.
9. Being a little crazy. Or a lot. I wonder where we get it from…
10. Thank you for being you and making us who we are. I hope I can be as good of a mum as you.

I love you.

Sights of Paris

I was recently on vacation and one of our destinations was the beautiful city of Paris. This amazing city was everything that I expect and know it to be. My favourite things were having pain au chocolat for breakfast every morning, people watching from the cafes, strolling through the Jardin des Tuileries and along the Seine and conducting s.s. with my counterpart, my lovely cousin Raman. Since she was with us, I didn’t bother bringing out my camera because I knew my photography wouldn’t do this picturesque city justice; Raman, however, did it well.

The Soft Red

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{perfect everyday makeup}

Ever since I can remember being able to apply make-up, not in secret, I have been on the lookout for a soft red lipstick. Soft red as in a light, pinky red. A shade perhaps similar to the beautiful, rosy lip colour of a small child or the colour lips would be after an intense makeout session (not to mention plumpy). To me, this is the iconic, soft, reddy stain on a Parisian woman that can be worn season after season, any occasion, any time of day. It is truly classic and sophisticated and suits everyone. It never goes out of style.

I started my quest to find this perfect, soft red at the convenience store, in the form of Cherry Chapstick. I then progressed to Annabelle, which came in a chubby lipstick pencil in a soft, pretty pinky red. I remember it being a bit brown, but that was ok because brown was cool then. Since then, I have gone through a long list of products in hopes of finding this colour that I have so clearly in my mind. Some products that I’ve tried are:

  1. MAC – Hot Tahiti
  2. Chanel Lip Stain – 733
  3. Chanel Rouge Allure – Amusing
  4. The Body Shop – Pink Ginger
  5. Dior Addict Lipstick – 773
  6. Chanel Rouge Coco – Rouge Orage
  7. Chanel Rouge Coco – Mademoiselle
  8. (as worn on Vanessa Paradis above)

  9. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi
  10. Estée Lauder Pure Colour Pomegranate Kiss
  11. Arbonne Jam
  12. Revlon Red Laquer
  13. Burt’s Bees Fig
  14. Lipstick Queen Saint Rouge
  15. Chanel Rouge Coco – Cambon
  16. Jane Iredale Nicole
  17. Rouge Dior – Rouge Blossom

I’m going to stop now because I’m starting to feel a bit guilty. Somewhere in this list, I did find what I was looking for, in a lip pencil. Chanel created a beautiful, wonderful lip liner called Griotte which is exactly what I was looking for… But, it’s a lip liner. You can’t pull out your beautiful compact and apply lip liner, you need the bullet. And its been discontinued, so it only makes an appearance for special occasions. So, my search went on. What I really need to do is write Mr. Peter Phillips replacement at Chanel (do they have one yet?) a letter and ask them a) to bring Griotte back and b) make lipstick of the same colour. If they did, I might not ever need to buy another lipstick again.
The above list may be helpful if you are on the hunt for a perfect soft red. The closest to what I’ve been looking for have been marked in bold.

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The Best Coffee in Abbotsford

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I’ve been living in Abbotsford for a while now, so it’s quite sad that I had not discovered this place until late last year, but now there is no turning back. Sumas Mountain Coffee is, hands down, the best coffee in town. If you like real, good coffee. My favourite drink is a single shot, medium latte (you know, in case you want to visit, with coffee) and outside of Italy, this is one of the two local places (the other is in Mission, but more on that later) where I can have my coffee without adding any sugar. That says a lot. The cafe itself is quite cozy as well, and the chairs are comfortable, in case you want to take your friend there for a secret date 😉  I haven’t really tried their food – they don’t offer very much – but apparently the soon to be discontinued cookies are very good (the lady who makes them is moving). I’m sure they’ll bring in replacements…

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My Twin

This may sound a little crazy – even for me – but there is someone who looks pretty much exactly like me. So much so that my own siblings and family thought she was me. I wish I could post her picture but that would be a big invasion of her privacy so unfortunately I can’t share her, but picture me with a full fringe of bangs, thick rimmed, black glasses and red lipstick (that part shouldn’t be hard) and voila you have my twin! Apparently my cousin found her picture on Facebook in a random snap… What should I do? Should I try and contact her? Maybe we’ll be offered a movie like Ram aur Shyam or Seeta aur Geeta? I would obviously have to be Geeta. Or one of my personal favourites ChaalBaaz… Yanee ye chaku hai, lag jai toh koon nikal atha hai… Long live Sridevi – the original Roop Ki Rani. Maybe I shouldn’t. She might get scared, especially if she read this.

What would you do if you saw a picture of someone who so closely resembled you that even you had to take a second look?

Classic Chocolate Cake

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There wasn’t too much I craved while I was pregnant, but I did crave perfect chocolate cake. Perfect meaning moist, rich, intense chocolate taste, right amount of sugar and perfect frosting. I’m no longer pregnant, but I still periodically crave this cake. I didn’t use the frosting recipe in the link provided; I used the one below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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NOTE: The batter looks quite runny after you add the coffee, this is how it’s supposed to be. The first time I made it I thought I messed up, but don’t fret, it’ll turn out. Also, I didn’t line the pans with parchment and flour, I used butter and cocoa powder instead.

Creamy Chocolate Butter Icing

1 cup butter, softened (has to be softened)

5 cups icing sugar

2/3 cup whipping cream

2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

2 tsp vanilla

NOTE: This frosting is too generic and bland for me, so I add a little bit more than 1 cup of cocoa, and then it is perfect!

In bowl, beat butter until light; alternately beat in icing sugar and cream. Beat in chocolate and vanilla. If desired, add in 1 cup or more of cocoa powder.

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