Summer Visit In Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

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Visit at the Historical village of Val-Jalbert

Summer is not over! Even if the temperature is progressively decreasing, this is still a good time to visit the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. History, nature, and adventure, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area is diversified and has lot to offer.

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Ouiatchouan Falls – The Historical Village of Val-Jalbert

Opened from May to October, the Historical village of Val-Jalbert was the first stop of our visit. Thanks to the guided tour on board of the old trolleybus, we enjoyed a unique and immersive time travel experience while we learned about the life of an authentic company town in the early Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean’s industrial age.

The Historical village of Val-Jalbert is an open sky museum and offers numerous attractions designed to capture the essence of life in 1927: street animations, projections, scales models, immersive sensory experiences, breathtaking panoramic views and much more. The highlight of our visit remains the impressive Ouiatchouan Falls located near the pulp mill.

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Blueberry picking – Michel Rivard et Fille Farm

What will be Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean without their blueberries? We went to Michel Rivard et Filles farm to experience blueberry picking. The harvest season usually runs from mid-July to mid-September. The farm’s shop offers fresh products derived from the harvest, such as blueberry pies, blueberry jelly, homemade chips and many others items.

one person visiting Jardin Scullion

Jardin Scullion

Would you like to visit an unusual landscape? Jardin Scullion, three times regional prizewinner of Grands Prix du tourisme québécois, celebrates its 30th anniversary and invites you to discover more than 2,000 species of plants from all around the world. Among the new features, you will be able to visit the site by electric carts and discover the largest conifers garden ever created. Add to this the new 35-meter arched bridge inspired by the great gardens of England.

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Véloroute des Bleuets – Plage le Rigolet

If you are looking for a quiet place to spend the afternoon, Plage le Rigolet located on the shores of Lac Saint-Jean will suit your needs. With direct access to the Véloroute des bleuets, this free public beach offers many services such as outdoor playgrounds, picnic area, observation sites, and a restaurant. In the evening, Plage le Rigolet is a great spot to admire the sunset with the reflections on the water.

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Double Room – Hotel Universel Alma

During our visit in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, we stayed at 4-star Hotel Universel Alma ideally located in the heart of downtown Alma with 72 newly renovated rooms. We were warmly welcomed by the hotel staff and received Coffrets du Royaume package: gifts made of local products.

Amenities offered at Hotel Universel Alma include spacious indoor pool and a spa on the 1st floor where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the river while sitting on the outdoor terrace. For those who are very active as we are, the well equipped fitness room will allow you to stay in shape. Foodies are not left behind with the Pacini d’Alma Italian restaurant located directly in the hotel. The menu features breakfast, Italian weekend brunch, as well as allergen free and gluten free options.

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Pool – Hotel Universel Alma

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Breakfast – Pacini Alma Restaurant

How to get there? If you are in a hurry, opt for the plane from Montreal to Bagotville. Many different airline companies operate regular and occasional flights out of the Saguenay-Bagotville airport located halfway between La Baie and Chicoutimi. For example, Air Canada operates approximately 3 flights per day and the duration is just 1 hour long. If you have plenty of time, you could choose among VIA Rail train, bus or car.

two persons inside 2017 Ford Escape Titanium car

2017 Ford Escape Titanium

In partnership with Ford, we comfortably drove until Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean on board of the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium. The new Escape takes confident style into fresh new territory with a rugged exterior design showing its strong SUV heritage. The range-topping Titanium model combines the Escape’s utility and fun driving feel with intuitive, clever technologies and premium finishes.

Here are 3 things we particularly like about the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium: the panoramic Vista Roof to let the outside in, the active park assist suitable for parallel and perpendicular  parking spaces, and the high-quality Sony audio system. Have a safe trip to Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean!

My Burberry Blush – A Fruity Floral Fragrance

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My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum

Burberry introduces My Burberry Blush, a new fruity floral fragrance with feminine and sparkling notes. My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum, created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, is the latest addition to the My Burberry family.

My Burberry Blush unlocks a bright, fresh scent and a confident, playful and energetic mood. This new fragrance perfectly suits my current back to work mood after this long summer break. One of the most important tips I gave to my clients while I was working as a beautician is to choose fragrances that reflect our true selves.

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The inspiration behind this new perfume comes from a London garden in the first light of day as flowers blossom with a spirited burst of energy. The bottle is enlivened with a feminine and sophisticated pink hue, reflecting the confident and spirited character of the new scent composed with heart notes of geranium, crisp apple, and rose petal.

If you are applying My Burberry Blush for the first time, verify if the scent speaks you by spraying the perfume on a card. If so, then try the fragrance using one of your body’s pulse point among the wrists, the throat area, behind the ears or the knees, the ankles, or between the breasts. Your body’s pulse point give you the best indication of how the fragrance reacts on your skin since it will smell completely different in the bottle or sprayed on a piece of paper.

Also, remember that the top notes dissipate very quickly! After about 15 minutes you are able to smell the heart notes support by the base notes. This is the best time to decide whether or not the perfume truly suits you.

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My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum (90 ml – 130$)

My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum opens with top notes of glazed pomegranate and vibrant lemon. Delicate rose petal notes are lifted with crisp apple, while a base of jasmine and wisteria accord round off the scent. A fruity floral perfume is a good match for the daytime since delicate scents are discrete and help to keep focused.

The My Burberry signature design details remain with a lighter-shade horn-look lid, inspired by the buttons of the Burberry trench coat. A hand-tied gabardine knot around the neck of the bottle, honours the weatherproof fabric invented by Thomas Burberry over 100 years ago.

As the other fragrances of My Burberry family, you will be able to customize your 90 ml bottle with your initials (maximum of 3 letters) thanks to the monogramming service available online, at selected Burberry counters, and department stores.

If you are curious about the smell of My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum and wondering if this fruity floral fragrance will suit you, feel free to stop at any Sephora store and ask for a sample so you could try it in the comfort of your home. My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum is also available at Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom, Pharmaprix Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Uniprix, Familiprix, Brunet, and Murale.

Roger & Gallet Is Now Available At Sephora

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Aura Mirabilis Roger & Gallet – Sephora

The legendary beauty and skin care brand Roger&Gallet is proud to announce its collaboration with Sephora.ca, Canada’s largest online cosmetics retailer. Today, beauty lovers will be able to purchase the latest facial ritual from Roger & Gallet, Aura Mirabilis, as well as the three fragrance ranges that make the brand famous: Fleur de Figuier, Osmanthus Flower and Red Ginger.

Roger&Gallet has developed an international reputation and a loyal clientele thanks to its “avant-garde tradition” signature style. All products contain 100% distilled precious essences whose numerous properties have been proven through time, and up to 95% of natural ingredients. Moreover, the unique fragrances of Roger&Gallet are concocted by famous perfumers, including Francis Kurkdjian, Alberto Morillas and Amandine Clerc-Marie.

To create Aura Mirabilis collection, Roger&Gallet took inspiration from the Aqua Mirabilis story. This powerful elixir was known for its numerous properties and was used by Emperors and royal courts around the world. According to the legend, it was the source of their aura! Here are 4 beauty gestures inspired by this natural elixir…

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Aura Mirabilis Collection – Roger & Gallet

1. Detoxify

Aura Mirabilis Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask (100 ml, 25$) is a two-in-one natural texture with a unique transformation that can be used as a daily cleanser to gently remove makeup and impurities, or as a detox mask to revive skin’s radiance. We love the scent which concentrates all the natural powers of 18 officinal plants combined with extra fine Helianthus flower oil.

This cleansing mask is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. It is ideal to target dryness, oiliness, dullness and uneven texture. We really appreciate the versatility of this product because our skin changes over the time. How to use?

As a daily cleanser: apply a small amount to dry skin, then massage gently until it transforms into an oil. When you rinse with water, the texture transforms into milk that leaves skin free of impurities, silky soft and more radiant.

As a detox mask: apply a fine layer to dry skin and leave on for three minutes. Then massage and rinse off well.

2. Refine

Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar (200 ml, 25$) should be used just after cleansing as a toner. It helps to gently remove make-up residues, smoothes the skin and helps eliminate dead cells while preparing the skin for the products that follow.

When we use a toner, we have the assurance to have a clean skin. Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar leaves skin feeling smooth, refines skin’s texture, helps to tighten pores and clarify the complexion. How to use?

Shake well to homogenize and apply Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar morning and/or evening to clean skin with the fingertips or a cotton pad. We suggest using your toner with fingertips to avoid loss of product because cotton pad absorbs too much quantity.

3. Restore

Aura Mirabilis Double Extract Serum (35 ml, 65$) is a unique fluid bi-phasic formula – water and distilled essences. This ultra-concentrated serum works to restore the skin’s barrier, minimize the fine lines, and reveal radiance.

As the third step in the Aura Mirabilis ritual, the Double Extract Serum is a concentrate of youthfulness by promoting cell regeneration. How to use?

Shake well before use and apply the Double-Extract Serum morning and/or evening after the Beauty Vinegar. We like the bottle pre-dosing system which releases just the right amount for the face and neck.

4. Renew

Aura Mirabilis Legendary Cream (50 ml, 55$) concentrates all the natural power of the 18 officinal plants combined with an extract of an immaculately white Fleur de Lys extract. We appreciate the texture, firm at first then melting into the skin upon application.

The Legendary Cream helps to smooth and unifies the complexion of the skin while revealing the skin’s natural radiance. How to use?

Simply apply a small amount of the Legendary Cream morning and/or evening to clean skin, after the Beauty Vinegar and Double-Extract.

Note: Aura Mirabilis collection is tested under dermatological control and formulated without: parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe – A New Vegan Restaurant in Mile-End

terrace restaurant Délicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Montreal’s Park avenue is home of some of the coziest restaurant in the city. Here you will find antiques shops, art galleries and numerous terraces. Across from the historic Rialto Theatre, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe is the new vegan destination in Mile-End.

While browsing through Instagram, we stumbled upon a picture of a very intriguing pita sandwich. It featured delicious looking farro balls, a blend of peppers, onions, mushrooms, kale, romaine mix garnished with chickpeas, and cashew tzatziki sauce all rolled in a house-made pesto pita bread. We decided to try this new vegan restaurant for dinner and were amazed by the savory dishes prepared for us. Next, we took part of a photo contest launched for the restaurant opening and were the lucky winners of a 25$ gift card. Then, to our delight, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe invited us for a special food tasting experience.

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Plant-based Menu – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

From our conversation with Ilyas Butt, the owner, it is clear that he and the staff are passionate about providing customers with only the highest quality organic ingredients. We learned that fresh produce is brought to the restaurant up to three times per day.

Ilyas goes out of his way to gather local ingredients by involving farmers of neighboring areas of Montreal. additionally, he volunteers his own time to help the development of humanitarian projects focused on food allocation.

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The Indian Diva – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

On the menu, each dish offered contains unique combinations of ingredients. Moreover, spices from more than 50 countries are used to season them. At Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe, you find a different mix of flavors, texture, seasoning and intensity in all the dishes proposed on the menu. On top of sandwiches, burgers, signature bowls, and desserts, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe offers creative breakfasts throughout the day.

Ilyas take us on a journey around the world starting with India by offering The Indian Diva signature bowl made of tandoori tofu cubes and potatoes, mixed of tasty vegetables and greens, fresh mango cubes, pumpkin seeds topped with a “kamasutra” dressing. Signature bowls come with a choice of organic soba noodles, tumeric quinoa or brown rice. For each section of the menu, various countries are featured such as South Africa, Thailand, Mexico, and many more.

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Samosa Recipe – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Among the sides items offered, we were obsessed with the samosas. Ilyas showed us every step of their preparation and admitted that the samosas are the most time-consuming item to prepare in the kitchen. The superfoods and spices used include goji berries, nigella seeds, chia seeds, and coriander. The result is simply delicious.

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Gelato – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

If you’re looking for a lighter dessert, try their house-made gelato. Choose from the classics like blueberry, mango, or passion fruit flavors, or opt for something adventurous such as kale, sweet corn, or tomato-cherry. We loved how refreshing and diversified the selection of ice creams was.

Depending of flavor or thickness, the gelato are made with base of soy or coconut milk, no stabilizer or gelling agents are used. The restaurant strives for limiting waste as much as possible, as a result only the necessary amount of ice cream is prepared daily. The freshness of the fruits and vegetables used for this ice cream makes for one-of-a kind flavor. Moreover, possibilities of flavor are limited by seasonal availability which means new flavors will be featured frequently.

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe is the destination to experience international flavor. The quality of the ingredients used are second to none, and are all plant-based. Ilyas assured us new items will be featured regularly on the menu. We won’t tell you more, rather, we invite you to visit this new vegan restaurant.

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

5718 Parc Avenue, Montreal

Opening hours: 8am – 9pm (daily)

5 Things To Buy at Sports Experts For Back To School

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Sports Experts Store

The summer season is almost over which means there are only a few days left before back to school fever! To make sure your little ones feel the excitement, Sports Experts presents its new Back to School collection.

Proud to promote the practice of physical activity, this new collection features “sport-chic” items that can be worn on all occasions. Don’t worry ladies, there is something for everyone. Let me introduces 5 items to buy at Sports Experts to rock your “sport-chic” outfit.

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Under Armour Threadborne V Graphic Twist T-shirt (price: 39.99 $) and Under Armour Favorite Leggings (price: 59.99$)

The Under Armour Threadborne V Graphic Twist t-shirt has the ideal specifications for gym classes such as Zumba, Bootcamp or Aerobics. No matter how much you sweat, you will feel comfortable and confident thanks to the Threadborne Siro new fibers that are lighter, dry faster, and won’t stretch out.

Soft and breathable, this V-neck t-shirt can also be worn outside the gym with your favourite jeans. Moreover, to fit with your closet, this t-shirt is available in pink or in dark green at Sports Experts.

Since back to school also means returning to gym, the Under Armour Favorite Graphic legging is perfect for a workout but also in everyday life to keep a sport trendy style. Fitted next-to-skin without the squeeze, this legging is soft and comfortable.

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Under Armour Twist Hoodie (price: 69.99$)

To complete your “sport-chic” look, this Under Armour Fleece Twist hoodie is ideal for upcoming fall season cooler days. Engineered with the ColdGear® technology, this hoodie repels water without sacrificing breathability.

Its Under Armour fleece is light but will keep you surprisingly warm while its breathable and stretch fabric will enhance ease of movement. This hoodie is available in pink or in red at Sports Experts.

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Fashion Outfit – Adidas Advantage Clean QT Shoes

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Adidas Advantage Clean QT Shoes (price: 84.99$)

For a fashion “sport-chic” outfit, let’s opt for a minimalist style. Those Adidas Neo Advantage Clean QT sneakers are the definition of “less is more”. Adidas Neo is a lifestyle sportswear brand for young minded consumers.

Those luxe court-inspired fashion sneakers feature perforated and stitched decorative stripes instead of the regular Adidas 3-Stripes. Designed with comfort in mind, the shoes have a clean and elegant look with feminine lines. Dare to wear those shoes with a dress, it’s a perfect casual look to attend a weekend brunch. This pair is only available in grey at selected Sports Experts.

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Adidas Cloudfoam Advantage (price: 84.99$)

If you prefer to opt for the regular 3-Stripes, the Adidas Neo Cloudfoam Advantage will “feet” your needs. This 70’s look with luxe comfort give a timeless vibe to your fashion “sport-chic” outfit. Those comfy shoes match very well with a capri flared pants or a boyfriend jeans.

Thanks to this trendy Back To School collection, we hope you will follow the Sports Experts signature ” Stay fit. Leave well”. For fitness tips, read Sports Experts blog or follow them on social media. To find a store near you, please visit www.sportsexperts.ca.