The Petites by Coton Mouton

Coton Mouton Les Petites Black Doll

Coton Mouton recently launched a new dolls collection in collaboration with local designers such as Denis Gagnon, Helmer, Marie Saint Pierre and many more. The designers were asked to choose their favorite piece for scaling down to doll size.

coton-mouton Les Petites designer doll

Aude Le Dubé, founder of Coton Mouton, decided to design her own line of cloth dolls made in Montreal while trying to find a doll for her two years old niece. After months of work and research, she launched a line of handmade decorative cushions and organic cloth dolls.


In addition to the designers clothes, a fall collection is also available and embraces the uniqueness of Canadian autumn with specific colors and textures. Visit the official website at to view the full collection.

Wild Rose by Korres: Unify your skin tone

Fall season has officially began and days become shorter which means less hours of sun. Depending if you have well protected your skin during summer, you will notice uneven skin tone. Generally, dark skins are more subject to be exposed to discoloration issues due to hyperpigmentation.

Whatever your skin types, Wild Rose helps reduce the appearance of skin discolorations and restores skin tone. Moreover, Wild Rose products are not tested on animals and suitable for vegetarians/vegans.

Wild Rose Korres

Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturizing & Brightening cream (40 ml, 48$) is non-heavy and easily absorbed to repair fine lines and skin discolorations.

How to use? after daily cleansing, apply to the face and neck by avoiding eye area

Bonus points –> 84.6% of natural content! Contains vitamin C, Wild Rose oil, grape seed extract, olive oil, imperata cylindrica and macadamia nut oil.


Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (40 ml, 59$) is a weightless soufflé boosted with with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid for softer and more radiant skin by morning.

How to use? after nighttime cleansing, apply to the face and neck by avoiding eye area

Bonus points –> 95% of natural content! Contains vitamin C, Wild Rose oil, aloe jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid.


Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector (30 ml, 60$) is an intensive facial treatment enriched with targeted actives.

How to use? apply day and night to face and neck where needed by avoiding eye area.

Bonus points –> 90.7% of natural content! Contains vitamin C, Wild Rose oil, hyaluronic acid, pancratium maritimun and rheum rhaponticum extracts.


Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil (30 ml, 75$) is the first beauty elixir of Korres Herbal Apothecary with Rose petals and wild Rose oil.

How to use? Gently massage a few drops onto cleansed face and neck by avoiding eye area. Use alone or with Wild Rose moisturizer cream for maximum benefits.

Bonus points –> Fast-absorbing, non-greasy and 94.5% of natural content! Contains vitamin C, Wild Rose oil, fatty acids and antioxidants.


Where to buy? Shop Wild Rose products at and

Aida by Opéra de Montréal

Opéra de Montréal opens the season with Aida by Giuseppe Verdi at the time of ancient Egypt.

Aida - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida is an Ethiopian slave and serves Amneris the daughter of the king of Egypt. She is facing a terrible dilemma because she has to choose between his love for Radamès, the new commander of the Egyptian army, and his father, the king of Ethiopia, at war with the Egyptians.

Aida (Anna Markarova) and Amneris (Olesya Petrova) - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida (Anna Markarova) and Amneris (Olesya Petrova) – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Above all that, Amneris is also in love with Radamès and aware that his heart only beats for Aida. Day after day, she pretends to be affectionate with Amneris while she becomes increasingly jealous and angry…

Radamès (Kamen Chanev) and Aida (Anna Markarova) - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Radamès (Kamen Chanev) and Aida (Anna Markarova) – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Between all this drama, we hope that love will survive…

Next shows: September 20, 22 and 24 at 7:30 pm

Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Place des Arts

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montréal

Cocktail Hour The Keg

The Keg launches the first edition of Cocktail Hour and invites you to enjoy their starters menu and cocktails starting at 5$.

cocktail The Keg sangria

When? Daily on early evening ( from 2 – 5 pm) and late night ( from 9:30/10:30 pm – close)

What? Each day, there is special discount on specific starters and a feature cocktail is offered at 5$. If you have a liking for strawberry come on Tuesday to try Strawberry Fizz cocktail made of Absolut vodka, Aperol, fresh lemon and lime juice with muddled strawberries and soda. It’s my favorite 😉 !!

Where? At the bar of all The Keg locations in Canada and USA. To find the closest place near you, visit the official website at

hour cocktail the keg

Enjoy Cocktail Hour 🙂 !!

Facial mask: green clay vs charcoal

Fall is around the corner, it’s time to prepare the skin for the upcoming season and to adjust your skin care routine. Considering the powerful effect of facial masks on skin, let me introduce those two products from Lotus Aroma and Dermalogica.

Lotus Aroma, Facial Mask (100 ml) - 16,99$

Lotus Aroma, Facial Mask (100 ml) – 16,99$

This purifying green clay facial mask made with kaolin and pure essential oils absorbs skin impurities and clears pores. Jojoba and Grape Seed oils eliminate excess oil more visible on oily skins. The skin looks lightened, toned and purified.

Bonus points –> vegan, gluten-free and gmo-free. Eco-consciously sourced ingredients (100% botanically-derived active ingredients, 38.5% organic ingredients, 99.5% natural formula) and made in Canada. For normal to oily skins, including highly sensitive.

How to use? After cleansing, apply a thick layer avoiding the eye area and leave on for 10 minutes. Clean with warm water. Pat the skin.

Where to buy? Jean Coutu, Dans Un Jardin, Marché Tau and more.

Dermalogica, Facial Mask (75 ml) - 60$

Dermalogica, Facial Mask (75 ml) – 60$

Dermalogica charcoal rescue masque is an all-in-one treatment used to detoxify, brighten up and invigorate all skin conditions. Activated Binchotan Charcoal absorbs impurities and sulfur promotes cell turnover for brighter skin.

Bonus points –> formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.

How to use? After cleansing, apply generously to face and throat, avoiding the eye area. After 7 to 10 minutes, lightly massage with very wet hands to enhance exfoliation properties during removal. Rinse thoroughly.

Where to buy? 132 McGill Street (Montreal, QC)

Travel Destination – Sénégal

Never been to West Africa before? Why don’t you start by visiting Sénégal?

Dakar - Park of Remembrance

Dakar – Park of Remembrance

Sénégal is an excellent choice for a first trip in West Africa. You will be able to discover a diversified culture, friendly people and amazing landscapes.

The city of Dakar is well known all over the world as a host place for international exhibitions, conferences and entertainment activities. During our journey, we visited museums and monuments while enjoying relaxing time at the beach. For those who like to enjoy the night life, you will find a vibrant scene out there.

Dakar - IFAN Dakar Museum

Dakar – IFAN Dakar Museum

Dakar - African Renaissance Monument

Dakar – African Renaissance Monument

Dakar - Beach at Hotel Terrou Bi

Dakar – Beach at Hotel Terrou Bi

Dakar - Little Buddha Lounge

Dakar – Little Buddha Lounge

All along the coast, Dakar is board by islands accessible to the public by boat ( cost may vary depending the destination) such as Madeleine National Park, Ngor and Gorée.

Madeleine Island National Park

Madeleine Island National Park

Ngor Island

Ngor Island

Gorée Island

Gorée Island

To visit others cities, the smart choice will be to take a mini-bus ( 12 to 14 people) available at bus station. The bus is the cheaper way but it is very less comfortable. From the station Baux Maraichers, we went to the city of Saint-Louis.

Saint-Louis - Oceanfront

Saint-Louis – Oceanfront

Saint-Louis - Langue de Barbarie National Park

Saint-Louis – Langue de Barbarie National Park

Some destinations are not accessible by public transportation or it could take you too much time to get there. In this case, it is recommended to opt for a private taxi (do not hesitate to negotiate the price). This is how we went to Bandia Nature Park for a safari tour and also enjoy a race in desert at Lac Rose.

Bandia Nature Park

Bandia Nature Park

Lac Rose Desert Race

Lac Rose Desert Race

Lac Rose

Lac Rose

To conclude in a greedy way, my favorite Senegalese dish is the Tiep Bou Dienn with bissap juice ( extract from hibiscus) or corossol juice.

Tiep Bou Dienn

Tiep Bou Dienn and Corossol Juice

Strangers in the night Gourmet Gala

The 12th annual Strangers in the Night Gourmet Gala brought together over 4,000 supporters of Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and raised almost 500,000$ in June 2016.

strangers in the night

It was an evening of delicious food along with a variety of live performances to celebrate and support Starlight’s work. Over 75 of Montreal’s top food vendors were participating to delight the guests.

strangers in the night

vegan sushi


Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. The foundation organizes several fundraising activities during the year to improve the health and life of kids and families.

The upcoming event is the Pure Protein Night Race and will be held from August to September across the country. Find all the details at and learn more about the Foundation at


Summer is about good memories, sun and fun!

Akko - Sea Port

Acre – Sea Port (Akko)

Israel gives you more than that with his unique historical and cultural background. We deeply fall in love with this country which is easy to visit and rich with his diversified population. We met warm and welcoming people around the country which makes the journey incredible.

Haifa - Baha'i Gardens

Haifa – Baha’i Gardens

Nazareth - St Gabriel Church

Nazareth – St Gabriel Church

Tiberias - Sea of Galilee

Tiberias – Sea of Galilee

Ein Bokek - Dead Sea

Ein Bokek – Dead Sea

Ein Gedi - Wadi David Waterfall

Ein Gedi – Wadi David Waterfall

Jerusalem - Dome of Rock

Jerusalem – Dome of Rock

Kafr Cana - Cana Church

Kafr Cana – Cana Church

Acre - Turkish Bazaar

Acre – Turkish Bazaar

Tel Aviv - Banana Beach

Tel Aviv – Banana Beach

On top of that the local food is delicious !!!

Fancy Salad @ Lima Nippo Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Fancy Salad @ Lima Nippo Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Breakfast @ Camel Beach (Haifa)

Breakfast @ Camel Beach (Haifa)

Brunch @ Benedict Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Brunch @ Benedict Restaurant (Tel Aviv)


Middle East Pastries @ Acre Turkish Bazaar (Akko)


Z tapas lounge bar

Located in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, Z Tapas Lounge is the newest restaurant of Hotel Zero1. Like some others fine dining in Montréal, the restaurant offers gourmet dishes and classics menu with a list of privately imported wines. So why you should give a try? Here are 5 reasons to discover Z Tapas Lounge…

1 – The modern interior design

Z Tapas Lounge

2 – The drink menu designed by Mister Cocktail Patrice Plante

Z Tapas Lounge Drink Menu

3 – The delicate desserts

Z Tapas Lounge Desserts

4 – The tapas overflowing with Latin America flavours

Z Tapas Lounge food

5 – The tasty vegetarian options

Z Tapas Lounge Veggie Food

Z Tapas Lounge

1165 St-Laurent Street, Montréal


Montreal’s very first salt rooms are now open at Elite Laser located at Westmount Square. Very well known in Europe, halotherapy consists in using the salt in order to create hypothetically favorable healing conditions.

Elite Laser salt room

This natural therapy makes it possible to recreate the microclimate of a salt cave in a specially designed rooms. Elite laser has also a kids room brimming with games, a salt box and comfy beanbags to make sure that kids stay occupied while experiencing halotherapy.

Elite Laser kids salt room

Halotherapy could strengthen the immune system and alleviate the following conditions: bronchitis, allergies, asthma, eczema, fatigue, stress, colds, sinusitis, etc. Note that halotherapy is only a complementary natural therapy and is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease.

How it works? when entering in the salt room, just take a seat and start relaxing yourself. Then, you will inhale minute particles of salt which will open up the airways and break up mucus. This is how you will improve your breathing.

Elite laser offers the first session to all clients (value of 45$: 45 min for adults/ 30 min for kids). For more details visit

Elite Laser

1 Westmount Square, Montreal (Mall Level)