Lunetterie Générale: First Canadian Luxury Eyewear Brand

Concept Store Lunetterie Générale – Sherbrooke (QC)

Unique in North America, Lunetterie Générale is the first Canadian luxury eyewear brand. Since its beginning in 2013 and after years of development, Lunetterie Générale has just launched its first collection featuring noble materials and modern designs.

The Spring-Summer 2017 collection is the result of a unique collaboration with the best Japanese craftsmen. This limited edition collection is inspired by the art deco movement characterized by order, color and geometry.

Bon Vivant RX Coffee (price: 475$)

We wanted to interpret some retro graphic elements by renewing them and incorporating noble materials and more modern engineering” said co-founder Julien Couture. Lunetterie Générale frames combine Canadian and international wood, acetate and high quality Japanese titanium.

This summer, dare to wear retro touch and colored sunglasses! Whatever your style, here are 3 choices to try…

Bon Vivant Smoked Crystal Green (price: 495$)

Medium Rare Smoked Black (price: 615$)

Le Vault Black Grey Tortoise (price: 615$)

Lunetterie Générale products are available at Alain Assedo Opticien, Vu, Tris Coffin, Boutique Valerie Simon and Globe Vision. For more information and online shopping visit Lunetterie Générale website.

How To Revive Your Hair This Spring?

Live Clean Shampoo and Conditioner (price: 6,26$)

We all have a hair care routine and this routine should evolve as season changes to keep our hair healthy. I use Live Clean shampoo and conditioner for years because those vegan eco-friendly Canadian products made with certified organic botanical (more than 96%) and biodegradable ingredients deliver wonderful results. Live Clean hair care products do not contain: sulfate, petroleum, DEA, paraben, silicone, phthalate and phosphate. Based on my shopping experience, Live Clean brand is available at Walmart, Pharmaprix and Jean-Coutu.

To transition from Winter to Spring, I received in early March Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Pre-Wash Protein Treatment and Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask. Easily integrated to my routine, I use them twice a week for better results.

Madam C.J. Walker Pre-Wash Protein Treatment (Price: 32$ US)

Sarah Breedlove, founder of Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, is one of the twentieth century’s most successful self-made African American women entrepreneurs and her legacy inspired Sundial Brands to launch in 2016 a new brand named Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture that is sold exclusively at Sephora (online and stores).

The Pre-Wash Protein Treatment really helps fortify and protect against breakage. Suitable for all hair types, this treatment penetrates deeply to restore damages caused by chemical treatments, hair styling or environmental factors.

Made with certified organic and fair trade ingredients, this cruelty free product is easy to use. Before application, I spray my hair with warm water then I apply a generous amount of Pre-Wash Protein Treatment on hair and scalp by paying attention to mid lengths and ends (where breakage happens most of the time!). I put a shower cap to create natural heat then after 15-30 minutes I rinse with warm water and cleanse with Live Clean shampoo and conditioner.

Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask (Price: 43$)

After cleansing, I apply a generous amount of Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask on wet hair from mid lengths to ends, comb through and rinse well after 5-10 minutes. Suitable for all hair types, this mask hydrates and adds softness.

Pai-Shau products are made in Canada using Signature Tea Complex, a mix of African Red Bush (known as Rooibos), White, Black, Pu-erh and Japanese Matcha Green Teas. This mix provides rejuvenating properties that strengthen, nourish and protect the hair. Moreover, Pai-Shau products are eco-friendly, vegan, paraben free, gluten free, sulfate free, sodium chloride free and color safe. Sold only in professional environments, products are available at Pai-Shau website, fine beauty salons and professional distributors such as Capilex Beauté.

Happy Spring !!

COS 10th Anniversary Capsule Collection

Since its beginning in 2007 at London based boutique on Regent Street, COS offers high-quality collections of wardrobe essentials featuring modern, minimalist and tactile design. After several years of international expanding, the Swedish brand opened its doors in Montreal in Fall 2015.

To honor its 10th anniversary, COS launches on March 24th a limited worldwide capsule collection influenced by art and Japanese design. This collection features 10 garments  for women, men and children created in puzzle style. These methods create a refined collection with slumped volumes and rectilinear silhouettes.

The collection is designed with lightweight cotton and technical polyester fabrics in a minimalist palette of sand and white. Just in time for Spring!

COS

1310 Ste-Catherine W, Montreal

Food and Health: Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert 2017

The 20th edition of Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert will be held on March 24th, 25th and 26th at Palais des Congrès de Montréal. More than 35,000 visitors are attending for one of the most largest food exhibition in Quebec. This exhibition is the unmissable event of the Spring which gathers in one spot the best resources in food, health and environment.

This year the theme of the Montreal Vegetable Cuisine Championship is ecogastronomy and will be hosted by Caroline Dumas on March 25th at 10:30 am. Participants will have to come up with a gourmet hand held that uses local products and anti-waste. Each candidate will have 30 minutes at its disposal to create the meal under the watchful eye of the jury composed of the cuisine editor-in-chief of Coup de Pouce magazine, Catherine Clermont, columnist and author Bob the Chef as well as the nutritionist Bernard Lavallée.

Moreover, among the exhibitors, several of my favorites vegetarian and vegan restaurants will be represented as Lola Rosa, Aux Vivres, Copper Branch, Crudessence and more.

Entrance: 11$-14$ ( free for 16 and under)

Info about opening hours and exhibitors list : expomangersante.com

Palais des Congrès de Montréal

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal

New Brunch Menu At La Société Montreal French Bistro

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La Société Montreal – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

With the upcoming Spring season, La Société Montreal French Bistro located in Loews Hotel Vogue welcomes you with a new brunch menu elaborated by Parisian Chef Gilles Tolen who made his debut at well-known establishment Café de la Paix in 2009.

For those who are familiar with Montreal foodie scene, Chef Gilles Tolen created two menus at Decca77 as Executive Chef and was also involved in culinary events such as Le Chop, Cuisine du Quebec and MTLàTable.

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Chef Gilles Tolen – Photo Credit: La Société Montreal

The new brunch menu offers revisited classics such as Eggs Benedict, various types of Omelet, Mimosa cocktails and more. Moreover, the menu allows you to plunge into La Société spirit with fresh Oysters, Champagne, Tartars with croûtons and lunch plates.

I particularly appreciate the fact that the menu offers healthy and varied choices. Even as a vegetarian, you will easily find something that fit your need without having to ask for special treatment. With my sweet tooth, I chose the Belgian waffles (maple syrup comes in supplement), the Mount Royal granola bowl (proud Montrealer) and the Moulin Rouge cocktail ( Paris is always on my mind).

Food and drinks

La Société Brunch Menu: Belgian Waffles and Moulin Rouge Cocktail

Food and drinks

La Société Brunch Menu: Mount Royal Granola Bowl

To make your foodie experience even better, reserve your seats with OpenTable.

La Société Montreal

1415 de la Montagne Street, Montreal

Suitsupply Montreal Store Grand Opening

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Suitsupply Montreal Store – Photo Credit: Suitsupply

Founded in 2000 by Fokke de Jong in Amsterdam, this Dutch company specialized in crafted men’s tailoring has since grown to over 80 international stores. As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, Suitsupply is not involved in exploitation of child labour.

After Toronto, Suitsupply opens its second store in the heart of downtown Montreal. Grand Opening cocktail was held on Thursday, March 2nd with la crème of Montreal fashion bloggers and aficionado. This drink-filled evening was lively by Dj Bart Thimbles coming straight from Amsterdam for the occasion.

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Suitsupply Montréal Store – Photo Credit: Pamela Lajeunesse

Also known for its sexist photography and ad campaigns, the company is trying to improve his image by being less provocative. Let’s have a look at Beach Boys Spring/Summer 2017 collection, hot days are coming earlier this year….
Suitsupply
2152 De La Montagne Street, Montreal