New York Fashion Week Recap : Day 1 & 2 - FW17

This was my fourth experience at NYFW and I can definitely say that it is one of the best parts about being a fashion blogger. I repeat this every year, but New York is so exciting and vibrant, I fall more and more in love with every trip. I usually go for 2 days (except last season when I was there for 5 hours and still breastfeeding), but this time I had such a busy schedule that I stayed 4. Let me tell you about them

New York Fashion Week Recap : Day 1 & 2 - FW17

One jacket, 3 ways

Packing for a quick jaunt in New York for Fashion Week can more often than not turn into mission impossible. You want fly in with a small enough suitcase for your outfits, but also have room for your shopping ;-) Keeping warm is a must during Fashion Week because it is still February when the events debut. So it is crucial to create outfits around a good and warm jacket. That being said, I traveled with an Isabel Marant beauty from TNT and styled it 3 ways. 

 One jacket, 3 ways

Mandy's salad bar in Old Montreal

Ladies and Gentleman, the Wolfe sisters have done it again! Mandy and Rebecca have opened yet another Mandy's Salad Bar, but in Old Montreal this time. It is a given to say that I am a fan of their delicious salads, so much so that this is my second post about them. Ask anyone close to me how many times I eat Mandy's in a week, and they will answer 3 times or more without hesitation.

Mandy's salad bar in Old Montreal

Paul Andrew FW17 New York Fashion Week

I am a shoe lover, a lover of all things shoes and if you are too, then you've definitely heard of Paul Andrew. He is a designer that creates stunning footwear that is originative and extravagant. With invitation in hand, I gladly attended his Fall/Winter Women's and Men's presentation during NYFW and he did not disappoint.

Paul Andrew FW17 New York Fashion Week

J.CREW fall/winter 2017 New York Fashion Week

J.CREW presented its fall/winter 2017 men’s and women’s collections at Spring Studios on February 12th and I was beside myself when I received and invitation. Needless to say I was beyond excited to attend their presentation because I love J.Crew and I shop there regularly for myself and my kids. You have to shop their collection online in Montreal, but it is definitely one of the first places I go to when I am in Miami or New York.

J.CREW fall/winter 2017 New York Fashion Week

Valmont Cosmetic

It's no secret that I love buying skin care products, and much to my husband's dismay, I tend to be a little bit of a hoarder when it comes to managing how many items I have. My medicine cabinet is overflowing with creams, lotions and potions so when I heard about Valmont, I was naturally curious because I had never heard of them before and I thought I knew all the high end beauty products on the market. I stand corrected!  

Valmont Cosmetic

Top 5 Accessories

Accessories are the best way to update your look. You can add little edge with new styles and colors, or go for timeless pieces. Wearing one simple accessory takes even the simplest of looks to the next level! These are my top 5 accessories of the moment. #makeastatement

Top 5 Accessories

Gifts On-The-Go with Holt Renfrew on line

I hate showing up at friends and family’s houses empty handed. I know firsthand all the planning and stress that comes with putting together a dinner or cocktail party, so I always love to show my gracious host just how appreciated their efforts are, and there’s no better way to show someone you care then by bringing along a perfect packaged magenta bag or box from Holt Renfrew!

Gifts On-The-Go with Holt Renfrew on line

Aurum Activewear

As you all know, I have a post baby body and it has to go, like pronto, so I have been very committed to my workouts 4 to 5 days a week with Body Barre Movement. With the desire to have my body back came a desire for some new activewear and in my search for something fresh and different, I discovered the brand Aurum.

Aurum Activewear

Top 5 Trends & Styling Tips for Fall

My Top 5 Styling Tips AW16

#1 - Layering : Bundling up doesn't have to be boring! You can stay warm and cozy while looking stylish just by keeping the colors, fabrics and accessories all in the same family. Don’t be afraid to mimic the men in your life with some dapper menswear apparel (just like my OOTD below!).

Top 5 Trends & Styling Tips for Fall

Miss prêt à Manger

One of my favorite parts of being a lifestyle/fashion blogger (aside from justifying my growing closet to my hubby) is all the great people I get to meet along the way. I’m extremely lucky to be surrounded by incredibly talented and successful individuals that always inspire me to reach for the stars. Let me acquaint you to a total boss babe, the chef and owner of Miss Prêt à Manger and Monsieur Resto & Bar, Kimberly Lallouz.

Miss prêt à Manger

Eat At The W- Être Avec Toi

A year ago, the W Hotel in Victoria Square was undergoing a major revamp, from their luxurious new suite designs to the brand new ground-floor restaurant, Ê.A.T. I had the pleasure of returning to this trendy restaurant for their 1 Year Anniversary and made a vow to go back more often. The revolutionary êatery blends the best of art, music, fashion, and fine dining, resulting in the avant-garde hot spot our city was missing. 

Eat At The W- Être Avec Toi

M.A.C. PRO

It's no secret that I have maintained an ongoing going love affair with Montreal.  Our city boasts a uniquely branded palette comprising art, gastronomic restaurants, fashion, and multiculturalism. Even though M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), was created in Toronto in 1984, its core philosophy of "all ages, all races, all sexes", mirrored Montreal's colourful DNA, making it the ideal location for its first outpost and my post of the week.

M.A.C. PRO

How to Wear Plaid this Fall!

By now you all know that I have a huge affinity for Zara. What would I do without my Zara ?!? Wearing Zara is my way to stay in style and on trend without breaking the bank. This mega retailer offers affordable of the moment pieces that can be easily mixed with luxe wares and is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves a good high-low ensemble, and my latest look does not disappoint. Starting with a simple yet polished oversized checkered tunic with frills, I paired or should I say layered it with an adorable tule dress. And in true MJ fashion, layering is the key. I really took a liking to layering, it makes it so easy to make any outfit more versatile. I enjoy playing dress up in my closet, and I often like to wear a midi skirt under a tunic or a dress to add texture and dimensions.

How to Wear Plaid this Fall!

New York Fashion Week SS17

New York Fashion Week is one of my favorite times of the year! This vibrant city has a special energy that I love and I'm always so excited to visit the Big Apple. It's an exceptional place that's extremely inspiring and makes you feel like anything is possible. 

New York Fashion Week SS17

Paris

Every city has hidden treasures that only the locals are privy to… so whenever I travel, I like to ask these connoisseurs about their favorite spots and how to best navigate their city. When I had the brilliant idea of exploring Paris last summer, I immediately started reaching out to close friends for exciting tips.  

Paris is the most visited place in the world, so it's no surprise that a few thousand city guides have been written about the “city of lights" and romance. While these books can be both helpful and inspiring, I knew that my friend Laura would give me the insider flare I was seeking. If you are planning a Parisian getaway, enjoy the cities best kept secrets! 

Paris

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

We are celebrating my oldest birthday, and she requested I mix up some watermelon lemonade for her party. Besides it being a party favourite, my kids loved sipping on this delicious beverage all summer and it quickly became a staple in our family.  It’s refreshing, different and healthy (according to my kids) LOL.  There is also a grown ups only version of this for happy hour!

Watermelon Lemonade