Hello March!



March is here (a tad late but hey)!!!…which means Spring is near!!! (Don’t forget to Spring Forward this weekend…YAY to longer brighter days but NAY to losing an hour sleep…lol). 

Lots to look forward to this month. For you Divergent fans, the second part of the trilogy, Insurgent, will hit theatres March 20th. Who else is excited to see Tris (Shailene Woodly) and Four (Theo James) on the big screen again?

Lots going on in vogue world with Fashion Week scheduled in a city near you. In Toronto, World MasterCard Fashion Week will showcase some Fall 2015 Canadian Collections the week of March 23-27 at David Pecaut Square featuring designers such as Kania (Stacey Bafi Yeboa is one of my faves and she is an amazing woman too), Tatsuaki, Mackage and Rudsak.

Also in fashion, there are many fabulous Spring covers out this month that are certainly worth checking out. One of my favourite actresses, Tracee Ellis Ross covers Essence. Another favourite, Kerry Washington covers In Style and Taraji P. Henson graces the cover of Uptown. Gwen Stefani covers Canada’s No.1 Fashion & Beauty magazine – Fashion and Lupita Nyong’o covers Lucky mag. 

I’m looking forward to a month filled with good reads, great fashion and amazing collections.

What are your plans this month?

Happy Friday! ❤️️️️️️️️xo

Hello February!

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I’m excited for the month of February because it means we are closer to Spring and the Lord knows I’m allergic to winter (true story) lol. Other things I’m looking forward to this month…
In Sports
1-NBA All-Star Weekend which will be in New York this year the weekend of Feb 13-15 featuring the All-Star Celebrity game, Rising Star Challenge, Skills Challenge, Slam Dunk Competition and the (East vs. West) NBA All-Star Game.

In Film
2-Fifty Shades of Grey which is a film based on the 2011 erotic roman novel by British author E. L. James about the deepening relationship between Christian Grey, a young entrepreneur, and Anastasia Steele, a Literature student and it featuring lots of BDSM.

In Events
3-Winterlude is about the only winter event that will make me come out of hibernation mode to enjoy chocolate hazelnut beaver tails and hot cocoa with marshmallows while exploring art made of ice. Let me tell you these ice sculptures are everything. If you’ve never experienced it, make sure to add it to your bucket list. It’s such a magical experience!

4-Valentine’s Day! Only because I love to celebrate love however I do believe that love should be celebrated everyday not just on this uber commercialized day.

In Fashion
5-As always, I look forward to some great fashion magazine covers. Jennifer Aniston covers this month’s InStyle magazine. Jourdan Dunn looks flawless on the cover of Vogue (UK). Rosie Huntington-Whitely models some new Spring trends in Elle (UK) magazine. Taylor Swift shares her style secrets in People Style Watch magazine.

What are you looking forward to this month?

Happy February!
❤️️️️xo

Red Carpet: Beyond The Lights Premiere!

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Star of Beyond The Lights, Gugu Mbatha-Raw hit up the Hollywood premiere of the film on Wednesday night looking bomb.com in a bluebird long-sleeved Stella McCartney dress (yours for $4035…yikes!). Ok so forget the price for a second…This dress is everything! The open back oozes sexiness yet the trim in scallop lace exudes sophistication.

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Love every single detail of this dress. She perfected her look with a simple pair of black pumps and matching clutch.

Actress Sanaa Lathan also came out to support. I’m loving her in bright colours lately. She worked this orange & black Tanya Taylor dress and looked fab. What are your thoughts?

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(Images via GETTY)

Beyond The Lights premieres tonight. Will you be watching?

Happy Friday!
❤️xo

Hello November!

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November’s here already! Although this means that it’s almost hibernation time for me (since I am allergic to cold weather), there are still some great things happening this month that will force get me out of the house…

In film:
1- Beyond The Lights (premieres November 14th). This film is about a music superstar, Noni (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who struggles with the pressures of fame and success to the point where she contemplates suicide…I’m hoping this movie can shed some light on this issue and help those with suicidal thoughts to speak up and reach out.

2- Mocking jay – Part 1 (premieres November 21st). If you’re a Hunger Games fan like me then you have been anxiously awaiting the last (well part 1 of 2) of this trilogy. Can’t wait! “May the odds be ever in your favour.”

In fashion:
I’m loving the November covers this year…
1- Zoe Saldana, soon to be mom of twins, graces the cover of Elle (US) and looks amazing while doing so.
2- I am loving Anne Hathaway‘s lip colour choice on the cover of Elle (UK). That dark lip is perfect for Fall.
3- Gugu Mbatha-Raw covers Elle magazine’s Women In Hollywood issue and she is simply flawless with her bold lip and hair slicked back. Love the ring and ear jewelry too!
4- Adriana Lima covers VOGUE PARIS this month in this gorgeous bejewelled headpiece. I’m loving the smokey-all-over-face makeup too. It really makes her eyes pop!
5- You know I love me some Queen Latifah. She’s covering this month’s Essence issue and looks fearless in this gorgeous dress.

In entertainment:
1- Catch Usher on his UR Experience tour featuring August Alsina. This is sure to be an entertaining ‘experience’ filled with hot choreography and great vocals. I would love to see another one of his shows, he does not disappoint.

2- Stevie Wonder is also headlining his Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour across North America this month. I’m sure this will be an amazing show as well. He is a legend!

Also, don’t forget to turn your clocks back this Sunday. It’s almost time for us to Fall Back! (I love having the opportunity to sleep an extra hour!)

Last but not least, let us remember and honour our heroes on 11.11.14 “Remembrance Day”. Lest we forget!

Happy November!
❤️xo

Hello October!

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October is here! Yay! Wait…doesn’t that mean colder weather and shorter days?!…😳 (it’s getting dark out really fast now…womp!). Thankfully, there are still some great things to look forward to this month like…

Thanksgiving!!! In Canada, we give thanks in October (the 13th this year). It’s one of my favourite holidays because I get to spend time with my family and partake in a delicious feast (thanks to my momma…she can throw down in the kitchen!) all while being thankful for my blessings. There is nothing better than that. PLUS it’s a long weekend.

CIBC Run for the Cure is also happening Sunday October 5th and I look forward to supporting some friends in their 5k run for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For more info or to donate, click here.

In entertainment:
If you love dance (like I do) then you may be interested in the So You Think You Can Dance Tour featuring the top 10 finalists of season 11. The dancers will be performing in more than 70 cities across North America starting this month. For tour dates, click here.

The National Women’s Show will take place at the Ernst & Young Centre from October 25-26. This event is the ultimate girl’s day out with exhibitions about fashion & style, beauty & wellness, travel & adventure, home & design, business & career and food & wine. For more info, click here.

Comedian Russell Peters is currently headlining his Almost Famous World Tour. Everyone knows I love a good laugh so I’m looking forward to his show this Saturday.

In film:
1- Addicted featuring Sharon Leal & Boris Kodjoe premieres October 10th. Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, Addicted is about a successful businesswoman, wife and mother of two, Zoe Reynard, who is drawn to temptations that she can’t seem to escape. Her secretive life eventually leads her down a perilous path that she may not survive. I’m excited to see this sexy and provocative thriller.

2- The Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) will take place from October 15-19 at Mayfair Theatre. Celebrating its 5th Anniversary this year, OIFF will showcase 25 narrative features, short films and documentaries from all over the world. Click here to see the 2014 film listing.

I’m definitely ready for October, are you? What are some of your ‘bucket list’ items this month?

Happy October!
❤️xo

Hello September!

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Is it me or has August come and gone too fast?! Yup! September is already here! Happy labour day everyone! I hope you are enjoying this ‘last’ long weekend of the summer. 😳

Thankfully, there are plenty of things to be excited for this month like…the return of SCANDAL!!! Mark your calendars! September 25th will be the premiere of “Shonda Thursday” with 3 of the TV producer’s dramas including the addictive Scandal at 9 p.m. followed by the series premiere of How To Get Away With Murder at 10 p.m. (which I previously spoke about here).

I’m also looking forward to this new comedy featuring Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross (love her!) which is about a family man who sets out to gain a sense of cultural identity for his kids that honours the past while embracing the future. “Black*ish” will premiere on Wednesday September 24th on ABC at 9:30 p.m.

In fashion:
I have to say that September is my fave month in fashion! Not only because I love FALL fashion (with the boots, the long sweaters and the colours) but also because I look forward to the huge fashion magazine issues (September issues equals more pages!). The 2014 September issue of Vogue (U.S.) has 856 pages of spectacular fall fashion (yay!) featuring the Instagirls: Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss and more.

In film:
1- No Good Deed featuring Idris Elba & Taraji P. Henson premieres September 12th. This movie is about a devoted wife and mother whose life is threatened when a charming stranger who, after claiming to have car trouble, finds his way into her house. Yikes!

2- The Equalizer featuring Denzel Washington & Chloë Grace Moretz premieres September 26th. This action-thriller is about a former black ops commando who comes out of retirement (after faking his own death) to rescue a young girl and must face Russian gangsters.

Will you be watching? What are some of your September ‘bucket list’ items?

Happy September!
❤️xo

Film: The Other Woman!

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Last night I saw the film “The Other Woman” featuring Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. This romantic comedy is about a woman (“Carly” played by Cameron) who discovers her boyfriend is married and tries to get her life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on, they form an unlikely friendship realizing they have much in common. After another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge.

Although this movie brought some good comedic relief, what I really enjoyed was Cameron’s wardrobe and condo apartment. She was rocking some gorgeous outfits, especially the shoes and handbags. Check out some of her looks…

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(Photos via Pinterest, Zimbio & Just Jared)

As for her condo…the decor, the design and especially the closet scene was just pure bliss!

So…Will you be watching?

Happy Wednesday!
💜xo

5 Things To Try This February!

1⃣Go see “About Last Night” starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant and Michael Ealy in theatres Valentine’s day.

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This American romantic comedy is all about what men say and what women think. The remake of the 1986 film version follows two new couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are tested in the real world.

Check out this hilarious trailer…

(Images via Sony Pictures)

2⃣Enjoy the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend (February 14-16) in New Orleans (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center) on TNT and NBA TV.

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Friday Feb. 14th:
🔹Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at 7 p.m. (Team Webb vs. Team Hill)

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This game will star Kevin Hart (Two-time MVP); Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent); Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy); Columbus Short (Scandal); Michael B. Jordan (That Awkward Moment); Bruce Bowen (Three-time NBA Champ); Terrence Jenkins (E! News anchor); and WNBA stars Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky.

🔹BBVA Compass Rising Star Challenge at 9 p.m.

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Saturday Feb. 15th:
🔹State Farm All-Star at 8:30 p.m.
🔸Sears Shooting Stars (1st Event)
🔸Taco Bell Skills Challenge (2nd Event)
🔸Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)
🔸Sprite Slam Dunk (4th Event)

Sunday Feb. 16th:
🔹63rd NBA All-Star Game at 8 p.m.
Who will you be cheering for Team East or Team West?

(Images via NBA.com)

3⃣Learn more about Black History Month.

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Viola Desmond – A black business woman who faced segregation in the 1940s when she entered a theatre and took a seat on the main floor (reserved for white viewers only) and refused to go to the balcony unaware that tickets sold to African Canadians were for balcony only.

Read the story of Viola Desmond at http://www.blackhistorycanada.ca and to learn more about Black History.

4⃣Celebrate LOVE this month by spreading lots of it! 💗💓💕💞💘💖

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5⃣Add some pinks and reds to your wardrobe.

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💜xo

Film: “12 Years a Slave”

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Yesterday, my girl and I went to go see the film “12 Years a Slave” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, based on the true story of Solomon Northup.

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Although I was looking forward to seeing the film, I was afraid of the aftermath…how I would feel, think or react once having seen it!?

This historical drama film is an adaptation of the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. Solomon was a skilled carpenter and violin player living with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, NY. He was a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. For 12 years, he worked on plantations in Louisiana before his release.

Let’s just say I was left filled with mixed emotions…I was speechless, confused, frustrated, angry, sad and thankful all at the same time. I know I was not the only one feeling that way either. I was even sick to my stomach during one of the more graphic parts of the film.

Being Haitian-Canadian, I can’t even fathom what my ancestors have gone through (holding back tears while writing this). Words cannot even begin to express…

We can say that there has been progress over time but there is still sooo much more to be done (wishful thinking). All I can say is that I am ever so thankful for their fight, their sacrifices, their strength so that “Black” people can have a better life today.

I’m not sure how many more ‘slave’ movies I can watch. There is only so much pain, cruelty, hurt, and pain one can endure, even if it is ‘only’ on a big screen.

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Thoughts?
❤️xo