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

November: 5 things to try before the end of this month!

November is not over yet!!! You still have 2 more days to add these to your To-Do list:

1 – Check out The Best Man Holiday movie (premiered November 15th in theatres near you…hopefully!)

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2 – Shop in-store or online for Black Friday sales (TODAY!)
It’s the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping (if you haven’t already).

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We all love a great sale! 🙋

3 – Donate to Movember – Let’s support the men who are committed to grow a moustache for the entire month of November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

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My friend Andrew Lockett is making a difference. You can do the same by donating online here!

4 – Check out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!
I must admit, I was hooked after the 1st one. I’m excited to see this movie myself.

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5 – Try one of your favorite holiday drinks from Starbucks!
Do you prefer the Gingerbread Latte, the Caramel Brûlée Latte or the Peppermint Mocha?
I plan to start a new tradition and try a different one every year.


This year, I will try the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (thanks to my colleague Meg for the tip). 👍

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Enjoy the rest of November!
❤️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