The seemingly odd, extreme and even sad lengths that Elisabeth (Sisi), Austria’s beloved Empress of the 19th century, went through to maintain her looks. Discussing Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s beauty regime, morning and night as well as her infamous strict diet and exercise routine.
I’ll be honest, I’m very selfish when it comes to sharing my favourite spots. When I discover a new favourite place I worry about it becoming everyone’s favourite spot and that it will not belong to me anymore. Which is why I’m probably better off being a fashion blogger than a lifestyle blogger. Last Saturday I visited a new hair salon and I’m so excited about my latest discover, I decided to share it here. I’ve never been one to be loyal to a hair salon, sometimes I feel like the only girl in the world without a dedicated stylist. Historically I’ve booked last minute, or made walk-in appointments, but I think I’ve finally learned my lesson with that kind of behaviour.
Last Saturday I was invited by a collaboration between PUMA and Sportcheck to workout with two New York City Ballet dancers. A group of us gathered at Toronto’s Extension Room, a lovely airy and white washed dance studio near the Distillery District at 8am to try out the PUMA En Pointe collection. PUMA En Pointe is a new collection inspired by dance, both in aesthetic, with soft pink and satin bows, as well as in practical use, with shoes with flexible soles and soft uppers to allow for articulation of the foot, a very important aspect of dance, particularly ballet.
The beauty and skincare world has been alight for the past year with conversations about, The Ordinary. An affordable (like, jaw dropping, preposterously inexpensive) line from the Deciem beauty company. The Ordinary has a collection of serums, acids and foundations with clinical names, claiming to provide customers with the raw essential products, no flashy names, no flashy labels and no flashy price tag that comes with the products’ luxury counterparts. Now, I am a skincare fanatic. I am obsessed with my regimented routine (posts HERE & HERE) that I go through as methodically as a sociopath every single morning and evening. It doesn’t matter how exhausted I am, how friendly I got with the Maker’s Mark, I never skip my date with my skincare products. Most of these being luxury branded. I have been a longstanding member of the VIB Rouge club at Sephora and the only time you’ll find me in the drugstore is to pick up something from LaRoche Posay if they’ve brought something new to Canada. I love my Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, Kate Sommerville, Tom Ford, Dior and Sunday Riley beauty products. I love that the formulas actually FEEL expensive, I love having my Sunday Riley bottles, with their glass tubes and gold foiled lables displayed prominently on my vanity and to be honest, a part of me even likes the luxury price tag. So I am admittedly, a little late to The Ordinary party, which has none of these things. However, when I saw that the products were being sold by Sephora, (a relationship, which has in the mean-time allegedly desintegrated-I’m not getting involved) whom I trust to sell only the best, I decided to give these products a go. After hearing that many of The Ordinary products are actually dupes for some of my most loved luxury holy grails, I picked up six of their products to see what all the fuss was about! Find out below my thoughts on The Ordinary luxury dupes.