Wanna Be a Style Leader?

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As much as I love the latest trends, at the end of the day, I prefer being me. Karl Lagerfeld sets the vogue tone, yet his personal style never shifts -  and we all admire him for that. For his guts to stay strong and say “I’m worth a lot, yet my value is not measured in the trendiness of the clothes I wear”.

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Finding what suits you takes time. And sometimes it’s easier just going along the mainstream flow. Rocking that pair of skinnies everyone, starting with Taylor Swift, trusts to make them feel the coolest chick in town. But once you break free, really detached and out there, then you’ll start to develop your own style signature. That’s when you become a style leader – as opposed to a follower. Would you like to be one?

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Style leaders

*stay atop of trends yet mindfully approve only the ones going in line with the concept they’re developing

*foster their own style by asking: what makes me look my best? In what do I  feel the greatest? What outfits get the most praise/attention from my entourage?

*rejoice over others’ successes and draw positive lessons from them – that works for her body type, now how would that translate into my world?

*dare to wear white post Labor Day or to post pastel frocks on their blog in the middle of winter – that’s true character, and true character always ends up getting noticed.

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So being recognized as a fashionista starts with knowing who you are, and then trusting that instinct to a beautiful, confident end result. Tara Stiles has developed the “make your own rules” diet. I’m launching the “I know the glitz I need” fashion. You’re in?! Comments…

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My hubs, and a ruthless fashion critique… I love his honesty to pieces. And when he loves something, he says it, too.

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Trends – Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

This fall leather is back in force. There are skirts with zippers, and slit ones for sure. I enjoy leather. It makes guys eyes sparkle, my hubs’ the first. That always boosts a girl’s feeling of themselves. Combining chic materials -  like this satin imitation leopard top I’m wearing – to leather’s roughness gives me the chic and shock effect I so cherish.

Trends - Go Leather

Leather dresses you up for the new season. Yes, the temps are dropping so now it is time to enjoy other things. Breezy evening walks and getting together with friends that are back from vacation. Starting sports classes again. My Thursday zumba will resume in two weeks. Oh the joy of shaking my booty again.

Trends - Go Leather

I’ve already picked up my Starbucks hangouts. I live less than half a mile from the closest coffee shop. I wear something trendy and venture over there passing by the parliament and its park. Me and my friend chat away and leave home mind refreshed, with useful insights or ideas that will inspire long ahead. This is what true life is all about – just feeling happy as you go by little daily steps.

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Sexy Legs for Fall

Sexy Legs for Fall

Fall always falls upon us, like it or not. There is nothing better to boost your spirits than feeling slim and sexy in your body. I’ve found a product that can point you to the glamorous, long legged avenue direction – IDC’s CELLelite.

Sexy Legs for Fall

CELLelite is a serum that addresses two intertwined issues, skin aging and cellulite. The former is an inherent part of the development of cellulite, and because cellulite accelerates skin aging, IDC has created the first highly concentrated care addressing these two issues simultaneously.

Sexy Legs for Fall

The serum works the best when you first exfoliate the targeted area. I used the mechanic method, the scrubbing glove, to prepare my legs for the care.

Sexy Legs for Fall

The gel smells very refreshing, very minty or rosemary like, I’d say.

Sexy Legs for Fall

I worked the product into the skin thru circular movements. The gel is absorbed rapidly so if you use it as advised, morning and night, your beauty routine will only be lengthened by 30 seconds per leg. That’s nothing, right! As a bonus, you get this special sensation that I’ve never experienced with any other product. The gel applied area will get cooler, kind of like if someone had smeared minty liquid chewing gum on you.

Sexy Legs for Fall

After several weeks of using CELLelite I find my legs and buttocks firmer, and the skin softer. Blood circulation in those areas seems to have improved as well. I did try the gel on my stomach, too, but due to the cooling effect, I preferred just using it for the lower body.

I will definitely keep using this product. It adds nicely to my daily beauty routine. Fall is the perfect moment to take new beauty resolutions. Star now and you’ll see how your self-assurance will be boosted. You can find CELLelite online or at pharmacies in Canada and France.

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My State of Empire

My State of Empire

A friend from my past life in Paris came to visit me. It was superb to have her, to tour Quebec City with her and to go out to celebrate my round-numbered birthday with her. At the same time, I also realized that I had changed. My time spent in Canada had done its gentle work on me. I had started to see the positive things about living here, instead of heart achingly longing back to Paris.

My State of Empire

When I moved here I had very different expectations. First and foremost, I didn’t expect to get hit by a big time culture shock. But I fell, and I fell hard. I hated basically everything about being here. I was quite a pain to be around with. I know, and am embarrassed because of it now. My heart was raw and open. I felt utterly bad.

My State of Empire

Now life has found a more of a peaceful flow. I am able to see the many exciting things that there are to this place I call Canada. I’ve got my landmarks – my Empire State building that I see lit up every night as I get ready to hop in between the satin sheets. I have my Central Park where I jog in my pink sneakers, modern country or current dance hits in my ears spurring me on thru Songza. For me, Paris was, and now Canada is.

My State of Empire

I’ve written many times before about wanting to live ‘here and now’. Completely anchored in the present moment. It’s not always easy. My thoughts want to wander off – into the future and back in time. Yet when I’m able to throw myself into life’s flow, just get lost in what I’m doing – that’s when bliss happens. Writing a blog post, going for a run, having an interesting conversation, watching my fave TV show after a long day’s work, walking by the river… These are the gold pebbles of my life. The ones that I need to gratefully line up, and then say “oh what a lovely life it is”.

My State of Empire

My State of Empire

 

My State of Empire

My State of Empire

My State of Empire

My State of Empire

My State of Empire

 

 

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Vacation ended. I’m back in business – running my language school with a 30-hour weekly teaching schedule. On the top of that come the translations I do here and there. Jumping back into real life wasn’t that bad. What helped was that I like my this year’s work plan and clients. My days are filled with different types of activities, and I have breaks in the middle of the day – thus being able to steal a jog in Central Park if I so wish.

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This year I’ll go back to zumba. I will also be doing other sports – at the top are jogging or using the stairclimber at home – aiming at one hour per day. I’m trying to find a better way for me to eat. I’ve put on some weight. I will be experimenting with more protein, more fruit and veggies. I’m basically a vegetarian, but I do eat meat group foods at times like ham in a salad or a sandwich or ground beef in raviolis or pizza.

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I’m at a pretty peaceful place in my life right now. I’ve learned a lot about my internal reactions to stress and I plan to be even more mindful about leading a more anxiety-free life. The idea I have is to sit down, so to say, when my uncomfortable, bubbling inside “I feel scared” feeling invades me. I will recognize the sentiment, yet do nothing about it. Logically in time these attacks will lessen in intensity and power.

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What thoughts do you have about the beginning new work and school year?

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Read My Lips

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Vacationing is sweet indeed. After Old Orchard Beach, Maine, our trip continued on to Boston. We slept at a campground in Middleboro, Massachusetts, half way in between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.

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From Middleboro it was only a twenty-minute drive to the beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the place where the first pilgrims of New England arrived on the Mayflower in December1620 from Plymouth, England, after having spent three months on the Atlantic. It was very special to be at that place where these courageous men and women started their new life. Those who survived the rough trip, faced a new challenge – learning how to live on the new continent, with its new plants and illnesses. Native Americans helped the locals and a year after their embankment the pilgrims thanked God for protection. Thanksgiving was born.

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I’ve been learning a lot about my reactions to different situations on this trip. Thunder storm in a tent, going with the flow and not planning ahead, night time alone in a pitch dark tent, drinking Starbucks decaf again (sounds ridiculous right, but I was scared to do so since I got a panic attack a year ago at a Starbucks). I’ve claimed yet more of my life back. That feels empowering. My anxiety still haunts me at times but compared to a year ago, I’m at a way much better place now.

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What I’ve learned is that life indeed is a journey and nothing is perfect. Like that popular song says “I love all your perfect imperfections”. Or a Parisian shrink who annoyedly screamed at me “if everything was perfect, that’d be so-ooo boring”. So, it’s not perfect but my internal states are getting towards a better and better place. I’m enjoying life and thinking a lot less of bothering things.

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