Our friend Kevin celebrated his birthday at the chic restaurant in town called. Shaker. This joint has a trendy, modern vibe to it. They specialize in cocktails – mostly delivered in vogue mason jars – and uncomplicated, delish gastro pub food like burgers, salads and of course in Canada, poutine the sinfully decadent mix of fries, cheese curbs and gooey gravy. I opted for a crunchy Asian salad, and had fun munching on my fried wontons and imperial rolls.
Shaker definitely is the new place to be in Quebec City. The service is funky and the atmosphere pumps you up for the rest of the evening. Here is where you can reserve when in town next time.
Our party had tons of good times. It’s awesome to see that we now have a solid base of dear people after four years of living in Quebec City. By the way, the top I’m rocking was a gift from Valerie, the girl devouring the creme brulee (one photo down).
Off from Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Chinese Theater, there’s a plaque saying “I Prefer Blondes” with Marilyn Monroe’s handprints forever caught into it. It’s been too long I last saw it, but I still remember. Marilyn Monroe was a woman of charm. She dared to wear red lips and to be herself. Her body was curvy and full of life. Men and women alike still find her beauty and lifestyle captivating.
When I wear this shirt – that I found at a small store on the French Riviera – I cannot but take in some of that Marilyn energy. It makes me proud to be a blonde. The kind that uses her head to go places, but who also is thankful for her feminine assets.
Every woman is beautiful, blonde or not. We just have to figure out our personal style, what boosts our unique personality. I love reading fashion blogs and rejoicing over bloggers that have “made it big”, that are collaborating and going to events. I celebrate their success and take in that sweetness. Their looks inspire me and give me ideas on how to enjoy life even more – in my unique blonde head.
French Riviera shirt
Le Chateau necklace
NYC Soho earrings
Fall is here. Time to embrace the new season. As I’m writing this, I am burning a chocolate scented candle. Morning felt crisp today as I ventured out to do some zumba out at the park. The season to start pulling out scarves. Remembering how to roll them up fashionably, again.
I had art exhibition. It was a lot of fun seeing people look at my art. Right now I’m looking for new influences. Dresses are a bit passé, I’d like to do more city skylines. I started with my Brooklyn Bridge – in red. Chic and shock, what else would I do?
Forever 21 dress
Arden hair bow
The Little Champlain quarter is where all the art action happens in Quebec City. Last Saturday they hosted a Gallery Night. Lots of art galleries had their doors open, serving cocktail bites and glasses of wine. Several artists had come to the event, doing their art “live”. Here’s the collection of my yummy bits of the magical night.
Pimkie Hello Kitty tee
G by Guess flats
Arden hair bow
The Beauchamp Art Gallery had invited one of their brightest stars Cordo to give a demonstration of his talent.
The quaint Little Champlain area
New, interesting street art right in art district
You can stop and sit down for a glass of wine at this lovely little square.
Outside the gallery Chez L’Artiste the painter Raymond Murray let me participate in his art work. It was sweet chatting a bit and seeing how he layered oil colors.
Festival of colors at the Beauchamp Art Gallery.
Fall is coming… Cute decorations outside of one of the city’s finest cafes, Smith.
My “art’s night out partner” Chantal enjoying a refreshing soda at Smith’s.
The evening was an absolute treat to all our senses – art, music, tastes and smells. And all the positive energy floating around. The night was balmy and tender. Our spirits got revived.
Only a 15-minute drive away from Quebec City, we have Canada’s highest rapids – of course not the biggest, that would undoubtedly be Niagara Falls. Sebastien and I took my friend Leesa to see this marvel, along with the cute island of Orleans which is facing the rapids. We walked across the bridge over the hovering waters. On the Orleans island, we stopped at the southernmost tip’s must place, a legendary chocolate shop that drowns ice-cream and sorbet in chocolate. Needless to say, the strawberry sorbet ladled with dark chocolate was super yummy, especially when savored under the sun, sitting by the waterfront.
Summer just keeps on going here in Eastern Canada – and we are all thrilled for that. Maybe we’ll never get winter this year!
La Senaza top
G by Guess ballet flats
I adore visiting the landmarks of my country. I wore red and took fashion to its practical side. You can be cute, yet touristy functional. Spending time at the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial was a grand moment for me. I’ve always felt as if I was part of the African-American culture. I’ve felt in my heart a strong sentiment of belonging to that community. When I lived in Fort Myers, Florida, I would go to the inner city and hang out with kids. We would provide activities and fun events thru my church.
I’m proud to be American – in heart. I’m proud to call Barack Obama our president. Times have changed, luckily. Now on this beautiful land, we can enjoy fashion and freedom of speech at our coffee shop outings as we so desire. Washington DC treated me kindly. I met inspiring friends and got my American spirit sweetly charged.
Forever 21 top
Little Champlain shades