Trend alert: Beautiful boots!

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If you only buy one thing update your look this fall make it a great pair of boots.

Here are a few of our favourites: 

Knee-length boots:

We like a thicker stack heel with texture or trim like the ones from Hermes and Sergio Rossi

Look for boots with handsome side buckles. Splurge on a pair in a patch work of exotic snakeskin like those from Emilio Pucci or Lanvin.


We are mad for these in “pony skin” from Alberta Ferretti $2,745, 00


Lanvin Suede Tassel Mid-Calf Boots $1,490.00 from Neiman MarcusMaliparmi Suede patchwork

Maliparmi Suede patchwork boots $135




Boost your skin care regime

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MD Complete Anti-aging Three Day Booster pack is a gentle peel that can be used with any skin care regime. It is designed to be used three nights in a row. The little packets contain enough cleanser and moisturizer to be used the next morning. The light peel leaves skin peel leaves skin smoother and brighter. Pores look smaller too. 

Step1: The Gentle Prep Cleanser contains Aloe Vere and Botanicals. This is a gentle but thorough cleanser that you can also but in a full MD Complete Anti-aging Restoring Cleanser & Make up Remover. I really like this cleanser. It is full of antioxidants, such as green tea, and leaves skin sooth, soft, and clean.  

Step2: Non-irritating Pro-peel contains lactic and salicylic acid to clear away dead skin cells. AHAs, arginine, and nianamicide support collagen production. Orange, lemon, and bilberry extracts help to brighten and refine skin.


Step3: Radiance Renewing Deep Moisture is packed with essential amino acids and vitamins to strengthen skin and refine the texture. It also contains Omegas 3 and 6 as well as Squalene to plump skin, and Vitamins C and E to help improve texture.


This is a gentle peel. The ingredients are very nice and the directions are clear. If you are using Retina A or on Accutane, you need to use caution with all peels. It didn’t irritate my sensitive skin and left me with a nice glow. It cost just under $20.




Designer nails at home!

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Designer Nails: Create Art at Your Fingertips By Ami Vega will teach you everything you need to know about creating nail art at home using nail polish and acrylic paint. Ami Vega is a professional nail artist whose work has been featured in magazines. In Designer Nails she explains proper nail preparation and gives a complete list of all the supplies. Vega doesn’t cover nail extensions or Gel polish but she does explain nail design in detail.


There are step by step directions and photos for 50 of Ami’s fabulous nail designs. She also discusses nails health and choosing the proper shape. This also makes a great gift.





Care and coverage

Skinn's new Plasma Fusion Full Coverage Foundation stick

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Skinn’s new Plasma Fusion Full Coverage Foundation stick is creamy and lightweight, but gives you natural looking coverage. The core of the easy to apply stick is loaded with skin pampering nutrients such as Vitamin C for brightening, Hyaluronic Acid for maximum hydration, a Peptide blend for skin smoothing, as well as Grape Seed, Argan and Rosehip Oils.


Blend Skinn’s NEW Plasma Fusion Full Coverage Foundation over moisturizer for a natural look. This is a full-cover makeup that some women want and need. Unlike many other full-coverage foundations Skinn’s new Plasma Fusion Fu309-983_04_swatchll Coverage Foundation does not look heavy or cakey in natural light.


I used it it in spots more as a concealer and blended. The texture and the shades are very lovely. This is a very good choice is you need makeup that is easy to apply and will stay on without looking heavy.



Clean skin!

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If your skin tends to get oil, develop blackheads and clogged pores, or just looks dull, you will love these two new problem-solvers from Pür Minerals.


Pür Minerals In the Clear Clarifying Cleanser gently exfoliates, clarifies, and soothes oily, problem-prone skin. This pretty blue cleanser contains lactic acid to rid skin of pore-clogging debris. Botanicals leave skin feeling refreshed but not tight or dry.



Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifing Mineral Mudd Masque will unclog pores and gently exfoliate. The deep cleaning natural clays and soothing botanicals leave skin soft and feeling clean. It also contains salicylic acid which I find great at helping to stop breakouts. $29DirtyGirlMask


My skin is dry to normal but I love using both of these at the end a hot, humid day to get my face clean and grime-free. City dirt and humidity can make even dry skin feel in need of a deep-cleaning!

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Multi-use natural beauty oil

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If you like to keep your skin care regime simple and natural, you may want to look at GuruNanda Sweet Almond Oil, Moisturizing Oil. It is excellent multi-purpose beauty oil. It is so pure and versatile so you can even eat it.


Sweet Almond Oil’s high concentration of linoleic acid (29 percent) makes an excellent moisturizer.


Almond oil makes a nice massage oil or bath oil. Use it unscented or add a few drops of your favourite essential oils.


Sweet almond oil can soothe a dry, flakey scalp. And it is also good for taming split ends and giving dull hair sheen. Use very little or your hair will look oily. Try put small amount on your hands just enough to barely coat your palms and then work that gently through your hair or onto your scalp.


The light oil is excellent in salad dressing or sauces, but don’t expect it to have an “almond or nutty taste”. Sweet Almond Oil is high in antioxidants as well as essential fatty acids. It is also a good source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D, and E.




Roasted red pepper soup

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This richly-flavoured, lightly spicy soup is perfect for late summer or early fall. It’s also versatile. It makes an elegant starter, when topped with a dollop of crème fraiche, and served in beautiful china cups or fancy soup plates. Or, it is a perfect light lunch or supper with grilled fish or chicken.


It gets a jolt of flavour from a touch of cumin and a hint of garlic. I often use bottled red peppers. This avoids the tedious job of roasting and peeling them. I also use organic chicken stock, but vegetarians can substitute vegetable stock of good quality. Make sure you do not buy vinegared or pickled peppers.


If you have fresh red peppers, roast them under a hot broiler until the skin chars black. Turn them so they will roast evenly. You can do this on the grill. Drop the charred peppers in a paper bag and close it, or place them in bowl and seal it with plastic wrap. Steam the peppers in the containers for five to six minutes. Then rub the charred skin off with an old, clean dish towel.



1box (quart or liter) of organic chicken or vegetable stock

1 cups /500 ml. tomato juice

2 jars / 335 ml. each of roasted red peppers or 12 -14 large roasted and seeded red bell peppers. You may use long sweet red pepper also but sure the peppers are sweet

1 peeled large carrot, peeled and diced

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic diced

1 tsp -1 tsp of ground cumin

1 ½ tsp of sugar (preferably brown organic)

1 and 1/2 tsp chili flakes, optional

Crème fraiche or sour cream (optional)


Sauté the chopped vegetables. Do not brown. Drain the peppers and blot dry. Chop.

Add cumin to the vegetables and chili, if you wish. Stir. Add peppers and sugar.

Add the three cups of stock and simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Purée until smooth, and thin with a bit more stock, if necessary. If you wish it to be very elegant, pass the soup through a fine sieve. I do not often bother to do this, as I like the texture.


Taste to correct the seasoning before serving. It may taste blander when cold, and you may wish to add a bit of hot sauce, a dash of cayenne, and a bit more salt. Serve garnished with a dollop of crème fraiche or lemon slices.





Gracey HitchcockIf I was to describe the best of fashion this fall in one word it would be lavish!

The clothes that stood out for me this season are sumptuous. Designers showed beautiful velvets, embroidery, and suede for day. So when you shop this season be lavish! Dress to rule, enchant, and transcend.


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