New York 2017

 

A drive to New York from Montreal only lasts six hours and that's why I've gone there approximately each year since I was six years old. Through the years I've discovered many places, restaurants and shops and so each time I go with my family or my friends I go back there and see what has and hasn't changed. Obviously, I also try new things but when the time is short I stick to the things I know and love. Our stop to New York this year was so short, we had to be really efficient in order to do everything we had in mind, that is: eating at the Nomad hotel, shopping in Soho, visiting the new one world trade center and the oculus mall, walking through central park, stopping at Time Square and having lunch at Habana café. Once again, the trip was refreshing and unforgettable. I hope next time it will last longer so I'll be able to visit and see more! 

Breezy Sleeves

 
Zara Top, Top Shop Jeans, Vivienne Westwood Purse, Marsèll Shoes and Unknown Earrings. 

Zara Top, Top Shop Jeans, Vivienne Westwood Purse, Marsèll Shoes and Unknown Earrings. 

I have been longing to find a nice top with these kind of sleeves for a while and I finally got my hands on one while looking at Zara's Black Friday sale. While wearing it, I discovered I love the heavy feeling they have and the air that fly around my hands when I walk childishly swinging my arms as if I turned back five years old. Only, my sister's beautiful earrings she got from her Italien grand-mother that I borrowed with a lot of convincing were flipping a little too much. I was kidding around to the point where I was making a fool of myself. It didn't last very long since she told me to stop for "the joke was not funny anymore". Anyway, I loved what the look captured and pairing it with my own given Christmas present (the bag) :P made it an outfit I wish to wear again soon.

Photos taken by Clara Florence Dumas.

Holiday Week in La La Land

 
The Cora's Coffee Shoppe located on Ocean Ave is compulsory, once there take the rigatoni it's delicious!

The Cora's Coffee Shoppe located on Ocean Ave is compulsory, once there take the rigatoni it's delicious!

The Destroyer restaurant is situated in Culver City. The food they serve is aesthetically beautiful and the ingredients truthful to their taste.

The Destroyer restaurant is situated in Culver City. The food they serve is aesthetically beautiful and the ingredients truthful to their taste.

Gjusta is  the place to be,  there is no doubt about it. Everyone comes there to eat the place's amazing healthy food.

Gjusta is the place to be, there is no doubt about it. Everyone comes there to eat the place's amazing healthy food.

At Melrose Place, everything is pretty!

At Melrose Place, everything is pretty!

Get a chance to stop at the beach. Even when it's cloudy, the breeze is refreshing.

Get a chance to stop at the beach. Even when it's cloudy, the breeze is refreshing.

Once a year, Little Tokyo organizes a Japanese festival with many attractions, shows and amazing traditional food. Don't miss the mochi making!

Once a year, Little Tokyo organizes a Japanese festival with many attractions, shows and amazing traditional food. Don't miss the mochi making!

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My little sister is a true gourmet.

My little sister is a true gourmet.

The Salazar restaurant, around Los Feliz, is a convivial Mexican place easily missed.

The Salazar restaurant, around Los Feliz, is a convivial Mexican place easily missed.

The Lily Ashwell shop in Venice has a nice selection of items. I love to stop there each time I visit Los Angeles.

The Lily Ashwell shop in Venice has a nice selection of items. I love to stop there each time I visit Los Angeles.

Downtown L.A. sometimes reminds me of New York. I get nostalgic when I go there.

Downtown L.A. sometimes reminds me of New York. I get nostalgic when I go there.

The beautiful Disney Concert Hall.

The beautiful Disney Concert Hall.

I discovered this  out of no where  golf place on the third floor of a building in Koreatown.

I discovered this out of no where golf place on the third floor of a building in Koreatown.

Leather Jacket for L.A.

 
Jerome Dreyfuss Bag, J.crew Jeans, Vanessa Bruno Leather Jacket, Cedric Charlier T-shirt, L'intervalle Shoes and Superdry Sunglasses.

Jerome Dreyfuss Bag, J.crew Jeans, Vanessa Bruno Leather Jacket, Cedric Charlier T-shirt, L'intervalle Shoes and Superdry Sunglasses.

I was never really keen on wearing leather jackets because each time I wore one it felt too much of a statement. Nowadays, I don't question what I should or shouldn't wear like I used to. It's more of a let's try things out attitude. Frankly, I realized I'm quite comfortable with the leather jacket look. It's not the most rock 'n' roll jacket either so it's not like I'm reinventing myself! About the outfit: I liked the roughness of the leather juxtaposed with the Cedric Charlier t-shirt which portrays scenes of the movie Thelma and Louise; the story of two women's adventures on Los Angeles' roads. Let's just say walking around L.A. with this outfit felt just right!

Photos taken by Clara Florence Dumas.

Great Hotels of Los Angeles

 

Line Hotel in Koreatown

The hotel is a mix of modern sleek lines and rough street-like textures.

The hotel is a mix of modern sleek lines and rough street-like textures.

The terrasse located on the second floor is a spacious exterior space where one can appreciate the luxury of an exterior pool as well as a beautiful greenhouse within hides a restaurant.

The terrasse located on the second floor is a spacious exterior space where one can appreciate the luxury of an exterior pool as well as a beautiful greenhouse within hides a restaurant.

 

The Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A.

Art Déco au goût du jour.

Art Déco au goût du jour.

The space is dotted with little details: drawings, words, textures and objects.

The space is dotted with little details: drawings, words, textures and objects.

Last days of Autumn

 

It seems I haven't been able to take a break from university since the beginning of the semester. But to my astonishment, I felt laid-back this Friday so I decided to go to my family's chalet in Wilmington, NY. I haven't been there in a while and had forgotten how peaceful the place is. Winter seems to already have made it's way there and I unfortunately didn't get the chance to see the leaves change colours. Still, I am excited for the winter season and everything that it entails: snow, ski, and hot chocolate close to the fire place. Until then, I am keeping up with the autumn colours through my clothing items, just like this top I bought at Aritzia. 


L'université m'accapare et j'ai l'impression de n'avoir eu aucun temps libre depuis le début de la session. À ma grande surprise, je me suis sentie libre ce vendredi donc j'ai sauté sur l'occasion et je suis partie à mon chalet situé à Wilmington, NY. Ça faisait un moment que je n'étais pas allée et j'avais oublié à quel point c'est un endroit agréable. L'hiver se fait déjà sentir là-bas et j'ai malheureusement pas eu la chance de voir les feuilles changer de couleurs. Je suis quand même excitée à l'idée que l'hiver arrive et bien sûr à la neige, le ski et les chocolats chauds qui vont de pair avec cette saison. D'ici là, je m'obstine à porter des morceaux aux couleurs de l'automne comme ce chandail que j'ai récemment acheté chez Aritzia.

Aritzia Top, Isabel Marant Bracelets, Burberry Watch, Topshop Pants, Louboutin Shoes.

Aritzia Top, Isabel Marant Bracelets, Burberry Watch, Topshop Pants, Louboutin Shoes.

Photos by Clara-Florence Dumas

Pop up at Melbourne

 

The first time I went to the Melbourne Café I felt I was entering a real Australian Coffee Shop. The place is filled with Australian souvenir-like objects. Between the virgin Mary on the wall, the polaroids sticked on the mirror and the plastic kangaroo next to the marzocco machine, you get the feeling you're entering someone's own home. The coffee is really good; true to the third wave way of making coffee. I went there today with my family for a nice brunch since it was the last weekend of their pop up brunch. They don't usually serve food except for pastries but they've decided to collaborate with a great young chef called Saad Bahbahni (@ozwaldfelixcreates). I think the notion of having a pop up kitchen is really interesting. Not only is it nice for the chef to be able to cook sporadically without the stress of owning a place, but it also gives another vision of the Café to its customers. The food was delicious and nicely presented. I don't know if the owner plans to make another pop up brunch soon but make sure to go check the place anyway. As for Saad, check out his instagram to see is creations and whereabouts.

*The Café is located on St-Laurent Street between Villeneuve Street and Mont-royal avenue. It is kind of easy to miss because it's under the balcony of a three story high apartment building. I am telling you this in advance, just in case you would want to go. 

Kenzo and H&M this November

 

H&M has collaborated with many designers, notably with Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and just recently with Balmain. November 3rd, they are launching their new collection in collaboration with Kenzo. From the previews they've given, the clothes are typical Kenzo; a lot of prints and a lot of colours. I'm really excited to get my hands on some of the items of the collection. Hopefully, it won't be a chaos getting in... just kidding, it will definitely be one. I have got to go nonetheless, especially for the dotted dark blue dress at the bottom left corner of the post.

* H&M says "its a collection that celebrates the history of the brand by reproducing the most caught on pieces that made it through the 70, 80 and 90 while adding a contemporary touch of Lim and Leon's designs.

For more information go on h&m.com

About Kenzo :

It was founded in 1970 by the Japanese designer Kenzo Takada who opened his first boutique in Paris. His creations were a mix of traditional Japanese designs, of other cultures and of the high fashion world of Paris. With his fancy colourful prints and his original cuts he rapidly made his way up in the fashion industry. The brand his directed by both artistic directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who manage to keep the image and the quality of what Kenzo has created.

 

My picks

Brunch at Byblos

 

This restaurant located on Laurier street in the Plateau, is one of my favorite brunch places. When I go there, it always feels like a treat. When I think of the Byblos, I think of a place that's welcoming and peaceful. The owner is a hard working Iranian woman. She is at the restaurant every day, taking the orders of almost every customer. I love this place mainly because it feels like I'm visiting someone else's house; a cozy, eclectic, lively home. The best time to go is at brunch. My favorite course, the number four, a choice of omelet, with a beverage, bread and homemade marmelades. 
Make sure to stop if you come to Montreal!

Here's two feta omelet, a halym pudding, a mint tea, a bundle of delicious bread, and three different marmelade all of which are succulent!

Here's two feta omelet, a halym pudding, a mint tea, a bundle of delicious bread, and three different marmelade all of which are succulent!

Orange Blossom | Carrot & Oranges | Rose petal & Pistachios

Orange Blossom | Carrot & Oranges | Rose petal & Pistachios

Mint tea, Mediterranean style.

Mint tea, Mediterranean style.