MOMENT OF / cut out beauty

NEED / Carlton Tote by LELAND FOSTER

25.2.17

Leland Foster is bringing new life to one of our most cherished 90's sitcoms, The Fresh Prince of Belair.  For those of you who remember, Carlton was the nerdy yet lovable cousin who could sing and dance like the best of them.  For those of you who can't remember -- because you hadn't been born yet -- go away.

$40
W 15” x H 15” 
Machine Washable
Available at fab.com

LOVE / velvet armchair by ANTHROPOLOGIE

22.2.17





This velvet armchair swivels.  It reminds me of one I used to have as a child.
Available April 10, 2017
$1,1680
Available at anthropologie.com


 

MOMENT OF / Beauty Nerd Alert

OBSESSED / stargaze ring by CHRISTINA MERCANDO

16.2.17




Handle this: the clever "Ringly" cocktail ring designed by Christina Mercando connects to your iPhone or Android and sends you notifications through vibrations & light -- that is, every time someone pings on you one of your social media handles.  Made of a black onyx gemstone set in 18k gold, the Ringly comes with a velvet jewelry box that moonlights as a charger.  Very cool.  Biglie.

$311 CAD
Black onyx, 3 micron 18k gold
L 0.80” W 0.78” H 1.06”  
Available at fab.com
 


MONTREAL / L'Entrepôt Mont-Royal

12.2.17



For reasons that are still not clear to me, it's hard to find a middle-range locale in the Plateau where you can eat good grub at a decent price.  Restaurants here are either fine-dining or Seinfeld-esque.  Not that there is anything wrong with either.  It's just that sometimes you don't want to blow $200+ on a late lunch because your Saturday morning Skype call with a client overseas went on longer that you had predicted.  And neither do you want to eat chicken pucks dipped in store-bought gravy served with diet pop in a styrofoam cup.

L'Entrepôt had been on our radar for a couple of weeks, mostly because it was the one place on Avenue Mont-Royal that was always lined up after 6pm on any given day.  Initially when we saw the lineup of youngsters, we weren't sure it was for us.  Hence our well thought-out strategy of coming mid-meal time on a Saturday afternoon (it was 3 ish).  Didn't matter.  Though there was no line-up, the entire place was jam packed.   And now that we have eaten there, we know why: every single item on the menu is $4.95.  Yes, it's true. There are, of course, the usual add-ons such as replacing the burger's fries with poutine.  Or adding a little bit of chicken on your kale caesar salad (emphasis on little). Or up-sizing your # of home-made doughnuts for dessert.  Normal stuff.  What's not normal?  The food tastes good.  I mean, really really good. So good.  Just good.

L'Entrepôt
1019 av. Mont-Royal est
Montreal, QC
514 507-3133
entrepot-montroyal.com 




MONTREAL / Bar Le Mal Nécessaire

9.2.17




This place is not easy to find.  This is because it is located in the heart of China Town sandwiched in a strip of nail bars and bargain shops, submerged below ground level with only a neon pineapple sign to beckon you in (or down).  Once you descend the narrow staircase, you are surprised by a poorly lit and intimate bar full of people and cocktails.  Indeed Tiki cocktails are their specialty.  Expect to find things like Argentinian Sours, Jungle Birds, Bahama Mamas, and Painkillers.  Painmakers, more like it. Or so I thought the following morning.  I probably should have ordered one of their Cantonese snacks -- the Chili Calamari or the Singapore Noodles, perhaps -- but I was too busy having fun.

Bar Le Mal Nécessaire
Open Daily from 4.30 pm
1106 B Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal, QC
lemalnecessaire.com 









 

MOMENT OF / Feather Lashes

PARIS + NYC / Noglu Restaurant

3.2.17



This gluten-free bakery-café has recently expanded to have 3 locations in Paris and 1 in New York.  With a menu that changes seasonally, expect to find all of your favorite French fare (croissants, baguettes, tartelettes, etc) as well as the good stuff: hamburgers, sandwiches, and pizzas -- all gluten free.  Designed by Matheiu LeHanneur, the clean and cheeky interior makes you feel as though you're in a futuristic grotto.

www.noglu.fr






MOMENT OF / sequin skirts + sneakers + socks