Hudson's Bay Gift Registry

Dear ladies and possible future brides-to-be, as an established Montreal blogger, I simply must talk to you about the Hudson's Bay Company: a Canadian fashion powerhouse with something for everyone. Today, however, I want to look beyond their beautiful shoe collection and breathtaking blazers and highlight, rather, their extensive housewares department and gift registry service. When it comes to decorating your home, Hudson's Bay offers the latest in trendiest home fashions from furniture to dinnerware, as well as large and small home appliances. There is something for every room of the house! For those who are starting a new, exciting and important chapter in life (congratulations!), the Hudson's Bay Company’s Gift Registry is there to help make the transition a smooth one. The Gift Registry department does not simply help couples build the perfect, wedding wish list; it does it in style. In-store events and galas come equipped with DJ, exceptional and knowledgeable service and a menu of appetizers, wine, champagne and delectable vanilla cupcakes. The staff is sure to make your experience a memorable one!

The Yellow Trench Coat

Fall is officially upon us and although it's not my favourite season, I still have to admit it's a beautiful time of the year what with the crisp, cool breeze, bright leaves blanketing the ground and the overwhelming smell of pumpkin spice lattes.

Last Sunday, on a superb October day, I opted for a chic, yet quite simple, outfit to wear out to a baptism. Though the weather is getting colder and colder, our closet need not mimic nature. Temperatures might be cooling off, but our wardrobe should be anything but drab and dreary. I'm all for keeping our outfits warm and colourful and sometimes all that's needed is a pop of something rich and bold. I added a touch of colour by combining my all black attire with this bright, yellow Zara trench coat that I simply adore. What can I say, it was love at first sight!

Keep it bright guys! And if anyone is in need of some extra inspiration to brighten up an outfit look no further than the beautiful, rich-coloured leaves carpeting the ground. 

Urban Chic

After having spent my fair share of autumns in Montreal, I've come to realize, as have most, that temperatures above freezing are a rarity after September 23rd. This is, of course, an exaggeration, but, warm fall days can be hard to come by! With September now sadly behind us, and all trace of summer moving further and further from our reach, I think all Montrealers would agree with me when I say that September had been good to us. Though those rare warm and sunny days were few and far between, we were lucky enough to have several in which scarves and jackets were traded in, though momentarily, for air conditioning and driving with the top down. Sigh, I miss it already.

A friend and I took advantage of the exceptional weather one fall day and treated ourselves to lunch at an adorable spot in the city. Moxie's Grill & Bar has something for everyone, the perfect dish for every palate. With a wide variety of pizzas, pastas, steaks, burgers and more, Moxie is sure to cater to every foodie. From one lover of food to another, the pasta was superb... I won't even get started on the wine!

Switching now to my outfit, I opted for something chic yet comfortable. Balance is always the key. The “loose” look is definitely in this season (ladies, this is a bonus). Over-sized blazers, jackets and sweaters are all must have items for the upcoming fall-winter months. On that note, thank you September for being so good to us!

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, otherwise known as paradise, is the easternmost province of the tropical island in the Caribbean that is the Dominican Republic. Traditional Caribbean music greeted us at the arrival gate in addition to a much warmer, more tropical climate. Our stay was phenomenal from takeoff to landing; so much so, that leaving was almost unfathomable. The flight crew was very helpful and pleasant. From the airport, we were provided with direct transportation to our hotel. Our stay was at the Riu Bambu. This hotel is a member of the Riu Hotel Chain which lists several beautiful hotels in Punta Cana alone: the Riu Palace, the Riu Palace Bavaro, the Riu Palace Macao and the Riu Bambu are only a handful of the many stunning, and captivating Riu properties. Included in our stay was a complimentary shuttle service, leaving at ten minute intervals, that offered passage between different hotels. Though they were within walking distance from one another, the shuttle is a convenient and efficient alternative after a long day lounging by the beach, splashing in the pool and sipping on one too many piƱa coladas. Our hotel was equipped with a casino, spa, gym and even a night club at the disposition of it's guests. It truly was paradise both in and out of the hotel. Our vacation was booked through Sunwing Vacations and I firmly believe that taking both quality and price into consideration, it is indeed a great destination spot for a getaway with family or friends. I am confident you won't regret it... I certainly didn't!