What to do about my nails

Just found a few tricks and tips about giving yourself a manicure.

Browsing http://www.buzzfeed.com/Via stepbystep.com

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I really have no talents at all for giving myself a manicure. I keep trying, but believe it or not it never occurred to me to look up instructions from the internet. (sometimes I wonder about me..)

Soak nails in a solution of white vinegar and water it cleans your nails perfectly and also helps the nail polish adhere better.

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If you use dark polish,  just brush your nails after removing it with whitening tooth paste.

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My nails break all the time and I use glue, but I never could do a good job, this is a good trick. Fix your nail with a tea bag and glue.

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Instead of applying a thick coat which I have the tendency to do, apply multiple thin coats.

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Use an old make up brush to correct your boo boos, just dip it in polish remover and brush your nail lightly. I have a feeling I will be using this brush quite often.

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I do this all the time, but I had no idea that I could correct my smudges by licking them, apparently your tongue can also do wonders, please lick your nail polish, don’t eat.

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Use nail polish thinner to thin your nail polish, don’t use remover it will not work. (Now I know)

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I never knew why my nails were covered with mini bubbles, well it is the humidity, so when it is humid outside you have to double your drying time.

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For drying you nails quickly, let them dry for a few minutes and soak your fingers in ice water.

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Wow! you can use Vaporub to treat nail infections, it is said that thymol works on bacterial and yeast infections, this is the first time I hear this, so if it works for you, please share it with us.

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Do like professionals do, follow the diagram instructions. Good luck with your manicure, if you have any other tips please send them to [email protected], Have a great day.

This tiny home is never too small

The smallest beautiful home I could ever imagine.

Via http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/03/azevedo-design-brick-house-boiler-room-mezzanine-guesthouse/ and http://christiazevedo.com/residential/brick-house/#

All Photos: Cesar Rubio

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This tiny guest house was originally a laundry boiler room, it has been converted into a  93sf brick home by Christi Azevedo founder of Azevedo Design located in San Francisco.

http://christiazevedo.com/residential/brick-house/#

Related story http://www.decogirlmontreal.com/tiny-canadian-home/

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To add more space visually Azevedo created a glass mezzanine between the upstairs bedroom and the downstairs kitchen. “It really takes advantage of volume as opposed to just square-footage,” she told Dezeen. “It gives the kitchen a sense of its own space and is a buffering level en route to the bed loft.” 

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Going upstairs with the metal ladder like stairs and its metal landing.

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In the kitchen there is a custom-built dining table and a sofa. The countertops are made out of stainless steel which reflects the light and also creates an effect of spaciousness.

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On our way to the mezzanine bedroom.

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Yes there is a bathroom, believe it or not.

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The tiny mezzanine bedroom is complete with bookshelves, lighting and storage behind the hinged headboard.

Happy times on a lazy Sunday

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.

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A dear friend just sent me a Thinking of you note  from Florida with a photograph of his very special Martini looking at the sunset over the canal. It reminded me of the good times we had together on a Lazy Sunday.

Smashing Ladies in Red at the Golden Globe Awards

It seems that Red is the new black at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

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Catherine Zeta Jones in Angel Sanchez

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Allison Janney in a mystery Designer dress

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Heidi Klum in Versace

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Allison Williams in Armani Prive

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Viola Davis In Atelier

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Kate Mara in Miu Miu

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Lena Dunham in Zac Posen

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Helen Mirren Dolce & Cabanna

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Julianna Margulies in Ulyana Sergeenko

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Last but not least jane Fonda in Versace

The small pleasures of New York

I can’t have enough of New York and window shopping with visiting Museums and Galleries are my favorite pass times. 


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Visiting Uniqlo on Fifth Avenue was quite exciting, I had the impression I was back in Tokyo, this is the biggest retail location on Fifth Avenue, the Japanese store is 89,000 square foot and has 100 dressing rooms. I took this picture going down the escalator with my turquoise iPhone.

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Of course, we had to stop at Tory Burch, this is the small salon on the second floor, I love this Ikat pattern on the chaise longue and the curtains, Ikat is like Toile, the more the merrier.

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By the time we got to J.Crew,  I needed to go to the powder room which is a polite way of saying that I really really had to go. I could not resist taking a picture of the powder room chocolate-brown walls with its collection of birds.

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My New York discovery this time was Creel and Gow a beautiful Cabinet de Curiosités located at the corner of Lexington at East 70th Street. The 2 owners travel the world to find the most exquisite art and decorative pieces.

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As we came in to Creel and Gow, a penguin was being wrapped for a lucky customer.

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The majestic swan and the strutting peacock are the pieces de resistance of this gorgeous ornate room

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The windows at Creel and Gow

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The perfect display with a red vibrant  background where you can find various delightful decorative art and objects.

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Marie Laurencin portrait of Madame 1934

You might have not believed me when I mentioned Museums, but one of the reason for driving to New York was to visit the Helena Rubinstein ”Power is Beauty” exhibition at the Jewish Museum. ( October 31st 2014 to March 22 2015). My niece invited me for the trip and I am so grateful to her, so if you go to New York don’t miss it, it is extraordinary and most fascinating.  This exhibition is about the life of an incredible woman who immigrated from Poland and not only created an empire but democratized beauty. You will see 200 art objects from her personal collection and understand her modern vision of the world. She was the first self-made woman magnate of her times. For more info you can go to: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/helena-rubinstein-beauty-is-power#about

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Oufff as we say in French, after this full day, we had to have a bit of a rest and we went to the St. Regis Hotel for a drink. This is their decorated lobby, I think it is quite magical, don’t you think so.

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Wow as I was entering the St. Regis’s boutique I was faced with a Cranberry Christmas tree , not only it is red but the tree is decorated with gold lobsters. I have never seen lobsters in a tree before.

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The gold lobsters Christmas tree decorations.

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It is now 6:00 PM and as you know it is impossible to find a taxi in the whole of New York, after standing on the corner of the street for 1/2 an hour, we suddenly saw a rickshaw, well I have to tell you it was quite a ride in the middle of the Manhattan traffic. As you can see my pictures are quite blurry as this bicycle trip was very shaky.

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I was absolutely petrified, busses, taxis, cars coming on all sides of the rickshaw, when I am terrified, I cannot stop laughing, so all in all I have to admit I had a great time but I also  had the ride of my life.

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Another picture from the rickshaw.

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Our rickshaw stopping at a red light. We are seating behind our driver who is a student from Ukrania.

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The meeting of two rickshaw drivers in New York.

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We finally made it back at our hotel safe and sound.

Have a great evening, hope you have enjoyed my New York.

A peek at buildings and homes during the Holidays in Manhattan

From New York with love.

Photos decogirlmontreal

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It was a beautiful festive day in New York, I was happy that we could walk everywhere, this way I could  share with you the magic of Christmas in New York starting with Rockefeller Center. The angels were having a great time playing their trumpet, Saks Fifth Avenue is just across the street with its golden garland.

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Busy time at Salvatore Ferragamo.

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The Peninsula Hotel is also quite attractive with its red decorations.

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Harry Winston Jewelry store is decorated with diamonds of all shapes. Santa was just passing by.

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The magnificent St. Patrick Cathedral is decorated all year round.

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The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is of course the bell of the ball.


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If you go to New York during the winter Holidays, make sure you try the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, it is an unforgettable experience.

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Barney’s was luxurious as usual but the window decors tended to be a bit too mechanically inclined to my own taste.

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I am back to my hotel for a short rest before I choose the New York homes of my dreams. This is the view from my room backing these gorgeous classical Manhattan homes.

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I certainly could live in this home with the lovely Christmas wreaths.

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Remember this elegant home for your next Christmas decoration. The stairwell is totally decorated with very light  garlands.

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The Northeners are very much in fashion, I did a little research and found out that these Christmas garlands are effectively made out of Swedish pine.

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Arched windows with Christmas wreaths and flower boxes.


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A Versailles box at the Pierre Hotel

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The decorations of the Versailles box

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If you like New York as much as I do, come back and visit me for more of my NY  I certainly could not get enough of it.

Have a great evening

My favorite Christmas window decorations in New York

The Magic of New York City the week before Christmas.

All windows photos by yours truly

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It was the week before Christmas, as I was walking on fifth Avenue I got so excited that I decided I really had to share these magical decorations with you. Clic, clic clic et voilà.

My first stop was in front of this window and for a fraction of a second I thought it was a bakery, to my surprise this is Dolce Cabana’s window decoration, it is absolutely charming. Fashion and sweets are such a perfect match.

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Bergdorf Goodman is one of my very favorite store,  the theme of the windows is Art. This blue window represents Architecture.

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We are in front literature, the red window with portraits of famous authors.

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This fabulous window mainly white with a small colourful painting is the image of art.

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The lady trumpeting surrounded by golden musical instruments is Music. I know you could have guessed that, as a Virgo sometimes I can be a bit too specific.

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Sculpture is made out of ice sculptures totally extraordinary luminous.

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Film is represented by a beautiful sleigh pulled by Alaskan Malamutes.

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Dance is a gorgeous translucent ballerina.

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Just a short peek inside Bergdorf Goodman’s table decorations.

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A dream of a Christmas table setting.

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The Girls from red shades to pink shades evening gowns at Bergdorf’s.

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The Christmas trees Macaroons at La Durée

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Of course there will always be Baccarat. My mom was a real Baccarat fan.

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This is my mom her name was Jeannette.

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Now at Barney’s, my favorite window is the 2 adorable reindeer in front of an igloo with their Christmas shoes singing Freedom, well they look like they are singing or humming.

 

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Now I am joining thousand of people at Time Square via CNN to wish you a marvelous and a most Happy New Year.

Stay tuned, next week I will share with you, only you my favorite Christmas decorations buildings in New York City.

A million thanks to my faithful blogger friends.

Last minute Christmas shopping ideas under 50.00

I am running for last minute Christmas shopping, and I found these great items under 50.00

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I usually go to Indigo for my last-minute purchases, http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/home I found this adorable owl teapot for 26.00 my ex is a lover of tea ( no pun intended) so this will be for him.

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I cannot resist anything with caramel,sea salt and black chocolate, so this is a gift for Fiona’s Christmas stocking (my daughter in law), she is expecting a little girl, and I am over the moon. 12.00

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This shaker is for my friend Donald, he broke his the last time we had a Martini. 29.50

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hummm I think these cheese knives will be from me to me but you can buy them for anybody you love. 29.50

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Christmas is about sharing and giving, so I will resist the urge of buying these Hors-d’oeuvre plates or (dessert plates ) for myself and will offer them to my sister Louisette. 34.50

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My sister Louisette

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The luggage tag will be for my son Louis’s Christmas stocking. 12.00

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Another side of a black luggage tag.

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A corkcicle is a great gift for a host or a hostess. 25.00

Enjoy your last minute Christmas shopping and your family and friends will too.

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Today’s idea, 3 Very personal Christmas wreaths

Personalizing your Christmas wreaths creates tradition.

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I really like decorating my Christmas wreaths and Canadian Tire has provided me with 3 wreaths that I totally decorated with gold, apple green ornaments and ribbons from the Canvas collection. I even added a few of my old brooches for posterity, but add whatever  inspires you.

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I would like that the decoration of wreaths like the decoration of Christmas trees becomes a family tradition that my son Louis will transmit to his own children,

As I live in an apartment, I installed my 3 wreaths inside my entrance door but you can also  hang them in a mirror, group them on a wall or above your fireplace.

Personalize your Christmas wreath and create your own family traditions.

Today’s idea, technicolor Christmas trees in a small space

Living in a small space is always a decorating challenge at Christmas.

Before Christmas decorations

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After I create my gold corner with the  Canadian Tire Canvas collection http://www.decogirlmontreal.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3988&action=edit, I got carried away and chose two small identical trees that were perfect for my apartment, as I live in a small space, I can no longer decorate a 9 foot tree, I thought I could use 2 small topiary like potted trees on each side of my cranberry armoire, (http://www.canadiantire.ca/fr/pdp/noma-pre-lit-bathurst-spruce-potted-tree-5-ft-1514401p.html#.VIi60mTF-xE) of course I would have to make a few changes to allow for my two 5 foot trees. So I removed the two paintings on each side of my armoire and Voilà!

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After Christmas decorations

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You can also choose two small trees of different sizes which will help create a depth effect.

I liked the idea of having two identical trees with slightly different coloured ornaments, similar but not the same I imagine they are a bit like twins.

The multicolored ornaments of the Canvas collection, reminded me of the colourful Christmas trees of my youth in Quebec, so I wanted to reproduce these trees, I have to tell you that this Christmas feel free to add color to your life in every sense of the word.

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On the left inside tree I used blue, turquoise and fuchsia ornaments.

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On the right inside tree I chose green and fuchsia ornaments. (This is not the natural inclination of the tree but of the famous leaning tower of Pisa, somehow I realized we could see the ornaments better when it is a bit tilted, don’t you agree).)

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I really went mad about colour and filled up a big glass vase with big Christmas balls, on the other hand I was a bit more subtle and added pretty gold Fleur de Lys, bows and gold balls to my French armoire, like life, it is always a matter of balance.

Have fun in decorating your home for Christmas, it is never too late, maybe you can keep your decorations till the end of January, why not, be Merry, enjoy your Holidays.