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“A woman of such intimidating beauty and sparkling vitality gained the adoration of everyone around her. However, no one knew what she had been through. With her wild spirit, she was tough, stronger than metal, and never looked back. When she met him, for the first time in her life, she could stand still. She may have found the absolu man.”

I remember that afternoon! Rain had just stopped, when I stepped out outside my appointment. I started walking down Sainte-Catherine and my eyes got attracted by the latest Cartier perfume on Sephora‘s window. I came in for a moment –curious to smell it– but was rather seduced by a wonderful scent of spiced roses and Vanilla – that smelled SO good! I completely forgot about Cartier’s and asked the representative what was it from. She showed to me this new ”Atelier de Cologne” counter , a french label that made a huge noise in New York and about to be introduced in Montreal.

The Story: Atelier De Cologne is the first Maison De Parfum dedicated to Cologne. The two creators, Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, aimed to develop a line from the typical cologne note, Citrus, and blend it to other perfume ingredients into a balanced final smell. Guys, believe me when I say the result is outstanding. Forget used and reused notes we smell in commercial perfumes, and everyone else. This is deeper, more elegant and unique. Every cologne has it owns story (written in the packaging box but you can read them here), and every cologne may evoke a common emotion or a memory. Every story is poetic and beautiful to read. (and I am not ashamed to confess I spent a whole evening reading every single one of them in their website).

While discovering the different scents (and falling in love with the brand), there was a particular one that stroke me – The Orange Sanguine. Once I smelled it, the first image that came into my mind was a sunday brunch with family in our country house in Morocco. (Read here about that trip) I remembered the laughter and kids running around while everyone was taking their place in the long table. In the center of the terrace was a citrus tree that diffused a wonderful Jasmin smell – and I guess that’s the note I recognized on the cologne. The funnier (and magical) part was when I discovered the story associated to that perfume – It was my thoughts exactly…

“It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air.”

.. But I ended up buying another perfume of their line, Silver Iris, a very powerful but sweet scent in the same time.

Rumor has it that love, true love, happens when you less expect it. No matter how much efforts you put on finding the right pair, sometimes, you need to stop looking to find it right in your sight. With all the rain we had lately, I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of spring boots. Since I was in a job transition, I couldn’t sport rain boots anymore and switch them for heels once in the office. I knew what I wanted, but didn’t know where to find it. I bought an expensive pair from Spring (well, expensive for the quality) and had to throw them away two days later. (They get scraped vey easily). Since then, I did Aldo, Little Burgundy and Browns. The booties were either too expensive, too edgy, too sporty or too… not-me

It was a Thursday night and we were looking for a parking on Saint-Denis. We were super late to the dinner we were attending, at the aphrodisiac restaurant Atame – where the blog’s men editor, Joel, was expecting us. He was hosting the evening and had put together a burlesque show that was supposed to start very soon. My friend, who agreed to join me at the very last minute, was finally parking her car when she started gushing about the store in front of us : “Please, please, please – we have to go in! Last week, I bought there a pair of Sam Edelman and they’re just p-e-r-f-e-c-t!”– “Are you serious? we’re already 30 min late…” – “It won’t be long, I promise!” And there she was, in-store with a Michael Kors pair on her hands. Half amused, half annoyed, I followed her.

The first thought that came across my mind, while wandering, was how gorgeous! the shoes are. The second thought that shook up my mind was how affordable those gorgeous! shoes are… And there I was standing, three pairs on my hands, while my eyes were scanning furiously the shoe racks along the wall… And there they were, standing proudly next to Steve Madden’s brown boots, and courting my strong love for sophisticated cuts, refined textures (leather and suede lines, and metal hardware heel) and pointed toes. They were p-e-r-f-e-c-t! They were the MADDY boots by French Connection. It that was not love for the first sight, I sure do not know anything about love! The good deal? They had an extra 20% off the rebate, which brings them down to… 60$ instead of 150$! I know, right??

Oh, and the name of the store ? Mochico. CHECK IT OUT! No, seriously!