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The Loop Duty Free Montréal · Spring Shopping


On my most recent pilgrimage to The Loop, I was sidetracked from my usual beauty foraging and wandered off instead into the newly renovated Rudsak boutique. Launched in 1994 here in my hometown of Montréal by Evik Asatoorian, it all began with an iconic black leather jacket which then went on to spawn a brand empire that now includes leather fashion, luxury sportswear, as well as accessories for women, men, & children. I actually fell quite hard for this gorgeous chocolate-leather travel bag and I swear that if I were travelling at that very moment, I would have scooped it up in a heartbeat (and at 20% off + no tax, it’s practically a steal) then promptly ditched every other bag I had. Sigh ….



The Loop Duty Free · Hockey Fever in the city … and more!


Hockey borders on religion in Canada, and that’s clearly evident here in Montréal now that playoff season is upon us and our beloved Habs (aka: the Montréal Canadiens, hockey’s oldest team #habsfanforlife) are in. Even the airport has gotten into the spirit by switching up the usual sign to display the Bleu-Blanc-RougeGO HABS GO!



Guerlain · Terracotta Sun Trio & Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria


From the brand that has literally written the book on bronzers (Guerlain actually created the first compact powdered bronzer), comes Terracotta Sun Trio — a beautiful triad that can multitask as well as enhance. And with warmer, sunnier weather just around the corner, there’s no better time to switch up your usual scent for something fresher … something like Bergamote Calabria, the brand’s latest addition to the Aqua Allegoria fragrance range. For the record, both of these lovelies are doing an amazing job of helping me to ignore the grey, gloomy & dismal rainy day outside of my window right now … le sigh 



Maison Margiela · Replica Fragrances & Blur Filter


When fashion label Maison Margiela launched Replica in 2012, the concept was simple and effective; to create a fragrance library of ‘scent memories’ that had the ability to evoke an emotional response from the wearer as only fragrance can. Well, they succeeded.



Kiehl’s · Original Musk Blend N°1 Eau de Toilette & Bath and Shower Cleanser

Kiehls Original Musk opener

Today is Valentine’s Day and I wanted to celebrate this day of love with something universal, such as this Original Musk Blend N°1 duo from Kiehl’s. The story goes that the recipe for this fragrance was originally created in the 1920’s at the Kiehl’s Apothecary, then forgotten, then rediscovered in the 1950’s in a vat labelled “Love Oil”, then rechristened Original Musk for its 1963 debut. Quite the interesting love story, no?