April 14, 2014

Life is too Short to be Insignificant

I have forgiven mistakes that were indeed almost unforgivable. I’ve tried to replace people who were irreplaceable and tried to forget those who were unforgettable. I’ve acted on impulse, have been disappointed by people when I thought that this could never be possible. But I have also disappointed those who I love. I have laughed at inappropriate occasions. I’ve made friends that are now friends for life. I’ve screamed and jumped for joy.

I’ve loved and I’ve been loved. But I have also been rejected, and I have been loved without loving the person back. I’ve lived for love alone and made vows of eternal love. I’ve had my heart broken many, many times! I’ve cried while listening to music and looking at old pictures. I’ve called someone just to hear their voice on the other side. I have fallen in love with a smile. At times, I thought I would die because I missed someone so much. At other times, I felt very afraid that I might lose someone very special (which ended up happening anyway).

But I have lived! And I still continue living everyday. I’m not just passing through life…and you shouldn’t either. Live! The best thing in life is to go ahead with all your plans and your dreams, to embrace life and to live everyday with passion, to lose and still keep the faith and to win while being grateful. All of this because the world belongs to those who dare to go after what they want. And because life is really too short to be insignificant.

- Charlie Chaplin

February 6, 2014

Follow Me Around the World

I am in full travel mode right now! Yesterday, I wrote about my desire to visit 40 countries and today I am booking plane tickets for my June vacation. I am going to keep the travel theme and share with you this very cool series by Russian photographer Murad Osmann who documents his globetrotting travels with his girlfriend. With each photo, posted to Instagram, we see the photographer’s point of view with his extended hand holding onto his partner’s.  I don't know what I am the most jealous of: that they visited all these amazing cities or that they had the best idea ever for a photo series!


February 5, 2014

My Bucket List

#1 Visit 40 Countries

I fell in love with travelling after my first plane ride. I was 19, alone and going from Montreal to Los Angeles to meet a friend. I absolutely loved the adrenaline rush that came from travelling which was new to me since my parents hated to travel.  I have been to 9 countries so far ( read about my trips to Italy and France ) but my goal is to visit 40 countries or more.  I came up with the number 40 after reading the book Eat, Pray, Love. The author – who is a seasoned traveler – mentions in her book that she has been to 39 countries and I want to beat her! :)  It certainly is an ambitious project but it's also doable.  I will visit my tenth country this summer. A hint? Look at the photo below and guess in the comments below!  Is travelling on your bucket list? 

November 12, 2013


"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" said John Lennon.  These days, it's more..."Life is what happens to you while you're busy watching Netflix".  Yep, my TV has kidnapped me and I have been a hostage.  It sort of happened without me even noticing it and it just dawned on me how unproductive I have been lately in my personal life.  In my defense, I have been working very hard at work.  When I get home at night, I am so tired that I just want to sit on my ass and no think about anything beside the next episode of Breaking Bad (I am binge-watching it).  I decided to set myself some rules like parents would do with their teenager..."No TV before 8pm"
Recess is over now.  Get back to work girl!
         - Marie Trepanier


'Les petite mains' (which literally means small hands) refers to the collective 2,200 seamstresses who painstakingly bring haute couture creations to life. " It takes hundreds of hours, these people work so hard," Lagerfeld said with admiration for the "small hands" in his Paris atelier.  "For me, I just have the idea, a flash like that, I don't have to actually do it." The "petites mains" behind his success have become a symbol of the exclusivity as well as the difficulties of Parisian haute couture.
Trained for years and often intensely loyal to one fashion house, these women can be spotted backstage putting last touches on a dress with needle and thread, or watching the throng of models and dressers with quiet pride.  But at a time when labels are forced to slash costs and manual labor is a less attractive career option than it used to be, many fear for the future of the craft -- and haute couture.
To really understand and appreciate the extent of their work, you must watch the video I included which shows the making of the Chanel Fall 2013 Haute Couture from the point of view of these amazing artists. They are not just simply making clothes; it is a true labor of love for each piece of the collection. Hope you enjoy!


(Left) Former Valentino chairman Giancarlo Giammetti at his New York City penthouse. The painting is by
Richard Prince, and the layouts on the floor are from Private, Giancarlo Giammetti, his new memoir.
(Right) Structural columns along the apartment’s perimeter were sheathed in Indian mica, as were a number of the walls,
adding to the home’s glamour and warmth. A sixth-century Chinese sculptural fragment and a pair of circa-1900
Japanese bronze geese are displayed atop a midcentury mirrored table in the style of Serge Roche.
A painting by Prince presides over the living room. At right, a circa-1800 Swedish gilt-wood armchair from
H. M. Luther stands next to a table designed by Nick Allen that hosts an Alexander Calder sculpture.

Giancarlo Giammetti - Valentino Garavani’s trusted business partner for fifty years - is publishing his memoir, Private, Giancarlo Giammetti this week. Beginning with his childhood in Rome under Nazi occupation and his chance meeting at a café with a certain rising fashion designer, Giammetti shares stories from his remarkable life. This beautiful collector’s volume features in-depth interviews, recollections from his personal journals, and a curated selection of exclusive images from Giammetti’s archive of 50,000 photos, vividly portraying the exciting world of fashion. Architectural Digest celebrated the event by featuring his sublime NYC apartment in their latest issue.