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I am a Blogger; I am Charlie

01/08/2015 13:36:12 PM

As a lifestyle blogger, my topics tend to stray on the light side, talking about food, fashion, travel and the like.  In other words, I am not a satirist.  Probably the closest thing to “controversy” I ever write about are topics on b ...

Coach Buys Stuart Weitzman for $574M: My Thoughts

01/08/2015 08:30:55 AM

This was announced earlier this week, but I guess that’s what you have to do when you want to be more relevant.  I mean, I haven’t bought anything from Coach in probably a year or more.  I don’t dislike the brand, and I admit that

Shoppers Drug Mart Can Help Your Winter Skin Issues

01/07/2015 08:00:50 AM

It’s the post-holiday season and with all the junk we’ve been eating over that period, along with cold weather, many of us are having skin issues. The dryness, the itchiness and everything else disgusting that goes along with the season! ...

Baked French Toast with Hong Kong Style Coconut Bread

01/06/2015 08:00:30 AM

Coconut bread, also known as “cocktail bread” (gai may bao in Cantonese), is readily available at Chinese bakeries and grocery stores (like T&T). This sweet-tasting bread is perfect for making French toast, which is what we did on Chris ...

Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year!

12/31/2014 22:59:14 PM

All the best in 2015!  Regular posts will be back next week! Image: solarseven /iStockPhoto The post Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year! appeared first on DelectablyChic!.

Recipe: Four Flour Banana Bread

12/30/2014 08:00:09 AM

Remember the maple sugar spelt banana bread I made a few years ago?  Well, I tweaked it again (since it was based on a recipe I found in a book) and made it with four different types of flour:  spelt, rice, amaranth and almond.  Result?  ...

New Year’s Eve: How Do YOU Celebrate?

12/29/2014 15:00:49 PM

What are your traditions?  When I was little, my (late maternal) grandmother would light candles with me.  I have NO CLUE where that came from.  She told me it was a “tradition” but I don’t know anyone who does it.  Maybe it was

Merry Christmas to All Who Celebrate!

12/24/2014 14:00:09 PM

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!  No new post today, but we’ll be back with one or two next week! The post Merry Christmas to All Who Celebrate! appeared first on DelectablyChic!.

Baked Eggs is What’s for Dinner!

12/23/2014 08:00:00 AM

I like to go meatless at least once a week (though I don’t always get to) and recently, I decided to make baked eggs.  This would also make an amazing New Year’s Day brunch dish (if you’re still looking for ideas). Ingredients: 4 e

TRUE to Size Diversity: An Inverview with Dale Noelle of TRUE Model Management

12/18/2014 13:00:03 PM

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Dale Noelle, a former model and founder of TRUE Model Management, a New York-based agency representing models of all sizes. Ms. Noelle has been involved with the apparel industry since she was very ...

GIFTS MADE EASY for the Beauty Lover and Luxurious Lady, Modern Man and the Entertainer

11/13/2014 08:00:37 AM

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to think about the upcoming holiday season. Whether it’s your best friend, your mom, sister or otherwise, you probably know someone who is obsessed with beauty products that just make her look AMAZING! ...

Miik, Grass-Fed Milk and Infused Oils at NWS Toronto

11/12/2014 08:00:54 AM

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the Toronto edition of the National Women’s Show at the Metro Convention Centre, covering the event as one of their bloggers.  For those of you who follow me on social media, you might have seen ...

Why I Don’t Wear Large Jewellery Often

11/11/2014 08:00:16 AM

I can’t make myself wear “chunky” jewellery, including big necklaces, earrings and definitely NOT huge rings.  This is YEARS after I graduated from high school!  In fact, I STILL consider them tacky.  I can’t get the “

Dare2Give Holiday Campaign

11/10/2014 08:00:31 AM

The holiday season is coming up, and it’s a time about giving, not receiving. Sure, as kids, we made long lists to our parents’ dismay, but at school and other youth-related activities, we were also given the opportunity to help. I remember ...

The National Women’s Show Toronto Starts TOMORROW!

11/06/2014 08:00:49 AM

…and DelectablyChic! will be dropping in.  As noted in an earlier post, there’ll be plenty of exhibtors at the event, from beauty to food and everything in between.  In addition to vendors, there’ll be live events, including fashi

Caffe Artigiano Arrives East to Toronto

11/05/2014 08:00:38 AM

Vancouver-based café, Caffe Artigiano has opened a spot in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, on Yonge, just south of King Street.  The café offers a wide array of caffeine-based drinks as well as sandwiches, salads, soups and ...

Tanya Heath’s Versatile Heels Come to Toronto

11/04/2014 08:00:34 AM

Paris-based Canadian shoe designer, Tanya Heath has launched her interchangeable shoe line, Tanya Heath Paris, in Toronto’s Yorkville area.  There are quite a few styles to choose from, ranging from pumps which can go from office-friendly ...

Ted Baker Eaton Centre: Opens November 1

10/30/2014 11:00:48 AM

I had the wonderful opportunity to stop into a media preview of Toronto’s second Ted Baker store at the Eaton Centre last night before heading off to the opera.  The new store, located next to Harry Rosen on the south side of the third floor, ...

DelectablyChic!’s Favourite Toronto Restaurants: Milagro Cantina Mexicana

10/29/2014 08:00:40 AM

My husband got me into Mexican food.  Before meeting him, the only “Mexican” I had were school cafeteria tacos – you know, grocery store bought taco shells that are more chip-like than a “real” tortilla.  My parents ne

WMCFW SS15 Wrap-Up: Yays, Nays and Mehs

10/28/2014 08:00:47 AM

Here we are again at the end of World MasterCard Fashion Week and our seasonal likes, dislikes and well, “needs improvements.” YAYS: Rachel Sin: Not only does she return to the tents this season, but she also presented both her current ...

Loose-Fitting and Asymmetry at Brit Wacher

10/26/2014 09:00:38 AM

If you’re looking for some comfortable, loose-fitting dresses with a bit of a twist, then Brit Wacher is your gal.  Her Spring/Summer pieces, consisting of dresses and separates (including short tops) in unique, asymmetrical shapes – l ...

Malorie Urbanovitch: Normcore with a Twist

10/24/2014 12:25:47 PM

I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about Malorie Urbanovitch’s upcoming collection as the first few pieces were presented – they were fairly dark in colour, ranging mostly navies and burnt oranges.  It screamed fall/winter.  Not t

Rachel Sin: Jetsetting in Work and in Play

10/23/2014 10:40:26 AM

The theme for Rachel Sin’s show is “The Urban Jetsetter” and unlike other presentations, two seasons were shown at once.  Typically during Fashion Week, pieces seen on the runway are for the upcoming season.  Instead, the designer

Carolina Herrera: Ladylike and Graceful, as Usual

09/09/2014 08:00:07 AM

If I had all the money in the world, I would buy every single piece Carolina Herrera shows, every single season.  Sadly, I don’t have that kind of money for these very beautiful, lady-like looks, which are, as usual, gorgeous. For spring ...

Hervé Leger by Max Azria: Asian Gold!

09/07/2014 14:00:48 PM

Spring/Summer 2015 for Hervé Leger seems to mean East Asia and gold sequins, while at the same time, not moving away from the line’s signature bodycon looks.  The show started out with a few dresses that had short, but kimono-inspired s ...

BCBGMaxAzria: Soft, Flowy and Best of All, Petite-Friendly

09/05/2014 07:00:42 AM

…for the most part, anyway.  And perhaps they’ve heard enough complaints from people like yours truly!  Traditionally, the “runway collection” presented at New York Fashion Week was very artistic, and definitely not wearable

New York Fashion Week and TIFF Start Today!

09/04/2014 08:00:20 AM

Watch for write-ups of several brands presenting their Spring/Summer 2015 collections from New York, which we will be covering by watching online. Brands that we are hoping to cover include BCBGMaxAzria, Tory Burch and Carolina Herrera. TIFF ...

Saying Goodbye to the Coffee Mill

09/03/2014 08:00:36 AM

The Coffee Mill, located on 99 Yorkville Avenue, is closing on September 7.  The restaurant has been in the area since Yorkville was a prime hippie spot in the 1960s and offers old school European fare like schnitzel, cabbage rolls and strudel.  ...

Vince Camuto Appearance at Yorkdale 9/5!

09/03/2014 07:00:10 AM

…happening THIS FRIDAY, September 5!! Are you going to be there? The post Vince Camuto Appearance at Yorkdale 9/5! appeared first on DelectablyChic!.

Travel in Style with FIG Clothing

09/02/2014 10:00:23 AM

The “backpacking year” is a particular rite of passage into adulthood that many young women embark on. This longstanding ritual requires this breed of traveller to forsake the creature comforts of home to venture off to some unknown land. ...

Holt Renfrew Ottawa and Quebec City Closing

08/28/2014 23:01:05 PM

…and honestly, I’m not surprised.  At least not with the Ottawa closing (I have never been to the Quebec City store and am unfamiliar with the city, so I can’t really comment on population and demographics).  I have only been in t

Competing for the PERFECT Mac and Cheese

08/28/2014 08:00:32 AM

The Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-off to make the PERFECT mac and cheese was held at the Ex yesterday.  Contestants, all well known professional chefs from various parts of the country (BC, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario, to be exact) were judged ...

Shopping While Petite at Yorkdale: A Positive Thing

08/27/2014 08:00:08 AM

SWP.  Shopping While Petite.  It’s often a problem.  You. Just. Can’t. Find. Anything.  Well, that’s not ENTIRELY true – it’s just that you feel awful because everything is too long and at times, it doesn’t loo

Burger King to Purchase Tim Hortons?

08/25/2014 08:44:16 AM

Last night, I received an alert from both my Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal apps notifying me that Burger King was in talks to buy donut chain Tim Hortons.  Should the purchase be successful, the new company’s headquarters will be located ...

Skinny Jeans: Love it or Hate it?

08/21/2014 10:00:08 AM

Recently, Style Democracy posted an article on the skinny and how many women have mixed feelings about them (Refinery 29 has even gone as far as announcing its death).  I personally LOVE them (along with other forms of skinny pants), especially ...

Sharing the Psychedelic Menu at Fat Pasha

08/20/2014 08:00:19 AM

Ahhh….Israeli and other Middle Eastern-inspired cuisines. It’s definitely the latest “it” cuisine here in the city, and like most ethnic cuisines, it isn’t likely a passing fad.  I feel that it’s definitely here t

Changes Coming to DelectablyChic!

08/19/2014 08:00:31 AM

I’ve been blogging under DelectablyChic! for nearly four years and blogging, period for even longer (we were previously known as Prospere Magazine, which made its debut in January 2008.  I also ran Shorty Stories, which lasted from 2007 until ...

Get Ready, Get Set for Shoppers Drug Mart’s 30 Days of Beauty!

08/18/2014 08:00:55 AM

Instyle for Nine West Fall Launch and a Love-Hate Relationship with Shoes

08/14/2014 08:00:57 AM

On Tuesday, InStyle for Nine West held a fall launch event in Toronto’s tony Yorkville area.  Going into the party, I knew that it was unlikely going to find anything that fit – that’s the issue I have with shoe shopping – I

Bees, Pizza and Osteria dei Ganzi

08/13/2014 08:00:54 AM

I can’t believe it took me over one year to have a proper meal at Osteria dei Ganzi, a restaurant on Jarvis Street, near the National Ballet School.  The last time I went there was for its media launch in June of 2013, where we had the chance ...

Online Petite-Friendly Shop: Adela Mei

08/12/2014 08:00:47 AM

Adela Mei, run by Stacy Leung and Sasha Moyer, is a California-based, online boutique with a very special focus – petite women under 5’4″.  While their pieces are, for the most part, NOT petite-exclusive (as in the clothes are not

Tips for Brides from Entertaining Expert Nicole Sassaman

08/07/2014 08:00:10 AM

DelectablyChic!’s T. U. Dawood speaks to entertaining expert Nicole Sassaman who shares tips for brides and bridesmaids. What suggestions do you have for brides? Create a wedding that speaks uniquely to you. Take the time to find someone ...

Bonjour Colette!: Photos from the Media Preview

08/06/2014 08:00:11 AM

Colette Grand Café, a French-inspired cafe and restaurant at the Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington Street West), held a media preview the day before its grand opening.  Located at the former home of Scarpetta, this restaurant offers both a g ...

Five Faves from Roland Mouret for Banana Republic

08/05/2014 08:00:07 AM

The Roland Mouret for Banana Republic collection launches later this week!  The vast majority of the pieces (all dresses, skirts and pants) are in the Sloan cut, Banana Republic’s sleek, body-hugging skirts, dresses and pants, all extremely ...

Tips for Brides from Vanessa Jarman, Rimmel London’s Canadian makeup artist

07/31/2014 08:00:24 AM

DelectablyChic!’s T. U. Dawood speaks to Rimmel London’s Canadian makeup artist Vanessa Jarman who shares tips for brides and bridesmaids. Vanessa Jarman What suggestions do you have for brides? Hire a professional. Single false lashes ...

Specialty Size Brand Carolina Alvo Launches Kickstarter Today!

07/30/2014 08:00:16 AM

Last year, we profiled an online, petite-focused store called Gambita, which sold clothing that was suited for women 5’4″ and below.  The clothes on Gambita were from other brands which made shorter inseams and hemlines.  One year lat ...

Can Normcore Food be Foodie-esque?

07/29/2014 08:00:07 AM

This Margaret Wente article from the Globe and Mail had me thinking.  In a city full of wonderful and interesting foods, is it time to go back to the basics?  This means boring old meatloaf with tomato sauce, plain mashed potatoes if you’re ...