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So it’s no secret that in the PR agency world, even as VP of a boutique firm, my wardrobe fundamentals often existed of: skinny jeans & cute / funky tops / dresses, albeit according to my daughter, not always age appropriate.
RHIANNON: Mom, stop dressing like a teenager
ME: When teenagers can afford $350 jeans and Miu Miu boots then you can say that
RHIANNON: Mom, you’re such a loser
The point is that the transition from agency to corporate life has been wonderful and just what I needed which included finally, for lack of a better term, an OFFICE WARDROBE. I’m still in that awkward stage where I don’t quite know how to pick pieces that I can wear both in & out of the office (this must be my all or nothing Scorpio mentale).
All I know is that Banana Republic and Zara (along with my long loves Aritizia & Holts) are front and centre in my shopping life. Given that BR always has a crazy 40 or 50% off sale, it’s hard to resist. Here are a few of my fave BR pieces as we transition from the depths of winter to the outer depths of winter.
As the New Year arrives, everyone reluctantly starts getting back into the hustle and bustle of life (as if the holidays weren’t busy enough). This is the time that I personally, take to reflect and celebrate…my favourite Christmas gifts that is! Yes, this is my idea of personal growth. Mom, I’ve come so far from being that ungrateful brat who didn’t appreciate your artsy gifts. And if there’s something I want, I just buy it myself - a freedom that lets you appreciate the personal, thoughtful gifts you did receive from loved ones.
It takes a tequila drinker to raise a village… Ok maybe not quite but, the spectacular Clase Azul provides guilt free indulgence and acts as a stylish decor element for any bar. Every bottle of Clase Azul is different, because it is hand made. Over 100 artisans in a single town mold, paint and decorate each bottle. I love brands that supports sustainable practices all while producing unrivaled quality & taste. This tequila is nothing short of SPECTACULAR - smooth and just delicious. (Disclaimer: my experience in this department is based solely on consumption).
The best part, the LCBO wouldn’t stock it - claiming the bottle wouldn’t fit on store shelves…so according to master distiller Arturo Lomeli, they made the bottle bigger. And guess what, it’s now available at select LCBOs.
Striking an amicable balance with the thermostat so that it teeters on warm n’ cozy not dry;
Lathering hands with lotion to keep them supple, not greasy;
Sewing and mending the seams of one’s skin (aka cracks, creases) including in no particular order, cuticles, lips, and skin in general especially the face;
And, generally recuperating from the weekend which may include extensive vocal exhaustion from football playoff excitement (NCAA & NFL), dishpan hands from entertaining & cleaning and, many other scenarios.
The key to surviving the season is hydration. So in the spirit of battling forced air and all the other joys brought on by winter, I bring you the first of the series profiling, A few of my favourite things:
Chapter 1, Damn it’s cold, hence dry (see below)
Yours truly craving humidity,
« I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just to be the man who walks 500 miles to fall down at your door » The Pretenders
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana offers a taste of classic Americana set amidst the backdrop of a sprawling and stunning Caribbean oasis (holy moly there are sooo many square kilometres of it).
So as you hum the Pretenders hit tune forget hitting the gym (one of the best-ever I’ve ever worked out in) because this (did I say sprawling) hotel will Hard Rock (™) your body, just from walking around the property.
Not to go on but honestly there is nothing that this All Inclusive doesn’t offer so here’s a quick sum of the things that my 15-year old and I both really liked about the property:
- The resort achieves the true look and feel of Vegas which is quite the feat for the Dominican Republic (given local access to well, stuff)
- Rendy (pronounced Randy): the kind, informative bell boy who checked us in
- Tuna rolls (with real wasabi) from the ice cream shop (yes, who knew)
- Daily restocked Dasani water (with no neck tags indicating “you will be charged $8 if you drink”)
- The music memorabilia (a circa 90s Gloria Estefan dress; a bedazzled limo from Madonna’s Music video & pics of JT and Timberland throwing down etc.)
- The 11 or so restaurants — all but one are a la carte (Los Gallos the Mexican restaurant was our fave from the ones we tried)
Most importantly THE BEACH, LA PLAYA – no matter what language you say it in, it was stunning. And, plenty of beach loungers to go around. Now that’s heavenly.
Mother and daughter bonding at the Hard Rock Punta Cana
La Playa en Hard Rock Punta Cana
Filming on location for Redtag.ca (Kids First Video Series)
Chilling pool side
Awesome 90s music memorabilia
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