Thursday, May 26, 2016

5 Foods That Will Prevent Sun Damage.



Okay, let's talk a little bit about sun damage. 

You guys already know how ANAL I am about my skincare routines, and that I will pretty much do anything to prevent aging (for as long as I can, at least). So, today we're talking about the sun, which can be one of the most damaging things for your skin. It can also age you SUPER quick!

However, no, I will not hide from the sun, as a) we don't even get much sun over here and b) when we do, I must enjoy every drop of sunshine I can get. 

So, this post isn't to tell you that if you eat right and have a balanced diet, that you don't need to wear sunscreen. Everyone should be wearing sunscreen at ALL times. This one by Vichy is my current fave right now. It's an SPF of 45. I know that seems a bit extreme, but then again, I'm pretty extreme when it comes to skincare...

In the winter time, I still wear sunscreen, because even though you don't see the sun, it's still there, and can be pretty damaging to your skin. You can go with a lower SPF in the winter. Something between SPF 20-30. And no, don't get a moisturizer that has SPF in it; it's too low. Use a regular moisturizer on top of your sunscreen. 

Anyway, I can go on about the importance of sunscreen, but maybe that's another post in itself! 

Let's move onto some foods you should be adding to your grocery list that can save you from sun damage:


1. Berries & Stone Fruits:

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries contain a high level of Vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production (YES!) and is great for that youthful appearance. Cherries actually contain melatonin, which protects the skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage. 


2. Leafy Greens:

Spinach, kale, swiss chard, arugula, or anything that's leafy and green is good for sun protection. My absolute favourite addition to my lunches/ dinners is a little green salad that consists of either kale, spinach, or arugula, avocado, any veggies I find in the fridge, feta cheese, drizzled with some EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and some lemon. I'm drooling already! This can be a complete meal if you add some protein to it. 

Broccoli is also a good choice: it’s full of sulphoraphane, an antioxidant that helps your cells protect themselves against UV radiation.


3. Red & Orange Produce:

Tomatoes, papaya, guava, watermelon and red/orange bell peppers have been shown to protect the skin against sunburn and is twice as effective an antioxidant when it comes down to blocking UV light. Betacarotene is another antioxidant that has natural sunscreen properties. It’s been linked to reduced reactions to sunburns. You can find it in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkins, mango and apricots. 

Is anyone else addicted to mangos? It's so my summer go-to fruit. 


4. Chocolate:

HELLLL YESS!! Only dark chocolate though. (which really is the best kind!) By intaking (moderate) amounts of dark chocolate, you are actually ingesting flavanoids, which can improve your skin’s ability against sunburns and other UV-induced issues. I mean, if this isn't the best news ever, I don't know what is...


5. Green & Black Tea:

Where are my tea drinkers at?! I mean, the benefits of tea are just endless, we all know that. However, it's still nice to know that every cup you intake is also protecting your skin from sun damage. Green tea, in particular can even help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair. Anything to prevent the C-word. 


Okay, am I missing anything crucial that needs to be on this list? Do tell! Share below, as I'm always curious about these things. 

Again, I cannot stress the importance of sunscreen, so apply that shit every morning. Your skin will thank you years from now. And if that doesn't convince you, sunscreen also adds a nice dewy base for your make up application (if you're into that dewy look).




Okay, I'm off to make myself an arugula salad and then a night-ish stroll. Yes, I'm 80. We already know that though. 

Come hang out on Snapchat as well! 

Xx, kim




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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Perfect Summer Beverage X Pure Leaf Canada.




Happpy Long Weekend, my fellow Canadians!!

How much is everyone LOVING the weather right now?!

I'm actually exploding with joy! Nothing makes me happier than sunshine. I mean, a pair of really cute Louboutin's would make me equally happy, but for now, I'll take all the sunshine I can get. 

What's everyone been up to this weekend?

I have really just been enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. Absorbing that Vitamin D. 

For those following on Snapchat, you guys know I did somewhat of a secret shoot on Friday. I promise I will share all the details as soon as I can. This was something completely random, and has nothing to do with The Chic Confidential. However, still VERY exciting. It's all hush hush right now, but will post on the blog when I can. 

I just got back from a serious "hike" with my bestie. You know I'm not a fan of calling my long walks "hikes" but let's go with it. Again, follow on Snapchat (un: kim-marquis), we're pretty hilarious. 

Okay, let's get to today blog post withhhhhh...


As summer is (slowly, but surely) rolling around, we ALL need that perrrrrfect summer drink. Am I right? 

One summer (a very long time ago) it was all about the Sex On The Beaches, then it was those Long Island Ice Teas, etc etc.

THIS SUMMER...it's all about these natural ice teas. As you get older (and start making wiser choices) you want to minimize the sugar content in your drinks. As much as Sex On The Beaches are delish, let's be real here, I'll pass on the diabetes. Thanks.

I've teamed up with Pure Leaf Canada and I'm going to show you guys three easy and fun ways to make yourself a delicious, healthy, and YUMMY summer drink. 




You need your basics:

- Strawberries
- Blueberries
- Kiwi
- Lemons
- Cucumber
- Mint Leaves
- Basil Leaves
- Ginger

These are the fruits I've used to make these drinks. You are of course free to mix any kinda fruits you want. I also have an obsession with ginger. I put that in EVERYTHING. If you haven't tried ginger in your drinks, you haven't lived. So give it a go!




DRINK 1: LEMON FLAVOURED PURE LEAF TEA


Start with a whole lot of ice in your mason jar (or glass). Drinks out of mason jars are just cuter. No?

Chop up kiwi, cucumber, and ginger. Add to your mason jar. 


You can add sugar to the rim of your glass and a cucumber for decor. ;)

** For a non-virgin Pure Leaf tea, add Vodka.




DRINK 2: NATURAL FLAVOURED PURE LEAF TEA


Lemon, Strawberries, and Mint leaves to garnish.

Again, to spice things up, you can always add some alcoholic beverage to the ice tea. My choice for this one would be white wine! Mmm. 




DRINK 3: GREEN TEA FLAVOURED PURE LEAF TEA


Lemon, blueberries, and blackberries.

Garnish with basil leaves. I would also just add ginger to ALL my drinks, but that is totally up to you. I'm a ginger fanatic. 


So, here's why you'll love these teas:


- Pure Leaf is brewed from real tea leaves picked at their freshest to deliver a genuine tea experience. 

The teas have zero sugar, zero artificial sweeteners, NO calories, and still taste AMAZING. SO MUCH YESSS. Again, we're all about making wiser choices as we get older. Right?

- Pure Leaf teas are the perfect drink for your weekend getaway to the cottage, BBQs, birthdays, cocktail get-togethers, and even something refreshing to sip on post work-out. Water can get a little boring.  

I'm totally in love with the natural flavoured tea, as it's very subtle, and refreshing. Really gives you that tea flavour that I love. Mmm cold tea. Totally my go-to summer drink! Buh-bye Sex On The Beaches...


Watch my video on making these teas:







ALSO, I wanna know what your go-to summer drink is, so share below!!

Try these Pure Leaf teas, you'll be totally obsessed, like me. 

Wishing you guys an amazzzzing rest of your weekend and a great (short) week ahead!

Xx, kim



This post was in collaboration with Pure Leaf Canada. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Photography & Video by Victoria Jmourko



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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Leather Lovin'




Whooo is SO excited that it's Friday, AND a long weekend?!

Yes, yes, yes!

Oh, and did I mention that we're finally going to get some good weather too? #MajorBonus

What is everyone up to this weekend?

Cottages? Raptors games? Victoria Day parties? Lol, is that a thing?

As for me, just plain and simple relaxation. A great weekend, is when you have nothing planned, and things just pop up here and there, with no obligation to actually attend. 

When the weather is good, I really just enjoy a good walk in the park. I don't want to go and call it a 'hike'. I'm not your typical 'hiker,' but I do love really, reallly long walks on a trail of some sort, possibly a little picnic, (whad up egg-salad sandwiches) and catching a little tan, even?

Yes, I'm 80 years old, and proud. :)






Quiet weekends are more my thing these day. 

How about you guys? What's your ideal weekend? Are you more of a stay-in with wine and some jazz music kinda person, or let's crash a party, line up the tequila shots kinda person?

I mean, both sound fun. I just prefer the wine scenario these days. Again, I'm 80 though. 





K, but let's talk about this outfit for a second. 

I mean, this faux leather skirt is kinda what I want to live in this weekend. Can I just wear this outfit while drinking my wine at home? 

It's a great little transition outfit from Spring to Summer. The colour palette is still dark, which I totally love, but it still feels quite like a summer outfit. 

And we all know how much I love leopard print, so I'm not going to touch on that ;)

The length of this skirt is also perfect as it can be worn to work. Think, a really cute blouse, tucked in, hair in a bun, black classic pumps, and small studded earrings. YES! 



Skirt Nordstrom Warehouse sale  |  Top Marc by March Jacobs  |  Shoes Aussie


Also, THE. SHOES. 

Leather peep-toes. I bought them on my travels to Australia, however you can definitely find similar looking shoes here. 

I was obsessed with peep-toe booties with a thick heel for a long time, and that was all I ever wanted. Haha. Now, as we all know, I'm more into flats these days. However, I do love these and they go SO well with this outfit. I couldn't resist!

Okay, lovlies!! That's all for now. 

Stay tuned, as there are LOTS of great new things coming to the blog. More shooting this weekend, of course, so don't forget to follow along on Snapchat. UN: kim-marquis. My Snapchatters always get a first look ;) 

+ If there are things you guys want to see on Snapchat, please don't hesitate to reach out. I can do more mini recipes, make up tutorials, beauty tips, etc. Just snap me what you want to see!

Have an amazing (long) weekend for those that get one!!

Xx, kim





Photography by Victoria Jmourko




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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Little Condo Inspo.









Okay, YES, I'm going a little Pinterest-crazy with the new condo being LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY from the closing date!!

I have so many ideas in my head, and of course at this point, all I can do is just pin them! Can't exactly buy everything yet. SO YES, I'm going a little stir crazy. Lol. But that's normal right?!

Anyways, I decided to share a little bit of my inspirations with you guys. I did mention that I'll be bringing you all along for the ride, and that's exactly what I'm doing. Especially because you guys have some KILLER recommendations, ideas, and are just overall extremely helpful. 

So if you haven't already noticed, neutrals are my go-to for now. I just love a very simple palette. Lots of greys, whites, blacks, and hints of gold wherever possible. 

A couple of accessories that I LOVE:

1. A gold bart cart. YES. Totally need this in my life, because how cute?! Adding a gold bar cart can really add some character to your living space. I am working with a small space, so I have to make sure I'm not over-crowding. But somehow I have to make room for this bar cart. 

2. A unique coffee table. I'm obsessed with marble lately, and a dear friend of mine has offered to make me a coffee table. After looking at several, and I mean SEVERAL coffee tables, I decided that a) they are either not what I want, or b) not the price I'm willing to pay. I'll keep you guys posted!

3. A floor-to-ceiling mirror. Again, totally obsessed. Not sure if I have the space for this, but, mirrors have a way of making a small space look and feel bigger than it actually is. We shall seeee. 

4. Exposed Lamp. I'm seeing this trend everywhere. Lamps with no lampshade. It gives your home a very industrial look. I kinda like. Again, I have a thousand ideas in my head and not 100% sure how it will all turn out, but stick around to see the final product. 

Okay, so I'm sharing bits and pieces of my home, and I wanna hear from you guys!

What are you loving? What do you have in your home that you just can't do without? Share, share, share. 

ALSO, don't forget to follow along on Snapchat (UN: kim-marquis) as I'm always snapping new ideas and beautiful things I see around. I also just live at Home Sense these days....

Here's a few Snaps on home decor. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week, friends!

Xx, kim





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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The 90s Choker Look Is Back!




K, can we take a trip down memory lane for a second?

Think high school in the 90s, the tattoo chokers were everything! Please tell me you guys remember the plastic, intertwined, black chokers? They actually also came in rainbow colours too and weren't more than a buck I think...

Girls would rock these with everything. Melissa Joan Hart from Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Sarah Michelle Gellar from Buffy The Vampire Slayer were the queens of the tattoo choker in the 90s! 

Are we remembering? 

I hope so, cause these babies are back!!

Okay okay, NOT the tattoo choker. (Although, who kinda wishes those came back?)

I'm talking about the classic choker. 





If you haven't already noticed, chokers are SO trending right now. From celebs to fashion bloggers, these are what you're seeing everywhere. 

So what's all the fuss?

Well, this little statement piece is something that can totally spruce up your basic outfit. It gives you a cool, edgy alternative. And not to mention it can take your outfit to a whole new level of chic.

You can kinda throw this on, wearing pretty much anything. I'm wearing it very simply here with your basic white tee and denim jacket. But think off shoulder midi dresses and sexy jumpsuits. 

And for a more edgy look, you can also do leather strings or leather wraps. It can look pretty badass, you guys! I'm totally into it. 

Sooo, are you guys loving that the 90s are back?!

Just throw on some old school P!NK and we're golden! 





How was everyone's weekend?

It literally could NOT be colder in Toronto this weekend. I mean it could...but we're in the middle of May, and I swear I saw snow yesterday. 

OVER IT. 

And, if you were following me on Snapchat (kim-marquis), you would've seen that my best friend and I were making pizzas from scratch (for the first time), and ALTHOUGH they looked amazing, it was a total fail....

The pizzas were delicious, but we didn't put flour on the wax paper, and therefore the dough got completely stuck to the paper. YUM. 

Somehow we managed to scrape off the wax paper, and enjoy the pizza. Lesson learned. 



Choker here, and here  |  Denim Jacket H&M  |  Jeans Forever 21  |  Bag Marc Jacobs  |  White Tee Abercrombie  |  Shoes Franco Sarto


Ok, so I've linked the outfit details, and a few places where you can get your paws on these 90s chokers. 

Buttt, I wanna hear from you guys! Are you loving the look? Hating the look? 

SHARE below, cause I'm very curious. 

I personally, love it. 

But then again, I'm true 90s at heart. Like, BSB forever kinda gal. 

Happy Monday, you guys!

Have an awesome week. 

Xx, kim



Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Life Lately + Shopping with Nordstrom.


GEOX Nebula Collection


TGIFFFF, you guys!

Who's ready for the weekend? Any major plans?

As I suspected, the weather here is going to be pretty shit this weekend. (Insert annoyed face emoji here). 

Have you guys checked out the new GEOX collection yet? I was invited to shop with GEOX last week, and fell in love with their Nebula collection. Especially these runners. Guys, they are so, so comfy, and you can honestly rock them wearing pretty much anything. Except for maybe a ball gown. ;)

If you were following on Snapchat, you already know I hard a hard time choosing. 


Selfie in the Four Seasons bathroom. Serious #BathroomGoals


I was also invited to the Four Seasons Hotel last week to check out their spa. Have you guys been?

Oh. my. gosh. 

If you're ever feeling like crap, and need a pick me up, book yourself a spa day with your girlfriends, and just pamper yourself for the day. It really doesn't get better than this. 

Nothing sounds better than a massage, mani, pedi, and a dip in the pool. Amiright?! 

And husbands/ boyfriends/ baby daddy's/ significant others, this is a GREAT gift for your lady. You will NOT disappoint. I promise. 


SEA and SALT clutch


Speaking of great gifts, THIS. CLUTCH. THOUGH. 

I mean, does it get more Chic Confidential-esque than this?! I think not. 

I die for crocodile print. Legit, love it. I kinda just want an entire white, crocodile leather couch in my new place. Weird? I don't care. Lol.

This little clutch is the perfect accessory to sass up an outfit. 

And, for you travelers, this is also really great to put all the important things in, such as your passport, cell phone, lip balm, and toothbrush. 

Check out the full post here


Franco Sarto black flats


And on another note, how much is everyone loving flats this spring? Is anyone else just over high heels? Lol, I kind of am. 

Over the last few weeks, I've bought an unacceptable amount of flats. Ha. 

But I NEEEED them...

Okay, I don't. But, I can't resist a good pair of flats on sale. CAN'T.

Check out my favourtie Spring/Summer flats here. You guys are going to love what I've picked out. 


Simon & Schuster Home Decor book + Coastermatic Instagram coasters.


And lastly, I am getting sosososo excited about the condo. I'm about a month away from the closing date, and literally cannot wait to start decorating the place. (I've already decorated everything in my head, of course).

I told you guys I'd take you along for the ride, and if you're following me on Snapchat, you get everything!! So, come hang (UN: kim-marquis).

I'm usually snapping all my favourties when I see them. Even if I don't actually get certain items, you will see what I'm digging, and you may want it. 

I did a recent post on all things gold. Yes, gold accent pieces are what I'm obsessing over lately. 

Is anyone else loving this trend? 

Share below, if you are! And if there's a trend I'm totally missing out on, also comment below and fill me in!

Oh! One more thing. 

A couple days ago, I was invited to shop with Nordstrom at their pop up warehouse sale. 

I'm kind of inviting you guys into the changeroom! ;)

Below we're my tops picks. I didn't get everything, but I'll do some outfit posts on the items soon! But tell me which ones you guys are loving, below.

Do check out the warehouse sale!

Markham Fairgrounds | 10801 McCowan Road, Markham Ontario

Have a FANTASTIC weekend, friends!

Xx, kim



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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Currently Loving In Home Decor.


Home decor



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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

So, as promised, I'm updating you guys on all things home and home decor as I slowly start to put my own place together. Things are getting very exciting. It's SUCH a slow process because I'm very picky (as you should be) and it's not always easy to find the things I'm looking for. Especially at a good price. Coupons, discount cards, gift cards, and sales are my best friends right now...

The colour scheme I'm leaning towards is whites and greys, with accents of gold. As you can see in the above picks, I'm absolutely OBSESSING over gold accents these days.

There's just something so feminine about gold accents. Who knows, this could all change in a year or two. But for now, I think I'm sticking with this colour scheme.

Firstly, how cute is that gold bar cart?! I'm on a serious hunt for one of these. I'm not sure if the above is exactly what I'm picturing in my head, so if you guys have any cool recos on gold bar carts, SEND THEM MY WAY. (You also don't want to be in my head right now. It's a bit of a clusterfuck with all the decor ideas.)

The Kate Spade polka dot plate and glass set is LIFE. I can't even handle it.

And let's not leave out the gold-plated cutlery set. I mean, serious #homegoals no??

I'm also totally in love with that coffee table. It just seems so perfect. I do have another idea for a coffee table which I will keep you guys in the loop about, but for now, this sexy gold one will do. It's also from a home decor store that I die for, West Elm. They are a bit on the pricer side, however, just go in for the inspiration. Just. So. Good.

Lastly, gold accents. Lamps, frames, candles, candle holders, tea sets, useless paper weights, and even gold staplers!! Haha, yes, that's a thing. And they are too cute!

What are you guys loving in terms of home decor? Any new home owners out there that want to share their home inspo?!

You can usually find me home shopping on Sundays, so come hang out with me on
Snapchat // kim-marquis.

That's all for now!

Ciao, kim



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