Sunday, August 21, 2016

How To Get Those Perfect, Beachy Curls.




So, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, "HOW THE HELL DO YOU GET YOUR CURLS TO LOOK LIKE THAT?!"

Easy peasy, my friends. 

Today I'm going to show/tell you. 

The simple answer is, it's ALL IN THE WAND

Yes, the curling wand. In all fairness, I do have naturally curly hair. However, anyone with naturally curly hair will tell you, it's a f**kin' b*tch to maintain. You don't get out of the shower with curls like Selena Gomez....

It's A LOT of work. There's the oils, creams, gels, and finally, the WAND. 

For a full list of the products I use, read this post.





So, what's my secret weapon to achieving those natural-looking curls?


You guys, this is the only curling tool you will ever need in life. Throw away EVERYTHING, and get this one. 

Eight types of wands with interchangeable barrels, gives you any type of curl you're looking to get: tight perm-like curls, ringlet curls, spirals curls, ribbon curls, flick curls, large and bouncy curls, beachy or wavy curls and finger wave type curls. I love giving myself those natural, beachy waves (see photo below). 

You don't need to spend $$$ at the salon to get those perfect curls. 

I use a few different barrels to get my look. Sometimes I want something super messy and natural, and other times I'm going for something more clean and sophisticated. You guys, this curler does it all. 

If you guys want a tutorial on how to actually get these curls, go comment on my latest Instagram photo. I'll do a quick video for you guys and show you which barrels I'm using. 





Here's a quick tutorial on what I do to get my beach waves.

Step 1: Divide your hair into sections. As many sections as you need to. 

Step 2: Start curling from bottom to top. What I mean by this is, start with your bottom sections and work your way up to the crown of your head.

Step 3: Curl AWAY from your face. So, twirl your hair around the wand outward from your face, so that you get the proper curl. Many people make the mistake of curling inward, and it doesn't look quite right. 

Step 4: Once you've curled all your sections, comb through the curls with your fingers. Remember, curly hair is not meant to look perfect. Brush out the curls with your fingers, giving it that very natural-looking curl. 

Step 5: I like to put some almond oil or coconut oil to my curls once my hair is fully done. It moisturizes my hair and keeps it healthy. 

Step 6: A little hairspray wouldn't hurt, to keep it from frizzing. 





As you can see, the 'before' photo was....REALLY AKWARD and gross. I don't know what my hair was doing there, so obviously I thought that would be the perfect 'before' photo. LOL. 

For the 'after' shot, I used the 19mm and 25mm wands to get that look. It's the look I go for most of the time. I don't want to look like I've stepped out of a movie scene, with my curls. I always go for something very simple and natural. Nothing too fancy. 

If you guys have any questions on this look/ curling iron, feel free to ask me anything! 

Also, if you want to see a video tutorial, go comment on my latest Insta photo. UN: @thechicconfidential. 

Hope everyone has a FANTASTIC week!!

Xx, kim



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Photography by Victoria Jmourko




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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Whites & Stripes + Discussing Snapchat Vs. Insta-Snap.




Happy Hump Day, friends.

We are ALMOST through the week!!

Except my busiest day will actually be Friday, so I'm really looking forward to Saturday....

How's everyone doing? What's new?

Okay, I want to chat a little about the new Instagram feature....

(Although, in the world of social media, probably not that new anymore).

Who is using it? What are your thoughts?





Here's my take on things. 

Snapchat is most definitely the better platform. With filters, timed posts, and direct messaging it's currently winning my opinion. However, Insta-snap is clearly reaching more audience. AND, who says that in a few months, Instagram won't adopt all the features (and more) that Snapchat already has?

After all, Instgram stole Snapchat right form under their nose. At this point, adding more features only makes them better, right? 

It all really comes down to WHAT you're using Snapchat/Insta-snap for. 

I've been using both for the past month-ish now. I still really love Snapchat, and being able to snap certain people and not everyone. I still have a shit ton of fun with their awesome filters, and I do LOVE their go-filters. (Although, I must admit, I sometimes forget to use them...) 

Insta-snap I feel is a bit all over the place. I absolutely HATE that you can't time your posts. Sometimes, I want my viewers actually reading something that I've posted, and I can't keep it on for long enough. They need to get on that ASAP. Insta-snap is great for the blog, as it obviously reaches more people. The end goal is obviously driving as many people back to The Chic Confidential blog as possible. 

So, Insta-snap is the better platform for that. Snapchat is slightly more personal in my opinion. 

Which one am I going to use more? 

I haven't decided, yet. Only time will tell what platform makes more sense for me as a person, and me as a business. 

I love getting different thoughts on this topic, because I hear VERY different opinions from people. Some are hardcore Snappers, and some have completely ditched Snapchat for Insta, for the sole reason of everything being on ONE platform. People love not having to switch from app to app. 

What are your thoughts? Weigh in!





And on a COMPLETELY different note, this outfit. 

I love a good white denim look. Again, I know I've said this before, but I stand correct when I say, finding a good pair of jeans is like finding a husband. RARE AS F. 

In fact, finding a husband may be easier ;)

I kid i kid, but you get it, right? Point is, it's a struggle. And when you actually find a good pair that feels amazing, you never ever want to let go. LOL.

Kinda my feels for this pair of jeans. They are the most comfiest pair I own. Something about the fit and form just hugs your every curve and flatters in ALL the right places. 

Okay, I'm off for the night. This includes a kale salad with homemade dressing, my couch, and Scandal for the night. Jake is winning over my heart right now. 

Talk soon--

Xx, kim


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Nude Sandals (ON SALE!)





Photography by Victoria Jmourko


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Monday, August 15, 2016

My Foodie Experience with Estrella Damm's Tapas Journey.




If you know me, you KNOW how much I love to indulge in some delicious, authentic cuisine....all day, errrday.

I pretty much never say 'no' to food. Mind you, I am a picky eater, but if there's something I love to eat, you gutta hold me back. 

So, naturally when I was invited to the Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, I jumped to the opportunity to dine with some fabulous foodie-friends and sip on some beer. What's that? Yes, I did say beer. Again, if you know me, beer isn't my drink of choice. But, when it's 47 degrees out, and you visit three amazing restaurants, all serving you a cold brew of Estrella Damm, you will drink it, and you will enjoy it.

Okay, let me fill you in on what this Tapas Journey is all about. 

Estrella Damm is partnering with 38 top restaurants across Toronto for this Tapas Journey from Aug 12th - 21st. For $20 you get a plate of three carefully curated Tapas, along with a cold Estrella Damm lager. Tapas are mini plates of deliciousness (a Spanish tradition) and the beer is actually brewed in Barcelona with Mediterranean ingredients since 1876.

If you haven't been to Spain, this is a little taste of the culture for you. One of the things I enjoyed most when I traveled to Barcelona and Madrid, were the tapas. Instead of having a heavy meal at one restaurant, you can pretty much restaurant hop, and enjoy these tapas with a side of cold beer at a few different restaurants. 

Guys, it was a pretty sweet experience. 

Okay, let me take you to the three restaurants I visited:


First stop: Peter Pan Bistro:




Before I even begin to talk about how amazing the food was, I have to talk about the actual restaurant and decor of the place. The restaurant is firm in its foundations of British and French principles, with a very clean and modern look. They have these interesting carpets with animal silhouettes that hung on their walls. 

Chef Noah Goldberg chose three very different yet, delicious tapas for this plate. 

Chicken Live Mousse, served on a house cracker with Port and Madeira
Mini Welsh Rarebit & Worcestershire Caviar, served with grilled cheese.
Devilled Egg, prepared with Mustard and Aruca Spice.

All these dishes paired really well with the Estrella Damm beer. 

I could go for one of those Devilled Eggs right about now!



Second Stop: Le Sélect Bistro:




Le Sélect was probably my favourite of the three restaurants we went to. It was SO beautiful and charming, I actually felt like I was sitting at a French Bistro in Paris. The patio, which is where we were seated, had such a Parisian garden vibe, it doesn't get any cuter! 

The tapas menu for this one was nothing short of fantastic. Chef Albert Ponzo really knew what I was craving!

Fogo Island Cod A La Basquaise served with veggies and white wine.
Corn Gazpacho with fermented corn broth and wild and cultivated edibles. 
Cuba Si Short Ribs with a French Pear Mustard. 

YUMMM. 

I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of red meat, but those short ribs were so tender and delicious, that I devoured them in seconds. 

Side note: We must have eaten over 12 pieces of bread at our table...Le Sélect has the softest, freshest bread ever, served with butter that just melts in your mouth. Time to hit the gym. LOL


Last stop: Marben:




Our last and final stop of the evening was Marben. Another beautiful restaurant! Think string lights on the patio (and indoors), wooden tables, rustic vibes, etc. Just SO on brand. 

Their tapas menu, by Chef Cody Wilkes is for the adventurous.

Braised Octopus, served on a Tostada with cabbage and lime. 
Potato Croquette, served with Bechamel, crispy speck, and garlic Aioli. 
Morcillia, which is a blood sausage with smoked Merken. 

Again, not a HUGE fan of octopus or sausage, but overall quite the menu! If this is your thing, go for it, as I've heard only GREAT things about it. 


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After the third restaurant, we were stuffed! Overall the Tapas Journey is something to experience. 


Luckily for me, I got to experience it with some of my favourite people. I hand-picked the biggest foodies I know. LOL


The experience is supposed to be cultural and fun, and it was exactly that! I invite all of you to experience that! More details on the Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, here.


If you guys have any questions about the tour, feel free to ask me. 


+ Join me on Insta-Snap these days! UN: @thechicconfidential  


Xx, kim

The foodies that joined me on this journey! Starting from the left: Krystal from Dine & Fash, Daniel of Daniel Pillai, Aimee Cook from Branding & Buzzing, (me) & Solmaz from The Curious Creature. Thanks to these lovelies for making the journey SO MUCH FUN! xx


& thanks to Branding & Buzzing for the opportunity! 


Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Estrella Damm



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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Life Lately: The Home Edition.




Happy Wednesday, guys!

The past few weeks have been nothing but getting my home in proper shape. (And of course, binge watching Scandal).

Every purchase over the last month has been for the home. I mean, naturally when you move into a new place, you're dedicated to making it as homey as possible. I for one, cannot live in an incomplete home. I need living plants, curtains, art on the walls, cushions, candles, flowers, etc. You get it. It needs to be homey. Is anyone else like that? Weigh in. 

I, of course LOVE sharing my home with you guys, so this is the mini home edition post. 

The photo above, doesn't actually capture all of my jewelry. This is probably one third of it. The rest is still in a box. I'm trying to find the perfect jewelry organizer that's chic and affordable. So, if you have ANY suggestions, please send them my way. I'm in dire need of a good one. 

FYI. The jewelry case/organizer MUST hold long necklaces. 




This cute little Cactus plant sits on my dresser. Here's what I love about Cactus plants...

You can water them like once a year, and they live. 

Okay, maybe not once a year, but you get it. I'm TERRIBLE with keeping plants alive, so I only get the ones that I don't have to water everyday. Eventually I'm going to grow some herbs on my balcony. I know you need some serious dedication for those, so let's see how well I do. 

I'm obsessed with basil, cilantro, and mint. So, I plan to start with those. 

Any tips? 



This. Rack.

Because I literally CANNOT fit all my clothing into two closets, I needed to get a rolling rack for the rest of the clothes. And because things need to be chic at ALL TIMES over at mi casa, I've dedicated this entire rack to my key black pieces. You know, some fur, some fringe, some sequins. Basically things that I don't want shoved into my closets...

You guys get it, right?



Another great home plant.

I toyed with the idea of having a big plant in my house for a while. I just didn't really want the responsibility of caring for it...everyday. But the great news is, this one also doesn't need to be cared for on the daily. LOL. 

That's sounds so cruel. 

This is why I don't own a pet. 

I finally put up my curtains. And if you were following on either, Snapchat or Insta-Snap, then you know the frustration was reaaaal! (Username on Insta-snap: @thechicconfidential

It's almost impossible to hang up curtains in an 18-foot long space, alone. 

ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. 

Nonetheless, it was a bitch and a half, but it got done. 

It may have taken 3(ish) hours...




Bar cart essentials:

Loving these custom made coasters by Coastermatic. You guys have seen these on the blog before. They are super cute and chic, and really make the perfect gift for anyone. 

Chic Confidential bookmarks are obviously a must on the bar cart

More plants. These ones luckily, are artificial, although I love picking up flowers from a farmers' market every once in a while. 




Work desk vibes. 

I don't know about you guys, but my work space needs to be super clean and bright. I haven't done much to my work space as yet, but slowly things are coming together. White and gold is the theme here, as you can see. 

I love the frame that says, 'Live In The Moment.' It's funny, because I actually don't. So really, I have that there to remind me to do so. 

It's actually very hard for me to 'live in the moment.' I'm an event planner by profession, so we never do anything 'in the moment.' Everything is planned, timed, thought-about, and executed. This is kinda the way I've been living my life. I like it that way, but I also try and push myself to be a little more spontaneous. 

The frame is there to remind me. 

Maybe I'll do a post on 'living in the moment' more often. Thoughts?




The one thing I'm still in search of is a white marble coffee table. 

If you guys come across anything chic, send it my way! 




Lastly, this art piece, which you guys have seen before on the blog, is very much me. It takes a lot to find an art piece that's 'me,' but this one was perfect. It didn't have much colour in it, which is what I loved about it. It also incorporated fashion, without being too 'loud.' It's quite abstract looking, which again, is something I loved about it. 

I'm still looking for some more art pieces that really speak to me, but art is something I don't rush, ever. You don't want a home full of art that means nothing to you. Take your time to find the right pieces that go with the decor of your home, and pieces that inspire you. 

After all, you will be looking at them everyday...

Okay, that's it for now, friends. 

I promise to do a full-on home post in the near future. 

Xx, 

kim



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Monday, August 8, 2016

You're Invited! Free Manis, Pedis, & Waxing at THE TEN SPOT.



I mean, who doesn't want free manis, pedis, and waxing right?!

I'm inviting you guys to a great event at one of the chicest spots too, THE TEN SPOT


What's the event?

THE TEN SPOT is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and a hosting an event at all 18 of their locations across Canada. The best part? They are partnering with Dress for Success affiliates in Canada, a leading charity that provides professional attire to help women reenter the job market, to encourage women across the country to support female entrepreneurship. Amazing, right?





When?

So, on Wednesday, August 10th,​ from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ​YOU GUYS are welcome to free services at all 10spot locations, and are invited to drop off unopened makeup, beauty products, or gently used business accessories (purses, shoes, belts). Donations will be collected in bins at each 10spot location and sent to the nearest Dress for Success affiliate in Canada to help empower women to achieve economic independence.


I love when a successful company partners with a charity for a good cause. I will definitely be supporting this amazing event. The Chic Confidential is ALL about women empowerment and how we can come together to make the world a better (chicer) place. Amiright?!


I would LOVE to meet you guys in person, so please do stop by and come say hi ! I'll be at the Bloor West Village location from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We can get our nails done, and chit chat about....Scandal. Because honestly, I feel like that's all my life has been lately. Haha. Is that bad or what?


Okay, hoping to see you all there on Wednesday, Aug 10th! 


Have a FABULOUS week. 


Xx, kim





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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Denim-On-White Moment + Tennis Shoes You'll Need.




I LOVE a good denim + white moment.

I mean, more than anything though, white on white would be more my "moment," however, I'm liking this pop of denim. 

Guys, my favourite thing these days, is to pair tennis shoes with dresses. I'm seeing how long I can actually get away with this. 

It's not like I'm doing a ball gown with tennis shoes, but I do like to dress-down an outfit by adding runners/tennis shoes with them. 

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Mind you, I've also worn this dress with heels and the whole 9 yards. Again, I love versatility.  And I love it when you can mix and match things, and they still work. Like this dress. 

Can we also talk about these shoes and how comfy they are? I feel like everyone needs to own a pair of comfy, white tennis shoes. 

So chic. 




Okay, I'm keeping this post short, because it's 8:45pm, and I have dinner to cook, and Scandal to watch. Haha. Stay tuned for another blog post tomorrow. I'm inviting you guys to something special!! :)

Also, let's discuss Insta-snap vs. Snapchat. What's everyone's thoughts on that? Go comment on my latest Instagram post. Weigh in. I'd love to know what you guys think. 

Chat soon--

Xx, kim


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Dress Sold out, but I love this one.

Denim Jacket Bluefly

Tennis Shoes Adidas





Photography by Victoria Jmourko




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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Waking Dream in Mexico - Cirque du Soleil's, "LUZIA"





GUYS, GUYS, GUYSSS!!

Can I start off by saying, you all NEED to go watch this amazing Cirque show, LUZIA?!?!

Like, am I actually allowed to just throw that out there, now? 

I'm sure by the end of this blog post, you'll all be running to get tickets to the show. Just saying. 

So, I was invited to preview the show last week, and if you were following on Snapchat, I'm sure you don't need ANY convincing at all, because my snaps kinda said it all. The entire experience (not just the show) was...incredible! 


Snapchat - kim-marquis.



Here's a quick blurb on the show:

LUZIA is a combination of the words "luz" ("light" in Spanish) and "lluvia" ("rain" in Spanish); two elements at the core of the show. Water was also integrated into the show for the first time. To represent Mexico, the team created a dream woven from memories, experiences and encounters, laden with Mexican culture, history and mythology. The audience was brought on a journey through a series of fragments based on themes of speed, monumentality, rain, animals and fantasy. 



Basically, if you've never been to Mexico, get excited, because you're about to be transported into the vibrant culture. The show is a mix of colours and breathtaking visuals. The show really wakes up your senses. It makes you feel alive and you leave feeling fully satisfied. I was absolutely blown away by the talent on stage by such young performers. (Yes, I googled all of them after, and they are young!) 

It's incredible and inspiring to see how passionate these actors and dancers really are. They really come to that stage, bringing you everything they have; their whole heart and soul to that performance. Guys, I was jaw dropped pretty much that entire show. 

Aside from the show, I encourage you guys to enjoy the entire experience by going to see it, VIP style. Because, hellooo fish tacos & champagne...need I say more?

Okay, I will. 



We entered the beautiful tent and were right away taken into a dream. Okay, I know that sounds cheesy AF, but the tents were decorated in the most fascinating way, with colourful drapery, beautiful cushion seating, a gorgeous girl with a champagne skirt on. Yes, you literally take a glass of champs right off her "skirt". Cute right? They also have passed hors d'oeuvres that included: coconut chicken empanadas, anchovie crostinis, orange & kale salad with a cilantro dressing, Mexican-style potatoes with a delicious sauce, a seafood platter with octopus, all kinds of fish, and green olives, and of course, my personal favourite, fish taco stations. Can I also add that the fish taco servers were really cute boys? (See below).


The bar was stocked with champs, red and white wine, and beer. 

Oh, and during intermission, they served churros with chocolate sauce dripped over it. I'm drooling...

Aside from the unlimited food and drinks, you also get premium seating, private washrooms, a terrace, and more. 

Trust me when I say, you'll want to do this the VIP way. 




Okay, back to the show. 

It's starts off with a parachuter that falls from an airplane and lands into this magical journey between fantasy and reality. The first scene captivates your attention right away with a beautiful visual of a butterfly woman and a giant metallic horse, run by men. From there, the entire show blows you away with incredible acrobatic performances, contortionists, and more. (I'm not going to give away everything.)

The thing that really blew me away, was the stage and set. I'm a theatre production student at heart, so I was really in awe of the rotating stage, the water that came from the ceiling to enhance the performances, and the lighting that was just perfectly projected. Not only do we have to knowledge the talented stage performers, but HUGE respect goes out to the folks that we don't see on stage. The make-up effects, the sound & lighting team, the set & props designers, and SO MANY MORE who were involved. 



Okay, have I successfully convinced you guys yet? 

I have seen a few Cirque shows in my lifetime, and I really do have to say that LUZIA was by far, my favourite. 

You need to get your tickets ASAP as this show will sell out, and I don't want you guys to miss this opportunity. The show runs till October 16th. Not going to lie, I'm probably going to go watch this again...

Check out the sneak peek video below. 

Talk soon. 

Xx, kim





This post was NOT sponsored, however, BIG thanks to the Holmes PR team for the VIP experience.

Photography by James Paul Correja



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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Currently Loving in Fashion, Beauty & Home Decor.


Currently loving

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Hi guys!

Sharing what I'm loving these days. Mind you, not everything on this list I actually own. Some are just on my 'wish list' or sitting in my 'cart'. Haha. Just you know, waiting for that next big-ass paycheck to kick in. ;)


K, let's talk about this gold bar cart. I love it! So chic, right? As you already know, a gold bar cart was one of my first home purchases as soon as I bought the condo. This particular item was on my wish list for a while, so naturally, I had to have it asap. These are so perfect for someone who's living in a small space and can't actually have a full-on bar. This is your mini, chic version of one. It also comes in handy when you don't have a coffee table as yet! (Which is my current situation right now.)


Okay, moving onto these Block Heels from ASOS. Again, something I'm loving, is a nice chunky heel for summertime. These sandals are perfect. I love the nude colour, as they will literally go with everything! You can dress up a really casual outfit wearing these, too.


This Alexander Wang Cross Body is definitely on the 'wish list'. Everything about it, is perfect. I actually need this in my life. Okay, okay, maybe it's not a need, but it's a BIG want. Haha. The shape, structure, and style of the bag, is right up my alley. It will FOR SURE be my next big, bag purchase.


And speaking of cute bags, this Layered Fringe Cross Body is more my budget. It's no A.Wang leather sexiness, but it will do, as I love fringe. Adding something like this to an outfit can spruce it right up. For some reason, fringe never seems to go out of season for me. LOL.


You guys already know how much I'm loving chokers, lately. They just seem like the perfect, simple accessory to throw over any outfit to jazz it up. You can literally put no effort into your outfit, but add a choker, and it looks like you know what you're doing. Lol. It's true though. This Black Cord Choker, is super cute and has some gold detailing to it, which is always a plus. It adds a little something to it, you know? I own a few, this black cord one, a lace choker, and a thicker black ribbon one that I love. I like to switch it up here and there.


And speaking of switching it up, I'm switching to THIS gorgeous MAC lip colour for the perfect nude shade. It's called "Velvet Teddy" and it's matte! SO HOT. I'm always on the hunt for that J-Lo nude lip colour, so if anyone has any recos, send them my way. I'm interested to know what you girls that are my skin-tone, are wearing for nudes.


Lastly, this adorable Black & White Compact mirror had to make the list. I love the gold detailing. I actually have a pillow that's got the black and white stripes on it, and it's super chic.


Okay guys, your turn. What are you currently loving? Share share share!


I LOVE perusing the web for cool finds. Lately, it's been ALL about home decor stuff, so Etsy has been my fave. Send me your go-to websites. I'd love to take a look!


I just got back from a wicked Cirque du Soleil show, Luzia, and will share the deets on the blog soon. But right now, I'm making some ginger/lemon tea and cozying up with a book.


Have a GREAT night, babes.


xx, kim

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