Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Some Serious Black Friday Sales.

...Because Black Friday isn't JUST for Americans! Although, I'm pretty sure the sales there are absolutely off-the-hook!

We, here in Canada can get just as excited for Black Friday as anyone in the States. Especially because tons of stores here are hoping on this bandwagon and putting out some amazing sales! I have compiled a list of my absolute favourtie online stores that are having Black Friday sales, so that you guys don't miss out! I don't really want to be pushed and shoved in a mall after a long week of work. I want to be sipping wine while I browse through some pretty chic online sales...


Nasty Gal - 30% off your favourtie black item. Love this and this.

Forever 21 - Items starting at $6.00! Love this and this.

TopShop - Up to 50% off!

Free People - Free shipping! I want it all!

Ps. I also ordered myself a NutriBullet online, and I can't wait till it gets here. I have been using the Magic Bullet to make my green juices, but I've heard amazing things about the NutriBullet. I'm super excited to try it out and bring you guys some great, green juice recipes!

If you have some recipes you want to share, please snap me, or tweet me, or leave comments below!

And Happy Black Friday to you guys for tomorrow! Or should I say happy shopping! xx

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Year End Reflecting.

This post here.

As the year, slowly (but not really) comes to an end, I love thinking back on it and reflecting. I know we are still sitting about a month away from 2016, so I don't want to jump ahead too much, but again, let's remember I'm already in 2016 and wayyy ahead of the planning game. Ha! Life of an event planner...

2015 had some major changes, and positive ones at that. It was a fantastic year, with lots of new beginnings. Change is always good. But let's get real. Change is f***ing hard sometimes! It's not always easy to just swallow what's changing and go with it. I mean, some people I know are great at it. If you are, please weight in! 

However, I find that if you just trust yourself, and trust in what's happening, in the end, it almost ALWAYS is for the best. One of my favourtie lines ever is, 'Everything Happens For A Reason.' I know we use that line a lot, but I really do believe in it. 

Anyone else have a hard time accepting change? What do you guys do to overcome that? 

Wearing Fabjewels necklace.

When it comes to new beginnings, I love when it happens at the beginning of a new year. It's almost like you can wipe away everything from your slate, and start over. Not that you need to wipe away everything. Just the things you want to 'clean up.' We all wish to be that perfect human being that stops and gives the homeless guy a meal, or volunteers more than once a month, or spends more time with a loved one, etc. You get what I'm saying? New year. New beginning. 

One thing I absolutely LOVE doing at the beginning of a new year is making a list of all things I want to accomplish in the year. It's actually the most motivating list ever! Set goals. There's nothing like making yourself a realistic and somewhat unrealistic challenging list of goals at the beginning of a new year. I start with the more easy ones. Something along the lines of 'yoga-three times a week,' 'learn a new recipe once a week.' Seem easy? Well, even those aren't that easy! The more difficult ones...'travel to a new spot this year,' 'new blog post everyday.' I'm a huge traveler and crave it if I don't go anywhere at least once a year. (Some exciting travel plans to be announced soon!) I try and make a list of five easy goals, and five challenging ones. I write these down (on paper) and shove it in the back of my wallet. This way I'm reminded by it and can keep tabs on what I'm accomplishing and what I'm falling behind on. 

This year, was HUGE for The Chic Confidential. I can't believe how far I've gotten with the blog this year. It's always been an on-going love/passion of mine, but this year it kinda (unexpectedly) took off on a whole new level. You guys, my loyal readers, have been ahhh-mazzing!! I literally cannot thank you enough for all the love an support. The Chic Confidential would be no where without all of you. Seriously. 

Free TCC bookmark! Email me for yours.

So what's in store for The Chic Confidential for 2016? Well more content of course! I hope to bring you guys consistent content, and more fun and exciting stuff. Lot's of OOTD's, collaborations with great brands, new recipes, and more. 

What do you want to see more of on the blog?

I love, LOVE hearing what you guys want to see more of on the blog. So please comment, tweet, snapchat, or email me. I'm open to literally anything. You guys know what The Chic Confidential is all about now, so let me know what you want to see on the blog. All suggestions are welcome. 

I hope everyone takes a moment to reflect on 2015, whether it was a good year, a bad year, a tough year, or an easy one, reflect. Think about the things you want to do differently in 2016 and think about the things you want to perhaps keep the same. 

And again, thank you so, so, SO much for making this year for The Chic Confidential SO AMAZING! xx

Cheers to 2016!

Outfit details here.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Friday Faves.

Friday Faves.
See links to everything below.

Happy Friday, loves!

Bringing you a few things I am obsessing over lately. Holiday season is just around the corner, (if not already here) and I'm so excited to embrace it. Yes, I'm one of those crazy people who starts celebrating Christmas right after Halloween. There's just something about the Christmas season that brings out the 'happy' in people. Not sure if it's the Christmas music we hear all over, or the smell of tangerines, or the beautiful window displays, or maybe a combination of it all, but something has everyone (or most people) really, really happy.

Personally, it's my favourite time of the year. I love decorating Christmas trees, hanging up mistletoe's wherever I can, and handwriting Christmas cards to a few of my favourtie people. Yes, I still hand-write my cards! No, you won't receive an e-card from me. Totally old school gal right here. And let's not forget about all the amazing family get-together's with tons of food. Mmm! I have a huge family, so it's always a great time.

Is anyone else this crazy-happy about Christmas? How do you celebrate the holiday?

Ps-Snap me (kim-marquis) or Tweet me (@marquiskim) your Christmas Trees!! Love seeing everyone's decorations.

Have a fantastic weekend! xx

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015


This grey on grey look can be found here.

Hey loves!!

Coming to you with a mid-week post, recapping some of last week. 

I feel like my life has come down to two things. Work and blogging. I have to sometimes force myself to put away the technology and enjoy anything else. However, every time I think, maybe I should do something else, life always just brings me back to the things I love. Which really is my job and blogging. So, I'm NOT complaining. But, does anyone else feel like that sometimes? Shed some light in the comments.

I'm not the most spontaneous person in the world, and yes, I do live a pretty routine lifestyle, but trust me, I wouldn't have it any other way. Although sometimes, certain people in my life can bring out the spontaneity in me. When you're an event planner, you tend to plan EVERYTHING in life, not just work events. In my world, I've already got a 2016 planner, and I'm sitting at about mid-March right about now. LOL.....(I'm not kidding.)

Moving on...

If you guys were following me on Snapchat, you would have seen me at a fabulous brunch with some fabulous ladies! I was invited to attend a brunch at Colette Grand Cafe in Toronto and Bonne Maman was hosting it, so naturally I was there...

The food was heaven. Read all about it here

I also kinda love Snapchat lately. I think I may have already mentioned this in a previous post. It's so raw and unfiltered. You can have SO much fun with it, and that's exactly what I'm doing. Follow me if you aren't already: kim-marquis.

I also dined with my favourite girls the other night. We ordered in fish tacos at my main spot, Grand Electric. I am seriously obsessed. Just ask the girls. I mean, the obsession was getting a bit out of hand. Haha. I cannot stress how good these fish tacos are. The obsession with fish tacos began in LA, where hands down, they have the BEST fish tacos I've ever eaten. So, when I came back here, I was on a hunt to find fish tacos that were close to the ones I had in LA. The closest I've found are at Grand Electric. Has anyone eaten here?? Can you share the obsession? Also, if you know other places that have amazing tacos, DO SHARE! I'm always on the look out. 

Ps. If you do try out Grand Electric, be sure to try the Fried Cauliflower taco as well. Ugh, SO good!

Again, if you are following me on Snapchat, you would have seen me at Paint Nite! I don't consider myself an amazing artist, but I was in fashion school for 4 years, and did a bit of sketching and painting, so I'm not entirely clueless when it comes to art. The painting was pretty easy in my opinion. Has anyone ever been? I love doing things like this. There is something so relaxing about drinking and painting....

If you are booking with Paint Nite, use coupon code TORONTO20 for a sweet deal!

Photographer Michael of MNF85 Photography.

Captured at Toronto Fashion Week in my amazing Lucian Matis coat. Recaps of Fashion Week here and here

Last but not least, sharing a photo from my time in Paris last year, and remembering the beauty that this city is and was. It was an absolutely tragedy what happened to Paris and what is happening to our world. I will continue to pray for peace and humanity, and have faith that things will get better. 

Enjoy the rest of your week, lovelies!! xx

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Badass Brunch With Bonne Maman.

Warning: You will be left very hungry after this post.


And when I say badass, I mean seriously mouth-watering, mind-blowing, deliciousness kind of brunch! Think naturals jams, pancakes with chocolate and jam drizzle, mini sunny side up eggs, croissants stuffed with more jam, and I can go on...

I was invited to a beautiful brunch by my lovely blogger gal, Solmaz of The Curious Creature, to taste the heavenly jams of Bonne Maman. Growing up, I was never the type to love jam, however, that has changed over the years. Once you try a good brand, such as Bonne Maman, with 100% natural ingredients, you'll seriously get on board. 

Brunch took place at one of my favourite French Cafes downtown, Toronto. If you haven't been to Colette Grand Cafe, you absolutely must! It's a little slice of France here in Toronto. 

Selfies with my lovely girl, Solmaz

Chestnut Spread, Cherry Preserve, Red Currant Jelly, and Dulce de Leche.

Chef Michael Steh, prepping the delicious food for the hungry bloggers! His staff and him brought out all the food at once, and since this was a blogger's brunch, we kinda went crazy with social media. There were phones flying everywhere to capture every angle of this beautifully presented food. No one touched anything until all of this food-beauty was captured on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, I missing anything? 

When I asked him how he came up with this extravagant menu, he responded: "We took inspirations from traditional French combinations with some of the dishes we already prepare. We wanted to showcase how diverse the jams could be and use them in different techniques and in ways that were unexpected."

The Menu:

Brioche French Toast with Red Currant Jelly

Buckwheat Pancakes with Chestnut Preserve

Custard Danish with Cherry Preserve

Pressed Yogurt Parfait

Stuffed Croissants with Dulce De Leche

The great thing about these jellies and preserves is that it's not only for the sweet-toothed. You can add these into savoury meals as well! Chef Christine Tizzard says "Two flavours I find myself using over and over again for more savoury preparations is the apricot and red currant. The apricot is amazing as a glaze,for both sweet and savoury, and the red currant really perks up any simple pan sauce. That being said, 2 tsp of Bonne Maman strawberry jam, in a vinaigrette, is a very common occurrence in my household. "

I need to try that.

Caught in the moment, snapping my plate full of YUM.

A little about Bonne Maman:

For decades, Bonne Maman has created special preserves following traditional, cherished recipes.Our long time customers have wonderful memories of family get-togethers when grandma was generous in sharing Bonne Maman’s luscious flavours. Today, Bonne Maman continues shaping the sweetest moments by producing our preserves in France using all natural ingredients with no artificial colourings, no additives or preservatives. That’s why Bonne Maman is a favourite in every generation and a delicious addition to life everyday!

The stunning ladies that made this badass brunch THAT much more fun!
Left to right: Yashy, SolmazMonicaGloria, IldikoChef Christine Tizzard, me.

Seriously guys, if you haven't tried Bonne Maman jams and jellies yet, you need to get yourself a jar (or two) and indulge. And it's so great, because you can indulge all you want since it's super healthy, with no artificial colourings, no additives or preservatives. Just pure healthiness! My kinda snack.

Okay, all this talk about food and jams, now I'm ready for my mid-day, Bonne Maman snack! Fresh bread from the local bakery, and the Wild Strawberry spread. Mmmm. 

Have a fantastic week, everyone. xx

Photos by: Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Bonne Maman.

This brunch and post were sponsored by Bonne Maman. All opinions are entirely my own.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Grey On Grey.

Shirt French Connection  |  Jeans Dish & Duer  |  Jacket Le Chateau  |  Shoes ASOS  |  Jewelry Various

So, naturally when the cold hits here in Toronto, I am drawn towards the greys, blacks, and neutrals in my closet. Today I went with a grey on grey look, which I think works perfectly together when you have a printed coat like the above. It kinda just works, you know? 

I tend to stick to the neutrals in the winter. I know, I know, it's not yet winter here, and the weather sure doesn't feel like it, so I really must embrace colours for as long as I can. 

What are you guys into during the Fall/Winter months? Anything you wear in particular more often than other things? Share in the comments. I find that adding a pop of colour in my accessories is probably best. Hence the turquoise rings.  ;)

Also, I must mention these fabulous jeans/joggers I'm sporting. They are super comfy, super stretchy, and overall feel great on. They are designed by Gary Lenett, and have some pretty awesome features to them:

  • Reflective branding and slim fit options for cyclist commuting.
  • Larger pockets to carry multiple electronics with lining to shield against radiation from cell phones.
  • Fabric technology offers moister management and quick dry capabilities.
  • Technical fibers keep you cool when hot and warm when cold.
  • Dark denim maintains colour even after 20 washes.
 Check them out here

Enjoy what's left of the week! It's almost Friday. 

Did everyone have a Happy Diwali?

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Cooking With De'Longhi.

Hi guys!!

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I know I did. It involved a seriously delicious brunch on Saturday which I will share on the blog with you guys soon. 

So, this post is for all you serious cooks out there! I attended an amazzzing event hosted by the folks at De'Longhi, and I cannot even begin to tell you how well-planned and informative this event was. Firstly, being an event planner myself, I was in awe of all the little details that the coordinators thought of. Right from the car service that was provided, to the little snacks that were passed around, and the unlimited wine (and other drinks) that were available. Great job ladies!

So, let me tell you guys what the event was all about. It was basically a bunch of amazing people who love to cook, or are aspiring cooks (like myself), and wanted to test out some fabulous De'Longhi products. Essentially a culinary class. The event was hosted at The GE Monogram Design Centre & Cooking Studio in Toronto. If you haven't checked out this space, DO IT. It's absolutely stunning. Think huge-ass kitchens, modern decor, ample counter space, and steel appliances. So gorg right?

Let's talk about the menu shall we? Butternut Squash Soup with Crème Fraiche and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Moroccan Chicken with Prunes and Almonds, Moroccan Vegatarian Couscous, Olive and Goat Cheese Crostini, and Pea and Pecorino Crostini. 

I know...HEAVEN!

These amazing pear stuffed puffs were passed around while mingling before all the cooking started. Ugh so, SO good!

Chef Esther, along with a few other chefs guided us through our culinary journey. 

Getting apron-ed up before getting messy with cooking!

Pea and Pecorino Crostini

I'm not a huge fan of peas, however, this pea and pecorini crostini was delish!! The topper was mint leaves. Mmm!

Getting ready to make the olive and goat cheese crostini!

Olive and Goat Cheese crostini.

De'Longhi's Multi Fry.

De'Longhi's multi-fry is an innovative cooking appliance combining a low-oil fryer and a multicooker to enjoy your favorite foods without sacrificing taste. Easily prepare a wide variety of recipes on your counter-top - from crispy french fries to sauces, from steaks to salmon. Multifry even allows you to bake pizzas, cakes and pies.

SCS (Surround Cooking System), the exclusive technology by De'Longhi delivers exceptional performance by surrounding the food with heat to cook it evenly: the upper heating element and fan deliver uniform heat from the top; the lower heating element delivers heat from the bottom; and the mixing paddle takes care of stirring the food automatically.

You can learn more here

Moroccan chicken cooking amazingly well in this Multi-fry!

Getting ready for our sit down meal!

Butternut Squash Soup.

This meal was seriously amazing! I can't wait to try this at home. If any of you are looking for the recipes to any of these, send me an email through my contact page, and I'll send over the full recipe! However, as I start making these dishes at home, I'm sure there will be a blog post on it ;) So, stay tuned! 

Ok guys, I want to know if any of you have used De'Longhi products. Leave a message in the comments or shoot me an email. Because, I was SUPER impressed with the milti-fry! I mean, you can bake a full on cake in that thing!! It's amazing! 

Happy Monday! Enjoy the week. xx

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