Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Life Lately: It's Been ONE Year In My Home!


Oh how times flies!! 

I cannot believe it's already been a year since I purchased my condo. It feels like just yesterday that I was signing 4897258546 million documents which of course, I had no clue wtf I was signing...

Does anyone really know with all those pages? 

I feel like that's what your lawyers are for. To help you NOT screw up. LOL. Yes? 

Anyway, what a year it has been! You want to know the best part? I still don't have that white marble coffee table I have been looking for...ha!

It's been a year...#pickybitch I am.

Regardless, it's been one hell of a year in this home of mine. So many wonderful memories have already come from it, and I can't wait to enjoy more if it this summer. 

Although to be very honest, I'm running out of closet space. Send help. REALLY.



On another note, I've become somewhat of a domestic plant mom. Is that a thing? I'm making it a thing. 

I actually wanted to grow these herbs last summer on my beautiful balcony, however, with the move, I was way too focused on getting the inside of my home organized. This year, since most of the inside is finished up, I'm now focusing on my balcony. It's very serene. A place of total relaxation. I've got some Gerbera daises growing, a huge palm tree, a cute lawn chair, and obviously my herbs. 

Okay, if you guys were following on Snap/Insta-stories, then you know I kind of made my dad do all the potting of the herbs. I mean, I've never potted herbs before. It only made sense for me to watch...

Baby steps, right? 

So, this year I'm growing cilantro, oregano, parsley, basil, mint, and thyme. I think that's a pretty solid bunch. I can cook everything with those. 

I'm pretty excited to watch them grow. Hopefully they turn into something beautiful, and soon I'll be an expert plant mom. LOL.

Daniel Wellington's Classic Petite in White/Rose Gold. Use my code for 15% off: CHICCONFIDENTIAL

How's everyone's week been? 

Mine's been extremely busy. This weekend was barely a weekend. I worked quite a bit, shot a really fun blog post that will be up next week, and I'm slowly packing...

FOR VEGAS!

Follow along on Insta-stories, because I'm bringing you guys along for the fun. Obviously. 

If you don't already know this, the Backstreet Boys were/are my absolute favourite boy band of all time. Where my 90s girls at?! They are performing in Vegas, so my best friend and I HAD to make the trip over. It also happens to fall on my birthday weekend, so it ONLY makes sense to celebrate in Vegas...with the Backstreet Boys. 

How else would one celebrate their 30th birthday?????

Come along for the fun, I'm sure it's going to be a very, very blurry weekend. HAHA.


Obsessed with these Schmidt's Natural deodorants! Check out the post!

Oh also, if you guys are travelling anywhere soon, and need some quick vacation outfits, because like me, you "have nothing to wear," check out Forever 21! (Not sponsored) 

I happened to be passing by Forever 21, and they have such cute summer stuff. Since it's going to be 45 degrees in Vegas (no joke!) I'm going to be living in bodysuits and tank dresses. 

I snagged a couple really cute ones! I'll link them on Insta when I wear them. 

FYI. I won't be posting a blog post next week. I'll be enjoying my birthday week in Vegas with (many) drinks in hand. 

Hope you guys have an AWESOME next week!

Xx, kim



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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Thing About Dads + Father's Day Gift Guide.



Happy Monday!

Father’s Day is right around the corner. (June 18th)

And I wanted to do more that just a boring gift guide on the blog. I want to get slightly personal.

…about my relationship with my dad, before getting into gifts. Because Father’s Day is much more than a nice-smelling cologne or shaving kits. Right?!

I have to say I’m pretty lucky when it comes to having a pair of pretty great parents. They aren’t always my favourite people, but hey, who ever is?

My dad is someone I’ve always looked up to.  Someone I’ve admired. He’s the perfect husband, has a contagious smile, is hilarious, and a pretty great father. #dadgoals (He’s probably gloating as he reads this!) I wasn’t the easiest child growing up. I mean, strict Indian parents and all, all you really want to do is be a badass rebel. I kind of did my own thing. Made my rules (but also followed theirs.) Taught myself things. Listened to my own advice. You know, the typical teenage-ery mentality, where we think we know it all. I wanted to be independent. I wanted to make my own mistakes and learn from them. 

It wasn’t easy for my parents to get adjusted to the lifestyle here, in Canada. They were both born and raised in very small towns in India. Leaving their families behind and immigrating to Canada was something they did for my sister and I. For our futures. Adjusting to the culture here, the new ways of life, the food, the fashion, the politics, the people, was all new for my parents. They didn’t LOVE that my sister and I were going to clubs in short dresses at nights. They didn’t understand why we needed the latest clothing brand, or why we needed cell phones at such a young age. And they didn’t quite love that the career paths my sister and I chose were completely out of the norm for an “Indian family.” Not to be stereotypical here, but in India, you’re either a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, or a teacher. My sister decided to get into the music industry, and me, fashion. To Indian parents, that’s…shameful? Embarassing? Definitely out of the norm.

But not to my parents. They were supportive as fuck. (Mom, Dad – if you’re reading, apologies for swearing.) They didn’t understand it, but they didn’t really have to. All they got was that we were passionate about these choices. After all, they did immigrate to a country full of opportunities…



I have been blogging for years now, and sometimes I still have to explain what I do to my dad. LOL. I mean, he gets the gist of it, but it’s kind of hilarious hearing his version of what a fashion & lifestyle blogger does. It’s also hilarious when he wants to open up my blogger mail. Dad, it’s only mascara! (Blogger mail is the most exciting to him.)

Regardless of whether my dad fully gets what The Chic Confidential is about or not, he makes the effort to ask, to check out the blog (even though there’s NOTHING on here for him, except maybe this post) and to make sure it’s still doing well. He’s one of the smartest people I know, extremely well rounded, and definitely the funniest.  (He kills it in the ‘dad jokes’ department.)

So, in honour of Father’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and more so, be thankful for having the greatest dad a girl could ask for.


Okay, let’s get right into this gift guide!



Yup, there's oils to keep those beards in check. No one wants a rough beard. 
And I feel like guys never get this stuff for themselves. We need to actually get this for them, and then convince them it's manly...



Because yes, even dads can rock skinny ties. Let's put away those ugly brown fat ties, and get on board with something a little more trendy. Like this skinny bird tie. SO CUTE.



How chic is this stainless steel watch?! I'd buy this for myself! I love a good men's watch. This one is super sleek and very appropriate for the Father's Day.



You can never go wrong with a gym bag. It's something everyone needs and never buys. It's time to throw out the old ones, and get in with the new. I love this one from Under Armour. It might even be cute to throw in some workout clothes in there if you know his size)



If you've got an outdoorsy dad that lives by the beach or spends most of this time on a boat, these are the perfect gift! These super cute, water resistant loafers are great for lounging by the pool or being active by the lake.


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Cute stuff right?! Okay I'm off! I hope you guys have the most productive week, ever!

Xx, kim



Photography: MOM





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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Best Damn, Natural Deodorant, EVER.



Ok Ok Ok!!!

I am MAJORRRRR excited about this post.

And before I even begin, I want to tell you guys that this is NOT SPONSORED in any way. I truly love sharing brands and products that work for me on the blog, so that you guys can enjoy them too. 

Okay, let's get right into this.

I don't know if you guys know this, but the ingredient 'aluminum' in deodorant has been known to cause breast cancer. I mean, who actually knows, but there are TONS of articles on this. Google it. There are synthetic fragrances, and all sorts of toxic ingredients in your drugstore brands, and I for one, would rather smell than put that shit anywhere near my armpits. Think about the toxic ingredients going into your pores right after you shave? Armpits are a very sensitive area. Personally, I don't put any deodorant on after I shave. I try and keep that area free of toxins for at least 8 hours, letting my skin breathe. If anything, I'll rub some coconut or avocado oil there.

So, for the last 897458345 years, I've been searching high and low for a deodorant that's natural and WORKS. It's easy to find deodorant brands that are natural. However, it's extremely difficult to find one that actually keeps the odours away. 

Guys, when I say I've been searching for 897458345 years, I'm actually not joking. 

Just ask my coworkers. They will tell you my obsession with the search for natural deodorants...

In fact, ask anyone. 

I think I've tried over 15 different brands of natural deodorants, and NOTHING has ever worked as well as this brand that I'm about to tell you about.



GUYS. 

My search is over...

I've found the absolute BEST natural deodorant. I wouldn't bring this to The Chic Confidential if I didn't 100% believe in it. 

If you're like me, out there, searching the world for a good natural deodorant, you can stop now. LOL. Because, this is it. Schmidt's Naturals deodorant has won me over. 

I randomly stumbled upon it in the Homesense "natural" section. You know what I'm talking about right? They have that organic area with a bunch of health and beauty products? I always check there for soaps, body butters, and obviously deodorants. 

I've bought many, MANY from there. Again, they were all just oookay. I would always have to reapply a couple times a day. And for me, that was fine because I'd rather reapply, than have a deodorant full of toxins, lasting me "48 hours". No thanks. 

But I was still on the hunt to find one that was natural, and longer lasting. One day, browsing the 'natural' section of Homesense again, I came across Schmidts 'Sage & Lavender' deo. And the rest, my friends, is history...

I can go on and on telling you how much I love this brand. That I don't have to reapply during the day. That I feel safe putting this under my armpits. But I don't want to come off like I'm selling this to you. You should all WANT to run out and buy this, because it's natural and definitely healthier than what you're using. 

I've now been using this brand for over 2 months, and I love, love, love it. I reached out to them to send me a bunch, because I wanted to shoot clean products for this post. Not used up deodorant sticks. LOL. And again, this is in no way sponsored. Truly just love this brand. They also come in little travel sizes, which is perfect to throw in your purse. 

Okay, who else hates the drugstore brands and is in need of something natural? And for anyone still using deodorant that has aluminum in it, please for the love of God, STOP. 

Xx, kim



Photography by Victoria Jmourko.




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Sunday, June 4, 2017

BLOGGERS: How To Perfectly Edit Your Photos.




I read a lot of blogs daily.

There are SO many amazing bloggers, nationally and internationally, that I follow religiously.

But the ONE thing that bugs me is photography and photo editing. You can have a really great blogger with amazing content, a blog that is well-written, but then you look at their photos…

And the photos are TOTALLY off. They’re grainy, somewhat blurry, and not consistent to the theme of their blog.

Guys, consistency is KEY!! Like, I can’t stress how important it is to keep your blog and your social feeds consistent.

Especially your blog and Instagram feed! Those two are the main ones because that’s where you’re sharing photos. Snapchat is raw, which is something I love. No editing required there.

There’s nothing more annoying than not being consistent with your pages. For instance, if you’re dark and dreary on your blog and have bright and colouful photos on your-insta feed, you’re confusing me. Are you bright and colourful, or dark?! 

If you notice on my blog and insta-feed, the photos are very bright and white, with some contrast. So is the ENTIRE theme of my blog. I’m not randomly going to have a photo that doesn’t match my aesthetics on my insta-feed. Branding is everything. (Also, branding is another ENTIRE blog post on its own!)




You want people to notice that it’s your brand when they see your feeds. I’m not an editing expert in anyway, but you don’t need to be. With all the apps and editing tools out there, it’s not difficult to theme your feeds and keep everything consistent.

I’ve had people ask me how I go about my editing process; so today I’m sharing. And if you ever come across a blogger whose got an amazingly themed insta-feed, and they say they haven’t edited...they’re lying. The only way to get a themed insta-feed is to edit, edit & EDIT.

Mind you, I’m NOT about touching up skin tones or eye colour, or getting rid of pimples on photoshop. LOL. When I say “edit,” I mean, the filter on the photo. (brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.)



Okay, I edit my photos in a few simple steps. I use Photoshop, however, if you don’t have Photoshop on your computer, any editing app will do. I personally love VSCO.

Step ONE:

Once I’ve brought my photo into Photoshop, I start with brightness. I like to slightly overdo it. I mean, not to the point where I, or the object looks almost faded, but enough so that it looks BRIGHT WHITE.

Step TWO:

Contrast. Again, you want to make your objects stand out a bit. Contrast helps do that. It adds shadows where it’s needed. Adding contrast makes for a stronger photo, if that makes any sense.

Step THREE:

Saturation. This is where I like to bring down the saturation quite a bit. If you look at my Insta-feed, you’ll see that bright colours are not as bright as they would be in real life, because I’ve adjusted the saturation quite a bit. I don’t want pinks and greens to stand out. I need my photos to be as bright white as possible.

Step FOUR:

That’s it for Photoshop. I now bring my picture to VSCO to touch up or sharpen anything. I may even de-saturate a bit more in VSCO, and then finally, I bring it to Instagram.

You’re probably thinking, WHAT A PSYCHO?! And maybe I am, but I don’t really give a shit. LOL. When it comes to my blog/brand, I take it seriously. As you should too! These things matter.

When I first started the blog, I would promote my blog posts on my personal Instagram account! So, you’d see a drunken picture of me and my girlfriends, and then a perfectly edited blog photo right beside it. LIKE, NO.

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Once I started doing some research on branding, is when I realized I needed a separate account just for The Chic Confidential. Drunken photos be GONE. Now, everything is in one place, themed to the extreme, and CONSISTENT with the blog.

Okay, your turn! What are YOU bloggers using to edit? How are you editing/ keeping things consistent? Tell tell. We want ALL the blogger to know how important consistency is. None of this "I never edit my photos" business. Let's be real, here. 

So, which filters are YOU using? 

Xx, kim






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Monday, May 29, 2017

Life Lately: Montréal For The Weekend.


So, I spent the weekend with 15 girls for a bachelorette in Montréal. This basically meant, drinks on drinks…on drinks, blurry nights (and days) and overall just so much fun.

I haven’t been to Montréal in years, so I was very excited to spend a couple days with a few friends I love, and to celebrate a co-worker soon-to-be marriage, in style.

The city has SUCH character. Just walking the cobblestone streets, taking in the old architecture of the churches, and stopping at really cute cafés, was super inspiring. It’s honestly very refreshing (for a blogger) to clear your mind and experience something outside of the norm. It gives you a different perspective on things, life, relationships, etc. It’s important for me to get out and explore another space, from time to time. I mean, I think it’s important for all of us to do that once in a while.

If you were following me on Snapchat (kim-marquis) or Insta-stories, then you already know the commotion that we caused. Lots of dance parties and too much champagne.

( Notre Dame Basilica )

But we also got a chance to explore Montréal, which was my personal favourite part of the trip. Old Montréal was absolutely stunning. It’s got that European feel to it, which takes me back to when I travelled to Barcelona, Portugal, and Paris. Downtown Old Montreal had such lovely restaurants lining the streets, and because it was SUCH great weather, patios were overflowing with people.

I also got to visit quite a few basilicas and cathedrals that were in old Montreal, especially the Notre Dame Basilica, which was stunning in every possible way. For someone whose faith is quite strong, it was very powerful to visit such beautiful churches. The detail and design that went into building these, is quite mind-blowing.


Okay, onto the fun stuff. If you’re going for a bachelorette party in Montréal, I highly recommend going to Mado. This is basically a night of ridiculous fun with drag shows. Trannies take the stage and KILL it with some crazy performances. They are hilarious, talented, and guaranteed to make you laugh. If you’ve never been to a drag show before, you’re in for some serious fun. Because trannies know how to party…duh. Also, $2.00 shots all night was DANGEROUS. The music was on point. Lots of Shania, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, and Britney….for obvious reasons. #Kweens

Another night was a club night. To be very honest, I feel kind of old at clubs these days. I used to “slay” at clubs when I was younger, but now that I’m 80, I prefer a lounge with overpriced drinks. LOL. It’s much more my scene. Thankfully, the music at Le Rouge was on point. It ended up being a super fun night. When you have enough drinks, anything you do with the right people, ends up being fun!


K, let's talk brunch. GUYS, look no further when booking a brunch spot. Brasserie 701 is the perfect spot for a classy, beautiful, and delicious brunch. The vibes were everything! 

Think high ceilings with detailed trims, chiffon lavender curtains, birdcage chandeliers, a white marble fireplace, black high tops, and really cute wait staff. It is everything you could ever want in a brunch spot, really. Also, their grapefruit mimosas were SO GOOD. 

The menu was small but had all the classics. Classic with a twist, of course. I ordered two eggs of my choice with their homemade potatoes and a side of fruit. The perfect kind of food after a night of extensive drinking. The poached eggs were also delicious, and the presentation was very Instagrammable. Very on brand, guys. Highly recommend this spot. 

Oh and for $30 you get unlimited mimosas. YES PLZ.


Overall, Montreal was a breath of fresh air. Having a change in scenery is just what I needed. I feel like I've come back more inspired, however slightly more damage done to my liver. Time to detox. 

Have you guys been to Montréal? I feel like I need another trip there soon. I didn't get to try many restaurants there...

What else is good? Share the good spots!

Okay, I'm off to detox with some lemon, cayenne-pepper water. Yummm.

I hope you guys had the BEST weekend. 

Xo, kim





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summertime Bar Cart Essentials.




Warmer weather is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER...

Right...?

It's so close, I can taste it! This means, cute backyard parties, (or balcony parties for me) frozen margaritas, lots of guac and chips, and really good Spotify playlists. Amiright?!

Summertime is my favourite time. People are just happier, outfits are much nicer, food even tastes better. LOL.

Do you guys have any major summer plans? I've got some seriously fun stuff coming up. My birthday is also in the summer. Not that birthdays excite me AT ALL. The thought of turning another year older is not something I ever look forward to. 

But, there's nothing you can do about that! I'll fill you guys in on my birthday plans in another post. 




For now, let's dive right into this post.

So, when I bought my condo almost a year ago, (!!) the first thing I bought was this gold bar cart. Like the FIRST THING EVER. Yes, I bought this before I bought my bed. A gold bar cart with really sexy wine glasses was needed. You know? 

There's something so chic about a gold bart cart with all the right things on it. 

And in this post, I'm going to share all the bar cart essentials with you guys. If you're going to throw a little summertime jam at your place, you're going to need it to be on brand. Since I'm not 19 anymore, drinking wine out of plastic, red cups isn't ideal. 


Here's what you'll need for your chic bar cart:


{ Gold Martini Shaker }

I mean, this is an obvious one. My go-to summer drink is a cosmo, (big surprise there!) so naturally, I'll need a really big martini shaker. Keeping with the gold theme, I figured why not a gold shaker, right? Here's a few I'm loving: 


{ Customized Coasters }

I'm obsessed with the customized coasted I got from Coastermatic. Guys, you can literally scroll through your Instagram, and chose what photos you want on your ceramic coasters. Chic, right? These also make for really cute gifts for your best friends, mom, sister, grandma, etc. 


{ Fun straws }

K so, fun straws are a must. Especially these gold striped ones. If you're going to have a gold bar cart, gold martini shaker, I don't see how you could not have gold striped straws? We're staying quite on brand here. You can get a pack of these on Amazon. I love a good detail, you guys. When I'm at a party, I will totally notice the smallest details...like these straws. Anyone else?


{ A Green Plant }

Or some kind of florals if that's what you're into. I love this faux green plant from Ikea. I have to admit, Ikea has got some great faux plants. It's a nice touch adding some greenery here and there. Makes things look and feel a bit more summery.


{ Martini Glasses }

They don't have to be martini glasses, but I'm obsessed with these ones. Who doesn't love gold rimmed martini glasses?! Again, so on brand. I also really love these ones. And please, for the love of God, don't put plastic, red cups on your bar cart. In fact, nothing plastic...


{ Garnishes }

Lemon, blueberries, fresh basil leaves, thyme, and mint. I even love me some cilantro! Garnishes are so key in making your drink come to life. I love fresh lemon slices or orange peels in mine. It's so refreshing and pretty. It's also very Instagramable...




With all this bar cart talk, I'm ready for someone to make me a cocktail. With LOTS of lemon and cilantro! Yum. 

Okay so, what am I missing on my bar cart? What do you guys have on yours? Share. Oh, I also had a gold pineapple, and COMPLETELY forgot to add that to my cart. :/ 

On another note, how was everyone's long weekend? I hope it was as relaxing as mine. I took in as much sunshine as we got (not much, of course) and lounged around, binge watching Grey's. 

I also ended up drinking too much wine on Saturday night and decided it would be a cool idea to paint on plates. Surprisingly, they turned out really cool! I'll show you guys another time. The moral of the story is...sometimes too much wine can spike your creativity. LOL.

Okay, I'm off. 

Have an awesome (short) week!! 

+ I'm off to Montreal on Friday. Come hangout on Insta-stories. @thechicconfidential. And if you guys have any cool Montreal recos, PLZ share. 

Xx, kim

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