Toronto – Rosalinda

Rosalinda opened earlier this year in May, and I’ve been a handful of times. Sometimes just to grab a snack and a drink at the bar (totopos!), sometimes with friends, sometimes on a date, sometimes with a group. It’s good for all of those things. And Rosalinda has turned into one of my favourite fancy-casual type places in the city. Seating is ample (138-seats) – the space feels huge – especially by Toronto restaurant standards. If you go during the day, it’s full of bright natural light, and a ...
Tags: Toronto, Vegans, Vegan Food, Toronto Restaurant, Rosalinda, Chorizo Verde Taco With, Jackfruit Pibil Taco, Sam James Coffee, Richmond St W Toronto ON

Taylor Swift Told Her 112 Million Followers To Register To Vote — I Listened. Here's Why.

Like an animatronic snake, Taylor Swift has shed her apolitical skin and announced her support for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. And while she's — surprise, surprise — already being picked apart for her choices, her big reputation revelation has already led to a massive spike in new voter registrations nationwide.How big? According to the nonpartisan website, 413,691 people registered to vote between October 7, the day of Swift's big announcement, and October 11. Notab...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Texas, Taylor Swift, Congress, Senate, Gop, Arkansas, Tennessee, Taylor, Swift, Mike Huckabee, Melania Trump, Don, Westbrook, Sen Claire McCaskill

Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show

It’s the feel good event in Paris this fall: Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show.   The autobiographical extravaganza is a labor of love by the bad boy of fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier. He took over four years to develop the show and is the creator, director, set designer and bien sur, costume designer.   The opening video takes place in an operating room, where a teddy bear has a serious surgery: A seven-year old Gaultier deconstructs his beloved toy and sews a bra with cone cups on ...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, Entertainment, Events, Openings, Paris, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Parties, ANN, Catherine Deneuve, Nile Rodgers, Nightlife, Metro, Jean Paul Gaultier, St Paul

6 New Cult Shoe Brands Fashion People Love

Good news: eye-wateringly expensive shoes aren't cool anymore. Just take a look at this season's street style. Instead of big-budget brands, editors, buyers, stylists, and bloggers were championing a new wave of lesser-known, independent footwear designers. From Icelandic label Kalda’s butter-soft leather sling-backs to Berlin-based Aeyde’s intricate sculptural heels, the new crop of favorites offers comfort, sustainability, and affordability without skimping on design values.How does a fashion...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, London, Instagram, Berlin, Spain, Italy, Sydney, Bulgaria, Donna Karan, Tilda Swinton, Karlie Kloss, Harper, Zoe Saldana, Castillo

Perfume Your Home with Rye Whisky by Joya

  The New York based perfume house Joya, founded by Frederick Bouchardy and known for their beautiful porcelain, exclusive perfumes and scented candles, has announced a new collaboration with Kings County Distillery. Together the companies are going to release a 2nd edition, whiskey scented candle. Alongside the fan favorite Bourbon candle, its companion is introduced in white glass. Inspire... Read full article: Perfume Your Home with Rye Whisky by Joya from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes ...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Joya, Fragrantica Perfumes, Frederick Bouchardy

Deconstructed Footwear of the Future

The latest from Monterrey-based SHIFT design studio, the “F1” marks the designers’ first signature sneaker silhouette. Not to compare immediately, but it’s aesthetically akin to familiar styles like the Adidas Prophere or Nike Air Trainer 3. Unlike the aforementioned, however, it features four modular construction that allows the future wearer to get it on the action as they can pick and choose custom elements in the shoe’s construction. Signature elements of the deconstructed design include a f...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Shoes, F1, Footwear, Sneakers, Monterrey, Shift, Product Design, Accessories & Fashion, Nike Air Trainer

catching up with photos...

well, it has been a wee while, so i figured the best way to catch this space up with what i've been up to to is through pictures from the past few weeks... we've been going out to breakfast every saturday to chat about how much we love omelets, our week's goals and what we're going to eat for lunch. plus, the food motivates us to detach our faces from our pillows early on rainy weekends. we saw this actual "advertising" display in the window of a photography studio in the i becam...
Tags: Music, Life, Ikea, Photographs, Warby Parker, Lola, Ben, Stacy, Suzanne, Rocco DiSpirito, Bobby Long, Sarcomical, Ogle My Stuff

High-End Lip Products You Should Grab Up!

I’m not really a lip girl but I have a lipstick and lipgloss wish list a mile long lately. From Charlotte Tilbury’s new Superstar Lips Glossy Lipstick (you know how I feel about glossy lipstick don’t you? Obsessed!) to Bobbi Brown’s new Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine I seem to have developed appetite for some pretty high-end lip products this month! Here are a few you might want to grab up! Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine $37 I’m so happy that matte liquid lipsticks seem to be fading awa...
Tags: Uncategorized, Beauty, Tom Ford, Tom, Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown, Rouge Dior, Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine, Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine

How Safe Is It For Meghan Markle To Fly While Pregnant?

On Monday morning, Kensington Palace finally confirmed the rumors that yes, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant.The news came after Markle and Prince Harry touched down in Sydney for their international tour. The couple will travel to Australia and New Zealand for a 16-day tour of the commonwealth, and Royal reporter Emily Nash says they plan to attend the 76 engagements they have lined up for the trip.Of course, travel can be a big part of Royal responsibilities — but how safe is it ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Australia, Sydney, New Zealand, Harry, Royal, Mayo Clinic, United Airlines, Sussex, Kensington Palace, Zika, American College of Obstetricians, Markle, Acog, Emily Nash

New Fragrance: Zoologist Tyrannosaurus Rex

Victor Wong, the creator of Zoologist perfumes, has joined forces with perfumer and architect Antonio Gardoni, to create the brand’s latest creature, Tyrannosaurus Rex. A certain buzz was forming around this release, and I was very curious to smell it. The triangulation of Wong’s creative vision with Gardoni’s avant-garde approach to perfume making, and the object, an extinct animal from a ... Read full article: New Fragrance: Zoologist Tyrannosaurus Rex from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes ...
Tags: Fashion, Wong, Victor Wong, Antonio Gardoni, Gardoni

Pitti Fragranze 2018: Vetiver Forever Emmanuel Levain

While at the Pitti Fragranze 2018 perfume event in September, I decided to take a chance on getting acquainted with the Swiss brand Emmanuel Levain for the first time. Especially since the brand had two novelties to announce. The first had to do with the packaging - the brand launched new bottles of 50 ml, and the brand's transparent bottles became multi-colored: Tendre Pallida in purple bottles... Read full article: Pitti Fragranze 2018: Vetiver Forever Emmanuel Levain from Fragrantica Perfu...
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Bare Minerals Celestial Wonders Deluxe Original Foundation Kit Today’s Special Value for Holiday 2018

The Bare Minerals Celestial Wonders Deluxe Original Foundation Kit is the QVC Today’s Special Value (TSV) for Holiday 2018 and is available now at The set is $59, ships free, and includes 7 Bare Minerals products! You get: Deluxe Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (0.6 oz) (Choice of Shades) Deluxe Original Mineral Veil Finishing Powder (0.84 oz) All-Over Face Color in Statement Radiance (luminous golden rose shade) (0.06 oz) Full-Size Lashtopia Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascar...
Tags: Beauty, Qvc, Holiday Collections 2018, Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lip Vault, Mascara Full Size Moxie Lipgloss, Supreme Finisher Brush Beautiful

Birthday Wine Lunch

It’s becoming a tradition to make a trip to Charlottesville every year for my birthday.  We take the day off and have a kid-free day to relax and enjoy lunch and a vineyard trip. We started the day at Veritas, then went to Pippin Hill later in the day for lunch.     Pippin Hill has a top-notch restaurant and I love discovering what they are serving on their seasonal menus. More
Tags: Health, Fashion, Usa, Virginia, Charlottesville, Infertility, Veritas, Winery, Vineyard, Pippin Hill

These Foundations Were Made For Oily Skin

More often than not, using a matte foundation means shine-free, long-wear full coverage all day long. But settling on the right base that does it all without leaving skin feeling dehydrated or looking cake-y can be difficult — especially for people with combination and oily skin. So, how do you find the right foundation that keeps your grease at bay while still looking natural in the process?To make this search a foolproof one, we asked a few makeup artists for their favorite foundations that k...
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, Music, Sephora, Gigi Hadid, Macy, Hughes, Greenberg, Stern, Revlon, ELIZABETH ARDEN, Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, Molly R Stern, Chantecaille, Jamie Greenberg, Katie Jane Hughes

How I Overcame My Lifelong Confidence Struggle

The following story was told to Ava Feuer and edited for length and clarity.If you had told me five years ago that this would be my life, I wouldn’t have believed you. Not only did I not think I deserved my relationships or accomplishments, but I also never believed I could even make those things happen for myself. Let me explain: When I was in the third grade, my parents told me that they were getting divorced. I know that their divorce wasn’t about me, but I still mark it as the first time I ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Adeline, Paola Delucca, Ava Feuer

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Expecting Their First Child

Rumours have been floating around for a hot minute that the Duchess of Sussex could be with child, and now it’s been officially confirmed – Meghan and Harry are having a baby! According to a statement released this morning from Kensington Palace, the happy couple “are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.” While the world were told today, the Royal family were informed of the good news at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday. Meghan has employed a num...
Tags: Fashion, News, Top Stories, New Zealand, Prince Harry, Harry, Sussex, Kensington Palace, Meghan, Eugenie, MEGHAN MARKLE, Jack Brooksbank, Duchess of Sussex, Australia Fiji Tonga

The Sneaky Way Halloween Is Ruining Your Skin - and What to Do About It

Halloween is all fun and games until someone dressed as Pennywise drinks too much zombie gut punch and trips over the cauldron of Kit Kats. But besides the next-day regret that's often fueled by fuzzy memories and a few unknown bruises, you can also blame your splotchy, dry, hungover skin on the a-a-a-a-alcohol. "Drinking alcohol dehydrates the body and skin, which can make you look puffy and bloated," said dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. "It also creates a histamine reaction, because it causes...
Tags: Halloween, Alcohol, Beauty, Skin Care, Beauty tips, Beauty Interview, Debra Jaliman, Josh Zeichner

Can You Make the Switch to Clean Beauty? I’m Guilty of Being Quite Dirty!

I remember the second year I started Musings of a Muse the beauty world seemed obsessed with green beauty and parabens. Everyone was trying to avoid anything and everything that had parabens in it. This was the year Cargo Beauty launched their Plant Collection of makeup and also, the year that Physicians Formula introduced their Organic Collection. The past two months it seems like the beauty world is getting back into green, organic-friendly products but it’s no longer “green”, it’s now all...
Tags: Beauty, Josie Maran, Musings of the Day, Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, Cargo Beauty, Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette

Urban Decay NAKED Cherry Collection

It’s Fall, and what better way to celebrate the colors than with the new Urban Decay NAKED Cherry Collection? The colors, rich in ruby, burgundy and shades in between, perfectly capture the mood of the season. If you don’t have this collection yet, put it on your radar! Urban Decay has built an amazing franchise with the NAKED palettes. Building on the original trio of neutrals, they kicked it up a notch with NAKED Heat, which focused on the super hot “sunset” colors. Now, Urban Decay gives...
Tags: Feature, Beauty, Lipstick, Cherry, Blush, UD, Eyeshadow, Affiliate Links, Urban Decay, Sephora Ulta, Press Sample(s

D.S. Durga for Duran Duran: Hungry Like the Wolf, Come Undone, Skin Divers and You Kill Me With Silence

David Moltz, co-founder and perfumer of the Brooklyn-based niche fragrance house D.S. Durga, is behind a special project, launched in October 2018 exclusively at LibertyLondon. D.S. Durga celebrates the music of Duran Duran (an English rock and synth-pop band formed in Birmingham in 1978) by launching four limited edition fragrances that celebrate four decades of Duran Duran’s music. The goal... Read full article: D.S. Durga for Duran Duran: Hungry Like the Wolf, Come Undone, Skin Divers ...
Tags: Fashion, Brooklyn, Birmingham, Duran Duran, Durga, Fragrantica Perfumes, David Moltz

Travel Wise | No, you can’t (usually) take airplane pillows home with you

Christopher Elliott explores the bizarre world of things stolen off commercial flights — from first-class customers deplaning with blankets and pillows to stealth barf bag collectors — and shares how to take that airline coffee mug home without breaking the rules. (Hint: Ask first!)
Tags: Travel, News, Life, Christopher Elliott

Parle Moi De Parfum: Interview With Benjamin Almairac

Parle Moi De Parfum is a bit complicated to pronounce, but that's okay, since you are trying to pronounce it for the first time. The house is brand new, and it has quite the minimalist design both in outer packaging and in perfume structures; I love its fragrances a lot, since they are very distinctive and long-lasting. So I was really happy to meet Benjamin Almairac at the Pitti Fragranze 2018 pe... Read full article: Parle Moi De Parfum: Interview With Benjamin Almairac from Fragrantica Perf...
Tags: Fashion, Fragrantica Perfumes, Pitti Fragranze, Parle Moi de Parfum, Benjamin Almairac

3 Unexpected Ways To Master Fall Layering

Layering up for winter is often all about the formula — thick tights, cozy hats and gloves, chunky knits, oversized coats. But when it comes to the fall months, when the temperature can be as capricious as the rain forecast, the sartorial landscape can feel a bit more daunting. Without any clearly defined formulas or cues, mastering autumnal layers can seem like too much work, especially when you’re heading out the door before your first proper cup of coffee.Instead of defaulting to throwing a ...
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How This Norwegian Designer Is Taking Ballroom Culture Global

Whether we mean to or not, we put a lot of pressure on our clothes. We expect them to define us but also shape-shift with our every mood. We want high quality but we aren't willing to pay for it. We demand industry-wide change but we insist that it happens overnight. Fashion is struggling to keep up. But what keeps people interested is newness and the merging and spreading of different cultures.As Yamuna Forzani, a Norwegian brand that seeks to bring New York's ballroom culture to the edges of ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Japan, New York, New York City, Queens, Paris, Netherlands, Sydney, Black, Harlem, Rotterdam, Kiki, Forzani, Yamuna Forzani

belated Chinese New Year (hop-hop...)

Yes, though the Chinese New Year was a month ago, we were graciously invited to a party that had been postponed (if you remember, we have been trapped under a tundrous pocket of ice and snow for weeks, rendering all things Fun and Happening quite difficult to attend) at artist Josh Johnson's home last weekend. (First of all, check out Josh's art, for it is Le Bomb.) Art of Josh Johnson  illustrations, letterpress, watercolors and more featuring whimsical animals & magically mysterious chara...
Tags: Life, Photographs, Josh, Josh Johnson, Sarcomical, In Good Company, Tonos Triad

looooook what i made...

My mega-creative pretty pal Stacy had me over for a project day yesterday, and TA-DEE-DA - look what I made! I'm going to practice my finishing work and get some fun new fabric to make more soon, and then will post steps (p.s. it's silly easy...thus how I managed it, though not without needle-stabbing incident) . I also made a funfabulous ribbon-fold beaded bracelet, but I want to do one in different colors before posting a photo. CAHHHRAFTY. Throbbing thumb? Totally worth it. [Author: Sarcomi...
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The Codependency Myth

One of my young friends recently related to me that his girlfriend had left him because the relationship was "too codependent." He wondered whether he could reconcile. I rolled my eyes and commented "probably not." She had implied that he was toxic and that the relationship could not continue. I doubted the labeling because I knew him rather well and had worked with him on several projects. In addition, I knew he wasn't using drugs. Furthermore, I also knew that counselor misdiagnoses were a...
Tags: New York, Careers, Schaefer, Rachel Heller, Robert Weiss, Research-based development, Social Science, Sandra Anderson, Amir Levine, Coan Davidson

13 New Sephora Gifts Your BFF Will Scream Over - All Under $25

Beauty-lovers are tough people to buy presents for because they already have every hot new release. Luckily, Sephora offers tons of unique products and beauty sets we'd bet even the biggest experts don't know about. The best part? They're all under $25, so you don't have to drain your bank account. Shop through our favorite selections and get something special for your loved one. Related: ...
Tags: Gift Guide, Makeup, Christmas, Holiday, Gifts, Beauty, Sephora, Stocking Stuffers, Beauty Products, Gifts For Women, Beauty Shopping, Gifts Under $50, Gifts Under $25, Beauty Gifts

Best in Show: Shower Fresh Scents (2018)

Charles Dickens once mused on the merits of the shower: "I think it is of service to me as a Refresher – not as a taker out, but as a putter in of energy."  The reality of a satisfying shower is one of life's small delights that make living worth living. The brain-pummeling, brisk, jolting and ultimately life-affirming experience is best appreciated when one is deprived of it for a short tim... Read full article: Best in Show: Shower Fresh Scents (2018) from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes M...
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Which Beauty Brand Do You Hate and Why?

Social media has grown considerably since I started blogging ten plus years ago and with growth comes change and sometimes change can be damn annoying. There are certain beauty brands out there that have definitely overexposed themselves on social media and in some ways they have become mighty annoying. This might have evoked a sense of hate or even dislike. Or hey, maybe your hate of beauty brand doesn’t stem from social media at all maybe it’s a product you tried that completely turned you...
Tags: Beauty, Kohl, Musings of the Day

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