Best Piece of Advice

Best Piece of Advice | RoastedMontreal.com

What’s the best piece of solid advice you’ve ever received?  I’m not talking about ‘living each day to the fullest’ or something vague like that.

There are two things which I was told and live by.

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Jane Heller & Monumentalove

Jane Heller & monumentalove | RoastedMontreal.com

You’ve probably seen this wonderful series of iconic Montreal landmarks but you may not know the story behind the photographer, Jane Heller.  I never knew Jane but I always admired her work and was shocked to see her obituary in the newspaper.

Jane Heller & monumentalove | RoastedMontreal.com

For me, Jane had a way of taking the objects we took for granted everyday and making them extraordinary. How many of us have glanced at that Montréal sign at the airport and not thought much of it.  Or driven past the Orange Julep grumbling about the traffic on Décarie?  Jane saw the beauty and strength in these classic Montreal landmarks and made me do a double take.  She made me proud of these beauties – whether it’s a stark cement silo or the iconic Habitat ’67 complex.

Jane Heller & monumentalove | RoastedMontreal.com

Jane’s friend Lea has graciously answered my questions about Jane and her work.

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Best Unisex Baby Clothing Gifts

Best Unisex Baby Gifts | RoastedMontreal.com

Even if you know the gender of the baby you are buying for sometimes all that gender specific blue and pink clothing gets tiring.  Plus, what happens if the next child is a different gender?  More and more companies are paying attention and there are some great unisex gifts out there.  Here are some of my favourites.

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Fave Beauty Products

Fave Beauty Products

I know Thursday’s are supposed to be recipe days but I’m allowed to make an exception, right?

I was wondering what favourite beauty products you guys use?  I’m sort of struggling to build up a collection of solid beauty products.  Also, I really don’t want to break the bank on expensive products when there are less expensive ones that work just fine.

Personally, I always use Nars Orgasm in either blush or cream which a friend recommended, Nars or Bobbi Brown concealer, some sort of brown powder or gel eyeliner, and a light eyeshadow for over the lid.  I usually keep my lips pretty bare – mostly because I can’t be bothered.

But it seems there’s a whole world of primers, foundations and highlighters out there.

What am I missing?

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Easy Trick for Mangos

Easy  Mango Trick | RoastedMontreal.com

When I was with my friends up north a couple weekends ago my friend Amber taught me a trick she learnt from a friend in Australia where she lives.  To get perfectly portioned mangos cut lengthwise as close to the nut as possible to get two halves.  Put a glass on the counter. Take your mango and slide the glass in between the peel and the mango flesh.  Push down sliding the glass between the skin and fruit until it’s completely pulled away and you have a perfectly smooth mango half!

So simple!

Thanks Amber!  We miss you already.

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