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My So-called Beautiful Life: Montreal

You might have noticed that I haven’t posted a new blog post in a week. Gasp! It’s not because I have forgotten about you. It’s because I was in Montreal for my “real” job and I had less free time than I anticipated, so I feel behind on my posts. Poor planning skills, me.

Not my usual type of 'gram, but thought this convention center was too pretty to pass up - Kristin

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While I barely saw the outside of the convention center, I made sure to leave a bit of time to walk around the beautiful city and of course check out the local drugstore (Pharmaprix) and Sephora to see what different products I could find. I went to Pharmaprix twice and made great friends with the sales associate. I picked up a bronzer primer and lip crayon from Bourjois and this gorgeous lippie in “Excessive Rose” from Guerlain. Apparently they carry some designer brands in Canadian drugstores … excuse me while I move.

In Montreal for work, so naturally had to check out the drugstore beauty situation. Pharmaprix is AMAZING but I controlled myself and only got two things I can't find back in Boston. Buuuuutttt I might be going back - Kristin  #bbloggers #beautybloggers #beautyxpose #bosbloggers #bostonbloggers #drugstorebeauty

Theeennnnnnn I headed to Sephora on Sunday AM for the VIB Rouge event. I wasn’t going to let being in another country keep me from the samples and 15% off. Not only did I attend, I called the store in advance to ensure they had space for me. I left a very rambly voicemail begging to get in … it was pretty epic. Rather than list everything I bought, I’ll be posting a collective haul from the past few weeks in a couple of days.

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Being out of the country for work won't keep me from a VIB Rouge event - Kristin  #bbloggers #beautybloggers #beautyxpose #bosbloggers #bostonbloggers #ohcanada

Like I said, not a whole lot to report from my trip, but I wanted to pop in and say hi so you didn’t think I had dropped off the face of the earth.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Montreal?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Beautiful Boston: Endurance Pilates and Yoga Studio

A couple of weekends ago, I met up with a bunch of fabulous local bloggers at a three-month old yoga and pilates studio in the South End – Endurance Pilates and Yoga.

endurance pilates and yoga studioWe were greeted by the fabulous and energetic owner Julie Erickson. After a quick introduction, she whisked us down a flight of stairs (covered in leopard-print carpet) to the intimate studio for an hour-long sample in which we rotated through pilates, barre and yoga exercises. After, she talked us through the TRX and kettlebell classes she offers in addition and then we took a turn on the reformers. Surprisingly, they are way more fun and less intimidating than I originally thought.

endurance pilates and yoga studioAfter breaking a sweat, we noshed on the tasty treats Julie and her team put out for us while she told us more about her story and her practice. Julie has been teaching for 20 years, and it shows in her practice. Julie was recently named Boston Magazine’s Best Of Boston® 2014 Personal Trainer!

endurance pilates and yoga studioJulie has an amazing story – as the daughter of a double-amputee, she saw how important core strength was to those learning to walk on prosthetics. It was because of this personal experience that Julie was inspired to work with some of the Marathon bombing survivors (pro bono, I might add). It was beyond touching to hear her talk about how pilates has allowed the survivors to take control of their lives again.

Julie generously gifted each blogger in attendance with a free one-on-one session. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and work out on the TRX and reformers with her help. I’ll let you know how it goes and if I make it out in one piece 🙂 And good news for you ClassPassers, you can sign up for Endurance classes in the app!

Are you in to yoga and pilates?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Kennedy's On The Square

Beautiful Boston: Kennedy’s on the Square

As you know from reading this, I love all things beauty. Makeup, skin care, nail polish, clothing … the list goes on. But you know what I think is equally, if not more, beautiful? A well-crafted cocktail and food I just can’t stop eating even if I’m bursting at the seams. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

So imagine my delight when I was invited with some of the other lovely Boston bloggers to enjoy a complimentary night of drinks, tasty treats and laughs at Kennedy’s on the Square. Located in historic Harvard Square, KOTS coins itself as a “gastropub with tantalizing cocktails & craft beers.” The interior is filled with rich leather booths and cozy, dim lighting. It’s the perfect setting in which to share gossip with your friends over a plate of grass-fed sliders and a couple of Vault martinis.

Kennedy's On The Square

Kennedy's On The Square

Over a couple of hours, we downed cocktails and gorged ourselves on a mix of apps, entrees and desserts. Before we get in to the food, I wanted to apologize for the lack of corresponding pictures. My camera died because I forgot to charge my battery and all the phone pictures I took turned out blurry. Once the other bloggers post their articles, I’ll link them here.

My favorite app was hands-down the grass-fed sliders, which were served on potato buns. The meat was tender, juicy and perfectly seasoned. For an entree, I enjoyed the Sausage pizza, which was equally as delicious. The crust was a bit too thin for my personal preference, but it was still amazing. The combination of lamb sausage, feta cheese, pomegranate, molasses and mint was perfection.

Kennedy's On The Square

Kennedy's On The Square

Kennedy's On The Square

To round out the night, I had a bite of three desserts – the bread pudding, Nutella creme brûlée and flourless chocolate cake. All were enjoyable, but my favorite was the bread pudding. I just went back to look for a description of the bread pudding, but didn’t see it on the dessert menu, so I guess the menu changes regularly? Regardless, if you go and they are offering the bread pudding, make sure to put in an order … and then bring it to me 😉

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If you can’t tell from my post, I had an amazing time and I would definitely go back. It strikes me as more of a place to go with friends for drinks and a shared meal than a place for an formal dinner, but to each their own. And you know what’s even better? There is a sister restaurant, Kennedy’s Public House, in Norwood out near me. I can go any night I please. Win, win!

If you do happen to spend some time at KOTS, come back to let me know what you thought!

Photos: Kennedy’s on the Square; Disclosure