The Red Backpack Girl - Québec City



RED BACKPACK GIRL
Red Backpack Girl Naomi Larocque for Fashion Is My Religion
This comes as no surprise when I tell you red is my favorite color. I've told you many times and you've seen it everywhere on the blog... following the little red hat, for instance!

Speaking of red... this little backpack is now my best friend and is also the fashionable item that follows me everywhere. It's the perfect size to fit in my computer, a change of clothes and my small everyday makeup kit. I found it in Granada (Spain), in a little market where the obviously famous thing of the moment was genuine leather backpacks. They had all the colors you could possibly imagine, but without a doubt I went for the red one... what other color could I have chosen? ;)

In another vein, this series of pictures is very important to me as I shot it with one of my best friends: Pascal Audet, photographer and poet. Like I've said many times, I love to work with different creative people as they always bring something different to the project and express a vision I wouldn't have thought of. Also, I, being from Montréal and Pascal from Québec (and shooting these images in Québec city) gave us the chance to exchange a lot regarding the differences of our cities and lifestyles.

Throughout the up-coming articles on the blog, you will see many pictures we did when I was in Québec city, all seen under the creative eye of Pascal. Some will be more editorial-like and others (like the ones below) will be more like a travel photo diary. Enjoy!
Photos: PASCAL AUDET

REVEAL YOURSELF



REVEAL YOURSELF
reveal Naomi Larocque for Fashion Is My Religion
So you've seen the REVEAL MORE article... now's the second part of the story where I reveal more of myself. These pictures are a little more raw (with their original colors, a little more visible skin throughout the lace also) and I think they were perfect for a story of their own.

If I think of revealing more of myself, ideas don't come running in my mind. Thing is that I already share so much on my social networks that sometimes I feel like you already know everything. And the things I don't say, I might want to keep to myself. I think it's good and even healthy to have a little secret garden for yourself... and as necessary is this secret part of your mind, I think a little cozy physical place of your own is also a must.

My cozy place is my little apartment, and more precisely my bedroom. Not being home very often (or arriving home super late due to events), I love that the little time I spend there is cozy and simple, in an environment that truly represents who I am. 

If I could give you a mere description, here it is: 2 and a half rooms flat, filled with clothes (8 racks of clothes... still doesn't understand how I still can walk here), with a lot of light throughout the day and a lot of frames and art pieces covering my entire walls. Plus, my mattress is straight on the floor, covered with the most fluffy and biggest bed comforter you've probably ever seen. It's so huge we call it "The Whale"... that gives you an idea.

So that's my safe place. But truly, you aren't home until you are with the ones you love. With the right person you could be anywhere in the world and still feel cozy and homey.

Talking about little secrets and loved ones... you've probably noticed my tattoo on my wrist? Some people know what it means, some don't. And just like the Reveal perfume from Calvin Klein that remains a mystery for me, it'll remain a mystery for you as I'll keep this one to myself ;)

NEW Fall Cocktails at the WUNDERBAR



WONDERFUL NIGHT AT WUNDERBAR
wunder bar hotel W Naomi Larocque for Fashion Is My Religion
Montréal may be recognized and a little famous for all of its terraces in the Summer, but what happens when the heat goes down as Fall and Winter arrive? Please do believe that Montrealers continue partying and enjoying some good drinks, simply inside instead of outdoors. 

This being said, as the fancy extravagant persons we are, we always try to find the most outstanding places or unique ones to go out. The most original little spots where to find the most unbelievable stories to tell, or them crazy settings to have ourselves flabbergasted. 

Yep, Montrealers may be renown as chillax people, but when it comes to party, we always have the best place to suggest!

As for myself, I must say I am more of a small-place kind of person, but I do love to discover some killer settings when I go out, especially when it's during a fashion event. As a media, I am often invited in ball rooms, hotel suites, fancy bars and restaurants and for having experienced many "big and crowded" venues, I must say that one of my favorite is, without a doubt, the WUNDER BAR from the W HOTEL downtown. 

Every time I spent the evening there, I was received like a queen and felt like I was part of their big family. The venue may be quite popular but I never experienced it fully jam-packed and uncomfortable. It was always super cozy, with great music and a calm ambiance. 

As you will see on the images bellow, the WUNDERBAR is known for it's bright light walls, constantly changing colors. I find it very fun and playful and, as bright as it may seem on the pictures, it is truly not that intense in real life (it doesn't make you feel overwhelmed or lightheaded).

The reason Elias and I spent the evening at the WUNDERBAR that night was to taste the new Fall Cocktails Menu. Luckily we got to have a sip of practically ALL the available drinks on the new menu and it was totally awesome!

But what was even better was having the chance to chat for almost one hour with Eben Klemm, incredible human being, drink artist, mixologist, and creator of the new Fall cocktails menu. Discussing flavors, drink recipes, life anecdotes, New York City vs Montréal, youth, traveling, careers, tasting experiments... all of the previous punctuated with jokes and funny quotes, it was obvious we had a blast and this meeting was memorable. 

As for the Fall menu, the cocktails were on point, tasty and well composed, with a good balance between the flavors of the added components and the raw alcohol (which is way too often drown in flooding juices and sugar). Plus, the "fall" theme was well interpreted, with ingredients representing warmness, such as cinnamon, candied lemon, ginger, roasted pear syrup  and many other comforting flavors.

The WUNDERBAR is always a winner destination and if you want to feel like a king in a cozy ambiance for the night, that's the place to go!
Photos: ELIAS TOUIL

Healthy Beauty: LISA NOTO MAKEUP



HEALTHY LIPSTICKS
Lisa Noto organic natural makeup lipsticks, Fashion Is My Religion
As Winter is slowly coming towards us, I thought it would be a great idea to present to you a series of articles based on some of my favorite Healthy Beauty Products. I found Winter to be the perfect season for these articles since the cold weather really affects me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. My skin, my hair, my lips (basically my entire self) gets dry and cold, and as everything slowly turns out grey and dull outside, I still want my face and body to look healthy and colorful! So here is my first Healthy Beauty presentation:

If you remember this past article, you will probably remember how awesome the LISA NOTO products are. If not, here are 5 reasons why they are incredible:

1) They are made of natural and organic products.
2) They don't dry out your lips like typical lipsticks.
3) The colors are simply awesome (as for the tube's packaging)!
4) Lisa Noto is a Montréal based brand. 
5) The prices are totally affordable.

Being a super fan of lipsticks and wearing some all day-everyday-24/7, I know what I am talking about here. The two main and recurrent problems with lipsticks are that they often don't last long enough on the lips and they also make them feel super dry. However, it is not the case with the LISA NOTO makeup.

Since they are entirely made of "green chemistry", with organic butters and natural extracts, these lipsticks are more creamy and don't feel superficial on the lips. The herbs, the botanical ingredients, the minerals and the vitamins used in their conception leave the products unscented and make them very good for sensitive skins. Plus, these lipsticks are not only healthy for yourself, but also for the environment  with their production based on values such as the respect of biodiversity and responsible usage of natural resources.

So if you're in love as much as I am, you might want to check LISA NOTO's makeup HERE.