Personal post-it – burgundy lining playbook

……./tablet holder

by Chanel…. spotted out of the corner of my eye – the very last one! It really wasn’t meant for this purpose but now it works out as a distinctive and useful fashion statement.

Not just another frivolous purchase
Not just another frivolous purchase

Not just another frivolous purchase so I convinced myself because l can take it with me everywhere.

Calling out to me at Holt’s encasing three lovely Chanel thin hard cover books on fashion, jewelry and perfume.  The books are beautiful on their own but this quilted leather limited edition accessory deserves to be used for something more than to only encase these books. It can hold any 7 inch tablet.Chanel book holder

So what is the difference between a plain book holder and a playbook holder? I’m glad you asked.

The playbook/tablet is used on a regular basis so therefore the holder will be used to encase and carry it.    A playbook pochette.

And it looks elegant!

INtrigue INsider – INdispensable

RED is known as the COLOR of LOVE….

Carmen from "Mujeres" Jesus Fernandez.
Carmen from Jesus Fernandez “Mujeres” Collection.  Limited Edition piece.
Jesus Fernandez "Mujeres" Limited Edition
Camille from “Mujeres” Collection – Limited Edition –  Jesus Fernandez
Jesus Fernandez "Retro" Collection
Jesus Fernandez “Retro” Collection.  Limited Edition in shades of chocolate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

but sometimes nothing beats CHOCOLATE for the feeling of LOVE.

LCE02-grande atras - CopyLCE02-grande frenteTokio Collection camisole & thong from Jesus Fernandez Buenos Aires.

Available in limited quantity at http://www.intrigueimports.com

style & design – 50 shades of chocolate

While on the subject of chocolate I thought about posting a few photos of things I really like ….in Chocolate.chocolate shades of nail polish

HAIR Rich Chocolate with a hint of Caramel and ZERO calories. 

A chocolate brunette
A well- coiffed Eva Longoria from Desperate Housewives.            Photo – Marie Claire magazine.

 

chocolate labAnd a CUTE CHOCOLATE LAB PUP.

A brown bed for pup
Chocolate dog – Chocolate bed

bigbrownbag

Nice Brown Bag
A nice brown bag – LV
A lovely home theatre - but not mine.
A lovely home theater – so comfy you may fall asleep watching the movie.
Multi chocolate bedroom
Multi-chocolate bedroom

chocolate brown boot

a prefer this mix of white, milk & caramel.
I prefer a mix of white, milk & caramel.

Simple & Satisfying – Chocolate Soufflé

I’m declaring this NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WEEK  in preparation for Valentine’s Day.  Is there anything more satisfying than biting into a chocolate sensation?  I didn’t think so.  Follow this step by step guide to perfecting a scrumptious Chocolate Soufflé.  Trust me, you will LOVE this one and so will your guests.

Makes 6 individual servingschocolate souffle1

4 Tbsp. butter (or try a substitute from last Tuesday’s post)

½ cup sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

¾ cup of milk

¾ cup (170g) chopped best quality dark chocolate

4 egg yolks

4 egg whites

pinch of cream of tartar (not necessary but it makes the egg whites stiffer)

Use 2 Tbsp. butter and ¼ cup sugar to liberally coat the insides of 6 one-ounce ceramic soufflé cups (or something very similar).  Set aside.

In a saucepan, melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter with flour.  Add milk and continue cooking until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat, add chocolate and stir until melted.

 Meanwhile, beat yolks until creamy, then begin blending in chocolate mixture.  Set aside.

Beat egg whites with a pinch of cream of tartar until soft peaks form (you can tell when you lift the beater and it sticks to the beater making a little peak).

Add remaining ¼ cup sugar, a small amount at a time.

Beat until stiff.

Fold half the whites into chocolate mixture.  Then fold chocolate mixture into remaining egg whites.  Transfer to soufflé cups.  Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for about 25 minutes.  Serve immediately.

 **HINT: you can add a little icing sugar to the top before serving or fresh whipped cream and a mint sprig or raspberry/mint combo.  Below – soufflé a different way:

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Scene in the City – Once in a “Blue Moon”

Giftbox of 16

You’ll come across “not just another” chocolatier  – instead something very special.  Now there’s Koko Monk and luckily (or not so luckily for me) it’s within a very short walking distance from my house.  Too short but at least my gym is on the same street if you catch my drift. It’s chocolate poetry.

Valentine's Day is coming
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us.

Owner and friend Paul Dincer will tell you that you must not bite into these ones – no, no.  Just let them melt under your tongue to fully experience it.  He uses only dark chocolate, fresh ingredients –all made my hand and hand painted.  A total work of art.  It gets worse….there’s also a chocolate fountain where you can dip fresh fruit into.  Finally I also recommend the Turkish coffee and pastries – all deliciously delicious.

 Oh “Matchmaker” I had my “First Kiss”, a total “Bliss Fix” which led me to “La Petite  Amour” with an “Iron Buddha” of all things… by “La Mer” under a “Dark Moon.”

The next day I craved “Tuscan Blues” but went to “Musee L’Amour” with my “Brunette Bangle” instead and was handed a “Jade Box“.  Then a sudden“Sultry Drift” made me feel like “Smoking Hearts.”  After that it was off to “Leningrad” to “Tango Paulo.”

Okay, what the hell are in these chocolates??

Inside Shop
Inside Shop with Elena & Paulo

 Blue Moon – blue cheese chocolate (it really works)

Matchmaker – Chilli and Cinnamon

First Kiss – Sour Cherry – Raspberry Caramel

Bliss Fix – Passion Fruit

La Petite Amour – Mango

Iron Buddha – Cardamon and Tea

La Mer – Watermelon with Sea Salt

Dark Moon – Rum Truffle

Tuscan Blues – Lavender

Musee L’Amour – Pistachio and Almond Paste

Brunette Bangle – Curry and Coconut

Jade Box – Japanese Matcha Tea

Sultry Drift – Fresh Vanilla Bean Caramel

Smoking Hearts – Apple Wood Smoked Chocolate

Leningrad – Espresso Vodka

Tango Paulo – Hazelnut Praline

…..and more (but I just couldn’t fit them all into the poem).

KOKO Nazi MONK – 1849 West 1st Ave. in Kits

Outside Shop
Outside Shop

AWay with Words….on Champagne

champagne2Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”                                 ~DOM PERIGNON, upon his first taste of champagne.

“I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate…and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself.”
~NAPOLEON

“One holds a bottle of red wine by the neck, a woman by the waist, and a bottle of champagne by the derriere.” Mark Twain

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” Mark Twain

“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!”
Winston Churchill

“Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I’d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.”
Dorothy Parker, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

B Well – on Whitening

Is whitening toothpaste simply a waste of money?

white teethWhen it comes to that million dollar movie star smile, everyone knows only one color will do: bright white.Yes, for those committed to looking perfect, a set of shiny white teeth is a must-have accessory. As such, a range of treatments and products are available to get those pearly yellows white.

In-office whitening treatments are the most effective, but also the most expensive, and even store bought whitening treatments can cost more than $100, so many of us opt for a more low-cost option: whitening toothpaste.

The question is, do they work? A new investigation conducted by British newspaper The Daily Mail has found that none of the six whitening toothpastes they tested had any affect on tooth color.

First, the paper had the tooth color of six women in their 30s and 40s professionally assessed by a dentist. Then they had the women brush with a whitening toothpaste for a month.

The toothpastes tested were Arm & Hammer Advanced Whitening Toothpaste, SwissDent Xtreme Whitening Toothpaste, Oral B 3D White Enamel Protect, Beverly Hills Natural Whitening Expert, BlanX Intense Stain Removal, and Rembrandt Complete Whitening Mint.

Any whitening effect that these types of pastes have is likely due to abrasive additives rather than the bleach they contain, reports the Los Angeles Times. For example, Crest 3D White Vivid contains tiny hydrated silica particles, which scrub the tooth surface clean. Though some pastes also contain bleach, experts say it has no effect, because it is rinsed away before it has a chance to act.

The results of the Daily Mail‘s month long test? There was no perceptible change in tooth color in any of the test subjects, regardless of which paste they used.

So, why can toothpastes claim they are whitening?

“Any toothpaste can claim to whiten teeth,” says Advertising Standards Canada spokesperson Nicole Bellam. “They’re allowed to claim that, even if it’s just by mechanical action.”

She explains that according to Health Canada’s Guidelines for Cosmetic Advertising and Labelling Claims, even if a toothpaste contains no bleach, an active whitening agent,  or an abrasive that helps scrub the tooth clean, it can still claim it is a whitening toothpaste.

“Even regular flouride toothpaste can make that claim,” says Bellam.  There are, however, rules around exactly how these claims are made. For example, a toothpaste can claim that it “whitens” or “brightens” teeth, but it cannot claim that it “bleaches” teeth.

The lesson here? Use a whitening toothpaste if you must, as it may be giving your teeth an extra scrub. Just don’t expect miracles.      

                                                               Article By Lia Grainger | Shine On