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Having a bunch of sweet toothed ladies on the DITC team and hearing Vedika rave about these macarons she tried at an event, meant tracking down the source of these amazing little treats. That’s when we found Carly Wintschel from Kitchening with Carly.
She had made her first delivery of macarons to Edible Canada on Granville Island that morning and we had the pleasure of sitting down to lunch with her after. The passion she has for the work she does was made obvious from the moment she began speaking. She dove right into explaining how she got her start and what inspired her.
In 2004, Carly completed her Bachelors of Education at SFU. She wanted to teach abroad so her and her husband moved to Singapore for two years. They also used Singapore as their base and travelled all through Asia. With Carly’s passion for cooking and, as an attempt to truly understand the culture of the places they visited, they took a culinary class in each location.
After moving back to Canada, Carly taught elementary school in Surrey. She started to realize that she wanted more time to spend in the kitchen so she taught elementary school part time and taught cooking classes on the side. She slowly found splitting her time was difficult and she wanted to be invested in one full time job. This led her to enrol in culinary school in the south of France.
Upon her return home, she received interest from several food bloggers who wanted to include her macarons in their upcoming Vancouver Foodie Feast Event. Since she had learned how to master these delicious treats in France she accepted the offer and that’s how it all started. So I’d just like to say thank you to these food bloggers, on behalf of everyone’s taste buds. As the opportunities continued from there Carly’s macarons are now carried in several stores around Vancouver, Langley and Abbotsford and can be ordered online. She uses all natural ingredients and her and her team are constantly creating new and delicious flavours. For the holidays, Carly tells us we can look forward to chai and cardamom…or cardayum as I like to call it, plus five more fun new flavours. Rumour also has it that we’ll be able to find her macarons at a pop up shop this holiday season. So keep checking her site and keep your eyes peeled and your stomachs hungry.
To anyone wanting to start up their own business we want to end this post with a little advice from Carly. “The most important thing is to love what you’re doing. Be open to learning new things about yourself, try to keep a good balance in your life and give generously of yourself to others because, in the end, it’s all about relationships.”
To find out more about Kitchening with Carly or for information on where to buy her macarons head to www.kitcheningwithcarly.com.
**macaroney: a term coined by friends of Carly Wintschel to describe her eating, sleeping and breathing macarons.
Written by: Melissa Lawson
Being a daily spritzer of Princess by Vera Wang, I had to get my hands on her latest fragrance, Lovestruck. With Romeo and Juliet as inspiration behind the scent, her campaign gave the classic love story a modern day twist. Leighton Meester was named Vera Wang’s spokes girl and the campaign’s Juliet. If Gossip Girl fans weren’t already envious enough of Meester’s role on the hit t.v. show then they will be now. For the campaign she was dressed in a floor-length maroon coloured couture Vera Wang gown. Meester stands on a balcony in NYC while her rugged Romeo rushes to greet her with a bouquet of roses. It’s sexy, it’s romantic and if it’s what trapped inside this beautifully crafted bottle of perfume, then I’m in.
The fragrance, which launched in New York City on August 24, contains notes of guava, angelica, tuberose, lotus blossom, woods and musk. “The fragrance is a sparkling addictive floral you are sure to fall in love with. There’s an instant attraction to the mouthwatering pink guava and mandarin, followed by a delicate mix of tuberose and lotus blossom. Behind it all, precious woods and sheer musk envelope a passionate elegance (Vera Wang PR)”.
– Written by: Melissa Lawson
Check out the Lovestruck video for yourself:
The leader of the fetish trend was Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs built the collection for Vuitton with all the kink he could muster, mixing stockings, hot-pants and pencil skirts with latex and bondage-like boots. They accessorized their handbags with handcuffs and the models were strapped in. I guess this will put an end to bag separation anxiety.
Now, for those of you wondering how in the world you’re going to incorporate this trend into your fall wardrobe, here’s a few tips:
Since the androgyny trend is also big this fall, try a corset with a tailored suit. Layering it under a jacket is a great way to add a feminine touch to a more masculine outfit. Keep the corset simple, nothing flashy.
Leather leggings made an appearance last year but now it’s their time to shine. Pair leggings with a long, loose fitting shirt (make sure the shirt covers your rear end to keep from looking like Sandy out of Grease). A feminine dress also works well; it will balance out the tough nature of the leggings.
If you’re wanting to tone the trend down even more, try the pencil skirt, a corset belt, leather accents (like a leather jacket or over the knee boots) or a choker necklace.
Written by: Melissa Lawson
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