Finding the Right Plants for Your Home by Didier Young

Since we finally finished redoing the bedroom and are still in the process of deciding what our office is going to look like, I decided that I would spruce up the living room a little bit. Quite literally in this case. I will be honest with you guys, I didn’t have the greenest thumbs before. I’ve killed quite a few succulents and a poor fiddle leaf fig tree before. So what business do I have to tell you which plants to get for your space? Well, it turns out that this time I decided to do my research before I went plant shopping.

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Home Redecoration: Redoing the Master Bedroom with Structube by Didier Young

A few months ago, Andrew and I decided to undertake a redecoration project for our living room/ dining room after we decided to move in together. We wanted it to match both of our aesthetics while still remaining affordable and after going furniture shopping both in store and online, we settled on a common area that was mainly furnished with Structube pieces. We loved it so much and the response on social media was overwhelmingly positive so when we decided to also redo the master bedroom, our obvious first choice was to work with Structube once again.

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The Past, Present & Future of Pride by Didier Young

Hi, my name is Didier and I am gay. This might sound like a confessional that one might hear at an AA meeting and I won’t lie, for years it did feel like something that I had to be ashamed of. I grew up on a gorgeous island with white beaches and summery temperatures year long but like most islands, being gay is a huge taboo. Even after moving to Toronto, it took me a few years to realize that it was okay to openly mention my sexual preferences without having to be afraid of repercussions. I felt liberated and like I could finally become myself here but unfortunately, not everyone is given that chance in the world.

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Skincare Review: Clé De Peau Beauté by Didier Young

The key to everyone’s skin health differs based on the individuals. Some attribute it to a cult cream, to the use of their beloved Gua Sha, extensive daily intakes of water or some to the fact that they don’t even wash their faces. In my personal experience, I’ve found that drinking lots of water and a proper amount of sleep helps but finding the right skincare options for my skin type greatly helped to improve my skin as well. In my quest to find the holy grail, I am constantly trying out new brands and products, from drug store to high-end luxury skincare, and my search recently brought me to the iconic Clé De Peau Beauté brand.

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Skincare Review: Rodan + Fields Masks by Didier Young

Guys, I have a confession to make. Before attending the recent event for the launch of Rodan + Fields’ new face masks, I had never heard of the brand. I have no shame admitting it: there are so many skincare brands out there (both good and bad) that I have yet to experiment with. In a way, it is a blessing to delve into a brand without any prior history with it and to truly give an unbiased opinion about the products. The brand was created by Stanford- trained dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields who aimed to create dermatology- inspired skincare and it is available only on their website or via an independent consultant (it is a similar concept to Avon). Without further ado, let’s talk about their latest launch.

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Make-Up Review: BOY de Chanel by Didier Young

I love makeup. I remember growing up and sneaking into my mother’s vanity to try out all the new products that she bought (and never used) and just being fascinated with how all those different colours looked on my face. Of course when my parents found out, they weren’t too thrilled. I’ve always known that my parents loved me but they definitely had a more traditional view of what a boy should be like. Boys don’t love boys, they don’t play with dolls or have high affinities for clothing and boys definitely do not wear makeup. Of course, my parents aren’t the only people who think like this and in many ways, that’s also why we have so many things that are marketed to specific genders. We rebranded deodorants in black for males and added masculine scents to skincare to cater to the male demographic. Brands are finally starting to tap into the male makeup industry, first pioneered by Tom Ford and now Chanel has followed suite with their Boy de Chanel line. 

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Travel Diaries: Universal Studios and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by Didier Young

My most recent trip to L.A would not have been complete without a quick visit to Universal Studios. Andrew and I are both huge Potterheads (not to be confused with potheads) and we felt that we had to allocate a full day for Universal Studios so we could maximize our time in The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. Little did we know that the magic didn’t end at Hogsmeade and we would end up having so much fun in the other worlds present on the premises as well!

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The Three Highlighters you Need for Glowing Skin by Didier Young

Growing up, I remember watching my mother doing her skincare routine. She always had perfect skin and rarely ever wore more than a lipstick, some mascara and a touch of blush. It turns out that my mother and I had the same policy when it comes down to your face: make sure to treat your skin properly and you won’t need to put on very much to cover it. As such, I tend to spend most of my days au naturel even though I love experimenting with make up from time to time. However, I’ll always leave the house with a touch of highlighter to boost up my glow. Today on the blog, I am talking about three highlighting products that I have been obsessed with lately.

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Engagement and Bright Smiles by Didier Young

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for the warm congratulations regarding my engagement at the beginning of the year. Last year was an eventful one for me but getting engaged was definitely the most memorable part of it. I originally wanted to keep it on the down low for a little bit so that it would be something special and private between me and my close ones but I definitely feel that it is time for Andrew and I to go public about it.

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Travel Diaries: A Week in Instagrammable L.A by Didier Young

I hopped off the plane at LAX with my dreams and a cardigan a couple of weeks ago for a full week in Los Angeles. This marked my first time in the City of Angels and I won’t lie, I had mixed feelings about going there. Prior to any trip, I usually ask people who’ve travelled to my future destination for recommendations and it seemed that LA was a city that people either absolutely fell in love with or fully swore to never step foot in again. As it turned out, the city is often overtly glamourized by Hollywood and I feel that some people might have their preconceived ideas of LA shattered when they visit. That being said, the city is an interesting mix of highs and lows and it can be quite pleasant if you know exactly where to go. In today’s post, I’ll highlight some of my favourite spots and neighbourhoods in LA and quick mentions of how to enjoy the city in the best way possible.

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Travel Diaries: Six Things to do in Philadelphia by Didier Young

At the beginning of March, I had the opportunity to head over to Philadelphia for a couple of days to attend their annual Flower Show. This marked my first time in the Pennsylvanian city and I will be honest with you guys, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Philadelphia is not one of those cities that is overly romanticized like Paris and New York nor is it particularly known worldwide for anything other than cheese steak sandwiches, the liberty bell and Rocky. Here are some of the things to do if you’re even in the City of Brotherly Love and Sister Affection.

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Monthly Skincare Review: Bioderma AR and How to Reduce Rosacea. by Didier Young

If you were to ask anyone if they know of Bioderma, their immediate answer would most likely make reference to the brand’s micellar water. The first time I heard mention of the brand was on Lisa Eldridge’s youtube, an amazing make-up artist who has previously worked with Shiseido and Boots No7 before becoming the global creative director of Lancôme in 2015. She mentioned that it was her favourite micellar water to use on models during fashion week due to its gentle nature and needless to say, I immediately ran to my local drug store to grab a bottle after the video ended. This was how my love story with Bioderma began.

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Travel Diaries: My First Trip to Disneyland as an Adult by Didier Young

Childhood is a magical time in any human being’s life. It is a time of freedom from social pressures, a time of discovery and adventure and above all a time where our imaginations are allowed to roam free. As we grow older, the magic starts to dissipate. Of course, we still manage to find magic in other things that surround us but those moments are far more sparse. This year marked my first time at any of the Disney parks and while I was excited about finally realizing one of my childhood dreams, I still couldn’t help but wonder: will I feel the same kind of magic that lives in every child’s heart when they arrive in the land of Mickey?

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Monthly Skincare Review: The Best Routine to Rehydrate Your Skin by Didier Young

As an avid lover of skincare, I always feel the urge to give new products a try since there’s always something fresh and new coming out on the market. That being said, the constant rotation of new products isn’t the most beneficial to my skin, especially combined with the fact that I’ve been travelling back and forth from hot to cold climates lately. As a result, my skin isn’t at its optimal and I’ve been experiencing a few hydration and breakout issues. I am not blaming any of the new products I’ve been trying but rather, I felt like my skin needed a small break and it was time for me to momentarily go back to a routine of my holy grails.

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A Night at the Opera: Così fan tutte by Didier Young

After the dramatic temperature drop caused by the polar vortex this past week, I was definitely in the mood for some comedy in my life. Coincidentally, I was invited to attend the opening night of the Canadian Opera Company’s newest opera, Così fan tutte, a whimsical production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comedy. So I dusted off my suit, polished my shoes and made my way to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this past Tuesday.

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Travel Diaries: A Week in Jamaica with Air Transat by Didier Young

As someone who spent the first twenty years of his life on a small island in the Indian Ocean, I was super excited the day when I decided to move to Toronto. I never understood the fascination that everyone had about travelling to warm and exotic locations but after ten years in this icy tundra, I can totally understand the desire to travel somewhere warm during the colder months of the year. When Air Transat invited me to spend a week in Jamaica, I immediately started packing up my bags and a few weeks later I undertook the four hour flight to the sunny island.

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How I Feel After a Year of SoulCycle by Didier Young

There is a small detail about me that I don’t often share with people: I have asthma. It started out when I was around seven years old and it disappeared a few years later. I thought that I could leave it in the past but unfortunately, about a year ago it came back.  I don’t always get asthma attacks thankfully: it is usually only triggered by dust or by activities that require some form of cardio. For that specific reason, I have been scared of doing any running or cycling for the past year until recently. Then, I discovered Soul Cycle.

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Monthly Skincare review: Fresh by Didier Young

Since it is a new year, I figured that it was time to start Fresh. Literally. Fresh is one of those skincare lines that I didn’t know much about before starting this blog post. I have seen them on the shelves of Sephora for years and I had given their Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment a try. It was a fantastic lip balm but for some reason I never thought twice about giving their other products a try until now. Since the brand does carry a fairly sizeable and diverse product line, I decided to focus on face products with an emphasis on hydration.

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2019 Resolutions: Body Positivity, Healthy Diets and Shopping Sustainably by Didier Young

Hello everyone and I hope that you’ve all spent a wonderful holiday season! 2018 has been such a whirlwind and I am so thankful for all the good and bad things that have happened in my life. I worked with some of my dream brands, travelled far more than I ever had and even got engaged to the love of my life (I’ll tell you more about that soon). Now that I’ve taken some well deserved R & R, it is time to refocus on myself and on what I expect for the upcoming year. As it is the tradition, here are my resolutions for the year 2019.

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