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Turning Thirty: Self Love, Learning to Let Go and Other Lessons Learned. by Didier Young

I celebrated my birthday a week ago and while it means the beginning of a new year in my life, it also meant the start of a brand new decade. That’s right, I finally hit the milestone that is thirty. Of course, age is merely a number but after sticking around for thirty years, you pick up a thing or two and you get to learn from your mistakes and experiences.

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Travel Diaries: Stockholm by Didier Young

A friend of mine was heading off to Stockholm this past week and asked me for some recommendations about the city. Since its been two years since my last trip to the Swedish city, I thought that it would be smart of me to pull up the blog post about Stockholm to share it with him. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had never done a blog post about one of my favourite cities in the world! Of course, I decided to remedy to the situation by sitting down, editing my trip photos (you’d be surprised how much of a difference two years can do to someone’s editing style) and putting together this travel diary about the most populous city in the Nordic Countries.

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Monthly Skincare Review: Schåf Skincare & Otis Batterbee by Didier Young

I am really cutting it close with September’s skincare review! It’s been a busy month and amidst all the skincare releases this past month, I will admit that this month’s review might have been slighted affected from all the other product’s that I’ve tried on my skin. That being said, I have given this line a full two weeks trial so we shall base the results on that time frame as opposed to the usual four weeks. This time around, I got to try a line made in Canada from Ontario called Schåf Skincare.

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Toronto International Film Festival 2018 by Didier Young

Another year, another TIFF ended. This was my third year attending the Toronto International Film Festival, a star-studded week and a half where red carpets are rolled, Five- Star hotels are fully booked and where the Toronto population gets the chance to catch a glimpse of Hollywood. Furthermore, it gives the media a taste of the award seasons to come, with many of the Oscar contenders debuting at the Canadian film festival. With over three hundred films being showcased over eleven days, the audience then has the chance to vote for their favourite movie which ends up winning the Grolsch People’s Choice award.

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YSL Beauty Hotel by Didier Young

After launching in Paris last January and travelling to different cosmopolitan cities around the world including Hong Kong, London and New York, The YSL Beauty Hotel finally appeared in Toronto. It would be an understatement to say that I was excited about its arrival: between its sleek packaging and fantastic formulas, YSL beauty is definitely one of the top beauty brands on the market. As an extension to the Saint Laurent fashion house, YSL beauty brilliantly encapsulates the rock’n’roll spirit with its line of daring products and I was eager to learn more about it all.

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Travel Diaries: Prince Edward County by Didier Young

Even though I grew up on a small tropical island in the Indian Ocean, I’ve always been happiest in big cities. However, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back from the concrete jungles and just head to a place with a slower pace. Toronto might be a metropolis in its own right but if you step into your car and drive off in any directing, within the hour you will find yourself in a completely different setting. With that in mind, the girls and I packed our bags and took a two hour drive to Prince Edward County.

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New Clay/ hydrating Masks by Didier Young

Guys, can we take a second and talk about the fact that it is already mid August? While it has been fun to soak in the sun and get three shades darker than my usual concealer, I’ll have to admit that I am looking forward to the cooler days to come. First of all, fall fashion is simply the best and secondly, I love being a homebody and put on my sweatpants, brew some hot tea and log onto Netflix. One of the great things about having a good reason to stay indoors is that I also have much more time to concentrate on my skincare routine and namely, do even more masks than usual. Today I just wanted to talk briefly about some of the new masks that I’ve recently either purchased or received as gifts.


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A Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake with Atelier Cologne by Didier Young

Back when I was a child, I recall being told that the best wines in the world came from France and Italy. As an adult I realized that, much like Santa Claus, some of the things that I was lead to believe turned out to be erroneous. I discovered Australian wines and the delectable ones from Chile but it is not until I moved to Canada that I’ve had the chance to give the local wines a try. The Niagara-on-the-lake region in Ontario is one of the major locations for wineries in the country and they have stepped up their game and produced some award winning wines throughout the years. Last week, we had the chance to take a small detour to Canada’s wine county courtesy of Atelier Cologne.

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The Skincare & Beauty Products that I Cannot Travel Without by Didier Young

Life truly does work in mysterious ways. Do you ever have something that you really want to do in the back of your mind but simply don't have the opportunity or time to do? That something was travelling for me. Although I’ve always envied my friends who were jetting from location to location, my previous job took too much of my personal time for me to be able to afford the luxury of travelling. Even though I’ve been a freelance blogger for two years now, I still had issues dedicating time to travelling until a few months ago when I started doing more press trips. 

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Travel Diaries: New York by Didier Young

Much like the late Frank Sinatra, I’ve wanted to be part of New York, New York for the longest time. Unfortunately due to some complicated logistics, I have never had the chance to step foot in the States in the nine years during which I’ve lived in Toronto, Canada. This May I decided to take matters in my own hand and booked my first trip to the Big Apple in an attempt to decipher the mysteries of the beloved city.

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Mont Tremblant and Armani's Acqua Di Gio Absolu by Didier Young

When Giorgio Armani decided to launch his first cologne Acqua Di Gio close to twenty years ago, the designer knew that he was taking a big risk. After all, he was the face of a brand known for its apparel and this first foray into beauty could either become a stepping stone or be a major flop. Luckily for him, Acqua di Gio turned out to be a massive commercial success and it is still the leading men’s fragrance on the market nowadays. To celebrate the launch of Acqua Di Gio Absolu, I was lucky enough to be invited to partake in a sensory experience in Mont Tremblant, Québec.

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Canadian Opera Company: Anna Bolena by Didier Young

A few months ago, I attended my very first opera at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts and I had such a lovely time that I was looking forward to my next excursion to the gorgeous building. Little did I know that it would happen sooner than later and last week, we headed there once again for the opening night of the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.

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24 hours In Montréal with Porter Airlines: New Instagrammable Spots by Didier Young

Out of all the Canadian cities, I am glad that I picked Toronto to be my home. Afterall, the city does offer a lot of opportunities and it is imbued with an intoxication energy that never fails to empower me. However, Montréal was a close second when it came down to finding myself a Canadian home. While the french city tugs at my heartstrings with its gorgeous architecture and food scene, unfortunately its winter was the ultimate factor that caused it to come second to Toronto. I try to visit as often as possible and when Sabrina suggested that we should go for a day trip to the city, we immediately booked our Porter flights.

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How to Get Motivated Without Leaving your Bed by Didier Young

We are fast approaching the middle of April and it is still snowing in Toronto. I remember the first year I arrived in Canada, it was already warm enough by Saint Patrick’s day for me to simply walk around in a tee-shirt and now I am still debating if I should put away my parka or not. Sure, snow is quite pretty to look at but this prolonged winter is starting to take a toll on my psyche. During the colder months, I do tend to become a hermit and remain confined in the warm cocoon that I call home. However, spending too much time at home does end up driving me a tad mental plus it’s hard to find the motivation to write when you’re not being exposed to anything new. Here’s a couple of things that you could do to spark some fire back into your daily routine without having to move out of your bed.

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Blogger Drama & The Importance of remaining True to Yourself by Didier Young

As I sat down to write this blog post, it dawned on me that my blog is almost at its two year anniversary. I still feel immensely blessed to be able to call this my full time job and it truly wouldn’t have been possible without all of you. What started off as a platform for me to review new food places and openings in Toronto slowly transitioned into a lifestyle blog and a place where I could share my thoughts and feelings. I remember the first time I decided to publish a personal blog post and I felt so anxious about how it would be received and you guys were so supportive through it all. However, when it came down to somewhat polarized subjects, I obviously garnered a few nods of disapproval.

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Branding and Growing on Instagram by Didier Young

One of the most common questions that I receive via Direct messaging on my Instagram seems to be about social media growth. The subject of growth on the platform has been brought up multiple times in the recent months due to the increasing difficulty to reach a broader audience. With the algorithm set in place, the weird non-chronological feed and the issue of shadow banning when it comes to hashtags, Instagram has become a hard beast to tame. Don’t worry, this isn’t another blog post by a blogger complaining about a decrease in likes or unethical practices in the industry. The focus of this post is about something far more important: branding.

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A lunch with Thierry Wasser, perfumer of the House of Guerlain by Didier Young

Created in 1828, the house of Guerlain has had a huge impact in the history of perfumery, skincare and cosmetics. Favoured by Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, the brand soon became the official perfumer of the french court which created an influx of demands from other European royalty including Queen Isabella II of Spain, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sissi. Guerlain created a legacy embedded in quality and innovation, two characteristics that explain the brand’s longevity. I recently had the opportunity to attend a lunch hosted by Guerlain to mark the launch of their new fragrance, Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum florale.

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Clarity by Didier Young

I was sitting in front of my laptop yesterday trying to figure out the topic of this week’s blog post. It has been a busy couple of weeks and I haven't had much time to sit down and ponder upon the next article that I wished to write. Even though so much had happened, I simply felt mentally drained but I still felt the pressure to post something today. I felt the need to post weekly on the blog to remain relevant and to keep producing content which in turn started making me feel anxious. So yesterday afternoon I decided to take a step back.

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A Night at the Opera by Didier Young

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said that “Music is the universal language of mankind.” There is something sublimely intriguing about music and its ability to convey emotions, whether you understand the language being sung or not. I grew up during the Disney Renaissance Age where music was a focal point of every one of their movies and, as such, I grew to love musical theatre. However, I surprisingly never managed to attend an opera performance until last week.

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Travel Diaries: Copenhagen by Didier Young

The first time I went to Copenhagen was over a year and a half ago, slightly before the launch of www.didieryhc.com . The royal Danish city was a place that I was excited to cross off the top of my bucket list and even though my stay there was short, it was one of the most memorable trips of my life. I did not originally shoot the following images with a blog post in mind, however I recently stumbled upon them on my hard drive and I decided to freshen them up. My editing style has changed since then and it's fascinating to see how a little bit of extra saturation can truly bring an image to life. With that in mind, I am finally posting a photo diary of my favourite European city.

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