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Isabelle reveals her must-have August items

02/08/2017 Isabelle Racicot

For me, the month of August is the highlight of summer. It's the equivalent of 7 in a 5 à 7 where the last part is always the most interesting. Everyone has arrived, the discussions have started, people are a little tipsy and you don't want the moment to end. August is also corn season, it's the perfect month for a BBQ, the temperature is often extraordinary and people are more relaxed. This is exactly when we say that summer can not end, not yet.

To get your through the month, here are some of my current favourite items, tested and approved!

I hear she’s a real bitch, by Jen Agg

Owner of restaurants like The Black Hoof, Gray Gardens, Rhum Corner, Cocktail Bar in Toronto and Agriko in Montreal, author Jen Agg does not have a loss for words! This feminist, who has long denounced the famous "boys club" of the restaurant industry, tells the story of her life (the ups, downs and very low) in a straightforward and lucid way in her book I Hear she's a Real Bitch. Throughout my read, I thought, "I want to be her friend!" Unfortunately, for now, the book is only in English, but I'm sure a French version will be available shortly. Happy reading!

Yes to white after Labour Day

No white after Labour Day is the rule, but I don't care and I don't follow it! I love wearing my white jeans with a grey sweater on a beautiful Fall day. With this in mind, if you do not yet own a pair of white jeans, it is NEVER too late! Be sure to choose a pair that is stretchy and good quality, otherwise you might end up seeing your cellulite through your white jeans (not too sexy). For years now, I have been wearing these white jeans by Yoga Jeans.

Makeup Obsession

Urban Decay’s Quick Fix Priming Spray moisturizes and instantly softens the skin. “Use this spray in the morning to prep and “wake up” your skin before applying makeup, at night before your treatment, or anytime you need a quick boost,” the company says. I add: use it all the time! Seriously, I became addicted to this moisturizing mist that I spray on my face, on my neck and on my chest. Its sweet smell slightly scented with coconut gives me the impression of being in the South any time of the year and leaves my skin feeling fresh. The mist contains, among others, vitamin B3, Sepitonic ™ M3 and coconut water.

Sustainable and stylish hoodie

I immediately fell in love with this long hoodie the first time I saw it at The Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers. Perfect to go grocery shopping in style on a Saturday or to visit my friend's cottage (hello, Patricia and Louis-François).

The serum that changed my skin

The TNS essential serum is the first thing I put on my face in the morning. Its formula includes natural growth factors, powerful antioxidants and other specialized ingredients that help to regenerate our skin. Since I started using it morning and night, my skin is definitely more beautiful, the pores of the skin are tighter and I have a more radiant complexion. However, I do find it to be a little pricey, but as someone who works in the era of HD TV, it’s important to me to have beautiful skin.