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Rin's 8 Essentials to Survive 2020

It's November, folks. School is getting stressful, the weather's feeling grim, and we are most certainly deprived of sunlight.  This year has been a hell of a ride. In this new-found world of increased screen time, limited exposure to loved ones, and perpetual pandemic paranoia, the energy is feeling especially heavy. We have to get back to basics. I mean, if you're anything like me, procrastination is currently exhausting you more than the actual tasks. I can't *stress enough* the importance of taking care of ourselves and each other.  I have been looking away into a nostalgic abyss in the hopes that this new-found "normal" would make sense.  In the meantime, let's find our peace of mind by reconnecting with...

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Whatcha' Reading November 2020

Hi, I'm Katherine and I love books.For those of you who don't know me, I've taken on the position of copywriter/editor, online merchandiser, and photoshoot stylist (among other things) for Boutique Lustre. After a few years of being a huge fan of Lustre, Yasmine, and her designs, we found a way to work together. FUN FACT: Yasmine made my wedding dress!As I said, I love books. Always have, always will. I feel perfectly at home sitting cozily in a corner reading quietly for hours. (If I'm honest, it's not always "quietly." Sometimes I'm laughing or gasping out loud and occasionally throwing the book across the room if it's particularly upsetting.) Since COVID first hit Montréal in March, my husband and I have basically...

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A Snack and a Stain: Halloween Edition

Welcome to "A Snack and a Stain" the culinary edition of the Lustre Boutique newsletter, where Alex walks you through one of her favourite recipes and how to remove any ensuing stains from your beloved garments. Since time has lost all meaning, here's a friendly reminder that tomorrow is Halloween and Movember is just around the corner. Brace yourselves. In typical 2020 fashion, we're going to be doing things a little differently this year. Masks aren't just for costumes (or covering up a botched handlebar mustachio) anymore! You might be tempted to cancel Halloween, but that's so 2019. We've made it through 10 whole months of 2020! We're stronger, more resilient, and desperately in need of a novel excuse to...

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Yasmine Recommends . . . MÜ Skincare!

If you follow me on Social Media, then you know I love MÜ Skincare and Marie-Claude, its founder. She has single-handedly changed the way I view my skin and my skincare routine. Before meeting Marie-Claude, I had tried pretty much every brand from super intense acne creams to high-end natural products. This is by far the longest I’ve stuck to one brand, and I’m not looking anywhere else. Marie-Claude is an aesthetician who developed her own line of high-end natural, vegan, and (very) active products. She wanted to treat her clients with the products she knew would truly heal their skin. With the help of a chemist, she started cooking and perfecting one product at a time until she had what she needed...

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#BlackLivesMatter Reading List

Here's a somewhat curated recommended reading list for your #BlackLivesMatter and anti-racist education. We'll be delving into these ourselves; let's learn, grow, and keep the conversation going.---- Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) by Carol Tavris- Between the Wolrd and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin- Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper- How Nonviolent Struggle Works by Gene Sharp- The New Urban Crisis by Richard Florida- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander- Toxic Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid- Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo and Michael Eric Dyson- Me and White Supremacy by Robin Diangelo and Layla Saad- The Color of Law by...

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