An outfit is never complete without a little bit of pop. Whether it be colourful bangles, sleek stilettos or a rockin’ floppy hat, sometimes you just need that somethin’somethin’ to make your outfit a game changer. With the Summer approaching, it’s time to get yourself, and your wardrobe ready to shine. While modest jewellry is perfect for Winter, in the Summer, people tend to go out of their comfort zone and choose something that really helps them stand out. So, if you’re interested in spicing up your summer style, but don’t know where to go, why don’t you check these places out.
3664 St-Laurent blvd
Kooka’s style is definitely on trend. They have intricate pieces, that tie together any outfit you choose. It’s an affordable way to buy costume jewelry that will last you longer than three wears.
2. Art Pop
129 Avenue Mont-Royal Est
The accessories at Art Pop Boutique have a Pinterest-y vibe. Their jewelry is a mix of whimsical designs in bronze and gold and quirky colourful pieces. They will make your outfit a fun little mishmash.
977 Saint Catherine Street West
Yes, I am aware that this is a strange option to put on the list, but just hear me out. All of the jewelry I have ever bought at Simon’s has been great. It lasts a long time and you have so many options. Walking in to their accessories department is like Christmas. Not only does Simon’s have a great selection of rings and necklaces, but they also have really colourful, bright bags and shoes. It’s an accessory A-Plus for me.
4. A La Mode Montreal
If bright and bold is your jive, A La Mode is the place for you. They do a variety of different accessories, including home décor, but I am personally a fan of their clothing. A La Mode primarily deals in shoes and bags, which is great because that is my shopping kryptonite. Their look is practical and comfortable, yet still fashion forward
5. Boutique Creatures
171 Mont-Royal E.
I love to wear summer accessories with an edge. It juxtaposes you cutsy summer sundress, giving a look that is both complex and put together. Boutique Creatures should be your choice for just that. I personally like their bags because they are black, studded and make me feel v. rock and roll.
6. Solo Echantillons
1328 Avenue Laurier E
Solo Enchantillons is the place to buy your beach wear In Montreal. They have everything from, adorable bikinis’ to big shady sun hats!
7. Coccinelle Jaune
4236 Rue Sainte-Catherine E,
More commonly known as “The Yellow Lady Bug” to us Anglos, this is the place with the most selection of bracelets. Like uber cute ones too. They have a boho atmosphere, complete with glass blown and silver bangles.
8. FaFa Montreal
1455, rue Peel,
If you are all about bags all the time, then FaFa is the place for you. They have literally everything from totes to clutches. I think they’re perfect for summer, because their items are mad affordable to those shopping on a budget. I love their wide selection of summer leather bags. They have all the quality of your Winter purse, with the flare of Summer.
9. Watch Station
1019 Rue Ste-Catherine O,
The product is in the name. Even though the summer is generally a time of year to relax, you still gotta keep your eye on the clock. The Watch Station has anything and everything you could ever want when it comes to a watch.
10. Eva B
2015, ST. LAURENT BLVD
Eva B may seem more like a clothing locale, but do not be fooled my dear friends. I have found a lot of cute accessory items from this place. They’re mostly chillin’ in the small bins at the front of the store. If you don’t mind digging around for an unorthodox pair of hoops, you’ll be golden.
Why You Need To Go: With incredible views, this terrasse recently opened atop the Humaniti building as part of the Humaniti Hotel. It's definitely going to be on Montrealers' must-do lists for summers to come.
"Quebec needs plasma donors," the sponsored post says. The caption reads: "Plasma donation changes the lives of thousands of Quebecers. Plan your visit to a donation centre near you."
Three months of abstinence
Beneath the non-profit organization's post are more than 400 comments. Some ask questions about the difference between plasma and blood (plasma is the liquid portion of blood), while others ask if vaccinated folks can give blood (yes, they can).
Then there are comments like this: "I would but I'm gay and you won't let me," "Then stop your prejudice of gay people" and "I'll think about it when they stop being homophobic entirely."
According to Héma-Québec, "a man whose last sexual contact with a man was 3 or more months ago can give plasma."
While this does not rule out gay donors, the three-month restriction does not apply to lesbians, men who have sex with women or women who have sex with men.
"I would totally donate blood, but I am a healthy gay man and you don't want me because of who I sleep with (even though I have been with the same partner for 21 years). Good luck with your antiquated rules, in an age where you can screen blood for HIV and other pathogens very very quickly. So there you go, do without, it's absolutely no loss on me. So now, stop advertising on my feed," wrote a Facebook user. He asked to be identified as "a member of Montreal's gay community" to protect his privacy.
"It's honestly ridiculous that they even still have this restriction. If women can sleep with men and donate no problem, then there is absolutely no reason why men who sleep with men (or, in your case, one man) should be denied. All of the donations are tested anyway," Gatineau resident Jami Tatlock replied.
On its website, Héma-Québec responds to the question, "Why must a homosexual couple in a stable relationship wait 3 months without having sex?" in order to donate blood.
"Sex can contribute to the propagation of viruses that may be transmitted to other individuals through blood transfusions. Héma-Québec uses a range of very rigorous screening tests. Despite the high performance of these tests, the risk of an infected blood donation going undetected, however slight, is not zero because of the sensitivity limitations of the tests," it says.
"For this reason, despite the use of screening tests, we exclude donors at high risk of infections that might be transmitted through blood."
Héma-Québec describes the three-month window as a period of risk or a "silent period" when people could be asymptomatic and test negative, despite being infected with HIV or Hepatitis. The three-month restriction also applies to people who have gotten piercings or tattoos.
Laurent Paul Ménard, Héma-Québec's media relations director, told MTL Blog the organization is working to make blood donation more inclusive as "scientific evidence becomes available and blood product safety is shown."
Ménard pointed out that, since 2013, Héma-Québec has submitted multiple requests asking Health Canada — which must approve all changes to donor eligibility criteria — to reduce the qualification criteria for men who have sex with men.
Between 1992 and 2013, a man who had sex with another man — even once — could never donate blood. In 2013, a man had to wait five years after having sex with another man to donate. In 2016, the deferral period was reduced to one year. And, in 2019, one year was reduced to three months.
A new behaviour-based approach
Ménard said Héma-Québec is planning to submit to Health Canada again to ask for a new approach that takes behaviour into account, based on a model recently adopted in the U.K.
Héma-Québec, he said, will ask Health Canada to allow some sexually active men who have one same-sex partner to donate without any restrictions.
In the meantime, some potential donors are left torn between doing good and standing up for what they believe is right.
"I am torn now between donating myself," Tatlock told MTL Blog. "I want to help people, but I also kind of want to hold off until they change their homophobic policies as a kind of protest."
According to Ménard, Héma-Québec will submit the request to Health Canada by the end of this year.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Minister of Justice Simon Jolin-Barrette and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Isabelle Charest presented Bill 92, an act to move for "the creation of a specialized court in matters of sexual violence and domestic violence and relating to the training of judges in these matters."
"We no longer want people who are victims of sexual or domestic violence to hesitate to report and file a complaint in Quebec," Jolin-Barette said.
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Jolin-Barrette insisted that "culture change is needed in the justice system and must happen."
The purpose of this special court on sexual and domestic violence, is, according to the minister, "to restore victims' confidence in the justice system, reduce delays and better meet the needs of victims with adapted and coordinated services."
The mandate comes out of 190 recommendations made in a report by a special government working group on sexual and domestic violence in Quebec, which was tabled last year.
"You can continue to count on the determination of the entire government [...] to make the necessary changes to better support the victims because I wish them to feel accompanied and respected in their process, to be prepared, and equipped during their testimony in court," said Charest.
If you require resources or assistance surrounding sexual assault in Quebec, the CAVAC helpline is available 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-532-2822. Other crisis lines and 24/7 options can be found at The Lifeline Canada.