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Taste of Life Magazine is France & Canada's leading luxury lifestyle magazine in Chinese and English.

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Mustard Chinese Cabbage

Taste of Life

After indulging in the rich delicacies of the Chinese New Year feast, it’s time to lighten up for spring with a healthful and refreshing plate. These mustard Chinese cabbage rolls, a traditional Beijing dish, are just what the doctor ordered — made with pickled Chinese cabbage, they are easy to put together and are packed with health benefits for skin and digestion. The combination of tart and sweet flavours and crisp texture makes for a zesty appetizer, or a light palate-cleansing course between meat or fish dishes.

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HAUTE DÉCOR

Kate Missine

Decorating the home for a joyful holiday gathering does not have to mean over-the-top exuberance. Set the scene for a season as tranquil as it is celebratory with the simple elegance of dark wood, dressed up with subtle prints and just a touch of sparkle.

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PREP YOUR FACE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Skin Superheroes

From harsh winter weather to holiday chaos, the season’s stresses are rough on your skin. Face them head-on with these hard-working skin-saver duos, here to get tough on harmful elements and protect your beauty’s greatest asset. 

Smooth Operators by  Dior

Fine sugar extract and lotus seed combine into a powder-to-foam formula to gently cleanse and exfoliate, and the balm-textured mask infuses and plumps the epidermis in just three minutes for a healthy, supple glow.


Hydration Heroes by CHANEL

Patented micro-droplet technology harnesses powerful antioxidants from the camellia flower and blue ginger to maintain skin’s moisture levels, and Chanel’s iconic cult cream will comfort, protect, and strengthen the skin’s delicate barrier. 


Power Lifters by La Prairie

Precious caviar extract gives this satiny serum and this lush velvety cream their intense hydration and lasting lift power, both refining and lifting skin visibly upon application and enhancing elasticity and firmness over the long term.


Bright Champions by Caudalie

White peony extract and glycolic acid work to brighten complexion and remove dead skin cells in a lightweight emulsion, while a serum rich in viniferine, a grapevine sap extract, evens tone and reduces the appearance of dark spots.


Lip Service

The secret to a plump, picture-perfect pout? Soft, smooth and hydrated lips. Pamper and protect their fragile skin with these must-have beauty balms that will keep your kisses party-ready through the holiday season.  

 
 

Haute Giving

Many Ngom

Haute couture is synonymous with glitz and glamour, but there is more to fabulous fashion than meets the eye. Some of the world’s premier fashion houses and designers are no less renowned for their philanthropic work, tirelessly dedicating time and resources to the social causes they are passionate about. From lending a helping hand to disadvantaged youth, to cancer research and supporting the arts, these five charitable couturiers prove that the beauty of their showstopping styles is anything but skin-deep. 

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American Beauty

From Les Beaux-Arts restoration to Habitat for Humanity, supporting children’s literacy to beating breast cancer, the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives are far-reaching; a product of the designer’s all-American generosity. Beginning over 40 years ago with a collection of ties, Ralph Lauren has grown his legendary label into an icon of American style and tradition.

 

 

 
 

Carolina Herrera  lev radin / Shutterstock.com

Carolina Herrera  lev radin / Shutterstock.com

Class Act

Always the image of impeccable elegance, Carolina Herrera is no stranger to glowing accolades, both for her refined collections, which range from fashion to fine fragrance and bridal couture, to her dedication to community and charity. The Venezuelan-born designer has been recognized with a number of awards for her philanthropic service, including receiving the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion at the Crystal Charity Ball, which raises funds for children’s charities.

 

Herrera’s zest for life is captured in this scene-stealing crimson ball gown, which needs nothing but understated black accessories and a diamond sparkle to shine on the red carpet.

 
 

Girl Power

Lebanese fashion guru Elie Saab has generated a cult following with his exquisitely embellished fabrics and a unique philosophy that fuses West and East and has captured the hearts of royalty and Hollywood darlings. Focusing on flowing silhouettes that show off the female shape, the designer’s understanding of women’s needs has led him to founding the Girl of Now Initiative, an organization that works to empower women around the world and inspire young females to achieve their full potential. 

Elie Saab

In an ensemble ideal for tomorrow’s rising star, sophisticated black lace gets topped with a sharp military overcoat and simply accented with gold detail. 

 
 

Monique Lhuillier

Pretty in Blue

Whimsical, playful, and luxuriously feminine are epithets that have described Monique Lhuillier’s wonderfully effervescent designs, which range from her trademark bridal line to ready-to-wear and luxury-lifestyle collections. The designer gives back through her many charitable engagements, such as the Philanthropic Society Los Angeles, which fosters community initiatives to support at-risk youth. 

True to her girlish style, a flounced trumpet gown evokes the blue-and-white patterns of delicate porcelain fit for a royal tea party, coupled with sumptuously soft velvet and dainty accessories in an uplifting cobalt shade. 

 
 

Island Soul

A name that’s become synonymous with black-tie finery, Dominican-born Oscar de la Renta has for decades stood in a haute couture league all his own, reaching international acclaim for dressing Jacqueline Kennedy in 1960. A known philanthropist in his lifetime, the designer served on the boards of Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera, and dedicated an entire collection to cancer research. These are just a few of his philanthropic pursuits. 

Oscar de la Renta

An impeccably tailored black dress is the couturier’s signature — and this showstopping version, splashed with vibrant embroidery and complemented with tropical-hued accessories, is the perfect tribute to the designer’s generosity and colourful heritage. 

 
 

Text by Kate Missine  Produced by Many Ngom