Fashion designer, style expert,
doting Mom of two.
Nice to Meet You!
I began my career in fashion design at the iconic House of Chanel in Paris. Profoundly inspired by my experience working under fashion genius Karl Lagerfeld, I created my own fashion label Ziliotto in Toronto.
After more than a decade of owning a boutique in the heart of the Danforth, I've recently moved to Montreal with my amazing family. Ready to take the virtual plunge, I am here to share with you my thoughts on style and fashion, body positivity and dressing to suit your shape.
I specialize in wardrobe consultations and providing style advice and tips. Helping people find their unique style personality is my passion, and I share ideas through weekly YouTube videos, blogs and social media posts. Every few months, I also organize pop-up shops to showcase my collections and collaborations.
Welcome to the world of Ziliotto! I am so glad you decided to join me on this journey of finding the best you!
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I understand shopping on line can be tricky and as much as I guide you through the process sometimes it just doesn't work out. If that's the case then you can ship the unworn item, with tags still on, to me within two weeks of purchase for either an exchange, a refund or credit note. Just let me know! ( shipping not included )
Welcome to my World!
Before I embarked on my recent adventure of being a content creator, on line fashion curator and began rediscovering myself in the quaint city of Saint-Lambert in Quebec, I owned a retail fashion store in the heart of the Danforth, called (no prizes for guessing) Ziliotto. Not only is Zilotto my brand and my world, it is a clubhouse where like-minded women promote body positivity and uplift each other. It was wonderful giving style advice to my awesome clientele and helping them declutter and reinvent their wardrobe to be their most authentic best selves. I also dabbled in children's wear and we carried a range of accessories like gorgeous belts, stockings, jewellery and shoes, as well as beautiful artwork, soaps, artisanal bowls and homemade jams. I cannot begin to explain what a wonderful and life changing experience more than a decade of Ziliotto has been, but I can definitely share a few pictures to open up a few glimpses of my world to you. Welcome...
We all need that occasional help in organizing our closets. Feeling overwhelmed by the clutter and don't know where to begin? Don't quite know what looks define you? Fear not, I am here to help. Get in touch and together, we can rebuild a wardrobe that serves you best.
You can choose to hire me for an-hour-and-a-half or three hours, for which we will scan your closet together and decide on yays and nays. I will also provide outfit ideas, a continued Pinterest board with outfit inspirations personalized to suit your taste, as well as a list of pieces to buy and where to buy them from.
Planning a trip to Quebec soon? I can be your personal shopper and take you to some of the best stores here to help you find some vital wardrobe staples. Together, we will work on finding what you most need in your closet and enjoy some great sights of the city in the process. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Inspiration From my Kitchen
Some healthy recipes from my kitchen that will be loved by everyone. They are also great for you health wise, so go on, try them. You will definitely be making them again!
Have You Tried my Granola?
I get asked for this recipe a lot because I love to make it as a gift and give it to friends and family. I try to base the combinations on the time of year so that not only is it nutritious but also something I may be craving at the time or simply has a festive feel. At Christmas for example I usually do a Christmas granola infused with dried oranges, ginger and cloves, walnuts perhaps and anything that feels like the season. Read the complete recipe here
Now that cherries are in season this is one of my favourite deserts to make.
You can make it with either fresh or jarred cherries.
this recipe comes originally from my mother in law passed down to her from her mother.
3 tablespoons of flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 jar of cherries drained or 1 1/2 cups fresh cherries with pits
1 tablespoon of kirsch ( or brandy)
1 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar
Mix all ingredients together except vanilla sugar.
Beat and mix in the eggs and kirsch.
Put the cherries in the bottom of an ovenproof dish and pour the batter over the cherries. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins. Just before it's finished cooking sprinkle with the vanilla sugar.
Serve at room temperature.
Plum and raspberry crumble
This recipe is from one of my favourite cookbooks given to me by my good friend Julie.
It's called "Apples for Jam" and it is filled with lovely photos, heartfelt stories and amazing family recipes that are delicious.
This is supposed to be made with pears and blueberries but I've made it with all sorts of different fruits and it's just as good.
1 kg fruit
1 cup mixed berries
70 g sugar
200 g flour
50g brown sugar
150g softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Generously butter a 36x22x 6cm ovenproof dish. Halve the plums take out the pits and place them in the dish. Mix in the berries and sprinkle half the white sugar overtop.. Mix together the the flour, brown sugar and the rest of the white sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and vanilla and with your fingers rub the mixture together until you get a damp, sand like consistency. Scatter the topping over the fruit to cover it completely . Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is nicely golden. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream.
Barry's pork tenderloin
This recipe is one of my family's favourites. It's so easy to do and comes from a very special person in my family.
Sometimes I make extra and freeze the second piece so I can later pull it out of the freezer for a quick school night dinner.
Eaten with green beans, a green salad and potatoes and you've got a great dinner.
In a ziplock bag or a bowl put your meat and add
1 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup or less of soy sauce
you can also add ginger, lemon juice and any herb you like.
Marinade in the fridge overnight or at least 2 hours.
Heat the bbq or a skillet until hot.
Sear the meat on both sides then let cook about 12 mins, 6 minutes on both sides, until inside temperature is 139 degree. Let rest 3-5 mins
This recipe is a lifesaver in the winter to boost your immune system.
Elderberries are full of antioxidants and vitamin C. Both honey or maple syrup have
anti bacterial properties making this syrup delicious and ohh so good for you!
It,s really easy to make and my kids love it too ( well not always but its good for them! )
The only challenge is finding the elderberries. Check local farmer;s markets and health food stores.
For a 500ml
1 liter of water1.2 cup - 1 cup honey or maple syrup.
Boil the elderberries in the water until it becomes a thick syrup about 45 minutes.
Let cool then add the honey or maple syrup.
Drink 2 ounces every morning to stave off cold and flues.
Drink 2 ounces 3 times a day if you have a cold or flu.
My homemade Spicy oil
I make this recipe all the time. It's super easy super delicious, good for you and less expensive than most spicy oils.
For a 250ml
a variety of 8-10 different chilies
I buy thai chili, scotch bonnet, shisito, jalepeno chilies
3/4 cup olive oil
gently simmer the chilies in the oil until the become somewhat soft and very fragrant.
About 10 mins.
Remove from heat and place in a jar.
Does not need to be kept in the refrigerator depending on how often you use it.
Delicious Spelt flour Pear and Cranberry muffins
I adapted this recipe from Sophie Dahl,s cookbook Miss Dahl;s Voluptuous Delights.
I decided to add fresh cranberries because I've been craving them and I added less sugar than was called for.
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
-1 tsp ground ginger
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-145g Spelt flour-
145g rolled oats
-225g Pear fruit puree (organic baby food works great!)
-4 egg whites lightly beaten (I used 2 whole eggs lightly whipped)
-125ml natural yoghurt-
1 2 cup of maple syrup
-1 firm pear - peeled, cored and diced (+ an extra pear for decorative slices on top if you like)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Line a 12
muffin tin with paper cases.
Sift baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the flour and oats.
Make a well in the middle and add the wet ingredients and the raisins and diced pear. Fold it together, but don't over mix as a lumpy batter makes a lighter muffin.
Pour the batter into the tray, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Yummy Mousse au Chocolat
I got this recipe off the back of a Nestle Chocolate tablet when I was living in Paris and it is so easy to make and sooo good!
-200 grams good quality dark chocolate
pinch of salt
Melt the chocolate with a bit of water in the microwave or over a bain marie.
Separate the yolks and whites of the eggs and whip the whites with the salt until stiff peaks have formed. Add the egg yolks to the chocolate and stir until blended. Fold 1/3 of the whipped egg whites into the chocolate mixture at a time until all the chocolate is incorporated. Put the mousse into individual glass jars or one serving bowl and chill for at least 3 hours before serving.
Makes 6 jars
Cheesecake with caramel sauce
I got this recipe from Donna Hay instead of adding the lemon juice and rind I leave it out and cover the cake with a delicious store bought caramel sauce.
but you can easily make your own melting brown sugar, cream and vanilla.
For the recipe
please click here
Meatless Monday Night Eggplant Gratin
From the delicious Ina Garten cookbook Barefoot in Paris
I borrowed this cookbook from my best friend Julie (who's a vegetarian) and never gave it back. She did say I could have it after I told her how much a loved it. There are so many simple but delicious and easy recipes to follow in this cookbook I just love it. This one is one of my favourite's and is perfect if you are a vegetarian. "Hey Jules I'll make it for you sometime!"
olive oil for frying
1 eggplant sliced unpeeled
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cream ( I use whipping cream)
1 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper
1 cup marinara sauce ( I usual use either homemade or strained tomatoes in a jar)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
Fry the eggplant in the olive oil in small batches and drain ion a paper towel.
Add oil as you go as it get used up quickly.
In a small bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, eggs, cream 1/2 cup of the parmesan and salt and pepper.
In 1 of 4 individual gratin dishes layer the eggplant, marinara sauce the parmesan, salt and pepper then another layer of eggplant and then 1/4 of the ricotta mixture and another sprinkle of parmesan. Repeat this 4 times.
Place all the gratin in the oven for 10 minutes then lower the heat to 375 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes until the custard has set and the tops are browned. Serve immediately!
Petit Pots de Creme
Either vanilla or chocolate
This is from a French cookbook that I've had for awhile but I never tried this recipe until this Christmas. It is so easy to make and delicious and great if you need a gluten free dessert. I make several and use them for school lunches.
1 2/3 cup milk
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Prepare your ramekins and a roasting tin for a bain marie.
Put the milk in a saucepan. Spilt the vanilla pod in two, scrape out the seeds and put everything in the milk. Bring the milk just to a boil.
Meanwhile mix together the egg yolks, egg and sugar. Strain the boiling milk over the egg mixture and mix vigorously. Laddle into ramekins and place in the roasting tin. Add enough boiled water to reach half way up the sides of the ramekins and bake for 45 minutes or until set.
To make the chocolate pots add 1 tablespoon of cocoa and 2 oz. of good quality dark chocolate to the milk instead of the vanilla.
One of my favourite summer salads
This is so delicious when the tomatoes are ripe and the basil is plentiful. It is one of my favourite summer salads that I learned to make when I worked at Terroni many years ago. Caprese salad is the type of dish that tastes better with better quality ingredients so I usually only make it in the summer when the tomatoes are at their peak and I use the best quality olive oil I have on hand. I'm also a purest so I never add vinegar to this dish.
2 ripe tomatoes
salt and pepper
Mix all the ingredients and serve.
Chicken Liver Pate
This pate is delicious, easy to make and freezes well.
I got this recipe originally on line and have adapted it slightly. I love it because its delicous, good for you and you can put it in the freezer. So if you have unexpected guests coming over its the perfect thing to serve.
1kg organic chicken livers
1 tablespoon bourbon
fresh herbs such as sage or rosemary
half cup of butter
1 tablespoon bourbon
Fry the shallot in 2 tablespoons of butter until translucent. add the chicken livers and cook stirring until browned but still pink inside about 8 minutes. Add the bourbon and cook another minute. add salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and whizz in a food processor until completely creamy.
Clarify the remaining butter by melting it and removing the foamy residue.
Put liver pate in ramekins, top with clarified butter and fresh herbs. cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
Makes about 4 ramekins.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Why buy BBQ sauce when you can make it
I do a variation of this every time I use BBQ sauce depending on my mood and the meat.
2 cups of ketchup
half cup of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon fume mix from La Pincee
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of tabasco or chili of your choice.
Depending on what you are making you can add either bourbon, scotch or beer for more liquid.
Let your meat marinade or use right away. You can also boil this doen to spread on the meat at the last minute.
Rachaels's Ravioli dough
We did two types of dough, one with regular flour and one with spelt flour
both use the same ingredients.
1 tblsp. water
3 and a half cups flour
1.5 teaspoon fine sea salt.
Start your Kitchenaid mixer with the regular attachment with the flour in the bowl to start to break it up. Add sea salt.
Add eggs one at a time. Mix well, then slowly add water. change attachment to dough hook and continue to knead for about 10 minutes. check for dryness or wetness and add more flour or water as needed.
Once well incorporated let sit in a plastic wrap for at least 30 minutes to1 hour.
Then roll out.
My family's favourite
This recipe comes from a catering friend of mine. It is really easy to make and no fail every time.
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup of butter
2 cups of white sugar
1 cup of flour
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave about 1 minute and then 30 seconds until it's all melted. Or in a double boiler on the stove. Add the sugar to the melted chocolate and mix, then add in the eggs and all the other ingredients. Mix well.
Pour the batter into a buttered 9x12 inch pan and cook in a heated oven of 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool then serve.