Holiday 2015 - Gift Guide for the Traveller


I'm back with my second gift guide today, and this one is all about the traveller in your life! Check it out!

1. Weekender bag: Everyone needs a great weekender bag, and I love the options from Cuyana, Everlane, and Lo & Sons.

2. Sleep mask: A great staple for travel. I use mine on the plane to get some Zzzzs before landing, or to blacken out a not-so-dark hotel room.

3. This Is Ground Tech Dopp Kit: Have I mentioned that I love This Is Ground products? This Tech Dopp Kit comes in 3 different sizes, and can be used for more than just tech. (Want to get someone a gift from TIG this holiday season? Use this link for $10 off)

4. Travel Guide: Is your friend already for stocked for travel? Get them a travel guide for their next trip! I love the Wallpaper Guides, and they're nice to put on the bookshelf when you come home.

5. Battery Buddy: Great for recharging on a long flight, or just on the go!

6. Travel toiletries: I bought this kit last holiday season for myself, and some of the products are either still going strong, or I purchased them in full size. A great way to try new products, and this kit also has everything you need for travel. A great set for gifting!

7. TSA-approved liquids bag: Ditch the ziplock bag and gift a stylish, functional, and sturdy TSA-approved toiletry bag!

8. Laundress travel kit: I'm a big fan of packing carry-on only, which means extending my wardrobe by keeping it fresh! I love this travel set from the Laundress to de-crease and spot clean.

Any other great ideas for the traveller? Tell me in the comments below! And in case you missed it, find my first gift guide here.


Holiday 2015 - Gift Guide for the Gal Who Has It All


Can anyone else believe that we're already more than halfway through November?!? Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us! While holiday posts pre-December may seem somewhat early, I wanted to get some gift guides out this week before Black Friday hits (in case you wanted to take advantage of some sales!). This gift guide has some ideas for the girl who has everything, and are some nice ideas just in general. Keep reading for all the details!

1. Cuyana Classic Alpaca Cape: This is such a luxury item that I'm sure any gal would love to receive! I like to travel with mine, to use it as a cape, scarf, or blanket on the plane. When at home, it's always draped over my desk chair for easy access for snuggling in.

2. Peter Thomas Roth Mask-a-holic Vault: Everyone likes to treat themselves to a great at-home facial, and this set includes all of Peter Thomas Roth's bestselling masks! Personally, I've tried the Pumpkin and Cucumber ones, and they're amazing. The perfect gift for a skincare-a-holic!

3. Luxury Candle: Unless the giftee is particularly sensitive to scents, luxury candles make great holiday gifts. My picks would be the Dark Amber & Ginger Lily candle from Jo Malone, or Dyptique's Sapin for a more festive option.

4. Coffee Table Book: When all else fails for gift ideas, an eye-catching coffee table book is a great way to go. My picks for this season are the new Kate Spate All In Good Taste, and Garance Dore's Love Style Life.

5. Lo & Sons Seville Tote: This may very well be my favourite item on this list, and I'm going to have to try really hard not to purchase one myself! Lo & Sons make great quality bags (I own the OMG, which is a great option for travellers), and the innovation in their new Seville Tote make it the ultimate tote bag. I'm adding this to my own personal wish list!

6. Instant Camera: Instant camera's are such fun gifts, especially if the person you are gifting to has never played around with one before. This is the newest one in my collection, and while it doesn't use the polaroid-esque film, its minimalistic design, ease of use, and price point make it a great holiday gift!

7. This Is Ground Mod Mobile: You may see a theme with This Is Ground products, as there is one in each of my gift guides, but they really are that good! I love my Mod Mobile (read more here), and the updates on the Mod Mobile 2 make it even more functional! All of TIG's products are handmade in DTLA, and they now offer monogramming for an extra special touch.

If you have any other ideas, or have created a gift guide of your own, link them up in the comments below! And stay tuned later this week for my gift guide for the traveler, as well as stocking stuffers!


OOTD - A little bit 70s


What are your feelings on the 70s? I think the 60s may be more my thing (Sean Connery as James Bond, Jaguar E Types, The Beatles!), but I'm trying to embrace the current 70s fashion trend, even if just in a small way. While this dress may not scream 70s, add a floppy hat and some coppery eyeshadow, and we're about as close to the 70s as I'm going to get! Keep reading for more photos and outfit details.

Dress - Aritzia, Trench - Topshop (old, similar), Purse - Zac Zac Posen (similar), Booties - Ash (similar), Hat - H&M (old, similar)

Burgundy/maroon has definitely been my go-to shade this season. I think I may have gone a tad overboard, but at least it's injected some much-needed color into my fall wardrobe. For a moment if brought back awful memories of high school gym uniforms past (*shudder*), but I quickly got over that and embraced it as this seasons must-have shade. It's everywhere!

I'm trying to love the 70s, I really am, but I'm a 60s gal all the way. Give me a mod mini dress and let me channel my inner Audrey! Make sure you check out my gal pal Joelle's blog though, as her 70s style is on point! I may need to hire her as my stylist for this season ;)


p.s. If you're interested in the makeup look from these photos, check out this post here.

The Weekend Edit Vol. 59


Hey there! Coming to you today from the comfort of my couch, which is a very nice feeling after the day I had yesterday. Ever show up to the airport for your flight, only to be told by the airline that they have you scheduled for tomorrow? Yet your itinerary says today? No? Well that's what happened to me yesterday! After much stressful waiting while the airline attendants worked some magic, they managed to get me out on yesterdays flight. I treated myself to a manicure during my layover after the ordeal (gotta say, the airport manicures aren't that bad!), and was very glad to sleep in my own bed last night.

All that aside, luckily I get over travel mishaps fairly easily (except perhaps the forever lost luggage of 2007 ordeal...that one still hurts), and have happy memories of my most recent business trip. Being at my current job for 4 years, this was my first time going to this particular conference and it was definitely one of the best ones ever. Hopping from pool to meetings to beach to work dinners (on the beach!) was pretty amazing, and although it was work I treated it somewhat like a well deserved mini vacation as well. Can't wait to be back at the Sandpearl Resort next year!

I'm going to get back to avoiding my laundry and unpacking, and if you're looking for a distraction as well, check out these links:

What beauty editors keep close at hand on their bedside tables.

If Snapchat existed in the 90s. This is hilarious!

As we head into winter here in Canada, I'm thinking of Spring trends! I'm excited for stripes (duh!), pyjama-inspired looks (yes!), and a new romantic vibe. What about you?

According to Hello Giggles, I used to be an extreme commuter. So grateful for my 20 minute public transit commute now.

Graphs about being an adult. Yup, pretty accurate!

Totally lusting over this adorable camera-shaped clutch from Kate Spade! Anyone looking for a Christmas gift idea for me? hehe

Happy weekend!

The Weekend Edit Vol. 58


I hope it's a wonderful fall day where you are...because it's cold and rainy here :(. I guess it's a great excuse to build a fire and snuggle up with a great book (on the last few chapters of The Martian!).

The next couple of weeks are going to be somewhat of a whirlwind, so guess what, I've started to work on Christmas shopping. Yup! Crazy huh? But between house sitting for my folks, a business trip to Tampa, and then a work retreat up north, we'll already be mid-November and it will be time to start making truffles and Christmas cookies before I jet off to an annual conference early December. Yikes! Good thing I got my new passport in the mail this week!

If you're stuck in some gloomy weather like me, check out these reads:

A list of 10 unusual beaches to visit. I've only ever been to #1, so I still have a lot to get to!

I'm a sucker for capsule wardrobes, and I really loved this Month of Outfits feature from Goop!

A round up of the Top 5 tinted moisturizers. Is your favourite on there? My beloved (but alas, pricey) Chantecaille Just Skin is, but where's Glossier Skin Tint?!?

If Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift's entire 1989 album wasn't amazing enough, then he interviewed her!

Grace Atwood is definitely one of my Instagram role models, and she did a great piece on her Instagram tips.

What are your plans this weekend?

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