Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What I Wore : Chicwish + A Giveaway

There are few things more perfect than a comfy sweater.
The only thing I can think of is an equally cozy vest.
My favourite when it's too cold to go without but still mild enough to leave sans coat.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide '14 : What to get Him {Under $100}

I love the thrill of finding something for someone that they would want but would never dream of getting themselves.
It's not necessarily based on price but rather, the whole need vs want debate.
I find my husband to be like that - there are lots of things he would like to have, but more often than not, the necessities win out.
Christmas is the time for a little bit of splurging don't you think?
After all, he has been pretty good all year.

I couldn't resist including the skull shaped Crystal Head Vodka above. Canadian made and a fabulous idea for a bar owner or a Sons of Anarchy lover.
Mine happens to be both.

Tell me, do you still buy a Christmas gift for your husband?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The RBC Avion Holiday Boutique Experience

I may be partial, but Yorkdale? It has always been my favourite mall in the city.
It could be because it holds so many childhood memories - I grew up in the neighbourhood and spent many a Saturday there shopping with my mother.
To really date myself, Eaton's was where the food court now sits - Simpson's was where The Hudson's Bay is and Santa? His surroundings were all 70's green.
you know the one I mean.

Shopping at Yorkdale today, is such a different experience - I lug my own children along, usually the youngest two, and although they're not bad little shoppers, at Christmas time, that all goes out the window.
Enter the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Stylish Kid : The Next Big Thing + A Stuck on You Giveaway

Big news around these parts.
Ms. Ava Grace has officially started her journey towards becoming the next Eugenie Bouchard.
oh wait, that's my husband dreaming...
Alas, it's true - she is the youngest child at our local tennis school and also the only leftie in her class. 
She's catching on surprisingly well and even hits the ball with pretty good force sometimes. They are so good with her - and she's having fun which is what is most important.
well, that and looking really, really cute.

The team at Stuck on You, our long time friends, sent Ava over a few goodies recently and she, of course, was beyond excited to carry her own water bottle in her own personalized messenger bag to her weekly lesson.
The towel below? She uses it exclusively.
After all, it is "Ava Grace's Towel".
Adorable right? 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide : What to get Her {under $100}

Join me here each Tuesday through Christmas as I share my annual gift guides -
for her, for him and for the littles.
Today, you will find gifts perfect for the special women in your life, all under $100.
click photo for full item details

I officially started my shopping this weekend.
I swear I will get it done early this year.
Happy Shopping.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Seventeen : Imperfectly Perfect

My husband and I celebrated 17 years of marriage yesterday. 
So much has happened over those years - 
3 homes.
3 children.
A separation.
Yes, I said separation.
Marriage does not come without it's difficulties. If you are married, you know what I mean. And no marriage is perfect.
Those that pretend their's is, are doing just that - pretending. 
In my younger, naive days, I think I thought it would be all champagne and roses.
I definitely had unrealistic expectations.
Throw in a couple of children and woah. Things are not what you thought they would be.

We were lucky. 
We spent our time apart wisely. And when we decided to give it another go, couples therapy truly helped us. Cannot tell you how much.
Now, almost 9 years since that time, our marriage feels solid. Different. 
Is it always lovey dovey? Hell no. But when I get home and something crazy has happened to me during the course of the day?
He truly is the first person I want to tell. 
He makes me crazy. And he makes me laugh.
Just like a best friend should.

In the spirit of sharing the imperfectly perfect marriage we share -
here are just a few outtakes from our big day. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

What I Wore : The Statement Earring and a Stella + Dot Giveaway

Sometimes, all it takes is that one perfect piece to make an entire outfit go from classic to classic with an edge.
I am all about the latter.
I wore these incredible, art-deco inspired Stella + Dot earrings to the White House Black Market preview in New York a few weeks ago and they were definitely a conversation piece.
The gals couldn't believe how simple they were to change up.
Easily taking you from office to evening.
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