Creating gift guides are a hell of a ton of work. Even though I’m finally completed the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guides for 2016, Best Buy managed to convince me to partner up and show you some I want – I got approved options for gifting this season. Best Buy is the place where all my electronic gear dreams come true.
GoPro HERO5 Black Waterproof 4K Sports & Helmet Camera
I’m obsessed with GoPros. Every time I’m in Whistler, I wish I had one strapped to me. I’m not doing anything really worth watching again but I’d really love the chance to share my adventures from my perspective. This one is 4K capable and waterproof. Perfect for Whistler and Barbados.
As part of this post, Best Buy sent me a gift and a gift for someone on my nice list. Being a nerd, I got a robot. The Sphero SPRK+ Robotic Ball is a programmable device that can move and light up in numerous ways. I have so much programming fun in store over the holidays. On my nice list is my barber at Hollow Ground Barber Shop, BeeJay. He received the Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm which was a perfect addition to his Nest thermostat. Thanks for the gifts Best Buy.
This post was sponsored by Best Buy Canada. The views and opinions expressed on this blog, however, are purely our own.
It’s that time of the year again. If the holidays have you a bit stressed out because you need to find that perfect gift, I’m here to help you out with the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide 2016. I’ve selected some of my favourite things in the hope that it helps you with make choices for everyone on your gift list. This year is heavy on the Canadian content with lots of choices for my favourite things: shoes, jewellery and clothing. My gift guides are focused on the Ladies but don’t totally write me off as there are lots of options for everyone.
So finally here is Part 3 of the I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. I guess this can be thought of as the procrastinators version. Ha Ha
It’s that time of the year again. If the holidays have you a bit stressed out because you need to find that perfect gift, I’m here to help you out with the I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. I’ve selected some of my favourite things in the hope that it helps you make choices for everyone (well maybe not everyone, but maybe your pickiest) on your gift list. This is year is heavy on the Canadian content with lots of choices for my favourite things: shoes, jewellery and clothing. My gift guides are focused on the Ladies but don’t totally write me off as there are lots of options for everyone.
It’s that time of the year again. If the holidays have you a bit stressed out because you need to find that perfect gift, I’m here to help you out with the I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. I’ve selected some of my favourite things in the hope that it helps you make fun and interesting choices for everyone on your gift list. This is year is heavy on the Canadian content with lots of choices for my favourite things: shoes, jewellery and clothing. My gift guides are usually focused on the Ladies but don’t totally write me off as there are lots of options for everyone.
I have a ton of gift choices to share with you, so let’s start with Part 1 of the I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.
If you are like me, this is the week to get your Christmas shopping done. So, I’ve created this Gift guide to help all the last-minute folks in Toronto that want to avoid the mall as much as possible. Get to know my favourite shops and the items I think would make great gifts.
Let’s start with the Ladies. I’ve been coveting Byredo perfume for a little while now and I finally bit the bullet this weekend and purchased Bal d’Afrique. I highly recommend. The packaging is beautiful and there a lots of different scents to try. Head to Holt Renfrew or Want Apothecary.
Want Apothecary (1070 Yonge Street) is one of those shops you regret walking into because you want to buy everything. As mentioned above, they carry Byredo perfume but you really want to grab something from one of my favourite brands Acne or the Kastrup backpack by Want Les Essentiels
Buying overpriced lipstick and nail polish is the perfect gift for the makeup junkie. Except for Christmas or birthdays would you have someone spend over $100 on a lipstick? The packaging for the Louboutin Lipstick and nail polishes are works of art. I’ve tried the nail polish and have nothing bad to say and I’m dying to try the lipstick. Head to Holt Renfrew to find these.
Whenever someone asks me what my favourite store in Toronto is I always say Fawn Boutique (967 Queen Street West). Grab anything Black Crane or Markoo and you’ll be set. There is a good selection of great minimalist jewellery too. If you can’t decide, get a gift certificate.
Ever since Rosie the Rebel (961 Bloor St. W.) opened up in my neighbourhood my Rockabilly quotient has skyrocketed (See Instagram). The prices are great and they get new items in regularly. Dresses from Hell Bunny and Collectif are my favourite but be sure to check out the selection of sweaters in store now like the fox one I’m wearing above.
There are so many great local handbag designers these days. Take a stroll down to College and Landsdown and visit Opelle (1234 College St). Circular bags are all the rage right now so grab your trend obsessed friend a Tam-Tam Cross Body bag.
Give the gift of perfect nails with Tips Nail Bar (848 Danforth Avenue). Pick up a gift certificate for a Pedicure and Manicure by this industry famous team. These women know nails and it’s the only nail salon I go to in the city.
You can’t go wrong with a little piece of Dean Davidson. Head on down to Holt Renfrew to see what’s available in store or check out deandavidson.ca.
I have an obsession with the Anzie Aztec Starburst Studs. I’ve stared lovingly at them for years. They come in different stones and price points which you can find at Holt Renfrew or online at anzie.com.
Get a hot as hell Bazzul dress! The studio is in Toronto so you probably can grab one to put under the tree still! I’m in love with the Avion and own it myself. Check out the Holiday picks and get 35% off with the promo code at www.bazzul.com/collections/holiday-picks
The Linda Lundstrom Hot Pink Fox Fowl collar is absolutely breathtaking. If I wasn’t so lazy I would have told you to go to the One of a Kind Show a few weeks ago to buy one there. However, they are available online and I think it’s worth the wait. There are several other colours to choose from too.
The best pompom hat belongs to Eugenia Kim. It’s got a fur pom and super thick wool. Riant Boutique (35 Bathurst St) is where you want to go and buy this.
I don’t often recommend fine jewellery but the Birks Bee Chic® Large Drop Earrings are stunners. I got to borrow a pair during TIFF and I dream of the day when I can drop 4 figures on jewellery and not blink. Head to one of the various Masion Birks locations but I think 55 Bloor Street, Yorkdale and Eaton Centre would be the best options.
The next three gift guide options are for the Guys specifically! Love & Greed is my friend’s new luxury menswear shop and it’s soooooo good. Standout pieces are the Norwegian Rain winter coats. Ditch the lame down parka and get something both warm and good-looking. Norwegian Rain does women’s coats too unfortunately not stocked at Love & Greed. Other great gifts include the TenFed t-shirts (Each shirt purchased, feeds 10 people) and lovely shoes by Oak Street Bootmakers. Love & Greed carries a lot of brands that aren’t available at any other shop.
If was a guy, Nomad (819 Queen St. W.) would be my Fawn. So many great things but take a look at the Cote et Ciel backpacks and the Comme des Garcons gear. Gift Certificates are always great if you get stumped.
Aviation geek, Laird Kay launched Very Plane Clothes this fall. You might have seen some of his amazing aviation photography on Instagram and now you can wear it. There are t-shirts and sweatshirts to choose from. Everything is made to order in Toronto and limited edition. It won’t make it under the tree but they are definitely worth the wait.
Gifting a Star Wars Fan? Take them to the damn movie already! Or if you don’t want to sit through it yourself, give them a pair of Star Wars x Instance socks ($26) from these Toronto retailers Boathouse, Zumiez, Adrift Inc. and The Accessory Bar.
Ynot (831 Queen Street West), locally produced bags are staples with the Biking crowd. I love the Magnetica line of backpacks. They are great for travel and come in different sizes. The magnetic closures are a godsend.
I’m obsessed with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 in a way that has never happened to me before. It’s super slim and is just plain beautiful. I love that it runs Android and is still small enough to carry around daily. I’ve developed a rather unhealthy obsession with SimCity BuildIt thanks to the Tab S2. Check The Source, Walmart and Bestbuy.
Cellphones are great holiday gifts always. Here are my favourites this year:
I’m all about the HTC One M9. I always come back to HTC as my favourite cellphone. Bell, Rogers and Telus all carry the M9
If you are looking for a budget/starter phone, the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 is a good choice. Bell and Telus both carry the Idol 3
I reluctantly left Blackberry several years ago and haven’t looked back until I saw the Blackberry Priv. Physical Keyboard and runs Android!!!!! I’m dying to try it out. Checkout Bestbuy, Telus and Bell or buy unlocked straight from Blackberry
This is the year I learned to love a smartwatch. The lovely folks at Motorola send me the 1st gen Moto 360 in February and this anti-wearable person fell hard. I can’t think of wearing any other watch again. I’m in love with my Moto 360. It’s gets lots of complements and most importantly it looks like a watch! There is a 2nd generation Moto 360 out now that includes a smaller size for women. Guess where you can buy this, that’s right BestBuy!
Elevator (1273 Queen St. W.) is a great Parkdale shop that stocks my favourite Miansai Anchor Bracelets. These bracelets are unisex but Elevator also carries mens and womens jewellery. Be sure to check out Loren Hope jewellery and The Stowe handbags if you are looking for something special.
If you are looking for Macaron for gifts I recommend two places: Colette Grand Café (550 Wellington Street West) and Nadage (780 Queen Street West).
Give the gift of custom kicks. Nike.com now ships you Canada and that means NikeiD is now available too. This is the perfect gift for the sneakerhead that wants unique kicks.
I’d love if Santa brought me the Microsoft Surface Book for Christmas but if that’s a bit out of your budget look to the Surface Pro 4. I love the Surface line of laptops. Check out the Microsoft Store in Yorkdale or Bestbuy.
I always recommend the gift of Culture at Christmas. So definitely consider the following:
A membership to the AGO. I’ve been a member for several years now and I can’t recommend it enough. The place is a gem.
The Design Exchange had a fabulous year of exhibits and parties. Get in on that action with a membership
Go see Kinky Boots! Mirvish extended it’s run till March 6, 2016 with good reason. If you aren’t into Kinky Boots grab a 6 show subscription pack.
Tom Dixon Candles are in Toronto!!! They are as beautiful as his designs. Run over to Lac + Co (72 Davenport Rd) to grab yours.
Introduce your friends to the wonder of Turkish Towels from Zebuu (1265 Bloor Street West). Zebuu is this glorious little home décor shop in Bloorcourt that carries handcrafted items from around the globe. Turkish towels are amazing and they’ve replaced my terry cloth ones for good. If you are tight on space these are perfect. Zebuu has a number of colours to choose from.
I got a Chromecast before it was released in Canada and it was one of the best electronic purchases I’ve ever made. If you don’t have a smart TV this is a great way to turn your regular TV into one. Head to BestBuy to get this one.
For those of you that want to give back with your holiday gifting consider Adopting a Species from WWF. You get an adorable stuff animal representing your species and a Tax Receipt. It’s a great cause that helps to protect species at risk and their habitats. Unfortunately, there are no retailers in Toronto so this one will arrive after Christmas.
I was ready to suggest a Winter Wonderland getaway weekend at Deerhurst that would have you riding horses, cross country skiing, enjoying the spa and cuddling up in front of a gas fireplace but it seems we won’t have a white Christmas. That shouldn’t stop you from creating a little weekend package to be used in the future for your special someone. Deerhurst is a beautiful spot in our great Ontario. Read about my visit here.
I hope this Gift Guide helps all my fellow procrastinators out! Remember, when in doubt get a gift certificate to a local shop 🙂
It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and if you are like me, you haven’t bought anything yet. So here’s a gift guide for all your procrastinators out there like me.
There is nothing like a long, relaxing soak in the tub. Get mom the Mums Goodies pack from Lush. It’s already wrapped and has a mix of relaxing bath time products. While you are at it, pick her up some Lush Fresh Face Masks. I’ve been test driving Cosmetic Warrior and Catastrophe Cosmetic and I’m a fan of the results.
The 7 Virtues Custom Blend Box is a great set of vegan fragrances made with natural essential oils that you can customize to create your own unique scent. It’s also a company with a great story as they work with families from countries that are rebuilding to harvest the raw ingredients. You can find the 7 Virtues Custom Blend Box at The Hudson’s Bay. I own this product myself and the scents are really incredible to wear together or alone.
It’s Veuve Clicquot’s Yelloweek in Toronto and they are hosting Yellow Brunch at Brassaii. Take Mom out for a nice brunch and drink some Veuve. Reservations 416-598-4730.
Grab you Mom a bouquet of beautiful flowers. Hit up the Toronto Flower Market this Saturday from 10 – 3pm, 1056 Queen Street
I was going to get my Mom tickets to The Lion King but she’s seen it already. I went last week for the first time and I have to say it melted my cynical heart and it’s one of the most exciting and emotional musicals I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend it.
The Reitmans x Eve Salvail tshirt collaboration is the bomb. I’m such a fan girl of Eve and she’s an amazing artist. The shirts are 25 bucks and available at Eaton Centre and TD Centre Reitman locations or online.
I generally hate associating the kitchen with Moms (My Dad was the cook in my family) but for a lot of people, Mom is the person who feeds you. So you should help her out by picking up my most treasured kitchen gadgets. Regular readers know I’m a massive fan of Sodastream. Pair it with some Torani Syrup from BuyCoffeeCanada.com and that is heaven right there. My new must have kitchen gadget is the Nespresso VertuoLine machine. It’s a godsend. Now you can have the best of both worlds, espresso and freshly brewed coffee. This is an item I can’t live without.
I haven’t mentioned shoes yet and normally I’d post some beautiful heel to shop but this time I’m going to the complete opposite, buy Mom some New Balance runners. Running shoes are in style now (nice of the rest of you to catch up) and New Balance are the most comfortable runners I’ve worn. I love the retro styling and even their more modern designs. The custom option is pretty slick. You can find New Balance at The Hudson’s Bay and New Balance stores.
It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. Gift Cards are a holiday godsend. They are quick, easy and you always know the recipient will enjoy whatever they end up purchasing. I for one don’t think they are lazy gifts, but incredibly thoughtful ones as it puts the power of choice back in the recipient’s hand. Check out these I want – I got approved Gift Cards!
Unisex – These gift cards are perfect for everyone
Holt Renfrew – Canada’s top luxury retailer. You can purchase gift cards in store and online.
The Bay – So many options here: The Room, Topshop and The White Space. You can purchase gift cards in store and online.
Google Play Giftcard – I love apps and I have an addiction to some of those freemium games. A Google Play giftcard would be perfect for enabling my gaming habit. You can purchase gift cards at Shoppers Drug Mart, 7-11, Futureshop, Target and Best Buy.
It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. The fifth edition of the Gift Guides is the one we’ve been waiting for Fashion, Beauty and Jewellery. This is a big one and I could go on for days with selections.
It’s really unfortunate that I don’t own anything by Comrags yet (Note to self, remedy this in 2014). I love the Quartz Border Ed Tunic by Comrags for $335. It’s available online or at their Toronto location.
Philip Sparks’s Footwear is amazing. I love every style with the tall boots being my absolute favourite. They range in price from $350 to $495 and are available at the Ossington location or online.
I finally bought my first pair of Abel Munoz shoes this year. I love Harlow Gold and Black which retails for $495 and is available online. If you are in Toronto you can book and appointment and buy the shoes in person.
I’ve purchased sweatpants twice in my life since turning 20. They are just something I don’t wear outside the house. Sometimes, I do need something cute to wear when running to the corner store and the laundry room. I’d be totally happy to receive Green Camo Skinnies from Lazypants are perfect. I love camo print, they are slim fit and they aren’t the traditional grey colour. They retail for $118 and is available online or at TNT.
It’s not an I want – I got gift guide if I’m not telling you to get some Lancome mascara. The Holiday Makeup Collection by LancÃ´me contains:
– limited edition HypnÃ´se Star Ã‰tincelle for $33
– HypnÃ´se Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches for $28
This ultra-precious kit contains 3 pairs of eyeliner patches which can be reused up to 3 times, to enhance the shape of the eye and stretch out towards the outer corner for an incredible wide-eyed look.
– Vernis in Love nail polish in Ã‰tincelle d’Agent, Ã‰tincelle de Neige and Lovered for $16 each.
I’m in love with the nail polish this holiday Ã‰tincelle de Neige has a really beautiful effect. The holiday collection is available online or at your local Lancome Counter (try The Bay, Sephora or Holt Renfrew).
No words are needed to describe the beauty that is Dean Davidson’s Spectrum Collar for $425. Available online and there is a select of merchandise available at Holt Renfew. It comes in several options for stones (Black Onyx, Lapis, White Topaz) and metal (Rose, Silver, Gold).
Eyecatching statement jewellery is always a great gift and Shay Lowe’s Shay Lowe Jewellery Fall and Holiday Collection definitely fit the bill. I’m quite partial to the Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace which retails for $395 and is available for purchase online.
Jenny Bird is such a sweet person. I purchased some earrings from her and she gifted me the Long Horn Tusk Earrings which were inspired by the beauty of elephant tusks. They are amazing and come in a Gold version too. $55USD available online.
Marni Eau de Parfum is my favourite new perfume of the year. It’s exclusive to Holt Renfrew and retails for $125
It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. The fourth Gift Guide in the series deals with primary with food and the gifts for the home.
Carnivore Club. I have no personal experience with this meat of the month subscription but I’m so intrigued. I’d totally love to receive this as a gift and they do offer gift boxes for special occasions.
Carnivore Club is the exclusive meat of the month club for discerning individuals! Every month members of the Carnivore Club will receive 4 to 6 different selections of unique charcuterie, exotic terrines and artisan crafted jerky’s from around the world.
Carnivore Club specializes in finding you products that cannot be found at your local grocery store or butcher shop. Our partners are all small artisan producers because we believe in the quality and care each partner takes to create their products.
Sloane Fine Tea is so very good and it comes in the most beautiful tins. There are several varieties of tea available and they start at $15. You can buy Sloan Tea online or from a local retailer.
Drink Sloane Tea from a DavidsTea Tea Mug. I love these mugs as they make a big mug of tea and include a strainer. The mugs are $19.50 (or 2 for $30 online) and available online or at any DavidsTea location.
This mug doesn’t have a strainer but the Pink Tartan x Keurig mug is really cute. Kimberley Newport-Mimran created the illustration and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the mugs goes to Toronto East General Hospital. It’s $19.99 and available online at Keurig.ca.
My favourite kitchen gadget of last year is the Sodastream. I can’t recommend it enough and it would be an amazing gift. Sodastream systems start at $99 and are available online or at your local Walmart or The Bay.
If you are getting someone a Sodastream be sure to get them a gift certificate to BuyCoffeeCanada.com because then they can buy Torani Syrup to make Italian Sodas. I swear by Torani Syrup for my Sodastream.
I’m pretty smitten with the Cucina Kitchen Trio on a slate from Fruits & Passion. I received a package of items from Fruits & Passion and experienced first hand the lovely fragrances from the Cucina collection. How can you resist Rosemary & Cardamom? This gift set includes hand soap, dish soap and hand cream on a slate. Perfect for the kitchen and exactly where I placed mine.
I was finally introduced to L’OCCITANE en Provence this year. It was store that I always passed by but never really entered. I got an education that day on their products. One of their biggest sellers is the amazing Shea Butter hand cream. This holiday season L’OCCITANE en Provence created the The Secret to Beautiful Hands Collection with contains Shea Hand Cream 75ml, Shea Nail & Cuticle Cream 15ml, Shea 1 Minute Hand Scrub 100ml and a Magic Key. The collection comes in ready decorated box and retails for $65. The Shea Embrace Collection is another option. It contains Shea Butter Hand Cream 75ml, Shea Butter Foot Cream 75ml, Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream 200ml, Shea Milk Soap 100g and Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream 75ml. The Shea Embrace Collection is $85. There are a number of L’OCCITANE stores in the GTA with the closest in Yorkville. L’OCCITANE also has online shopping.
It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. So the fashion route is out for holiday gifts. I can’t blame people for that, it’s hard to get the right piece. Don’t worry about sizing, colour or style as this third gift guide in the series is all about the gadget.
My Mom is always asking me to print her photos of my nephew and niece. I didn’t have a proper photo printer until I went to an HP event and got my hands on the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer. It’s wireless which is such an important part to my home network as I’m trying to get rid of excess cables. I can print photos from my smartphone using HP software or Google’s Cloud Print. Some other great features include a touch screen, duplex printing, Internet access, scanning, copying and faxing. The Photosmart 7520 will automatically print a selection of NYTimes stories on Sunday morning if you want it to. The HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer is on sale for $109.99 right now at HP.com.
So, this summer I got an intimate look at Microsoft Windows 8 and the Surface. Suffice to say, it made me happy as a Windows girl. It only makes sense that I’d put the new Surface 2 in my gift guide. Improvements to the Surface include faster processor, dual-position kickstand, thinner, lighter, increased battery life, Full HD display, better front and rear facing cameras, faster usb ports, backlit Touch and Type covers. Microsoft Office, Skype and Skydrive accounts are also included. The Surface 2 starts at $449.00 and Surface 2 Pro at $899.00 on microsoftstore.com.
I finally ditched the Blackberry + iPhone smartphone combination I was doing this year. I contemplated getting another Blackberry because I knew there was no way I was going to make the iPhone my primary device. I had a real love hate relationship with it. Once it was clear that Blackberry wasn’t going to make another full sized keyboard based phone I decided it was time to ditch the company and go Android. HTC’s PR company send me an HTC One to review for a month. It was love at first sight. Anyone who saw me that month can attest that all I talked about was this damn phone. Recommending it to everyone. I loved the phone so much, I went out and bought one the day before I returned the review device. To understand the importance of this decision you have to understand that I haven’t paid for a smartphone in a number of years (thanks to the blog). I felt so strongly about the HTC One that I went out and spent my hard earned money on it. I don’t regret it for a second. It’s the best phone I’ve ever owned and the best smartphone camera I’ve ever used. Check out my Instagram to see what’s it’s capable of. Telus, Bell, Rogers and Virgin Mobile all stock the HTC One but it retails without a plan for about $650.00.
I was very lucky to be one of the few people that was gifted the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear. If I wasn’t such a huge HTC One fan, the Note 3 would be my primary smartphone. The size of the Galaxy Note is one of it’s strengths and one of it’s major weaknesses for me. It’s just too big for my hands to use as an everyday device. I do lot of one handed manipulation of my smartphone and I’m not ready to give that up. I never realized how much I miss a stylus until I got my hands on the Galaxy Note. I’m really impressed with the handwriting recognition and it’s damn cool to write longhand on a device and have it converted. The old person in me loves this because sometimes thoughts come out better with a pen in hand. The Note 3 isn’t my primary phone but it’s come to replace my Kobo arc as my tablet. I love playing Tiny Death Star and Restaurant Story on it and Instagram is so incredible. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s push into wearable computing. The Gear is too big for my wrist so I never really used it. It’s a bit of a toy to me but would be a perfect gift for the tech nerd who wants to be the first to try all the new stuff. The Galaxy Note 3 is available at all major telecoms and it retails for about $750. The Samsung Galaxy Gear retails for about $329.99.
I still a fan Kobo devices. I like the Kobo Arc because it runs Android and it’s in colour. With a colour ereader I felt comfortable ordering digital magazine subscriptions from Zinio and purchasing books with photos and illustrations from Kobo..The Kobo Arc has been upgraded this year to include HD resolution, faster processor and improved camera. Kobo Arc 7HD starts at $199.
I’ve struggled for a number of years with commercial grade steamers. They’d last a year or two then break. I swore the next steamer I bought would be profession grade. I polled my stylist contacts and was told Jiffy is the steamer to beat. I tracked down a Jiffy J-2000 steamer on Kijiji and I couldn’t be happier. I was lucky to find a used one but I would have paid full price for it. WM Prager sells Jiffy J2 steamer and it retails for $295.00.
It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. The second Gift Guide in the series deals with Books of the fashion variety. I haven’t kept up on my fashion books this year but thankfully, my savior, Nathalie Atkinson at the National Post has. I trolled her articles at the National Post to come up with this list. Some of these books like, The Coat Route is already on my list to read and now I have 7 others.
Hazlitt #1 – I tossed this one in the list because my friend and one of my favourite designers, Jeremy Laing is Art Director for the issue.
It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. The first Gift Guide in the series deals with Culture. I’ve been very lucky to experience some of the great culture events Toronto has to offer. Here is my list of great experiences that would make a fun addition to your gifting plan. These gifts are great for individuals or families.
So, part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series are complete now it’s for the final installment, Part four.
This is the part four of four in the I want â€“ I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want â€“ I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want â€“ I got approved.
So, here is the last part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas. I hope you had as much fun as I did exploring my Christmas wants.
Acne Velocite Shearling Jacket ($1,749.99) – gravitypope.com, Acnestudios.com – Acne makes my dream shearlings
So, part 1 and part 2 of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series are complete now it’s for Part three.
This is the part three of four in the I want â€“ I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want â€“ I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want â€“ I got approved.
So, join me the third part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.
JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, sterling silver braided band or yellow gold band in blue topaz, amethyst or citrine ($375-$675) – 60 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West
This is the part two of four in the I want â€“ I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want â€“ I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want â€“ I got approved.
So, join me the second part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.
RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler ($795) – RIMOWA’s flagship store, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket ($595) – eluxe.ca – The most perfect little jacket, must have in any closet
JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, sterling silver braided band in green amethyst, citrine or amethyst ($695) – 61 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Toronto and Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Moonrox Treasure Bracelet ($95) – moonrox.ca, One of a Kind Show – This bracelet is made to order and you have a choice of colour schemes.
So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.
This is the part one of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions.Â Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up.Â The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.
So, join me on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.
complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
HermÃ¨s Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
HermÃ¨s Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
I’m a total garment care nerd. I love my clothing and I take care of it so it lasts. I hang dry a lot of my wardrobe and that results in lots of ironing and steaming. I ditched my old iron years ago when I learned about Rowenta steamers. However for garments like dress shirts and pants I really, really missed that crisp feeling and look an iron provides. I tried for many years with a steamer but I just can’t replicate that look. Last year, I broke down and bought a shitty cheap iron for pants and shirts. It wasn’t that good but it was sufficient.
I attended the TFI New Labels Contest this year and I sat at a table with folks from TNT and Reliable Corporation. I knew who TNT was so I proceeded to find more information about Reliable from my seatmate, Kimberly. They are a long time sponsor of the TFI and the company specializes in professional and commercial steam cleaning products as well as sewing and fabric care products. Kimberly mentioned their technology briefly and how they’ve brought it down to the consumer level. So, just how good is a Reliable iron I asked Kimberly. I will never forget her face. She looked at me, smiled and said our products are very special. Two words are quite an endorsement. I needed to get my hands on one. Before the night was out, Kimberly handed me the Velocity V50 and told me to report back to her.
The iron being very special is a fucking understatement. THIS IS THE BEST IRON I’VE EVER USED!!!! I can’t imagine using another brand ever! The Velocity V50 is much heavier than the standard iron and I didn’t understand why until I turned it on. I went over the computer to check email or twitter or something and I heard this rumbling coming out of the iron, then a continuous jet of stream began pouring forcefully out the soleplate. I was confused, no iron had ever done this before. Thankfully I wasn’t standing in front of the damn thing when it went off. Turns out I had pressed the steam activation button inadvertently.
The atented continuous steam technology pre-heats the water in its internal heating chamber and this results in continuous steam even at low temperatures. I tested this out by setting the iron to one bar and the steam was as consistent as if it was on high. AMAZING! With the internal heating chamber this iron doesn’t drip, spit or leak all over your clothing. Woolmark has approved this iron stating that it’s safe to use on all types of delicate wool fabrics.
Using the Velocity V50 is a dream. I know, I know, I have a strange fetish with garment care. It’s the ultimate iron I didn’t even know I needed until it presented itself to me. Shirts and pants are ironed with precision for the perfectionist in me and it also takes less time. If you have a complete obsession with your clothes and their presentation this is the iron for you. The Velocity V50 is the base model of the commercial irons at Reliable and retails for $99. You can order the iron online at reliablecorporation.com with free shippig. You should also take a look at the other Reliable iron that has me salivating and thinking upgrade, the Digital Velocity V100.
I got a sneak peek at the new Drake General Store location in Rosedale. It’s so damn adorable. It’s very similar to the Queen location in the fact that reclaimed materials are used for store fixtures and antiques are peppered throughout.
The wood came from a barn that was built in the late 1800s. As soon as I found out, I had to rub my fingers over the wood. When I encounter an object that is old I always touch it (if possible). It’s like I’m trying to feel history or some residue memory of the lives the object has encountered. When I was visiting the Taj Mahal in India, I make sure I touched the marble and embedded gems. I still can’t get over that building, just wow, stunning.
I think the location choice is a brilliant idea. It fits quite well with the neighbourhood. I dare say I like this location better. The Rosedale location also has some items that are exclusive and won’t be found on Queen West. Both locations share the same charm and Canadiana spirit.
Carlo Colacci and Joyce Lo have a great eye when it comes to choosing collectible and cute items that are so much fun. I squealed over many things during my visit (Hitchcock Barbie). I kept noticing things I overlooked. There is a lot of product but it’s arranged it a way that makes it enjoyable to discover something new. The Drake General Store is a great gifting shop.
Here are a list of my favourite items, you could interpret it as a Drake General Store “i want” Gift Guide.
Fortune teller fish $1.25
Drake on the road travel kit $49
Japanese Espresso set $55 – There is only the single set. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Hitchcock The Birds Barbie $90 – Limited Edition.
Where the Wild Things Are Kubrick – $18
Pendleton Chief Joseph blanket – $275
Mountie napkins $4.50
Felt owl ornament $12
Red Canoe RCAF bags $150
Wizard of Oz Barbies $90
Cessna bag $90
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Drake General Store Rosedale
1011 Yonge Street
I’ve always had a thing for the Periodic Table. When I was in high school and 1st year university I had a very large period table poster on my wall. I so wish I had the photographic period table when I still had a use for this knowledge.