I want – I got x Best Buy 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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.

I want - I got x Best Buy Gift Guide - GoPro HERO5 Black Waterproof 4K Sports Helmet Camera
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.

I want - I got x Best Buy Gift Guide - Motorola 360
Motorola Moto 360 42mm Women’s Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor
I love, love, love my Motorola 360. It looks like a regular watch but does all the cool shit you want from a wearable device!

I want - I got x Best Buy Gift Guide - DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone with Camera Controller
DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone with Camera & Controller
My obsession with drones outpaces GoPros. Again, I’m not really sure what I’d do with the damn thing but I have crazy thoughts about mountain vistas taken from a drone.

I want - I got x Best Buy Gift Guide - Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless Headphones
Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless Headphones
I purchased these Bose wireless In-ear headphones a month ago and I’m so pleased. They have great sound and no parts that have to hang off your neck anywhere.

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.

I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide – Part 3

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

I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Davis Project
Evelyn – Davis Project
Ann – Davis Project
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - String Theory - Infinite Scarf
Triangulo Infinity Scarf – String Theory
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - String Theory - Long Scarf
Isometrie Long Scarf – String Theory
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Tips Nail Bar
Tips Nail Bar
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - The Office Of Angela Scott - Mr. Fitzgerald Derby
Mr. Fitzgerald Derby – The Office of Angela Scott
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - ROM Membership
ROM Membership
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - HotDocsMembership
Hot Docs Membership
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - SteAnneSpa
Ste Anne’s Spa
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - SkinnySweats
Sweatsuit Complete Kit- Rose Quartz Pink – Skinny Sweats
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Clearly
Custom Sunglasses from Clearly
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - m0851
Medium Flap Turnlock Bag in Vesper Leather – M0851
Fringed Alpaca Scarf -M0851

I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide – Part 2

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.

I have a ton of gift choices to share with you. Part 1 was posted yesterday so definitely check that out. Let’s get started with Part 2 of the I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Uncuffed Leather
Pink Elbow Length Leather Fingerless Gloves – Uncuffered Leather
Stirrup Lambskin Thigh High – Uncuffled Leather
Fringe Lambskin Fingerless Gloves – Uncuffed Leather
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Sky Ankle Boot - Poppy Barley
The Sky Ankle Boot – Poppy Barley
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Beau Coops - Poppy Barley
The FoxHunt Boot – Poppy Barley
Mannette Pink – Beaucoups
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Fawn Boutique
Fawn Boutique Gift Certificate
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Eighth Generation
“Reflection” Wool Blanket – Eighth Generation
Butterfly Throw Blanket – Eighth Generation
“Salish Pattern” Wool Blanket – Eighth Generation
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Brothers Vellies
Flamingo Florence Boots – Brothers Vellies
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Moonrox Jewellery
Blaze Choker – MoonRox
Fancy Stud Earrings – MoonRox
Fancy Chain Stud Earrings – MoonRox
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Leaves of Trees
Women’s Spa Kit – Leaves of Trees
Boisé by KNM Deodorant – Leaves of Trees
Persian Lime Deodorant – Leaves of Trees
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - TIFF Membership
TIFF Membership
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Wildlife Adoptions from the World Wildlife Fund
Caribou – Wildlife Adoptions – World Wildlife Fund
White Rhinoceros – Wildlife Adoptions – World Wildlife Fund
Giraffe – Wildlife Adoptions – World Wildlife Fund
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Brodawka & Friends
Veneto Ankle Boot Black and Gold – Brodawka & Friends
Goodyear Welted Oxford – Brodawka & Friends
Goodyear Welted Chelsea Boot – Brodawka & Friends
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Levi's - Krane
Women’s Ehle hooded parka – Krane Women
Vintage Sherpa Trucker – Levi’s – Philistine
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Clara Boot - Red Wing Shoes
Clara Boot – Red Wing Shoes – Philistine
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Comrags
Rainy Dress – Comrags
Kennedy Jumpsuit – Comrags
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Tailored Goods
Philip Sparks Tailored Goods
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Sea to Sky Air, Whistler Blackcomb, Prior Snowboard Manufactory Ltd.
Whistler Blackcomb Gift Cards
Whistler Backcountry Air Safari – Sea to Sky Air
Custom Harmony Skis – Prior Snowboard Manufactory Ltd
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Stay Home Club - Crywolf Clothing - Elaine Ho
Cat Head Stud Earrings – Elaine Ho – Stay Home Club
Long Sleeved Tee – Stay Home Club
Toronto Raccoon Croptop
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - The Office Of Angela Scott - Mr. Misfitz Wedge Derby
Mr. Misfitz Wedge Derby – The Office of Angela Scott
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Design Exchange Membership
Design Exchange Membership

I’m not done, be on the lookout for the final part in the I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

I want – I got’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

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.

I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Horses Atelier - Robe
Robe – Horses Atelier
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Horses Atelier
Cropped High-Waisted Overalls – Horses Atelier
Long Velvet Dress – Horses Atelier
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Eliza Faulkner
Lola Top – Eliza Faulkner
Persephone Dress – Eliza Faulkner
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Nea Jewellery
Wilma Earring – Nea Jewellery
Octavia Earrings – Nea Jewellery
Robin Earrings – Nea Jewellery
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Chocolates x Brandon Olsen
Chocolates x Brandon Olsen
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Modern Vice - Jett Pastel
Jett Pastel – Modern Vice
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Dean Davidson
Double Incline Studs – Dean Davidson
Castle Ring – Dean Davidson
Hollow Diamond Chain Earrings – Dean Davidson
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Modern Vice - Donna Night
Donna Night – Modern Vice
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - AGO Membership
Art Gallery of Ontario Membership
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Mirvish Subscription
Mirvish Theater Subscription
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Modern Vice - Bowie Tall Boot
Bowie Tall Bolt – Modern Vice
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Fellow Citizens
Icarus – Fellow Citizens
Dark Stripe – Fellow Citizens
I want - I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide - Solace London
Amelle Dress – Solace London

Don’t forget to come back for Part 2 and Part 3 of the I want – I got 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide for the Procrastinator 2015

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 - Want Essentials Kastrup Backpack
Want Apothecary – Want Essentials Kastrup Backpack

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

Christian Louboutin Lipstick
Christian Louboutin Lipstick

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.

Fawn Boutique - Black Crane Jumpsuit
Fawn Boutique – Black Crane Jumpsuit

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.

Rosie The Rebel - Run & Fly Sweater
Rosie The Rebel – Run & Fly Sweater

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.

Opelle Tam-Tam Cross Body
Opelle Tam-Tam Cross Body

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.

Tips Nail Bar
Tips Nail Bar

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.

Dean Davison
Dean Davison

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.

Anzie Aztec Starburst Studs
Anzie Aztec Starburst Studs

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.

Bazzul Avion Dress
Bazzul Avion Dress

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

Linda Lundstrom Fox Cowl Collar
Linda Lundstrom Fox Cowl Collar

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.

Eugenia Kim PomPom Toque
Eugenia Kim PomPom Toque

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.

Maison Birks Bee Chic Large Drop Earrings
Maison Birks Bee Chic Large Drop Earrings

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.

Love & Greed - Norwegian Rain Coat
Love & Greed – Norwegian Rain Coat

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.

Very Plane Clothes 777 Wing Sweatshirt
Very Plane Clothes 777 Wing Sweatshirt

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.

Instance Star Wars Socks
Instance Star Wars Socks

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 Magnetica Backpack
YNOT Magnetica Backpack

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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
Motorola Moto 360
Motorola Moto 360

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!

Miansai Anchor Bracelet
Miansai Anchor Bracelet

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.

Drake General Store Mountie Onesie
Drake General Store Mountie Onesie

If you are gonna get pajamas for Christmas then it has to be the Mountie Onesie from the Drake General Store (1144 Queen St. W.). I usually shun onesies like the plague but I love mine to bits.

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
    Tom Dixon Candles

    Tom Dixon Candles are in Toronto!!! They are as beautiful as his designs. Run over to Lac + Co (72 Davenport Rd) to grab yours.

    Zebuu Turkish Towels
    Zebuu Turkish Towels

    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.

    WWF Adopt A Species
    WWF Adopt A Species

    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.

    DeerHurst
    DeerHurst

    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 🙂
    Happy Holidays

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    I want – I got’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    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.

    I want - I got's Mother's Day Gift Guide
    I want – I got’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    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.

    Ebay has teamed up with local designers Anu Raina and my friend Monique Chan to introduce the eBay 4 Mom collection. All items are under $75 and shipping is included. There are beautiful print scarves from Anu and beautiful MoonRox earrings and necklaces from Monique. The designs are unique to eBay and available until May 11, 2014. After that they are gone so get to ordering.

    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.

    If you are looking to splurge on jewellery for Mom check out Kavut.com. There are a lot of styles to choose from and I’m particularly taken with the stunning Melanie Georgacopoulos Sliced Pearl Bracelet.

    I want - I got's Mother's Day Gift Guide
    I want – I got’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    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.

    Danier Leather has a whole section dedicated to Mom on their website. I was in the store recently and the selection is seriously amazing. I love the Georgia lamb leather biker in blush.

    I want - I got's Mother's Day Gift Guide
    I want – I got’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide

     

    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.

    My Mom is always asking me to print photos of my niece and nephew for her so definitely hooking her up with tech gadgets is a must. I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s Surface 2 Pro and the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer. I featured them on my Holiday gift guide and still stand by that recommendation.

    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.

    If you are a gift card type, my go to options for Mother’s day are Holt Renfrew, The Hudson’s Bay and Net-a-Porter.

    I could go on forever with Gift Guides and it’s always hard to decide when to stop but here we are. Happy Shopping procrastinators!

    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Gift Cards

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Gift Cards
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Gift Cards

    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.
    • Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris – My favourite spa in the city and who wouldn’t love a gift card to get a Hammam & Gommage service. You can purchase gift cards online or in person. They also have a number of great holiday specials now.
    • Hollow Ground Barber Shop – Take care of someones grooming for the year at my favourite Barber Shop in Toronto. You can purchase gift cards in store.
    • Josephson Opticians – Give the gift of great eyewear at my favourite eyewear haunts. You can purchase gift card in store.
    • Karir Eyewear – Give the gift of great eyewear at my favourite eyewear haunts. You can purchase gift card in store.
    • Spectacle – Give the gift of great eyewear at my favourite eyewear haunts. You can purchase gift card in store.
    • Danier Leather – Leather is always a great gift. You can purchase gift cards in store or online
    • LCBO – Gift the gift of inebriation during the Holidays. You can purchase gift cards in store or online
    • Jonathan + Olivia – Cool clothing, accessories and shoes for both men and women. You can purchase gift cards in store.

    Men’s Fashion – Give the man in your life the gift of style from some of this amazing Toronto menswear retailers

    • Sydney’s – Great menswear and a great in-house line, Kin. You can purchase gift cards in store
    • Nomad Gift Card – Love Nomad. When I enter the store I wish I were a man. You can purchase gift cards online or in store
    • Gotstyle – Can’t have a list of Menswear retailers and not include GotStyle. You can purchase gift cards online or in store
    • Haven – I haven’t visited this shop in person yet but I really love the website and the designer they stock. You can purchase gift cards online or in store
    • Uncle Otis – Lots of love here for my Uncle Otis crew. You can purchase gift cards in store

    Women’s Fashion – Give the woman in your life the gift of style from some amazing Toronto based and Internet retailers.

    • Sauvage – I always love the selection at Sauvage season after the season. You can purchase gift cards in store
    • Fawn Boutique – My favourite womenswear store in Toronto. You can purchase gift cards in store
    • Rac Boutique – Another very cool retailer in the city. Get your Mara Hoffman here. You can purchase gift cards in store
    • The Outnet – Net-a-Porter’s discount retailer. You can purchase gift cards online
    • NET-A-PORTER. You can purchase virtual or printed gift cards online.
    • eLuxe – My favourite Toronto based womens online retailer. You can purchase gift cards online.
    • Shrimpton Couture Gift Card – Incredible vintage designer finds. You can purchase gift cards online
    • Kavut – Selections from some of the hottest jewellery designers. You can purchase gift cards online
    • Anzie Jewellery – I really partial to the Aztec Collection from Montreal based Jeweler, Anzie. You can purchase gift cards online
    • Shopbop – They recently introduced free shipping and free returns to Canada. Yay, Shopbop
    • Jacob – I’ve talked about my love of Jacob and their great office wear. You can purchase gift cards online or in store.
    • Vocado – Great shop with affordable clothing, accessories and shoes. You can purchase gift cards in store
    • Tiffany’s – Always a safe bet and I love, love, love the Paloma Picasso collection. Gift cards are available in store
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    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Fashion, Beauty and Jewellery

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Cabaret Vintage Flapper Dress
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Cabaret Vintage Flapper Dress

    Who doesn’t love the 20s? It’s my favourite style era and I love these Vintage Style Flapper Dresses by Cabaret Vintage. They range in price from $195 to 350 and are available online or at the Queen Street location.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Comrags Quartz Border Ed Tunic
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Comrags Quartz Border Ed Tunic

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes
    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes
    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Philip Sparks Shoes
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Philip Sparks Shoes

    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 want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Christopher Kane Sweatershirt
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Christopher Kane Sweatershirt

    The ultimate sweatshirt is the Christopher Kane Resort 2014 Printed cotton-jersey sweatshirt which retails for $465 at Net-A-Porter. The Room at The Bay also carries Christopher Kane but I’m not sure if this sweater is available there.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Abel Munoz
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Abel Munoz

    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.

    SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lazypants
    SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lazypants

    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.

    SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Ela
    SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Ela

    I own an Ela Editor’s Pouch in rose gold but it doesn’t have stars. You can get the Ela Large Editor’s Pouch online at eLuxe.ca for $338 or visit a Holt Renfrew location.

    SkinnI want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lancome
    SkinnI want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lancome

    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 Lancôme contains:
    – limited edition Hypnôse Star Étincelle for $33
    РHypn̫se 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 Étincelle d’Agent, Étincelle de Neige and Lovered for $16 each.
    I’m in love with the nail polish this holiday Étincelle 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).

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Dean Davidson
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Dean Davidson

    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).

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Lancome Show False Lashes
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Lancome Show False Lashes

    There are still Hypnôse Show Lashes from Lancôme. Get you hands on these false lashes designed by Alber Elbaz for $35. Available online.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Shay Lowe Jewellry Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Shay Lowe Jewellry Glorious Emerald Statement Necklace

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Jenny Bird
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Jenny Bird

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Marni
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Marni

    Marni Eau de Parfum is my favourite new perfume of the year. It’s exclusive to Holt Renfrew and retails for $125

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Dermalogica
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Dermalogica

    Dermalogica – Stock up on their favourite products or introduce them to new ones with the Holiday Skin Sets. Sets start at $32 and can be purchased online or at a licensed retailer like Concepts.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Pink Tartan
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Pink Tartan

    Pink Tartan makes a killer full skirt. I just love the Chrysanthemum Midi Skirt in Black for $325. You can order the skirt online or at the Pink Tartan shop in Yorkville.

    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Food and Home

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Carnivore Club
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Carnivore Club

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide -Sloan Tea
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide -Sloan Tea

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - DavidsTea Mug
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – DavidsTea Mug

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Pink Tartan Keurig Designer Cup
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Pink Tartan Keurig Designer Cup

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Sodastream
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Sodastream

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Torani Syrup
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Torani Syrup

    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 want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Cucina Kitchen Trio
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Cucina Kitchen Trio

    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 want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - L'OCCITANE en Provence Shea Embrace
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – L’OCCITANE en Provence Shea Embrace
    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide -  L'OCCITANE en ProvenceThe Secret to Beautiful Hands Collection
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – L’OCCITANE en ProvenceThe Secret to Beautiful Hands Collection

    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.

    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Gagdets

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - HP Photosmart 7250
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – HP Photosmart 7250

    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.

    I want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Surface 2
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Surface 2

    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 want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - HTC One
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – HTC One

    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 want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    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 want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Kobo Arch 7HD
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Kobo Arch 7HD

    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 want - I got's Holiday Gift Guide - Jiffy Steamer J-2000
    I want – I got’s Holiday Gift Guide – Jiffy Steamer J-2000

    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.

    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – For the Well Read Fashion Lover

    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.

    I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Well Read Fashion Lover
    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – For the Well Read Fashion Lover

    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.

    How to Read Fashion: A Crash Course in Styles, Designers, and Couture by Fiona FFoulkes

    Giambattista Valli

    The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat by Meg Lukens Noonan

    I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Well Read Fashion Lover
    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – For the Well Read Fashion Lover

    Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies

    The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World by Mary Blume

    Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk

    The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent by Denyse Beaulieu

    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Culture

    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.

    I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - Culture
    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Culture

    TIFF Membership starting at $99.

    Art Gallery of Ontario Membership starting at $100. The AGO has been on a roll lately with exhibitions. I’m so glad I purchased a membership a few years ago, I can’t imagine life without one now.

    I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - Culture
    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Culture

    Mirvish 2013/2014 Subscription starting at $305

    Design Exchange Membership starting at $45. The Design Exchange has brought some amazing exhibitions this year and it’s getting better and better

    Canadian Opera Company Multi Packs starting at $150.

    I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - Culture
    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Culture

    Toronto Public Library Foundation New Collection Membership starting at $300.

    Textile Museum of Canada Membership starting at $65

    Bata Shoe Museum Membership starting at $6

    I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - Culture
    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Culture
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    Toronto Symphony Orchestra 2013/14 Subscription Series starting at $70

    I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - Culture
    I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Culture

    Royal Ontario Museum Membership starting at $97.

    I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 4

    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 – 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. 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 – 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.

    Eighty Seventh St. Fashion Inspired Greeting Cards, Acne Velocite Shearling Jacket, Acne Rita Shearling Jacket, Rdio Gift Certificate
    Eighty Seventh St. Fashion Inspired Greeting Cards, Acne Velocite Shearling Jacket, Acne Rita Shearling Jacket, Rdio Gift Certificate
    Preen Tyler leopard-jacquard peplum top, Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress, Out of Print A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt
    Preen Tyler leopard-jacquard peplum top, Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress, Out of Print A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt
    • Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress ($1,195) – Net-a-Porter – It wouldn’t be an I want – I got Gift Guide without some Preen.
    • Preen Tyler leopard jacquard peplum top ($880) – Net-a-Porter
    • A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt by Out of Print ($42 USD) – Drake General Store, outofprintclothing.com
    Essie Winter 2012 collection, Fan di Fendi Pour Homme, Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara
    Essie Winter 2012 collection, Fan di Fendi Pour Homme, Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara
    • Essie Winter 2012 Collection ($11.99 each) – Shoppers Drug Mart, Nailpolishcanada.com
    • Fan di Fendi Pour Homme ($68 – $88) – The Bay, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart – It’s for men but I wear this myself. I’m also a big fan of the women’s version.
    • Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara ($38) – Sephora – This new Oscillation mascara from Lancome looks amazing.

    Till next year!

    I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 3

    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 – 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. 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 – 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, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote
    JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote
    • 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
    • Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings ($125 USD) – jenny-bird.com
    • Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote ($158.40) – Gap In Store and Online
    Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s
    Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s
    • Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent ($68.97) – amazon.ca
    • Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s ($36.68) – amazon.ca
    Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant
    Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant
    Ruffian Women's Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress
    Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress
    • Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf ($95) – eBay.ca
    • NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Gift Set ($40) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
    • Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1 ($10 Each) – Magic Pony in store and Online, mindzai.com – I’m obsessed with these Unicorn figures from Tokidoki. I’m close to collecting them all
    • strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress ($85 USD) – LuckyScent.com – My favourite indie nail polish brand.
    Hudson Jeans Leeloo
    Hudson Jeans Leeloo
    • Hudson Jeans Leeloo ($265) – Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and TNT – My go to denim brand
    Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag
    Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag
    Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi
    Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi
    • Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit ($72) – dermalogica.ca – Great introduction to my favourite skin care brand
    • Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holts Candle ($50) – Holt Renfrew
    • Kobo eReader ($79.99 – $299.99) – Chapters Indigo in store and online
    • Micro Pedi ($49.99) – Shoppers Drug Mart
    Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant
    Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant

    Can you believe that there is a part 4 of gift ideas? Well, check back tomorrow for the final installment of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series.

    I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 2

    Yup, this gift guide madness is continuing. I’ve got three more days of I want – I got Gift Guides. You might want to take a look at Part 1 of the I want – I got Gift Guide series.

    This is the part two 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. 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 – I got approved.

    So, join me the second part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

    Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress, L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar, RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler, Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket
    Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress, L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar, RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler, Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket
    • Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress ($238) – Net-a-Porter
    • L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar ($395) – designedbylindalundstrom.com
    • 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, Moonrox Treasure Bracelet, Dean Davidson Castle Ring
    JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, Moonrox Treasure Bracelet, Dean Davidson Castle Ring
    • 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.
    • Dean Davidson Castle Ring ($170) – deandavidson.com, Holt Renfrew
    1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat, Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress
    1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat, Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress
    • 1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat ($2,400 USD) – ShrimptonCouture.com – I love browsing the 20s fashions on Shrimpton Couture dreaming of one day owning a piece
    • Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress ($299) – Danier in store and online
    Krane Jonas Officer Coat, Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops, Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant, Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top
    Krane Jonas Officer Coat, Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops, Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant, Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top
    • Krane Jonas Officer Coat ($1,175) – Kranedesign.com – Krane is a menswear company but I love his aesthetic and would love to get my androgyny on in his stuff.
    • Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops Earrings ($65USD) – Jenny-bird.com
    • Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant ($50) – Holt Renfrew in store and online – Adorable elephant for a great cause. The best offering of all the charity products over the years at Holts.
    • Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top ($69) – moonapparel.ca or 110 Bloor Street
    North Star Fall Varsity Bomber, North Star Great White North Sweater, Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
    North Star Fall Varsity Bomber, North Star Great White North Sweater, Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
    BALMAIN red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots, Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps
    Balmain red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots, Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps
    • I’m obsessed with everything that uses Anita in the style name. It’s total narcissism but it’s the easiest way to get my attention.
    • BALMAIN red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots ($1,068) – Net-a-Porter
    • Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps ($945) – Net-a-Porter
    • Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps ($1,395) – Net-a-Porter
    Chanel Malice, NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls, NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar, NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party, NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room, NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes
    Chanel Malice, NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls, NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar, NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party, NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room, NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes
    • Chanel Malice Nail Polish ($27) – Holt Renfrew, The Bay
    • NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
    • NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
    • NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
    • NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
    • NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
    Grace: A Memoir, Kate: The Kate Moss Book
    Grace: A Memoir, Kate: The Kate Moss Book

    Phew, Part two done. Getting any ideas yet. There is more to come. Check back tomorrow for Part three!

    I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

    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.  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 – 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, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
    complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
    • 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, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
    Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
    • 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
    • Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
    • Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
    Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
    Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
    Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
    Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
    Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
    Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
    Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
    Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
    Church's Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
    Church’s Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
    ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets
    ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets

    Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide.

    geekiview: Velocity V50 Compact Vapor Generator Iron

    Velocity V50 Compact Vapor Generator Iron

    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.

    images: reliablecorporation.com

    Drake General Store Rosedale Preview

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Here are a list of my favourite items, you could interpret it as a Drake General Store “i want” Gift Guide.

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    Fortune teller fish $1.25

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    Drake on the road travel kit $49

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    Japanese Espresso set $55 – There is only the single set. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

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    Hitchcock The Birds Barbie $90 – Limited Edition.

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    Where the Wild Things Are Kubrick – $18

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    Pendleton Chief Joseph blanket – $275

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    Mountie napkins $4.50

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    Felt owl ornament $12

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    Red Canoe RCAF bags $150

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    Wizard of Oz Barbies $90

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    Cessna bag $90

    Drake General Store Rosedale Preview Slideshow

    Drake General Store Rosedale
    1011 Yonge Street
    Toronto

    i want: ThinkGeek Periodic Table merchandise

    ThinkGeek Periodic Table merchandise
    Periodic Table Shower Curtain
    ThinkGeek Periodic Table Shower Curtain
    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.

    Periodic Table Fridge Magnets
    ThinkGeek Periodic Table Fridge Magnets

    This would make a great gift for any science nerds you know, hint, hint. 🙂

    images: thinkgeek.com