Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category
There is officially one week til Christmas, and don’t lie, you’re still scrambling for a few last minute gifts aren’t you? If you have approached me in the last month asking for gifting advice, I have probably told you to purchase whiskey stones — my last minute go-to, although I myself do not own any. Yes, the recipient of your gift may not be a tumbler swirler or a dapper man, but these stones are great for anyone who enjoys a beverage, I argued, who likes a watered down drink? #noone
Here are my last minute shopping ideas for him & her (yes, whiskey rocks are included, duh!) — it’s to the point, because nobody wants to be strolling the malls this late in the game.
I say ‘the’ because this suede Zara sandal is all over fashion bloggers and now I’ll also be able to dip my toes in this wondrous shoe piece — thus all over my feet. While I’m not quite sure if I can master its thin stiletto heel I can’t wait to wear them with more casual stylings. Be warned, while I’m 5’10, for some reason my mind believes I have sprouted no taller than 5’2, but I have no shame, short men don’t interest me.
This week flew by and May 13th, i.e. Day of Mamas, is quickly approaching. While Mother’s Day for me is quite different since I no longer live in the same city as my parents, it’s still nice to make little gestures. I’m sure for my mom, Sunday will mostly be like any other, which is why I think it’s important to make the most of the time I do spend with my mom. Last weekend I was in Ottawa, so me and my mom spent the day brunching, shopping and visiting new baby cousins. Before returning to Toronto, we also strolled our neighbourhood, indulging in tacos from a new Mexican pop-up hut (literally) and homemade donuts. We also took in some vitamin D while lounging in the backyard.
Even if you won’t be with your mom this Sunday, sometimes a lengthy phone call is the best alternative. For those of you who are speding the day with mom, here are some last minute gift ideas.
((a few years ago I visited Ottawa and made my mom brunch – try this eggs benny recipe – don’t forget mimosas!))
((summer is upon us and these are great for backyard parties, lemonade, iced tea & sangria, oh my – West Elm))
((while fresh cut flowers are nice, this potted hydrandea last so much longer – Terrain))
Often, I walk by a cute store just west of Queen & Spadina — Dumuri, and occasionally I just may stop in. Today, I’m glad I did. With all merchandise imported from Korea, the products are too precious to pass up. Lately I’m loving dainty, thin rings, it’s a definite change from the fingerfuls of rings that everyone and their BFF, me included, wore from pinkie to thumb. This gold tiny heart ring is so cute and simple, I know it will be my new classic.
Sometimes it’s the little things that brighten up your day. In this case, a $5 Aldo Shoes Leopard Glasses Case is something that while small and fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of my wardrobe, has brought ease to my life. Not to mention it’s amazing leopard print, this case has allowed me to take my Michael Kors Sloan Sunglasses with me, without having to carry around the immense hard case provided (which literally takes up half or my purse).
Hopping on the coloured denim wagon, I recently added a pair of Zara pastel turquoise jeans to my wardrobe. I wish I had scooped up another pair, or two, because they are definitely a piece that is soon to be deemed a spring/summer go-to. Adding to my pastel blue collection I also picked up a perfect sleeveless blouse from H&M (which unfortunately is not online), this time I chose blue and black, to keep myself well-stocked.
Something about pastels is so easy, especially blue — pairing it with denim is just too simple. With many shades available in pastel hues, I’m loving the brighter Madewell lace bra below. China Glaze in Audrey fits perfectly with this colour wheel, and another great option is Zoya in Bevin, which has painted my tips all week long.
It’s no surprise that we like short-shorts. I’m sure it’s been expressed many times, the shorter the better, unless it’s a maxi skirt. Well on a quest to complete my wardrobe (although it’s never really complete is it?) with coloured denim I came across a great buy.
These Forever 21 cuffed denim cut-off shorts are only $11 (on sale from $12.50). Can’t wait to take these shorties to the island, park and patio once the sun decides to stay. Time to cross your fingers and hope to see me prancing around in these babies soon.
Although I’m not one to be frugal or scope out the deals, sometimes my time (and patience) is more valuable than money, I have to share my latest purchase. I’ve been looking for the perfect spring boot, that can be dressed up or down, with the perfect heel. Something similar to these Acne short boots.
SPLURGE vs. STEAL
When I came across these H&M Blundstones inspired boot, with the perfect heel (2ish inches), I could not pass up the $39.95 deal. Would you? I’ve worn these babies everywhere & with everything. Jeans, black jeans, leggins, a girly floral skirt and tights, really everything. I even think they’ll be amazing with bare legs and jean shorts this summer. Best of all they’re so comfortable & so far waterproof.
So take it from me: go out, buy these, be frugal & practical.