There’s something bright to look forward to during these dark winter months! The very first Toronto Light Festival has arrived in the city. Until March 12th visitors to the Distillery District can enjoy 21 light installations nightly until 11pm. The installations range from interactive to fun to awe inspiring. The festival is free, and they have several booths offering up warm bites and drinks. Visitors can find booths selling mulled wine, hot chocolate, soup and more. I checked out the festival, take a look at my photos! http://www.torontolightfest.com (more…)
I’m a beginner knitter, and I love to knit up warm things to wear (and gift!) in the winter months. My favourite knits are big, cozy chunky knits. I’ve tried to wean myself off them by buying thinner, fancier yarns. Those yarns stay untouched and I always gravitate to my thicker yarns. Oh well! I’ve decided to embrace it with two new books filled with chunky, warm patterns.
In Big Knits, Big Needles, there are 20 different knitting projects. Are you a beginner like me? No problem! There’s a step by step tutorial section that teaches you all of the techniques you need to follow. This book is packed with sweaters, cardigans, hats, scarves and more. The photos are also awesome, and everything looks beautiful.
I’ve also decided that I want to learn how to arm knit! My friends have created some pretty cool looking blankets and comfy shawls with this technique. In Arm Knitting, you’ll become a pro in no time. These patterns knit of fast, and best of all require no needles! Choose from 30 different patterns and make scarves, bags and even wreaths! I’m excited to make some new projects this year! Which book would you pick?
I’ve fully embraced my love for geometrics. It started off slowly, but now has turned into, Can I work geometrics into my nautical themed wedding? (The answer is yes.)
Canadian Tire has an array of beautiful geometric pieces that are perfect for the holidays! (more…)
Brill Communications held their annual Holiday 2016 and Spring Preview 2017 at the One King West Hotel. There was a variety of holiday treats, and items to look forward to for the new year. Here are some of my favorite.
ECCO COOL 2.0
Ecco has come out with a new innovate shoe that’s not practical but stylish as well. Ecco Cool 2.0 is a perfect shoe for those rainy days when you don’t want to pull out the rain boots, and still want to wear stylish sneakers with a button up blouse. The sneaker comes in black, pink, and white for women. The shoe is cool and breathable for all day wear, and although there are many holes in the design, the shoe is 100%waterproof. Available Spring Summer 2017
Conair has lots of new sparkly (literally) things in store for perfect holiday gifts! My favorite is the diamond infused hot paddle brush. This large brush is great for those with thicker hair which can take forever to straighten. With this paddle brush not only are you straightening your hair, but you are brushing it as well which is definitely a time saver. Some cool features of the brush are the diamond ceramic technology, as well as the silicone bristles for added shine. The brush can go up to 400 degrees, as well as heat up in 30 seconds. (Brush pictured on the left).
Retails for: 89.99 CAN
Fashionable and affordable brand express will get you holiday ready with their variety of sparkles, velvet, and suede clothes. My personal favorite are the sparkly jumpsuits and velvet booties which are popular with several New York editors.
The holidays can come with a lot of traveling, and with traveling comes lost luggage which can definitely put a damper on any holiday. Rimowa luggage brand just made your trip easier with a new digital check in for your luggage with the Rimowa electronic tag. Simply use your smart phone to check in and avoid lines. The addition can be found in select Rimowa models, and the feature is currently in the works for North American airlines.
Etsy has so many talentend artisans and deisgers. You can find almost anything you need there! The one downside is that you can’t look at the items in person before you buy them. Luckily, this weekend the Etsy: Made in Canada market is in town! The Marketplace is on Saturday September 24th at MaRS Discovery District from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Artscape Youngplace from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You’ll be able to shop at over 20 of Etsy’s top artisans. See some of my favs below!
These mini planet rings from BlackIrisDesign are so pretty.
Just the cutest DIY embroidery raccoon kit from Kiriki press!
First Edition Tea Co will be there selling their blended teas. I love these book inspired teas!
See all of the vendors at Etsy.com/madeincanada.
Here’s one more reason to love H&M! They’ve opened with first store in Ontario to carry the H&M HOME collection. The collection includes candles, bedding, dishware, pillows, bathroom items and so much more. The huge addition covers more than 58,000 square feet, making it one of the top 10 largest H&M stores in the world! I had the chance to attend the launch party and check out the collection. I loved the pineapple candles, fresh prints on the bedding and hexagonal candle holders. Check it out below! (more…)
Burt’s Bees has come up with a fun and innovative way to launch their first line of lipsticks! Artists from all around Canada have been invited to create art using Burts Bees products.
“SHADES is a perfect intersection of art, beauty, and nature,” says Carolyn Hungate from Burt’s Bees Canada. “It’s an opportunity for Canadians to experience and purchase unique creations by some of the country’s brightest artistic talent while at the same time showing their support for a worthy cause. We’ve tried to strike a balance between our commitment to conservation efforts and sustainability and our natural sense of playfulness.” (more…)