Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Because even the dog should have Christmas spirit!

Ok, I admit it. I like spoiling my dog. I like getting him brand new things to wear and new treats to try. But if you are not the type of person to enjoy dressing up your dog (or your dog despises it), you can still be festive in other ways. How about a bright red collar instead? It's practical and useful and works perfectly for the holiday season. Your dog will never know that you are pulling a fast one over him.

christmas spirit dogs festive collar fashion
Look at that little beard. Indy gets into everything and I swear it gets dirty again the instant he's had a bath and stays that way until the next one. Silly boy!
christmas spirit festive dog fashion
The clip is very sturdy. I'm terrified of collars coming unclasped during a walk and I always check the clasps! I find it easy to adjust to size and the stitching is durable. These are the things that are important to me.
christmas spirit festive dog fashion

christmas spirit festive dog fashion
My dog doesn't mind being dressed up, because it typically means he is getting to go outside on the balcony or for a walk. This is his current sweater that he has been wearing lately (from Target, but I couldn't find it listed on the site). It's convenient with the harness slit, if I choose to put his harness on instead. He's very susceptible to the cold and this keeps him a bit warmer on his walks right now. I need to buy a little jacket and booties soon, because this is Canada and we all know the white stuff is coming to stay pretty soon. For Christmas dinner with the family, I have my eyes on this shirt from PetSmart. It's hilarious!

So there is my dapper little boy in his new bright collar who won't stop using the tree branches as backscratchers and the tree skirt as his new bed. And I wouldn't trade Indy for anything in the world!
christmas spirit festive dog fashion
"Ok Mom, are we done? This modeling has really worn me out."

*The Hamilton collar was sent to me from MiracleCorp. All pictures and thoughts are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post. There is, however, one amazingly awesome dog who enjoys being spoiled very much.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Gift Guide: For the Host/Hostess

I believe that the person who is hosting the shindig deserves something special. They had to put the hours into getting their place ready and they should get a little recognition! Here are some ideas to keep you from walking into a party empty-handed.

host hostess gifts holiday gift guide
Soap and Lotion Set - Always an essential for any kitchen! (Williams-Sonoma, $29.95 US)
Treat for Later - Give them something to enjoy after guests have left. (Hickory Farms, $17 CA)
Coasters - You can never have too many. (Chapters, $14.50 CA)
Drink in a Fun Tote - Sparkling juice, wine...any drink will be accepted with welcome arms. (Kate Spade, $28 US)
Vase with Flowers - A beautiful vase can be used over and over again. (Zara Home, $40 CA)
Coffee Table Book -  Get something for their tastes, but coffee table books are classic. (Chapters, $20 CA)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

P&G BrandSampler Fall Sample Box

I mentioned SampleSource in a recent post and now I want to also mention the P&G BrandSampler boxes. Who doesn't love free things to test out? While SampeSource is limited to the US and Canada, I believe P&G branches out to a few different countries. I've been a member for a few years and I have been lucky enough to sign up for a few boxes in time. They go fast!

This past month was awesome, as they offered the big box and a few smaller boxes on the side. All in all, I got two small boxes of samples and this big main one. The smaller boxes were mainly cleaning items - dish detergent, laundry detergent, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, etc. Super handy!

samples free pantene covergirl gillette
In my main box of samples, I chose:
  • Gillette Venus razor
  • Pantene Sheer Volume shampoo and conditioner
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (these are amazzzing! I swear by them.)
  • Tide Pods laundry detergent
  • Cascade Platinum dish detergent
  • CoverGirl Flamed Out mascara

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gift Guide: For the Girly Girls

Chances are if you read my blog, you have at least a small percentage of girliness in you. Maybe you're not at a full 100%, but I would bet that you are not running on empty! This is my guide to give you ideas on maybe what to ask for yourself or to help with buying for other girly girls. I know that I would not complain about receiving anything on this list!

zara jo malone henri bendel too faced kate spade gift guide girly
  • Makeup Gift Set - If on a budget, I suggest buying a kit and splitting it among friends. (Sephora, $35 CA)
  • Decorative Candle - Who doesn't love getting beautiful candles to burn? (Kate Spade, $40 US)
  • Plaid Scarf - These are everywhere for a good reason- versatility! They suit every style! (Zara, $35.90 CA)
  • Body or Hand Soap - Even better if it does both! Perfect for pamper days. (Jo Malone, $40 US)
  • Pretty Keychain - Because even everyday essentials can have flare. (Henri Bendel, $38 US)
  • Cosmetic Pouch - A girl can never have too many bags and pouches. (Kate Spade, $60 US)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gift Guide: For the Homebody

I'll break my gift guides this year into a few categories: homebodies, girly girls, host/hostess, and guys (if there is any interest?). I am kicking off my gift guides this year with a description close to my heart. This is for my fellow homebodies and those shopping for us!

homebody gift guide holidays christmas gifts

  • Cozy Blanket - Needed for bundling up on the couch! (H&M, $70 CA)
  • Pretty Mug - This one is perfect, because all homebodies live for the weekend! (Chapters, $10 CA)
  • Candles - This stone one is low key and matches any decor. (Zara Home, $25.90 CA)
  • Wall Prints - Paired with a nice frame, it's a nice way for them to brighten their personal space. (Chapters, $46 CA)
  • Eye Mask - For sleeping in on those glorious weekends, of course. (Zara Home, $9.90 CA)
  • Netflix Gift Subscription - A perfect activity for a night in. (Netflix, $30)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My 2014 Advent Calendar - The Body Shop

I may be what you consider not normal when I say that I don't really like chocolate. I don't typically crave it and I can take it or leave it. I also come from an area where I did not grow up knowing what an advent calendar was, but I quickly learned about them when I moved to Canada. Enter the dilemma of not caring for the chocolate. It lost its appeal to me after a short while. Then, this magical thing happened. Stores and designers caught on and started offering deluxe versions with fun makeup, skincare, candles, etc. My excitement came back and it's like that very first Christmas that I learned about advent calendars.

Last year, I got the Benefit version which I reviewed every week. This year I wanted something different, so I searched around. Now are you ready for a funny story? When moving, my husband and I came across a paper gift certificate for The Body Shop. It had to be over ten years old, because I am certain that he got it before I came here. So I shoved it aside and figured it would be invalid by now.

He went to one of the downtown Toronto locations and showed them the certificate. One sales associate did not know what to make of it and had never seen one like it and called over her manager. When the manager saw it, she said it was from the 90s. Jaws dropped. And my jaw dropped when they still took it. Thank you, Body Shop! Perhaps it pays to be married to a bit of a hoarder sometimes, afterall (why can't all of the stuff he keeps be gift certificates?!). So with that, I got my advent calendar for this year!

I have my small tree up already, so it served as the perfect backdrop. Can't wait to put up the big tree this weekend! Like last year, I will do a weekly review of these products when December starts. For now, it sits there taunting me in its beautiful packaging.

body shop advent calendar

body shop advent calendar
This post was meant to go up yesterday, but Indy got stung by a wasp on our afternoon walk. He was so pitiful all day and I was an emotional wreck while making sure he was ok. I've had dogs since the day I was born and none of them have ever been stung, despite being outdoors. Then, I get my first indoor dog and he gets stung on his paw. Who would have thought?!

He's a lot better today, though. And hopefully next time (please don't let there be a next time), I won't be so emotional over it now that I know he isn't allergic. For now, I still want to punch that wasp in the face.
indy border terrier mix

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blog of the Month for November 2014

Last month, Kelly was my featured blog. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too! :)

This month, I'm featuring Ashley from Chic.Toronto! She covers a little of everything and it isn't strictly Toronto, so don't let her blog name fool you. She reviews books, talks about events, covers style, etc. And Ashley is an absolute delight to talk to!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

October 2014 Favorites

November is here! If I were still in the States I would still have Thanksgiving to focus on, but here Christmas is starting to come out in full force. The ads are on TV, the parades are just around the corner, and people are already starting their Christmas displays in their yards. I've already got my Christmas decorations out of storage and planning where to put everything. To be fair, I'm just super excited about decorating our new place for the first big holiday and we're hosting the family get-together this year!

Wait, where was I going with this? This Christmas addict gets too excited! Here are a few products that got some extra love from me in October.

korres dior urban decay mufe
Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Quince - It's gorgeous and the tube is purse-friendly. Swatch is here.
Dior Amber Diamond Shimmer Powder - I especially love this during cold months where my skin looks flat. Swatch is here.
MUFE Full Cover Concealer - LIFECHANGER. Forever a HG product for me.
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Stash - I have multiples of this. The best olive eyeliner. Swatch is here.
Urban Decay Naked Basics - Great basics palette- the truth is in the name! Swatches are here.

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